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

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

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

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)

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

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 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...

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...

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