With the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death last year, interest in one of her most frequent haunts, the spa city of Bath, was rekindled. With attractive Regency architecture at every turn, genteel tea rooms aplenty and the centrally located Jane Austen Centre, it's the perfect place to indulge in one's inner Mr Darcy/Lizzy Bennet fantasies. But this is a tale of three cities: the Georgian masterpiece, the Ancient Roman retreat and the trendy, modern city. A weekend break means you can take in all three sides. Read more about Take a Weekend Brake in Bath and find your Inner Lizzy
In Mexico you discover new worlds through timeless connections. There are cities here that haven't been populated in over thousand years, and yet when you visit you come to know the people who lived there, from their art, their hopes for corn and rain, their plans for harvests and burials. There are Colonial centers where you can trace globalization from Persia to Arabia to Africa to Spain in the arabesque of a balcony, the pomegranates in a sauce, the gold lavished on a church. But these cities are showcases of the New World: its native craftspeople and farmers, its unfathomable wealth, its artists who decorated alters with angels as their forebears had with feathered gods. The heritage sites of Mexico tells a story; come, let us share them with you.
Being driven around the bustling, cobbled streets of Havana in an ancient, but beautifully preserved 1950s Cadillac, Chevrolet or Oldsmobile, you feel like you have entered a different era. It’s not just the unusual combination of grey Soviet-era brutalist architecture juxtaposed with gems such as the Gran Teatro (lit up at night it is a marvel).
Thanks to its rich history of skiing and other winter sports, SalzburgerLand is usually associated with action and exhilaration. But the whole area around the city of Salzburg is also a fantastic place for relaxation, thanks to its wealth of thermal spas (or ‘thermen’).
CUBA is one of the world’s fastest growing tourist destinations – and with its diverse mix of vibrant urban nightlife, relaxing beaches and spectacular natural vistas, it’s not difficult to see why. The country is attracting more visitors than ever before and even the Kardashians gave the island (the largest in the Caribbean) their seal of approval when they drove around capital Havana in a hot pink convertible Cadillac. Havana, the countries capital, with a population of two million, recently got its first luxury hotel, the Grans Hotel Manzana Kempinski, which occupies an entire city block.
With beautiful beaches, blue skies, and blazing temperatures, escape the post-Christmas chill with a trip to the largest of the Canary Islands. There is a lot to say for a holiday haven which mixes familiarity with notes of the exotic. Tenerife is just such a destination. The biggest of the Canary Islands has long been loved by generations of British tourists-who know it to be a perfect possibility for winter sun. Read more about Soak up Some Winter Sun in Tenerife
It can be difficult to know what to look for when choosing a city break. Cultural hotspot? Foodie paradise? Or maybe you want to get back to nature? Solve the problem by going somewhere that has it all: Madrid, along with its own unique charms - it's the perfect base from which to explore four incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Read more about Discover Madrid's UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Thought Dubai only catered to the rich and famous? This United Arab Emirates city might court visitors with expensive tastes, but beyond the skyscrapers and Western brands is a desert destination with enough cultural and hip hotspots for a bragworthy weekender that surprisingly - won't break the bank. So if you're longing to escape the cold, here is an alternative plan for a two-day short break in this Middle Eastern playground. Read more about See Another Side of Dubai
Where are you having dinner tonight? Instead of trudging home to eat a takeaway in front of the TV, you could be enjoying a four-course meal in your cosy chalet in the French Alps with free-flowing wine (and no washing up after). After a day on the slopes, you'll have worked up an appetite, so there is nothing more welcoming than a home-cooked meal along with some great conversation to get you in the mood to party. Read more about Take A French Alps Winter Ski Break
What are you doing this evening? Bet they won't be as memorable as catching a glimpse of the magical Northern Lights after a day cross-country skiing through stunning scenery or after tackling a World Cup slalom in a frozen forest. Unlike the Alps, Scandinavian countries can add more to your winter experience. The snow here last for up to six months, and it offers more than a day on the piste, with some amazing adventures. Read more about Enjoy Winter Scandinavian Style