The beaches are as magical as ever and the locals just as herbal, but the towns and countryside around Byron are also home to a host of ambitious new eating and drinking experiences (and some plush places to stay).
Whistler Blackcomb is supersized – two mountains, twin resorts, hundreds of ski runs – but sometimes too much isn’t enough. David Matthews turns on his avalanche beacon and heads for the Canadian backcountry.
Looking for a quiet weekend getaway? Then steer clear of the Spanish capital, a city obsessed by seafood and soccer and ready to take on Barcelona for the title of Spain’s - perhaps even Europe's - hippest city.