Travel news round-up: sleep underwater in Zanzibar, Zagreb mushroom museum …

Plus Masterchef culinary tours, Budapest the best city for a cheap break, new flights to Mykonos and Santorini, VIP Verbier skiing and Cyprus for free


New at the Manta Resort off Pemba Island, Zanzibar, is the ultimate sea view room – four metres beneath the Indian Ocean. Above water the private floating island has a deck for sunbathing and stargazing, and spotlights attract sealife right to the windows of the glass-walled bedroom below. A night underwater, from $675, can be added to a week at the resort, from $990pp all-inclusive, with return flights from Zanzibar to Pemba. Contact for packages

Weird world

Go wild for all things fungal at a new mushroom museum in Zagreb, Croatia. The museum, on Ban Josip Jelacic the city’s central square, contains about 5,000 live exhibits and runs workshops on how to identify edible funghi. As strangely specific museums go, it is rivalled only by Stuttgart’s pig museum ( and Norwich’s mustard museum (

Travel trend

Holiday with MasterChef winners – Keri Moss in Morocco, Dhruv Baker in Mexico – on a new collection of culinary tours (, from £1,195pp for five days). Or eat meals by Michelin-starred chefs Atul Kochhar and Marco Pierre White on some P&O cruises (£849pp for 12 nights,

What’s new?

From spring 2014, British Airways will fly direct from Heathrow to the Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini. Previously, most flights required a change of plane in Athens. The flights will run twice-weekly from the beginning of May. Returns to Mykonos from £99 and to Santorini from £170.
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According to a recent report by the Post Office, Budapest is the best-value European city for a short break in the run-up to Christmas. For a centrally located and super-atmospheric place to stay, try the Baltazár, a hip hotel which opened this summer and has rooms inspired by Vivienne Westwood and Andy Warhol. The bar specialises in central European wines and it also has fun a grill restaurant serving gourmet street food.
• Doubles from €104pn, +36 1 300 7051,

Herzog & de Meuron, the architects behind Tate Modern in London have been hard at work on another gallery: Perez Art Museum Miami. Pamm opens on Thursday on the site of the old art gallery in Museum Park, overlooking Biscayne Bay, but is three times bigger. Opening exhibitions include works by Ai Weiwei., adult $12, concs $8, free first Thursday and second Saturday of each month

How much?!

Time-poor, cash-rich skiers can now take a private jet from Luton to Sion airport, a champagne cork’s throw from Verbier in Switzerland. The VIP Verbier experience also includes a week in a luxury chalet, concierge and driver, unlimited fine wine, private chef and lift pass.
• From £4,275pp, 01747 642777,


Fancy a week in a five-star hotel in Cyprus – for free? The island’s tourist board is offering winners seven nights B&B in a seaview double every week for 50 weeks. Flights are not included, but the breaks can be taken until April 2015, so there’s time to book a cheap deal. Enter at

Cheap date

The Sands, a new boutique hotel in Margate, has a package to mark the latest exhibition at the town’s Turner Contemporary gallery, Turner and Constable: Sketching from Nature, until 5 January 2014. A one-night break for two with breakfast, three-course dinner and exhibition catalogue starts at £124.
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