On January 1, Cape Town takes over from Helsinki as World Design Capital for 2014.
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From cape cuisine and cabernet to cape flora and hip-hop, Sam Vincent discovers the city's unique character.
If you can do without French champagne, lounge access and the lay-flat beds, this is the way to fly.
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You can be close to nature and still enjoy some wonderful comforts.
However you like your hotels, the upcoming year is sure to please, with architectural acrobatics, spectacular renovations and innovative technologies colluding to produce some fantastic new accommodation offerings.
Roaring down an Oman desert dune in a 4WD and strolling an historic Magna Carta trail in England are among our travel writers' top holiday destinations for 2015.