Going on holiday is one of the best things you can do for mind, body and soul. The only thing better than taking a holiday, is taking one on a whim.
Flying long haul on the spur of the moment is a fantastic feeling. So, if you have the time and money set aside to do it, here’s some of our suggestions for the best places to go on a last minute holiday.
Average daily temperature: 30°c
Flight duration: 7 hrs
Time difference: +3 hrs
Oman is great for anyone who wants to experience a last minute luxury holiday in the Middle East, but away from the excess and glitz of other Arab countries. This is an example of a country quietly getting on with things, celebrating its fascinating past and investing in a solid future.
Its capital, Muscat, is a veritable feast of mosques, ancient forts and breathtaking landscapes. The coastline boasts unrivalled beaches, bays and lagoons for fishing and islands to make excursions to. For anyone in search of adventure, the natural wonders of Oman need to be seen to be believed. From the Bimmah sinkhole to the Wahiba Sands, travellers to this incredible land can never run out of things to take part in, gawp at or experience.
Average daily temperature: 27°c
Flight duration: 12 hrs
Time difference:+3 hrs
Located in the Indian Ocean, the island of Mauritius feels like it was designed for romance and is the perfect choice for anyone looking at last minute long haul holidays to treat their better half. The miles of white sandy beaches, aquamarine waters and dramatic volcanic peaks are all instrumental in creating an atmosphere of contentment. Languish on a cabana, read a book in a hammock or experience an evening swim in the sea – just surrender yourself to island time.
But if you do fancy exploring the island, there’s so much to do. From the bustling markets and stalls in St Louis, to the stunning Tamarind Falls, sacred lakes of Ganga Talao and diving in Flic en Flac – this is an island that could seduce even the most travel-worn couple.
Average daily temperature: 27°c
Flight duration: 14 hrs
Time difference: +6 hrs
Phuket in Thailand is best experienced at the end of October and into November. The monsoon season is over in this part of the world, and what you’ll experience is breezy, fresh and sunny weather with the lush indigenous vegetation having all received a good watering.
You don’t need to do much in Phuket to have a good time. Families are well looked after with a host of water parks, kids’ clubs, museums and zoos to visit. But if you want to relax on a beach, Thai people love children so you can lie under a palm tree while waiters play football with your little one nearby.
Average daily temperature: 31°c
Flight duration: 16 hrs
Time difference: +7 hrs
If you want to experience pure indulgence, a spa holiday in Bali will allow you to shake off any stress, worries and woes in complete paradise. Thatched roofs, healing waters and spring water jacuzzis will renew and revive spirits. Relax among the stone caverns, botanical gardens and local wildlife of elephants, zebras and rhinos and think to yourself, why didn’t I do this earlier?
Of course, the food, beaches and people on Bali are good enough reasons to visit the island, but the chance to be pampered and enjoy Balinese spa treatments are a must for anyone who needs a break from reality for a week or two.