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10 hot rooftop pools: Would you like a pool with your view? Then head to one of these hotels to enjoy jaw-dropping outlooks while you cool down.
Some people believe that Shangri-la is a physical place, others believe it’s a state of mind – and that’s just what the newest edition of My Shangri-La sets out to capture.
Armchair scuba divers will soon be able to explore one of the world’s most spectacular underwater ecosystems without leaving home thanks to a pioneering research survey mapping the Great Barrier Reef.

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on the road in Ecuador.


Hotel of the month: ShaSa Resort & Residences Tiered down a hill on beautiful Laem Set Beach and overlooking the Gulf of Thailand is the exclusive, five-star ShaSa Resort & Residences, the perfect place to flee for a romantic getaway or to spend some quality time with the family.

From China to Canada, Tuscany to Turkey, there’s a new way to explore the world in style. With more than 30 years experience in the tour and travel world, Peregrine has extended its reach to include bespoke, luxurious experiences: Peregrine Reserve.
The upcoming London Summer Olympic Games will have many of us running around. Thankfully, there are plenty of new places to put your feet up between events. Here, three of the city’s hottest spa escapes.

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Alodaw Pauk Pagoda Market

Give the notorious floating markets of Inle Lake a pass - unless you enjoy being endlessly harassed by aggressive touts and have a desire to be shaken out of your unstable skiff and dumped in the lake.

Yongsan Electronics Market

If it blinks, beeps, whizzes, whirs or walks with a computerised gait, chances are good you’ll be able to buy it at Yongsan.

Gypsy Bride Market

If you’re hard-pressed to find a blushing bride, you might consider a visit to the Gypsy Bride Market in Mogila.

Yuen Po Street Bird Garden.

The Yuen Po Street Bird Garden is a place where locals bring their prized song birds to sing cheery songs to one another.

Witches’ Market

Known locally as the Mercado de Hechiceria or Mercado de las Brujas, the Witches’ Market in La Paz is packed with shops selling goods used in local Aymara rituals.

Pottery Factory

San Juan de Oriente is a picturesque village that rests in the shadow of the indomitable Masaya Volcano.

Deyrolle Taxidermy

Less a market and more a shop, Deyrolle deserves honourable mention on account of it being the single strangest shop in all of Paris, and perhaps the entirety of Europe, mostly because there’s nowhere else

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