By now the holiday celebrations are a distant memory, you may have broken your new year’s resolution many times by now, and Christmas puddings have been replaced by Cadburys Crème eggs on our supermarket shelves. But one thing that never changes at this time of year along with the Fog and the Ice is, the cavalcade of TV adverts showing white shell sand and turquoise blue waters, tempting you to far flung exotic places.

But when you see these pictures you may imagine these places to be far flung paradise islands, but did you know you don’t have to take a 14 hour plane journey to see some of the most spectacular stretches of sea and sand on the planet. There are plenty to be found in Greece and Cyprus.

From the white shell sand and aqua marine sea that laps the shore of Halkidiki Greece to the golden sands of Nissi bay in Cyprus, they offer just about everything a beach loving dreamer could want, alongside a rich history and colourful culture to boot. But with several thousand beaches in Greece alone, the tricky part is knowing which one to choose. To help heres one of my favourites.

KASSANDRA PENINSULA, HALKIDIKI, GREECE

life beachIf your looking for a super luxury option that caters for families as well as couples, look to Halkidiki.It features extensive, fine, white, sandy beaches with crystal clear waters. The four mile long Bousoulas Beach is a renowned hang out for party goers, with weekly “white night” beach parties. The water is shallow enough for kids to swim in, and clear enough to snorkel in, and the sun sets aren’t bad either, think glorious swathes of pink and orange fusing over the ripples below.

Sani resorts with its four properties is a popular choice in the area, offering several private beaches, and a range of water sports and activities. Its also a great choice for families with kids clubs and a “Babewatch” service, which gives parents a 30 minute break away from the little ones.

A week half board starts at £855 in April including flights. Bookable through Nigel.scrimshaw@Travel Counsellors.com

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