Four of the best rustic retreats in Europe

Four of the best rustic retreats in Europe

Get away from the bustle of the city at these rustic retreats.

Visiting the animal kingdom

Diving with a sperm whale in Dominica

Benedict George rounds up some unusual nature holidays, from diving with sperm whales to a sanctuary for feral cats.

Soaking up the sun in Punta Cana

Bahia Principe Ambar resort, Dominican Republic

Chris Carter enjoys a little slice of Caribbean paradise in the Dominican Republic.

A book-lover’s tour of Italy

Colosseum, Rome

Head to Italy, follow in the footsteps of these literary luminaries and be inspired, says Jemma Slingo.

In search of the perfect cuppa

Jade Mountain, St Lucia

Tea lovers should head to the source, says Chris Carter.

Sweden: a smorgasbord of delights

Nationalmuseum, Stockholm © Simon Paulin/

Sweden is a land of contrasts with something for everyone, says Jemma Slingo.

Hotel Metropole: the grande dame of Brussels

The Hotel Metropole’s opulent cocktail bar

Chris Carter escapes the Brexit drama at the Hotel Metropole, Brussels.

An idyllic spot in the Lake District


If you fancy an active break in the British countryside, Ruth Jackson has found the perfect location.

Three pilgrimages for food devotees

Idiazabal Cheeses © Alamy

Spain is a foodie paradise. Here are three of the best destinations. Chris Carter reports.

A journey along the Silk Road


Expect a warm welcome from the peoples who live beside the ancient Silk Road trade route, says Chris Carter.

Enjoy some pampering at the Adlon in Berlin

Berlin’s Hotel Adlon

Ruth Jackson puts her feet up at the Adlon in Berlin, one of Europe’s grandest hotels.

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