Nowadays combining two exciting destinations is the most attractive option for a getaway. We’ve found eight of the best multi-centre holidays to book now
Words Hannah Hopkins
Multi-centre holidays are all the rage this year. The travel crowd have traded in a typical fly-and-flop trip for something that combines the best of both worlds. With that in mind, we’ve discovered eight of the best dual-centre holidays that will cater for every taste.
City & Wine Country in Portugal
One of the world’s leading wine hotels, The Yeatman in Porto is a haven for wine lovers. First of all arrive there for a drink or two. Its cellars house the most comprehensive collection of Portuguese wine in the world. After a stay there go to Vintage House Hotel on the banks of the River Douro in Pinhao. Set in the heart of a region renowned for its extraordinary quality wines, it’s a former 18th-century wine estate that has been carefully restored. Almost the perfect wine holiday.
Classic Collection Holidays (0800 294 9323; classic-collection.co.uk) offers two nights at the Vintage House Hotel and two nights at The Yeatman from £999 per person.
The Highlands in Tanzania and Beach in Zanzibar with Matemwe properties
Stay in a futuristic domed tent at the foot of the Olmoti Volcano in Tanzania. At the end of the holiday, you’ll stay in a luxuriously chic beachside Matemwe property in Zanzibar. In addition you’ll have access to white sand beaches. Finally, the perfect active holiday.
Steppes Travel (www.steppestravel.co.uk – 01285 601050) offer nine days from £4,195 per person based on two people sharing.
South Africa & Mozambique with AndBeyond
Start this epic holiday in South Africa at andBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge. The lodge sits on a big five private game reserve that shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Because of its location you can probably spot the Big Five. Then you’ll head to the Bazaruto Archipelago – one of the more secluded corners of the planet. Expect stunning white sand beaches, pristine waters, relaxed accommodation and great food.
Prices start from £5,295 per person and are based on two people sharing on an all-inclusive basis. To book visit www.andBeyond.com
Snow and Sun with The Chedi Andermatt and The Chedi Muscat
Perfect for couples seeking a one-of-a-kind getaway, this trip combines two contrasting destinations. It starts with an enchanting alpine adventure in the charming Swiss village of Andermatt and also ends with a sun-drenched break by an Arabian shoreline. Plus, you get to stay in two of the world’s best hotels.
Prices start from £3,275 per person for eight nights (four nights in each resort) or £3,750 per person for ten nights (five nights in each resort). For more information and booking, please contact Abercrombie & Kent: +44 (0) 1242 547 918, www.abercrombiekent.co.uk
City Break & Beach Holiday at Raffles Dubai & Raffles Seychelles
Combining a city break with a beach holiday, have a two-day stopover at Raffles Dubai on route to Raffles Seychelles. Located in Wafi, the heart of the city, Raffles Dubai is right by the major shopping, cultural and tourist attractions. Finally, head to Raffles Praslin in the Seychelles.. Praslin is famous for its stunning beaches, crystal clear waters and the Vallée de Mai UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Stays at Raffles Dubai from 1314 AED per room per night based on two sharing. raffles.com/dubai | 00 800 1723 3537
Stays at Raffles Praslin Seychelles from €650 per villa per night, based on single or double occupancy in a Garden View Pool Villa on a B&B basis.
+248 429 6780 | [email protected] | raffles.com/praslin
Island Retreat & Safari at Nosy Komba & Marataba Game Lodge
This is an unbeatable combination of a classic African safari and also your own desert island retreat. Because of its location, you can explore the islands and seas that surround Nosy Komba, in northern Madagascar. Helpfully there are direct flights between Nosy Be and Johannesburg. Finish with a Big Five safari, staying at the beautiful Marataba Game Lodge.
Steppes Travel (steppestravel.co.uk / 08437789926) offer 15 days from £4,995 per person.
New York & London with The Four Seasons
Experience two of the Four Season’s newest landmark hotels in London and also New York City with this once-in-a-lifetime trip. At the Four Seasons Hotel London you can dine and drink at the three-Michelin La Dame de Pic restaurant. Helpfully, you can travel with American Airlines direct to Downtown New York. At the crossroads of Tribeca and the Financial District, the hotel is just a while away from the World Trade Centre. In addition, it’s also near the Meatpacking District. Multi-centre holidays don’t always have to be part of a package – these hotels can be booked in combination for your dates and times.
Rooms at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square are from £344/night. Rooms at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown are from £398 per night. fourseasons.com
City Lights & Desert Sunsets with Armani Hotel Dubai & Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa
Armani Hotel Dubai and Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa have combined forces to offer multi-centre holidays that include the city and the desert. While away days in the world’s tallest tower and enjoy the bright lights of Downtown Dubai. This includes the newly opened Dubai Opera. Then head to the desert for some Bedouin-inspired escapism in the region’s only wildlife conservation reserve.
Azure Collection offers the City Lights and Desert Sunsets package from £1,495 per person. azurecollection.com