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Trending Vacation Spots to Visit this Summer

From European adventures with the kids to Asian romantic getaways, we have put together a guide of the best summer destinations to escape the heat. Whether you prefer a bustling city escape, or a relaxing trip surrounded by nature, we've put together the perfect summer travel guide for GCC travellers of all ages looking to visit destinations near and far. 

 
 
 
AVANI Kalutara Resort, Sri Lanka
 
 
Amidst beautiful white beaches, authentic Sri Lankan culture and tranquil colonial charm, south of Colombo lies the bustling coastal stretch of Kalutara. Paddle through the tranquil waters to discover the old canal, spice plantations and explore the lesser known monumental historic site of Richmond Castle which encapsulates four distinct styles of architecture.
Escape to AVANI Kalutara Resort, Sri Lanka where the Kalu Ganga River meets the Indian Ocean. Ease into evenings with sunset cocktails and feast on local specialties by the sea. Just an hour and half drive from the international airport, AVANI Kalutara Resort ticks the boxes for fun, romance and adventure.
Plan your trip earlier and take advantage of the Advance Purchase Offer. Book 15 days in advance to enjoy 15% savings along with complimentary daily breakfast. 
For more information, visit https://www.minorhotels.com/en/avani/kalutara
 
 
 
Baros Maldives
 
 
 
This summer take time out to celebrate love. Whether you have been together for less than a year, forty years, or you’re just starting out with someone new, a spontaneous weekend getaway is always romantic. In the remote Indian Ocean-locale southwest of India and Sri Lanka, lies a secluded heaven for couples – the Maldives. Its year-round tropical sunshine, breathtaking natural beauty and idyllic location from the GCC make the Maldives the perfect escape for a quiet weekend away with your partner. Tailored for couples seeking a romantic getaway, Baros Maldives has designed an intimate and idyllic 'Romance in the Air' package.
The award-winning resort's 'Romance in the Air' package offers a secluded sanctuary for couples looking to experience the epitome of romance coupled with true Maldivian hospitality. Choose to stay in one of Baros Maldives' recently renovated Deluxe Villas or Water Villas with direct access to the beautiful lagoon either from the veranda or by the wooden steps from the sundeck.
Room rates per night start at $1335 plus taxes and are applicable for a minimum stay of three nights. Reservations can be made at www.baros.com
 
 
 
North Island, Seychelles
 
 
A short four-and-a-half-hour flight from the GCC, the Seychelles is the perfect getaway this Summer. North Island Seychelles is the ultimate in exclusive personalized travel catering to the 21st century luxury traveller, making it the ideal destination for a grand family getaway or a romantic escape for two.
Located within the inner islands of the Seychelles, 30km away from the main island and only a 15-minute helicopter transfer from Mahé airport, North Island is the ultimate playground for your children, with a wide range of activities on land and in the water designed to keep young minds and bodies active, to satisfy the most inquisitive and thrill the most adventurous. Balloon tennis, pizza making lessons and pirate treasure hunts are all on the agenda for a fun packed family holiday. 
2018 rates for the Presidential Villas start at €6,127 per night and €9,644 per night for Villa North Island excluding tax. Children under the age of 17 sharing the second bedroom are free of charge. For young adults aged 17-19 sharing the second bedroom, the rate is €672 per night. 
For more information on North Island visit www.north-island.com
 
 
 
The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa Bali
 
 
 
It’s fun, it’s filled with energy and it has enough glitz and glam to appeal to jetsetters from the Middle East. We’re talking, of course, about the hip hood of Seminyak.  With its cool café society, renowned restaurants, buzzing bars and cutting-edge shops, Seminyak has transformed itself into Bali’s social capital. And those in the know will be checking in to The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa.
What’s more, they’ll also be checking in for a little longer with the resort’s special ‘Long Stay Offer.’ Guests staying for 10 nights or more will benefit from a huge array of add-ons including daily breakfast and afternoon tea, morning yoga, return airport transfers, a Balinese night buffet dinner, a Fishermen’s night buffet dinner, an After 8 drink at Klass & Brass, a 90-minute Kahyangan massage at Kahyangan Spa, a complimentary activity, an early check in and a later check out. Guests will also receive 10% off their total food and beverage bill as well as 10% off laundry and dry cleaning.
While in Seminyak you’ll need to save some energy for shopping; this is where you’ll find all your summer resort wear. From slip dresses, romper shorts, playsuits, strappy evening dresses, cute camis, colourful kaftans, crochet cover-ups, eye catching bikinis, sandals, to woven bags and bold accessories, the boutiques in Seminyak are worthy of your hard-earned cash. 
 
 
For more information, please visit https://www.theseminyak.com.
 
 
 
Mandarin Oriental, Prague
 
 
 
Families can take a steam boat trip to Prague Zoo as part of an exciting room package launched by Mandarin Oriental, Prague. Available until October 2018, the Prague Zoo Adventure package includes several other treats, including luxury accommodation at the five-star hotel. 
On arrival at Mandarin Oriental, Prague, younger guests are welcomed with sweet-tasting treats, a zoo quiz, zoo entry card and map, so families can get started on planning their visit. A steam boat takes the family on an enjoyable cruise along the Vltava River, where they can admire historic palaces and parks from the river’s perspective. On returning from the zoo in the evening, families will find a keepsake waiting for them in the comfort of their room. 
 
 
For more information visit: www.mandarinoriental.com.
 
 
 
Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta
 
 
 
Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta has partnered with British auto motive icon, MINI, to offer a new romantic escape in the centre of Jakarta. 
Couples can start their MINI romantic getaway with a private transfer from the airport in the all-new MINI Countryman, which is the biggest and most versatile model in the brands 57-year history.
Couples can relax in beautifully-appointed rooms with views of the surrounding cityscape and enjoy a romantic dinner for two at the hotel’s renowned French restaurant, Lyon during their stay. Also available for you to use are the hotel’s leisure facilities which include spa treatment rooms with a range of therapeutic massage and facial treatments and the freeform outdoor swimming pool surrounded by lush gardens. 
 
 
For more information visit: www.mandarinoriental.com
 
 
 
Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum
 
 
 
Spoil your family this summer at the luxurious Turkish Riviera resort Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum which has just opened for the summer season. Guests staying at the hotel will now have three new villas and the Bougainvillea and Royal Suites to choose from in addition to the existing selection of guest rooms, apartments, suites and villas. Guests can also enjoy authentic gourmet cuisine at the hotel’s eight restaurants and bars and relax at the award-winning spa. For younger guests, exciting educational activities that encourage confidence building and creativity are offered in partnership with Gymboree Play & Music, a world leader in childhood development
Guests who book the new Flavours of Bodrum package enjoy several fine dining options and sumptuous accommodation.
 
For more information visit http://www.mandarinoriental.com/bodrum/
 
 
 
Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
 
 
Experience the best of Singapore and Discover Marina Bay in style with a thoughtfully created package, which brings together a luxurious stay, dining and iconic experiences at the city’s world-class attractions. Check in to the comfort of a Marina Bay View room, overlooking some of Singapore's most famous landmarks. Enjoy alfresco sundowners paired with fine canapés at the poolside BAY@5, and take time to relax and unwind away from digital devices, with a personal colouring and canvas set. During each stay, the hotel’s expert concierge team will arrange for guests to take in the sights, including 360° views of the city on the Singapore Flyer, a specially prepared picnic basket to enjoy at Gardens by the Bay and an all-access pass to the lotus-shaped contemporary ArtScience Museum. The journey of discovery culminates with a cruise that departs from Marina Bay and takes in the skyline and attractions old and new at a leisurely pace along the Singapore River. 
 
 
For more information visit: www.mandarinoriental.com
 
 
 
The Excelsior, Hong Kong
 
 
 
This summer, The Excelsior, Hong Kong, is offering a new accommodation package for families visiting Hong Kong, including dining delights and a shopping benefit. Ideally situated for guests to explore the entertainment and shopping highlights of the city by foot and buggy, the hotel has long been the family hotel of choice. 
The Excelsior, Hong Kong is adjacent to Victoria Park, the largest public park in Hong Kong, an oasis of calm and space with leisure activities for all ages, from jogging paths to children’s climbing frames. The streets are teeming with lifestyle and fashion stores while numerous vibrant markets and Tin Hau Temple are just a stone’s throw away.  
 
 
For more information visit: mandarinoriental.com/excelsior
 
 

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