Mark Jones

Mark Jones started writing about travel for The Evening Standard in the 1990s and has been a regular contributor to the travel pages of The Independent since 2011. He edited the British Airways magazine High Life and now divides his time between that publication, the Best Western Magazine Do Not Disturb and writing. He is a past Travelex Magazine Writer of the Year (for Krakow) and in 2013 won the AITO Travel Writer of the Year award for a piece on the Galapagos. He divides his time between the Chiltern hills and the Andalucian mountains. Geographically, he specialises in – everywhere and nowhere.

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Points of interest: Good tour guiding is a rare skill

Tour guides should cut to the chase and make it snappy

I never get bored when travelling, but boy, tour guides have taken me perilously close.

Chianti's Cecchini butcher shop is worth the trip

Long-tail tourism: Indulging our travel tastes

Long-tail theory argues that the internet has allowed us an unprecedented opportunity to pursue our very individual tastes

Northbank: Welcome to 'Harrodsland' and 'Fortnumia'?

Something to declare

Sense of style: The Sanderson, London

Boutique hotels: 30 years of Schrager's blueprint

As Morgans, the self-proclaimed 'first boutique hotel', celebrates a milestone, Mark Jones charts the rise and rise of a hard-to-define accommodation concept

Take a view: Porto Montenegro

Montenegro: A deep-water destination for deep pockets

Former military bases in this tiny Adriatic nation are being transformed into swish marinas and five-star resorts. Mark Jones visits three of the latest developments
Vroom service: The Four Seasons group is leasing this Boeing 757 to take customers cityhopping around its hotel chain

Why shouldn't hoteliers spread their wings?

Something to declare

Little Dix Bay was developed as a resort in the 1950s

The Caribbean: More foreign than you think

Something to declare

Pretty city: the capital, Torshavn Kimberley Coole

Faroe Islands: Tomorrow’s world out in the Atlantic

This remote, Nordic archipelago is notoriously wild and windswept, but the islanders’ laid-back approach to life casts a spell over Mark Jones

Greece is the word: the hill town of Monemvasia

Enjoy a life of ease in the Peloponnese

Luxury retreats are blazing a trail for a new style of rural tourism in Greece, says Mark Jones

The pool at Budapest's Gellert

Luxury hotels: A grand nostalgia for old-world opulence

Wes Anderson's new film features a luxury hotel in an imagined country. But do these cathedrals of hospitality and service still exist?

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Tribal gathering

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Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians
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Illnesses, car crashes and suicides

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No-one is admitting where the bodies are buried - literally and metaphorically
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Power of the geek Gods

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Get carried away with 10 best trays

Serve with ceremony on a tray chic carrier
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Team Murray firing on all cylinders for title assault

Coaches Amélie Mauresmo and Jonas Bjorkman aiming to make Scot Wimbledon champion again
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Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

Vasek Pospisil must ignore tiredness and tell himself: I'm in the quarter-final, baby!
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Angus Fraser's top 10 Ashes moments

He played in five series against Australia and covered more as a newspaper correspondent. From Waugh to Warne and Hick to Headley, here are his highlights
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EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
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Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
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Heavy weather

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Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
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