Lonely Planet's Best in Europe is compiled annually by the travel company's European experts to reveal their pick of the most exciting and underrated destinations to visit across the continent. The UK's northernmost point, the Shetland Islands, has come in at number six for 2019, with Lonely Planet describing the archipelago as 'enchanting'. Madrid has come second and Vevey ninth. Top pick the High Tatras is said by Lonely Planet to have a 'mythical landscape'. Lyon, meanwhile, claimed seventh place.
An 'under pool' bar, a grand piano and a cinema: Inside the £8.4k-a-night luxury Cape Town villa that featured in the latest Made In Chelsea episode
It's vacationing that's fit for the SW3 elite. Here MailOnline Travel offers a tour of the stunning Cape Town villa - called Moondance Villa - that appeared in last night's explosive Made In Chelsea episode. The luxurious property, which costs up to £8,452 a night in peak season, caters to well-heeled travellers, with top-notch amenities that include an outdoor pool, an 'under-pool bar' with underwater views, a state-of-the-art gym, a plush indoor cinema with surround sound and a wine-tasting lounge.
Dubai water park is set to become one of the biggest in the world thanks to a new 112ft tower that will house TWELVE slides
Atlantis Aquaventure water park at Palm Island already has 20 rides and rivers spread across 17 hectares. The new attractions, when they're finished in the summer of 2020, will expand the park by 30 per cent. It is promised that the new rides will 'entertain everyone from little daredevils to water park veterans'. The tower will be called 'Trident Tower' and will be the third of its kind to open at the water park.
Amazing point-of-view footage and new photos show the thrills Harry Potter fans are in for at Universal Orlando Resort when the Hagrid roller coaster opens next month
Universal Orlando Resort has released brand new pictures and video of its Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure roller coaster ahead of the ride's June 13 launch. The footage reveals how thrill-seeking Harry Potter fans will board 'magical motorcycles' and adjacent sidecars before rapidly accelerating through mysterious ruins and over the Forbidden Forest as 'they search for the wizarding world's rarest magical creatures'. The attraction will see riders unexpectedly plunge almost 17 feet at one point and it is the first roller coaster in the U.S. to feature a free-fall vertical drop.
The world's best superyachts are named in prestigious awards - and it's a £137million vessel inspired by the shape of a shark that sails away with the top prize
The world's most beautiful and cutting-edge superyachts have been revealed at a prestigious awards ceremony. Boat International Media's World Superyacht Awards 2019, in association with Oyster Yachts, took place this weekend in London with the 90m (295ft) Dar - a £137.2million vessel inspired by the shape of a hammerhead shark (pictured top, main) - scooping the highly coveted Motor Yacht of the Year award. Other vessels that were recognised at the glittering event included explorer vessel Rosehearty (inset), solar-powered RJ (bottom left), the ‘vast’ White Rabbit solar-powered RJ (bottom centre) and the refitted G2 (bottom right).
The perfect Pacific Highway hideaways! Stunning hotels that'll ensure you get the very best from one of the world's most incredible road trips
Nestled along the Pacific Coast Highway are some hidden-away accommodation gems that will make your trip memorable for all the right reasons. Here we present 16 spots to mark down on your road map. Pictured clockwise from top left: Nobu Ryokan in Malibu, the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara and the Pearl Hotel in Point Loma.
Kay Burley discovers the joys of Charleston, with its famous 'shag' dance steps, surprising Civil War history, beautiful architecture and amazing oysters
British Airways now flies Dreamliners direct to Charleston from London Heathrow. So Sky TV presenter Kay Burley jumped on one to report back on the delights of the oldest and largest city in South Carolina. She loved the award-winning food, the energetic nightlife, the copious beaches with reliable hours of Vitamin D and the surprising history - the first shots of the US Civil War were fired there.
Travel companies are accused of misleading holidaymakers with glossy photos that bear little resemblance to their hotels by Which?
When UK-based Which? looked behind glossy website images, it claims it uncovered a number of alarming examples of images bearing little resemblance to the holidays being offered. These included a premium holiday cottage with a back garden that one guest described as being like a 'prison yard' and a case where images were used of a hotel rather more appealing than the one the customer was actually sent to.
Croatia coasts ahead: It's more popular than ever, but you can still find secluded beaches along this ravishing riviera...
Here are our favourite tucked-away spots in Croatia, where you can avoid the crowds and your money goes further. We love Stiniva beach for its white stone cliffs and the unique-looking Zlatni Rat beach (bottom left). You also won't want to miss Punta Rata beach in Brela (top right), Nugal beach near Makarska (top left) and Supertar (bottom right).
From the Park Hyatt in New York to the Bulgari in London: The world's best hotel rooms for 2019 revealed
They are the hotel rooms that are, according to the inspectors - 'perfect'. Forbes Travel Guide has unveiled its list of the world's best hotel rooms for 2019 - and they all received maximum marks. Undercover reviewers stayed at hundreds of properties across the globe assessing them on comfort, convenience, cleanliness and maintenance. And according to Forbes, those on the best-of list have 'rooms and bathrooms that are not only beautiful, but exceptionally comfortable, functional and elegantly appointed with special touches such as high-quality linens, an array of luxurious bath amenities and well-designed technology'. Pictured clockwise from top left: The Wynn Macau; Bulgari Hotel London; The Encore Macau and the Park Hyatt New York.
From 'cheap pillows' to 'wine tasting and cheese plates': Travel experts review ALL FOUR classes on board a British Airways flight - at the same time - and their video footage is fascinating
Four travel experts reviewed all four classes on a single BA flight between London Heathrow and Abu Dhabi in the UAE. And the footage they took in each cabin is fascinating. The reviewers, who all work for The Points Guy UK, bought tickets using points in First, Club World (BA’s business class), World Traveller Plus (BA’s premium economy) and World Traveller, which is BA-speak for economy. Then they drew names out of a hat (or from under cups, actually) for who would sit in which cabin – and charged up their GoPros. Once they were back in their Covent Garden, London, headquarters, they took stock and dished out marks out of 100 for each cabin.
American Airlines' new amenity kit for first and business class 'unboxed' (and the toiletries inside mean it's good news for chapped lips and sore hands)
The bespoke kits are by Los Angeles-based luxury leather accessory company This is Ground and feature products from top beauty brand Allies of Skin. There's 'pH-optimal, silicone-free hand and face creams rich in essential fatty acids that boost repair' – both 8ml - and 'a Shea Butter lip balm infused with Argan Oil that nourishes chapped lips'.
England's CLEANEST beaches: List reveals the 71 destinations awarded Blue Flag status (so is your favourite among them?)
England's cleanest beaches for 2019 have been revealed with Brighton and Whitby among those making the list. This year, a total of 71 beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status - up from 65 last year. The Blue Flag is a guarantee to visitors that the beach has excellent facilities, is litter free and has achieved a high standard of water quality. Pictured are some of this year's Blue Flag recipients: Cromer in Norfolk (top left), Whitby in Yorkshire (top right), Sandbanks in Poole (bottom left) and Porthtowan in Cornwall (bottom right).
You'll really really want to stay here! Original bus from the Spice Girls movie has been converted into a £99-a-night Airbnb
Up to three people will be able to rent the Spice Bus - which will be parked up in Wembley Park, London - for just £99 on June 14 and 15. The recently renovated living area of the bus features pink Union Jack cinema chairs below a 'Girl Power' neon light installation. It is stocked with vintage 90s magazines and CDs to help recreate the 90s era. The house rules stipulate that double denim is allowed and that selfies in the driver's seat are encouraged.
The PERFECT spot for selfies at top UK tourist attractions revealed: Google pinpoints the exact coordinates sightseers should stand at for social media snaps with the wow factor
To demonstrate how it works Google produced a handful of photos of the ideal spots for landscape pictures and selfies at Trafalgar Square, the Coca-Cola London Eye, Tower Bridge and Brighton Marina. For this photo shoot Google placed markers on the ground, which have since been removed. To produce the coordinates the team first analysed 80,000 UK Instagram posts relating to popular photography hashtags such as #dayout and #landscape. From this, a shortlist of top locations were then put to a public vote to discover the nation’s favourites.
From five-seaters with a top speed of 90mph to Airbus A350s: Fascinating pictures show Delta Air Line's transformation over 10 decades into a titan of aviation worth $37bn
Delta Air Lines is worth $37billion (£28billion) and flies to 370 destinations on six continents with state-of-the-art aircraft. Truly, it’s a titan of aviation. But it started life as a crop-dusting outfit in 1924. And when it expanded to passenger transportation it used planes that could only hit 90mph, with the wind behind them. Delta has been on quite a journey, then – and these fascinating pictures illustrate the carrier’s dramatic transformation over the decades.
The California will feature a machine that creates artificial waves in the vessel's swimming pool, allowing passengers to grab their boards and ride the swell without having to get in the sea. The 135-metre-long (442ft) boat will also boast its own waterfall as well as a bowling alley and a desalination system to turn seawater into drinking water. The design concept has been created by Norwegian yacht designer Kurt Strand. It also includes a club style lounge area with bar, night club, games room, gym with a Turkish bath, massage studio and a wellness spa.
Fascinating illustrations 'peel away' the exteriors of some of London's most famous landmarks, from 10 Downing St to Big Ben
It's London as you've never seen it before. That is unless you have X-ray vision. These fascinating illustrations peel back the exteriors of some of the capital's most instantly recognisable buildings to reveal a fascinating cross-section of the interior. The buildings featured include the Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben and a little known prison, and King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station, which contains layers of Tube tracks. The illustrations also reveal the maze of walkways and stairwells that make up London's Barbican Centre - home to the London Symphony Orchestra - and the suite of opulent rooms hidden inside 10 Downing Street.
Fasten your seat belts, MailOnline is landing your plane! Taking the controls of a British Airways Airbus A350 in a VERY realistic full-motion simulator that the carrier uses to train its pilots
EXCLUSIVE: MailOnline Travel's Ted Thornhill gets a British Airways A350 airborne - and lands it again - in a full-motion multi-million-pound simulator at British Airways' Flight Training Centre near Heathrow. The simulator is so realistic that it's 'Zero Flight Time' approved, which means an experienced pilot can go straight from qualifying in a simulator to flying a real aircraft carrying customers. The simulator is so realistic that Ted finds himself altogether rather tense throughout the entire experience... Pictured: Ted about to take off (top left), a real A350 (top right), Ted's BA trainers for his session (bottom right), Ted cruising over London (bottom left) and the exterior of the simulator (inset).
The Philippines' 'Chocolate Hills' and a 19th-century Welsh lighthouse: More incredible images pour in for prestigious annual photography competition
The annual Cewe Photo Award invites amateur and professional photographers from around the world to enter its contest and hundreds of thousands of entries have been submitted so far. Catering to all interests, there are 10 subject categories - people, animals, nature, architecture and infrastructure, landscapes, humour, sport, food, travel and culture, and hobby and leisure. For those who fancy trying to land a prize, submissions are open until June 2, with the winners announced at a glittering awards ceremony on September 25. Pictured: South Stack Lighthouse in Wales (main), a springbok in South Africa (bottom left), the Philippines' 'Chocolate Hills' (bottom middle) and a heron in India (bottom right).
From close encounters with sharks to a rip-roaring ride on rapids - and a thrilling slide with a 65mph drop: The world's best water parks revealed
Pack your swimsuit and your sense of adventure because water parks are not just for children. Some of the world’s best combine white-knuckle rides with relaxing activities. Pictured clockwise from top left: Aquaventure Water Park in Dubai; Siam Park in Tenerife; Tropical World in Germany; Aquaventure in the Bahamas and (inset) Beach Park in Brazil.
Fascinating vintage images of 1950s Paris, long before the city became swamped with selfie sticks and Instagram 'influencers'
They were taken by photographer Allan Hailstone in the 1950s over the course of two short trips, one in July 1955 with his father and another with a college friend in September 1959. Mr Hailstone, originally from Coventry, took hundreds of stunning images of Paris's most beguiling scenes and architecture - the Champs-Élysées, the quaint streets of Montmarte, the majestic Notre-Dame cathedral and the beautiful Arc de Triomphe.
A trip on an Antarctic icebreaker, tracking mountain gorillas and paradise islands: Honeymoons that make the start of marriage a real adventure
Forget a bland spa hotel by a big golf course, plump instead for a honeymoon with the distinct whiff of adventure about it - in the likes of Gaya Island (top left) for top beach-lolling, the Antarctic region (top right) to see penguins, Rwanda (bottom left) for gorilla-tracking and India (bottom right) to see tigers.
From epic fiery volcanoes to hot geysers and incredible black sand beaches: Spectacular photographs of Iceland in all its geothermal glory
Iceland was one of the last places on earth to be settled by humans. And as these incredible photographs show, we haven’t done much with the place. And that can only be a good thing because Iceland is one of the most staggeringly extraordinary places on earth. These images are from a new book in Amber Books’ Visual Explorer Guide series called Iceland, by Chris McNab. They capture Iceland’s quite breath-taking landscape – Northern Lights hanging over mysterious rock formations, black sand beaches, geothermal pools, mighty volcanoes and majestic waterfalls. Pictured: Hverfjall volcano (top left), the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall (top right), the Gullfoss Waterfall (bottom right), the Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon (bottom left) and the Hveravellir (Hot Spring Fields) Nature Reserve (inset).
Despite air con as noisy as an old bus and forgetful waiters, this South African wine hotel still has the wow factor
MailOnline Travel's Ted Thornhill checked into the Lanzerac Hotel and Spa in Stellenbosch, near Cape Town. He gives it four stars, despite a series of face-palm moments that included waiters forgetting the wine list (it's a wine hotel) and which table had ordered what. And room service arriving at 7.20am with a mysterious breakfast that was not asked for.
The Bobs coaster, the Parachute Jump and Silver Streak: Fascinating colour pictures taken in 1948 show day trippers on Coney Island enjoying thrill rides and sunshine
Coney Island has experienced a roller coaster of fortunes over the years - but these incredible vintage pictures taken in 1948 clearly caught it at a high point. They show sunbathers topping up their tans on packed beaches, people frolicking in the sea and strolling along the boardwalk and enjoying thrill rides including The Bobs coaster and the famous Parachute Jump.
Best and worst airlines and airports for 2019 revealed: Qatar named No1 airline, Thomas Cook the worst, with Hamad getting the gong in the airport ranking and Lisbon coming bottom
Qatar Airways is ranked as the number one airline for the second year running with American Airlines in second place. Thomas Cook Airlines comes bottom of the list - just below easyJet. The top airport for the second year running, the study claims, is Hamad International Airport in Doha, followed by Tokyo International Airport. The study was carried out by AirHelp, a company that assists passengers with compensation claims for delayed, cancelled or overbooked flights. It ranked 72 airlines and 132 airports from 40,000 reviews based on on-time performance and quality of service, as well as food and drink options and how easy it is to claim a refund.
From the Nose Academy to museums dedicated to David Hasselhoff and snoring: Europe's 30 most underrated tourist attractions revealed
The list also includes a museum dedicated to potato chips in Belgium, drain pipes in Dresden that make music when it rains and Starkenberger Brewery's Beer Pools - a spa made of lager. The ranking was compiled by comedian Danny Wallace. His top five includes the David Hasselhoff Museum in Berlin (top left), Prague's Museum of Alchemists and Magicians (top right), Mini Europe in Brussels (bottom left) and the Floating Cat Sanctuary in Amsterdam (bottom right).
Now THIS will float your boat: The incredible new 500ft mega yacht that comes with beds beneath the stars and a seaplane (and trips on the maiden voyage start from £32,000)
Norwegian-based cruise company SeaDream Yacht Club is expanding its fleet with the SeaDream Innovation, which it says is 'a new, revolutionary yacht, which will introduce the concept of global yachting'. Incredible new renderings show how the mega yacht - which will weigh 15,600 gross tons and boast 110 ocean-view suites - will have nine decks and be packed with features.