Where to go and what to know

Get to Guernsey

With the film of Les Misérables opening this weekend, consider a trip to Guernsey, where Victor Hugo wrote the novel. Three nights in February at the Hotel de Havelet costs £273pp with Premier Holidays ( premierholidays.co.uk), including flights. Hugo-themed walks can be arranged via visitguernsey.com

A bid for sunshine

The Caribbean Hotel Company, which launched late last year, offers the chance to bid on room rates from a selection of 200 four- and five-star hotels in the region  ( thecaribbeanhotelcompany.co.uk).

Helping hand

The National Trust has new working holidays for 2013. A five-night family adventure along the Norfolk Coast in April , helping with bio-surveys and beach-cleaning, is £170pp with full board at Brancaster Millennium Activity Centre ( nationaltrust.org.uk).

Doha deluxe

The Amari Doha opened this month in the Qatari capital with 120 rooms, a spa and arooftop pool overlooking the city’s statuesque skyline ( amari.com/doha).

Tuck in

A new website guides visitors around the best places to eat and drink in North Wales. The emphasis is on local produce so, as well as restaurants, it lists food markets, events and delicatessens, plus seasonal recipes ( foodnorthwales.co.uk).

Look East

On Tuesday, Wendy Wu Tours launches tailor-made trips to the East. The ASIA Inspirations brochure covers China,  Thailand, India, Borneo and more ( asiainspirations.co.uk).

Scottish supper

The Nira Caledonia hotel, which opened last year in Edinburgh, will unveil its Blackwood Restaurant on 28 January. The focus will be its Josper grill, featuring charcoal-grilled Highland meats and fish, as well as a whisky bar ( niracaledonia.com).


The capacity,  in litres,  of Bergans of Norway’s   largest  “Skarstind”  rucksack.  Also available in three smaller sizes, the bags are designed to fit the body, with options for women and are lightweight. Prices from  between £65‑£90 ( bergans.com).