Best of both worlds: skiing in Vaujany and Les Deux Alpes

 By Mark Hodson On a good day the journey by road between the resorts of Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes in the French region of Isère takes less than 90 minutes. On a really good day – as I found recently – it can take the best part of three hours. As we left […]

Review of Body Tonic retreat at Lou Casteou

By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays I peeled off the boxing gloves, poured some ice-cold water over my head and checked the time. It was 11.30am and we were 90 minutes into our morning exercise session with another two hours to go before lunch. My legs were getting wobbly and I was sweating buckets. […]

The best family skiing holiday (with grown-up kids)

By Mark Hodson If you hear the words “family skiing” you will likely think of small children dressed in too many layers, looking vaguely bemused while their stressed-out parents carry armfuls of equipment, scramble around for missing gloves and say things like “HOW much for a spag bol? You are joking!” But families come in […]

Anguilla: so much more than a luxury haven for the rich and famous

By Catherine Leech, Director of 101 Holidays A comfortable place to stay that isn’t a swish hotel and is located on a shelving beach with warm and calm water; restaurants and bars within walking distance; guaranteed sunshine in late November; no jabs or anti-malarials required; a destination where tourists and locals socialise together; solo-female-friendly. This was my wish […]

Is this the family adventure of a lifetime?

Review of Explore’s Family Indonesian Highlights tour By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays The string of islands that stretch away east of Java are perhaps best known as home to the world’s biggest lizard, the deadly Komodo Dragon. This vicious creature, which grows to 3 metres in length and has been known to attack and kill […]

High marks for Les Deux-Alpes

By Mark Hodson, Co-founder of 101 Holidays There’s no such thing as a perfect ski resort – you need to decide what’s important for you. Are you looking for value, cosy mountain huts or ear-splitting nightlife? Guaranteed snow or pretty runs through the trees? You simply can’t find everything all in one place. Les Deux-Alpes in France […]

Eurostar Ski Train to La Plagne

 By Mark Hodson, Co-founder of 101 Holidays Nine years ago I co-founded Snowcarbon, which set out to persuade skiers to forgo the misery of flying and travel to the slopes instead by train. A brilliant idea, but a hard sell. Not because the train isn’t a wonderful way to travel, but because human behaviour is notoriously hard […]

Hotel review: Dorsett Shepherd’s Bush

By Mark Hodson I once shared a flat with another penniless journalist in Shepherd’s Bush. The best thing to say about the neighbourhood was it had good transport links: it was easy to get out of there. But strange things have been happening in the Bush over the past few years: it’s gone upmarket. Though […]

Alta Badia: the ultimate gourmet ski resort

By Mark Hodson How far would you travel for a bowl of tripe? I’m half way up a mountain in the Italian Dolomites on a cloudy day in December with the mercury plunging to -8ºC. It’s 11am and I’m peeling off hat, thermals and ski gloves to tuck into the first course of a very […]

No smartphones: an Alpine adventure with teens

By Mark Hodson Our guide Boris prodded the patchwork of ice and wet snow ahead with a ski pole then turned and said: “Be careful here. Follow my tracks.” A second later, his leg disappeared up to the hip, as he stepped into a narrow crevasse. “So maybe not these exact tracks,” he grinned sheepishly, […]