Shakespeare may have slept here but I did it the Hatha-way

By Sharron Livingston, September 10, 2015

I may never have rubbed shoulders with royalty or dined with any literary greats but I can claim to have dined and slept in the same building as Elizabeth 1, Shakespeare and Lord Nelson.

That's because, like them, I stayed at the Spread Eagle Hotel and Spa in Midhurst in the heart of the Sussex countryside.

I spent a restorative 24-hours in this quaint 37-room warren of a hotel.


Verbier: the Royal skiing destination

By Josh Jackman, September 5, 2015

Verbier does not cater to most people, Pierre-André Gremaud, director of the company which promotes the resort in south-west Switzerland's famous four valleys region, admits proudly.

"We are not cheap, and we don't want to be. It is the Royal destination. Prince Harry and royalty from Belgium and Denmark visited last season.


Don't surf the net: here are six beaches to try in the UK

By Sharron Livingston, August 26, 2015

Botany Bay, Broadstairs, Kent

White cliffs and green-topped chalk stacks define the look. But it's the smugglers deported to Botany Bay in Australia that gave it the name. There's nothing underground here now except rock pools, fossils and the tunnels the smugglers used that are revealed when the tide is out

Covehithe, Suffolk


Austria: Take the green line on a leisurely rail journey

By Judith Baker, August 20, 2015

In an age of high-speed travel it is a real treat to take a leisurely rail journey through the gorgeous Austrian landscape. The train meanders through the mountains and postcard-pretty towns, which means hopping on and off as and when the fancy takes.

This is what you can expect to find along the way.



A gourmet visit to St Lucia: Old spice, new tastes

By Rupert Parker, August 12, 2015

It's 6.30 in the morning, just after sunrise, and I'm on the lookout for a fishing boat, and specifically, a naked fisherman. I've been told that every morning he sets out with his friends and the combination of his dreadlocks and his bare body is an irresistible lure for fish.


Austria: It's not just an army that marches on its stomach

By Lianne Kolirin, August 6, 2015

The hills are alive with the smells of Michelin-starred cuisine. Throughout the summer, a selection of delectable dishes dreamt up by some of Europe's top chefs are on offer in the Austrian Alps. There's only one catch: you have to climb a mountain or two to taste them.


Rise and shine - Menorca sparkles as a tiny holiday destination

By Victoria Prever, July 30, 2015

Unlike its Balearic siblings, Mallorca and Ibiza, Menorca isn't party central. But don't get the wrong idea - there's plenty to do at night-time on this tiny island, half the size of Hertfordshire and just 47km from end to end. Yet with 216km of coastline there are plenty of beaches.


Puglia offers rare urban buzz in Italy's rural heel

By Anthea Gerrie, July 23, 2015

A Magen David is the last thing you'd expect to stumble across in a remote Italian city famous for its baroque churches. But Lecce was a throbbing centre of Jewish life 500 years ago - and now the Jews are back in Puglia, their footsteps are being traced, unearthed and commemorated.


Why the Swiss are such good sports

By Barry Toberman, July 17, 2015

Chocolate, cheese and clocks. None too shabby a triumvirate, granted. But what else does a major Swiss city have to offer? Quite a lot, as I discover after arriving in Lausanne, a 40-minute train ride from Geneva airport.


A Greek tragedy . . . Or just an inconvenience?

By Sharron Livingston, July 10, 2015

As Greece decides what to do about its €323 billion debt and whether to abandon the euro, hotels are facing a drop in last-minute bookings, and holidaymakers who have already booked are wondering whether to go.

Whatever you decide, the most important piece of advice is: don't rely on ATMs - they may not all be topped up regularly - and take enough cash for your stay as well as your cards.