Luxury Travel Calendar: The Best Holiday Destinations For Every Month in 2024

Welcome to your year of bucket list travel…

From private islands to ancient cities and undiscovered gems, our expert guide has the best holiday destinations 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!

1. January


The perfect cure for the winter blues, the Maldives is one of the best holiday destinations for those looking to escape the cold and grey of the UK after the fun of Christmas is over. 

One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

These screen-saver-worthy islands, rising out of the azure expanse 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.  

If sunbathing on a white-sand beach sounds alluring, then One&Only Reethi Rah has got you covered. Set on the North Male Atoll, this luxury resort boasts 12 beautiful beaches, all lapped by crystalline shallows.

Stay in exclusive Maldivian-style beach or water villas and relax with the assistance of your own personal villa host. Be sure to take a dip in the resort’s tranquil adult-only infinity-style lap pool, which stretches 30m out into the island’s lagoon for panoramic ocean views. 

Did somebody say winter blues? Never heard of them.

One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

“With 12 platinum sand beaches, One&Only Reethi Rah’s beach villas are just steps away from the island’s crystalline shallows. Be sure to swing by the resort’s trendy ‘Club One’ beach club for a range of fun activities.”  – Jackie, Luxury Travel Specialist

For more ideas on where to go in January, read: ‘Where is Hot in January?‘.

2. February


Skip the last, lingering month of winter and jet off to the glamorous city of Dubai. With almost no rainfall in February and daily highs of 25°C, 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. 

One&Only The Palm, Dubai

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.

Stay at One&Only The Palm to get the best of both worlds; this intimate, award-winning hotel provides a dreamy beachfront escape just a short water taxi ride from the bright city lights. Enjoy complimentary access to Aquaventure waterpark, indulge your taste buds with Michelin-starred creations at STAY, and unwind in the UAE’s only Guerlain Spa.

“Spend the morning dune-bashing in the desert, before lazing on One&Only The Palm’s private beach. At night, head to 101 Dining Lounge and Bar for panoramic views of the city skyline.” – Peter, Luxury Travel Specialist 

Beach at One&Only The Palm, Dubai

To check out other incredible holiday destinations for February, read: ‘Where’s Hot in February?‘.

3. March

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.

Durban, South Africa

Known as the adventure capital of the world, this exciting country is perfect to explore 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 adventure 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 in the space of one epic holiday!

Franschhoek Valley, South Africa

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, Luxury Travel Specialist

4. April


Catch the end of Barbados’ dry season in April.

With an daily average temperature of 30°C in April, this alluring Caribbean island is a hot spot for sun worshippers looking to laze on tropical shores in spring. 

Barbados, Caribbean

Situated in the eastern Caribbean, Barbados is renowned for its immaculate white-sand beaches, warm aquamarine waters and a friendly, welcoming culture. The island’s laid-back vibe combined with array of iconic hotels have made it a favourite spot amongst stars and royalty.

It’s also a popular holiday destination for families, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead if you’re hoping to spend the Easter break in Barbados. 

For a seriously special family holiday in 2024, stay at the legendary Sandy Lane – one of the most prestigious hotels in the world! During Easter holidays, the hotel lays on a host of fun activities, including egg decorating, Easter bonnet parades, lawn games and a huge Easter egg hunt.

Spa at Sandy Lane, Barbados

While the little ones are entertained at The Treehouse Club, grown-ups can enjoy fine dining, treatments in the Romanesque spa, and attentive beachside service. Pure bliss!

“Award-winning Sandy Lane offers something for everyone. Choose inter-connecting family rooms or a spacious villa for added luxury and privacy. Plus, enjoy exclusive access to three golf courses, including the world-renowned Green Monkey!” – Jasmine, Luxury Travel Specialist

Need more inspiration for your getaway in April? Read: ‘Where’s Hot in April? The Best Easter Holiday Destinations’.

5. May

Sardinia, Italy

Those who uncover the secrets of Sardinia often find themselves returning to this exquisite Italian island. It’s a destination that really speaks to the soul with its stunning sandy beaches, centuries-old Roman ruins and spectacular seafood dishes. 

Sardinia, Italy

May is a superb month to plan in this beautiful holiday destination. Not only is it the start of the sunshine season, but it’s still cool enough to explore its many coastal trail on foot with temperatures remaining in the low twenties.

Visiting in the shoulder months also mean avoiding peak-season crowds, guaranteeing you a spot on one of its most popular beaches. 

Surround yourself with Sardinia’s boundless natural beauty at Forte Village Resort. Set along an award-winning beach on the island’s idyllic south coast, stay in one of seven luxury hotels set amidst 120 acres of rugged Mediterranean wilderness. 

Forte Village Resort, Sardinia

Taste the flavours of Sardinia and dine across 21 exceptional restaurants, including Michelin-starred chef, Heinz Beck’s restaurant. Plus, sip on the finest Italian wines available in the delightful plaza!

“A superb resort for a family escape, let little imaginations run wild at the Children’s Wonderland or explore the surrounding area together on one of many scenic cycle paths.” – Brooke, Luxury Travel Specialist

Discover more beautiful beaches in Italy for your spring escape: ‘Where are the Best Beaches in Italy?‘.

6. June

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!

Howe Sound, Whistler, British Columbia

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.

Vancouver, British Columbia

“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.”  – John, Luxury 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‘.

7. July

Costa del Sol, Spain

Literally meaning ‘sun coast’ in Spanish, the Costa del Sol makes for a seriously special summer holiday destination…if you know where to stay.

Beach at Ikos Andalusia, Spain

Located in the Andalucia region of southern Spain, the Costa del Sol is famous for its long stretches of golden sand, rugged coves, trendy beach clubs, and glamorous parties frequented by celebrities. It’s also  coastal towns, such as Estepona and super-yacht central, Marbella 

July is one of the hottest and driest months to visit, with temperatures in the high twenties and mid-thirties. This time of year also sees eleven glorious hours of sunshine a day for that all-important dose of vitamin D.

For the ultimate Costa del Sol escape, stay at the outstanding Ikos Andalusia, set back from a beautiful sandy beach. Redefining all-inclusive with its luxury concept, the resort boasts superb service, incredible pools and five-star food in every restaurant. 

Pool View at Ikos Andalusia, Spain

“Stay in the Deluxe level accommodation to get extra perks like a bottle of Taittinger in your room on arrival and a complimentary massage – it’s the little touches that make it so special.” – Lucy, Luxury Travel Specialist

Taking the whole family with you? Check out ‘The Best Family Holiday Destinations in Spain‘.

8. August

Crete, Greece

Create your own myths and legends on the mesmerising Greek island of Crete

Crete, Greece

Located 160km south of the Greek mainland, Crete rises out of the sapphire expanse of the Mediterranean sea like a glistening jewel. A treasure trove of charming villages, dramatic coastlines, and ancient historic sites, it’s perhaps unsurprising that this island is such an enduring European summer holiday destination

For guaranteed sunshine and a blast of dry heat, Crete is the ideal short-haul holiday destination in August.

Long days and warm waters make the summer months by far the most popular on the island. And enjoying Crete in high seasons has its perks; everywhere is open and guests get to experiencing its many festivals and lively parties.

Daios Cove, Crete

Stay at Daios Cove for a luxurious and tranquil experience of Crete – even in peak season! Set in a secluded cove on the northeast coast, the property’s private natural sand beach, spacious suites, and extensive kids’ club make it a superb spot for a stress-free family getaway.

“Nothing beats a long day lounging by the pool or beach at Daios Cove. Inside this stylish property, floor-to-ceiling windows mean that panoramic views over the cove are always in sight.” – Vicky, Luxury Travel Specialist

Already explored Crete? Read ‘The 5 Best Greek Islands for Families‘ for similar holiday ideas. 

9. September

Galapagos Islands, South America

Set sail on the voyage of a lifetime through the endlessly fascinating Galapagos Islands. Known for being home to many extraordinary species of wildlife, the Galapagos Islands are located 1,000km off the coast of Ecuador in South America, rising out of the eastern Pacific Ocean. 

Silversea’s Galapagos Islands Cruise with Machu Picchu and The Sacred Valley

The best way to take in these intriguing islands is on a luxury cruise. Pass through Kicker Rock, Santiago, Santa Cruz, and plenty other pockets of sunshine, to uncover its otherworldly delights. Walk among giant tortoises, spot sea lions and manta rays, venture over lava fields, and study the islands’ many historical touchpoints.

September is the perfect time to embark on such an unforgettable adventure, as the islands enjoy low humidity, comfortable temperatures, and less rainfall at this time of year.

Silversea’s Galapagos Islands Cruise with Machu Picchu and The Sacred Valley

“Brilliant beaches await as the ship docks into Isla Bartolome. Here, swim, discover, and relax against a unique backdrop of volcanic moonscapes, cactus foliage, and lizard-laden rocks. It’s a truly unique destination.” – Denise, Luxury Cruise Specialist

For more extraordinary voyages, check out ‘The Best Luxury Cruises for your Next Escape‘.

10. October


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.

Tokyo, Japan

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.

Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto

Embark on a ‘Best of Japan‘ bespoke luxury tour to experience its fascinating cities, historic sites and temples, and spectacular rural scenery.

“Experience the electrifying stalls of Tsukiji Market in Tokyo – the world’s largest fish market. Then, visit a traditional Japanese home to prepare a spot of sushi for lunch and enjoy an authentic taste of Japan.” – Nick, Luxury Travel Specialist

11. November


There’s nothing quite like seeing the majestic Al Hajar mountain range for the first time, located along the alluring northern coast of Oman.

Six Senses Zighy Bay, 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 resort 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. 

Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

“With the option to paraglide into the sun-drenched cove at Six Senses Zighy Bay, enjoy breathtaking views of the Al Hajar mountain range while descending onto a soft, natural sand beach.” – Peter, Luxury Travel Specialist

To make the most out of your luxury escape to Oman, read: ‘Uncover Oman: The Best Attractions & Things to Do

12. December

New York City, USA

Is there anywhere more enchanting than New York City at Christmas? From the elaborate festive window displays on Fifth Avenue to carriage rides through a frosty central park, the ‘big apple’ radiates charm at this time of year. 

New York City, USA

With direct flights available from across the UK, New York is a fantastic holiday destination for a whirlwind winter city break. Be sure to plan in advance, though, as flights and hotels book up in December as the city draws many visitors looking to experience the fabulous light displays and Christmas markets.

To experience the full effects of the festive season in New York, stay at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel. Centrally located on the affluent Upper East Side, this historic 1930s hotel is a masterclass in ‘old New York’ style. With it’s calming ambience, The Carlyle is the perfect place to retreat to after a busy day of sightseeing or shopping. 

Be sure to spend an evening at the hotel’s iconic Café Carlyle – a dinner cabaret spot hosting incredible acts, such as Isaac Mizrahi. It’s truly the last remaining venue of its kind in the entire city!

The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, New York City

“Stay in a plush room or suite at The Carlyle and be just steps away from Madison Avenue and Central Park. Plus, enjoy a cocktail in the lively hotel bar, frequented by affluent locals of the Upper East Side.” – Ellie, Luxury Travel Specialist

Discover the ‘Most Incredible New York Experiences‘ to enhance your winter break in Manhattan. 

Ready to fill your year with Inspiring Travel?

Whatever time of year suits you best, contact us today to discuss your travel goals for 2024. Let us create your tailor-made luxury holiday to the destination of your dreams. Discover our most irresistible offers to all the destinations featured, or speak to one of our Travel Specialists today to start planning your perfectly personalised travel experience.

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