It’s that time of year when it feels like the dark days, icy temperatures and winter weather are never going to end. The perfect time to indulge in some cozy escapism and book your next summer holiday! If it’s sun, sand and sea that you’re after, then read on to discover the best destinations for solo travelers, couples, friends and families.
First on the list is the beautiful Bahamas. This archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean consists of over 700 small islands, each one a dazzling jewel just waiting to be explored. You are guaranteed to enjoy your stay in a country that has perfected the art of welcoming worldwide travellers to its sandy shores. It’s got something for everybody, but most people go for the miles and miles of picture perfect white beaches!
If you’re travelling with friends or a partner, then the Bahamas hosts a vibrant and dynamic nightlife. Head to Nassau on the island of New Providence to sample the country’s bars, clubs and restaurants. Or travel to Paradise Island and the Atlantis Resort, which hosts an annual world-class poker tournament, drawing high-ranking players from across the globe. This glamorous event can lend drama and excitement to any languid Bahamian holiday in the sun.
After all that adventuring, you’ll want to relax and soak up some rays. Lucky for you the Bahamas has some of the most pristine beaches in the world. Surrounded by the clearest water on the planet, there’s plenty of quiet coastlines just begging for a hammock, a big sunhat and that classic cocktail, the Bahama Mama.
Alternatively, try the magical Maldives. This gorgeous country is made up of several islands situated in the Arabian Sea. Boasting unspoilt beauty and a laid-back vibe, the archipelago is divided into those islands hosting luxurious resorts and those occupied by the locals. A popular holiday destination for celebrities like Rita Ora and Parineeti Chopra, the Maldives has a reputation for being safe, quiet and stunning.
The perfect place to head to for a solo traveller or a honeymooning couple, the islands offer a dizzying array of different accommodation options. Why not rent a treetop villa to enjoy breathtaking views, your own infinity pool and the privacy of a home up near the clouds? Or try a room built over the water where you can wake up in the morning and dive straight into the crystal-clear ocean! As every island is different, there is something on offer for everybody.
This earthly paradise is a great place to visit if you love the water. A wide variety of water sports are available wherever you decide to stay along with other ocean-based activities, such as snorkeling amongst the resplendent coral reefs, watching for dolphins and swimming with whale sharks.
If you’re travelling with friends or family, then Bali is the place for you. An island situated in the province of Indonesia, Bali has miles of spectacular beaches, warm weather and food that is delicious beyond words. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Island of the Gods,’ it’s easy to see why. The terrain is made up of volcanic land, lush vegetation and coastal areas, so there’s a wide range of activities available to suit everyone.
For the more active members of your party, there’s plenty to do down by the sea. Go diving with rays and sharks or take a swim amongst the reefs and explore the hidden underwater caves along the Balinese coastline. There are also plenty of hiking and cycling routes to take back on land if you want to further investigate this magnificent landscape.
A multi-religious province, Bali has many beautiful temples and other cultural buildings inland that are well worth paying a visit to. Bear in mind to always follow the well-promoted dress code and etiquette before entering a temple, and you will discover a humble and peaceful world full of culture, history and spirituality.
When choosing a place to stay, pick from home-stays with friendly local families, beach resorts or private villas. Whether you’re travelling in a small group or have the extended family along with you, Bali can accommodate everyone comfortably and happily. We hope you enjoy it as much as we loved talking about it.