If you like your beaches with a side helping of culture, we highly recommend Vietnam, which combines pristine sand with fishing villages and a rich history.

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For the best weather in the country, head to Mui Ne and Anantara, which is situated on one of the most unspoilt beaches in southeast Asia.

The 20 villas are set in tropical gardens, with outdoor bathrooms and private swimming pools.

Make sure you visit the Red Sand Dunes and hike up Ta Cu Mountain to see the 49m-long Reclining Buddha.

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After a day spent sightseeing, head to the spa, which uses local ingredients such as dragon fruit and vanilla-infused oils.

WOW FACTOR: Shopping at the local food market with French-Vietnamese chef Alain Nguyen. The Alain Ducasse-trained chef will then take you back to the resort armed with live seafood for a cookery class at his beach restaurant, Thung.

FLIGHT TIME: 12 hours

GO: Western & Oriental www.wandotravel.com offers seven nights, including one night at Caravelle, Ho Chi Minh City, B&B, and six nights at Anantara Mui Ne, B&B, from £1,579 per person. Also includes flights and transfers.