May is a great time to jet off somewhere faraway. For those who can, this is the best time for long haul as you can take advantage of the two bank holidays and off-peak cheaper rates on travel and accommodation.
The only difficulty is choosing the right place to holiday in. If you want sunshine, beaches and activities, there is so much to choose from. Thankfully, we’ve put together this guide to advise on the best holiday destinations for May.
Cuba is a perfect summer destination. Hire a car to tour the island in May and experience the cool vibes of Havana – the rum bars, music and dancing. Staying in Havana means old school 1950s cars, crumbling European-style architecture and wonderful people.
While a few days in the capital is recommended, the rest of the island needs exploring too. Travel to the coast and see miles of unspoilt beaches and lush rainforest. Sanctions with the U.S. have just been lifted so a holiday to Cuba is best experienced now before too many people catch on to its charm!
If you like the heat, head to the island of Koh Samui in the Thai Gulf, where temperatures average around 30°c in May. This is one of the most popular islands in Thailand – not just in stunning natural scenery, but for the sheer choice of activities available.
There are two sides to the island. The pumping nightlife of Chaweng on the east coast, and the quieter stretches of Mae Nam, Bo Phut and Choeng Mon in the north.
Thailand is a favourite for so many holidaymakers. Its combination of friendliness, incredible food, spectacular scenery and good atmosphere makes it a destination that people keep returning to. Koh Samui is a perfect blend of everything that makes Thailand unforgettable – and all on one island.
Read our 9 reasons you must visit Thailand to find out more.
If your idea of a holiday in May is a week or two of pampering, exquisite beaches and five-star hospitality – look no further than the Bahamas. This Caribbean archipelago acts as a second home to many celebrities, who enjoy the seclusion the islands can offer. Weather-wise, expect days of sunshine interspersed with the odd shower that clears up pretty quickly.
The Bahamas has been a film set for countless movies, and it’s easy to see why. Explore shipwrecks underwater, drink cocktails, and soak up the Caribbean vibe on this group of beautiful islands.
Not only are the May temperatures in Bali perfect – expect lows of 24°C and highs of 31°C – but the prices for accommodation can be considerably cheaper as well.
This time of the year in Bali is the dry season, and is less humid than other parts of the year. With a slight dip in tourist numbers, you’ll find less crowds, making it easier to move around and explore the island’s awe-inspiring landscape.
It’s also a great time to enjoy the many types of water sports available all along the coastline. Out of the water, Bali has a spectacular setting, and is arguably one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
We’ve yet to meet someone who didn’t cherish every minute of their Maldives holiday. May is a great time to visit this archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The weather is warm, and while this time of year spells the beginning of the rainy season, the showers you may experience are slight and short-lived, making way for more sunshine.
From the incredible resorts, to the cinematic panoramas that greet you every morning in your beach bungalow, this is a piece of paradise that needs to be experienced. Each island is dedicated to one resort, and each has its own benefits. Prepare yourself for complete decadence. The Maldives really take hospitality to the next level, with even the cheapest resorts being some of the most incredible places to stay!