The freebie

At £555 a head, including maps, B&B and luggage transfers. Go to

The bar

Rio de Janeiro's iconic hotel, the Cobacabana Palace, is opening a new lounge bar this Thursday. South African architect Graham Viney is behind the bar's intricate fibre-optic lighting and the golden dance floor. Go to

The kit

If you're one of the increasing number of folk set to holiday under canvas this year, you might fancy one of Snugpak's new Laponie sleeping bags designed to suit the anatomical requirements of men, women and children. Go to

The bargain

Save up to £204 each at the Icehotel in Swedish Lapland. Three-night packages in March are available through Discover the World from £677 per person, based on two sharing, including direct flights to Kiruna, transfers and B&B, with one night in a snow room. Go to