Best holiday destinations 2021
We have all asked the question, where is the best place for our holiday? The answer, of course, will depend on what you want from your time away. If it's sea, sand and sunshine you're looking for, there are destinations across the globe with a plentiful supply. If you like to keep the adrenaline pumping, we can find the perfect holiday to suit your needs.
The top holiday destinations
Spain has been a go-to destination for many years now, and with good reason. Great weather is pretty much guaranteed throughout the summer months, and facilities for tourists are well developed here. The city and resort area of Marbella on Spain's Costa del Sol is a popular choice for all kinds of holidaymakers. There is history to explore, beautiful beaches to enjoy and no shortage of stylish restaurants and bars.
Turkey is a fantastic country, with glorious weather, a wealth of ancient history and lovely people. If you're looking for a little bit more than beaches and bars, Istanbul could be the perfect destination. Straddling Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait, this is a lively, vibrant city that should be on everyone's bucket list. And should you need a break from all the excitement, there are a number of popular beaches within easy reach.
The region of Tuscany in Italy is another area steeped in culture and heritage. Along with its stunning landscape and historic towns and villages, there are many beautiful beaches to enjoy. The island of Elba, where Napoleon Bonaparte was once exiled, has some of the best in the region. Tuscany is also known for its culinary offering, and one of its must-try dishes is the famous lampredotto sandwich.
Greece is another hugely popular European destination, and could well be the best place for your holiday. The Greek islands, in particular, are well-loved, and with its varied terrain, history and white sandy beaches, Crete is one of the favourites. According to Greek mythology, it's where Zeus was born. The largest of the islands, it's known for its spectacular scenery, ancient ruins and wonderful hospitality.
For a flavour of the exotic in luxurious surroundings, the island country of Madagascar is the perfect location. Set like a jewel in the beautiful Indian Ocean, it's only 400km from the coast of East Africa. The world's fourth-largest island, it's a paradise for anyone with a love of wildlife, spectacular landscapes and beaches. There are a number of stunning resorts on the island, with activities to suit every taste.
Our 5 best holiday hotels
When it comes to choosing the best place for your holiday, Marbella should certainly be on your list. This stylish hotel has a Mediterranean feel but with Arabic and Andalusian influences, and occupies a stunning seafront location.
Legends such as Ernest Hemingway and Agatha Christie have stayed at this iconic Istanbul hotel, and it's not hard to see why. Set in the heart of the city, it combines elegance and glamour with that famous Turkish hospitality.
There's an air of classic Hollywood glamour about this hotel, set in the heart of Italy's beautiful Tuscany region. Guests will have free daily access to the spa and outdoor pool, while the iconic city of Florence is only 30 minutes away.
With its year-round sunshine, magnificent beaches and great restaurants, Crete could be the best place for your holiday. The Daios Cove Resort offers outstanding facilities and a secluded location, overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea.
This exclusive and luxurious hotel is set in the heart of a tropical garden on the island of Nosy Be, off the coast of Madagascar. Soak up the atmosphere, enjoy the clear blue water and experience exotic flavours in the hotel's stylish restaurant.
When is the best time to go on holiday?
Having found the best place for holiday experiences, you need to decide when to go. Summer is naturally a popular time, though spring or autumn could be the right choice for those who prefer cooler temperatures. If you're not a fan of crowds, it's worth bearing in mind that resorts are often less busy out of season. With offers of up to 70% off with Voyage Privé, there are also some good deals to be had.
Getting to the best place for a holiday
Travel to the majority of destinations will be by air. If you're travelling with a group you may be able to benefit from some generous airline discounts. Preferred departure times can be selected during the booking process, and be sure to check for any new requirements regarding safety. If transfers to the resort are not included, there are generally plenty of options to suit every budget.
Making the most of your holiday
You may prefer to drift through your holiday in a bubble of peace and tranquillity. If you like to stay active, however, it's a good idea to plan some kind of itinerary before you arrive. Itemise the things you'd like to do, and try to alternate sightseeing days with relax & chill days - you don't want to go home exhausted! For information on events and any sights worth visiting, call at the local tourist office or ask at your hotel reception.
The Voyage Privé expert's opinion on the best place for holidays
Choose a destination that ticks all your holiday boxes, and try and make sure you know what to expect before you arrive. You'll find plenty of information online at Voyage Privé. Ten days is considered to be the ideal length of time, but if you've found the best place for your holiday, why not stay longer? Whether it's a relaxing beach break in the sun or a whirlwind few days in an iconic city, the perfect holiday is yours to choose.