Brazil's bohemian Bahia is sunny and sedate in 'wintry' August – it's still hot, too, you just won't have to jostle for space on the beach. It might bustle in Bali but the rolling rice paddies and volcanic-sand shores of Tabanan, in the west, offer welcome respite. The island of Sardinia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world – and venturing inland is just as rewarding (but be warned: Ferragosto is a mid-month public holiday where lots of shops and restaurants close).