Planning a guys’ holiday but not sure where to go? Whether you’re into beer, beaches or board sports, we’ve lined up the perfect brocation locations for you. Here are our top picks…
Surfing in Sri Lanka
Bet you didn’t know that this island in the Indian Ocean is a top surfing spot? Thanks to the north-westerly trade winds that hit the west coast from January to March, this place provides near-perfect conditions for surfers. Head to Negombo and you can combine surfing with kiteboarding, diving and snorkelling, for the ultimate adventure holiday. Or, pick Hikkaduwa – known as the ‘hippy hangout’ – for your surfers’ retreat, where backpacker vibes and 10-foot waves take centre stage. When you need a break from surfing, Sri Lanka also lines up safari-style excursions in the wildlife-filled national parks, and some gorgeous white-sand beaches, too.
Beer and Blue Flag beaches in Bulgaria
Sunny Beach offers just about everything you need for a lads’ holiday – bars, clubs and Irish pubs, amazing stretches of sand to chill out on, plus watersports and activities by the bucket-load. By day, you could be jet-skiing, whizzing across the waves on a banana boat, or trying your hand at paragliding. And, by night, you’ve got pubs, beach bars and multi-storey clubs to keep you busy, plus entertainers along the promenade breathing fire and walking over hot coals. Stay at the wallet-friendly SuneoClub Garden Nevis, and you’ll be right in the heart of the action, with the beach and town centre just a five-minute walk away.
Golf in the Algarve
Golf is a great group activity, whether you’re a pro or not. If you love nothing better than being challenged to a round or two, pick Europe’s best golfing spot – the Algarve in Portugal – for your boys’ holiday. It’s home to more than 30 courses, which are all paired with stunning views, amazing landscapes and perfect weather. One of the most spectacular courses in the region is in the 18-hole Ria Formosa Natural Park near Albufeira, which is set among vineyards and orange trees. Stay in the popular resort of Albufeira to be within (almost) teeing distance of some top courses, plus activities like paintballing and zip-lining.
Partying in Cancun
Everyone knows that the biggest event in Cancun’s party calendar is Spring Break. If you want to experience this epic event, book your holiday to Mexico anytime from the end of February to the end of April. During this period, you’ve got huge beach parties and exclusive events at clubs like Coco Bongo and Dady’O, which attract party-goers from all over the world. Plus, the Inception Music Festival runs for the whole of April and lines up top international DJs and pool parties. You can’t go wrong with booking your stay at the Riu Cancun, which has its own Pacha nightclub onsite, for days when you don’t want to leave the resort, plus four pools and a beach within touching distance.
Extreme sports in Mauritius
Thought Mauritius was just a honeymoon destination? Nope. This tropical island has so much to offer, including plenty of adrenaline-fuelled activities for the daredevils among you. You can abseil down a waterfall in the Black River Gorges National Park, landing right in the rainforest and taking a refreshing dip in a plunge pool right after. Or, head to Anse La Raie where you can skydive from a vertigo-inducing height of 10,000 feet, seeing almost the entire island beneath you, including the famous underwater waterfall. And that’s not all – you’ve got zip-lining courses and canyon-swinging at Casela World of Adventures, plus the chance to walk underwater wearing a bubble helmet in Ile-aux-Cerfs. Rounding off the bucket list-worthy activities are parasailing, snorkelling and golf.
Inspired to book your next lads’ holiday?