Our favourite time of year has arrived! If you’re planning your summer getaway, look no further than our top 10 list of Summer 2018 holiday destinations for inspiration.
1. Amalfi Coast, Italy
The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula in Southern Italy. The beautiful coastline between Positano and Ravello, with a road that hugs the cliffside and winds around the deep rocky bays that protect the towns along the way remains as stylish, compelling and historic as any European summertime destination. Expect breathtaking views of the stunning coastline and hillsides spilling with citrus groves, olives and vines.
Fly into: Naples
Hotel Pick: Casa Angelina , Praiano, Amalfi Coast, Italy
Price: From £290 per night
Must see: Take a trip to Sorrento during your stay and go on a mini cruise around the Isle of Capri – an ancient holiday resort dating back to Roman Times.
2. Costa Brava, Spain
Wild landscapes in parts and beautifully manicured in others, the Costa Brava has some of the finest beaches in Europe, broad, sandy stretches to elegant horseshoe bays and secluded smugglers’ coves. Unlike some of its built-up neighbouring resorts, the Costa Blanca remains very much a quintessentially Spanish resort, well worth a visit this summer.
Fly into: Girona
Hotel Pick: La Costa Beach & Golf Resort, Pals, Catalonia, Spain
Price: from £105 per night
Must see: Get lost among the winding streets of Girona, visit The Cap Roig Botanical Gardens or marvel at Salvador Dalí’s Dalí Theatre Museum in Figueres followed by a trip to the artist’s home in Portlligat which has been converted to a House Museum.
3. Côte d'Azur, France
With endless sunny beaches and charming towns decorated with lavish yachts and celebrities galore, the French Riviera remains one of the most glamorous holiday locations in Europe. You can explore most of the towns on foot, while a cheap and reliable rail network helps you get from city to town. Famous destinations such as St-Tropez, Nice, Cannes, Antibes, Villefranche-sur-Mer and St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat continue to lure visitors to follow in the wake of Picasso, Bizet and Matisse. Hundreds of museums and galleries keep the artistic ambiance of the Côte d'Azur alive.
Fly into: Nice
Hotel Pick: Boscolo Exedra, Nice, Côte d'Azur, France
Price: from £253 per night
Must see: climb up to La Colline du Château (Castle Hill) to see panoramic views of the Baie des Anges, visit Monaco for excursions to the Prince’s Palace, Fort Antoine, and Monaco Cathedral as well as a visit to the Monte-Carlo casino. A trip to the lesser known town of Menton, promises all the beauty of the better-known coastal villages with a fraction of the crowds.
4. Santorini, Greece
If you're after a romantic escape, try a holiday to Santorini. The island's cliffside villages put you in a prime spot for watching the sunset. At dusk, especially between the main town of Oia and neighbouring island Thirasiá, excursion boatssail across beautiful cobalt-blue waters, under a firey orange sky.
Fly into: Santorini
Hotel Pick: Astra Suites Santorini, Greece
Price: from £156 per night
Must see: Asides from taking in the amazing views while you enjoy the pool, it’s well worth getting out and about in Santorini. Excursion boats set out from Skála Firás and Ammoúdi for the volcano-islets of Paleá Kaméni and Néa Kaméni. Tours first visit the hot springs between the two islets, then swap your swimsuit for walking shoes and hike through the lava-fields of Néa, last active in 1950.
5. Rome, Italy
If you would prefer a city break this summer, the classical ruins of Rome have an alluring draw. Early Christian places of worship stand next to Renaissance palazzos and Baroque fountains, ensuring a holiday rich with history and culture. Asides from the historic draw, there are also great neighbourhood trattorias, quirky shops and a buzzing aperitivo scene.
Fly into: Rome
Hotel Pick: Roma Luxus Hotel, Rome, Italy
Price: from £123 per night
Must see: There is so much to see in Rome in can be difficult to pack it all in! Top of our must see list is The Colosseum, The Vatican City, The Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.
6. London, England
A city break a little closer to home, London is full of life during the summer months. Featuring some of the world’s most famous landmarks and historical attractions, relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing in one of the many parks and gardens scattered throughout the city. Discover a different cuisine on every corner and spend some time taking in the glamour of London’s shopping districts.
Fly into: London (All airports have great public transport links)
Hotel Pick: South Place Hotel, The City, London, England
Price: from £202 per night
Must see: Again, there is so much going on in London that you may not get everything done! Visit the historic Houses of Parliament, Covent Garden, the Tower of London and don’t miss out on catching a theatre show in the West End.
White sands and crystal clear waters that redefine the meaning of paradise make holidays to the Maldives the perfect summer break or honeymoon destination. For ultimate relaxation and luxury, don’t miss out on the thriving culture, decadent food choices, and experiences that will please even the most discerning of travellers.
Fly into: The main airport in Malé, then it’s a 40 minute seaplane to Filitheyo
Hotel Pick: Filitheyo Island Resort, Filitheyo, Maldives
Price: from £79 per night
Must see: The ultimate in island paradise, don’t miss out on the amazing diving and snorkelling opportunities.
8.Los Angeles, USA
The city of the rich and famous, there are so many amazing reasons to visit Los Angeles. The cool, silver metropolis of skyscrapers live amongst the rolling hills with insane hiking trails, and some of the most glorious white sand beaches in the world. A true modern city set against breathtaking natural spaces, you can hike a mountain, swim in warm waters, visit the landmarks from your favourite movies and then hit up that fusion-sushi restaurant that everyone’s been talking about for dinner.
Fly into: LAX
Hotel Pick: The Hollywood Roosevelt, Hollywood, Los Angeles, United States
Price: from £196 per night
Must see: Top of our list is the iconic Hollywood Boulevard and the Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive for some shopping, Santa Monica Beach, Beverly Hills to see the homes of the rich and famous and don’t forget a visit to the Hollywood Hills- best viewed from the Griffith Observatory.
9. Bali, Indonesia
Situated in the middle of the world’s largest archipelago, Bali is Indonesia’s most well-known island. Its rich traditions, colorful ceremonies, and unique culture make it stand out from its neighbours, but it also offers a wide range of accommodation and activities, all within an easy distance. Whether you like lounging on the beach, surfing, volcano trekking or waterfall exploring, there is something for everyone in this tropical paradise.
Fly into: Denpasar, Bali
Hotel Pick: Double - Six, Luxury Hotel – Seminyak, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
Price: from £216 per night
Must see: Visit the spiritual hub of Ubud, party the night away in Kuta, paddleboard at Padang Padang Beach (but watch out for the cheeky monkeys in the trees!) and go surfing at Uluwatu’s famous reef. If you have time, a day trip to the Gili Islands is well worth the extra travel.
10. Dubai, UAE
A thriving metropolis of middle eastern culture, Dubai is often claimed to be the world’s fastest-growing city. Over the past four decades it has metamorphosed from a small Gulf trading centre to become one of the world’s most glamorous, spectacular and futuristic urban destinations. Dubai has everything from skydiving to lounging on a luxury beach, to camel trekking in the desert.
Fly into: Dubai
Hotel Pick: Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Price: from £179
Must see: The Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower which boasts the title of the tallest building in the world, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. Take a trip up to the very top to see the stunning views after you watch a spectacular show at the Dubai Fountain down below, with jets and lights choreographed to music.
Wherever you're off to this summer, don't forget your ultimate poolside accessory- your tan! Our Take Me Away Travel Set has everything you need for the ultimate summer glow, and comes in a handy re-useable airport certified liquids bag!