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Astrology in Hampshire
Astrologist to the stars Shelley von Strunckel will be offering “astrological first aid” at the beautiful Four Seasons in Hampshire on Sat 23 Jan and Tues 26 Jan. A group session with von Strunckel will shed light on what’s really behind those dramatic changes in your life, and will be followed by an open discussion over a glass of wine. Beforehand, have afternoon tea in The Library, followed by a walk across Henry VIII’s old hunting ground or dine afterwards at Seasons, the hotel’s first-rate restaurant. 23 Jan (from 4pm) and 26 Jan (from 7pm); £20 per person. Call 01252 853100 or go to

Say Yes to Abu Dhabi’s Swish New Yas Hotel
This hotel, which opened in November, might be of special interest to motor racing fans – it actually spans the Emirates’ Grand Prix circuit – but it’s also a swish place to escape the winter cold. It has no fewer than eight restaurants, and two bars from the people behind the Buddha Bar brand, one of which has a rooftop setting, while the other occupies a bridge over the Grand Prix circuit. You can spend four nights in a deluxe room at The Yas Hotel from £869 per person, including private transfers, if you go before the 29 Feb. Call 0844 937 542 or go to

Private Island Paradise in the Grenadines
One of the most secluded spots in the Caribbean is Petit St Vincent, a private island resort in the Grenadines that’s a perfect holiday paradise, with luxuriously appointed cottages notched into the hills above a magnificent beach. From here you can go snorkelling, diving, hiking in the hills, or enjoy massages and other therapies. Seven nights from £2,830 per person (full board), for travel between 1 May to 31 Aug. If you book by 26 Jan British Airways is offering a special sale fare of £499 on flights to Barbados. Call 001 954 963 7401 or go to