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Travel Agenda: Wild isle, Price is right, Picture perfect, On the ranch, Capital gains, Home grow, Hotel style secrets

Where to go and what to know

Wild isle

Bruny Island is on the wild side of Australia, just south of Tasmania's capital, with fascinating wildlife and the country's southernmost vineyard. A new three-day "Long Weekend" tour costs A$1,480 (£925), with transfers from Hobart, hotels, activities, food and wine (bit.ly/Bruny72).

Price is right

Journeys of Distinction's first all-inclusive brochure has trips to Cuba, Kenya and the Nile. Prices start at £1,095pp for the six-day China tour (jod.uk.com).

Picture perfect

Designer Paul Smith has created a new limited-edition camera. The Leica X2 marries vintage-style with 16 megapixels and a 24mm lens. It's available from November for £2,000 (paulsmith.co.uk).

On the ranch

San Diego's Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa has just come to the end of a $30m transformation, which includes the opening of a restaurant, resplendent with an original Damien Hirst butterfly artwork and 49 refurbished Mediterranean-style guest casitas (ranchovalencia.com).

Capital gains

The Croatian capital Zagreb has a new B&B. Studios Kairos offers four rooms, each hinting at the city's history. They include the Writer's Room, with books, a vintage typewriter and a quill motif painted on the wall. B&B from 440 kuna (£48) (studio-kairos.com).

Home grown

Luxury English fashion house Mulberry has just launched Brilliant Britain, a guide to the nation's great and unique design, fashion, food, drink, art, architecture, culture, hotels, music and institutions. The full guide can be found at brilliantbritainguide.com, and a distilled printed version is available in Mulberry stores.

Hotel style secrets

Kit Kemp, the design director and co-owner of Firmdale Hotels (the Soho Hotel, Crosby Street Hotel, Haymarket Hotel et al) collates the ideas and inspiration behind her bold, colourful interior design in a new book, A Living Space; £30 (hardiegrant.co.uk).


The starting price, in sterling, of Explore's new 'Highlights of Kurdistan' week-long tour of Iraq. It includes flights,hotels, meals, transport and guides. There are five departures planned from May to October, 2013 (explore.co.uk).