Ski season extended, new Waterford flights, and Joan of Arc in Rouen: Travel agenda

Where to go and what to know

1. Better late ...

The opening date for the Mandarin Oriental in Marrakech has been moved back, but bookings are now being accepted from 18 June. Several villas and suites have private pools. The property is south east of the centre, a 10-minute drive away.

mandarinoriental.com

2. Bus plus

Singapore Airlines is offering fares until June that include free National Express coach transfers from a range of cities in England and Wales. These tickets protect you in the event of delay or cancellation en route to the airport. Once a charge becomes applicable, a fare from Birmingham to Bali jumps from £545 to £840.

singaporeair.com/coach-fly

3. Malé warning

The Foreign Office is warning visitors to the Maldives that street protests are taking place most evenings in the capital, Malé. "Remain vigilant, take appropriate security precautions and avoid large gatherings, protests and rallies," says the latest advice.

bit.ly/MalDemo

4. In at No 1

1 Hotel South Beach opens on 23 March in Miami Beach. It goes against the glossy Art Deco grain with a New England beach house aesthetic and has several pools, one of which sits next to the beach itself. Guests can hire bikes, jet skis and cabañas, order a picnic basket or a dish from a rotating roster of farm producers, or simply bask on the beach. Doubles from $378 (£252) in low season.

1hotels.com

5. Arc life

The story of Joan of Arc will be told in depth from next Saturday, when the Historial Jeanne d'Arc opens in the city where she died, Rouen. More than €10m has been spent on creating the attraction. Open daily, except Monday, admission €9.50.

historial-jeannedarc.fr

6. Ski longer

Healthy snow conditions in some high-altitude European resorts has persuaded Neilson to extend the ski season. It has added departures to Les Deux Alpes and Tignes in the French Alps for 11 April, with prices including flights from Gatwick, transfers and half-board accommodation at £400 or less.

neilson.co.uk

7. Retro route

The very first Ryanair route connected Waterford in southern Ireland with Luton. The airline dropped it decades ago, but from 27 April VLM starts flying the link twice daily. There are also four weekly services from Birmingham to Waterford.

flyvlm.com

8. Fast track

Domestic passengers on British Airways arriving at London City airport can leave their checked-in baggage behind, so long as they have pre-booked the AirPortr carousel collection service. For between £25 and £45 for the first bag (depending on the destination), your luggage will be delivered within the M25 area. International arrivals are expected to be included soon.

portr.com

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