Archive for February, 2016

Montenegro defends decision to turn ex-concentration camp into resort

February 3, 2016

Balkan country allows private company to invest €15m and convert Mamula into luxury hotel Montenegro has defended its decision to allow an island fortress and wartime concentration camp to be transformed into a luxury resort, a move that has sparked anger among relatives of former prisoners. Situated on the island Mamula, in the popular bay […]

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‘Secret hotel’ booked on Lastminute.com was anything but four-star

February 3, 2016

We took advantage of its ‘top secret hotels’ service, but the Memphis Hotel Museum Square in Amsterdam is undergoing a major renovation Nungwi Village I booked a four-star hotel in Amsterdam using Lastminute.com’s Top Secret Hotels service – taking the risk of blind booking in return for a discount. When we received confirmation we would […]

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Top 10 family hotels and campsites in Europe

February 3, 2016

These small hotels and campsites, all set in gorgeous locations, strike just the right balance between being child-friendly and appealing to parents who don’t want to feel like they are holidaying in a giant creche Lanzarote is a brilliant destination for young kids, with attractions aplenty and funky towns set into beautiful deserty scenery that […]

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Stay in an art gallery in the US

February 3, 2016

The 21c Museum Hotels chain takes the concept of the art hotel to new heights by combining large contemporary art collections with overnight stays Anyone who has stayed in a hotel knows that the art on the walls is almost uniformly terrible. Upon checking in, a guest will usually be confronted with insipid watercolour landscapes, […]

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Sleeping in the sky: the glass pods in Peru’s Sacred Valley

February 3, 2016

Climbing a via ferrata up the Sacred Valley in the Peruvian Andes is only half the fun on this trip. Spending the night suspended 400m above it is the real adventure It’s when my “indestructible” stainless steel water bottle launches out of my daypack like a rocket, and smashes on the riverbed below that I […]

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The insiders’ guide to finding a cheaper holiday in 2016

February 3, 2016

Travel experts reveal how to track down the best-value flights and accommodation, and where to look for the best online deals • Savvy travellers know to delete their browser history because prices can increase based on the number of times you re-enter a particular website, says Phil Bloomfield, spokesperson at Cheapflights.co.uk. The company’s data shows […]

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On my radar: Tom Courtenay’s cultural highlights

February 3, 2016

The actor on David Foster Wallace, the Chateau Marmont hotel, his favourite local restaurant, Strictly and his loyalty to Hull City AFC Tom Courtenay, who made his name in the 1960s in films that have become classics – The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Dr Zhivago, Billy Liar – has been enjoying a tremendous […]

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