It’s cold, wet and windy outside, the kids are fighting, you’re overloaded with Instagram pics of your friends’ dreamy island holiday and it’s about now you’re wondering why you didn’t layby Fiji last year …
Well don’t make that same mistake again, layby one of our most popular beach holidays now for 2019 or 2020 and spam instead of being spammed!
For holiday inspiration, see what beaches and hotels our LayAway Travellers love to layby.
1. Natadola Beach, Fiji
With its picture perfect white sand and clear blue waters, Natadola is considered Fiji’s finest beach.
Swim, snorkel or take up one of the many horseback tours on offer while on a day trip from the Coral Coast or Nadi. However, if you stay at The Intercontinental it’s yours to enjoy every day! This beachside resort is popular with couples and families with a choice of sea view rooms or rooms opening to the pool. A kids’ club, spa, gym and a choice of restaurants means you can bunker down but its location also gives you easy access to a range of activities, including water sports, golf and zip lining.
2. Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
The most popular and busiest beach in Honolulu, Waikiki’s fun and crazy atmosphere entertains all types of holiday makers. Watch as families ride their first waves together or lie back with a Mai Tai at the famous Moana Surfrider to catch a Hawaiian sunset. If you’re feeling fit and fabulous, trek the path to Diamond Head, a spectacular crater with equally spectacular views. Wander through the Iolani Royal Palace just fifteen minutes from the beach and finish the day with a free Hula show somewhere along the sandy shores. The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, LayAway Travels’ most popular hotel in Hawaii, is just steps away from the action on Waikiki Beach and but also a sanctuary for guests with a restaurant, gym and pool.
3. Le Meridien Phuket Beach, Thailand
Picture a pristine 180 metre private beach in a secluded cove on the South West Coast of Phuket, complete with swaying palm trees and beautiful temperatures and this is Le Meridien. A true island holiday where you will want for nothing. With 10 restaurants and bars, 2 swimming pools, a spa and water activities it’s the perfect escape. Lounge by the pool with your book and a cocktail or spend the day exploring the Island. Head to Old Town Phuket for authentic Thai food or hire a beautiful long boat and venture through the nearby islands. If you’re into shopping, cocktails and nightlife, head to Patong or Karon, just a short 5kms from the resort.
4. Catseye Beach, Hamilton Island
If you prefer a more low-key Island holiday, The Whitsunday Apartments overlooking the seriously stunning Catseye Beach, are ideal. The self-contained accommodation gives you freedom to create your own getaway, start the day with a walk along the white sandy beach then relax by the Islands Bougainvillea Pool, a hidden tropical lagoon just 2 minutes’ walk from your apartment, finish with a dip in the pool right near your front door. Plan a day trip and discover local caves on a bushwalking trail or explore nearby Whitehaven Beach on a sunset sail. If you like to make the most of every day, visit the local wildlife park or tee off at the Hamilton Island Golf Club.
5. Nusa Dua Beach, Bali
Since the early influx of holiday makers to Bali, Nusa Dua has always been a favourite with visiting Aussies. With its pristine beach, developed shopping areas, and sea side resorts like The Grand Mirage you can truly unwind, and still enjoy the hustle and bustle of nearby local areas like Seminyak. You can swim and snorkel just metres from the resort, or explore on camel back, then find a daybed by your pool and enjoy the all-day service. Just 8kms away is the stunning Pandawa Beach with a range of water activities and restaurants offering traditional Indonesian dishes. The all-inclusive holidays offered by The Grand Mirage make this one our most popular laybys.