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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Luxury on the Galápagos Islands

Pikaia Lodge, on the summit of an extinct volcano, offers a new way of seeing the islands’ natural wonders

Six Chachapoyas funerary statues at Karajia
©Mike Carter

Kuelap, fortress of northern Peru

Mike Carter goes beyond Machu Picchu to a region little visited by tourists – but with some of the greatest archaeological treasures in the Americas

The Brando in French Polynesia

Short cuts: Updates from New York, Myanmar, South Pacific, UK

Revamp of a New York landmark hotel, e-visas, Marlon Brando’s former retreat and celebrating a new Agatha Christie book

Joe Kidd takes his fatbike over some rocky outcrops on the Oregon coast
©Tim Neville

Fun with a ‘fatbike’

A new type of mountain bike is broadening the horizons of adventurous cyclists. Tim Neville puts a ‘fatbike’ to the test along the beaches and byways of Oregon

Praca da Liberdade (Liberty Square), Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. World Cup 2014 host city.
©Mark Shenley

Postcard from . . . Brazil

Belo Horizonte has never been much of a tourist destination until the announcement that six Fifa World Cup matches would be played here

©Gustavo Sabez Mico

‘L’art de vivre’ in the Andes

Across Argentinian winelands in a Citroën 2CV

Henry Shukman and his sons in the rainforest at Lapa Rios Ecolodge
©Clare Dunn

Untamed Costa Rica

The central American nation is a well-trodden, well-mannered destination – or is it? Henry Shukman discovers how wild it can be in the far south

Oscar Isaac and Justin Timberlake
©Alison Rosa

On location: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

The early-1960s folk music scene of New York is the setting for the latest film from the Coen brothers

Route 30
©LHHC

The route less travelled

In 1919, a young Dwight Eisenhower set out on a mission to drive across the US. His diaries serve as a guide to a transcontinental road trip

Postcard from . . . Venezuela

Bull-fighting, South American cowboy-style

On Ecuador’s cloud nine

A sleek eco-lodge high in the rainforest offers new ways of getting close to nature

Swimming with Rebecca Adlington

The Caribbean’s Palm Island is a great place to relax, read and take lessons from the Olympic star

Serves with a smile

Inspired by Wimbledon? Then book in to a Caribbean tennis retreat where old pros pass on their secrets

Hotel insider: South American concierges with a cultural edge

Hoteliers in Brazil, Peru and Argentina aim to create properties that exude an unmistakable sense of place

The volcano express

Ecuador’s century-old railway line has been restored and a luxury ‘cruise train’ now runs from Quito to the coast

Postcard from ... Venezuela

The most sought-after chocolate comes from Chuao, a village accessible only by sea

Postcard from ... Rio de Janeiro

A grand urban regeneration project – beyond samba and soccer – is going on all around Brazil

The five-star abattoir

Max Hastings visits a new wilderness retreat in Chile that has been created from the ruins of a Victorian slaughterhouse

Beyond Barbados

The Caribbean island is turning to its rich history in a bid to attract tourists seeking more than white sand and rum punch

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