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Hebrides: This summer the Kathleen Anne, a 39m Feadship superyacht, is spurning the crowds of the Côte d’Azur in favour of more remote waters. From now until the end of August, the yacht, with space for 10 guests and a crew of seven, will be cruising among the islands of the Hebrides, off Scotland’s west coast. Guests will be able to spend their days visiting castles, uninhabited islands and isolated villages, or spotting otters, eagles and dolphins, before enjoying dinners on board. Chartering the yacht costs €140,000 per week.

www.edmiston.com

London The “Boris bike” rental scheme has been a hit among commuters and tourists but now Hertz is attempting to go one better by renting bicycles that give riders an artificial push. It is offering two types of bike that have pedals but also use electric motors to assist the rider to go faster or climb hills. The bikes, which cost from £20 a day, are initially only available from Hertz’s Marble Arch office but more locations will be added if the scheme proves popular.

www.hertz.co.uk/electricbikes

Paris The world’s longest passenger aircraft, the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, will be unveiled at the Paris Air Show this month. At 76.4m, the aircraft is almost 6m longer than the original 747 and has a range nearly 5,000km greater. The first 747-8 is due to enter service with Lufthansa next year. The show runs from June 20-26.

www.paris-air-show.com

Turku The Finnish coastal city is one of three European Capitals of Culture for 2011 (alongside Sarajevo and Tallinn) and is using the occasion to celebrate the national obsession with the sauna. Artists have created four new saunas in the city, which will be open to the public until late August. Designs include the Sauna Obscura, which floats on a raft on the sea, the Solaris, which is transparent, and the Sounding Dome, which resembles a huge yellow garlic and has a soundscape inside that reacts to temperature changes.

www.saunalab.fi

Los Angeles Bookings are now being taken for the Hotel Bel-Air, which reopens on October 14 after a two-year refurbishment. Rooms at the celebrated hotel, which opened in 1946, start at $565.

www.hotelbelair.com

Madrid Iberia has launched a new Spanish-themed menu for business class passengers, created by leading chefs including Paco Roncero and Ramon Freixa. Together, the chefs have eight Michelin stars, prompting the airline to boast its aircraft are “the world’s first eight-star restaurant”. The conceit might not be that well judged – by the same logic, Air France, on which the business class catering is overseen by Joël Robuchon and Guy Martin, has 23 stars.

www.iberia.com

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