Looking out at a grey and gloomy day, picture yourself on a pristine beach. The sun shines through the palm leaves, the sea laps at your feet and you have an ice cold drink next to the iced fruit which has just been brought to you and you read that fantastic book which has been on your bedside table for too long.
There can’t be many people for whom this isn’t a delightful picture. But there are details which go into the planning which are the background cogs which make it perfect. You need someone who has travelled to the hotels and destinations to advise you which will suit you best. The Maldives is the perfect place to kick back and take in stunning seascapes: the South-West coast of Sri Lanka is great for those wishing to be coastal but still have a lot to do; surfers can head to the extraordinary beaches of Indonesia and for divers or adventurers Indonesia also has some amazing over-water expeditions.
There is no one-size-fits-all but there is always something to suit you if you want the dream of the seaside lounger to be yours.
This huge archipelago has some stunning beaches, wonderful surfing, some of the best diving in the world and remote, fascinating tribal islands and villages. The problem is just narrowing it down.
Down on the South-West coast there are some gorgeous beaches, wonderful hotels and private villas and loads to do both on the coast and inland. Beaches, whale watching, safari, temples, hiking, biking and much more to keep you entertained if you want more than a simple kicking back.