Our top 40th birthday destinations and holiday ideas

Do you or your loved one have a very special birthday coming up, and you are looking for 40th birthday ideas? Our team of specialists would love to help. We have a number of ideas up our sleeves for the best holidays for a 40th birthday, and find nothing more exciting than making your birthday wishes come true.

1. Safari Beach

It may be a once-in-a-lifetime holiday for many of us, but if your children are approaching their teens, now’s the time to let them fall under the spell of Africa. See the Big Five on a safari in Tanzania or Kenya, followed by a week on the spice island of Zanzibar. Couples may choose to safari in South Africa for a true taste of luxury topped with a week on your very own private island in the Seychelles.

2. Maldives

At 40 you can finally afford to ‘live the dream’, and this is as close to paradise as it gets. Chic, young and well-priced, Velassaru is the island for you if you want to fly and flop with a few gentle forays into water sports and snorkelling. Push the boat out (and the seaplane) and head for Soneva Fushi – barefoot elegance at its best where you won’t see your kids or anyone else’s for dust (or sand) thanks to its spectacular kids’ club.

Milaidhoo in the maldives

3. Mexico

Celebrations and fiestas are at the heart of Mexican culture, and tucked away in a small village, just outside Playa del Carmen, Viceroy Riviera Maya is a beachfront gem with white-sand beaches and villas extending deep into the primitive Maya tropical forest. This 41-villa luxury resort is the epitome of unpretentious luxury with exceptional service. We love it, and so will you.

4. Mauritius

Brilliant if you have little ones in tow, Mauritius is the most accessible of all Indian Ocean escapes, with night flights from London, easy transfers and family-friendly resorts. Book a week or two at Constance Prince Maurice, where the staff will cater to the birthday boy or girl’s every whim. Those travelling with extended family and friends will love the villas at another of our favourite resorts, Heritage Le Telfair.

Heritage le telfair Mauritius

5. Sail away, in the BVI

If you’re still a kid at heart, this is the one for you – with or without a brood of wannabe pirates in tow. The home of ‘Treasure Island’, the BVI are weather-perfect from Christmas to Easter. Head for Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda where you can learn to sail, then cast off for a week of island-hopping or just let the resort’s crew do it all for you.

6. Sri Lanka

When we stumbled across Jungle Beach Resort we wanted to celebrate there and then, and so will you. If you want to add some grown-up touring, combine it with some of the exquisite new boutique resorts in the Cultural Triangle, otherwise just enjoy the natural environment at this blissful beach hideaway.



Follow in the footsteps of our Asia product manager Rachel and take your family on a holiday you or family will never forget. You cannot beat the chance to feed the elephants at the Elephant Hills tented jungle camp, followed by a week at one of our luxury resorts in Krabi and a fabulous 40th birthday banquet on the beach, Thai style.

Elephant hills tented jungle camp Thailand experience

8. Malaysia  

This one’s for couples. We love the Datai in Langkawi, built into the rainforest, surrounded by nature with exquisite spa rooms opening on to a stream and one of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see.

9. Caribbean

Spice up a Caribbean holiday and make Grenada your celebration island. While it is a tad harder to get to, the extra hop from Antigua to Tortola is worth it for the jungle, wildlife and watersports that abound. If you have family in tow, choose Mount Cinnamon with its trendy, colourful state-of-the-art villas yet all the charm of a local beach resort.

10. Oman

Perfect for those who are strapped for time, Oman is Dubai’s less glitzy neighbour, still shrouded by mystery but emerging as the colourful butterfly of the Middle East. We love Six Senses Zighy Bay – fabulous for an exotic family holiday or a romantic getaway, yet close enough to make a long weekend of it with mountains, desert and beach all on your doorstep. Why not mark your 40th birthday by paragliding in to the resort! If you are planning a child-free long weekend, try The Chedi Muscat in Oman – chic, contemporary and classy.

zighy bay oman

11. Greece

Greeks love to have a good time and you won’t find it hard to celebrate your 40th in style on its islands. Ideal for a short break or a longer island-hopping holiday, Greece has something for everyone. Its largest island, Crete, is a heady mix of culture, wild landscapes and fine food and drink – there’s no better way to mark your birthday than with a shot of raki in a traditional taverna. Elsewhere, Santorini and Mykonos both provide the glamour, the former in the shape of its volcanic drama and whitewashed villages and the latter with its beach clubs and spectacular sands. They can be easily combined, making for an unforgettable birthday celebration.


Some people also ask…

  • What country is best for birthday celebrations?

From Malaysia to Oman, Greece or the BVIs, the options are endless for your birthday celebrations. If you are travelling alone, or with family and friends, pop in to see us at Turquoise, or give us a call, we would love to help you narrow down your ideas.

  • Where can I celebrate my 40th birthday in the world?

You can celebrate your 40th birthday anywhere in the world, if you choose Mauritius for example, there is so much more to do than lying on the beach, we can arrange special once in a life time experiences, romantic dinner set-ups or spa experiences. We would love to help plan your itinerary.

  • What should I do for my wife’s 40th birthday?

You may have already booked a holiday with one of our specialists, please remember it is never too late to ask us to upgrade, or add on any special requests. Our team can help you to arrange special surprises while you are out there.


For more information on birthday holidays, call one of our sales consultants on 01494 678400 or make an appointment to have a chat in our south London shop on the Northcote Road, where’s there’s always a bottle of bubbly on ice to start the party early.

Making it a surprise 40th birthday holiday for your loved one?

We love helping you to surprise your loved ones. We often get requests for surprise holidays and honeymoons, and are now getting quite good at it. Just let us know when you first contact us that it will be a surprise and we will work with you to keep it that way! From sending tickets to work addresses or removing our branding from post – we have done it all. We would love to help you and can’t wait to hear how it all went down when you return.

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