John Simpson: Letter from Punchestown, Ireland

What the world’s most famous correspondent gets up to off duty. This month, Simpson heads to the races in Ireland

Dublin: The Marker

With its modern design, chic rooftop terrace, and an in-house DJ sound-tracking your afternoon cocktails, this has to be Dublin’s coolest hotel, says Hannah Hudson

Dublin: The Merrion Hotel

This luxurious, five-star Georgian getaway is a delight in the centre of Dublin, says Hannah Hudson

Six of the best whiskey bars in Dublin

After a few years out in the cold, Ireland is back on the map as the destination for quality whiskey. Kevin Hurley, brand ambassador for Teeling Whiskey – an independent distillery in Dublin – shares his recommendations for where to go to experience the revival

Keith’s connections: Dublin

Our regular column by a frequent flyer*. This month, fond memories of travelling to Dublin

Ireland: The Westbury, Dublin

A central location, understated luxury and charming service make this five-star hotel a must-stay. Not to mention the fact it serves the prettiest afternoon teas in town, says Hannah Hudson

12 of Europe’s most curious Christmas Markets

Think all Christmas Markets are the same? Think again. From touring Santa’s bedroom to mastering the principals of feng shui, there’s a whole world of al fresco festive retail out there. Issy D’Arcy Clark picks on for each day of Christmas

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

John Simpson: Letter from Dublin

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

St Patrick's Day guide to recovering in Dublin

Today is St Patrick's Day, the enthusiastically celebrated Irish patron saint's day that takes over the streets of Dublin (and many more cities the world over). Former resident Issy D'Arcy Clark gives her tips for the morning after

Extreme spas vs digital detox

Bespoke IVF, hypnotherapy and a no-gadgets spa break are all on the menu this year