Plus, Moldova tourism gets a much-needed boost, award-winning food in Anglesey and wet-weather camping protection – in the form of a waterproof onesie
Better Late Luxury (betterlateluxury.com) is a new website with last-minute deals at luxury boltholes in 13 African countries. The picture shows Leobo, a staffed safari lodge in South Africa sleeping 18, quite the snip at £10,995 a week, though that includes use of a helicopter. There are pads for non-millionaires too, such as Dar Tamazerte, a villa for six with pool near Marrakech, at £42pp a night B&B, and affordable places in Zanzibar with big discounts.
Ye Olde Bull’s Head Inn and the Townhouse in Anglesey, north Wales, has been named the Welsh AA Restaurant of the Year. The inn is a Grade II-listed, 15th-century building in Beaumaris, serving up local dishes, such as Anglesey king scallops and lamb with caerphilly croquettes.
• Dinner, bed and breakfast from £60pp, bullsheadinn.co.uk.
Austin, Texas, often features in lists of cool US cities, with its thriving music scene, dive bars and diners. Now visitors can fly there non-stop for the first time with BA, which is launching direct flights from Heathrow in March – just in time for the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival.
• Return flights from £511, britishairways.com, discoveramerica.com
At-Bristol, the city’s family-focused science centre, is hosting an open-air ice rink for the first time this winter. The skating will take place on Millennium Square, with skaters reflected in the giant chrome bauble that holds the centre’s planetarium.
• Adults £7.50 for 45 minutes/kids £5.50, 10am-8pm from 9 November to 5 January. 0845 345 1235, at-bristol.org.uk
Moldova, one of Europe’s poorest countries, could benefit from more tourists. Baltic Holidays is offering trips for the first time this month. The Wine and Monasteries tour includes visits to the Milestii Mici cellars containing the largest collection of wine in the world; the Capriana monastery; the capital, Chisinau; and Transnistria, the breakaway territory that Moldova went to war over in 1992.
• From £546 for six days, including four-star B&B accommodation and activities, but excluding flights, balticholidays.com
The weather is taking a turn for the worse but there is no need to cancel the camping or avoid autumn walks. Simply slip into Frique’s waterproof onesie, designed by two friends who got a soaking at last year’s Secret Garden Party. They say their onesies are “mudproof, waterproof and definitely partyproof”.
• Waterproof onesie in pink or black, £60, friqueclothing.co.uk.
Richard Branson’s Caribbean house, which burned down in 2011, has been rebuilt and is now open for bookings. The Great House and six smaller houses on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands sleep 30 adults and six children.
• £37,320 a night to rent the island, virginlimitededition.com.
Bad news for skiers: thanks to the weak pound, prices have risen in all European resorts, according to the annual Post Office/Crystal Ski Holidays report. Bansko in Bulgaria is still the cheapest destination (£885 for a week’s skiing for a family of four) but is 4% more expensive than last year. On the plus side, average prices in US resorts have fallen by 10%, while Canada is 26% cheaper.
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