Tips and deals of the week: Vana Belle Koh Samui, Spineology ski jacket and Wikivoyage


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The hotel

Vana Belle opens in Koh Samui, Thailand, today. The Luxury Collection resort has 80 villas, each with private pool. There's a spa, and you can explore Ang Tong National Marine Park (

The gear

North Face's new Spineology ski jacket and trousers are storm-proof and colourful. The jacket features a collar with respirator panel, and an integrated avalanche rescue system. From £345 (

The website

Wikipedia has launched Wikivoyage. It's a free online resource that anybody can add to or edit and there are already more than 26,000 articles. Its Destination of the Month is Walt Disney World (