With travel restrictions easing at last in many parts of the world, holiday destinations near and far are welcoming tourists again. These are the stunning new hotels and resorts that you'll want to be booking this year, from city breaks to wellness retreats and long-haul romantic getaways. There's also a Mayan-inspired newcomer in Mexico, Michelin stars in Majorca and more. Pictured: The LUX* Grand Baie in Mauritius (bottom left); the new Sandals on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao (top right); Orlando's Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser experience (bottom right); doorless Buahan in Bali (top left); and Aman New York (main).
An immense 91-DEGREE drop and speeds of up to 76mph: Video footage reveals the thrills in store on the new extreme coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (and riders' priceless reactions)
The roller coaster is the 10th at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Florida, with the theme park announcing that it will open on March 11. The clip includes a stomach-churning POV section of the immense drop - and shows the priceless reactions of riders as they anticipate it then hurtle downwards and around the track, which is more than 4,000ft long.
For the best in laid back Barbados luxury, Lone Star boutique hotel is the perfect choice - just lay back on the golden Caribbean sands and let your butler take care of the rest...
Behind a chic but unassuming converted 1940s garage exterior on the west coast of Barbados lies a true gem of a boutique hotel. As soon as you pass through the narrow reception of the Lone Star , the building opens out into a chic verandah bar and restaurant simply furnished with white sofas and linens against rich mahogany floorboards - all perfectly selected to frame the star of the show.... the white sands and azure sea of Barbados.
Would YOU brave it all? Dubai's nerve-shredding 'Sky Views' attraction 720ft above the ground featuring a glass walkway, glass slide and an 'edge walk' (that you reach in a glass lift, naturally)
Sky Views Dubai, by real estate developer Emaar, is set on the 52nd and 53rd floors of the iconic twin-towered Address Sky View hotel. Guests reach it via a dedicated elevator that zooms up the outside. When guests step out a reminder of the altitude - 219.5 metres - is emblazoned on a wall. The attraction offers incredible views of Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai and Sheikh Zayed Road.
For the ultimate winter sports holiday pick a winner from the 2021 World Ski Awards, which names the best chalets, hotels and resorts, from Switzerland to Utah
Verbier in Switzerland has been named the 'World's Best Ski Resort' for the first time, knocking France's Val Thorens off its perch. Verbier received the illustrious title at the 2021 World Ski Awards, which were voted for by ski industry professionals and by the public in a range of categories, including best resorts, hotels, chalets and tour operators. This year, more than 2.2million people cast their votes. It was a double victory for Verbier, with the five-star W Verbier ranked as the 'World's Best Ski Hotel' for the sixth consecutive year. Other major winners at this week's online awards ceremony included Switzerland's Chalet Zermatt Peak, which sits 'in the shadow of the majestic Matterhorn', and was named the 'World's Best Ski Chalet'; and Austria's 'exquisite' Aurelio Lech, which was awarded the 'World's Best Ski Boutique Hotel' gong. For the ninth year running, Deer Valley was named as America's best ski resort, while Thredbo won the gold medal for Australia's best ski resort. Read on for the full list of winners...
A £35,000-a-night riad and a coastal A-lister haven watched over by navy personnel: TV show goes behind the scenes of ultra-luxury hotels in Italy, Mexico and Morocco
The second episode of The World's Most Luxurious Holidays on More4 goes through the keyhole of more staggeringly expensive rooms at some of the most exclusive hotels on the planet. And it takes us behind the scenes to reveal how staff keep the richest and most discerning guests in the world happy. The curtains open in Marrakesh, at Royal Mansour's Grand Riad, which costs £35,000 a night (top right and bottom right). Next, the cameras fly to Mexico, where they drop into Villa One at One & Only Palmilla. Finally, the camera crew travels to Fiuggi in central Italy, home to Palazzo Fiuggi (main), a 'luxurious state of the art medi-spa'...
Dubai is the No1 destination in the 2022 Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Awards, with London top in Europe and second overall and Las Vegas the highest-ranked U.S spot
The winners were determined based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings specific to each award subcategory from travellers on Tripadvisor for accommodations, restaurants, and things to do in destinations worldwide over the 12 months between November 1, 2020, and October 31, 2021. After Dubai and London, the rest of the top five comprises Cancun, Mexico (third); Bali, Indonesia (fourth), and the Greek island of Crete (fifth). Here's the full list of winners...
Worth a shot! Inside the VERY hip Mexican train that offers unlimited tequila cocktails on journey to the town of... Tequila!
Welcome aboard the amazing Jose Cuervo Express, which runs from and to the city of Guadalajara in Mexico. There are four classes onboard the train - express, premium plus, diamond and elite - and all are treated to an 'educational tequila tasting guided by a tequila expert'. Those in diamond and elite are handed champagne flutes containing ultra-premium Reserva de la Familia tequila.
Inside the first new hotel on the Strip in over a decade: Dazzling footage of the mind-boggling 3,500-room Resorts World Las Vegas (and there's a peek inside its £11k-a-night Palace Suite)
Travel writer Jo Kessel (inset) filmed her stay at the 'mega' Vegas resort, which has oversized rooms, the world's largest LED globe, a 5,000-seat theatre (the biggest in town), seven swimming pools and a casino space the size of two football pitches. Her video has the inside scoop on the best places to dine (there are 40 restaurants) and drink, including Alle Lounge on 66, the hotel's top-floor rooftop bar that has a Strip view like no other...
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The mystery of the Fosse Dionne: No one really knows where the waters of this seemingly bottomless spring in France come from...
The spring is set in the pretty pastel-coloured town of Tonnerre in Burgundy, through which the River Armancon flows - and spews out more than 300 litres of water per second. Between the years of 1974 and 1996 two brave divers lost their lives attempting to solve the mystery, getting into difficulties in the narrow passageways that lie beneath the surface.
The inside track on a quirky place to stay: Old railroad car is transformed into a one-of-a-kind Airbnb, complete with the original conductor's seats
If you're looking for somewhere quirky to stay, we've got the inside track on an Airbnb that could be just the ticket. The CR Station Train Caboose Airbnb near the town of Decorah, Iowa, is a former caboose - a type of American railroad car used to carry train crew, commonly the conductor and the brakemen, at the end of a freight train. Inside, it's got accommodation for four people - with a double bed and a bunk bed - and a refrigerator, shower, and barware for mixing cocktails. Jim Dotzenrod and his daughter Danielle bought the caboose for $8,000 (£5,864). It took six months and $4,000 (£2,925) for the pair to transform it into the 'charming and cosy' rental it is today. Here's a glimpse inside...
Live on a cruise ship... without breaking the bank: Inside the 'affordable' new residential vessel offering apartments from £268,000
Renderings were recently unveiled for a stunning floating condo called Somnio, which will offer ultra-luxury apartments starting at £8.1million. But she's by no means the only option for a cruise-ship-style life at sea. The Utopia and The World residential ships have already attracted buyers. But they too are expensive, with residences costing from $4.4million (The Utopia) and from $2million (The World). However, there is good news for those with shallower pockets who want to live on a cruise ship. MV Narrative, a 'residential community at sea', has one to four-bedroom apartments and studios starting at just $366,667 (£268,170). The cost will soar, however, for those in the market for one of the two-storey penthouses, which are priced at up to $8million (£5.8million). These vast homes can stretch to 1,970 sq ft (183 sq m). Read on for more on the new ship, which is being built in Croatia and due to launch in 2024...
Cuba's calling: It's the most vaccinated country in the Caribbean and British visitors have the green light to go. So get set for beachside mojitos, cigars and the dilapidated charms of Havana
The pandemic has been tough on Cubans, but a feeling of normality is slowly returning. Cuba has had a remarkable couple of years after the government pulled off an astonishing feat by developing its own Covid vaccines, Soberana 02 and Abdala. More than 80 per cent of the population is fully dosed, making it the safest place in the Caribbean to visit. Two years without tourism has, however, collapsed the economy. Last summer, protests flared as shortages grew. Visitors bringing foreign currency are welcome as international travel starts up again. So here are our recommendations on how to make the most of a trip...
Fantasy-film photo: The incredible picture of a storm cloud in Arizona that looks like a giant DRAGON
This incredible image was taken by top photographer Michael Shainblum near Tucson, Arizona. He was lucky to capture the formation as it quickly disappeared. He told MailOnline Travel that he didn't realise that it looked like a dragon at first. He said: 'A few people pointed out that it looked like a dragon. And I was like, "Oh you're right, it looks like the dragon from The NeverEnding Story or Smaug [from The Hobbit, inset]."'
Sun-kissed beaches, sunset parties, cocktails on tap and wondrous wildlife: A four-star resort that offers five-star family fun on Antigua, the Caribbean island that has it all
Self-proclaimed 'Antigua veteran' Dan Sanderson and his family spend seven nights at The Verandah Resort and Spa, which is nestled in the island's Long Bay. 'The resort caters for holidaymakers of all ages from honeymooners wanting a little romance to families seeking entertainment and activities,' he reveals. The 'incredible ocean views', free water sports and the weekly 'cook out' win him over - and he's particularly impressed by the on-tap Baileys cocktails. 'The Sandersons thoroughly enjoyed our stay,' Dan reveals.
Discovering the Indian Ocean paradise island surrounded by coral reefs where people who LIVE in paradise go to relax...
Sarah Bridge travels to Rodrigues, a 42-square-mile island east of Mauritius surrounded by coral reefs. It is the place where Mauritians themselves come to relax, Sarah says. She checks in to the Domaine de la Paix guesthouse, the number-one-rated guesthouse on Tripadvisor for the whole of Rodrigues. By day, she takes a boat trip to a nearby island, Ile aux Chats, and by night, she dines at the lively beach town of Anse aux Anglais. Summing up the trip, Sarah says of Rodrigues: 'It is known for its tranquillity, its lack of development and its beautiful wildlife as well as the beaches, which rival anything Mauritius has to offer.'
Want to slope off to France for a ski holiday? Take the TGV to Les Arcs and you're getting an amazing two-for-one deal - one of Europe's greatest train journeys and a world-class resort
Ted Thornhill took a TGV through glorious scenery from Paris to Bourg-St-Maurice and from there a funicular up to Les Arcs, part of the Paradiski ski area that boasts 425km (264 miles) of runs. Here Ted describes how the train hugs the shoreline of France's largest natural lake and glides through the spectacular Tarentaise Valley (inset), how the funicular ascends a track with a 39% gradient before reaching a resort with 'superbly varied terrain' and eye-catching modernist architecture (top right). His lodgings are at a handy self-catering Pierre & Vacances apartment. Read on for more on a truly memorable ski holiday adventure...
The French have abolished their monarchy, but this exquisite 12-room 'pocket-palace' hotel near the Champs-Elysees in Paris shows they definitely still know how to live like royalty
Hotel Splendide Royal Paris occupies a 19th-century mansion house - and has just 12 suites. Ted Thornhill checked in and stayed in the Suite Elysee (main, middle right and bottom right), 'a haven of hushed elegance'. He claims that the room 'would get the royal seal of approval from King Louis XVI and any French monarch before him you care to mention'. Read on for more and to find out why he gives the hotel full marks...
Lost forts, plunging waterfalls and pristine lakes - plus jaw-dropping views: Now that Britons are allowed back in France... the most exciting secret places to eat, sleep and visit in the French Alps revealed
'The French Alps are among the most beautiful places on earth.' So say the authors of incredible new book Wild Guide - French Alps (Wild Things Publishing). And they've got the stunning pictures to prove it. The tome has been written by Paul and Helen Webster, who have been visiting the French Alps for 20 years. It contains hundreds of photographs by Paul and reveals hidden mountain peaks, delightful hillside restaurants, fairytale villages, plunging waterfalls and pristine lakes. All there to be discovered and experienced. The authors also urge readers to 'step back into history to explore lost ruins, forts and caves and to wander where wolves still roam free'.
Route 66 - then and now: Fascinating book matches vintage photographs with modern shots that show remarkable preservation of the historic Chicago to LA road's time-capsule landmarks
Written by author, photographer and collector Joe Sonderman, Route 66 Then and Now compares vintage photographs of the US highway with modern pictures taken from the same angle. 'While some businesses have survived and thrived on the Mother Road, others are rusting ghost-town relics, but both are equally fascinating,' the publisher, Pavilion, reveals. Travelling back in time to the opening of the legendary highway in 1926, it charts the preservation - and deterioration - of the many famous stop-offs along the way. Here you'll find a selection of mesmerising old and new pictures from the book...
Tuscany-on-sea! Discovering beautiful beaches, sleepy hilltop villages and a magnificent cathedral along the little-known coast of this sublime region that is Italy at its tantalising best
Mark Palmer stays at L'Andana hotel in Italy's Maremma region. Impressed, he describes the hotel as 'old-school Italy', set in an 'imposing house' that is surrounded by vineyards. His days are spent making the most of the Tuscan coastline, unwinding at Le Cannucce beach club and exploring the 'bustling little town' of Castiglione della Pescaia. He observes: 'A lot of people are hardly aware that Tuscany has a coastline, with, as it happens, glorious sandy beaches, rugged coves, dunes, marshlands and sleepy hilltop villages.'
The new 'Hanging Gardens of Babylon'? Stunning building by architect firm behind Google's offices is covered in thousands of trees and plants
It's architecture that has branched out to stunning effect. These photographs show the breathtaking '1,000 Trees' building, set along Suzhou Creek in Shanghai, China, that has been likened to the 'Hanging Gardens of Babylon' thanks to its facade of illuminated hanging and standing plants. The 15-acre retail complex recently opened to the public and, with 1,000 living, breathing trees in place, was able to live up to its name from the off. But the greenery doesn't stop there - eventually, it will also be smothered in 250,000 plants, approximately 125,000 of which have already been planted.
A £180k-a-week villa and the £56k-a-night NYC penthouse where Meghan Markle had her babyshower: New TV show goes behind the scenes of the world's most exclusive places to stay
On-call Michelin-starred chefs, pop-up ice-skating rinks and elephants wandering past your infinity pool. New series The World's Most Luxurious Holidays on More4 goes through the keyhole of eye-wateringly expensive rooms - some of which have never been seen by the public before - at some of the most exclusive hotels on the planet. And it takes us behind the scenes to reveal how staff keep the richest and most discerning guests in the world happy. Read on for more on the eye-opening series. Episode one visits The Mark Hotel in New York (top right), Vila Vita Parc in the Algarve (main), and South Africa's Royal Malewane (bottom right).
The joys of pelting around the Highlands on an electric mountain bike (and after a day of crashing into trees a silver-service dinner in a historic mansion proves the perfect tonic)
Carlton Reid and his wife, Jude (main), enjoyed a cycling adventure in Scotland's dramatic Cairngorms. Their bikes were equipped with Shimano's latest electric mountain bike assist system, EP8, which provides enormous torque boosts for climbing hills. They stayed at Bunchrew House (insets), a Scottish mansion house with links to the Jacobite Risings and a cedar tree in the grounds planted in the 1700s.
When only the best of the best will do: The world's top 100 hotel suites in 2022 revealed, from Colorado to Australia via Scotland and Paris
The ranking includes a £22,000-a-night suite in Paris that features an exact replica of a bed in Marie Antoinette's quarters, lodges set on an eroded volcanic crater in Rwanda (top right), a room in a Scottish hotel described as an 'opulent extravaganza' and a four-floor chalet in Colorado costing a cool £33,000 ($45,500) a night.
For this devotee, the Caribbean is hard to beat. So what does he make of efforts by the Maldives to steal its crown as the undisputed home of tropical perfection...
James Henderson, who has spent decades visiting the Caribbean, ventures to the Maldives to compare the archipelago's resorts, beaches and restaurants with that of his favourite tropical destination. He stays in two of five Sun Siyam Resorts - Iru Veli (main, top right, middle right and bottom right) and Iru Fushi (inset). His verdict? 'While I would never want to forgo the captivating charm of the Caribbean, I'm certainly longing to return to the Maldives, for utter relaxation and beguiling desert-island beauty.'
From a swanky retreat in Ibiza to a dazzling resort on a pristine stretch of the Costa del Sol: Spain's best new hotels for 2022
If you're in the market for a trip to Spain in 2022, forget checking into the Costa Crummy and try one of these stunning hotels instead. The line-up includes a sensational Six Senses retreat in Ibiza, a magnificent new Club Med in Marbella, luxurious lodgings in Barcelona and Madrid and a 13th-century finca in Mallorca with infinity pools and beehives for fresh honey. The sweet-life awaits...
The ultimate escapes: Beautiful new coffee table book goes through the keyhole of extraordinary cabins, remote cottages and houses hidden in mountains
Not every cabin in the wood is the stuff of horror films, as a beautiful new coffee table book reveals. How To Get Away: Cabins, Cottages, Dachas and the Design of Retreat, by Laura Todd and published by Lannoo, sheds light on the world's most spectacular 'escapes', from cabins in the woods to chic coastal cottages. The escapist spaces that feature in the book include an artistic property built into a mountain in Lebanon, a 1960s haven on New York's Fire Island, and an off-the-grid retreat just outside Marrakech, Morocco. Todd interviews the owners and designers behind each property, guiding readers on a tour through these unique homes. Here's a peek inside some of the breathtaking homes that are illustrated in the compendium...
The bounceback islands: Two devastating hurricanes and the pandemic left tourism in the British Virgin Islands in tatters. But resorts are now welcoming back visitors to pristine beaches and lush rainforests
The British Virgin Islands are a tranquil alternative to tourist-heavy Antigua, an hour's flight away. Regular visitors will see big changes across the islands since the hurricanes struck - even though they appear just as green as before, carpeted in cactus-studded rainforest and exotic flowers, the beaches seem to sparkle more than ever. Here we round up the best new and refurbished hotels on the British Virgin Islands, from eco-wellness retreat The Aerial (main, top right and bottom right) to Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda to the tiny yachting hot-spot island resort Saba Rock (inset)...
Inside the stunning New York hotel that celebrities find irresistible: The Mail checks into The Mark (but sadly not the $75k-a-night penthouse where Meghan Markle had her babyshower)
MailOnline Travel's Ted Thornhill is mightily impressed with the ultra-powerful shower in his room at The Mark, an A-lister magnet housed in a 1927 building at the corner of Madison Avenue and 77th Street. He also approves of the vividly eye-catching decor by legendary French designer Jacques Grange and the seductively opulent restaurant where he dines on a 'rip-roaring' cheeseburger and a salted caramel sundae, with popcorn.
Stepping into the silky waters of Iceland's new blockbuster geothermal pool: Sky Lagoon features a 250ft-wide infinity-style edge and 'one of the world's most stylish swim-up bars'
Sky Lagoon is a new geothermal pool set in a rocky headland on the edge of Reykjavik. Neil Simpson visits and is blown away by the Atlantic views, the swim-up bar and the top-notch spa. 'Feeling wonderfully alone, I float effortlessly past jet-black volcanic rocks as snow begins to fall,' he says, adding: 'The wow-factor beats anything I felt at the bigger, land-locked Blue Lagoon.' Read on for more on the 'enchanting' new pool...
A week in Malta for £98! That's just one of the sensational deals in our must-read guide to the best winter bargains - and with a simpler testing regime, travelling has just got easier
We have waited a long time for this moment. And now the new rules on travel have kicked in, there has been a surge in bookings, with Jet2 reporting a 150 per cent increase and Skyscanner, the airline comparison website, an immediate 81 per cent rise in online enquires. And with fares to Spain as low as £9 this month, £15 in April and £31 in June, according to Skyscanner, this could turn out to be a bumper year for bagging a travel bargain. Here's our guide to some of the best holidays available, from Turkey to Sicily - plus the latest entry requirements in Europe...
Staycationers rejoice! The eye-catching British hotels that are new for 2022, from Blackpool seafront's first 5-star property to swanky cabins in Norfolk and a Premier Inn on Jersey
Staycationers, prepare to rub your hands with glee, because a host of eye-catching new hotels and guesthouses are throwing open their doors up and down the British Isles this year. Here's our guide to the best of the new openings, which includes a countryside hotel overlooking Windsor Great Park (inset), an 18-room boutique hotel on Chester's historic Rows (top right and bottom right), and a cluster of cabins set in a Norfolk apple orchard (main).
Pictured: The amazing new residential tower in Vancouver that looks like a game of Jenga thanks to rooms likened to 'glass boxes in the sky' that cantilever dramatically over the street
Prospective homeowners with a head for heights will love this new development in Vancouver - because it has rooms that cantilever out over the street. Pictures reveal how these floating rooms make the stunning new residential tower resemble a game of Jenga. Being inside one will 'create the sensation of floating high above the city, the ocean, and the mountains', say the architects. The 42-storey tower is called 'Fifteen Fifteen' and it's set to be built in the Coal Harbour neighbourhood of the Canadian city - and it's due to open in 2026.
Pictured: The amazing Qatar World Cup 2022 stadium built from hundreds of reused SHIPPING CONTAINERS that can be taken apart and rebuilt like Lego after the tournament ends
Located near Doha Port, the innovative 40,000 seat venue, called Stadium 974, consists of a modular steel frame and 974 shipping containers - hence the name. Many of the containers are used to form the exterior walls around the stadium. Others are located inside the structure and filled with the likes of toilets and concession stands. The whole structure has been built in such a way that it can be deconstructed at any time and either rebuilt in another location or refashioned into a series of smaller venues.
The amazing winners of the inaugural New York Photography Awards, from a lightning bolt striking One World Trade Center to a spectacular view from a Boeing 747 cockpit
These images show the unadulterated beauty of the Big Apple and beyond. They are all winning and runner-up photographs from the inaugural New York Photography Awards which, despite the name, is actually open to any photographer over 18 'out to define themselves through their eye-catching photos... who have a story to tell'. There is, of course, a 'New York Photography' category, but entrants could also submit photographs to categories that included 'Architecture', 'Black & White', 'Commercial', 'Nature' and 'People'. The judges chose from over 3,000 photographs submitted from more than 50 countries, selecting winners based on 'the creative messages and nuances behind each photograph'. A shot of a thunderous New Zealand waterfall and a picture of a castle emerging from the fog in Tuscany impressed the judges and in the 'New York' category a spectacular bird's-eye view of Manhattan and a mesmerising shot of a lightning bolt hitting One World Trade snared runner-up gongs. Here you'll find MailOnline Travel's pick of the winners and runners-up…
Inside the West Sussex (Michelin-starred) restaurant with rooms that feels like Downton Abbey but... with wallabies!
Visitors to Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens near Horsham can now spend the night in one of ten 'sumptuous' bedrooms. Annabelle Thorpe checks in and finds that the beds are as soft as 'marshmallow'. However, she says that 'the restaurant is arguably the biggest draw.' After dining at the Michelin-starred Interlude, run by renowned South African chef Jean Delport, she admits: 'It was an extraordinary meal, and it felt delightfully smug to slip upstairs while other guests waited for taxis.'
Pictured: The £7.5m 'Ferrari-of-the-seas' hyperyacht that can hit 85mph and comes with a garage for the owner's supercar
Behold the 88ft Gran Turismo Mediterranea by Rome-based Lazzarini Design Studio. It also features gull-wing side openings and foil wings that deploy at speeds of over 23mph. The garage is located at the back of the yacht, and is formed by a platform that can also be used as a sundeck. Various 'automotive design' references influenced the appearance and the function of the yacht. Read on for more...
You'll feel like you're dreaming at this classy new hotel in Venice that's just a few moments' stroll from St Mark's Square
James Murphy checks in to the 'remarkable' new Ca' di Dio hotel in Venice - 'lodgings that are conducive for dreaming'. He's impressed by the stylish decor, the quintessentially Venetian view from his corner suite, and the attentive staff. James reveals: 'Remarkably, they have created a haven that draws together so many of the signature elements of this vibrant city but also sets you apart from the busy tourist bustle so synonymous with Venice.'
Jaw-dropping 27ft-high tower at Dubai hotel made from 54,740 Champagne coupes claims Guinness World Record for the world's largest drinking glass pyramid
Atlantis, The Palm and Moet & Chandon are toasting being awarded the Guinness World Record for the world's largest drinking glass pyramid. A grand total of 54,740 Champagne coupes were stacked atop one another by a steady-handed team of six from the Dutch company Luuk Broos Events to form a 27ft- (8.23m) high pyramid in the Dubai hotel. Moet & Chandon Champagne was then poured over the glittering tower, filling the glasses. The feat beat Luuk Broos Events' own record of 50,116 glasses, set in Madrid in 2017.
From Pearl Harbor to Hitler's Eagle's Nest lair and a nuclear submarine visitors can explore: Eye-opening new book maps out over 300 of the world's 'dark tourism' sites
If you want your next break to be something more meaningful than merely getting away from it all, new book Atlas of Dark Destinations is a good way of mapping out an itinerary. Author Dr Peter Hohenhaus explains in the introduction that dark tourism is a way of engaging mindfully with the real world when travelling. 'Not all travellers simply want escapism,' writes Hohenhaus, who points out that dark tourism is a way of learning about history and broadening horizons - 'and for the most part is perfectly legitimate'. The author, who has been studying dark tourism since 2007 and has been to some 900 dark destinations around the world, explains: 'Just think about it: if you've ever visited a memorial museum or stood by the grave of a famous person then you, too, have engaged in dark tourism. It might be said that almost everybody is a dark tourist to some degree, at least occasionally.' Over 300 places feature in the tome, located in 90 different countries, including prisons, concentration camps, nuclear test sites, volcanoes, and ghost towns. Read on for more on some of the fascinating, moving and often chilling sites revealed in the book...
'Whenever you are, we're already then': Inside the incredible LA 'Time Travel Mart', where you can buy dinosaur eggs, mammoth chunks and 'primordial soup'
Getting the essentials in when you're a time traveller is a hassle, but The Echo Park Time Travel Mart in LA - which has been running since 2008 and is billed as a 'convenience store for time travellers' - has all the basics covered. The slogan stamped across the entrance? 'Whenever you are, we're already then.'
Make this your year of holiday cheer: Travelling's been a trial, but the world is opening up with glorious destinations galore. Here's our 2022 line-up for globetrotters of every kind
Another frustrating year for travel has drawn to a close - but what lies ahead? We think there are good reasons to be optimistic about getting away in 2022. The USA is open; flights to Europe are ridiculously cheap and there are plenty of holidays on sale to exotic destinations such as Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Mexico. This year will also bring a feast of fresh adventures, new destinations and landmark anniversaries to entice us back on the road. Here's our pick of the best places to go this year, from Egypt to Montenegro...
A microadventure... in maximum style: Inside GWR's Pullman service - England's last dining car - then wild camping on magical and misty Dartmoor
Carlton Reid and his son, Josh (pictured), took folding bikes on GWR's Pullman service from London Paddington to Newton Abbot. They cycled to Dartmoor in the dark after disembarking using a handlebar-mounted navigation device, having first dined handsomely on pan-fried cod, butternut squash and coconut curry, and Kingston black pear tart.
Britain's star attractions: Astronomer captures dazzling cosmic shows in the skies above the UK, from mesmerising meteor showers to amazing aurora displays
Dan Monk, the Director of Astrophotography at Northumberland's Kielder Observatory, photographs the stunning skies over the likes of Northumberland, the Lake District and Wales. One photograph captures the majesty of the Milky Way, which he explains is 'roughly 100,000 light-years across', while another illustrates the Andromeda Galaxy - a 'collection of half a trillion stars' - and a third shows the Comet Neowise passing the earth at 144,000mph. Here you'll find some awe-inspiring examples of Dan's work...
Landing-strip-long infinity pools and a funicular railway: Inside a stunning brand-new Hilton on the Greek island of Crete
Sarah Holt checks into The Royal Senses Resort & Spa Curio Collection by Hilton. The hotel is set in a sheep-strewn swathe of countryside in the centre of Crete's north coast and Sarah discovers that its designers have gone to 'extra lengths to impress'. The pools are particularly praiseworthy. She writes: 'The sea-view pool area is something to write home about. Its two infinity pools are landing-strip long and surrounded by a dizzying selection of Bali beds and loungers with crash-mat-thick mattresses.' Read on for more, including her verdict on the spa, the food and the service.
Pictured: The stunning £252million superyacht designed to look like a 'superluxury skyscraper' that changes the skyline of each city it sails through
What happens when you cross a superyacht and a skyscraper? You get the 'Malena'. The striking £252million superyacht measures 360ft (110m) in length, 85ft (26m) from the waterline to the top of the mast, and features tiers of balconies that look 'much like those found on luxury residential apartments'. Josh Rodriguez, who owns Rodriguez Design, the Dubai-based firm behind the concept, says: 'With the side balcony system, we wanted to create the feeling of being on a superluxury skyscraper. Wherever the yacht is docked or moored, the city will have a new addition to its skyline.'
Pictured: The world's second-tallest building is now complete - and is an astonishing 2,227ft tall (more than DOUBLE the height of London's Shard)
The new Merdeka 118 skyscraper, located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is set to open by the end of next year. The 118-storey tower has knocked the 2,073ft- (632m) high Shanghai Tower in China off its perch as the world's second-tallest tower. Dubai's Burj Khalifa, however, still takes the lead at a whopping 2,717ft (828m) in height. The exterior of Merdeka 118, which was designed by the Australian firm Fender Katsalidis Architects, is made up of triangular glass panels. Its upper floors will feature an observation deck - set to be the tallest in Southeast Asia - called 'The View at 118', and further down, 17 storeys will encompass a Park Hyatt Hotel. Here's a closer look at the spectacular new megatall tower…
Inside the latest offering from the hipster Ace Hotel chain - a Brooklyn outpost fizzing with energy that has squishy leather sofas, an in-house bakery and rooms with record players
MailOnline Travel's Samantha Lewis finds that the lobby of Ace Hotel Brooklyn, in Boerum Hill on the edge of Downtown Brooklyn, 'is fizzing with energy' when she arrives, with 'people finishing off Zoom calls, groups of friends chatting over cocktails and cool couples on Hinge dates'. She continues: 'The Ace brand has a reputation for turning buildings into social hubs for travellers and the local community. Clearly, it's already working its magic here.' Read on to find out why the rest of the hotel also impresses her... prompting a four-star rating.
Believe it or not, this tower block is almost finished: The incredible new building that looks like huge chunks have been knocked out of it
At a glance, this tower block looks halfway to being demolished. But it's actually a brand new development in Amsterdam - and very close to completion, deliberately designed to look like huge chunks have been knocked out of it. The 75,000-square-metre (807,293-square-ft) complex, called 'Valley', was designed by Dutch architecture firm MVRDV - which created the controversial Marble Arch Mound in London. Valley, due to open in 2022, features three 'peaks' - the tallest of which is 100m (328ft) high. MVRDV says that the spectacular development is 'reminiscent of a carved-out block'.
A breathtaking volcanic eruption, a chest-beating gorilla and adorable ground squirrels: The incredible winners of the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021 contest revealed
Nature can take the breath away in so many ways. As the winning and commended photographs in the prestigious Nature Photographer of the Year 2021 contest reveal. This year, the contest - which celebrates photographers who capture the 'joy of nature's beauty' - broke its record for submissions, with the judges choosing from over 20,000 photographs from 97 countries. Pictures that impressed the judges included an extraordinary shot of an erupting volcano in Russia's Kamchatka natural park, a photograph of a silverback gorilla drumming his chest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and a series of heartwarming images of a family of round-tailed ground squirrels in Arizona. Here you'll find MailOnline Travel's pick of the winning and commended images…
Is it chain or chic boutique? Bland is banished at these 10 British hotels - so can YOU tell a one-off from a global giant?
Boutique hotels are all the rage - so much so that their one-of-a-kind style is increasingly being emulated by chain hotels that are ditching identikit corporate properties and bland bedrooms. Here are pictures of ten British hotels. Can you tell which are one-offs and which belong to a global brand? Read on to try and tell them apart - you may be surprised that three of them have rooms that cost less than £70 a night.
Meet the female pilot Instagrammer who's shredded the 'dumb blonde' stereotype - she was flying Boeing 737s at just 21 and now, six years later, is at the controls of jumbo jets
Belgian Kim De Klop is only 27 and flies Boeing 747 cargo planes to the likes of the USA and China, having begun her commercial career flying Boeing 737s with Blue Air at just 21, the aircraft type she uses in her Instagram handle, @737pilotgirl. She says of her transition to jumbo jets: 'It was so scary at the beginning.' Despite her years of experience in the job, Kim says people often don't expect somebody who looks like her to be flying planes. She says: 'Often, "are you cabin crew?" is the first question people ask me.'
England - or Middle-earth? Photographer captures magical ancient woodlands in a mesmerising set of images
These mesmerising pictures show just how magical and Middle-earth-like England's woodlands can be. They are the work of landscape photographer Richard Searle, a music composer who also runs a fledgling photography business, and were mostly taken in his home county, Surrey. Searle turns his camera on gnarled tree trunks and beds of moss and ferns, often capturing beautiful mist-laden scenes in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) or in the oakwoods of Dartmoor, Devon. He tells MailOnline Travel: 'It takes persistence for woodlands to give up their secrets, but a real beauty in the detail is revealed once they do.'
A Dickensian street and a 'shed' full of roosting chickens: Sweden's Icehotel reveals its amazing new suites for 2022
Each year since 1989, the Icehotel has been built and rebuilt using just snow and ice in the village of Jukkasjarvi, 125 miles north of the Arctic Circle next to the shores of the Torne River. For this year's winter Icehotel - No.32 - 27 artists from all over the world spent six weeks creating 12 suites, as well as three new suites in Icehotel 365, the year-round version.