Hotel

No sex please, we’re Japanese: love hotels clean up their act amid falling demand

January 3, 2017

The rise of young people living alone and the need to find rooms for growing numbers of tourists means the seedier attractions are starting to change While Japanese families enjoy the Christmas Eve ritual of tucking into fried chicken and sponge cake, millions of love-struck, or simply lustful, couples will discreetly observe another festive tradition […]

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Bumper year ahead for British tourism thanks to pound slump

January 3, 2017

Overseas visitors expected to increase in numbers and spend more, thanks to low sterling value and literary anniversaries In 2017 Britain is expected to see the biggest rise in tourist spending in four years and a surge in visitor numbers, partly thanks to the slump in the value of the pound since the Brexit vote. […]

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The Victoria Inn, Peckham Rye, London: hotel review

January 3, 2017

Gentrified Peckham Rye now has a pub with rooms to match. And the food’s pretty high-end, too Nungwi Village There are spots in Peckham where you could almost believe you’re in an upmarket English town, rather than deep in south London. The Victoria is in one such spot: a handsome inn, which first opened in […]

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Escape from the Blue Lagoon: Iceland, beyond Reykjavik

January 3, 2017

Away from the increasingly crowded capital region, there are new ways of exploring Iceland’s untamed landscapes – and a hotel that looks like a Bond lair Dressed in traditional Icelandic jumper and matching hat, artist/musician Páll Guðmundsson is playing a xylophone made from flat stones he’s collected from the mountains. His turf-roofed studio looks like […]

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Top 10 winter city breaks in Europe

January 3, 2017

Winter is the time for exploring snowy European cities that are full of cosy cafes – such as Zagreb, Ljubljana and Tromsø – especially when they’re served by budget airlines with low-season fares Take one small city with a heart of medieval mitteleuropean quaintness at the foot of magnificent, snowy mountains. Then add an open-air […]

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Savour Sri Lanka: sights, sunshine and beaches – away from the crowds

January 3, 2017

Sri Lanka is on the brink of a tourism boom with hotel chains rushing to open luxury resorts. But venture off the beaten track a little and you will find deserted shores, natural beauty and little-visited temples The beach at Gurupokuna on Sri Lanka’s south coast is wild and empty. Look up and down its […]

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Sri Lanka’s best new hotels, hostels and cottages

January 3, 2017

A tea plantation bungalow, surfer hostel, cottage near the beach and off-grid lodge are among our picks of great new places to stay in Sri Lanka For families, Thalpe Bungalows, south-east of Galle, are an affordable alternative to renting a villa. Each of the three one-bedroom cottages also has a lounge, with fold-out beds for […]

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Mexico City: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

December 3, 2016

The colourful barrios of this teeming, oft-maligned capital are now thriving – with culture, creativity and an exciting, modern food scene Until half a century ago, Mexico City was known as the Paris of the New World. Ample boulevards were lined with palm trees and French-style mansions. Crisp blue skies provided spectacular views of the […]

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Larkbeare Grange, south Devon: B&B review

December 3, 2016

This elegant B&B knows that the secret to success is not being slaves to hotel trends, it’s great service and attention to detail Have we reached peak boutique? Farrow and Ball paint jobs, roll-top baths, Roberts radios, stripped floorboards, exposed brick and mismatched furniture are as common today as floral curtains and doilies were in […]

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Eden Project unveils plans to build on-site hotel

December 3, 2016

The popular Cornwall visitor attraction plans 109-room hotel designed to blend into the landscape and make use of local materials It’s already Cornwall’s most visited attraction – thanks to its pair of striking biomes, housing an indoor rainforest as well as 1,000 varieties of Mediterranean plant – but the Eden Project has now announced plans […]

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