😊🤠😷 The Daily Mail's Harriet Sime (inset) boards Celestyal's MS Olympia (pictured) for a three-night cruise around the Greek islands and the Turkish Riviera. 'It's quite possibly the world's cheapest cruise,' she says. While she finds that the ship's decor could do with a refresh, she's impressed by the impeccable service, delicious food and brilliant entertainment, as well as the day trips - her favourite is to the 'sleepy' island of Patmos (bottom left). 'As the cost of living crisis escalates, bargains such as this might not be around for ever,' Harriet says.
The 50 best beaches in the world for 2022 revealed, from beautiful strips of sand in Cornwall and Ireland to paradise in Florida - so does YOUR favourite make the cut?
😊🤠😷 The ultimate inspiration for your next beach holiday has arrived. An annual ranking of the 50 best beaches in the world reveals 2022's top strips of sand - and they are truly drool-worthy. The top spot goes to Playa Conchal in Costa Rica, a tiny beach covered in crushed seashells that's described as 'paradise'. Turquoise Bay in Australia - offering a 'truly blissful beach experience' - comes second, while 'pristine' Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos is third. Also making the top five are Florida's Siesta Beach (fourth) and Punta Mosquito in Mexico (fifth). The top-ranking British Isles beach is Cornwall's Pedn Vounder. Its 'crystal-clear blue water and white sand' propels it into eighth place, with Keem Bay in Ireland coming 19th.
From a magical tavern that starred in a Harry Potter film to an inn with a GRAVESTONE in the floor of its restaurant: Twelve of Britain's oldest pubs... that you can stay the night in
😊🤠😷 Our list of enchanting gems includes an ancient Wiltshire inn that appeared in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (main), a Cambridgeshire pub with an 11th-century gravestone in the floor of its restaurant and a boozer in Wales that you 'fall off the world' to reach. The list has been curated by accommodation website Stay in a Pub, which lists around 1,500 inns with rooms. Many of them are steeped in legend, but none more so than these historic boozers. Pictured top right is a room at The Bell in Ticehurst, which has a history that dates back to the 13th century, and bottom right is a four-poster room at The Guy Fawkes Inn in York, which dates back to the Georgian period.
What a catch! The incredible superyacht with a look inspired by the mako shark and features that include a helipad that lowers into the hull and a top-deck 'floating lounge'
😊🤠😷 The vessel is the work of the design group State of Craft, based in London and Ottawa, Canada. It's 'inspired by the elegance and performance of the mako [inset]', it says. How fast can it go? Mako speeds and more - between 40 knots (46mph) and 50 knots (58mph). Within the striking overall design, one eye-catching feature is a helipad platform on the foredeck, which can be lowered into the deck below as an aircraft storage space. The foredeck is also home to a swimming pool that offers 'dramatic views extending through the entire yacht'.
The eye-opening joys of Norway in the summer, from epic fjords to beaches that feel like the coast of Australia (and if it rains you can always explore the fascinating Petroleum Museum)
😊🤠😷 Mark Jones, who has been holidaying in Norway for 25 years, visits the city of Stavanger (bottom right) for the first time and finds that it's a 'sweet, calm, clean, cobbled Norwegian town'. He explores the 'brilliant' Petroleum Museum there (inset) and the local beach, which has one and a half miles of clean, pale sand. Further down the coast at Borestranda beach (top right) he stays at Boretunet 'Tiny Houses' - a hostel and surf school made out of old wooden shipping containers. 'It looks a lot slicker than it sounds, although the interiors take their design inspiration from the average teenager's bedroom,' he observes. Read on for more on his trip to the west coast of Norway...
Pictured: A monster £4.3million SIX-WHEEL off-road Rolls-Royce Phantom with crocodile leather steering wheel and gold-plated brakes
😊🤠😷 The outrageous car - most of which is a 2005 Phantom - was built by Danton Arts Kustoms, run by Frenchman Alexandre Danton. He spent three months on the build, which involved extending the Phantom using the shell and rear axle of a 2005 BMW seven series, the latter accommodating the extra wheels. On the outside, other extras include a roof rack with a yellow light bar and extra side steps. The seats have been re-leathered and Danton has added 90s-style aircraft entertainment screens for passengers in the back to enjoy.
Pictured: The jaw-dropping £330million trimaran that looks like Poseidon's trident, with huge tilting sails (so it can cruise under bridges), a beach club and two pools
😊🤠😷 Trident, designed by a California-based designer, has two huge freestanding masts that can tilt 70 degrees forward and rotate 360 degrees. The six-deck vessel is home to two helipads, two swimming pools, and a large piano bar and saloon. As for accommodation, there's an owner's suite, VIP suites, 10 guest cabins and room for up to 20 crew. Here's a closer look at the incredible vessel...
The tranquil Greece you've been dreaming of for the past two years: Discovering there's more to the island of Zakynthos than cocktails and clubbing
😊🤠😷 Annabelle Thorpe stays in an elegant stone villa on the tranquil north-east coast of Zakynthos, 'a world away from the resorts that fringe the southern half of the island and give it something of a party reputation'. Highlights of her trip include a visit to Navagio Beach (main), where the water is 'deep cerulean, vivid teal, a sparkling electric blue'; dining at waterfront terraces, and exploring the town of Volimes, where shops sell bottles of locally produced olive oil and jars of honey. 'This is the Greece we've been dreaming of for the past two years,' Annabelle concludes. 'Lazy afternoons beneath azure skies, crystalline seas and simple dinners of zingy tzatziki, succulent grilled prawns and nutty baklava. It's wonderful to be back.'
Disgruntled tourist posts a picture of his £380-a-night hotel room in London, complaining the reality 'isn't even close' to the promotional image
😊🤠😷 Tourist Jerone Tan checked into the five-star-rated Tower Suites hotel in London, located mere yards from the Tower of London, expecting a 'floor-to-ceiling outlook' in his room, as depicted in one of the photographs displayed when he booked it. The promo photograph showed the Tower of London beyond the windows, fresh flowers on the coffee table and desk, and patterned cushions. Mr Tan posted a photograph of the actual room to Twitter alongside a promo image, with his reality-check picture showing how an outside wall extends halfway up the windows and a total lack of Tower of London. The flowers, meanwhile, are conspicuous by their absence.
Roll-top bathtubs, butlers and breathtaking scenery: The inside track on 19 of the world's most incredible sleeper trains, from California to Australia via Scotland
😊🤠😷 What are the first things that come to mind when you think of train travel? There's a good chance they won't be king-size beds, spas, butler service, midnight lobster brunches and soaks in roll-top baths. But they will be if you step aboard the world's most incredible sleeper trains. Here we present 19 of them, including the ultra-luxurious Royal Scotsman (top right), which has berths costing up to £12,500, Australia's remarkable Spirit of Queensland (top left), which has airline-style lie-flat seats, and the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (bottom left), on which you can enjoy those aforementioned lobster brunches...
A taste of the good life: Inside the beautifully decorated 'Insta-famous' B&B in Devon that makes its restaurant dishes from scratch (so don't get too attached to the property's pigs)
😊🤠😷 Lucy Lovell checks into Glebe House for a taste of East Devon's food renaissance and finds a 'fresh take on a British B&B'. The guest house - which is inspired by the Italian agriturismo model - is known for making everything from scratch for its 30-seater restaurant (the pigs outside aren't kept as pets). Inside, Lucy finds 'perfect' porridge sourdough, seriously good porchetta, and modern decor featuring 'feisty, fun' artwork that has won the hotel a huge following on Instagram.
Thought all-inclusive couldn't be exclusive? Think again: Inside Tui's eye-opening chic new resort in Mallorca with stunning pools and swim-up suites (and day-trips that make a splash, too)
😊🤠😷 Ailbhe MacMahon checks in to the Tui Blue Sensatori Biomar in Sa Coma, a resort town that was created in the 1980s. The hotel is part of the brand's 'five-star' Tui Blue Sensatori offering, a series of hotels 'designed for indulgent experiences'. Her 'airy and elegant' room (inset and top right) in the adults-only area features a private terrace and a swim-up pool, and is furnished in natural materials. She's impressed by the pools (main) and the all-inclusive buffet offering, but finds that some of the a la carte restaurants are hit and miss. 'The hotel offers everything that travellers love about all-inclusive holidays, but with a twist,' she says. Pictured bottom right is Porte de Soller, which guests at the resort can visit as part of a full-day island tour.
Enough space for the family - and any passing friends: Inside one of London's biggest hotel rooms, a £4K-a-night suite three times larger than the average UK three-bedroom home
😊🤠😷 MailOnline Travel's Siobhan Grogan spends a night in the suite, which is spread over 3,498 square feet (325 sq m) on the top floor of the Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill hotel. Emphasising its size, she says: 'I could barely even hear my two children when we were in separate rooms.' The suite has four bedrooms, a grand piano, a dining room and a study and is elegantly decorated in calming shades of grey and taupe with mahogany furniture throughout. 'If this is how the other half lives, I could definitely get used to it,' Siobhan remarks.
Take a tour of the eeriest abandoned islands: Fascinating new coffee-table book explores lost worlds from the coast of Scotland to Florida
😊🤠😷 Abandoned Islands by Claudia Martin is a lavishly illustrated compendium of 'some of the world's eeriest places... a brilliant pictorial exploration of lost worlds'. The book is packed with photographs of 180 abandoned places, taking the reader on a spellbinding tour of deserted outcrops scattered across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. Readers will behold a medieval Scottish castle that appeared in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, an island off the coast of Florida that's home to 'the largest brick structure in the Americas', and an island in Brazil that's too dangerous to visit because it's home to a huge population of poisonous vipers.
Road in China with jaw-dropping hairpins is now a tourist attraction: Highway reaches an altitude of over 13,000ft and has over 200 bends in total
😊🤠😷 The 75km-long (46-mile) road is in Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County, Xinjiang Province. Its original purpose was to provide passage through the Kunlun Mountains for local farmers and herdsmen. Since it opened in July 2019, they've been sharing it with YouTubers, Instagrammers and drone operators, eager to document its almost unreal aesthetics.
Minorca's a cultural corker: The Balearic beauty has more sandy beaches than all of its neighbours combined... but we're just as smitten by its art galleries, prehistoric sites and ancient citadels
😊🤠😷 'If you like a bit of culture with your coastline, Minorca is the place to come,' says Jane Knight, who stays in a villa in the centre of the island, and travels everywhere from Minorca's former capital, Ciutadella, to the village of Fornells. Highlights of her trip include a visit to Hauser & Wirth's latest art gallery on Isla del Rey and dinner at the pretty garden restaurant of the Relais & Chateaux hotel Faustino Gran in Ciutadella, where she enjoys the fish of the day. Describing the island, she says: 'This small island, just 35 miles long and ten miles wide, turns out to be one huge open-air museum fringed by more sandy beaches than the rest of the Balearics put together.'
It's a seaside sensation: Greece's islands rightly get lots of limelight, but the dazzling coastal town of Parga shows why you shouldn't overlook the mainland for a dreamy Greek getaway
😊🤠😷 With Parga Beach Resort as her base, Annabel Venning explores all that this Greek gem has to offer. The town is seldom overcrowded and locals navigate the narrow streets by moped, she finds. However, according to Annabel, 'the safe, sandy beaches are the star attractions'. She recommends visiting nearby Valtos beach, which is considered the best beach in western Greece. One day, she charters a boat and goes cruising around Paxos and Antipaxos, stopping for lunch in the port of Gaios. Read on for more on her time in the picturesque Greek town...
Welcome to Grape Britain! Fascinating new book reveals the vineyards giving the UK a reputation as one of the world's most exciting wine regions
😊🤠😷 The Vineyards of Britain, published by Fairlight Books, is a labour of love by wine expert and photographer Ed Dallimore. He writes: 'At the start of April 2021, I hit the road to discover as many of the most interesting producers of wine in Britain as I could. This is their story - the story of the wines they make, the places they grow the grapes and the reasons behind it all. I hope I make a good travelling partner, and that at least a few of the tales inspire you to taste the wines for yourself. It's so very much worth it.' Pictured: Fenny Castle Vineyard, Somerset (top left); Charlie Herring vineyard, Hampshire (top right); Squerryes, Westerham, Kent (bottom right); Sandridge Barton Estate - the home of Sharpham Wine, Stoke Gabriel, South Devon (bottom left); and Camel Valley, Bodmin, Cornwall (inset).
Switzerland on the VERY cheap: Inside the Zurich 'capsule' hotel that has £41-a-night plywood boxes for rooms - so not for the claustrophobic (but they do have posh Egyptian linen)
😊🤠😷 Carlton Reid checked into The Green Marmot capsule hotel, which lies a few steps away from Zurich's glorious Grossmunster church. The hotel has won awards for its cosy cubby holes, he reveals. Made from light birchwood, each capsule contains a fold-out wooden table, a circular mirror and a plug point. 'It's not for the claustrophobic or the shy - your privacy is protected merely with an itsy-bitsy curtain, open at the top,' he notes. Read on for more on the hotel...
Soak up those views! Incredible rooftop hotel pools around the world, from Dubai to Dallas via Sydney and Cape Town
😊🤠😷 There are pools. And then there are rooftop pools. Whether lingering at the water's edge with a cocktail or enjoying a few easy laps before dinner, there are few greater pleasures than taking in sweeping views from a sun-baked pool without the clamour of street level. Here's our pick of rooftop pools that are making a splash around the world. The list includes a record-breaking infinity pool in Dubai (main), the rooftop pool at ME Barcelona (bottom right), the pool on the 30th floor of the Bangkok hotel 137 pillars (inset), and the pool at The Silo Hotel in Cape Town (top right).
New Channel 5 show goes behind the scenes on Virgin Voyages cruises - and it's not always plain sailing...
😊🤠😷 Channel 5's new reality show The Cruise offers an 'unfiltered, energetic glimpse' into the lives of Virgin Voyages' crew and passengers, with the first episode diving inside the £500million Scarlet Lady as she sets sail from Miami on a five-night Caribbean cruise. The episode gets off to a shaky start when it's revealed that a departing passenger has 'managed to trash' one of the 78 luxury 'Rockstar' suites on board, cracking the marble tiles in the designer bathroom. Read on for more on the new series...
What cost of living crisis? World cruise for 2025 with fares starting at £69,000 sells out BEFORE officially opening for bookings
😊🤠😷 The 2025 world cruise, with fares from £69,389 to £191,949, is by Regent Seven Seas Cruises. At 150 nights, it's the longest in the cruise line's history. The cruise, on the Seven Seas Mariner ship (main and inset), has been reserved by 'loyal past guests' as well as over a third of guests who will be new to Regent's 'unrivalled experience'. The voyage embarks on January 7, 2025, from Miami, Florida, to San Francisco, California, and discovers 'incredible destinations' in South America, the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand, Asia and Alaska.
Drinking wine in a flood and locals battling blizzards: Venice from a whole new angle, captured in images that get beneath the city's postcard-perfect skin
😊🤠😷 Photobook Venezia - Through a Venetian's Eye is by local photographer Federico Povoleri, who captures the feel of a city threatening to drown in tourist hordes. Publisher Teneues says: 'His black-and-white portraits of the city's people, architecture, and daily life show everything you thought you knew from a whole new angle: enchanting, gripping, and intimate. Povoleri has created a wistful love letter to his hometown while warning us of the creeping destruction that threatens this incomparable beauty. Povoleri helps us see the magic beneath the endlessly photographed surface.'
Inside the suite Audrey Hepburn stayed in at Rome's famous Hotel Hassler, the celebrity favourite that boasts one of the most enviable views in the world
😊🤠😷 Ian Walker and his wife were charmed by the 'timeless class' of the hotel's San Pietro Suite (top right, bottom right and bottom left) during their four-day break in Italy. After a whistle-stop walking tour around the Italian capital, stopping off at the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum and the Pantheon, they made their way back to the hotel, which sits at the top of the Spanish Steps (inset). 'It was bliss to return to the Hassler, with its cloak of effortless luxury, superb service, Michelin-starred food and a chilled drink on our lovely terrace,' writes Ian. Their trip also featured a stay at the 'elegant' Hotel Vannucci in the medieval town of Citta della Pieve in Umbria.
From a 'dancing' penguin to an owl having a health check: Stunning finalists in the 2022 Bird Photographer of the Year competition
😊🤠😷 More than 20,000 images captured by photographers from 115 countries have been submitted to the awards, with the overall winner primed to take home a £5,000 cash prize. The contest's overall winner will be announced on September 8, with the winning images travelling around the world in a touring exhibition. Will Nicholls, wildlife cameraman and Director at Bird Photographer of the Year, says: 'We've seen stunning images this year. We celebrate birds and conservation through images, and it is always a pleasure for everyone on the judging panel to see the work of such talented photographers.'
One thing not up for debate about Rwanda - the joys of its wild landscapes: SADIE WHITELOCKS gets up-close with the country's gorillas and takes a thrilling hike up a 14,787ft peak
😊🤠😷 Sadie Whitelocks saw gorillas in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, including a mother and her one-month-old baby (top right), went on safari in Akagera National Park and trekked up Mount Karisimbi, Rwanda's highest point (main and inset). Bottom right is a peek inside the room at Virunga Lodge that Sadie stayed in. Read on for more on her incredible Rwandan adventure...
Swap the Costas for Costa Rica: Why settle for Spain when you can experience Central America's thrilling wildlife, welcoming locals and potent cocktails for the SAME PRICE?
😊🤠😷 The Daily Mail's Sian Boyle stays at Tui's all-inclusive Hotel Riu Palace (top right, bottom right) and explains that while getting 'giddily day-drunk on daiquiris in the 35c heat', she realises she's not the only one who has chosen Costa Rica for a post-pandemic holiday debut. She reveals: 'Out here are several canny Britons who've all had the same idea about which Costa to visit: Why choose the Costa del Sol when for the same price you can experience Costa Rica?' Other highlights of her trip include walking in cloud forests, seeing the active Arenal volcano (main) and the stunning Catarata del Toro waterfall (inset), and visiting the Don Juan coffee farm in Monteverde, where she learns how coffee is produced from fruit to steaming cup. At the end of her trip, she reveals: 'I depart Costa Rica grateful for the charm of these people and their warm, optimistic and exhilarating country.'
Tripadvisor reveals the world's best experiences for 2022: A £17 Amsterdam canal cruise takes the global No1 spot (with a high-speed River Thames boat tour top in the UK)
😊🤠😷 The 2022 Travellers' Choice 'Best of the Best' Things to Do Awards celebrates the world's 'most amazing tours and activities', ranking experiences based on travellers' reviews and ratings over the past 12 months. Swooping into second place in the global ranking is a Dubai desert trip that features quad-biking and a barbecue, while a guided tour of Hawaiian island Oahu's North Shore area ranks third - also earning the top spot in the U.S ranking. Read on for more...
The most extraordinary holiday homes in the world: Seventeen jaw-dropping rentals, from a turreted fairytale castle in Hollywood to a chocolate-box cottage in the Cotswolds
😊🤠😷 Behold some of the properties around the world listed by rental platform Plum Guide, which bills itself as a 'Michelin Guide for holiday homes'. It says 'we don't list a lot of homes - just the right ones'. Read on and you might just wonder if it should substitute 'right' for 'extraordinary'. Pictured: A turreted rental in Los Angeles (bottom right); an eight-bedroom home in Beverly Hills Plum Guide describes as 'dripping in opulence' (inset); a home in the Algarve 'that has to be seen to be believed' (main), and the breathtaking Somerleyton Hall in Suffolk (top right).
First photos revealed of the £250million megayacht by luxury hotel group Ritz-Carlton, which will launch in August boasting 149 suites and food by a three-Michelin-star chef
😊🤠😷 The first photographs have been revealed of the hotly-anticipated £250million (€290million/$300million) megayacht by luxury hotel group Ritz-Carlton. Interior images of the 623ft (189m) vessel, christened Evrima, reveal the exquisite standards guests can expect, with slick contemporary furnishings offering a five-star-hotel feel. Two images showcase the ship's 'grand suite' (top right, bottom left), complete with a modern living room and dining area, a spacious terrace and a large bedroom with a king bed. Meanwhile, the vessel's 'signature suite' (top left) and two-story 'loft suite' have also been pictured for the first time, with the same attention to detail running throughout.
Don't fancy the walk to the hotel pool? Then book a swim-up suite at one of these stunning resorts for all budget ranges, from Majorca to Turkey
😊🤠😷 Every week, our Holiday Hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at a brilliant holiday topic, doing all the legwork so you don't have to. This week: swim-up hotel suites - set to be the year's biggest holiday upgrades. They let you slip straight into the pool from a private terrace opening from your room. And you might be surprised to learn that they aren't just for the super-rich - swim-up suites are increasingly available across Europe and beyond in all budget ranges. From elegant, modernist rooms at the romantic Olea All Suites hotel on Zakynthos (main) to deluxe, family-focused swim-up suites at the Lara Barut Collection hotel on Turkey's south coast, here's where to book...
Viva Las Vegas! The ultimate guide to the amazing new restaurants, rides and rooftop bars bringing the swagger back to Sin City in 2022
😊🤠😷 Las Vegas doesn't just rely on its considerable razzle-dazzle to keep the tourists pouring in. Alongside the 24-hour casinos, sprawling themed hotels and famous concert venues, the city is a constantly evolving adults' playground with ever-changing thrills to entertain everyone from high rollers to hen dos. From the new Virgin hotel (inset, bottom right) to the renovated Nobu Hotel Las Vegas (top right), and from the beautifully extravagant Vanderpump a Paris restaurant to the epic Resorts World (main), Siobhan Grogan reveals how Sin City is back with a bang...
Elizabeth line vs Heathrow Express vs black cab: Travel experts put London's shiny new £18.9billion train service to the test in a race to Terminal 2 from the West End
😊🤠😷 London's shiny new £18.9billion Elizabeth line has been hailed as a transport revolution. But how does it measure-up speed-wise on the classic Central London to Heathrow journey against the capital's trusty black cab and the lauded Heathrow Express? Three travel experts from The Points Guy UK found out, filming a fascinating race between the three modes of transport from Oxford Circus to Heathrow Terminal 2 on the day the Elizabeth line opened, Tuesday May 24.
From a pub in Somerset to a Chinese restaurant in Liverpool: England's best places to eat, sleep and visit in 2022 named in prestigious annual awards
😊🤠😷 The gold, silver and bronze medal winners of the 2022 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence have been announced, selected from hundreds of tourism businesses across England, including hotels, self-catering accommodation, B&Bs, glamping operators, attractions, restaurants, pubs, and museums. VisitEngland said in a statement: 'The prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, running for more than 30 years, celebrate and champion innovation, quality and best practice across the industry recognising businesses and individuals who raise the bar of England's tourism offer.' Read on to find out which businesses reigned supreme...
Two for the price of one! Buda and Pest come together to make Hungary's enticing capital a unique short-break destination
😊🤠😷 Author Victor Sebestyen, who was a baby when his family left the city as refugees in 1956, shares his guide to the city, noting that the two towns of Buda and Pest didn't become unite until the latter part of the 19th century. 'Budapest has grandeur, if faded around the edges,' he says. He recommends staying at the 'pricey but always reliable Gresham Palace (bottom right), a secessionist gem set on the riverbank facing the more sedate Buda side of the city'. Head to Cafe Kor for traditional Hungarian food and go on a tour of Budapest Opera House, which reopened in April after a lavish four-year refurbishment. Victor also highlights the poignant sites to visit in the city, such as the Holocaust memorial along the Danube.
From a ring delivered by a HUNTING EAGLE to fireworks spelling out 'marry me' and getting down on one knee on a £200k trip to Bolivia: The world's most extravagant (and expensive) proposals
😊🤠😷 Simply getting down on bended knee doesn't cut it for everyone. Instead, some lovebirds are splashing as much as £200,000 on popping the question - and that doesn't include the ring. Speaking to MailOnline Travel, four companies in the U.S, UK and Australia that plan luxury proposals - Black Tomato, The Yes Girls, The Heart Bandits and My Proposal Co - have revealed the most extravagant engagements they have fulfilled for clients.
Traveller films her trip on the world's biggest cruise ship, with POV footage showing her scream-filled descent down the tallest slide at sea and a peek inside the £20k 'Royal Loft Suite'
😊🤠😷 Jo Kessel (main) films her four-night voyage from Barcelona on the new £1billion ($1.35billion) Wonder of the Seas which, she says, 'has more to see and do than any other large cruise ship ever built'. The video gives the inside scoop on where to eat and drink and shows Jo trying a Southern cocktail that's served with a rasher of candied bacon. Elsewhere in the video, Jo is seen braving the ship's zip-line (bottom right) and the Perfect Storm waterslides. 'You have to see it to believe it,' she says of the new ship.
Make your next holiday a right regal romp, complete with ramparts and luxurious boudoirs: Twenty fairytale French chateaux you can RENT (from as little as £76 a night)
😊🤠😷 The 20 stunning properties here, from Brittany to Burgundy, are havens of unabashed luxury, with gracious wood panelling, fine frescoes and ancient fireplaces. The list has been compiled by travel firm Sawday's - 'passionate defenders of all that is special'. Its in-country manager in France, Nicky deBouille, says: 'We adore chateaux because so much of what we love about France can be found in one. A chat to the owners will set one's imagination alight with stories of revolution, royal visits, and revelry.'
Pictured: The stunning £480million superyacht inspired by a BLACK HOLE, featuring a massive viewing dome, a glass-bottomed infinity pool and a helipad
😊🤠😷 Indian yacht design firm Bhusan Power Design is behind the 'Zion' superyacht, which measures 360ft (110m) in length and 52ft (15.8m) in width. The superyacht is packed with 'innovative features' that blend 'beauty with functionality', according to the designers. Other features on board include a 'beach club', a gym, a master suite and 10 'luxury' guest rooms. Here's a closer look at the incredible superyacht...
From secret ceremonies at the Tower of London to wading into Iceland's Blue Lagoon to greet guests: What it's like to work at some of the world's most famous attractions
😊🤠😷 America's awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, Britain's historic Tower of London, Iceland's Blue Lagoon, the iconic Sydney Opera House and Niagara Falls. For many, visiting these tourist attractions is the trip of a lifetime. But what's it like to work at them… every day? Does it ever get dull? MailOnline Travel spoke with staff from these five world-famous places to discover how they feel about their roles, what goes on behind the scenes and what bizarre sights they've witnessed, from travellers getting arrested for hitting golf balls off the rim of the Grand Canyon to bathers bursting into tears of happiness in the Blue Lagoon. Here's everything they revealed…
The height of creativity! The incredible winners of a prestigious skyscraper design contest revealed, from a building made from 'flying homes' to a tower inside an Australian gold mine
😊🤠😷 The annual Evolo Skyscraper Competition celebrates 'visionary ideas' that 'challenge the way we understand vertical architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments'. U.S architecture and design magazine Evolo has been running the prestigious competition since 2006. This year the jury chose from over 400 futuristic skyscraper designs, but the entries that impressed them the most dealt with themes such as global warming, natural disasters and over-population. Here's a closer look at the contest's striking winners and finalists...
In one of Europe's most sparsely inhabited areas lies this award-winning place to stay: Inside the superb Kylesku Hotel, a Highland hostelry in a truly memorable location
😊🤠😷 According to Neil Armstrong, the Scottish retreat is 'an excellent base for all sorts of adventures - hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, rare bird watching'. He reveals: 'A former coaching inn, it's a somewhat unprepossessing stone building in an incredible location, nearer to Bergen, Norway, than to London, England.' During his stay, he dines on 'excellent' fish and chips, venison and simply grilled white fish and samples some fine malt whiskies while 'gazing out over a spectacular Highlands vista'. Summing it up, Neil describes it as an ideal destination for 'getting away from it all'.
Discovering Tuscany's secret Riviera: The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance is known for its rolling hills and medieval towns, but there's also 143 miles of breathtaking coastline...
😊🤠😷 Tuscany may be loved by the Brits for its cypress-topped hills and glorious sunflower fields, but for the Italians it is Versilia Riviera, just a short drive from Pisa and Lucca, that is the star attraction. There are plenty of stunning hotels to choose from along the coast, such as Hotel Il Pellicano in Porto Ercole, which is perched above the Tyrrhenian Sea. Explore charming towns and villages such as Forte dei Marmi and Castiglione della Pescaia and go diving around the tiny, crescent-shaped island of Giannutri. Here's our guide to the coastline...
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Great British boltholes: The stunning hotel by Cornwall's Camel Estuary offering charming coastal-style rooms, Michelin-star-baiting food and epic views
😊🤠😷 Vicki Reeve checks into St Enodoc Hotel in Rock where 'nothing is flashy or try-too-hard'. She enjoys a nine-course tasting menu at Karrek, the 'smarter, more intimate' of the hotel's two restaurants. 'Suffice to say this is one of the most exquisite meals I've ever had,' she declares. As for her room, it has superb estuary views, a super-king-size bed and a fresh white bathroom with Bramley toiletries. Read on for more on the Cornish retreat...
Offshore relax havens... Ten amazing rentals listed in Airbnb's new 'islands' category, from the wilds of Scotland to tranquil North American lakes and the Caribbean
😊🤠😷 Unplugging yourself from the mayhem of the mainland has never been easier - thanks to Airbnb's handy new 'islands' filter. The rental website's tool reveals a flurry of highly enticing offshore retreats, including a surprisingly affordable Scottish hideaway (top right), where guests can spot seals from a hot tub, to rentals off the coast of Colombia (main and bottom right) surrounded by the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea and log cabins located amid the tranquillity of a remote Canadian lake (inset).
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'Driving in Cornwall is terrifying and Stonehenge underwhelming, but we loved the food and York was the best part': American travellers reveal the ups and downs of their first UK visit
😊🤠😷 U.S couple Cara Atwell and Jeremy Davis visited the UK for the first time in March this year. They stayed in London - then went on a road trip around England and Scotland. Cara revealed that they had to watch a YouTube video on operating the hire-car's manual gears. And then she found driving the winding lanes of Cornwall and Devon 'terrifying'. Read on for more, including which cities they think Americans will love and their surprise at the standard of food in the UK...
'Flying museum' honours football great: Plane decorated with pictures of Diego Maradona - including his 'Hand of God' goal - to take to the skies
😊🤠😷 The Tango D10S plane was unveiled last week before it tours Argentina for Maradona fans to visit on the ground. The plane will also visit Barcelona and Naples, where Maradona led Napoli to its only two Italian league titles in 1987 and 1990. Qatar, which hosts the World Cup later this year, will be the aircraft's final stop of the tour.
Making waves with Mickey: Fine dining with white-gloved service, hot tubs and a champagne bar... discovering that a Disney cruise can be a VERY grown-up affair
😊🤠😷 Siobhan Grogan boards Disney Dream - one of four Disney ships, with a fifth launching this summer - in Port Canaveral, Florida. 'Like the Disney theme parks, it's a slick operation designed to charm the whole family,' she says. Features onboard include an all-you-can-eat ice-cream station, a Goofy-themed mini-golf course, a lavish sweet shop and a big screen showing non-stop Disney films. Siobhan is particularly impressed by the food, noting that the two fine-dining restaurants on board 'would thrill any Michelin star-seeking foodie with exquisite plates of wagyu beef and lobster, impeccable white-gloved service and vintage wine lists'. Here's more on Siobhan's voyage...