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12 ultimate summer holiday destinations

Sun, sand and sea – these three 'S’s are the key ingredients to a relaxing summer holiday.

Sun, sand and sea – these three 'S’s are the key ingredients to a relaxing summer holiday. But which destinations are the best? Ahhh, I’m glad you asked...

12 ultimate summer holiday destinations Sun, sand and sea - these three 'S's are the key ingredients to a relaxing summer holiday.

Sun, sand and sea – these three 'S’s are the key ingredients to a relaxing summer holiday. But which destinations are the best? Ahhh, I’m glad you asked...

1. Fiji
Bula! When you think ‘island holidays’ it’s hard to go past Fiji. Fijian resorts seem to have it all – beachfront, stunning pools, dining, day spas, activities/entertainment and for those travelling as a family … kids club! There’s hardly a reason to venture outside, just sit back and enjoy some R&R. The Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort has some fantastic packages available for families including a Stay, Play & Eat Free offer for those with young children and if you’re not travelling with littlies – they have an adults-only pool. Winning!

2. Bali
A trip to Bali is on everyone’s bucket list. It’s a lovely 30 degrees throughout the year and cheap flights are almost always available via a variety of airlines, including Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia, making it a popular choice for a summer getaway. Those looking to party should consider the beachside city Kuta, known for its bustling nightlife, for those travelling with a family, maybe the relaxing resort town of Nusa Dua would be more your style.

3. Thailand
Thailand, known for its gorgeous tropical beaches as well as its ancient ruins, is the perfect mix of relaxation and culture. Phuket, Bangkok and Koh Samui are all popular tourist destinations where you can relax, shop ‘til you drop and enjoy an array of delicious Thai cuisine. Are we there yet?

4. Gold Coast
Yes, of course, there are incredible beach destinations in our own backyard and the Gold Coast is one of them. Besides lazing on the beautiful, sandy beaches there’s so much to see and do. Home to theme parks like Wet ‘N’ Wild, Movie World, Dreamworld and SeaWorld, a variety of dining hotspots and nightclubs and just a short drive to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, the Gold Coast can offer both an exciting holiday and a peaceful break from the daily grind.

5. Samoa
Consisting of two main islands, Savai'i and Upolu, and four smaller islands, Samoa is known for its gorgeous beaches and friendly locals. A trip to Samoa can offer both serenity as well as catering to one’s sense of adventure. Being hot and humid most of the year means holidaymakers can swim, surf and snorkel to their heart's content. Oh, and a swim with the green turtles is a must if you visit this island paradise.

6. Hawaii
Is it not every beach lover’s dream to visit Hawaii? Or more specifically, the famous Waikiki Beach? With daytime temperatures never really dropping below 25 degrees, you can take a summer escape to Hawaii and sip fruity cocktails by the pool any time of the year. Hawaii offers glorious natural scenery, an abundance of beaches and active volcanoes making it a popular destination for surfers, families and other tourists. So, what are you waiting for? Book your Hawaiian escape today!

7. Bora Bora
Located in northwest Tahiti in French Polynesia, Bora Bora is simply heaven on Earth. If you have kids, it might be time they spent a week visiting the grandparents while you skip off on a romantic second honeymoon. With bungalows perched over crystal clear water, Bora Bora offers luxury as you’ve never experienced before. Enjoy a wine or cocktail whilst watching the sunset, or go snorkelling with exotic fish – you’ll return home more relaxed than you’ve ever been.

8. Vanuatu
With beautiful tropical temperatures all year round, you can plan to visit Vanuatu any time you like – it’s always great weather for a swim. Vanuatu offers stunning landscapes of lush rainforests and pristine beaches – there’s plenty to explore on-land and under the sea. There are plenty of resorts to choose from which offer packages that often include breakfast and Kids Stay, Play & Eat Free options. Time to pack your bags and visit Vanuatu.

9. Hamilton Island
Another Australian destination, Hamilton Island is the most popular tourist destination on the Great Barrier Reef. Covered in lush bushland, sightings of koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and other wildlife are almost certain. Hamilton Island offers a range of accommodation options including the super exclusive Qualia Resort, adults-only Beach Club or family-friendly Reef View Hotel. Flights to the island can be booked via Jetstar and Virgin Australia, book yours in today to get yourself a much-deserved dose of sand, sun and fun.

10. The Maldives
If swimming in crystal blue waters and soaking up the sun is your ideal way to recharge then you might want to look into a Maldives holiday. The sheer beauty of the luminous blue waters that surround these natural atolls and whiter than white sandy beaches are rivalled by none. This place is pure paradise so beware, once you visit you may not want to return home – a one-way ticket it is!

11. Mexico
If you are searching for coast, culture and cuisine without a hefty price tag then the Riviera Maya (Mayan Riviera) in Mexico is an excellent choice. There’s an abundance of all-inclusive resorts to choose from in Cancun or Playa del Carmen, which is quite famous for its long, insta-worthy beaches. Swimming with dolphins, diving and snorkelling are popular activities amongst tourists, or if you are looking to take in a cultural experience, you might like to explore the ancient ruins of Tulum. Let’s go to Mexico.

12. Ibiza
This is a destination for party people. A Spanish island in the Mediterranean Sea, Ibiza is famous for its lively nightlife in Ibiza Town and Sant Antoni. If you are looking to lay by the pool by day and hit the clubs once the sun goes down then Ibiza is your bliss. You might want to start saving now though, Ibiza isn’t budget-friendly but you only live once.

So which destination will you follow the summer sun to?