A woman at the site in the Bamiyan valley where the ancient statues of Buddha once stood
©Lana Slezic

A family holiday in Afghanistan

William Dalrymple takes his sons on a half-term break to the Bamiyan valley, a place of otherworldly beauty and fascinating history — despite the efforts of the Taliban

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Sail into deepest Myanmar or drive the route of Italy’s Mille Miglia road race: the world’s best road trips and river journeys
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From a ‘fatbike’ tour of Oregon’s coast to heli-biking in New Zealand and a cycle trip through the Bhutanese Himalayas

Discreet luxury in Klosters

One of the most remarkable chalets in the Alps offers a retreat from the hubbub of the World Economic Forum, writes Tom Robbins

On location: ‘Wild’

Despite the film’s starry line-up, the main protagonist is the North American wilderness

The view from a bedroom at Aman’s new hotel in central Tokyo

Aman Resorts’ new Tokyo hotel

The small but influential — and very expensive — luxury chain is embarking on major expansion while in the midst of a bitter boardroom battle

Winter hiking in the Grand Canyon

A snowy new year camping expedition to the canyon’s floor is the best way to savour the prehistoric landscape

Illustration by Matthew Cook of grapes left outside to freeze for ice wine
©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . Ontario

To make ice wine, outside temperatures must remain at minus 8C for days, so the grapes are frozen solid, like little marbles

The barrel sauna at Le Grand Joux
©Stephen Hyde

Off-piste and off-grid at Le Grand Joux

A new luxury ski chalet in the French Alps is difficult to reach, but a true wilderness experience

The Alma observatory on Chajnantor plateau
©Babak Amin Tafreshi

Stargazing from a mountain plateau in Chile

Perched 5,000 metres above sea level, the world’s most advanced astronomical observatory is about to open its doors to visitors

©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . Vienna

For visitors, attending one of the Austrian capital’s balls is a unique way of exploring the city’s history and social life in one go

Short cuts: Updates from Monaco, China and the UK

The Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo is to auction more than 10,000 pieces of furniture

The insiders’ guide to 2015 holidays

From Haiti’s mountains to Namibia’s deserts, travel industry leaders pick the year’s hotspots

Postcard from . . . Kent

‘It’s not rocket science — just take the good bits from existing pubs and remove the bad ones,’ says one micropub owner

Ten of the best remote retreats

Travellers in search of silence and space can choose from a growing number of secluded — but still stylish — hotels

At Hotel Chocolat’s hotel in St Lucia

Lucy Kellaway indulges herself at the ultimate ‘Willy Wonka’ destination — a hotel on a cocoa plantation where food, activities and even spa treatments are chocolate-themed

Travel updates: Lyon, Japan and the UK . . . 

The opening of the Musée des Confluences is one of the biggest cultural events of the year in France

Travel discoveries of 2014

From the jungles of Papua New Guinea to the beaches of Scotland, FT travel contributors reveal their discoveries — and disappointments — of the year

Couloirs and Michelin stars in the Dolomites

Behind the region’s reputation for fine food and easy skiing lurks some of Europe’s best, and least crowded, off-piste

Iran — by luxury train

As more tourists return to the country, a new rail service lets visitors explore in style

Hotel insider: the five-star surf shack

Nihiwatu, a much-loved surf lodge on an Indonesian island, has been been given a five-star makeover — but has it lost its laidback soul?

On location: Paddington

The new film about the marmalade-loving bear puts London on the big screen

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