Loveliest of French islands, Ile de Ré has all the ingredients for an idyllic, laidback holiday. Think long sandy beaches, retro charm, friendly people and superb seafood. Who needs St Tropez?
by Rachel Murray
Pefkos is a small Greek resort nestled into an Eastern cove of Rhodes. With shallow, warm shorelines and authentic bars and restaurants, you can be sure of a friendly and relaxing holiday in the sun
Gushing blowholes, sandy beaches and picturesque coastal walks. Sydney's secret hideaway - Kiama, welcomes surfers and families alike.
With miles of soft sand beaches and warm shallow waters, a laid-back atmosphere and abundance of wildlife, you are sure to fall in love with Sanibel and Captiva Islands
by Fifties traveller
This little-known Egyptian resort, just a five-hour flight from Gatwick, is the perfect winter escape. If snorkelling, scuba diving, golf or just lazing in the desert sun appeal, head for Taba Heights
With summer temperatures averaging 30C, the Black Sea Riviera of Bulgaria is proving popular with sun-seekers. For guaranteed rays, sea, sand and nightlife on a budget, head for Sunny Beach resort
The recently regenerated seaside town of Morecambe should not be overlooked. Take a stroll along the promenade, build sandcastles and admire the exhibitions and public artwork on display
Think you have to pay a fortune to enjoy world-class snorkelling, fishing and hammock-swinging in a pristine Bahamas hideaway? Think again!
by Man in a wheeled suitcase
If your image of Cyprus is all rowdy holidaymakers and late-night clubbing, think again: head north rather than south and you'll find it is possible to have peace and quiet along with your sun
Majorca was never on my travel wish-list - until a trip to the quaint, historic town of Pollensa revealed that there's far more to this Spanish island than sun, sea and sand (though they're there too)