A New Year means a new set of adventures. And we all know choosing your holiday destinations or mini-break spots can be a challenge with so much to choose from and so many reviews to decipher it can be difficult narrowing it down to a top 5. Then not to mention it’s getting your other half to agree. So here are my 5 must-see destinations of 2018 – if I get to see only half of these I will be a very happy lady.
The Gleneagles Hotel
Set in 850 acres of picturesque countryside and only an hour from Edinburgh or Glasgow by car The Gleneagles Hotel offers something for everyone with an indoor and outdoor pool, spa, tennis courts, shooting, archery, golf & fishing, free wifi, onsite parking and an array of restaurant options. A complete 5-star experience with a modern twist on its art deco history and French chateau feel every fine detail is done to perfection. 232 luxury bedrooms and 27 suites all with their own theme and amenities, and well when there’s a pillow menu as standard you just know it’s going to be a good nights sleep. As for Food & Drink do you ask with 9 options and a 2 Michelin star restaurant by chef Andrew Fairlie it’s pretty safe to say with something for everyone, and quickly becoming a blogger favourite The Gleneagles is definitely a must see this year.
Over recent years Lisbon has risen through the ranks of Worlds Best Cities and I can see why. To me, the perfect city break is a £60 flight, traditional cuisine, bucketloads of culture, beautiful views and of course sunshine. All can be found in Lisbon with the spooky historic monastery to the traditional cafes at every corner and not forget the iconic trams intertwined through the cities streets. This city is definitely on my must-see list of 2018.
There’s nothing better than to have both a summer and winter holiday each year and rated among the top five popular resorts in the Alpes for avid skiers is a prime contender for carving out some fresh powder. St Anton ideally suits the more advanced skier over beginner, however, does offer nursery slopes in the main ski area but quick improvement is required to progress to the gentler blues further up. Now to the best part – Apres Ski. Anyone with a slight interest in skiing or snowboarding knows the main reason you get up at the crack of dawn to hit the slopes is first to be the first one down the mountain gliding through the freshly laid snow and second the 3 o’clock finish just in time for Apres Ski because there is nothing better than being halfway up the mountain, in the sunshine with an ice cold beer and great music.
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One of the most historic European capitals and often described as “the little Paris of middle Europe”, Budapest is not only known for its spectacular monuments and 1000-year-old history but also past times of others who settled here. This is one city that is sure to pack a punch and send your mind wandering basking in all the culture that meets you at every corner. The capital has two sides Buda and Pest mirrored along the banks of the Danube symbolising two very different characters of the city. One of the must-see hotspots of the capital is the Thermal Baths known for their healing powers with whirlpools, wave pools and pool jets to massage the waters, along with the option to revitalise in the saunas and steam rooms it is plentiful for those who bask in the calm of a spa environment.
The French Riviera
One of the most affluent and exclusive coastlines on the planet, from celebrities to politicians to Oscar winners and models some of the biggest names choose the French Riviera as their summer party escape and for 2018 it’s definitely on my travel list. With beautiful backdrops, crisp sandy beaches and spectacular cuisine whether its Canne, Nice, Monte Carlo or Saint-Tropez there is a whole lot of exploring and adventure to be had along this beautiful stretch of the Mediterranean. Just be sure to take your credit card along for the ride – just in case your temptations get the better of you.