To see everything in this world, we need to sometimes take long-haul holidays and travel great distances to reach exotic destinations. Of course, the further you travel, the more of an investment you make, both in time and money. So, to help you decide on exactly where to travel, here are the 10 best long-haul holidays around the world in 2019.
Okay, so the first destination on our list of long-haul holidays is ~2,400 km from the UK, technically making it medium-haul. But we’ve snuck it on the list because it’s still a substantial trip. And you need to cross into the continent of Africa to reach it.
“The Floating Garden” is an island paradise which combines the weather, beaches, and flora of Africa with European service, food, and wine. Whether you want to relax under the sun, trek across mountains, or explore charming seaside towns, there is something for everyone.
An all-inclusive hotel overlooking the ocean with vibrant colours and fun and relaxing facilities. It is a short walk from the beach and botanical gardens.
This tiny island feels like a small continent with so many languages in one place. The weather is reliable and hot; perfect for its renowned beaches and lagoons. Also, there are plenty of wildlife and rainforests to explore.
Feel like royalty with butler service while dining in rooms and restaurants overlooking the Indian Ocean.
This nation-sized zoo is perfect for nature lovers. Get up-close-and-personal with animals unafraid of humans, trek rainforests high in the clouds, witness erupting volcanoes, and surf, swim, and sleep on sandy beaches. The official language is Spanish but most people speak English and the country has superb tourism services.
Five restaurants offer huge variety in this all-inclusive resort. Excellent access to the surrounding region.
Few long-haul holidays can rival Florida for fun for all the family. Home to some of the best theme parks in the world, fabulous natural Everglades, and exciting shopping and eating opportunities.
Safari-inspired suites in a 43-acre wildlife park. Wake up to animals roaming outside your window while staying within touching distance of downtown Orlando.
Cancún and its surrounding coastline are world-famous for excellent beaches and turquoise water which is active with water sports above the surface while swarming with ocean life beneath the waves. Weather is consistently bright and sunny, but make sure to find time away from the water to see Aztec ruins and explore colonial towns and villages.
An upmarket, all-inclusive resort, complete with swimming pools, spa, a private beach, superb restaurants, and only a short drive from the Chichén Itzá ruins.
Sri Lanka is a serene island retreat for long-haul holidays. The Indian Ocean keeps the rest of the world away while you concentrate on yourself: indulge in yoga and meditation; delight the senses exploring delicious markets and fascinating temples; or marvel at huge gatherings of elephants in the national parks.
Smart rooms with balconies or terraces overlooking the ocean or surrounding gardens. This beachfront resort is a short distance from Kande Viharaya Temple.
From glorious palm beaches to thick jungle reserves, Thailand is chock full of otherworldly islands, vibrant cities, and fascinating historical sites which go back further into the past than many of us realise. Book your visit during the UK’s winter for the most reliable and comfortable weather.
This highly rated resort may be beachfront property, but is also positioned at the top of a headland, offering guests truly spectacular panoramic views.
Another long-haul Asian destination with captivating history and landscapes. You have to see its stunning lagoons, waterfalls, and beaches to truly believe them. Vietnamese people are enormously friendly and welcoming of tourists and will invite you to join them in eating their wonderful street food and enjoying their spectacular and frequent festivals.
A 5-star luxury resort perfectly blends Vietnam’s natural delights with elegant rooms and world-class hospitality.
If you like to take your long-haul holidays to the Caribbean, then Jamaica should be top of your list. You’ll come for the tropical beaches, all-night beach parties, and thick jungle. But you’ll stay for the wide range of adventurous activities and the enthralling, colourful culture.
A couples-only resort with a focus on romance. Next to a calm beach (clothing optional), near Negril lighthouse and caves, and with a varied selection of restaurants, bars, pools, and hot tubs.
If you want all the adventure and nature of Jamaica but somewhere a little more low-key and peaceful, then book your trip to St Lucia. This gorgeous island is defined by its twin mountain peaks overlooking fishing villages, jungle canopy, and the world’s only “drive-in volcano”.
A luxurious all-inclusive resort beside the beach, close to neighbouring villages, and with a whole host of amenities and activities for all ages.
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