Here are the best stylish but practical travel products for kids aged 5-12 years old. Consign them to the past with this 100 per cent leak-proof kids’ water bottle which seals automatically between sips – practical but stylish, too. Forget trying to prise your teen’s smartphone from their hands on holiday – give them this waterproof phone case and they’ll be the first in the pool.
La belle France is as much about where you stay as what you eat and do. Hotels in this ravishingly varied land of hilltop villages, alpine peaks, cosmopolitan cities and vineyard-stitched countryside are hopelessly enchanting – and never more so than in summer when that chic lifestyle which the French do so enviably well moves outside.
Britons planning a trip to Saint Lucia are facing a sharp increase in the cost of flights after the Caribbean island announced a hike in airport taxes. The government has reintroduced an Airport Development Tax of $35 (£29) and raised the Airport Departure Tax for foreign visitors from $25 to $63 (£20 to £51), meaning the cost of flights booked from Saturday (April 1) for travel after June 1 will go up by £60 to £80. “The new government of Saint Lucia inherited a fiscal debt and the increase in tax has been implemented to help deal with these fiscal challenges,” said Agnes Francis, chair of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board.
An insider's guide to the best hotels near Hadrian's Wall, featuring the top hotels for comfy bedrooms, hearty food and stylish country house décor in locations close to the Hadrian's Wall Path, the Roman forts and Northumberland National Park. The Angel of CorbridgeCorbridge, Northumberland, England
Villa I Gigli just outside Arezzo in Tuscany is a stylish, tranquil getaway great with views of the rolling hills of the region that’s large enough for two families or a group travelling together. About 80km south-east of Florence the villa sits three miles out from the beautiful and surprisingly quiet hill-top town of Arezzo. Arezzo, also home to the San Francesco Church housing Piero della Francesca’s frescoes, is within easy reach of Siena and Cortona.
8Telegraph expert rating The perky design at the five-star Barceló Torre de Madrid has made it an instant hit with fashionistas and creatives. For the best views, book the Royal Suite on the ninth floor of the hotel, which has more than 1.5k sq ft of terraces. 9Telegraph expert rating Serious luxury has come to Madrid with this five-star hotel in a lavishly remodelled palace.
This is what the soul-stirring landscape of Jabal Akhdar does to you. Epic panoramas, of course, are part of Oman’s USP. From majestic mountains and sawtooth fjords to unspoilt beaches and endless deserts, the boomerang-shaped country on the southeast corner of the Arabian Peninsula has got the lot.
9Telegraph expert rating One of Italy’s classiest townhouse hotels, J.K. Place Firenze has been much imitated since its launch, but few of the copies match the warm, suave, elegant original. A luxury boutique hotel, it is part of the Lungarno Collection belonging to the family of high-fashion Italian shoe-maker-to-the-stars Salvatore Ferragamo.
From country villages in the heart of the city to the best places for all-you-can-eat dumplings, I was quietly smug in the knowledge that the City of Lights had little left to hide from me. If anything, I felt a bit sorry for my guide, softly-spoken Frenchman Timothée Demeillers, who runs the Paris arm of Urban Adventures, an international travel franchise which offers off-the-beaten-track city tours in destinations across the world.
An expert guide to the best family-friendly Dorset hotels, including the top places to stay for interconnecting rooms, swimming pools, tennis courts, playgrounds, spacious apartments, crèches and cinemas, in locations including Lyme Regis, Bridport, Studland, Weymouth, Beaminster, Christchurch and Evershott. 8Telegraph expert rating This is Lyme Regis’ answer to a boutique coastal break with children.
An expert guide to the top spa hotels in Cornwall, including the best for swimming pools with sea views, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, induglent treatments and relaxing gardens, in locations including Newquay, Fowey, Mullion, Rock and Trebetherick. Both adults-only and family-friendly options are featured here. The ScarletNewquay, Cornwall, England
9Telegraph expert rating It’s all about the rooftop LH on 22, which gives Instagram-worthy views of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and the city’s skyline. The menu includes creative craft cocktails like the Roaring Twenties (strawberry, jasmine tea and champagne) and eclectic seafood-leaning selections.
Budapest Airport is relatively close to the city centre, and so there’s really no reason to stay in the immediate neighbourhood of the airport, which is a rather grey place of tarmac, advertising boards and peeling apartment blocks. 8Telegraph expert rating If you enjoy joyous, strutting, over-the-top architectural design then the Boscolo will fit you a treat.
Cristiano Ronaldo must be delighted that Madeira has decided to rename its airport in his honour. The only fly in the ointment is that horrific bronze bust which, as one Twitter wit pointed out, looks more like Raoul Moat. Cristiano Ronaldo officially unveils the newly-renamed Raoul Moat International Airport pic.twitter.com/QuIx3dNMlV— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) March 29, 2017
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As we reported this week, Bangor International in Maine is one of the busiest airports in the world when it comes to emergency landings. It makes perfect sense that an airport on Midway Island would be a common emergency landing place for flights that come into trouble crossing the Pacific.
The bountiful birdlife, the playful sea lions, the dulcet tones of David Attenborough, who's undoubtedly brought this wondrous archipelago into your living rooms? The islands’ furtive history was revealed to me recently during an encounter with the veteran tour guide, Klaus Fielsch, an engaging, floppy-haired raconteur who has dedicated much of his life to studying the archipelago. The setting was perfect: dusk at the Finch Bay Hotel on Santa Cruz island, next to the poolside bar, overlooking the beach.
Late last week, American astronaut Shane Kimbrough tweeted this astounding shot of his boots dangling about 200 miles above the Earth. The photograph was taken on March 24, when NASA expedition commander Kimbrough and his fellow astronaut, Thomas Pesquet completed a “space walk”. The exercise lasted six-and-a-half hours, in which the pair completed maintenance work on the outside of the International Space Station.
The largest window on any passenger aircraft, measuring a whopping 4.5 feet x 1.5 feet, will be unveiled next year. The Skyview Panoramic, developed for Boeing by aerospace firm Fokker Technologies, will offer unrivalled views from 35,000 feet. Following a 2018 launch, all new Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), BBJ2 and BBJ Max aircraft will include the giant apertures, which can sit in multiple locations to the aft of the wing.
Surrounded by maps of battlefields, troop deployment charts and scrambler telephones in the Churchill War Rooms, the command centre deep below Whitehall where her grandfather Sir Winston directed operations, Celia Sandys related an amusing anecdote about his love of luxury. It was an incongruous epitaph to recount to the cruise media gathered in the austere military setting of London’s War Rooms, which were built to withstand the bombs that rained down on London during the Blitz, but Sandys knew it would raise a laugh from her audience.
Irishman Johnny Ward did, and has just completed a 10-year mission to visit every country in the world, a trip which has seen him visit 197 nations, ending in Norway earlier this month, where he celebrated the achievement with his girlfriend and family.
Passengers on board P&O’s new-look Pacific Dawn were told they were leaving on a “cruise to nowhere” after Tropical Cyclone Debbie cancelled all their scheduled stops. Captain Alan Dockeray told the 1,946 travellers hours before leaving Brisbane that a planned port of call to Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays region of Australia would not go ahead due to the storm and that the ship’s crew was unable to organise an alternative last-minute shore day. “We may have to amend our course further, however this is our planned schedule,” he said, according to Traveller, having told passengers they were embarking on a “cruise to nowhere” that would consist of a loop before returning to Brisbane.
The ‘Man-Fran’ has launched - a new flight connecting Mancunians directly with San Francisco in California. The route is part of a major drive to grow Manchester Airport and is the first of three new long-haul services to the US, courtesy of Virgin Atlantic. The airline, the first to offer non-stops flights between the northern city and San Francisco, now boasts 26 per cent more seats out of Manchester than it had last year.
Families flying on some of Britain’s most popular airlines will no longer be allowed to travel with electronic devices over a certain size, under new rules applying to countries including Turkey and Egypt - meaning that parents can no longer rely on laptops to be in-flight babysitters. Short-haul European flights - the sort most families take for summer holidays - don’t often feature in-flight entertainment, anyhow.
Passengers on board a Peruvian Airlines plane made a miraculous escape after the aircraft burst into flames on the runway following a “forced landing”. The airline said that all 141 people on the Boeing 737-300 made it off the plane safely, with none seriously injured, despite footage posted on social media showing flames consuming the fuselage and thick plumes of black smoke billowing above. The incident took place at Francisco Carle Airport in Juaja, Peru, about 165 miles east of the capital, Lima, where the aircraft began its journey.