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Escape Hot List: From Cuba to the Ganges

Under 30? Act fast to bag a cheap Cuban trip

From today until September 11, Intrepid Travel is offering a sale on trips departing before the end of the year. Younger travellers do particularly well: its One Week In Cuba tour for 18 to 29-year-olds offers a fast and furious adventure, taking in the cities of Havana, Santa Clara and Viñales. £476, excl flights, intrepidtravel.com

Chill out in Iceland with a yoga retreat

See Iceland’s surreal landscape through new eyes on Maison Fish’s Another World yoga and sound retreat. The five-night transformative experience offers twice-daily yoga classes, gong baths, expeditions to thundering waterfalls and stylish digs close to Thingvellir National Park. From £1,295, excl flights, Sep 13-18, maisonfish.com

Book into Pikes for literary fun

WE all have stories to tell but where do we start? That’s the current question on Pikes hotel’s lips. This month, the Ibizan institute is holding the first Pikes Literary Festival, which includes writing and publishing workshops, a panel discussion with Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh and film screenings on those punchy pink tennis courts. Tickets £10, Sep 11-12, pikesibiza.com

Meditate by the river at an Indian spiritual haven

India’s holy city of Rishikesh, which sits at the foot of the Himalayas, now boasts an appropriately serene hotel that has views of the sacred Ganges river. The Roseate Ganges is formed of 16 cottages, each styled in raw concrete and velvet, and offers excursions that include meditation on the riverbank and a hike to Parmarth Niketan ashram. £360 per night incl breakfast and dinner, roseatehotels.com