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11 Incredible Travel Experiences For A Memorable Summer

News Jun 12, 2024

Planning a getaway can be a challenge, especially when trying to balance fun and relaxation. Whether you’re looking for a thrilling family resort to keep the kids entertained or a luxurious retreat for ultimate relaxation, our curated list of top travel ideas for summer 2024 has something for everyone.

1. Delight in the dynamic offerings of this vibrant US city

For an affordable urban escape in a lively US city, Pittsburgh should be high on your list. Known as the birthplace of the legendary artist Andy Warhol, this city in Western Pennsylvania is a paradise for those who love art, architecture, and culture. With over 30 museums, a variety of craft beverages from rye whiskey to award-winning beers, and the exquisite Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, there's something for everyone. Whether exploring one of the 90 unique neighborhoods, tasting eclectic dishes in the Strip District, or catching a baseball game at PNC Park, Pittsburgh has a wealth of experiences to offer. A short drive away in the Laurel Highlands is Fallingwater, the famous house built over a waterfall by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Direct flights are available from London Heathrow with British Airways.

What to Do in Pittsburgh: Our Guide to the City of Bridges
Source: Conde Nast Traveler

2. Stay in a historic 19th-century gem in Naples

Once a haven for the literary and cultural elite of British high society, the Grand Hotel Parker’s offers stunning views of the Bay of Naples. This meticulously transformed five-star hotel has been part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SHL) since 2003. With elegant rooms featuring original antiques and bronze sculptures, guests can enjoy a delicious à la carte breakfast and traditional Neapolitan cuisine at the Bidder Terrace or the two-Michelin-star George Restaurant. Enjoy a classic cocktail at the rooftop bar while watching the sunset over the bay.

Top 15 things to do in Naples
Source: Lonely Planet

3. Enjoy a luxury escape to a five-star, adults-only resort in Crete

Near Chania Town’s picturesque harbor, Atlantica Kalliston Resort offers an authentic Cretan experience with breathtaking sea views, elegant design, and premium amenities. The resort features gourmet dining, street food outlets, swim-up or private pools, and a variety of dining options including all-inclusive packages. Enjoy 24/7 room service, unlimited à la carte dining, and a selection of international drinks.

Crete
Source: World Atlas

4. Discover Sicily’s incredible cuisine from a stunning villa

With over 60 properties in Sicily and a new collection in Puglia, there is something for everyone. From seafront homes to countryside estates and villas for romantic getaways, Villatravellers ensures your stay is tailored to your needs. In-villa cook services are available for home-cooked Sicilian meals. Explore Palermo and Catania through street food tours, wine tours, or boat trips, and enjoy personalized cooking lessons. Discounts of up to 20% are available on certain villas this summer.

Sicily 2024 | Ultimate Guide To Where To Go, Eat & Sleep in Sicily
Source: TimeOut

5. Experience bustling London from a luxury hotel

Choose from three luxurious London hotels by The Doyle Collection. The Kensington Hotel offers proximity to the museum district, including access to shows at the V&A and the K Bar. The Bloomsbury hotel is perfect for theatre enthusiasts, offering a central location for West End shows and afternoon tea at Dalloway Terrace and The Coral Room. The Marylebone hotel provides access to Third Space’s swimming pool and gym, and offers stunning London views from the terrace suites.

Experience London  England, Europe
Source: Lonely Planet

6. Relax, unwind and connect with nature in Thailand

Conrad Koh Samui is a sustainable luxury resort on the south-western tip of Koh Samui island, Thailand. Perfect for couples, families, or solo travelers, the resort features private pool villas with panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand. Enjoy farm-to-table dining, sustainable practices at the 8,000 square-meter Iris Farm, and various workshops. For a rejuvenating retreat blending ancient healing techniques with contemporary luxury, Conrad Koh Samui is the perfect getaway.

11 Reasons Why I Love Thailand (And Why You Need to Visit)
Source: Normadic Matt

7. Embark on a luxurious family-friendly escape to the French Riviera

The Fairmont Monte Carlo, an iconic resort in the heart of Monaco, blends relaxation with modern amenities. Enjoy culinary excellence at Nobu, Nikki Beach, and the rooftop restaurant Amù Monte Carlo. The hotel offers entertainment for the whole family, including a kids’ club and Little Explorers’ Club. This July and August, Lena the Whale will guide kids on adventures to discover local culture.

The Pearl of the French Riviera
Source: National Geographic

8. Let literary London come to life at a magnificent hotel

Meliá White House Hotel, in its Grade II-listed Art Deco building, exudes classic elegance. The '35 Bar & Lounge captures the West End atmosphere, and guests can explore the legacy of the Bloomsbury Circle. Enjoy a wicker basket picnic with sandwiches, cheeses, Spanish cured meats, and scones.

 Light Up Melia White House Hotel in London
Source: Clement Windows

9. Enjoy a family getaway on Sardinia’s southern coast

Forte Village offers a dynamic getaway with 120 acres of stunning gardens on white-sand beaches. With attractions like a life-sized Barbie House, water park, and sports coaching from Real Madrid Clinic coaches, there's endless fun for children. The Acquaforte Spa offers rejuvenating treatments, and the resort's 21 restaurants range from casual to Michelin-starred fine dining.

The 14 Best Dishes to Eat in Sardinia
Source: Eater

10. Experience an elevated wilderness retreat in the heart of the Canadian Rockies

Mount Engadine in Kananaskis Country, Alberta Rockies, offers a mix of adventure and relaxation. With accommodation options including cabins, glamping tents, and rooms in the main lodge, guests can enjoy gourmet meals, incredible scenery, and local wildlife. The lodge offers year-round activities, from winter sports to summer mountain biking. Recognized as one of the top hotels in Canada by Fodor Travel, this mountain retreat is a must-visit.

Kananaskis Country: Things to Do, Lodging & Visitor Guide
Source: Kananaskis

11. Embrace romance and luxury at an all-inclusive resort in the Maldives

Dusit Thani Maldives, the Maldives’ first Unesco biosphere reserve, on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll, offers 94 villas and residences blending Thai and Maldivian styles. Enjoy seamless transfers, gourmet dinners, wellness treatments, cooking classes, and exclusive activities. With intimate in-villa experiences and personal butler service, this resort ensures a memorable romantic getaway.

The Maldives Travel Guide
Source: AFAR Media

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Oliver Hughes

Oliver has over 15 years of experience in travel journalism. He focuses on European travel, providing expert reviews of vacation rentals and cultural experiences across Europe.