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France: La Vague de Saint Paul, Nice

Set in a peaceful oasis of pine trees, this dreamy hotel – with its romantic restaurant and aquamarine pool – showcases the French Riviera at its very best, says Lucy King

John Simpson: Letter from Nice

What the world’s most famous correspondent gets up to off duty

France: The Peninsula Paris

From its dazzling gilded decor to the stellar spa and palatial bedrooms, this five-star is the pinnacle of hotel luxury – there’s even a vintage Rolls Royce on offer to guests. What better way to explore the streets of Paris, asks Andy Morris

John Simpson: letter from Marseille

What the world’s most famous correspondent gets up to off duty

France: Domaine de Manville, Provence

With its honey-stoned walls, beguiling blue pool and scented gardens, this super stylish hotel ticks all the right boxes for Kate Chambers. Not to mention the very French spa and sunny breakfast conservatory

What does summer look like?

World-beating beaches, sunburnt Brits or the still waters of a fictional lake in Minnesota? From Las Vegas to Willesden Junction, photographers Martin Parr, Mert & Marcus, Nick Knight and more tell us what the season means to them

Lessons learned from cycling across the world

Gus Warner is halfway through a 10,000-mile bike ride from Jersey in the Channel Islands to Hong Kong. So far he’s travelled though France, Austria and Turkey. He hopes to be in Turkmenistan by July. He tells High Life what cycling the world has taught him

France: Grand-Hotel Du Cap-Ferrat, Nice

With previous guests including Charlie Chaplin, the Kennedys and Elton John, it’s little wonder this iconic resort in the French Riviera has exceptionally high standards. Charlotte Swift soaks up the atmosphere

Seven of the best inner city music festivals

Combine a city break with one of these European music festivals and get the best of both worlds. Louise Raffa selects her favourites

Suite dreams: Five hotels that guarantee a good night’s sleep

Whether you’re battling insomnia, jet lag or an iPad addiction, these hotels have made it their mission to help you on your journey to the land of nod, says Anisha Patel

Six of the world’s best mountain villas

Hike through the hills or just enjoy the views. Issy D'Arcy Clark seeks out six villas sitting high up in the mountains

Michel Roux Jr: The best French restaurants in London

The Le Gavroche chef reveals his favourite Gallic restaurants in the city, from the grandeur of The Ritz to his ‘neighbourhood secret’ in Clapham

60 second interview: George Clooney

From Kentucky to Darfur via Lake Como, George Clooney talks travel

London pride: American place names

Why are the names of American towns often oddly familiar? British journalist Nicholas Lezard finds out

The world’s ugliest (but most compelling) tourist attractions

For every swoon and snap garnered by the Taj Mahal and Niagara Falls, there’s a less attractive tourist site failing to get the recognition it deserves. Ben Groundwater rounds-up eight not-so-pretty places requiring a second look…

The ultimate guide to Paris’ 20 arrondissements

As we mark 125 years since the death of Baron Georges-Eugene Haussmann, the iconic town planner who redesigned Paris, Lizzy Wilkinson shares her guide to the 20 districts that make up the city’s illustrious centre

The man who created Paris

His city plan for the french capital was so successful, he froze paris in time – but why was Haussmann so controversial?

Where next in 2016?

To discover the destinations that should be on your radar next year, who better to ask than leading travel editors, adventurers and globe-trotters from around the world? Issy D’Arcy Clark tracks them down

Place your bids: High Life’s charity auction 2015

The second High Life annual charity auction is packed with luxe and money-can’t-buy experiences, from meeting Jonathan Ross at his chat show to hanging out with Team Sky in Italy. All lots start from just £50 — so what are you waiting for?

Time travel: star of the skies

We rummage through the British Airways archive to find out what was taking off in the world of aviation way back when. This month, a look back at one of BA’s most iconic planes, the Lockhead TriStar

France: Koh-I Nor, Val Thorens

Perched at the top of the increasingly glamorous Val Thorens ski resort, the Koh-I Nor is the highest five-star hotel in Europe. Lucy Thackray gets her thermals on

Pilot Q&A: First Officer Joel Garabedian, A320 fleet

First Officer Joel Garabedian on how fate led him to pursue a career in flying

Ten of this winter’s most exciting resorts (and when to visit them)

Even the most dedicated powder hounds know that there’s more to a ski holiday than just carving up the slopes. From comedy and culinary festivals to ice climbing and hot air ballooning, here are Gabriella Le Breton’s top tips for which resorts are particularly hot this winter — and when it’s best to visit them

Jenson Button: my life in travel

The British Formula One driver on his favourite European road trips, tips for beating jet lag, and what he gets up to in Singapore (when he’s not on the track)

Restaurant review: Les Remparts at La Chèvre D’Or, Eze, France

With magnificent views of the Mediterranean and a stunning medieval village setting, can the food at the La Chèvre D’Or’s restaurant live up to its surroundings? Lucy King finds out

Raymond Blanc: my life in travel

Our favourite French chef Raymond Blanc reveals how he travels when he’s away from Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxford

Six of the world’s craziest golf courses

Who said greens had to come with club houses and hotels attached to them? Tim Southwell, founder and CEO of GolfPunkHQ.com, picks six unconventional — and sometimes plain wacky — golf courses

The highs and highers of the Tour de France

It’s one of the toughest races in the world covering more than 2,000 miles in 21 days. This year’s Tour de France will once again push contestants to the limit, with seven mountain stages, four of them in the French Alps. Gavin Green gets on his bike and experiences the gruelling course first hand

Bradley Wiggins on cycling in Europe

The Tour de France champion and Olympic Gold medallist on why Majorca is his favourite cycling destination, his favourite climb in Provence, and the challenges of competing in the world’s most famous cycling race

Paris: Hotel Lumen

Moments from the Metro, museums and must-visit designer boutiques, Katie Gatens make this compact-but-cool hotel her base to explore the City of Light

France: Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux

Check into this gloriously revamped estate in the idyllic winemaking area of Bordeaux and you won’t want to leave, promises Kate Chambers

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

Five hotels for fashion lovers

Bed down in style at these haute hotels around the world

Europe’s new free-wheeling cities

Copenhagen and Amsterdam may be the obvious contenders, but there are also some less likely European cities are rolling out bike share schemes and cycle lanes to encourage two-wheeled travel, says Rachel Howard

On the edge: Europe’s best border towns

Looking for a new way to travel around Europe? Head to its borders, where you’ll find towns that are vibrant melting pots of cultures with distinct identities of their own. Best of all? All you need is one flight to tick two or more countries off your list

The most magnificent places in the world to read a book

From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to the Cuban literary haunt of Ernest Hemingway, here are the world’s best spots for bibliophiles to indulge in a spot of reading

Europe’s second cities

Swap London for Brighton, Lyon for Avignon, Amsterdam for Leiden and Copenhagen for Malmö. Simon Calder travels away from the main hubs to discover the handsome, historic and ancient destinations a short trip in the other direction

Five of the world’s most extreme runs

From dizzying Himalayan altitudes to a 24-hour race against the clock in the Lake District, endurance athlete Lizzy Hawker picks the world’s most adventurous running trails

Six of the world’s best experimental restaurants

With more top chefs taking a scientific approach to cooking, food and travel writer Fiona Dunlop reveals the establishments that are leading the way in the cutting-edge food movement

Six of the best ski resorts for late season snow

It’s still not too late to hit the slopes. While some resorts start winding down in March, there are others that are covered in the white stuff as late as May. Sunshine Flint picks six reliable spring snow spots

France: Prince de Galles, Paris

It might be pricey, but for a one-off blow out, fashionistas looking for a spot of retail therapy will love this A-list hotel’s stylish interiors and easy access to the Golden Triangle’s designer boutiques, says Laury Smith

Now, new, next: Costly concert halls

Richard Mellor reports on the growing trend for music venues with blockbuster budgets

Nine alternatives to the Rio Carnival

Because we can’t all be in Rio de Janeiro for the world’s largest street party, here are nine other places that will be getting into the carnival spirit this month

France: Le Käila, Méribel

With a top-notch spa and unpretentious Michelin-starred food, Méribel’s first and only five-star hotel is just the ticket for style-conscious snow lovers looking for an alternative to a chalet, says Issy D’Arcy Clark

10 of the best vegetarian restaurants in Paris

As she releases her book Vegetarian Paris, writer Aurelia d'Andrea picks ten of the best restaurants for herbivores in the City of Light

The ultimate ski guide: the Alps

Felice Hardy picks seven of the best ski resorts in the Alps, for every type of snow holiday

The ultimate ski guide: the Pyrenees

Felice Hardy picks four of the best ski resorts in the Pyrenees, for every type of snow holiday

Five things to do in Paris when it's sunny

It's a city of indoor pursuits — museums, galleries, world-class shopping — but summer offers a chance to enjoy the very landscape of Paris and some of its simplest pleasures, says Lucy Thackray

Six reasons to take the family to Nice

This French Riviera city still drips with classy Mediterranean culture and upscale shopping and dining, but the scene has changed drastically within the last couple of years, with more activities and areas devoted to its smaller visitors, says Tamsin Wressell

John Simpson: Letter from Ypres

The land seems so rich here, the fields so green. You could drive here every day and never guess what it once looked like: those splintered trees pointing at the sky, that moon-cratered battlefield. Even at its very worst, life was never far away. During the rare moments of silence, birds would start singing. In April 1919, just after the Armistice, there were buds on most of the trees.

10 of the world's most scenic marathons

Not all marathons are run on concrete and follow a city circuit. Some take you across arctic glaciers, over desert plains and through some of the most spectacular scenery the world has to offer, says Harriet Letherbarrow

New hotels in Paris

Richard Mellor reports on the flurry of cool new hotels that have been opening in Paris

France: Le Mas Candille, Mougins

With its stunning views of the hills and a Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Mas Candille, in the pretty village of Mougins, is well worth a visit, says Tim Lott

Open-jaw travel

Why fly into and out of the same airport? Simon Calder breaks down nine open-jaw itineraries that open up a world of possibilities for the imaginative traveller

Open-jaw travel: Charles de Gaulle to Orly

Simon Calder weaves a route through Paris, starting from Charles de Gaulle airport and ending at Orly

Restaurant review: Eclectic, Paris

With a Tom Dixon-designed interior, Eclectic serves up simple fare and show-stopping design all day long, says Rooksana Hossenally

Melon carving and other global love traditions

From melon carving to boyfriend bonfires, different nations celebrate love in very different ways

Romantic Paris: off the beaten track

It's a Paris city break, but not as you know it. If you've already enjoyed the Eiffel Tower, lingered at the Louvre and marvelled at the Moulin Rouge, you may need to delight your amour with something new. Lucy Thackray offers some inspiration

A pound of Englishmen: collective nouns for nationalities

Did you know that it's not just animals that are collectively named — there are collective nouns for nationalities too?

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

China's French fetish

China is in love with France's luxury goods, food and wine — you could even be walking into a Parisienne patisserie in Shanghai

France: Terre Blanche, Provence

An impressive Provencal property with unbeatable golf, spa and kids' facilities, Terre Blanche has something for everyone, says Philip Heard

Bordeaux: Le Saint James Bouliac

Architecturally striking, extremely comfortable and with a Michelin-starred restaurant, Bordeaux's Le Saint James hotel is a real one off, says Tim Lott

That je ne sais quoi: eight foreign words and phrases that don't translate

Schadenfreude — pleasure in other people's pain — is not exactly an honourable emotion, but a useful addition to the English language. Peter Stewart finds a few more that could enrich our vocabulary

Walking the world

A new report by The Ramblers walking charity and Macmillan Cancer Support says that walking for 20 minutes a day could save 37,000 people a year in the UK from dying prematurely of cancer, heart disease and strokes. But how to keep those walks interesting? Here are a few ideas from around the world:

Marseille: InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu

As Marseille continues to smarten up, the newly renovated Hotel Dieu, now in the capable hands of InterContinental, makes a rather regal place from which to enjoy the city, says Sophy Grimshaw

A guide to shopping in Paris

A fashion hub with designer flagship stores and cool boutiques, there is something for everybody in Paris. Here are some of the stores that should be on the list for any stylish visit

Restaurant review: Le Dorcia, Paris

Breaking the mould when it comes to Parisian brasseries, Le Dorcia serves up a delectable menu that surprises and delights in equal measures, says Rooksana Hossenally

Paris: Le Royal Monceau - Raffles

Two Michelin-starred restaurants, a fabulous location and quirky touches galore, the Royal Monceau, Paris, effortlessly combines the latest luxuries with classic style, says Kate Chambers

France: Grand Hotel de Bordeaux & Spa

Don't let its refined surroundings fool you: the Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux is a flamboyant treasure waiting to be discovered, says Angelina Villa-Clarke

Seven of the best hotel lounges

A guest lounge is an underrated addition to the modern hotel, says Mark Jones, as he rounds up seven of the best

Cycling: five of the best mountain climbs in the Tour de France

Giles Belbin gets up close and personal with the Tour's most iconic climbs and the cycling heroes who have powered their way up them

My favourite kids' club

Six top family and travel bloggers choose their favourite hotels and resorts that go the extra mile for their littlest guests

12 of the best city news tweeters across the globe

A new group of Twitter users are chronicling the latest events from the world's most exciting cities — in 140 characters or less. Lucy Thackray follows some of the best

Masculine vs feminine hotel style

As hyper-masculine hotel Belgraves establishes itself in London, other hotels around the world are appealing to the female traveller. But should they be choosing sides? By Mark Jones

Cote d’Azur: why the rich and famous love the French Riviera

Since the 20s, the French Riviera has been the destination of choice for everyone from decadent celebrities to eccentric royalty. Giles Milton takes a dip into its glamorous history

12 of the best French Riviera hotels

Where to stay on France's glamorous Côte d'Azur, in Monte Carlo, Cannes, Nice, St Tropez and beyond. Plus some great British Airways deals

Paris: new plans for the Seine's waterfront

Paris, the city that famously never changes, is transforming its riverside with the Berges de Paris project. Simon Calder walks the waterfront

Restaurant review: Miss Ko, Paris

With its flurry of Asian-French fusion cuisine and ultra-funky interior, Miss Kō will appeal to a younger crowd — but its food will appeal to all, says Rooksana Hossenally

The rise of hip hotel group Mama Shelter

Discovered the hotel group that has more bed for your buck? Rooksana Hossenally looks at its five-step recipe for world domination

10 of the world's slowest cities

With a more laid back workforce and flexibility on what 'late' means (we're looking at you, Dubai), these cities move at a calmer pace

Bold new food ideas by innovative chefs

Meet the chefs cooking up a new style of cuisine in Barcelona, Girona, Chicago and Paris

France: Hotel Manali, Courchevel

Less frenetic than its neighbours higher up the mountain, Courchevel's five-star Hotel Manali, makes for a luxurious base for a holiday in the snow, says Rooksana Hossenally

Five of Europe's most stylish shops (and shopkeepers)

Meet the fashionable faces behind five of the best shops in Milan, London, Paris and Naples. By Ianthe Butt

Three unexpected European style icons

Europe's under-the-radar trendsetters include a graffiti artists, a historian and a Tumblr blogger

France's cities of culture: Paris vs Marseille

After stepping up to the mark as European Capital of Culture in 2013, can feisty Marseille give sophisticated Paris a run for its money?

What's your skiing stereotype?

Skiers: are you a Backcountry Clubber, Lycra Lad or Creche-test Dummy? Find out which and where should you go to enjoy the snow

Six of the best Parisian patisseries

Sybil Kapoor hails Parisian pâtisseries — the flamboyant fashionistas of the food world

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packing: Meera Syal

Actress Meera Syal reveals what's in her suitcase

Letter from Paris

I'm spending the Olympic Games here in my flat near the Eiffel Tower. And since, after 12 years, we still haven't got round to getting our television set hooked up to the satellite, I'll only find out in the old-fashioned way who wins what and how many world records are set: by reading 
Le Monde and Le Figaro

Paris: Pavillon de la Reine Hotel Spa

Housed in one of the prettiest squares in Paris, a visit to the Spa at the Pavillon de la Reine makes an ideal start to an evening out, says Olivia Palamountain

Top five galleries and museums in Paris

Paris boasts some of the world's best art museums and galleries. Katherine Spenley takes a tour of five of the most popular

Paris: La Maison Champs Elysees

Its location is unbeatable, style breathtaking and comfort levels off the scale. The unique La Maison Champs Elysées, says Lucy King, is just what you want from a weekend in Paris

AA Gill: Why I love Paris

Petit déjeuner, Sartre and gamine girls – AA Gill reveals why he fell for the French capital

Alain Ducasse: my favourite restaurants in Paris

With 19 Michelin stars and 27 restaurants, Alain Ducasse knows a thing or two about fine dining. As his new book on Paris cuisine is published, he reveals a few of his favourite hot spots

Paris: David Sedaris

David Sedaris finds unexpected inspiration in the City of Light, courtesy of rude waiters and auction houses

Eric Chavot recommends the best Arachon restaurants and food shops

Eric Chavot gives Mark Jones the low down on where to eat in Arachon, Bordeaux.

A food tour of Arcachon, Bordeaux with chef Eric Chavot

The bay of Arcachon is one of France’s best-kept secrets for fine food. Top chef and local boy Eric Chavot takes Mark Jones on a tour of the resort, where the two eat a coma-inducing quantity of oysters. But do they bite off more than they can chew?

Skiing: the best is yet to come

It isn’t too late to book a skiing holiday. In February, March and even April, you can still find perfect snow conditions on both sides of the Atlantic. Felice Hardy, co-editor of The Great Skiing & Snowboarding Guide 2007, has the lowdown on the best late-season picks