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Alsace-LorraineCruising the Canal de la Marne in Alsace-Lorraine.
AntwerpA little bit of what you fancy does you good!
BelgiumGourmet weekend in the Ardennes.
Canal du Midi Exploring the Canal du Midi aboard Enchanté.
Cappadocia Fantastic Turkish landscape; unlike anywhere else on Earth.
The Cotswolds Weekending in the Cotswolds; delightful places to sleep, eat and chill out!
DalmatiaOne of the Med's best sailing areas.
Dubrovnik Rich in history and brimming over with charisma.
FlandersFun, Flirty, Fabulous Flanders!
Greek Islands Magical cruising in the Ionian Sea.
Holland Secret Holland.
Istanbul Exotic. Guaranteed to stir your emotions.
Kvarner RivieraCruise amongst the islands off Croatia's Kvarner Riviera. Splendiferous.
Madrid Laid back, cultured and stylish.
Slovenia Go now, before everyone else discovers just how good it really is.
Whistler There's far more to Whistler than just skiing and snowboarding; during the summer non-skiers can indulge in many activities, from energetic to totally relaxing.

places to stay
Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath The Bailbrook features an elegant Regency mansion, twenty acres of wooded grounds complete with tennis court and prices that are remarkably low for those qualities.
Macdonald Bear Hotel, Woodstock, Nr OxfordAttentive and welcoming 'home
from home'.
The Bell at Skenfrith, Monnow Valley, Wales Monmouthshire's tranquil Monnow Valley is the setting for the beautifully-restored The Bell, a 17th century country inn with oodles of chic but with a very sympathetic down-to- earth-approach.
The Crown at Whitebrook Home to the blue-eyed boy of Welsh cuisine, James Sommerin, this former 17th century drovers' inn is now run as a 'restaurant with rooms' and has the distinction of being the first restaurant in Wales to be awarded a Michelin star.
The Big Sleep Hotel, Eastbourne Where else could you guarantee a decent night's slumber than a hotel called The Big Sleep!
Botleigh Grange, Southampton At first sight a Victorian, castellated, generously-proportioned Scottish hunting lodge with Highland cattle and ancient pines in the grounds!
Bovey Castle, Dartmoor Hidden away down narrow lanes in Devon is an incredibly beautiful valley with views towards idyllic, unspoilt hedged fields and woods. And here sits the wonderful Bovey Castle...
The Grand Hotel, Bristol Classic Victorian features outside but inside reflects more of today with all the modern amenities that you expect and want.
Kendov Dvorec Hotel, Slovenia One of the best two hotels in a country with all the charm and eccentricity of a Don Camillo tale.
The Lambert Arms It's a rare surprise and pleasure to discover something is better than perceived from its website and brochure. One such 'find' is The Lambert Arms.
Macdonald Randolph Hotel, OxfordEnjoy the 'Best of British' at this traditionally British hotel in the heart of one of Britain's favourite cities.
Norton Park Hotel, Winchester Convenient for Winchester Cathedral, Stonehenge, and Portsmouth's historic dockyard, to name but a few of the area's jewels. And nothing was too much trouble for the pleasant staff at Norton Park.
The Talbot Inn, RipleyMuch more than a mere gastropub, with a modern British menu more akin to fine dining. First rate.
Tortworth Court Hotel, Wotton-under-Edge Built in nearly the same scale and style as the National Trust's massive Victorian mansion Tyntesfield, the 190-room Tortworth Court is enjoying a new lease of life following a £20m restoration.
Hotel Triglav, Slovenia One of the two best hotels in a country with all the charm and eccentricity of a Don Camillo tale.
The Walpole Bay Hotel, Cliftonville, Margate A souvenir of Margate, dating back to the mid-1920s, says of the Walpole: "Good and liberal table is kept and every attention given to the comfort of visitors". It's a Walpole tradition that you'll find is still running today.

places to eat
The Ambrette, CanterburyIf you enjoy Indian cuisine with a contemporary twist you will enjoy Dev Biswal's food. Dev has taken inspiration from his native India, combining spices with western ingredients to produce new British-Indian taste sensations.
The Ambrette, MargateExceptional restaurant specialising in subtly-spiced Indian dishes with melt-in-the-mouth explosions of delicious flavours. Startlingly different and a very special fine-dining experience.
The Corner House, Minster in ThanetGo there before the crowds hear about it and enjoy some seriously delicious cooking.
Giggling Squid, SevenoaksThis is a small, growing restaurant chain with its very clever format confirmed by the fresh and vibrant flavours of the Thai food it serves.
The Minnis Bar and Restaurant, Birchington, Kent Unspoilt sea views and an endless menu of dishes to choose from. The homemade charcuterie and outstanding seafood are the ones to go for!
Saltwood on the Green, Hythe, Kent Saltwood on the Green may be small and less than a year old but it packs a punch and must be one of the best kept secrets in Kent. Better things, tis said,
come in little packages — indubitably they do at Saltwood's!

Cerne Barn, Charminster, Dorset A charming 18th Century stone-built property offering comfortable holiday accommodation for up to seven people.
Sandy Balls Holiday Centre, Hampshire Booking your family holiday in the UK? You can't go far wrong at Sandy Balls in Hampshire, with excellent facilities and the outstanding natural beauty of The New Forest on your doorstep.

food & drink
PastisVisiting France? Have a fling with Pastis!
Bread & Butter Pudding — Top chef's secret recipe for that elusive 'Perfect Pud'.
Chocolate Six scrummy chocoholic recipes.
Monkey Shoulder World's first triple-malt Scotch (plus some whisky cocktail recipes).
Turkish Wine Not to be overlooked.