Quick and hot getaways from Birmingham… resistance is futile
Words: Becky Weaver
With April nearly over there’s a lot to look forward to in May – including two bank holidays. And as the bad weather continues to come down in Birmingham, the prospect of a last-minute spring holiday is almost too tempting.
Thankfully Birmingham Airport has a lot of choice when it comes to short city breaks, with Turkish Airlines covering an extensive range of places to head to for some much need sun, sea and cities. So if you’re wondering where to escape to this spring, here are the current top five destinations:
1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai has a reputation for delivering the most luxurious holidays. From spellbinding hotels, to the world’s tallest building and world’s biggest shopping mall, there is so much to explore. When it comes to picking where to stay in Dubai you’re going to be spoilt for choice, but if you’re looking for the complete Dubai experience then you can’t go wrong with a booking your stay at Atlantis the Palm. Atlantis is a celebrity hotspot hotel with the likes of the Kardashians and the cast of Made in Chelsea spending breaks there. You’ll be treated like royalty at this mind-blowing hotel; swimming with dolphins and soaking up views of Dubai’s incredible skyline are just two benefits of staying at Atlantis. With unlimited access to the hotel’s The Lost Chambers Aquarium and Aquaventure Waterpark you’ll never be short of things to do. Not only that, the hotel is also packed with restaurants, shops, a spa and private beaches.
Seven nights at Atlantis the Palm on a room only basis and direct flights from Birmingham with Turkish Airlines will cost are £2,400 for two people.
2. Muscat, Oman
The capital city of Oman, Muscat is brimming with culture and stunning hotels. With temperatures reaching around 39 degrees in May, it’s perfect for soaking up that summer sun. Muscat has so much to explore – an old town, stunning mountains, ancient forts and archaeological sites. With an array of stunning hotels, ranging from luxury five-star resorts to modern apartments, there is sure to be somewhere to suit your budget. Our pick of the bunch is Millennium Executive Apartments, located in the Muscat Grand Mall these stylish apartments are perfect for both holidays and business trips. Each apartment is beautifully furnished with a kitchen, hot tub and bath. The perfect option for adventurous guests.
Seven nights at the Millennium Executive Apartments on a room only basis with flights with Turkish Airlines from Birmingham cost around £1,400 for two people.
3. Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Vietnam is famous for its stunning landscapes and architecture. Just a handful of attractions that Vietnam has to offer include the incredible Halong Bay and Mekong Delta. There are so many hotels in Ho Chi Mihn from relaxing spa to city-based hotels. However, if you’re looking for something a bit different, then The Alcove Library Hotel may be worth looking at. This three star hotel is one of booking.com’s top stays in Vietnam and has 244 excellent ratings on TripAdvisor. The Alcove Library Hotel is certainly unlike any other you’ll find in Ho Chi Minh – or Vietnam for that matter. The hotel has an extensive book collection, which guests are welcome to borrow at any time during their stay. It also has a roof top restaurant offering stunning views.
Seven nights at The Alcove Library Hotel with breakfast and flights with Turkish Airlines from Birmingham will cost around £1,500 for two guests.
Thrill seekers, food connoisseurs and cocktail lovers will fall head over heels in love with Singapore. A visit to Altitude Gallery and Bar is essential for a Singapore Sling whist visiting this incredible country; at a grand 282 metres above the ground Altitude offers the most incredible 360 views of Singapore. If you don’t fancy partying at the highest point of Singapore, then why not head to the iconic Universal Studios, or a river cruise? Parc Sovereign Hotel – Tyrwhitt, a four star rated hotel on booking.com offers chic and modern rooms with a rooftop bar just a short walk away from the 24-hour Mustafa Shopping Centre. Situated in Lavender, Parc Sovereign Hotel – Tyrwhitt is a perfect hotel for guests looking to head to Universal Studios and city trips.
Seven nights at Parc Sovereign Hotel – Tyrwhitt with flights from Birmingham with Turkish Airlines will cost you around £1,700 based on two guests.
5. Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand’s capital is a place of opposites; in Bangkok you’ll find Buddhist Temples hidden in between sky scrappers, designer boutiques, exquisite street food and the Mae Nam Chao Phyla River. Although Bangkok can’t offer stunning sandy beaches, a visit to the Grand Palace can make up for that. The former home of a Thai King, it’s spread across 53-acres of land, landscaped with gardens, chapels and throne halls. If all of those listed sound like something you’d want to do whilst visiting Bangkok, then you may want to look at staying at the Vince Hotel Pratunam. Situated 16.8 miles from Suvarnabhumi International Airport, this contemporary hotel is perfect for shoppers.
Seven nights at the Vince Hotel Pratunam with flights from Birmingham with Turkish Airlines will cost you around £1,100 for two people.
All prices are based on dates May 1 until May 8 booked through Turkish Airlines and booking.com