Tanjung Rhu Beach, Langkawi, Malaysia © Tanjung Rhu Resort

The wow factor: Located in the far north of Malaysia’s Langkawi Island, the resort of Tanjung Rhu is fronted by a 2.5km-wide, sandy beach that looks out on limestone outcrops rising up out of the Andaman Sea and is lined by casuarina trees rather than palms. The resort spans 1,100 acres of rainforest and encompasses mangroves and limestone caves.

Did you know? Eagles, which hunt in the mangrove swamps, can be seen on river boat trips.

Stay: Best At Travel offers seven nights at Tanjung Rhu from £1,839 per person on an all-inclusive basis and including return flights and airport transfers. It is valid for travel between May 1 and June 15. www.bestattravel.co.uk

and 10 of the rest

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