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Travel agenda

From Chilean Patagonia to luxury bell tents and Dr Who at Heathrow

Wild luxury

Bookings have now opened for Awasi, a new hotel due to open in Chilean Patagonia on 15 November. Set in a private reserve amid the peaks of the Torres del Paine, it has 12 luxury cabins and offers excursions. Three-night packages from US$2,100/£1,400pp (awasi.info).

Bell of the ball

Amber's Bell Tent Camping has opened on the grounds of Mannington Hall in North Norfolk, with two luxury bell tents. £150 for a two-night stay (ambersbelltents.co.uk).

Ex- terminal!

Passengers passing through Heathrow will be treated to a series of Dr Who sightings, ahead of the 50th anniversary of the show in November, including displays of props (heathrowairport.com).

Luggage deluxe

Anya Hindmarch's newest luxury travel bag, The Walton, is made from sand-coloured canvas with contrasting leather trim. It can be personalised with initials, a name or a message on the key cover. £850 (anyahindmarch.com).

Make a splash

Center Parcs has opened Venture Cove, a family water playground at its Elveden Forest site in Suffolk. It features a toddler pool heated to 30C, slides, fountains and viewing areas for parents (centerparcs.co.uk).


The area, in square metres of the solar roof panels on Paris's new youth hostel, Pajol. There are also 99 bedrooms, a restaurant, bar and covered gardens at this renovated 1920s railway warehouse near the gares du Nord and de l'Est. Dorm beds from €29.50 including breakfast (hihostels.com).

Orient express

Hyper Japan celebrates the Asian nation's culture and cuisine from 26 to 28 July at Earls Court Two exhibition centre in London. There will be sake tasting and sushi-making, fashion shows and martial arts; tickets £12 (hyperjapan.co.uk).

Scott spot

Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, near Melrose in Scotland, has re-opened after a £12m transformation that has restored the property to the writer's original concept. Admission is £8.75 (scottsabbotsford.co.uk).