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From the mountains... with love

If you’re looking for inspiration for a romantic snow-filled getaway, then look no further. For many travellers, the perfect winter holiday includes a roaring fire and fine cuisine after a day on the slopes, so we’ve picked out some of our favourite retreats around the world with beautiful mountain settings. Claire Bloomfield reports for Oryx.


In the Finnish capital, all roads lead to the Baltic Sea, sparkling and bustling with cruise boats and ferries in summer, covered with dazzling ice in winter.

Afternoon tea

England’s seventh Duchess of Bedford set the trend for afternoon tea in the late 18th century. Finding herself unable to last from breakfast to dinner, she plugged the gap with a cup of tea and slice of cake in her bedroom, an act that caught on after she subsequently invited friends to join her. Today it’s an indulgent celebration for those fortunate enough to have a spare afternoon. Greg Sunning reveals three great places to ‘take tea’ on your travels.

Adventure destinations  

If relaxing on a tropical beach isn’t your idea of holiday fun, here are five destinations where you can raise your adrenalin levels with plenty of adventure activities.

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What’s in my kitchen: Judy Joo  

Korean–American celebrity chef and restaurateur Judy Joo ditched life as an analyst on Wall Street in search of a career in the kitchen. The outcome surpassed all of her expectations, and she now has her own...

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Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai  

Nikki Beach flagship resort opens in Dubai. With spectacular sea views over the Arabian Gulf, this boutique hotel is the first of its kind to open in the region.

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Ao Nang Beach

Originally from Miami, Stefanie Langley finds Krabi’s mix of tourism-meets-deeply-ingrained-traditions a winner and, as she tells David Leck, it doesn’t get much better than spending down time in Ao...

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Five minutes with Njoud Al Kubaisi  

At only 13 years old, Njoud Al Kubaisi is one of the region’s youngest sign language interpreters. Born to hearing-impaired parents, the remarkable Qatari communicator aspires to share the sounds of life with...

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fine food
Martin Benn

Martin Benn began his career as a chef at the Oak Room in London, learning French gastronomy under Chef Michel Lorain.

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Bush bashing  

Human nature dictates that we all have a measure of self-esteem. So, if we’re truly honest, we all take pride in thinking we’re a good driver. We may have even attended the odd track day.

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Fox Glacier
New Zealand

Wedged deep in the alpine landscape of Westland Tai Poutini National Park in New Zealand’s South Island, Fox Glacier provides spectacular scenery and glacier challenges for those with a sense of...

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