THE CHAMPION HAS BEEN CHOSEN: the 2,700-strong community of Kaysersberg saw off competitors to become France’s favourite village in the TV contest Le Village Préféré des Français. Winning ingredients in its appeal include half-timbered houses clustered along the River Weiss, a ruined castle perched above, and hillsides bedecked with vines that translate into fine rieslings and gewürztraminers. If past winners of the programme are anything to go by, this Alsatian village will get a lot of visitor love. See it the slow way on a gastronomic walking tour with UTracks, taking in three other winsome villages (from £530; utracks.com).
The atolls of the Maldives are top scuba locations, so why limit yourself to the same patch of coral each day? The Floating Resort sails around the archipelago to a new dive spot each day and prices start from a reasonable – for this part of the world, at least – £1,545 per week all-inclusive (scubaspa.com).