Some reports have suggested that we are heading for a good summer, so it might be time to think of a break at home rather than abroad.

To that end we are featuring one of the nicest hotels in the borders region of Scotland. Peebles Hydro is an ideal base for touring the beautiful countryside in the area, or ideal for just a relaxing, luxurious weekend. We also visit Portsmouth, which at first glance may not seem like the ideal weekend destination, but read Chris Higham's piece and you may be pleasantly surprised. The city is, of course, also gearing up for some big celebrations this year, all tied in with the SeaBritain festival.

If it is a taste of luxury you are after, then see Kevin Pilley's report, on page 3, on the Goldeneye resort in Jamaica - the former home of James Bond author Ian Fleming. And our new great outdoors section reveals one of the best-kept secrets for budget holidays in this country. We also have a fantastic reader offer below. Enjoy.