When it comes to planning your dream getaway, everyone has different vacation ideas. The more adventurous may wish to trek up rugged peaks for the best views, hiking sticks in hand, while those with a love of tranquillity may prefer to lounge on soft white sands with a good book. Those looking for a wild week will look for somewhere where partying is a Monday-through-to-Sunday activity, whereas culture vultures will seek out a place with vibrant history or a lively arts scene
But whichever personality type you are, it can be a struggle to pin down the best secluded coves or party cities. That’s why we’ve compiled some destination inspiration to help you decide – dream vacation, here you come!
From rest and relaxation to partying and adventure, here are six different vacation ideas:
1. Family fun
The whole family will enjoy playing and relaxing on stellar beaches, swimming in wonderful turquoise waters, discovering colourful reefs and getting to know the Bahamas’ rich cultural heritage.
Spend a day exploring Grand Bahamas’ finest treasure: Lucayan National Park. It’s full of marine life and has the longest underwater cave system in the world. The beautiful and secluded Gold Rock Beach is a great place to stop and collect seashells at low tide.
Make sure you sail to The Exumas while you’re there – it’s the only place on the planet where you can swim with friendly, domesticated sea pigs, making it one of the most exclusive different vacation ideas on this list.
A yacht charter in Spain is the ultimate way to experience the famous nightlife of the White Isle, promising unimaginable levels of glamour and exclusivity. Begin the evening by enjoying a sundowner and a bite to eat in Ibiza Town. This is the true heart of the island, and it’s around this time when the boho markets, chic restaurants and buzzing bars come to life.
Some of the most iconic nightclubs are here, including the world-famous Pacha that covers all shades of electronic music – from underground to mainstream favourites.
The next day, forget your hangover by cruising to Cala Jondal’s secluded beach – or, carry on the fun at Las Salinas, a renowned party beach.
3. Rest and relaxation
Coral reefs, coconut palms and a little slice of paradise, the Maldives is the ultimate island escape to relax and unwind completely undisturbed.
Here you’ll be able to lounge on the icing sugar sands, or swim and snorkel morning, noon and night to your heart’s content between the warm, luminescent waves.
There are 26 major atolls to hop between, and an abundance of marine life to spot along the way – with over 1000 species of fish and 20 species of whales and dolphins. The many breathtaking colours of the coral reefs are a visual treat too.
With its spectacular landscape of coastline, rainforest, mountains and wetlands, Rio de Janeiro is an adventurer’s playground, known for putting on a show. As different vacation ideas go, it’s a world away from typical beach holiday destinations.
The best views can be experienced by hiking up Sugar Loaf Mountain, Two Brothers Hill and Tijuca Peak, as well as visiting Christ the Redeemer that watches over the city from the top of Corcovado Mountain.
Its vibrant coast is best explored by Brazil yacht charter – once back at sea level, canoe inside Guanabara Bay, or venture out into the open waters. Then toast the sunset over the Rio skyline from the comfort of your onboard jacuzzi… the perfect end to the perfect day.
The Italian Riviera’s spectacular and scenic coast is the place for sun-soaked piazzas, dreamy cuisine and unexplored destinations.
Epitomising la dolce vita is Portofino: an ancient fishing village that’s almost inaccessible, except by yacht. Its quaint, cobbled streets are framed by ancient olive groves and hills. This works with the contemporary elegance of its cosmopolitan port, where you can sit and watch the world go by at one of the harbour’s many cafes and gelaterias.
Sail south from Portofino on your Italian Riviera yacht charter to reach the extraordinary Cinque Terre and its colourful, coastal fishing villages – exactly like the ones you see in the picture postcards of Italy.
Sail the brilliant blue waters around the wild, rugged Aegean and Ionian Islands – each with an identity of its own.
Take in the famous temple ruins at the Acropolis of Rhodes, dating from the Classical Greek period. It’s here you’ll find the Temple of Apollo, an ancient stadium and the Odeon (a small marble theatre).
Immerse yourself in the social Greek culture by sharing dishes and shots of Ouzo in a local taverna, before dancing until dawn on a cliffside overlooking the ocean at Mykonos’ amazing Cavo Paradiso.
So there we have it – six different vacation ideas to make your holiday planning a little easier this summer. Whichever you choose, we wish you the trip of a lifetime!