Once upon a time a holiday to European beach resort was a big deal. Places such as the Middle East, South America, Asia and even Australia and America were unthinkable unless you were super rich. Nowadays these kinds of holidays are commonplace.
The explosion in air travel has opened the world to for holidays, tours and adventures in destinations never even heard of. Whether it is a place on your bucket list, a regular summer getaway, or you are celebrating something special we have put together a list of luxury holiday destinations that will be hot, hot, hot in 2020. If you are planning a trip to one of these places next year, now is a good time to book your flights and secure your accommodation before the Joneses get there before you!
A great place for the whole family. Orlando, the Florida Keys, the Gold Coast, Miami, the Gulf Coast – The Sunshine State is packed with places to enjoy a fabulous holiday in the sun. Orlando is the world’s premier location for the most exciting theme parks in the world. Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Busch Gardens and Sea World are just a handful of the most popular theme parks Florida has to offer. If you are looking for a family holiday of a lifetime you can be sure your kids will opt for the theme parks of Florida.
Florida’s Gulf Coast is home to some of the world’s best beaches. St Pete’s and Clearwater are two great places if you want an outdoor holiday centred on the beach. Beaches are a big draw for holidays to the Florida Keys, the Gold Coast and Miami. Miami is the cool city with an unforgettable nightlife – take a trip down Ocean Drive where the beach meets the bars and the cool hang out. Don’t forget the Everglades and the myriad of golf courses which are both big draws for holidaymakers in Florida. There are so many luxury accommodation options in Florida, you will be spoilt for choice.
Business class flights to Miami from £1250 (first class from £1800)
Business class flights to Orlando from £1150 (first class from £2200)
The stunning Bahamas are a group of roughly 700 islands in the Caribbean to the south of Florida and north of Cuba. The most popular holiday destinations of all the islands are Grand Bahama, Nassau and Paradise Island which are home to many of the luxury hotels. If you are looking for an all inclusive luxury holiday to an exotic location then the Bahamas should be high on your shortlist. Sunshine, beaches, snorkelling, sailing or just relaxing in 5 star surroundings – you can have it all in the Bahamas. The soft, powdery white sands are amongst the best in the Caribbean and the crystal clear waters are an absolute joy to swim in. Dive amongst shipwrecks from the days of pirates and smugglers, explore the historic sites in Nassau, or enjoy the waterpark, casino and aquarium at the world famous Atlantis Paradise resort on Paradise Island. The best time to enjoy a luxury holiday in the Bahamas is between December – May although June to October is fine to go but it does experience occasional rainfall through these months. July to November is hurricane season in the Caribbean.
Business class flights to the Bahamas from £1900 (first class from £2900)
Phuket is a tropical paradise popular with visitors who are drawn by the fabulous beaches and luxurious accommodation. There are lots of luxury seafront resorts to choose from in Phuket, great diving, scuba diving and water sports, idyllic rainforests to escape to and much more. Phuket is Thailand’s largest island found in the warm waters of the Andaman Sea and one of the most popular destinations in southeast Asia. Return flights to Phuket cost from £420 in economy, £540 in premium economy, business class flights to Phuket from £1290 and first class from £2600.
If you are looking for a great place for an adventure, Chile is an excellent choice. There are various environments including deserts, polar islands and over 30 national parks to enjoy. The accommodation is varied with luxury resorts and some beautiful boutique hotels. Popular places to visit include the Atacama Desert, Patagonia and of course the capital, Santiago. British Airways fly direct to Santiago from London Heathrow 4 times each week with flights taking just under 15 hours. Flights that make a stop will take longer but could offer better value.
Flights to Santiago from the UK can be booked with The Savvy Flyer with huge savings available on published fares.
Typical return flights. Economy flights to Santiago from £580, premium economy from £790, business class from £1980, First Class from £3900. More about flights to Santiago
A perennial favourite for holidaymakers and honeymooners, the Maldives oozes luxury and beauty. Crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, private islands, turquoise lagoons, tropical wildlife and fabulous service are just a handful of the reasons people looking for a luxury holiday turn to the Maldives. Luxurious accommodation (often with your own private swimming pool), fine dining, 5-star service and 8 hours of sunshine a day add to the feeling of complete happiness and relaxation.
The Maldives are a unique island nation in the Indian Ocean comprising of over 1000 islands dotted around 26 ring shaped atolls. It is located around 1000 kilometres south west of Sri Lanka and a little further away from the southern tip of India. There are over 80 islands where resorts are situated so there are plenty of different options whether you are travelling for a honeymoon, family holiday or romantic getaway with you loved one.
Typical return flights. Economy flights to the Maldives from £480, business class from £1300, First Class from £2100. More about flights to the Maldives
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