Europe is warming up nicely at this time of year, opening up a wider world of short-haul travel for UK residents. There’s plenty more on offer beyond, too. Wherever you’re interested in going, we can help you make the most of the May bank holiday! Botswana is beautiful at this time of year, or for powdery soft beaches and amazing blue waters, Antigua is a good choice in May. Further south, Argentina is full of potential adventures and exotic sights.
Warm & dry weather...perfect for sunbathing!
Mauritius has always been the perfect retreat for a luxury family holiday, a romantic honeymoon or a sunny break. With its diverse range of cultures, from French Creole to Indian, and from Muslim to Chinese, these influences are apparent all over the island. Combine this with a stunning range of first-class luxury hotels, delicious cuisine, fabulous sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, and you have the perfect recipe for an amazing holiday!
Start of the windy season - perfect for sailing & water sports
As well as boasting gorgeous beaches, this beautiful island is a good choice for those who like to feel the stamp of history around them. You can get your cultural fix by exploring the 18th-century Great Fort George which is a key part of Antigua's history. Those who have an adventurous streak can take to the waves for some great sailing opportunities out of the sparkling ocean - May is the start of the windy season so this is the time to go sailing. This island is also a brilliant option to simply kick back as you have 365 beaches to choose from!
Wildlife are flocking to the Okavango Delta
This country is home to the Big Five and many rare species of antelope, it is also one of the best places for wild dog and meerkat sightings. The Okavango Delta is the setting for some of Africa’s most extraordinary wildlife experiences – especially fascinating at this time of year as the flooding season begins, yet days remain warm and sunny. From canoeing through the delta’s waterways alongside elephants, or taking a helicopter ride over the floodplains, Botswana’s safari experiences are second to none. A visit to the Makgadikgadi Pans, home to vast herds of zebra and migrating birds, is the perfect way to round off the ultimate Botswana itinerary.
Warm but not too hot, perfect for an active holiday
Greece in May is warm but not too hot, making it perfect for an active holiday in the sun. The Peloponnese really comes into its own during this period. It is a corner of Greece that continues to charm and entice all to its shores. The Peloponnese is the very best of ancient Greece; it is authentic, rich in history, boundless culture and of course, home to endless unspoilt beaches. At the end of the cultural part of this journey, you can indulge in some serious relaxation at Costa Navarino The Romanos, a resort with everything you can imagine when it comes to family fun.
Dry & sunny; the beaches are less crowded
Southern Italy is brimming with never-ending postcard-perfect scenery, charming piazzas and wonderful beaches. From the historic towns of the heel of Italy to the glamorous Amalfi Coast, this region is home to fascinating cultural spots and stunning coastline. May is the time to visit Southern Italy as it's not too hot and the beaches are less crowded. For a memorable holiday, you can stay in Monastero Santa Rosa, a beautifully renovated 17th-century monastery with incredible views out to the sea from its cliffside perch and one of the best spa in the region.
Glorious weather & fewer crowds
Guatemala with its riot of markets, smoking volcanoes, crater lakes and Mayan jungle temples is one of Latin America's most photogenic countries. If you visit in May the weather is glorious and there are fewer crowds, making it the ultimate time to visit the country's legendary ruins and marvel at them as they rise majestically out of the rainforest. Imagine staying in a secluded jungle retreat located in an unspoiled location and enveloped by a forest of parakeets and howler monkeys, with a commanding view of the turquoise waters of Lago Peten Itza...utter bliss.
Really good hiking weather
Want to do something adventurous? Trek through the Himalayas and discover Ladakh’s spectacularly rugged mountains for yourself. Explore this beautiful Buddhist ex-kingdom's impressive collection of ancient monasteries surrounded by fluttering prayer flags. Experience a peaceful moment at whitewashed stupas, while spinning prayer wheels release merit-making mantras. Marvel at Gompa interiors where giant golden Buddhas reside and complexly colourful murals adorn the walls. Ladakh is a little corner of Tibet marooned in the furthest reaches of India.
Clear skies & warm weather make it ideal for exploring
Turkey is a fantastic destination for those who want to combine culture, sightseeing and adventure with the opportunity to relax in luxury. We suggest combining a couple of nights in Istanbul with a visit to the beaches of the Aegean – you can even include a stop to the wild and romantic landscapes of Cappadocia to see the fascinating troglodyte cities by hot air balloon. This cultural melting pot is a great place to visit throughout the year but we especially love May because the weather is mild.
Great weather in the North
Autumn in Argentina falls in May, making it a pleasant time to visit due to its warm and dry weather. Wild and remote, traditional and timeless, this exciting region of Argentina is rewarding for those looking for an off-the-beaten-track adventure. With such staggering landscape and spectacular views, the north-west of Argentina is now challenging Patagonia as the country’s new frontier for adventurous travel.
Less busy than the summer months
Croatia is a place where history, culture and stunning landscapes collide. This sunny destination is also made up a 1,000 islands so there are numerous secluded coves fringed by pine forests, sandy beaches lapped by sparkling blue waters and picturesque ports with exquisite seafood. Such beauty draws many tourists in the summer months so some might prefer to get ahead of the game and head to Croatia in May and discover this enchanting location without too many people there.