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    Falling for Ibiza's chic and starry neighbour Formentera - where nudity is rife and Sienna Miller holidays

    Where do we stand on nudity? I quite like it myself, when traipsing from the bathroom to the bedroom on a balmy night or swimming in a moon-lit sea when no one else is around.But that’s not the Formentera way. After a superb lunch at Gecko - our Migjorn beach hotel on the island’s southern flank - we head off for a leisurely postprandial but are soon distracted by a couple lying naked in the sand.The man is all legs akimbo, his female companion spread out as if slumber has taken hold midway through a yoga stretch. They are far ...

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    The rebirth of Perth! How direct flights to Australia will help put this vibrant city on the map

    The best programme on Australian TV is the weather forecast. An impossibly tanned presenter in a floral shirt flashes his bleached teeth, smiles at the camera and waves his hand airily about a map of the huge land mass with barely a cloud on it.‘It’s a beaut in Adelaide today!’ he exclaims and slaps the word BEAUT across the south coast. Ready for action: Perth is now only 17 hours away thanks to a new direct flight with Qantas ‘It’s gonna be a bottler in Alice Springs,’ he continues, sticking BOTTLER (Aussie slang for muggy) in the centre of the country. ‘And ...

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    An Inspector Calls: The Pear Tree won't lure the Chipping Norton set with stale bread rolls and ill-fitted curtains

    Rating: The Pear Tree is a family-run concern on the edge of the Cotswolds that, says its brochure, ‘specialises in making memories’.My memories are of a hotel that could do with a make-over, but one where there is no particular imperative to do so as long as its loyal following remains intact. It has the air of a smart old people’s home, with pleasant staff, a pleasing garden and an endearing back story. Family-run: The Pear Tree, located on the edge of the Cotswolds, ‘specialises in making memories’The owners for the past 30 years have been Francis and Anne Young, who ...

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    A French island thriller! Volcanic Reunion in the Indian Ocean will take your breath away

    We could be entering a kingdom imagined by Tolkien. My fists clench as the chopper surges down a sheer gorge, skimming past the forested edges, a waterfall bubbling away beneath.For such a small island - it’s the size of Dorset - Reunion makes you feel tiny. No wonder the French snapped it up in the 17th century. In the Indian Ocean, 1,300 miles off the east coast of Africa, it is the EU’s very furthest outpost. Reunion is located in the Indian Ocean, 1,300 miles off the east coast of AfricaIt shares a bloodline with Mauritius, 140 miles away. Both burst ...

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    Austria's ski sweet spot! The little-known triptych of villages boasting groomed pistes and spectacular slopes

    You know you are on to something special when the well-travelled couple sitting opposite you in the cable car lean forward and say intently, ‘Please don’t tell anyone about this...’We are in the high-speed gondola heading up to the 2,770m Pezid peak. From there, you savour the views of Switzerland and Italy, before choosing from two hairy-chested black runs or taking the scenic, long blue.Spoilt for choice, in other words - and virtually unknown in the UK. The three historic villages of Serfaus, Fiss and Ladis sit on a plateau in the Austrian Tyrol high above the Inn Valley. The ...

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    Let's raise a glass to Madeira! Why the Portuguese region is sweet like the wine it's known for, says Frank Barrett

    Tenerife is like fizzy pop: sweet, delicious but generally unremarkable. Madeira, on the other hand, is like a fine wine which you can savour and enjoy long after the first taste. It’s an interesting comparison. Tenerife is the best known of the Spanish Canary Islands, famous as a package-holiday haunt. Portuguese Madeira occupies a similar stretch of the Atlantic – 300 miles off the North African coast – but has a different vibe.   Beauty spot: Portuguese Madeira occupies a 300-mile stretch off the North African coastIt doesn’t really do ‘sun and sand’, for a start – it has a couple of beaches ...

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    Sicily at its swishest! Following on the heels of Emma Watson and Prince Harry to one of Italy's hottest luxury resorts

    Did Hermione really stay in our room?’ yelped my ten-year-old daughter Alice, eyes like saucers. For a Harry Potter nut like her it was almost too much to contemplate.I’d just discovered that a week before we arrived at the Verdura Resort on the west coast of Sicily, the entire place had been hired by the top brass at Google and Emma Watson (who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films) was one of the guests along with Elton John and Prince Harry.It was a coup for the hotel, and I got the feeling those stellar guests would have left ...

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    A family stay in Rudyard Kipling's Vermont home is Just So... instantly enchanting

    When I was ten, my father challenged me to learn Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’ in exchange for a pound. I memorised all four verses. Fast-forward 30-odd years and I’m in Mr Kipling’s southern Vermont home with my three children. I’m at the desk where he wrote the Jungle Book next to a shelf with dozens of first editions: Captains Courageous, Kim, Just So Stories — it’s goose-bump inducing.Better still, this isn’t a whistle-stop visit. The Landmark Trust USA now allows the public to stay, and we’ve booked three nights. Jo Kessel stayed at Rudyard Kipling’s house with her family. The Landmark Trust USA ...

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    Choices, choices! 3,300 islands, one million square miles and a ship - but Sicily, Corfu, Malta and Gibraltar get the vote

    A modern-day cruise is about the closest we get to the old Blue Riband days of stately ocean liners. If you choose carefully, you can still sample some of that lost gentility. My wife and I are intermittent rather than inveterate cruisers. Our last foray was to the Mediterranean, that sea of almost one million square miles and more than 3,300 islands, of which we visited four. Land ahoy: During a 17-night Mediterranean cruise, the Mail on Sunday's Stephen Robert's hit four different spots (above, Malta’s Valletta harbour seen bustling with boats)Messina, in Sicily, is notable for its clock tower, but the ...

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    Sian Lloyd follows in Joanna Lumley's footsteps by ticking off her ultimate bucket list adventure on the Trans-Siberian Railway

    It's thanks to Joanna Lumley that I ticked off the very top item on my bucket list and took the ultimate long-distance train ride. Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Trans-Siberian Railway, the longest line in the world, and the charming Ms Lumley had been dispatched by ITV to travel seven time zones and several landscapes, from east to west across Russia.I was seduced by her joyous enthusiasm as she crossed some of the harshest, yet most beautiful terrain on Earth. By the middle of the series, I had booked myself a cabin on the ...

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    France's family favourite: How Ile de Re always works its magic on lively children and stressed-out parents

    There were moments during what was supposed to be a gentle family bike ride around Ile de Re where we felt that, just maybe, we d bitten off more than we could chew.One was when I managed to wedge the bright blue trailer carrying our toddler girls between a wooden fence and a thick hedge.The next was when my husband forgot about our four-year-old on the back of his bike as he jumped off to help. Divine: The Daily Mail's Caroline Gammell went on a bike ride while in sunny Ile de Re with her family, they later cooled off ...

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    A front seat to the best wildlife show on earth: Inside the lavish fenceless Botswana safari camp where hunting is banned and guests include Prince Harry

    There are plenty of places in Africa to go on safari, but seldom few can get you as close up and personal with the Big Five as those in Botswana.As of 2104 it's been one of the only African countries to have banned game hunting - so is thus fully focused on the art of viewing rather than gunning down animals - and the jewel in its crown is Wilderness, which operates 19 scenic camps scattered around the Okavango Delta.With former guests including Prince Harry, this operation of small camps is unfenced, with off-road allowances that allow you to trail ...

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    Maggots in fermented lamb broth and blobs of whale blubber: On the wild frontier of cooking at the Faroe Islands' first Michelin-starred restaurant

    Maggots aren't usually something you would expect to be served at a Michelin star restaurant, but this is exactly what had been put under my nose at such an establishment.The little dried worms lay motionless in a dish of fermented lamb broth, which produced a whiffy odour that reminded me of my childhood, playing in farm barns with manure underfoot.This was only the fifth course out of 19 at the newly-crowned Koks in the remote and windswept Faroe Islands, but already my tummy was starting to grumble in a state of mild confusion. Foraged finds: Koks restaurant is the only ...

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    A furious finale to fab Madrid: Exploring the Spanish capital's ancient corners and fiery flamenco

    With his curly waxed moustache, he looked like an Edwardian villain, but Steven could not have been a more courteous chauffeur. In his tiny, vintage Seat 600 we bowled along avenues, tootled round monuments and nipped through narrow alleys on a whistlestop tour.For this first-timer in Madrid, it was the perfect introduction to the city as he pointed out the Prado museum, Retiro Park, the Alcala Gate, Cibeles fountains, Cervantes s house in Barrio de Las Letras, the old literary quarter, the hefty Royal Palace and Cathedral. Caroline toured Milan with the help of a guide on her first day, ...

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    Ask Frank Barrett: For the height of romance try a honeymoon in Peru s treetops, and head to Sussex for yoga

    The Mail on Sunday Travel Editor Frank Barrett answers readers' questions about a honeymoon and a country yoga retreat.Question: I m getting married this year and we re looking for a honeymoon destination with a difference somewhere offering adventure, escapism and romance. Penny, by emailAnswer: How about Peru? With its cloud forests , rich history and snow-capped mountains, it s ultra-romantic. Inkaterra hosts lavish honeymoon adventures in their luxury Peruvian properties, one picturedEco and sustainable tourism pioneers Inkaterra can host honeymoon adventures in their luxury Peruvian properties, from the heart of the Amazon to Machu Picchu. You can even spend ...

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