The Best Holiday Destinations in 2024
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In 2021, when post-COVID travel is back on the agenda, luxury vacations are sure to be popular. Whether you want to soak up the sun or immerse yourself in the culture of your chosen destination, Voyage Privé can organise a holiday to delight. If you want to cross items off your bucket list, reunite with relatives in a tropical location, or just take a well-earned a break from the daily grind, the following list of holiday hotspots will inspire your next adventure.
It's hardly surprising that Italy is such a popular country to visit. Venice, Rome and Florence all offer a taste of the good life (or 'la dolce vita'), and you can take the Orient Express to Venice for a further touch of traditional charm.
Sun worshippers will be impressed with Puglia in southern Italy, which enjoys 800 kilometres of coastline and a reputation for exquisite food and wine, along with traditional architecture. The Italian Lakes often feature in package holidays and are loved for their mountainous views, picturesque environment and transport options for local sightseeing. Tourists always flock to Tuscany for good reason, but if you rent a villa you can avoid the crowds.
In the east, Le Marche is a less famous region that embodies everything you would associate with Italy – ancient palaces, wonderful beaches and museums filled with priceless artefacts. Sicily is an island with a beautiful coastline, historic towns and affordable accommodation, whereas the Amalfi Coast can be used as a base to explore Capri, Sorrento, Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. The best beaches in Italy can be found in Sardinia.
An untouched Balearic Island, Menorca is more welcoming to migratory dolphins and birds than to crowds of tourists. This UNESCO protected Biosphere Reserve is the perfect place for an outdoor holiday to relax, marvel at incredible scenery and rejuvenate your soul. Although Menorca is a small island (it only takes sixty minutes to drive across it), you can book accommodation in both areas of it (Mahon and Ciutadella) to avoid missing out on anything.
It will appeal to history lovers, hikers and people who simply enjoy sunbathing or sealife (remember to bring your snorkel and goggles!). Ciutadella is one of Menorca's nicest towns and definitely worth visiting, not least because of Macarella Beach, which ranks among Europe's most pristine beaches (during the high season arrive in the early morning).
For a more secluded adventure, take a stroll to the marina at Fornells or to Ferreries. Menorca is an ideal holiday destination for families and couples. By visiting during the autumn or spring, you can save money on a relaxing holiday.
Croatia's stunning coastline is one of the most attractive on the planet and the country is still very affordable, compared to others in the Mediterranean. You can book accommodation in one of the numerous islands, such as Hvar, which is easy to reach by ferry. Alternatively, you can stay in a picturesque coastline resort to have everything you need on your doorstep.
Dubrovnik is an ancient city that has undergone restoration recently. With its' Venetian origins, the 'Adriatic Pearl' has delicious cuisine and is an ideal base to explore the nearby islands. Adjacent country Montenegro is worthy of consideration too, and extremely good value. Although it is only 13,812 square kilometres, tourism has increased there notably over the past few years. Lots of holidaymakers take the thirty-minute drive over the border, after flying into Dubrovnik.
Thanks to its' beautiful landscape, Bali has been a popular holiday destination for a long time. Nonetheless, many little known gems still exist away from the tourist hotspots, which provide solitude and serenity. Nusa Lembongan Island is one such example, which is situated off Bali's south-east coast in the district of Nusa Penida.
This island is only accessible by boat and has a unique kind of atmosphere. There is no traffic and therefore no busy roads to cross, and you will not be bothered by anyone on the beach trying to sell things. Relax by the sea with your swimsuit and sunglasses, while recharging your batteries. Holidays in 2021 don't get much better than this.
In addition, Nusa Lembongan is an excellent island for diving enthusiasts. The eight-foot-tall underwater Buddha statue, put in place by local people, is a popular attraction. This is wonderful for underwater photography and snorkelling, and a great holiday spot for couples.
The fashionable Grand Hotel Cannigione 5* lies on Sardinia's picturesque Costa Smeralda coastline. You can choose either a Superior or Classic Room, and treat yourself to a Half Board or Breakfast package – ideal for a relaxing getaway!
With its' scenic terrace and big outdoor pool, the ILUNION Menorca is perfect for a family holiday. Guests who stay on a Half Board basis can sample local delicacies in the hotel restaurant.
The LABRANDA Senses Resort Hvar 4* has an invigorating ambience, with amazing local scenery and lovely beaches. All-inclusive dining is offered to guests of this hotel.
This all-suite resort has a range of amenities, including an infinity-edge swimming pool and a rooftop Anantara Spa. Indulge in the international or Thai menus, and allow the resident Wine expert to help you choose a tipple to complement your meal.
Early summer or spring (June, May and April) is best for visiting Milan, Pisa, Rome and Venice, to avoid the packed streets. Visit Spain during autumn or spring, to steer clear of the summer tourists and warmest temperatures. Summer in Croatia is hot and crowded, however, the months of September and May are comfortably warm and less busy. Indonesia is dry between May and September, but in August and July, there are more festivals to enjoy – albeit with larger crowds.
Although some like to travel by train, bus, cruise ship or ferry to truly experience a European holiday, the easiest way to get to your destination from the UK is to fly. There are non-stop flights out of London to twelve Italian cities, most of which take less than three hours. Menorca, in particular, is simple to reach by plane, with flights departing daily and only lasting two-and-a-half hours. Pula, Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik and Zadar airports handle most charter and scheduled flights into Croatia. In Bali, flights from big international cities often fly into Denpasar Airport. On average, the flight time here is sixteen-and-a-quarter hours from London, but it's certainly worth the effort.
In most cases, you will need two to four full days to see the bigger cities in Europe, and one or two full days to visit the smaller cities. Having said that, to gain optimum enjoyment from your holiday, it is wise to travel for at least eight days. This is particularly true if you have children, so you will all feel as if you have had a proper break. With holidays to Bali, you can allow up to fourteen days to get to know the island and fully explore its main attractions.
It can be challenging to find the right destination for your next holiday, but Voyage Privé has something for all tastes. From the simple pleasure of the sun to the cool interiors of historic monuments, you will never lack for something to do. Frequent travellers always say that planning their trip is part of the enjoyment. So start planning now, because you could be just a few small steps away from the holiday of a lifetime. Happy travelling!