From Brazil to Bali: the world’s most inspiring destinations for sun, sea and sand in 2021

I’m sure many of you have been counting the days until you can travel again – and with hope on the horizon, those days are now numbered and the world will soon open up. Beat the January blues (and the lockdown blues, and any other blues) by giving yourself something to look forward to: a balmy beach break, full of silky sands, shimmering seas and glorious sunshine. Here’s a handful of the best beach breaks high on our holiday list right now, here to inspire and warm you up this winter.

Secret Guide: Rhodes and Kos

Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and also the historic capital. Due to its seafaring location, Rhodes played a huge part in the areas ancient history, some of which dates back centuries and can thankfully still be appreciated today. If you’re looking for a beautiful island beach holiday, that’s also got plenty of architecture to entertain history buffs, plus gorgeous natural landscapes to boot, then Rhodes and nearby Kos sound like the perfect destinations for your next Greek island getaway.

A journey through Malaysia

Malaysia is a wonderful melting pot of cultures, food, art, beaches and nature. Split into two main regions, Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo’s East Malaysia, this diverse and enchanting country is a Southeast Asian delight. Spend a couple of weeks here and you’re bound to leave a piece of your heart behind. Here are six unmissable destinations to hit in Malaysia.

Santorini: an island guide

The stuff of modern legend, Santorini seduces and serenades with its cerulean domes, whitewashed walls, and villages that cascade down the side of its mountainous edge. This Cyclades island flawlessly combines natural beauty and pristine glamour, making it a desirable destination for travellers looking to splash the cash. Whether you want to venture to this contemporary Greek paradise for a romantic weekend or a short break with friends, discover our must-dos on the island, from the iconic towns to volcanic landscapes.

Six of Croatia’s best island destinations for beaches, food and nature

Beyond the shores of Croatia’s ruggedly beautiful coastline lie over a thousand islands, each with their own distinct Adriatic flavour. Most of these islands can easily be reached via ferry services from Split and Dubrovnik, making an island-hopping detour particularly attractive for travellers. From glamorous Hvar to historical Korcula, here are six Croatian island destinations worth setting sail for.