Looking for inspiration for your summer getaway this year? Check out our top picks for a summer holiday off the beaten track.
Mark Twain, the famed American novelist, once wrote, 'Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius', and with its crystal-blue waters, and ivory-white beaches it’s easy to understand his reverence for the small mountainous island.
Famed for its incredible natural beauty and diverse culture, this little Island in the Indian Ocean was named Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel for 2018. Snorkel amongst the vibrant coral reefs, watch whales and dolphins crash amongst the waves or shop until you drop as you stroll the streets of the capital, Port Louis.
Often over-shadowed by its better-known neighbours Thailand and Vietnam, Cambodia offers something unique to tourists looking to get off the beaten track. With a fascinating history, delicious cuisine and untouched island paradises, there is plenty to keep you occupied in the small South-East Asian nation.
In the country’s northwest stands the ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s ancient temple complex and the largest religious building in the world, built by the Khmer Empire in the late 12th century. Venture south and you will find yourself in amongst the hustle and bustle of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, with it’s busy markets, beautiful temples and world-class food scene. Looking to leave civilisation behind? Head to the tropical southern island of Koh Rong. Known for its sandy coves and colourful reefs, Koh Rong is a serene destination for people looking for an island escape.
While Cambodia is warm all year round, the best time to visit is often in the dry season between November and February, making this a great retreat for those looking for some winter sun.
Cuba is a vibrant country known for its rich-cuisine, party loving culture and long stretches of gorgeous coastline. The largest of the Caribbean islands, Cuba is opening its doors to tourism, giving visitors a glimpse of a country time forgot with its timeworn but majestic colonial cities. Havana and Trinidad are particularly grandiose, with their winding cobbled streets, brightly painted buildings and glistening American muscle cars.
Journey back in time to the origins of Cuba’s rum production at one of the islands’ many rum distilleries. Put on your dancing shoes and learn to salsa, rumba and tango at a dance class in Old Havana.
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