International Travel

Travel review: Verbier

The spa at the Cordee des Alpes (above); rooms and suites feature open fireplaces and balconies (below).Photos: Yves Garneau

To get some measure of how good the skiing is in Verbier you simply have to meet Australian mountain guide John Falkiner.

Friday, 15 February, 2013, 5:46pm

Discover Turkey's Turquoise Coast

Sailing a gulet in the Gulf of Gokova.

Tucked into Turkey's westernmost tip, the Turquoise Coast - an evocative but accurate metaphor - stretches along the Aegean Sea. From Dalaman on the banks of the Dalyan River to Antalya's eastern shores, the coastline is scattered with enchanting villages, pristine beaches and aquamarine bays.

15 Feb 2013 - 5:47pm

Pizza on the Park returns as luxury Wellesley hotel

Pizza on the Park returns as luxury Wellesley hotel

You can spot The Wellesley immediately by its art deco exterior. This new luxury boutique hotel in one of London's most exclusive locations has been created in an iconic 1920s building that began life as a London Underground station, and then became Pizza on the Park, one of the city's premier jazz venues.

14 Feb 2013 - 3:09pm

Gorilla tourism is helping conservation efforts in Uganda

Clockwise from above: Kanyonya, a silverback; an 18-month-old mountain gorilla; Ben, a gorilla tracker; a visitor photographs one of the Nshongi group.Photos: Graeme Green, In Pictures, Corbis

Kanyonya, a mighty silverback gorilla, bends a branch down and picks off the leaves to munch on. His arms look strong enough to uproot the whole tree, his huge hands like they could tear telephone directories in half.

14 Feb 2013 - 3:09pm 1 comment

Five literary cities: book your trip

Amagertorv, where Soren Kierkegaard used to stroll. Photos: Corbis, Bloomberg, AFP

"Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen!" If that annoying song from the 1952 Danny Kaye musical about the life of Hans Christian Andersen pops into your head whenever you think of the Danish capital, then there might be salvation in the writings of the city's other literary superstar. 

4 Feb 2013 - 5:19pm

Paraglider takes off on Dragon's Back trail in Hong Kong (video)

Paraglider takes off on Dragon's Back trail in Hong Kong (video)

A paraglider takes off from the Dragon's Back trail near Shek O in Hong Kong on Sunday afternoon. The spot is known for high-flying enthusiasts, and the weather conditions - at 17 degrees, and cloudy and cool - were ideal for the adventure sport.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Marseille: Chic of the new

Image renversée by Thierry Ollat, at "The Bridge", an exhibition of contemporary visual art. Photos: ADAGP Paris, Thierry Ollat, Thomas Serriere

Arriving in Marseille, southern France, from the air is an awe-inspiring experience. As you sweep over scenic mountains on one side and crystal blue sea on the other, you can understand why the Phoenicians chose to stay in 600BC.

28 Jan 2013 - 5:51pm

Privacy abounds at Akaryn resort in Koh Samui

Akaryn resort

Koh Samui is sometimes held up as an example of all that's gone wrong with tourism in Thailand - with its overdevelopment, environmental problems and general tackiness - but there remain havens on the island where you can find shelter from the sarong vendors and thumping dance music.

28 Jan 2013 - 5:50pm

Travel review: Andaz Amsterdam

Travel review: Andaz Amsterdam

Compared to the gabled 17th century canal houses that surround it on either side of the Prinsengracht canal, the solid 1970s brick exterior of the Andaz hotel in Amsterdam is, frankly, disappointing.

14 Jan 2013 - 12:35pm

Surfers flock to Taiwan's east coast

Secluded Black Sand beach, north of Taitung.Photo: Chris Stowers

The world's biggest ocean brings some of its biggest waves to Taiwan's unsheltered east coast along with winds strong enough to knock you off your feet.

14 Jan 2013 - 12:35pm

Discover Taiwan's quiet side

White Sand Bay (top); beachgoers are buffeted by high winds on the cliffs in Kenting (left); and shell collectors on Sail Rock Beach.Photos: Chris Stowers

Picture 200 metres of white sand beach between a calm aquamarine ocean and a jungle of coconut palms. When film director Ang Lee saw it, he chose this beach for the scene in Life of Pi when the hero ends a treacherous 227-day journey at sea as a castaway in a lifeboat.

14 Jan 2013 - 12:35pm

A slice of Danish in California

A windmill and northern European-style shops in town. Photos:

A small town in California that owes its look to the Danish-Americans who settled there inspires songwriter Jim Messina, writes Alison Gee.

7 Jan 2013 - 10:26am

Travel Review: The Farm at San Benito

The Farm at San Benito

Having recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, The Farm at San Benito is considered one of the pioneers of Asia's wellness movement. A 90-minute drive from Manila airport, this healing sanctuary in the foothills of Mount Malarayat delivers the latest medical services alongside luxe spa treatments and gourmet raw cuisine.

7 Jan 2013 - 10:26am

Luxembourg: luxe for life

The National Audiovisual Centre's newly opened photographic spaces at the water tower and pumping station. Photos: Andres Lejona, Romain Girten, Corbis

The tourist brochures often call it Europe's best-kept secret. That may be a little over the top, but they have a point, as Luxembourg does rather hide its light under a bushel.

31 Dec 2012 - 6:05pm

Mweya Safari Lodge: room with a gnu

The warm interior of Mweya Safari Lodge in Uganda looks out onto spectacular views.

A sign at the entrance to Mweya Safari Lodge in southwest Uganda reminds guests that any wild animals seen on the grounds are exactly that: wild. It's worth keeping in mind. I've barely had time to open my case in my room when I spot movement outside - a tall, powerful-looking male waterbuck munching grass on the lawn.

30 Dec 2012 - 1:00am