• Ecohotels: environmentally sound holidays

    Sail along the River Amazon at 10 kilometres an hour, admiring the verdant tropical scenery of the planet's 'green lung'. Enjoy the natural peace and tranquillity as the sun sets over the Amazon jungle. Swim in this, the largest river in the world, find the tracks of animals such as the jaguar, meet the indigenous people... It all sounds very, very green, and even more so when you're staying at a houseboat hotel.

 La Casa Navegante – the 'Sailing House' – on the Amazon River in Colombia, is, without a doubt, a fine example of a hotel that favours low-impact

  • Elton John and David Furnish become ‘proud and happy parents’ to little boy

    It has been a very special Christmas for Elton John and David Furnish. On December 25, the couple welcomed a son they have named Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John. The little boy was born via surrogate in California weighing 7lbs 15 oz. “We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment,” Elton, 62, and David, 48, said in a joint statement. “Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents. The pair - married in 2005 after 12 years together - shared the happy news with US magazine.com. They said that out of respect for

  • Engaged and expecting: Double joy for Black Swan actress Natalie Portman

    There is some very happy news to share from Hollywood. Natalie Portman has revealed that not only is she engaged, she is also pregnant with her first child. It has been confirmed that the 29-year-old actress is expecting a baby with her new fiancé, ballet choreographer Benjamin Millepied, which is due in 2011. In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, Israel-born Natalie confirmed the happy news, saying: “I have always kept my private life private, but I will say that I am indescribably happy and feel very grateful to have this experience.” The delighted couple met late in 2009 on

  • Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig spend cosy Christmas together in the countryside

    When Rachel Weisz announced the end of her nine-year romance with Darren Aronofsky last month there were whispers of a blossoming relationship with Daniel Craig. And now it seems there was some truth to those reports. The British actress, 39, and the James Bond star, 42, are said to have spent the festive period together holed up in a cottage hideaway in a secluded snow-covered Dorset village. Photos first published in the News of the World show the hot new couple – pictured here in 2004 - walking hand-in-hand through the countryside and going into a local pub. And according to

  • Lily Allen has a big reason to 'Smile' as 'love of her life' Sam proposes

    British singer Lily Allen is engaged to marry her boyfriend Sam Cooper. The surprised 25-year-old singer is said to have burst into tears when her 32-year-old love popped the question on Christmas Day. Delighted Lily and Sam had flown away for a last minute festive break following the tragic loss of their baby last month when Lily was six months pregnant. After spending some time in Australia, they made their way to Bali, where Sam proposed at sunset on the balcony of their £800-a-night luxury suite. A friend of the couple, who have been dating since July 2009, told the Daily Mail: