Do the Roaring Twenties signal the end of the Whimpering Teens? I couldn’t help wondering, listening to the robust grumbles of disapproval over tomato soup for dinner at a luxury detox weekend in Upminster. Glass House, a recently opened white-cubed retreat, jutting from isolated Essex green fields, takes its low-carb vegan food philosophy seriously. However,
The ruins of St Dwynwen’s Church stand on Llanddwyn, a narrow, rocky spit of land that becomes an island at high tide. The arched windows of its collapsed nave hold its scant remains aloft. Winter days often bring bone-rattling winds and relentless waves to this rugged speck on the south coast of Anglesey. On such
Everyone knows the best thing about staying at hotels, b&bs, inns, arms, what have you, is the breakfast. No hangover will ever stop you from making that cut-off point, whether that’s 10 or 11am. Foodie fiends will particularly appreciate these 10 wonderfully relaxed establishments, which combine an emphasis on great local ingredients with twists on
A neighbourhood guide on where to stay in Bangkok, as chosen by our resident expert, including the best hotels on Rattanakosin Island, along Sukhumvit Road, around Silom Road, along the Chao Praya River and in Chinatown. Rattanakosin Island Also known as Old Town and not quite an island, Bangkok’s historic centre stretches along the eastern bank
To celebrate Burns Night, Gavin Bell reveals a selection of the Scottish bard’s famous haunts It’s just an old cobblestone bridge spanning a pretty stream, but every year thousands of visitors come to see Ayrshire’s Brig o’ Doon, imagining a terror-stricken farmer and his horse fleeing across it, pursued by screaming banshees. This wondrous vision was
What does the Trois Vallées ski area in France have in common with cinemas around the world? It is currently showing Frozen II – but not in the way you might expect. Skiers and snowboarders don’t have to take time out from the slopes to follow in the tracks of Elsa, Anna, Olaf et al.
More insider guides for planning a trip to Paris 48 hours Hotels Attractions Restaurants Free Nightlife The problem visitors to Paris have is there is just too much to do, from its world-class museums to utterly staggering art galleries. Here is Telegraph destination expert Hannah Meltzer’s guide to the very best experiences in the city,
An insider’s guide to the best cheap hotels and motels in Los Angeles, including the top affordable places to stay for rooftop pools, hip bars and Hollywood hills views, in locations including Santa Monica, Downtown, Hollywood and Pasadena. Magic Castle Hotel Hollywood, Los Angeles, United States 8 Telegraph expert rating A long-time favourite for families
More insider guides for planning a trip to New Orleans 48 hours Attractions Restaurants Nightlife Hotels New Orleans is an experience-driven city with plenty of amazing things to do, and its reputation for celebrations is well founded – the annual rowdy observance of Mardi Gras being the most famous example. History and tradition are held in
More insider guides for planning a trip to Bristol 48 hours Attractions Restaurants Hotels Nightlife Bristol is bursting with things to do: from trips in the air (ballooning) to boat tours around the harbour; from cutting edge art galleries and theatres and brazen street art to a myriad of museums and numerous diversions for children;
The international budget hotels are represented in Bruges – but why go to a city as special as this and stay in a room that could be anywhere in the world? The budget hotels listed here fit the bill because their prices are are attractive, but they also have character and a personal touch. Some
More insider guides for planning a trip to Sydney 48 hours Hotels Attractions Restaurants Bars Beaches There’s no denying that Sydney is a beach town. From the still waters of the genteel harbour beaches to the rougher surf of coastal beaches like Maroubra, the warmer months are spent stripping off, creaming up and diving in.
You really can’t overstate the case for visiting Cape Town. First, there’s the in-your-face beauty of a craggy mountain range that drops precipitously into a glittering sea, its flanks carpeted in greens and delicate florals. Then there’s the pristine white beaches lapped by – it must be said – a chilly Atlantic, their curves defined by
Bath is an excellent choice for a romantic city break. You can wallow in the naturally warm waters of Thermae Bath Spa’s rooftop pool, go for strolls along the elegant Georgian streets and the National Trust’s Bath Skyline Walk, row a boat down the River Avon, and fly over the city in a hot-air balloon.
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… 1. The Rat’s Back Well, happy new year. May your next 12 months be filled with health and happi…
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. Waterproofing & breathability The holy grail is a jacket that keeps snow out while allowing the heat and
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. With slopes across the country, from Glasgow to Hemel Hempstead, it’s never been easier
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. It’s not simply a matter of sub-par service or fusty rooms
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. Springing up from nowhere, appropriating buildings that were never intended as places of hospitality,
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