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The perfect holiday is an 11-day break following a five-hour flight with a temperature of 24 degrees – and Fifty Shades of Grey to read beside the pool, research has revealed. The dream location is a 20 mile private transfer from the airport, with direct access to the beach from the accommodation which boasts a private pool.
But the ideal jaunt won’t come cheap – with the average adult expecting to pay around £2,500 per head for the pleasure.
Researchers polled 2,000 adults to uncover the elements that made up an indulgent annual break.
Ordering room service, upgrading to first class and paying for a sunbed instead of lying on the sand were also declared elements of a perfect holiday.
Two thirds of those polled said peace and quiet was the most important aspect of a dream break away.
Roy Collett, founder of Colletts Travel, which commissioned the survey to commemorate their 30 year anniversary, said:
”The perfect holiday has a few must-have elements – guaranteed sunshine and peace and quiet seem high on the list.
”When we are used to such cold and miserable weather here it is understandable how we long for sun and a bit of luxury.
”We work very long hours so rest and relaxation combined with a touch of sight-seeing and shopping is the perfect way to spend a holiday.”
The study also revealed the formula for a perfect break includes the holiday being taken in July, with the location being drenched in sunshine for nine hours a day.
The dream trip will start with a maximum five hour flight and continue with a 20 mile journey to the hotel.
Accommodation will have direct access to the beach, a private pool, and will be set in a peaceful and tranquil area.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, eight out of ten Brits would want to go abroad for their perfect holiday- and flying first class would be a must.
Ideally, once settled into the accommodation, the average holidaymaker would then love to spend at least three of the 11 days lounging by the pool- a further three days would be spent on the beach, soaking up the sun and occasionally participating in water-sports or swimming in the sea.
Another day would be spent sightseeing and experiencing the local culture and tourist destinations, with a couple of days dedicated to shopping in the local markets and shopping malls.
Roy Collett added:
”Flying first class really does seem the ultimate in luxury travel according to this poll.
”Many people may only dream of upgrading their flights but other things that people would want from a holiday are perfectly achievable.
”Depending on what country you are visiting, things like room upgrades, spa services and private transfers can be relatively affordable.
”Travelling further afield has become easier in recent years and visiting destinations like South America, Costa Rica, Cambodia and Vietnam are becoming much more popular with Brits.”
TOP 30 ELEMENTS TO A PERFECT HOLIDAY
1. Flying first class
2. Private pool
3. Going all inclusive
4. Private transfer
5. Having drinks delivered to your sunbed
6. Ordering room service
7. Steamy novel
8. Having a driver
9. A daily massage
10. A meet and greet service
11. Luggage delivery service
12. A meal on the beach
13. Hiring a private butler
14. Paying for a ‘bed’ on the beach
15. Indulging in laundry service
16. Paying for a cabana
17. Outdoor shower
18. Morning yoga session
19. Going in July
20. Hotel accommodation
21. Five hour flight
22. Nine hours of sunshine
23. 24 degrees
24. three days spent on beach
25. three days by the pool
26. two day trips
27. two days shopping
28. £894 spending money
29. Achieving the perfect tan
30. One day sightseeing