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A week-long caravan holiday in the UK can actually be more expensive than a four-star all-inclusive trip to Greece, according to a study.

Which? Travel investigated the prices of a week’s stay in six different UK holiday hotspots in June 2022, comparing different accommodation types using Airbnb, Booking.com and Pitch Up. It found a static caravan holiday in Scotland costing £1,086, a higher tariff than a deal it discovered for a week in Halkidiki, Greece, for the same dates.

The study also found that staying in a bell tent in Cornwall can be more than £200 more expensive than checking in to a four-star hotel in the same town, while holidaying in a treehouse on the Isle of Wight can be more than double the price of a three-star hotel stay nearby.

A week-long static caravan holiday in the UK can actually be more expensive than a four-star all-inclusive trip to Greece, according to a new Which? Travel study (stock photo)

A week-long static caravan holiday in the UK can actually be more expensive than a four-star all-inclusive trip to Greece, according to a new Which? Travel study (stock photo)

Which? Travel's study found a static caravan holiday in Scotland costing £1,086, a higher tariff than a deal it discovered for a week in Halkidiki (pictured), for the same dates

Which? Travel’s study found a static caravan holiday in Scotland costing £1,086, a higher tariff than a deal it discovered for a week in Halkidiki (pictured), for the same dates

According to Which? Travel, in Newton Abbot, Devon, a week’s stay in a tent in June costs £140, a caravan pitch £210, a static caravan £525, self-catering accommodation is priced at £425, and a yurt is £840. Which? Travel points out that while a yurt is a ‘glorified tent’ and ‘you have to trudge across the field for the loo’, it’s £7 more expensive than a week in a three-star hotel (£833) with a heated indoor pool ‘on the banks of the River Teign estuary’.

It notes that both the yurt and the self-catering accommodation have cooking facilities – which saves on eating out. However, the latter is half the price of the yurt and sleeps four – working out at just £106 per person.

Which? Travel’s Scottish pricing revelation came after analysing accommodation options in Annan in Dumfries and Galloway. As well as discovering that a static caravan can set you back £1,086, the magazine discovered that both a tent and a caravan pitch are priced at £157.50, a three-star hotel £378, self-catering accommodation ‘set in an old sandstone farmhouse’ with a hot tub £505, and a converted barn £1,023.

HOTEL, CARAVAN, SELF-CATERING OR YURT: THE COSTS REVEALED

NEWTON ABBOT, DEVON

Tent £140, caravan pitch £210, static caravan £525, three-star hotel £833, self-catering £425, yurt £840

HELSTON, CORNWALL

Tent £122.50, caravan pitch £122.50, static caravan £700, four-star hotel and breakfast £770, self-catering £396, bell tent £980

HAVERFORDWEST, PEMBROKESHIRE

Tent £159.25, caravan pitch £159.25, static caravan £485, three-star hotel £465, self-catering £485, pod and hot tub £1,436

 

ANNAN, DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

Tent £157.50, caravan pitch £157.50, static caravan £1,086, three-star hotel £378, self-catering and hot tub £505, barn £1,023

PICKERING, NORTH YORKSHIRE

Tent £175, caravan pitch £210, static caravan £490, four-star hotel £525, self-catering £446, shepherd’s hut £417

SHANKLIN & SANDOWN, ISLE OF WIGHT

Tent £147, caravan pitch £161, static caravan £490, three-star hotel and breakfast £525, self-catering £509, treehouse £1,093

 Source: Which? Travel 

According to Which? Travel, a three-star hotel stay in Annan, Scotland, can cost £378 (stock photo), considerably less than the static caravan break it found

According to Which? Travel, a three-star hotel stay in Annan, Scotland, can cost £378 (stock photo), considerably less than the static caravan break it found

While the static caravan has access to a private beach, the lower-priced holiday in Greece includes a superior room in a four-star hotel ‘among the olive groves’, with buffet meals and alcoholic drinks as part of the package.

It adds that instead of a caravan stay, you could ‘slash costs’ by spending a week in the hotel (£378), a seven-minute drive down the road.

Booking site Pitch Up told Which? Travel that static caravans had seen the biggest boom of all holiday park accommodation in recent years, with prices up by a quarter since 2019.

Which? Travel analysed prices in Helston, Cornwall (pictured), and found that both a tent and a caravan pitch cost £122.50, while a bell tent cost £980

Which? Travel analysed prices in Helston, Cornwall (pictured), and found that both a tent and a caravan pitch cost £122.50, while a bell tent cost £980

Which? Travel also analysed prices in Helston, Cornwall, and found that both a tent and a caravan pitch cost £122.50, a static caravan £700, a four-star hotel and breakfast £770, self-catering accommodation £396, and a bell tent £980. 

It says that those staying in the static caravan, despite paying an ‘assault on the wallet’ £100 a night, are still expected to bring their own bed linen, pillows and towels.

Which? Travel notes that the hotel (£770) – which is £200 cheaper than the bell tent that’s ‘down the road’ – has a four-poster bed and includes a full English breakfast every morning. However, it points out that holidaymakers could save 84 per cent in Cornwall if they trade in their hotel room for a regular tent (£122.50).

Pitch Up told Which? Travel that there were tent pitches available for less than £10 per person per night in the UK

Pitch Up told Which? Travel that there were tent pitches available for less than £10 per person per night in the UK

Pitch Up told Which? Travel that there were tent pitches available for less than £10 per person per night in the UK – and the study found that ‘surprisingly’, Cornwall turned out to be the cheapest camping location overall in Which? Travel’s research.

The study, meanwhile, revealed that you could save £285 on a hotel stay by ‘going against the crowd’ and holidaying in a less popular location like Pembrokeshire, with its ‘craggy clifftops, secret coves and wide sandy beaches’ that are ‘reminiscent of Cornwall – minus the crowds’.

In this region Which? Travel’s researchers homed in on Haverfordwest, discovering that both a tent and a caravan pitch are £159.25, a static caravan £485, a three-star hotel £465, self-catering accommodation £485, and a pod with a hot-tub £1,436 – surmising that unless you splash out on the ‘luxury twin-pod with a king-size bed and hot tub’, most accommodation in the area is relatively affordable.

Guests at a £417 shepherd's hut in Pickering, North Yorkshire, can enjoy views of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park (pictured). Or check into a four-star hotel for £525

Guests at a £417 shepherd’s hut in Pickering, North Yorkshire, can enjoy views of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park (pictured). Or check into a four-star hotel for £525

Which? Travel discovered that a treehouse in Shanklin and Sandown on the Isle of Wight costs £1,093 (stock photo)

Which? Travel discovered that a treehouse in Shanklin and Sandown on the Isle of Wight costs £1,093 (stock photo)

WHICH? TRAVEL’S TIPS ON SAVING ON UK HOLIDAYS 

Book six months in advance: Which? Travel says that now is the time to book your summer holiday, and advises that you look for places ‘with flexible booking terms or free cancellation’.

Choose a less popular destination: ‘You can save a fortune by going against the crowd,’ Which? Travel says.

Stay three miles down the road: Instead of staying in a ‘honeypot resort’, Which? Travel recommends choosing somewhere cheaper that’s ‘down the road’.

Join a caravan club: Gain access to exclusive holiday parks and nab a discount with a membership scheme, Which? Travel suggests.

Try a shepherd’s hut: A stay in a shepherd hut ‘won’t break the bank’, according to Which? Travel – which lists Inshriach House in the Scottish Highlands as a worthwhile option.

Source: Which? Travel 

In Pickering, North Yorkshire, Which? Travel found that a tent costs £175, a caravan pitch £210, a static caravan £490, a four-star hotel is priced at £525, self-catering accommodation at £446, and a shepherd’s hut £417 – concluding that this hotspot is ‘one of the most affordable’.

It notes that the self-catering cottage sleeps three people, working out as £149 per person, and that guests at the shepherd’s hut can enjoy a wood-burning stove and views of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.

Which? Travel’s final study, looking at Shanklin and Sandown on the Isle of Wight, discovered that a tent is £147, a caravan pitch £161, a static caravan £490, a three-star hotel with breakfast £525, self-catering accommodation is priced at £509, and a treehouse £1,093.

Which? Travel notes that while the treehouse, set in a ‘peaceful woodland 2km (1.2miles) from the beach’, is more than double the price of the hotel (£525) and self-catering accommodation (£509), it offers a ‘unique experience’ and features an outdoor deck, a fire pit and barbecue facilities.

Rory Boland, Which? Travel Editor, said of the study’s findings: ‘Holidaymakers may feel priced out of a break this year with some accommodation providers appearing to cash in on the boom in popularity of UK holidays. It is extraordinary that a sunny all-inclusive holiday overseas in a four-star hotel can be cheaper than renting a static caravan at home.

‘The good news is there are plenty of ways to make significant savings on the cost of a trip in the UK, from booking well in advance, to avoiding popular locations during peak season or staying just a few miles down the road.’ 

For more information visit which.co.uk/l/travel.

Which? Travel found that a treehouse on the Isle of Wight can be more than double the price of a three-star hotel (stock photo)

Which? Travel found that a treehouse on the Isle of Wight can be more than double the price of a three-star hotel (stock photo)


Would YOU brave it all? Dubai’s nerve-shredding ‘Sky Views’ attraction 720ft above the ground featuring a glass walkway, glass slide and an ‘edge walk’ (that you reach in a glass lift, naturally)

  • Sky Views Dubai is set on the 52nd and 53rd floors of the iconic twin-towered Address Sky View hotel 
  • The glass walkway is 46 metres (150ft) long and connects the two towers – the slide is on the floor above 
  • The slide has a transparent bottom and sides – so visitors with a head for heights get a 360-degree view 

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It’s a glass act all round.

Sky Views Dubai is a new three-in-one attraction near the top of a Dubai tower that features a lot of glass – at a stomach-churning height.

Visitors are invited to test their nerves 720ft (219.5m) above the ground by walking along a glass walkway, going down a glass slide cantilevered over the side of the building – and, in an open-air zone, strapping themselves into a harness and hanging over the edge.

Sky Views Dubai is a new three-in-one attraction near the top of a Dubai tower that features a lot of glass – at a stomach-churning height. Pictured here is the cantilevered glass slide

Sky Views Dubai is a new three-in-one attraction near the top of a Dubai tower that features a lot of glass – at a stomach-churning height. Pictured here is the cantilevered glass slide

Sky Views Dubai says: 'Since the slide has a transparent bottom and sides, visitors get a 360-degree view - just don't look down if you're easily spooked!'

Sky Views Dubai says: ‘Since the slide has a transparent bottom and sides, visitors get a 360-degree view – just don’t look down if you’re easily spooked!’

And how are these thrilling activities reached? Via an express panoramic glass elevator, of course.

Sky Views Dubai, by real estate developer Emaar, is set on the 52nd and 53rd floors of the iconic twin-towered Address Sky View hotel – and the dedicated elevator zooms non-stop up the outside.

When guests step out a reminder of the altitude – 219.5 metres – is emblazoned on a wall.

Time for the fun to begin and the Instagrammable views of Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai and Sheikh Zayed Road to be snapped.

The glass walkway is 46 metres (150ft) long and connects the two towers. Those of a nervous disposition will be pleased to note that while there is, as hinted at, lots of glass, there are also plenty of steel beams visible underneath.

Those specks straight below? Cars.

The glass slide, meanwhile, propels visitors from level 53 to level 52 and takes the form of a rectangular sloping ‘corridor’ that’s transparent on all sides.

Sky Views Dubai says: ‘The Glass Slide boasts a safe, thrilling experience unlike any other in the world as guests of all ages will have the opportunity to transform their view of Dubai as they glide down, gazing at unparalleled vistas of the city. Sky Views Glass Slide is the ideal family-friendly attraction, perfect for all ages.’

It adds: ‘Since the slide has a transparent bottom and sides, visitors get a 360-degree view – just don’t look down if you’re easily spooked!’

The glass slide 'boasts a safe, thrilling experience unlike any other in the world'

The glass slide ‘boasts a safe, thrilling experience unlike any other in the world’

The glass walkway is 46 metres (150ft) long. Those of a nervous disposition will be pleased to note that while there is, as hinted at, lots of glass, there are also plenty of steel beams visible underneath

The glass walkway is 46 metres (150ft) long. Those of a nervous disposition will be pleased to note that while there is, as hinted at, lots of glass, there are also plenty of steel beams visible underneath

Sky Views Dubai, by real estate developer Emaar is set on the 52nd and 53rd floors of the iconic twin-towered Address Sky View hotel

The 'Edge Walk', at which guests are invited to 'walk out, lean back and touch the sky'

Sky Views Dubai, by real estate developer Emaar is set on the 52nd and 53rd floors of the iconic twin-towered Address Sky View hotel. Pictured right is the ‘Edge Walk’, at which guests are invited to ‘walk out, lean back and touch the sky’

The ‘Sky Views Edge Walk’, however, is the ultimate nerve-tester at Sky Views Dubai.

Here visitors walk on a ledge, ‘with no windows or other protective barriers standing between them and sky-high views’.

It’s stressed, though, that they are equipped with safety harnesses and complete a safety briefing before being invited to ‘walk out, lean back and touch the sky’.

Dubai was recently revealed as the best-rated destination in the world in Tripadvisor’s 2022 Travellers’ Choice Awards for destinations. 

For more information visit www.skyviewsdubai.com.

Address Sky View hotel, with the Sky Views Dubai glass slide visible top right

Address Sky View hotel, with the Sky Views Dubai glass slide visible top right

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A 91-DEGREE drop and speeds of up to 76mph: Video footage reveals the thrills in store on the new extreme coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (and riders’ priceless reactions)

  • Iron Gwazi is the 10th coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, with the park announcing it will open on March 11
  • The coaster is a pimped-up version of the park’s 51mph wood coaster, Gwazi, which shut down in 2015
  • The 2022 incarnation ‘combines the innovation of a steel coaster and the nostalgia of a wooden coaster’ 

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Mesmerising video footage has been released that shows the thrills in store on what is billed as ‘one of the most anticipated coasters in the world’ – Iron Gwazi.

The roller coaster is the 10th at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Florida, with the theme park announcing that it will open on March 11. The coaster plunges down a 91-degree drop from a 206ft- (62m) tall peak, reaches a top speed of 76mph and gives riders a dozen airtime moments, including three inversions.

The clip includes a stomach-churning POV section of the immense drop – and shows the priceless reactions of riders as they anticipate it then hurtle downwards and around the track, which is more than 4,000ft long.

Iron Gwazi, pictured, is the 10th roller coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Florida, with the theme park announcing that it will open on March 11

Iron Gwazi, pictured, is the 10th roller coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Florida, with the theme park announcing that it will open on March 11

The coaster plunges down a 91-degree drop from a 206ft-tall peak, reaches a top speed of 76mph and gives riders a dozen airtime moments, including three inversions

The coaster plunges down a 91-degree drop from a 206ft-tall peak, reaches a top speed of 76mph and gives riders a dozen airtime moments, including three inversions

Mesmerising video footage has been released that shows the thrills in store on Iron Gwazi

Mesmerising video footage has been released that shows the thrills in store on Iron Gwazi

Manufactured by Idaho-based Rocky Mountain Construction, the newest addition at Busch Gardens is a pimped-up version of the park’s 51mph wood coaster, Gwazi, which shut down in 2015. The 2022 incarnation is a wood and steel crocodile-inspired hybrid coaster ‘combining the innovation of a steel coaster and the nostalgia of a wooden coaster’.

Busch Gardens said in a statement: ‘While elements of Gwazi, the classic wooden coaster, are integrated into the new ride, all-new thrill components and a reimagined track layout take Iron Gwazi to another level.

‘With a 48-inch (four-foot) height requirement, this invigorating attraction is a ride the whole family can conquer together.’

Manufactured by Idaho-based Rocky Mountain Construction, the newest addition at Busch Gardens is a wood and steel crocodile-inspired hybrid coaster design

Manufactured by Idaho-based Rocky Mountain Construction, the newest addition at Busch Gardens is a wood and steel crocodile-inspired hybrid coaster design

The video footage shows the priceless reactions of Iron Gwazi riders as they anticipate the big drop then hurtle downwards and around the track

The video footage shows the priceless reactions of Iron Gwazi riders as they anticipate the big drop then hurtle downwards and around the track

Busch Gardens said in a statement: 'While elements of Gwazi, the classic wooden coaster, are integrated into the new ride, all-new thrill components and a reimagined track layout take Iron Gwazi to another level'

Busch Gardens said in a statement: ‘While elements of Gwazi, the classic wooden coaster, are integrated into the new ride, all-new thrill components and a reimagined track layout take Iron Gwazi to another level’

Neal Thurman, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Park President, said: 'The incredible anticipation for Iron Gwazi is shared by both our guests and Ambassadors, and we are beyond excited to open this amazing coaster'

Neal Thurman, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Park President, said: ‘The incredible anticipation for Iron Gwazi is shared by both our guests and Ambassadors, and we are beyond excited to open this amazing coaster’

One good gurn deserves another: Iron Gwazi is an 'invigorating attraction the whole family can conquer together'

One good gurn deserves another: Iron Gwazi is an ‘invigorating attraction the whole family can conquer together’

Neal Thurman, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Park President, said: ‘The incredible anticipation for Iron Gwazi is shared by both our guests and Ambassadors, and we are beyond excited to open this amazing coaster.

‘Iron Gwazi diversifies our thrill-ride portfolio and is an impressive addition to the Tampa skyline. Combining classic elements of a wooden coaster with a smooth, steel track will provide thrill-seekers with an unforgettable experience.’

Busch Gardens’ other big-ticket rides include family-spin-roller-coaster Cobra’s Curse; Sheikra, which features a 90-degree drop; Falcon’s Fury, a 335ft-tall freestanding drop tower; Tigris, which ‘catapults riders through an exhilarating array of looping twists’; and Cheetah Hunt, ‘a thrilling triple-launch roller coaster’.

Pass members will have exclusive opportunities to ride Iron Gwazi from February 13

Pass members will have exclusive opportunities to ride Iron Gwazi from February 13

Busch Gardens said that Iron Gwazi is 'an impressive addition to the Tampa skyline'

Busch Gardens said that Iron Gwazi is ‘an impressive addition to the Tampa skyline’

Iron Gwazi is billed as 'one of the most anticipated coasters in the world'

Iron Gwazi is billed as ‘one of the most anticipated coasters in the world’

Originally opening on March 31, 1959, Busch Gardens used to be a simple brewery tour and bird garden.

Now the SeaWorld-owned park spans 300 acres and is an AZA-accredited zoo housing thousands of animals representing more than 200 species.

To buy tickets visit buschgardens.com/tampa and www.seaworldparks.co.uk. U.S pass members will have exclusive opportunities to ride Iron Gwazi from February 13.  

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Diet plans from Michelin-starred chefs, secret underground tunnels and a roster of A-list guests.

The second episode of The World’s Most Luxurious Holidays on More4 goes through the keyhole of more staggeringly expensive rooms at some of the most exclusive hotels on the planet.

And it takes us behind the scenes to reveal how staff keep the richest and most discerning guests in the world happy.

The second episode of The World's Most Luxurious Holidays on More4 goes through the keyhole of Royal Mansour's Grand Riad, pictured

The second episode of The World’s Most Luxurious Holidays on More4 goes through the keyhole of Royal Mansour’s Grand Riad, pictured 

The curtains open in Marrakesh, at Royal Mansour’s Grand Riad, which costs £35,000 a night. The 26,000-sq-ft (2,415-sq-m) property features four bedrooms – each with ensuite bathrooms – two pools, a cinema, a gym and a central lobby with a roof that can open to the skies at the push of a button.

It takes one day for a dedicated housekeeping team to prepare the Grand Riad for guests, we learn. The butler gives the camera crew a guided tour of the property and reveals he’s not allowed to touch the curtains, for fear of damaging them. He confides to the cameras that royalty, presidents and celebrities have stayed in the Grand Riad in the past – but refuses to name any of them.

He then leads the cameras to a secret underground network of passageways, where the hotel staff are seen sewing, cooking and washing laundry. One even glides past on a scooter. These hidden tunnels help to ‘create the illusion of invisible service’.

One of the two pools at the Grand Riad. It also features a cinema, a gym and a central lobby with a roof that can open to the skies at the push of a button

One of the two pools at the Grand Riad. It also features a cinema, a gym and a central lobby with a roof that can open to the skies at the push of a button

The pursuit of perfect service doesn’t end here – the cameras show an ‘etiquette consultant’ lecturing new employees.

When Grand Riad guests decide to venture out of the property, they can head to Royal Mansour’s boutique for a spot of shopping. The hotel’s general manager tells the cameras that renowned fashion designers have collaborated with the resort to create special collections – he holds up one John Galliano-designed garment that costs £14,000.

Guests can also be driven by Bentley to the bazaar, or can enjoy a’ silent’ night under the stars in a specially set up ‘luxury’ camp.

Pictured above is Villa One at One & Only Palmilla, which costs up to £110,000 per week

Pictured above is Villa One at One & Only Palmilla, which costs up to £110,000 per week

Next, the cameras fly to Mexico, where they drop into Villa One at One & Only Palmilla. The villa, which costs up to £110,000 per week, is a haven for A-listers – Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna and Cameron Diaz are rumoured to have stayed there in the past, the narrator tells us.

The hotel goes to extra lengths to ensure that the guests enjoy the utmost privacy, we’re told – and even collaborates with the navy to ensure that no paparazzi photograph the guests from the shore.

There are four bedrooms, secluded pools and terraces, and a spa for private treatment, and the villa is serviced round the clock by 12 private staff. This team does thorough research on guests before their arrival – the butler reveals that he often flies special types of water and wine in from overseas to suit his guests’ preferences.

At Villa One, there are four bedrooms, secluded pools (one of which is pictured) and terraces, and a spa for private treatment

At Villa One, there are four bedrooms, secluded pools (one of which is pictured) and terraces, and a spa for private treatment

He shows the cameras a pitching base he had built for one guest who liked to practice baseball every day.

How do non-baseball-playing guests spend their time? There’s an onsite church, an indoor-outdoor spa where a couples’ massage costs £900, and an in-house Mayan healer who can perform ‘ancient healing’ regimes on the beach. They can also hit the waves with the hotel’s resident pro surfer.

When they’ve built up an appetite they can visit one of the four restaurants, including two run by celeb chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

The camera crew travels to Fiuggi in central Italy, home to Palazzo Fiuggi (pictured), a 'luxurious state of the art medi-spa'

The camera crew travels to Fiuggi in central Italy, home to Palazzo Fiuggi (pictured), a ‘luxurious state of the art medi-spa’

Pictured is the Royal Suite at Palazzo Fiuggi - one of three VIP suites. The hotel was formerly the home of the King and Queen of Italy

Pictured is the Royal Suite at Palazzo Fiuggi – one of three VIP suites. The hotel was formerly the home of the King and Queen of Italy

The goal at Palazzo Fiuggi is to 'lengthen the lives' of guests through bespoke wellness programmes

The goal at Palazzo Fiuggi is to ‘lengthen the lives’ of guests through bespoke wellness programmes

But the guests of Villa One don’t need to leave their villa – special food delivery trucks will bring whatever meal they’d like to their door. And for those with a sweet tooth, there’s a team of 18 pastry chefs whipping up sweet treats. We see chefs preparing a cactus ‘pinata’, filling a shell of chocolate with confectionary and decorating it by hand. It will be left in Villa One for the guests to crack open upon their arrival.

Finally, the camera crew travels to Fiuggi in central Italy, home to Palazzo Fiuggi, a ‘luxurious state of the art medi-spa’. Staff guide the cameras around the retreat, which was formerly the home of the King and Queen of Italy. It has 102 rooms including three VIP suites – the most expensive of which is £5,000 a night.

Here, the goal is to ‘lengthen the lives’ of guests through bespoke wellness programmes – the most expensive of which is the ‘Life Rewind Package’, which costs £40,000 per person.

Palazzo Fiuggi'S 6000-sq-ft (557-sq-m) holistic spa features six pools filled with local water with 'healing properties'

Palazzo Fiuggi’S 6000-sq-ft (557-sq-m) holistic spa features six pools filled with local water with ‘healing properties’

Palazzo Fiuggi'S Presidential Suite. The narrator informs us that treatments at the retreat include weight loss, detox and anti-ageing programmes

Palazzo Fiuggi’S Presidential Suite. The narrator informs us that treatments at the retreat include weight loss, detox and anti-ageing programmes

Michelin-starred chef Heinz Beck prepares a tailor-made menu for guests at Palazzo Fiuggi

Michelin-starred chef Heinz Beck prepares a tailor-made menu for guests at Palazzo Fiuggi

The exclusive programme, we learn, blends cutting edge spa treatments, dietary advice from a Michelin-starred chef and a medical assessment. The narrator informs us that treatments include weight loss, detox and anti-ageing programmes as well as cryotherapy, which uses extreme cold to reduce pain and inflammation.

Once guests have undergone treatments in the 6000-sq-ft (557-sq-m) holistic spa – which features six pools filled with local water with ‘healing properties’ – they undergo a thorough health check. The professor who does the health check then consults with chef Heinz Beck, and together they prepare a tailor-made menu for the guests.

One such meal we see Beck service is called ‘optimal weight’. Another guest is seen dining on cauliflower ‘in 20 different flavours’ – and says it’s the best meal she’s had in years.

The World’s Most Luxurious Holidays continues on Thursday, January 13, at 9pm on More4.  


A train dedicated to all things tequila? Surely it’s worth a shot.

Welcome aboard the amazing Jose Cuervo Express, which runs from and to the city of Guadalajara in Mexico –  and offers tastings with a tequila expert, unlimited tequila cocktails, a visit to the town of Tequila – and for those with a top price ticket – the chance to sample a super-posh tequila served in a champagne-style flute. 

There are four classes onboard the train – express, premium plus, diamond and elite – and all are treated to an ‘educational tequila tasting guided by a tequila expert’, with those in diamond and elite handed champagne flutes containing ultra-premium Reserva de la Familia tequila. 

The Jose Cuervo Express is a train in Mexico dedicated to all things tequila

The Jose Cuervo Express is a train in Mexico dedicated to all things tequila

There are four classes onboard the train - express, premium plus, diamond and elite - and all are treated to an 'educational tequila tasting guided by a tequila expert'

There are four classes onboard the train – express, premium plus, diamond and elite – and all are treated to an ‘educational tequila tasting guided by a tequila expert’

Cocktails, made with Tradicional and Jose Cuervo Especial, are served across all four classes, as are snacks, although those in the elite wagon can also choose from a line of ‘exclusive’ cocktails only available to them.

Passengers in the premium plus, diamond and elite classes also have access to a premium bar that serves rum, vodka and whisky.

For passengers that opt for the sunrise itinerary, they leave Guadalajara on the train, enjoy the tastings and cocktails onboard and head to Tequila, where on a tour of the town they see the La Rojena Distillery – the oldest distillery in Latin America – and can visit the Juan Beckmann Gallardo Cultural Center.

Inside the new elite wagon on the Jose Cuervo Express. Passengers in this class (and in 'diamond') get to sample the ultra-premium Reserva de la Familia tequila, which is served in a champagne-style flute glass

Inside the new elite wagon on the Jose Cuervo Express. Passengers in this class (and in ‘diamond’) get to sample the ultra-premium Reserva de la Familia tequila, which is served in a champagne-style flute glass 

The 'exclusive' line of cocktails that are available to passengers in the elite wagon

The ‘exclusive’ line of cocktails that are available to passengers in the elite wagon 

There’s also the chance to visit the Insta-worthy blue agave fields to see jimadores (farmers who harvest agave to make tequila) in action and enjoy a ‘colourful cultural fiesta’ before returning to Guadalajara by chartered bus.

Those opting for the sunset itinerary begin with travel from Guadalajara to Tequila by chartered bus before enjoying the same experiences and visits in the town, finishing with the tequila-laced train journey back to Guadalajara at sunset.

Both itineraries offer an 11-hour long experience that begins at 9am and ends at 8pm.

Tickets start from Mex$2,140 (£76) for express class, which includes train travel in one of three coaches that are ‘decorated with wood-panel walls’ and have seats that are ‘divided into groups of four, can be reclined and feature a glass-holder’.

Premium plus passengers enjoy the train journey in carriages with ‘large seats and comfortable private tables’ that ’emulate the old Orient Express’, with tickets costing Mex$2,920 (£104).

The elite experience on the Jose Cuerva Express costs Mex$3,530 (£126). Pictured are the fine tequilas that passengers in the elite wagon get to sample

The elite experience on the Jose Cuerva Express costs Mex$3,530 (£126). Pictured are the fine tequilas that passengers in the elite wagon get to sample 

Inside the premium plus wagon, which has 'large seats and comfortable private tables' and 'emulates the old Orient Express'. Tickets cost Mex$2,920 (£104)

Inside the premium plus wagon, which has ‘large seats and comfortable private tables’ and ’emulates the old Orient Express’. Tickets cost Mex$2,920 (£104)

The express carriages, pictured, have seats that are 'divided into groups of four, can be reclined and feature a glass-holder'. Express tickets cost from Mex$2,140 (£76)

The express carriages, pictured, have seats that are ‘divided into groups of four, can be reclined and feature a glass-holder’. Express tickets cost from Mex$2,140 (£76)

Those opting for the diamond experience, which costs Mex$3,260 (£116), travel on the train in a ‘car decorated with a beautiful embossed roof’.

Jose Cuervo Express adds: ‘It features various rooms for passengers, a bar, a bartender and two waiters that make sure that nothing is missing.’

The elite experience costs Mex$3,530 (£126) and allows passengers to relax in the train’s new elite wagon.

Journeys on the Jose Cuervo Express train, pictured, take place every other Saturday

Journeys on the Jose Cuervo Express train, pictured, take place every other Saturday 

According to Jose Cuervo Express, it took eight months to develop the wagon, which has wood panelling, luxurious interiors, floor-to-ceiling views and 37 comfortable seats – although Covid restrictions may alter this.

It adds: ‘The seats are distributed in two lounge areas reserved for 10 people, two tables for four people and three lounge areas with tables reserved for two people each.’

Journeys on the train take place every other Saturday. 


Every week, our Holiday Hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at a brilliant holiday topic, doing all the legwork so you don’t have to. This week: Train trips across Europe.

Nervous about crowded airports and planes? Then try the train for your next holiday.

Specialist tour companies are busy booking a mix of small-group tours and independent train trips to the most colourful corners of Europe, with travellers enjoying plenty of room on board and the chance to stretch their legs with a trip to the buffet car.

A flight-free trip to the Netherlands in April arranged by Railtrail Tours includes a visit to the bulbfields of Keukenhof

A flight-free trip to the Netherlands in April arranged by Railtrail Tours includes a visit to the bulbfields of Keukenhof 

The Railtrail trip starts in style with refreshments at Art Deco Searcy’s restaurant (pictured) in London’s St Pancras Station

The Railtrail trip starts in style with refreshments at Art Deco Searcy’s restaurant (pictured) in London’s St Pancras Station

Amsterdam is on the itinerary of a fully escorted, flight-free trip to the Netherlands in April. It includes a perfectly timed visit to the bulbfields of Keukenhof, where 1,000 varieties of tulips, crocuses and daffodils will be in bloom.

The five-night break starts in style with refreshments at Art Deco Searcy’s restaurant in London’s St Pancras Station. It also includes heritage steam train trips, a canal ride in Amsterdam and a visit to the home of Delft Blue pottery. From £1,209pp (railtrail.co.uk).

The South of France and the sunflowers of Van Gogh await independent rail travellers on a self-guided train trip with tickets, accommodation and a full itinerary organised by Inn Travel.

With tickets, accommodation and a full itinerary organised by Inn Travel, passengers leave London on the Eurostar (pictured in Ashford, Kent) to Paris Gare du Nord

With tickets, accommodation and a full itinerary organised by Inn Travel, passengers leave London on the Eurostar (pictured in Ashford, Kent) to Paris Gare du Nord

Once they arrive in the French capital, Inntravel's tour boards a TGV train to travel down to the south. Pictured is a TGV in Moisenay, just outside Paris

Once they arrive in the French capital, Inntravel’s tour boards a TGV train to travel down to the south. Pictured is a TGV in Moisenay, just outside Paris

Inntravel's rail journey focuses on the Roman temples, arenas and aqueducts in the South of France. Pictured is the region's Pont du Gard

Inntravel’s rail journey focuses on the Roman temples, arenas and aqueducts in the South of France. Pictured is the region’s Pont du Gard

A historic site in Nimes. Along with Narbonne and Arles, the French city features on the itinerary of Inntravel's rail tour

A historic site in Nimes. Along with Narbonne and Arles, the French city features on the itinerary of Inntravel’s rail tour

High life: One blockbuster Italian itinerary from Tailor Made Rail sees travellers pass through the Swiss Alps on the panoramic Bernina Express train (pictured)

High life: One blockbuster Italian itinerary from Tailor Made Rail sees travellers pass through the Swiss Alps on the panoramic Bernina Express train (pictured) 

Pictured is the Bernina Express crossing a spectacular viaduct as it heads through the Swiss Alps

Pictured is the Bernina Express crossing a spectacular viaduct as it heads through the Swiss Alps

After leaving London on Eurostar, travellers join a TGV train in Paris to spend time in Narbonne, Nimes and Arles, where Van Gogh painted some of his most famous works.

The six-night itinerary also focuses on the region’s Roman temples, arenas and aqueducts. From £975pp (inntravel.co.uk).

Another bespoke travel organiser, Tailor Made Rail, can build train tours to cities from Scandinavia to Greece. Journeys can be upgraded to First Class and include sleeping cars on night trains.

One blockbuster Italian itinerary sees travellers cross France and stay in a hotel in Chur, in the Swiss Alps. From there you pass St Moritz on the panoramic Bernina Express train before heading to the shores of Lake Como, where guests are taken to their hotel by boat.

The seven-night Lake Como Via The Bernina Express itinerary is from £899pp (tailormaderail.com).

Barcelona and the sunny cities of Seville and Madrid are in reach on a luxurious, fully independent train trip organised by Great Rail Journeys. After leaving London on Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord, a nine-night itinerary includes a private transfer to Paris Gare de Lyon for the fast train to Spain.

Another private transfer takes you from Barcelona station to your hotel, where you will be met next morning by a private, English-speaking driver for a city tour.

Transfers, train tickets and city tours are arranged in Madrid and Seville. From £1,695pp.

Tailor Made Rail's journey brings travellers to the shores of Lake Como, pictured, where guests are taken to their hotel by boat

Tailor Made Rail’s journey brings travellers to the shores of Lake Como, pictured, where guests are taken to their hotel by boat

Barcelona and the sunny cities of Seville (pictured) and Madrid are in reach on a luxurious, fully independent train trip organised by Great Rail Journeys

Barcelona and the sunny cities of Seville (pictured) and Madrid are in reach on a luxurious, fully independent train trip organised by Great Rail Journeys

In Barcelona, pictured, tour-goers with Great Rail Journeys will be met by a private, English-speaking driver for a city tour

In Barcelona, pictured, tour-goers with Great Rail Journeys will be met by a private, English-speaking driver for a city tour

The company also offers dozens of small-group tours if you prefer to travel with others. Its nine-night Highlights Of Tuscany tour includes Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano, Siena and the Chianti region. From £1,595pp (greatrail.com).

Proving that distance is no object on trains, Responsible Travel can arrange tickets right across Europe to Split in Croatia. The six-night journey has overnight stops in Munich and Zagreb and you can return by train or air. From £950pp (responsibletravel.com).

Prefer to plan your own tour? There’s advice, timetables and help making reservations at seat61.com, thetrainline.com and raileurope.com.

Great Rail Journeys offers a nine-night Highlights Of Tuscany tour, which stops off at Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano (pictured), Siena and the Chianti region

Great Rail Journeys offers a nine-night Highlights Of Tuscany tour, which stops off at Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano (pictured), Siena and the Chianti region


Verbier in Switzerland has been named the ‘World’s Best Ski Resort’ for the first time, knocking France’s Val Thorens off its perch. 

Verbier received the illustrious title at the 2021 World Ski Awards, which were voted for by ski industry professionals and by the public in a range of categories, including best resorts, hotels, chalets and tour operators. This year, more than 2.2million people cast their votes.

It was a double victory for Verbier, with the five-star W Verbier ranked as the ‘World’s Best Ski Hotel’ for the sixth consecutive year. Other major winners at this week’s online awards ceremony included Switzerland’s Chalet Zermatt Peak, which sits ‘in the shadow of the majestic Matterhorn’, and was named the ‘World’s Best Ski Chalet’; and Austria’s ‘exquisite’ Aurelio Lech, which was awarded the ‘World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel’ gong. For the ninth year running, Deer Valley was named America’s best ski resort, while Thredbo won the gold medal for Australia’s best ski resort.

Verbier in Switzerland, pictured, has been named the 'World's Best Ski Resort' for the first time, knocking France's Val Thorens off its perch

Verbier in Switzerland, pictured, has been named the ‘World’s Best Ski Resort’ for the first time, knocking France’s Val Thorens off its perch

Verbier received the illustrious title at the 2021 World Ski Awards, which were voted for by 2.2million people. Pictured is a skier going off-piste at the Swiss resort

Verbier received the illustrious title at the 2021 World Ski Awards, which were voted for by 2.2million people. Pictured is a skier going off-piste at the Swiss resort 

It was a double victory for Verbier, with the five-star W Verbier (pictured) ranked as the 'World's Best Ski Hotel'

It was a double victory for Verbier, with the five-star W Verbier (pictured) ranked as the ‘World’s Best Ski Hotel’

It’s the sixth consecutive year that W Verbier has been named the world’s best ski hotel. Pictured is a bathroom in one of the hotel’s suites 

A suite at W Verbier. An awards statement said of the resort: 'Verbier has carefully maintained its charm as an alpine village'

A suite at W Verbier. An awards statement said of the resort: ‘Verbier has carefully maintained its charm as an alpine village’

Verbier, which is the gateway to the 4 Vallées ski area, impressed the judges with its ‘world-class terrain, charming chalets and a thriving après scene’.

An awards statement said: ‘Perched on a sunny plateau at an altitude of 1,500 metres in the heart of the Swiss Alps, with its slate-roofed chalets, Verbier has carefully maintained its charm as an alpine village.’

It’s noted that ‘with nearly 100 lifts and more than 400km (248.4 miles) of ski runs for all levels of expertise’ the resort is ‘a must for skiers from all over the world’. ‘Its “après-ski” is a real institution that welcomes a cosmopolitan clientele of all generations, not to mention the unforgettable nightlife,’ it added.

Chalet Zermatt Peak in Switzerland, which has been named the 'World's Best Ski Chalet' at the World Ski Awards 2021

Chalet Zermatt Peak in Switzerland, which has been named the ‘World’s Best Ski Chalet’ at the World Ski Awards 2021

One of the bedrooms at Chalet Zermatt Peak. The chalet sits in the shadow of the mighty Matterhorn mountain

One of the bedrooms at Chalet Zermatt Peak. The chalet sits in the shadow of the mighty Matterhorn mountain 

The exterior of Aurelio Lech in Austria, which collected the ‘World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel’ gong at the World Ski Awards

The exterior of Aurelio Lech in Austria, which collected the ‘World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel’ gong at the World Ski Awards

Inside the spa at Aurelio Lech. The hotel was described as 'exquisite' in an awards statement

Inside the spa at Aurelio Lech. The hotel was described as ‘exquisite’ in an awards statement 

Rocksresort in Laax, Switzerland, has been named the 'Best Green Ski Hotel 2021'

Rocksresort in Laax, Switzerland, has been named the ‘Best Green Ski Hotel 2021’

Val Thorens, the highest resort in Europe at 7,546ft (2,300m), had been awarded the best-resort gong seven times in the awards’ nine-year history. Until now, only Kitzbühel had managed to steal the main title away from the French resort.

Val Thorens was, however, named ‘France’s Best Ski Resort’ of 2021. Making it all the more attractive, the resort’s Hotel le Pashmina was chosen as the ‘Best Ski Boutique Hotel in France’ for 2021.

According to the awards, the five-star hotel is ‘one of the most beautiful mountain hotels, with lots of light, big spaces, soft materials and lively colours’. The hotel is also home to chef Josselin Jeanblanc and his Michelin-star restaurant ‘Les Explorateurs’.

THE WINNERS AT THE 2021 WORLD SKI AWARDS

WORLD WINNERS 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Verbier (Switzerland)

Best Freestyle Resort 2021: Laax (Switzerland)

Best Ski Hotel 2021: W Verbier (Switzerland)

Best New Ski Hotel 2021: The Vale Rusutsu (Japan)

Best Green Ski Hotel 2021: Rocksresort (Switzerland)

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Aurelio Lech (Austria)

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Chalet Zermatt Peak (Switzerland)

Best New Ski Chalet 2021: Chalet Face à Face (France)

Best Ski Resort Company 2021: Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel (Austria)

Best Indoor Ski Resort 2021: Ski Dubai (UAE)

Best Ski Tour Operator 2021: Tui

Best Ski Travel Agent 2021: Leo Trippi

Best Heli-Ski Operator 2021: Bella Coola Heli Sports (Canada)

Best Ski Transfer Operator 2021: Schneebeben

AUSTRALIA  

Best Ski Resort 2021: Thredbo

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Novotel Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa Hotel

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Astra Falls Creek

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Sequoia Penthouse Thredbo

CHINA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Vanke Lake Songhua Resort

JAPAN 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Rusutsu Resort

Best Ski Hotel 2021: The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel Hokkaido

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Ki Niseko

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Aspect

NEW ZEALAND 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Mt Hutt

Best Ski Hotel 2021: The Rees Hotel, Luxury Apartments & Lakeside Residences

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Matakauri Lodge

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Azur Luxury Lodge

SOUTH KOREA  

Best Ski Resort 2021: YongPyong Resort

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Dragon Valley Hotel

ANDORRA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Vallnord – Pal Arinsal

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Hotel Plaza

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: The Xalet Bringué Hotel & Spa

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Ski Chalet Alpine Residence

AUSTRIA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Kitzbühel

Best Ski Hotel 2021: A-ROSA Kitzbühel

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Aurelio Lech

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Hahnenkamm Lodge

BULGARIA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Bansko

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Aparthotel Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Alpin Hotel

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Villa Gella

CZECH REPUBLIC 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Skiareál Špindlerův Mlýn

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Harmony Club Hotel

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel Savoy Špindlerův Mlýn

FINLAND 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Levi

Best Ski Hotel 2021: KIDE Hotel by Iso-Syöte

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel Iso-Syöte

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Rukan Salonki Chalets

FRANCE 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Val Thorens

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel Pashmina

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Le Chalet Mont Blanc 

Source: World Ski Awards 

GERMANY 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Oberstdorf

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Schloss Elmau

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel Staudacherhof

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Country Home Pitzner

ITALY 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Dolomites Val Gardena

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Montana Lodge & Spa

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Saint Hubertus Resort Luxury Hotel & Spa

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Cesa del louf

NORWAY 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Geilo

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Radisson Blu Resort Trysil

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Nermo Hotell

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Havsdalsgrenda

POLAND 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Kotelnica Bialczańska

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Radisson Blu Hotel & Residences, Zakopane

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel Crocus

ROMANIA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Sinaia

RUSSIA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Rosa Khutor

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Rixos Krasnaya Polyana Sochi

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Grand Hotel & Spa Rodina

SLOVAKIA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Jasná Nízke Tatry

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel FIS Jasná

SLOVENIA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Krvavec

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Ramada Resort by Wyndham Kranjska Gora

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel Rozka

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Chalet Planina

SPAIN

Best Ski Resort 2021: Baqueira/Beret

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Rafaelhoteles By La Pleta

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Meliá Royal Tanau Boutique Hotel

SWEDEN 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Åre

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Hotel Bügelhof

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Eriksgårdens Fjällhotell

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Skutan Ski Lodge

SWITZERLAND 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Verbier

Best Ski Hotel 2021: W Verbier

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Ultima Gstaad

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Chalet Zermatt Peak

ARGENTINA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Chapelco Ski Resort

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Llao Llao Hotel & Resort

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Charming Luxury Lodge

CANADA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: The Lake Louise Ski Resort

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: The Josie

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Whiteworth Chalet

CHILE 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Portillo

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Hotel Termas Chillán

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel Posada Farellones

U.S.

Best Ski Resort 2021: Deer Valley Resort, Utah

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: The Lodge at Blue Sky 

 

For the ninth year running, Deer Valley (pictured above) in Utah was named America's best ski resort

For the ninth year running, Deer Valley (pictured above) in Utah was named America’s best ski resort

Pictured above is Thredbo, New South Wales, which won the gold medal for Australia's best ski resort

Pictured above is Thredbo, New South Wales, which won the gold medal for Australia’s best ski resort

Pictured is Val Thorens, the highest resort in Europe at 7,546ft (2,300m), which has been awarded the best-resort gong seven times in the awards' nine-year history

Pictured is Val Thorens, the highest resort in Europe at 7,546ft (2,300m), which has been awarded the best-resort gong seven times in the awards’ nine-year history

Fireworks in Val Thorens. The French ski resort was named 'France's Best Ski Resort' of 2021

Fireworks in Val Thorens. The French ski resort was named ‘France’s Best Ski Resort’ of 2021

Hotel le Pashmina (pictured) - the 'Best Ski Boutique Hotel in France' for 2021 - is described as 'one of the most beautiful mountain hotels, with lots of light, big spaces, soft materials and lively colours'

Hotel le Pashmina (pictured) – the ‘Best Ski Boutique Hotel in France’ for 2021 – is described as ‘one of the most beautiful mountain hotels, with lots of light, big spaces, soft materials and lively colours’

Hotel le Pashmina is home to chef Josselin Jeanblanc and his Michelin-star restaurant 'Les Explorateurs' (pictured)

Hotel le Pashmina is home to chef Josselin Jeanblanc and his Michelin-star restaurant ‘Les Explorateurs’ (pictured)

Vincent Lalanne, director of Val Thorens Tourist Office, said: ‘We are really honoured to be awarded the accolade of “Best Ski Resort in France”, thanks to our community of Val Thorens fans. We also want to congratulate Verbier for winning the “World’s Best Ski Resort” title, which we’ve achieved seven times.

‘We are also delighted to once again be able to receive and welcome British visitors now that the French Government has allowed leisure travel to resume.’

In the newcomer category, the gong for the ‘Best New Ski Hotel’ went to The Vale Rusutsu, positioned at the base of the ‘world-class ski slopes’ of Japan’s Rusutsu Resort. The hotel was designed ‘with nature as its focus’ and features ‘luxury condominium-style apartments’. Meanwhile, Chalet Face a Face in Val d’Isère, France, reigned supreme as the ‘Best New Ski Chalet’, winning over the judges with its ‘understated opulence’.

Winners also included Switzerland’s Laax – home to the world’s biggest halfpipe (‘World’s Best Freestyle Resort’); Ski Dubai, with its ‘impressive array of snow-based activities’ (‘World’s Best Indoor Ski Resort’); Bergbahn AG Kitzbuhel (‘World’s Best Ski Resort Company’); Bella Coola Heli Sports, Canada (‘World’s Best Heli-Ski Operator’); Rocksresort, Switzerland – with ‘urban, eco-conscious styling amid a stunning natural environment’ (‘World’s Best Green Ski Hotel’); Schneebeben (‘World’s Best Ski Transfer Operator’); Leo Trippi (‘World’s Best Ski Travel Agent’) and Tui (‘World’s Best Ski Tour Operator’).

The enticing pool at Le Chalet Mont Blanc, Chamonix, winner of 'France's Best Ski Chalet'

The enticing pool at Le Chalet Mont Blanc, Chamonix, winner of ‘France’s Best Ski Chalet’

Le Chalet Mont Blanc describes itself as 'a chic and modern retreat... five floors of unrivalled excellence'

Le Chalet Mont Blanc describes itself as ‘a chic and modern retreat… five floors of unrivalled excellence’

The gong for the world's 'Best New Ski Hotel' went to The Vale Rusutsu, which is positioned at the base of the 'world-class ski slopes' of Japan's Rusutsu Resort (pictured)

The gong for the world’s ‘Best New Ski Hotel’ went to The Vale Rusutsu, which is positioned at the base of the ‘world-class ski slopes’ of Japan’s Rusutsu Resort (pictured) 

Ultima Gstaad, pictured above, collected the gong for 'Switzerland's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021'

Ultima Gstaad, pictured above, collected the gong for ‘Switzerland’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021’

A room at Hahnenkamm Lodge, Kitzbuhel - which received the accolade of Austria's best ski chalet

A room at Hahnenkamm Lodge, Kitzbuhel – which received the accolade of Austria’s best ski chalet 

Awards were also announced on a country level, with the best resorts, hotels and chalets from the world’s leading ski tourism destinations receiving accolades.

The winners included the Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko, which won the title of Bulgaria’s best ski hotel; Novotel Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa Hotel, which was named Australia’s best ski hotel; Hotel Plaza – recognised as Andorra’s best ski hotel; and A-Rosa Kitzbuhel, which earned the title of Austria’s best ski hotel.

Among the other country-level winners were Oberstdorf, which was awarded the gong for Germany’s best ski resort; Club Med Grand Massif Samoens Morillon – celebrated as France’s best ski hotel; and Montana Lodge & Spa, which took the award for Italy’s best ski hotel.

A-Rosa Kitzbuhel, pictured above, earned the title of Austria's best ski hotel in the prestigious awards

A-Rosa Kitzbuhel, pictured above, earned the title of Austria’s best ski hotel in the prestigious awards

Montana Lodge & Spa took the award for Italy's best ski hotel, pictured

Pictured is the lobby area of Italy's Montana Lodge & Spa. The World Ski Awards named Dolomites Val Gardena as the country's best ski resort

Montana Lodge & Spa took the award for Italy’s best ski hotel. Pictured on the left is the hotel’s exterior and on the right the lobby. The World Ski Awards named Dolomites Val Gardena as the country’s best ski resort

Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside (pictured above) was named Canada's best ski hotel

Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside (pictured above) was named Canada’s best ski hotel

The outdoor pool at the award-winning Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside. This year, more than 2.2million people cast their votes in the awards

The outdoor pool at the award-winning Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside. This year, more than 2.2million people cast their votes in the awards

Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley, which scooped the 'United States' Best Ski Hotel' accolade

Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley, which scooped the ‘United States’ Best Ski Hotel’ accolade

Over in North America, Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside was named Canada’s best ski hotel, while Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley received the ‘United States’ Best Ski Hotel’ accolade.

Sion Rapson, Managing Director of the World Ski Awards, said: ‘Our winners represent the very best of the global ski tourism sector and my congratulations to each of them. The ninth annual World Ski Awards programme received a record number of votes from ski consumers across the world. This shows that the appetite for ski tourism has never been stronger and bodes well as the global recovery gathers momentum.’

For more information visit worldskiawards.com.


If you’re looking for somewhere quirky to stay, we’ve got the inside track on an Airbnb that could be just the ticket.

The CR Station Train Caboose Airbnb near the town of Decorah, Iowa, is a former caboose – a type of American railroad car used to carry train crew, commonly the conductor and the brakemen, at the end of a freight train.

Inside, it’s got accommodation for four people – with a double bed and bunk beds – and comes complete with the original conductor’s chairs and overhead handrails.

The CR Station Train Caboose Airbnb (pictured) is situated near the town of Decorah, in Iowa

The CR Station Train Caboose Airbnb (pictured) is situated near the town of Decorah, in Iowa

Pictured is the caboose before it was converted into an Airbnb. A caboose is a type of American railroad car that is used to carry train crew at the end of a freight train

Pictured is the caboose before it was converted into an Airbnb. A caboose is a type of American railroad car that is used to carry train crew at the end of a freight train

Jim Dotzenrod and his daughter Danielle, who live in Decorah and renovated the Airbnb, first heard about the caboose when a friend spied it sitting at a salvage yard about 30 miles (48km) away.

Though the family are not sure where the caboose, which has a locomotive number of ‘SOO 124’, originated, they subsequently discovered a 1986 photograph of it that was taken in Clinton, Iowa, so it dates back to at least the 1980s. 

Danielle tells MailOnline Travel that this specific style of caboose is called an ‘extended-vision’ or ‘wide-vision’ caboose due to its cupola, which is a small windowed protrusion on the roof.

She adds that some of the train conductors who travelled in the caboose would have ‘used the cupola windows to monitor the train’. 

Jim and Danielle splashed out $8,000 (£5,864) on the salvaged caboose, and also bought some original railroad tracks to place under it as a base. 

The pair transported the caboose to the site of the Airbnb by semi-tractor and trailer, and used a crane to heave it into position on the tracks. 

Throughout 2016, it took six months and $4,000 (£2,925) for the father and daughter team to transform the caboose into the ‘charming and cosy’ rental it is today. 

Pictures show a crane lifting the salvaged caboose into position on to a set of original railroad tracks

 Pictures show a crane lifting the salvaged caboose into position on to a set of original railroad tracks

Jim Dotzenrod and his daughter Danielle bought the caboose for $8,000 (£5,864). Pictured is the interior of the caboose before it was renovated

Jim Dotzenrod and his daughter Danielle bought the caboose for $8,000 (£5,864). Pictured is the interior of the caboose before it was renovated

Danielle says: ‘My father was a carpenter by trade. He is now retired, but when we renovated and began renting the caboose he was still working full time so only able to work on it nights and weekends.’

The biggest challenge of the renovation was ‘cutting out and removing the old iron’ that they were not able to repurpose in the railroad car, such as the iron stove and the iron platform that the conductor’s cupola seats sat on.

Danielle explains: ‘We did repurpose both cupola seats, however, which are reversible. They now sit in front of the main windows and can be flipped to face the sitting area or out the window facing west overlooking the horse pasture, which is particularly nice at sunset.’ The pair also built a staircase leading to the sleeping area. 

A staircase was built to lead up to the sleeping area. It took six months and $4,000 (£2,925) for Jim and Danielle to repurpose the railroad car

A staircase was built to lead up to the sleeping area. It took six months and $4,000 (£2,925) for Jim and Danielle to repurpose the railroad car

The renovated caboose. The biggest challenge of the renovation was ‘cutting out and removing the old iron’ that they were not able to repurpose in the railroad car

The renovated caboose. The biggest challenge of the renovation was ‘cutting out and removing the old iron’ that they were not able to repurpose in the railroad car

Finally, it was ready to rent out. ‘The caboose was very popular from the beginning,’ Danielle reveals.

It features a refrigerator, microwave, a double-burner hot plate, dishes for cooking, and barware for mixing cocktails. What’s more, there’s a toilet, a six-gallon water heater and a shower, as well as Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and a TV.

Guests can help themselves to the fruit from the raspberry bushes and the apple tree on the grounds of the Airbnb. The caboose is set opposite a horse pasture, and guests are welcome to pet horses across the fence. Jim also offers carriage rides throughout the countryside and through Decorah.

Pictured are the conductor's seats that used to be in the cupola. 'They now sit in front of the main windows and can be flipped to face the sitting area or out the window facing west overlooking the horse pasture, which is particularly nice at sunset,' says Danielle

Pictured are the conductor’s seats that used to be in the cupola. ‘They now sit in front of the main windows and can be flipped to face the sitting area or out the window facing west overlooking the horse pasture, which is particularly nice at sunset,’ says Danielle

The Airbnb's kitchen features a refrigerator, microwave, a double-burner hot plate, and dishes for cooking

The Airbnb’s kitchen features a refrigerator, microwave, a double-burner hot plate, and dishes for cooking

Pictured is the Airbnb's barware for mixing cocktails. There’s also a toilet, a six-gallon hot water heater and a shower

Pictured is the Airbnb’s barware for mixing cocktails. There’s also a toilet, a six-gallon hot water heater and a shower

‘Nearby Decorah (pictured above) offers guests a lot to do,' says Danielle. Picture courtesy of Creative Commons

‘Nearby Decorah (pictured above) offers guests a lot to do,’ says Danielle. Picture courtesy of Creative Commons 

The family also own and operate a second Airbnb near the caboose called Silo on the Ridge (pictured)

The family also own and operate a second Airbnb near the caboose called Silo on the Ridge (pictured)

Danielle adds: ‘Guests really enjoy barbequing or having a glass of wine [on] the attached large deck that abuts the horse pasture. The horses themselves are a huge draw and many of our reviews include them by name.

‘Nearby Decorah offers guests a lot to do… hiking and mountain biking trails as well as a popular 10-mile bike trail that encompasses the town, kayaking and tubing the Upper Iowa River, and award-winning breweries to name a few.’ 

The Airbnb’s reviews are overwhelmingly positive – one recent user wrote: ‘The caboose was the perfect mix of cosy and unique!’

While a second added: ‘Our son loves trains so this was really exciting for him! They did a great job converting the caboose into a cute cabin.’ 

The family also owns and operates a second Airbnb nearby, called Silo on the Ridge, a ‘restored and repurposed’ barn silo. 

The caboose costs around $135 (£100) a night. For more information visit the CR Station Train Caboose on Airbnb.


The mystery of the Fosse Dionne: No one really knows where the waters of this seemingly bottomless spring in France come from…

  • The mysterious Fosse Dionne spring is located in the heritage town of Tonnerre in the Burgundy wine region
  • Ancients believed there was a portal to another world or a serpent king’s lair at the bottom of the spring
  • Two divers lost their lives trying to discover the exact source of the spring, which remains unknown today

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For centuries the world has been trying to work out where the waters of the seemingly bottomless Fosse Dionne spring in central France come from.

Some ancients believed they derived from the lair of a serpent king. Others thought there was a portal to another world at the base of the spring.

Between the years of 1974 and 1996 two brave divers lost their lives attempting to solve the mystery, getting into difficulties in the narrow passageways that lie beneath the surface.

The mysterious Fosse Dionne spring (pictured) is located in the heritage town of Tonnerre in the Burgundy wine region

The mysterious Fosse Dionne spring (pictured) is located in the heritage town of Tonnerre in the Burgundy wine region

The full answer as to what lies at the base of the spring remains elusive, and it’s this enigma that keeps tourists visiting the spring every year

The full answer as to what lies at the base of the spring remains elusive, and it’s this enigma that keeps tourists visiting the spring every year

Dye tracing studies have intimated that some of the spring’s water comes from an underground section of the Laigne River, which flows above ground 27 miles (43.5 kilometres) from Tonnerre

Dye tracing studies have intimated that some of the spring’s water comes from an underground section of the Laigne River, which flows above ground 27 miles (43.5 kilometres) from Tonnerre

Yet still, the full answer as to what lies at the base of the spring remains elusive, and it’s this enigma that keeps tourists visiting the spring every year.

The spring is set in the pretty pastel-coloured town of Tonnerre in Burgundy, through which the River Armancon flows – and spews out more than 300 litres of water per second – that’s enough to fill three standard bathtubs.

In times of flood, more than 3,000 litres a second can be seen pouring out of the natural phenomenon.

In the 18th century, French nobles built a wash house or ‘lavoir’ around the spring and this stone structure still surrounds the waters today

In the 18th century, French nobles built a wash house or ‘lavoir’ around the spring and this stone structure still surrounds the waters today

The waters of the Fosse Dionne look deep even from the surface. Some ancients believed there was a portal to another world at the bottom of the spring

The waters of the Fosse Dionne look deep even from the surface. Some ancients believed there was a portal to another world at the bottom of the spring

Visitors to the spring can wander around the historical washhouse buildings, peer into the blue-green waters and puzzle over their source

Visitors to the spring can wander around the historical washhouse buildings, peer into the blue-green waters and puzzle over their source

The oldest written references to the spring can be traced back to the 7th century and it’s known that the Romans used its waters for drinking.

In the 18th century, French nobles built a washhouse or ‘lavoir’ around the spring and this stone structure still surrounds the waters today.

Visitors to the spring can wander around the historical washhouse buildings, peer into the blue-green waters of the spring, which look bottomless even when viewing them from the surface, and puzzle over their source.

Pictured are a cluster of buildings in Tonnerre, which sits on the River Armancon

Pictured are a cluster of buildings in Tonnerre, which sits on the River Armancon

The spring spews out more than 300 litres of water per second – that’s enough to fill three standard bathtubs - and up to 3,000 litres per second during flooding

The spring spews out more than 300 litres of water per second – that’s enough to fill three standard bathtubs – and up to 3,000 litres per second during flooding

Over the years, scientists have carried out numerous experiments at the spring to try to establish its origins.

Dye tracing studies have intimated that some of the spring’s water comes from an underground section of the Laigne River, which flows above ground 27 miles (43.5 kilometres) from Tonnerre.

The most daring investigation of recent years, however, was carried out in 2019, when diver Pierre-Eric Deseigne was given permission from Tonnerre’s mayor to explore the dangerous passageways beneath the spring.

Descending 70 metres underground and exploring 370 metres (1,213 feet) of caves and tunnels, he was still unable to confirm the source of the spring.

The secret of the waters remains.

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Travel writer Jo Kessel filmed dazzling footage of her stay at Resorts World Las Vegas – the first new hotel to open on the Strip in over a decade. The last new opening was The Cosmopolitan in 2010. The footage shows just how ‘mega’ the resort is, from its oversized rooms to the world’s largest LED globe to its 5,000-seat theatre, the biggest in town. Plus it has the inside scoop on where to eat and drink, including Alle Lounge on 66, the hotel’s top-floor rooftop bar that has a Strip view like no other.

Everything on the Las Vegas strip is decadent, hi-tech and larger than life, which means that the first new hotel to open here in over ten years fits right in. 

The stats of this behemoth are mind-boggling. It’s got 3,500 rooms, 40 restaurants, seven swimming pools and a casino space the size of two football pitches. 

Jo Kessel films her stay at Resorts World Las Vegas - the first new hotel to open on the Strip in over a decade

Jo Kessel films her stay at Resorts World Las Vegas – the first new hotel to open on the Strip in over a decade

Jo describes the stats associated with Resorts World as mind-boggling - it has 3,500 rooms, 40 restaurants, seven swimming pools and a casino space the size of two football pitches

Jo describes the stats associated with Resorts World as mind-boggling – it has 3,500 rooms, 40 restaurants, seven swimming pools and a casino space the size of two football pitches

The lobby of Resorts World Las Vegas. The resort is three hotels in one, with its 3,500 rooms divided between (in price-ascending order) the Conrad, Hilton and Crockfords

The lobby of Resorts World Las Vegas. The resort is three hotels in one, with its 3,500 rooms divided between (in price-ascending order) the Conrad, Hilton and Crockfords

My mission was to experience everything the hotel has to offer during my short stay, a tall order considering its massiveness – but I think I succeeded.

Resorts World is centrally located, bang in the middle of the north end of the strip. 

The video starts by showing how the hotel’s flashing red exterior – which has one of the largest LED building displays in the world – stands out on the Las Vegas skyline. 

The resort is three hotels in one, with its 3,500 rooms divided between (in price-ascending order) the Conrad, Hilton and Crockfords.

The hotel has showstoppers around every corner (shown in the film) like Liberace’s piano, the world’s largest LED globe and the biggest theatre Sin City has to offer. 

Jo stands to the left of Resorts World's LED globe, the largest on the planet

Jo stands to the left of Resorts World’s LED globe, the largest on the planet

The hotel has showstoppers around every corner, such as Liberace’s piano (pictured)

The hotel has showstoppers around every corner, such as Liberace’s piano (pictured) 

Jo gets onstage at the 'biggest theatre Sin City has to offer', which seats 5,000 people

Jo gets onstage at the ‘biggest theatre Sin City has to offer’, which seats 5,000 people

Katy Perry and Michael Buble will both be headlining here in 2022 and, unbelievably, I was allowed to tread the boards as their warm-up artist.

Download the hotel app to your phone and you can use your mobile as a door key. The footage gives a tour of my Conrad one-bedroom King Suite with a Strip view.

The decor is modern and stylish, with floor-to-ceiling wall-size windows and a bigger floor-space than the average house. 

Download the hotel app to your phone and you can use your mobile as a door key, Jo reveals

The footage gives a tour of Jo's Conrad one-bedroom King Suite with a Strip view

The footage gives a tour of Jo’s Conrad one-bedroom King Suite with a Strip view

Describing her room, Jo says: 'The decor is modern and stylish, with floor-to-ceiling wall-size windows and a bigger floor-space than the average house'

Describing her room, Jo says: ‘The decor is modern and stylish, with floor-to-ceiling wall-size windows and a bigger floor-space than the average house’

Jo brandishes the rubber duck that comes with her suite. 'The red ducky does come out to play during my stay,' she remarks

Jo brandishes the rubber duck that comes with her suite. ‘The red ducky does come out to play during my stay,’ she remarks

Jo takes a bath in her 'lavish bathroom'. Her suite also features a walk-in wardrobe

Jo takes a bath in her ‘lavish bathroom’. Her suite also features a walk-in wardrobe

The dressing-room-cum-walk-in-wardrobe leads to a lounge, bedroom and a lavish bathroom complete with toy rubber duck. And yes the red ducky does come out to play during my stay.

The hotel’s motto is ‘Stay Fabulous’ (emblazoned on the duck’s packaging) and Resorts World is designed to help with that. 

If chilling by one of its seven swimming pools doesn’t do the job, then a trip to the hotel’s spa and its series of plunge pools – called the ‘Fountain of Youth’ – surely will. 

Jo relaxes by one of the seven swimming pools at Resorts World Las Vegas 

A view of one of the outdoor pools. 'The hotel’s motto is "stay fabulous" and Resorts World is designed to help with that,' Jo says

A view of one of the outdoor pools. ‘The hotel’s motto is “stay fabulous” and Resorts World is designed to help with that,’ Jo says

This shot from Jo's video shows how some of Resorts World's pools curve around the building

This shot from Jo’s video shows how some of Resorts World’s pools curve around the building 

Jo takes a trip to the hotel’s spa and its series of plunge pools, known as the ‘Fountain of Youth’

Jo takes a trip to the hotel’s spa and its series of plunge pools, known as the ‘Fountain of Youth’

The pools vary in temperature, from tepid to hot, to freezing, according to Jo 

The pools vary in temperature, from tepid to hot, to freezing. 

Repeated circuits will not only help you feel a million dollars, but get lucky and they’ll leave you looking a decade younger. I give it a go. Beats cosmetic surgery!

Still glowing from the fountain the film next sees me trying my luck in the casino. Fifty cents go into a fruit machine. What happens? Watch to find out.

Jo tries her luck in the casino, slotting 50 cents into the fruit machine

Jo tries her luck in the casino, slotting 50 cents into the fruit machine 

Jo's video offers a sneak peek inside the hotel’s most expensive accommodation (in Crockfords) - the three-bedroom Palace Suite

Jo’s video offers a sneak peek inside the hotel’s most expensive accommodation (in Crockfords) – the three-bedroom Palace Suite

The cinema room at the Palace Suite. The exclusive suite will set guests back £11,000 ($15,000) a night

 The cinema room at the Palace Suite. The exclusive suite will set guests back £11,000 ($15,000) a night

The Palace Suite has its own bar, billiards table, pool (pictured above) and hot tub

The Palace Suite has its own bar, billiards table, pool (pictured above) and hot tub

The remaining footage is dedicated to showing how winnings can be spent. 

There’s a sneak peek at the hotel’s most expensive accommodation (in Crockfords) which is the £11,000-($15,000)-a-night three-bedroom Palace Suite. 

It has its own bar, billiards table, cinema, pool and hot tub. 

Then there’s the exclusive Alle lounge on 66 – a bar on the top floor with an awe-inspiring view, particularly at night. 

Pictured is the 'awe-inspiring view' from the exclusive Alle Lounge on 66 on the hotel's top floor

Pictured is the ‘awe-inspiring view’ from the exclusive Alle Lounge on 66 on the hotel’s top floor

Jo dines at Wally's. With forty restaurants, there’s 'something for every taste and budget' at the resort, she reveals

Jo dines at Wally’s. With forty restaurants, there’s ‘something for every taste and budget’ at the resort, she reveals

Jo's meal at Wally's. She says: 'Famed for wine, charcuterie and truffles, its creamy French Brillat cheese (served with honey) was waiter-recommended and sensational. Don’t miss out'

Jo’s meal at Wally’s. She says: ‘Famed for wine, charcuterie and truffles, its creamy French Brillat cheese (served with honey) was waiter-recommended and sensational. Don’t miss out’

Jo says: 'Win or lose at the casino, Resorts World delivers what it says on the tin - you will "stay fabulous"'

Jo says: ‘Win or lose at the casino, Resorts World delivers what it says on the tin – you will “stay fabulous”‘

Resorts World is centrally located, bang in the middle of the north end of the strip, Jo reveals. This picture shows Las Vegas's Eiffel Tower attraction to the south

Resorts World is centrally located, bang in the middle of the north end of the strip, Jo reveals. This picture shows Las Vegas’s Eiffel Tower attraction to the south 

TRAVEL FACTS

Double rooms at the Conrad, Resorts World Las Vegas (rwlasvegas.com) start from £60 ($79) a night.

A glass of champers is obligatory.

With 40 restaurants, there’s something for every taste and budget. 

Top picks include Japanese Kusa Nori for sushi and sashimi (the yellowtail with goose liver is a must) and Wally’s for brunch. 

Famed for wine, charcuterie and truffles, its creamy French Brillat cheese (served with honey) was waiter-recommended and sensational. Don’t miss out.

Calories can be danced off in the hotel’s starry nightclub Zouk, where guest DJs include Calvin Harris and Zedd.

Win or lose at the casino, Resorts World delivers what it says on the tin. You will ‘Stay Fabulous’. What better incentive for a holiday?

For more videos from Jo, visit her YouTube channel – Go With Jo 

Resorts World Las Vegas, pictured, cost $4.3billion (£3.1billion) to build, Jo reveals

Resorts World Las Vegas, pictured, cost $4.3billion (£3.1billion) to build, Jo reveals 

The casino at Resorts World Las Vegas. 'My mission was to experience everything the hotel has to offer during my short stay,' says Jo

The casino at Resorts World Las Vegas. ‘My mission was to experience everything the hotel has to offer during my short stay,’ says Jo 

A bird's-eye view of the swimming pools at Resorts World Las Vegas

A bird’s-eye view of the swimming pools at Resorts World Las Vegas

RESORTS WORLD LAS VEGAS BY THE NUMBERS 

Resorts World cost $4.3billion (£3.1billion) to build.

It’s the first new hotel on the Las Vegas strip for over 10 years, with 3,506 rooms shared between three different hotels – the Hilton, Conrad and Crockfords.

It has 40 restaurants, seven swimming pools, a casino the size of two football pitches and the biggest theatre in Las Vegas, with a 5,000-person capacity.