Sicily’s swishest! Why the rich love this Italian resort

The Mail on Sunday’s Jeremy Daniels checked into the Verdura Resort  The sumptuous estate was set up by hotelier Sir Rocco Forte ten years ago Cars are banned, so everyone uses bikes, and there are three golf courses By Jeremy Daniels For The Daily Mail Did Hermione really stay in our room?’ yelped my ten-year-old…

One of the world’s best hotels for embarking for a cruise

Mail on Sunday’s Simon Heptinstall checked into the Savoia Excelsior Palace It is located a few yards from the deep-water cruise terminal Simon watched the arrival of the 3,500-passenger Majestic Princess cruise ship By Simon Heptinstall For The Mail On Sunday The cruise ship looked as if it was going to sail right into the…

How one cruising novice lost weight on Christmas cruise

By Elsie Perry For The Mail On Sunday Just imagine a Christmas holiday that comes with guaranteed sunshine. And not just tropical heat: your festive break will also be free of cooking and washing-up.  A cruise is a welcome break at any time of year, but getting away for a Christmas voyage has become a…

Tokyo is revealed as the cheapest long haul destination

Japan’s capital came out on top, while Rio de Janeiro was deemed one of the pricier places Costly items in the South American city included lager – an average of £4.07 a bottle – and wine at £6.79 The Post Office’s Long Haul Holiday Report was based on the costs of ten tourist items, including…

Later Irma: Caribbean Tourism, Island from Island –

A number of the most populous — and even tourism-dependent — destinations within the Caribbean are crippled in the aftermath of among the strongest Atlantic basin storms ever recorded. Ferocious storms are not anything new to those islands, however Hurricane Irma, using its own 185-mile-per-hour winds, had been devastating. Cities, and a few islands, have…

Dubai unveils plans to create a replica of Venice

Stunning images reveal plans to create a replica of Venice in the United Arab Emirates  The Floating Venice will be located in The World in Dubai islands, 4km offshore from Dubai   The resort will be the world’s first five-star floating destination The development aims to bring ‘the charm, serenity and culture of Venice to the…

In Search of True Santorini?

Jump the Beach. Take a Hike. –

As I improved through the village of Oia in Santorini, Greece, slightly out of breath out of navigating the scenic roads, I was sure I’d seen few areas on earth as appealing. Majestically perched atop a pond, Oia confronted the sparkling Aegean Sea and has been awash in glistening white villas built to the hills.…

Scottish Nature Photography Festival’s stunning UK images

The stunning images of the UK were all contenders in this year’s Scottish Nature Photography Festival contest Richard Whitson, from Glasgow, came joint first place in the annual competition with his photo of a stonechat Other shortlisted entries included an image of a female roe deer roaming a field in Northumberland at dawn By Sadie…

Back in Washington and Idaho, Fishing and Feasts –

The fishing pole onto the starboard aft side (or rear part — I always was pleased with myself to studying a few navigation conditions) of the small boat sprang educated, like a bowstring. Our manual, Shane Moon, jumped to his feet with a quickness I did not expect from a man who seems like he…