Villagers harvest coconuts on the beach
©Gregg Bleakney

The Colombian beaches cars can’t reach

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

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
Fir Chlis, on the Isle of Harris, was influenced by Australian beach houses
©Chris Humphreys

New architecture in the Hebrides

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

Illustration of cyclists by Matthew Cook
©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . California

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

All Nippon Airways’ Star Wars-themed Boeing Dreamliner

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

©Iris Rikharösdottir

Inside an Icelandic ice cap

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

The Bangala hotel, Chettinad
©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . Chettinad

Where the sandy village streets are lined with lavish mansions

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
©Stevie Mann

Short cuts: Aberdeen, Tanzania, Pakistan

European aviation, an opulent safari camp, trekking in Pakistan

The hot-air balloon fills, watched by monks
©Ken Spence

Hot-air ballooning in Bhutan

Inaugural flight opens up majestic views of Himalayas

Illustration of Poughkeepsie

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

Postcard from . . . the River Spey

A whisky-themed canoeing adventure along Scotland’s second-longest river

On Location: Poldark

The eight-part TV remake combines historical romance and sublime West Country locations

Short cuts: Updates from Faroe Islands and Svalbard, London and Canada

Total solar eclipse; lifeguard stations turned-art installations; British Airways’ ‘carousel collection’; death of a respected ski guide

Manchester’s Hotel Football

Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville’s football-themed hotel comes complete with rooftop pitch

Basilicata’s renaissance

In a remote Italian region known for its extraordinary subterranean architecture, the long-neglected city of Matera has been named European Capital of Culture

A new bullet train to Kanazawa

Starting next week, a new direct service will connect frenetic Tokyo to the laid-back city celebrated as a centre for traditional Japanese crafts

Postcard from . . . Flinders Island

Mutton birding has been practised on the island since the first settlers arrived to hunt seal in the early 1800s

Short cuts: Updates from Bhutan, London and New Orleans

A pioneering high-speed expedition; reopening of the family-owned Belgravia hotel; and luxury cruise launch in the US

Paris by light

Innovative lighting designers are reimagining the ‘Ville Lumière’ using new technology, colours and movement

Exploring the Solomon Sea

The islands off the coast of Papua New Guinea receive few visitors but a luxury cruiser, complete with helicopter, now allows adventurers to explore

Postcard from . . . a Pullman

Fast food: Neil O’Sullivan samples the last fine dining restaurant car on Britain’s railways

Shortcuts: Updates from Miami, Whistler and Moscow

The world’s largest cruise ship; a prolonged snow drought; and reduced flights to Russia

Tragedy and triumph on the Matterhorn

The first ascent ended in disaster but propelled mountaineering into the public imagination. As Switzerland readies for the 150th anniversary, Ed Douglas tackles the summit

Hotel insider: La Réserve Paris

A processed-meat magnate turned hotelier is challenging the grandes dames of the Paris hotel scene

Fes: where modern life gets lost in 9,000 alleyways

A new airport terminal outside the Moroccan city could see visitor numbers soar, but for now it remains deeply rooted in the past

On location: ‘Indian Summers’

Set in the foothills of the Himalayas in 1932, this 10-part drama was actually filmed on a Malaysian island

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