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

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

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

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

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

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?