Eastern delights for daydreamers

12 February 2018

If you want nothing more from your holiday than to relax and soak up some sun on immaculate white sands, and dip your toes into brilliant blue waters, travel long haul in 2018 and discover your own perfect slice of paradise.

Whether you’re looking to follow the sunshine to the idyllic Indian Ocean or you want to embrace the splendour of Southeast Asia, read on to discover four fabulous long-haul destinations to travel to this year.


A truly mesmerising country, Thailand offers an intoxicating blend of ancient culture, tropical jungles, dazzling white-sand beaches and vibrant cities. Together with amazing food, incredibly welcoming people and a wealth of breathtaking sights to explore, it’s not hard to see why Thailand remains a firm favourite on the long-haul holiday scene.

Beach lovers will be in their element here, and with so many gorgeous spots to choose, you’ll certainly be able to find your own piece of perfection. From tranquil seclusion at stunning Khao Lak to the endless sands of sedate Hua Hin, it’s all here waiting to be discovered.



Bali is a stunning tropical island paradise with an intriguing culture and plenty of fascinating sights to explore. With brilliant green rice fields, picture-perfect palm-fringed beaches, soaring volcanoes and super-friendly locals, you’ll soon discover why Bali is often referred to as the ‘Island of the Gods’.

Popular Seminyak is perhaps the most upmarket and stylish of Bali’s beach resorts, with its designer boutiques, and high-end restaurants. If you’re looking for a more relaxed vibe to your holiday, Legian, Sanur and Jimbaran will certainly impress. If you really want to escape the crowds, the traditional fishing village of Tembok on Bali's black sand coast is the perfect destination.

Langkawi and Penang, Malaysia

With glorious white sandy beaches and clear-blue seas, Langkawi is undoubtedly one of the world’s most heavenly holiday destinations. A mystical island where you can choose to do as much or as little as you like, Langkawi is ideal for both family holidays or romantic getaways.

A little further down the stunning coastline, you’ll find another Malaysian island paradise – Penang. The main beach resort of Batu Ferringhi is a hive of activity, with its well-known night markets and restaurants an absolute ‘must-see’ during your time here.


No long-haul beach destination guide would be complete without mentioning the Maldives. With pristine white sands, swaying palm trees and glittering azure waters, the Maldives are the quintessential long-haul beach holiday destination. Synonymous with exotic luxury and exceptional hospitality, these hideaway islands are the ultimate beach lovers’ paradise.

If you’re looking for a tropical retreat where you can lie back, unwind and simply listen to the waves gently lapping against the shore, then this is the place to come. Whilst the islands’ main activity is relaxation, take time out from sipping cocktails on your sun lounger to discover the spectacular coral reefs. It’s a captivating, colourful underwater world that’s just waiting to be explored!

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