Travel Agenda - where to go and what to know
Stockholm hotel; Glasto snoozes; Iceland cyclothon; Manchester to Hong Kong; Italy guide; London party nights; Thailand flights; Tate on Matisse
Friday 11 April 2014
1. School’s out
Miss Clara Hotel has opened in a century-old building in Stockholm that once acted as the Ateneum school for girls. Named after the former head mistress, it now has 92 rooms, a downstairs gym and sauna, and a lively street-level restaurant on Sveavagen boulevard. Doubles Sk1,192 (£110).
2. Box fresh
Snoozebox will debut at Glastonbury this year. Designed for festivalgoers who like their creature comforts, each cube-like room comes with a flat-screen TV, power sockets, an en-suite wet room and key-card entry. The price for not sleeping with your head in a puddle? A cool £1,995 per double for five nights.
3. Pedal power
Iceland hosts a “cyclothon” around the country from 24-27 June. Starting in Reykjavik, keen cyclists can pedal around Highway 1, an 827-mile ring road that loops around the entire island. The non-stop relay race involves teams of one, four or 10 riders. Registration closes on 20 May and costs from Isk15,000 (£80)pp.
4. Flight time
Cathay Pacific has announced it will launch direct flights from Manchester to its hub in Hong Kong. The four-times-weekly service will depart every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 December. Tickets are sale now with returns starting at £659.
5. Dolce vita
Alastair Sawday’s new Italy guide is on sale from Monday. Browse the 135 new places to stay, from Follonico, a traditional Tuscan casale near Siena (doubles €135) to La Macina, a set of 200-year-old Puglian trulli buildings converted into self-catering cottages (€650 per week).
6. Night owls
Ian Schrager’s London Edition hotel in Fitzrovia has an “Epic Night Out” package for party animals. Priced at £305, it includes a one-night stay for two on either Friday or Saturday night, a welcome punch, access to the on-site Basement club, breakfast in bed and complimentary late check-out at 2pm. edition- hotels.marriott.com
7. Thai life
Finnair is due to introduce new scheduled flights from Helsinki to Krabi in Thailand – with regular connections from Heathrow and Manchester. The link will open up a destination that has previously only been available on a charter basis. It will run to Krabi twice weekly from 10 December.
8. Cut above
When ill health prevented Henri Matisse from painting, he took to composing cut-out collages. Now, a new exhibition at Tate Modern in London looks at this definitive era in the French artist’s life. More than 120 works will be on display from Thursday, until 17 September; £16.30.
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