A holiday with friends can be one of the most special experiences, and there’s so many great occasions to do this especially for the young, free and single crowds. From milestone birthdays like a dirty 30, to those ‘just because’ moments, a holiday with the people you love best is always a good idea.
So, we’ve put together some of the best mates breaks destinations around the world to help you plan the trip of a lifetime.
Ibiza for the partygoers
This classic party destination ranks high on the group holiday list. Ibiza’s main hub of activity is in the capital Ibiza Town where you’ll find plenty of nightlife – take your pick of bars, clubs and late-night restaurants. Beach resorts like San Antonio (and San Antonio Bay) have an abundance of hotels and beaches and attracts quite a young crowd. Pool parties, live DJs and the infamous Zoo Project all take place around San Antonio. Playa d’en Bossa, another popular resort for pulsating nightlife, has a busy strip, beach clubs and super clubs for 24/7 entertainment. Santa Eulalia is great for groups and families alike, with a lively promenade and exciting mix of bars and boutiques.
Dubai for the spenders
Oozing with style, warmth and glamour, a holiday to Dubai is the perfect excuse to enjoy a little luxury. From the towering five-star hotels to fine-dining restaurants, Dubai has both good looks and charm. Shop till you drop at Dubai Mall, climb to the top of the world’s tallest building at Burj Khalifa, or dine al fresco at Dubai Marina. Close to the desert, your group can do everything from sand boarding to jeep safari’s on adventurous excursions. For days where you just want to kick back and relax, Jumeirah Beach is Dubai’s most popular spot.
New York for the culture vultures
The Big Apple has just about everything you need for a group holiday. With entertainment and attractions on every corner, there’s something for everyone. Broadway District, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, The High Line, Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall are just a few. Culture vultures will love New York’s choice of museums including Queens Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York’s famous landmarks are must-sees too; the triangle-shaped Flatiron Building, The Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building.
Turkey for the beach lovers
Turkey’s coastline is over 8, 000 km long and boarders the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, the Aegean Sea, and the Marmara Sea. There are hundreds of Blue Flag beaches, sandy coves and bays where you can soak up the sunshine. Along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast or ‘Turkish Riviera’, Antalya offers white sand beaches and upmarket resorts like Belek and Lara Beach. Ölüdeniz, close to Fethiye, is home to the Blue Lagoon which is a major attraction. This scenic beach resort is surrounded by a nature reserve and attracts crowds for its brilliant paragliding facilities.
Amsterdam for the all-rounders
A city break with friends can be just as exciting as a long haul escape. Amsterdam blends old and new with its cobbled streets, townhouses and meandering waterways that characterise the city. Walk or cycle through the city to see the main attractions and soak up the laid-back pace of life. With so any parks and open spaces, Amsterdam is great for relaxing with friends. The eclectic art, music and nightlife scene give it a cosmopolitan feel, plus the choice of café’s, shops and restaurants mean you’re never far away from a great coffee or cocktail.