With an amazing array of sandy beaches, dazzling green landscapes, and mountains studded with waterfalls, it's little wonder that the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean is being hailed as the go-to holiday destination for 2015.
Whether you want to practise your golf swing, go birdwatching in the forest or spend your days reading by the glittering ocean, this is the place to be.
Rich in history, the Dominican Republic's first tourist was Christopher Columbus in 1492. Since then, it has developed into a diverse and luxurious destination which welcomes more than 220,000 British visitors each year.
A leader in eco-tourism, the Dominican Republic created the world's first whale sanctuary and the whale-watching season from mid-January to mid-March is a fantastic time to visit the island. Each year, these impressive marine mammals travel to the warm waters off the north coast of the Dominican Republic for their annual mating rituals. And the Bay of Samaná in the Dominican Republic is the only place in the Caribbean where visitors can observe the humpback whales making their pilgrimage to these waters.
Each year, visitors benefit from an increased number of flights to the island due to its popularity. Just last year, British Airways upped their service from London Gatwick to Punta Cana to 3 times per week.