Travel agenda

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

From Heston at Heathrow to Cuba by catamaran

1. Cook's tour

Tour operator Cox & Kings has launched MasterChef Travel, a collection of escorted foodie itineraries led by former contestants of the popular television series, including last year's champion Keri Moss, who will lead the inaugural five-night trip to Marrakech in March (£1,395pp). Other participants include 2010's winner Dhruv Baker and this year's finalist Larkin Cen.

2. Surf's up

Grupo Habita is due to open the Hotel Escondido in the Mexican state of Oaxaca on 1 December. It will offer 16 beach bungalows – all with thatched roofs, wood floors and a private pool – on an unspoiled stretch of coast, just north of Puerto Escondido. The tiny fishing port is renowned as one of the country's best surfing spots. Doubles from US$213 (£142), room only.

3. Rest stop

The flagship Plaza Premium Lounge has opened at Hong Kong airport. The facility, on Level 7 of Terminal 1, is claimed to be Asia's largest. It is open to all passengers for a fee: two hours costs US$49.40 (£33). It offers a complimentary bar, Wi-Fi, television, newspapers, and a restaurant serving tapas and local dishes. Snooze rooms, showers and spa cost extra.

4. Art attack

Art Basel returns once again to Miami Beach from 5-8 December. If you're looking for a reason to go this year, perhaps the opening of the new Pérez Art Museum might tempt you. The $220m development, designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron (who also transformed the Tate Modern), will be unveiled in the Bicentennial Park on 3 December, with an exhibition on Ai Weiwei

5. Weight gain

Singapore Airlines is the latest long-haul carrier to raise its weight limit for checked-in baggage. Starting this weekend, economy-class passengers can check in 30kg each, up from 20kg. Business and first-class passengers are allowed 40 and 50kg respectively. The airline flies four times a day from Heathrow to Singapore, and daily from Manchester, with connections to Australasia.

 6. Get wild

Steppes Travel has announced a range of unusual new tours for next year. Options include the chance to sail around the coastline of Cuba by catamaran (from £3,260pp); track wolves in Yellowstone National Park (from £2,095pp); or cruise around Canada's remote islands, pausing to spot humpback whales, dolphins and sea lions (from £3,195pp).

7. Heston at T2

Three-Michelin-starred chef, Heston Blumenthal, will bring his much-lauded take on gastronomy to Heathrow's rebuilt Terminal 2. The only downside is you'll have to wait until June next year to sample the new restaurant. Until then, we're promised the menu will showcase Heston's celebration of all things British, with a novel take on such traditional dishes as fish and chips.

8. Joy rides

For one more reason to visit Birmingham, how about the last passenger flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10? This aircraft is currently in passenger service only with Bangladesh Biman. The airline is retiring the jet to an American museum next February. On the way from Dhaka, it is calling at Birmingham, where a series of one-hour joyrides are planned.

The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations

Suggested Topics
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Lewis Hamilton will start the Singapore Grand Prix from pole, with Nico Rosberg second and Daniel Ricciardo third
F1... for floodlit Singapore Grand Prix
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvHe is only remaining member of original cast
Arts and Entertainment
tvHighs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Fans hold up a scarf at West Ham vs Liverpool
footballAfter Arsenal's clear victory, focus turns to West Ham vs Liverpool
New Articles
i100... she's just started school
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
New Articles
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
New Articles
i100... despite rising prices
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    IT Administrator - Graduate

    £18000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: ***EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FO...

    USA/Florida Travel Consultants £30-50k OTE Essex

    Basic of £18,000 + commission, realistic OTE of £30-£50k : Ocean Holidays: Le...

    Marketing Executive / Member Services Exec

    £20 - 26k + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Marketing Executive / Member Services Ex...

    Sales Account Manager

    £15,000 - £25,000: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has arisen for ...

    Day In a Page

    Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

    Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

    Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
    Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

    Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

    The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
    The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

    Scrambled eggs and LSD

    Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
    'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

    'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

    Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
    Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

    New leading ladies of dance fight back

    How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
    Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

    A shot in the dark

    Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
    His life, the universe and everything

    His life, the universe and everything

    New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
    Reach for the skies

    Reach for the skies

    From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
    These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

    12 best hotel spas in the UK

    Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
    These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

    Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

    Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
    Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

    Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

    His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam