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Elemental Adventure, a specialist tour operator offering heli-skiing from Alaska to the Himalayas, has launched trips to a new destination in Russia, promising unskied slopes and unusual accommodation. The trips are based in Arkhyz, a small village some 80 miles east of Sochi, venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics. To date there is just one small ski lift but using a helicopter lets visitors access numerous peaks above 3,000m. Guests will stay at the former mountain retreat of Mikhail Gorbachev, which was built in 1978 and has vast bedrooms, chandeliers, a snooker room and walls lined with hunting trophies. Après-ski drinks can be taken at the table where Gorbachev entertained Helmut Kohl while they brokered the deal for German reunification. Week-long trips cost from €4,850.


Think Sicily, the award-winning villa company that specialises in bringing luxurious private homes on to the rental market, is branching out into Greece for the first time. Its new offshoot, Think Ionian Islands, currently has 15 properties for rent on Lefkada and Meganissi, sleeping from four to 10. The move follows the company’s expansion into Puglia in 2009.


From this autumn, visitors to Bristol will be able to stay in classic Airstream caravans in the heart of the city. Brooks Guesthouse has won planning permission to park four vintage Airstreams on its flat concrete roof. The caravans will be imported from America and rented out from £99 per night.

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