Europe and Middle East

Hotel Arts Barcelona

Hotel Arts really has spoiled us, and with its beachside location, on-site spa and contemporary vibe, it comes highly recommended for city explorers who like to smell the sea.

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Musling Bistro, Copenhagen

Can oysters ever taste as good in a stylish eatery as they do at a down-home restaurant awash in rough-hewn tables and rustic tiles? Seafood supremo Anders Selmer certainly thought they could when he launched Musling Bistro to complement his hugely popular Kodbyens Fiskebar

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Insider guide to north west Sardinia

North-west Sardinia is a popular summer destination with tourists attracted by its coastline and glorious sandy beaches. Out of season, however, it offers other rewards, not least its glorious food and drink, interesting archaeology, hillside castles and deserted seashores.

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The Alpina Gstaad

As the train pulls into Gstaad, I get a glimpse of the Alpina, looking like a stately castle perched high above the town. The driver who meets me tells me that, although the hotel looks old, it only opened in 2012, built on the site of a previous property which had fallen into disrepair.

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Allington Manor

Britain is celebrating its Bed and Breakfast places with the first national day this month. James Ruddy reveals the highlights of a night at one of the new breed of historic and luxurious manor houses, near Margaret Thatcher’s birthplace.

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Afternoon Tea at the Savoy

While £65 for tea sounds like a price only an oil sheikh could afford, it really is lunch, tea and dinner rolled up in one – perhaps brunch too, if you take the high tea option, which includes a poached egg with smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce.

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