Bermuda

That marvellous natural phenomenon, the Gulf Stream, wraps its warm arms around its favourite little paradise, Bermuda, giving it one of the most perfect year-round climates on earth.

Its trademark pristine, pink-ish sands and azure waters surround the 21 miles of coastline offering lazy, languid relaxation or exciting, exhilarating water-borne activities depending on your mood. Bermuda’s mix of British colonial and African influences have infused the islands with a rich blend of architectural, social and cultural influences – all set amidst the wonderfully varied landscapes of lush vegetation and spectacular beaches making for an enchanting combination.

By day, you can watch a leisurely cricket match or enjoy a round on one of the numerous quality golf courses – there are more per square metre in Bermuda than anywhere on the planet! Or you may want to dig out your binoculars and check off as many as you can of the 200-plus bird species that inhabit the islands, swim with dolphins, don your snorkel and mask, or step on board a glass-bottom boat to view the undersea kaleidoscope of fish and marine creatures, or take a local bus to one of the charming inland towns and villages to browse local craft shops and markets. Dining out is an absolute delight, and you know that whether it’s a formal seven-courses at one of Hamilton’s world-renowned restaurants or a quick shellfish stew at a roadside cafe near the King’s Wharf Royal Naval Dockyard, your meal will be fresh, flavoursome and, well, just fantastic. This is paradise, folks.