With the warmer months fast approaching, now is a great time to start booking that all-important summer getaway. Whether you want to switch off for two weeks on a beautiful beach or expand your horizons with a trip to one of the world’s most intriguing locales, here’s just a handful of sensational luxury vacation ideas for summer 2019.
1. Discover untouched landscapes and ancient temples in Cambodia
Asia is always a wonderful region for an unforgettable trip, but few countries come as packed with cultural and natural treasures as Cambodia. It’s a nation that’s really opened up to tourism over the last decade, with sites like the magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex in Siem Reap now counting as one of the modern wonders of the world.
It’s often best to discover a country’s history and hidden gems under the guidance of a local, which is why our signature Cambodia’s Culture, History and Pristine Beaches tour is an excellent pick. As well as exploring ancient ruins and learning about Cambodia’s recent military history, you’ll also savor fragrant local cuisine, enjoy some down time on the untouched beaches of Koh Rong, and stay in some of the most luxurious resorts and hotels the country has to offer.
2. Soak up some sunshine in the Seychelles
Located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles really is the pinnacle of heavenly beach destinations. It’s made up of 115 idyllic tropical islands, including the main island of Mahe, that’s awash with stunning coves, gorgeous resorts and even a tea plantation, and farther flung Aldabra, which is home to hundreds of giant tortoises.
The Seychelles is a prime spot for unbelievable snorkeling and diving as well as experiencing genuine Creole culture. For those looking for luxury, the Banyan Tree Resort & Spa on Mahe Island is a sublime choice thanks to its private villas set in lush surroundings. Alternatively, head to the sleepier island of La Digue that’s home to Anse Source D’Argent (one of the most attractive beaches in the world) and smaller hotels like boutique Le Repaire, which boasts just nine rooms overlooking the ocean.
3. Enjoy an eco-conscious adventure in Namibia
If you’ve always dreamed of glimpsing the spots of a leopard or watching desert-adapted ellies playing near watering holes, Namibia is an absolute must. As well as its stunning nature reserves, you’ll also find the stark but beautiful Namib desert and its famed Skeleton Coast. Since it’s winter in Namibia during our summer months, this is also the best time to visit Namibia.
For a holiday that also helps the planet, stay among the sand dunes of the Sossusvlei region at eco-friendly Desert Homestead, a luxury lodge that’s completely powered by the sun. If you simply can’t decide what you want to see in Namibia, why not see it all with our Wings Over Namibia luxury tour which includes nine days of exploration through cities, deserts and African planes.
4. Head into the jungles of Costa Rica
Filled with wild rainforests and dramatic volcanoes, Costa Rica is a haven for the outdoor adventurist. Hundreds of species of animal call the country home, from sleepy sloths through to colorful macaws, making it perfect for avid nature lovers. Keen hikers will also find much to fuel their imagination in the verdant area surrounding the Arenal Volcano.
Costa Rica isn’t just for holidaymakers after adventure, though. Its coastline is dotted with glorious sandy beaches such as Manuel Antonio, while the forest regions such as Monteverde additionally play host to thermal pools and serene botanical scenery. Opting for one of our tailored luxury travel tours of Costa Rica is a wonderful way to experience every aspect.
Classic Costa Rica and Guatemala
14 Days: $ 5,565 / person
Classic Namibia and Botswana Overland
20 Days: $ 6,990 / person
Vietnam and Cambodia with Mekong Meander
16 Days: $ 4,430 / person
Feeling inspired? Make sure you book your next summer vacation through a luxury travel company to ensure the very best level of service and a truly memorable, personalized experience.