We have already seen the Maldives, Bali, Florida, Barbados and Florida in our original post about the top luxury long haul holiday destinations popular with UK holidaymakers looking for an opulent place to enjoy a week or two. Quite clearly there are a lot more than 5 luxury holiday destinations with regular departures from the UK. Whether it is the stunning beauty of St Lucia, the excitement of Dubai, or maybe a lodge where you can see some animals.
Stunning St Lucia
To the north of Barbados, you will come across the small but perfectly formed island of St Lucia. An absolute gem popular with UK holidaymakers looking for luxury in the Caribbean, St Lucia is a stunningly beautiful island. Where do we start when it comes to St Lucia. First up there are some fabulous beaches with the best places for a beach holiday along the western coast where the calming, crystal clear waters lap up against soft sandy beaches. Adventure lovers will love the tropical jungles and waterfalls in the interior which are topped with volcanic peaks. Rodney Bay, Smugglers Bay, Cap Estate and Soufriere are worth a look as all are brilliant St Lucia resorts.
Top Luxury Hotel: Cap Maison secluded location near Rodney Bay
The luxurious Cap Maison is a beautiful resort in a great location within easy reach of Rodney Bay. The views are stunning.
Best Premium Cabin Flights: Business class flights to St Lucia from £1175. First class flights from £1800
Duty Free Dubai
Duty free shopping in Dubai is great but there are better reasons to visit this United Arab Emirates sheikdom. The best reason to visit Dubai is the sheer number of exciting and diverse things to do such as The Dubai Fountain, Ski Dubai, At The Top (stunning views from the Burj Khalifa), Dubai Aquarium, Gold Souk and IMG Worlds of Adventure. A reasonable flight time from the UK and the number of regular flights from the UK add to the appeal of Dubai. When it comes to luxury accommodation in Dubai, you will be spoilt for choice. Atlantis The Palm, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach, The Palace, Al Maha Desert Resort and Anantara are just a few of the opulent hotels in the city.
Top Luxury Hotel: Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Best Premium Cabin Flights: Business class flights to Dubai from £850. First class flights from £1900
Lavish Las Vegas
Las Vegas is a unique city in Nevada’s Mojave Desert. Where else can you visit impressive replicas of the Eiffel Tower, an Egyptian pyramid and Venice’s Grand Canal along with mesmerising musical fountains, a pirate ship, rollercoasters and see world renowned musical shows, popstars and magicians every day. The Strip is the focal point of the action in Las Vegas and is where you will find most of the casinos, hotels and entertainment the city has to offer. This 4-mile stretch is an incredible area which truly comes to life at night, but it is not the only place to spend your holiday in Las Vegas. Downtown is worth a visit, don’t forget Hoover dam and of course the Grand Canyon when here. A helicopter trip to the Grand Canyon is a great way to see it, with a champagne breakfast of course.
Top Luxury Hotel: The Bellagio
Best Premium Cabin Flights: Business class flights to Las Vegas from £1450. First class flights from £2400
Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park in South Africa is one of the world’s most remarkable nature reserves, home to the big 5 and a plethora of other wildlife. Don’t think you need to rough it when booking a safari holiday at Kruger, luxury abounds here with a selection of lodges that provide world class comfort and service. The safari drives, which are available day or night, will give you the opportunity to catch a glimpse of leopards, lions, buffalo, elephants, rhino (the big five), cheetahs, hippo and many more beautiful creatures. A luxury safari in Kruger National Park is a great choice for a special anniversary, honeymoon or just for a once in a lifetime holiday.
Best Premium Cabin Flights: Business class flights to Johannesburg from £1050. First class flights from £2500
The extraordinary natural beauty of Phuket is one of the many reasons why it is a popular luxury holiday destination. It has some outstanding beaches, especially along the western shores of the Andaman Sea with several high-quality resorts and spas to choose from. The palm fringed beaches loaded with fine white sand are a joy to spend some downtime and soak up the sun but the island offers plenty of attractions if your idea of a holiday is exploration and discovery. Phang Nga Bay with James Bond Island is a stunning sight with the sheer limestone cliffs and emerald green waters, Bangla road is the place for nightlife, there are markets, island hopping trips, temples, elephant sanctuaries, temples and many more places of interest and sights to explore.
Best Premium Cabin Flights: Business class flights to Phuket from £1290. First class to Phuket from £2600