Why life’s a breeze in sunny Sardinia at Neilson’s new Baia dei Mori resort

The wind had dropped in an unsporting way. 

I was barely moving on my windsurfing board off the north-east coast of Sardinia, while all around me people were zipping along, their sails inflated by mysterious gusts I had yet to capture.

I’d clearly not come to the newest beach club from activity holiday company Neilson for my knowledge of the sea – rather, reliable sunshine and endorphins on tap. 

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Africa’s sweet spot: Once the world’s chocolate capital, São Tomé is now a family treat

At the water’s edge, I’m clutching a golden grenade. At least, that’s what it looks like — but break it open and you’re rewarded with a medley of sweet, tangy flavours.

This is the fruit from a freshly plucked cacao pod on a pristine beach on Principe, the smallest of the islands off the west coast of Africa that make up the twin-island nation of São Tomé and Principe.

It’s Africa’s second-smallest country, with a population of fewer than 200,000.

In the early 20th century, most of the world’s chocolate came from here.

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See the incredible Northern Lights on the most beautiful voyage in the world

Have you always dreamed of gazing up at the star-filled Arctic skies and seeing the shimmering Northern Lights? 

Then don’t miss the chance to join the Mail on Sunday’s exclusive new 12-day cruise along the stunning Norwegian coastline – a journey that has been described by Lonely Planet as the world’s most beautiful voyage.

On this once-in-a-lifetime trip, you will also be joined by wildlife enthusiast and TV presenter Kate Humble, star of Curious Creatures, Wild Things and Arctic Live. 

Here are five great reasons to join Kate and your fellow readers on this magical journey…

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Did I like Cyprus? I made my own movie about it: Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp reveals how to take the perfect holiday video

It’s hard to choose the kind of holiday mini-movie in which I’d like to star. 

A thriller, perhaps, as long as it doesn’t involve sharks or a lonely crevasse. A rom-com with my husband? Maybe a girls’ road trip like Thelma and Louise before they drive that green T-Bird into the Grand Canyon.

The point is, I could be in any of them thanks to today’s technology – if only I was better at using it. I’d like to be, which is why I am in Cyprus with Martin Kemp, star of Spandau Ballet and EastEnders, reality show judge, TV host, stage actor and film director too.

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