While we all like some form of familiarity, why not make this the year you take a stroll off the beaten track slightly?
This doesn't have to mean venturing into the middle of nowhere and pitching up a tent – far from it. Sometimes all you have to do is look at some more unique holiday destinations, so here are a few ideas to get you started...
Zakynthos is one of the most beautiful Greek islands you will come across. Its vast, long sandy beaches and ice-blue waters are beautifully contrasted with traditional Greek villages nestled in the pine-covered mountains.
Where to stay? This property – nestled in the countryside of Lithakia – is ideal for those wanting to 'get away from it all'. Surrounded by olive groves, the charming villa sits within its own mature grounds, far from the crowds.
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Tolentino, Le Marche, Italy
Ever fancied exploring central Italy? Tolentino is home to one of the most important Sanctuaries in Le Marche. This is a great place to immerse yourself in the local history, take in the impressive architecture and, of course, to experience good local food and wine.
Where to stay? This 19th century luxury villa is situated high on the hillside with spectacular panoramic views of Tolentino beneath you. This promises a truly unique holiday, and is particularly ideal for those looking to celebrate a special occasion.
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St Helier, Jersey
If you've never explored the picturesque Channel Islands before, you're missing out. They are very close to home and have been described by many as a "microcosm of Cornwall on an island".
Where to stay? Jersey is a beautiful island and the Royal Yacht hotel is situated close to both the beach and harbour. With a luxury spa, you can pamper yourself after a day of discovering this gem of an island.
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Reykjavik is the world's most Northerly capital city, known for its culture, cuisine, and incredible Icelandic terrain. It's also the perfect spot to get out of town and see the breathtaking Northern Lights.
Where to stay? Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, a first class hotel in the heart of the city, is located on one of Reykjavik's oldest streets and makes the ideal base from which to explore.
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