For anybody with lockdown financial savings prepared to be blown on a once-in-a-lifetime, scorching-hot vacation, the Maldives ticks all the proper bins.
Patina Maldives (patinahotels.com) is on the man-made Fari Islands archipelago on North Male Atoll and is house to 110 suites and villas, every designed to provide most privateness.
The resort has been developed with the purpose of connecting with the pure panorama, the place wood-clad villas and forests guarantee a relaxed vibe.
The luxurious Patina Maldives resort, pictured, is house to 110 suites and villas, every designed to provide most privateness
Order a cocktail and take a dip in your non-public pool or the ever-present Indian Ocean, protected in the information that the climate will at all times be superb and the tempo deliciously sluggish.
Seven nights from £6,170pp, together with flights and transfers, primarily based on two friends sharing (carrier.co.uk).
With plentiful flights, myriad resort choices and relentless desert sun, the United Arab Emirates is the excellent go-to for these in quest of assured hot climate.
Caesars Palace Dubai, a part of the Bluewaters Island improvement, is the place to be for individuals who need to recharge with out having to enterprise past their resort.
Its 12 eating choices embody Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen, and friends will discover swimming pools galore and direct seaside entry, so as soon as you arrive there’s no want to transfer on. Keen explorers, nonetheless, can simply entry the metropolis by way of a brand new pedestrian bridge which stretches throughout the glowing Arabian Sea to the iconic Jumeirah Beach Resort.
The 12 eating choices at Caesars Palace Dubai embody Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen, pictured above
Rooms from £309 per night time primarily based on two adults sharing (caesars.com/dubai).
Along the coast in Abu Dhabi, Mandarin Oriental’s opulent Emirates Palace is the final spot for some seafront downtime. Tucked away in a pure bay with its personal non-public marina, this waterside haven is decked out in basic Arabian type however with all the trendy luxurious touches you’d count on from a top-end resort.
Infinity swimming pools with non-public cabanas provide views throughout the ocean and make for a memorable place to sip on a cocktail as the sun goes down.
For these after a visit out, there’s the possibility of kayaking round close by mangroves or taking in historical past and tradition at the Grand Mosque or Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Rooms from £370 per night time (mandarinoriental.com).
Mandarin Oriental’s opulent Emirates Palace, pictured above, is tucked away in a pure bay with its personal non-public marina
Pictured is the Majlis Suite at the Emirates Palace. There, rooms are decked out in basic Arabian type with trendy touches
Desert sun can also be promised on the northern tip of Qatar, the place Zulal Wellness Resort is the excellent place to reset and recharge, with loads of restorative indoor areas for cooling off and chilling out.
Average temperatures in summer season are a blistering 37C (98F), however they’re a much more manageable 21C (70F) in January, which means the resort’s lagoon and seashores are ripe for winter-sun-seekers. Two separate areas – the adults-only Zulal Serenity and family-friendly Zulal Discovery – each characteristic conventional Qatari spas and glossy rooms.
Throw in star-filled night time skies and a visit to this under-visited nook of the Middle East guarantees a memorable break no matter time of 12 months. From £768 per room, per night time primarily based on two sharing (zulal.com)
Cool off, sit back: A room at Zulal Wellness Resort in Qatar, the place friends are invited to reset and recharge
Closer to house, a three-hour flight takes you to Tunisia and its picture-postcard seashores. Major tour operators and airways have returned to the nation in recent times, and Hammamet, at the south-eastern finish of the Cap Bon peninsula, stays the must-visit spot for lovers of soppy sands and heat waters.
The huge Great Mosque, the largest in North Africa, and the labyrinthine medina nonetheless have the similar draw as they did when the resort first grew to become widespread with vacationers a century in the past.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive at the Steigenberger Marhaba Thalasso spa resort prices £361pp (tui.co.uk).
Enjoy Tunisia’s picture-postcard seashores throughout your keep at the Steigenberger Marhaba Thalasso spa resort, pictured
If that’s not adventurous sufficient, then sun-lovers with the urge for a really spectacular getaway ought to check out Lengishu, a personal house in the Borana Conservancy, a rhino sanctuary in Laikipia, northern Kenya.
With area for 12 friends unfold throughout the major home and 4 attractive cottages, it has sweeping views over a few of jap Africa’s best wilderness.
Without the constraints of different friends, you set the itinerary and select when you go on inclusive sport drives or horse rides by way of the bush. There’s even the likelihood to observe rhinos on foot.
A seven-night keep at Lengishu prices from £8,837pp primarily based on 12 sharing. Prices embody flights, transfers, full-board lodging and safari (abercrombiekent.co.uk, 01242 386500).
Pictured is the Fish Eagle room at Lengishu, a personal house in the Borana Conservancy in northern Kenya
Back on the journey map too is Sri Lanka, and its plentiful lush landscapes provide an exquisite escape. Kumbura, a just lately restored and lovely villa, sleeps eight throughout 4 rooms. Set inside verdant forest and paddy fields, it’s just some miles inland from the metropolis of Galle and a world away from the rush of on a regular basis life again house.
Its infinity pool appears to be like out throughout great surroundings, whereas monkeys and peacocks roam the grounds.
Check out the native meals scene or chill and let the housekeeper tempt you with basic Sri Lankan dishes. Nightly charges begin at £270 (edenvillas.com).
The Caribbean is an apparent possibility for anybody who craves warmth regardless of the time of 12 months.
Kumbura Villa in Sri Lanka, pictured above, is about inside verdant forest and paddy fields
A bed room with an out of doors tub at Palm Heights, the newest opening on Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach
Away from the busier islands, Palm Heights, the newest opening on Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach, is a dream vacation spot. Its Palm Heights Athletics providing is made for individuals who need to get in form, with sundown Pilates, yoga and meditation on the rooftop surrounded by blissed-out views.
Venture inland for a hike alongside Mastic Trail, a path by way of the island’s final subtropical forest, and take a ship out over clear waters for a few of the Caribbean’s best snorkelling. From £469pp per night time (palmheights.com).
With pink rock buttes, pine forests, the Grand Canyon and a laidback vibe, Arizona’s recognition has soared in recent times, with the desert city of Sedona at its coronary heart.
And simply exterior city, and billed as North America’s first panorama resort, is the Ambiente, a blow-the-budget possibility (ambientesedona.com). Its 40 ‘atriums’ – standalone suites – have been constructed on metal piers utilizing rusted steel and bronze-tinted glass to mix in with the setting and replicate the sensational mild of this wild area.
A seven-night room-only keep, together with BA flights from Heathrow to Phoenix and automotive rent, prices from £5,995pp (bon-voyage.co.uk, 0800 316 3012).
Those after a much less lavish possibility ought to head two hours south to Scottsdale and verify in to The Saguaro, an excellent base for exploring the desert and the city’s mid-century structure. Five nights’ room-only plus flights to Phoenix prices from £1,183pp (ba.com).
For a chilled-out, beach-focused tackle California, try Encinitas, simply north of San Diego. The just lately opened Alila Marea Beach Resort has 130 backyard and coastal-view rooms, with a waterfront pool and rooftop patio looking over the Pacific. Modern with minimalist decor, this resort is about pared-back luxurious.
Summer stretches late into the 12 months right here, which suggests it’s nice for a dose of winter sun with the added good thing about time to discover the city’s arts scene and revel in eating in the plentiful cafes.
Prices begin from £335 per night time (alilahotels.com).
Pacific ocean view: Alila Marea Beach Resort close to San Diego (pictured) boasts 130 backyard and coastal-view rooms
For the final long-haul journey, Australia’s attract as a once-in-a-lifetime vacation spot stays undimmed, particularly with its scorching summers heating up simply as the UK heads into winter.
While the nation nonetheless has extreme journey restrictions on vacationers due to its Covid clampdown, there are hopes that quarantine durations will start to ease, so holidays may quickly be again on the playing cards.
Long-term planners ought to take a look at Flinders Ranges in South Australia, which provides an Outback escape with the likelihood to steep your self in Aboriginal tradition and historical past. Keep a watch out for wallabies, galahs (pink cockatoos) and kangaroos, and soak up a few of the southern hemisphere’s clearest night time skies. Rawnsley Park has choices to go well with a variety of budgets. Its fabulous eco-villas, with retractable roofs for stargazing and daytime views throughout the pure amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound, are the decide of the bunch, with costs ranging from about £260 per night time (rawnsleypark.com.au).