Plus Manchester Espa spa, travel as a spy, responsible NY state trips and a hot (pricey) club in cool Verbier
In an uplifting move away from disaster news stories, Bangladesh is emerging as an unspoilt destination for intrepid travellers. As part of a series of cultural adventure programmes, next year, Exodus is launching a trip that explores the country’s tea plantations, national parks – home to turtles, crocodiles and Bengal tigers – and matrilineal tribal villages.
• 15 days from £1,999, exodus.co.uk
If you don’t really mind where you go on holiday, and fancy yourself as a bit of a sleuth, Spykation could be for you. This new holiday concept involves a secret destination, prizes for guessing elements of the itinerary and fun activity suggestions for groups. Like it on Facebook and you could win a £1,000 trip.
Inspired by old-fashioned Kenyan washboards, the Scrubba washbag is a new piece of kit for the camper or festival-goer who has everything. Designed to make hand-washing on the move easier, the small, textured bag fits at least three T-shirts, pairs of socks and pants, and uses minimal water and soap.
• £41, thescrubba.com
Beauty brand Espa has opened a sybaritic spa (pictured above) in the swanky new Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel in Manchester. It has a special room for Rasul mud treatments and a whole range of destressing and beautifying treatments, from £45.
Eurostar is now taking bookings for its seasonal service to the Swiss and French Alps. Return fares from London St Pancras to Vallorbe, Aigle, Martigny, Visp and Brig (for Verbier, Zermatt and Saas Fee), via Lille, cost from £149 and include free transport of skis and boards.
• eurostar.com, trains from 20 Dec-12 April 2014
Cornwall’s Retallack Resort is embracing the seasonal chill with the launch of a Winter Wonderland. The “Alpine village” – near the coast, between Newquay and Padstow – has a Santa’s grotto, ice-skating rink and other festive entertainment. Book a three-night stay in one of the resort’s two-bedroom lodges (sleeping four) from £199 and you’ll get free ice-skating for the family.
New York state has introduced a new initiative to promote responsible tourism. A guide created in collaboration with responsibletravel.com features attractions such as the Adirondack mountains and Erie canal, in an attempt to showcase the state’s charms beyond Manhattan.
Verbier’s après-ski scene welcomes another addition in the form of Carve, a slick basement nightclub at the W Hotel, now taking bookings ahead of its December opening. Rooms might be fun and funky but you’ll still pay from £343 for the privilege of staying at the heart of the action.
• 00800 325 25252, wverbier.com