Europe train journeys: A guide to the continent’s best independent rail trips and small-group tours

Every week, our Holiday Hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at a brilliant holiday topic, doing all the legwork so you don’t have to. This week: Train trips across Europe. Nervous about crowded airports and planes? Then try the train for your next holiday. Specialist tour companies are busy booking a mix of small-group … Read more

The 2021 World Ski Awards names the best chalets, hotels and resorts – with Verbier ranking No1

Verbier in Switzerland has been named the ‘World’s Best Ski Resort’ for the first time, knocking France’s Val Thorens off its perch.  Verbier received the illustrious title at the 2021 World Ski Awards, which were voted for by ski industry professionals and by the public in a range of categories, including best resorts, hotels, chalets and … Read more

Live on a cruise ship… without breaking the bank: A ‘residential community at sea’ vessel revealed

Renderings were recently unveiled for a stunning floating condo called Somnio, which will offer ultra-luxury apartments starting at £8.1million.  But she’s by no means the only option for a cruise-ship-style life at sea. The Utopia and The World residential ships have already attracted buyers. But they too are expensive, with residences costing from $4.4million (£3.2million) in … Read more

Winter sun holidays: Escaping to the lagoons and beaches of Rodrigues, Mauritius’ tiny neighbour

Lying in the shade of tall palm trees on a tiny desert island while sampling some freshly barbecued fish and watching the boats bob up and down on the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon, I realised that this was the ultimate island retreat.  An island escape is the perfect holiday if you’re looking to relax … Read more

Luxury holidays: The world’s top 100 hotel suites in 2022 revealed

Montage Deer Valley, Presidential Suite, Utah Nihi Sumba, The Owner’s Suite, Indonesia North Island, Villa North Island, Seychelles Ol Donyo Lodge, Sambu Suite, Kenya One Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, Riverhouse, New York One Hotel Toronto, Birch House, Canada One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, Silverback Suite, Rwanda One&Only Reethi Rah, Grand Sunset Residence, Maldives Palácio Tangará, Grand Suite Sao … Read more

Iceland holidays: Stepping into Sky Lagoon, a blockbuster new geothermal infinity pool in Reykjavik

There’s magic in the air as I step into Iceland’s gloriously warm geothermal waters. Stars shine in the early evening sky and clouds of steam momentarily cut me off from the other guests. Feeling wonderfully alone, I float effortlessly past jet-black volcanic rocks as snow begins to fall. It’s an experience you can really only … Read more

Pictured: Fifteen Fifteen, the amazing new tower in Vancouver that looks like a game of Jenga

Prospective homeowners with a head for heights will love this new development in Vancouver – because it has rooms that cantilever out over the street. Pictures reveal how these floating rooms make the stunning new residential tower resemble a game of Jenga. Being inside one will ‘create the sensation of floating high above the city, … Read more

Dubai hotel and Moet & Chandon claim Guinness World Record for largest drinking glass pyramid

Atlantis, The Palm and Moet & Chandon are toasting being awarded the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest drinking glass pyramid. A grand total of 54,740 Champagne coupes were stacked atop one another by a steady-handed team of six from the Dutch company Luuk Broos Events to form a 27ft- (8.23m) high pyramid in the … Read more

The best walking holidays for first-timers, from the UK to Italy

Walk on the wild side… at your own pace: Brilliant walking tours for first-timers that cross glorious, crowd-free landscapes The Walking The Prosecco Hills tour is a small group trip that includes walks to classic Italian towns  Macs Adventure’s Channel Islands tour begins on Jersey with walks to quiet coves and golden beaches Inn Travel’s Heart … Read more