Travel agenda

From Travel Photo of the Year to Guinea Bissau, luxury luggage and saltwater hippos

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Longer lens

The closing date for our Travel Photo of the Year competition, held in conjunction with Wanderlust magazine, has been extended to 31 October. For more details on how to enter, including full terms and conditions, go to the website (

Party pad

Only YOU is a new townhouse hotel in Madrid that comes from the same group behind the Ushuaia beach hotel in Ibiza. Expect the same buzzing bar but a touch more grown-up bedrooms, featuring midnight-blue walls, antique maps and bright airy windows that look out across the rooftops of the Spanish capital. Doubles from €146, B&B (

City-state of play

The Singapore Biennale launches today and continues until 16 February, 2014, with events across seven venues (

US express

US Airways has announced a new route between Manchester and its largest American hub, Charlotte in North Carolina, from 22 May next year (

Into Africa

Explore has a range of new tours that include unusual offerings such as the 12-day trip to Guinea Bissau and the 88-island Atlantic archipelago of Bijagos. Departing in November and December next year, the tour travels across savannah, lagoons and mangroves to admire birdlife, green turtles and saltwater hippos. From £3,192pp, with flights (

Case study

Luxury luggage brand, Antler, has released a new case with a subtle flag design on its outer shell, in shades of red, white and blue. Medium from £169; cabin-size from £159 (

Dutch master

A new lifestyle hotel, art'otel amsterdam, has just opened opposite Centraal Station in the Dutch capital. It displays artworks by Atelier Van Lieshout. It has 107 guestrooms, a gym, indoor pool and sauna, and an arts, dining and social space called 5&33. Doubles from €249, B&B (


The number of rooms that will be unveiled at the new Maalifushi by COMO resort in the Maldives when it opens on 15 December. There's also a spa and on-site dive centre (