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A Premium Break from Stansted Airport

Forget regimented packaged holidays – a premium break offers the opportunity to unwind and recharge blissfully, with plenty of space for day-time lounging and evening strolls. Start your trip with a glass of bubbly at one of the two airport lounges, then jet off to a destination that guarantees plenty of fun and sun.

Faro, Portugal

Faro, Portugal

A gateway to the magical Algarve, Faro is a delightful city situated on the edge of the beautiful Ria Formosa National Park, a haven for migratory birds including the rare Purple Swamphen. Part of Ria Formosa is Ilha Deserta, a deserted island with miles of sandy beaches and warm water, perfect for easy walking or swimming.

A short drive away is the glamourous Vilamoura where luxury yachts line the marina – hire one to explore the impressive sea caves and rock formations dotted along the Algarve. Back on land, tee off at any of the six championship golf courses – one of which is Oceânico Victoria. Designed by Arnold Palmer, this course is characterised by wide fairways, massive greens, challenging water hazards and strategically placed bunkers. Come nightfall, enjoy sumptuous seafood-dominated cuisine by the marina or chill out at your villa. 

Agadir, Morocco

With white, long sandy beaches draped around a wide bay on the Atlantic coast, Agadir offers European-style luxury resorts mixed with Arabic charm and culture. Spend hours lounging in the sun, rejuvenate yourself at a traditional Hamman or a spa, then catch a belly dancing show in the evening – Agadir has everything you need for a short-haul premium break.

Taghazout, 15km north of Agadir, is famed for its surf and yoga retreats, where participants start the day with a yoga session to strengthen their core, followed by a surfing lesson and private practicing time, and end the day with another yoga class. Being in Morocco, it’s a ritual to visit souks and check out high quality hand-woven carpets, hand-made jewellery, copperware and leather goods. Remember to stock up on a few bottles of argan oil as well, produced by the women’s argan co-operatives from villages around Agadir. 

 

Agadir, Morocco
Heraklion, Crete

Crete, Greece

To capture the magical moments when the sun sets on a sparkling sea fringed by platinum-white beaches, head to Crete, Greece’s largest island. Many five-star hotels here are landscaped with eucalyptus and palms to protect the privacy and discretion of their guests, among them movie stars, politicians and European royalty. 

Steeped in history and legends, the island offers a unique cultural experience if you grow tired of morning swims and barefoot walks. Join an archaeologist-led private tour where visitors learn about the extraordinary civilisation of the Minoans, and are given exclusive access to sites that aren’t open to the public. Alternatively, time your visit with the three-month-long Chania Summer Festival, the quirky Chestnut Festival in the village of Elos, or the Cretan Diet Festival in the city of Rethymnon, where local wine and produce take centre stage. To start your adventure, fly to Heraklion, Crete's primary airport, with Jet.com.