Amazing Holiday Ideas, No Matter How Much Time You Have

Great escapes for a weekend or a few weeks away

Try heli-golfing
24 Nov 2015

Try heli-golfing

Did you know that New Zealand is not only home to some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery, but also some of the most amazing golf courses? And the best way to enjoy both while you’re there is by helicopter. Lightfoot Travel will fly you to the country’s most picturesque golfing hole for your most memorable game ever. Perched at an altitude of 4,500 feet in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, this par-3 golf experience has four tee boxes for you to attempt your hole-in-one. Excursions to active-volcano islands or a picnic on top of remote peaks can also be planned.


Go glamping
24 Nov 2015

Go glamping

Don’t want to journey out too far but bored by everything around home? Try Bintan’s newest destination. Treasure Bay is a 338-hectare waterfront resort city that integrates wellness, leisure and cultural concepts. Among its numerous attractions is a 6.3-hectare Crystal Lagoon — a definite draw if you love water sports. Book yourself in at the Canopi Resort for some glamping and chill in one of the 40 luxury tent suites, each kitted out with a private garden and patio. What better way to spend a long weekend away from work? 


Catch up on R&R
24 Nov 2015

Catch up on R&R

A tranquil oasis in one of Thailand’s most popular resort destinations, Banyan Tree Phuket has just been relaunched with a complete redesign of several restaurants and villas. Every villa, in all categories, now comes with its own pool. Also reopening are the restaurants Saffron and Watercourt — both helmed by Alfonso de la Dehesa, who previously worked at Michelin-starred El Bulli.


Watch the aurora borealis
24 Nov 2015

Watch the aurora borealis

Go on one of Off The Map Travel’s customisable Northern Lights itineraries. From an Aurora Festival, where Northern Lights experts gather to share their knowledge about the aurora, to a trip to the Aurora Village where you can view the lights from traditional ice-fishing huts, this UK-based travel specialist works closely with the world’s best aurora tourism destinations to create bespoke adventures. Ice fishing, dog sledding and a stay at the famous Ice Hotel are among the other highlights that you can opt for.


Venture into the desert
24 Nov 2015

Venture into the desert

Luxury hotel The Chedi Muscat offers an art-themed programme that brings its guests deep into the Wahiba Sands, a desert region in Oman, to experience the country’s rich Bedouin culture. You’ll have a glimpse of the best that the Sultanate has to offer, going on a full-day visit to traditional villages as well as an overnight stay in your own private luxury camp with Hud Hud Travels. Discover the rich art and culture that Bedouin women have to offer and experience an opportunity to craft your own woven fabrics from goat and sheep wool. 


Planning to clear your annual leave this December? Here are some new places to go and unusual things to do that should please even the pickiest traveller.

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