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Island life and Tuscan perfection

Issue 2 · Summer 2015
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Want to jet off to somewhere new that you're bound to love? Let us recommend a destination based on your favourite past holidays

Issue 2 · Summer 2015
· Images Corbis

Want to jet off to somewhere new that you're bound to love? Let us recommend a destination based on your favourite past holidays

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Castiglion del Bosco

planeicon  A two-hour direct flight from London to Florence and a two-hour private transfer

calandericon  From May to December

Castiglion del Bosco is great for families who are looking for an authentic Tuscan experience with all the amenities of a large resort. From restaurants to the hotel golf course, everything is within easy reach of your villa, and the beautiful city of Siena is only 40 minutes away. Inside, the villas are luxurious but rustic in style and in keeping with the local area. Visit in September and enjoy some truffle hunting, or walk around the estate’s huge vineyards and witness the harvest in full swing.

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Castillo di Casole

planeicon A two-hour direct flight from London to Florence and a one-hour private transfer

calandericon From May to September 

The perfect choice for families and couples who want a more independent Tuscan stay, the villas at Castello di Casole are more remote and spread out. Sometimes guests don’t even call in at the hotel, but those who do find a really great pizzeria, with fun pizza-making classes for children. Accommodation varies from contemporary suites to villas in an old converted school. There are also the spectacular Olivetto Suites, which come with huge outdoor terraces, hot tubs and barbecues, and overlook the valley.

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Sugar Beach, St. Lucia

planeicon  A direct eight-and-a-half hour flight from London to Hewanorra

calandericon  From December to May

Sugar Beach is a must for diving fans – it’s a protected marine reserve, which means that anchoring boats, fishing and watersports are all prohibited in the name of conserving the area’s beautiful coral. Diving takes place straight off the beach, and the centre is on-site at the hotel, so it’s perfect for beginners as well as more experienced divers. You’re likely to see everything from barrel sponges and leaf scorpionfish to green turtles, and if you visit Jalousie Bay and are particularly lucky, you might just spot the much sought-after seahorse.

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Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

planeicon A 12-hour flight from London via the Bahamas

calandericon From December to May 

There’s more opportunity in Grace Bay for deeper diving, and it’s a good place to do advanced courses like nitrox diving too. There are more currents in the area, so you’ll see plenty of fish feeding, and there’s a lot of variation from the big fish to the small. The dive centre is off-site, but they pick up guests from the hotel before taking a boat out to the different areas. Fans of shark spotting should also be aware that you’re much more likely to see reef sharks in the Turks and Caicos waters.

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Bali

planeicon An 18-hour flight from London via Singapore or Hong Kong

calandericon  From mid-April to mid-October

Bali’s a great destination for honeymooners and families with older children. There’s so much to see and do, from checking out volcanoes to white water rafting, exploring local markets and cookery courses. The nightlife is particularly vibrant and it’s a great place if you’re looking to try out a number of different hotels and explore some more remote areas. A real highlight of the trip is cycling around the paddy fields.

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Sumba

planeicon An 18-hour flight from London via Singapore or Hong Kong to Bali, then a one-hour flight

calandericon From mid-April to mid-October 

Sumba island is a really luxurious new opening. There’s only one resort on this Indonesian island, Nihiwatu, and the whole area is utterly unspoilt. There’s world-class snorkelling, diving and surfing. It’s not particularly geared-up for tourism, so you’re more likely to enjoy a picnic in a quiet spot somewhere than discover a whole host of new restaurants. But really there’s nothing better than simply exploring the island and taking in the incredible waterfalls and wildlife.

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