If you have left planning your summer holiday until the very last-minute, now is the perfect time to search through those shiny travel brochures or scour the internet for that special holiday you have been dreaming about since your last trip somewhere warm and exotic.
With our busy lifestyles, it can be easy to put things off, but with just 168 days until the end of the year (sorry!), you may find that if you do not book your trip soon, another year will pass you by and your bucket list will be getting longer rather than shorter!
The world is big and the choice is vast, so to help you get in the holiday mood, we thought we would share some of our favourites – with 5 Hotels, 5 Countries, and 5 Fabulous Holiday Destinations:
Mondrian Hotel, Miami Beach, USA
Miami Beach is a wonderful destination at any time of year, and while you may see some rain during the next couple of months, the temperatures remain warm and there is still plenty of sunshine around. The Mondrian Hotel is an uber-cool luxury hotel on the bay side of Miami, far enough away to relax and unwind, but close enough to enjoy everything the gorgeous sunshine state has to offer.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Gansbaai, South Africa
It may still be ‘winter’ in the Western Cape of South Africa, but there is much for the traveller to see and do. Safari’s, wine tasting tours, and shark-cage diving are just some of the activities waiting for you, and if you treat yourself to the magnificent Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, you will stay in one of the finest hotels in all Africa.
Vila Joya, Algarve, Portugal
The Vila Joya (Jewellery Box) Hotel is one of Portugal’s best-kept secrets. Perching on the cliff tops overlooking the Mediterranean; it is a fantastic destination for those looking for something truly unique. Upon arrival, you are greeted with the words “welcome to paradise”, and once you have dined on one of their exquisite 7-course menus, you will understand exactly why they call it that!
Meliá Zanzibar Hotel, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Zanzibar, also referred to as ‘The Island of Spice’, is an enchanting island sitting in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. A short hop from Tanzania mainland, this island in the sun is perfect for those looking for a romantic getaway, and if you are looking for luxury, look no further than the Meliá Zanzibar Hotel. A five-star all-inclusive property with private beach, it is simply breathtaking.
Sofitel Hotel, Costa Do Sauipe, Brazil
While we usually avoid large chain hotels in favour of smaller, locally owned properties, the Sofitel Hotel on the Costa Do Sauipe coast of Brazil is certainly worth a mention. Combining the luxury of a five-star hotel with a huge expanse of coastline, this is a wonderful destination for beach bums who enjoy nothing more than sipping an ice-cold Caipirinha while listening to the soft sounds of the waves and the Samba!
Wherever you are heading off on holiday – we hope you have the time of your life!