Gap year revisited

The places we headed off to all those years ago, with our backpacks full of guide books, attracted us because they are some of the most interesting, beautiful and memorable destinations in the world. Now that dorm rooms in hostels and adventure buses full of hungover teenagers don’t hold quite the same appeal, you can visit these fabulous parts of the world in style and discover a totally different side to them.

All prices include international flights and transfers unless otherwise stated and are subject to availability. T&Cs apply.

Island Hopping in Thailand with a difference

In Thailand you can recapture care free days and eat delicious food but replace ferries for a private speedboat and bunk beds for villas with private pools and butlers. Be whisked away to Anantara Rasananda, complete with pool villas, followed by barefoot luxury at Six Senses Samui, a secluded retreat that retains the feel of the rustic beach huts, albeit very luxurious ones.

From £3,025pp based on 5 nights at Anantara Rasananda in a Pool Suite and 5 nights at Six Senses Samui in a Pool Villa. Including breakfast, road and boat transfers and extras for honeymooners.

Scuba Diving in the Maldives

Did you get your PADI Open Water on the Great Barrier Reef sharing a smelly live-aboard? A few years on, return to your live-aboard roots in style upon the Four Seasons Explorer cruising through some of the best untouched dive sites in the Maldives. Combine your cruise with three nights at either of the sister resorts and your partner will enjoy the cruise for free.

From £4,325pp sharing including 2 nights at Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru on a B&B basis and 3 nights full board on-board the Explorer including 3 dives a day plus occasional night dives, valid for travel until 16 December.


Belize and Guatemala in luxury

Begin in Antigua, located in the shadows of Agua Volcano where culture vultures will delight in the city’s rich heritage and beautifully restored architecture and foodies will revel in the variety of restaurants. Then it’s onto Lake Atitlan in the highlands, for stunning scenery, colorful villages and to experience life unchanged for centuries. Onto the dense tropical jungles visit the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal and finish at Turtle Inn where snorkeling, diving and pure spa pampering await.

From £3,485pp based on two people sharing for 13 nights.

Chalet girls wait on you

That infamous gap year experience of being a chalet girl is behind you. Now you can be waited on, as a guest in one of our luxury private chalets. Sip chilled glasses of Laurent-Perrier and enjoy delicious canapés before a gourmet dinner and stunning wines we’ve hand-picked for you. Whether you just want a room in one of our beautiful shared chalets or fancy taking the whole chalet for your party, we’ll have something to suit.

From £965pp based on 2 sharing a room in Lodge Bodensee including flights and transfers on 09 December for 7 nights (premier service).

Chic Greek island hopping

Go island hopping in style, combing a stay at Grace Mykonos with a stay at Grace Santorini and receive an additional 10% discount and a complimentary three course gourmet dinner, on top of our 10% early booking discount, applicable to all bookings outside 3 months of arrival.

From £1,700pp for 7 nights, 3 nights at one hotel and 4 at the other, stating in Deluxe Rooms with plunge pool on a B&B basis, high speed catamaran ticket between the two islands payable locally.

Florence at JK Place

Most students in Florence tend to head for the area between the station and the cathedral as it’s so handy for the major sights of the city. If you’d like to stay there in style, we recommend JK Place, a tiny boutique property located on Piazza Santa Maria Novella, a stone’s throw away from the church of the same name, noted for its stunning early renaissance frescoes.

From £910pp for 4 nights in a Double Superior room on a B&B basis including scheduled flights to Florence and return airport private transfers in low season.

India the spoiling way

The adventures you had in India with a backpack can easily be replicated with a little more comfort and style in mind. Head far off the beaten track into a hidden corner of India’s high Himalaya for an amazing discovery of untouched villages, culture and people. Arrive for a stay at 360 Leti, surrounded by walks where no other tourists have been and with the destination all to yourself.

From £3,650pp for 2 people sharing for 11 nights on a full board basis.

Indochina past and present

Discover Luang Prabang in Laos and Siem Reap in Cambodia while staying in style. Amantaka is a charming property housed in a collection of colonial buildings; from here stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang and take a river cruise to the Pak Ou caves. Then on to Amansara, the former guesthouse of King Norodom Sihanouk, which is the perfect base to explore the temples of Angkor Wat and you can even dine amongst them.

From £4,065pp for 6 nights, including half board and beverages as well as selected activities and private transfers.

Kenya in style

Begin your adventure in the breath-taking hills of Laikipia at Solio Lodge, heading out with your guide to find white and black rhino. Then fly to Maasai Mara and stay at Solio’s sister Camp, Sala. With views over rolling plains, this exclusive camp guarantees stunning sightings! End your trip with a night at Giraffe Manor.

From £4,245pp (saving £934 per couple) for 8 nights in a Tented Room at Sala, Cottage at Solio and Standard Room at Giraffe Manor on an all-inclusive basis, champagne and imported spirits are extra, for travel up to 15th December.

The delights of Whistler

For any seasonaires or keen skiers out there who want some epic skiing, head to Whistler in Canada. You could relax and ski in true luxury at Four Seasons in Whistler, a wonderful 5* mountain resort located at the base of the magnificent Blackcomb mountain. Just minutes from the slopes, shops and restaurants of Whistler village, the hotel offers a superb hideaway after an action packed day outdoors.

From £1,740 based on a family of 4 for 7 nights in mid-January on a B&B basis in two Deluxe King rooms.

Kiwi adventure the grown up way

Leave memories of camper vans behind and explore New Zealand in style. Revisit old haunts like Rotorua, Kaikoura and Queenstown from the comfort of an exclusive luxury lodge. Indulge in top notch cuisine and wine, sleep in a luxury tree house complete with wood burning stove and take a helicopter ride to a remote mountain camp and relax in your hot tub with stunning alpine views.

From £7,995pp based on 14 nights with half board at Treetops and Hapuku Lodge, B&B at Eichardt's and full board at Minaret Station. Includes all transfers and return helicopter flights to Minaret Station.

Not exactly roughing it in Colorado

Enjoy a fabulous family-friendly ski vacation in the Colorado Rockies, with a week in lively Vail followed by a few days in Vail's little sister resort, charming Beaver Creek. A luxury ski vacation for the whole family that's 'not exactly roughing it'!

From £16,330 based on a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children under 12) in a 2-bedroom Arrabelle Residence B&B basis and in 2 Superior rooms at the Osprey in Beaver Creek on a room only basis.

Rural China in comfort

Take in the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai and then explore the scenic beauty of the Lijiang and Shangri-La regions. Stay in the incredible Banyan Tree Lijiang, one of the most spectacular hotels in China. Each villa has a monstrous garden with either a private jacuzzi or pool, mostly with a view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Go on to the Banyan Tree Ringha, with stunning views over the rural area, dotted with stupas in the horizon.

From £4,380pp for 8 nights in China, based on 2 people sharing, including internal flights, private guide and driver throughout and most meals.

Ultimate Peru

From back-packers to the most discerning travelers, Peru draws visitors back time and time again. With our ultimate Peru itinerary guests can travel with panache, staying at sumptuous properties combining the dramatic Andean scenery and cultural attractions of the Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cuzco and Machu Picchu by luxurious Hiram Bingham Train and finish with an Amazon adventure cruise onboard the M/V Aqua.

From £7,880pp based on two people sharing for 17 nights including all transfers and many activities, on a mix of full board and B&B basis.

Stylish Jamaica

For a relaxing treat, head to the quiet corner of Ocho Rios for a stay at the sublime Jamaica Inn. Sip a cocktail, stroll along the stunning beach (considered the best beach in Jamaica), sit on your veranda in the gentle breeze and while the days away with a good book. For stays before 14 December enjoy 7 nights for the price of 5 and $50 per night credit.

From £1,920pp (total saving £700) based on 2 people sharing a Premier Veranda Room for 7 nights on a room only basis.

The ultimate skiing treat

Heliskiing is one of life's ultimate ski experiences and this exciting itinerary combines a stay in the world-class ski resort of Whistler, heliskiing in the breathtaking mountain wilderness of British Columbia and a city break in Vancouver. What a treat!

£7,130pp, based on a deluxe room in Whistler on a room only basis, 4 days heli-skiing based at Bell Lodge including all meals and in a deluxe room in Vancouver on a B&B basis, including transfers to and from Whistler.

Zanzibar at its best

At Baraza on the spice island of Zanzibar, the glorious Indian Ocean awaits. Enjoy a spice tour, wander around the winding cobbled streets of Stone Town and visit its bustling markets. You can also try your hand at deep sea fishing, dolphin trips, sailing, scuba diving or snorkeling. In the evenings relax in the bar with a drink before a delicious supper of surf-fresh fish.

From £2,650pp (saving £525 per couple) sharing an Ocean Front Villa for 7 nights on an all-inclusive basis barring champagne and imported spirits, booking now for travel up to 15 December.

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