Let’s take a break- The Guide to Last Minute Beach Holidays in 2018

At the stage where you can’t face going on Instagram cause of all your mates’ holiday pictures? Then it’s about time you booked yourself a break babe. Here are our top destinations for last minute holidays:

Ibiza, Spain

 

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If you want beach with a massive helping of party, then this classic holiday is for you.

Cost

While the flights might be pretty cheap, this is not a purse-friendly destination – A bottle of water alone can set you back €10 in some of the clubs.

Where to stay?

Playa d’en Bossa, Ibiza town and San Antonio are the three main nightlife hubs on the island. Paradiso is one of our fave hotels, but there are loads of other options along the beaches and inland.

What to do?

Need you even ask? Ibiza comes to life when the sun goes down, and it truly is a clubbing experience like no other. If you’re going to Ibiza in September, you’re going to Amnesia, Pacha, Space, or Ushuaia closing parties. Maybe all four if you’re dedicated enough! If your hangover isn’t too bad, and you’re looking for something other than the beach to fill your daytime hours, then why not head to a pool party at Nikki Beach. Can anything beat cocktails by the water? We don’t think so.

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Corfu, Greece

With over 3000 to choose from, it was hard picking our favourite Greek island. Corfu has just tipped it thanks to its combination of natural beauty and great nightlife.

 

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Cost

This is a great holiday to do on a budget. Flights are reasonable, accommodation plentiful, and food and drink, once you’re there, is super cheap!

Where to stay?

Wanting an all-night party? Stay in Kavos for an 18-30 experience that will have you dancing ‘til dawn. If you’re looking for something a little different, why not head to The Pink Palace hotel in Agios Gordios – A bright pink, and hugely instagrammable hotel right on the beach.

What to do?

There’s a nightlife style for everyone on this tiny island, and you can take your pick from a quiet cocktail on the beach to an all-night rave affair. Also, Greek food is AMAZING so you can eat your body weight in moussaka in the hundreds of tavernas dotted around.  There are loads of pretty old towns in Corfu, and strolling around these in the daytime is a lovely way to spend a few hours. Or, if you want a more action-packed day, there’s not one, but five waterparks around the island to choose from!

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Often dubbed the jewel of the Adriatic, this is the city for you if you want sparkling blue seas and an awe-inspiring old town.

 

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Cost

This isn’t going to be the most budget-friendly trip. As it’s a little further afield, flights to Croatia aren’t the cheapest, so budget around £200 in high season, but the cost of living (such as food and drink) once you’re there is very reasonable.

Where to stay

Accommodation can be tricky to find and pricey in Dubrovnik, but there are some great AirBnbs for a fraction of the cost of a traditional hotel. Make sure you sort this out in advance though, as they get booked up very quickly! Stay over on the Lapad Peninsula if you’re a traveller on a budget – It’s a quick bus ride away from the Old Town.

What to do?

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan then your first stop has to be the Old Town. From the show, you’ll recognise the huge outer walls, fortifications, and narrow streets from King’s Landing. From the city, you can do some brilliant day trips. Hop on a boat and head to the Island of Lokrum, where you can wander around the French Fort and sunbathe on the banks of the lake. Go further afield, and take a day trip to Montenegro or Bosnia-Herzegovina, to take in the interesting history and culture of a totally different country.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A futuristic city surrounded by sprawling desert, Dubai is a unique experience that has to be seen to be believed.

 

 

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Cost

Obviously, compared to flights in Europe, getting there will seem expensive, but you can get some really good deals if you book in advance. Food and drink in Dubai can be very steep, especially alcohol in the big hotels. Look out for ladies’ day/night deals and brunch parties to get better value for money.

Where to stay?

Bear in mind that if you are going in British summertime, then Dubai is going to be seriously HOT. You’re going to want the beach within throwing distance, or at least a nice big pool to cool off in. There are heaps of hotels around the beach geared towards tourists, so you shouldn’t find it too difficult to find somewhere – The Hilton is always a popular choice.

What to do?

Dubai has some of the most spectacular architecture in the world, and you wouldn’t experience the city fully without visiting the jaw-dropping Burj Khalifa – The tallest building in the world. In terms of parties, Dubai is arguably unrivalled. Celeb hot-spot Zero Gravity does amazing pool parties, with ladies’ day events offering free entrance to ladies all day long. Another exciting event is the Secret Parties. If you’re lucky enough to discover a key or get your name on the guest list, you could be attending a seriously exclusive party – The only catch is, it changes venue every night, so you’ll never be able to find it again!

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Bali, Indonesia

Bali must be one of the closest places to paradise on earth. For such a small island, Bali really packs a punch – With long white beaches, jungles, volcanoes, rice paddies and more.

 

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Cost

Yeah, getting there might cost a few pounds, but once you’re there Bali is seriously cheap. Beautiful hotel rooms can be snapped up for the price of a hostel in Europe, and a three-course meal for two would buy you a burger in your local Wetherspoon’s.

Where to stay?

Stay in Seminyak for stylish beach bars and classy boutiques, or head to Ubud for a more ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ affair. There are some absolutely stunning hotels, but if you’re on a budget there are loads of hostels to choose from.

What to do?

If you are a fan of history, then there are literally hundreds of temples to explore in Bali (some estimates claim there are actually over 1000 on this tiny island). A fun way of seeing more of the island, and heading out into the countryside, is on a bike tour. You’ll cycle through some beautiful little villages, rice paddies, and even the jungle. If you’re more of a water baby, then the beaches in Bali are some of the best on earth. Cool off and head into the water, where you can do a scuba diving or snorkelling trip to see the incredible marine wildlife.

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