Cruise & Stay
Cruise & Stay is a great option if you fancy extending your holiday and getting to see more of a particular destination. You can spend a week cruising, followed by 3, 4 or 7 nights at one of our cherry-picked hotels or apartments. Or you can do it the other way around and spend 7 nights in a hotel before setting sail.
All the Caribbean stereotypes are present and correct in Jamaica. Along the coast, you’ve got white sands fringed by palms, and ramshackle beach bars serving up jerk chicken to Bob Marley beats. Inland, meanwhile, hidden waterfalls, banana plantations and soaring mountains vie for your attention. Best of all, the scenery is served up alongside Jamaica’s famous take-it-easy vibe.
Dubai And Emirates
Seven states make up the United Arab Emirates – or UAE for short – a country in the south-east of the Arabian Peninsula. Not too long ago, this corner of the world wasn’t much more than a sprawling desert. Nowadays, sand dunes give way to skycrapers, in one of the fastest-growing places on the planet.
The third-largest island of the Canaries, Gran Canaria is part of the world’s vintage collection, because it’s been attracting holidaymakers since the 19th century. And, with its collection of long, sandy beaches and hidden coves, its legendary, round-the-clock nightlife and its traditional hamlets, it seems that this spot will be a popular holiday destination for years to come.
Resorts like Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos and Playa de la Arena boast large, sandy beaches that have attracted holidaymakers for hundreds of years – starting with Britain’s Queen Victoria in the 19th century and continuing to today, when 450,000 tourists a year travel to Tenerife. The year-round sunshine, tonnes of watersports and beachfront cafes, bars and clubs make the beaches of this island hard to beat.
Croatia turned up on the UK’s tourism timeline fashionably late. In fact, it was only in the last years of the Nineties that the country started to find its feet in the mainstream market. Nowadays, though, more than 10 million people holiday here every year.
Costa Del Sol
Britain’s love affair with the Costa del Sol has just passed the diamond anniversary point. It was slightly more than 60 years ago that holidaymakers from the UK started to head to Spain’s southern coast. Today, the relationship couldn’t be stronger. Not only do thousands of visitors travel over here every year, but 300,000 expats now call this place home.
From the stripes of the national flag to its sugar cube villas and sparkling seas, Greece wears a uniform of blue and white. But Corfu throws an extra colour into the mix – green. Known as the Emerald Isle, the second-largest of the Ionian Islands is covered in cypress trees, olive groves and wild flowers.
The biggest of the Balearics, Majorca has long been a favourite with the world’s travel pack. It’s got extremely good looks on its side, after all. We’re talking tiny inlets, sweeping bays and sandy coves, all lapped by turquoise waters. And away from the coast, it’s a case of sweet-smelling pine forests, hidden hamlets and jagged mountain peaks.
On the surface, Barbados ticks off all the Caribbean clichés – white sands, bright-blue waters, coconut palms. But look closer and you’ll find this little island’s got a British slant to it. Think afternoon tea on the terrace, cricket matches on manicured greens, and elegant colonial houses.
Cyprus has the kind of setting that location scouts dream of. It’s anchored in the Mediterranean Sea and, like all good Med islands, it dishes up plenty of sandy beaches, ancient sights, and bars and restaurants. Plus, the fact it’s close to Turkey and Lebanon gives it an exotic twist.