A statue of Vladimir Lenin in Tiraspol
©Michael Runkel/Robert Harding

Moldova: tourist-free escape

A new tour operator launches holidays to Moldova, Europe’s least visited country

Destination inspiration

Rose Cottage at Dormy House
Hotels and holiday homes that are perfect for a short break from the city
The open road in southwest Iceland ©Luz Photo
Sail into deepest Myanmar or drive the route of Italy’s Mille Miglia road race: the world’s best road trips and river journeys
Joe Kidd takes his fatbike over some rocky outcrops on the Oregon coast ©Tim Neville
From a ‘fatbike’ tour of Oregon’s coast to heli-biking in New Zealand and a cycle trip through the Bhutanese Himalayas
One of the larger houses for guests at BelleMont Farm

St Kitts’s five-star farm

Kittitian Hill strives to offer an alternative to bland Caribbean resorts, offering a cultural hub and golf course-cum-organic farm

An illustration of the Isle of Skye
©Heather Gately

Postcard from . . . Skye

How the Scottish island became a cherished retreat for Alexander McQueen

An artist’s impression of the Abraj Kudai hotel

Short cuts: updates from Geneva, Florida and Mecca

A fireplace for private jets, resort for Lego lovers and the world’s largest hotel

The Swell on its tour of Canada’s Gulf Islands
©Jason Bradley

Canadian islands on a ‘boutique’ cruise ship

A refitted tugboat is a perfect way to explore the coast of British Columbia, writes Caroline Eden

Back to Tunisia

John McDermott finds Tunis in resilient mood, with museums and beaches full and a magical new hotel

An illustration of a highland bothy
©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . a Scots Highland bothy

Sharing these shelters with minimal intervention has worked well

The Shangri-La suite in the Shard
©Richard Waite

Short cuts: updates from London and Miami

Shangri-La in the Shard; Royal Caribbean’s growing fleet

Allen Toussaint performs at the Village Vanguard
©New York Times

New York, and all that jazz

The 80th anniversary of the Village Vanguard coincides with a resurgence in New York’s jazz scene

Norman Foster’s mirrored Ombrière in Marseille
©Robert Harding

Eurostar’s fast train to the Med

A new direct high-speed train service brings Marseille within easy reach of London

Postcard from . . . Roubaix

After a 12-year restoration, Villa Cavrois is about to open to the public

Short cuts: Cuba, New York and Connecticut

Ferry to Cuba; new Edition hotel; ‘Stay Independent’ campaign

On board but far from bored

A new mega-ship offers simulated skydiving, surfing and endless fun — can Lucy stand the pace?

Spirited away on Peru’s pisco trail

Discover a desert oasis and coastal villages on a vineyard tour of the country’s national drink

Postcard from . . . Burgos

Spanish city aims to become a leading gastronomic destination

On location: Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy’s fourth novel is retold for a new audience

The Colombian beaches cars can’t reach

A remote coastal village founded by fugitive slaves is opening up to tourism

New architecture in the Hebrides

A ‘third wave’ of innovative holiday homes is reinvigorating the Scottish islands

Postcard from . . . California

A vintage bike festival aims to recapture the spirit of the sport’s golden age

Short cuts: travel updates

All Nippon Airways; Soho House; British Airways; Cheval Blanc

Hiking for softies in southern Spain

A self-guided walking tour of the Alpujarras

Inside an Icelandic ice cap

A man-made cave deep inside Europe’s second-largest glacier is about to open to visitors

Postcard from . . . Chettinad

Where the sandy village streets are lined with lavish mansions

Short cuts: Aberdeen, Tanzania, Pakistan

European aviation, an opulent safari camp, trekking in Pakistan

Hot-air ballooning in Bhutan

Inaugural flight opens up majestic views of Himalayas

Postcard from . . . Poughkeepsie

Towns like Poughkeepsie are in an ambiguous state of gentrification between rundown and hip, feral and domesticated

Short cuts: Updates from Ireland and Italy

Ashford Castle to reopen; Milan’s new Museum of Culture

Ladakh: on the path to enlightenment

William Dalrymple on the art and philosophy of this Himalayan region of northern India

Japan’s Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail

A route that leads to the nation’s spiritual heart

Postcard from . . . Eltham Palace

The Courtaulds’ modern reimagining of a former royal home

Short cuts: Updates from Manchester and France

A new five-star hotel; the first flights to St Helena

Donald Trump tees off in New York City

The billionaire property developer is about to open a $100m golf course — in the Bronx

Wyoming: where the wild flowers are

In national parks better known for mountains and lakes, the flora is the star attraction for Akhil Sharma

Postcard from . . . Google Street View

Viewing the panoramic photography, it feels like I’m exploring the slopes of Everest

Short cuts: Updates from Nottingham and Senegal

A dedicated gaming destination; a west African cultural centre

The eagle hunters of Mongolia

On a pioneering trip to a remote corner of Mongolia, Mike Carter stays with a nomadic family who hunt with birds of prey

Italy: a Grand Tour with a modern spin

A group of independent owner-run hotels in Italy provides a new take on an 18th-century tradition

Short cuts: Updates from London, Waterloo, Doha and Spain

Sales increase for maps and travel guidebooks; Hougoumont farmhouse for rent; Qatar Airways’s new hotel; and the world’s most dangerous walkway

Surf’s up in Máncora, Peru

Best known for Inca ruins, Andean peaks and Amazonian jungles, the South American nation also has a growing surf scene

Joël Robuchon’s hotel for gourmands opens in Bordeaux

The world’s most Michelin-starred chef has joined forces with a wine magnate to create a tiny temple to French gastronomy


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