If you’re looking to book your 2014 holiday take a look at our complete guide to the best holidays for this year. Whether you’re looking to party with your mates in the sun or you want to take the kids on an adventure they’ll never forget, we’ve teamed up with Virgin Atlantic to bring you the top places to go with Virgin Holidays 2014.
What to See
Orlando is still one of the best destinations when you’ve got the kids in tow. Sure you can entertain them for a few days in the big theme parks and water parks, but there are so many more family friendly attractions, such as Forever Florida’s EcoSafaris to watch 200 bird species among wetlands and the endangered Florida panther among the prairie grasses. When the adventure has suitably worn you all out retreat to the Florida Keys for some well deserved R and R.
Flights from £462 virgin-atlantic.com
Shanghai is one of the most exciting cities in the world not only is it brimming with culture and history, it’s also bristling with the energy of growth and renewal with skyscrapers seemingly emerging through the skyline before your very eyes. Try the Shanghai Museum on People’s Square for a glimpse into the city’s past. Make sure you sample Shanghai’s famous dumpling soup – you’ll find some of the best at Fu Chun.
Flights from £621 virgin-atlantic.com
Need a great destination to pop the question or just feel closer to the one you love? Look no further than St Lucia. White sand beaches, clear seas and sunset skies come as standard on the Caribbean island making it one of the most beautiful destinations for couples. The ubiquitous luxury resorts are perfect for sybaritic lazy days, but if you want to dial it up a notch St Lucia is perfect for scuba diving. But you can always come back to the beach for the dramatic sunset.
Flights from £543 virgin-atlantic.com
If you are going to spend up to 12 hours on a plane make it count and head to Los Angeles for a little glitz and glamour. Put on your biggest shades and get your credit cards ready for some serious spending on Rodeo Drive. Bling up for a night out in West Hollywood and book a table at the Château Marmot bar. Refresh with a yoga session on the beach and a dip in the Art Deco pool at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica. Once you are back to your best head out of the city and into Sonoma, for wine country and Michelin starred food.
Flights from £509 virgin-atlantic.com
Cancun is the place to go if you’re in need of some serious fun in the sun. With white sandy beaches, kick ass bars and loads of stunning hotels this is the best party town we know. You can hang out on the beach, take in some of the stunning ruins at nearby Tulum, golf, scuba dive and party till dawn. And after a big night out, make sure you try the local speciality Huevos Rancheros. That’s Mexican eggs with refried beans, chillis and tomatoes!
Flights from £607 virgin-atlantic.com
Best for Food
Whether you are looking for fine dining or street food Mumbai is the city that loves to eat. On every street corner you will find something tasty to eat from spicy cheese sandwiches on Chowpatty beach, to fragrant chai tea outside the Mumbai Stock Exchange and Kulfi on Marine Drive. The restaurant scene is out of this world with wonderful coastal food and lots of regional Indian food to try. We love the chilli crab at Trishna’s and the red dal at Kyber.
Flights from £529 virgin-atlantic.com