Travel Column inches: the hotel's Spa Village

The pre-massage ritual involves writing a wish on a wax tablet while you stare at a fountain

Restaurant review: Berners Tavern is grown-up and gorgeous but won't suit everyone

It's been a while since I did this. The shuffle past sharp-suited doormen into the shock-and-awe lobby. The jostling at the bar alongside cocktail-sipping gobshites. The awkward attempt to interact with waitresses dressed in scanty black mini-dresses. The realisation that I'm the only female in the place wearing trousers, a dodo among flamingos.

Spanish electro-pop band return home after being kidnapped by Mexico's notorious Los Zetas drugs cartel

A Spanish electro-pop band have returned home from Mexico after being subjected to a terrifying, 30-hour “virtual kidnapping” by the notorious Los Zetas cartel.

B&B owners Peter and Hazelmary Bull: 'penalised for their beliefs'

Christian B&B owners appeal at Supreme Court over sex discrimination case

Peter Bull and wife Hazelmary want the Supreme Court to decide whether their decision to refuse to let civil partners Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy stay in a double room constituted sex discrimination

Deals of the week - Paris, Halkidiki, Thailand

Less than £200... November is a good month to visit Paris for low prices and an absence of crowds. Eurostar has two nights for £175 based on two sharing a twin room at the Hotel Nation, close to Paris Gare du Nord. The price includes rail from London St Pancras. eurostar.com

Get me out of here - Menorca, Budapest, Galápagos islands

Now... Mid-October is an ideal time to pick up an end-of-season bargain – such as £162 for a week's self-catering in Menorca, including Thomson flights from Gatwick on 16 October and accommodation at the Talayot Apartments in Cala'N Forcat. thomson.co.uk

The 10 Best autumn activity breaks

From mountain climbing to golfing, here’s a trip for all levels of adventurer

Peter and Hazelmary Bull outside their Chymorvah Hotel in Marazion, Cornwall

Christian owners of Chymorvah Hotel who refused to allow gay couple to stay in double room take legal fight to Supreme Court

Peter and Hazelmary Bull regard any sex outside marriage as a 'sin' but deny either direct or indirect discrimination

Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade

The O Zone: With our new coach we played Oldham a day early on ‘Fifa 14’

The O Zone: Behind the scenes at Leyton Orient

North Korean soldiers work on a building project to construct a ski resort at North Korea's Masik Pass.

Indyplus gallery: North Korea races against the clock to complete luxury ski resort Masik Pass

The pressure is on for builders in North Korea to complete the construction of a lavish ski resort by the end of this week.

Ritz raises valuation as interest from would-be buyers continues

The Barclay brothers have received "several unsolicited approaches" to buy The Ritz in London's Piccadilly, according to the luxury hotel's latest accounts.

Room Service: A literary favourite updated in Paris

Hotel Verneuil, Paris

Art of the matter: the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg

My life in travel: Henry Blofeld

'I'm quite the expert on honeymoons'

Legal blow for widow of poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko who risks bankruptcy by continuing her battle for a public inquiry

Marina Litvinenko’s fight for answers over the suspicious death of her husband, Alexander, has suffered another defeat after judges refused to protect her from facing crippling costs if she loses her legal battle for a public inquiry.

The late Glee star Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith died from cocktail of heroin and champagne, says coroner

Final coroner's report confirms the Glee star's death was accidental

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