Our top 10 ultimate getaways for 2023

As 2022 draws to a close, you may be wondering where 2023 will take you. With so much of the world having only reopened this year, many of us are eager to travel to further afield places and discover new countries and cultures, and with so many places to explore, it can be hard to choose just one destination. We’re here to help, with our handpicked guide of the ultimate destinations to travel to in 2023. 

Mexico

WHY: We believe everyone should visit Mexico at least once (not least for the tequila!) Home to some of the world’s best beaches, as well as incredible food and warm hospitality, this part of the planet has something to offer for everyone. From historic monuments to bustling cities and upbeat party towns, whether you’re travelling with your significant other, or family or friends, we guarantee you’ll fall in love with Mexico. 

WHEN:- The best time to visit Mexico is throughout their high season - that’s December through until April. You’ll experience sun soaked days and balmy nights with little to no rainfall.

WHERE TO STAY: If you’re travelling with family, we recommend staying close by to the Xcaret Park in Playa Del Carmen. Within easy reach of picturesque beaches, freshwater springs and colonial architecture of the The Yucatán Peninsula, little ones love the slides and attractions at Xcaret’s Children’s World. Afterwards, opt to enjoy Playa Del Carmen’s bohemian vibe and fall in love with the stunning scenery and architecture. If you’re looking for a more upbeat atmosphere, Downtown Cancun is renowned for its nightlife scene, home to an array of restaurants, bars and clubs. Dreams Sapphire Resort & Spa is our most popular family resort, boasting a prime beachfront location, limitless dining option and waterpark access.

BALI

WHY: Bali has seen increased popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Best seen when exploring its vast cultural and natural heritage, Bali is home to idyllic beaches perfect for snorkelling or diving, as well as year-round tropical weather, beautiful landscapes and a rich culinary scene. Any beach stay to Bali should be accompanied by an extension to Ubud, the cultural heart of the island surrounded by rice paddy vistas and with a glorious backdrop of the island’s volcanoes. 

WHEN: Bali is a great destination to visit year-round, with the weather averaging 27 degrees even in the cooler months. However, if you want to skip the crowds, we recommend visiting Bali between May and August.

WHERE TO STAY: Bali is home to a number of incredible locations, each with something different to offer. To make the most of your visit, we recommend one of our expertly curated Twin Centre holidays. Experience both beach and jungle on Bali Beach and Ubud twin centre, compromised of a stay at two 5* hotels. To discover Bali’s natural beauty, our Bali and Lombok itinerary will take you on a tour of some lesser visited gems.

Sharm El Sheikh 

WHY: An area steeped in history, there’s an abundance of reasons why a trip to Sharm El Sheikh needs to be on your bucket list. Home to year round warm weather and sunshine, the area is one of the world’s top diving locations, with the Ras Mohammed and Tiran Island reefs home to an array of marine life. If you want to keep your feet on dry land, you can spend your days on incredible beaches - we recommend escaping the crowds at the Nabq National Park - or exploring vibrant markets in The Old Town. The Monastery, a UNESCO world heritage site at the base of Mount Sinai, is also well worth a visit. 

WHEN: The warmest months in Sharm El Sheikh are June, July, August and September, though the weather is warm all year round, making it a great destination if you’re seeking some winter sun. 

WHERE TO STAY: Experience uncompromised luxury at the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh. 5* service comes as standard with the Four Seasons Brand, and this location is no exception - boasting panoramic views, a private golden-sand beach and 12 dining options. 

Corfu

WHY:  You don’t have to travel across the globe to discover white sand beaches - Corfu boasts some of the best in the world, lapped by crystal clear waters and infinite blue. The island is home to breathtaking scenery, including the world famous coastline of Paleokastrista, renowned for its unparalleled natural beauty. Elsewhere on the island, Corfu Town is regarded as one of most beautiful towns in Greece, scattered with picturesque buildings, quaint coffee shops and incredible restaurants.

WHEN:- Corfu boasts a Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and mild winters. The warmest and sunniest weather can be experienced between June and August, though it’s warm enough to enjoy the beaches through until October.

WHERE TO STAY: MarBella Corfu is ideal for both couples and families alike, with designated adults-only areas and attractions catered to little ones. With panoramic views across the Ionian Sea, the hotel boasts a prime location, 5* service and luxury amenities as standard.

Barbados 

WHY: Barbados is famous for its charming Caribbean hospitality and vibrant culture. The South coast is generally considered the livelier area: thrillseekers can enjoy an abundance of activities from ziplining to surfing - you’ll have your pick of the Atlantic Ocean or Caribbean Sea.  On the West Coast, the vibe is more laid back and the area more tourist driven thanks to its pristine beaches and historic areas of Bridgetown and Holetown, both of which are a treasure trove of activities. If you do just one thing on your trip, make sure it's a rum distillery tour. 

WHEN: Enjoy stunning weather and cultural festivities when you travel from November until April. If you want to do Barbados like a local, we recommend travelling in time for the Barbados Food and Rum festival, a celebration of food that showcases the very best local talent. This usually falls in November, and is well worth experiencing. 

WHERE TO STAY: A Barbados wouldn’t be complete without a stay at the iconic Sandy Lane Resort. The renowned hotel has been a firm favourite for the rich and famous since its opening in 1961, and is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious resorts in the world.

Mauritius 

WHY: When you picture Mauritius, you picture incredible beaches - and you’d be correct, but it’s also much more than just a beach location. Boasting a tropical climate, the island - which is situated just east of Madagascar, boasts mountainous regions, as well as jungle surroundings and bustling towns. Day to day, you can enjoy a wide range of adrenaline fuelled activities, from horseback riding to hiking or quad biking. Of course, if you do want a slower paced and more relaxed adventure, the beaches are pretty spectacular too. 

WHEN: The island boasts a mild climate year round, though the best time to visit is throughout their summer, which falls from October through until April. This is the best time to enjoy the sea, and it’s also tropical fruit season, which means fresh mangoes and dragon-eye fruits will be available to taste at various stalls throughout the island. 

WHERE TO STAY: Surround yourself with 5* luxury at the One & Only Le Saint Geran. One of our most popular resorts in Mauritius, this beachfront property overlooking the Indian Ocean is home to kids’ and teens’ clubs, six incredible dining options and a private lagoon beach.

 Oman 

WHY: Now free of restrictions, the lesser known neighbour of the UAE is begging to be explored. A country immersed in natural beauty, you’ll discover everything from mountains, desert and incredible beaches. Days can be spent soaking up the culture whilst you explore the souks and sample traditional Omani cuisine. The Omani people have been dubbed as the most friendly in the world, taking pride in their generosity and hospitality - a quick lunch stop often turns into long conversations over coffee and dates, somewhat of a tradition throughout Oman. 

WHEN: High season in Oman is October through until March, where temperatures average 25 degrees. This time of year sees little to no rainfall, so you can enjoy Oman’s vast landscapes without the risk of getting caught in a shower. 

WHERE TO STAY: Muscat is a great city to visit if it's your first time visiting Oman. At one time in history it was one of the most important port towns on the Arabian Peninsula, and is now home to traditional homes and buildings nestled amongst futuristic skyscrapers. If you want to stay in the heart of the action, we recommend the Kempinski Hotel Muscat, an urban beach resort with both Arabic and contemporary design elements. 

Thailand 

WHY: As many couples start to plan and re-book delayed honeymoons and weddings, it's no surprise that Thailand remains a top choice amongst newly weds. Boasting breathtaking surroundings, you can choose to go at whatever pace you want - from unwinding with your loved one on a breathtaking beach, or discovering different parts of the island on a bespoke excursion. Plus, Thailand is well known for its affordability and value for money, meaning you can experience luxury for less and really make the most out of your honeymoon. 

WHEN: The best time to visit Thailand depends on your destination of choice, as the weather can vary rapidly between the Western and Eastern coasts. Those visiting the Western Coast should travel between December through until March for blue skies and sunshine. For the Eastern Coast, April to August is best for warm temperatures. 

WHERE TO STAY: For pristine beaches and natural wonders, we recommend Koh Samui, and more specifically, Melati Beach Resort & Spa. Compromised of 77 suites and villas, most complete with your very own private pool, this is the ultimate destination to relax and unwind post wedding.

Turkey 

WHY: Turkey has so much to offer, and so many incredible destinations to visit. For beautiful beaches, Bodrum and Antalya should be at the top of your list, whilst the historic city of Istanbul is a top choice for culture and history lovers. Incredible experiences from museums to turkish baths and archaeological sites are scattered throughout the country.

WHEN: Beach lovers should travel from June through until August for optimum temperatures - though if you’re not staying on the coast, other parts of the country such as Istanbul can become exceedingly hot throughout the high season, so we would recommend travelling from April until May if you plan to do a lot of sightseeing. 

WHERE TO STAY: Turkey is a destination you can return to time and time again, discovering new areas and locations each time you visit. For first timers, we recommend Fethiye, a picturesque beach village sat upon the Mediterranean coast. With ancient baths, historic sights and a bustling marina all within close proximity, you won’t be short of things to do. Check in to the multi-award winning Hillside Beach Club and discover the incredible private bay or three secluded beaches whilst children enjoy the on-site kids club.

Abu Dhabi 

WHY: Abu Dhabi is fast becoming a go-to holiday destination for families thanks to its thrilling attractions and adventures. Befriend super heroes at Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, a destination where children can meet their favourite characters in real time. Thrill seekers can experience the Middle East’s first man-made white water rafting location at the Wadi Adventure, and if water rides are your thing, you’ll want to make sure you pay a visit to Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, a thrilling amusement park home to over 40 water rides including the world’s largest water slide. 

WHEN: Abu Dhabi is a year round destination, boasting long, hot summers and mild winters. The best time to visit is between April through until May and September through until October. The temperature regularly exceeds 100 degrees throughout July and August, so we would advise against booking for these periods if you plan on exploring the area. 

WHERE TO STAY: Life long memories will be created at The WB Abu Dhabi, the world’s first Warner Bros. themed hotel in the entertainment district. Guests will benefit from a prime location opposite the Warner Bros park, and complimentary access to one of the three Yas Island theme parks. 

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