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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The Linley Suite’s circular bath

Berdoulat & Breakfast, Bath: B&B and beyond

Berdoulat & Breakfast offers guests a behind-the-scenes experience of its magnificent architecture, says Sophie Lam

Light fantastic: night view over Shanghai's overpass

John Malkovich: My life in travel

'Returning to Shanghai, it was just a different world'

Trulli special: The traditional Italian dry stone huts with conical roofs are now part of the UN's expanding brief

UNESCO awards: A confusion of titles and sub-categories

The organisation has taken to handing out titles at a puzzling rate

High and handsome: spacious bedrooms at Lakshman Sagar

Lakshman Sagar, India: Relax in bustle-free, rustic Rajasthan

This 19th-century maharaja's hunting lodge is marked out by two striking buildings that gleam like white marble temples astride a serene lake

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

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'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
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David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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