Travel Agenda: Fresh look for Independent Traveller; Te Waonui Forest Retreat opens in New Zealand; Lake of Stars in Malawi

Today: The Independent Traveller launches with a fresh design, bringing the best from the world of travel to Independent readers. In today's new-look issue: Alex James takes his family to Sardinia, Brian Viner tees off in South Carolina and Simon Calder reveals his A-Z of air travel. To get involved, email, visit, or follow us at

This week: The South Island of New Zealand gets a new luxury hotel on Tuesday. The Te Waonui Forest Retreat opens in the rainforest of Franz Josef with cool, contemporary design ( From Wednesday, all Delta and Northwest services from Heathrow will be on Boeing 767-400s with lie-flat beds in business class and video-on-demand in both cabins ( And on Thursday, Peoplestravel in Baker Street, London will be hosting a "Wild Sri Lanka: an Island Safari" evening, with photography and food (

In the diary: Head to the Lake of Stars in Malawi. The bill of the eclectic music festival, 15-18 October, features the Maccabees and a host of soon-to-be-announced African musicians (