The welcome news that for fully vaccinated adults and their U18 children quarantine on return from amber list countries is no longer required from 19 July is a big boost to spirits. However, availability and reduced capacity are the limiting factors. You’ll need to get your skates on if you hope to get away during July and August.
To get you thinking, we’ve taken a selection of our favourite resorts across the green and amber lists to give some travel inspiration for the summer holidays 2021. Where will you head for your much needed break in the sun?
The Conrad Algarve is unadulterated five star luxury for the whole family. Glamorous, romantic and beautifully appointed, the hotel has a sophisticated and stylish look with a stunning infinity pool and views over the surrounding countryside. Golfers will love the six top class courses, all within 6km of the resort.
Families with children will enjoy the kids club and activities, including watersports and off-roading adventures. And spa lovers will be delighted with the idyllic Conrad Spa, a haven of tranquility featuring private spa cabanas attached to each treatment room.
Positioned on the less windy west coast of the island, the Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa close to bustling Flic en Flac is a sensational destination for 5* luxe. This this award-winning resort is the only all-villa hotel on the island. Quietly opulent villas, an award-winning Holistic Spa, haute cuisine and a private pool in the grounds of each villa, offer understated elegance and impeccable service.
Don’t miss an early morning swim with the dolphin pod in Tamarin Bay or swim in crystal-clear lagoons sheltered by a coral reef. Relax by the pool and beach, or enjoy a wide range of activities, including water sport, scuba diving, deep sea fishing and luxury catamaran cruising. There’s plenty to do away from the resort with golf nearby, ride the longest zip-line of the Indian Ocean or go for a walk with lions at the Casela Nature Park
What can we say about this uber-popular Greek resort, other than it ticks every box there is for a luxury family holiday. With a flight time to Thessaloniki of less than three hours, Sani Resort is among the easiest of getaways and always gets glowing reviews. You can be assured that your children will be kept active, while you get to relax and unwind against a backdrop of shimmering azure waters, white sands and the ancient olive groves adorning the surrounding hills.
For Sani novices, the resort includes five hotels, each with a different vibe. The kids clubs are run according to UK Ofsted standards to help you feel secure that your little, and not so little ones, are in the best possible hands. Keen tennis players will love the Rafa Nadal Centre and football mad children will love the Chelsea FC supported academy. Adventurers can even learn expert survival skills with the guidance of Bear Grylls’ hand-picked team of instructors!
Ladera Resort is one of St. Lucia’s most luxurious resorts uniquely situated on a UNESCO World Heritage site. The setting is breathtaking and unlike any other, on a volcano ridgeline 1,000 feet above the deep, blue Caribbean Sea, with stunning views of the Pitons. It’s a stunningly adults-only romantic resort ideal for couples and honeymooners.
The 37 eco-friendly rooms and suites at Ladera Resort are uniquely designed and decorated with St. Lucian flair. All feature an ‘open wall’ with incredible views of the Pitons and Caribbean Sea with local artwork and furniture made by St. Lucian artisans. Private plunge pools – some with swings and cascading waterfalls – beckon you to enjoy a refreshing dip with your morning coffee or a relaxing swim at any time of the day or night.
New for Summer 2021, Six Senses Ibiza brings laid back beachfront luxe to the peaceful and private northern tip of Ibiza. Stay in exquisite suites and villas from romantic beachfront cave suites to ultimate five bedroom residences perfect for families and larger groups.
With its crystalline water and unobstructed sunset views, Xarraca Bay is one of the most alluring hidden secrets on the island. The north of Ibiza has a particularly strong and vibrant year-round community and a flourishing well-being scene. Enjoy this stunning resort for summer days filled with lazy lunches, chilled wine and swimming in the warm turquoise seas.
Perhaps the most iconic of all the Greek Islands with its stunning white-washed walls, azure blue skies and old world charm, Santorini is a mecca for couples looking to switch off from real life and indulge in some me-time. Katikies is renowned for its unparalleled services, warm atmosphere and sense of romance as one of the best luxury hotels in Santorini.
Elegantly soothing living and sleeping areas feature bedrooms in lofty upper levels in some suites, whilst sensational private terraces offer Caldera and sea views. This is a small-child-free hotel, with only children 13ys+ allowed.