Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - Edited by VICKY LISSAMAN ■ by DAVID PRENTICE

and, af­ter days of hik­ing, the out­door pools, saunas and steam rooms are a wel­come re­treat.

We’d ar­rived in style with WestJet, voted TripAd­vi­sor’s Best Air­line in Canada for two years run­ning, fly­ing from Gatwick into Cal­gary.

A sky­scraper city at the cen­tre of the Cana­dian oil in­dus­try, it is steeped in West­ern cul­ture and hosts the an­nual rodeo, the Cal­gary Stam­pede. It also shows off amaz­ing mu­si­cal his­tory at Stu­dio Bell at the Na­tional Mu­sic Cen­tre, dis­play­ing in­stru­ments used by stars in­clud­ing The Rolling Stones and El­ton John.

Packed with lakes, moun­tains and star­lit mu­si­cal magic, our ac­tion-ad­ven­ture around Al­berta sure was one heck of an ex­pe­di­tion – and a feast for the senses and the soul. THAI­LAND: Splash out on seven nights’ B&B in Phuket, depart­ing Jan­uary 1 from Heathrow, for £1,229pp. Book at trav­el­ uk or call 020 3944 2252. WORCES­TER­SHIRE: Bear’s Cot­tage, a cosy stone prop­erty in walk­ing dis­tance of Bret­for­ton’s 600-year-old Na­tional Trust vil­lage pub, sleeps four. It’s now from £579, sav­ing £142 when you ar­rive on De­cem­ber 29 for a week. Prop­erty ref­er­ence 928315. You can book it at sykescot­ or by phon­ing 01244 356 666.


A seven-night, all-in­clu­sive Trop­i­cal De­lights cruise on board Marella Ex­plorer de­parts from Bridgetown in Bar­ba­dos and vis­its Aruba, Cu­raçao, Bon­aire, Grenada and Saint Lu­cia. The price in­cludes flights from Birm­ing­ham or Gatwick on Jan­uary 13, in­side cabin ac­com­mo­da­tion, trans­fers, taxes and tips. From £1,485pp at uk/cruise and 0871 230 2800. BLACK­AD­DER por­trayed the Prince Re­gent as a fop­pish, fun-lov­ing id­iot, but the fu­ture King Ge­orge IV was also an as­tute and vi­sion­ary gen­tle­man.

He spot­ted po­ten­tial in Brighton as a place to have fun and con­structed his own “plea­sure palace” there.

Two hun­dred years later, the city is still a charm­ing des­ti­na­tion – and the per­fect place for a week­end away.

The North Laine dis­trict, in­set, with its cob­bled streets and bo­hemian shops and stalls is a joy to stroll around.

And a 20-minute trip on the Bri­tish Air­ways i360 mov­ing ob­ser­va­tion tower af­fords panoramic views as it glides 450ft above the city and coast.

Then there’s the plea­sure palace it­self – the won­der­ful Royal

Pavil­ion where you can re­live the prince’s deca­dence.

Toss in the quirky mu­se­ums, a Sea

Life aquar­ium and tra­di­tional

Palace Pier, be­low, and you have plenty to cater for all tastes.

We stayed in the five-star bou­tique Clare­mont guest­house in a stylish Vic­to­rian villa. It takes par­tic­u­lar pride in its cu­rated art col­lec­tion and is a pleas­ant

20-minute stroll from the cen­tral ameni­ties.

Try tak­ing the seafront prom­e­nade there and the bar-packed West­ern

Road/Church Road on the way back.

As for eat­ing out,

Brighton and Hove (they be­came one in 1997) is home to a huge num­ber of es­tab­lish­ments that a week­end just can’t do jus­tice to.

We par­tic­u­larly en­joyed English’s of Brighton where we lapped up oys­ters, sea bass and Hindleap sparkling wine from the nearby Blue­bell vine­yard. An­other favourite was Terre à Terre, a veg­e­tar­ian bistro where we sam­pled super-tasty tapas.

On our sec­ond night we joined a won­der­ful walk­ing din­ner tour: starter at The Grand ho­tel, mains in The Restau­rant at Drakes and cheese and bis­cuits at Ho­tel du Vin (see walk­ingdin­ brighton, £55pp). Drakes is in Kemp­town where blue plaques abound cel­e­brat­ing famous res­i­dents – not least the late, great ac­tor Sir Lau­rence Olivier. But it was the Prince Re­gent who pop­u­larised the re­sort – and he cer­tainly knew how to have a good time.

■A VROOM WITH A VIEW: See the sights in the side­car of a Har­ley-David­son ■PEAKY BLIN­DERS: Al­berta of­fers in­cred­i­ble moun­tain scenery and, be­low, pic­ture-per­fect towns such as Banff

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