The Big Six: Villas in Ibiza

From a luxury villa that offers a decked terracs overlooking the sea to a whitewashed townhouse on a quiet corner of a quiet cobbled street inside Dalt Vila...

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Fazenda Nova, Portugal

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First seen as part of a 1912 double bill, Ariadne auf Naxos was revised and reshaped as Europe plunged into the carnage of the First World War. Strauss was profoundly relieved when his son, Franz, was declared unfit for military service. But his librettist, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, had already served as a reservist when the now familiar version of their backstage comedy on high and low art premiered in Vienna in 1916, four days after the assassination of the prime minister in the dining room of a hotel a few minutes' walk from the opera house.

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The 'real life Atlantis': Eerie photographs capture Villa Epceun - the Argentinian town that spent 25 years underwater

Eerie images have captured a deserted village once dubbed the “real life Atlantis” after it spent over 25 years under water.

Police at the gate to Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath

Woman found dead in hotel pool was celebrating her birthday

Tests shows 22-year-old and boyfriend drowned at hotel but what happened is a mystery

The 10 metre pool at the four star Down Hall Country House Hotel was open to guests but unsupervised. The couple, who had checked in together, were found in their swimming costumes

Two guests found dead in Essex hotel pool 'drowned'

Staff dived into the water to save them but they could not be resuscitated

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The Big Six: from clifftop locations to freshwater pools and rustic interiors

The Big Six: Costa Rican hideaways

Private reserves, colourful casitas and boutique retreats

The Hajj is a particular target for fraudsters because of the costs and complexity involved

Holiday scams leave British travellers £1.5m out of pocket

Rising problem of online fraud sees thousands of tourists paying for fake hotels, flights and trips

The slump in country house sales began with the financial crisis in 2008

An Englishman's home is his chateau: Potential bargains for Brits as bottom falls out of French second home market

A second home in the country is a luxury the French can no longer afford - cue an invasion of British bargain hunters?

Paperback review: Ashenden By Elizabeth Wilhide

The many lives of a country house that spans the centuries

Saul Sanchez, 48: “He is a very simple man. You know it because he liked to come here and just be with us. He is just a normal person who would eat and drink with us”

'The Slum Pope? He is bigger than that – he is for all the poor people'

Before becoming Pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio won the hearts of the slum people ministering to the poor and sick

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