What better gift than a getaway? You might not be able to wrap it up, but the experience of travel can last longer than just about any present.
Here are our seasonal picks of the best holidays to share for New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, a budget break or escaping it all.
New Year’s Eve: It’s some celebration on the island of Madeira
There are firework displays and then there are displays that compete for Guinness World Records. Madeira’s NYE spectacular falls into that second group with a bang (or hundreds of them). Enjoyed from a boat or the capital of Funchal the sky will be bright, just like the sunshine the island basks in across the year.
With orchestral performances and an island illuminated by lamps there may be no better place to bring in the New Year.
Valentine’s Day: Has to be Paris
Hollywood’s city of love, Paris takes a sense of romance seriously. A Valentine’s trip could be iconic, especially for art or food lovers. See if you can make Mona Lisa break a smile at the Louvre or embrace the cabaret of the Moulin Rouge in Montmartre.
But does it have to be Paris? The French capital is perfect for a honeymoon or once in a lifetime Valentine’s Day, but how about a Gozitan farmhouse for 2 in Malta or wrap up on the cobbled lanes of Prague.
A great escape: Thalassotherapy by the sea
A holiday is often about treating yourself and well, treatments and spas offer the therapy to literally treat yourself. Thalassotherapy involves the use of seawater to treat the pores of your skin but we’re sure being by the shore will help with a feeling of wellness too.
Low fare and fair weather: Take a trip to Southern Spain
Málaga on the Costa del Sol offers amazing off-peak value for the generous gift-giver. That’s not to say it’s not a worthy trip for a special occasion however, with variety to keep even the fussiest traveller happy.
Tour the hills of Andalucia and see the most stunning sunsets or socialise by the shore in Marbella. Either way it’ll be worth the cost of the flight!
Still not found the right trip? We’ve got more short breaks perfect for a romantic retreat here.