From heated pods and Caledonian barges to micro-region festivals
Saturday 11 May 2013
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).
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).
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).
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).
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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