With the British summer well and truly finished, it's time to find some off-season solace in the sun...

This is a feature from Issue 7 of Charitable Traveller. Click to read more from this issue.

Ras Al Khaimah

The most northerly of the United Arab Emirates is more traditional than Dubai but still has luxurious beach resorts where bikinis won’t raise eyebrows. Don’t miss getting out to enjoy lush date palm oases, Bedouin camps amongst golden dunes and the starkly beautiful Al Hajar Mountains. Climb the UAE’s tallest, Jebel Jais, by foot on the thrilling via ferrata, or in true Emirati fashion, take the hairpin bends in a Ferrari., Then zoom back to earth on the world’s longest zipline.

Aruba

This island is a fresh alternative to the Caribbean most Brits know and love. Alongside glorious talcum powder sands are striking cacti, and a multi-coloured capital with pretty Dutch architecture. The arid Arikok National Park has spectacular caves, Indian rock drawings, and pristine beaches. Adventurers can enjoy nature hikes, scuba diving on reefs and wrecks and wind and kite surfing. The unique cuisine fuses Dutch, Spanish, English, and American influences.

Cambodia

It’s known for the temple at Angkor Wat, but Cambodia has great beaches too. The largest and most developed island is Koh Rong, where Long Beach stretches for four silky-soft miles and featured in the reality TV show Survivor. A more rustic option is Koh Tonsay, home to just swinging hammocks, weathered wooden huts, and local restaurants selling simple but delicious food. Add Angkor Wat and the capital, Phnom Penh for a winter warmer to remember.

La Gomera

Go the extra mile by adding a boat trip onto your flight to Tenerife and you’ll be rewarded by arriving in La Gomera. A Biosphere Reserve, this green isle is characterised by its misty laurel forests, rocky ravines, valleys of palm groves and jagged cliffs plunging down to black sand beaches. Enjoy 600km of trails and astounding views, visit idyllic hamlets, sample palm honey, relax on quiet beaches and spot frolicking cetaceans.

Israel

Tel Aviv offers that winning city/beach formula. Alongside golden sands are cultural treasures and cutting-edge dining and nightlife, from the honey-hued streets of historic Jaffa to Lev Ha’ir, which melds skyscrapers with Bauhaus architecture; start-ups with spice markets.
Don’t miss the ancient relics of Jerusalem and other biblical towns, snorkelling in the Red Sea, relaxing in the Dead Sea and adventures in the Negev Desert.

With the British summer well and truly finished, it's time to find some off-season solace in the sun...

This is a feature from Issue 7 of Charitable Traveller. Click to read more from this issue.

Ras Al Khaimah

The most northerly of the United Arab Emirates is more traditional than Dubai but still has luxurious beach resorts where bikinis won’t raise eyebrows. Don’t miss getting out to enjoy lush date palm oases, Bedouin camps amongst golden dunes and the starkly beautiful Al Hajar Mountains. Climb the UAE’s tallest, Jebel Jais, by foot on the thrilling via ferrata, or in true Emirati fashion, take the hairpin bends in a Ferrari., Then zoom back to earth on the world’s longest zipline.

Aruba

This island is a fresh alternative to the Caribbean most Brits know and love. Alongside glorious talcum powder sands are striking cacti, and a multi-coloured capital with pretty Dutch architecture. The arid Arikok National Park has spectacular caves, Indian rock drawings, and pristine beaches. Adventurers can enjoy nature hikes, scuba diving on reefs and wrecks and wind and kite surfing. The unique cuisine fuses Dutch, Spanish, English, and American influences.

Cambodia

It’s known for the temple at Angkor Wat, but Cambodia has great beaches too. The largest and most developed island is Koh Rong, where Long Beach stretches for four silky-soft miles and featured in the reality TV show Survivor. A more rustic option is Koh Tonsay, home to just swinging hammocks, weathered wooden huts, and local restaurants selling simple but delicious food. Add Angkor Wat and the capital, Phnom Penh for a winter warmer to remember.

La Gomera

Go the extra mile by adding a boat trip onto your flight to Tenerife and you’ll be rewarded by arriving in La Gomera. A Biosphere Reserve, this green isle is characterised by its misty laurel forests, rocky ravines, valleys of palm groves and jagged cliffs plunging down to black sand beaches. Enjoy 600km of trails and astounding views, visit idyllic hamlets, sample palm honey, relax on quiet beaches and spot frolicking cetaceans.

Israel

Tel Aviv offers that winning city/beach formula. Alongside golden sands are cultural treasures and cutting-edge dining and nightlife, from the honey-hued streets of historic Jaffa to Lev Ha’ir, which melds skyscrapers with Bauhaus architecture; start-ups with spice markets.
Don’t miss the ancient relics of Jerusalem and other biblical towns, snorkelling in the Red Sea, relaxing in the Dead Sea and adventures in the Negev Desert.