Holidays

Retreat to Thailand

By Sharron Livingston, August 26, 2016

As I dangled my feet in the cool, salt water of the L-shaped infinity pool on the roof of Villa 28, the sun warmed my face while a breeze from the Andaman Sea below tickled my hair. On the rocky outcrop of Koh Fann, the 12-metre high Golden Buddha with its palms up in Mara posture was so alive with sunlight that it seemed to wink at me from the mountainous horizon.

It was a glorious scene.

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Lights, camera, explore

By Cathy Winston, August 18, 2016

Forget Hollywood. For film buffs, all eyes are turning further north to Toronto, with the annual International Film Festival running from September 8-18.

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Bali: Eat, pray, relax

By Jennifer Lipman, August 12, 2016

It's with some irony that the check-in desk for Qatar Airways at Heathrow is just round the corner from the one for El Al. Given that the Emirates don't recognise Israel, and given that we were connecting to our second flight in Doha, I had fretted that my regular visits to Tel Aviv would set off alarm bells somewhere.

I needn't have worried.

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Denmark makes an inpression

By Anthea Gerrie, August 5, 2016

It's a shame green and pleasant Jutland is linked in history with a naval battle which took place off its shoreline a century ago. For the westernmost province of Denmark is a tranquil land rich in culture right from its less-travelled south, whose coastline has earned World Heritage Site status, to the northernmost tip at Skagen, where the extraordinary light takes on a heavenly quality.

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Jewish safari expands our horizons in Zimbabwe

By Rebecca Shapiro, August 2, 2016

'This guy came to stay, and asked to see the Jewish parts of town," recalls Peter Jones, owner of The River Club, a luxurious Zambian hotel. "I asked him to wait until the next day, then spent all evening swotting up on the area's Jewish history."

Thus began his first Jewish tour of Livingstone, a historic town close to the Victoria Falls.

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Menorca: On your bike

By Andy Mossack, July 29, 2016

To someone like me, who's not an experienced biker, a seven- day self-guided biking tour around Menorca was starting to sound a little ambitious.

But Xavier Mendez, Freewheel's local rep, had other ideas. "All these routes are very easy," he insists as I climb on the bike in Menorca's capital Mahon to test it out for size.

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School's out, so take them out

By Gretta Schifano, July 21, 2016

Six glorious weeks of summer holidays lie ahead - if you're a child. Six weeks of entertaining if you're a parent. But whatever your budget and whatever the weather, there are some great family-friendly activities.

ArcelorMittal Orbit slide

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France: Gloats from a small island

By Lianne Kolirin, July 15, 2016

As a mother of three sons, it has never occurred to me to incentivise my children with the promise of a spa treatment.

The idea of any of my boisterous trio relaxing in a cosy candle-lit room with whale music in the background has, unsurprisingly, never crossed my mind. Until now.

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Switzerland: Standing on top of Europe

By Sarah Ebner, July 8, 2016

It is the beginning of summer and all around me I can see bright, white snow. I am not cold, but instead surprisingly warm: the sun is shining and there is no wind.

I'm standing on the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland, the highest point you can reach by train in Europe. It is utterly beautiful, with an expanse of white valley laid out in front of me.

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France: Bordeaux uncorked

By David Gerrie, July 1, 2016

Mention Bordeaux to most people and they'll struggle to picture anything apart from a tempting glass of red. In fact, most Brits travelling through France give this beautiful city a miss altogether as they hare down to the south.

Which is odd, because Bordeaux has had stronger links with our nation than perhaps any other French city, dating back to the 12th century.

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