With white-sand beaches and balmy temperatures averaging 28.5°C year round, the scattered isles of the Maldives make an idyllic getaway at any time of year.
But the planting season shoulder season brings fewer crowds to bar the Easter break of course so you’ll haven’t any trouble finding a secluded patch of fine sand to focus on your tan.
Conditions are also perfect for snorkelling and diving among coral reefs, while whale shark sightings are all but guaranteed in the South Ari Atoll. WHERE TO STAY: On a powdery, postage-stamp sized island, JA Manafaru packs in pleasant experiences and fine dining to boot.
As the rainy season comes to an end and the mercury stays high, spring is a great time to visit Bali.
Head to the south coast for palm-fringed beaches, pumping surf breaks and hip beach clubs, then find your zen in the lush highlands of Ubud, home to wellness retreats, terraced rice fields and Tomb Raider-style temples. This month, join thousands of yogis from across the globe for workshops and world music at Ubud’s annual Bali Spirit Festival (March 24-31).
WHERE TO STAY: Overlooking Echo Beach in the island’s south, the Como Uma Canggu resort boasts an expensive spa, buzzing beach club and huge lagoon pool. Udaipur On the shores of Lake Pichola,
Rajasthan’s most romantic city seduces travellers with its magnificent palaces, whitewashed havelis and maze of tightly winding streets. Summer is scorching, but low season brings hot weather and fewer crowds so that you can explore the sights at your own pace. Cruise trip the shimmering lake admire the peacock mosaics at the town palace and capture nightly screening at a rooftop café of James Bond’s Octopussy filmed here in the eighties.
WHERE TO STAY: With 83 opulent rooms and round-the-clock butlers, Taj Lake Palace is an all-white marble dream that seemingly floats on the lake.
prior to the midsummer madness ensues the white coloured island feels as though a tranquil slice of paradise. With clear skies and temperatures nudging 20°C in April and May, Ibiza’s pine-clad hills are perfect for hiking and mountain biking – although it’s tempting to spend your days lazing on crowd-free beaches and swimming in remote rocky coves. Dine among locals in quaint villages such as Santa Gertrudis and Es Cubells, and shop for unique handicrafts in arty Sant Carles de Peralta and Sant Rafel Desa Creu.
WHERE TO STAY: In a 19th-century farmhouse near Santa Gertrudis, the boutique Cas Gasi has just 12 rooms, plus a spa, yoga deck and outdoor pool.
In the newly named Republic of North Macedonia, this picturesque town on the edge of Lake Ohrid may be the country’s most well-known tourist destination.
Beyond and August July, Ohrid still is, somehow, an undiscovered idyll of cobblestone streets,
Just out of city Galicia national park located about mount Galicia is a biodiversity hotspot dotted with hiking trails.
WHERE TO STAY: With beautiful lake views the four celebrity park lakeside hotel comes with an outdoor pool and 49 modern rooms and apartments.
March may signal the start of spring in the northern hemisphere, but it’s autumn Down Under.
Daytime temperature ranges hover in the low 20s, and the harbour city’s relaxed outside lifestyle continues to completely swing.
Stroll along the spectacular clifftop coastal trail from Bondi to Bronte – keep your eyes peeled for migrating humpbacks in may – and pack your pleased rags for the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the city’s biggest horse-racing festival held over six weeks in March and April.
WHERE TO STAY: The 200-space QT Sydney has extremely