Plus: a chic new hotel in India; where to spend the perfect cosy winter weekend; how to get cheap Eurostar tickets.
If you love One Hundred Years of Solitude, there’s a new tour of the author Gabriel García Márquez’s Colombia to mark the book’s 50th anniversary next year. The trip will take in Márquez’s birth town of Aracataca, on which the utopian city of Macondo is based, and the indigenous mystical cultures of Tayrona National Park, above, as well as Bogota and Cartagena. The ten-night package costs from £3,245pp B&B, with domestic flights and activities, but not international flights (020 7193 7582, amakuna.com).
New Oberoi opens in India
It has been 14 years since Oberoi opened a new property in India, so Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort, which opened this month near Chandigarh, is already pretty special. Set in 8,000 acres of natural forest, the hotel has 64 spacious rooms, villas and tented suites, designed in classic Indian heritage style with lots of wood and white furnishings. Chandigarh has just gained Unesco world heritage status for its Le Corbusier-designed Capitol Complex. Rooms cost from £429 a night (oberoihotels.com).
Woodland love nest
We love a good treehouse and this one, the latest addition to the Quality Unearthed (qualityunearthed.co.uk) portfolio, looks perfect for a cosy winter weekend. Hoots Treehouse has a log-burning stove, a kitchenette, an en suite bathroom, a TV and a king-size bed. The surrounding Sussex woods are part of an area of outstanding natural beauty. Expect to see owls, and maybe the odd badger and fox. It costs from £188 a night, with a minimum two-night stay.
Eurostar fares for £19
Head to Paris, Lille or Brussels from £19 one way with Eurostar from November 28 to January 15. The catch? You have to book through Facebook (snap.eurostar.com) and can’t specify a departure time; only whether you want to travel in the morning or afternoon (exact times are confirmed 48 hours before travel). Tickets are on sale from Monday to November 29; reservations must be made at least a week before departure.
Free extension to Cambodia
Book a holiday to Vietnam before November 30 and you’ll get a free two-night trip to Siem Reap in Cambodia, including flights, B&B and a full-day tour of the famous Angkor Wat. Or add a free two-night visit to Hong Kong if you book a tour to China or Burma. The offer is valid on selected dates for group trips and private holidays that cost more than £2,490pp with Wendy Wu Tours (wendywutours.co.uk). For trips costing less than this there is a £99 supplement. Flights are with Cathay Pacific.