If all you want is sun, sand and sea, the Maldives will deliver with a multifarious choice of private islands boasting everything from outdoor cinemas and underwater spas to overwater villas with their own private waterslides.
If a holiday in India is on your wish list then January’s moderate temperatures make it the perfect time to tour Rajasthan’s palaces, forts and cities, not forgetting Agra and possibly some tiger-spotting in Ranthambore National Park.
South of the equator, Argentina offers the chance to ride with gauchos, sample mouth-watering steaks and explore the pristine lakes and mountains of Patagonia.
Closer to home, Egypt is suitably cool for a Nile cruise and the lower daytime temperatures mean you won’t have to make a dawn assault on the Valley of the Kings as at other times of year (when it’s over 30 degrees by 9am).
If you don’t want the party season to end then perhaps Mustique, favoured hangout of rock stars and royalty, is for you. Hire a private villa for friends and family to enjoy the island’s laid-back yet glamorous house party atmosphere and, in the evening, head down the beach to join the ‘locals’ at Basil’s Bar.