Incredible footage shows rider twisting and turning along the world’s longest water slide at sea 

Incredible Go-Pro footage shows riders twisting and turning for over 800 feet along the world’s longest water slide at sea The Blaster is one of the brand new slides on board Royal Caribbean’s revamped Navigator of the Seas liner  It sees riders propelled in a two-person raft through twists, turns, over hills and down thrilling … Read more

The Milky Way captured in all its glory by top night-sky photographers

No wonder these are heavenly pictures – they were all snapped by some of the world’s top night-sky photographers at amazing locations across the globe. They show the moon, the stars and meteor showers against some of the world’s most beautiful backdrops. And the experts who took the images have been sharing their top tips … Read more

Former 19th century gambling bolthole is transformed into cliff-top romantic retreat

A former ‘den of iniquity’ that has been turned into a cliff-top romantic retreat is so popular it is booked up for the next 18 months. Doyden Castle, near Port Quin in Cornwall, was built in the early 19th century by a local landowner as a secret bolthole for gambling and drinking in with friends. … Read more

An Inspector Calls… A review of London’s Belmond Cadogan Hotel

An Inspector Calls… London’s Belmond Cadogan Hotel is full of ‘hope and expectation’ following a multi-million pound renovation The Belmond Cadogan Hotel has reopened after its £39 million refurbishment Located on Sloane Street in Chelsea, the cheapest room will set you back £470 The decor is stylish and modern but ‘respectful of the building’s heritage’ By … Read more

Be a Renaissance man or woman with a trip to Milan or Florence, both homes to Leonardo da Vinci

This year is your chance to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the world’s most famous artist. Exhibitions about Leonardo da Vinci are opening in galleries all over Europe and the UK. But which is the best place to learn about his life? The Italian cities of Milan and Florence are competing to celebrate Leonardo 500. … Read more

A stay in Salzburg for under £100 a night could be music to your ears

If you love music, you’ll love Salzburg.  First, it’s Mozart’s birthplace which is a treat for lovers of classical music as the city hosts daily concerts and a big summer festival.   Then there’s The Sound Of Music connection as Salzburg was also the setting for the 1965 film about the Von Trapp family, starring Julie … Read more

A review of the Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem just a short walk from the most revered sites on earth 

Holiness is perhaps an under-rated quality in a hotel. What with the worldly trappings of room service, valet parking and chocolates on pillows – not to mention the Satanic temptation of mini-bars – they are normally unabashed temples of fleshly delights. The Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem, however, is different. Don’t get me wrong: as a … Read more

Britain at its best: Raise a wee dram to the Isle of Islay

The Isle of Islay is closer to the ‘island of Ireland’ (as politicians call it when squabbling over the EU ‘backstop’) than it is to Scotland’s big cities. Out there, in other words. And yet for a first-timer it seems like a microcosm of Scotland as a whole, with its mountains, heathered moorland, grazing sheep, … Read more