If you’re struggling to get excited about a week sitting on a beach for this year’s summer holiday, we’ve come up with some alternative destinations which might turn into your holiday of a lifetime. Whether you’re looking for the ultimate in pampering and luxury or an adventure into a completely new culture, read on to hear our suggestions for a unique holiday in summer 2011.
Fancy all of the luxury of a designer boutique hotel set in a location which thrums with cultural experiences? Try the state of the art Hotel Missoni Kuwait due to open March 2011, with exquisite design features, ingenious technology and an authentic experience. The hotel is nestled in the wealthy Kuwait City and encourages visitors to explore the intriguing combination of Western wealth and strict Islam ideals. Both British Airways and Kuwait Airways fly directly from London to Kuwait International Airport; flights take around 7 hours direct.
Doha is the name on every body’s lips at the moment, after the shock decision to award the 2022 World Cup to the city. However, even for those with no interest in football, Doha has a wealth of museums, attractions and the wonderful Palm Tree Island. It is tipped to become one of the premier cities in the Gulf, so expect holidays to the city to become more common! Qatar Airways flies directly from the UK to Doha; alternatively, why not try splitting your holiday – spending some time in Abu Dhabi before flying on to Doha?
If you’d like your shopping holiday to be more than just New York or Paris, try staying at the Langham Xintiandi in Shanghai. Positioned right in the centre of the international designer boutiques, this hotel allows you to shop ‘til you drop and then pamper yourself after. If you’re looking for a different shopping experience, this is it. There are regular flights from the UK to Shanghai – flights take around 12 hours and depart from a range of UK airports.
If you’re a fan of the ‘staycation’ why don’t you try something a little different this year – visit Jersey. The southernmost isle of Britain, it’s actually closer to France – and has a similar climate! Try visiting Elizabeth Castle, in Saint Helier – at high tide a ferry transports visitors across, or if you time it right, you can walk across the beach – just don’t get caught by the incoming tide! Jersey is great for families, but also a nice escape if you’re just looking for a relaxing weekend. It’s possible to fly to Jersey Airport from both the UK and France, with flights from London taking only 50 minutes.
1. Bay of Fire, Tasmania
If you’re looking for white sands, pristine waters and unspoilt views, Tasmania’s Bay of Fire may be for you. While nightlife may be a bit scarce, if you’re looking for a beach holiday to remember, the Bay of Fire will definitely impress.
You’ll need to take an internal Australian flight to Launceston to get to the Bay of Fire; flights depart from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Seeing as you’ll have to fly into one of these cities first, why not spend a few days enjoying the urban sprawl before relaxing in the beautiful setting of Tasmania?