Long haul luxury is perfect for when you need to truly relax. Nothing beats jetting off somewhere incredible and leaving the stresses and worries of everyday life hours behind you. Whether you like to enjoy an adrenaline-fuelled adventure or want to make the most of the paradise-like views from the comfort of a hammock, there are tons of incredible destinations dotted all over the globe that can offer the perfect long-haul holiday – no matter what you’re looking for.
From Asia to the USA, we’ve rounded up some of the world’s best long haul destinations if you’re looking to enjoy a little luxury when you jet off on your big adventure.
If you’re a fan of a seriously dreamy beach then Thailand is exactly where you should head on your long haul break. With everything you could possibly want from a luxury long haul trip, Thailand has something to offer everyone. Plus, you’re almost guaranteed sunshine, thanks to the temperature averaging around 31/32°C throughout the year.
There are tons of different places to visit in Thailand, depending on what you’re looking for. Head to Phuket for a true Thai paradise, or venture to Phi Phi or Railay to experience some of the world’s most incredible beaches. Thanks to the many boats you can island hop till your heart’s content, with each spot offering its own take on a truly Thai experience.
Alternatively, venture inland to Chiang Mai to visit one of the world’s best places to see elephants up close and personal – just make sure you use a reputable company, and beware of animal cruelty.
Flights to Bangkok go direct from London in around 11 and a half hours, meaning that your dream Thai escape is less than 12 hours away. Plus, if you’re a British citizen you don’t need a visa if your stay is less than 30 days.
New York City
Fancy taking a bite out of the Big Apple? Well, join the club, because New York City is amongst some of the top travel destinations in the world – and all for good reason. Head to the East Coast of the USA to find the city that never sleeps, and the unofficial retail therapy capital of the world.
If a trip down Fifth Avenue and shopping till you drop isn’t your thing then don’t panic, New York has plenty more to offer. From enjoying the energy in Times Square to seeing a show on Broadway, visiting the iconic Statue of Liberty and enjoying a wander around the infamous Central Park, New York City has something to keep everyone entertained. Visit the top of the Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Centre to get a bird’s eye view of the city, and don’t forget to pay your respects at Ground Zero – a hauntingly memorable experience that’s not to be missed.
One thing’s for sure, the energy in New York will live on in your memories forever. Thanks to direct flights from London you can be in the Big Apple in around 7 and a half hours, just make sure you get your ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) visa before you leave the UK – no less than 72 hours before you depart for the US.
If you’re talking about a list of luxury destinations then you can’t forget about Dubai. This hotspot destination has risen from the desert in recent years with unstoppable force, and is now topping bucket lists when it comes to holiday destinations that offer luxury on all levels.
From the hotspot of the centre, with its incredible malls, strip of luxury 5* resorts and the iconic Jumeirah beach, there are tons of things you can do in the heart of Dubai. Alternatively, the desert is on your doorstep – which means that if you fancy something a bit more adrenaline-fuelled then you’re in luck. From a 4×4 desert safari trip to sand boarding, dune buggies and falconry, there are tons of things to keep you entertained under the warmth of the desert sun.
There’s never been a better time to treat yourself to some pure, unadulterated luxury, complete with award-winning shopping, world-class restaurants and mind-altering adventures. Plus, you can be enjoying the wondrous luxury of Dubai in just over 7 hours thanks to direct flights from London. British citizens don’t re quire a visa to travel to Dubai, meaning you can focus on getting there and enjoying yourself.
When it comes to Caribbean favourites most people think about Barbados, with its crystal clear waters, pristine beaches, and laid back vibes. Throw in some of the world’s most incredible luxury resorts and you’ve found yourself a destination that’s sure to be a favourite for years to come.
Whether you want to enjoy true luxury on the island’s Platinum Coast, with resorts like St James and St Peter, or stay in the heart of the party action in St Lawrence Gap, Barbados has an area to suit all tastes – and budgets. A visit to Bridgetown, the UNESCO-listed capital of this magical Caribbean island, is a must for all visitors – sure to give you an insight into the history of this laid-back gem.
Hit the water for a chilled out boat tour around the coastline, or enjoy some of the many watersports on offer if you fancy something a bit more energetic, including scuba diving, windsurfing and kayaking. Look out for turtles and other incredible wildlife while you’re at it!
Direct flights depart from London daily, and take around 9 hours, meaning your escape to the exotic is perhaps closer than you think. British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Barbados.
Ranked among the happiest and most satisfying places to live, it’s easy to see why Costa Rica is such a hit with everyone who ventures to its shores. Offering everything you could want from a long haul break, include beautiful temperatures, lush landscapes and adrenaline fuelled attractions, Costa Rica is a hot new destination to enjoy a break from the norm.
With a laidback way of life, Costa Rica is ideal for unwinding. With deserted beaches, otherworldly waterfalls and acres of beautiful jungle, the varied terrain is perfect for those looking to see another side to the world. Plus, if you’re a fan of activities then you’re onto a winner – with everything from surfing and whitewater rafting to rainforest hiking on offer.
Beautiful landscapes go hand in hand with amazing wildlife, and animal-lovers will have a field day in Costa Rica; look out for flocks of beautiful birds in the treetops, super cute sloths and even a host of majestic wild cats. Venture off the beaten path and enjoy a slice of laidback luxury, with direct flights from London to San José taking less than 11 hours. British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Costa Rica.
For those looking to enjoy the perfect balance of tradition and technology, Tokyo is for you. Offering an incredible balance of old-world culture paired with tons of trendsetting in a modern metropolis setting, the city is awash with things to do for those looking for a unique long haul break that moves away from the beachside favourites.
If you’re a foodie then you’re in luck, with the infamous culinary scene in Tokyo making it a big favourite amongst those looking to enjoy some unique cuisine. Don’t think that you’re going to be stuck in a city too; Tokyo boasts a range of beautiful outdoor spaces, including the famous Meiji Shinto Shrine – don’t forget to write a wish and tie it to the prayer wall when you visit.
A long haul city break with a twist, don’t forget to venture to the creative district of Harajuku to see a whole new curiously creative side to this memorable city. If you’re a British citizen then you don’t need a visa to visit, and you can be there in under 12 hours – with most flights to Tokyo taking around 11hr 45 minutes total, including a stop in Dubai or Singapore.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy the bright lights of the city, or want to relax and recharge in a beautiful resort by the sea, we can help. Check out our A-Z destination list to find your perfect long-haul hotel in countries like Costa Rica, Jamaica, Singapore, Vietnam, Mauritius, Puerto Rico and Thailand.