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A WORLD OF TRAVEL NEWS AND DISCOVERIES

Paint the town…

PHOTOGRAPHS: ALBERT PHOTO/GETTY, CHERYL CHAN, AMOS CHAPPLE/GETTY, PHILIP LEE HARVEY, PHOTO COURTESY KOREA TOURISM ORG. VISITKOREA.OR.KR, SUNPHOL SORAKUL/GETTY IMAGES, STUDIOLOCO/SHUTTERSTOCK, TONNAJA.COM/GETTY IMAGES, TOP PHOTO CORPORATION/ALAMY, WATERFRAME/ALAMY

AN ECCENTRIC SATELLITE of an already unconventional city, Burano greets visitors from Venice with what feels like every colour in the spectrum. Day-trippers are bound by waterbus hours, but those who wish to see this lagoon island at quieter times can now stay in a scattering of converted houses in town, once home to fishermen and lacemakers. This is the latest venture from Venissa, a Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms on next-door Mazzorbo, linked by footbridge to Burano (from £120; venissa.it).

BEST IN ASIA

Lonely Planet writers have explored the planet’s biggest continent and cherry-picked the best spots to visit in the next 12 months, from electrifying cities to castaway islands. Head online for more details and the chance to win a trip for two to the top-rated destination: Hokkaido in Japan (lonelyplanet.com/best-in-asia).

1. HOKKAIDO, JAPAN

Perfect powder snow put Japan’s northernmost island on the map, but also blinded visitors to the year-round charms of its wild, mountainous landscape, from alpine villages to hidden onsen (hot springs). Hokkaido has become even more accessible, thanks to the new bullet train linking its southern port city, Hakodate, to Tokyo – the line will eventually extend to dynamic Sapporo, host of next year’s Asian Winter Games.

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