Exotic holidays

If you’re feeling the need to jet away to somewhere utterly different, try one of our more exotic holiday destinations. Whether you’re looking for a tropical paradise to rest and revitalise or fancy exploring somewhere that is buzzing with energy, you can find what you need on one of our exotic holidays. Many of these far-flung destinations can feel like a different world, and offer boundless opportunities for exploration and discovery.

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1. Mauritius

The luxurious island of Mauritius is fringed by pristine white-sand beaches. The sumptuous resorts and hotels offer the ideal exotic getaway and the warm waters invite you to swim, snorkel or try out the variety of water sports on offer. You can also head inland to discover the island’s diverse wildlife and hike the network of trails. A short boat ride takes you to perfect deserted islets, where you can spend the day in tranquil seclusion. 

2. Maldives

The 1,200 islands of the Maldives are home to the world’s most perfect and spectacular beaches. The soft, warm sand is pure white and fringed by palm trees. Each island is a private resort, and different resorts are set up to cater to the needs of different visitors. Dip below the sea to discover an underwater world at this world-class dive site. 

3. Bahamas

Adventure awaits in the Bahamas, where you can explore the land and sea of 700 picture-perfect islands. You can swim, snorkel, sail, scuba dive or kayak your way around this stunning natural playground, or stay on land and delight in the pink-sand beaches and lively resorts. You can end each day of your exotic holiday in the Bahamas with laid-back cocktails or dancing until dawn.

4. Seychelles

You can enjoy high-octane activities, wildlife encounters and lush tropical paradises all in one day in the Seychelles. Whether you fancy exploring the thick jungle of the interiors or scuba diving in the marine parks, these islands offer a whole new way to get back to nature. There are luxury resorts that cater to your every whim, and affordable self-catering apartments that give you space and privacy. Ecotourism is a big deal on these islands, so your exotic holiday will have a minimal impact on the pristine environment.

5. Thailand

Cultured and sophisticated by day and wild and fun-loving by night, Thailand attracts all kinds of visitors. Exploring Thailand is a sensory overload, with delicious food, bright colours and shining temples everywhere you turn. The tranquil beaches host full moon parties after the sun goes down, and if you venture into the azure waters you can swim with whale sharks or stay in the warm shallows. If you are seeking serenity, take a visit to the many sacred spaces and peaceful temples that host meditation retreats.

Top destinations in the Caribbean

If you're wondering where to go for an exotic holiday, you can't beat the Caribbean. From a pilgrimage to reggae star Bob Marley's recording studio in Kingston to hiking up the flank of La Soufriere volcano on St Vincent, there's no end to the unique experiences these islands in the sun have to offer. Here are just a few of the best exotic destinations for which the Caribbean is justly famous.

- The sixteen islands of the Bahamas feature world class resorts like Nassau which cater to your every whim, as well as stupendous natural attractions like the nearly 700 foot deep Deen's Blue Hole and the swimming pigs of the Exumas. 

- Whether it's exploring historic Bridgtown or dining on fried flying fish at a beachside rum shack, Barbados is full of local colour. Crystal clear waters, live music, boat cruises, plantation tours, colonial architecture, nature parks and wildlife preserves all add up to a Bajan feast for the senses. 

- The Cayman islands have so many gorgeous dive sites, you could visit a different one on every day of the year. At only 10 miles long, Little Cayman is the closest you can come to your own private island in the Caribbean, while Great Cayman is diverse and full of energy. 

- Birthplace of reggae, Jamaica is an island of over 4000 square miles. Gaze in awe at the 600 foot Dunn's River Falls near the port of Ochos Rios, or check out some live bands at Seven Mile Beach in Negril. A destination that does it all. 

- Tobago has nearly 30 miles of tranquil beaches, and waters where you can swim with manta rays. Inland there are waterfalls and one of the Caribbean's most important nature preserves, bursting with wildlife. 

- Turks and Caicos is made up of 40 islands, and its secluded bays and reefs are a habitat for over 400 kinds of marine life. Go whale watching at Grand Turk, fishing at South Caicos, or just chill out at one of the islands' 100 restaurants and rum bars.