The party could be over for British holidaymakers heading for rowdy resorts on the Spanish islands of Mallorca and Ibiza.The local government is cracking down on “excessive alcohol consumption in certain places of the Balearic Islands”.
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.
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.
If your New Year’s Resolution was to slow things down and embrace a more mindful way of life, a career change involving a six-month stint on a remote Irish island could be the answer.Great Blasket Island, approximately four miles long and half a mile wide with an official population of precisely zero permanent residents, has advertised a one-of-a-kind job opportunity.
Chinese travellers are inundating train stations and airports on Friday 17 January to take part in the world’s biggest annual human migration.This nationwide ritual happens every year ahead of the Lunar New Year as part of the Spring Festival: around 3 billion trips will be made during the rush, according to China’s transport ministry.
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.
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...
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.
Rail passengers could soon be leaving Sweden after dinner and arriving in London the next morning, under plans unveiled by the Swedish authorities.Trafikverket, Sweden's rail infrastructure manager, says overnight sleeper trains should run from Malmö in the country's south to the German city of Cologne – with onward connections to other European countries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An influencer claims to have spent five days in an Egyptian jail after climbing one of the Pyramids of Giza.Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, who has 3.1 million Instagram followers, shared a picture of himself atop a pyramid on social media with the caption: “No words can explain what I just went through the past five days. I’ve been in jail many times but this one was by far the very worst. I saw horrible things and I don’t wish this upon anybody.”
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...
As Flybe announced the end of one of its key routes, Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has compared the troubled regional airline to “British Leyland in the 1970s”.On Tuesday, Flybe was rescued by a government deal that will provide a tax “holiday” on £10m in air passenger duty (APD) the airline owes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Flybe shareholders may have watched the value of the regional airline plummet from £250m to zero in just nine years, but the fleet of purple planes continues to connect 20,000 passengers a day.And earlier this week – if politicians are a proxy for the nation – it seemed as though we had all become besotted with the Exeter-based carrier.
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.
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.
At the end of a bizarre evening during which the local MP retracted his story about Newquay-Heathrow flights, Cornwall Council has confirmed the flagship service will end after less than a year.Flybe, which was this week bailed out by the government, will end its route from Newquay to Europe's busiest airport. The London service will revert to Gatwick – which has fewer connections – at the end of March.