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  • France

    The post-Christmas ski season begins in earnest in France, so hit the slopes of Courchevel or Val d’Isère for the best winter sports and cosy après-ski in your luxury chalet.
  • Italy

    Italy’s Dolomites mountain range offers guaranteed snow and a wide range of winter sports for the whole family. The enchanted city of Venice is only a few hours away to the south and is a good place to fly home from. In winter you’ll feel like you have the whole city to yourself.
  • Thailand

    The European winter is the perfect time for a trip to Thailand, as temperatures fall and rains abate. Try wonderful Thai cuisine and visit the beautiful beaches.
  • Verbier

    The Swiss resort is the jewel in the crown of the “Four Valleys” alpine ski region, renowned for intrepid off-piste skiing and beginner slopes – all backed up with top restaurants and hotels.
  • India

    Once experienced, India is never forgotten. This extraordinary, multi-faceted nation is an intoxicating whirl: from cities such as Delhi and Mumbai to hill forts, jungle and desert ranges, sights like the Taj Mahal and astonishing festivals. Try the International Kite Festival in Gujarat, climaxing on January 14 – you’ll need to pack your camera.
  • Malaysia

    Malaysia has the lot. There’s futuristic Kuala Lumpur, with air-conditioned malls and restaurants, diving around sparkling islands, historic towns, rainforest jungle and wildlife – including orang-utans. The perfect introduction to the tropics, it also has excellent food stemming from its mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures. Images: Getty Images, Corbis, Alamy, National Geographic Creative
  • St Anton

    Lodge Bodensee in St Anton is a former sawmill that has been lovingly converted into a super-luxurious catered ski chalet featuring an open air rooftop hot tub, massage room and sauna. Sleeping 10, its spacious bedrooms and living area make it perfect for larger groups and families.

  • Iceland

    The start of the year is a magical time to explore this island nation’s dramatic landscapes. Discover snow-covered volcanoes, geothermal springs and an abundance of waterfalls.

  • Chile

    January marks the beginning of summer in Chile: the best season to visit Lake Pehoe and the towering granite peaks of the Torres del Paine in southern Patagonia.

  • Spain

    San Sebastián Day. If you happen to be in the Basque port on this day, prepare yourself for the annual Tamborrada drum festival and a foodie blow-out as locals beat their way across San Sebastián in fancy dress, togged up in military garb from the Napoleonic period, or dressed as cooks. The tradition originated in 1702, when a baker began singing while filling barrels beside a church and a group of girls joined in.
  • Cape Town

    Its southern latitude means that February in Cape Town is like a Mediterranean summer, and no jet lag means it’s possible for a short trip. Spread your towel at Camps Bay or hike Table Mountain.
  • Kerala

    Summer in Kerala in India is the time to drift along the untouched backwaters of this coastal Indian state in a private houseboat. Take a cookery class and visit the spice plantations that put Kerala on the map.
  • Argentina

    Catch the last of the southern summer in Argentina, living like a gaucho on a Patagonian sheep station. Then cross the border to your luxury yurt in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Venice

    With its misty canals and enigmatic alleyways, Venice is particularly beguiling in winter. Visit during Carnival, January 23 to February 9, and La Serenissima is enlivened by the dramatic costumes and colourful masks of this pre-Lent pageant.
  • Zermatt

    High-end as well as high up, Zermatt is a picturesque and luxurious skiing village close to the Matterhorn. Of course it has good skiing, but Zermatt also has excellent restaurants, quaint chalets and cool shops.
  • Costa Rica

    They say of Costa Rica that it has “the contrast turned up”. The colours in this Central American nation have helped make it the world’s top eco-destination. Its rainforests, rivers, wildlife and volcanoes are simply dazzling. Images: Getty Images, Corbis, Alamy, National Geographic Creative
  • Barcelona

    Take a weekend break during the mild Catalan winter. Enjoy the art, architecture, shopping and gastronomy under sunny winter skies. With so much on offer, no wonder it’s a city-break favourite.

  • Antigua

    Set on one of the most beautiful coves in the Caribbean, Hermitage Bay is the ultimate winter escape. Island living, Antigua-style, is the perfect antidote to grey British skies and seasonal gloom.

  • Baja/Whistler

    Now you can have your cake and eat it too with a combined trip offering the ultimate beach chillout in sunny Baja California, followed by phenomenal ski action in Whistler. The perfect combination.

  • Japan

    Sapporo Snow Festival. Dreaming of a white February? In Sapporo, you’ll find that and much more, when huge snow and ice sculptures snake through Odori Park. There’s an ice maze for children and adults can enjoy a drink in the ice bar.
  • Cyprus

    Warm days and cool evenings, wildflowers and even skiing on Mount Olympus: spring is great for visitors to Cyprus wanting to avoid the tourist season.
  • Mexico

    Mexico’s whale-watching season is still in full swing in March, so combine your visit with the country’s typically enthusiastic Holy Week celebrations.
  • Salt Lake City

    Fly to Salt Lake City in Utah to visit Hollywood star Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort for world- class horse riding and late- season skiing. Travel home breaking your journey in New York for springtime sun in the city that never sleeps.
  • Prague

    In the center of Europe, the Czech Republic’s picturesque capital is a spring tonic. Here you’ll find deep history – the best Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque architecture in the world – and superlative sights that include Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge. Top nightlife, too.
  • Maldives

    The glittering Indian Ocean archipelago is the epitome of “barefoot luxury” and at NIYAMA Maldives you can see why. Glorious beaches, clear waters, lush grounds and Maldivian suites with personal butler and kids club – it’s a real treat after a bitter British winter.
  • Namibia

    Endless sand dunes, craggy mountains, waterways with wallowing hippos – Namibia’s landscapes offer a range of adventures, from safaris to self-drive road trips and tribal visits. Images: Getty Images, Corbis, Alamy, National Geographic Creative
  • Sri Lanka

    Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka boasts mountainous jungle terrain, vivid green tea plantations and fabulous beaches in the south and west, which are best visited in the month of March.

  • Glacier Express

    This celebrated seven-hour train ride from Zermatt to St Moritz takes in some of the Alps’ finest landscapes while crossing 291 bridges.

  • Saint Kitts & Nevis

    This tropical two-island country in the Caribbean is famed for its beautiful coastline, lush rainforests, historic ruins and atmospheric restored 18th-century plantation inns.

  • Alaska

    The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Watch teams of intrepid canines (and their owners) go the distance in this race across snow and ice from Anchorage to Nome. The epic challenge, which first began in 1973, can last up to 15 days. Entrants have to withstand blizzards, sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds.
  • Istanbul

    Istanbul is perfect in April, before temperatures skyrocket and the tourists descend. Take a leisurely boat ride on the Bosphorus and lose yourself on the opulent palaces of the Ottoman sultans.
  • Japan

    As April arrives, Japan celebrates the coming of the exquisite cherry blossom which covers the country. Visit Miyajima Island, one of the most picturesque places in Japan, and sample the hospitality of a traditional inn.
  • Komodo

    Custom-made 46-metre sailing boat the Alila Purnama makes the first of its annual journeys to the Indonesian island of Komodo, home of the legendary Komodo dragon.
  • Seville

    Stay at the Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza, and enjoy balmy, sunny days before the fierce Spanish heat sets in. Exploring the town’s romantic cobbled backsteets by bike is a must.
  • Turks and Caicos

    With a heady mix of nature sanctuaries, white sand beaches and crystal clear water, Turks and Caicos is a laid-back delight. Try yoga at Parrot Cay, diving from Providenciales and whale watching from Salt Cay.
  • Mozambique

    This Indian Ocean country is the hot new African destination. With a growing number of boutique lodges, it is famed for incredible biodiversity, great beaches and fabulous diving. Try the Bazaruto and Quirimbas archipelagos. On the latter, the Azura at Quilalea beach lodge is a stand-out. Images: Getty Images, Corbis, Alamy, National Geographic Creative
  • Amsterdam

    Spring has truly sprung by April in Amsterdam: tulips are in full bloom, film festivals are hosted around the city and the King’s Day celebrations wrap up a big month in the city. If you’re culturally inclined, be sure to check out the wonderful Rijksmuseum gallery.

  • Thailand

    Thailand’s New Year festival in mid-April sees the entire country turn into one big water fight, with no one, especially tourists, exempt from the watery shenanigans.

  • Western Australia

    Long, sun-filled days make Western Australia a superb all-year-round destination. Activities include whale-watching, tree-top walking, snorkelling with manta rays and soaking up the rays on pristine sandy white beaches.

  • Thailand

    Songkran Water Festival, Chiang Mai. Prepare yourself for a soaking if you’re here during Songkran, the Thai New Year. The public holiday marks the end of the dry season and water-throwing is rife. Watch out for kids with water guns who regard tourists as special targets.
  • Dubai

    It’s always warm season in Dubai, and there are few better hotels than the Four Seasons: it has three pools and 270m of private sand at your disposal on Jumeirah Beach, and it’s just ten minutes from the souks and water parks.
  • St. Lucia

    St. Lucia has it all: lush jungle, gin-clear waters and distant mountains – go just before peak season and there will be fewer visitors there too, as well as a great jazz festival. So hit the laid-back beach bars and do as much or as little as you want.   
  • Philippines

    There are more than 7,000 islands in the Philippines, so let Scott Dunn’s experts narrow down the options for your springtime über- trip, from private islands to luxurious resorts.  Images: Getty Images, Corbis, Alamy, National Geographic Creative
  • Peru

    There’s no better time to visit Peru than May, when the weather is beautiful, but the crowds haven’t arrived yet. Explore the famous lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, high in the Andes, and discover Michelin-starred cuisine at foodie mecca Lima.
  • Norway

    The stunning Norwegian fjords offer dramatic scenery and picturesque villages. In May the weather is warm without being blisteringly hot and spring colours make the scenery even more spectacular.
  • Porto

    Porto is the perfect city from which to explore the vineyards of the Douro Valley. Stay at the Yeatman “wine hotel”, where even the pool is bottle-shaped.
  • Caribbean

    St Lucia Summer Festival. A week-long shindig of music, food and art for those who can tear themselves away from the rainforests and beaches. This celebration of St Lucia’s cultural heritage also features a carnival.
  • Crete

    A place of legends and rugged mountains, Crete is a popular summer destination. Head to Daios Cove in June and relax in this stylish five-star resort, with private villas, plunge pools and a fabulous spa.
  • India

    Make yours an Indian summer with a trip into a remote part of the Indian Himalayas, accessible only at this time of year. Stay in traditional village houses, to gain real insight into life in this extraordinary part of the world.
  • St. Petersburg

    Visit Russia’s imperial capital during the White Nights Festival as the city celebrates the long days afforded by its northerly latitude with ballet, opera and classical music. Images: Getty Images, Corbis, Alamy, National Geographic Creative
  • Provence

    June is the perfect time to visit the south of France. The weather is warm and the lavender fields are in bloom. Enjoy the view from Hôtel Crillon le Brave, an extraordinary property perched on top of a small hill, created out of a 17th-century village.
  • Jamaica

    From Bob Marley to Usain Bolt, jerk chicken to Blue Mountain coffee… this laid-back, sun-kissed isle needs little introduction. Relax on sandy beaches or explore the tropical interior and discover waterfalls and flower-filled jungles.
  • Canada

    Arctic Canada is one of the world’s few remaining wildernesses. Stay in luxury tented camps and keep your eyes peeled for narwhals, bowhead whales, polar bears and walruses.
  • South Africa

    KwaZulu-Natal Coast Sardine Run. Dubbed “the greatest shoal on earth”, the annual sardine run is the incredible spectacle of millions of sardines arriving at the east coast. And they’re not alone: predators, including sharks, dolphins and gannets, are hot on their shiny tails.
  • Spain

    Stay in two family-run hotels on a high-summer break in southern Spain, and take in the rich culture of Seville – not to mention some of the best tapas in the country – as well as the peaceful, scenic surroundings of Andalucia.
  • South of France

    The south of France can be whatever you want it to be. Summer in one of our luxury villas – which come with a chef, dedicated host, and a nanny or activity organiser if required – and you can feel like a local while living like royalty.
  • Canada

    The Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia is one of the planet’s most beautiful wilderness areas. July is also a great time to fish for salmon at remote spots reached by helicopter.  Images: Getty Images, Corbis, Alamy, National Geographic Creative
  • Botswana

    A horse safari is one of the best ways to get up close to Botswana’s extraordinary wildlife. Ride out early in the morning and overnight at atmospheric camps like Mokolwane, which consists of tree houses raised six feet off the ground, allowing guests to sleep safely in the open air.
  • Palma

    If you’re looking for a blast of summer sun, Mallorca ticks all the boxes. The island’s capital is a great place to explore historic sights – or head out of town for hiking or cycling.
  • Crete

    Voted one of the 25 Best villas in Europe by Condé Nast Traveller, Paradise Island Villas is the perfect base for families to explore the archaeological treasures and beautiful beaches of this fascinating island
  • Portugal

    Agitagueda Art Festival. An interesting medieval city in its own right, Agitagueda takes street art to a new level when umbrellas are hung above the roads. Walking under this “umbrella sky” is both a unique experience and a welcome refuge from the summer sun.
  • Montenegro

    The beautiful islet of Sveti Stefan, once a 15th- century fortified village, is perfect for a summer break with kids, thanks to the shallow, clear swimming waters and plenty of daily activities to keep them occupied. The resort also offers plenty to keep you busy, from the six spa cottages scattered all over the island, to discovering the charming old town. 
  • Turkey

    Spoil yourself at Mandarin Oriental’s latest opening, set on the sheltered northern shores of the Bodrum peninsula. Breakfast on your private terrace, drop the kids off at the Panda Club and take advantage of the two private beaches and six (six!) pools. 
  • USA

    If you ever wanted a taste of the cowboy lifestyle, Wyoming’s Bush Creek Ranch is for you. This luxury resort offers a variety of horse riding, from indoor stable experiences to cattle round-ups. Images: Getty Images, Corbis, Alamy, National Geographic Creative
  • Rio de Janeiro

    August is one of Rio’s winter months, but temperatures still reach around 70oF/22oC, plus there’s very little rainfall – the perfect weather for sightseeing and exploring.

  • Croatia

    Dubrovnik’s Villa Orsula is your perfect summer getaway, a recently renovated 1930s property overlooking the UNESCO-protected Old Town.
  • Zanzibar

    Endless sunny days come as standard in this archipelago just off the coast of Tanzania. The Fundu Lagoon resort is the epitome of stylish barefoot luxury, accessible only by boat and offering unbeatable diving and snorkelling.
  • Sri Lanka

    The Great Elephant Gathering. If your timing’s right, you could witness hundreds of elephants enjoying the world’s biggest pool party as they descend on an ancient reservoir in north-central Minneriya National Park. They’ve been doing it for centuries. The lure? A seemingly endless water supply during dry season.
  • Italy

    Few people need their arm bending to visit Tuscany, and September is a lovely time to do so. The weather is spot on, there are fewer visitors and you enjoy better value than in peak season.
  • Seychelles

    September is particularly good in The Seychelles, when welcome south-east breezes blow as you wander round colonial villages, or stroll on the beach and admire the turquoise waters. Look out for turtles while you snorkel too...
  • Tanzania

    Bush camp Kigelia Ruaha in Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park will not disappoint. Elephants, lions, leopards and cheetahs are all regularly sighted, while elegant bush tents provide luxurious but low- impact accommodation. Images: Getty Images, Corbis, Alamy, National Geographic Creative
  • Japan

    The annual spectacle of Japan’s mountains, lakesides and city parks aflame with autumn foliage can be viewed somewhere in the country for nearly three months, starting from mid-September.
  • Barcelona

    September’s Festes de la Mercè, a four-day festival celebrating Barcelona’s co-patron saint, Nostra Senyora de la Mercè, is a good excuse to head there. Expect free concerts and an impressive programme of cultural events.
  • Cyprus

    Wonderfully warm and sunny without being fiercely hot, western Cyprus in September is a delight. Anassa is an outstanding spa hotel with panoramic sea views, locally-sourced food and great family activities.
  • Venice

    Historical Regatta. On the first Sunday in September, 16th-century-style drama arrives in Venice in an event that first took place in 1315. Gondoliers in period costume carry the Doge, the Doge’s wife and Venetian officials up the Grand Canal in a brightly coloured parade.
  • East Coast USA

    Halloween is serious business in America. It’s a great time to visit New York or Boston. Cities are flooded with thousands of wildly dressed revellers, so get ready to party.
  • Mauritius

    Some of the world’s most beautiful beaches are to be found on Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, and October is the perfect time to go as it’s a bit cooler and drier. Accommodation is also exceptionally luxurious, with great service to match.
  • Bhutan

    A landlocked Himalayan kingdom which limits tourist numbers, Bhutan is an extraordinary country. October is a good time to visit, between the harsh winter and monsoon season. Images: Getty Images, Corbis, Alamy, National Geographic Creative
  • Madagascar

    October is the ideal month to visit the ultra-luxury lodge Miavana in northern Madagascar. With wild beaches, incredible diving, fishing, helicopter adventures and a world-class spa, it brings a new level of luxury adventure to the Indian Ocean.
  • Marrakech

    One of the world’s hippest destinations right now, Marrakech is bristling with great places to stay, from stylish riads to luxurious retreats like the Four Seasons and Amanjena.
  • The Maldives

    Picture a tropical paradise and it probably looks like the Amilla Fushi resort on Baa Atoll in the Maldives. Divers should head for Hanifaru Bay, which is regularly visited by large groups of manta rays.
  • New England

    Autumnal Landscapes. The brilliance of fall in New England is legendary, with gold, scarlet and orange leaves ablaze across the landscape. Immerse yourself in the spectacle with a road trip. Zip-lining through the trees is a great way to get close to nature’s pyrotechnics.
  • Norway

    Lyngen Lodge in Norway’s Arctic Circle is the perfect platform for viewing the Northern Lights, and experts recommend the autumn for stargazing. Ride a snowmobile or mush a dog sled into the snowy wilderness.
  • Nepal

    Green and lush after the monsoons, Nepal is at its best in November, the dry season. Breathe the clear air and take in unparalleled views of Everest and the Himalayas.
  • Morocco

    The climate in Morocco remains warm and pleasant late in the year. Marrakech is home to the busiest square in Africa; it’s filled with markets ideal for some Christmas shopping.
  • Helsinki

    Finland’s cosmopolitan capital has elegant streets, superb fashion, great design shops and – with 2015 marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sibelius – wonderful music.
  • Serengeti

    The Serengeti is arguably the world’s ultimate safari destination. Here you’ll find the Big Five and, if you visit in November, catch the end of an extraordinary spectacle, the annual wildebeest migration.
  • Mexico

    Colourful skeleton pictures, street shrines and masses of flowers herald the astonishing Day of the Dead in Mexico. This autumn festival, from October 31 to November 2 this year, is a remembrance of ancestors – and for visitors, a time to take in the atmosphere, sample Mexican street food and hear great music. Images: Getty Images, Corbis, Alamy, National Geographic Creative
  • Andalucia

    Take advantage of sunny November afternoons to visit the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountain range. The Andalucian countryside offers tranquillity, seclusion and proximity to the beautiful cities of Seville, Granada and Córdoba.

  • Guatemala

    With its vibrant indigenous culture, magnificent architecture and colourful handicrafts, Guatemala has something to offer throughout the year. Visit the beautiful colonial city of Antigua, the vivid blue waters of Lake Atitlán and the impressive Mayan temples of Tikal.

  • Tenerife

    The Island of Eternal Spring’s warm, subtropical climate means basking on beautiful beaches can be enjoyed all year round. Explore rugged terrain, dramatic landscapes and a rich, diverse eco-system.

  • Mexico

    Day of the Dead. Mexicans believe their lost loved ones are trapped in a spiritual waiting room and can return home at this time of year. Join the 4,000-year-old street party, where you’ll be unable to move for candy skulls and papier-mâché skeletons.
  • New England

    A traditional snowbound New England Christmas can be yours in Boston, a city that truly knows how to celebrate the festive season. Festooned with lights, the highly walkable city is full of seasonal events. Try the annual Harvard Square Holiday Fair, or take the family to the Boston Ballet’s famous Nutcracker.
  • Namibia

    Chase spectacular African storms across the desert in Namibia, or enjoy peak sea fishing season off the famous Skeleton Coast. And if that isn’t enough, 26 December is Namibia’s national Day of Goodwill.
  • Barbados

    If you want to escape the European winter, Barbados never fails to deliver. The endlessly vibrant streetlife of capital Bridgetown is a year-round draw, or do what the locals do and catch up on the gossip at one of the many rum shops around the island.
  • New York

    Ice skating in Central Park, Yuletide lights and the smell of roasting chestnuts – yes, December may well be the best time to visit New York. Come and feel the Big Apple buzz as the entire city rises to the Christmas challenge.
  • Oman

    The true spirit of Arabia can be found in Oman. Here you’ll find rugged mountain ranges, golden beaches and traditional tented camps and villages – a compelling mixture of luxury and adventure, backed up by that fabled Middle Eastern hospitality.
  • Whistler

    This Canadian resort just keeps winning awards. And here’s why: located in British Columbia, near Vancouver, it boasts two mountains – Whistler and Blackcomb – excellent shops and restaurants, and superb powder on its slopes. Images: Getty Images, Corbis, Alamy, National Geographic Creative
  • Lapland

    There’s no better month to indulge your adventurous spirit with snowy activities ranging from husky sledding to snowmobiling in a luxury Lapland hideaway. At night, kick back and watch the Northern Lights from your cosy tepee in the Arctic wilderness.

  • Paris

    December sees the trees lit up on the Champs-Elysées, while ice-skating rinks and Christmas markets spring up all around town. Experience the beauty, romantic atmosphere and rich cultural scenes in a winter-wonderland Paris.

  • Madikwe Safari

    Just a 90-minute flight from Johannesburg, the Madikwe Game Reserve offers the perfect introduction to the African bush for the family. The 75,000-acre reserve’s diverse geology and range of habitats makes it home to a huge variety of wildlife.

  • Sweden

    St Lucy's Day. Witness this magical procession of girls and boys clad in white gowns, blood-red sashes and a crown of candles as they compete to be Sankta Lucia, a Christian girl who was killed for her faith in the year 304 AD. And if you’re in the right spot, you may also be handed a delicious St Lucia saffron-and-raisin bun.


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