With so many glorious destinations to visit in the world, it feels impossible to just choose one. Well, we say you don't have to! Packing two holidays into a single trip means city goers can get some beach time and luxe-seekers can find their adventurous side.
Now, you may be thinking that sounds like a lot of travelling – but you don’t need to worry, as our curated list of twin centre holidays only include destinations that are maximum 90-minutes apart, meaning you're getting double the fun in no time at all.
Travel time: 1 hour, 30 minutes via plane
This luxury multi-centre trip offers an alternative to the typical Africa and Indian Ocean combo that we usually see. Making its comeback, Sri Lanka is a culture-rich destination that offers spectacular scenery and wildlife, beautiful beaches, historical monuments and tantalising cuisine. Climb the ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress, try your hand at a cooking class, visit the famous Temple of the Tooth, take a train ride along the renowned Nine Arches Bridge and experience a sunrise safari where elephants, leopard and buffalo are on the spot list.
After an adventure to remember, fly just 90 minutes to paradise and you’ll arrive in the Maldives where postcard pictures exist in real time with cerulean waters and powder soft sand. Relax your body and rejuvenate your mind as there is nowhere else you need to be. Overwater villas, Michelin-starred restaurants, luxurious spa experiences and exhilarating watersports make the Maldives a place for all types of travellers searching for an extra special break.
Leopard in Yala National Park
Get up close and personal with Sri Lanka’s wildlife with a stay at Wild Coast Tented Lodge near Yala National Park. In a location that sees jungle meet the beach, this special glamping-style accommodation puts you at one with nature without sacrificing your creature comforts, including five-star dining and private plunge pools.
Meanwhile, overwater accommodation awaits at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands. The one-of-a-kind resort has villas that will take your breath away with modern décor, excellent facilities and the highest standard of service. You won’t want for anything here.
Ocean Pool Villa at The Ritz-Carlton
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Travel time: 1 hour, 25 minutes via plane
Not too dissimilar, these vibrant countries have culture and cuisine at their forefront serving up a taste of tradition and modernity. Starting in Singapore, experience the glamour of designer shopping, towering hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants combined with street food markets, botanical gardens and temples. Highlights include wandering around the tropical Gardens by the Bay and watching its famous outdoor light show, heading to the top of the Tiger Sky Tower and taking a food tour, where you’ll try some of the best food that Asia has to offer.
Just a 90 minute flight away is Malaysia, and what’s better than some R&R after your busy city break in Singapore. We suggest staying on the island of Langkawi. Here you can enjoy a laid-back atmosphere where relaxing on pristine beaches, chasing waterfalls in the rainforest, and watching the sunset with a cocktail or three is a must. Those who are brave enough should book a visit to the Sky Bridge, where, after experiencing the world’s steepest cable car, you’ll be taken 660 meters above sea level to an impressively designed, curved bridge that is built between two peaks. Meanwhile closer to ground level, water babies will love visiting the Seven Wells Waterfall: a beautiful spot where seven pools of water and waterfalls join together to form a natural waterpark that's perfect for cooling off.
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Marvel at views over Singapore via the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands. This hotel is an icon within the city’s skyline and unsurprisingly one of the hottest places to rest your head. As well as the famous pool, the hotel offers exquisite fine dining options, excellent entertainment including a gallery and casino and lavish rooms with jaw-dropping views.
Then transition to beachfront living at The St. Regis Langkawi, showcasing beautifully appointed suites and gastronomic excellence. The hotel is recognised for its breathtaking Kayuputi restaurant which sits elevated above the Andaman Sea. The restaurant serves pan-Asian haute cuisine with a complementing wine menu and expertly made cocktails. Our favourite spot is the Pavilion Bar, where you can lay in netted hammocks over the ocean, overlooking the panoramic mountain views – champagne in hand, of course.
Pavilion Bar at The St. Regis
Travel time: 1 hour via plane
New York’s captivating powers see visitors drawn in by its skyline adorned with towering skyscrapers and famous landmarks. Place yourself in your favourite movie by strolling through Central Park, grabbing a slice of New York pizza or heading to the top of the Rockefeller Center for panoramic views of the city. Plus, thrill seekers can now enjoy The Top of The Rock view in a whole new light as the building’s newest attraction allows you to recreate the iconic ‘Lunch atop a Skycraper’ image taken in 1932. The famous photograph sees 11 men enjoying lunch on a beam 69 stories above New York during the construction of the Rockefeller. Today, you can be strapped onto a mechanical beam and (safely) dangled above the city.
Next up is Toronto after a short one-hour flight. No trip here is complete without visiting the iconic Niagara Falls. Made up of three waterfalls, it sits in a semicircle which straddles both Canada and the USA, producing over 3,160 tons of water per second. Tourists can enjoy views of the falls from numerous viewing points including the observation tower, via boat or even a helicopter ride. For foodies in Toronto, must trys include Canada’s national dish poutine, the famous peameal bacon sandwich and, for those with a sweet tooth, butter tarts.
When visiting New York, The Plaza offers a slice of the golden age with old school hospitality and a sublime location opposite the magical Central Park. The hotel has starred in many famous movies including Crocodile Dundee, The Great Gatsby, North by Northwest and arguably the most famous Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. In fact, the hotel offers a Home Alone day out where you can order pizza, take a limousine tour of the city and try the delicious strawberry sundae.
Meanwhile Shangri-La Toronto is a chic stay offering sky-high city views and a central location. Guest experiences include fine dining at Bosk, the hotel’s signature Asian-Canadian style restaurant, and taking time for TLC at the onsite spa. The Miraj Hammam Spa blends authentic Middle Eastern traditions with modern practices to offer guests a variety of treatments. As well as a swimming pool and hot tub, enjoy a full Hammam experience, facials, massages, body care, waxing and more.
Travel time: 1 hour via plane
This exquisite twin centre trip sees you starting in Miami, a modern metropolis. Running along the city edge is the famous Miami Beach, the perfect spot to enjoy Florida’s all year-round sunshine. From the beach to the bushes, take off in an airboat for a tour of the Everglades. A guided tour will take you through the national park so you can spot an abundance of wildlife including alligators and turtles. For those looking for beachside chic during the day and fun after dark, head to Ocean Drive where the streets are lined with bars, restaurants and super cars.
And after one hour of flying, you’ll be saying goodbye to Miami and hello Bahamas. Made up of more than 700 islands, it’s easy to get lost within vast coral reefs, palm fringed coves and lush landscapes. We recommend heading to Pig Beach, where you can swim with the island’s famous curly-tailed residents. Alternatively, opt for a day of fun that the entire family can enjoy at Aquaventure, a one-of-a-kind 141-acre waterpark. It's home to 20 swimming areas, exhilarating water slides, river rapids, and more.
Pig Beach, The Bahamas
Located on Miami's Millionaire's Row, stay at Fontainebleau Miami Beach where you’ll rub shoulders with the stars, and we’re not exaggerating – if it’s good enough for J.Lo and the Kardashians then it’s good enough for us. The hotel’s ultra-modern look and feel is impressive with multiple pool areas, luxurious spa and even four nightclubs making this one of the hottest venues in the city.
Then arrive in the Bahamas where the exclusive Rosewood Baha Mar boasts a bohemian, yet luxury feel. Fitting in with its surroundings, this hotel showcases neutral tones and airy spaces that let the views do the talking. Travel in October where you can be a part of the Baha Mar Culinary & Arts Festival. This unforgettable weekend brings guests and locals together to embark on a culinary and cultural experience with a fantastic programme of events, exclusive dinners, tastings with chefs, intimate conversations with artists and much more.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Travel time: 1 hour, 30 minutes via car
Embark on a Middle Eastern escapade to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Starting in Dubai, the city provides a glittery curtain over the surrounding sand-dune desert. Fashionable beach clubs, lavish golf courses, fine dining restaurants, prestigious hotel brands and thriving nightlife are part of Dubai’s makeup. Explore the dunes on a desert safari where 4x4 driving, camel rides and sundown dinner accompanied by performances await.
Just 90-minutes by car sits Abu Dhabi, a city where cultural traditions are still prevalent within its now modern exterior. Explore a number of famous landmarks, including Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: the largest in the United Arab Emirates. The mosque was decorated to the highest detail including 1,096 amethyst and jasper embedded columns and a courtyard featuring one of the world’s largest marble mosaics. For a different day time attraction, visit Ferrari World, home to the world's fastest rollercoaster.
Newly opened in 2023, Atlantis The Royal has made its mark on the crescent of The Palm with an already impressive guest list. The resort is home to celebrity chef restaurants, a nightclub, luxurious rooms and suites (including a Royal Penthouse featuring its own private plunge pool) and rooftop infinity pool lounge called Cloud 22.
In Abu Dhabi, try something different with a unique desert escape at Qasr Al Arab Desert Resort by Anantara. Found in the world’s largest sand desert – the Empty Quarter, the hotel acts as a mirage with private pool villas, under the stars dining and endless leisure activities.
Qasr Al Arab Desert Resort by Anantara
For those looking for a twin centre that’s a little closer to home, these European breaks still offer a tale of two halves which are easily travelled to via car.
Travel time: 2 hours via car
The perfect Italian journey for those looking to blend style and serenity. Fashionistas can hit the shops of Milan before relaxing on the edge of Lake Como at a luxurious spa hotel. Bellissimo!
Where to stay: Stay on trend in Milan and stay at the ultra-stylish Bulgari Hotel Milano before recharging your batteries at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Lago di Como.
Mandarin Oriental Lago di Como
Travel time: 2 hours, 30 minutes via car
An unforgettable Portuguese adventure. Explore the winding streets of Lisbon and learn of its historic charm. You'll then be delighting in fresh seafood and elegant cocktail bars on the seafront of beautiful Algarve.
Where to stay: Sophisticated rooms, central location and a spectacular spa, Corinthia Lisbon is calling your name. As for The Algarve, check into Anantara Vilamoura for high quality sport and leisure facilities including direct access to the longest golf course in Portugal.
Travel time: 3 hours, 15 minutes via car
Vast landscapes and ancient monuments are to be explored on this Balkan journey. Meander through Dubrovnik’s historic walls before a secluded getaway to Montenegro, where medieval sites and charming beaches await.
Where to stay: Immerse yourself in Croatia’s history with a stay at the exclusive Lopud 1483 Hotel, a restored 15th century monastery boasting just five suites. Meanwhile modern luxury is found in Montenegro with a stay at the outstanding One&Only Portonovi, a spa resort set on the shores of Boka Bay.
If you want to learn more on how to tailor your perfect twin centre holiday, then speak to one of our personal travel managers. Their expert knowledge will help you plan the right route and accommodation for you and your travel companions, plus you’ll get access to our complimentary concierge service to ensure that your getaway is like no other. Contact us on 0203 318 6022 or enquire here.
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