Pack your bags and your sense of adventure as we check out the best destinations for your vacation this year. Whether you like sightseeing, shopping, diving, or just lying back as the sea laps at your feet, we have the perfect place for you and your family.

  1. Maldives

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The most stunning collection of islands on the planet is just a short trip away from the Middle East, making them a favourite for everyone from honeymooners to large families needing privacy and a bespoke service. The most significant addition of the last 12 months to the array of stunning resorts is St Regis Vollumi Island. Combining stunning architecture, luxury service from morning until night and a truly personal touch, the destination has already earned an incredible reputation. St Regis Vommuli Island is a once in a lifetime trip and is first class when it comes to unforgettable food and beverage – something often overlooked in the Maldives. Finding a decent place to stay can be tough in the Maldives. If you are booking your room at the last minute, here’s a good tip: some credit cards offer 20 per cent off across the year when you book a room via Hotels.com.

• Best for: Sun worshippers’ and diving enthusiasts

• Explore: The beautiful spa and for dinner the five-course degustation and drink pairing menu held in the underground cellar of Decanter restaurant.

2. UK South Coast Unique Shopping

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The most stunning collection of islands on the planet is just a short trip away from the Middle East, making them a favourite for everyone from honeymooners to large families needing privacy and a bespoke service. The most significant addition of the last 12 months to the array of stunning resorts is St Regis Vollumi Island. Combining stunning architecture, luxury service from morning until night and a truly personal touch, the destination has already earned an incredible reputation. St Regis Vommuli Island is a once in a lifetime trip and is first class when it comes to unforgettable food and beverage – something often overlooked in the Maldives. Finding a decent place to stay can be tough in the Maldives. If you are booking your room at the last minute, here’s a good tip: some credit cards offer 20 per cent off across the year when you book a room via Hotels.com.

• Best for: Sun worshippers’ and diving enthusiasts

• Explore: The beautiful spa and for dinner the five-course degustation and drink pairing menu held in the underground cellar of Decanter restaurant.

3. Singapore

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Home to glistening skyscrapers, wide open green spaces, historic temples and world-class restaurants, this cosmopolitan city has it all. Just seven hours from Dubai you will find this Asian hotspot offering an unforgettable shopping experience. From the minute you step off the plane into the luxury Changi International airport you will want to flex your credit card to enjoy complimentary lounge access upon arrival for you and a guest. Once settled into the hotel, the first stop must be a walk down the legendary Orchard Road which will awaken your retail senses with row upon row of malls packed with on-trend brands and catwalk couture. Indulge in retail therapy to your heart’s content and use a credit card that has no fees on overseas spend to pay for your purchases. The Bugis Street Market has an array of books and jewellery you won’t find anywhere else in the world, or hunt down unusual antiques and Chinese delicacies in Chinatown.

• Best for: Retail therapy

• Explore: The Botanical Gardens and Gardens by the Bay

4. Italian Lakes

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The summer in Italy can be stifling so forget the major cities of Rome and Florence and head to the Lakes. Everyone has their favourite lake, but we recommend Lake Como which we believe is one of the most beautiful places in Europe, if not the world. Explore the historical villages of Bellagio, Varenna and Menaggio along the lake banks and end in Como where you will find laid back charm, elegant shops and fine dining Italian cuisine. It is also just 30 minutes by train to the buzzing metropolis and fashion capital, Milan.  For the romantics and ideal for couples, the Grand Hotel Menaggio, is situated directly on the Lake and provides the ideal combination of traditional style and modern comfort. Here’s a great tip, get a complimentary 2 nights’ stay if you have paid the annual fee on your ADCB Traveller credit card.

• Best for: Lovers of luxury and romantics.

• Explore: Whizz around the lake on a speedboat or take a slow ferry and explore the natural beauty of northern Italy.

5. Bali

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Nine hours away on Emirates, Bali has something for everyone. From the swanky beach clubs in Seminyak, where you will make the most of your bling bikinis and Kaftans to the tranquility of Gili Air where you can enjoy some much needed time out.  Made famous in Eat Pray Love but enjoyable for both families (with older kids) and single travellers alike, Ubud is all about hiking or cycling through rainforests,  playing with the monkeys in forest or taking a yoga or meditation classes at the Yoga Barn. Enjoy cashew nut lattes or traditional Indonesian foods while watching the sunset over the rice paddies or watching traditional Balinese dancing.  The Gili islands are a boat ride away from Bali where you can take a horse drawn cart to explore the island’s beautiful beaches, as well as do sunset yoga and meditation.

• Best for: Travelling, we recommend taking the time to travel and enjoy all of what Bali has to offer

• Explore: Gili Trawangan for beverages and dancing.

6. Sri Lanka

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With cooler climes, lush hills, the Ceylon tea trails and quaint villages, an almost untouched southern coastline and temperatures 10 degrees less than the UAE, Sri Lanka is the perfect place to get away from busy city life and explore a quiet but vibrant country on our doorstep. Just four hours to Colombo, you are in what is known as at the jewel of the Indian Ocean. Start your vacation with a trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. From there head straight to the hills and past lush green tea plantations and trek up to Ella Rock for amazing views. Next stop should be the colourful mist covered city of Kandy, where you can visit the sacred Temple of The Tooth and relax while watching a game of cricket in the stadium. Take a driver down to the south coast and book into one of the delightful luxury boutique hotels in Galle where the right credit card can get you 20 per cent off rack rates. If sunbathing is more your thing hire a villa on the beaches of Wijaya, Hikkaduwa and Tangalle.

• Best for: Families who like adventure

• Explore: The turtle sanctuary in Galle