Welcome to your year of personalised travel, curated by our experts in personalised and tailor-made holidays. From private islands to ancient cities and undiscovered gems, this is our complete guide to the best luxury holiday destinations in the world for 2024.
Whether you wish to escape the cold of winter, need a pick-me-up break in spring, fancy a seriously special summer getaway, or dream of seeing the colourful leaves of autumn in a far-away land – we've handpicked luxury travel experiences for every month of the year.
What's more, as the experts in personalised and tailor-made holidays, we've included our first-hand insights, hotel recommendations, and destination highlights. That way, we can help you pick a holiday that's perfect for you.
Are your ready to fill your year with unforgettable travel experiences? Find your dream escape in your chosen month and start planning your bucket list holiday of a lifetime!
Top Luxury Destinations for 2024
- January: Maldives
- February: Dubai
- March: South Africa
- April: Barbados
- May: Sardinia, Italy
- June: British Columbia, Canada
- July: Costa del Sol, Spain
- August: Crete, Greece
- September: Galapagos Island, South America
- October: Japan
- November: Oman
- December: New York City, USA
January - Escape to the Maldives
The perfect cure for the winter blues, the Maldives is one of the best holiday destinations for couples looking to escape the cold and grey of the UK after the fun of Christmas is over.
These beautiful islands, rising out of the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean, offer high temperatures, low humidity, and plenty of sunshine at this time of year. They're also home to many a luxury resort, making them ideal for a rejuvenating retreat after the stress of the festive season.
Don't follow in the misguided belief that there is nothing to do in the Maldives, either - you just need to know where to go to find the more unique experiences.
At the Fairmont Maldives, you can dive down to the unique underwater museum and art installation, where coral is being regenerated. Or, stay at Coco Bodu Hithi to head out on a traditional dhoni for a day of fishing, with the chef on-hand to prepare your catch for you evening meal. From outdoor cinemas to underwater spas and stargazing observatories, there's so much to discover.
“The Maldives is the original 'wow' experience. Every time I fly in over the atolls, I feel as though I've arrived in my special place. While you can relax to your heart's content, you'll be surprised at how many unique experiences there are, too.” – Kelsey, Luxury Travel Specialist
For more ideas on where to go in January, read: ‘Where is Hot in January?‘.
February - Discover Dubai's deserts
Skip the last, lingering month of winter and jet off to the glamorous city of Dubai — one of the most luxurious holiday destinations in the world.
With almost no rainfall in February and daily highs of 25 degrees, this middle eastern gem is the best holiday destination for sun-soaked beaches, five-star hotels, spectacular shopping, world-class dining and thrilling desert adventures.
While Dubai might be too hot for some during the scorching summer months, temperatures remain cool enough in February to make the most out city's top tourist attractions. Browse authentic souks in the old town, zoom down gravity-defying slides at Aquaventure waterpark, or dine amongst the sand dunes under a canopy of stars.
This year, escape the bustle of the city at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort. While it's just a 45-minute drive from downtown, it's a world away from the metropolis. This retreat on the dunes offers a more authentic taste of the UAE, with daily camel treks, falcon shows and archery lessons. Or, you can simply relax in the dusky desert atmosphere at the rooftop lounge and see the incredible sunset over the sands.
“Dubai really does have its own level of luxury. Beyond the soaring skyscrapers and city lights you'll find the rolling desert dunes - the perfect contrast.” – Peter, Indian Ocean Travel Specialist
To check out other popular places for a holiday in February, read: ‘Where's Hot in February?‘.
March - Explore South Africa
One for the bucket list, South Africa is a dynamic holiday destination for 2024, offering everything from adrenaline-fuelled activities to winelands tours and wildlife encounters.
Known as the adventure capital of the world, this exciting country is perfect for outdoor adventures in March when it sees 12 hours of glorious sunshine a day and temperatures hovering around the mid twenties.
Looking to experience everything South Africa has to offer? One of the best way to do so is by embarking on a tailor-made tour.
Covering a number of diverse locations, a two-week itinerary of this kind can see you exploring the picturesque port city of Cape Town, sampling the country's finest wines in the sprawling vineyards of Franschhoek, strolling along scenic paths on South Africa's stunning southeast coast, and tracking safari royalty in one of the country's many game reserves – all on one epic holiday.
Looking to tick South Africa off your bucket list? Embark on a ‘South African Winelands with Culture & Safari‘ tailor-made luxury tour.
“This itinerary encapsulates some of the highlights of South Africa, with a mix of culture, wine and gourmet cuisine – plus the opportunity to see the big five of the land and of the sea.” – Cheryl, Africa Travel Specialist
April - Go Caribbean island-hopping
Catch the end of the Caribbean's dry season in April.
With an daily average temperatures of 30 degrees in April, this is a great month to jet off on a tropical adventure.
Island-hopping is the perfect way to see the more authentic Caribbean. By travelling beyond the main 'gateway' islands, you'll be rewarded with the most beautiful beaches and crystal waters. You'll discover the true meaning of 'Caribbean time', as you totally unwind and soak in your own secluded paradise.
It's good to pair contrasting islands together, making the most of the direct flights to places like Barbados and St Lucia before heading off to the likes of the British Virgin Islands or the Grenadines. Or, you could even opt for a cruise aboard one of the more intimate yacht style ships, and relax as the best of the Caribbean comes to you.
“I have so many tips to share when it comes to Caribbean island-hopping! I'd say two weeks if perfect for up to three islands. Be sure to plan well in advance as the smaller internal flights fill up fast.” – Jackie, Caribbean Travel Specialist
Need more inspiration for your getaway in April? Read: ‘Where's Hot in April? The Best Easter Holiday Destinations'.
May - Branch out in Italy
May is a superb month to plan in the beautiful holiday destination of Italy. Not only is it the start of the sunshine season, but it's still cool enough to explore on foot with temperatures remaining in the low twenties.
Italy is perhaps one of the most diverse places to travel to. From the mountainous lakes and ski slopes to the rolling hills of Tuscany, ancient cities and rustic beaches, a journey from north to south would reveal myriad experiences. You could go back year after year and always find something new.
If you're looking for beaches, head to Sardinia's Costa Smerelda, sometimes referred to as 'the Seychelles of Europe' for it's breathtaking sands. Visiting in the shoulder months, like May, means avoiding the crowds that the peaks of summer brings.
Italy is also one of the best holiday destinations for a city break. Jet off in May to Florence, Palermo, Verona, Milan or Venice to see Renaissance marvels rub shoulders with modern day coffee shops and wine bars.
Or, you could escape to the Italian Lakes. Make the most of the fresh spring air as you walk around the shores, gardens and mountains, stopping to fuel up on the finest of foods.
“Swap your Aperol spritz for a limoncello spritz and experience Italy authentically. If you're in Venice, don't miss dinner in Cip's Club for the best views. Or, for a wow moment in Lake Garda, opt for a helicopter arrival.” – Lucy, Europe Travel Specialist
Discover more place to enjoy a luxury beach holiday in Italy for your spring escape: ‘Where are the Best Beaches in Italy?‘.
June - Go wild in British Columbia, Canada
Prepare to be humbled by Canada's vast wilderness…
Picture mirror-surface lakes, sprawling pine forests, formidable mountains, and picturesque towns. Bordering the USA, British Columbia has been rising to the top of many British travellers' bucket lists in recent years – and for good reason!
With a range of awe-inspiring landscapes to explore, there's no better way to see the outstanding natural beauty of British Columbia than on a flexible fly-drive holiday. Hitting the open road means you get to explore several spots at your own pace, admiring the changing scenery as you go.
Discover the vibrant city of Vancouver, before setting off for the sprawling vineyards of Okanagan's Valley. Stop off at the many waterfalls of Wells Grey Provincial Park, drive through the famous Canadian Rockies, and spot black bears around Whistler.
If charming towns are your thing, you'll love wandering around Whistler. Home to the world's longest free-span gondola ride, the town also promises an unforgettable evening adventure at Vallea Lumina – an illuminated night time walk through the forest with interactive viewpoints throughout.
“Lake Louise is also a fantastic trip to do if you simply can't get enough of Canada's epic natural vistas – looking up at the soaring mountains and enormous Glacier is quite spectacular.” – Clare, North America Travel Specialist
Visit all these incredible places and more on this 14-night luxury tailor-made tour: ‘Discover British Columbia‘.
Or combine Canada with Alaska for your 2024 holiday and tick both of these unique destinations off your travel bucket list: ‘The Most Amazing Places to Visit in Alaska‘.
July - Take a gourmet getaway to San Sebastien, Spain
Steaming pans of paella, crispy patatas bravas, deep and heady red wines… Spain is nothing short of a fantasy for foodies. Still, it’s sometimes overlooked in favour of other European gastronomic hotspots.
For a fresh helping of Spanish cuisine, follow your tastebuds to San Sebastian in Basque Country. This northern region is packed with culinary excellence, where you can dine on the area’s unique gilda pinxto washed down with a glass of Txokoli, a sparkling dry white wine. It’s main draw, though, is its close proximity to the renowned Rioja region, home to the country’s smooth and oaky flagship red wine
You can combine your time in San Sebastien with Madrid, a city full of art and culture. Join one of the world-renowned chefs for a traditional cooking class,and learn how to skilfully craft dishes that authentically capture the flavours of Spain. Whether it’s Barcelona, Seville or Granada, each area of Spain has some regional treats on offer – why not head out to discover them?
"There is so much to Spain beyond the beaches! For example, many people flock to the Costa del Sol without exploring the full treasures of Andalusia - from Malaga to Ronda, Seville and Grenada there is so much culture and history to see." - Alex, Travel Specialist
Taking the whole family with you? Check out ‘The Best Family Holiday Destinations in Spain‘.
August - Try an Athens twin-centre
Greece is the ultimate summer holiday destination, with August temperature averaging at around 30-degrees Celsius - sometimes higher.
But, it's also a great time to visit Athens. Many local people leave the capital for their own beach holidays during this month, so it can be slightly less crowded, meaning you can see the sites a little easier. Combine a couple of nights in the city with a stay at Costa Navarino in Peloponnese, where you'll find some of Greece's most beautiful beaches. Or, combine One&Only Aesthesis, sat just south of Athens, with One&Only Kea Island - the latter being a laidback island retreat just off the coast of the city's coast, opening for 2024.
“I love everything about the Greek culture and landscape. I’m fascinated by the ancient sites and myths that pepper the land, from the mighty Acropolis to the Minoan Knossos, baked in the endless sunshine..” – Sam, Europe Travel Specialist
Already explored Crete? Read ‘The 5 Best Greek Islands for Families‘ for similar holiday ideas.
September - Venture to Australia
When it comes to adventure, there are few more exciting places than Australia.
Head to the southern territory in September and explore the beautiful Murray River region. This area has some stunning walking routes to add to your journey. The Murray River Walk offers a four-day expedition along creeks, old oxbow lagoons and red gum forests. You'll return each night to your luxury houseboat, where you'll be served a delicious three-course meal.
Or, embark on the 123km Cape-to-Cape walk. On foot, you'll see the stunning headlands, expansive limestone caves and picturesque rock pools.
It's also a great time to explore the Kimberly region. Venture to the El Questro Homestead in the unspoilt wilderness of Western Australia, where 700,000 acres of wilderness comprises mighty gorges, peaceful waterfalls and sweeping mountains. Combining the authentic outback with luxury accommodation and gourmet cuisine, this is a must-do experience in Australia.
“Australia isn’t just for bucket lists. It’s easier to get to than many people think and there’s always something different to see. Western Australia holds many gems, from its incredible outback to its fine wines and unique wildlife.” – Ellie, Luxury Travel Specialist
October - See autumn in Japan
Journey to a land of contrasting cultures and landscapes in October, when Japan's famous zen gardens put on a vibrant display of red and gold foliage.
With so much to see and do, visiting multiple locations over the course of two weeks or more ensures that you get a strong sense of the country's wonderful diversity.
Start your adventure in Japan's futuristic capital city of Tokyo, where skyscrapers illuminate the sky with gigantic LED screens. Travel to the natural hot springs of Hakone and take in dramatic views of Mount Fuji in the distance. Later, brush shoulders with geishas on the narrow streets of Kyoto, admiring its ancient shrines and traditional teahouses.
October is one of the best time to travel around Japan. The weather remains fair, making it comfortable for sightseeing, while the annual harvest festivals add an extra bit of theatre to the spectacle.
Embark on a ‘Best of Japan‘ bespoke luxury tour to experience its fascinating cities, historic sites and temples, and spectacular rural scenery.
“When it comes to somewhere like Japan, never do something just because you think you ‘should’. While the cherry blossom is stunning, it's one of the busiest times with no guarantee of seeing it - autumn is quieter and just as beautiful.” – Nick, Far East & Asia Travel Specialist
November - Retreat to Oman's mountains
There's nothing quite like seeing the majestic Al Hajar mountain range for the first time, located along the alluring northern coast of Oman.
Oman is something of a hidden gem. It has recently come to the attention of discerning travellers captivated by its cinematic landscapes, unspoilt beaches and rich history (including five UNESCO World Heritage Site landmarks).
Plan your holiday in November to enjoy a comfortable climate and be in with a chance to spot turtles around the Arabian Gulf.
Stay at Six Senses Zighy Bay for a five-star experience of this soul-stirring destination in 2024. Set between the desert mountains and the glistening Arabian Sea, this unique luxury retreat offers a level of service that is so rarely found today.
Sleep in contemporary Omani-style villas with ensuite pools and enjoy exclusive access to the resort's private beach. Be sure to make a reservation at the Sense on the Edge mountaintop restaurant for spectacular high-altitude dining and a nine-course tasting menu that'll take your tastebuds on a journey.
“If you’ve already experienced the glamour of Dubai, turn to its larger and more authentic sibling, Oman. Here, you can head up to the mountains and discover the real and authentic Arabia.” – Sophie, Middle East Travel Specialist
To make the most out of your luxury escape to Oman, read: ‘Uncover Oman: The Best Attractions & Things to Do‘.
December - Go Skiing in Europe
Is there anything more enchanting than skiing at Christmas?
Whether you're a beginner or seasoned on the slopes, there are so many excellent options for a ski holiday in France, Switzerland, Austria and Andorra, along with Italy's excellent ski resorts. For a challenge, seek out high altitude resorts with swooping black runs. If you'd rather enjoy fun for all ages, chose a ski resorts with extra winter activities, like ice skating or dog sledding, so everyone can join in.
To make your trip even more memorable, add extra experiences to your ski break. Whether it's skijorging across Lake St Moritz, taking a helicopter ride over the Matterhorn or dining on a mountain top in Megève, you personalise your own bespoke ski holiday just to your liking.
“Europe has some fabulous places with experienced ski schools and gentle slopes for first-timers. Beyond the slopes, you can still make the most of the winter wonderland with other activities like dog sledding and exploring alpine villages.” – Eleanor, Ski Travel Specialist
Ready to fill your year with Inspiring Travel?
Whatever time of year suits you best, contact us to discuss your travel goals for 2024. Let us create your tailor-made luxury holiday to your dream destination. Speak to one of our Travel Specialists today to start planning your personalised travel experience.
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