An insider's guide to the top hotels with spas in Edinburgh, including the best for spa days, infinity pools and massage treatments, including Norton House Hotel and Waldorf Astoria - The Caledonian.
You can find a glut of bland budget hotels in Al Barsha and Deira, but those with character tend to be concentrated around the historical, rejuvenated neighbourhoods of Bur Dubai, with creative hotels like XVA Art Hotel aligning their style with local heritage, while the modern, urban Zabeels occupy the millennial-friendly end of the spectrum. Some hotels offer good-value beach holidays, while others stand out for their proximity to cultural hot spots like the record-breaking Burj Khalifa. For a comfortable and stylish stay that won't break the bank in a city known for its extravagance, see our pick of the best affordable hotels below.
A neighbourhood guide to the best places to stay in Tokyo, as chosen by our resident expert, including the best hotels in Shibuya, Shinjuku, Roppongi and more.
Tickets for Eurostar’s high-speed services from London St Pancras and Ashford International to the French Alps go on sale at 8am on Wednesday (July 17). The direct services to three stations, Moûtiers, Aime La Plagne and Bourg St Maurice, provide easy access to many top French ski resorts, including Courchevel and Méribel in the Trois Vallées, Tignes, Les Arcs and La Plagne.
Whizzing smoothly towards the snow-capped peaks of the Alps with picture-perfect scenery gliding by out the window, with no need for long airport queues or tedious transfers. Rail travel to the mountains certainly holds advantages for skiers and snowboarders – and here’s why.
High end in all senses, these luxurious hotels, whether from the rooftop running track of the Ritz Four Seasons or the Skybar of the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade give you a bird’s eye view of the capital. Dine at the new, gastronomic Fifty Seconds (the time it takes to ascend) atop the riverside Myriad, swim with the city far beneath you at Epic Sana’s rooftop bar or climb onto Palacio Verride’s 360 degrees viewing platform for a guaranteed high.
There are now a staggering 1,121 Unesco World Heritage Sites. Is that too many? Given that the exhaustive list includes a Fray Bentos meatpacking plant, a German shoe factory, and a Belgian boat lift, the answer might well be “yes”. Then again, the lineup does not yet include St Paul’s Cathedral, so perhaps there’s still room for more.
Waking up to the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore from your bed is what real luxury is all about – and in Spain it is very easy to make it happen. Choose a romantic boutique bolthole on a cove on the Costa Brava or a cool urban hotel on the endless beaches along the Valencian coast. Or maybe a resort-style complex right by the Mediterranean on the Costa del Sol, where you can have lunch with your feet in the sand. Just slip out of your hotel and into the warm, turquoise sea – whether you want to snorkel, surf or just float the day away. Stay at one of our top beachfront hotels on the Spanish coast to get the full moodlifting effect without even trying.
I’ve always been drawn to Europe’s grand hotels, those whose walls have stories to tell and secrets to keep. To me, they represent permanence, unruffled by the turbulent world outside. Serene and privileged bastions of good living, they are both glamorous and exciting, with famous faces never far away, and at the same time reassuring, historic and full of dignity and a sense of importance.
The Sorrentine peninsula pushes out into the Tyrrhenian sea like a gnarled finger, its southern shores blessed by some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world. Linking the towns is the SS163, the legendary Amalfi Coast Drive, a 16 km twisting, turning two-lane road that weaves and dips torturously in and out and up and down gorges, clinging to the cliff face from Positano to Amalfi. The background is lemon and olives groves, picture-perfect whitewashed villages and the ever-present shimmering blue sea.
After an extraordinary weekend of sport, from England's victory in the cricket World Cup to the British Grand Prix and Novak Djokovic's epic victory at Wimbledon, you may feel inspired to write about your own sporting experiences – specifically while on holiday. Is there a sport or activity you’ve enjoyed on your travels – perhaps for the first time. It might have been sailing, golf, cricket, tennis, horse-riding or a less mainstream adventure such as diving, caving, kayaking or coasteering. The reader who sends in the best entry wins a £500 voucher.
Founded almost a thousand years ago, Marrakech is one of the great cities of the Maghreb. Somehow this bursting-at-the-seams city exists on the edge of the Sahara Desert, its pink pise (rammed earth) palaces framed by the snow-capped High Atlas. In its seething souks, Europe, Africa and the Middle East mingle and merge, and the past and present are hard to tell apart. But make no mistake, Marrakech isn’t some petrified piece of history. Instead, this centuries-old trading hub is a creative sweet spot where ideas thrive and a buzz of entrepreneurialism charges the air with an intoxicating, and sometimes, intimidating energy. This isn’t a place you can gracefully glide through. Instead, you’ll find yourself telling jokes with snake charmers, hankering after the latest henna tattoo or getting a scrub down in the local hammam. Pause for unexpected beauty and banter, after all, what are the chances you’ll come this way again?
Whether on a romantic afternoon open-vehicle game drive in Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve or an adrenaline-thumping walking safari in Mana Pools in Zimbabwe, little can compare to the stirring experience of encountering a lion in its natural habitat. Here are the best lodges and camps to stay in for incredible lion sightings
When it comes to an airport parking space, time is money. So how long does it take to turn a plane around, from when it lands to when it takes off again? And what needs to happen during the process?
Business travel used to be a luxury-lite experience, featuring trouser presses, UHT milk and conference calls in your dressing gown. However, times (and travellers' needs) are changing. The line between business and leisure has never been so blurred, and ‘bleisure’ – like the word or loathe it – is rife on the London hotel scene. From co-working spaces, round-the-clock amenities and fuss-free service, to destination restaurants and VIP transfers, these are the city’s best hotels for globetrotting worker bees.
The Croatian islands, restful escapes surrounded by the turquoise Adriatic, are a real treat for discerning travellers. Hvar and Korčula, in Dalmatia, are known for their Venetian-era main towns, with old stone palazzi huddled around elegant cathedrals, and paved piazzas with chic restaurants serving fresh fish and quality local wines. Nearby, rocky Brač is top for hiking, cycling and watersports, and oft-forgotten Šolta conceals a handful of sheltered bays, loved by yachters. In the Kvarner Gulf, Krk has fine Romanesque churches and long pebble beaches, while pine-scented Lošinj offers several modern waterside hotels with luxurious spas. We've rounded up some of the best places to stay for a blissful island getaway in Croatia.
Whether your children are looking for the full gamut of watersports while on holiday (surfing, stand-up paddleboarding or diving), educational gains (archeological digs, theatre courses, pizza-making), or are happy with simply help-yourself gelato and a swimming pool (or seven) – this comprehensive guide, selected by Telegraph Travel experts, covers all the bases – from budget to luxury – for a fun-filled family break.
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.
Catalonia's colourful capital combines everything that is most charming about Mediterranean cities – a relaxed pace, months of endless sunshine, unbeatable food – with culture and design. Over the last decade or so, Barcelona's hoteliers have worked hard to create unique, beautifully designed spaces that reflect the nature of this quirky city, frequently repurposing historic buildings in a way that preserves the original features and style. Cons are thoroughly mod, however, and you can also expect high-quality fabrics, furniture, and the more personal approach to service at which smaller hotels excel.
There is plenty about Brussels that makes it like no other city. It’s the capital of the European Union for a start (but you wouldn’t necessarily sense it), operating in two native languages (French and Dutch/Flemish). The historic centre is like a reverse donut, with the imposing Grand Place in the middle, surrounded by mundane, often tawdry streets that in any other European city would be prime real estate. In among these, all within walking distance, are sublime and surreal art collections (Brueghel, Rubens, Magritte), impressive churches, alluring shops, high-quality eateries (including the legendary chip stands), and splendid eccentricities such as the Manneken-Pis and a comic-book museum (Tintin et al.)
Los Angeles has long been looked down on by its East Coast counterparts, but now that the rest of world has caught up with California’s green juice and wellness obsession, the city is having something of a moment. No longer deemed a cultural wasteland, LA is bursting with new art galleries and museums, a flourishing fashion scene and some of the most talked about restaurants in America.
Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most magnificent walled cities, overlooking the calm blue Adriatic. Once the capital of the mighty sea-faring Republic of Ragusa (1358-1808), it's now Croatia’s most upmarket destination. Historically, this diminutive republic was sophisticated, refined and cultured. Today, the pedestrian-only Old Town – packed with aristocratic palazzi and elegant Baroque churches, contained within sturdy medieval fortifications – draws hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, including glamorous names such as Beyoncé, Roman Abramovich, Sir Roger Moore and Naomi Campbell. Beyond the walls, attractions include wine bars, classy seafood restaurants and five-star hotels.
Granted, it’s much smaller than Nice, but Cannes positively gleams on the surface. In fact, there are few city promenades more dazzling than La Croisette. Since British aristocrats rolled in to what was then a tiny fishing village in the 1830s, the place has been fashioning itself in the image of the fashionable. More recently, its real achievement has been to spin out across the whole year the sparkle generated by the world’s most notable film festival.