Getting under Gozo’s skin

Xwejni salt pans

  By Catherine Leech, 101 Holidays I’ve been to Gozo 20 or more times since 1980 – it’s one of my favourite places on earth and I thought I knew it pretty well. However, a recent walking and cycling holiday around this minuscule Maltese island in the Med has left me feeling I have truly got under its skin. It’s fair to […]

Is Seville the sexiest city in Europe?


By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays Is there a more beautiful and seductive city in all Europe than Seville? The capital and cultural heart of Andalucia is not just the perfect antidote to the northern winter, it’s a teasing hint at how different our lives might have looked had we been born in Spain’s […]

One night of luxury: Review of Lucknam Park

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By Catherine Leech, Director, 101 Holidays When I invited my almost 80-year-old mother to join me for a night at the five-star Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, she replied: “£80 per person for dinner – it can never be worth it, even if it has got a Michelin star.” Raised during World War II, my mum is typical […]

The best part of Mallorca. Just don’t call it posh

Camarasa view of Mallorca

By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays In 1929 the artist Joan Miró took his new wife on honeymoon to Mallorca. They headed not to the elegant capital Palma, but to an isolated and little-known fishing village on the north coast of the island, Port de Pollença. In the early part of the 20th Century, the […]

Valencia: how well do you know Spain’s third city?


By Mark Hodson Many people have visited Spain’s two-big-hitting cities Madrid and Barcelona, but what of its third? Some might struggle even to name it, and fewer still will have actually explored Valencia. I recently spent a fortnight with my family staying in a village called Massalfassar about eight miles north of Valencia. It was […]

Great Ape! My treetop adventure


By Helena Hodson, age 10 Last weekend I visited Go Ape in Crawley with my mum and dad, and my friend Alex. We had a great day out. Luckily the weather was hot and sunny so we could make the most of our day. Go Ape is a thrilling treetop adventure. You make your way […]

London short break with teenagers

By William Gray, Editor of 101 Family Holidays Have you noticed how hotel rooms shrink once you have children? Squeeze a travel cot or a child’s bed into your average double room and the floor space is reduced to roughly the area of a bath mat. Getting from one side of the room to the […]

Is Chamonix the best ski resort in the world?

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By Mark Hodson Among the most popular tourist attractions in France is the Aiguille du Midi cable car in the Alpine resort of Chamonix. Last year it clocked up 450,000 visitors. Interestingly, only a brave few of those visitors planned to ski off the top, which sits at a head-spinning 3,777m. Most take the 20-minute […]

Love it or hate it, you can’t ignore Dubai

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By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays Dubai – more than any other travel destination – divides opinion. Most people I know either love it or hate it, and that’s just the people who’ve never been. For many holidaymakers Dubai now represents the height of aspirational travel – glamorous, fast-paced and relentlessly sunny. I recently […]

Jamaica – the ultimate in luxury hotel service?

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By Catherine Leech, Director, 101 Holidays In the mid-’90s, the new MD of one of the UK’s luxury tour operators gave a stark and well-publicised warning that service levels in the Caribbean simply didn’t match up to those of the Far East and Indian Ocean – both of which were making (and continue to make) […]

New York – as good as the first time

Helena ride

By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays New York is one of my favourite cities. I’ve been five or six times and once spent a short stint working there. I love the energy, the attitude, the constant change. But I’ll admit something: nothing will ever match the visceral thrill of experiencing the place for the […]

From wilderness …


  … to urban jungle By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays One of the things I love most about travel is contrast. That might be moving from a simple beach hut to a luxury hotel and back again, or stepping out of a gourmet restaurant to eat dessert at a noisy street stall. The […]

10 things I love about Montreal

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By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays The French have an expression, “Bien dans sa peau,” which roughly translates as “comfortable in its own skin”. It could be used to describe Montreal, a city that effortlessly combines European flair with American openness. It’s been almost 12 days since we arrived here on our family summer […]

House exchange in Canada: bigger and better

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By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays When I was working full time for The Sunday Times, I wrote several articles about house swapping, but never tried it myself. Then five years ago I took the plunge. A summer holiday in Montpelier followed in the autumn by a few days in Paris and our family […]

A return to Egypt: not if but when


By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays Exactly one month ago today I was floating down the Nile on a small cruise boat, exploring 4,000-year-old temples and watching timeless riverbank scenes slip slowly past under a scorching desert sun. Egypt is now a different place, torn apart by an alarming new wave of violence amid […]

Things come together in Ghent

Ghent quay

By Simon Willmore Our boat bobs leisurely though the old Graslei harbour and I notice the different shapes that comprise the Ghent cityscape. The soaring cylindrical turrets of the Gravensteen (‘Castle of the Counts’), and the gleaming conical roofs of St Nicholas’ Church, look out protectively over the waterside cafes and artisan chocolate shops, which […]

My visit to Warwick Castle

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By Helena Hodson, age 9 I went with my mum and dad to spend a day at Warwick Castle and it was amazing. The castle is huge and dates back to 1345 and there are lots of things to see and do. Here are my top five: 1.      The Archer: He was dressed in mediaeval […]

Trouble in Turkey? Nah, it’s plain sailing


By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays I recently returned from a magical week sailing the turquoise seas of south-west Turkey, leaving behind the cosmopolitan port of Bodrum to discover hidden coves and pretty harbours. As I write this – almost a month later – barricades are being set up on the streets of Istanbul. […]

The Cary Arms, Devon

The view from our Commodore Room, The Cary Arms

By Catherine Leech, Director, 101 Holidays No – this isn’t a photo of the Cote d’Azur or some other resort in the Med. It was the early morning view taken through the window of our bedroom (Commodore) at The Cary Arms on south Devon’s Babbacombe Bay earlier this month. So many small hotels peg themselves […]

My Trip To Legoland


By Helena Hodson, age 9 Legoland Windsor is bigger and better than ever because of two new attractions – Splash Safari and Drench Towers in Duplo Valley. Last Sunday I went with my best friend Talia and our dads. Even though we arrived at 9.45am and stayed until it closed at 6pm, there was more […]

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