You can take part in special pourings, sample wines from the barrel and even join in with a grape stomp

Make this your best holiday yet. Book a flight to one of these destinations that are having their moment in the sun this month

 

Lombok

Indonesia

It’s not often that the temperature drops in the tropics, but this month you might even catch a cool breeze in Lombok. On this picturesque island you can hike up a volcano, walk along golden beaches or spy numerous waterfalls. You can also take a five-minute boat ride from Lombok’s north coast to the famed Gili Islands, which is a haven for divers.

#TakeMeThere If you want to explore both Lombok and the Gili Islands, head to the Oberoi Lombok. This glamorous resort set in 24 hectares of lush gardens offers snorkelling trips to the divers’ paradise.

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Switzerland

Europe

The hills are alive… with hikers and bikers. The snow has disappeared, which means that everyone now has a chance to enjoy some mountain air. And with 1 August being Swiss National Day you can expect to see an array of fireworks and festivals.

#TakeMeThere Base yourself in the Victoria-Jungfrau in Interlaken. This five-star property that overlooks the lake comes with not one, but two spas – ESPA spa and Sensai Select Spa.Tour the countryside then pamper yourself silly at Roman bath-inspired pool and indoor and outdoor saltwater Jacuzzis.

View of Lugano lake and Lugano city in Switzerland
View of Lugano lake and Lugano city in Switzerland

Borneo

Malaysia

It’s dry season and it’s the perfect time to explore this lush county. See the sun rise from Mount Kinabalu, spy orangutans in the jungle and take a boat ride to Lankayan Island to watch hawksbill and green turtle hatchlings taking to the waves.

#TakeMeThere If you want to see orangutans in the wild, book a night or two at Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Tucked away in the jungle, with its own treetop walk, this Danum Valley hideaway is hard to beat.

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California

USA

The Sunshine State is a whirlwind of activity as the Crush will have just begun. From August onwards, the winemakers start harvesting their famed vineyards. You can take part in special pourings, sample wines from the barrel and even join in with a grape stomp.

#TakeMeThere Wine lovers should book a room at Meadowood in Napa Valley. This glamorous lodge set in wine country is owned by vintners. No surprise that the lodge should come with its own wine educator and master sommelier, as well as daily wine receptions. And at the resort’s three-star Michelin restaurant you can be guaranteed the perfect wine pairings. Need to catch some air after indulging? Then enjoy hiking through the four miles of trails that surround the property.

Botswana

Africa

It’s the dry season, so the bush isn’t as plentiful, which means it will be easier to spy wildlife on your trip. And you will also spy plenty of animals quenching their thirst at the waterholes.

#TakeMeThere Stay at the eco-chic Zarafa Dhow Suites backed by National Geographic photographers Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Nestled on the edge of a lagoon, this private camp gives you a front row seat to all the action. Elephants will wander up to the edge of your pool, while hippos wallow in the nearby waterways. And if that’s not dramatic enough you can also take your private pontoon HMS Zib for a tour of the lagoon.

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Galapagos

Ecuador

There is a never a bad time to visit the Galapagos. But August brings with it an extra treat for the cool nutrient-rich Humboldt Current will be flowing past the islands and attracting plenty of fish. It’s the best time for divers to get their marine life fix and you may even get to swim with baby seal lions too.

#TakeMeThere Take your luggage to Pikaia Lodge set on the side of an extinct volcano. With floor-to-ceiling windows on each of the suites, you get to spy giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies and seal lions from the moment you wake. And if you want to get even closer to the action, you can step aboard Pikaia Lodge’s private yacht that will take you on a tour of this famed archipelago.

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