Why go: Grizzled hippies might claim that it’s spoilt, but look beyond the busy package resorts and you’ll find idyllic beaches where you can eat grilled kingfish as dolphins play offshore. And it’s not all sun -and sand: there are wildlife sanctuaries, and Portuguese-influenced towns such as Panaji with its whitewashed churches and old colonial mansions.
Get me there: First Choice (0871 200 7799, www.firstchoice. co.uk) flies to Goa from £480 return. For a chic retreat, try the 17th-century mansion Siolim House (00 91 832 227 2138, www.siolimhouse.com; doubles from £90 per night, B&B).
Or try: Sri Lanka, off India’s southeast coast, for pink-gold sands, smart beachside retreats and alluring ancient cities.
If you want serious sizzle, Goa is your best bet. Be sure to pack some strong SPF.

Flying time from UK: 10 hours
Typical air fare: Around £480
Temperature: 33°C
Hours of sunshine per day: 10
Chance of rain: 3 per cent