Between lockdowns and countless restrictions on travel, 2020 has left us desperately craving a globetrotting escape as soon as possible, and whether you’re travelling with family, as a couple, with friends or even flying solo, your first post-lockdown adventure should be one to remember.
And so, for the trip of a lifetime you need the perfect destination! If you’re craving sun-soaked seaside relaxation or the vibrant bustle of a lively metropolis, the three deluxe destinations we’ve highlighted below won’t disappoint.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is widely recognised as one of the foremost luxury locations for holidaymakers around the world, and its warm climate and diverse offerings make it a one-of-a-kind adventure for any traveller.
For the quintessential Dubai experience, its safari tours, which offer visitors the chance to explore the vast sand dunes of the desert, are unmissable. Many available tours in this area offer entertainment and experience packages, including (in some cases) the chance to ride a camel. Not to mention, the remarkable views are ideal inspiration for any photographer.
Dubai is also renowned as a top spot for premium retail, and its commercial district of Daira is filled with countless shopping opportunities, including the Gold Souk. This particular market is home to over 380 retailers, the vast majority of which are jewellers and watchmakers, in fact, the Gold Souk was once home to the world’s biggest ring, which weighed in at an astonishing 64KG. Safe to say, if you feel like splashing some cash, this is the place to do it.
The city is also home to a few unexpected treasures in the form of its lush greenery. The most notable of these is the Dubai Miracle Garden, which opens between May and November each year and is the largest natural flower garden in the world.
This stunning country on the Spanish border offers visitors a rich and varied landscape, from its bustling cities to its breath-taking coastline and luscious countryside.
With so much to see, it’s hard to recommend just one top spot for tourists, but for a first timer in Portugal the capital city of Lisbon is as good a place as any to start. Its proximity to the coast means that tourists can easily enjoy the benefits of the country’s spectacular beaches, with crystalline waters, golden sand and a warm yet comfortable climate.
Meanwhile the city centre has a reputation as one of Europe’s rising star attractions. With high-end shopping districts such as Principe Real and the Marques de Pombal, as well as historic architecture which has survived fires and earthquakes, Lisbon is quickly attracting the attentions not only of holidaymakers but expatriates too, as many tourists become so enamoured of the city that they never want to leave.
Because of this, the city’s magnificent residential properties never seem to stay empty for long, the impressive portfolio of real estate experts Property Lisbon showcases just why investors are so eager to snap them up. Who knows? Perhaps after a visit, you’ll feel like joining them.
Whiling away the hours under the sun is an idyllic dream for most travellers, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, and if you’re not the type to spend your days lounging on bright sandy beaches, a city break might be more your speed.
As a haven of technological advancement, Tokyo is one of the busiest cities in the world. Vivid, vibrant and bustling with liveliness, this incredible location combines a rich cultural heritage with dazzling modernity, reflected in its countless skyscrapers and neon lights.
Visitors to the big city can also enjoy peaceful natural scenery in the form of Tokyo’s many parks and public gardens, as well as historic architectural landmarks such as the Senso-ji temple which has stood since 645AD, making it the oldest in the country.
Japan is also recognised internationally for its weird and wonderful flavour combinations, while you’re there, why not treat yourself to a squid ink ice cream, wasabi KitKat or banana yogurt Fanta? Alternatively, tuck into some of the more traditional local cuisine such as fresh sushi, warming ramen and a glass of sake.
These three incredible destinations are a perfect match for any traveller seeking a luxurious escape to a dream destination that’s a little out of the ordinary.