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The Babymoon (or The Last Hurrah)

Westin Cabo San Lucas

Hailed as the hottest trend in vacationing, The Babymoon is one of the last getaways before a baby arrives. Which means you will remember it as the last holiday where you had proper lie-ins (if your knocked-up half can still sleep, of course).

Finally! The (Almost) Perfect Paris Hotel

Bel Ami Bedroom & Bath

Arriving in Paris's Gare du Nord on a Friday evening, the last thing you want to do is stand in a (smoky) taxi queue behind 100 others. But if you stay at the Hotel Bel Ami, you're there on the Metro in only 30 minutes. It's that easy. Even for taxi addicts.

Sporting Events Around The World

Tour de France

Before 2008 arrives and you make that annual resolution to "finally get to the Open/Olympics/Derby", we offer a not-at-all complete (but pretty thorough) list of sporting events in 2008. Yes, that means you should book your trip now.

Barbados - Affordable Hedonism

Sandy Lane

By the accepted laws of travel and tourism economics, if you lower the price of your product by 40% the punters will flock to you. So why has the USA, which is now considerably cheaper than it was just a few years ago, suffered a year-on-year fall in tourists since 2000?

India - A Bewitching Country

Park in Udaipur

If you have any reservations about visiting India, forget them.  It has it all, top hotels; delicious food, magnificent sights, stunning scenery, great shopping and you feel very safe. 

Cuba - Go Before Castro Goes


In the 1940s and 50s Frank Sinatra and his Mafia friends treated the sumptuous Hotel Na├žional in Havana as their playground. Sinatra provided the cloak of respectability under which dodgy deals took place, and the rich and famous - including Winston Churchill - flocked to the hotspot to gamble, have fun and be seen. 

The Four Seasons Punta Mita

Four Seasons Lobby

It's easy to start a week at the Four Seasons Punta Mita with good intentions. Yoga on The Rock at 8:30 a.m., aerobics in the main pool at 11:30. Salsa-making class on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Plan Ahead: Monaco Grand Prix

Hermitage Room

May is a perfect time to visit the south of France and the Monaco Grand Prix is the perfect occasion. And with British driver, Lewis Hamilton, in his second season, surely going is a patriotic duty.

Plan Ahead: Dubai Rugby Sevens

Residence & Spa pool

Over three days at the end of November, Dubai is host to the best international rugby teams. But let's be real: The Dubai Rugby Sevens is not only the opening round of the IRB Sevens World Series, it's also one of the Middle East's most popular social weekends.