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Best slopes are above 2,000m in Méribel

There has been a lack of significant new snow in the Alps but existing snow has held well in the relatively cold conditions. Last night…

Skiing in Obergurgl, including the best runs, hotels, restaurants and bars

Obergurgl, one of the highest ski villages in Europe, set at 1,930m at the end of the Ötztal valley near the city of Innsbruck, used…

Val Thorens – the highest resort in Europe

Purpose-built Val Thorens is not only the highest resort in the giant Trois Vallées ski area that includes Courchevel and Méribel, but the highest in…

Whistler: too much snow to ski? No such thing

‘It’s puking snow up here again today,” said Anton Horvath, Whistler’s avalanche forecaster, peering out of his office window on Wednesday last week. “If you…

Val d’Isère – skiing in best freestyle ski areas

Joe Harkess, freestyle coach, All Mountain Academy Tricksters inspired by Jenny Jones’s Olympic bronze medal should ride the snowpark at Bellevarde (under the Mont Blanc…

Snow wonder

While your friends head to Spanish beaches and Italian hills, Chile – with its numerous ski resorts – is an adventurous alternative to the typical…

Skiing in the French Pyrenees: who needs the Alps?

It wasn’t the usual airport transfer. We bumped along in the back of a friendly stranger’s battered old jeep, the resident cocker spaniel having obligingly…

Puy-Saint-Vincent, great little ski resorts

Pretty Puy-Saint-Vincent sits on the edge of the Ecrins national park in the southern French Alps, not far from the Italian border. The closest airport…

Oz-en-Oisans – a family-friendly ski resort with amazing slopes

Before I had kids, my dream winter break was all about mixing great snowboarding with a good après scene involving live music and big jugs…

Head for the hills, the snow’s finally here

This season, Europe’s slopes have been so barren there were practically tumbleweeds blowing across them, until thankfully a deep covering of snow finally dropped over…

Beautiful pictures as thousands of Thai monks put on incredible visual display for sacred full moon festival

These beautiful images show thousands of Thai Buddhist monks gathering to carry lanterns and venerate a statue of Buddha to mark one of the holiest…

Athens holidays

If the thought of exploring Greece’s ancient world makes your skin tingle with anticipation, you’ll struggle to contain your excitement on a holiday to Athens….

Insider secrets of Rome

Heaping plates of light-as-air pasta. Art by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini. Some of the most entertaining people-watching on the planet. Rome is a city like…

Autumn in Venice

Although there are days when tourists outnumber locals by two to one, Venice never loses its capacity to enchant. Summer brings some of the most…

Walking in Moscow’s winter wonderland

The best way to discover Moscow is on foot. It may seem unrelentingly urban, dominated by cars and towering skyscrapers, but to find the flowering…

Singapore finds its cultural feet with culinary renaissance

It is often derided as a cultural desert, but a younger generation of Singapore’s residents and expats is determined to bring an edgier side to…

London travel tips

The English writer Samuel Johnson famously said, “You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man…

Romantic Paris: fashion and lights

The City of Light draws millions of visitors every year with its unforgettable ambiance. Of course, the divine cuisine and vast art collections deserve some…

Discover Rio’s arty side

It’s a balmy Saturday morning in Rio de Janeiro and, unlike everyone else in town, I’m heading away from the beach. Ipanema, Copacabana and Leblon…

Abu Dhabi – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Constructed between 1996 and 2007 at the request of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder and first president of the United Arab Emirates,…

Valencia and beyond

Eating out The most exciting new restaurant in Valencia is the Arrop Ricard Camarena, set in the spectacularHotel Palacio Marqués de Caro. The owners, Santiago…

The best of Thailand

Every tourist board loves a major motion picture. Think Braveheart, think Scotland. Think Jean de Florette, think Provence. Similarly, if you go and see The…

The Maldives baring your sole

They’ve stolen my shoes. After 13 hours on a plane, a smiling man has placed them firmly into a bag labelled “No News, No Shoes”…

Santorini, iconic of Greek islands

Your first order of business in Santorini is to hit the colorful beaches — the black and red sands make for a memorable visit. Next…

It’s like stepping into a Bounty ad

The Seychellois love to make jibes at Mauritius. Their main competitor for beach-based tourism in the Indian Ocean is ribbed mercilessly, often with faint praise….

Explore Croatia, enjoy Istria

We just had to pull over. On an overcast, sultry day the sun had yet to make an appearance, and the landscape around us, although…

Bora Bora a paradise in the Pacific

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale – a tale of a fateful trip, that started from this tropic port, aboard this tiny…

What’s new in Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca

If you’re in Menorca this weekend, head to Mahón to watch the inauguralMenorca Maxi (until 25 May), a superyacht regatta featuring top sailors including America’s…

Three cheers for Skiathos, the Greek island idyll that remains unchanged by time

The Greek island of Skiathos is a special sort of place. My childhood holidays there were filled with walks along parched tracks, views of the…

Ten best diving adventures

Pulau Weh, Indonesia by Charlotte Boan Our small wooden vessel rocked gently on the water, revealing little of the wild currents sweeping over the coral…