Where to see the Northern Lights

Northern lights - Iceland

From the “wallet-friendly” skies of Iceland to cruising round Norway’s fjords, Chris Carter picks four of the best holidays for viewing the dazzling display of the aurora borealis.

Northern Portugal – a hidden gem

Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal

Beaches in the Algarve and city breaks in Lisbon are popular with tourists, says Natasha Langan. But northern Portugal is a haven for those looking to escape the crowds.

James Bond’s favourite haunts

Murren Piz Gloria restaurant

Six James Bonds, six stunning film locations, Chris Carter looks at the destinations visited by Britain’s most famous secret agent.

Sun and sand in Africa – with a difference

Namib desert dune

There’s plenty of sand, but this isn’t your usual holiday, says Chris Carter. You won’t find any beaches in these three African deserts.

Five award-winning British hotels

The Merchant Hotel, Northern Ireland

Chris Carter looks at five award-winning hotels from around the UK that have recently been feted for their quality and style.

Five of the best ski resorts

Engelberg, Switzerland

From super-chic après-ski in Switzerland to a new mega resort in America, Chris Carter looks at the best places to hit the slopes this winter.

Two of the best cruises

AmaWaterways river cruise

A river cruise through Europe versus sailing around the Greek islands. Plus Chris Carter looks at three cruises perfect for zombie fans, rockers and Trekkies.

Three Thai island getaways

Anantara Rasananda, Koh Phangan

Whether it’s soaking up the sun or honing your cookery skills, these three Thai islands are perfect for getting away from it all.

Three foodie havens off the beaten track

Hotel Son Net, Mallorca

It doesn’t have to be a tourist hot-spot to have great food. Chris Carter looks at three forgotten destinations for food lovers.

Four places to escape this winter

Finolhu Villas, Maldives

From basking in Mexico’s Hollywood vibe to relaxing on a Caribbean farm, Chris Carter looks at the four best places to go in search of winter sun.

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