6 romantic beach resorts in Sri Lanka

River House

By Abi Dare

When it comes to romance, few things beat stepping on to tropical sand with swaying palms overhead and bath-warm water lapping at your feet. These beautiful resorts on the idyllic beaches of Sri Lanka all offer a truly unforgettable stay, whether you’re planning a honeymoon or just looking to e... Read more

6 idyllic secret islands in the Mediterranean


By Mark Hodson

We all know about the big holiday islands in the Mediterranean but there are many secret spots where you can hide away for a few days and escape the madding crowds. Here’s my pick of some of the best in the Med. Chora, Amorgos (Sunvil Holidays) 1. Amorgos, Greece One of the […]... Read more

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 tru... Read more

How I fell in love with Paxos


By Mark Hodson I love islands, and I especially love islands without airports. It’s just that added bit of effort in getting there that seems to protect them from overdevelopment and the inevitable cynicism and blandness that comes with it.  I actually enjoy arriving by sea: you get more of a sense of ... Read more

Is this the ultimate Antarctic holiday?

Elephant landing

By Catherine Leech, 101 Holidays

“Holiday of a lifetime” is perhaps one of the most over-worked descriptions used in our business but every so often, there’s one which truly lives up to its billing. The Ultimate Travel Company is organising an exclusive 23-night voyage to the Antarctic fr... Read more

Why mountain gorillas need tourism to survive

Mountain habitat

  By Will Bolsover, Managing Director, Natural World Safaris

Will Bolsover set up the first ever gorilla tracking safari in Gabon in combination with Emmanuel de Merode (now the Chief Warden of Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo). He also worked for a niche gorilla safari company based in... Read more

Discover the secrets of Ancient Greece

  By Catherine Leech, 101 Holidays Peter Sommer Travels has perfected the art of combining a relaxing holiday with a fascinating insight into ancient history and archaeology in the heart of the Aegean. Frequently based on board a luxury gulet, these holidays are usually a sell-out months in advance but ... Read more

Entertain the kids in Paris

Discover the French Revolution

  By Catherine Leech, 101 Holidays If you’re heading to Paris with young kids, check out these new tours from Family Twist. There’s a two-hour sightseeing tour, ideal as an introduction to the city. Accompanied by a private and certified guide, and chauffeured in a Mercedes car, you’l... Read more

Cycling safaris in Tanzania

Lake Manyara National Park

     By Catherine Leech, 101 Holidays I’ve been on safari in South Africa and I’ve cycled around Gozo but I’ve never combined the two – the idea of a cycling safari really tickles me, not least as a great idea for families with teenagers. Aardvark Safaris has introduced four-day m... Read more

Diving holidays for singles

Marine encounters

 By Jane Herbert of Regaldive Single travel is on the up, and diving is no exception. Scuba diving is the perfect activity for the solo traveller – divers are generally an inclusive and sociable bunch and the fact that you spend a lot of time underwater admiring the marine life and not uttering a si... Read more

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&... Read more

Meet the boss: Alison Jago, Completely Croatia

Completely Croatia

In our latest Meet the Boss interview, we talk to Alison Jago, founder and head honcho at Completely Croatia. Alison has worked in the travel industry since her early twenties, starting out in the trade press with Travel Weekly (then known as Travel News) on the advertising side. She has also had roles at... Read more

6 stylish places to stay that welcome kids

Polurrian Bay Hotel

   By Nadine Mellor, Editor of the Kids Collection, i-escape

The ultimate family holiday for many of us means being by the sea. Our Kids Collection has a great selection of wonderfully stylish places which warmly welcome children. These six hidden gems are sited close to the waves and cater for all age... Read more

One night of luxury: Review of Lucknam Park

Turbot - wow

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 ... Read more

10 weirdest photos from North Korea’s new official tourism website


By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays

North Korea is perhaps the last place in the world you’d want to go on holiday. The regime is repressive and secretive, and millions of its people are said to be starving. The few tourists that have made it over the border have been accompanied by minders 24 hou... Read more

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 [&... Read more

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 ... Read more

Deal of the Day: 48% off five-star Mauritius retreat


Holiday details: save 48% on a week-long stay at the five-star Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius. Enjoy the seven resort restaurants, spa, swimming pool and activities available including scuba-diving, water-skiing and kite surfing. Price: from £1,199 per person (a saving of £1,125 pp) based on two... Read more

Deal of the Day: £1,000 off luxury Ibiza villa


Holiday details: rent out Escandell on The Balearic island of Ibiza. This four bedroom, three bathroom rural hideaway sleeping seven has its own private pool, table tennis, landscaped, tiered garden with lawn, citrus and olive trees, covered dining terrace and sun terrace. Price: £1995 per rental (a savi... Read more

Deal of the Day: save over £1000 on thatched villa stay in the Maldives

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Holiday details: enjoy a seven-night stay at Kanuhara, Maldives with Western & Oriental. Stay in a thatched roof villa and take advantage of the resort’s tennis courts, squash courts, beach volleyball and watersports including 40 nearby dive sites and dolphin spotting trips. Price: from £1,935 ... Read more

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