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Warriors2010

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Mrs W and I usually go away for two weeks at the beginning of September, just after school holidays finish. For the last 6 years we’ve been to Paphos, Cyprus. Love it there. Good food, safe place, glorious weather (30+ degrees).

Next year, we’ve decided we’d like a change of scenery, plus it’s my 50th. Mrs W has told me to think of somewhere I’d like to go, then she can book it sooner rather than later. Trouble is, I don’t know where I fancy going to, so where better to ask than the AV forums, and it’s well educated and well travelled readers.

So, requirements: sunny weather, beeches, things to see/do away from beeches, good food & drink (we’re not big drinkers, but do enjoy a couple), walking distance to restaurants/places (or a short local bus ride), things to see/do in the evening, Safe environment. 7-14 nights. We don’t mind a flight of 7-8 hours, but anything more eats into the holiday a bit too much.

Places I’ve thought about: Dubai, Vegas ( I know, there’s no beech!), Italy, Croatia?

Any thought guys?
 

zeppelino

Distinguished Member
South of France - St Tropez? Italian Riviera?

We’re going to St Tropez in September, again. If you get a place near the beach then there’s bars on the beach and then short distance into the centre.
 

davidjohnson

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You should definitely do something special for your 50th! It can be the last landmark birthday whilst still reasonably able bodied!
Do you have a bucket list? Or is there anything you have always wanted to do/see?
 

BT Bob

Well-known Member
Mauritius is stunning. Fits your bill, I'd say.

Also Costa Rica, but a longer flight. Great for a "special" holiday though. We had a week touring the rain-forest and then a week all-inclusive in beech resort. But there were places nearby if you wanted to go outside the hotel. Very safe...

A bit close to home, Madeira is great.
 

domtheone

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OP might want to finish the last letter of in the thread title:D

50th. Nice.

Dubai? SEA (South East Asia - Thai/Malay). Nice beaches/friendly people etc etc. Lot different to Europe though. Bit more than 7-8 hours too, though, Vegas (one of those gotta see it once places) is 10 hours so why not.:D
 

Warriors2010

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South of France - St Tropez? Italian Riviera?

We’re going to St Tropez in September, again. If you get a place near the beach then there’s bars on the beach and then short distance into the centre.
Italian Riviera sounds nice. I took Mrs W to Venice for her 50th and we loved it there.

You should definitely do something special for your 50th! It can be the last landmark birthday whilst still reasonably able bodied!
Do you have a bucket list? Or is there anything you have always wanted to do/see?
On my bucket list are a few places, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Japan. These are the type of place I would try and fit into our annual trip to Malaysia (breaks the travelling up a bit too!)

Mauritius is stunning. Fits your bill, I'd say.

Also Costa Rica, but a longer flight. Great for a "special" holiday though. We had a week touring the rain-forest and then a week all-inclusive in beech resort. But there were places nearby if you wanted to go outside the hotel. Very safe...

A bit close to home, Madeira is great.
Mauritius does look stunning. Is there much to do outside of the resorts?

OP might want to finish the last letter of in the thread title:D

50th. Nice.

Dubai? SEA (South East Asia - Thai/Malay). Nice beaches/friendly people etc etc. Lot different to Europe though. Bit more than 7-8 hours too, though, Vegas (one of those gotta see it once places) is 10 hours so why not.:D
Dubai is on the list. We go to Kuala Lumpur & Phuket every February, as my brother in law has lived in KL for the last 20+yrs and has a stunning holiday home in Phuket too. Been to Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore etc.....

New York City fits all your requirements.
Yeh, New York has its appeal, as does Vegas and I won't rule either of them out. Just not overly keen on the Yanks ( i find them loud, rude and annoying!) and I suspect there will be a few there :D


I guess, ideally, I would like Paphos, but in a different country :rolleyes:
 

BT Bob

Well-known Member
Mauritius does look stunning. Is there much to do outside of the resorts?
We went with First Choice, who do loads of different excursions, but our hotel was a 15-minute walk from the local town which was fun to visit and had a weekly market, a few bars & cafe-style restaurants.
We also found the locals very friendly, and it felt very safe. English is widely spoken, but if you have a little French it will help enormously.
The western side is a bit more sheltered so the weather might be a bit kinder - we stayed on the eastern coast (Belle Mare) and it was bit breezy (straight off the Indian Ocean).
 

Delvey

Distinguished Member
Budget?
Maldives is my honeymoon destination.
Yes, they can be isolated, but it is a different class if holiday. And the sea life is amazing g
 

Warriors2010

Active Member
Budget?
Maldives is my honeymoon destination.
Yes, they can be isolated, but it is a different class if holiday. And the sea life is amazing g
Maldives also looks amazing, but above the budget I think. Albeit it’s my 50th, I wouldn’t expect Mrs W to spend that much. Cyprus usually costs us £3K plus spends, so something similar I think.

I’ve been looking quite a bit into Dubai, just not sure yet though. Anyone’s with experience of Dubai? Places to go/avoid? Eat in or dine out? Costs whilst there? Things to do/see?
 

Delvey

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Maldives also looks amazing, but above the budget I think. Albeit it’s my 50th, I wouldn’t expect Mrs W to spend that much. Cyprus usually costs us £3K plus spends, so something similar I think.

I’ve been looking quite a bit into Dubai, just not sure yet though. Anyone’s with experience of Dubai? Places to go/avoid? Eat in or dine out? Costs whilst there? Things to do/see?
Dubai is supposed to be good for a weekend. Remember it is just a big city in a desert.
Yes some of the architecture is amazing, but I personally could not spend a week in Dubai.
I would look at Vegas. Yes, it is also a big city in the dessert, but you can drink and gamble. The Grand Canyon is not too far away as well as a few national parks nearby (Yosemite is around a 6 hour drive).
If you have the budget, you could do a week in Vegas, then hire a camper van (RV) and do a week in the national parks, or a few days in LA
 

Bl4ckGryph0n

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Italian Riviera sounds nice. I took Mrs W to Venice for her 50th and we loved it there.



On my bucket list are a few places, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Japan. These are the type of place I would try and fit into our annual trip to Malaysia (breaks the travelling up a bit too!)



Mauritius does look stunning. Is there much to do outside of the resorts?



Dubai is on the list. We go to Kuala Lumpur & Phuket every February, as my brother in law has lived in KL for the last 20+yrs and has a stunning holiday home in Phuket too. Been to Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore etc.....



Yeh, New York has its appeal, as does Vegas and I won't rule either of them out. Just not overly keen on the Yanks ( i find them loud, rude and annoying!) and I suspect there will be a few there :D


I guess, ideally, I would like Paphos, but in a different country :rolleyes:
Paphos in another country...How about Playa Blanca on Lanzarote?

And yes on Mauritius there is plenty to see and do outside the resorts. I’ve stayed at Le Toussrok and hired a car as well to explore the rest of the island. The resort itself was really nice with its own private island as well. And you can also visit the associated resorts.

Another destination that could be nice is. Curaçao.
 

Warriors2010

Active Member
Mrs W has thrown her two pence worth in and suggested Vegas +1 other destination. I’m thinking California? Any beach holidays worth a shot in California? There’s Malibu isn’t there? Anyone been there? Anywhere else in California worth a visit?
 

craig1912

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Dubai is supposed to be good for a weekend. Remember it is just a big city in a desert.
Yes some of the architecture is amazing, but I personally could not spend a week in Dubai.
I would look at Vegas. Yes, it is also a big city in the dessert, but you can drink and gamble. The Grand Canyon is not too far away as well as a few national parks nearby (Yosemite is around a 6 hour drive).
If you have the budget, you could do a week in Vegas, then hire a camper van (RV) and do a week in the national parks, or a few days in LA
my personal opinion- I have no inclination to go anywhere near Dubai and spent a day and a half in Vegas which was enough. I seriously couldn’t spend a week there (although appreciate others could).
Loved San Francisco and Yosemite and there are some nice beaches along that coast although the weather isn't always as you would expect.
 

davidjohnson

Distinguished Member
Mrs W has thrown her two pence worth in and suggested Vegas +1 other destination. I’m thinking California? Any beach holidays worth a shot in California? There’s Malibu isn’t there? Anyone been there? Anywhere else in California worth a visit?
We finished a 4 week roadtrip in San Diego a couple of years ago. It has some excellent beaches.
 

OliviaStephens

Novice Member
Our family just spent our last holiday in North Yorkshire, so I’d definitely suggest that you consider that place as well. The place has this stunning countryside vibes with great landscapes that will surely take your breath away. You can enjoy fun activities like rock climbing, horse riding, hill walking and more. Our family also booked a place from this holiday cottages North Yorkshire provider located in the historic town of Harrogate. And with the centuries-old building and modern shopping centres in there, we had a great time experiencing first-hand the history and culture of the place while going around. Lastly, there are also festivals and shows being held in North Yorkshire throughout the year. Check on their schedules before planning your trip so you won’t miss the one you like to attend. I guess that’s about it. Hope this helps.
 

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