16 Dec 2016

Vacation Ideas

As the festive season ramps up, a lot of us are thinking about our future vacation ideas. Maybe you're looking for a last minute vacation or ideas for 2017 and beyond.

Ideas for a vacation

Travel makes a great gift, and for many it's the season for giving. So many flash sales are available at this time of year. You should definitely look for discounted vacation ideas on boxing day and in the January sales.

Maybe you plan on holidaying more often into the new year. As do I, and you're currently seeking ideas for your bucket list.

Read on for my colossal list featuring some jaw dropping vacation ideas from around the world!


When it comes to unwinding. You really can't beat the following luxurious vacation ideas. They're so dreamy, you won't ever want to leave!

Scarlet Hotel
Scarlet Hotel Cliff Top Hot Tub In Cornwall


The Scarlet Hotel - Cornwall
Choose the Scarlet hotel in Cornwall for a gorgeous cliff top hot tub experience. Located right on the beach in Newquay Cornwall, the Scarlet hotel is a small, intimate, adults only hotel. Perfect for some unforgettable romance and down time.
Click here to book the best rate.

Hayman Island Massage
Floating Massage At The One & Only Resort - Hayman Island


The One And Only Resort - Hayman Island
The One and only resort at the Hayman Island in Australia is what dreams are made of. You'll be able to enjoy a truly relaxing massage while floating out at sea!
Click here to book for the best rate.

Silky Oaks Lodge & Spa - Daintree Rainforest
You can't get better than a relaxing meal and spa experience amidst a lush rainforest! The Daintree rainforest is located on the north east coast of Queensland Australia. With a variety of top notch spa experiences, you'll truly be at one with nature at the Silky Oaks Lodge & Spa.
Click here to book for the best rate.


Continuing on with the forest theme. Thailand, a beautiful island full of vegetation is the perfect choice for relaxing vacation ideas.

Keemala - Phucket

Keemala - Phucket
My favourite hotel of choice in Thailand is Keemala in Phucket. This luxurious boutique hotel is nestled away, high up among the trees with some of the most breathtaking views you'll ever witness!
Click here for the best booking rates.

Poolside view
Views at the Sofitel - Bangkok

Sofitel - Bangkok
If it's city skyline views you're after, it doesn't get much better than the view from Sofitel in Bangkok.
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Indonesia has some excellent options for romantic and relaxing vacation ideas. My favourites are :

The Viceroy - Bali
The Viceroy in Bali is nestled high among lush vegetation, for a surreal, relaxing experience.
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The Hanging Gardens - Ubud
Much like any good spa hotel in Indonesia, the Hanging Gardens hotel in Ubud is nestled up high in its own secluded piece of the forest. The riverside villas are particularly spectacular, allowing you to take a dip right outside your room.
Click here to book a room at the best rate.

The Four Seasons Sayan - Bali
A beautiful, breathtaking vacation awaits you at the four seasons Sayan in Bali. From the sky high palm tress. To the soothing Ayung river. You're in for a truly unforgettable experience.
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Bambu Indah

Bambu Indah - Bali
The amazing Udang house at Bambu Indah in Bali has glass floors over a pond. At night, the floor can be lit up to attract shrimp for your private viewing pleasure!
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The Kurumba - Vihamanafushi
The Maldives is the perfect choice for those seeking ideas for a relaxing vacation. It's a popular destination for honeymooners, and with good reason. The beautiful Kurumba hotel is my top choice. Located on the small, lush island of Vihamanafushi, with white sand and the vibrant waters.
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How does lazing the day away at the peaceful, blue and white themed island of Santorini sound?
Santorini cave pool

For endless views of calming white and blue. Santorini offers perfect vacation ideas for peace lovers. The lush, white themed cave hotels in Santorini are the perfect choice for serenity and uninterrupted time away.

Sophia Suites - Santorini
My absolute favourite hotel in Santorini is the Sophia Suites. All suites are caves feature their own private indoor or outdoor pool. Teamed with views of the volcano nearby and across the clear blue Aegan sea.


The Museum Hotel - Cappadocia
Picture the setting. Dreamy views of hot air balloons lining the sky, as the sun rises each morning. All while you enjoy a soothing, hot tub in your private suite! Each suite at the 5 star museum hotel includes it's own hot tub. I've personally enjoyed this experience myself and it was truly unforgettable! See my full review.


Below are some of my top vacation ideas designed with thrill seekers in mind!


Ever wished you could fly? Well how about taking to the sky by paragliding in a number of places around the world. With paragliding locations like Ohrid in Macedonia. Pammukale in Turkey and much more. Paragliding is a low cost option, which will really get your pulse racing.

epic swing
Epic swinging action in Ecuador


The swing at the edge of the world in Ecuador is no ordinary swing. This amazing swing is set in the most surreal location of the rainforest in Ecuador. With a nearby active volcano. The swing at the end of the world swings out high above the canyon below!

Fly Boarding
Tired of regular speed boats and jet ski's? Have fun at sea with a water jet pack or fly board. There are two ideas. Either a backpack or feet jets. Both shoot you up out of the water into the air for a wet and wild time. Fly boarding is available in multiple locations around the world, such as Florida and Dubai. Flyboarding makes for a fun and thrilling excursion to include in your next vacation.


Enjoy an exhilirating zip wire ride high over Haiti's beautiful beach. The dragons breath in Haiti is the worlds longest zip line over water!


The Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark - Dubai
The Atlantis Aquaventure waterpark in Dubai is home to some of the worlds most daring water rides. You can even float through a tank full of sharks!


Rotorua - New Zealand
Up the fun factor on a day out at the zorb park in Rotorua New Zealand. A zorb is a large inflatable ball which fits one or more people inside. At the zorbpark in Rotorua there's even water added to the inside of the zorb for even more laughs. Have fun rolling down the pathways inside the massive zorb or if you go as a group take turns at being chased by the giant zorb, which eventually catches up with you and rolls over you!

Check out the video below to get a better understanding of what's involved.


Giving back feels good. That's why I've included some volunteer vacation ideas where you can still stay in luxury.


Volunteer in Greece by helping to hatch turtles and get them safely to sea.
Web : www.gvi.co.uk/programs/volunteer-turtles-greece/


Enjoy totally free accommodation in return for pet and house sitting by signing up with www.trustedhousesitters.com



The Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti balloon safari is a truly awe inspiring experience. Enjoy a surreal hot air balloon flight over the Serengeti during migration season in Kenya. Watch from on high, as wildebeest and other wild animals migrate at full speed across the plains of the Serengeti.

Giraffe Kenya

Giraffe Manor - Nairobi
Ever wanted to get up close and personal with giraffe? Now's your chance! The giraffe manor in Nairobi, Kenya is home to these majestic creatures, where they pop their heads into your bedroom windows and accompany you at tea time! The giraffe manor in Nairobi, Kenya sounds like a dream, and time spent here will definitely be filled with pinch me moments!
Web : www.thesafaricollection.com/properties/giraffe-manor/


Luxury Desert Camps
Enjoy a luxury camping experience right in the Sahara desert. With the option of camel trekking, sand boarding and quad biking. There are a few companies offering this experience. Camping under the stars in the Sahara desert has all the makings of a truly unforgettable vacation!

My list of the best things to do in Marrakech, Morocco.


Views of the unique landscape of Cappadocia, Turkey will stay with you forever. As will spending the night in a cave hotel. I've written about the best luxury cave hotels - here. You can't visit Cappadocia without going on a surreal hot air balloon ride. I also highly recommend a super fun quad tour to see the landscape of Cappadocia up close and personal. Read my review.

Cotton Castle
Pammukale Natural Hot Springs

Pammukale - Denizli

The natural hot springs of Pammukale are also known as the cotton castle. Enjoy a bath like no other in the warm, mineral rich waters at this natural phenomenon.

Granite Suite - Vacation Ideas
Sabi Sands Granite Suite 


Sabi Sands - Mpumalanga
I'm almost speechless when it comes to this luxurious collection of safari suites! You'll have unbeatable front row seats to some of natures most impressive animals at the Sabi Sands safari.
Web : www.sabi-sands.com

Ice Cave
Ice Crystal Cave - Iceland


Iceland is number one for unique and memorable vacation ideas. There are so many unforgettable experiences to be had in Iceland. From the mystical northern lights that you'll hopefully be lucky enough to witness. The many hot springs to be enjoyed, including the popular blue lagoon. Iceland is also home to some of the most amazing waterfalls in the world. All of different shapes and sizes. The geyser, which sees water bolt up out of the ground every few minutes and one of the few places on earth where you can explore an ice cave!

Glass Igloo
Kakslauttanen Glass Igloo From Inside


Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Sticking with the ice theme. Finland is another great place to enjoy the otherworldly northern lights. The Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort has amazingly unique glass igloos where you'll be able to spend time gazing at the stars and northern lights to your hearts content. Finland is the place to go if you wish to enjoy a husky or reindeer sleigh ride in the snow.

Snow hot tub
Hot Tub In The Snow at Iglu Dorf Hotel - Switzerland


The Swiss alps train ride is one of the best train rides the world over! Switzerland is also home to a hot tub in the snow, where you can experience hot and cold sensory overload!
Web : www.iglu-dorf.com

Neptune Suite
The Atlantis At The Palm, Neptune Suite - Dubai


The Atlantis At The Palm
The Atlantis At The Palm is home to a one of a kind underwater hotel suite. Featuring a floor to ceiling window, looking directly into a Lagoon of 65,000 sea creatures!

Not only that. The water park at The Atlantis at The Palm is home to possibly the worlds top water park!

Aquarium Restaurant
Ithaa Restaurant At The Conrad Rangali - Maldives


The Conrad Rangali
Continuing on with the aquatic theme. The Conrad Rangali hotel in the Maldives features an impressive underwater aquarium restaurant, where an array of fish direct from the sea swim around the glass domed walls.


Volcan Del Totumo - Santa Catalina
Immerse yourself in an actual volcano. Don't worry. It's full of mud - not lava! Enjoy a one of a kind cleansing mud bath in this Columbian mud volcano

Flamingos Aruba
Flamingo Beach - Aruba


Flamingo Beach
Flamingo Beach is an adults only beach. Situated at the southwest part of Renaissance Island in Aruba, which allows you to get up close and even feed the beautiful pink flamingos on the beach.


Komodo National Park

Sticking with the animal theme. Komodo national park is an Indonesian island featuring beautiful pink sands and free roaming Komodo dragons!


This wouldn't be a food and travel blog without including vacation ideas for food lovers!

All of the destinations listed below are abundant in unique and tasty food joints to sink your teeth into. Whether you're after something healthy. Something strange. A sweet treat. Junk food or a classy restaurant. There's something for everyone.


Australia is the pioneer of many of the trending food fads around the world!

Aussie food
C/o Australia Food grammer Lichi Pan

For Aussie food inspo hit up @lichipan on the gram.


Rainy rainy London. A diverse city brimming with cafes and restaurants. London cleverly makes up for the lack of daylight hours by being a food lovers haven.

London food

For London food goals follow @the_lazyfoodie on Insta. Psst.. check me out on Instagram too @AmazingFoodAndTravel


Los Angeles, California is wonderfully sunny city filled with beautiful beaches and some really good food!

LA food
C/o California Food grammer FoodWithMichel

Check out @foodwithmichel on Instagram for amazing California foodie finds.


Any popular concrete jungle like NY has to have it's fare share of spectacular places to eat!

NY Food
C/o New York Food gram account - Feedyourgirlfriend

For New York food inspiration check out @feedyourgirlfriend on Instagram


New and swanky Dubai is home to some new and swanky food.

Dubai Food
C/o Dubai Food gram account - Wheremyfoodat

To quench your food cravings check out Dubai food bloggers @wheremyfoodat on Instagram.

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