‘In 2015 alone, we lost 107 elephants – last year it was one’

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Ambling silently through chartreuse-green reeds, an elephant and her calf have crossed to one of many islands anchored in the Zambezi River. Hot and thirsty, herds are scattered across Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park – some...

Why the growing trend of fly-and-flop holidays has replaced the city break – plus...

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This year has seen the return of the fly-and-flop holiday. According to Skyscanner, 33 per cent of trips booked from June to August were for longer stays (up to 21 days), followed by mid-length...

The best boutique hotels in Bruges, including dramatic interiors and pretty canal views

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These are unusual times, and the state of affairs can change quickly. Please check the latest travel guidance before making your journey, and note that our writers visited these hotels prior to the coronavirus...

‘Maasai have rules and taboos – you cannot cut a tree, for example’

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Standing on an escarpment, John Kamanga surveys the tangled, brittle grasslands rolled out like a thread-bare, yellowed rug all the way to the foot of Shompole Mountain. Twenty years ago, his Maasai homeland looked very...

The best hotels on the Kent coast for breezy walks and ocean views

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These are unusual times, and the state of affairs can change quickly. Please check the latest travel guidance before making your journey, and note that our writers visited these hotels prior to the coronavirus...

48 hours in . . . Porto, an insider guide to Portugal’s splendid second...

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Old world charm – with a burst of new world energy Long regarded as Lisbon’s quieter sibling, Portugal’s second city is currently undergoing a magical moment of rejuvenation. Centuries ago, British merchant ships would cluster in...

An ode to Grayshott, one of the original spa hotels and now a major...

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For 50 years, the grande dame of health spas has welcomed stressed-out actors, the rich and famous, and locals, through its heavy Gothic doors to rest, relax and recharge. So the sudden announcement on...

Britain’s 50 cosiest hotels to keep warm in this winter

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Please note our writers visited these hotels prior to the coronavirus pandemic Summer is but a distant memory. Days are downright chilly, breath visible as you leave the house and cheeks pinched red. Escaping to...

Beachfront beauties and mountainside retreats: The best spa hotels in Sri Lanka

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Please check the latest travel guidance before making your journey. Note that our writers visited these hotels prior to the coronavirus pandemic. Sri Lanka promises some of Asia’s best spa action, and many of the...

48 hours in . . . Pembrokeshire, an insider guide to the wild Welsh...

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These are unusual times, and the state of affairs can change quickly. Please check the latest travel guidance before making your journey. Note that our writer visited pre-pandemic. Untamed, underrated, and ripe for adventure If you...

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