Planning your next trip? We’ve picked the brains of on-the-ground locals to bring you the insider recommendations and tips you won’t find elsewhere, as well as trendsetting inspiration to keep you exploring when you’re not on the road. This is your little black travel book.
Whether you’re a creature of habit or the kind to buy a one-way ticket to Guatemala on a whim, the travel memories that stick – good and bad – often involve those things we just can’t plan for, says Julie Alpine, in the first instalment of a regular new column.
Board-maker Michael Di Sciascio gives us a surfside tour of his home in Torquay, Victoria, the heart of Australia’s surfing culture.
Sophisticated and serene, Paris’ grande dame hotel seduces with regal elegance, discreet service and discerning opulence.
Bold, beautiful, but decidedly diminutive, this smartly dressed Notting Hill hotel enchants with its debonair style in miniature.
Want to find a nostalgic rendering of traditional Italy? It’s a 90-minute drive north of Milan to the beautiful town of Bellagio. Consider this a prime destination for a mini-break or a stop-off on a road trip through Italy’s prettiest towns.
Slotted on the edge of Salcombe’s South Sands bay, Harbour Beach Club hotel makes for an easy-breezy seaside escape. Spend days wild swimming, laid-back at the spa or tucking into Devonshire delights on the restaurant’s sunny terrace.
Pick up a coffee on Basel’s riverside and then get lost in the city’s galleries and museums with local artist Filip Wolfensberger, one half of artistic collective Cicolupo.
Siem Reap’s thriving contemporary art scene is helping to heal old wounds, through classes, exhibitions and joyous circus performances.
Seeking an eco-conscious hideout? Scribble Villa Nai 3.3 at the top of your list. Read on for the inside scoop on the Croatian bolthole capturing the hearts of design-driven travellers.
A city that has long defined itself by its aesthetic pride, low-key Helsinki’s deep reverence for nature, tradition and a balanced way of life is the secret behind the capital’s future-facing outlook and enduring title as a global cornerstone of art and design.
Across the city, the Finnish capital's sourdough bakeries, low-key neighbourhood bistros and Michelin-nodded restaurants serve up excellent plates with a side of slick Nordic interiors. Here's the Helsinki restaurants worth visiting.
Rub shoulders with the city's hipster crowd at a bakery-come-natural wine bar or sip fruit-infused tipples in a pretty-in-pick cocktail spot. Whether you're looking for an early evening aperitif spot or a lively late-night bar, Helsinki delivers.
A deep culture of respect for craft and design in Helsinki reveals itself in the plethora of elegant concept stores, artisan workshops and independent shops stocking local designers on offer across the city.
Tour the city's striking architecture, visit contemporary art spaces, and soak in a super-slinky, design-forward spa – there's plenty of things to do in Finland's capital of cool.
Hotelier Oana Aristide invites us to explore Syros, a Cycladic haven to an off-beat community of creatives and craftspeople – and home to her family’s achingly cool boutique stay.