If you hanker to really get away from it all, then a British Virgin Islands holiday from The Co-operative Travel will deliver all you desire - and more besides.
With miles of pristine beaches and secluded bays, the British Virgin Islands have earned a reputation for tranquillity and exclusivity - little wonder when the territory consists of no fewer than 60 islands, most of them uninhabited.
A one-time pirates' and smugglers' haven, this means the seas around the islands are littered with shipwrecks, and the combination of these and the underwater beauty of the coral island of Anegada makes a British Virgin Islands holiday a dream for divers.
Even in the Islands' capital, Road Town on the island of Tortola, there are no high-rise hotels, nightclubs or casinos, tourism development having been kept deliberately low-key. But you will still find a choice of quality accommodation if you choose a package holiday or all-inclusive holiday to the British Virgin Islands, ranging from quiet villas and small guesthouses up to five-star luxury hotels - albeit without the ostentations you'll encounter elsewhere.
Sailing, windsurfing and fishing are all very popular in the islands' tranquil waters, while strolling along the fine white sand beaches and among the palm trees is a sure way to banish all your cares.
Eating out on the islands offers a varied choice of restaurants, although most take great pride in serving the catches of the local fishermen. Lobster caught around the coral island of Anegada is reputed to be among the world's finest, while red snapper, whelks, mussels and even shark are other island specialities.
Despite having no casinos or nightclubs, the Islands serve up plenty of night-time entertainment, with several bars putting on live music or DJs. Tortola has the islands' only cinema, while the monthly full moon sees a beach party held at Apple Bay. Locally-produced rum forms the basis of many drinks and cocktails.
This is also a popular souvenir, of course, while carved wooden ornaments, batik craftwork and jewellery produced from conch shells are also popular mementos of a British Virgin Islands holiday.
If you're looking for a peaceful retreat as an antidote to the stress of your daily grind, you couldn't choose better than a British Virgin Islands holiday from The Co-operative Travel. Check today to find out about any late deals or last-minute holiday deals to a paradise escape that represents a real bargain.