When you’re looking for the perfect holiday, it’s important to find a place that has something for everyone. From buzzing nightlife to a wide selection of excursions, as well as fabulous beaches for those lazy days in the sun, finding a holiday to suit every person on your trip can be quite a task – but we can help!
Island destinations have been growing in popularity for some time now, and no wonder, they tick all the boxes! They’re small enough to get around easily and yet big enough to offer a range of activities to appeal to families, couples and groups of friends. Heading to an island is ideal for those looking for budget holidays that won’t break the bank.
Since they’re usually relatively small, it’s easy to get around them cheaply, and the range of different hotels on offer means that you can definitely find one within your budget without having to compromise on the destination. With this in mind, where are the hottest island destinations for 2012 and what can you expect from your island getaway?
Ibiza has a reputation for being a party hotspot, but this stunning island also has a quieter traditional side, making it perfect for those who want a mix of the two. San Antonio is a cosmopolitan town that’s perfect for shopping trips, while Ibiza Town has enough historical landmarks to keep culture-lovers interested.
To get away from it all, hire a car and explore some of the stunning countryside in the heart of the island. Take a map and a picnic and enjoy a relaxing afternoon surrounded by beautiful scenery. When it comes to accommodation, remember that the main cities can be expensive, so if you’re looking for cheap Ibiza holidays, go inland or try one of the smaller beach resorts.
If you’re keen to stay active, you need a destination that offers plenty to see and do. The Maldives are known for their fantastic water sports facilities, as well as breath-taking hikes and perfect surfing conditions. In the evening, you can sample the delicious Maldivian cuisine, which combines plenty of freshly caught seafood with coconut milk.
One of the most popular activities in the Maldives is scuba diving, thanks to the crystal-clear waters and abundance of colourful fish. The northern island of Malé is particularly popular with divers from all over the globe and is well worth a visit.
If you’re travelling as a family or with young children, one of your first priorities will be finding somewhere suitable for every member of your party. Holidays in Malta are known for being particularly welcoming to children, and this beautiful, yet quiet island is perfect for those looking for plenty of child-friendly things to do.
The island offers a range of activities to tire out energetic young ones, including horse riding, cycling and a huge water park. For something more laid back, head to the Ta’Qali craft centre to see the talented artists at work. There’s pottery, modelling and glass-blowing on offer here during the day and the centre offers a great opportunity to buy some unique trinkets for those back home. For dinner, you must try a specialist Maltese pizza and a Kinnie, a non-alcoholic, slightly bitter drink made from orange juice.
Whatever you’re looking for this summer, an island holiday is the perfect way of entertaining everyone without breaking the bank. Whether it’s all-night partying in Ibiza or something a little more modest, there’s an island out there for you with a welcoming and friendly atmosphere to make you feel at home. So, what are you waiting for? Book now and get onboard with 2012’s hottest trend.