The readers of Ultratravel,The Telegraph’s luxury travel magazine, are invited to reveal their favourite hotels, airlines, destinations and more each year. Last night, the results for The ULTRAS 2017 awards were finally revealed at a reception and ceremony at London’s Savoy hotel. As ever, the event was attended by senior members of the luxury travel industry all keen to know if they were among those commended by our well-travelled voters - these are some of the most prestigious and well-regarded awards in the industry.
It is one of the perennial bug-bears of modern air travel: You are one of the last people to board your flight – and once you finally climb the steps, the luggage bins are stuffed with wheelie-suitcases, winter coats and plastic carriers of duty-free produce. A storage space that fits underneath the plane seat in front. As with many intriguing inventions, the Private Stowage Compartment (PSC) is so simple that you wonder why it wasn’t dreamed up sooner.
In this modern era of social media, Instagram feeds and endless smartphone connectivity – when so many of us are so very visible online – the places where we stay are learning to use what they know about us, and convert it into a welcome which is designed to make us feel very much at home. Where will this end?
Plane food: universally terrible and unlikely to improve. The food served up there is produced in huge quantities hours before your flight takes off and is reheated in convection ovens by the cabin crew. Hence why first and business class passengers are served better fare.
My journey to Obuse came as I followed in the footsteps of Hokusai, who is perhaps Japan’s most famous cultural export, influencing Western artists, from Monet to Degas. As comfortable sketching the dynamic curves of a sumo wrestler’s torso as he was painting the delicate petals of a chrysanthemum, Hokusai excelled at a range of techniques and subjects.
An expert guide to the best boutique hotels in Devon, featuring the top places to stay for Georgian mansions, charming interiors, period features, cocktails bars and seaside views, in locations including Exeter, Salcombe, Tavistock and Dartmoor. Lympstone ManorExmouth, Devon, England
More than a third of Britain’s beaches are safe to bathe in, according to the Blue Flag awards, which has deemed 68 of Britain's beaches to be up to standard this year. The annual status, awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education, bestows a mark of quality on our shores and indicates that visitors can expect beaches with a flag to not only be clean, but also safe, meeting the highest environmental standards, as well as the most stringent standards for international bathing water. Just 12 English beaches achieved a Blue Flag in 1987, when the scheme began.
More than a third of England’s beaches are safe to bathe in, according to the Blue Flag awards, which has deemed 68 of England's beaches to be up to standard this year. The annual status, awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education, bestows a mark of quality on our shores and indicates that visitors can expect beaches with a flag to not only be clean, but also safe, meeting the highest environmental standards, as well as the most stringent standards for international bathing water. Just 12 English beaches achieved a Blue Flag in 1987, when the scheme began.
A guide to short breaks in Malaga, Spain, including the best bars, restaurants, hotels and things to do. With a reputed 320 days of sunshine a year and a city centre packed full of historic and artistic attractions, Malaga is the perfect sunny but stimulating getaway.
Rosie Fenning wins £200 for this tale of her exotic culinary experiences in the food markets of Taiwan. For any foodie, vegetarian or otherwise, Taiwan’s night markets are a feast of weird and wonderful cuisine, where traditional Chinese fare can be found alongside quirky local favourites, including the aptly named “stinky tofu”. With a large Buddhist population, vegetarian food is not hard to come by in Taiwan.
A giant pair of hands emerging from the water to grasp the side of a hotel that might well be sinking into the Grand Canal (Lorenzo Quinn’s Support). What modern artist would want to flaunt his or her work in a city that is, at every corner, a masterpiece in itself?
A custom-made private jet personally designed by Elvis Presley, the late American singer, complete with original interiors including red velvet seats and red shag carpet, will be sold to the highest bidder this Saturday, May 27. The 1962 Lockheed Jetstar jet, which has been privately owned for more than 35 years, became a tourist attraction where it sat on a runway in Roswell, New Mexico in the US.
When British skier Jamie Mullner set off down a glacier in the Swiss Alps last December the last thing he could have wanted is to end up trapped 60ft (almost 20 metres) beneath it – but Mother Nature has funny ways of surprising us, and that’s exactly what happened as he hit a crack in the surface and fell. Ironically the video, which was filmed in Saas Fee, begins with Mullner pointing out the crevasse to his friends, telling them to be aware and avoid getting too close to the deep opening in the glacial ice. “I’m always a little bit sketched out by the crevasse at the bottom of this,” he says.
Lancaster London's tea is impressively presented, and confettied with edible flowers. Also outstanding were the sweet, butter-glazed, sunflower-seeded choux buns stuffed with a wild mushroom filling that had been whipped with truffle oil and cream cheese – the kind of thing that you know is 300 calories a mouthful but doesn't count what with its earthy, wholesome Italian flavours and being the texture of a cloud.
Recently I’ve been sidestepping the problem by using Google’s new Popular Times charts. When you search for a sight, they show up in the panel on the right of the main results listings (or if you are on a smartphone, at the top of the results). It displays the typical length of time spent at the sight and, during opening hours, shows live information on whether it is unusually quiet or busy at that moment.
Exclusive reader offers: enjoy a superb deal on a seaside break in Devon, a gourmet getaway in Oxfordshire, Surrey wines or gins in Gloucestershire. Goldsborough Hall, Yorkshire
Driving need not be the chore that it has become for many of us as we struggle along stop-start commuter routes, or Britain’s overcrowded motorways. It can be a brilliant way to explore a landscape and enjoy the sights en route. To help inspire you, our experts have selected 10 of the best drives in Europe – from the Trollstigen, a short but superbly scenic stretch of mountain road in the Rauma region of Norway, to an 800-mile circumnavigation of Iceland.
“It’s lunacy,” said Leapy Lee, a veteran musician who performs in bars across Majorca. “I play in one place in Magaluf where customers are complaining because they can’t hear it. The draconian law is being seen as the latest an attempt by authorities to clean up the image of Magaluf and shed its reputation for debauched 18-30 parties and alcohol-fuelled antics.
Adventurer Paul Rose concludes his exploration of the 79-mile Yorkshire Wolds Way, taking to the skies to get a unique view of its stretch of chalk downland. Bill Bailey returns to his West Country roots for a walk on Exmoor with his dog Louie, while Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark takes in the tranquility of the Isle of Arran. Matt Baker explores the rise and fall of the orchards in the Clyde Valley.
Below, bathed in the same glow, is Ljubljana, all orange tiles, pastel-hue churches and winsome spires – the River Ljubljanica slipping woozily through its centre. A stocky, unshaven man, he goes under the title “President of the Ljubljana Urban Beekeeping Association”. “I was sceptical as to whether you could put hives at this height,” he muses, scratching his chin.
Who needs a chlorinated pool and a splash in the shallow end when you can take to the water with a real-life, excitingly exotic animal? This has been sparked by a flurry of Instagram postings from the Caribbean island of Aruba (which, if you are wondering about geography, sits so far to the south and west of the region that it is practically part of Venezuela), where these birds of perfectly pink plumage are very much present and correct at “Flamingo Beach”.
A recent official announcement from France’s renowned off-piste ski destination La Grave that the 30-year lease for its lift system has been awarded to the nearby resort of Alpe d’Huez ends years of suspense about who would win it. La Grave has been facing threats to its sauvage (wild) nature – it has only two pistes – and its long-running, two-stage téléphérique (gondola) since its earliest inception as a ski destination in the 1980s. During the first decade of its life, while it was run by the town of La Grave, the lift was closed more often than it was open because of management and financing issues.
Voting in the 2017 Telegraph Travel Awards is now open, giving you the opportunity to reward those operators and destinations that continue to surpass your expectations. Coco Bodu Hithi, part of the renowned Maldivian hospitality brand, Coco Collection, is offering one lucky prize-winner 14 nights for two in a Coco Residence. The winner of Most Romantic Resort at the 2016 South Asia Travel Awards, every villa at Coco Bodu Hithi is surrounded by the calm view of the lagoon and the soothing sound of the waves.
This unforgettable holiday is courtesy of Visit Victoria and luxury travel specialist, Bridge & Wickers, the experts in creating bespoke experiences across Australia. The prize includes two VIP tickets to the F1 Australian Grand Prix in March 2018 and a glorious road trip, including a private helicopter flight, along the Great Ocean Road.
A luxury holiday of a lifetime, this twin-centre trip will incorporate the very best of the Indian Ocean, courtesy of Shangri-La and Destinology. From the rugged southern coastline of Sri Lanka to one of the most exclusive private island resorts in the Maldives, this eight-night trip will include luxury accommodation at Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa and Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa and return business class flights with Destinology, the luxury travel experts.