Happy New Year to all of our readers! So the carols have been sung, the presents unwrapped and the mince pies eaten. Here at Sovereign, we are now looking ahead to sunshine, cocktails, and al fresco family dinners. Read on for the holiday trends of 2018, recommended by the Sovereign team.
“My top recommendation for 2018 is to experience a different side of Spain. New for us are our Paradores, which are unique historic buildings that include medieval castles and former palaces. Spain is renowned for being a typical fly and flop holiday, but with our Paradores tours you can explore a more cultural Spain, covering both Andalucía and Northern Spain.” Helen, Trusted Adviser
“I would head to Crete this summer. A lot of the hotels in Crete have had a facelift this year, so whether you have been before or are new to area, there is something for everyone. Why not try Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas and its new, brilliant-value all-inclusive board offering a variety of meal choices, drinks and signature cocktails, ice-cream on tap and more. Or Domes Noruz, a fairly new property in Chania offering a funky and contemporary Crete stay.” Nadia, Team Leader
“Why just stop at one destination when you can visit two or more in 2018? Island hopping is becoming a lot more popular, thanks to easy ferry transportation options. I recently embarked on an island hopping adventure visiting Mykonos, Santorini and Crete. Each island had something different to offer, from the lively nightlife in Mykonos, to the peaceful sunsets in Santorini and then the beaches in Crete.” Sam, Trusted Adviser
“Try a cruise this year! I love the idea of being able to see a different destination daily, especially waking up somewhere different – it’s very exciting. Regent Seven Seas offer an amazing cruising experience. Not only is it one of the most luxurious cruise lines (think six-star luxury) but everything is included in your initial price, including all your land excursions which is fantastic.” Jodie, Trusted Adviser
“A new destination for Sovereign this year is Oman. It is perfect if you are looking for a bit of winter sun. It has everything from sand dunes, mountains and impressive canyons, to a fascinating capital. Oman boasts lots of world-class hotels. I would recommend any of the Shangri-La hotels – they are amazing.” James, Head of Sales and Customer Experience
“Croatia is becoming more and more popular and is the talk of 2018. I love Croatia because it offers a variety of holiday types. If you are interested in history, cities such as Dubrovnik and Split have plenty, and Croatia’s national parks are perfect for exploring. You have beaches too, and plenty of lovely restaurants and hotels.” Adam, Training and Development Manager
“We have added new destinations and hotels to our Morocco collection, and it’s great. Morocco is a hotspot for 2018 and one I am excited to explore more of. You can relax on the beach in Essaouira, or enjoy the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. Why not enjoy a stay in Marrakech before putting your feet up in a retreat in the Atlas Mountains? New for 2018 is the stunning Kasbah Tamadot in the Atlas Mountains.” Petra, Product Executive
“I am recommending Lisbon to my customers this year. The Palacio Estoril has a fascinating history (Ian Fleming got a lot of inspiration for his James Bond stories here) and it is the only hotel in Europe with a stunning Banyan Tree Spa. You can book up spa packages that include everything from treatments to lessons, and even your meals can be tailored to your regime. Perfect for those New Year health kicks. Plus it’s close to the town itself for explorations.” Lewis, Trusted Adviser
We hope you’re inspired by our experts’ choice of holiday trends. Where are you heading this year? If you are still undecided, let us help you with our exclusive offers, upgrades and £150 off every booking of five nights or more. Find out more here and book before 8 January.