It’s time to announce our holiday hot spots for 2018! So if you’re yet to settle on a destination for your next getaway, we’re here to (hopefully) make the decision a little easier. Unless more than one ends up tickling your holiday fancy? Which we’d imagine is quite likely to happen. After all, they’ve not made it onto the list of best holiday destinations for 2018 for nothing.
Perhaps we’ll plant the seed for somewhere you’ve never been before? A new destination for your travel bucket list! Or remind you of a country you’ve always wanted to visit but never taken the plunge. From Malta to St. Lucia, there’s so much to choose from. Although we won’t ruin all the surprises here. You’ll want those hidden gems to remain just that, at least until you’ve had your chance to discover them.
A Mediterranean melting pot of historic cities, coastal charm and friendly locals – expect a warm welcome on your visit to Malta. This island is ideal if you’re just itching to explore! From top to bottom, it's brimming with natural beauty and fascinating sights.
Mellieha Bay is Malta’s northern light, sparkling away at the tip of the island. While heading south opens the door to an explosion of colour. The Blue Grotto is as brilliantly blue as the name suggests. As the sunlight hits these amazing sea caves, the beautiful turquoise water is magnificently accentuated. While colourful fishing boats decorate the harbour of Marsaxlokk. The beauty of a villa holiday in Malta is that you can explore it from end to end. Hire a car, use your villa as your base and uncover it all.
The Maltese capital of Valletta is 2018’s European Capital of Culture too, so there’s never been a better time to visit! Expect a yearlong carnival atmosphere, with fiestas, festivals and incredible events. The famously friendly locals are likely to be in amazing spirits too - so you'll feel right at home.
Croatia is a holiday destination that wears many different hats. Stunning beaches, historic cities, and charming countryside – you’ll find it all here. And our villas are perfectly positioned to let you create a pick and mix all of your favourites. Giving you a taste for all Croatia has to offer. The Dalmatian Coast is bookended by fascinating cities, with Split and Dubrovnik providing two takes on historic Croatia. From the Old Town of Dubrovnik, where a walk along the medieval walls is a must, to the splendour of Split’s Diocletian’s Palace. Sandwiched in between lies the Makarska Riviera. Home to some of Croatia’s finest beaches, where golden sands sit under the watchful eye of the imposing Biokovo Mountains.
Istria is just as impressive, offering you the chance to experience Croatian countryside. And what an experience it is! This is where hilltop villages ooze charm, delicious local wines fill glasses and tasty truffles add Istrian flavour to dishes. Discovering the past is a delight here too. Pula’s Roman Amphitheatre is the historical highlight, a magnificent arena towering over the town’s harbour. If you’re now dreaming of trips to the seaside, Porec is the place to be. With so much choice, Croatia is certainly one of the top holiday destinations for 2018.
Is 2018 going to be the year that you kicked back on the beach? Soaking up the sun, book in hand or just enjoying the views? Menorcan shores are the perfect place to put your plan into action! This is sandy tranquillity like you’ve never experienced before, as you discover secluded bays and coves tucked away behind the towering cliffs. Your beach days here feel like they come with their own do not disturb sign for sunbathing. There’s plenty of bustling stretches of shore too, if your holiday just isn’t complete without a ride on a jet ski or inflatable. And families are all taken care of too! If you’re visiting Menorca with your little ones, there’s wide beaches, shallow waters and plenty of activities. They’ll use up some of that boundless energy in no time! A good night’s sleep all round, once you’ve returned to your villa for the evening.
If history and culture are more your cup of tea, be sure to take a visit to Mahón. A ramble through its streets comes with a real taste of home. British rule in the 18th century shaped much of the architecture that you’ll find today. A day trip here is also your chance to see the world’s second largest natural harbour. Take to the waves with a boat trip and drink in the Menorcan capital from a different perspective.
When it comes to picturesque coastal towns, it doesn’t get much better than the Amalfi Coast. Beautiful buildings seem to climb the cliff face here, with towns winding all the way up to the top. And if you’re searching for picture-perfect, start making plans to visit Positano. With greenery-covered mountains towering behind, the colourful homes and hotels seem to shine even brighter. Deciding whether it looks more amazing by day or when evening arrives is a tough call that only you can make. Taking in an Amalfi Coast sunset is your chance to enjoy the best of both worlds!
There’s plenty of hustle and bustle here – after all, the call of this coastal gem is difficult to resist. But if you’re longing for a laid-back vibe, Praiano could be the perfect fit for your adventure on the Amalfi Coast. And its pebbly beach is your haven for unwinding and relaxing. Nestled between imposing cliffs, the worries of the world seem a million miles away. The beauty of the Amalfi Coast is that you’ll find towns and villages for every taste. Sorrento is your gateway to seaside sophistication. Brimming with museums, churches and elements of history – this is where you find culture by the coast. And with sights like Pompeii and Herculaneum in touching distance, the amazing Amalfi Coast could be ideal for your 2018 villa holiday.
If there was a list of 2018’s most photogenic destinations, St. Lucia would be sitting pretty at the very top. The island’s amazing natural beauty never has an off-day! So expect every photo you take to look a million dollars. The Piton Mountains are the undisputed stars of the show, striking a perfect pose for every holiday snap you take. These two volcanic peaks soar from the sea towards the sky, decorated with lush vegetation. And you can even climb them! So if you’re full of beans and itching for adventure, this is one for you.
Long treks aren’t for everyone, so you’ll be pleased to know that there’s amazing scenery to be found on four wheels too. There’s even a volcano where you can drive right up to the crater. So you won’t even have to get out of the car if you don’t want to. With incredible hot springs and waterfalls, getting back to nature has never felt better. The sweet toothed among you might just choose to follow the scent of cocoa all the way to St. Lucia’s shores. The locals here are old hands at creating sweet treats. Chocolate production has taken place for hundreds of years, so there’s no better place for confectionery lovers. Head off for a tasting, take a visit to a plantation or try your hand at making your own. Whichever you pick, you’re certain to feel like a big kid in a sweet shop!
Say hello to one of our newest destinations – Halkidiki. A wonderful hidden gem that’s sparkle is beginning to attract more and more visitors to this part of the Greek mainland. Beat the crowds and hop on a plane in 2018. Greece is known for great beaches and Halkidiki is no exception. In fact, it’s home to the longest coastline in the entire country. So you might argue that it’s the pick of the bunch! Home to more than 70 Blue Flag beaches, this could be your next sandy paradise.
We can hardly mention Halkidiki without highlighting the Greek myth and history that’s dotted across this amazing region. From Aristotle’s birthplace, to the ancient cave where Greece’s oldest human remains were found – there’s a treasure trove of historic delights. Maybe you’re more interested in what you’ll find on your plate? If you’re holiday exploration happens with knife and fork in hand, you’ll be pleased to know that Halkidiki serves up a mouth-watering menu. Local honey, olives that come with a unique taste and shape – dishes here are filled with traditional delights. Washed down with a glass of locally produced wine, a holiday here is a real treat for your taste buds.
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