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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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?

The Rosewood opened recently in Holborn: its inventory included nearly 2,000sq ft of Manor House Suite

Super suites: If you have something to say ... say it big

The jewel in a hotel's crown was once its penthouse suite. Now, London is going larger and better, says Mark Jones

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The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss