Archive for April, 2014

Beautiful locations worthy of an Oscar

Beautiful locations worthy of an Oscar

Two Oscar-nominated movies at this year’s Academy Awards were filmed on location at English National Trust properties that are open to the public.

Visitors can see where Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and the latest instalments in the epic Harry Potter series were filmed, and the National Trust has produced a new “movie map” to hunt down other locations used in famous films. (more…)

Now boarding for Beirut

Now boarding for Beirut

In the capital, there’s a restaurant for just about every cuisine from around the world, from Iranian to Korean and Peruvian (ceviche is the dish of the moment). The food is undoubtedly delicious, but no matter how many plastic palm trees are used to decorate the place, there’s often no escaping the fact that you are in London. (more…)

Sun salutations in the Cotswolds

Sun salutations in the Cotswolds

Ideally, we’d all salute the sun when it is actually out and visible in the sky. For those that can’t dedicate a whole week to practising yoga under blue skies abroad, a four-day retreat in the Cotswolds is ideal. (more…)

German trains head for Channel Tunnel

German trains head for Channel Tunnel

German trains will carry passengers from the UK direct to Amsterdam and Frankfurt through the Channel Tunnel, train operator Deutsche Bahn announced today. Travellers will also be able to reach Brussels, Cologne and Rotterdam direct on the same trains when the new routes open in 2013. (more…)

The Spa Awards 2013

The Spa Awards 2013

The great and the good of the spa world gathered together in London this week to attend the Conde Nast Traveller Spa Awards 2013 – and to discover which were our favourite spas this year. (more…)

Six Senses pick Felicite

Six Senses pick Felicite

Aside from former Prime Minister Tony Blair and one-time tennis champion Steffi Graf, very few people have stayed on the Seychelles island of Felicite, a glamorous and exclusive private island with a coastline mostly visited by passing divers and snorkellers. (more…)

From Russia with leaves

From Russia with leaves

Brace yourself for this year’s hottest new spa craze… twigged it yet?

The traditional Russian banya is a sauna with a difference: the steam is wetter and therefore easier to bear, making it more hydrating and, ultimately, more detoxifying. (more…)

On a natural high

On a natural high

In the foothills of the Indian Himalayas, miles from anywhere, a new resort tipped to become one of the world’s leading wellness retreats has finally opened to guests after an extensive planning and construction process. (more…)

Eat, sleep, spa

Eat, sleep, spa

At new destination spa Lonhea Alpine Clinic, in the village of Villars-sur-Ollon in west Switzerland, a team of chiropractors, massage therapists, nutritionists and personal trainers is tasked with knocking guests into shape. (more…)

BA jets to fly on biofuel by 2014

BA jets to fly on biofuel by 2014

British Airways will fly all its jets on biofuel made from London’s rubbish by 2014, the airline revealed this week.

Together with US bio-energy company Solena, the airline is planning to open Europe’s first jet fuel plant, which will convert domestic and industrial rubbish destined for landfill sites into a carbon-neutral energy source. (more…)

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