Travel news round up: the newest watersport, stylish Japanese inns, and headbanging on the high seas …

Plus new flights to Greece, a discounted chateau stay, and where’s hot now


If you’ve done snorkelling and diving, try a subwing: its inventor describes it as “flying underwater”. You hold two connected fins that are towed behind a boat, and can glide along the surface or dive under the water performing spins and tricks, all at high speed. Subwings are available to buy for $295 (, or you can try one out at the Peligoni Club on Zakynthos, Greece, from 19 June.
• From £395pp for a week’s full board, excluding flights,

What’s new?

Music festivals at sea are a recent travel trend, from the guilty pleasure of a Backstreet Boys cruise to the hip SS Coachella. Korn is to headline at Rockaholica, a new floating rock festival this year, sailing from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico, and back on the glitzy Carnival Ecstasy.
• From £599pp for five days, including all food and soft drinks, departs 29 September,

KAI is a collection of boutique ryokan – modern takes on Japanese inns. There are 10 contemporary hot spring inns dotted around the country, all with fewer than 50 rooms. Two new ones are opening in Nikko, capital of Tochigi Prefecture. KAI Nikko opens on 8 May and KAI Kawaji on 1 June.
• Dinner, B&B from £136 for two,

Ionian Island Holidays has introduced a new flight to Preveza in north-west Greece from Heathrow with BA. The flight will depart every Sunday from 25 May to 5 October for holidays to Lefkada, Meganisi and Paxos. The company also has new flights from Birmingham to Preveza with Monarch, every Sunday from 25 May to 28 September.
• From £717pp for seven nights’ B&B at Meganisi hotel, including flights from Birmingham (£20 more from Heathrow),

Snow watch

Over-60s can ski free in the Ski Amadé region of Austria from 29 March-5 April. The new 60+ Ski Week offers a free six-day lift pass, if you book seven nights’ accommodation at one of 263 hotels. For example, the four-star Grossarler Hof has a seven-night package for £610, including half-board and optional ski guiding and ski safari (
• More information at

Photo competition

Are your holiday snaps always out of focus? Do you snap a split-second too late, or crop out your subject’s head? Congratulations! You could win the title of Britain’s Worst Holiday Photographer. Email your embarrassing entries to before the end of May for the chance to win a camera.

Reader offer

The Château Les Carrasses wine estate in Languedoc is offering Guardian readers 20% off weekday stays and 10% off on Fridays and Saturdays between 1 April and 24 May (excluding Easter weekend, minimum three nights). The castle, with suites, apartments and villas, is near Pézanas, where a famous antiques fair takes places every May and October. A three-night self-catering stay costs from £280 for two. Easyjet ( flies from Gatwick to Montpellier from £86 return.

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Where’s hot now?

• 34C Phnom Penh (pictured) Cambodia

• 31C Apia, Samoa

• 27C Cape Town, South Africa

• 22C Petra, Jordan

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