Holidays

Zulus and Zemirot

By Sharron Livingston, April 3, 2016

South Africa's Zimbali resort extends over 700 hectares and offers a rare combination of lush forest, soft-sand beaches and an 18-hole golf course on the lovely KwaZulu-Natal's Dolphin Coast, along the Indian Ocean.

"Zimbali" is the Zulu word for "valley of flowers" and this goes some way to describing the blossoming environment.

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Andorra: Ditching the piste is snow much fun

By Sophie Ibbotson, March 31, 2016

What can you do while others take to the slopes? This is something to contemplate when holidaying in a ski resort, but have no penchant for skiing.

The tiny, landlocked principality of Andorra, situated in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain, offers far more than simply sliding straight down the piste.

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The living is Portuguesey

By Sharron Livingston, March 24, 2016

The Algarve, on Portugal's south coast, has long been a favourite of Britons chasing the sun. It always delivers those sunny days, even out of season and is particularly lovely in April, when spring flowers are in full bloom, the crowds have thinned and temperatures hover around a pleasant 20° to 25°C. And it's only a four-hour flight from the UK.

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How Jewish is the Sistine Chapel?

By Michael Knipe, March 23, 2016

Looking up at Michelangelo's frescos on the ceiling, we could see seven Hebrew prophets - Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Joel, Jonah and Zechariah.

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Greece: In the lap of the gods

By Simon Rocker, March 17, 2016

As a zig-zag of lightning split the sky, the omens did not look good. Zeus, king of the gods, must have got out on the wrong side of bed. His home, Mount Olympus, the tallest mountain in Greece, lay across the water, visible on a clearer day. But by the time we had finished our breakfast at Ikos Oceania resort, the storm clouds had passed us by, leaving normal duty to be resumed by the pool.

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Pit stops on the Peloponnese

By Angela Epstein, March 10, 2016

It's a pine-scented evening in the little Greek resort town of Kyllini.

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Slope off at a leisurely pace

By Josh Jackman, March 3, 2016

'This ski resort is for people who like to take their time on holiday, who don't want to speed through the day."

Most ski resorts would balk at this description, but Thierry Durand, director of the reservations company which promotes Valloire in south-east France, embraces the resort's cosy nature.

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Where to find the jewels in India's crown

By Anthea Gerrie, February 18, 2016

It's India, but not as we know it. Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, is so green, cosmopolitan and manageable, it seems quite removed from the chaos of other major cities in the sub-continent.

This is less to do with the city being the high-tech capital of India than its geography.

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Good morning, Vietnam!

By Andy Mossack, February 11, 2016

Early morning in Ho Chi Minh City - or Saigon as the locals call it - and the traffic is jaw-dropping. A sea of mopeds running more than 10 rows deep along the stretch of road. A bike buzzes past laden with a family of four carrying a huge basket of kitchen utensils and a rolled-up carpet. Another has a fridge strapped to the rider's back and another bouquets of flowers.

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Plan that perfect Valentine's Day getaway

By Sharron Livingston, February 4, 2016

Adults-only in Marbella

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