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From heated pods and Caledonian barges to micro-region festivals

Dutch delight

The Mainport Hotel opens on the banks of the Nieuwe Maas river in Rotterdam on Monday. As well as whirlpool baths and private saunas in some of the 215 rooms, there will be an On The Rocks cocktail bar and an east-meets-west Down Under restaurant. (mainporthotel.com).

La Ville Rose

The inaugural Toulouse International Art Festival takes place in the scenic French city later this month, from 24 May to 23 June. ( toulouseartfestival.com).

Indian idylls

A new adventure tour operator, Totally India, offers anything from trekking tours in Kashmir, to tiger safaris and cycling in Kerala and Rajasthan ( totallyindia.net).

Highland gains

Caledonian Discovery has launched a second barge, Ros Crana, on the Caledonian Canal in Scotland. The boat has space for 12 guests, with outdoor activities such as canoeing, sailing and mountain-biking on offer ( fingal-cruising.co.uk).

It's a small world

Another World: A Festival Micronation takes place at Thoulstone Park in Somerset from 30 May to 2 June. As well as live music, the festival will be arranged in micro-regions and tickets issued as "visas" ( sunrisefestivals.co.uk).

Dome comforts

The Finnish town of Nellim is now home to "Aurora Bubbles" – heated pods with a double bed and a transparent north-facing wall for spotting the Northern Lights. Available from September via The Aurora Zone ( theaurorazone.com).

Street wise

Countries from Turkey to Trinidad and Tobago, will be showing off their culture and cuisine at The World on Regent Street festival in London tomorrow. ( regentstreetonline.com).

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