Desperate for some proper sunshine, without the high-season scrums? Then get your holiday in before everyone else, by travelling in June rather than July or August. These destinations blossom early, and are sizzling long before the crowds arrive.
For many of us, it’s the ultimate summer daydream: waking up to a sea view, and the prospect of a day spent with the sand between your toes.
Sick of beaches teaming with tourists? Then you need to spread your wings. The Mediterranean coastline is actually full of secret coves and slivers of sand, where the pace of life suddenly slackens, and a lunchtime picnic can last till sunset. You’ll need to go for a walk, or jump on a boat, to find them. But stunning scenery and a lack of crowds make them worth every ounce of effort. Here are six of the best.
With a host of hotels being launched by celebrities this year, checking into an A-list abode is the thing to do in 2018. For some, you’ll have to wait, though. Leo DiCaprio’s eco-resort in Belize, Robert De Niro’s London hotel, Brad Pitt’s crashpad in Croatia and David Hasselhoff’s tropical hideaway in Indonesia all open later this year. But the hotels below have already rolled out the red carpet, allowing those of us without seven-figure incomes and Instagram followings to get a taste of the celebrity lifestyle.