It’s early morning in the snow-topped mountain town of Oukaïmeden and business is decidedly slow. It seems Celia, my skiing buddy, and I are a little late for a winter sports break in Morocco. Today there’s more sun than snow, so we’ve taken the chairlift – Africa’s highest – to the 10,688ft peak of Jebel Attar to recce the runs.
Experiencing Australia’s Kimberley by plane
The Kimberley in remote north-west Australia is welcoming travellers with a growing network of bush airstrips and seaplane landings. Sarah Barrell goes exploring.
Cambodia: Khmer Cool
Ethical fashion labels, conceptual art galleries and renegade chefs are the defining features of Cambodia’s cultural landscape, a country moving into a fresh, entrepreneurial age. Look beyond the rice paddies and temples and discover its new-found confidence.
Nova Scotia: A small province that’s big on adventure, culture and indulgence
With river rapids, fine wines, fresh seafood and a fascinating history to explore, you can pack a lot in to a trip, says Sarah Barrell
Croatia: A new Eden
Hedonists may be enjoying a love affair with Croatia’s clutch of summer music festivals, yet its clusters of central islands, from alluring Hvar to the blissful tranquility of Murter, are timeless landscapes of lavender fields, limpid waters and strange geology.
A slow tour of the Channel Islands
Follow a new 110-mile walking route, the Channel Islands Way, to discover the secrets of this wild and surprising archipelago that’s not quite French, not quite English but completely charming.
Into the Canadian wilderness
National Geographic Traveller: Life on Canada’s Arctic frontier, the Yukon, is deeply entwined with its timeless landscape of glaciers, mighty rivers and dominating mountains. Once the target of a gold-rush stampede, this little-known region of myth and legend will inspire and mesmerise.
The Italian playground that’s fighting for its soul
Forte dei Marmi’s newest hotel looks like it belongs in Miami and its pricey villas are full of Russians. And yet this Tuscan resort is trying very hard to remain authentic, says Sarah Barrell
This is not my usual Italian welcoming party – my in-laws prefer something a little less showy – but then I’ve never been to Forte dei Marmi, and by Italian standards it’s a fairly unique resort. Given that this seaside town has most lately been associated with, if not the Russian mafia, then that country’s wealthy elite, my transfer vehicle seems appropriate.
I find myself on Forte dei Marmi’s narrow, pine-shaded streets within half an hour of leaving Pisa airport. Nowhere are the spaghetti roads and dramatic cliffy drops into hidden, rocky bays that characterise stellar Italian resorts such as Amalfi or Portofino. Here, a landscape of square, modern villas and contemporary takes on country houses line a neat street grid. A palm stretches up from behind a gated driveway, an electric-blue sports car sit in front of a manicured lawn. Inland, behind this orderly patchwork, are the elegant folds of the Apuan Alps, in front, a stretch of golden sand.
Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/the-italian-playground-thats-fighting-for-its-soul-2046336.html