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Extend your summer: 12 hot winter sun destinations

If the impending darker evenings have you desperate for a vitamin D fix, why not escape to warmer climes? From Marrakech to Mauritius, we’ve rounded up the world’s sunniest destinations that will banish the autumn and winter blues

Mauritius: Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort and Spa

Following an exceptional facelift, this Mauritian old-timer is shining once more. Ianthe Butt soaks up the tropical atmosphere

The world’s best beaches 2016: most unusual beaches

Bored of simple sun, sea and sand? Check out our suggestions for offbeat and out-of-the-ordinary coastlines

The world’s best beaches 2016: best beaches for wildlife

For those who would rather swap crowds for crocodiles, explore these untouched beaches with flourishing wildlife away from the masses

Mauritius: best beaches, when and where to go

Mauritius is one of the most relaxing and restorative destinations in the world. Here's where (and when) to reap the benefits of the island's healing powers

The hottest hotels in Mauritius

Mauritius: sun, sand, sea and lots of sprawling resorts – right? Well, yes, and many of them heart-stoppingly gorgeous. But there are other ways to ‘do’ the island if you’re looking for something a bit different

How to plan an adventure holiday

From leaping out of a plane in Switzerland to scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, an adventure holiday is the best way to get an adrenalin rush, says Meg Jerrard of Here she shares her top six planning tips to ensure you get the most from your trip

Six of the world’s best villas by the sea

Crashing waves and cocktails in a cabana... Issy D'Arcy Clark reveals the six villas with winning ocean views

Love is in the air: Eight Valentine’s Day gifts to pick up on your next flight

Need a last-minute gift for your other half? Editor of High Life Shop, Lisa Herriott, shares her favourite beauty buys from the Jan-March edition

The world’s hardest travel quiz

Think you know your capital cities from your continents and your roubles from your ringgit? Take our rock-hard travel quiz and find out whether you’re a just novice or the next Christopher Columbus

High Life Entertainment guide: January 2016

Flying with BA this month? Here are the entertainment highlights to look out for – from Jonathan Ross’ review of 'Black Mass' to Cerys Matthews’ favourite new music

The Global City Index 2016

With most of the Earth’s population now living in urban areas, what does this mean for how we will all live and work in the future? Feargus O’Sullivan takes stock of the leading lights and unexpected new additions to the geographic grid for the year ahead

Quiz: which British Airways destination is right for you?

With the new year fast-approaching, there’s never been a better time to plan your 2016 adventure. But where to next? Take our quiz to find out which destination is right for you

Six sure-fire ways to keep kids entertained on flights

Sarah-Jane Butler, founder of and mother of two, shares her favourite of travel games, toys and apps that will help keep your kids (and you) happy in the air — even on a long-haul flight

High Life Entertainment guide: December 2015

Your guide to this month’s inflight entertainment highlights, from Jonathan Ross’ review of Mistress America to London band Foal’s fourth album — and a healthy does of Frank Sinatra’s Christmas tunes

Future gazing: how will we travel in 2055?

By the time the next 500 issues of High Life are published — taking us through to 2055 — travel will have changed beyond recognition. But how? Here are the predictions from people in the know

40-odd years of travel: what has really changed?

Nick Curtis looks back at over the last four decades of travel and discovers that, despite making leaps and bounds in technology, some things haven’t changed all that much

Lessons learned from travelling to 217 countries

It’s the ultimate travel ambition: visiting every country on Earth. After 1,426 days and four passports, Graham Hughes ticked off the final country on his itinerary, South Sudan — which didn’t even exist when he started the trip. He tells Emine Saner what seeing the world taught him

Then and now: what has changed in travel?

When High Life launched in 1973, travel to some of today’s holiday hot spots was unappealing, risky or impossible, says The Independent’s senior travel editor, Simon Calder

High Life at 500

All great institutions need a creation myth; here’s former editor Mark Jones on High Life’s

High Life’s most iconic covers

As High Life celebrates its 500th issue this month, we look back at some of our favourite covers from the past 42 years

Jenson Button: my life in travel

The British Formula One driver on his favourite European road trips, tips for beating jet lag, and what he gets up to in Singapore (when he’s not on the track)

Mauritius: LUX* Belle Mare

Powder-white sands, turquoise seas and super attentive service? Tick, tick, tick. But it’s the attention to small details and focus on tailor-made guest experiences that really makes this super luxe island retreat shine, says Kerry Smith

Peace out for International Peace Day

Ahead of International Peace Day on 21 September, we take a look at the numbers behind the day that is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace

Mauritius: how to make a coral reef

1. Take an unwanted, decrepit, soon-to-be-scrapped ship. 2. Remove all toxins and potential debris. 3. Send it to rest, at last, in cobalt Mauritian waters. 4. Wait. 5. Watch new life bloom and multiply around it

What I pack: the paleontologist

Dr Julian Pender Hume, scientific associate at the Natural History Museum — whose work takes him everywhere from Mauritius to Madagascar — is an expert on extinct species such as the dodo. In our regular series, he shares his travel essentials

Six of the world’s craziest golf courses

Who said greens had to come with club houses and hotels attached to them? Tim Southwell, founder and CEO of, picks six unconventional — and sometimes plain wacky — golf courses

On the road with… Kevin Pietersen

The South African-born English cricketer on adjusting to the British weather, playing cricket with locals in Sri Lanka and making a mad dash home from Barbados to London for his son’s birth

Welcome to the new-look High Life website

Notice something different? We’re in the process of having a bit of makeover… take a look around and discover what’s new

The Maldives: Six Senses Laamu

This eco-friendly resort in the middle of the Indian Ocean is just as beautiful as you’d expect, says Laury Smith — and you don’t need to be a honeymooner to visit

Mauritius: Outrigger Beach Resort

On an island teeming with luxury hotels and resorts, Tamara Hinson discovers that this down-to-earth five-star property is a breath of fresh air

Maldives: Constance Moofushi

Surrounded by fabulous underwater life waiting for you to explore, Moofushi does everything in its power to make sure a stay there is a relaxing one, says Ianthe Butt

Four of the best luxury hotels in Mauritius

Mauritius is groaning with luxury hotels and resorts. We pick a quartet of top-notch accommodation options on the island

Four affordable Mauritius hotels

Mauritius has a surfeit of charming, idiosyncratic accommodation that won't break your budget

Mauritius on a budget

Heaven, claimed Mark Twain, is merely a copy of Mauritius. No wonder the rich flock there. But can you do it on the cheap? Stanley Stewart finds out

Four of the most affordable Maldives guesthouses

If you're tempted by island life, but perhaps not a luxury budget, here are four of the best Maldivian guesthouses

The real Maldives

For idyllic, isolated resorts, the Maldives have always been the go-to destination. But now, with thousands more islands open to visitors, you can experience an authentic slice of Maldivian living. Stanley Stewart relishes paradise without the price tag

Six of the best luxury Maldives hotels

If you want to splash the cash, the Maldives is the place for style and comfort

Five of the Maldives' best dive sites

The waters around the Maldives offer some of the world's finest dive sites. Ianthe Butt recommends five places to go in search of some of the islands' most breathtaking marine life

The world's best new hotels for 2014

There will be an avalanche of new hotel openings in 2014. Whether it’s boutique, hipster or family-friendly, here are the places you’ll 
be desperate to stay in. 
If you can get a room...

Writer tips: where to see the night sky

As Northumberland National Park and its surroundings are granted dark sky status, High Life's contributors shed some light on some of the darkest places to go stargazing

Your winter getaway planner

Need to escape the dark months ahead but without the stress of organising it all? Whether you want sand or snow beneath your feet, Francesca Syz has all you need for your great getaway

Sri Lanka: Unawatuna Beach Resort

If you're visiting Sri Lanka with family, the Unawatuna Beach Resort has a friendly vibe, great facilities and is right beside the sea, says Ianthe Butt

Three Indian Ocean escapes

The Maldives, Mauritius and the Seychelles — three idyllic destinations with an array of marine life that has to be seen to be believed...

Sri Lanka: Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort, Beruwala

When your mind, body and spirit require a little more than a regular holiday, Sri Lanka's Barberyn Reef Ayurveda is the answer, says Ianthe Butt

Sri Lanka: Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa

In the coastal town of Hikkaduwa, with its calm atmosphere and family friendly facilities, for a beach holiday in Sri Lanka the Chaaya Tranz resort is a must-visit, says Ianthe Butt

Sri Lanka: Udekki

Surrounded by nature, with simple-but-stylish rooms and great food, the super laid back Udekki feels more like staying with friends than a hotel, says Ianthe Butt

Sri Lanka: Palagama Beach

Its welcoming, laid back atmosphere and fantastic beachside location ensure that Palagama Beach resort is wonderfully relaxing, says Ianthe Butt

Sri Lanka: The Sun House

Sophisticated, stylish and brimming with old fashioned charm, The Sun House is Sri Lanka's original boutique hotel, says Ianthe Butt

Maldives: The Residence

Paradise can be found at The Residence hotel in the Maldives — think crystal waters, luxurious villas and incredible diving opportunities, says Ianthe Butt

Sri Lanka: The Wallawwa

If you're after instant post-flight relaxation, The Wallawwa hotel is ideal. Huge rooms, a glorious palm-fringed pool and delicious food, and just a hop away from the airport, says Ianthe Butt

Sri Lanka: Bar Reef Resort

Just the place to turn your back on modern life, Sri Lanka's Bar Reef Resort is all about the pleasure of simplicity and enjoying nature, says Ianthe Butt

Sri Lanka: Casa Colombo

A haven from the busy streets of Sri Lanka's capital, Casa Colombo is luxurious, stylish and thoroughly modern, says Ianthe Butt

The curious travel index

Travel is getting to know a place from the inside out, challenging perceptions and coming back different. Our esteemed panel of judges has deliberated and debated over all that has changed their minds and sparked their imagination in the past year. The results are now in...

Four of the best sleep retreats

Trouble dropping off? Hotel and spa retreats claiming to help you get more regular and better quality sleep are all the rage. Ianthe Butt selects four of the finest

Exploring Sri Lanka

So, we know it's got palm-lined, sun-drenched beaches aplenty. But Sri Lanka offers a heady blend of tea plantations, sacred sites and dense forests full of wildlife, too. Oh, and it's a new route for British Airways. What more can you ask for, says Jane Dunford

The Winter Sun Q&A

Want a sunshine break but can't face planning it? Start right here with the help of our expert panel. From lazy beach breaks to trekking sun-drenched mountains, they have it covered

The most romantic hotels for a honeymoon

All you really need for the ideal honeymoon is a hotel you don't want to leave - a place where the rooms are fabulous, the food is wonderful and your every need is catered for. We pick the 12 most romantic hotels in the world - one for each month of the year