Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

December 6, 2021
Bookmark and Share

The Next Big Thin

Who says there's nowhere left to explore? Here are five destinations

The Seychelles? On the way out. Belize? So last year. Mauritius is it. Then why haven't North Americans -- with the exceptions of Mark Twain and Joseph Conrad -- discovered what the French and South Africans have known for years? You want pristine white-sand beaches and turquoise water? No problem. World-class resorts? Pick one. Sun International's mastermind Sol Kerzner has already built five here -- Le Touessrok, Saint Geran, Sugar Beach Resort, La Pirogue and Coco Beach -- not to mention the luxurious Oberoi Mauritius and The Residence. There's no shortage of good food either, thanks to the island's East Indian, Creole, French and Chinese influences. And it's cheap to boot -- once you get here, of course. --Narissa Tadros

First things first: Cambodia is no Club Med. Years of civil war made this one of the most dangerous places on earth. But things have cooled off significantly in recent years -- Pol Pot is dead and the Khmer Rouge have largely disbanded -- and if you can get past the idea of thousands of landmines still littering the countryside, now's the time to go. New roads and hotels are making it easier to visit the Angkor temples at Siem Reap. For the more adventurous, pay a visit to Pol Pot's last jungle hideout in Anlong Veng, which is being made into a museum. Remember: this is one place to stay ON the beaten track, but if you do your homework and play it safe, Cambodia can be an incredible journey. --Julian Wainwright

Every August, one and a half million French and Italian sun worshippers flock to Corsica's beaches. Come September you'd barely know tourists were ever there. After all, thanks to local resistance to foreign speculators, there's not a single chain, resort or drive-through on the island. In spring or fall, all the island's perfect half-moon bays of white sand beaches are yours. As are its mighty granite cliffs overlooking the longest coastline of any Mediterranean island. If that's not enough, consider day hikes along crystalline rivers rushing through forests of chestnut trees or 100-year-old pines. Or drive past verdant mountain pastures with two- or three-night stops in ancient hilltop towns marooned amid all this grandiose landscape. --Annarosa Sabbadini

Trinidad's little sister is finally coming into its own. This tiny slice of paradise has long been a favourite for the 5000 diving aficionados who visit annually. And now, with a few revamped classics like the Blue Haven Hotel and some new additions like the luxurious Stonehaven Villas, Tobago is set to become more than a weekend getaway for Trinidadians. Besides the underwater treasures of Speyside and Buccoo Reef, it's also got the oldest protected rainforest in the western hemisphere and a new PGA-designed, 18-hole golf course. Every March, watch endangered leatherback turtles lay their eggs on the leeward coast. --Narissa Tadros

Prosperity has brought new confidence to Wales and nowhere is this more apparent than in its capital, Cardiff. Once a city of dusty department stores and arcades, Cardiff is quickly gaining a reputation as one of Britain's southern trend-setters, thanks largely to a few new hotels, theatre companies, small museums and friendly pubs. Before exploring the rugged countryside (what's there to see anyway, besides sheep, sheep and more sheep?), treat yourself to a couple of nights at the most talked-about hotel in town, the Big Sleep Hotel, where you'll get a spacious '60s-inspired room for the same money you'd drop on a budget motel. --Annarosa Sabbadini

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.