In the northern hemisphere we’re now steadily advancing towards winter: it’s cold, the weather is even less predictable than usual, and Christmas music is playing everywhere. We don’t know about you, but for us this is exactly the time of year when we’re most at risk of blowing our credit card limits on a holiday in the sun. The idea of a pristine beach and the blazing sun seem all the more attractive when neither are in reach. But then we remember the twenty-seven nieces and nephews we have to get Christmas presents for, and meekly close that travel agent's website. However, there’s no harm in dreaming, so we did have a little browse of our image library to compile a selection of the most dreamily exotic beaches. With a bit of luck these should get us through yet another mangled rendition of White Christmas.