When we research where we want to go for our next holiday, most of us will look at reviews, forums and write-ups about our perspective destinations. Whilst the experiences of others is a good way to gauge how much we'll enjoy a certain holiday, a sure-fire way to know it's a trip worth going on are the recognition of awards. Unlike reviews, awards are hard to come by and usually put things to a greater test. Today, we bring you some of the winning destinations of the TravelAgents Choice Awards and an offer to match.
Best City Destination: Abu Dhabi
Unsurprisingly, Abu Dhabi's rise to prominence as a luxury city break location has earned the plaudits of many. More relaxed than its competitor Dubai, Abu Dhabi has remained green and attractive despite its transformation. Better still, it has avoided an influx of traffic and poseurs that seemingly comes part and parcel with such developments. From a fishing village, to a glorious hub of relaxation, shopping and luxury, Abu Dhabi has come a long way in recent years.
A three night stay at the 5* Emirates Palace will prove to be the perfect example of why Abu Dhabi beat some stiff competition to win this award. A landmark in itself, the hotel feels like a luxury palace and is perfectly located near prime shopping malls and local attractions. Offering an unrivalled personal experience throughout, you'll have a plethora of leisure activities to take advantage of when not partaking in a spot of retail therapy.
Another worthy winner, New Zealand hasn't rested on its laurels after the surge in popularity that came from The Lord of the Rings franchise. Instead, the country and its tourist board have been hugely successful in opening up the whole country and attracting explorers and tourists from all over the world to discover the pure natural beauty of the area. From basking in the sun at glorious vineyards, to hiking and biking around New Zealand terrain, our hunger to see more of this beautiful country has never been greater.
If you're going to do New Zealand, do it properly. That's exactly what this Classic New Zealand Panorama Tour sets out to do, as you see the best of the country's cities and natural sights in a comprehensive 18 day tour that will leave you in awe of this part of the world. Explore the Bay of Islands and discover the vibrant wildlife of Rotorua, whilst also seeing Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown along the way.
Best Destination for Weddings and Honeymoons: Maldives
With endless sunshine, pristine beaches and endless coastal views, it is little wonder why the Maldives is regarded as such a romantic getaway destination. Add to that the host of luxury resorts, a serenity hard to find elsewhere and the warmest of welcomes and you'll start to wonder why you haven't been there yet. As relaxing as you make it, you'll have as much opportunity for long walks on the beach, as you will memorable scuba diving excursions. It's what you make of it.
Treat you and your partner to an ultra-luxurious stay at Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa and relish a week of pure romantic luxury. Toast your occasion with a tailor-made torch lit dinner under the banyan trees of the resort's jungle or in the privacy of a meditation pavilion overlooking the ocean. Relax in your villa on a brilliant tropical afternoon, seek adventure on a luxurious yacht, or completely unwind at the decadent spa. However you choose to spend it, the Shangri-La will do everything to facilitate your private romantic getaway.