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Escape

Our travel and leisure section presents an escape to choice destinations and recreational activities, introducing readers to a world of first-class rest and relaxation.

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Located on Spain’s northern coast, near the French border, is a small Basque town – San Sebastián – with more Michelin stars per capita than anywhere else in the world.more
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The moment you put a cool, thin slice of puffer fish in your mouth, your palate tingles. Is that because it’s Japan’s most curious culinary delight or because you’re literally tasting death? Both actually, and it’s a hell of a rush.more
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Chef Isaac Carew is handsome, easy-going and confident. Perhaps that’s why audiences are devouring everything he’s serving up.more

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It’s the biggest show the Middle East has ever seen, and it’s spectacular. Franco Dragone’s resident masterpiece defies the laws of gravity – and pretty much every other rule of nature.more
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Visa pour l'Image returns for a 29th time with all the best photojournalism from around the world. This year, some of the best works at the two-week festival in the South of France offer a timely reminder of the human cost of war in Iraq.more
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Ethereal women dominate Hayv Kahraman’s paintings. With a style that reveals Persian, Japanese and Italian influences, the 33-year-old Iraqi artist creates works that are as beautiful as they are unsettling.more
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From Tunisia’s congested streets to the abandoned Star Wars film set in the desert, graffiti artist eL Seed, has moved on to make his mark in cities ranging from Doha and Jeddah to Paris and New York.more

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Take a walk on the wild side. Henry Cookson Adventures will bring you to places you’ve only seen in pictures.more
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Before you start considering nappy washing services, cardboard coffins and aspidistras instead of air-conditioning, perhaps you should consider your travel habits. 1Hotels and Air France are paving the way for a new kind of eco-tourism.more
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Not very far from crowded beaches and perched on a mountaintop in Greece’s Zagori region, you’ll find a charming resort by the name of Aristi. It’s a place where nature meets luxury in the most holistic way imaginable.more
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Set in a 16th century building, Venice’s Palazzo Volpi has been reimagined by the husband-and-wife team of Anna Covre and Fredrick Tubau. The city’s newest luxe apartment accommodations feature four enormous suites and the kind of interiors you’ll never want to leave.more
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Created to be the most exclusive hideaway in the Maldives, Coco Privé Kuda Hithi is a dreamy private island escape for travellers looking to enjoy the company of their family and friends in solitude and utmost privacy.more
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Khaled El Mays infuses Lebanese tradition and know-how into his contemporary furniture pieces.
Set in a 16th century building, Venice’s Palazzo Volpi has been reimagined by the husband-and-wife team of Anna Covre and Fredrick Tubau. The city’s newest luxe apartment accommodations feature four enormous suites and the kind of interiors you’ll never want to leave.
Formula One Champion Lewis Hamilton refuses to slow down. Already Britain's most successful F1 driver, he's currently gunning for a fifth world title and working on his first music album, all while negotiating the most lucrative contract extension in F1 history. Add to that he's Tommy Hillfiger’s latest global brand ambassador.
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