Six of the best

Myanmar
Myanmar has arrived. The South-East Asian nation is opening up to democracy and also to wide-eyed visitors, who are keen to discover its ethereal pagodas, wild landscapes, sweeping Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers, which you can glide down on exciting new river cruises, and beguiling floating gardens on glassy Lake Inle. Our advice? See it now!

 

• Perfect for Families: The Essence of Burma, 7 nights from £2,080pp
• Perfect for Couples: Exploring Myanmar, 12 nights from £2,310pp

Sicily
Authentic Italy without the crowds
For a taste of yesteryear Italy, Sicily, one of the country's best kept secrets, is the place to go. New flights with British Airways from April make it easier to reach this striking island laden with influences from the Greeks, Romans, Arabians and Normans (Sicily proudly wields six UNESCO World Heritage Sites), as well as natural wonders like majestic Mount Etna and golden ribbons of coastline.

 

• Perfect for Honeymooners: Luxury Sicily and the Aeolian Islands, 7 nights from £1,360pp
• Perfect for Families: Sicily Self-Drive Holiday, 11 nights from £2,095pp

Cuba
Time running out to see this time-warped treasure
We’re not the first to champion visiting Cuba before it changes, but we must stress that time is of the essence. US-Cuban relations are thawing, and in a matter of months the face of this beguiling Caribbean island will change forever. If you want to experience the raw Cuba, with its crumbling colonial splendour and decidedly unique culture, we say salsa your way there now.

 

• Perfect for Couples: Uncover Classic Cuba, 14 nights from £2,895pp
• Perfect for Honeymooners: Luxury Cuba & Costa Rica, 18 nights from £4,350pp

Sri Lanka

Reclaiming its reputation as an Indian Ocean gem

With the civil war behind it and having recovered from the tsunami, Sri Lanka’s bright future is finally here. And this Indian Ocean island certainly packs a punch when it comes to luxury travel, with a string of new boutique hotels opening up in 2016, amazing wildlife spotting opportunities, and tantalising cultural highlights - including temples, colonial towns and lip-smacking cuisine.

 

• Perfect for Couples: Cultural Highlights of Sri Lanka, 9 nights from £1,895pp

• Perfect for Families: Watching Wildlife in Sri Lanka, 14 nights from £2,115pp

Namibia
Superb value alternative safaris

The landscapes of Namibia are an impressive assortment of epic dunes, volcanic mountains and vast desert, home to an overwhelming variety of wildlife. And yet it's a lesser-known safari destination, so you can expect mind-blowing wildlife experiences, as well as extraordinary boutique lodgings in the glorious middle-of-nowhere. With the local currency currently weak against the pound, it’s also excellent value for money.

• Perfect for Couples: Nomadic Namibia Safari, 11 nights from £2,645pp

• Perfect for Families: Small Group Safari to Namibia, 8 nights from £2,910pp

Costa Rica
About to become a lot more accessible

Although it’s much less off-the-beaten-track these days, Costa Rica wears its celebrity well and remains relatively inaccessible. From April, however, a new direct flight with British Airways will shave hours off your journey, bringing you closer to Tortuguero for turtle-watching, to the Nicoya Peninsula's virgin beaches, and to the eco-lodges of the Osa Peninsula, reached only by boat.

 

• Perfect for Couples: Cultural Highlights of Sri Lanka, 9 nights from £1,895pp

• Perfect for Families: Watching Wildlife in Sri Lanka, 14 nights from £2,115pp

 

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