Kate Simon

Kate Simon is the Travel Correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. She was Travel Editor of The Independent on Sunday from 2005 to 2011. Kate is also the co-founder of Little Black Book Creative (www.lbbcreative.co.uk), which offers editorial services, media relations consultancy and travel-writing training.

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Added texture: elegant
interiors at the Dorset
Square Hotel

Room Service: Dorset Square, London

Regency revival in the capital

Press darling: Smart interiors at The Printworks

B & B and Beyond: The Printworks, Hastings

The Victorian offices of a south-coast newspaper now house a stylish and spacious B&B

Island beauty: Eden Rock hotel

St Barts: A dose of Caribbean glamour ... by way of Sweden and France

These days glitzy St Barthelemy is best known as a haven for the smart set, but there's also a complex colonial history to explore, says Kate Simon

Cycling holidays are ideal for the active traveller

Travel in 2013: Holidays for the active

You'll need proper pedal power to take part in the first Women Only Week organised by Alpine cycling holiday specialist Velo Vercors (00 33 4 75 71 35 50; velovercors.com) from 4-11 May.

Venice is an ideal holiday destination for couples

Travel in 2013: Holidays for couples

What better reason do you need to take your loved one to the romantic city of Venice than to revel in the spruced-up interiors of the Gritti Palace (00 39 041 2961 2222; star woodhotels.com), due to reopen in February after a major refurbishment?

Palm-fringed beaches in the Maldives

Travel in 2013: Holidays for beach bums

British Airways (0844 493 0758; ba.com/srilanka) resumes flights to Sri Lanka in April, after a 15-year hiatus.

The Azores

Travel in 2013: Holidays for nature-lovers

The potential to see some of the brightest displays of aurora borealis in 50 years continues through the first few months of 2013.

El Gouna Watersports Complex

Travel in 2013: Holidays for families

The Egyptian Red Sea resort of El Gouna (elgouna.com) will open a “cable water park” in July.

Travel in 2013: Holidays for the creative

Learn how to make paint, then use it to depict images of the landscape on a holiday in Almeria, Spain.

Travel in 2013: Holidays for campers

The WeDubYou (020-7193 9058; wedubyou.com) fleet of customised Seventies VW camper vans (top) is set to hit the highways of south-west France in 2013.

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