The Petit Piton seen from the hotel pool, St Lucia
©Tom Mannion

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

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The Musée des Confluences
©Quentin Lafont

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

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©Ian Trower

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

Tom Robbins in couloir Joel

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

The Jāmé Mosque in Isfahan, Iran.
©Christophe Boisvieux/

Iran — by luxury train

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

A villa overlooking the beach at Nihiwatu
©Michael Turek

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?

A scene from the film 'Paddington'

On location: Paddington

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

Air France’s La Première

Why luxury air travel is taking off again

Its demise has long been predicted but first class is undergoing a renaissance. Tom Robbins reports

Passengers on the deck of the Akademik Ioffe
©Peter & Beverly Pickford

Sailing the Canadian Arctic

Sought in vain by generations of explorers, the Northwest Passage is now drawing growing numbers of adventure-hungry cruisers. Nigel Tisdall reports

The Hotel Moskva, first built in the 1930s, in central Moscow

The Hotel Moskva’s five-star makeover

Its exterior was signed off by the Soviet dictator, its interior would have been familiar to spy Guy Burgess – now it’s part of the Four Seasons portfolio

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