summer destinations

Six of the World’s Most Underrated Summer Destinations

  1. Thanda Island

Thanda Island

If you are looking for an exclusive secluded holiday on an island that is yours and yours alone, then Thanda Island is the perfect holiday for you. Thanda Island is the Creme de la creme of private island getaways which shares with all who pass through, its beauty, tranquility and superior hospitality. Whether alone, on honeymoon, with family or a group of really good friends it makes for the ideal spot to relax and have fun all while protecting your privacy. Accommodation consists of the main villa with five en-suite air-conditioned bedrooms with king sized beds and many other luxuries such as a wraparound dining area with a 180 degree view of the crystal clear ocean. They also offer stunning double storey bandas that are well-equipped and although more rustic, still exceptionally luxurious.

  1. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal is becoming a true holiday hotspot. Lisbon is known in Europe to be one of the ‘coolest’ capitals amongst young people. It’s eclectic, arty and exceptionally charismatic with its colourful mosaic buildings, welcoming people, delicious traditional foods (including desserts to die for, such as Pasteis De Nata), museums, trams, and fantastic weather almost all year round. To get back to the desserts, you can expect to find pastry and desserts shops every few metres, in fact the fresh pastry smell engulfs the streets of Lisbon! The world’s most famous dessert patisserie can be found in the city, known as Pasteis de Belém, which sees queues of hopefuls wrapped around the corner just t get a taste. The hop-on-hop-off bus tours are a wonderful way to get to know this beautiful city and not miss out on anything, once you have been on a tour, you can go back to the places that really interested you so that you can do your own exploring in your own time. Taking one of the cities very old trams is a delight and makes exploring a little easier.

  1. Menorca, Spain

Menorca, Spain

Menorca, Spain is a beautiful island that in fact looks a little like paradise. Menorca is one of those islands that’s fast becoming popular because it’s never over-crowded. It’s filled with natural, undisturbed beauty, the turquoise waters are exquisite, and the weather is fantastic most of the year.The island has over two hundred small coves to explore, yes two hundred, making it a perfect place to go boating, and the place you’re most likely to find your own private beach. It also has some of the clearest waters in Europe – what more could you want!

The island is also perfect for avid-hikers or those who’d like to keep active. There are many hiking trails alongside the beaches, or in the forests.

  1. Lamu, Kenya

Lamu, Kenya

Explore the Lamu Archipelago, a collection of islands off the north coast of Kenya. Lamu Islands, centuries ago, was an important trading post where dhow traders traded with spices, ivory and mangrove poles. Lamu Island has become a popular destination over the years specifically for its beautiful beaches, culture, good food and tranquility. This town has no vehicles due to the narrow pathways and alleyways, the only means of transport other than foot is by donkey or dhow boat. The unique Swahili customs and traditions have been passed down from generation to generation and has been preserved from outside influences. There are many activities on the island that includes day trips to Lamu Town, exploring the ancient ruined forts of Manda Island, creek or deep-sea fishing, sailing, windsurfing and more. At night the streets are lit with lanterns and the scent of spices and mixed seafood fills the air.

  1. Nice, France

Nice, France

Nice, France is without a doubt one of the most underrated places in the world. It oozes charm and grandeur, and is the perfect place to shop, dine, beach and just enjoy the summer sunshine in style (but without spending a fortune). What makes it a true gem of a place is that it’s fairly quiet, filled with locals and not very many tourists, which makes it feel very homely. Everyone knows everyone and the restaurants are usually family run. Nice is also close to other fantastic destinations like St Tropez, which is a 2 hour drive from the centre, or a 30 minute helicopter transfer.

  1. The Hamptons, New York

The Hamptons, New York

The Hamptons is a lovely seaside town, its about two and a half hours drive from New York City, scattered along the eastern end of Long Island. Here you will find a group of villages, towns and hamlets known as The Hamptons. The beaches, farms, golf clubs and the popular equestrian events that take place are what makes The Hamptons a popular seaside town, not only for residents but holidaymakers too. Don’t be surprised if you bump into a celebrity or two as there are a few who love to spend their summers in here.

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