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Top 10 destinations to visit in 2018

Are you searching for your next adventure for 2018? Whether you’re hoping for a divine beach getaway, a wonderful insight into a new culture, or a monumental adventure, our travel expert’s top picks will certainly enhance your imagination.

Take a look at our favourite destinations for the year ahead, and give us a call to start creating your next holiday. This article will be full of amazing ideas and inspiration, but our passionate team can create an experience that’s completely tailor-made to you.

#10

St Lucia

Breathtaking views and a low-key lifestyle makes St Lucia an enticing destination when it comes to relaxed getaways in 2018. The luscious emerald green of the two soaring Pitons glisten beautifully alongside the azure blue of the Caribbean Sea, offering a backdrop that surpasses many other Caribbean islands. Those hoping to devour fresh seafood in charming restaurants and enjoy a beach party or two will do well to visit the north, whilst those hoping for that iconic Piton photograph and a tranquil stay will love spending time in the south.

Jade Mountain is one of our favourites when escaping to the south of the island. Settle into your luxurious private ‘sanctuary’, boasting incredible views from its open-plan design – so open-plan, in fact, that they don’t have a fourth wall. Instead, the room spreads out onto a balcony that overlooks the Pitons, with 24 sanctuaries even offering a secluded infinity pool.

#9

USA

2018 could be the year that you pick up a car, wind the windows down, put on some music, and enjoy an epic All-American road trip. Driving along the wide open road is the perfect way to discover everything the USA has to offer, and – although the classic Route 66 is amazing – there are plenty of other road trips that will make your heart soar.

Our Great American Road Trip is the ultimate adventure for those looking to explore numerous American states and truly immerse themselves in the exciting cities, decadent food and iconic attractions that makes the USA so alluring. Traversing from New York to San Francisco, this route takes you over 4,000 miles in 22 days, giving you a memorable trip that includes the likes of Las Vegas, Yellowstone National Park, Mount Rushmore, and Chicago.

The birthplace of fantastic live music and indulgent barbecue cuisine, the Deep South also makes for an unforgettable self-drive. Our Experience Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans journey is filled with cool music and amazing cuisine, including an awesome trip to see Graceland – Elvis’ former home. Meanwhile, our Self-Drive Inn-Side New England getaway takes you through Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, discovering each state’s impressive history and even including a visit to Ben & Jerry’s Factory.

#8

The Seychelles

In our eyes, journeying to a few isolated islets is the best way to truly encapsulate the allure of the Seychelles. Crystal-clear waters gently lap against dazzling white sands, with tropical fish and turtles leisurely swimming alongside you as you snorkel in the lagoons. Luscious green jungle envelopes many of the islands, with Praslin offering the peculiar sight of erotically-shaped coco de mer nuts, and Bird Island offering exotic birdlife rarely seen anywhere else in the world. This is the place to be this year should you fancy leaving all modern life behind and indulging in barefoot luxury.

In March, British Airways will be launching the only service between the UK and the Seychelles after a 14-year hiatus, eliminating the need to stop via the Middle East, and therefore offering even more time to hop around the archipelago’s naturally stunning islands. Our Mahe, La Digue and Praslin Beach Stay is a classic example of a phenomenal Seychelles island-hopping tour, staying in utterly beautiful accommodation whilst exploring everything each island has to offer, from La Digue’s incredible Anse Source D’Argent beach, to Praslin’s luscious Vallee de Mai forest.

#7

Barbados

With spectacular beaches, divine seafood restaurants, glamorous resorts and celebrity visitors, Barbados is a hot spot every year. The introduction of Sandals Royal Barbados, though, has got our heart in a flutter and has firmly placed Barbados on our top 10 for 2018.

Having just opened, this fabulous resort is hot straight off the press, alluring travellers to indulge in the all-inclusive, all-suite glamour. Each minimalist suite has its own Tranquillity Soaking Tub for two, adding even more idyllic romance, and the resort is also home to some of Sandal’s firsts – the first rooftop pool and bar, four-lane bowling alley, and two innovative new dining concepts – Chi Asian and American Tavern.

Overlooking Maxwell Beach, this is the perfect spot for those who love to socialise, with the lively and colourful St Lawrence Gap only a half hour walk away. Oistins Fish Fry is a must-see in Barbados too, serving up flavourful barbecued fish to hungry locals, socialisers and families right on the beach.

#6

Thailand

This beautiful jewel in the Far East is always a popular spot for pretty much every kind of traveller, from beach dwellers sunbathing on immaculate white sands and city socialites sipping divine cocktails at Bangkok’s swanky rooftop bars, to adventurous souls trekking through jungles and culture junkies exploring fascinating temples and markets.

Thailand is pure escapism. Amongst the luscious jungles and along the palm-fringed beaches lie some outstanding properties, all offering true indulgence amongst some of the most stunning and tranquil scenes in the world. Six Senses Yao Noi is one of our favourites, hidden away in a remote location and offering lavish amenities – from sensational night-time spa treatments in a traditional Thai longhouse, to sailing opportunities, snorkelling and an outdoor cinema. If dining on decadent cuisine is on your new year’s resolution list, look no further than Kata Rocks – the food here is simply phenomenal, as are the romantic sunset dinners right by the Andaman oceanfront.

#5

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a truly irresistible destination, especially for those hoping to combine adventure with relaxation. Friendly faces create a warm and welcoming vibe, whilst the endless white sand beaches and gentle rolling surf will certainly entice you to unwind and feel the weight of the world lift off your shoulders.

A holiday to Sri Lanka will be tantalising for all the senses. The food here is a melting pot of flavours, combining Eastern and Western cuisine to create a varied palate that excites your taste buds with every meal, whilst the fascinating tea culture is one we’re sure you’d want to indulge in.

If you’re wondering where to take the kids this year, why not take them on a journey that will teach them about an entirely new culture? Our Sri Lanka Family Holiday tour will introduce the whole family to Sri Lanka’s enviable charm, fusing adventure, history and relaxation to create the ultimate adventurous holiday. Explore vibrant temples in Dambulla, visit orphaned elephants in Adawalawe and dine with local families.

#4

Canada

Why not spend 2018 ticking off some impressive bucket list moments? Venture to the rugged beauty of Canada’s sub-arctic wilderness and you may find yourself enjoying a wildlife encounter unlike any other – the majestic polar bear.

Tundra Buggy Lodge at Polar Bear Point is one of the best places to visit should you fancy seeing these gorgeous creatures in their natural habitat. A mobile lodge home to the largest concentration of polar bears in Churchill, the daily tundra buggy excursions on this holiday are truly unforgettable. We’re certain you’ll love watching as polar bears peer in through the windows, or go about their day in the snowy canvas.

The elusive Kermode bear is also a must-see when exploring Canada. This rare subspecies of the American black bear is an unusual sight, but a glorious one, and journeying to Spirit Bear Lodge is a brilliant way to see these wonderful animals in the wild. Our four-night tour is full of wonder and excitement, including rainforest tours, whale watching and kayaking, as well as creating a tranquil experience that will make you feel at one with the wilderness.

#3

South Africa

Sipping decadent wines in The Winelands, sunbathing alongside penguins on Boulders Beach, admiring the views on a gondola rising up to Table Mountain, and spotting the magnificent Big Five in Kruger National Park…South Africa is a truly compelling destination.

They say South Africa is like a world within one country, so why only see one part? Our Cape Town, Blue Train and Safari self-drive takes in a few of the country’s most exciting areas, fusing city life with luxury rail journeys and wild safari experiences. Begin with a few days in charming Cape Town, exploring the craggy coastline and enjoying fabulous food before hopping on board the luxurious Blue Train through the ever-changing scenery of South Africa. Next, you’ll embark on a few once-in-a-lifetime game drives in Kruger National Park, before ending in KwaZulu Natal to enjoy a few cultural excursions and find even more incredible animals.

#2

Maldives

2018 should be the year you really treat yourself. Let us introduce you to the Maldives, a destination where unrivalled luxury is paired with glistening sugary sand beaches and a tranquil lifestyle, the perfect location to get away from the real world and just relax in pure paradise.

We have a wide selection of impossibly luxurious Maldivian resorts. Take for instance Hurawalhi Island Resort, a stunning property nestled on its own private coral island and offering an idyllic ambience. This retreat is utterly enchanting, ideal for couples hoping for a romantic break. We love the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant – who could resist dining on impeccable cuisine whilst watching tropical fish swim above you? JA Manafaru is wonderful too, offering the iconic water villa experience where days can be spent relaxing in your private plunge pool, taking a dip in the sea straight from your veranda, and resting in your gorgeous lounge as you watch marine life swim underneath your glass floor. Bliss.

#1

New Zealand

Why not take the chance to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience this year? Brimming with some of the most incredible natural beauty in the world, a holiday to New Zealand is an awe-inspiring experience. Lying across two exquisite islands, we have a number of tours that navigate both regions, helping you to discover jaw-dropping waterfalls, mirror-effect lakes, luscious vineyards, bubbling hot springs, and soaring glaciers. The country is teeming with amazing culture too, including traditional Maori culture in Rotorua, and of course there are a few vibrant and exciting cities to explore. New Zealand truly has it all.

Amazing self-drive tours are one of our most beloved ways to experience everything this destination has to offer. Why not take almost a month off to travel both islands with our Grand New Zealand Self-Drive? Starting at the top of the North Island and journeying to the bottom of the South Island, this road trip encapsulates everything that makes New Zealand so enticing, from the striking Bay of Islands and fascinating geothermal activity in Rotorua, to the Adventure Capital of the World and a journey on board the iconic Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.


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