The ship True North and its helicopter
©Ken Kochey

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

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
Ralph (Henry Lloyd Hughes) and Alice (Jemima West) in 'Indian Summers'

On location: ‘Indian Summers’

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

A cycling tour of southern India

Carole Cadwalladr leaves the British winter behind on a two-week group holiday riding through the hills and tea estates of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu

Fiji to banish Union Jack from its flag

Pacific island nation seeks to move away from ‘colonial past’

View from the rear of the Great House at the Sanchaya

Island retreats just outside the city

A new resort just off Singapore — plus seaside sanctuaries near London, Rome, Hong Kong and more

A woman at the site in the Bamiyan valley where the ancient statues of Buddha once stood
©Lana Slezic

A family holiday in Afghanistan

William Dalrymple takes his sons on a half-term break to the Bamiyan valley, a place of otherworldly beauty and fascinating history — despite the efforts of the Taliban

The view from a bedroom at Aman’s new hotel in central Tokyo

Aman Resorts’ new Tokyo hotel

The small but influential — and very expensive — luxury chain is embarking on major expansion while in the midst of a bitter boardroom battle

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?

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

Iran — by luxury train

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

Beyond India’s ‘Golden Triangle’

Caroline Daniel takes an alternative approach to the tourist circuit, exploring the key city sights but also getting a taste of traditional village life

Postcard from . . . Japan

Shinkansen provide an unequalled way to take in the countryside, flying beside paddy fields and hills rustling with Japanese maple

Postcard from . . . Japan

The centrepiece of the Dogo Onsen festival is a witty installation of nine rooms redesigned by the likes of artist Yayoi Kusama

Stay on Marlon Brando’s private island

A new development on the film legend’s atoll in French Polynesia promises ‘sumptuous accommodation with wild nature’

Australia: Culture clash

The government stands accused of waging an ideological war

Short cuts: Updates from Bhutan, London and Switzerland

Bhutan’s 13-day adventure tour, London’s Artist Residence hotel and Switzerland’s Golden Autumn Days package

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

Turkmenistan: of deserts and despots

Horatio Clare ventures into the central Asian nation, where a Silk Road past meets a post-Soviet future

Turkmenistan: land of deserts and despots

A ‘recce tour’ of the post-Soviet Central Asian nation, where palaces and cities – some new, others crumbling into the sand – provide a lesson in time

India’s ancient cave monasteries

William Dalrymple explores the rock-cut complexes north of Pune that are as startling as Petra but completely overlooked by tourists

On a boat made for two

A single-cabin vessel in Indonesia is one of a growing number of luxury boats for a honeymoon at sea

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