Travel

Hotel horror stories

From used condoms to staff with comical language skills, even the most upmarket hotels get away with absurdly bad service

5 Dec 2015

Globe trotting: four fabulous getaways

From the height of luxury in Dubai to a noble Scottish castle, you won’t find hideaways more distinctive than these

5 Dec 2015

Cecil the Lion’s noble sacrifice

His shooting by an American dentist has reminded the world that big-game trophy hunting is essential for the survival of African wildlife

5 Dec 2015
The Milky Way over Methoni. GETTY IMAGES.

On a remote outpost of the Peloponnese, this could be a blueprint to revive the Greek tourist trade

At Costa Navarino, they seem to have found a winning formula which actually pays its way

5 Dec 2015

A disastrous one-night stand

Asking a woman back to your Airbnb is not always a good idea

30 Nov 2015

Globe trotting

Our latest travel favourites

30 Nov 2015
The Burj Khalifa

An expat’s guide to Dubai

Danielle Nay tells us what to see and where to go

30 Nov 2015

My holiday hell

Dogs, dehydration and bed bugs

11 Oct 2015
A saltwater pool at Jake’s Hotel

O Island in the sun

Visiting Jamaica

23 Jun 2015

Otters and batcaves

Places to sleep in style

23 Jun 2015

How not to pitch in LA

I took a trip to Hollywood because I’m a budding screenwriter. ‘Budding’ in this context means ‘unsuccessful’. Here’s Tennessee Williams on…

28 Mar 2015

Stay in the picture

1. Das Central, AustriaIt’s not a Bond film without a snow scene and Sam Mendes’s choice of location for Spectre…

28 Mar 2015

Green Hills, great apes

Here’s my first proper view of Rwanda: an improbably blue lake, endless hills striped with different shades of green stretching into…

28 Mar 2015

Sweet taste of danger

Mr and Mrs Smith: they have nothing on us. Their conflict, mere child’s play. Because since moving to America last…

30 Nov 2014
La Marocain restaurant at La Mamounia

Lifted by the light

Sorry, T.S. Eliot, you got it wrong — January, not April, is the cruellest month. Post-Christmas torpor mixed with back-to-work…

30 Nov 2014

Globe Trotting

1. Pumphouse Point, Tasmania Once used for hydroelectricity, this newly renovated 1940s building is now a hotel in the southern…

30 Nov 2014

The great divide

Last year my wife Holly and I moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, a stunning colonial town nestled in the Shenandoah mountains.…

20 Sep 2014

Globe Trotting

1. Kakslauttanen, Finland Bedding down in a glass igloo to watch the northern lights? Sounds like a dream weekend. Though…

20 Sep 2014
St Barts airstrip

Fantasy Islands

First, we flew to the celebrity fantasy island of St Barts, one of the four French islands comprising the French…

20 Sep 2014
The Washington Monument

Screen Time

Peering up at the First Amendment of the US Constitution chiselled in foot-high letters into the facade of Washington DC’s…

21 Jun 2014

Globe Trotting

1. Ham Yard Hotel, LondonFirmdale’s latest venture is hidden away on a quiet street only seconds from Piccadilly Circus. It…

21 Jun 2014

Cowboy comforts

How did I get myself into this? I’m halfway up a mountain in Montana, wrestling with a pair of cross-country…

30 Nov 2013

Springs break

If LA can feel like a strange place, Palm Springs, 80 miles east into the desert, is frankly bizarre. Its…

30 Nov 2013

Under African skies

Straight off the night flight to Nairobi, red-eyed, your clothes like a second skin, you are greeted in the clammy…

21 Sep 2013

The new old world

Franschhoek — French Corner — is a place which serves South Africans as a kind of sophisticated fantasy, an alternative…

21 Sep 2013
La Vialla

Estate secrets

In the lower right quadrant of Da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’, a seven-arch bridge is pictured: this is the Ponte Buriano…

22 Jun 2013