With images of paradise islands and faraway adventures filling your social feeds, it’s tricky to decide on one epic location for a once-in-a-lifetime trip – but we’re here to help!
We’ve asked a range of holiday industry insiders to give us the lowdown on their own ultimate destinations. Get your passport ready and let our pros convince you where to go…
Olivia Knight, wedding brands manager at Sandals recommends the sunny shores of The Bahamas.
The vibe These special islands are awash with pristine beaches and turquoise waters. Life here is relaxed and care-free.
What to do Swimming with the legendary beach pigs should be top of your bucket list (don’t forget the GoPro to capture it all). After you’ve had your fill of water-based fun, head to Stocking Island to watch the sunset with your beloved.
What to see The best of the Bahamas action is below sea level. With wrecks, caves and spectacular creatures, the ocean is the place to go for serious sightseeing. At Sandals, we offer two free dives a day, so it’s definitely something worth taking advantage of!
I love That island life can be whatever you want it to be – from sun-worshipping, to fast and furious water sports.
Best for The ultimate luxury escape.
Collette & Scott Stohler, full-time travellers at roamaroo.com would choose a short-haul stay in Italy.
The vibe Italy defines la dolce vita. Romantic, beautiful, and home to many fabulous foods and wines.
What to do It would be rude not to dedicate a serious amount of your trip to eating and drinking. Rent a vintage Alfa Romeo and drive along the Amalfi Coast, sampling delicious dishes along the way.
What to see To enjoy unspoiled and untouched Italy, head down to the Puglia region for stunning scenery. Positano is another must-visit area – the views of the brightly coloured houses perched on the cliff side are just waiting to be Instagrammed.
We love The romantic feel of this country – from the dining experiences to the epic views, Italy is made to be enjoyed with a loved one.
Best for Italy is perfect for newlywed sweethearts who enjoy the finer things in life.
Lauren Singleton, senior press officer for TUI (formerly Thomson) selects Mauritius for her dream getaway.
The vibe This is an island that’s bursting with personality and adventure.
What to do Be Jane and Tarzan as you try Casela’s epic zipline. But if you want something a little more low-key, you can always retreat to Flic en Flac for a day of beach-side lounging.
What to see The views in Mauritius are great from every angle, but to really hit the photo jackpot you may need to lace up your hiking boots, as the views from Lion Mountain are insane! Mauritius is also surprisingly green, with a thriving forest interior – so take a trip inland to see the most amazing wildlife.
I love The unspoilt nature of this gem in the Indian Ocean.
Best for Couples who love high-octane adventure.
Kerry Finlay, personal travel expert for Kuoni picks a Kenyan Safari.
The vibe An authentic safari destination where you can see incredible wildlife close up.
What to do While you’re in Africa, you’re going to want to go on as many game drives as possible to see all of the animals. But if it’s extreme adventure you’re after, you could partake in whitewater rafting down the Tana River, or tackle a hike up Mount Kenya.
What to see The iconic Maasai Mara plays host to part of the annual Great Migration, which has been hailed as ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth’. If you stay at Mara Bushtops from July to September, you can experience it. The luxury resort is also fantastic for stargazing, as the skies over the Mara are some of the clearest in the world. It’s so romantic!
I love The fact that you can see spectacular animals right on your doorstep.
Best for Adventurous couples who want a holiday they will never forget.
Tom McKee, honeymoon specialist with Turquoise Holidays sees Sri Lanka as a dream honeymoon destination.
The vibe A laid-back, live-like-a-local kind of destination, with so much to see and do.
What to do Sri Lanka has so many must-dos, including a safari in Yala National Park, visiting the ancient city of Galle, and climbing Sigiriya.
What to see The hill country surrounding Ella and the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya are just breathtaking, and the never-ending beaches of the southwest coast will amaze you.
I love Above all else, the people. This island will actually feel like a home-from-home, thanks to their friendliness.
Best for Sri Lanka is best for those couples who love to immerse themselves into the culture of a country when they visit.
The vibe Visiting this country is like coming to a whole new world. By day, you find yourself walking among beautiful sakura trees, but by night, the streets come alive!
What to do Kyoto is a hub of activity – your first stop when you arrive should be to take a dip in a natural hot spring, known as an onsen. Then, after you’ve worked up an appetite, you can eat your way through what’s on offer at Nishiki Market, with its abundance of deliciously fresh Japanese cuisine.
What to see In Kyoto, the Fushimi Inari Shrine needs to be seen to be believed – and we wouldn’t leave the city without paying a visit to the temple of Kinkaku-ji. We love The eclectic mix of history, culture and food that Japan has to offer.
Best for Any couples who hate the thought of a ‘fly-and-flop’ destination.