Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Must Fly. Must Buy - TRAVEL; Global Guide to What's New

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Must Fly. Must Buy - TRAVEL; Global Guide to What's New

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LONG weekends don't come more remote and romantic than on the Pelion peninsula of eastern Greece, where mountains fall sheerly to empty sandy beaches rinsed by the Aegean on one side and the blue Pagasitic Gulf on the other.

Without international flights, Pelion was always out of bounds for timepressed travellers; this year it's viable with Greek specialist Tapestry Holidays (020 8235 7788), which has Thursday/Sunday charters to regional airport Volos for a quick dose of rest, relaxation and real culture - anyone for spetsofi (spicy sausage casserole) with tsipouro (local ouzo)?

Three nights in a wooden balconied beachside villa from about [pound]200pp B&B (two sharing) in low season, with flights. Or retreat to a merchant's mansion in the mountains (left), for about [pound]300pp, with car. Smashing.

SPA holidays can seriously damage your bank account, so stay at home with EstEe Lauder's new Private Body Spa Collection, which includes: Crystal Glow Sugar Rub (325g, [pound]23), rich in olive, sunflower and grapeseed oils, with sugar cane to exfoliate; and Seafoam Wash Gel Cleanser (200ml, [pound]15), which boasts "suspension technology" (ie, it stays on you rather than slipping down the plughole). From Selfridges, W1.

THIS Friday, British Airways (0845 7733377) chucks its hat into the no-frills ring, scrapping Saturday-night stay and advance-purchase restrictions on UK routes out of Heathrow and Gatwick: do Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow from [pound]69 return. Line up the pints of heavy in Bath Street - we'll be there.

Wham! fans - go for it

FIRST it was a club, then an album, then clothes, even a magazine ... where will Ministry of Sound's quest for world domination end? Having teamed up with Cosmos last year, Ministry now turns its expertise to creating tailor-made holidays for well-heeled Ibiza clubbers - no Kwik-Fit fitters larging it here. …

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