Travel Agenda: Gaya Island Resort; Cornwall; National Football Museum; Thailand; Arctic adventures; Roche Castle


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Tropical retreat

The Malaysian island of Pulau Gaya, off the coast of Sabah in Borneo, is cloaked in rainforest, pocketed with caves and encircled by an iridescent sea. From Sunday, this exotic isle becomes even more enticing as the Gaya Island Resort (from the group that runs Tanjong Jara and Pangkor Laut) opens with 121 villas and suites, three restaurants and a spa village set in the mangroves. Villas from 600 ringgits/£120 (

Up and away

BA's sale (to 10 July at has two nights in Prague for £215 and many other holiday and flight deals for autumn and winter, excl Christmas.

Star of the South West

A new website, Cornwallguide, has launched, with buckets and spades of ideas to entertain holidaymakers heading to the south-west this summer.

Kick start

The National Football Museum opens in Manchester next Friday. Interactive exhibits include a penalty shoot out; Maradona's "Hand of God" shirt is on display (

Trouble in Thailand

Two foreigners were wounded, one fatally, in separate stabbing incidents in Phuket earlier this month. However, the Foreign Office focuses its crime warnings on the islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui (

Arctic adventures

World Expeditions has launched new trips to some of the most remote locations on the planet, including Franz Joseph Land in Russia and the Canadian Arctic (

King of the castle

A new luxury holiday let lowers its drawbridge tomorrow. The 12th-century Roche Castle, in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park sleeps 12; weekly rental from £4,000 (