Croatia – Korcula
Steeped in history, Korcula’s claim to fame goes beyond being the alleged birthplace of Marco Polo. Beyond the city’s gates, the island’s calm waters are also particularly enticing thanks to the island’s perennially warm weather. You can rent a kayak and snorkelling equipment from around town and paddle your way to the smaller islets that dot Korcula to explore hidden beaches and snorkel the shallow waters. Come sundown, park yourself at one of the town’s many waterfront bars and unwind with a glass of the local speciality – a dry white wine made from the regional Posip grape.
Caribbean - St Lucia
From the heights of the Pitons mountains on its western coast, right down to its 20 protected marine areas growing on volcanic rock, St. Lucia’s landscape is as surreal as it is eye-pleasing. A spectacular riot of colour and drama, it still makes quite the soothing sight for any kind of traveller – whether you’re one to hike through rainforest trails, get your sea legs kicking with a panoramic boat trip, or simply flop onto soft sands for as long as you possibly can.
If it’s a more fast-paced natural escape you’re after, climb the active Soufrière Hills volcano for endless views over verdant plantations. On the flip side, if you hear the local nightlife, shopping scene and buzzing beaches calling your name, make a beeline for Rodney Bay along the north-western coast.