Whether you're looking for Caribbean-style beaches closer to home or want to indulge in a hefty dose of culture without the crowds, these alternative escapes are guaranteed to make your summer sizzle. If you like the Caribbean, try Halkidiki Best for... beach lovers Gold sand, turquoise sea and waving palms...
I was going to write a 'great places to go this summer' feature, but I'm a parent, I know the reality. There's actually a whole year spreading out before us, full of half term breaks, the occasional non-pupil day, a vast summer vacation and plenty of sneaky bank holidays.
A beautifully restored farmhouse set on the tip of a peninsula lapped by the Ålandian Sea. Overlooking fields and pine trees, it's a peaceful spot with plenty of rustic charm. Guests have use of a rowing boat to explore (and picnic on) nearby islands and there's a traditional wood-fired sauna too.