With the August Bank Holiday just around the corner (it’s crept up on us, too…), you may be thinking it’s too late to book yourself some last-minute rays. Not so.
Whether you're planning a family trip, a couples’ getaway or a break with friends, take a peek at these ten luxe holiday spots, all tailored by Thomson for a late deal that’s too good to miss.
In the market for an ‘under-the-Sensatori radar’ beach break? Try the Blue Lagoon Princess in Kalives, in between the Kassandra and Sithonia peninsulas in Greece. Not only does the area’s coastline lay claim to some of the longest beaches in the country, it’s only recently started to sidle onto the tourist radar, making this contemporary cool hotel a must-visit.
Picture-perfect Sorrento has long been a favourite with tourists, and if you’re yet to visit yourself, the Hotel Capri provides the perfect excuse to get booking. Along with a prime location, right on the shopper’s paradise that is Corso Italia, you’ll have the added benefit of being just a few steps away from the locals' favourite beach spot – Marian Grande.
Celebrity hotspot Mykonos is the place to be seen this summer, and it’s not too late to get a bit of the A-list action – just book into Hotel Porto. A short stroll from the centre of Mykonos Town and its sophisticated nightspots, it boasts starry views (of the sky, as well as the celebrity clientele) and sweeping sea vistas from its hilltop position.
Discover a different side to hedonistic Ibiza with the help of Santa Eulalia, a classy little resort on the island’s southeast coast. It’s earned a reputation for being the gastronomic centre, and packs in plenty of art galleries, designer boutiques and even a marina. After all that shopping, the beautiful lagoon pool back at Santa Eulalia Ibiza provides the perfect sanctuary.
Returnees and first-timers to the White Isle will fall head over heels for Sensatori Ibiza, the newest recruit to sleepy Cala Tarida, on the west coast. As well as having a beachfront setting (ideal for taking in those famous sunsets), the rooftop bar is a destination in itself.
Just a stone's throw from the Mediterranean Sea, Aphrodite Hills is one to bookmark for all-out bliss in the Paphos region of Cyrpus. Inside you’ll find an award-winning spa (any excuse for a massage), a championship golf course (something to keep your man occupied) and a range of top-notch restaurants just made for date night.
Late holidaymakers return to Crete year after year. The reason? The hot weather is still in full force until October, there’s some of the freshest seafood on offer and you are perfectly placed for a whole host of watersports. Use the Sensatori Resort as your base for a spot of windsurfing, or if you’re feeling relaxed, just hole up in your room (with private pool and swim-up entrance, naturally.)
Spread across 19 acres of land, this Turkish resort comes flanked by hillsides cloaked in beautiful sweetgum trees. If that wasn’t enough, you’ve also got a stone beach that stretches for miles, restaurants serving everything from traditional Turkish to modern Asian cuisine, and a peaceful spa.
Design mavens will appreciate the attention to detail at this stylish resort, right on the footsteps of Sorgun Forest in Turkey. Hole up for the night at the Philip Treacy-designed bar, dine at one of the six restaurants and during the day stay put on the gold-sand beach nearby or take your pick from activities like tennis or pilates. We’re sold.