What do you picture when you imagine your perfect summer break? Are you all about the sunshine and the sandy toes, or maybe exploring an ancient world wonder is higher up your wish-list? Below are five of our favourite summer holiday ideas from befriending orangutans in Borneo to sunning yourself on the soft sand beaches of Mauritius.
Which summer holiday idea takes your fancy?
1. Simply Costa Rica – 12 days
This 12 day ‘Simply Costa Rica’ holiday idea would be perfect for families or couples looking for that ultimate getaway. Costa Rica is the land of ‘Pura Vida’, lush green rainforests, pristine empty beaches, activities galore and incredible wildlife.
✓ Nature walks and boat safaris through Tortuguero National Park
✓ Explore Arenal: Hanging bridges, hot springs and volcano treks
✓ Get your head in the clouds in the stunning Monteverde Cloud Forest
✓ Indulge in some beach time on one of the country’s most laid-back Pacific beaches
2. A Borneo adventure
If you’re going to do a Borneo holiday properly, it needs to include a mix of wildlife safaris along majestic rivers, treks that meander through ancient rainforests in search of wild orangutan swinging from the trees some sun-soaking time spent on the white sand beaches before taking a dip in the crystal clear waters. You needn’t look any further, because this itinerary has it all.
✓ Pay an unforgettable visit to Sepilok’s Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
✓ Spot Pygmy elephant and crocodile on the Kinabatangan River
✓ Indulge in a luxurious stay at the exclusive Danum Valley Borneo Rainforest Lodge
✓ Spend 4 nights unwinding on the paradise beaches of stunning Gaya Island
3. Soak up the sunshine in Mauritius
Mauritius is the ideal island escape. With soft white sand beaches, beautifully blue waters and some incredible coral reefs to snorkel, it’s the spot that summer holiday dreams were made of.
✓ Sample to flavours of Mauritius on a Port Louis Street Food Tour
✓ See the spectacular natural phenomenon of Terres de 7 Couleurs (‘seven coloured earth’) with your own eyes
✓ Explore the trails, peaks, waterfalls and canyons that make up the incredible Black River Gorges National Park
✓ Explore the vibrant underwater world off Mauritius’ stunning coastline
4. Family holiday to Peru – 16 days
Peru is a country of incredible contrasts, bucket-list experiences, colourful Andean communities and countless adventures.
✓ Delight your tastebuds with a culinary tour in Lima
✓ Explore the quaint colonial town of Arequipa and the beautiful city of Cusco
✓ Spend time with a local family on the shores of Lake Titicaca
✓ Be wowed by a world wonder at Machu Picchu
✓ A mountain bike adventure to the unique sites of Maras and Moray
5. Sri Lanka Family Adventure – 14 days
Here at HA, we understand that long car journeys are not ideal when you’re travelling with children or teenagers. This two week Sri Lanka holiday is designed to visit three main locations with a maximum transfer of four hours: All the fun, without the stress! It’s not just for families though, this would make a fantastic holiday itinerary for couples and honeymooners, too!
✓ Ancient UNESCO heritage sites for that necessary dose of culture
✓ The ultimate elephant experience at Minneriya National Park
✓ Marine adventures: Whale and dolphin watching and diving off stunning Pigeon Island
✓ Beach fun and relaxation in Trincomalee
✓ The most incredible train ride through the tea hills