Dramatic volcanic crags and sweeping beachfronts make Cape Verde an archipelago with an unparallelled silhouette, where Saharan trade winds roll over a unique fusion of Portuguese-African culture and Eastern-Atlantic cuisine. You're just off the northwest coast of Africa in the region's most westernised destination, so you can sample new cultures within the reassuring comforts of familiar holidaymaking philosophies.
Go from only £337 per person.
Dubai has erupted onto the centre stage of commerce from the humblest of beginnings, creating a breeding ground for world-leading luxury hotels and high-class shopping. Sample some retail therapy, dine on the planet's finest cuisine and discover urban curiosities that can only exist in Dubai. Short city escapes and multi-centre adventures have flourished in Dubai, and a stay here is like sampling a buffet of global culture.
Go from only £692 per person.
Egypt holds the key to the best-value winter sun known to Mankind. Sun and clement weather is pretty much a given all year round, and all-inclusive coastal hideaways on the Red Sea form the backbone of Egypt's super affordable holiday portfolio. Further afield you can find the renowned historical monuments familiar to everyone, such as the pyramids, the sphinx, and the Souks, making the eclectic variety of Egypt a flexible virtuoso of holiday possibilities.
Go from only £272 per person.
An animal-lovers' utopia resides within the abundant wildlife of The Gambia, home to Kiang West National park and Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve where monkeys, leopard, hippos, hyenas and rare birds display a kaleidoscopic mix of colour and character. The central Gambia River is a cornerstone to the diverse ecosystems of The Gambia and the capital Banjul is where you'll discover beachside escapes.
Go from only £440 per person.
A beach-lovers haven awaits in Goa where white-sands stretch along the Arabian Sea. From the beaches of Baga and Palolem where the lively atmosphere and night-life infuses the environs, to the laid-back fishing village of Agonda which calls for a classic fly and flop escape. Infused with Portuguese architectural and spice influences, Goa is an escape for all of the senses.
Go from only £587 per person.
Sri Lanka is a multicultural melange of countless historical narratives, incorporating 8 UNESCO world heritage sites that represent its 2000-year history. Temples and jungles add extra layers of excitement to journeys of discovery across Sri Lanka's arterial web of hidden trails and curious monuments. From the highlands to the waterfronts, Sri Lanka is a nation of unmatched diversity.
Go from only £668 per person.
Mauritius has an otherworldly essence to its wildlife that's unique in the world, let alone amongst Indian Ocean destinations. Whales, dolphins, monkeys and giant tortoises all call Mauritius home, imbibing the landscapes with a sense of prehistoric mysticism unlike any other long-haul escape. Coupled with some of the world's leading resorts, ranging from boutique hideaways to grand luxury, Mauritius sees the Old World, the New World and times before memory coalescence into an island nation even greater than the sum of its parts.
Go from only £848 per person.
Few places look better in real life than they do in the brochures, but The Maldives were never atolls to conform. Each seascape and beachfront looks lifted from a movie screen, with the added thrall of the scents and textures of a real world paradise. 26 atolls make up The Maldives, and each island has its own personality, ranging from sequestered boutique escapes to luxury all-inclusive hideaways. Leave your worries behind with a foray into the Indian Ocean.
Go from only £1,206 per person.
Each of the 115 islands that make up the Seychelles exudes an undeniable utopian essence quite unlike anywhere else in the world. Everything here reads from the textbook for paradise: crystalline waters, powder-fine sands, tropical greenery and primal blue-green colours wash over every inch of the Seychelles. Turtles, tortoises and whale sharks are just some of the natives that call the Seychelles home, all of which coexist harmoniously with ultra-luxurious hotels. Honeymooners have flocked to the Seychelles for many turns, and one look at the photos is all the reason you need to follow suit.
Go from only £1,449 per person.
Thailand is vast in ways that are hard to encapsulate in words. Most long-haul destinations can boast the golden hues of sand and sunshine, but few have the precious pearlescence of temples, religions and ceremonies found in Thailand. Variety isn't just a description for Thailand; it's the backbone of its culture. Traditions, flavours, architecture and philosophies mingle together, forming one of the most dynamically colourful nations in the long-haul holidaymaker's repertoire.
Go from only £745 per person.