Our list of the most luxurious long-haul holiday destinations from the UK are popular choices for UK holidaymakers looking for a 5 star escape to a destination in a country far, far away. Whether it is the golf courses and theme parks in Florida, a sun drenched island in the Caribbean or a tranquil beachfront lodge in the Maldives, these destinations will have you packing your donning your flight socks and packing your finest holiday shirt and lots of sun cream.
An archipelago of over 1000 coral islands, the naturally beautiful Maldives is a perennial favourite for holiday makers and honeymooners looking for a luxury beach holiday where sun, sea and sand are the big attraction. Luxurious accommodation in beautiful surroundings where blue lagoons, soft white sand and coral reefs are the order of the day in the Maldives, your only problem is choosing which of the beautiful islands to enjoy your holiday. Maafushi, Bolifushi, Ari Atoll, Kuramathi, Kanifushi and Hulmale are popular choices so If you want to be pampered or snorkel your way amongst the tropical fish among a coral reef, relax on a sundeck with a good book or just marvel at your incredible surroundings take your pick of 4&5 star hotels across the islands.
Top Luxury Hotel: Jumeirah Vittaveli in Bolifushi, Maldives
This 5-star resort comprises 89 villas and suites each with their own swimming pool and direct access to the beach or lagoon. The private and spacious villas are available with one or two bedrooms making them the ideal accommodation for both families and couples.
Best Premium Cabin Flights: Business class flights to the Maldives from £1300. First class flights from £2100
Mountains, forests, rice paddies, temples, beaches and coral reefs…it has to be Bali. The Indonesian island of Bali is a cultural enigma, on the one hand you have the resorts like Kuta where the long stretch of sandy beach and beachfront bars ensure a vibrant nightlife and on the other you have yoga retreats and a very spiritual place with ornate palaces and temples. There are resorts for all tastes in Bali so whatever type of holiday you want you will find your perfect slice of paradise here. Popular resorts include Kuta, Ubud, Seminyak, Tembok and Nusa Dua. Go between March and October for the best weather.
Top Luxury Hotel: Spa Village Resort in Tembok, Bali
Set against a lush landscape of mystical peaks and the vivid blue sea, this peaceful spa resort is a unique Bali escape, tucked away on the tip of the island’s northeastern coast.
Best Premium Cabin Flights: Business class flights to Bali from £1550. First class flights from £2200
If you are looking for a luxurious family friendly destination, then look no further than Orlando – your whole family will love this fun filled holiday hotspot. The theme parks are numerous with Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, Magic Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, SeaWorld, Epcot and more. The world-famous theme parks are the big draw here but the state of Florida offers much for visitors from the UK. Golf lovers will find plenty of courses around Orlando and beyond whilst party animals should head to Miami and soak up the spectacular nightlife at one of the USA’s best beach holiday destinations. South Beach is a mecca for bars, fine food and boutique shopping then head to Ocean Drive for a bit of clubbing until the early hours.
Top Luxury Hotel: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
At the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort™, fun gets an Italian accent—and everyone gets to have an unforgettable time. The hotel is located on the grounds of Universal Orlando™, so the thrills couldn’t be any closer.
Best Premium Cabin Flights: Business class flights to Orlando from £1150. First class flights from £2200
Another location renowned for its beaches but wow what beaches they are. Barbados is home to some of the best beaches in the world. Naturally stunning, Barbados is a fabulous island where fresh seafood and Bajan cuisine are a must when you can drag yourself off the beach. Sandy Lane, Dover Beach, Mullins, Folkestone beach are just a few of the favourites on the island. Away from the beaches take a trip to Bridgetown, the world heritage site home to the Parliament buildings, Heroes Square, St Michaels Cathedral and much more. Head to the harbour to enjoy some food and watch the luxury yachts and fishermen heading in for the night. The lush interior is beautiful and well worth exploring.
Best Premium Cabin Flights: Business class flights to Barbados from £100. First class to Barbados from £1800
Classy Koh Samui
Top quality resorts, palm fringed beaches, crystal clear tropical waters, rainforests…it must be Koh Samui. The tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand is a wonderful destination for a luxury getaway. When it comes to indulgent accommodation in Koh Samui you will be spoilt for choice with a selection of 5-star beachfront resorts, opulent spa breaks and beautiful boutique hotels. A haven for budget travellers and wealthy holidaymakers, Koh Samui is a tropical paradise ideal for a relaxing beach break but with plenty to see and do as well. Incredible views, scintillating sunsets, spa treatments, scuba diving, snorkelling, boat trips, beach bars, jungle treks, historical temples, yoga sessions there is plenty to enjoy when you take a holiday in Koh Samui.
Top Luxury Hotel: Four Seasons Koh Samui
Escape to the pristine luxury of white sandy beaches surrounded by lush tropical greenery. Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui is the perfect place to discover the idyllic bliss of island life
Best Premium Cabin Flights: Business class flights to Koh Samui from £1240. First class flights from £2890
We hope you enjoyed these outstanding destinations. We’ll be publishing more top class long haul holiday hot spots soon.