Summer Holidays with Friends
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Taking a holiday with your friends is a great way to see the world. Indeed, there are many destinations worth considering if you are travelling as a group. But choosing where to go all depends on taste: do you want relaxation or adventure? City streets or white sands? Are you culture buffs or adrenaline junkies? From sunny beaches to party hotspots, Voyage Privé can get you there in style.
Ibiza has a well-deserved reputation as a party destination due to its massive selection of clubs and bars. Famous for its nightlife, this is the natural choice for people who love clubbing. During the evening the island springs to life, with San Antonio and Ibiza Town well-established as the two largest resorts. In the south, Playa d'en Bossa is home to the island's longest beach, along with a number of globally renowned music venues.
If you enjoy city destinations, then Barcelona is hard to beat. With its enchanting streets, striking Gaudi architecture, Gothic Quarter tapas bars and numerous beaches, there's something here for everyone. Barcelona's streets are filled with atmosphere and you will find the whole city invigorating. Although there is a wide variety of accommodation available, if you're visiting in the summer, you might want to pick somewhere with a pool as the beaches can get very crowded.
There's more to this green, picturesque island than sun-bathing, although it does have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Visit the 100-metre-high Chamarel Waterfall for breathtaking views, or Ganga Talao (also known as Grand Bassin) to turtle-watch in the crater lake's waters. There are plenty of watersports to be enjoyed, with snorkelling, kayaking, parasailing and windsurfing all group activities that are easy to arrange.
Sin City is the perfect destination if you want a group holiday that is larger than life. Famous for its casinos, hotels, never-ending parties and glamorous shows, a Vegas holiday will be unforgettable. Visit Red Rock Canyon for glorious views of the natural landscape or the Strip for four miles of unrestrained commercialism. No matter what else you do here, be sure to take in awe-inspiring Fountains of Bellagio's choreographed water, music and light performances. Shows start in the afternoon, finish at midnight and are visible from various points on the Strip.
Crete is ideal when you want somewhere to completely unwind and recharge your batteries. It is the largest of the Greek islands, with a coastline stretching over 650 miles. Suffice to say, it is the perfect place for people searching for a beach paradise. The Lassithi area is great for groups of mates who want to mix sunbathing with a bit of shopping, while Aghios Nikolaos has some lovely lakeside restaurants and sublime beaches.
This sophisticated hotel opened in 2019 and embodies European elegance, inspired by the Italian Riviera and French Coast. With its luxurious spa, numerous restaurants and rooftop bar, the Bless Hotel offers the ultimate in tranquillity.
One of the world's most fashionable hotels, the Hotel W Barcelona showcases daring architecture and innovative design. Situated on the beachfront of the Barceloneta boardwalk, all the guest rooms of this hotel have picturesque views of the Mediterranean coast.
The Oberoi Beach Resort is positioned along a white sandy beach surrounded by tropical gardens. A peaceful and intimate location, guests can also access a further 600 metres of combed, white sand beaches to enjoy dramatic sunsets every evening.
This highly regarded hotel offers guests an unforgettable stay in the middle of the Las Vegas strip. The Venetian is the world's second-biggest hotel and boasts opulent Italian-inspired interiors, an expansive casino, and a huge array of options for fine-dining.
The Creta Maris offers a combination of luxury and authenticity on a lovely beach with pristine waters. Just a twenty-five-minute drive from Heraklion Airport, guests at this hotel can sample traditional Cretan hospitality.
Depending on group dynamics and interests, summer may be best for partiers, while spring, autumn and winter would suit those who prefer to relax in cooler temperatures. All tourist destinations have on- and off-peak times with associated costs and savings, so consider the group's budget and mood when choosing your destination.
Flying with friends can be more cost-effective as some airlines offer generous discounts on group tickets. You can submit the final list of passengers just a week before departure in many cases, giving you extra time for itinerary planning without having to worry about formalities. If your friends all live in different regions, you could choose a central airport to meet up at before travelling the final leg together.
So that the group can stay in touch during your trip if you each fancy doing something solo, make sure to arrange a location-appropriate data/call allowance to avoid excessive phone bills. And make sure everyone packs their charging cable in their hand luggage! The sweet spot for a summer holiday is ten days no matter the destination, but some places just beg for longer.
The trick to the perfect holiday with friends is to choose a destination that has the best range of activities and entertainment to suit group tastes and interests. Whether you want a relaxing beach holiday or a fun-filled adventure, Voyage Privé will have something to suit. You might prefer the all-night parties of Ibiza to the glamour of Las Vegas or the striking architecture in Barcelona. One thing's for sure: whether you choose the restorative calm of Crete or the pristine white sands of Mauritius, a holiday with friends is sure to be the highlight of your year!