There’s nothing better than the feeling of excitement and anticipation before you head off on holiday, especially when you’ve been saving and planning for months beforehand. With that in mind, we’ve put together a round-up of the dreamiest destinations that you can book now and look forward to until take-off.
Mr & Mrs Smith hotels have pretty much become a byword for luxury travel – it’s a company we discovered a few years ago when we were trying to find accommodation that was family-friendly, but didn’t require sacrificing creature comforts when travelling abroad. Heading off in search of sunnier climes has become something we look forward to all year round, getting us through those dark and dreary winter days with our sanity intact. We’ve put together a shortlist of three brilliant destinations that will provide us with a much-needed dose of vitamin D come winter. Book now and fly later – these packages are a failsafe way to ensure your much-anticipated holiday comes off without a hitch.
The aptly named island of Félicité (happiness) in the Seychelles is the setting for this beachside villa hotel, and can only be described as the stuff that dreams are made of. Set amid the Indian Ocean, this private island is just about as far away as you can get from the monotony of everyday life – the pristine beaches everywhere you look go a long way to helping you forget office politics. If sitting back and doing nothing isn’t really your idea of heaven, there’s a plethora of complimentary activities to make the most of the glorious surroundings. A holiday like this would be idyllic for newlyweds, or as a first babymoon, rather than a family holiday, because it’s not the most child-friendly of the Mr & Mrs Smith locations – although, in true luxury style, they’re brilliantly accommodating of children of all ages.
Our editor-at-large, Deborah Brett, stayed at The Norman during her last trip to Tel Aviv and described it as an oasis of calm. Based in the heart of the White City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest collections of Bauhaus buildings in the world, The Norman was designed with the roaring 20s in mind. Frequently described as a jack of all trades, Tel Aviv effortlessly manages to combine beach-based relaxation with the hustle and bustle of a vibrant city, so you’re never short of things to do – or ways to keep the kids entertained. In fact, one of our favourite things about this holiday is that it offers something a bit different to your traditional winter-sun destination, so you can embrace the excitement of the city without sacrificing the sunshine.
Mexico has rapidly become one of the most visited (and Instagrammable) holiday destinations in the last couple of years, which is where the undisturbed tranquility of Hacienda Temozon really comes into its own – the image of the huge pool (below) was enough to convince us. Although based in the popular Yucatán Peninsula, this hotel couldn’t feel further from the hubbub of city life. Petro’s experience of the area is that it’s very much a working town so, while you might have a more touristy experience in other locations, this is somewhere to get away from it all. We’d describe it as ‘off the beaten track’, and it’s full of great places to explore with kids, including two cavernous cenotes (naturally occurring underground swimming holes) within the hacienda grounds. Plus there’s a luxurious traditional spa to take the edge off all that relaxing.