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Bermuda

The British territory of Bermuda is often mistaken for a Caribbean island; the self-governing British territory it is one of the last remains of the once vast British colonial empire in North America. Bermuda is bit of Britain mixed with island flair; the island is big on history, personality and charm, from pink-sand beaches to historic forts.
 
Bathed in the balmy turquoise waters of the Sargasso Sea, the string of islands that is Bermuda is known for aquatic adventures like shipwreck scuba diving, cliff jumping and deep-sea fishing. Bermuda is ringed by treacherous reefs that make it one of the world's top diving destinations, whilst on land you’ll find an eclectic island culture of vibrant neighbourhoods, brightly coloured shorts and seafood. With its pastel-colored houses and stately mansions drowning in lush greenery and fragrant frangipani, their step-like white roofs are poised to catch rainwater, Bermuda feels like a patch of rural England lifted into tropical climates.
 
Temperate climates and favorable winds make Bermuda the perfect location for sailing, the island won a bid to host the high-profile international sailing race – the 35th America’s Cup, which takes place this June.


Picture: Horseshoe Bay.
Best place to stay: Rosewood Tuckers Point Hotel, Tuckers Point.
Best place to eat: Mad Hatters, Hamilton.
Must Visit: Horseshoe Bay Beach, Blue Hole Nature Reserve, and Crystal and Fantasy Caves.

Morocco

Whether you want a heart-pounding adventure, a luxurious retreat, a trip full of culture, or the most amazing shopping holiday ever, Morocco will exceed your expectations. With a coastline that stretches from the Mediterranean to the Western Sahara, Morocco has with many beautiful beaches to choose from. The dunes of the Sahara offer a harsh and beautiful landscape in which civilisation and nature have bloomed, and the best way to explore this remarkable landscape is by embarking upon a trek.
 
Morocco has a long and varied past, and remnants of this can be found in every town and city across the country. People from three different continents have had a massive influence on the way the Moroccan people are today, and they now have one of the richest cultures in the world that is regularly celebrated across the country with jaw-dropping cultural festivals, full of food, music, art and dance.

Marrakech

Picture: Marrakech.
Best place to stay: Sofitel, Tamuda Bay.
Best place to eat: Nomad, Derb Aarjan.
Must Visit: Marrakech, Dades Valley and Tamuda Bay.

Dominica

Known as "The Nature Island of the Caribbean" Dominica is an unspoiled mountainous island with natural hot springs and tropical rain-forests, covered with prehistoric ferns and deserted shores. The absence of shiny white sand beaches has helped keep away the resort development that has swept through other parts of the Caribbean, however there are still plenty of lush black sand beaches, rivers and waterholes. Visit before Dominica gets its first large-scale chain resorts in 2018, and becomes overrun with tourists.

Secret Bay Beach

Picture: Secret Bay Beach. 
Best place to stay:  Secret Bay, Portsmouth, Saint John Parish.
Best place to eat: Rainbow Beach Bar Restaurant, Calibishie.
Must Visit:
Emerald Pool, Titou Gorge and the Glasé Pool in Boetica.

 

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the impressive Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum.

Beyond its iconic mountain backdrop and cinematic beaches, Cape Town has a compelling art and design scene. The surrounding Cape Winelands—Stellenbosch, Constantia, and Franschhoek, among others—keep Cape Town’s residents well hydrated and are well worth a visit!

Bo-Kapp Neighbourhood

Picture: Bo-Kapp Neighbourhood.
Best place to stay:  POD Boutique Hotel, Camps Bay.
Best place to eat: The Test Kitchen, Woodstock. 
Must Visit: Clifton Beach, Boulders Beach and Table Mountain.
 

Nosy Be, Madagascar

Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island that is home to thousands of species and over 90% of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth. The island's diverse ecosystems and unique wildlife are threatened by the rapidly growing human population, climate change and deforestation looming ever larger, this is one trip that shouldn’t be delayed.

Along the north-west coast of Madagascar lies a number of islands, the largest of which is Nosy Be. Formed by volcanoes, it is forested and has numerous craters and crater lakes. Nosy Be is known for its marvelous beaches, natural lemur reserve, wonderful fishing, numerous nearby uninhabited islands, and protected coral reef which is home to many incredible species, and is a haven for marine life and is amazing for fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba and kayaking.

Isalo National Park

Picture: Isalo National Park.
Best place to stay:  Manga Soa Lodge, Befefika.
Best place to eat:
The PIly Pily Restaurant, Andilana.
Must Visit:
Isalo National Park, Nosy Iranja, Nosy Komba and Nosy Tanikely.

Provence, France

Provence is a geographical region in the of southeastern France, which extends from the left bank of the lower Rhône River to the west to the Italian border to the east, and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Its rich with artistic and architectural masterpieces, remarkable museums and natural landscapes, and a history that stretches back far beyond the Romans. Top it off with fine wine, food and a culinary culture that permeates through every city and small town and the only hard part is deciding where to go first…
Start by exploring the largest city of the region; Marseille, a millennia-old port with striking museums and a coastline straight off a film set. Inland, zoom in on glorious Roman amphitheatres and aqueducts in Nîmes, Orange and at the Pont du Gard. Drive past lavender fields and cherry orchards to hilltop villages and food markets in the bucolic Luberon and Vaucluse regions. Visit Mont Ventoux or the Gorges du Verdon, Europe’s deepest canyon with 800m sheer-drop cliffs and startling emerald green water.


Doorway in Provence
Picture: Doorway in Provence.
Best place to stay: Chateau de Berne, Nice.
Best place to eat: L'eponyme, Cannes.
Must Visit: Marseille, Nice, and Cannes.

Noosa Heads, Australia 

One of the unsung sirens of Australia's eastern coast, Noosa is a lush resort town with a stunning natural landscape of crystalline beaches and tropical rain-forests. Less than two hours from Brisbane it’s known for its upscale hotels, designer boutiques and smart restaurants, make sure you stroll through the Noosa Marina Markets that happen every Sunday morning with food, crafts, produce, art and local live music.

Don’t miss the natural wonders here; Noosa National Park features cliff-hugging boardwalks through lush rain forest, or head into the dreamy, ruggedly beautiful hinterland with Tropical Treks, offering guided bush-walks, bird-watching, and wildlife experiences, or Cruise along Noosa River to the Everglades there are a few packages that contain BBQ on one of the islands, a truly Aussie experience.

Fairy Pools

Picture: The Fairy Pools, Noose Heads.
Best place to stay:  On the Beach, Noosa.
Best place to eat:
The Lookout Café, Glasshouse Mountains. Situated on the Sunshine coast about an hour drive from Noosa its well worth a visit, the view is .
Must Visit:
The Fairy Pools, Noosa National Park, Buderim Rain-forest and The Glasshouse Mountains.

Paros, Greece

Paros offers an abundance of breezy beaches, and small villages. This sunshiny isle is rich with history and culture; hire a 4WD motorbike to explore the island villages and many hidden beaches of Paros. Wander through beautiful traditional villages like Náoussa, a colourful fishing village where the ruins of a Venetian fortress stand at the entrance to its small harbour. Léfkes is located at the highest point of Páros and showcases stunning views of the island. The village is set up in the mountains and is surrounded by a rich green landscape. It has very well preserved Cycladic and neoclassical buildings, beautiful squares and narrow marble alleys with boxy white and blue architecture and seaside tavernas.

Paros

Picture: Streets of Paros.
Best place to stay:  Seven Santa Maria, Naoussa. The 6 airy, white suites (or private villa) all come with a private boat and skipper for exploring the island’s secret coves. 
Best place to eat: Levantis, Parikia.
Must Visit: Some of the other Greek Islands: Naxos, Santorini and Corfu in particular. 
 

New Zealand

With rugged coastlines, sweeping beaches, primeval forests, snow-capped mountains and impressive geysers, the scenery is truly majestic. The forests come inhabited by strange birds, while penguins, whales and seals ring the coast. It’s made up of two Islands, the North and the South, and depending on how much time you have its recommended you explore both.

One of New Zealand's popular beaches, Cathedral Cove is a marine reserve located on The Coromandel peninsula, this beach is only accessible by a 30 minute track from the car-park, winding your way through native bush and past stunning cliff faces you will eventually end up on this gorgeous stretch of sand. New Zealand is known for its wine, hire a bike and cycle around tasting your way through the many vineyards in Martinborough or Marlborough.

Cathedral Cove

Picture: Cathedral Cove, Bay of Islands.
Best place to stay: Peppers Parehua, Martinborough.
Best place to eat: Enjoy a tasting platter at Palliser Estate Winery's Cellar Door, Martinborough.
Must visit: Martinborough, Marlborough Sounds, and the Bay of Islands.

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