CREATED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TUI
BEST FOR: Couples
This adult-only resort is the perfect spot for couples looking to relax in style. Couples massages in the Elixir Spa followed by candlelit dinners at the seafront Christiana Culinarium restaurant are a must. By day, the outdoor pool and beach offer a chance to soak up some rays. Come night, Paphos harbour and its tavernas and bars are five-minutes away. All rooms come with a balcony, rain showers and giant bath tubs.
Paphos, Cyprus; nearest airport: Paphos
From £395pp, based on three nights and flights from Gatwick Airport
BEST FOR: Italian Getaways
Recently refurbished, this bijou resort offers up views stretching towards Mount Vesuvius. From the outside, the property looks traditionally Italian – think terracotta walls and pillared balconies – but the interiors are smart and modern, with accent colours. The elegant main restaurant is decorated with Murano glass and serves traditional modern fare. Nearby Sorrento, with its beaches and great nightlife, is accessible via a courtesy shuttle bus.
Sorrento, Italy; nearest airport: Naples
From £315pp, based on three nights and flights from Birmingham Airport
BEST FOR: Beach Breaks
New for 2018, this hotel will be in pristine condition for summer jaunts. Accommodation options include suites that feature a private hot tub or terrace pool. Just 50m from the hotel is a sandy beach that forms part of the sprawling Halkidik bay, and within the resort, expect to find tennis courts, a pool – the titular blue lagoon – and spa. Daytime activities include volleyball, cookery classes and hiking.
Kalives, Greece; nearest airport: Thessalonika
From £501pp, based on three nights and flights from Gatwick Airport
BEST FOR: Foodies
This luxury Tenerife resort has a colossal ten restaurants on site: cuisine spans sushi, Mediterranean, Iberian fine-dining to tapas and Italian trattorias. Elsewhere, The Spa by Clarins offers high-end treatments, while additional sightseeing trips can include dolphin spotting, Playa San Juan beach and seafood tours across the promenade. Of the five pools, we like the sound of the Red Level, which offers an adult-only area and butler service.
Guia de Isora, Tenerife; nearest airport: Tenerife
From £486pp, based on three nights and flights from Luton Airport
BEST FOR: Families
Lyttos Beach, on Crete’s northern coast, is a long stretch of golden sand backed by two luxury hotels. This child-friendly resort offers large suites for families, and many come with their own private pools. For children, play comes courtesy of the Crazy Kitchen, Silly Science Lab and water-soaking Sprayground. Six pools, seven restaurants and a spa complete the offering.
Lyttos Beach, Greece; nearest airport: Heraklion Airport
From £471pp, based on four nights and flights from Gatwick Airport
BEST FOR: Weddings
Aphrodite Hills is a luxury resort between Paphos and Limassol in Cyprus. You couldn’t really ask for a better setting for a wedding – its hilltop position means it looks out over the Mediterranean Sea. The Retreat spa is the perfect place to get pampered the day before, while suites with a swim-up pool make the ideal hideaway for the bride and groom to stay over after the big day.
Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus; nearest airport: Paphos
From £449pp, based on four nights and flights from Bristol Airport
BEST FOR: Honeymoons
Negril is a super-chilled town on the westernmost tip of Jamaica where Bob Marley, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones came to get away from it all. Along its world-famous Seven Mile beach there’s a row of luxury hotels, including this TUI resort. Honeymooners are well catered for: the beachfront honeymoon suite offers a balcony and terrace, and rainfall shower. Snorkelling, adult-only pools and a spa are all available.
Negril, Jamaica; nearest airport: Montego Bay
From £1,032pp, based on seven nights from Gatwick Airport
BEST FOR: Girls’ Holidays
Uvero Alto is one of the most secluded villages on Punta Cana’s exclusive Coconut Coast, a majestic 50km sweep of tropical shoreline in the north-east of the Dominican Republic. It offers everything for the perfect girls’ weekend away – a spa, cookery and fitness classes, four pools and a beach filled with four-poster day beds. The Vino Vino bar is a great place to kick-start evenings, while the Lighthouse beachfront restaurant offers views over the Caribbean. We’d opt for a double swim-up room, which comes with a private terrace and sleeps up to four.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; nearest airport: Puna Cana
From £908pp, based on seven nights and flights from Bristol Airport
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