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60th birthday holiday ideas

By Annabelle Thorpe, Editor of 101 Short Breaks

Are you wondering where to go to celebrate your 60th birthday? Here are some great ideas about how to celebrate, whether you want a multi-generational gathering, with grandchildren running about, or fancy using it as a chance to reunite old friends for a weekend of carousing. A 60th birthday celebration is also a fantastic reason to take the trip you’ve always dreamed of – whether that’s wine-tasting around the Napa valley, or following in Darwin’s footsteps to the Galapagos islands.

Here are some special things to do on your 60th birthday.

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Villa holidays

If your birthday falls in the warmer months, a villa holiday can be a great way to get people together without the formality of a hotel stay. Out of the school summer holidays villas can be very reasonably priced, and if you keep it short haul, budget airlines can also keep the cost down. Menorca is a great choice, particularly if you’ve younger children in tow – lovely beaches, atmospheric villages and an authentic Spanish feel.

For a more “grown up” villa holiday, head to France and rent one of these luxury villas. Best destinations for good food and wine include Bordeaux, The Dordogne and Languedoc-Roussillon.

Or if you fancy adding a little history into the mix try Crete; it’s littered with stunning ancient sites and a great place for walking.

In the winter months, Lanzarote is a great bet, with reliable temperatures and a quirky volcanic landscape to explore. Or take your house party onto the water and have a week sailing on a gulet in Turkey, a blissfully relaxing way to spend a holiday.

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60th birthday holidays in the UK

If you want to keep it simple, there are dozens of fantastic options in the UK. Create your own Downton Abbey experience with a stay in a historic house, or go for somewhere sleek and modern with all mod cons such as one of these party houses in the UK.

If you’re keen to do some walking in between the celebrations, then Scotland is a great choice, or have a beach-focused week with a stay in Cornwall.

It’s only a short hop to the pretty island of Guernsey where you can relax on sandy beaches such as Cobo Bay, enjoy gourmet food and picturesque walking trails.

How about a birthday on one of Britain’s waterways. You could rent a canal boat or sailing boat sleeping between two and 12 people. Popular destinations include the Norfolk Broads. Check out the latest special offers.

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Activity breaks

If you’re planning a group holiday, an activity break is an ideal way to keep all ages happy. A sailing holiday – even if you’re a complete novice – can be a memorable way to see beautiful coastlines, perhaps skippering your own boat, or joining a house party on a gulet.

Kudu Travel has a fascinating selection of cultural walking tours around the world, with the newest additions including the Santa Fe Opera and Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico and wild flowers in the Italian Dolomites.

An activity break can also be a lovely thing to do just as a couple. A wine tour is a fun, companionable way to indulge a favourite hobby, or how about an indulgent Champagne Weekend?

You could make your birthday truly memorable with a few nights up in the Arctic Circle, watching the Northern Lights.

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City breaks

If you are planning to celebrate just with your partner, then a city break offers a fun, vibrant few days with the ideal mix of culture, sightseeing and great restaurants. Palma, the capital of Mallorca, is one of the easiest to get to and offers fabulous food and a wealth of art galleries – as well as the beach within strolling distance. Few cities are more romantic than Rome, where you can gorge on gelato and sip Campari by the Spanish steps, although in winter it’s hard to beat lovely, snow-covered Prague.

If you’re looking for somewhere different, St Petersburg – filled with beautiful churches and home to the spectacular Hermitage Museum – is an ideal choice, but if the budget stretches, the ultimate town to celebrate a sixtieth in has to be the Big Apple.

Glorious manor houseThe Arena in VeronaVerona, northern Italy. View of city and river in evening sunlight.

60th birthday holidays for two

But perhaps what you’re looking for is something extraordinary, that you’ll always remember; maybe a super-indulgent night or two in a luxury country house hotel like Whatley Manor in the Cotswolds  or Gilpin Hotel & Lake House in the Lake District. You might want to sip cocktails in Taormina in Sicily while Mount Etna puffs in the distance , or maybe drinking Martinis amid the period glamour of the Orient Express is more your travel fantasy. For opera fans, a trip to the opera in Verona is a truly unique experience.

If you enjoy gourmet Italian food and spa treatments, we’ve found some gorgeous places to stay in Tuscany including the five-star Castel Monastero Tuscan Resort & Spa near Siena, which has a Gordon Ramsey restaurant, three swimming pools and a world-class Wellness Centre and Spa.

If you’re looking to push the boat out, there are some wonderful, one-off experiences to try; from spotting elephants and lions on safari in Botswana to experiencing the rich natural beauty of the fall colours in New England. And the ultimate adventure? A trip to South America and the Galapagos islands, one of the most unique and unspoilt places on earth.

When is your birthday?

For holiday ideas dedicated to the month of your birthday, click here. We also have ideas for holidays in winter and over the Christmas period.

Also see our tips for the best 40th and 50th birthday holiday ideas.

Last updated: 14 December 2016

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