Tips and deals: 30/11/2008

The gear

New from, the Wrap-up Tripod is a protective case featuring an integrated stand. Attach the die-cast aluminium tripod to your camera's screw-in socket for use on the move with the minimum of fuss. Price £19.95.

The hotel

Opening tomorrow, The Vine, in Funchal on Madeira, is a contemporary 79-room hotel that includes a restaurant overseen by three-Michelin star chef Antoine Westermann, a spa, open-air heated infinity pool, and rooftop bar. Go to

The restaurant

Three on the Bund, the chic designer leisure and entertainment complex in Shanghai, has reworked the JG Bar as Nougatine. The relaxed venue will open in the evenings to serve sophisticated bistro food. Go to

The bargain

Top up your tan for Christmas. Save £136 on a seven-night holiday at the 4T Hotel Gigantes in Tenerife. Price £359 per person, based on two sharing, the deal includes return flights from Luton, transfers and half board. Departs 9 December. Go to