Sunday's print section featured a four-page special about the world's best beach holidays. With this in mind, we'd like to hear about a favourite stretch of sand from your travels, what makes it special and the kind of holidaymaker who frequents it. Perhaps it was a beach that is good for a stroll, for surfing, partying, or simply lounging or sun bathing. The reader who sends in the best entry wins a £500 voucher.
Can a yoga and sleep retreat cure my 20-year battle with insomnia?. A sleep retreat in the rugged hills of central Portugal, filled with sunshine, yoga, vegan food and kindness, promises a lasting cure for sleepless nights
Neverland forever: the tiny Scottish island that gave us Peter Pan. Eilean Shona inspired the author JM Barrie. It seems some dreams do come true …
Mist drifted lazily across the water’s surface as the vegetation came alive with chirps of grasshoppers and frogs. Above, the night sky was an inky black so deep that all that was reflected in the river were the dots of twinkling stars.
Mi casa es su casa: the family who turned their Lisbon home into a hotelIn a 1900s building in Lisbon, António Costa Lopes and Filipa Fortunato have created an intimate hotel that feels like a family home – because it is one
10 of the best UK spas and wellbeing holidays. From a recently refurbished London institution to new spas and wilderness weekends in the Hebrides, we pick great retreats and sanctuaries
We’ve got your back: a yoga and pilates weekend in SussexOur ‘yoga-phobe’ was a nervous novice on a weekend retreat but leaves feeling more flexible, both physically and mentally
10 of the best budget spa holidays in eastern EuropeFrom the Czech Republic to the Ukraine, quality (and unusual) health treatments can be found at a fraction of western Europe prices
Three condors circled on an updraught, occasionally swooping low to give us the eye. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Andean vulture-king up so close. We were on a bald high mountain pass, and had paused to rest some very weary legs and guzzle down lots of water.
Plane wrong: how your bosses should cut back on flightsThe global value of business flights is forecast to top £1.3tn by 2023 – here’s how employers can cut the environmental impact
If I drew a picture of what a perfect holiday looked like for me two years ago, it would have featured a bar somewhere hot with palm trees and a social vibe. Not, I’d imagine, an isolated 18th-century sheep farm in the wilds of northern Iceland, where dawn is at 11am and dusk in the early afternoon – which is where I found myself this winter.
Contrived. That’s the first word that bubbles into my mind about this spanking new luxury hotel just off Whitehall. It’s not the only word – there are others more flattering, but it’s one I associate with so many new places these days.
American author E.B. White once quipped about this city of eight million inhabitants: "New York provides not only a continuing excitation but also a spectacle that is continuing." And while he may have said this nearly a century ago, his words still ring true to this day. The City that Never Sleeps is in constant motion – yes, even at 3am – and while the surface may be always transforming, its heart never really changes. Spend a day seeing the sites in Manhattan and another day wandering the heart of global hipsterism in Brooklyn. There's no better time to take a bite out of this pulsating metropolis.
Dust off your snowsuit and buckle up. We’ve trawled the snowy peaks of Europe for the best ski destinations… and brought you some corkers...
The worst hotels I’ve ever stayed in are different from the hotels that can be categorised as merely “bad”. To be awarded the accolade of “worst” there has to be an extra-special level of nonchalant awfulness that goes above and beyond your common-or-garden terrible.
At 6.30pm on an October Monday night, Parker’s Tavern glows with warmth and light from astronomy-style chandeliers against the cold and dark of Parker’s Piece common outside, filled with table chatter. Down one side, diners expectantly survey a set menu proffering the likes of cod cheeks and braised pork; so far, so trendy.
When it comes to ski boots next winter, ase of customisation, walk modes and low weight are still high on the design agenda, but the biggest overall shift is to boots with a curved Grip Walk sole. Most of us use a regular flat soled downhill boots for power and consistent safety. Grip Walk changes this as there are still hard parts for power and safe binding release but most of the sole is curved and grippy to make walking easier. But it’s worth noting Grip Walk boots should only be used with Grip Walk compatible bindings so may require you to upgrade your skis too.
Apart from the good looks, how can you tell if a ski or snowboard jacket suits your needs? Our advice on key lingo and the latest technology will make sure you choose the right one for you.
Aside from being a fun day out for the family, the UK’s vast array of dry ski slopes and indoor snow centres provide the perfect opportunity for a pre-season warm up or to sample skiing or snowboarding for the first time.
Chinese New Year is almost with us again - but there is still enough time to plan a celebratory trip, even if you want to fly out to China itself. How to do it? Read on...
An earthquake shook France this week with the news that the legendary Lyon restaurant of top chef Paul Bocuse has been stripped of its third Michelin star. In the country’s culinary circles it is equivalent to the Eiffel Tower losing a leg.
Cape Town has had a splendid year of boutique hotel openings, each new hotspot making the city's social scene sizzle that little bit more. Here, our South Africa expert has picked her five surefire favourites, including a beachfront bolthole in Camp's Bay, a suburban refuge on the slopes of Table Mountain, and a supremely cool urban hangout at the heart of the city centre bustle.
The sky is grey, the winds are blowing, any remnants of festive joy have been reduced to the occasional rogue Quality Street wrapper found in a pocket. This can only mean one thing. It’s time to buck up your ideas and start planning your 2020 holidays.