Average nightly hotel rate: £32
Located between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, this destination is known for its tranquil beaches, culinary tours, and Buddhist sanctuaries. Da Nang is also home to the second best rated hotel in Vietnam, Fusion Maia Resort, according to this year’s TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Hotels, making it the perfect choice for your 2015 holiday. TripAdvisor reviewers suggest a visit to the historic Marble Mountains where the “panoramic scenery is breathtaking.” For an authentic Vietnamese meal, travellers should not miss Lam Vien Restaurant.
Average nightly hotel rate: £62
Surrounded by the Bay of Thailand, Sihanoukville is a spectacular beach town that offers premier snorkelling and diving. TripAdvisor reviewers describe Ream National Park as “a true tropical forest.” After exploring, travellers should check out Martini Beach, a great place to eat and marvel at the sunset.
Average nightly hotel rate: £92
Offering sun, sand, and culture, this Mediterranean spot has something for visitors of all ages in 2015. History buffs can learn about the archaic sites at Kourion including its magnificent amphitheatre and intricate mosaics. For delicious Greek fare, TripAdvisor reviewers recommend Meze Taverna Restaurant, where the food is “homemade with love.”
Average nightly hotel rate: £43
Beloved by travellers for its world class beaches and water sports, Ao Nang is quickly growing in popularity. One TripAdvisor reviewer described Phra Nang Beach as “beautiful, clean and pristine.” In between swimming and sun bathing, travellers can dine on incredible Thai food at Tom Ma Yom, which offers succulent prawns, papaya salad, and more.
Average nightly hotel rate: £81
Once a quiet community, Bodrum City is now one of Turkey’s most popular holiday destinations. The city features culturally rich attractions including the Castle of St. Peter and the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which displays some spectacular ancient artifacts. For a great meal, travellers can enjoy mouthwatering kebabs and mezze at Gambilya Natural Cuisine.
Average nightly hotel rate: £53
Located on the southern coast of Okinawa Island, Naha is known for its historic monuments and majestic gardens. One traveller noted that Shurijo Castle has been rebuilt to give visitors a “real feel” for ancient castles. TripAdvisor reviewers also rave about the traditional Okinawan cuisine at Yunangi noting, “It’s well worth the wait.”
Average nightly hotel rate: £63
Travellers will enjoy fun in the sun in 2015 at this resort town located along the Red Sea. During the day, sunbathers, snorkelers and divers can make a splash at Sharm El Naga, where one TripAdvisor reviewer describes the beach as “a gentle slope into the clear blue sea.” At night, diners can devour “the best steak in town” at Moby Dick restaurant.
Average nightly hotel rate: £68
Along the Volga River, Kazan is known for its rich history. Not to be missed is the Kazan Kremlin, a citadel that one TripAdvisor traveller describes as offering “a mix of Orthodox Christian and Muslim cultures.” For authentic regional cuisine, travellers can dine at Pashmir Restaurant, which boasts “an amazing riverside location.”
Average nightly hotel rate: £58
A recent World Cup host city, this spot offers cosmopolitan attractions in the middle of the Brazilian Amazon. A TripAdvisor reviewer recommends touring the Teatro Amazons to “get a real sense of the grandeur of the old opera.” Hungry travellers should consider dining at Banzeiro, where one reviewer describes the signature Tambagui ribs as “nothing less than an incredible.”
Average nightly hotel rate: £183
On the Gulf of Aqaba, Israel’s southernmost city boasts sunshine nearly every day of the year. Visitors can explore Timna National Park, which one TripAdvisor reviewer describes as “a rocky desert, with magnificent views of red and pink rocks.” Later on, guests can cool off while snorkelling in the “clear turquoise water” at the Coral Beach Nature Reserve.