Bragging rights and blissfully stress-free – why your next family holiday should be a cruise

Having taken my twin daughters on cruises since they were three years-old, I can vouch for all of this. They’re now 19, but as they grew up, we were easily able to find cruises best suited to each stage of... Read more

Ignore the middle-class naysayers – fly-and-flop holidays have never been better

Minimum sightseeing Like buskers, cultural wonders will only make you feel guilty for ignoring them. Dubai may be preferable to Rome, for example, if you intend to spend all day beside your hotel pool. Water  Proximity to pool or sea... Read more

The best last-minute holidays for Easter, with or without kids in tow

Combine the history of Egypt with the Red Sea Turn a trip to Egypt into an odyssey by giving yourself plenty of time to see the sights – and unwind afterwards. Visit the Great Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, followed... Read more

Cheap holidays and bloodthirsty dictators: the story of the island with a split personality

It started, as did so much in the Caribbean, with Christopher Columbus. The Genoese navigator encountered this 29,418-square-mile chunk of misty mountains and virgin forest – which, on the 21st-century map, sits between Cuba and Puerto Rico – on his... Read more

In pictures: Caribbean royal tours through the ages

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have kicked off their tour of the Caribbean, their first official visit to the region and overseas trip in two years. Already the pair have scaled Mayan ruins and helped out at a chocolate... Read more

20 last-minute holidays for Easter, with or without kids in tow

It’s all ancient history, Egypt Turn a trip to Egypt into an odyssey by giving yourself plenty of time to see the sights – and unwind afterwards. Visit the Great Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, followed by a Nile cruise... Read more

How the Caribbean’s ultimate playground for the super-rich is reinventing itself

Rosewood has gently refreshed the 66 bedrooms and suites, turning to the same architects and designers that originally created the hotel’s interiors, adding splashes of colour with vintage travelling trunks in each room, and a bit more luxury in the... Read more

Travel to the Caribbean: latest Covid rules and practical guidance for your holiday

The Caribbean islands are once again welcoming travellers in their plane-loads, with the fully vaccinated getting the smoothest ride. For almost two years they have had to persistently enforce Covid-19 protocols, and it has paid off. The spread of the pandemic... Read more

The 10 best holiday destinations for March sun

8. Mozambique Being bereft of the crashing waterfalls and major wildlife zones which symbolise Africa at its best, Mozambique still feels somewhat undiscovered. All the more reason, then, to encounter the safari secret of Gorongosa National Park, the Portuguese colonial... Read more

No masks, no tests: Where to have the most normal holiday in 2022

October South Africa The continent’s third most-visited country after Morocco and Egypt, South Africa relies on tourism to the tune of 9.1% of total employment, and 7% of GDP. Therefore it will almost certainly be keen to make up for... Read more

15 half-term holidays with availability – and the Covid hoops to jump through

Admit it – you had forgotten, hadn’t you? The next school holiday (half term runs from February 12–20 this year) is just days away and you haven’t done anything about it.  And this half term really does matter. In the... Read more

The 53 countries you can enter without a test

Greece You’ll need: Proof of full vaccination (last dose must have been administered no more than 270 days ago) Tests for unvaccinated children over the age of 5 Possible test on arrival Greece has become the latest country to drop... Read more

The secret Caribbean island you may have seen on screen without realising

Sometimes you just want to splash out and have a lovely weekend and, while you won’t find many fancy resorts in Guadeloupe, there is a beautiful hotel called La Toubana. I have a habit of taking in stray dogs and... Read more

20 amazing half-term holidays – and the Covid hoops to jump through

Admit it – you had forgotten, hadn’t you? What with the children barely back at school, and you still struggling to keep up with work, thank-you cards or resuming regular running, somehow – somehow – the next school holiday (half... Read more

The Caribbean with Andi and Miquita, review: much more than a formulaic celebrity travelogue

It’s been a rough few years for the celebrity travelogue. With the pandemic bringing international travel to a halt, television personalities who might previously have criss-crossed the globe for our viewing pleasure were forced to instead slum it in the... Read more

20 life-changing trips – and how to make them count

I recently received a WhatsApp from my friend P. “What am I doing?” she wrote. “I have barely any money in my bank account, I’m in the middle of buying a house and yet I’ve just booked a holiday to... Read more

Andi Oliver: ‘I wanted Miquita to have the same life-changing experience in the Caribbean’

When broadcaster and chef Andi Oliver took her daughter on holiday some 26 years ago, she was planning a transformative experience for then-11-year-old Miquita.  “I’d visited Antigua when I was 16 – I grew up in Suffolk around white people,... Read more

The 37 countries you can enter without a test

Malta You’ll need: Proof of full vaccination (12+) Children aged 5–11 can travel if accompanied by vaccinated adult, with evidence of negative PCR test While by no means blisteringly hot, Malta will bring milder temperatures than much of Europe in... Read more

20 amazing February half-term holidays at home and abroad

Admit it – you had forgotten, hadn’t you? What with the children barely back at school, and you still struggling to keep up with work, thank-you cards or resuming regular running, somehow – somehow – the next school holiday (half... Read more

The 37 countries you can enter without a swab

Malta You’ll need: Proof of full vaccination (12+) Children aged 5–11 can travel if accompanied by vaccinated adult, with evidence of negative PCR test While by no means blisteringly hot, Malta will bring milder temperatures than much of Europe in... Read more

Last-minute winter sun: 10 of the best destinations to visit in February

3. Andalusia There aren’t many European hot spots in February – at least, not on the continental mainland – but Spain’s most southerly province is a decent bet. Head there at the end of February and 20C days are possible.... Read more

Why I’m still in love with the Caribbean after more than 30 years

In my 30s a generous friend enticed me to St Barts: there I tasted life in the fast lane on an island where French sophistication has been augmented by blingtastic celebrity, with regulars such as P Diddy and Leonardo Di... Read more

The worst holiday of my life, featuring salmonella and a brush with the law

When my mum waved farewell to her youngest son at Heathrow Airport in 2009, as he set off to Havana for a five-week cycling trip with three friends, I am sure the usual worries went through her mind. I could see... Read more

The new-era all-inclusive offering a different side to Dominica

But he was left almost gnawing the table after a 50-minute wait for a pizza; the service, always smiling, was sometimes inexorably slow. And when our food did arrive, we still had to sign for it, despite the fact that... Read more

Death in Paradise Christmas special, review: a half-hearted attempt at festive cheer

The blurb for the Death in Paradise special (BBC One) promised “a ray of Caribbean sunshine this Christmas time”. I’ve seen more sunshine on a wet weekend in Hull. Pity this episode’s guest star, Juliet Stevenson, who must have packed... Read more