Extend your summer: 12 hot winter sun destinations

If the impending darker evenings have you desperate for a vitamin D fix, why not escape to warmer climes? From Marrakech to Mauritius, we’ve rounded up the world’s sunniest destinations that will banish the autumn and winter blues

Lessons learned from travelling to 217 countries

It’s the ultimate travel ambition: visiting every country on Earth. After 1,426 days and four passports, Graham Hughes ticked off the final country on his itinerary, South Sudan — which didn’t even exist when he started the trip. He tells Emine Saner what seeing the world taught him

Six spas with killer views

You could choose to zone out during your next massage — but why would you want to, when there are views as good as these on offer? From rooftop relaxation in Ibiza to an open-fronted lodge in the heart of Kenya, choose one of these spas to treat all of your senses, says Hannah Hudson

On the run: a global guide to marathons

Travel the globe, catch the sights — and race a marathon. Long-distance tourists are seeing the world 26.2 miles at a time, and exploring the greatest cities and sites from a unique perspective in the space of three or four (or more) hours. Gershon Portnoi reports on the best and most iconic races on the circuit

Morocco: Riad Tarabel, Marrakech

This riad combines all the magic of Marrakech with plenty of Gallic charm and flair, thanks to its owners. Harriet Green falls in love

The Queen: a life in travel

She’s travelled to 116 countries through the jet age, the space age and now into the digital age, but still doesn’t own (or need) a passport. Ahead of 9 September, when Queen Elizabeth II will become Great Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Nick Curtis looks back at a very regal life of travel

Five things to do in Marrakech with kids

It might not be an obvious family holiday destination, but Marrakech is a blow to the senses and can capture the imagination of children of all ages. Rowena Carr-Allinson picks five activities that are bound to be sure-fire winners

The world’s best villas

An abode in Death Valley, a converted kiln and a palatial property costing £18,000 a night... Issy D’Arcy Clark scours the globe for one-off wonders

Global tribes: Marrakech’s biker girls

The global groups, trends and subcultures you may not know about. This month, Marrakech’s all-female answer to Hells Angels

Ten music festivals you can’t miss in 2015

Looking for a festi-holiday abroad this year? From new kids on the block and old favourites to international expansions, Ianthe Butt rounds up ten of 2015’s finest

Moroccan tee: golf in Marrakech

The Royal Marrakech Golf Club is really the story of King Hassan II, who, between surviving coup attempts, flew in US pros to coach him. Now, more than 15 years after his death, his passion is finally catching on. Mark Jones takes a journey from first to 18th in the glare and the dust of North Africa’s finest fairways

Five festival dates for your diary

Eleanor Ross lists five international festivals you need to know about, from Portugal to Wisconsin

Five of the best family hotels for 2014

British Airways' Claire Bentley and Mr and Mrs Smith co-founder Tamara Heber-Percy pick five exciting family-friendly hotels for the year ahead

Six curious winter breaks

Forget the usual suspects, here Joanne O'Connor uncovers this winter's hottest off-the-radar destinations. And all of them are just a short-haul flight from the UK

Family travel: off the beaten track

For travelling families, eschewing the ease of getting to popular destinations can be daunting. Cue our cut-out-and-keep guide by Emily Payne on where to lose the crowds with children, and how to do it

Morocco's Berber beekeepers

Olivia Gunning Bennani joins Morocco's rural beekeepers in the Agadir region

Marrakech: Delano

One of the newest hotels in Marrakech, the Delano combines modern design with a traditional Moroccan flavour. It's a winning formula, says Ianthe Butt

Marrakech: Palais Namaskar

Built on the principle that your stay should be as relaxing as is possible, the luxurious Palais Namaskar, Marrakech, makes for an exotic break, says Lucy Thackray

Surfing in Oualidia, Morocco

Morocco is well known for its city souks and riads but Oualidia's surfing conditions makes it well worth a visit