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Winter sun trips worth their salt

Bolivia small-group tour

Best for: Adventurers

Take a hike: Bolivia offers memorable mountain treks

A lesser-trodden South American destination with much-improved infrastructure, Bolivia promises vast white salt flats and one of Earth’s highest cities in Andes-set capital La Paz.

Community spirit: Explore La Paz and the countryside
Sleep on it: Stay in local lodges while visiting salt flats

Travellers on a new seven-night escorted tour with G Adventures will explore both while staying at a historic hacienda and exploring the Bolivian countryside. From £1,499pp B&B incl all transfers, departing Jan 13 and Feb 17,

NEW Red Sea route

Best for: Divers

Starting next week, easyJet’s weekly flights to Jordan’s Red Sea resort of Aqaba — the UK’s first such service — enable a winter-sun diving adventure. Dive Worldwide’s seven-night packages promise wreck and reef dives liable to deliver turtles, canyons and sunken 1985 freighters. It’s easy to arrange an excursion to Petra. From £1,295pp B&B incl international flights, transfers and ten dives,

Caribbean hiking and yoga

Best for: Healthy types

Launched this year, Hike Caribbean caters to travellers keen to do more than sunbathe. Based at the luxurious Sugar Beach resort, a seven-night offering on Antigua combines four individual yoga sessions with four guided walks across rainforests to deserted beaches. You’ll also summit the 1,300ft Mount Obama, the island’s highest point. From £1,345pp B&B incl transfers,

Tigers in India

Best for: Attenborough disciples

Beginning this autumn, Dynasties, Sir David Attenborough’s latest BBC wildlife spectacular, profiles animal families. An episode focused on tigers was filmed in India, which you can explore with Wildlife Worldwide’s ten-night small-group safari departing on February 7. It visits two national parks: Bandhavgarh, home to India’s highest tiger density, and famously beautiful Kanha. From £2,995pp incl international flights, all transfers and most meals,

Cool new Dubai base

Best for: Horizontal hipsters

Reliable rays: Dubai’s Zabeel House Al Seef has clean-lined design

Zabeel House Al Seef on the bustling Dubai Creek stands out for its contemporary clean-lined design. Slick rooms feature Smeg mini-fridges and king beds, while fishermen sail by the water-facing gastropub on traditional dhows. A rooftop pool capitalises on Dubai’s reliable rays. Seven nights from £749pp (room-only), incl international flights and transfers,

Marrakech bliss

Best for: Shopaholics

Moroccan marvel: The new Riad Louhou in Marrakech

Occupying a quiet corner of the medina in Marrakech, the new Riad Louhou seduces with its roof-terrace pool, a flowery fountain courtyard dotted with pouffes, and five smart rooms of monochrome fittings and traditional red rugs. After busy days spent haggling for bargain buys amid the hurly-burly of the souks, you’re guaranteed some much- needed relaxation at this riad. From £140 B&B,

Inland Sri Lanka

Best for: Tea drinkers

Head for the hills: Goatfell is in Sri Lankan tea country

High in Sri Lanka’s hilly tea country, plush four-bed hotel Goatfell occupies the renovated superintendent’s bungalow on a working plantation. Along with bygone-age character, there’s some decidedly gourmet food each night. Guests can relax in gardens or by a pool, admiring sensational views, following estate tours or excursions to waterfalls. Five nights from £1,900pp all-inclusive, with international flights and transfers. Enquire

Mellow Jallo

Best for: Short-haulers

The Canary Islands welcomed an eighth member in June when rocky La Graciosa — population 721 — officially joined the group. Stays there offer limited distraction so hole up instead on Lanzarote at El Jallo, a cool white-walled farmhouse whose Italian owners can organise La Graciosa day trips, as well as hiking and kitesurfing. You’ll also be blessed with a small pool and brooding volcanic scenery. From £84 (room only),

A radical resort in Mauritius

Best for: Eco warriors

New eco-resort brand Salt promises to connect you to people, not just places. Its first outpost, Salt of Palmar, has just opened on east-coast Mauritius. Guests receive a guidebook and sim card, while a ‘skill swap’ scheme means you can learn the likes of basket-weaving in return for sharing your expertise. A pool, spa, organic farm-sourced food and bright, tribal pop-themed rooms continue the exciting offerings. From £220 (room only),

Mindfulness in Mozambique

Best for: Stressed city folk

Hyperconsciousness. That’s the aim of Sounds Of Africa, a new wellness programme from swanky Azura Retreats. Said to reduce stress, treatments include drumming therapy, mindful walking and blissed-out morning meditations on white-sand shores. Try them in Mozambique at the castaway-style Azura Benguerra Island resort, where there’s a dive centre and all 20 beachfront villas have an infinity pool. From £530 per night full board, incl a sunset cruise,