What? Casa Malca
Where? Tulum, Mexico
Why? We all know Pablo Escobar, right? Colombian drug lord? Subject of Netflix’s Narcos? Well, he had a house. A big one. After sitting empty for 14 years, it was turned into a 42-room luxury hotel full of paintings, sculpture and furniture from revered modern artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Tamsin Wressell
First-class action at London’s Postal Museum: its first temporary exhibition, Writing Home — Letters as a Lifeline (until 21 January) looks at the power of the post to connect people across the world, via stories from loved ones writing home; and the Mail Rail lets visitors journey back in time under the museum, into the 100-year-old labyrinth of tunnels that comprise the Royal Mail’s former engineering depot and sorting office. Choo choo! Sarah Barrell
Top 3 alternative workouts
Laughter therapy, India: Try SwaSwara Rejuvenation and Yoga, which includes breathing and holistic laughter exercises.
Fit & Face, Italy: Lefay Fusion Fitness’ facial gymnastics offset years of tension.
Warrior Workout, Vietnam: Workouts featuring animal-style kung fu movements like ‘crouching tiger’ and ‘lean leopard’. More info: healthandfitnesstravel.com Maria Pieri
Fico Eataly World
15.11.17: When the gourmet amusement park opens in Bologna
100: Traditional craft stores and organic markets available
44,000: The number of solar panels that power the site
500: Adult-sized tricycles for visitors to use
40: Restaurants and cafes serving delicious Italian food
100,00: square metres to explore
Published in the December 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)