Although spring has arrived, many of us still longing for the scorching sunshine and soaring temperatures of more exotic climes.
For the best guarantee of good weather, long haul is probably still the best bet, but there are some excellent deals around which make this a very good value option, such as Etihad Airways who are offering up to 35% off flights to a wide range of destinations.
Here’s three of our hot favourites:
Bangkok – from £473
Whether you love interesting flavours or simply love to eat, nowhere can rival Bangkok in the culinary stakes. Feast like an emperor on some of the most exquisite street food in the world, for absurdly economical prices. Exotic, steamy and dazzling with neon, Bangkok is frenetic, fast paced and utterly thrilling; a modern city laced with tradition where skyscrapers tower over temples and culinary alchemy happens every day on the streets. Get Etihad flights to Bangkok
Dubai – from £398
Known as the playground of the rich and famous and materialistic beyond your wildest dreams, it is still possible to live the high life in Dubai without spending a film star budget. There are excellent hotels at reasonable prices and thousands of square feet of duty free shopping to enjoy. Dine in five star fashion or eat shawarma (a sandwich-like wrap) on the streets, recline by the pool or wander the desert by camel. Dubai is Disneyland for grown-ups. Get Etihad flights to Dubai
Abu Dhabi – from £398
Sparklingly modern and more laid back than Dubai, Abu Dhabi is blessed with miles of spectacular waterfront, grand shopping malls, ancient forts and lush green parks; not to mention the title of ‘richest city in the world’. See the vast white domes of Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the largest mosque in the UAE, glistening in the sunlight or sail the brilliant blue waters of the Gulf in a traditional Dow, admiring Abu Dhabi’s charms from afar. Get Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi