• Axe-throwing, Viking saunas and Iceland's best chef: A spa stay with style at Deplar Farm
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    Axe-throwing, Viking saunas and Iceland's best chef: A spa stay with style at Deplar Farm

    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.

  • Hotel Hit Squad: Great Scotland Yard isn’t as arresting as it should be for the price – except for Robin Gill's rustic, honest food
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    Hotel Hit Squad: Great Scotland Yard isn’t as arresting as it should be for the price – except for Robin Gill's rustic, honest food

    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.

  • 48 hours in . . . New York, an insider guide to the Big Apple
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    48 hours in . . . New York, an insider guide to the Big Apple

    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.

  • Book It: Seven incredible hotels for a European skiing holiday
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    Book It: Seven incredible hotels for a European skiing holiday

    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...

  • 'If I had to choose a word it would be “substandard"': Why The Standard Hollywood is out of date, out of touch and out of order
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    'If I had to choose a word it would be “substandard"': Why The Standard Hollywood is out of date, out of touch and out of order

    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.

  • Waste not want not: the new Cambridge hotel supper club that wants to change our approach to food waste
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    Waste not want not: the new Cambridge hotel supper club that wants to change our approach to food waste

    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.

  • The best ski boots for men and women this winter
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    The best ski boots for men and women this winter

    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.

  • Everything you need to know about buying a ski jacket
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    Everything you need to know about buying a ski jacket

    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.

  • Britain's top dry ski slopes and indoor snow centres
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    Britain's top dry ski slopes and indoor snow centres

    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.

  • Where to celebrate Chinese New Year 2020 – the best events in London, across the UK and beyond
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    Where to celebrate Chinese New Year 2020 – the best events in London, across the UK and beyond

    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...

  • French food is still the best in the world – here's why
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    French food is still the best in the world – here's why

    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.

  • The hottest new hotels in Cape Town
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    The hottest new hotels in Cape Town

    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.

  • What's your top travel tip for 2020? And where should everyone avoid?
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    What's your top travel tip for 2020? And where should everyone avoid?

    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.

  • How to ski like a Winter Olympian: join Chemmy Alcott on the slopes of Val d'Isere this winter
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    How to ski like a Winter Olympian: join Chemmy Alcott on the slopes of Val d'Isere this winter

    Chemmy Alcott has been the female face of British ski racing for over 15 years. After representing Team GB at four Winter Olympic Games she has effortlessly transitioned to a career that involves sharing her knowledge and sporting expertise with others in a variety of ways, including being a presenter on Ski Sunday.

  • It's Iceland meets New Zealand - the stunning archipelago that is often overlooked
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    It's Iceland meets New Zealand - the stunning archipelago that is often overlooked

    I can’t help thinking that the Vikings missed a trick with their tourism marketing. Don’t get me wrong, the intrepid Norse folk who settled on the Faroe Islands mostly did a fine job, imbuing this North Atlantic archipelago with mythology to inspire the most legend-hungry visitor.

  • Haggis at the ready! The best hotels in London for Burns Night celebrations
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    Haggis at the ready! The best hotels in London for Burns Night celebrations

    For more than 200 years, on or around January 25, people have celebrated the life of Robert Burns – regarded as Scotland's national poet, and a pioneer of British Romanticism.

  • "This is what true happiness feels (and smells) like" – inside Borgo Egnazia's 'Happiness Retreat'
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    "This is what true happiness feels (and smells) like" – inside Borgo Egnazia's 'Happiness Retreat'

    The concept of happiness was somewhat elusive as I sat in a crowded airport with three flights to catch to get home for Christmas while a storm wreaked havoc with my flight path. It was testament to my lesson with Giuseppe, the Master of Laughter, that I could manage even a wry smile.

  • How to wash your ski kit at home
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    How to wash your ski kit at home

    Buying ski or snowboard kit is an investment and many of us are guilty of storing it away and forgetting all about it as soon as we return home from our trip to the mountains – however it needs to be well maintained to perform to the best of its abilities. A week on the slopes can leave outerwear slightly worse for wear, but it’s easy to wash at home to make good as new ahead of your next trip to the mountains, whether that's this season or next.

  • Airline demands passenger take a pregnancy test before boarding amid concern over 'birth tourism'
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    Airline demands passenger take a pregnancy test before boarding amid concern over 'birth tourism'

    A Hong Kong airline has apologised for demanding a passenger take a pregnancy test before boarding a flight the US Pacific island of Saipan.

  • How to stay healthy abroad – everything you need to know about vaccinations
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    How to stay healthy abroad – everything you need to know about vaccinations

    The Scottish NHS travel site (www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk) gives useful information on vaccinations for specific countries and has up-to-date links to malaria maps and news about outbreaks of malaria and dengue fever. Masta (masta-travel-health.com) also offers an easy-to-use brief specific to your destination. The website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (nathnac.net) is another source of detailed advice. Some GPs run formal travel clinics or employ travel nurses who are up to date on the latest information. The website diabetestravel.org gives useful advice for those with diabetes.

  • Haggis at the ready! The best hotels in London for Burns Night celebrations
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    Haggis at the ready! The best hotels in London for Burns Night celebrations

    For more than 200 years, on or around January 25, people have celebrated the life of Robert Burns – regarded as Scotland's national poet, and a pioneer of British Romanticism.

  • How a spa escape in the Dolomites was the tonic to a year of tragedy
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    How a spa escape in the Dolomites was the tonic to a year of tragedy

    Boy, am I glad to see the back of 2019.

  • Cruise line launched for 'curious explorers', featuring 44-day expedition to Antarctica
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    Cruise line launched for 'curious explorers', featuring 44-day expedition to Antarctica

    Viking has announced the launch of Viking Expeditions, a third string to the multi-award-winning cruise company’s bow, aiming to attract “curious explorers” with voyages to remote reaches of the earth.

  • The most romantic hotels in the Cotswolds, from alluring country manors to boutique b&bs
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    The most romantic hotels in the Cotswolds, from alluring country manors to boutique b&bs

    From its picturesque pastureland, to its handsome little market towns and idyllic villages of honey-stone houses awash with roses and hollyhocks, the Cotswolds looks resolutely made for romantic breaks. It helps, of course, that the region also offers an impressive range of striking and charmingly intimate places to stay. There are historic inns with splendid old fireplaces and much atmosphere; as well as glamorous luxury b&bs; with arty flourishes; plus glorious hotels with secluded gardens and plenty of quiet, cosy corners. Here's our pick of the most romantic hotels in the Cotswolds.

  • Ski holidays in France: the top 10 best resorts, hotels and ski slopes
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    Ski holidays in France: the top 10 best resorts, hotels and ski slopes

    The French lay claim to the best cuisine, the best wines, and the best variety of ski resorts of any country in the world. While the first two are open to question these days, the third is undoubtedly true.