Travel Agenda: Tierra Patagonia hotel; Virgin Holidays; The Beach Tomato Shack; Samoa; Ryanair
Saturday 24 December 2011
Today: Check into the new Tierra Patagonia hotel, on the outskirts of Chile's Torres del Paine national park. The 40-room retreat overlooks the breathtaking beauty of Lake Sarmiento and has a list of outdoor activities from horse-riding to wildlife hikes (tierrapatagonia.com). Meanwhile, Virgin Holidays has opened its first retail shop on High Street Kensington in London, with pods dedicated to cruise, hotels and holidays (virginholidays.co.uk). And if you're about to head off on holiday, consider tour operator Black Tomato's new retail website The Beach Tomato Shack, which stocks beachwear and more (thebeachtomatoshack.com).
This week: Samoa in the South Pacific changes time zone on Thursday, hopping across the International Date Line and losing Friday in the process. This will enable it to be one of the first nations in the world to welcome in the New Year (samoa.travel).
In the diary: Ryanair has announced three new routes from Stansted to Greece, starting from March 2012 in time for summer. The connections include the first scheduled service to Chania, Crete's second airport, and another to Patras Araxos airport, which opens up the erstwhile remote Peloponnese peninsula. A new flight to the island of Kos rounds off the trio (ryanair.com).
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 2 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 4 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 5 Ball pool for adults opens in London
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account
£30000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity for...
£21000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Located on the stunning Sandban...
£26 - 35k (DOE): Guru Careers: An Email Marketing Specialist is needed to join...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity to join a is a...