LGBTQ+ Holidays

Holidays for a wider community

For most people going on holiday is simply a case of wanting to be as relaxed, carefree and as open as possible. An LGBTQ+ holiday should be no different. Most holidaymakers take certain things, such as holding hands in public and booking a double room, for granted. That’s not always the case for members of LGBTQ+ community.  Being in an LGBTQ+ accepting location is important for peace of mind. Whether you’re off on a romantic same-sex holiday, fancy partying non-stop with your LGBTQ+ friends, or you simply want peace of mind for your LGBTQ+ family. Here’s our guide to destinations where everyone is welcomed.

 

Malta

Frequently voted the most LGBTQ+ friendly place in Europe, Malta is the sunny island in the middle of the Mediterranean. It’s crystal clear waters and diminutive size make it ideal for LGBTQ+ families, its beautiful buildings and sense of history appeals to romantic same sex city-breakers, while  the buzzing nightlife of Paceville welcomes LGBTQ+ party-goers.

Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta

Malta

  • An overwhelming sense of style and grandeur
  • Unique location by the edge of the sea
  • Restaurants include the a la carte Admiral’s Landing

The Phoenicia Malta

Malta

  • A Leading Hotels of the World
  • 5 Star luxury retreat for any discerning traveller
  • Situated a short stroll from Valletta’s city walls

Spain

Spain has no end of LGBTQ+ friendly destinations which spring to mind. Pick a Pride! There are so many from which to choose. Barcelona hosts from 19 to 29 June and Gran Canaria has two:  05 to 14 November and 05 to 15 May. The warmest of  welcomes continues with the wonderful climate, sun-kissed beaches and dunes, and the vibrant nightlife of both the mainland and the islands.

The Anamar Suites Hotel

Gran Canaria

  • Around a five minute walk from the beach and restaurants
  • Pool with bar and Balinese beds
  • Two Jacuzzi's and a fitness centre

H10 Metropolitan

Barcelona

  • A few minutes’ walk from Las Ramblas
  • Tasty cocktails at Eden Bar
  • Outdoor swimming pool and roof top plunge pool

Hotel Roger de Lluria

Barcelona

  • Ideally placed for discovering the city
  • Staff are on hand to assist with local dinner reservations
  • Snacks and drinks available at the intimate lounge bar

Portugal

The combination of mountain, ocean and city makes Lisbon holidays immediately likeable. It’s an enchantingly attractive city too. It’s also home to the best LGBTQ+ nightlife in Portugal, hosting an annual Pride event and Pride Village with stages, bars, lounges and family areas.  During 2022 the city is hoping to host EuroPride, 19 to 28 June, the world’s biggest celebratory LGBTQ+ event in Europe.

Hotel Portugal

Lisbon

  • Situated right in the centre of Lisbon
  • Varanda Lisboa Restaurant situated next door offers panoramic city views
  • Famed tram 28 stops just behind the hotel

Altis Avenida

Lisbon

  • Prestigious hotel close to theatres, stylish boutiques and restaurants
  • Stylish restaurant Rossio with its delightful open air rooftop terrace
  • Guests may enjoy use of the GSpa at Altis Grand Hotel (at a charge)

Greece

Mykonos has long been a magnet for the LGBTQ+ traveller, so it’s inclusion here will come as no surprise. Pride may be celebrated from 18 to 25 August, but  the picturesque windmills, traditional white washed sugar cube houses, beautiful coastline, excellent sandy beaches, first class hotels and great nightlife are available all summer long. Go and relax  on one of the world’s most cosmopolitan islands.

Myconian Korali

Mykonos

  • Hilltop setting with views of the iconic Alefkandra windmills
  • George’s all day bar is a glamorous spot for cocktails and magical sunsets
  • Outdoor pool and deck is an idyllic setting for languid days under the sun

Myconian Kyma

Mykonos

  • Perched atop a hill above Mykonos Town
  • Inviting outdoor pool with the chic bar serving refreshing daytime drinks
  • Mediterranean haute cuisines on offer at the Kalypso fine dining restaurant

Myconian Naia

Mykonos

  • A truly genuine boutique hotel experience
  • A lavish a la carte breakfast with superfoods and organic produce
  • Infinity pool and sun deck overlooking the Aegean Sea

The Seychelles

The Seychelles is a burgeoning holiday destination for LGBTQ+ travellers.  In recent years these idyllic Indian Ocean islands have made great strides with equality laws, and social attitudes might not be as conservative as you may think. Out and about, discretion is required for all public displays of affection, whether you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community or not, but you’ll find the hotels and resorts cater for the needs of LGBTQ+ holidaymakers.

Constance Ephelia Seychelles

Seychelles

  • Located on two beautiful beaches with a mangrove forest at its heart
  • Five restaurants include all day dining Seselwa serving island cuisine
  • Five pools and activities such as kayaking, bicycle hire and zip-line

Constance Lemuria

Seychelles

  • Just 15 metres from the beach with Seychelles' only golf course
  • Four restaurants including Takamaka offering lunch in a barefoot setting
  • Selection of watersports, mountain biking, and a fabulous three-tired pool

The Maldives

Many gay couples travel to the islands each year. We feature properties in the Maldives that ensure they are welcoming to members of the LGBTQ+ community and offer honeymoon benefits to same-sex couples. It may be a matter of making informed decisions before travelling beyond your chosen resort island, but that won’t be a hindrance to enjoying a holiday in this superb island paradise.

 

Seaside Finolhu

Maldives

  • Recognised as a UNESCO protected biological reserve
  • Beach bubble tent offers unforgettable overnight experience
  • Live DJ sets create the ultimate tropical vibe

Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives

Maldives

  • The overwater bungalows make for a peaceful retreat
  • Three restaurants from gourmet to buffet, with stunning backdrops
  • Surfing, kayaking, scuba diving and various beach sports

Other Destinations

 

Costa Rica

Unlike some of the destinations listed here Costa Rica does not wear its LGBTQ+ heart on its sleeves but it’s very much a nature lover’s paradise and is at the vanguard of sustainable tourism.

Costa Rica: the most biodiverse country in the world

Costa Rica: the most biodiverse country in the world

South Africa

Cape Town and Johannesburg are home to the country’s largest LGBTQ+ communities, and it’s ahead of some European countries with same-sex marriage being legalised back in 2006. Experience this fascinating country with our selection of South Africa tours, including private, small-group and self-drives.

A chance to spot the big five on safari in South Africa

A chance to spot the big five on safari in South Africa

Vietnam

Amongst all of the Southeast Asian countries,Vietnam is one of the more progressive when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights and has made recent strides in support of the LGBT community.  The annual VietPride marches in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City work to raise visibility and awareness of LGBTQ+ issues.

Gran Vietnam Tour - Day 11: Kayaking in Ha Long Bay

Gran Vietnam Tour - Day 11: Kayaking in Ha Long Bay