My time in the Big Brother house wasn’t quite the horror show I’d imagined

Despite having to share loos and even a bed, how could I say no to a free three-week holiday?

Okayama Castle, which was completed in 1597. Its black exterior has earned it the nickname ‘Crow Castle’

Towering Tokyo draws your gaze endlessly upwards

The 38-storey Aman Tokyo is the perfect base from which to explore this stunning city’s high life

The Aman Le Mélézin

Snow work, all play: Courchevel’s Aman Le Mélézin reviewed

A disillusioned skier is tempted back to the slopes by one of the region’s most luxurious hotels

Immaculate Spanish home, frenzied English children. What could go wrong?

It was like releasing a dozen hyenas in a ­chicken farm – and there were only two of them

Monks at Thiksey Monastery in Ladakh

Words apart in the Himalayan desert

You’ll need a new vocabulary for the stunning Buddhist kingdom of Ladakh

The celebrity spa that’s worth its salt

We try out the purgative weight-loss regime at Austria’s FX Mayr clinic

Altitude and attitude

Das Central, Solden, Austria (Above) Solden has much more to offer than just skiing. When the snow melts, you can…

Bath time: wild ­elephants roam ­southern Sri Lanka

Paralysed in paradise — or how I didn’t see Sri Lanka

A broken heart is not an asset in this tranquil haven (even if the hotel provides a surrogate boyfriend)

Stockholm provides the perfect winter tonic

The Grand Hotel is a wondrous and luxurious place to retreat to at Christmas time

Avoiding the steepest slopes in Verbier

Skiing here can be astoundingly expensive… or surprisingly affordable

Crate expectations: restaurant in a Western Cape township

Off the beaten track

I’m here in the self-proclaimed-Mothercity, at the very tip of Africa, a place once described (and yet still undersold) by…

Staying power

1. Four Seasons, Lower Manhattan Old meets new in downtown New York with South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge and Battery…

Our gold-plated skiing trip

A perfect Alpine mini-break

War weary

My Holiday Hell: After six months in a war zone I could not understand relaxation, could not understand safety

They should call it Farm-to-table Mountain

Revisiting Cape Town for a TV role, actress Olivia Grant discovers it’s gone through a food revolution

Barcelona makes London look like Luton

On a visit to the Catalan capital, Julie Burchill is reminded why she hates punk

Let’s throw kosher to the wind… and go veggie in Israel

Who needs meat when the alternative is so muscular?

A ‘romantic’ break on the Isle of Wight ruined by rain, rudeness . . . and racism

Instead of Virgin Upper Class to Antigua I was on a blustery ferry in a timewarp back to 1983

Can I find myself in Bali?

Like the protagonist in Eat, Pray, Love, I had visited Italy and India – but still felt somewhat lost. Is Bali the missing link?

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside

Staycations are becoming even more popular since our country’s decision to leave the EU — and staying on British soil is no bad thing

Globe Trotting: La Réserve, Ramatuelle

Nestled in the hills a 20-minute drive from the glamour and hustle of St Tropez, you will find La Réserve…

Just say no to ‘say hello’

Other people’s travel tips will only land you in trouble

Lights, camera, Allahu akbar… welcome to Hollywood-on-Mahgreb

For film-makers, Morocco is like California: sunshine, diverse landscapes, great old architecture and available extras

Globe trotting: Keep your guard up

Our latest selection of travel favourites

Globe Trotting: Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

Mandarin Oriental’s first African hotel opens in 50 acres of impeccably maintained gardens framed by the Atlas Mountains