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Ultimate top 10 literary destinations

Travel

Travel to the places that inspired your favourite authors.

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Luxury at Ettington Park Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

Around The UK

Michael Edwards is privileged to stay at one of England’s finest country houses in Shakespeare country....

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Happy holiday travel tips

Travel

Don't be caught out by changes to travel rules since the UK left the EU. Here are some essential travel tips to keep all your family happy....

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Rothay Manor – The Lake District

Around The UK

Ambleside boutique hotel’s fine dining chef Dan McGeorge is making headlines: Michael Edwards investigates and tastes.

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The Roseate Reading

Around The UK, Travel

After months of lost living, Michael Edwards catches up at Reading’s five-star oasis of civilisation...

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Blackheath and Greenwich

Around The UK

Blackheath and Greenwich - Michael Edwards visits London’s historic but oft-overlooked green acres on the south bank of the Thames...

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Hampton Manor – the foodie estate

Around The UK

Michael Edwards visits the Warwickshire estate where they are reviving the art of the country house party.

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Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa – a Cheshire escape

Around The UK

From Posh ‘n’ Becks to Margaret Thatcher, many people have enjoyed a tranquil break at Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa. Michael Edwards...

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Roseate House – returning to London

Around The UK

We have missed vibrant London’s life. Michael Edwards recalls a stay at the Grade II listed Roseate House London, last summer. ...

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Chichen Itza: Mexico’s wonder of the world

World Wide

Chichen Itza was one of the most important city-states in pre-Hispanic America and is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico today

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Kendal, Cumbria – best of all worlds

Around The UK

Staycation looks like our best holiday option in 2021. Michael Edward looks at escapes to self-catering apartments in Kendal, Cumbria....

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Self-catering at the Cary Arms, Babbacombe, Devon

Around The UK

Short break venues such as the self-catering cottages at Babbacombe Bay are gearing up for guests, Michael Edwards reviews....

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Staffordshire: A country escape

Around The UK

Country walks, superb food and a classic village pub, Michael Edwards enjoys a stay at The Duncombe Arms, Ellastone.

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Highbullen Hotel, North Devon

Around The UK

Rain or shine Highbullen Hotel is an all year-round resort. Michael Edwards indulges in the facilities....

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Llama love in Surrey

Around The UK

Staying in a Shepherds Hut, Michael Edwards goes glamping in Hambledon and treks with llamas through the Surrey Hills...

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All you need to know about TUI River Cruises

Sponsored, Travel

Here’s what to expect from TUI Isla, TUI Maya and TUI Skyla when they launch in spring, including what’s onboard and which routes they’ll be sailing.

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Passau and the three rivers

Europe

Few cities in land-locked Central Europe are almost surrounded by water. Michael Edwards finds that Germany's Passau, with a Dachshund...

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Luxury cruising with Saga Cruises

Cruising

David Powell takes a four-night mini cruise on Saga's new luxury boutique ship, Spirit of Discovery, and enjoys the best of the Normandy...

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A rainforest retreat

World Wide

Ambong Pool Villas overlooks Malaysia’s Andaman Sea and the islands that make-up the Langkawi archipelago. Michael Edwards visits one of the planet’s ecological hotspots.

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Unforgettable Langkawi

World Wide

Langkawi is a dream destination for a honeymoon, second honeymoon or a memorable holiday. Michael Edwards enjoys unforgettable views on an...

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Abu Dhabi’s surprising attraction

World Wide

More Harley Street than Holby City, Abu Dhabi's Falcon Hospital preserves Emirati heritage. Michael Edwards drops in on some frequent...

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Foodie Fez

World Wide

The Fez Cooking School introduces guests to the world of Moroccan flavours. Michael Edwards shops in the medina and makes lunch.

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Devon: Between two moors

Around The UK

Paschoe House is a favourite destination for lovers of food and peaceful country living. Michael Edwards tells the story of a remarkable...

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A weekend in historic Runnymede

Around The UK

Nestled on the banks of the Thames, we run the rule over the spa and leisure facilities at the Runnymede Hotel and Spa to the west of...

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Hartwell House Hotel and Spa

Around The UK

From the Domesday Book to hosting a G7 Finance Ministers Meeting, the elegant Hartwell House has been at the heart of history. Michael Edwards visits what is now a regal hotel, restaurant and spa in the Vale of Aylesbury.

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A whistle stop visit to Prague

Europe

Mars Webb swaps Belfast for old town Prague for a pre-Christmas break that focuses on food and shopping. Quelle surprise!...

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The Danish Riviera

Europe

The Danish Royal family head for the North Zealand coastline as their summer retreat. Michael Edwards goes in search of the Riviera's...

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Bratislava: Europe’s newest capital

Cruising

On the A-ROSA Donna’s Danube Highlights Cruise, Michael Edwards visits Bratislava.

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Port of call: Budapest

Cruising

Michael Edwards continues his sojourn up the Danube as the A-ROSA arrives in the historical Hungarian city, Budapest....

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Vienna’s imperial grandeur

Cruising

The A-ROSA Donna cruises through the Danube's glorious history. Michael Edwards savours the culture and the cuisine....

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Beautiful Seville

Europe

A weekend away with old friends in Seville that I booked ages ago in the January British Airways sale ended up being a foodie extravaganza.

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Cruising the romantic Rhine Valley on CroisiEurope’s MS Lafayette

Cruising

David Powell takes a river cruise onboard one of CroisiEurope's fabulous river ships....

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Albi – so typically French

Europe

Heading south into France's Occitanie region, Michael Edwards discovers a city proud of its heritage. ...

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South coast getaround

Around The UK

A weekend driving the South Downs and Sussex coast makes for a perfect autumn short break.

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Finding Fez

World Wide

The Palais Amani majestically sits within Fez's walled Medina. Michael Edwards discovers Morocco's second city....

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Red Sea adventure

World Wide

Roll back the years - or take those chances you never took - at Breakers Diving and Surfing Lodge, on Somabay, writes Michael Edwards....

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Amsterdam on foot

Europe

Mars Webb visits Amsterdam and finds a beautiful, eclectic and trendy city full of hidden gems and so many places to explore that she’s already looking for an excuse to go back.

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Country living in Harrogate

Around The UK

Country Living St George brings the pages of the much-loved magazine to life in a stylish hotel. Michael Edwards visits Harrogate to...

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Danish Design

Europe

The Danes have a talent for design. Michael Edwards visits Copenhagen's Absalon Hotel, Uformel Restaurant and cruises the canals to...

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St Andrews, Scotland

Around The UK

There is much more to St Andrews than golf as Michael Edwards discovers on a stay at the Fairmont St Andrews.

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La Bella Vita … luxury cruising from Venice to Mantua

Cruising

David Powell spent a week on the luxury barge La Bella Vita cruising the Italian Renaissance from Venice to Mantua in considerable style!...

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Gems of Gozo

Europe

Mars Webb takes a well-earned summer break on the island of Gozo, a beautifully serene Mediterranean escape just 6km north of Malta. ...

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Malmo: Sweden’s third city

Europe

Michael Edwards takes a boat cruise to explore a Swedish City that has reinvented itself.

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An English Country retreat

Around The UK

Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa, a beautifully restored 19th century family home, is a classic English retreat. Michael Edwards visits....

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Osborne House, Isle of Wight

Around The UK

Queen Victoria seemed to control her vast empire from the Isle of Wight but she was more vulnerable than her image suggests writes Michael...

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The stress of travelling can be too much for some

Travel

The stress of travelling can feel too much for some, meaning they find holidays and excursions rather tough. But you needn’t let this type of anxiety hold you back – here are some tips to overcome travel anxiety,

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Bringing the taste of Morocco home

Travel

Creating amongst intricately carved decor, Michael Edwards joins the Cookery Course at Riad Star Marrakech....

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Celestyal – a cruise line that’s definitely going places

Cruising

David Powell embarks on an idyllic cruise of the Aegean and Greek islands aboard the yacht-like ship Celestyal Crystal....

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The Algarve’s affordable wellness retreat

Europe

After a ‘wellness evaluation’, burning around 600 calories in 30 minutes and sampling some classes – Michael Edwards returns from Longevity Cegonha Country Club, feeling good and with new resolutions.

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Old Amersham

Around The UK

Free fly-fishing lessons, a mobile library called Anthony and art from the South of France. Michael Edwards travels to the quaint...

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The secrets to a really feel good holiday

Travel

Whether it's a trip abroad or staycation, holiday time is precious and a time to relax and recharge but ironically it can also be a time...

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A short hop to the Isle of Wight

Around The UK

It’s just a short crossing to the Isle of Wight. Michael Edwards takes a Wightlink Ferry across the Solent to stay at The Royal Hotel, Ventnor.

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Forgotten France

Europe

Taking quiet roads through the Tarn region, Michael Edwards discovers France's hill-top villages....

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Red City Riads

World Wide

Staying with Marrakech-Riad, Michael Edwards explores Morocco's most dramatic city....

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Sherborne, Dorset

Around The UK

Staying at the Eastbury Hotel, Michael Edwards explores Sherborne’s many charms.

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From nunnery to luxury hotel

Around The UK

Once Stanbrook Abbey was a grand 19th Century nunnery. Michael Edwards visits Stanbrook Abbey Hotel, now a luxurious rural escape in...

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Experience the magic of a safari with Africa Odyssey

Sponsored, World Wide

The spellbinding continent of Africa is truly the destination of dreams, and Africa Odyssey is here to make that a reality. ...

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Railway revival

Around The UK

Enthusiasts are breathing new life into branch lines culled by Dr Beeching in the 60s. Michael Edwards visits Churnet Valley Railway and gets a steam powered taste of nostalgia.

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The perfect gin and tonic

Around The UK

Design a gin to your taste. Michael Edwards spends a day at Nelson's Distillery and School, Uttoxeter....

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5 reasons why you should consider an escorted tour of Australia

World Wide

When it comes to travel experiences, a tour of Australia has to be up there among the best. You'll have an expert tour guide on hand who...

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Mauritius cruising

World Wide

Taking to the high seas, Michael Edwards enjoys a cruise along the coastline of the paradise island of Mauritius.

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Bryher: The Isles of Scilly

Around The UK

The tiny island of Bryher lies just 30 miles south-west of Lands End. Staying at the luxurious Hell Bay Hotel, Michael Edwards meets some...

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Talland Bay, Cornwall

Around The UK

Talland Bay Hotel, luxurious and quirky, sits between Looe and Polperro. Michael Edwards explores the spectacular sea-swept South Cornwall...

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A New Forest break at Balmer Lawn Hotel

Around The UK

David Powell rediscovers peace, tranquility and relaxation during a short break to the New Forest and Balmer Lawn Hotel.

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5 unmissable South American highlights

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From its vivacious culture to its unrivalled biodiversity - we'll introduce you to the best of South America on a Peregrine small group...

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London’s Spy Hotel

Around The UK

St Ermin's Hotel, Westminster, was at the heart of spying intrigue for much of the last century. Michael Edwards investigates....

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Mature travellers seek adventure

Travel

A recent Rough Guides survey shows that many older travellers have a growing sense of adventure. Michael Edwards reports on some ambitious travel plans.

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Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera

World Wide

Michael Edwards relaxes at The Cascades Golf Resort, Spa & Thalasso on Somabay...

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Mauritius in 10 tastes

World Wide

The flavours of Mauritius tell the story of this Indian Ocean nation from colonial days through to independence. Michael Edwards tastes his...

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A walking safari

World Wide

If you’re planning a safari don’t forget to include some time exploring by foot. Michael Edwards says there is much to be learnt from slow travel.

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Queen Victoria’s Swiss Mountain

Europe

Following Queen Victoria's ascent of 7,000 feet Mount Pilatus, Michael Edwards stays in the Hotel Pilatus-Kulm...

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Singapore’s big year

World Wide

Two centuries ago Sir Stafford Raffles "discovered" Singapore. Michael Edwards reports that 2019, packed with events and festivals, is a...

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Flavours of the USA

Around The UK

What was JFK drinking during the Cuban Missile Crisis? Michael Edwards dines his way to the answer at POTUS Restaurant, at the Crowne Plaza London – Albert Embankment.

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Nestled in the New Forest

Around The UK

Michael Edwards visits Rhinefield House Hotel. Not only is it a gourmet's delight, this palatial property is also perfectly located for...

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Discover walking and the great outdoors with HF Holidays

Sponsored, Travel

Discover walking and the great outdoors with HF Holidays. With more than 100 years' experience providing walking and activity holidays...

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Majestic Muscat

World Wide

The Intercontinental Hotel is in a prime location for relaxing between visiting Muscat’s sophisticated attractions. Michael Edwards reports from Oman’s capital

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Light up Lucerne

Europe

LILU was the first Light Festival Lucerne. Michael Edwards visits one of Switzerland's most stylish cities and predicts that LILU will grow...

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Winter sunshine

World Wide

Michael Edwards escapes the British winter at the luxurious Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai...

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Single traveller myths busted!

Travel

Travelling by yourself? It can seem like a daunting prospect, but, you don’t have to be lonely travelling solo, in fact it could be life changing for you!

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Is a coach tour of Italy right for me?

Europe

If you plan 2019 to include an authentic travel adventure, get off the beaten track and take a Cosmos coach tour through some of Italy's...

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Make 2019 the year you travel in true comfort and style

Travel

Join the 1.5 million satisfied customers who enjoy an escorted touring holiday to some of the best destinations in Europe, whilst...

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The other Dubai

World Wide

There’s another side to high-rise digital Dubai. Michael Edwards stays at Al Seef Hotel by Jumeirah, in the heritage area, and learns how the Emirati are rediscovering their precious identity

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Jane Austen’s House Museum

Around The UK

A humble cottage in Chawton, Hampshire draws Janeites from all over the globe. Michael Edwards visits and investigates Jane Austen's...

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Historic Hampshire

Around The UK

Michael Edwards discovers a peaceful country retreat at Audleys Wood Hotel near Basingstoke....

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Haven a great time on NCL Epic

Cruising

David Powell finds an exclusive ship within a ship as he samples The Haven, NCL’s most luxurious, peaceful and discerning cruise experience.

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Reasons to walk the Camino de Santiago

Europe, Sponsored

The Camino de Santiago (or the Way of Saint James) is one of the most popular of the ancient pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostella....

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The Meerkat OAP

World Wide

Few people would consider retiring to the remote inferno of the Kalahari, most prefer a cosy McCarthy & Stone apartment within walking...

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Domaine de Perches

Europe

Many of us dream of that epic restoration project in rural France. Michael Edwards enjoys a sumptuous boutique hotel that escaped Grand Designs’ attention

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Discovering Mauritius

World Wide

Mark Twain wrote that Heaven was modelled on Mauritius. Michael Edwards discovers that Tui's all-inclusive Sensimar Lagoon Hotel has only...

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London’s Seven Dials

Around The UK

Just a few steps away from Covent Garden and Leicester Square lies a secret village. Michael Edwards reports...

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The Spanish Costas – a hot spot this winter

Travel

Escape the UK’s winter chill and enjoy 4 weeks winter sun from just £512 per person.

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The Lion at Wendlebury

Around The UK

Eloise Craven Todd enjoys a cosy weekend at the beautifully boutique Lion at Wendlebury and even finds time for retail therapy at Bicester....

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5 Reasons to try a solo tour

Sponsored, Travel

Designed exclusively for solo travellers, Wendy Wu solo tours provide you with a ready-made group of like-minded fellow explorers to share...

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India in a market

World Wide

Inspirational fashion, spicy Indian food and creative ethnic crafts: Delhi’s Dilli Haat is India in a nutshell. Michael Edwards explains

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Frankfurt’s buzzing

Europe

Staying in Jumeirah's tower of luxury, Michael Edwards discovers that Frankfurt is just about to become an even more attractive...

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The Algarve – a premier winter warmer

Europe

4 weeks winter sun in Portugal from just £596 per person...

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A holiday fit for social media braggards

Travel

Forget sun, sea and family friendly holidays…a third of British parents want their holidays to shine on their social media feeds!

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South Africa’s Green Kalahari

World Wide

With lunar landscapes, enormous blue skies, a ribbon of green fertility and the mighty Orange River - Michael Edwards says there's far more...

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Discover your perfect winter sun hideaway

Travel

4 weeks winter sun from just £512 per person...

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New Hall Hotel, Sutton Coldfield

Around The UK

Surrounded by a peaceful lily-covered moat, New Hall Hotel, surprisingly close to Birmingham, is one of Britain’s most romantic hotels. Michael Edwards, living like royalty, investigates

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