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Hotel review: Hotel Casa del Mar, Santa Monica

Hotel review: Hotel Casa del Mar, Santa Monica

Its opulent exterior may seem imposing from the outside, yet step inside and start ascending Hotel Casa del Mar’s grand sweeping staircase and you’re led to feel like you’re arriving at a well-to-do friend’s beachside bungalow. A very grand one.

Hardy home is far from madding crowd

Chris Wiltshire visits the Dorchester home of Thomas Hardy ahead of the release of the adaptation of the English writer's book Far From the Madding Crowd.

Is this the fanciest hostel ever? Plasma TVs in a mansion

Is this the fanciest hostel ever? Plasma TVs in a mansion

Pushing the bounds of what it means to be a hostel, a “poshtel” company in London is offering lodgings inside a 17th century mansion that’s been visited by the likes of Charles Dickens and combines bunk beds with 40-inch plasma TVs, modern décor, and swanky-looking furniture.

Australian skiers face heavy winter wipe-outs

Australian skiers face heavy winter wipe-outs

With the Australian ski season just around the corner, a growing number of Aussies are choosing to ski in their own backyards rather than abroad. Thredbo sees approximately 700,000 hitting its powdery snow fields each year, whilst Victoria’s Mt Buller can regularly host over 10,000 skiers or boarders on any given day.