The cold is coming and we're housebound. But we can still keep thinking very hard about these destinations that we will soon find again and which we will make the most of! All these places that allow us to escape the grey winter, to bask in the sun and to indulge in a few swimming sessions in a warm and translucent sea. Petit Futé offers you a selection of 10 idyllic destinations that we can continue to dream about from our sofa, enough to warm our spirits while we wait to travel the world again!
Bali, Island of the Gods
Bali abounds in sumptuous temples, hotels by the sea or in the middle of rice fields. Rich in folklore and tradition, the dance of the Barong theatre will take away all worries and promises to recharge the batteries! A stay leads to Ubud, to stroll in the alleys, shop and discover the local life. The Ulun Danu Temple on Lake Brayan or the Tanah Lot Temple are places of spirituality where the serene atmosphere blends with architectural splendour and bewitching nature. In Kuta Beach, the sea is perfect for taking some surfing lessons, and what could be more pleasant than to get on a boat to watch dolphins swimming at Lovina Beach
Cuba, a musical and colourful destination
Havana, its cigars, its vintage cars, its rum, its colonial architecture, but also its seaside resort where you can dance salsa on the beach... Who has never dreamed of setting sail on one of the most exceptional islands of the Caribbean. Beyond Havana, another destination of choice is Trinidad, a city classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Trinidad is a UNESCO World Heritage city, with its colourful houses and music in the streets. On the nature side, the Viñales Valley offers superb landscapes for hiking and horseback riding, and a stay in Cuba is bound to include a few swimming sessions, such as in the translucent waters of the Isla de la Juventud
Mauritius, pearl of the Indian Ocean
Luxury and voluptuousness reign on this volcanic island. Lined with coconut palms, filaos and corals, for lovers or families, it is an island of paradise! A stay necessarily involves hiking, and for that nothing like the Black River Gorges National Park and its tropical forest which shelters endemic animal and plant spaces. Without forgetting the waterfalls and turbulent rivers. Later, head to Belle Mare beach to swim in the idyllic blue waters. Unless you opt for the wilder beach, which offers a dream view of the Morne Brabant mountain
Jamaica, an island of diverse pleasures
In backpackers for authentic encounters or in "all inclusive" resorts on a fine sandy beach, Jamaica is an island of charm and mix. The African heart of the Caribbean resounds there! A visit begins with a tour to the not-to-be-missed Bob Marley Museum, the very place where the artist lived. The opportunity to learn more about a singer whose songs still resonate throughout the world. Later on, whether we reach Montego Bay, Ocho Rios or Port-Royal, a scuba diving session is a must to observe the corals and a multitude of colourful fish. From Kingston to the Dunn Falls, Jamaica never ceases to surprise and fascinate travellers
The Seychelles, archipelago paradise
115 islands make up the Seychelles archipelago. You will find yourself hand in hand as a lover on the long beaches of coves or with your family to caress the giant turtles. To do so, head for the atoll ofAldabra, one of the largest in the world. The aquatic fauna and flora are very diverse. Then head for the Vallée de Mai to discover an exceptional natural park with plant and animal species typical of the Seychelles, such as the black parrot. On the beach side, the choice is dense, but difficult to miss the beach at Anse Source d'Argent. On the program, grey granite rocks, coconut palms, fine sand and a crystal clear sea
Mexico, the promise of a unique journey
The Mayan Riviera runs along the Caribbean Sea. Coral reefs, ancient Mayan fortress and nature reserve, the Mexican jungle has it all! Tulum is where it all happens, one of the most beautiful places in the country and a real postcard landscape. Still for sea and sun lovers, Cancún is the other leading destination of the Yucatán Peninsula. You can start with a boat trip through the wetlands of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve before enjoying a snorkeling session in the shallow waters ofIsla Mujeres
Phuket, the Thai tropics
The "Pearl of the South" is the largest island in Thailand. Beaches, cliffs, lagoons, tropical vegetation, rubber plantation, tuk-tuk... will seduce you for sure! It is necessary to take time to stroll in the old city, to see the Chinese style houses, as well as to visit the Thai Hua Museum. For the joys of the beach, direction Kata Beach and Kata Noi, real paradises for sunbathing, relaxing and swimming. In the evening, enjoy the best of Thai cuisine, renowned for its refined and exotic dishes. Finally, it is impossible to leave Phuket without taking a boat to the islands of Ko Phi Phi and their enchanting lagoons
Polynesia, like a masterpiece
Gauguin, Brel, Loti made it their adopted land. Between tradition, modernity and nature, the 118 islands of Polynesia will seduce you. From the lagoon of Bora Bora to the atoll of Tikehau, how can you not marvel at the beauty of each moment? The vegetation, the sand, the sea, everything is there to remind you that paradise exists on Earth. Without forgetting the long walks in the flourishing jungle of Moorea and its waterfalls. On the island of Taha'a, a nice experience is to discover a vanilla plantation and pick a few beans for yourself. We finally end with a new moment on a wonderful beach, around the blue lagoon of Rangiroa.
Sydney, to see one of the wonders of the world..
A trip to Australia often includes a visit to the bustling city of Sydney. The Great Barrier Reef, the 8th wonder of the world, is only 2 hours away from the metropolis. 900 islets, more than 1,500 marine species, nothing could be simpler to be charmed... Multiple experiences await visitors with the exploration of the Whitsunday Islands, a hike in the heart of the greenery of the Daintree tropical forest, but also moments of idleness on paradisiacal islands such as Lizard and Hayman. Snorkeling, sunbathing, swimming in all relaxation, you can take advantage of one of the most beautiful places in the world to take full advantage of the view and immortalize breathtaking landscapes
Zanzibar, the spice island
Zanzibar, with its dream beaches, has a lot to offer: majestic palaces, old town built in black coral, turquoise lagoons, green savannah... A trip through Stonetown has something unique. In this city classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, African, Indian, Arab and European cultures blend together. The architecture is also varied and the spices from the local market leave pleasant smells in your nostrils. Before reaching the beach, take time to walk in the Jozani Chaka Bay National Park to see the red colobus, unique monkeys in the world. Finally in Pajé, Nungwi, Jambiani, all opportunities are good to enjoy the beauty of the Indian Ocean, the clear waters and the possibility to practice water sports