Today: The West End of London welcomes Christmas shoppers. Oxford Street and Regent Street are closed to traffic this weekend, opening up the roads to pedestrians (westendvip.com). Meanwhile in Tulúm on Mexico's Mayan Riviera, Design Hotels is hosting a pop-up beach camp of 99 rustic-chic cabanas. Papaya Playa is open to guests until 5 May 2012 (papayaplayaproject.com).
This week: The no-frills revolution continues in the Caribbean. On Friday, REDjet starts flying between Barbados and St Lucia, offering a low-cost way to combine the two islands (flyredjet.com). Also on Friday, Inghams starts its winter ski programme in the French resort of Flaine, based on British Airways flights from Heathrow to Geneva (inghams.co.uk).
In the diary: A new express coach service, the Disneyland Paris Express picks up visitors from four central points in the French capital and takes them to the park in 90 minutes, allowing the theme park to be worked into a city break stay (or a day trip to Paris to be included in a stay at Disneyland). Tickets include admission to the park (disneylandparis-express.com).