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Careys Manor hotel: A relaxing spa break two hours from London

Tucked away in the leafy, and very British confines of Brockenhurst in the New Forest, lies a flicker of the East. Careys Manor is a 17th-century former hunting lodge that was owned by Charles II; it is also home to SenSpa, a Thai spa that has come to eclipse the hotel’s regal past. Popular with hens, wedding parties and weekenders seeking a relaxing break, the spa is now the hotel’s main attraction. In addition to the Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and gym, guests can also enjoy a menthol-infused
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For your next adventure, choose beautifully unspoilt Costa Rica

As a country that is still opening up to tourism, Costa Rica is beautifully unspoilt. With hot, dry weather in winter, and wildlife wherever you turn, it is a stunning destination for sun-seekers, animal lovers and adventurers. And in 2017, it has never been easier for British tourists to visit. The Costa Rican national motto “pura vida”, literally “pure life”, has attracted backpackers for decades. Used by locals as a greeting to mean “take it easy” or “enjoy life”, the phrase sums up the coun
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For guaranteed winter sun, try Ras Al Khaimah in UAE

There are few destinations seven hours away that offer unrivalled sun all year round. Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of them. Relatively unknown compared with Dubai, Abu Dhabi and neighbouring Oman, the emirate is the perfect place to enjoy easy winter sun in a safe environment. With crystal-blue skies and temperatures reaching at least 25°C throughout the year, it is easy to see why RAK is a paradise for sun worshippers. Visitors can lap up 30°C heat in April, M
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Hotel Miro: The perfect setting to explore Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum

Located on the doorstep of Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, you’d be forgiven for thinking Hotel Miro was named after Spanish painter Joan Miro. Although the artist’s surrealist paintings hang two minutes’ away in Frank Gehry’s magnificent art gallery, the hotel is instead named after Spanish fashion designer Antonio Miro, who designed its 50 rooms. Opened in 2002, five years after the Guggenheim Museum took its place on the banks of Bilbao’s run-down port, Hotel Miro is one of a collection of buil
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How to visit stunning Santorini for half the price

For today’s seasoned travellers, staying in rented accommodation booked online is the best way to avoid pricey hotels. But that isn’t the case on the Greek island of Santorini, where savvy home-owners have wised up to the tourism opportunities, and an Airbnb apartment for two will set you back £350 a night. It comes as no surprise that holiday rentals can cost as much as a luxury hotel on this island, given it is regularly voted one of the top 10 in the world on TripAdvisor, and is widely acce
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Hotel Totem Madrid is stylish, snazzy - and surprisingly good value

Situated in Salamanca, Madrid’s most stylish neighbourhood, where designer labels and boutique shops line the streets, you might expect the recently opened Totem Madrid to be out of your budget. Fear not: this contemporary hotel may boast black marble en-suite bathrooms and plush, velvet sofas in the bar, but for €145 (£120) for a double room, you should still be able to afford to spend a little in the city’s finest shops nearby. If you would rather see the sights, the famous Reina Sofia and M
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Como The Treasury, Perth, Australia - hotel review

Perth is typically thought of as an isolated mining city, but it is beginning to shed its image. In the past five years it has become more cosmopolitan, thanks in part to the development of central arts district Northbridge, which has introduced a number of hip bars and restaurants to the city that could rival those in Melbourne. Given Perth's local wealth and growing sophistication, it is surprising it has taken such a long time for a luxurious hotel to spring up on the Swan River. Enter Como
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Nashville country music venue the Grand Ole Opry is still worth visit

I never thought I would be disappointed not to have won a pair of cowboy boots. But as I glance over at the man a few rows away clutching his prize, I catch myself feeling envious. This is what Nashville does to you. It's a place where the sound of twanging guitars is never far away, where country music starlets with bleached hair extensions meet their agents over lunch at the next table, and where cowboy boots are worn without a glimmer of irony. As I stroll along Broadway, the main street dow
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We stayed in a Wetherspoon's hotel so you didn't have to

JD Wetherspoon is known for migraine-inducing patterned carpets, calorific cooked breakfasts and old men propping up the bar morning till night  - so the idea of staying in a room above one of its pubs was not exactly enticing. While the thought of rolling out of bed to enjoy a dish from Spoon’s signature “Mexican Monday” menu did sound appealing, it was hard to believe it would be possible to get a good night’s sleep in a double room for only £39 a night. Would I go to bed to the sound of the
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Cuba travel tips: everything you need to know

If you're planning on going to Cuba before the 'American invasion', here are some top tips for your trip: It is strongly recommended to get your Cuban visa before flying. Some airlines offer the visa service when checking in, but not all of them do. It is best to go in person to the Cuban embassy in London to get your visa if you can to avoid additional fees. The visa costs £15, but an additional £19 processing fee is added if a third party gets the visa for you, or if you apply by post. The