Reflected glory: you're never far from a swimming pool at the Palais Namaskar in Marrakech

Room Service: Palais Namaskar, Marrakech

Make a splash in a Moroccan palace

Take a stroll with a stroller with the aid of a new book, Beautiful Buggy Walks England, a guide to 50 family walks. £16.95 (punkpublishing.co.uk)

Album: Diabel Cissokho, Kanabory Siyama (World Village)

This gently appealing CD reflects the serene continuity of Senegal's traditional music.

Something To Declare: BMI domestic flights; Kenya; Eastern Easter; Icelandic spectacular

Bargain of the week: BMI domestic flights

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Palais Namaskar, Marrakech

Coma recovery woman Alexandra Singer's book released

A woman who spent three months in a coma is due to see the debut novel she had completely forgotten she was writing appear in print.

Pillar talk: The Ben Youssef Medersa

48 Hours: Marrakech

From the ancient medina to the Palmeraie, Morocco's Rose City offers a warm escape from the cold of winter.

Djemaa el Fna, central Marrakech, has entertainment every evening

Dazzled by Morocco's desert city

City Slicker: Marrakech - The most exotic place you can reach within three hours from Britain? Amar Grover offers tips for new and returning visitors

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Now... Dominican delight

The Dominican Republic offers a host of natural wonders including the Caribbean's highest peak at Pico Duarte, and its largest lake at Lake Enriquillo. Fly out on 25 January from Manchester for a 14-night stay at ClubHotel Riu Mambo in Bahia Maimon on the north coast for £935 per person, all inclusive, with Thomas Cook. Thomascook.com

Wicker world: baskets in one of Marrakech's souks

Marrakech: It ain't half hot, mum

When Victoria Summerley decided to take her octogenarian mother to Marrakech, her friends doubted her wisdom. But after snake-charmers, souks and shopping, she'd proved them wrong

Moroccan military plane crash kills 78

At least 78 people were killed yesterday when a Moroccan military transport plane crashed into a mountain in the south of the country during bad weather.

Cooper Brown: I need a vacation

I'm tired... so goddam tired. I need a vacation and I haven't had one in ages. The problem is that I hate going away in Europe. Europeans really annoy me with their dull little towns that are all closed by nine in the evening after they have finished patronising me with suggestions for expensive, hideous wine to wash down the various inedible cuts of meat they like to eat in their particular armpit of the continent.

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