January is a month generally associated with New Year blues, dark days and distinctly British weather. That is to say it's not necessarily a favourite. In fact one of the only things it is good for is planning your getaways for the year ahead, and that's where we come in. Whether it's finding a perfectly secluded beach to relax on, tracking game with bushmen in the Kalahari or learning to mix the perfect caipirinha at a Brazilian beach bar, our team of experts is on hand to create your perfect holiday. And our first mission of the year is to bring you a collection of the hottest destinations for 2016 - the temperatures will be peachy and availability is going like hotcakes so it's time to get the diary out and start planning!

Greece

Greece may have had a somewhat turbulent 2015 but the desire to explore its beautiful landscapes and cultural history remains strong, from jaw-dropping sunsets over Santorini's caldera to the spectacular mountain scenery of the Peloponnese and the beautiful beaches, bays and coves of Corfu.

Indonesia

Indonesia is a land of wild, rugged scenery typified by verdant jungle, unspoilt beaches and volcanoes looming large. And with so many islands to choose from (18,307 to be precise), the holiday possibilities are endless.

Mexico

2015 may have been the year of Mexico but our love for this Central American wonder-country shows no signs of waning in 2016. Think beach and culture on the Yucatan Peninsula, excellent cuisine in Oaxaca and superb whale watching and diving in Baja California.

Tanzania

Perfect for a 'bush and beach' combo, Tanzania is home to an incredible diversity of safari game in reserves like the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, while the beach options are equally memorable. Zanzibar and the Tanzanian Coast play host to pristine beaches, idyllic hotels and, for any divers, vibrant corals.

Oman

Most of Oman may be as hot as Hades during the summer months but it is one of the best short(ish) haul destinations for some sun during the rest of the year. It's the perfect combination of culture, adventure and relaxation, with a dash of the exotic thrown in for good,

The Maldives

Picture perfect white sand beaches; obligatory swaying palm trees; some of the best hotels in the world - it's fair to say the Maldives is one of the best beach destinations on the planet. If total R&R is the order of the day, it doesn't get much better than this.