This year’s National Pub Awards were given out last week, and one part of the country stood out: Clitheroe. It’s a small town in the Ribble Valley that, when you include the countryside within its immediate orbit, provided not only the Pub of the Year, but also the Dining Pub of the Year.
How does one start to visit a country as vast as Russia? Read on for 10 ideas, spanning from Europe to the Far-East.
I am in Provence, at mellow-stoned Crillon le Brave, gazing out of the window at a jumble of warm terracotta roof tiles. Above them, swallows flit, feeding on the wing, and beyond them, tidy rows of vines dominate the sweep of land that runs to the foot of Mont Ventoux. The hotel, which sits at the centre of the village, is formed from nine stone houses, many with grey shutters and branches hanging heavy with fragrant wisteria.
In this sprawling megatropolis of over 24 million people, home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, it appears that big is beautiful. But against this fast-paced high-rise backdrop there are some very special small packages to be found, from tiny galleries hidden in old French mansions, to speakeasies secreted in basements, to inventive boutique hotels scattered in shikumen-style back streets and out the way water villages. But, while Shanghai has its fair share of small hotels, quality and standards of service can be an issue. We've narrowed down the best of the bunch for you here.
Las Vegas shouldn’t really exist. It makes no logical sense. It springs up out of nowhere in the middle of the scorching, inhospitable Nevada desert – a shining, gaudy, neon oasis showcasing the very extremes of human excess.
Hong Kong is beautiful and exciting. With 170 years of trading under its belt, it's one of the world's most important financial centres, banking powerhouses and centres of fashion, where deals are brokered around the clock – if there's one city in the world set up for business it's this one. From the restrained elegance of well-established hotels to the string of independents, there is marked movement towards meeting the needs of the modern business traveller through workshops, events and treatments and facilities. Whether you’re a Ferragamo-footed high-flier, a suited and booted executive, a hoodie-wearing digital nomad or a cool creative customer, there's a hotel to suit your needs. Here's our pick of the best modern business hotels in Hong Kong.
Get yourself as high up as possible in this Hyde Park hotel because the panoramic views of the London skyline are nothing short of spectacular – all the landmarks in one fell swoop. Despite being a huge hotel it's independent and manages to avoid the corporate feel. Rooms are tasteful with massive beds swathed in White Company duvet covers. Later, grab either a signature afternoon tea or head for the superb award-winning Nipa Thai restaurant, then work it all off in the state-of-the-art 24/7 gym.
Tourist taxes are a “xenophobic gag reflex” to the growing popularity of a holiday hotspot and will harm a destination more than it helps, according to the head of the European Tourism Association (ETOA).
My sons, Ted, 19, and Gillies, 13, are masters of manipulation. Seven years ago they told me that although they loved Italy they thought I should be more adventurous with our holiday destinations.
I was scrambling up a bog-ridden hillside in the Scottish Highlands when my ghillie Mitchell Partridge turned and asked, “right, how are you for speed?”
Moscow’s post-Communist penchant for splashy luxury is well known throughout the world. While it doesn’t have the dreamy canals and European glamour of its northern counterpart St. Petersburg, it’s no slouch in terms of culture, hosting some some of the country's most renowned art and history collections – not to mention some extremely luxurious shops, glamorous restaurants and slick bars. Many of its tackier and over-indulgent aspects have been tempered in the last decade or so, ushering in a more sophisticated sense of style. The restrained elegance of hotels such as the Four Seasons will feel familiar, while fans of classic opulence can stay at a number of hotels that feature rooms with private butlers, suites with views of the Kremlin and decadent restaurants, bars and spa treatments. Here's our pick of the most luxurious hotels in Moscow.
British Airways has begun to contact passengers affected by a pilot strike due to take place later in September.
After a conch shell was blown announcing our group’s arrival in Molokai’s extremely lush Halawa Valley, we pressed our foreheads and noses against the faces of the family we met while breathing in – the traditional Hawaiian greeting, or honi.
If you think that cruise ship cuisine consists of standard one-size-fits-all menus, think again. While special diets used to be dismissed as trends or fads, they are now viewed as essential tools for a healthy lifestyle. We are today increasingly interested in plant-based fare, reducing our calorie intake and cutting out gluten. For some, dietary needs follow religious tradition (such as kosher) or can be a medical necessity (such as diabetes).
A pause, the tip-tapping of a keyboard and then the immortal words: ‘Ahh, we are able to upgrade your room today’. It’s what every weary traveller wants to hear upon checking in to a hotel. The mind floods with images of freestanding tubs, separate seating areas and, not forgetting, big fruit baskets. Yes, nothing beats the thrill of spreading out in a plush suite, or even just a slightly-better-than-standard room where you don’t trip over your suitcase every time you move - at no extra cost.
There are many manglings of the English language which might be regarded as oxymorons (or contradictions-in-terms, to use a less weighty phrase). "Random order" is one; "the only choice" another. "Growing smaller" is a third; "open secret" a fourth.
Almost two thirds of people want to know how much pollution their flight will produce when they book, according to a new poll.
Tokyo excels at all-singing, all-dancing luxury, particularly when it comes to the Japanese capital’s top tier hotels. Here, it’s all about shiny futuristic skyscrapers; stunning views across the sprawling megalopolis (ideally with a hovering Mount Fuji in the distance); uber-deluxe (and surprisingly spacious) suites; Michelin-starred restaurants; high-end spas up among the clouds; and, of course, this being Japan, omotenashi – the icing on the five-star cake that loosely translates as unwaveringly intuitive service. Here is our round up of the very best luxury hotels in Tokyo.
This summer, as Spanish locals sweltered through a severe drought, archaeologists were dealt an intriguing consolation prize: the re-emergence of the Dolmen of Guadalperal.
British holidaymakers booked to travel to south-east Asia this winter have been warned to take precautions as a severe dengue outbreak spreads across the region.
It’s too far. Doesn’t it get really cold there? Why go all that way for a week when you could just go to the Alps? Just some of the comments and questions that came up whenever I said I wanted to ski in Canada.
City breaks can rack up quickly, but in Edinburgh there are plenty of things you can you do where you won't have to reach for your wallet. Spot otters and roe deer on a walk along the Water of Leith, get up close to Scottish Old Masters in an impressive gallery, and find a hidden garden off The Royal Mile for a mid-afternoon kip. Telegraph Edinburgh expert Linda Macdonald shares her favourite free things to do in Edinburgh.
Moscow’s size, reputation and Soviet architecture has given it a fairly intimidating reputution. But there is much more to the Russian capital than its central role in the Cold War. In fact, the capital has a fascinating history that dates back over 800 years, and while it doesn’t have the dreamy canals and European glamour of its northern counterpart St. Petersburg, it’s no slouch in terms of culture, hosting some some of the country's most renowned art and history collections, theatres and film studios—not to mention some extremely luxurious shops, glamorous restaurants and slick bars. Most of the action can be found within the Garden Ring, where a thoroughly contemporary, if not downright ostentatious, buzz prevails.
The internet has transformed the way that you can book a holiday. Research can take you around the world; drone footage can carry you over oceans and Google Maps can drop you, quite literally, on the beach.