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CroisiEurope's Charming Provence cruise, France

CroisiEurope's Charming Provence cruise, France

For six nights and seven days, the 22 berth MS Anne-Marie, a luxurious hotel barge, departs from Arles into the rivers and canal that run through Europe’s largest delta.
Short stay: De Vere Latimer Estate, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, UK

Short stay: De Vere Latimer Estate, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, UK

Our review of De Vere Latimer Estate, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, UK
7 reasons to visit Porto, Portugal

7 reasons to visit Porto, Portugal

North of Lisbon and south of the Spanish border, Porto is Portugal’s second city in the green north.
Where to eat at Quinta do Lago, The Algarve, Portugal

Where to eat at Quinta do Lago, The Algarve, Portugal

13 restaurants can be found at Quinta do Lago. Here's our guide on where to eat.
Short stay: Magnolia Hotel, Quinta do Lago, The Algarve, Portugal

Short stay: Magnolia Hotel, Quinta do Lago, The Algarve, Portugal

Step back into 1950s Miami glamour at the Magnolia Hotel. Where it is easy to imagine Audrey Hepburn and Rock Hudson skipping through the neon time-warp of pastel pinks and turquoise hues. Tall palms vie with the Magnolia’s neon sign of an elegant swim-capped diver. Miami comes to the Algarve on the fringe of Quinta
Short stay: M.Ou.Co Hotel, Porto, Portugal

Short stay: M.Ou.Co Hotel, Porto, Portugal

The coolest place to stay in Porto. Here the hotel is reinvented as a place to “Stay. Listen. Play.” Throughout the ample public areas music plays.
Short stay: The Bristol Hotel, Bristol, UK

Short stay: The Bristol Hotel, Bristol, UK

In prime position on the waterfront, The Bristol Hotel makes a bold eponymous claim to be the place to stay in Bristol. First opening in the 1960s, the Royal Institute of British architects now recognise the hotel as a prime example of the Modern Architecture movement.
Short stay: Burnham Beeches Hotel, Burnham, Buckinghamshire, UK

Short stay: Burnham Beeches Hotel, Burnham, Buckinghamshire, UK

Back in 1727 this Georgian hunting lodge fondly recalled classical architecture: elegantly balanced, symmetrically proportioned and brilliantly, dazzlingly white. Cant Hill, as it was then named, was the resting place for royals as they hunted in Windsor Park. Since it became a hotel in 1965, renamed Burnham Beeches Hotel, guests have looked out from the
Short stay: Beachcroft Hotel & Beach Hut Suites, Felpham, West Sussex, UK

Short stay: Beachcroft Hotel & Beach Hut Suites, Felpham, West Sussex, UK

Four designer Beach Hut Suites sit just yards from Felpham’s beach. It’s a bucket and spade shoreline where seagulls call and sea breezes rustle the palm tree planting. Ivon Blumer architects have created a gentle-blue-clapperboard homage to beach life. Four huts named Beach, Sand, Pebble and Shell – each spread over three levels,- elevate beach
Short stay: The Fellows House, Cambridge, UK

Short stay: The Fellows House, Cambridge, UK

“Feel at home, feel inspired, feel like a fellow,” invites the hotel’s mantra. Strategically positioned, a mere eight minute stroll from Jesus Green, The Fellows House is the very essence of Cambridge. Symbolically, Crick and Watson’s DNA double helix is imprinted into The Folio Bar’s walls. Whilst the heritage of Cambridge’s esteemed academic fellows flows
Developments at the Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat, Langkawi, Malaysia

Developments at the Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat, Langkawi, Malaysia

At Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat the views are timeless. Each of the eleven studios, suites and cottages, serenely secluded by the rainforest, looks out across the infinite blues of the Andaman sea. Every room has a sea view over some of the other 98 islands which make up the Langkawi archipelago. Below the retreat on the
9 reasons to visit Lisbon, Portugal

9 reasons to visit Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city, has many faces. Rebuilt after the earthquake and tsunami of 1755, much of that historic era of reconstruction remains. Today, Lisbon continues to expand along the banks of the River Tagus, towards the Costa Caparica heading for the Atlantic. Although Lisbon is one of Europe’s smaller cities, visitors still need to
5 more historic English hotels

5 more historic English hotels

England’s rich history is remarkably preserved, both in town and country, throughout the land. A plethora of historic houses have been given new life through sensitive and thoughtful restoration. Below is a selection of charming properties throughout England, ideal for a short break or for a longer stay to explore local attractions. Burleigh Court, Minchinhampton,
Short stay: Barrow Hill Barns, near Petersfield, The South Downs, UK

Short stay: Barrow Hill Barns, near Petersfield, The South Downs, UK

It is easy to see why these eight ultra-luxurious detached cottages are given five stars by Visit England. These brick and flint barn-style cottages quietly nestle in 10 peaceful acres at the heart of the South Downs National Park. Barrow Hill Barns are part of the Premier Cottages collection, where a selection of property owners
Short stay: Hotel Britania, Lisbon, Portugal

Short stay: Hotel Britania, Lisbon, Portugal

This charming Art Deco boutique hotel, set in the historic centre of Lisbon, is one of five Lisbon Heritage Hotels in Portugal’s capital, providing discrete but sophisticated luxury. The 32 room, one suite Britania, has been tastefully restored to a grandeur beyond that of its 1944 opening. Architect Cassiano Branco had originally planned the bold
5 stylish English hotels

5 stylish English hotels

These five hotels show the diversity of properties available in England. They take in coast and country as well as a tranquil base for a visit to the capital. Although these five hotels are set in contrasting environments, they are all renowned for their style, service and great food. 1. The Cary Arms and Spa,