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The Hot List: From cosy cabins to Scandi snacks

All-inclusive inner peace in indonesia

It’s about this time of year that daydreams of escaping to a desert island begin. So channel your inner Robinson Crusoe by washing up — OK, you actually get there by private seaplane — on Bawah Reserve, a cluster of six remote islands in Indonesia.

This eco-friendly resort takes all-inclusive to a new level, providing guests with all meals, watersports, spa treatments and activities from kayaking to beach picnics and stand-up paddleboarding. With only 35 villas on site, you’ll truly feel stranded — in a good way, obvs. From £1,379 a night, including seaplane transfers from Singapore,

Painting while pottering about

Want your next holiday to also count towards your 10,000 steps a day? Slow-travel specialist The Carter Company has put together a range of UK walking tours that will help you achieve that goal. Try its Cotswolds-based Potter And Paint trip, which includes three classic walks around locations such as Bourton-on-the-Water and the Windrush Valley, with a half-day painting workshop. From £695pp including accommodation and luggage transfers,

Out in the country

Immerse yourself in the Welsh countryside with a stay at Cynefin Retreats in the Wye Valley, home to four luxury pods set to open in March. While you’ll be staying in nature, it will be in no small comfort as the pods have hot tubs, underfloor heating, wi-fi, iPod docks and rainforest showers. From £150pn,

Nosh from a nation

Sweden has only gone and turned itself into a restaurant. Its campaign, The Edible Country, promotes food accessible in nature and sees four Michelin-starred chefs offer seasonal recipes and tables across the nation. Visit

Joining a race to the Finnish

If you’re in the January blues, maybe you need to get outside… and do a bit of exercise. Combine the two by entering Finland’s Winter Warrior challenge in which competitors face eight miles of obstacles, snow and freezing water. The race, in Pallas-Ylläs National Park in Lapland, takes place on April 6 and is open to anyone over 18. Entry starts at £58.