Travel Agenda: Monaci delle Terre Nere; Fred Olsen; New York's 'Restaurant Week'; Western & Oriental

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Stylish Sicily

The Monaci delle Terre Nere is a newly converted villa on an organic farm below Mount Etna. It has six sumptuous rooms, orange groves outside and open fires within. Doubles €150, B&B (

Olympic blackout

Cruise line Fred Olsen promises no live TV sport – including the Olympics – on its four ships this summer, to preserve "a relaxing atmosphere" (fredolsen

Cuba caution

Eastern Cuba has seen a rise in gastro-intestinal diseases, including cholera, in the province of Granma. The FO advises "sensible precautions" on water, food and hygiene.

One step closer

Access to Adelaide gets much easier from 1 November, when the South Australian capital joins the Emirates route network from Dubai, with good connections from six UK airports. Return fares in November are around £1,000. (

Bite the Big Apple

The 20th New York "Restaurant Week" starts on Monday. It's actually a 25-day food fest, with hundreds of eateries such as Nobu in TriBeCa offering a three-course lunch menu for $24 (£16), and dinner at $35 (£23), weekdays until 10 Aug (

Light luxury

Western & Oriental has a new "light" collection of four- and five-star hotels at more affordable prices. They include the Aphrodite Hills Resort, Cyprus, where a week in a one-bed apartment starts at £299pp, excluding flights (

Passage to India

A lifestyle store selling Indian art and crafts has opened at the Taj, 51 Buckingham Gate in Victoria, central London. The Taj Khazana sells jewellery, pashminas, art and homeware (


The cost of a one-way fare to Paris or Lille from London, in a promotion for a new SNCF coach service launching on Monday 23 July (usual fare £45), available until 31 August. The iDBuses have free Wi-Fi, power sockets and reclining seats (