Reef encounter

She’s a beauty — no wonder the Great Barrier Reef tops so many travellers’ bucket lists.But is the view from below as ‘great’ as it used to be? Andrew Eames takes the plunge

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Melting pot

Neon-lit skyscrapers pierce the clouds and big-brand names light up the sky — modern Hong Kong is a powerhouse. But just as potent is its passion for tradition: local young designers ply past skills and hip new chefs use ancient ingredients. It’s a ravishing recipe of old and new. Nick Redman tucks in

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Sneak peak

You don’t have to slope off into the wild to get your downhill fix. With Hapsburg heritage, futuristic architecture and mountains all around, Innsbruck is an atmospheric Austrian city break and ski holiday in one, says Sean Newsom

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Take me to the river

Ancient temples, mystic caves, weird critters (in the water and on the menu: Mexico’s Riviera Maya serves up surreal unforgettable adventures – mere footsteps from the Caribbean’s most dreamily relaxing beaches, says Ed Grenby

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