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Exploring Puglia – along Italy’s heel

Puglia offers a refreshingly different side of Italy, compared to the well-worn paths around Tuscany, Rome and the Amalfi Coast. With its location at the south-eastern tip of the country, it’s hardly surprising that the region played an important role in the times of Ancient Greece, when

Put quite simply the Azores are stunning

Put quite simply the Azores are stunning. Only a three and a half hour flight from the UK the nine islands that rise from the middle of the Atlantic are bathed in the warmth of the Gulf Stream and so have good weather all year around. The

Notes from the field – Svalbard, Norway

There are few places on earth that even the most seasoned of travellers will have felt privileged to have visited, and one of these destinations is the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.  A joy to explore with a unique pulse and a magnetic pull. Now classed as

Island style: Luxury and boutique hotels in the Azores

  Think of the Azores and your first image may be of rugged volcanic islands jutting from the ocean, or of pleasant walks in the sunshine along quiet lanes bordered by blooming hydrangeas. The islands’ laid-back nature has been traditionally reflected in its accommodation options, with comfortable

An exciting glimpse of this year’s ICEHOTEL suites

Every year, artists from all over the world are drawn to the small Arctic village of Jukkasjärvi on the shores of the Torne River. The attraction is the magnetic pull of the ICEHOTEL, a world-famous structure that is as much an art installation as it is a hotel.

ICEHOTEL 365 – the famous hotel becomes a year-round attraction

The ICEHOTEL will this year be celebrating its 27th edition. Just as every year since 1990, the building materials for the hotel will be harvested from the Torne river, and the hotel constructed in what is now a well-oiled process; each year there’s a new twist of design

Notes from the field – The Northern Fjords

In this edition of  ‘Notes from the field’, our two Scandinavia experts Michelle and Rosanna went on an exciting trip to the Northern Fjords in Norway and shared their insights with us. They are located between Bergen and Trondheim and offer dramatic scenery of carpeted green mountains,

Öland – a very Swedish holiday island

  It’s almost 100 miles long and in parts less than 5 miles wide. Öland has for many years been a popular holiday destination for Swedes, and its population of 25,000 swells substantially in the summer months. When the Öland Bridge opened in 1972 and finally connected the

Our 10 Best things to do in Florence, Italy

The list of what to see in Florence is immense. From a garrison town built for Roman war veterans, Florence rose to become the hotbed of Renaissance creativity and one of the nerve centres from which modern Western Europe transformed itself after the Middle Ages. The city’s

June 2016’s Sunvil Supper Club – Octopus à lagareiro

Lagareiro is a style of cooking fish which has many variants but typically ends in dressing the fish generously with extra virgin olive oil (lagareiro is the owner of an olive oil press) after grilling or roasting. There is a common belief that the best octopus comes