Sophie Lam

Sophie Lam is Head of Travel at The Independent. She joined the travel desk in 2004, after spending several months in Central America and when not in the office is happiest on the beach.

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Suite dreams: the JW Marriott in Venice

Chic new hotels in 2015: From Britain's first football-themed property to a Facebook millionaire's debut desert resort

You won't be short of new and unusual options next year, says Sophie Lam

The vintage modern look in the lobby

Abode, Mumbai, India: B&B and beyond

A tucked-away guesthouse, near India's most famous hotel, hints at Mumbai's youthful, creative outlook, says Sophie Lam

On the rocks: a Jawai safari car on the look-out for leopards

Rajasthan leopard safari: Spot the boundaries

A pioneering safari camp in Rajasthan focuses on a thriving local leopard population. A key to the cats' vitality could be the absence of fences.

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Winter sports cover could leave you out in the cold

Read the small print when buying travel insurance for your annual ski holidays

The Pineapple is an 18th-century summer house in Dunmore, Scotland

The Landmark Trust's historic holiday homes

To the manor born, if only for the weekend

The Landmark Trust at 50: Castles, pineapples, Egyptian follies and watchtowers to call your own

Architectural charity announces ambitious plans for 2015

Google has created a series of travel settings to showcase its apps

Google travel apps: Never feel lost again... unless you're offline

Something to declare

Five ways Google is making it easier to travel the world

From maps to languages - and taking amazing pictures along the way - Google wants to take over the world of exploration

Strike a pose: 'At first, we found it amusing, but after the ninth or tenth occasion, our smiles started to crack.'

Travel snaps: Why every picture should tell a human story

Something to declare

Pretty perfect: a Top Notch room

Dormy House, Worcestershire

A rural idyll writ large in the Cotswolds
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