Spiritual Japan Yamabushi were traditionally Japanese hermits believed to be endowed with supernatural powers; they’ve also served as spiritual mountain guides for pilgrims since medieval times. For the first time in 1,300 years, non-Japanese visitors can now attend a Yamabushi training programme, aligned with the simple philosophy of placing yourself in nature and feeling, not thinking, in order to rejuvenate your true self. Held in sacredmountains in Yamagata prefecture, the three- and five-day Yamabushido programmes encompass everything from waterfall meditations to walks through nature. For info or to reserve a place, visit yamabushi.jp .

During the northern winter, Singapore Airlines will be boosting its flights to Paris from seven to 10 a week to Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, starting 30 October. SilkAir will be offering thrice-weekly flights from Singapore to Hiroshima, Japan, from 30 October. Th e f l i g h t s w i l l b e operated using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Un i t e d A i r l i n e s i s starting direct flights from Singapore to Los Angeles on 29 October. Operating daily, the flights will take around 15 hours eastbound and just under 18 hours westbound. The airline will be terminating its Hong Kong-Singapore flights with the start of this service. Singapore Airlines and Alaska Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement on Alaska Airline flights within the US and Mexico. Members of frequent flyer programmes of both airlines will be able to earn miles when travelling with either of the two carriers.

Techy Taipei Near to popular shopping haven Ximending, newly opened “affordable luxury” hotel CitizenM Taipei North Gate in the Taiwanese capital offers views of the Tamsui River, and is a direct train ride away from Taoyuan International Airport. Rooms have a homely feel but are also equipped with high-tech extras, including an in-room tablet that controls everything from wake up alarms to window blinds. Laidback dining space CanteenM is open 24 hours, with offerings from fresh sushi to cup noodles (the perfect midnight snack!). citizenm.com

Hit the Slopes Enjoy the natural beauty of Utah’s Deer Valley when you stay at the exclusive Stein Eriksen Residences . Located just off the Last Chance run, the hotel has 14 residences that offer ski-in/ski-out access from a private trail. After a day of skiing, you can indulge in a glass of wine at the bar or enjoy mountain views from the comfort of your hot tub. slh.com/steineriksen



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