Oman Desert Marathon
©Dino Bonelli

Beyond the marathon

The rise of the ‘ultra’ challenge: a 165km race through the Oman desert

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
The Villa René Lalique hotel in Alsace, France
©Gilles Pernet

Hotel insider: Villa René Lalique

The former home of the art deco glass designer has been turned into tiny jewel of a hotel in France

Tom Avery

I never leave home without . . . 

Polar explorer Tom Avery explains why he never flies without some rather heavy binoculars

©Cat O’Neil

Postcard from . . . Buenos Aires

Just beyond the city limits, a new lodge offers guests the chance to cast for one of South America’s most celebrated fish

The 162 metre-tall British Airways i360

Short cuts: Updates from Zurich, Brighton, Tehran

A modernist ‘urban retreat’, the tallest moving observation tower and an unlikely destination for fans of modern art

Paleontologist Louise Leakey
©Lorna Buchanan-Jardine / The Safari Collectio

Fossil hunting in Africa’s ‘birthplace of humanity’

A renowned paleontologist has opened her Turkana Basin research institute in Kenya to tourists

St Edward’s Presbytery, Ramsgate, restored and let by the Landmark Trust
©John Miller/The Landmark Trust

Augustus Pugin’s seaside home

A Victorian visionary’s house in Kent has been given a new lease of life by the Landmark Trust

©Cat O’Neil

Postcard from . . . Lech Zürs

The annual three-day Snow and Safety conference gathers experts and enthusiasts together

Short cuts: London, Japan and Holy Island

A new concept for the cruise industry, self-guided trips for trekkers and a hotel for sale on a tiny island

A descent from one of the monasteries on the road through the Spiti Valley
©Will Hide

Don’t look down: India’s Spiti Valley

Will Hide takes a self-drive tour along ‘the most treacherous road in the world’

Storytelling in Ireland

In smart Georgian drawing rooms and dark urban warehouses, the Irish tradition is thriving — and evolving

Postcard from . . . Formentera

Tour operator SwimQuest prides itself on undertaking any swimming challenge, including teaching old dogs new tricks

On Location: The Lobster

Hotels featured in films have benefited from the association even when storylines take a darker turn

A new era of ‘ultra-long-haul’ aviation

Buckle up for the 19-hour non-stop flight

Hiking Spain’s Idiazábal cheese route

A new walking trail in Spain links farms, sheepfolds, dairies and delicious cheese

Postcard from . . . the Atlantic

Cunard’s first collaboration with Blue Note Records brings a new swing to the Queen Mary 2

I never leave home without . . . 

Hélène Darroze, recently named the ‘world’s best female chef’, explains why she never flies without her gold crucifix

Short cuts: Updates from Spain, Paris, and US

The first parador outside of Spain; Rodin Museum reopens after three years; ski-touring enjoys surge of popularity

Forgotten Jesuit sanctuaries in Argentina

Settlements that for 150 years provided a utopian — if controversial — refuge for indigenous people are slowly re-emerging from the jungle

The rebranding of Bern

The medieval capital is reinventing itself with contemporary attractions and compelling art shows

Postcard from . . . South Korea

In just one generation, the country has gone ski-crazy. Today there are 19 resorts, with a total of 129 lifts

On location . . . Spectre

The storyline is peripatetic even by Bond’s usual globetrotting standards

‘The 4,000-year-old rock and roll band’

A trip into the Rif mountains to hear the musicians of Jajouka rounds off a weekend in Tangiers

Golf takes off in Vietnam

Akhil Sharma tests new courses and finds some intriguing idiosyncrasies

Postcard from . . . Buenos Aires

Tiny ‘closed door’ restaurants offer the city’s most exciting and eclectic dining experiences

Short cuts: Updates from Iran, Norway and France

Train from Moscow to Tehran; Norwegian’s long-haul expansion plans; rail service from Lille to Geneva axed

I never leave home without . . . 

Venetian architect and author Francesco da Mosto explains why he never flies without a pocketful of small flags

High adventure in Zambia

A pioneering itinerary takes travellers across Kafue national park by canoe, Land Rover, hot-air balloon and on foot

Hotel barging in Alsace

River-cruising in its most refined form makes a serene way to see France

Postcard from . . . Quebec

Ice canoeing has evolved into a sport, and now tourists can have a go, too

I never leave home without . . . 

Explorer Levison Wood explains why he never flies without a linen shirt

Autumn amid the apple trees in Normandy

Andrew Eames finds October is the perfect time to take a nostalgic tour of France’s rustic cider farms — in a 50-year-old 2CV

Sun Valley’s chairlift to the stars

The first destination ski resort in the US has rediscovered its 1930s allure

On location: Macbeth

A new adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy is immersed in Scottish locations

Short cuts: updates from Alsace and London

A lavish boutique hotel in traditional Alsatian style; ‘walking’ into London City Airport

Ice and isolation in Pakistan

With two friends — and 42 porters — Matthew Green treks over the remote Hispar Pass

Aman’s new floating hotel

The latest offering from the Aman group isn’t a hotel but a sleek sailing boat

Climbing: Is K2 the new Everest?

Commercial expeditions are coming to the world’s second-highest peak

Inuit-led adventure in Canada

Exploring one of the world’s least-visited national parks

A tasting tour of Tweed Shire

Hidden between surf spots on Australia’s east coast is a region distinguishing itself with something else — food


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