The sixteen islands that make up the Seychelles are considered by many to be a paradise on earth. The pristine, unspoilt beaches of the Seychelles offer relaxation, snorkelling, swimming and glorious sunshine.

There are numerous types of accommodation available on each island. Whether you like lavish 5-star luxury, chilled out beachside bungalows or down to earth lodges; you will be well catered for on the Seychelles.

There are many restaurants across the islands, so going hungry is never an option. There are many types of food available from Chinese to Indian, Japanese to Creole, Italian to Thai and a whole lot more, so you’re never stuck for choice.

Travelling around each island is quick and simple by bus or by car. Speedy travel between the islands is offered by ferries and planes, enabling you to enjoy the Seychelles to the fullest.

The Seychelles is home to many artists’ studios and galleries, so you are sure to find a piece of art that is for you. There are many national monuments for you to enjoy, from cemeteries to gardens and from architecture to museums, you will never be short of attractions significant to the Seychelles.

The tropical paradise that is the Seychelles offers further natural beauty beyond the beaches.
Each island has a host of walks and trails for you to explore. From the easy to the tough, you can take in breath-taking scenery including coastline vistas, lush forests, glistening marshes, sumptuous waterfalls, deep valleys and high mountains.


A luxury holiday can be a once in a lifetime experience and for those looking for a truly memorable experience, holidays in South Africa are a great choice.

One of the big attractions of South Africa holidays is undoubtedly the wildlife; seeing animals in their natural environment is an incredible experience. Many companies offer tailored safaris through beautiful countryside with opportunities to view some of the big game animals, such as lions, rhinos and leopards. Stay in boutique hotels, each with its own unique character and charm or in luxury safari lodges, where you will wake up to some stunning views.

However, holidays to South Africa are not just about safaris, there is plenty more to see and do. Whether it is whale-watching, swimming with great white sharks, taking a tour around the famous wine growing regions with exceptional wining and dining or simply relaxing on stunning beaches, South Africa offers all its visitors a fantastic adventure. By taking a luxury holiday, visitors can be certain that everything will be arranged by people who have expert knowledge of the country, from accommodation to transport to expert local guides.


A round the world cruise holiday is defiantly a once in a lifetime trip for many and probably one of the best ways to see ‘the world’. Visiting the far flung corners of the world in un-rivalled luxury, on board massive cruise ships, which have pretty much everything you may need for such a long voyage. With swimming pools, casinos and numerous gourmet restaurants to choose from as well as many more activities for day and night, I am sure you won’t be short of anything to do and that’s not even including all the wonderful places you will get to see.

There are a couple of cruise lines which offer fantastic round the world cruises; Classic cruise line Cunard, with their regal ships off a high standard of luxury travel which offers plenty of traditions from the cruising heyday. P&O Cruises also offer round the world trips, their cruise ships might not be as regal as Cunard’s but they do offer high standards for all customers as well as a wide range of entertainment to suit any age group. Fred. Olsen like P&O offer a modern way of cruising with state of the art ships offering a wide range of services.

With a round the world cruise holiday you will be following in the footsteps of great explorers who conquered the sea’s many hundreds of years ago, obviously in much, much better conditions than they did. You will wake up each morning to a new horizon with new places to explore all without any hassle or worry about how to get there. There are not many holidays you can take, that will take you to all for corners of the world with such ease, plus cruise holidays round the world can be real value for money, especially if you take in how much it would cost to travel by air or land.

So really there is no reason not to take a round the world cruise, just make sure you have someone to water you plants for the next few months!


If you are looking for a holiday where you can visit numerous places of interest, experience different cultures and have your every need taken care of then you should look at taking a cruise holiday. You won’t have all the travel worries that come with making your own travel arrangements and you can get a great personal service, no matter what your needs.

There are really endless possibilities for your cruise holiday, so it can be quite hard to choose just one, let alone which cruise line to go for, so I would suggest doing plenty of research before you go. Online travel companies can offer plenty of information on cruise holidays, such as virginholidaycruises.co.uk who actually specialise in all types of cruise holidays, whether it’s just a cruise holiday, fly and cruise holiday or fly, cruise and stay holiday. Some cruise holidays aim to be more relaxing, so more time will be spent at sea but the cruise ships will have plenty on offer to help keep you relaxed during your trip. Others offer plenty of ports to dock in so you can visit as many places as you can and take in lots of new cultures.

There are cruise lines and holidays that have been specifically tailored for families with plenty of fun and entertainment available, as well as romantic holidays for couples which offer a personal service and also for single travellers which are made to feel part of a family and a larger travel group, so everyone is covered.


If you’re taking a Royal Caribbean cruise holiday around the Caribbean then you can now extend your holiday with a land based stay in Florida. So not only can you enjoy 9 or 13 nights cruising the Caribbean visiting exotic destinations such as Grenada, St Barts, US Virgin Islands, Barbados, Dominica, Mexico and St Kitts to name just a few, but then you can then extend the fun and the sun by adding a holiday to Florida on the end.

 

Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Florida

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Royal Caribbean offer a huge choice of cruises around the Caribbean on a number of their ships including their larger Oasis class ships, the Oasis of the Sea’s and Allure of the Sea’s. These are both large family boats which offer a wide range of activities, eating and entertainment for the whole family. You can then carry on the fun in Florida with a stay in Universal Orlando Resort, which has two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universals Islands of Adventure theme parks.

If you don’t fancy been in the middle of the theme parks and want to explore more of what Florida and the surrounding area has to offer then you can choose to stay in and around Florida and Fort Lauderdale.


Dozens of passengers are hurt as heavy storms thrashed Royal Caribbean’s The Brilliance of the Seas cruise liner in the Mediterranean. The luxury liner was battered by an intense storm as it sailed to its final destination the port Alexandria in Egypt after a 12 day cruise. Passengers said the water crashed over the 12-deck ship’s 10th floor windows as what should have been a peaceful cruise of the Mediterranean turned into a living nightmare.

Photos taken aboard show a trail of devastation left across the ship with the Christmas tree in the main atrium left upended, rooms were ruined and windows were smashed. British and American passengers were also injured however none were severely injured, the worst effect suffered from shock and many were left with cuts and bruises.

Speaking about the storm, Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said the damage did not affect the vessel’s seaworthiness, stating: The damage was not concentrated in one area of the ship. Some areas remain closed but most public areas are open.”

The facilities onboard the £350million Brilliance of the Seas include an indoor rock-climbing wall, a seven-storey atrium surrounded by shops, a casino, a string of restaurants and an Indian Raj-themed solarium. First launched in 2002 the liner cruises around the Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera and the Mediterranean and when the storm hit it was coming to the end of a 12 day cruise around the Mediterranean which visited Spain to Italy, then on to Greece and should have got to Egypt.


With Christmas and New Year just around the corner, now is the time to look for holiday offers if you fancy getting away over the festive season. We have had a look at the top romantic holiday destinations for those who like sun, sea and sand, however that’s not everyone’s cup of tea, so we will have a look at some other romantic destinations where you can enjoy the cold winter weather.

UK

If you don’t want to travel far this year then why not have a look at staying here in the UK? There are still English holiday cottages available for the festive season, so you can hide away from everyone else and look to get your romantic spark back. You may still be able to get in over the festive season at a country hotel where you can be looked after and papered without having to worry about the stresses of cooking a Christmas dinner because it will be taken care of for you, giving you time to spend with your loved one.

Further afield

New York

If you’re looking for a glitzy and glam Christmas then you should head to New York, it’s one of the top destinations for Christmas and New Year and you can be quite likely to see the odd snow shower here to at this time of year. There are plenty of romantic couple things to enjoy, such as ice skating at the Rockefeller Centre or climbing to the top of the empire state building and looking out across the city. Not to mention the great restaurants where you can enjoy a romantic meal or two.

Ski holidays

If your one of those couples that like a bit of adventure then a ski holiday could be right up your street, there are many great resorts around the world however nowhere has more of a romantic feel than the Alps. You can spend you days frolicking the snow and your nights snuggled up by an open fire when you stay in your own ski chalet in Austria.


If you’re looking to add a bit of spice back into your love life, getting away for Christmas and the New Year with a loved one for a romantic holiday can be a great idea. There are many wonderful destinations to choose from, whether you want some winter sun or you want to enjoy the cold.

We have a list below of the top destinations for a romantic getaway this festive season:

Islands retreats

Maldives

The Maldives is defiantly a place for those looking to rekindle their love, a popular destination for honeymooners, the Maldives offer you sun, sea and lazy days in tropical climates with not a worry in the world. The Maldives are made up of 1,190 coral islands that form an archipelago of 26 major atolls, North Male Atoll is the most popular and has the most resorts on it, however if you’re looking for something more secluded then head to the blissful Raa Atoll. A favourite of many people staying here is the private trademark water-villas-on-stilts, where you can sit out above the perfect turquoise blue ocean.

Antigua

Antigua is one of the Caribbean’s premier tourist destinations and along with Barbuda they form part of the Leeward Islands group in the northeast Caribbean, complete with the easy going Caribbean way of life. You will find powder soft beaches dotted around the island, many being secluded so you get plenty of privacy with your loved one.

Caribbean cruise

Cruising is great for couples, with many luxury cruise liners offering peace and tranquillity for honeymooners or romantics of all ages and Royal Caribbean cruise offers a great choice of cruises to the romantic destination of the Caribbean. On board you can find lots of space per passenger, exceptional service, queen-sized beds, tables for two, flexible dining options, and room service. Combine those features with spectacular sunsets, beautiful scenery and sea breezes. On top of that you get to hop around the best Caribbean islands such as Grenada, the private island of Mayreau, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Mexico and many, many more.


Airlines at the moment seem to be going to the extremes, budget ones like Ryanair are looking at way to have passengers standing to make more room to fit in more passenegers and luxury airliners are looking how to give each privileged passenger more room! If you find yourself lucky enough to be able to enjoy first class travel then these are the airlines for you.

Singapore Airlines

On their twice daily Airbus A380s you will find there are individual suites for 12 of the most exclusive passengers to enjoy. Here you can wait out your journey in your own semi enclose cabin with sliding doors, that offers a hand stitched leather armchair and separate bed. If that’s not enough, Singapore Airlines also offers Book the Cook, where you can pre order dishes from various famous chefs around the world.

Emirates

If you find yourself travelling on Emirates daily service from Dubai to Heathrow then you should make sure you choose to travel in one of their self enclosed suites. Inside you can recline on 86in flat beds, enjoy a private minibar and a flat screen TV showing countless on demand movies. You can also if you wish shower onboard too!

Lufthansa

When you’re travelling from or via Frankfurt there is only one way to go on a Lufthansa light and that’s first class. You will know you’re in the right place when you’re in the first class terminal which offers a cigar lounge, restaurant and spa where you can treat yourself to a pre flight massage. On board you can enjoy comfort on one of eight seats that convert to fully flat beds with privacy screens, and all the perks of first class travel.

Qantas

If you have travelled to Australia before in normal economy class you know how long that flight feels however just imagine taking that journey in the lap of luxury. And you can do when you take a first class Qantas flight from Heathrow. On board there are 14 suits which are angled to make sure each passenger has privacy, the seats recline to almost 84in and offer sheepskin mattresses that have a built in massage feature. On top of that the grubs not bad either, with the offerings conceived by top Sydney chef Neil Perry.