Long Haul Escapes with Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways has long impressed us as a fantastic choice for our customers thanks to its excellent in-flight service. In 2022 alone, Qatar Airways was voted Skytrax Airline of the Year (based on traveller feedback) for a record seventh time, as well as receiving the awards for Best Business Class, Best Airline in the Middle East and Best Business Class Airline Lounge Dining.

Stuck for ideas on where to visit for your dose of Vitamin D this year? We’ve picked out some popular destinations that have piqued our interest for the coming year.

Long Haul Escapes with Qatar Airways

Mauritius

“Mauritius was made first and then heaven; and heaven was copied after Mauritius”, pronounced Mark Twain, quoting an islander. And now this tropical nirvana of palm-fringed white-sand beaches is opening again in time to welcome those longing for some winter sunshine.

Something of a scuba diving Mecca, Mauritius’ beaches are almost entirely encircled by coral reefs to discover, and there are shipwrecks to investigate too. Among the most thrilling sites are Coin de Mire, with the Djabeda wreck (almost fully covered in soft pink coral) and a wealth of marine life including octopi, dolphins and stingrays, and Cathedral, an extensive cavern and cave system. Due to the trade winds, the best time to dive there is through the winter months, roughly November through to April.

Western Australia

While the East Coast may be the tourist hotspot of Australia with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane drawing in the crowds, the perimeter of Western Australia is littered with extraordinary attractions, both manmade and natural.

As visitors generally arrive in Perth, the first step is to head south to Margaret River wine region where miles of rolling vineyards, well-stocked breweries and elegant restaurants await. A stay in Margaret River itself is a must for any visitor but if you have the time, head to Dunsborough and Busselton for some of Australia’s best surf.

If you decide to head up north, you’ll pass by hundreds of miles of deserted talcum powder-white sand beaches with popular stop offs including Lancelin with its sandboarding. We recommend heading up to Exmouth and the surrounding region for some of the most incredible diving and snorkelling opportunities on earth along the Ningaloo reef.

Maldives

Made up of 1192 islands, which group into 26 atolls, the Maldives is widely considered to be the ultimate destination for a tropical island getaway, with its away-from-it-all feel, lavish resorts and postcard-perfect scenery.

Throughout the past year, a clutch of new resorts have opened in the Maldives, including Jumeirah Maldives and OBLU SELECT Lobigili, creating opportunity for new experiences amongst even the most seasoned of Maldives visitors.

Thailand

The crowd favourite ‘land of smiles’ is open once again and we can’t wait to get back. With so much to discover, the best way to do it is on a twin-centre break.

Chiang-Mai, in the North, delivers laid back authentic Thailand against a backdrop of misty mountains and lush green paddy fields, best enjoyed with a warm fragrant bowl of khao soi. Meanwhile Phuket, in the south, represents the classic Southeast Asian island experience with its luxurious resorts, playful bars and warm shallow coastal waters. And, with the newly opened Bush Camp from Elephant Hills, you can look forward to an ethical elephant encounter during your time in Chiang Mai.

For some personal suggestions on where you should visit this year with Qatar Airways, get in touch today.

Explore Oslo, Flam and Bergen

24 May 2024

Embark on an adventure through Norway. This itinerary will take you through the vibrant cityscapes, stunning fjords, and charming towns of Oslo, Flåm, and Bergen. During you stay, you will experience the perfect blend of culture, natural beauty, and Scandinavian charm.

Ski the slopes and cruise the fjords of Norway

24 May 2024

Embark on a Norwegian adventure with this four day itinerary. Begin your trip by skiing the slopes of Myrkdalen, sail along the Nærøyfjord on a cruise offering picturesque views of the fjords and take the Flåmsbana to Bergen for your final night exploring this vibrant city.

Bergen Family City Break

24 May 2024

Explore Norway’s city of Bergen as a family this summer. Witness the breathtaking Osterfjord on a Fjord Cruise and admire the surrounding Scandinavian landscape. Travel to the top of Mount Fløien and take in the views of Bergen from above before learning about different marine life at Bergen Aquarium. This itinerary offers the perfect blend of culture and adventure for the entire family to enjoy.