Everyone needs to escape for a few days, recharge those batteries and forget the reality of the outside world. So switch off your phone and relax under the warming rays of some winter sun…
There are many destinations which are easily forgotten by most, yet offer a refreshing chance to relax amongst great culture, attractions, and most importantly good food!
Here we highlight our top five great short breaks.
Bermuda is only a six hour flight away from beautiful beaches, refreshing climate and quality food. Understood as Britain’s very own piece of paradise, Bermuda’s peace and quiet offers relaxation and great quality accommodation to make sure your stay is that extra bit special!
For those looking for a more fun-filled stay, Bermuda also offers many cultural attractions such as the magnificent Maritime Museum, as well as many golfing opportunities, with numerous top-class courses catering for all levels of experience. Additionally, summer brings more water-based activities, with a number of shipwrecks situated just off the coastline to explore for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts.
With an alternative from the usual island destinations, Oman is another great short break option that gets little mention. For the intrepid traveller it’s just as well, too, Oman offers stunning beaches, with 1,600 kilometres of coastline, along with fantastic diving opportunities in clean, unpolluted waters. With delicious cuisine and a genuinely friendly atmosphere, it is the perfect destination to escape from reality, and to recharge those batteries.
With so much to see and do, this nation can please everyone. For the bird watching enthusiasts, Al-Ansab Wetland is the eagle capital of the world with more than 280 different species to view. For the culture vultures among you, there are many sites to explore, such as the beautifully restored Rustaq Fort with its maze of corridors, stairways, beautifully carved archways and fascinating rooms to discover.
Moving into Africa, Morocco is an up and coming short break destination. With the flight time as little as three hours, you are never far away from the fantastic diverse culture and winter sun. With lots to explore, from the fascinating medinas and souks, to the magnificent Atlas Mountains, Morocco can offer more than a ‘fly and flop’ holiday.
Marrakesh offers a perfect city break destination with a fantastic array of quality of accommodation and attractions such as the souks and food markets to discover. The country offers some of the most diverse cuisine in the world due to centuries of interaction with other countries – the Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French have all left a mark, whilst the local Berber influences adds much colour and spice.
Jordan is a land of mesmerising beauty and contrasts. Whether you want to visit the magical ancient Nabataean city of Petra, which is without doubt one of the Middle East’s most spectacular sights, venture into the fertile and ever changing Jordan Valley, or the awe-inspiring remote desert, there is so much to see and do – ruined Roman cities, Crusader castles, desert citadels and powerful biblical sites: the brook where Jesus was baptised, the fortress where Herod beheaded John the Baptist and the mountain top where Moses cast eyes on the Promised Land. But it’s also not all crusty ruins. Jordan’s capital Amman is a modern, culturally diverse Arab city which is light years away from the typical clichés of Middle Eastern exoticism.
The country also presents some of the wildest adventures in the region, as well as an incredibly varied backdrop ranging from the red desert sands of Wadi Rum to the blues of the coral-filled Gulf of Aqaba; from rich palm-filled wadis to the lifeless and therapeutic Dead Sea. Adventure lovers can partake in horse riding, 4×4 safaris, rock climbing, canyoning and hiking. For those seeking relaxation then the Dead Sea and the coast around Aqaba will provide you with the environment and facilities to do just that.
For European travellers, South Africa can also be a short break option due to the minimal time difference, flying overnight, you can arrive fresh and ready to relax or explore this great country. A break in the magnificent city of Cape Town is possible, with the beautiful bay and luxurious hotels and cuisine, to unwind and rest. For the more adventurous, don’t worry, there is something for everyone here.
Dance ’till the early hours and be whale watching a few hours later; enjoy haute cuisine after a day’s diving with great white sharks; explore a great coastline from land or sea and then marvel at fascinating plant life at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens; travel by cable car to the top of Table Mountain and venture to the southern most tip of Africa where two oceans meet; swim with penguins and visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated, the options are endless whatever the duration of your stay.