Turkey – NARS ILI...

The sky above Nars Ilica is so intensely Wedgwood blue that it looks as though it would break if you were to throw something at it. The timber decking of the beach club is gently lapped by the glassy-green Aegean. The club is understated, and the eight-room hotel even more so. Originally built...

Thailand – KOH PH...

If your idea of the perfect holiday involves three-day beach parties, Koh Pha Ngan is the place to be. Famous for its full moon parties at Haad Rin’s Sunrise Beach (pictured), this island is for hardcore partygoers and dreadlocked travellers. During peak season, the island can see 20,000...


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Thailand – KOH SI...

If you’re only in Thailand for a few days, schlepping all the way out from Bangkok to distant islands might not be possible. Instead, grab a day or two on Koh Si Chang (not to be confused with Koh Chang), a two-hour boat ride from the city. It is popular with Bangkok residents who head...

Thailand – PHUKET

Best for: Living large Glitzy Phuket offers every Western convenience you can think of, and probably several you can’t. Celebrity-chef restaurants? Check. Six-star resorts with private butlers? Check. World-class plastic surgery? No problem. If you’re the highest of...

Thailand – Koh Ta...

The coast of Koh Tao, or ‘Turtle Island’, is lined with little sandy coves, pretty lantern-lit restaurants – and dive shops. Most travellers are here to dive. The island is one of the world’s top places to learn, and the competition among dive shops has also made it one...

Thailand – KOH SA...

Best for: Family Koh Samui is already well-known as a honeymoon destination, but it’s also a surprisingly great place to take children. It is developed to the extent that international hospitals (with English-speaking doctors), hotels offering childcare, and shops including Tesco and...

Thailand – KOH LA...

Of all Thailand’s islands, Koh Lanta is one of the best all-rounders. Less than an hour’s boat ride from Krabi, Koh Lanta is actually made up of several little islands, the most-visited of which is Koh Lanta Yai. It has got nature reserves and beaches where you won’t see...

Thailand – KOH LI...

Best for: Hopeless romantics and honeymooners When you picture a Thai island, you’re probably thinking of somewhere like Koh Lipe. Often said to have the most beautiful beaches in Thailand, Koh Lipe is one of the 51 islands that make up Tarutao Marine Park, down south near the border of...

Canada’s finished...

The Chinese architecture firm MAD has completed the Absolute Towers after six long years of planning and construction. Located in the city of Mississauga in Ontario, the two towers stand at about 492 and 557 feet, respectively. Apartments are located on each oval-shaped floor and the levels...

South Africa – De...

De Hoop Nature Reserve started out in the late 1950s as an experimental wildlife farm, breeding endangered bontebok antelope and Cape mountain zebra; both species are still around, as are eland, ostrich and even leopard. Given the state of the roads, the best way to experience the reserve is...