Summertime, and the choices are easy.
With summer just around the corner, many people are beginning to get those beach bodies in shape, dreaming of lazy days in crystal blue waters with cocktails in coconuts as far as the eye can see. But with so many incredible destinations on offer, choosing the perfect getaway can some-times be a little tricky. So, we’ve put together our top 5 summer holiday destinations to give your upcoming relaxation, a little inspiration.
NUMBER 1. THAILAND
From gigantic Buddhas and non-stop bustle in Bangkok to bountiful beaches and a slower scene down south, a holiday to Thailand is an enchanting and beautiful experience. Once you have ex-plored the capital’s Grand Palace, nightlife and shopping, the southern beach resorts beckon.
Scattered in the Gulf of Thailand down the southern stretch of the country are islands such as Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan. Over on the west side, opt for one of the gorgeous beach resorts of Kra-bi and Phuket or the many James Bond-style islands of limestone cliffs, such as Koh Yao Noi and Koh Phi Phi. For a quieter pace of life Hua Hin, favoured by the Thai royal family, may appeal. Alter-natively, head north to Chiang Mai for temples, Thai cooking classes and elephant conservation centres. Further north still is Chiang Rai, where densely forested national parks hide numerous hill-tribes.
NUMBER 2. MALDIVES
Offering the ultimate island retreat for beach lovers, divers, families and incurable romantics alike, a Maldives holiday has a lot to offer for visitors. The Maldives is a stunning archipelago scattered across the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Just over 1000 coral islands are strung together in 26 clusters or atolls.
The home of ‘no shoes, no news’, the Maldives offers modern barefoot luxury at its very best. Lagoons teeming with marine life and house reefs just moments from the shore make your holi-day in the Maldives ideal for snorkelling and diving. Chill out and relax with a good book and enjoy the stunning surroundings or pamper yourself with a blissful spa treatment. Some of the best and most unique spas in the world can be found here, whether underwater, in the jungle or over the ocean.
NUMBER 3. DUBAI
Ancient traditions, beautiful beaches and dramatic desert come together in Dubai, with an added dose of modern luxury. Look up at the daring architecture, but also look around the hidden corners of Bastakiya, an old district of Dubai close to the souks of Deira, where wooden dhows wait to head off into the Arabian Gulf to sell their wares.
From glittering malls to spice souks Dubai is a must for retail therapy. Enjoy desert life with a stay in a Bedouin-style camp or sample the exhilaration of dune bashing. With incredible waterparks, at-tractions and aquariums, Dubai is a great family-friendly destination, but equally, couples will find many luxurious hangouts from glamorous bars to restaurants that now feature among the top 100 in Restaurant magazine’s best in the world.
NUMBER 4. ITALY
To travel to Italy is to live the real-life experience of delving into a good book – full of the rustic splendours of Rome, the quaint buildings that line the streets of Venice and the bustling noise of Florence. Coupled with the warmth and friendliness of Italians and excellent service in all avenues, Italy is the ideal get-away haven.
From the streets of Pompeii and the leaning tower of Pisa, to Florence’s Gothic cathedral – Santa Maria del Fiore – you will never run out of places to see. Take a slow boat ride down the candle-lit canals of Venice and stand in awe at the sheer magnitude of the Colosseum. Its sheer beauty and architectural integrity shows detailed insight into lives past, frozen in time. Whether you’re looking for a family get-away, a solitary trek into the mystic routes of Tuscany or an unforgettable honey-moon – a tour of Italy approaches a splendour that surpasses all fantasies.
NUMBER 5. SRI LANKA
The first thing you will notice about a Sri Lanka escape will be the warm welcome that awaits visi-tors to this captivating island. Holiday goers can expect a wealth of opportunity to explore mystical cities laden with the pleasant scent of tea plantations and rich exotic spices.
Nestled in the Indian Ocean, it boasts a unique combination of dramatic and diverse scenery and a distinctive history and heritage. The lush hill country in the centre of the island gives way to end-less coastlines and stunning beaches. Home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 15 National Parks and reserves and 500,000 acres of tea plantations, it offers a wealth of opportunity to ex-plore and discover.
So, pack a bag, get equipped with a swimming costume and sun lotion and book your tickets with your LeuPay VISA today! Happy holidays.