The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - Travel


- Look Hvar you’ve come

Croatia has more than 1,000 islands, and the most highly prized of them all is Hvar. It gets overrun in late July and August with a party-hearty crowd of beautiful young things draped over the decks of superyacht­s, but come before then to appreciate Hvar’s quieter charms: its sandy beaches, high-end restaurant­s, and bays of crystallin­e green-blue waters.

Maslina is Croatia’s finest hotel – a wellness resort arranged along a secluded shore. Original Travel (020 3958 6120; originaltr­avel. offers a week there from £4,120pp in June, including B&B, flights from London airports, fast-track service and transfers (August price: £5,050).

Join the gulet set

A pine-forested finger of land stretching into the Aegean on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, the Bozburun

Peninsula is largely undevelope­d and unknown to British holidaymak­ers. By mid July it gets uncomforta­bly hot, and its sleepy fishing villages swell with the gulet set coming ashore for lunch and parties. But June and September are wonderful – warm, sunny, and still fresh enough to go exploring around its calm bays, ancient ruins and seaside villages. Selimiye is the loveliest of them – it is quite remote so has retained an undevelope­d feel, but thanks to its location on the Blue Voyage route it has plenty of smart restaurant­s and bars.

Simpson Travel (020 3839 4520; simpsontra­vel. com) has a hotel in Selimiye called Losta Sahil Evi, which is rustic, quirky and utterly charming, and still has availabili­ty for this summer. A week’s holiday in late June and early July costs £1,659pp, including flights, transfers and B&B (August price: £1,779).

Elephants in June

Mid June is the start of the dry season in Kenya. It’s a prime time for going on safari – the air is clear, the scenery still green, and it’s not yet too hot; but predators and prey are beginning to gather at the watering holes, making for a thrilling wildlife viewing theatre.

Red Savannah’s Essential Kenya is an eight-day safari that includes stays at luxury camps in the Loisaba Conservanc­y (including a night in a Star Bed, on a platform under the stars) and Maasai

Mara at Elephant Pepper Camp (01242 787800; redsavanna­ From £5,142pp in June, full-board, including internal flights, transfers, and conservati­on fees (August price: £6,200).

Or, for a really cost-effective Kenyan safari, try Kuoni’s small-group, six-day Taste of Kenya trip, which takes in Nairobi, Lake Nakuru and the Maasai Mara, from £2,675pp (August price: £3,345) with a June 20 departure, including flights, accommodat­ion, transport and experience­s (0808 258 9048;

Spice up your summer

Off the coast of Tanzania, the spice island of Zanzibar is where Dr Livingston­e presumed he was in paradise. It feels like a proper adventure – exotic, laden with riches and history, its shores

Rise and shine: wake up to a fabulous view at waterside resort Maslina on Hvar

desert-island transporti­ve – but is also host to an increasing number of fivestar beach resorts.

Our summer is the ideal time to visit Zanzibar: dry season runs June-October, with daytime highs of about 29C. Surprising­ly, a trip here can cost less than a summer holiday in a European beach destinatio­n, especially if you go outside of late July and August.

Kenwood Travel (020 7749 9220; kenwoodtra­ offers a week’s holiday at suite-only five-star hotel the Residence Zanzibar, from £1,691pp in June, including half-board in a garden pool villa, transfers and return flights from Gatwick (August price: £3,032).

Walking into sunshine

The start of summer is ideal walking weather in the northern hemisphere, from Cumbria to Canada. The Sunshine Coast Walking Summer Adventure is a five-day journey from Vancouver to the Sunshine Coast by foot, road and sea, hiking beach trails, boating along tidal rapids and including some well-earned craft-beer tasting. From £1,132pp in June (August price: £1,460), including four nights’ accommodat­ion, activities, transport and some meals, with Intrepid (0808 274 5111; intrepidtr­

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