Rising popularity of multi centre escapes

The concept of a bespoke luxury holiday is something that appeals to almost any kind of traveller, but increasingly we’re seeing more and more tourists looking specifically at multi centre breaks especially when planning a honeymoon.

Quite possibly that may be down to our thirst for new horizons as a nation, but what some people might not know is how viable an option it is to visit more than one destination as part of your itinerary; another planning concern might be which airlines would serve your destinations of choice.

There are so many paths of discovery available to you but admittedly some of them are more accessible logistically to take advantage of than others.

Dubai and the Maldives

This is perhaps our most popular choice, but why you might ask? One reason might be that the Middle East and Indian Ocean resorts are so different, both visually and culturally. They offer completely unique experiences.

There’s a train of thought that there’s little point in a doing a multi centre holiday taking in two similar resorts. The designer shops of Dubai could not feel further away from the tranquil palms of the Maldives. Such diversity is perhaps what lures people in.

If choosing this option, there’s ways to contrast your experience further still – like booking a desert hotel proceeded by an island escape – more contrasting scenery you could not wish to find anywhere in the world.

Added to this, if you happen to be flying to the Maldives with a carrier like Emirates or Etihad then you’ll automatically touch down in either Dubai or Abu Dhabi which are the hub airports for those two airlines. Making it almost a shame NOT to stay for a few nights!

Of course there are a huge array of other options. If travelling East you might fancy the buzz of Bangkok juxtaposed with a stay at one of the more tranquil offshore Thai islands like Koh Kood, or the thrilling scenery of Chiang Mai or the beaches of Koh Samui or Koh Phangnan.

Singapore acts as a great style hub too for onwards travel to the Indian Ocean, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Many tourists look to combine beach and city, or island hopping with something like a safari in South Africa for their one-time special getaway… who can blame them!

Carole Booth is Commercial Director at Destinology.

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