Post # 1
Help bees! I’m starting to research next year’s summer vacation. We won’t be booking until later this year/early next (depending on the destination and flight release dates) but I want to start narrowing it down.
I have it down to 4 destinations: Morocco, Cape Verde, or Malta. We want a mainly relaxing trip, ideally with the main chunk at an all inclusive so we don’t need to worry about spending money and can drink as much as we want ie just chill at the pool with a cocktail in hand. The last trips we’ve done have been pretty active/full on city breaks: Rome/Florence; Porto/Lisbon; Riga; Hamburg; Kyiv; Australia (Melbourne/Adelaide/Great Ocean Road/wedding) (you get the idea), and next year Vienna/Bratislava and Edinburgh are on the cards as well.
Would appreciate input from anyone who has been to any of the destinations we’re looking at; cost/itinerary wise it would look something like this:
Cape Verde: 14 nights at an all inclusive on the beach. Will go off resort to the local towns but will be pretty much purely relaxation. Cost approx. £1200-1300pp plus probably £300 pp for tips and trips. Longest flight at 5.5/6 hours.
Malta: 8 nights at an all inclusive at the beach and 4 nights in Valletta (hotels are really pricey). Cost around £1100 pp for flights and accommodation and then probably £500 spending money. Flight approx. 4.5/5 hours.
Morocco: probably something like 2 nights at the beach in Essaouira, 4 nights in the centre of Marrakech, and 10 nights at an all inclusive just outside Marrakech (flights would be open jaw; would take a coach between the two places). Cost likely to be around £1000pp for flights and accommodation, and then probably £400 pp spending money. So the cheapest option for the most nights. 3 hour flight.
Thoughts? I’m leaning towards Morocco because the flight is shortest and it seems like the most ‘bang for our buck’. Cape Verde would be the most relaxing. Malta is probably last on my list as I would prefer to go another time non-AI as they’re supposed to have great food and drink so seems a shame to be stuck in one place…
Post # 2
It seems like you can cross Malta off the list just by your own remarks.
How was kyiv?
Post # 3
it will probably depend what kind of deal we can get. If we do manage to get a nice self-catered apartment that leaves us enough money to eat out/buy drinks in for the pool then we would consider that (though probably more so me and my OH, if he had his way he’d go back to Mexico or DR but I’ve put a ban on revisiting countries atm lol).
Kyiv was amazing. We went for 4 nights/3.5 days at Easter. Did a lot of sightseeing in the city itself and also a day trip to Chernobyl. We could have done with more time though as there was a lot we didn’t see; it’s such a beautiful city. Unbelievably cheap, too. Would highly recommend.
Post # 4
Have you looked at hotels in Sliema, in Malta? I found it very affordable and only a short (and affordable) water taxi ride across the bay from Valletta. I think Sliema has more shopping and nightlife, too, and the walk to St Juliens Bay is gorgeous and short. Where is the all-inclusive you’re staying at? Mellieha?
Post # 5
that scenario sounds ideal, I’d prefer self catered for a trip of that length too.
I wish someone would impose such a ban on me, I could have traveled the world by now if I didn’t keep returning to the same places!
Post # 6
we’ve looked at a variety, mostly in Sliema as they’re cheaper. The standard doesn’t seem as good though at the lower end (ie you have to pay a lot more for the decent ones which pushes the price up), so it looks doubtful we could do as long a trip as we could to the other destinations. That said as I said I wouldn’t rule out self catered accommodation depending on price. Bit up in the air atm until prices are released so I’m more trying to get a feel for the different places.
I think my biggest concern with Malta would be feeling we missed out and didn’t experience the food and nightlife as much as we should/could have. The budget is strictly no more than £1500-1600 a head all-in (flights, accommodation, transfers, sightseeing and eating/drinking) and ideally as cheap as possible as we have other trips planned as well. I’m also tied to the school holidays which really doesn’t help price wise!
Post # 7
I want to visit 40 countries before I’m 40 and am currently only at 19 lol as done so many multiple times. It’s not a strict ban, but we’ve been to Mexico 4 times and the DR 3 times and feel we’ve seen everything we want to there for now. Would revisit places like Italy as only scratched the surface, but otherwise want to branch out.
Post # 8
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