Where to chase the sun

If you’re looking to feel the sun on your skin, here’s our guide to where’s best to go for a top-up of vitamin D all year round…

Monday 07 March 2016 10:25
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Nature lovers

Blessed with year-round sunshine and a haven for nature lovers and adrenalin junkies, Costa Rica is most popular outside of the rainy season, which runs from May to October; nobody minds the odd April shower in a country famed for its rainforests. Fancy your own patch of paradise? Head to the laidback beach village of Playa Zancudo on the Pacific coast.

Beautiful beaches

After years of civil war, northern Sri Lanka has now opened up to tourists. Like the rest of the country, it is hot and humid all year round, but rainfall and prices are lower during our summer, and wind speeds are marginally higher. The beautiful beaches around the north-eastern city Trincomalee remain relatively unspoilt. Make the most of them before all that changes.

Old classic, new twist

Mauritius is rightly known for its pristine beaches and luxury resorts, but there’s so much more besides. Go hiking in its mountainous interior, nature-watching in its many forests or scuba diving in its clear-blue seas. The best time to visit is May to November, when the rainfall and temperatures – although still warm – are lowest.

A-list luxury

It’s best to avoid the Middle East in the scorching-hot summer and Dubai remains a winter favourite for sun-seekers, but Oman is a fabulous alternative, with dramatic deserts, exclusive coastal resorts and a fraction of the visitors – not to mention the possibility of a great deal. Venture into the vast and infinite Empty Quarter for towering dunes and nomadic families or hide away at the five-star Six Senses Zighy Bay, on the shores of the Musandam Peninsula, which welcomes a flurry of A-listers.

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