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Designer Travel are proud to have won three awards……..
At a glittering awards ceremony held last week at the Park Plaza Hotel in London, Designer Travel picked up THREE PRESTIGIOUS AGENT ACHIEVEMENT Awards – the only national award ceremony designed to recognise excellence in the retail travel industry. The awards included- Best Website – Best Travel Agent for the North – and our Scottish based associate secured an individual Aspire Award. Designer Travel also made it through to the finals in a further four categories, an achievement that the whole team are exceptionally proud of.
A Selection of Private Tours India – accompanied by your private chauffeur throughout.
Designer Travel are experts at composing tailor-made packages and tours – India with its superb choice of destinations, culture and experiences is no exception. We can plan a superb Indian holiday to suit your requirements and budget; perhaps ending your holiday with a relaxing luxurious beach retreat! If you prefer fully escorted tours, no problem – we have a wide selection available just ask.
Classical Golden triangle – 8 days from £1315 Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Delhi
This is the most popular tour of India, particularly for those who are making their first trip. Visit the iconic Taj Mahal, the magnificent Forts of Agra and Jaipur, the beautiful deserted city of the great Emperor Akbar at Fatehpur Sikri, and explore the eclectic city of Delhi.
Rajasthan Rural & Regal – 16 days from £1998 Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Mandawa – Bikaner – Jaisalmer Manvar Rohetgraph – Rawla Narlai – Udaipur – Mumbai
This is a journey of exploration: delve into the life and culture of the people of fascinating Rajasthan. Forts, palaces, awe-inspiring monuments, simple villages all make Rajasthan a vivid and evocative destination. This tour gives a truly comprehensive insight into Rajasthan.
Hidden Rajasthan – 16 days from £2297 Delhi – Gwalior – Dholpur – Agra – Fatehpur – Jaipur – Shahpura – Chittorgarh – Bambora – Dungarpur – Udaipur – Mumbai
Explore off the beaten tourist path and experience the real hidden Rajasthan. See the Mughul garden at Dholpur, Shahpura with its stepwells and the romantically sad Chittorgarh Fort. This delightful tour offers an opportunity of exploring the rural gems of Rajasthan.
Taj & Tigers – 9 days from £1645 Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Delhi
Explore the capital of Delhi – so vibrant and passionate. Journey to the Taj Mahal, the eternal symbol of love in Agra, then head for the jungle and tiger sighting in the famous Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. Finally visit the pink city of Jaipur and the imposing Amber Fort. This is an enthralling glimpse into the very fabric of India.
Keralan Odyssey – 11 days from £1495 Cochin – Munnar – Kanam – Kumarakom – Houseboat – Cochin
A delightful journey through ‘Gods own Country’. Relax in the cooler temperatures of the Hill country, learn about the history of tea and delight in the beauty of the Eravikulam National Park. Spend a day with an elephant at Kanam Estate. Later unwind on the shores of Vemanad Lake before embarking on a lazy Houseboat cruise on the Backwaters.
Extend Your Holiday on the Beach – Goa and other exotic destinations
The Taj Exotica is set amidst 56 acres of lush gardens in South East Coast of Goa overlooking the Arabian Sea – one of the best properties on the island.
The equally outstanding Leela is set on a pristine beach with world class dining and a 12 hole golf course. We can recommend other luxurious properties in other locations including Kerala and Kovalam – ask for further details and prices.
All prices subject to confirmation at time of booking.
This is just a selection of what is available – please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information and ideas.
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Medhufushi in The Maldives from £1589 per person Half Board…Summer Sale
The always popular Medhufushi Island Resort has just launched its Summer Sale for early bookers – this is an amazing option for Honeymooners and couples alike. With 7 Nights Half Board starting at £1589 per person, or ALL INCLUSIVE from only £1789 per person, this offer will prove very popular. In addition, you can upgrade to a Water Villa for only £200 per person extra! Offer for travel from 01 May to 31 Oct 14 and includes flights and seaplane transfers. Bookings close end April but space is bound to run out long before then.
Visit China in style flying in Premium economy Class with Cathay Pacific – FREE UPGRADE
Not only are we able to offer FREE PREMIUM ECONOMY but FREE AIRPORT LOUNGE access before you fly. These are examples of some of the wonderful tours on offer – in most cases visas, meals, excursions, guides, all transportation and other extras are included in the cost. The Most Wonderful and popular Tour of China – 15 nights – from £2490 per person Beijing – Xian-Yangtze River – Guilin – Yangshou This super value tour includes visits to The Great Wall, The Terracotta Warriors, beautiful Guilin, a cruise on the Li River, another cruise on the Yangtze River visiting the glorious Three Gorges and a chance to admire the adorable Great Pandas in Chongqing. Visit the Three Most Famous Cities of China – 9 nights from £1690 per person Xian – Beijing – Shanghai For those in a hurry and on a tight budget this tour is ideal. The tour includes visits to the Terracotta Warriors, The Forbidden City and The Great Wall of China. Explore The Culinary Delights of China – 10 nights from £3690 per person An exciting culinary experience where you discover the real flavours and techniques of Chinese Cooking visiting many handpicked venues while on tour and escorted by a famous TV chef. Many extras are included – ask for more details. A tour designed for those who enjoy different dining experiences and who are interested in learning all about the delights of Chinese Cuisine. A Comfortably Paced Tour Of China – 14 nights from £2990 per person Shanghai – All the Sights along the Yangtze – Giant Pandas – Forbidden City – Great Wall For those who like to take things at an easy pace includes a cruise on the Yangtze and many of the famous sites in China – ask for more detail. 3 day Stopover in Hong Kong from £199 per person You can easily combine a visit to Hong Kong with any of the China Tours. There are many more China Experiences to choose from including Special Family Adventure Tours and exploring China’s Mountain Gardens – ask for more details. All prices are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
Cracking Easter Breaks
Easter falls late this year so, further south, temperatures will be rising – perfect for a city break or some early sunshine. Easter is also an ideal
time for sightseeing away from the crowds and before it gets too hot in the city. Morocco – Marrakech Stay in a charming riad hotel and soak up the ambience of Marrakech’s exotic Medina 4 star Riad Slitine Hotel Boutique riad in the heart of The Medina The riad is a haven of peace and calm; the perfect place to relax and make friends after a busy day’s sightseeing – 08 April 14 – 4 nights – B&B – Ex Gatwick from £699pp Istanbul Enchanting Istanbul – perfect in spring, when the tulips are in bloom and the Bosphorus is at its most breath-taking 4 star Best Western Empire Palace This historic Ottoman house, built in the 17th century and situated in the old town of Istanbul, has been faithfully restored. The roof-top breakfast room offers panoramic views over the city and the old town – 15 April 14 – 4 nights – B&B – Ex Birmingham from £799pp Ljubljana – Slovenia Enjoy the relaxed Mediterranean vibe of the little known capital city, Ljubljana, making the most of its café culture and rich history 4 star Best Western Premier Hotel Slon The Slon Hotel has a long and illustrious heritage. The name ‘slon’ means elephant and is taken from the story that in 1550 Archduke Maximillian stayed here whilst travelling by elephant from Spain to Vienna – 16 April 14 – 3 nights – B&B – Ex Stansted from £499pp Antalya – Turkey Head to Turkey’s Mediterranean coast to enjoy some early season sun, blended with culture and history in the heart of the old citadel 4 star plus Puding Marina Residence Situated in the heart of Antalya’s Old Town and only five minutes’ walk from Mermerli Beach, the luxurious Puding Marina Residence consists of five historical mansions that have been renovated in the traditional Ottoman style – 18 April 14 – 4 nights – B&B – Ex Manchester from £549pp Apply for details travelling from other airports or alternative dates. These are only examples of what is available around Easter – just let us know your budget, dates and ideas and we will quickly come up with holiday suggestions, all of course subject to availability. All prices are subject to availability at time of booking.
Monaco Grand Prix May 2014
There is no other race quite like the Monaco Grand Prix. The glamour, history and fans all add up to create an event unmatched in the world of
sport. Admire the harbour filled with multi-million pound yachts or try your luck in the casino. Make sure though you are in your seat to catch the stars of Formula 1 fly past you on the famous street circuit. Monaco usually comes with an expensive price tag but to make this event more affordable we have access to plenty of accommodation options located in nearby Nice. This famous town in the South of France welcomes F1 enthusiasts every year and offers a great beach, plenty of nightlife and amazing restaurants. Breaks include return flights, accommodation and airport transfers. There is also the option to add tickets, VIP Hospitality and circuit transfers via coach, train or helicopter to your booking. 3 night breaks from London and Manchester are now available on sale from only £839pp – ask for more details. All prices are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
Indochina & Beyond
Vietnam’s natural beauty, unforgettable cuisine and its friendly people makes for a perfect holiday experience where travellers can easily mix
historical sightseeing with finishing their holiday at a relaxing beach resort. The magnificent ruins at Angkor Wat draw many travellers to Cambodia. Visitors can discover the remarkable Tonle Sap Lake and its fishing communities plus the reinvigorated colonial capital Phom Penh and the beautiful south coast. Laos is ideal for travellers seeking the Asia of old. Ancient Buddhist temples and mysterious ruins lie amongst pristine landscapes. Burma (Myanmar) now very much on the travellers list, is full of majestic temples on the Began plains. Here you will discover jumping cats and floating gardens, giant Buddha statues and the world’s biggest book. The people of Burma welcome visitors with a genuine warmth and friendly smile. Here are just a small selection of tours available – Designer Travel can design your itinerary to fit your needs, budget and aspirations, and advise on visas and weather conditions. 10 Day Highlights of Vietnam Tour – includes all flights – 10 day Highlights of Vietnam Escorted Tour including 9 nights’ accommodation, various meals and selected sightseeing…from £1649pp 5 Day Sapa Highlands (North Vietnam) and Topas Ecolodge – includes return flights – 5 day Sapa Highlands and Topas Ecolodge Escorted Tour including 4 nights’ accommodation, various meals and sightseeing… from £919pp 8 Day Essential Myanmar (Burma) – includes all flights – 8 day Essential Myanmar Escorted Tour including 7 nights’ accommodation, various meals and sightseeing…from £1889pp 19 day Indochina Explorer Escorted Tour including 18 nights’ accommodation, various meals and sightseeing – this holiday includes a 7 night cruise aboard the luxurious Jayavarman. Full details of this vessel and its itinerary are available on request…from £2479pp All prices are subject to confirmation at time of booking – confirm prices with us for dates you have in mind please. All sorts of tours including private tailor-made ones can be arranged – ask for details.
Stress Free Travel – send your luggage in advance
Designer Travel are delighted to be working with Luggage Mule offering an added service for those clients who wish a hassle free holiday
experience. Luggage can be sent in advance to your holiday destination thus avoiding frustrating wait times at airport carousels and for those with private transfers a more speedy departure from your arrival airport. Designer Travel have negotiated special rates for all their clients – the list below highlights what this wonderful service includes. In many cases it is cheaper to use this service – see an example at end of the list. Please ask us for further details. • Send up to 30kg per bag • European service including Greece, Canary Islands and Turkey, plus Spain, Italy, France • Safe & Secure with the world’s leading courier UPS • Speedy Travel through airports without bag drops or waiting at luggage carousels • Luggage picked up from home and sent direct to you hotel, ski or golf resort • All luggage arrives the day before at your holiday destination • Exclusive 15% discount for all Designer Travel customers Family of 4 Example – flying to Malaga in July – each example gives 90K total allowance for 4 return. Luggage Mule Example 3 x 30kg suitcases return (total 90kg) would be £80 each = £240 total Ryanair Example Ryanair excess baggage fees at this weight would be = £270 each way = £540 total. Ryanair now allow you to carry 2x 15kg suitcases per person, and a hand luggage, for £100 = £400 for a family of 4.However, this is still £20 per person more than Luggage Mule, the key factor being who can realistically carry 2 suitcases and hand luggage? Plus, they will charge you £20 per kilo if you carry any more than the set 15kg. All very stressful and restrictive and expensive. Not much margin for error. EasyJet Example EasyJet price for 30kg return = £344 per person = £1032 total.
Christmas present ideas
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Need help in finding the perfect Christmas present?
It’s that time of year again when we all start to make lists of who we need to buy presents for and what they might like. Retailers are bombarding us with special offers and pre-xmas sales but sometimes it’s just hard to know what to buy everyone! We thought we would add a few ideas of our own, that might help. We have listed just a few samples of the kind of things we can do. If you think any of these could help you tick presents off your list then let us know, we would be delighted to help.
For those who just want an easy life, then buy our gift vouchers! If you are short of ideas or have that one nightmare person to buy for who has everything, then why not buy them Designer Travel gift vouchers. They come in denominations of £10 or for larger amounts we can produce a personalised gift voucher.
Start a holiday in style by booking a VIP lounge at the airport, from just £17.50 None of us look forward to spending our precious holiday time in a crowded airport, so why not buy a VIP lounge pass as a Christmas gift. This option is available at most UK airports and many overseas ones too. Prices start at just £17.50 per person (less for children) and include up to 3 hours in the lounge before departure, free drinks and snacks. Champagne upgrades are also available at selected lounges.
For those who love the theatre, a 2 night London break with show Travel to London between January and March 2014 and take advantage of our 2 night rail break. There are a variety of shows including all the favourites like Jersey Boys, Billy Elliott and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as well as some of the newer shows like Barking in Essex. There are 21 shows to choose from. Prices start from just £199 per person and include:
- Return standard-class rail travel
- Two nights’ bed and full English breakfast accommodation at selected hotels
- A top-price* ticket for your chosen show (prices will vary according to show selected)
Contact us for further details and availability
For those who like to be pampered, a spa break We offer a wide range of spa holidays from a simple hotel break with spa treatments booked in advance to a full spa specific break including themes such as well being, fitness, detox , specific diets like the Dukan plus many more. If you are looking for a spa gift from one night in the UK to a full programme overseas, we can help you. For those that like to play golf, a golf break Play a round golf for FREE everyday at one of the two championship golf courses at the Verdura Golf and Spa Resort in Sicily. The courses will inspire the novice player, and set a challenge for the most experienced. Every day, one of the 18 hole courses will be set up for two-ball play and the other for four-ball play. A double-ended driving range features 80-yard tees at each end, creating the perfect practice conditions. There are also putting and chipping greens, practice bunkers, and PGA-qualified professionals for tuition on a range of pre-bookable Golf Academy courses. This is golf on a grand scale, but with all the intimacy and character of an exclusive private members’ club. SPECIAL OFFER : Free Golf, Free half board PLUS reduced rates – 7 nights from only £1,470 per person Offer includes: 1 round of golf per person per day. Daily dinner for two (excludes beverages). Daily breakfast for two. Reduced room rate. 7 nights accommodation in a Deluxe Room. Return economy flights from London, including 20kg of hold luggage PLUS a golf bag per person*. Private transfers to and from the resort. Access to UK airport lounge on departure. Prices based on departures between January and March 2014. We have lots of other hotels with golf special offers from short breaks to summer holidays. Just call us and we will be happy to put some options together for you. For the kids who love Disney, a short break to Disneyland Paris
Book a Disneyland Paris holiday by 2nd December 2013 to travel before 2nd April 2014 and you will qualify for 15% off, plus FREE half board. Packages include:
- Accommodation in a Disney® Hotel
- Free lunch or dinner each night of your stay *
- Tickets for both Parks
Call us now for a quote for your family, all we need to know is where you want to travel from, your dates and a rough budget and we will come back with the most suitable options. For those who love to shop, a few days away in New York Jump on a United Airlines flight from London, Manchester or Glasgow for 3 nights to New York between 6th January and 31st March and stay for 3 nights at the 4 star Manhattan Hotel in Times Square, prices start from an incredible £539 per person. Spend your Christmas money shopping in New York! Availability on this offer is limited and bookings must be made by 30th November 2013
For those romantics out there, a holiday in the Maldives The Maldives has to be one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Why not treat a loved one to a special holiday for Christmas? In the Maldives you will find white sandy beaches, turquoise blue seas, amazing snorkelling and diving, faultless service and a wide variety of cuisine. The entire island is your home, take a romantic walk along a quiet beach, sit and enjoy a cocktail watching the sunset or just chill out on your private deck looking out for sealife. There are over 100 islands which cover every pocket. Simply let us know your dates and a rough budget and leave the rest to us. We will come up with some stunning options for you. This might be the Christmas present your loved one will never forget! For those who love animals, a visit to the Panda sanctuary in China
This special group tour takes you to discover some of the most impressive historical, cultural and natural sights of China, including the Great Wall and the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors of Xian and the Panda Conservation Centre in Chengdu. The tour for 9 days starts at £1,600 per person and includes:
- all international airfares
- all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges
- all accomodation
- all meals
- entrance fees, guides and daily tours
- visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
We also offer many longer tours of China and have private tour options too. Children over 8 can also travel on these tours. For those who love the snow, a weeks skiing There is already snow in most ski resorts and the forecast for this winter season is looking good. If you are buying a ski holiday for an experienced skier or someone who is a novice, then we can help. We have everything from the most luxury hotels and private chalets in world famous resorts to short breaks for 3 nights in a catered chalet or apartment. We can offer fully inclusive packages or just provide the accommodation. Our USA and Canada programme is extensive and we have also just released some offers to ski in India! Contact us today with an idea of what you are looking for and leave the rest to us. For those who like a bit of luxury, a short break to Majorca’s newest address The Jumeriah Port Soller, Majorca. New luxury in the heart of the Mediterranean. Built on a cliff overlooking the fishing village of Port Soller and surrounded by the Tramuntana mountain range. This intimate five star hotel houses a sele
ction of 120 airy sea or mountain facing rooms and suites, spread across 11 buildings connected by wonderful scented gardens. You’ll enjoy access to your own private balcony or terrace so you can enjoy the picture postcard view at your leisure. This hotel starts from approx £400 per room per night on a bed and breakfast basis and really is the perfect getaway for a luxury weekend escape. Call us to put your perfect package together. For those who love to cruise, a short mini cruise around the Med
Meet this amazing ship, The Norwegian Epic in Barcelona on 8th May and set sail for a wonderful 3 night cruise. Your first port of call is Marseille in France, then on to Palma in Majorca and then back to Barcelona. Cruise only prices start from just £259 per person. We also have a selection of 1 and 2 night cruises on the brand new Norweigan Getaway ship, prices starting from just £79 per person. For those who like a flutter, a short break in Las Vegas
Love to gamble or simply love the glitzy scene of Las Vegas? then jet off for 4 nights at the 4 star MGM Grand Hotel for an amazing price of £849 per person. This price includes flights and is based on travel between Jan and March 2014. Upgrade to one of the 5 star hotels or book an experience,like a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon or over Vegas to make this a truly memorable gift. We can tailor-make any combination of hotels, destinations and durations, so just give us a call, we would love to help. We have something for everyone…… If you like the idea of giving a travel gift as a Christmas present but we haven’t displayed anything that looks suitable, just give us a call and we will do our best to come up with some tailored options just for you. Other ideas could include:
- A short break to Abu Dhabi to visit Ferrari World
- A winter sunshine break in Dubai
- A short break to an Italian city or an Italian lake resort
- A trip on the Orient Express
- A 5 star cruise including all excursions
- A tailormade multi centre holiday to Thailand or Indo China (Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma etc)
- A luxury stay in a UK hotel
- A pop concert with hotel
- A sporting event with a hotel
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Fascinating Sri Lanka Tour, Wildlife and Beach
Sri Lanka has been mentioned before in our newsletters –its becoming so popular as a single or multi centre destination. Here we have shown you a sample itinerary but we can arrange anything on a tailormade basis just for you. Sri Lanka Sri Lanka is a tropical island with pristine golden beaches, well maintained national parks and emerald green tea plantations. It is also home to much wild life including elephants. Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage Your holiday starts with a private car and driver and includes a visit to the famous Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and the ancient city of Kandy. The orphanage is for breeding wild elephants situated in the northwest of the town of Kegalle. Ancient capital of Kandy Not far away is Kandy the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings which is a World Heritage site. Here you will find the magnificent Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens first built as a pleasure garden by a famous king and then extended by the British during their colonial rule. The visitor should also include visits around Kandy Lake, the town itself and bazaar, the arts centre, gem museum and lapidary, and to the famous Temple of the Tooth. Yala National Park Yala National Park in the wild south east of the island is a haven for flora, fauna and wildlife. Game drives are by jeep offering the visitor an African safari experience and you can usually view wild elephant, buffalo and boar, huge monitor lizards, macaque monkeys and many rare and endemic bird species. There are over 600 leopards on Sri Lanka and the chances of seeing them at Yala are high. You will also come across Sri Lanka’s rather unattractive Sloth Bears. Suggested Holiday Itinerary This holiday has been specially designed to offer clients a hassle free experience despite travelling quite long distances. Kegalle – 3 nights including day visits to the Elephant Orphanage & Kandy Fly from the UK via Dubai to Colombo. You are met by your private car and driver who will stay with you until you reach your beach resort on the sixth day. After a couple of hours drive you reach the beautiful Estate House at Rosyth at Kegalle for a 3 night stay giving you the opportunity to experience the beauty of rural Sri Lanka. The ‘house’ is set in 62 acres of a private working tea and rubber estate. Originally built in 1926 but thoroughly modernised in traditional style it offers a delightful pool, outdoor sala and stunning dining room. Yala – 2 nights – spend a day exploring the wildlife at Yala National Park Although the journey on the 4th day from Kegalle to Yala is 6 hours the route takes you through some of the most scenic countryside of the island climbing up towards Nuwra Eliya before dropping down from the hills to the Southern Coastal plain. You will encounter several beautiful waterfalls on this journey. Galle – 8 nights of relaxation Finally on the 6th day you drive to The Jetwing Lighthouse just outside the picturesque port of Galle for a 6 night stay. The hotel’s plush 60 rooms make generous use of rich timber and eco friendly fabric and guests enjoy views of the well kept hotel gardens and the ocean. All rooms have balcony and ocean view. Your driver guide leaves you on arrival at The Lighthouse. The property is located on a rocky outcrop and therefore has many stairs and steps so would not be suitable for less mobile guests. Flights and cost A recent January 2014 price flying with SriLankan Airlines from London was £2557 per person for this 14 night holiday including flights, private tour as described and many entrance fees, half board at Kegalle and bed and breakfast at Yala and Galle. Several regional UK airport options are possible. Please contact us now for more information and a quote. All information is thought to be accurate at time of writing but is subject to confirmation if booking.
Santa’s Lapland – Visit the home of Real Father ChristmasNothing can beat the excitement of setting off by snowmobile into the snowy forest in search of Santa’s hideaway log cabin.We deal with Specialists offering day trips and 2-5 day tours to remote locations in Finnish Lapland – the official home of Santa Claus. Flights operate from a variety of regional airports. All tours are fully inclusive – so there are no unexpected extras. Special prices apply to departures listed below and where available at time of writing.Huge savings on Santa Breaks – 3 nights from £499 per person 19 Nov – Ex Gatwick – 3 nights – £499 per person SAVING £380 29 Nov – Ex Bristol – 3 nights – £499 per person SAVING £640 02 Dec – Ex Leeds – 4 nights – £499 per person SAVING £610 11 Dec – Ex Luton �� 3 nights – £499 per person SAVING £700 14 Dec – Ex Manchester – 3 nights – £799 per person SAVING £480 17 Dec – Ex Gatwick – 3 nights – £799 per person SAVING £480 27 Dec – Ex Gatwick – 3 nights – £599 per person SAVING £480 27 Dec – Ex Manchester – 3 nights – £599 per person SAVING £480 30 Dec – Ex Gatwick – 3 nights – £599 per person SAVING £480 30 Dec – Ex Glasgow – 3 nights – £499 per person SAVING £580 Upgrade to traditional log cabin with private sauna on any date £100 extra per person What’s included? Flights – Transfers – Full Board Hotel – Private Family Meeting with Santa – Husky Sleds – reindeer Sleds – Snowmobiles – PLUS MORE! For further information on these trips and others that may be available please contact us.
Our Handpicked Special Offers Bentota, Sri Lanka Avani Bentota Resort & Spa – 4.5 star – B & B 7 nights selected Mar 2014 dates From £1095 per person SAVE UP TO £441 per couple Barbados Ocean Two Resort & Residences – 4.5 star – RO 7 nights RO departures 25-28 Nov, 2-3 Dec 2013 From £1299 per person…LAST MINUTE BOOK IMMEDIATELY SAVE UP TO £197 per couple Thailand – Bangkok & Koh Lanta Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers – 5 star Layana Resort & Spa – 5 star 3 nights RO + 8 nights B&B – May 2014 From £1379 per person SAVE UP TO £1324 per couple Sri Lanka – Negombo Jetwing Lagoon 5 star – B&B 10 nights – Feb 2014 From £1395 per person SAVE UP TO £670 per couple Bahamas – Paradise Island Atlantis Bahamas – 4.5star – RO 7 nights – 3 & 4 June 2014 From £1439 per person SAVE UP TO £950 per couple Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City + Nha Trang Novotel Saigon Centre 4star – B&B Evason Ana Mandara Nha Trang 4.5star – B&B 2 + 6 nights – applies to departure 29 Jan 2014 From £1549 per person SAVE UP TO £294 per couple Thailand – Bangkok & Hua Hin Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers 5star -RO Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa 5star – B&B 2 + 9 nights – applies to 24 Dec 2013 departure From £2099 per person – 24 Dec 13 departure – CHRISTMAS ESCAPE SAVE UP TO £684 per couple TOURS TO SOUTH AMERICA AT SPECIAL PRICES 10 Nights Costa Rican Explorer – mixed meal plan – 14 Feb 14 – from £1999pp SAVE £136pp 7 nights Escorted Tour of Ecuador’s Ave of Volcanoes – mixed meal plan – from £2599pp SAVE £266pp 9 Nights Escorted Tour of Brazil – mixed meal plan – 9 Apr & 14 May 14 – from £2795pp SAVE £215pp 6 Nights Multi Centre Lima & Cuzco – B&B – selected Feb & Mar 14 dates – from £1749pp SAVE £235pp Many of these tours can be extended – ask for details. All prices are subject to confirmation at time of booking. Ski Alberta- Canada The beautiful resorts of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper are very popular summer destinations but are often overlooked when it comes to winter ski holidays… FLIGHTS Daily scheduled Flights means flexibility and FREE connecting flights from selected Regional Airports – There are daily scheduled flights to Calgary from London airports with FREE domestic connections from several UK airports – clients living outwith London are offered extra value to make up for any inconvenience flying via London (remember you don’t handle any luggage at London). You have a choice of three different scheduled airlines flying to this area, offering economy, premium economy and business class at competitive rates. You can vary durations of your holiday to fit your requirements and make maximum use of any holiday leave. For Jasper there is a flight 3 times a week to Edmonton. EASY TRANSFERS WELL ORGANISED FOR GETTING AROUND Airport to Resort Transfers and Inter Resort Transfers are well organised and work incredibly well. There is a range of scheduled and private transfers options available at competitive rates. The most popular and beautiful resort of Banff is only 1.5 hours from Calgary – sometimes less by private transfer. Banff to Lake Louise 1 hour – Lake Louise to Jasper along the beautiful Icefield Parkway 2.5 hours. Edmonton to Jasper is 4 hours. WONDERFUL HOSPITALITY AND EXCELLENT VALUE ACCOMMODATIONS Canadians are noted for their hospitality so you can expect a warm welcome. Excellent choices of accommodations of all grades are available ranging from modest family options to 5 star ultra luxury including a large selection of condominiums, suites and lodges, some with pools and spas. Winter in this area is low season so you can expect excellent value. Great après ski activity – each resort has something different to offer – ask for further details. WINTER SPORTS AT THEIR BEST Snow is not a problem here and there is a long season stretching from early November to Mid May. Together with our favoured supplier for the area, we can offer great value tailor-made packages and discounts on lift passes some with 3 ski resorts on the same ticket. Normally children under 12 years get ski and rent FREE, for adults up to 30% discount on equipment rentals and generous discounts on ski and snow board lessons. Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced skiers are well catered for. Each resort offers something different – ask for more details. ENJOY THE PRISTINE WILDERNESS AND STAGGERING BEAUTY OF THE ROCKIES
Banff is a popular resort set in the heart of the Rockies surrounded by mountains (see featured photo by Paul Zizka) with a wonderful selection of shops and restaurants. The popular 4 star Fox Hotel & Suites – 7 nights from £1147 per person. Lake Louise is noted for its stunning scenery. The family favourite 3 star plus Lake Louise Inn from £997 per person. Jasper is located in breathtaking rugged mountain landscape of Jasper National Park. The popular Fairmont 5 star Jasper Park Lodge from £1289 per person. For more information about these exciting winter holidays please contact me now. All prices are subject to confirmation at time of booking. They are obviously based on the most low season 2013- 14 season dates and are dependent on the lowest air fare being available throughout. Some offers must be booked immediately. Wonderful Tuscan Retreat – The Castello Del Nero Wonderful Tuscan Retreat for those who want to unwind but also visit the beautiful towns of Florence and Sienna Designer Travel are always on the lookout for unique luxurious properties – The Castello Del Nero described below is an outstanding property set in the stunning Tuscan countryside with beautiful walks available close by. The property is noted for its high service levels, the food is delicious, the private cooking class is fun and the Spa Treatments offer total relaxation. Free shuttles are normally available to both Florence and Sienna for those who want to escape hiring a car. This is a report we recently received from the property’s UK agents:
Savour the abundant harvetsts of an enchanting Autumn at Castello Del Nero Five-star 50-bedroom Castello Del Nero Hotel & Spa in Chianti (www.castellodelnero.com) is an idyllic retreat in which to savour the splendours of a Tuscan autumn, a time when the vineyards and olive groves of the 12th century castle’s 265-hectare private estate share their bounty with local wine and extra virgin olive oil producers. The Castello harnesses the harvest flavours in its award-winning La Torre restaurant, whilst wine and extra virgin olive oil tastings in its medieval cellar and signature extra virgin olive oil treatments in the ESPA spa put the fruits to good use. The new autumn menu designed by Executive Chef Giovanni Luca di Pirro features dishes inspired by the season, including homemade Cappelletti pasta filled with veal in a butter and sage sauce, served with pigeon ragout, mushrooms and a hunter’s broth, and pigeon supreme with chicken liver terrine served with pan brioche and Chianti red wine sauce. Locally-reared lamb from Val di Pesa is presented four ways with millefeuille of potato, whilst Chianti snails are served with aromatic herbs from the Castello’s organic kitchen garden and a sweet garlic sauce. Olive oil and wine tastings are hosted by the Sommelier and Maître d’ respectively in the grandeur of the castle’s nine-hundred year-old wine cellar, accompanied by a selection of local cold meats, home baked breads and regional cheeses. Autumn is an abundant time of year in Chianti with olives ready for harvest in late November and throughout December, which means guests can savour the new extra virgin olive oil in tastings. Olive oil tastings cost £25 per person and feature four oils including one from the Castello del Nero estate, whilst one-hour wine tastings cost £42 per person and include four Italian wines. The signature treatment at Castello del Nero’s 10,000 square metre ESPA Spa is the 110-minute Relaxation Ritual (£219) that combines the natural anti-oxidant benefits of locally-produced extra virgin olive oil with sea salts for a full body exfoliation. Tuscan lavender is infused in warmed olive oil for a Balinese-influenced massage, which involves long, soothing, stretching movements to evoke deep relaxation. The Olive Oil and Pink Clay Oriental Inspired Head Massage (£80; 40 minutes) fuses a blend of Tuscan extra virgin olive oil and the conditioning properties of ESPA Pink Hair and Scalp Mud, to revitalise and effect deep relaxation over the whole body, whilst releasing tension and bringing ultimate condition to hair and scalp. Blue rosemary grown in the region is combined with sea salt and extra virgin olive oil for the Sea Salt and Tuscan Rosemary Body Exfoliation (£55; 25 minutes) that softens, nourishes and conditions the body and retains moisture. For details of holiday breaks that are available to this wonderful property contact us now – both for 2013 and 2014.
LUXURY EXPEDITION CRUISING with Silversea State of the art, ultra-luxury expedition ships…adventure seeking travellers with discerning tastes are thrilled to have discovered Silversea Expeditions….why not join them Silversea has stepped into the gap between the educational, adventure expedition type of voyage and the conventional type of cruise. At the same time, they use their vast experience of the luxury cruise market to offer a unique experience. Since launching in 2008 Silversea Expeditions has established itself as the world’s leading ultra luxury expedition cruise line enabling guests to view extraordinary scenery, get closer to marine and wildlife, as well as viewing first hand some of the world’s last wildernesses in a manner that is sympathetic to the environment. Silversea’s All-Inclusive Luxury Service Silversea’s 3 explorer ships maintain the line’s long standing reputation for personal all-inclusive service – the bar and fridge in your suite is stocked with your favourite choice of beverages – the list of ‘inclusions’ is impressive: • Intimate ships for just 100 to 132 guests • All Ocean View Accommodations (many with balcony) • Butler service (if required) for all suites • Complimentary Drinks in-suite and throughout the ship • Gratuities included and not expected • Open-seating dining • In- suite dining and room service • Complimentary expedition activities Silversea’s 3 state of the art, ultra-luxury expedition ships serve different destinations Silver Explorer started operations in 2008 and continues her popular navigation of both Polar Regions including the Northwest Passage, the Russian Far East, Japan, French Polynesia and the South Pacific. With eight Zodiac boats on board (sturdy, flat-bottomed vessels), guests can visit the most ‘off the beaten track’ locations and beaches. Silver Galapagos enters service in 2014 and as the name implies is offering specially crafted voyages of the Galapagos Islands following two distinct routes; the North Islands and the Central islands. Silver Discoverer entering service also in 2014 will be visiting remote atolls, rich eco-systems and unknown tribes taking in the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Among the many facilities on board are a set of Zodiac boats and a glass-bottom boat for unique exploration of marine life. Silversea Expeditions offer Adventure and Education The cruises offer adventure combined with education, providing experts in ornithology, maritime biology, botany and geology, depending on the itinerary. Apply for full list of the latest itineraries and offers on these unique ships of which a few are listed below. Silver Explorer Examples 27 Mar 14 for 11 nights from £3650 per person…..Several ports in Peru, Ecuador and Panama 13 Mar 14 for 14 nights from £4250 per person ….6 Ports in Chile and 4 Ports in Peru 7 April 14 for 8 nights from £2450 per person …Colon, Panama to Barbados All prices subject to confirmation at time of booking.
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Kalkan – an enchanting laid back seaside resort with some character
The enchanting harbour town of Kalkan in Turkey with its steep cobbled streets and colourful marina is an ideal choice for those looking for a relaxing and laid back resort with some character. Kalkan has escaped mass tourism because of its setting on a hillside spread around a small beautiful bay. The resort has its own small pebble beach which means the water is wonderfully clear and crisp for swimming in. There are other larger beautiful beaches 15 minutes away by Dolmus (bus) services which run regularly and are inexpensive. You can spend an enjoyable relaxing couple of hours having lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants along the attractive marina admiring the sea views. Visitors should take time to explore the surrounding area by boat to admire Turkey’s stunning Turquoise Coast. They should also visit the ancient Castle of Simena and the fascinating sunken city of Kekova. The resort has many very attractive hotels and villas suitable for couples and families alike. Here are a few examples: The Oasis Hotel in Kalkan is a lovely boutique hotel in a perfect location within walking distance of the resort centre – perfect for couples. The stylish Elixir Hotel is another charming boutique hotel with stunning views over Kalkan Bay – perfect for couples looking for comfort and relaxation. The charming Kalamar Hotel is perfect for both families and couples and also enjoys fabulous views over Kalkan Bay with sea facing rooms with private balconies or shared terraces. The Antik Villas can take up to 6 and are full of character with stone floors and stylish furnishings. They have their own private pool and sunbathing terrace and an easy walk takes you into town. Luxury Family Early Booking Offers
Many of our favourite luxury family hotels have all now released their early booking offers for Summer 2014. The offers include free nights, free board upgrades, free children and room upgrades depending upon your chosen hotel. Flights are now bookable too with most of the major airlines. So book early in order to secure your place at the popular luxury hotels at the best prices. Just give us your budget and dates and leave us to come back with the best options we can, our holiday finding service is free so use our expertise. Here is a small selection of the offers we have available: Aphrodite Hills in Paphos – 15% off, free child and free half board upgrade Princesa Yaiza – 10% off plus free child place Abama Hotel – 15% off plus 2 free nights Insotel Punta Prima – `10% off plus free child place Sani Beach Club – 10% off plus free child place Le Meridien in Cyprus – 20% off plus free half board upgrade
Sunny and warm South Africa awaits you…… South Africa, in particular the beautiful lands around the Cape, should feature at the top of every discerning traveller’s wish list. Enjoy the spectacular views of Table Mountain in Cape Town, or sample the wine from the famous vineyards of Franschoek and Stellenbosch, not far from the city. Travel on to view the wildlife and natural beauty along the Garden Route and finish your holiday at a malaria-free luxury game reserve. Or include a visit to the grandfather of all game reserves at the Kruger National Park. Apart from the excellent food, wine and warm hospitality, South Africa offers outstanding value for money. Attractions around Cape Town • Explore the various shops and restaurants on the waterfront • Take a trip to the famous Robben Island Museum from here (pre-book) • For wonderful views take the cable car up Table Mountain (the energetic can hike up to the Lions Head for alternative views). • Retreat to the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. • Admire the architecture around St George’s Mall; Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian. • Explore Cape Town’s famous beaches not far away. • Explore the famous Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschoek Wine Region Attractions around Oudtshoorn • Divert along the Klein Karoo Wine Route – ask for details • Cango Caves, Cango Wild Life Centre and the Ostrich Farm (or less expensive alternatives) are popular places to visit • Drive to the top of the beautiful Swartberg Pass Attractions around Knysna • Take a lagoon cruise, enjoy wonderful views at Knysna Head, visit the CP Nel Museum • Outeniqua Tjoe-Choo Steam Train rides along the coast beside the Outeniqua Mountains from Knysna to George • Drive through the ‘lake district’ to Wilderness – golden stretches of beaches await you • Beautiful Plettenburg Bay is 30 minutes away (can be added to itinerary) • Try the Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour, a unique eco-wilderness adventure that takes place in rainforest at Stormsriver • For golf lovers Knysna is ideal with two excellent courses nearby Other Attractions • Try the longest Bungee Jump in the World at Bloukrans Bridge, Kareedouw, Stormsriver • Mossel Bay and a boat trip round Seal Island • The popular Cage Diving with Great Whites – False Bay (near Cape Town), Dyer Island (near Hermanus) and Mossel Bay. Offers • Cape Town & Kruger 8 nights from £1588 SAVE £330 • Cape Town, Garden Route & Game Reserve 11 nights Self-Drive £1679 SAVE £253 • Food, Wine & Culture 10 nights Cape, Winelands & Umhlanga £1949 SAVE £335 • Luxury BLUE TRAIN,Cape Town & Kruger 8 nights £3999 SAVE £591 All prices quoted are per person, for off peak dates and are subject to confirmation at time of booking. Designer Travel can tailor your holiday to your requirements – ask for more details
Luxurious Holiday Breaks for the Discerning Traveller…………..
World-famous Venice Simplon-Orient Express…The King of Trains. You truly feel you are living in a different era of elegance from the moment your luggage is whisked away from you at Victoria Station in London and you are welcomed with a glass of champagne. This is a unique rail journey from London to Venice. The Orient Express…dramatic restoration The trains have received the most dramatic restoration, particularly the interiors with polished wood panels and veneers, inlaid with various designs and shades for each car. Many of the authentic Wagons-Lits carriages used in Europe date from the 1920s, some built in Birmingham. The British Pullmans which operate in and out of Victoria have also been perfectly restored from luxurious carriages that used to run in famous Pullman trains throughout Britain. Special package on the VSOE 3 night package including 2 nights in Venice and 1 night in a private cabin on board the Venice Simplon – Orient Express, return air flight home to the UK and water taxi transfers from £2099 per person Ex London if you are able to travel this month (Oct 2013) saving over £500 per person. Apply for rates and details on other dates. Note also this Venice itinerary can operate in reverse and the VSOE also operates to many other exciting destinations – ask for more details.
Other Classic City Breaks Rome – the Hotel D’Inghilterra – best location in Rome close to the Spanish steps, described as one of the most charming hotels in the world and favoured in the past by Hemmingway and Mark Twain. 3 nights from £854. Budapest – Hotel le Meridien has been beautifully restored from a former palace and is conveniently placed close to the old town. 3 nights from £598. Venice – The Monaco and Grand Canal Hotel is one of Venice’s most famous hotels only 50 yards from St Marks. 4 nights for the price of 3 …from £1095. Extras provided including water taxi transfers. All prices are subject to confirmation at time of booking. Bespoke at One Eleven, Seminyak, Bali Designer Travel has just received this rather full report concerning a new luxurious spectacular unique property in beautiful Bali No doubt you are looking forward to that much needed island vacation, away from the winter that looms in the coming months. Perhaps what excites you the most is planning your escape to blue waters and sunny skies. If Bali is your pick to end your year with fireworks, intoxicating nectars of sexy cocktails and hip swaying parties, One Eleven is a luxurious abode of a sprawling 5,000 sqm of space with nine private villas, each with a 14 meter long swimming pool and spa gazebo, all with a promise manifesto to fulfill your stay on this wondrous Island of the Gods. Away from the noise but close to the best shopping along fashionable Jalan Laksmana, this perfection in location also comes with an invitation to culinary magnificence at glorious restaurants and most importantly is on-route to your cultural pit stop of the temples for the required blessings for the New Year. No map required, just ask your butler to arrange it all. At One Eleven, this adults-only, private sanctuary is well thought of in its design and service philosophy, identifying space and bespoke as the true indulgence to hedonism. This in-villa experience removes all the unnecessary both in its exteriors and resort rules, thus unifying what is needed, Personalised with desire. From silky goose down pillows to organic his and hers bathroom amenities, temptation is irresistible to bask in full glory to an envious tan in privacy or perhaps a yoga session on the perfectly matched manicured lawns. With accompanied treats, the true pampering begins with the magic hands of the spa therapists. Following this with a tipple from your Maxi Bar at your own BBQ or the much anticipated turndown service which is always promises something sweet. Exclusivity does not end in-villa, guests are also invited to priority seating at Shiro- One Eleven’s reservations only Sushi and Sake Bar. Fully designed by famed architect Shigemasa Noi, His inspiration tells a story of a culture that “ eats with one’s eyes,” before physically. Resulting in a wondrously intricate design of woodwork throughout- while resident chef Mimaki-san indulgences one with the finest Omakase menu of the freshest fish and produce. This is an epicurean feast prepared for an intimate crowd accompanied with an extensive range of sake. It is best to make a reservation in advance. Closed on Sundays to go fishing. To experience a never once, visit www.111resorts.com Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about this property
EXCLUSIVE offer for the gorgeous 5 star Melati Beach Resort and Spa in Koh Samui, Thailand A great true 5 star property on one of the best beaches on the island with lovely luxury accommodation, including options for private pools – fantastic resort for couples or families. Upgrade to ALL INCLUSIVE from only £400 per person extra for 7 nights The Resort Melati Beach Resort & Spa is located on a white sand cove on the north east tip of Koh Samui, just 10 minutes drive from Samui airport: secluded, yet conveniently close to the resorts of Chaweng and Bophut. Designed to resemble a Thai village, the 77 rooms and villas are set amongst the tropical gardens and decorated in a fresh, contemporary style. The spacious rooms are in the two-storey main building, some with plunge pool; the free-standing villas are closer to the beach and offer more space and a private pool. Facilities Start your day with a hearty buffet breakfast at the beachfront restaurant then relax by one of the two swimming pools, enjoy a Thai cooking class or kayak around the coastline. Indulge in a treatment at the award winning Melati Spa – the “Indigenous Coconut Experience” will have you floating back to your room – before an authentic Thai dinner at the Kan Sak Thong Restaurant. Ask for further details including the full list of facilities and activities available at resort. Grand Deluxe Room The two storey Grand Deluxe Wing offers two types of accommodation. Lower Grand Deluxe Rooms on the ground floor have access to a private terrace/garden; Upper Grand Deluxe Rooms are slightly smaller and feature an outdoor bathtub on the balcony. Private Garden Pool Private Garden Pool Rooms (143 sqm total space) are located on the ground floor, at the end of the Garden Deluxe Wing units. They feature an outdoor private plunge pool and Sala set in a small terrace / garden area. Pool Villa The Pool Villas offer 143 sqm of total space. They feature a separate living room and bedroom, a spacious bathroom with outdoor shower. A wooden deck steps down into a private plunge pool, next to your private outdoor sala. Special Offer Prices Stay 7 nights in a Grand Deluxe Room on Bed and Breakfast basis, with 7 nights for the price of 4, private car transfers, and international flights – £1399 per person Garden Private Pool – £1529 per person Pool Villa, only – £1639 per person
ULTRA LUXURY CRUISING with Silversea Silversea’s award-wining fleet offers uncrowded, sophisticated luxury to all corners of the world. They now have six ships offering sophisticated and spacious accommodation and public spaces. Enjoy Six Star All Inclusive Service and a welcoming atmosphere; most of the ocean view suites have a private teak veranda. Practically all wines and drinks are included in the cost and the company operates a ‘no tipping’ policy. Open seating dining operates throughout the ship. 2014 Silver Shadow Far East Voyages with special low air prices of only £899 to add to luxury all inclusive cruise only prices below: 10-Mar-14 – 9 day Hong Kong to Singapore £2,750 19-Mar-14 – 11 day Singapore to Hong Kong £3,150 30-Mar-14 – 9 day Hong Kong to Singapore £2,450 Other examples available – ask for details Siversea’s 2015 new Programme is now on sale offering 8 ships, with 71 new ports of call including the remote Phoenix Islands, Congo’s Pointe Noire and Huelva in Spain. A 115 day 2015 World Cruise is offered on Silver Whisper departing January touching 5 continents and sailing to 50 destinations. Sectors of the voyage will be on offer. Grand Voyages 2015 sailings for over 60 days are on offer giving you time to relax and explore with itineraries that include ‘Circle South America’ or ‘Southern Cross’ (Pacific and Australasia etc) Many extras have been added to some of these new sailings for early bookers – ask for details. LUXURY EXPEDITION CRUISING with Silversea offers adventure, education and luxury… Silversea has stepped into the gap between the educational, adventure expedition type of voyage and the conventional type of cruise. At the same time, they use their vast experience of the luxury cruise market to offer a unique experience. The cruises offer adventure combined with education, providing experts in ornithology, maritime biology, botany and geology, depending on the itinerary. They now have 3 Expedition ships…if at all interested please ask for further details. Contact us now for further details of all cruises and itineraries. All details are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
Santa Day Trips £40 off Ever wanted to take your kids or grand kids to Lapland to see Santa? Well as of today prices have just beed reduced for this winter season. For a quote from your local airport call us. We do everything from day trips to 3/4 night short breaks. Day trips start at £439 per person and this is what is included: •Return flights to Pajala in Swedish Lapland •Return transfer from the airport to Santa’s home •In-flight catering •Lunch •Thermal clothing •A Search for Santa experience •A private Santa Meeting •A children’s gift •A Snowmobile Adventure •A Reindeer Sleigh Ride •A Husky Dogs Experience •Tobogganing, snowballing and snowman-making •Government taxes and service charges
Norwegian Cruise Line 7 day sale – ending soon- prices from £219 Norwegian Cruise Lines have their winter sale on now, 10 night cruises in the Med this winter start from £219! and their 9 night Canary Island and Morroco cruise starts at just £309. Offers are limited and end in 3 days. Call us now for a quote, we are happy to tailor make an itinerary for you.
Examples of our multi centre packages
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Multi Centre Holidays
We specialise in creating high quality, value for money tailor-made holidays worldwide. Our dedicated travel team are experts in creating more complicated itineraries combining several elements of hotels, tours and sightseeing opportunities. Our multi centre holidays are available to a variety of exciting destinations, allowing you to get the best out of your holiday by combining a relaxing beach holiday with an active sightseeing holiday. In this newsletter we have highligted just a few of the options we can put together for you, but it really is possible to combine most places throughout the world. All you need to do is let us know where you would like to go and leave the rest to us. Our holiday finding service is free and we will come back with recommendations and suggestions.
12 day Miami & BarbadosSpend 3 nights in Miami at the 4 star Aqua Hotel and then 8 nights at the 4* Accra Beach Hotel and Spa in Barbados.
- Prices from £1,549 per person
Prices include flights and all transfers Upgrade to 5* hotels from an additional £591per person Valid for travel: 07 Feb – 31 Mar 14 Book by: 31 Oct 13 Other dates and durations are available
12 day New York & Cancun, Mexico Spend 3 nights in New York at the 4* The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel and then 8 nights at the 4* Be Live Palm Beach on all inclusive.
- Prices from £1,329 per person
Prices include flights and all transfers Upgrade to 5 * hotels from an additional £169 per person Valid for travel: 07 Feb – 28 Mar 14 Book by 31 Oct 13 Other dates and durations available
12 day Miami & St Lucia Spend 3 nights in Miami at the 4* Aqua Hotel and then 8 nights at the 4* Coco Palm Resort in St Lucia on bed and breakfast.
- Prices from £1,469 per person
Prices include flights and transfers Upgrade to 5* hotels from an additional £1,402 per person Valid for travel: 07 Feb – 31 Mar 14 Book by: 31 Oct 13 Other dates and durations available
12 day Bangkok & Phuket Spend 3 nights in Bangkok at the 4* Century Park Hotel and then 8 nights in Phuket at the 4* Centara Karon Resort on bed and breakfast
- Prices from £879 per person
Prices include all flights and transfers Upgrade to 5* hotels from an additional £99 per person Valid for travel: 06 May – 30 Jun 14 Book by: 21 Oct 13 Other dates and durations available
12 day Kuala Lumpur & Penang Spend 3 nights in Kuala Lumpar at the 4* Istana Hotel and then 8 nights in Penang at the 4* Holiday Inn Resort on bed and breakfast.
- Prices from £1,029 per person
Prices include all flights and transfers Upgrade to 5* hotels from an additional £292 per person Valid for travel: 06 May – 15 Jun 14 Book by: 31 Oct 13 Other dates and durations available 12 day Singapore & Bali Spend 3 nights in Singapore at the 4* Traders Hotel and then 8 nights in Bali at the 4* Mecure Resort Sanur on bed and breakfast
- Prices from £1,159 per person
Upgrade to 5* hotels from an additional £224 per person Prices include flights and transfers Valid for travel: 06 May – 15 Jun 14 Book by: 31 Oct 13 Other dates and durations available 11 day Dubai & Maldives Spend 3 nights in Dubai at the 5* Atlantis the Palm hotel with FREE half board and then 7 nights at the 5* Kurumba Hotel in the Maldives.
- Prices from £1,489 per person
Prices include flights and transfers Valid for travel: 11 May 2014 – 20 Jun 14 Book by: 30 Nov 13 Other dates and durations available
12 day Dubai & Mauritius Spend 3 nights at the 5* Atlantis the Palm hotel with FREE half board and then 8 nights at the 5* Centara Grand Azuri in Mauritius.
- Prices from £1599 per person
Prices include flights and transfers Valid for travel: 11 May 2014 – 20 June 14 Book by 30 Nov 13 Other dates and durations available
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Booking Early will save you £££’s
September is the second busiest month after January for early bookings. As the days get colder and the nights get darker people start to think about booking their holiday for next Summer or a late booking to get some winter sunshine. Booking early nowadays means you get the best offers, best availability and for the popular hotels you definitely get the best prices. If you are thinking of travelling further afield then most of the scheduled airlines book 11 months out, and for peak dates you need to book quickly. This month we have included some special prices with Regent Seven Seas Cruises who practically include everything – a cruise line for those who like ultra luxury and suite accommodation and perhaps who are reluctant to try cruising. We have also included a couple of multi centre tailor-made holidays to whet your appetite for this type of holiday – we have plenty of ideas and experience in handling this type of holiday as the name Designer Travel implies. We are here to help you plan your holiday so that you get the best offer, service and a stress free holiday experience from start to finish.
A Mixed Selection of Holiday Offers
New York Christmas Shopping 3 nights at the Hotel Lexington Close to Times Square From £819 per person From £645 per person (Jan Dates …apply for others) October & Easter School Holidays Orlando School Holidays – 29 Mar 2014 14 nights Rosen Inn Pointe Free transfers to Universal, Wet & Wild and SeaWorld 3 Swimming Pools (2 heated) United or US Airways Flights (a few seats left for October Half Term 2013!) From £669 per person New York & Las Vegas 2 Centre Holiday 2 nights at the Edison Hotel and 4 nights at the Luxor Hotel Free Dine4Less Card 25% food savings From £879 per person (Jan Dates … apply for others) Spend Christmas Abroad in the Sun Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel – Cape Town – 5 Star – 23 Dec 13 for 5 nights – B&B from £1595 Club Bentota – Sri Lanka – 3.5 Star – 24 Dec 13 for 7 nights – all Inc from £1675 Cape Panwa – Thailand – 4 Star – 23 Dec 13 for 7 nights – B&B from £1799 Preskil Beach Resort – Mauritius – 4 Star – 20 Dec 13 for 7 nights – HB from £2335 Kurumba – Maldives – 5 Star – 22 Dec 13 for 7 nights – B&B from £2359 Super Late Deals in Thailand at Centara Resorts 5 Star Koh Samui 7 nights B&B £1079pp – dates Nov 13 5 Star Hua Hin 7 nights B&B £1099 – dates Nov 13 5 Star Krabi 10 nights £1249 – 9 Dec 13 5 Star Phuket 8 nights £1299 – dates Oct 13 All offers are just a selection of what may be possible and are very much subject to availability – book now to avoid disappointment – all prices are subject to confirmation at time of booking 15 night Luxury Multi Centre Holiday including Universal and beaches in Florida & The Riviera Maya Orlando’s Universal Land of Adventure, the beautiful Gulf of Mexico coast of Florida, the bustling ‘Art Deco’ beachfront of Miami Beach and ending with an exotic beach holiday in Mexico. Couples, Families with older children and Honeymooners This suggestion of itinerary is really with adults in mind and would suit HONEYMOONERS, and possibly families with older children, who are seeking a variety of destinations and experiences ending with a relaxing luxury beach holiday. Extra centres or nights in Florida can easily be inserted. Loews Royal Pacific Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort for 3 nights This luxury ‘Tropical Island’ resort is situated within walking distance of the main Universal parks. Guests receive selected exclusive benefits with the property being on-site including skipping queues and early park admission. You are within walking distance of Citywalk where you will find unlimited dining options, nightlife and entertainment. Universal have two parks right next to one another: Universal Studios is the TV based theme park which allows you to jump into the action of your favourite TV show. Universal Islands of Adventure is the park with all the big rides: Harry Potter, Spiderman, the new 3-D Transformers ride and much more. SeaWorld, Aquatica and Discovery Cove (swim with the dolphins) are not far away. Ask about our previous newsletter giving details of all Orlando attractions. The drive from Orlando to Naples takes 3.5 hours and from Naples to Miami 2 hours. La Playa Beach and Golf Resort at Naples for 2 nights This moderately sized beautiful Resort is situated right on the beach overlooking the Gulf on the outskirts of town. You can enjoy delicious food and wonderful sunsets while dining in the elegant Baleen Restaurant during your stay. Naples is a most beautiful area on the south west coast of Florida sandwiched between the Big Cypress Swamp and the Gulf of Mexico. The resort has many restaurants, shopping areas and miles and miles of beaches. The largest shopping area is Olde Naples with more than 100 shops and many restaurants situated on tree lined walkways. Old Marine Market Place at Tin City has converted fishing shacks offering boutique type shops and studios. If you would like more information on the area including more shopping information, the Airboat Tour of the 10,000 islands, and Edison and Ford Historical Museums (Fort Myers) – just ask for report. Loews Miami Beach Hotel for 3 nights This modern resort enjoys a superb position beside the palm tree promenade and overlooking the ocean where the Miami Beach boardwalk and South Beach promenade join. Although the hotel is of fairly recent construction the style is sympathetic to the Art Deco collection on South Beach and has all the facilities of a modern day luxury resort Miami Beach is a narrow strip of land connected to the mainland by several road causeways. Fortunately hundreds of art deco buildings dating from the 1930s were saved from destruction in the 1970s by the Miami Design Preservation League and are now fully restored. The area is very popular for visitors and many fashion houses use the fabulous architecture for photographing their models. Miami is a fascinating city to visit with its many shopping centres and other attractions. To find out more ask for report. Secrets Maroma Beach Hotel – Playa Maroma – Riviera Maya for 7 nights Secrets Maroma Resort is 20 minutes from Cancun airport and 15 minutes to the nearest town of Playa Del Carmen. This resort offers luxury in extreme, and is situated on one of the best pristine beaches in Mexico. The hotel offers excellent service, food and accommodation and is well maintained. Here you can enjoy a restful week of luxury on an all inclusive basis. Playa Del Carmen (‘Playa’) and Riviera Maya in Mexico is situated on the Yutican Peninsula well known for both its fabulous beaches and also its ancient history dating back to ancient civilizations from 1000BC. ‘Playa’ and other close by resorts of Payacar and the island of Cozumel offer every type of water sport you can think of including scuba diving and snorkeling. Great shopping can be found in ‘Playa’s’ pedestrian promenade and 5th Avenue is THE place to see and be seen! There are many activities and places of interest to visit in the area including the famous Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins. Ask for further details. What the holiday includes: Return direct open jaw flights from UK out to Orlando back from Cancun plus direct flight in between from Miami to Cancun. All hotels are room only apart from Mexico which is all inclusive. Shared transfer on arrival Orlando to hotel. 4 days full size car hire including extras while in Florida. Return private transfers in Mexico. Clients take their own taxi from Miami hotel to airport for flight to Cancun. Other resorts in Florida could easily be incorporated into this itinerary. A recent May 2014 price from London was £2032 per person for this 14 night holiday including flights – Please contact me now for more information and a quote. All information is thought to be accurate at time of writing but is subject to confirmation if booking. Late Ski Deals The Ski Deals have already started to appear for the start of the Winter13/14 season and we still have availability for peak dates to most destinations. Whether you are new to ski or an advanced skier we have something for all abilities and budgets. 5% off all CLUB MED SKI HOLIDAYS 5% off all SKI ESPIRIT SKI HOLIDAYS Catered chalets, apartments, luxury individual villas and hotels. Our ski collection is extensive and we can offer flexible durations too. Ultra Luxury All Inclusive Suite accommodation at Sea Regent Seven Seas offer a fleet of three smaller elegant ships giving their guests a true ultra luxury all inclusive experience complemented with outstanding service and dining. Flights, a variety of shore excursions, drinks and beverages, and gratuities are all included. Several dining options are available on each vessel; fine dining with no supplements charged as well a casual, all open-seating. The fleet has been continuously updated and modernise
d to ensure the line’s high standards are maintained. Selection of Autumn Offers 17 Oct 13 7 nights Rome to Monte Carlo £2669 23 Oct 13 10 nights Rome to Venice £3299 31 Oct 13 10 nights Venice to Rome £3299 10 Nov 13 10 nights Rome to Barcelona £2769 * 11 Nov 13 7 nights Caribbean £2849 * 08 Dec 13 12 nights Rio to Buenos Aires £3999 * The last 3 sailings * include a free pre-night cruise stay as well as the all inclusive package (Apply for full list if at all interested) New Ship Regent has ordered a new ship due for delivery in summer 2016, which will be called Seven Seas Explorer. It will be the fourth and the largest in the fleet boosting capacity by 40%, accommodating 738 guests in 369 suites. The ship will feature six restaurants, and a nine deck atrium. Other facilities will include a two storey theatre and three boutiques and a spa Visit Sri Lanka with its pristine golden beaches combined with bustling Dubai
This holiday has been specially designed to offer the client a hassle free experience and would be particularly suitable for HONEYMOON COUPLES. Sri Lanka Sri Lanka is a tropical island with pristine golden beaches, well maintained national parks and emerald green tea plantations. It is also home to much wild life including elephants. Many UK visitors are attracted to the island not only for its beauty and history, but the destination also offers the tourist excellent value no matter what grade of accommodation is booked. Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage Your holiday starts with a private car and driver and includes a visit to the famous Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and the ancient city of Kandy. The orphanage is for breeding wild elephants situated in the northwest of the town of Kegalle. Originally founded in the 1970s, the orphanage provides care and protection to the many orphaned elephants found in the jungle and now has over 80 elephants. Ancient capital of Kandy Not far away is Kandy the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings which is a World Heritage site. Here you will find the magnificent Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens first built as a pleasure garden by a famous king and then extended by the British during their colonial rule. The gardens offer 147 acres of beautiful trees, plants and flowers. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore have been kept alive in Kandy and the visitor should also include visits around Kandy Lake, the town itself and bazaar, the arts centre, gem museum and lapidary, and to the famous Temple of the Tooth. Suggested Holiday Itinerary This holiday has been specially designed to offer clients a hassle free experience, avoiding extra long distances which can be a problem with many other holidays that are offered in Sri Lanka. The stopover at Dubai breaks up the return journey nicely before returning home. It would be particularly suitable for HONEYMOON COUPLES and others who want a mixture of holiday experiences at an attractive price. Kegalle – 3 nights including day visits to the Elephant Orphanage & Kandy Fly from the UK via Dubai to Colombo. You are met by your private car and driver who will stay with you until you reach your beach resort on the fourth day. After a couple of hours drive you reach the beautiful Estate House at Rosyth at Kegalle for a 3 night stay giving you the opportunity to experience the beauty of rural Sri Lanka. The ‘house’ is set in 62 acres of a private working tea and rubber estate. Originally built in 1926 but thoroughly modernised in traditional style it offers a delightful pool, outdoor sala and stunning dining room. Perched on a hillside, the hotel rewards guests with stunning views from the front verandah towards Kandy. During your stay you are taken to the elephant orphanage in time for the 1pm feeding on the second day (25 mins each way) and to Kandy the third day (60mins each way); your knowledgeable driver guide following your own timetable with suggestions of what you may wish to see. Kogolla – 8 nights at the beach On the fourth day drive to The Fortress Hotel at Kogolla for an 8 night stay in an Ocean Room situated on the 1st floor with a balcony (just over 4 hours drive). All 49 rooms in the hotel are state of the art; what you would expect in an ultra luxury 5 star hotel, but cleverly blended to complement a Dutch and Portuguese style of architecture. As you would expect, the hotel offers an array of treatments at its spa. The resort’s walls enclose beautiful gardens and stunning water features. The Fortress is 25 minutes away from Sri Lanka’s interesting fort city, Galle. Your driver guide leaves you on arrival at Kogolla. Dubai for 3 nights After 11 nights in Sri Lanka you are provided with a private transfer from Kogolla to Colombo Airport, about two hours on the new expressway, for your flight to Dubai. On arrival at Dubai another private transfer takes you to the JA Ocean View Hotel for a 3 night stay in a Sea View Room. This new 4 star hotel occupies a marvellous position on The Walk, a waterfront promenade at the heart of Jumeriah Beach Residences. Here on your doorstep you will find a great choice of shops, restaurants and cafes as well as a mixture of Western and Arabic entertainment. Many art works by 30 local artists are now being incorporated or displayed in this area. Guests may enjoy the public beach or there is a free shuttle to their sister 5 star property with a private beach at the JA Golf resort. A private transfer is provided to Dubai airport for your return to the UK. Flights This holiday has been based on Emirates flights ex UK flying not only from London but several regional airports as well. A recent off-season price from Manchester was £2032 per person for this 14 night holiday including flights, private tour as described and any entrance fees, half board at Kegalle and bed and breakfast at Kogolla and Dubai. Please contact me now for more information and a quote. Many other itineraries are available – ask for further details. All information is thought to be accurate at time of writing but is subject to confirmation if booking. Early Summer Booking Offers
Many of our clients firm favourite luxury hotels have now released their early booking offers. A number of our suppliers and hotels have also launched a limited number of free child places and reduced child places. Simply tell us the kind of holiday you are looking for and an estimate budget and leave us to come back with some recommendations within budget.. These popular hotels are now on sales, Martinhal, Aphrodite Hills, Sani Beach Hotels, Hilton Dalaman, Amirandes, Borgo Egnazia to name just a few!
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Ski Winter 2014!
It’s time to dust off the goggles and book now for Ski 2013/14! As we head towards Winter it’s not to late to get some great offers for the coming ski season The First W Hotel in the Alps!
Be among the first guests to experience this 5 star resort in Verbier. The first W Hotel in the Alps opens its doors in December 2013. Offering luxury accommodation across 123 rooms in four chalet style buildings, it has an urban Alpine feel. The facilities include an 800m2 spa area with indoor/outdoor pool, fitness suite, double Michelin starred restaurant and tapas bar, café and the night time Destination bar. Free Night Offer – Book by 31 October 2013 •Stay 6 nights and get an additional night free •Stay 12 nights and get an additional 2 nights free Offer valid on all room types including suites and residences during 1 Dec-20 Dec and 5 Jan-17 April. Other offers available
ClubMed – Ski with Club Med for an all inclusive experience!
Book your Club Med Ski holiday for Winter 2014 through Designer Travel and save up to £1200 per family – Resorts from the foot of the slopes in Europe’s most prestigious ski areas – Specialist childrens clubs from babies to teens – Open bar and snacks throughout the day – Ski lessons and passes (Offer available for departures from 01 December 2013 to 27 April 2014)
Ski Chalet Holidays
Hassle free skiing with all the home comforts. • Offering fantastic value for money, from just £575 pp including accommodation, flights and transfers, catered chalet board, local area lift pass and ski only hire.
Ski Alberta – Banff
Ski the wonder of the Banff National Park in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, receiving on average 30ft of the lightest snow in Canada. • Ski the 3 main resorts from the local area of Mount Norquay, to the extensive skiing which Sunshine Mountatin and Lake Louise have to offer. • Banff town has a great choice of restaurants and shopping, plus lively nightlife, a great contrast to the secluded Lake Louise village. Save up to 15% on many accommodations if booked by 15 November 2013 Tailor-made ski holidays
We can put together the ski trip to suit your requirements from longer more complex itineraries including city stop overs, or short breaks for a quick ski refresher. We can arrange everything from flexible durations to private lesson and private jet travel. All prices quoted are subject to conditions and availability.
Take (or acquire) Your Hobby Abroad …with a taste of Adventure
Rajasthan Painting Tour with Derek Hare India with its many vibrant colours, majestic palaces and vivid landscapes is an artist’s paradise. The holiday includes Delhi, 3 nights in a 475-year old palace in Samode, elephant rides in Jaipur, nature walks in Chambal and the awe inspiring Taj Mahal…interspersed with painting sessions. Two departures in Oct 13…15 days from £3225pp. Horse Riding in Colorado Colorado’s forests, mesas, vast rivers and Rocky Mountains are a perfect setting for scenic and challenging horseriding. Black Mountain Ranch caters for all levels, with extensive trails through Routt National Park. The 7 nights adventure includes other outdoor activities such as white water rafting. From £1665pp excluding flights. Photograph the Northern Lights in Iceland. An 8 day escorted tour with the opportunity to photograph Iceland’s natural wonders; on a clear night the Aurora Borealis can bring flickering ribbons of colour to the night sky. Suits all levels of photographer and includes a programme of lectures, presentations, films and guided searches, from £1495 per person. Archaeological Antiquities in Central America Central America’s rich Mayan history comes to life on this comprehensive tour of ancient sites in Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. Visit Copan, Tikal, Chichen itza, Uxmal and Kabah…knowledgeable guides are available at each site. 10 days from £3095pp Other Suggestions Other suggestions include Hiking in the Indian Ocean on the ‘not so well known’ ruggedly beautiful Island of Reunion. For food lovers with a taste for adventure, try a gastronomic tour, including cheese and wine tasting, in Georgia. Ask for further details or for any other kind of ‘hobby’ tour you may be interested in. A Selection of Very Special Family Holidays in Greece. Keep everyone happy by taking advantage of any of these super family holidays with facilities for entertaining toddlers and teens alike, integrated
with sports and educational opportunities which Greece’s rich history has to offer. These properties offer an outstanding choice of luxury accommodation…a godsend for busy parents or grandparents if they are brave enough to accompany the family. Messinia The Westin Resort Costa Navarino situated on a golden beach in this eco sensitive area is a favourite five star family choice. The ancient and most beautiful area of Messinia is unaffected by mass tourism. The resort offers vast family suites, some with private infinity pools and garden, plus restaurants serving international and local cuisine. The American diner is a great hit with the kids (and dads!). Various children & teen clubs offer recreational and educational programmes starting at 4 months with the option of overnight stays giving parents a break. 7 nights from £1005 per adult and £599 per child. Halkidiki Situated in the Greek Riviera and famous for its gorgeous beaches, the fabulous Sani Resort with its family-friendly marina and ecological reserve welcomes you. Of the four luxury hotels, the Porto Sani Village is regarded as the ‘wellbeing’ hotel with its calming decor and beautiful spa suites for parents and children alike. Children love the resort’s outdoor performances at the Garden Theatre and open air cinema. The crèche and kid’s clubs offer facilities starting at 4 months to 16 years in various groups including a variety of excursions and sports. The sports include a mini Olympic Games, Football Academy, tennis and volleyball. 7 nights from £1509 per adult and £585 per child. Skiathos Home to the famous film Mamma Mia which showed off the island’s picturesque glory. Families have 60 beaches to choose from and Skiathos town to explore with its cobbled streets, chic restaurants and harbour. The Skiathos Princess Hotel is a popular family resort situated on a beautiful sandy beach with vast gardens. Crèche and Kid’s club cater from 6 months to 12 years. At a new vegetable garden kids can pick fruit and vegetables learning nutritional values. Parents can enjoy a wellness centre, herb hikes and beauty workshops. The new YOGAqua (from California) is available for mums. Crete The largest of the Greek islands offers rugged mountain landscapes and refined white beaches, traditional villages and ancient palaces. The island offers various luxury family resorts including the Daios Cove set just a stone’s throw from Agios Nikolaos on an unspoilt hillside of North Eastern Crete. With views over its own private beach, the property has a wide choice of spacious suites and villas, some perfect for extended families travelling together. Crèche and kid’s clubs cater from 4 months to 11 years. Adults can unwind at the Spa by Germaine de Capuccini or the Gym, Saunas and a stimulating wet area. 7 nights from £869 per adult and £225 per child. Crete is the most southerly of all Greek Islands and is therefore a good choice off season for the better weather. Prices quoted are for off peak 2013 and subject to change – please contact us now for any date/s you have in mind for either 2013 or 2014.
Trans-Siberian Rail Journeys
Many say this is the greatest railway journey you can take. You travel thousands of miles crossing seven time zones. People enjoy this journey for
different reasons – some sit back and just enjoy the contrasting scenery, others catch up in between reading some of the books they have promised themselves to read while enjoying an enforced break from iphones and laptops. Choice of trains and accommodation on board Sharing a four berth compartment with three others in 2nd class on a regular service train is probably not everybody’s idea of a holiday. The alternative, for those who enjoy a touch of luxury, is the Tsar’s Gold Private Train, which accommodates up to 200 people and includes visits to many of the most important and attractive sights along the way. The train carries four restaurant cars serving Russian and International cuisine and they become lounge cars after dinner. Informal dress is the norm. This luxury train carries four grades of accommodation including some en suite. The Itinerary includes: • Kazan with its wonderful fortress • Ekaterinburg associated with the murder of the former Tsar Nicholas II • Novosibirsk Russia’s third largest city which includes a museum recording the history of the railway • Krasnoyarsk said to be the most beautiful city in Siberia • Irkutsk known as the ‘Paris of Siberia’ with its many Neo-classical buildings • Lake Baikal including a trip on the Circumbaikal Railway with its amazing engineered structures as well as spectacular views of the lake • Buryat where you can see the largest statue of Lenin and the 18th century cathedral • Ulaanbaatar the mountain ringed Mongolian capital • Beijing – 3 nights at a hotel including tours to the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and The great China Wall. There are several journeys to choose from including – Tsar’s Gold Private Train 16 days from £3345pp or the original Trans Siberian Moscow to Viadivostock 12 days from £123Opp. Ask for further details and about other famous World Rail Journeys. All prices subject to confirmation at time of booking.
Silversea Ships are Elegant, Spacious and Luxurious
Silversea offer a Six Star All Inclusive Service and a welcoming atmosphere; most of the ocean view suites have a private teak veranda. Practically all wines and drinks are included in the cost and the company operates a ‘no tipping’ policy. Open seating dining operates throughout the ship. The company is offering Caribbean sailings aboard their newest ship the Silver Spirit at SPECIAL PRICES including reduced air fares. These departures are restricted, subject to availability and only from selected UK airports. The promotion ends on 16th August 2013. All sailings depart from and return to Fort Lauderdale. 25 Nov 13 10nights from £3,049 05 Dec 13 8 nights from £2,149 3 Dec 13 10 nights from £2,450 Prices include economy class airfare. Business Class supplement £1,400 per person Contact us now for further details and itineraries. All details are subject to confirmation at time of booking
The Road to Mandalay – Burma with Venice Simplon –Orient-Express
After a ‘sea change’ in Burma’s politics, this is the time to visit this fascinating country before commercialism sets in. And what better way than aboard one of Orient Express’s ultra luxury cruisers. Cruising on Burma’s main river, the Irrawaddy allows you easy access to the heart of Burma, now known as Myanmar, with its countless hidden delights. Join the infamous Road to Mandalay and visit Mandalay the centre of Burmese culture and Sagain famous for its silversmiths before going south to Bagan visiting magnificent temples and pagodas. You also visit Mount Popa, sacred home of Nats, before cruising north again to Shwe Kyet Yet to discover Shanlay Village, said to be the living centre of the Buddhist faith and also the beautiful hill station of Maymyo. An 8-day Road to Mandalay Ayeyarwady Adventure aboard the luxury vessel of the same name costs from £2345pp.
Built to a very high standard and completely refitted, the ship features a swimming pool on top deck, a piano bar, library, beauty spa and boutique. The restaurant offers superb dining including international local cuisine. Also ask about the company’s second new vessel the Orcaella which was just introduced in July 13. Designer Travel can advise on a wide selection of multi centre holidays in the region or escorted tours – ask for details. All prices subject to confirmation at time of booking. Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel – Amalfi Coast- Italy Monstero Santa Rosa is an exclusive boutique hotel and luxury spa situated at Conca Del Marini (5 minutes from Amalfi), on the Amalfi Coast of Italy.
The former 17th Century monastery, which only opened in May 2012, offers panoramic views like no other because of its spectacular cliff top position. The 20 superbly appointed rooms and suites have vaulted ceilings and many other original features supported by the best of furnishings and furniture acquired from all parts of Italy. The Spa is a delight with a superb range of treatments and techniques. The generous grounds are set on four levels of beautiful gardens with a plentiful supply of lounge chairs and canopied day beds. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, lounge and Infinity pool with the best view ever, taking full advantage of its cliff top position. This is by far one of the most spectacular boutique hotels in this part of Italy.
4 nights B&B including British Airways Flights and transfers from £735pp
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Ski Season 2014
It’s hot now, but the ski season is just around the corner and there are still some great early booking offers to be had! The snow will be falling in the mountains all too soon, so whether it be the Alps, the Dolomites or the Rockies or anywhere else with snow, Whether you are an advanced skier or a beginner we will be able to recommend the right resort and hotel for your needs. It is so important you choose wisely as getting it wrong really can ruin your ski experience. Designer Travel can help you find the right Ski holiday for you and your family. ClubMed – The most comprehensive “all inclusive” formula
Discover the various snow sports in group lessons: small groups for all levels, with professional instructors. Club Med all inclusive ski holidays feature some of the world’s finest ski resorts. Take advantage of the Club Med All Inclusive formula and enjoy all the pleasures of the slopes Book through Designer Travel for early booking discounts but hurry offers end soon. Hotel Du Golf, Les Arcs The Hotel Du Golf in Les Arcs is the ideal base from which to explore the expansive Les Arcs ski area. Positioned at the base of the slopes in Les Arcs 1800, this large hotel offers guests a choice of facilities including 3 restaurants, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool as well as a jazz club with live music every night. 7 nights from £728 per person, based on 2 persons sharing a standard room, bed and breakfast.
EARLY BOOKING OFFERS • Save 15% on all room types Free Nights Offer • Pay for 6 nights and get 1 extra night free on a Bed & Breakfast or Half Board basis Offer valid all season for all room types except 21 Dec-10 Jan & 15 Feb-04 Apr
Family Offer • Book 2 rooms and save 20% on the second room occupied by children (0-12 yrs incl) when a separate room for 2 adults is booked Esprit Family Ski – 2 new chalets in Tignes Ski Esprit are the No 1 supplier for family skiing. Childcare is provided by their own in resort teams, they have small group sizes and great room options for families. Their top properties book almost a season in advance and many clients repeat book, which is always a good sign. They have two new properties in Tignes and they have many exclusive offers available for early bookers. Some of the Tignes exclusive offers available for early booking include buy 1 get 1 half price lift passes, free lift passes for under 5′s, up to £100 cash back offers, free ski and boot hire for children, free child places, free insurance for children under 18 and more. Contact is for a recommendation or free quote
Why Ski the USA and Canada?
- The Snow – Deep. Fluffy. Heavy. Guaranteed. Waist deep powder
- Lift Queues – or rather the lack of them. A combination of state of the art lift systems and more acres being shared by less skiers.
- Ski Schools – World-class and affordable, with the added bonus of being fully English-speaking.
- American Hospitality – the old “Have a great day!” from your server takes on a whole new meaning in an American or Canadian ski resort!
- Variety – explore a few different resorts within a short drive of each other or combine a ski holiday with a city break or even a beach holiday!
America and Canada really are the land of the free when if comes to skiing. Take advantage of free hotel nights, free skiing days, free ski lessons, free child ski hire, free wellness facilities and even free meals! Just remember to Book Early to Avoid Disappointment! Prices start from just £979 per person. SKI ALL IN DEALS from £565 per person OUR SKI ALL IN DEALS for next season offer incredible value for money with no surprises. With your ski hire and lift pass included, you know at the time of booking exactly what you are paying for – leaving you to enjoy your ski holiday with no hidden costs. Our Ultra Luxury Collection We have a wide selection of the most luxury hotels, Boutique properties and private chalets in the top resorts across Europe and the USA and Canada. In our Ultra Collection you will find favourites like the Four Seasons in Whistler, The Sport Hotel in Andorra, Hotel Le Lana in Courchevel and The Lodge in Verbier to name but a few. We can arrange everything from flexible durations to private lessons, nannies and private jet travel. ============================================================================================================
Orlando Florida Newsletter
8th July 2013
Experience that Special Brand of Magic and start planning your Orlando Holiday now
There has never been a better time to book and plan for that special holiday you have promised yourself, children or grandchildren to experience the magic of Orlando. There are wonderful packages and deals to be had not only for 2013, but for 2014 and 2015 as our suppliers realise that for a holiday of a life time many enjoy the planning and anticipation it entails. For a start the warm, sunny weather is an added bonus considering the weather we usually experience in the UK. Orlando not only has world-famous theme parks, but many top rated restaurants and incredible attractions. If you have not visited Orlando yet you have missed that special brand of magic that takes over – ask anyone who has been there – the memories will keep you smiling for years to come. And for those who have been – perhaps it’s time you returned to experience all the new attractions that have been added in recent years. Designer Travel has put together this easy guide newsletter to give you a taste of what to expect – please contact us now however for more detailed information and advice.
Let us help……We can help save you time and money when planning your holiday to Florida. Here are some top tips and some options of the kind of things we can help you with:
How to get there There are charter flights that go into Sanford or scheduled flights that arrive into Orlando International Airport. Virgin fly daily from Gatwick and Manchester which means you can have a flexible duration to make the most of your time there. The earlier you book the cheaper your holiday will be, especially for peak dates. What car to drive? To hire a car in the States isn’t expensive in itself so upgrading to a betetr car is very affordable. You do need to make sure though that you have the right insurance and car hire terms, like the number of drivers, fuel etc or you could be left with a hefty bill at the end of your stay. Remember you need to take a credit card in the name of the car hire booking or you will have to re-book and pay again. Where to stay? Hotels, apartments and private villas with pools are all great value for money in Orlando. The key is to make sure you are central to Disney/Universal and the main interstate roads as this will save you lots of time getting out and about. Hotels on park at Disney or Universal are also great for families who want to have access to the parks a little earlier and the other advantage is better fast pass options and you have the ability to charge items to your rooms without the need to carry cash. Apartments and villas though are also a great option as they allow freedom and much needed rest after a few hectic days in the parks. Supermarkets are readily available and food is around the same price as here. Theme Park Tickets
We can help you cut through the various ticket types to offer you the options that are best suited to you and your needs. We have included a brief summary of the parks in this newsletter but if you need any further help we would only be too pleased to help with a quote. Twin Centres If you would rather max out in Orlando and then spend some time relaxing then there are lots of options to consider. Your second centre could be on one of the Gulf Coast beaches which are a few hours drive from Orlando, or you could take a cruise from one of the ports in Florida. You could hop on a plane and twin Orlando with the Caribbean or Mexico too or go via New York and add a city break. Online Visas It is your responsibility to check whether you need a visa or not. Most people can apply online for an ESTA which takes a few minutes and has a small charge per passport. We will help you by supplying the link to the official site Walt Disney World Resort – The 4 Theme Parks Consists of 4 theme parks, 2 water parks plus the downtown Disney area – a magic combination of entertainment. Dining and shopping. Disney – Magic Kingdom FULL DAY This is where you will get what you expect from Disney, the castle, parades, characters and small and a few large rides. The ‘magic’ includes elephants flying, teacups dancing and the princesses are real. You will find some of Florida’s highest mountains; hop aboard the Big Thunder Railroad, plunge down five stories on Splash Mountain and blast off on Space Mountain. Ride a doom buggy through The Haunted Mansion and set sail on Pirates of the Caribbean with Captain Sparrow. Disney – Epcot FULL DAY This is the more interactive and educational experience from Disney. Lots of learning and discovering as well as the ability to visit different lands in their world showcase. In the evening they have a laser show which is worth watching. There are a few big rides here too. The visitor can expect imagination and innovation – hop on a ‘clamobile’ and descend into the ocean in The Seas with Nemo and friends; take to the skies on the hand glider flight Soarin. Experience an astronaut’s mission flight to Mars with Space. Disney – Animal Kingdom MOST OF A DAY A great fun day out with lots of rides, quite compact unlike the other two above which seem to go on for miles! This park also includes amazing adventures with wild animals. Lavish stage shows, many exciting attractions and many lovable characters. ‘The Expedition Everest’ is a high altitude high speed runaway train adventure and watch out for the legionary Yeti. Enjoy fantastic musical shows ‘Festival of the Lion King’ and ‘Finding Nemo’. Experience 100 acres of Wild African Savannah on Killimanjaro Safaris. Disney – Hollywood Studios MOST OF A DAY Experience the power of the force and the magic of Disney combined in the new ‘Star Tours – The Adventures Continue’. Ride an interactive 4-D adventure like no other at ‘Toy Story Mania’. Plunge down 13 stories at ‘The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror’ or take the fast lane on ‘Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith’
Walt Disney World Resort – The 2 Waterparks & Downtown DisneyDisney – Interactive in Downtown Disney
Your Disney tickets also get you in here and this is great for a few hours in the evening or on a rainy day. It is 5 floors full of video games or interactive experiences, like build your own rollercoaster then ride it in a simulator! A fun area buzzing with entertainment, dining, shows including the spectacular La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil. A huge range of shops awaits you including the huge Disney Character Store. See the separate column on Shopping. Disney Waterparks – again these are included in your tickets and are all a fun day out but they get very busy and you need to be there early to get a sunbed! At Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon experience fast waterslides. Catch 6 foot waves at the Surf Pool and snorkel with real sharks at ‘Sharks Reef’. The children’s area includes pint sized raft rides. Enjoy the sun at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park which looks like a frosty ski resort including working chair lift. The resort‘s features include one of the fastest free falling waterslides and includes a one-acre wave pool area. The park has many exciting water based activities like ‘Runoff Rapids’ (plunge down raft rides) and ‘Tike’s Peak’, a special children’s play area. Universal and SeaWorld including Discovery Cove…Swim with the Dolphins Universal Universal have two parks right next to each other so you can easily spend a day or more in each. Universal Studios- Full day
This TV based theme park allows you to jump into the action of your favourite TV shows. Enjoy the new 3-D attraction the ‘Despicable Me’, or take your music for a ride on Rip Ride Rockit. There are lots of rides like Shrek 4-D, The Simpsons Ride, Revenge of the Mummy and more. Universal Islands of Adventure- Full day This is the theme park with all of the big rides, like Hulk, Spiderman, and Harry Potter etc. Escape the jaws of a hungry T-rex (Jurassic Park River Adventure), brave the white-water rapids of Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges or take a spin through ‘The Cat in the Hat’. SeaWorld – Full day This is a great day out and is a perfect start to your holiday; many go here on their first day as you are up early with the time change. It’s an all day park with amazing shows, two big rollercoasters and one big water ride! Aquatica – Is the waterpark owned by SeaWorld and is a fun day out as you have ‘coaster’ style water rides as well as manmade beach with real sand. Discovery Cove – is owned by SeaWorld and is a chilled day out where you can swim with dolphins or snorkel on a reef with fish and rays etc. This is quite expensive BUT even if you take a non swim ticket it also includes Aquatica and SeaWorld so if you were going to do all three it is great value. Other Attractions
If this is your first visit to the Orlando area you may have to save these other attractions for another time unless any of them are of particular interest. Legoland – this is an hours drive from Disney, a great day out but is really aimed at younger children (2 to 12) although may appeal to adults! The largest LEGOLAND Park in the world, it features more than 50 rides, shows and life-sized LEGO displays. Busch Gardens at Tampa Bay – is like an Alton Towers about an hour or so drive from Orlando. It combines world class thrill rides, Broadway-style entertainment and allows you to get up close to unique and exotic animals. There is a never ending list of adventures in the area including: You can design your own roller coaster at WonderWorks or at Disneyquest indoor Interactive Theme Park at Downtown Disney. Take an exhilarating journey to space on the Shuttle launch Experience at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral which includes the new Atlantis Space Shuttle Exhibition, opening June 2013. Multi Centre Holidays
Many of our clients choose to spend one or two weeks in the Orlando area and then head over to one of the many varied types of resorts and islands situated on the west coast of Florida. Ask us for further details of other activities and multi centre holidays that may be available. An easy Guide to Tickets and Passes….making the best use of your time and budget! Disney FASTPASS In all of the Disney parks they operate a FASTPASS policy. Your tickets allow you to ‘FASTPASS’ a ride every two hours or less if your previous fast pass expires before 2 hours. The theory here is to head to the busiest ride as soon as you get in the park and use the FASTPASS. This will give you a ticket to return at a certain time during the day with a short wait rather than a long queue. After two hours or when your first one has been used you can use the FASTPASS again. As you can park hop (switch parks) with your tickets you can visit more than one park in a day. This means you can also just go for an evening parade; sometimes you may wish to have a day by the pool and then just go to a park in the late afternoon rather than being there all day. Universal FASTPASS known as Express Pass These parks operate a different system and here you can buy locally an Express Pass which is approx £15-£20 each, this allows you to jump the queue with average wait times of 15 minutes instead of hours! You need to be there early though as they only sell so many and they are usually sold out by 11 o’clock. You are restricted to only one per ride; with the more expensive Express VIP Pass you can return to each ride as many times as you like. Universal Two Parks These are next door to each other so if the kids have loved one of the rides then you can use your tickets to enter each as many times as you like for the full 14 days. Making the most of your time You can park hop (switch parks) with your tickets which means you can visit more than one park in a day. Give yourself a break and just go to an evening parade, spending the day by the pool and visiting a park late afternoon rather than being there all day. Car parking at all parks is payable locally and if you switch parks you only pay parking once per day at Disney. Average car park is £10 per day. Ticket Options. …….present costs and conditions…subject to change (Over 9 years is classed as an adult) Orlando Freedom Ticket – this includes everything for Disney, Universal and SeaWorld £440 per person (not discovery Cove though) OR buying them separately: Disney 14 days £260 per person Universal 2 park valid for 14 days £99 per person SeaWorld and Aquatica £84 per person valid for 14 days Universal, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens combined £190 per person Discovery Cove Dolphin Swim if available £220 per person** Discovery Cove non swim day £120 per person ** ** These also include SeaWorld and Aquatica so are quite good value if you are thinking of a more relaxing day out. Shopping in Orlando
Orlando is home to 8 major shopping malls. From themed shopping boutiques to outlet malls and everything in between, it makes Orlando area a shopper’s mecca. Here is a quick list of some of the hottest shop till you drop places. Altamonte Mall – has added 15 new stores this year to their outstanding lineup of specialty shops, department stores and restaurants, including the area’s only Gap Body and Charlotte Russe. Come and discover the exciting new look of some of your favourite stores! Belz Festival Bay Mall Exciting 1,000,000-square-foot retail and entertainment centre with the finest one-of-a-kind-to-the-Orlando-market retailers! Join famous names like Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Cinemark Theaters, Vans Skatepark, Sheplers Western Wear, Steve & Barry’s University Sportswear and Ron Jon Surf Shop. Florida Mall – 270 stores in one mall! Very popular with locals and tourists. Fabulous fashion. Exceptional eateries. Delightful diversions. That’s what shoppers find at Orlando’s fabulous fashion destination… Florida Mall. Conveniently located just minutes from Orlando International Airport, International Drive, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios, Florida Mall is on the corner of South Orange Blossom Trail and Sand Lake Road in Orlando, Florida. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores – Located just over a mile from Walt Disney World. Your favourite designers and name brands at incredible savings everyday, a delicious food court, and our exciting events make Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores a shopper’s paradise. Mall at Millenia – 150 of the world’s finest stores, services and eateries providing visitors with an unparalleled shopping experience. Central Florida’s only Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s anchor Mall at Millenia along with Macy’s. Visitors will be tempted by an international collection of brand name stores, including Chanel, Gucci, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jimmy Choo and Zara. Other tempting stores include, Tiffany & Co., Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Tommy Bahama’s, Juicy Couture, Coach and David Yurman. 4200 Conroy Road Orlando, FL 32839 Osceola Square Mall – Enjoy Kissimmee’s only enclosed mall with over 50 great specialty shops, movie theatres and food court. Features Beall’s, Upton’s, Eckert Drugs, Ross Dress for Less, Morrison’s Cafeteria. 3831 W Irlo Bronson Mem. Hwy Kissimmee, FL 34741 Oveido Mall – This mall is filled with many brand name stores. Located near Seminole town centre mall. Pointe Orlando International Drive Mall – Is the closest mall to Orange County Convention Center. This open air,dining and entertainment complex includes more than 60 specialty retailers and seven excellent restaurants. Orlando Premium Outlets Vineland Road – Stroll through their Mediterranean style village that offers a large collection of designer brands at great savings of 25% -65% off every day. 150 stores featuring AG Adriano Goldschmied, Barneys New York Outlet, Burberry, Coach, Diesel, Dior, Fendi, Frette, Giorgio Armani, Lucky Brand Jeans, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Salvatore Ferragamo and more. Premium Designer Outlet Center on International Drive Save up to 65% off at more than 40 stores like Bass, Camille Studio, Geoffrey Beene, Guess Clearance, Izod, Maidenform, Cole-Haan, and Kitchen Collection. Dine at Texas De Brazil the new authentic Brazilian style steakhouse. Premium Outlets International Drive Formally Prime Outlet welcomes you to Orlando’s newest kingdom, devoted to shopping! With over 125 of the hottest brands including new additions like HUGO BOSS Factory Store, Tourneau, Tumi, White House|Black Market, Converse, Espirit, Gymboree Outlet, Clarks Bostonian Outlet and Central Florida’s only Neiman Marcus LAST CALL, as well as favourites like Coach Factory, Gap Outlet, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike Factory Store and The Children’s Place… imagine finding everything you need or want in one unbelievable location. Seminole Towne Center – Discover the elegance of shopping at Seminole Towne Center. Delight in visiting your favorite stores, including Burdines, Dillard’s, CPenney, Parisian and Sears. Find just what you are looking for when you explore the more than 120 specialty shops located throughout the mall. 220 Towne Center Circle Sanford, FL 32771 General Tips Car Hire You MUST have a credit card in the name of the driver to rent a car in Florida. Tickets and Pass Collection Your e tickets for Disney and Universal will be sent on a separate email. REMEMBER though when you first collect your tickets you MUST take ID with you or they won’t give you them. FASTPASS Policy Please look at Ticket Pass column. First Day When you arrive, try and stay up for as long as possible otherwise you will wake up far too early the next morning with the time change. So make the most of it and head off to one of the parks. They all normally open around 9-10 am and don’t start getting really busy until 11o’clock onwards. One of the smaller parks to get you in the swing of things is Disney Hollywood Studios, which is more compact and allows you to be acclimatised. Some clients prefer to head straight to the castle at The Magic Kingdom. Disney Pin Trading
At all Disney parks you can trade official Disney badges which you can purchase together with a lanyard usually from the outlet stores. The kids then trade them with other guests and Disney Cast Members who carry pins. Many have what they call hidden Mickeys which you can only get in the park. This trading can keep your children happy for hours especially in the queues. Downside is that you end up spending a fortune on badges! Car Parking Car parking at all parks is payable locally and if you park hop you only pay parking once per day at Disney. Average car park is £10 per day. Shopping The premium outlet mall down by Disney is a must, great brands and usually some brilliant bargains. This is the one I always go to as many of the other malls are just like Bluewaters or Trafford Centre etc. See separate shopping guide. Eating Out There are many dining options ranging from top restaurants, buffet type restaurants, food courts and large supermarkets. Universal have what they call City Walk; this is a busy area in the evening with lots going on, restaurants like Hard Rock; definitely worth a night out here. Disney has Downtown Disney with lots of restaurants like Rainforest Cafe and T Rex plus lots of shops too. It is a nice area to walk around in an evening in a safe traffic free environment. Contact us for a full list of Dining ideas in the area. Last Day If you are flying with Virgin you can check in at Downtown Disney on your last day which means you get all day without cases etc, great if you are planning more park visits but it does cost approximately 20 dollars each. Otherwise you might just decide to chill on your last day. ====================================================
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Morocco is ideal for a short break, beach holiday or Desert Adventure.
Marrakech is modern and spacious with tree-lined boulevards, while the bustling old city was built behind 8 miles of red ochre walls. The overall atmosphere is extraordinary, with beautiful gardens, Mosques, fountains, palaces and, most of all, the variety of souks each with its individual speciality. Shopping is an adventure and time should be left to barter for goods; head to Gueliz for the city’s vibrant nightlife. Many of the former merchant’s homes with an interior courtyard and garden have been converted into luxurious boutique hotels know as Riads, each with its own personality. The central location of Marrakech makes it ideal for exploring some of the famous Atlas Mountain ranges which reach 11,000 feet in parts; this can make for an excellent two centre holiday. Essaouira, an attractive and popular coastal town and resort can also be easily combined with a holiday in Marrakech. TOP 5 STAR TOURS AND HOLIDAYS AT REDUCED PRICES • Morocco Adventure from £1169 NOW £999 per person – 2 nights Marrakech – 2 nights in the awe inspiring Sub Saharan Desert and 3 nights visiting the stunning High Atlas Mountains. • 7 night Marrakech and Atlas Mountains Holiday from £585 per person • 3 night City Break in Marrakech from £359 NOW £289 per person • 3 night Break to Essaouira, The Riad Mimouna from £445 NOW £379 per person (the only Riad with a seafront location) • 7 nights at the Sofitel Royal Bay Resort, Agadir (ideal for the whole family from £678 NOW £555 per person) We also have offers on Richard Branson’s Palace in the mountains called the Kasbah Tamadot and a number of the luxury properties in Marrakech including Royal Mansour. All prices subject to confirmation at time of booking FREE child places for this summer in Dubai
We have a selection of hotels that are offering up to two children free this summer. If you are thinking of Dubai just contact us with your details and we will come back to you with the free child place availability. Visit two of America’s Music Cities plus the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains
This contrasting fly drive takes you to Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville (the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park). Music fans will love visiting places graced by the likes of Johnny Cash, BB King and Elvis. The itinerary ends at Knoxville near the Smoky Mountains which allows you the opportunity of enjoying the wonderful scenery, great music and friendly hospitality of the National Park. The area has an abundance of outdoor activities to offer including horseback riding; spring and autumn are ideal times to visit. While in the area pay a visit to the famous Dollywood Amusement Park partly owned by music icon Dolly Parton, located at Pigeon Forge. The park has been voted one of the best theme parks and spans 150 acres in the foothills of the mountains. A famous Titanic museum also stands close by. A 12 night Fly Drive itinerary taking in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville, flying to Memphis and flying out of Knoxville with United Airlines, including the hire of a full size car, costs from around £1577 per person based on a May 2014 departure. Ask for further details and a quotation for any date. If you would prefer an escorted tour just ask for details. All prices are subject to confirmation at time of booking. 15th October 2013 aboard Royal Clipper for a 4 night mini cruise…
The tall sleek Star Clippers are a recreation of the elegant 19th century clipper ships, offering guests the romance of a tall ship without sacrificing comfort. There is extensive deck space for sunbathing, plunge pools, intimate piano lounge, relaxed open seating dining and complimentary water sports equipment. Star Clippers often call at ports out of reach to larger ships. It is a relaxing, informal type of cruise, offering a sense of adventure but still providing everything a guest might need. The Star Clipper and Star Flyer carry 170 guests. The Royal Clipper carries 225 guests. Depart from UK on Tuesday 15th October 2013 and fly to Civitavecchia and transfer to the port of Rome where you will embark Royal Clipper for a 4 night mini cruise. You will visit Elba, Sardinia and Corsica before returning to Rome on Saturday 19th October 2013; where you will disembark Royal Clipper and transfer to the airport for your return flight. From just £965pp, includes flights, cruise & transfers CLUB MED SKI 2013/14 season on sale now
Club Med Ski holidays book very quickly especially for school holidays. Many of their best properties also sell out due to their location and high altitude. If you are thinking of skiing and want an all incluisve pacakge then Club Med will be for you. Just let me have your details and I will recommend and price some ski options for you. Fantastic Luxury Family Holidays at Special Prices
All holidays include flights and private transfers but are subject to confirmation at time of booking. Explore the Island of Barbados in July at the Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels NOW £1895 per adult and £1179 per child – 20% discount – save £549 per family Price based on 2 adults and 1 child sharing a Junior Suite Pool/garden View on an ALL INCLUSIVE BASIS for 7 nights. Travel 13 – 31 July 2013. Get in the August Groove in St Lucia at Windjammer Landing NOW £1899 per adult and £630 per child – 30% discount & children stay and eat FREE – save £925 per family Price based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing a Two Bedroom Ocean View Room on an all inclusive basis for 7 nights. Travel 12 – 31 August 2013. Book by 15 July 2013. Head to the Algarve to enjoy August at Pine Cliffs Resort NOW £2185 per adult and £389 per child – save £300 per family Price based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing a Two Bedroom Townhouse on a room only basis for 7 nights. Travel 01 – 24 August 2013. Discover the Magical Riviera Maya in September & October at Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Esmeralda – Riviera Maya (Mexico) NOW £1525 per adult and £635 per child 2 children stay FREE and $1000 spa & a la carte credit – save £1385 per family Price based on 2 adults & 2 children sharing a Family Concierge Luxury Junior Suite on an all inclusive basis for 7 nights. Travel 01 September – 31 October 2013. Relax on the Island of Mauritius in September & October at the modern futuristic designed Long Beach in Mauritius NOW £1879 per adult and £1199 per child – Limited availability Price based on 2 adults & 1 child sharing a Superior Sea View Room on a half board basis for 7 nights. All Inclusive Ultra Luxury Cruising at Special Prices
Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet of three spacious luxurious ships only carry up to a maximum of 700 guests, with all suite accommodation and most with private verandah. The cost includes gratuities, flights, pre-cruise hotel and a wide selection of shore excursions. You have three or four superb dining options onboard and they carry no supplements whatsoever. A full entertainment and shore lecture programme is provided and all ships have full size theatres, several lounges and, most of all, plenty of space. This is just a selection of special prices that has been published for this unique ultra luxury cruise line. FREE FLIGHTS – FREE EXCURSIONS – FREE PRE-CRUISE HOTEL – ALL INCLUSIVE ONBOARD 12 Aug 13 Barcelona to Rome £2564pp 1 night hotel and 7 night cruise 18 Sep 13 Monte Carlo to Athens £2685pp 1 night hotel and 7 night cruise 17 Oct 13 Rome to Monte Carlo £2474pp 1 night hotel and 7 night cruise 24 Oct 13 Monte Carlo to Venice £2479pp 1 night hotel and 7 night cruise (Ask for more details of ports and other dates) New Destinations for 2014 The cruise line has announced they will be offering cruise itineraries across the Pacific, Polynesia, Indian Ocean and Africa in 2014. You can discover Hawaii, the Marquesas, Bora Bora, Raiatea and Papeete. Also exotic sailings to The Seychelles, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Mozambique and South Africa – ask for details. All prices are subject to confirmation at time of booking Biras Creek – British Virgin Islands Special Offer
With views of three very different and distinct bodies of water — the wide open Atlantic, the gently rolling Caribbean and the expansive lagoon of North Sound — this 31–suite resort is sheltered by two hills and overlooks a private beach as virginal as the islands that are its home. The setting is perfect for a romantic escape, and there’s a lot to do here if you can tear yourselves away from the stunning views and the sandy beach SPECIAL OFFER: Stay 7 pay for 5 plus free upgrade to half board 7 nights from only £1995 per person including British Airways World Traveller and inter-island flights and resort transfers Book before 30 Nov 2013. Valid for travel until 20 Dec 2013. Based on 2 sharing. Subject to availability. Conditions apply. Summer 2014 Luxury Holidays
I know most of us haven’t yet had this years holiday but Summer 2014 is alreday on sale. To ensure you get the best flight prices and the availability in your chosen hotel it really does pay to book early. Free child places are also available on many hotels in the Med, so just give us your details and budget and we will come back with some recommendations for you. ====================================================================
Designer Travel Conference in Tenerife Designer Travel recently held their most successful Annual Overseas Conference to date in Tenerife and were well looked after by a number of select properties in the south of the island. This is the Designer Travel Directors’ view of most of the properties we visited: Jardines De Nivaria is a five star, traditional property with a main public area that resembles one of the ball rooms in one a grand cruise ship. The hotel is elegant with attractive rooms and lovely gardens. This is a property that would suit couples of most age groups. Roca Nivaria is where we were lucky enough to stay. The rooms are spacious and many have large balconies. Many of the rooms are interconnecting and their flexibility on the accommodation front coupled with their free crèche makes this a great option for families with small children (the crèche accepts children from 10 months). ABAMA Resort is a luxury five star resort out on its own, positioned within an old banana plantation. The resort offers a number of dining options including two Michelin starred restaurants (which should always be pre-booked), a golf course where there is a special offer for the summer featuring FREE golf options, a sandy beach and much more. The accommodation is flexible – the one bedroom suites were particularly beautiful. We enjoyed our gala meal at this hotel and it certainly didn’t disappoint… Royal Garden Villas is the place to head if you are looking for seclusion and luxury villa accommodation. Each villa had a bar area and a very well stocked fridge! Customers will need a car as the resort is situated away from the sea and shopping areas. The villas have a very ‘Balinese’ feel to them. There is a spa and communal pool, although most people will I suspect spend more time in their own villa than the public areas. The hotel has a restaurant and a private garage. Hotel Villa Maria resort offers a range of villa options from one bedroom duplex type accommodation to three bedroom villas with pool. The two bedroom villa option has its own outdoor Jacuzzi which is heated during the colder months. Fantastic pool area, children’s playground including a sand pit plus there is an on-site hair saloon, bar and restaurant (offering breakfast for all guests), children’s playroom (not fully supervised). Really great option for larger families or couples looking for a luxury get away at a reasonable cost – watch those prices increase as the resort becomes more and more popular! We also visited the luxurious Gran Hotel Bahia Del Duque which will feature in a future issue. Please contact us now to find out more about these wonderful properties and any offers that may apply. Breakaway – Norwegian Freestyle Cruising…the next generation of cruising
You can enjoy a Norwegian Freestyle Cruise at your own pace. That means you do what you want, when you want, how you want. There are no set meal times and no set dress code. Norwegian Cruise Line is introducing two new next generation Freestyle Cruising ships. The first of the next generation ships, Breakaway, has just been introduced and will include an open-air boardwalk lined with shops, restaurants, and bars. The Waterfront and 678 Ocean Place will feature 17 restaurants spanning three decks and will include al fresco dining, bars and entertainment, and a new gelato bar. There are a total of 27 dining options onboard. A new seafood restaurant will be introduced called Ocean Blu and will be among 8 outdoor dining options on the Waterfront. Among the other dining options on board there will be an upscale steakhouse, Argentine-inspired Churrascaria, French Restaurant, authentic Teppanyaki, family-style Italian, tempting Chinese and more. The Breakaway (and The Getaway to follow next year) are no ordinary cruisers – the ships feature many exciting entertainment options and amazing nightlife. Breakaway begins her sailings on May 12 2013, with a series of 7 night cruises from New York – sailing to the beautiful island of Bermuda in the summer months and then later in the winter to Cape Canaveral in Florida combined with The Bahamas. Designer Travel can offer some very exciting packages combining New York and other American East Coast Destinations with these departures with direct flights not only from London airports but the regions as well – ask for further details. Cruise only prices at present start at £589 per person. All prices subject to confirmation at time of booking. Sports Events Worldwide including the famous Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Together with our select suppliers, including ITC Sports and others, Designer Travel is able to offer bespoke tours to some of the world’s finest events in the sporting calendar. From Cricket to Rugby, F1 to Horse Racing, Tennis to Golf, our selected operators, some of which have been in this business for 30 years, have built a strong reputation amongst those in the know, combining worldwide luxury travel with the very best sporting action. A variety of Events Choose from a fully escorted tour following the Ashes in Australia, celebrity hosted of course by a former England cricketer, to a fantastic luxury Caribbean cruise aboard a SeaDream yacht, taking in a One Day International next April. Or if you’d like something a little more personal, then we can tailor a bespoke itinerary just for you. For those who love Rugby The Six Nations is a must for all Rugby fans and we can offer special departures for France vs. England and Italy vs. England and not forgetting the Dubai Rugby Sevens in December 2013, the USA Rugby Sevens in February 2014 and the Hong Kong Sevens to follow in March. For our ‘petrol-head’ clients we can offer an Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Package (1-3Nov 13) With guaranteed admission and accommodation for this Epic Grand Prix from £1215 per person this is a superb offer. This includes flights with Etihad Airways from Manchester (other departure points on request), 2 Grand Prix Day Passes (hill area), 3 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily and private transfers. This fantastic offer also includes: After Race Concert each night, access to the F1 Village, Yas Park Pass for Ferrari World & Yas Water Park and Etihad Race Pack that includes Back Pack, T-shirt and Baseball cap. All prices are subject to confirmation at time of booking. Ask for further details and special brochure. A Selection of Affordable Summer Holidays to the Caribbean and Indian Ocean
AFFORDABLE – Avani Kalutara Resort, Sri Lanka……this resort has a stunning location set on a natural peninsula with the Indian Ocean’s azure waters on one side and the mighty Kalu Ganga River on the other. 7 nights from £1,055 per person, based on 2 adults sharing a Superior Lagoon View Room on Half Board. Includes scheduled return flights, private transfers and a lounge pass at London Gatwick (ask about regional departures). Exclusive Offer: Book with us by 30 June to stay between now – 31 October 2013, and save up to 40% on accommodation. FAMILY – Colony Club, Barbados……surrounded by seven acres of beautiful gardens……kids will love the complimentary watersports and movie nights. 7 nights from £1,625 per adult and £625 per child sharing a Garden View Junior Suite including breakfast, scheduled flights, private transfers and use of a lounge at Gatwick. (Note price based on family of 2 adults and 2 children). Special Offer: Book by 31 May 2013 to stay 5 nights or more between now – 18 December 2013 and receive a saving of up to 40% on accommodation. Plus all children stay free when sharing with an adult between now – 30 September 2013. ALL INCLUSIVE – The BodyHoliday, Saint Lucia……revitalise your body and soul The BodyHoliday has the most comprehensive wellness centre……superb range of complimentary watersports, outdoor activities and exercise classes to choose from. 7 nights from £1,979 per person, based on 2 adults sharing a Luxury Room on All-Inclusive. Includes scheduled flights, private transfers and use of a lounge at Gatwick (ask about regional departures). Special Offer: Book by 18 May to stay between 29 May – 20 December and save up to 30% on accommodation. ROMANTIC – Couples Swept Away, Jamaica……beautiful beach, great sports (water sports tuition and golf green fees included), spa facilities, sunset catamaran cruise..many extras included. 7 nights from £1,595 per person, based on 2 adults sharing a Great House Verandah Room on All-Inclusive. Includes scheduled flights, private transfers and use of a lounge at Gatwick. Special Offer: Book by 31 May to stay 6 nights between 19 August – 31 October and receive 1 additional night free. Plus stay between now – 25 December 2013 and receive a saving of up to US$62 per person per night saving on your accommodation. LUXURY – NIYAMA, Maldives……this new funky tropical retreat’s studios and pavilions feature clean lines and contemporary design. It is the sister resort to the world-renowned Huvafen Fushi. 7 nights from £3,099 per person, based on 2 adults sharing a Beach Studio including breakfast, scheduled flights, seaplane transfers and use of a lounge at Gatwick (ask about regional departures). Special Offer: Stay 7 nights or more between now – 30 September 2013 and receive complimentary Half Board for up to 2 people, plus book 60 days or more prior to arrival to stay between now – 30 September 2013 and receive a 5% saving on your accommodation. All prices subject to confirmation at time of booking. Single Travellers….. People of all ages sometimes wish to travel on their own, whether single or not!
If you want to see the world but don’t want to be alone Designer Travel can help. Many of the operators we use (including specialised cruise companies) cater very well for single travellers who may wish to mix with other couples or with like minded single travellers. Here are a few examples of special ‘singles’ holidays – all single guests receive their own room with the exception of the safari listed below: Route66 – Travel to Chicago to LAS visiting Westport (St Louis), Springfield, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Albuquerque, Flagstaff, and Palm Springs. – 16 days from £2799 Discover Mallorca – Stunning scenery, enticing beaches and historic towns – 8 days from £849– many other interesting Spanish destinations – apply for details. Canadian Rockies and Vancouver – The beautiful scenery of ‘The Rockies’ are legendary. 11 days from £2499. Portugal’s Douro River Cruise – Enjoy a delightful scenic cruise down the River Douro through the heart of Portugal. Your cruise ship includes a lounge, dining room, large sun deck and swimming pool. All cabins have private facilities – 6 days from £949. Magnificent Lake Garda – While staying at this wonderful Italian lake many superb sites are within easy reach – many on the lake itself or day excursions to Venice and Verona. – 8 days from £929. Magic of Kenya – Come on Safari and enjoy the most dramatic game viewing in Kenya. (During the 3 night safari clients will have to share). – 10 days from £2139. Many other worldwide and UK destinations are available – ask for more details and assistance. All prices are subject to confirmation at time of booking. 2014 Holidays on sale NOW Whether you are a family looking for a FREE CHILD PLACE or a couple wanting to book your honeymoon, many of our suppliers have their rates out already for 2014. Just let us know what you are looking for and leave the rest to us. Use our FREE holiday planning service to get your holiday booked hassle free and at the very best price. ==================================== —
Holiday of Contrasts including a Jungle Safari from £1,789 per person
Sit back and soak up the secluded position at Bansak Village – 6 nights Situated one hour north of Phuket airport, Bansak Village on Khao Lak Beach offers you a peaceful retreat after your long haul flights. Guests can choose from well equipped bungalows, cottages or chalets all of which offer a relaxed style of accommodation. The Khala Spa has an array of treatments to sooth and refresh. The beachfront restaurant offers traditional cuisine as well as Southern Thai and seafood. Other amenities include a large beautiful swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Elephant Hills Jungle Safari – 2 nights Stay at Thailand’s first tented jungle camp which combines the camp idea of African National Parks with the Thai tropical rainforest. A truly unforgettable jungle safari and elephant experience! You will have time to interact with the elephants by preparing and feeding them their daily meals and watching them bathe. An afternoon canoe adventure takes you along the Sok River while enjoying the local wildlife and admiring the impressive limestone mountain scenery. On day two you explore a lake in the jungle by local boat with scenery resembling Guilin in China or Halong Bay in Vietnam. There is time for swimming (weather permitting) and a market visit. The final day you explore the jungle by foot enjoying the variety of exotic plants and trees as well as the gibbons swinging through the branches. Full board accommodation at Elephant Hills is in luxury tented accommodation which features a fan and a bathroom with toilet and hot/cold shower. Not recommended for the less mobile! . Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket…quiet location but near the Buzz…- 6 nights Lying at the quiet northern end of Karon beach this elegant resort offers rooms, suites and villas all facing the bay. Set in a landscaped water park there are a full range of recreational facilities including the renowned Spa Cenvaree. Many other properties are available in Phuket to suit every client’s tastes – ask for further details. Extras included: Private Transfers on arrival and departure, group transfers to and from resort hotels and Elephant Hills, bed and breakfast at hotels plus full board and tours as described at Elephant Hills. Cost of this 14 night holiday based on a 16th June 2013 departure would be £1789 per person. Flights are available from regional airports avoiding the change in London if preferred – ask for details. Different durations and dates are possible. Combining with other Far East cities like Bangkok is also possible. All prices are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
Pure Luxury with Designer Travel – Directors ‘ Choice
LAS VEGAS Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas 3 nights room only from £789pp SPECIAL OFFER: Special Price Valid for departures 18 Aug – 09 Sep 13 Book by 30 Apr 13 BALI W Retreat Seminyak – Bali 5 nights B &B from £1339pp SPECIAL OFFER: Free night & Saving £260 Valid for departures 07 Apr – 07 Jul 13 Book by 30 Apr 13 MALDIVES Conrad Rangali Island 7 nights HB from £1999pp SPECIAL OFFER: Free night & Seaplane Transfers – Saving £645 Valid for departures 12 May – 15 Jul 13 Book by 07 Jul 13 DUBAI Jumeriah Zabeel Saray 3 nights HB from £749pp SPECIAL OFFER: Complimentary HB & Transfers – Saving £220 Valid for departures 05 – 15 Jul 13 Book by 31 May 13 All prices are subject to confirmation at time of booking. Prices above are quoted ex London but the same offers can normally be quoted from Manchester and Glasgow (and possibly Newcastle and Birmingham when Emirates are used). Supplements can be as low as £20 per person – ask for details.
The Channel Islands from £259 per person
If you are looking for a holiday ‘overseas’ but closer to home The Channel islands could well be for you; offering a taste of the continent without travelling too far. Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands, just 45 square miles, and is ideal for a short break or holiday. There are long golden beaches, secluded bays and winding cliff paths. Its compact size makes it easy to explore and you can fly to Jersey from over 30 regional airports. Day trips are readily available from Jersey to the other Channel Islands of Guernsey, Herm, Alderney and Sark. The natural beauty of Guernsey is complemented by the leisurely pace of life and friendliness of its people. As with Jersey, there is a French feel to parts of the island, but its roots are firmly British. Alderney is the third largest of the Channel Islands and is a peaceful, unspoilt retreat, ideal for nature lovers. With around 2,000 inhabitants, there is a relaxed ambience to the island. St Anne’s, the capital, offers good food and accommodation. Sark is truly a step back in time, as there are no cars or airport, and few roads! The only way to get around this beautiful, natural island of two square miles is by bicycle, foot, or horse-drawn carriage. Herm is another island without cars, and is within easy distance of Guernsey. The smallest island, it is known as a beach paradise, where the stress of modern life evaporates. Latest 4 Star Hotel Offers by Air (cheaper by sea – apply for details) All include FREE night & breakfast based on two sharing accommodation: Pomme D’or Hotel- Jersey – 3 nights – £295 Hotel De France – Jersey – 4 nights – £359 (01 – 23 May) Hotel Pierre Park – Guernsey – 3 nights £259 Please apply for prices for other durations and dates. All prices are subject to confirmation at time of booking. Family Summer Holidays We still have availability for luxury hotels in the Med with family rooms that give you extra space. Here are some examples of what we can offer, but our experts will search tp find you your perfect holiday within your budget. Simply tell us when you can go and an approx budget and we will find you the best deal we can.
SUMMER FAMILY EXAMPLES
5 star Royal Dragon Hotel in Turkey, July 7 nights family of 3 all inclusive £2,500 5 star Mikri Poli in Kos, August 14 nights family of 4 all inclusive £3,600 5 star Eden Resort in the Algarv,e, August 13 nights family of 4 self catering £3,350 5 star Oceania Club in Halkidiki, 7 nights family of 4 22nd July all inclusive £3,550 5 star Sunrise Makadi in Hurghada, 7 nights 22nd October 7 nights family of 4 all inclusive £2,900 These are just a few examples, we also have larger room options for families with more than two children. Discover Paradise in the South Pacific aboard the All Inclusive 5 Star Paul Gauguin The Paul Gauguin is a lovely little liner which navigates the coral-filled, shallow waters of French Polynesia. The ship is based year-round in Tahiti and offers informal and relaxing voyages of between 7 and 15 nights. The Paul Gauguin normally carries around 300 guests and 200 crew. Facilities and Exotic Destinations – All sailings cruise around the Society Islands and Tahiti, with selected voyages additionally calling at the Marquesas, Tonga, and the Cook Islands. Enjoy a treatment at their award-winning luxury spa as the ship sails around the islands. There is a variety of cabin sizes, from outside rooms with porthole or window, veranda staterooms with 56 sq ft balcony, and suites with large marble bathrooms and tubs. Entertainment is low-key, with a singer/pianist before dinner in L’Etoile, Le Grill or La Veranda; local entertainment and dance music from the ship’s band are on offer in the Grand Salon. There is a resident troup of Polynesian performers, while La Palette at the top of the ship is transformed into a nightclub for younger couples. This cruise is suitable both for older and younger guests and is popular with honeymooners for obvious reasons. Dining Options – With three relaxed, high standard dining options, guests may dine when and with whom they wish. The three different venues are: the Paris-style L’Etoile serving International and a la carte cuisine, La Veranda, open for indoor/outdoor breakfast and lunch turning into a reservation only French Bistro for dinner, and finally Le Grill which offers casual al fresco poolside dining for breakfast and lunch and South Pacific-inspired cuisine for dinner. Watersports Marina – The ship was specifically built for this area and is therefore able to navigate lagoons and other areas that larger ships cannot access. Water sports are a highlight of the Paul Gauguin experience. A retractable onboard Water Sports Marina brings you down to sea level, where you can hop aboard a windsurfer, launch a kayak, water-ski or travel by Zodiac for optional diving adventures – or you may simply wish to swim and enjoy the beautiful clear waters. PG is the only luxury ship in that area that is able to offer PADI certification onboard – classes are at all levels including novice divers. Enjoy Luxury and pay less – Sailing on the Paul Gauguin you see more and pay a lot less if you were to compare what it costs to visit many of these islands by air and staying at luxury hotels.. These cruises can successfully be combined with holidays to Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego or part of a Round The World Itinerary – ask for more details. Lead in price for the all inclusive cruise is £2161 per person based on an outside stateroom departing Tahiti on the 8th December 2013 for 7 nights on The Society Island Itinerary. Lead in price for flights to Tahiti approximately £1500 return per person. All prices subject to confirmation at time of booking.
Pure Luxury in New York
NEW YORK Boasting one of the most famous skylines in the world, the heaving metropolis of New York has a whole host of experiences to offer. Explore the city streets during the day from Central Park down past the glistening shop windows of Fifth Avenue to the ferry crossing to the Statue of Liberty. You could choose to see the city from a bird’s eye view on board a helicopter trip which travels the route of the Hudson River from the skies. At night choose to sip cocktails in one of the city’s exclusive bars, dine in some of the finest restaurants in the country, and take in a Broadway show or maybe all three! A fast-paced and exciting city, New York will imprint itself on your memory as one of the most dazzling cities in the world with its own distinct personality that you’ll want to experience again and again. MANDARIN ORIENTAL NEW YORK Located at the top of the Time Warner Centre high above Columbus Circle. From the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Mandarin Oriental, New York you are able to see some of the very best views there are of Manhattan’s famous skyline. Situated at the south west tip of Central Park all the main attractions of the Big Apple are within easy reach. The Mandarin Oriental, New York is also home to the acclaimed restaurant Asiate whose menu features contemporary cuisine with Asian influences and can be found on the 35th floor. On the 25th floor is The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York which has been awarded the coveted Five-Star Award with an amethyst crystal steam room, a tea lounge, a VIP suite and a fitness centre pool which overlooks views of the Hudson. 3 NIGHT HOLIDAY FROM £1,249pp Offer includes one free night and complimentary room upgrade. SAVING £380 Upgrade your flights to Business Class from £2,090pp Valid for departures 18 – 30 Aug 13 No booking restriction but limited availability
USA’s 58 National Parks provide the visitor with an opportunity to experience a diverse range of spectacular nature and stunning landscapes. A couple of examples are mentioned in this edition Yosemite National Park, California. One of the better known and popular National Parks, Yosemite is just around 4 hours drive east from San Francisco. It’s heaven for travellers who love the outdoors. Many visit just to admire the scenery like the soaring granite cliffs such as El Capitan and Half Dome, the giant waterfalls, glaciers, meadows and forests of sequoia trees. 95% of its 1,100 square miles (the size of Dorset in the UK) is designated a wilderness area with no roads or cars. Abseiling is one of the many activities available; it is well known for hikers and mountain bikers. If you visit mid to late February you get to see the spectacle of the ‘fire falls’ when the setting sun turns the water of Horsetail Falls burning orange. In winter clients can ski at Badger Pass. 3 nights San Francisco – 3 nights Yosemite – 3 nights Santa Monica – 5 nights San Diego 14 night Fly Drive taking in Warwick Hotel at San Francisco, Cedar lodge Yosemite, Delfina Sheraton Santa Monica and Catamaran Resort San Diego including car hire and direct BA flights to San Francisco and back direct from San Diego £2107 per person. (Based on 10 Sep 13 – apply for other dates). We can also offer a 3 day Essential Yosemite Experience Package starting £359 from San Francisco with a simpler itinerary – ask for details. Yellowstone National Park set in 3 states: Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. The World’s first national park, Yellowstone, is for those who love wildlife; home to grizzly bears, wolves, lynx and bison. The park has more than 300 geysers, towering mountains and an active volcano. 3,500 square miles in size (size of North Yorkshire in the UK) 80% of the park is forested mainly with pine. The main attraction is the Old Faithful geyser which erupts every 91 minutes spouting 7,000gallons of water 150ft into the air. There are around 9 hotels in the park with summer being the busiest time. One of the Fly Drive Holidays on offer is the 14 night Wonders of Wyoming Fly Drive Cost including British Airways flights to Denver around £2k per person – good quality hotels. You can fly to Jackson via Chicago which is closer. Ask for further details. Articles on Other National Parks will appear in a future issue of the newsletter….including Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina – Hawaii Volcanoes, Hawaii – Harpers Ferry, West Virginia (rich in civil war history). All prices subject to confirmation at time of booking. —————————————————————————————————————————-
13 night Multi-Centre Holiday to Thailand from £1,317 per person
13 night – Thai Multi Centre Holiday – Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket Including Temple and Elephant Trek Excursions. Rembrandt Hotel in Bangkok for 3 nights Including City and Temple Tour An attractive hotel situated in the heart of Bangkok close to the Skytrain System, offering superb value. You can enjoy a fun ride on the hotel’s own ‘tuk tuk’ to Bangkok’s famous Suk Humvit Road. Facilities at the property include large outdoor swimming pool, 5 restaurants one of which is the award winning Rang Mathal Restaurant on the 26th floor. Tamarind Village Hotel at Chiang Mai for 3 nights Including the Elephant Trek and Rafting Tour. Tamarind Village is set around a series of garden courtyards, and offers the visitor an oasis of calm and tranquillity although the property is set in the heart of historic Chiang Mai. This small boutique hotel has only 42 rooms and 3 suites; expect a warm welcome and personal service. You are within walking distance of Tha Phae Gate and Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre and many restaurants. The hotel offers excellent food for breakfast, lunch and dinner at their own restaurant. Experience the wonderful jungle scenery while visiting the famous Thai Elephants at work before Elephant trekking to the Lisu Hill Tribe. Finish the day with a relaxing bamboo river rafting trip. Amari Coral Beach at Phuket for 7 nights Another hotel that offers guests excellent value with rooms of high quality as well as lovely sea views. Located on its own private beach guests have a host of activities to choose from including some of the best diving in Thailand or being pampered at The Breeze Spa. Cost at beginning of July including all flights, private transfers and breakfast starts at £1317 per person. Ask for further details.
Early Booking Ski Offers – Canada 2 weeks from £1,299 per person
Banff is an amazing ski reort with many ski areas to choose from all within the area lift pass system. Take advantage of the early booking offers, depart in January or February 2014 for 14 nights and stay at the Brewsters Lodge, receive FREE breakfast, 2 nights free and 20% reduction off the room rates. Prices for 2 weeks including British Airways flights from Manchester or London start at £1,299 per person. Other durations and dates available and costs will vary subject to dates chosen.
Unspoilt Caribbean from £1240 per person
Dominica – a friendly unspoilt Caribbean Island offering adventure and relaxation. Dominica is the largest of the Windward Islands (15 miles by 29 miles) lying between Guadeloupe and Martinique. It rises steeply from the ocean to the highest point of Morne Diablotin (4747ft). Discovered by Columbus in 1493, the island is quite rugged, but beautiful with many valleys, rivers and waterfalls for the visitor to explore. Find Adventure The newly opened Waitukubuli National Trail is the Caribbean’s first long distance walking trail offering the hiker over 100 miles of stunning tropical scenery divided into 14 manageable segments. Visit Champagne Beach where bubbling underwater vents create a fascinating snorkeling experience. Other activities on the island include the 7 hour hike through the Morne Trois Pitons National Park to the Valley of Desolation and eventually Boiling Lake. Take a swim along the Ti Tou Gorge finishing at a breathtaking waterfall or walk along the White River and finish by swimming under the thundering Victoria Falls. A less energetic adventure is River Tubing; enjoy the tropical scenery while you travel gently downstream. The numerous bird species on the island, including the rare Sisserou Parrot, attracts Twitchers. Other areas of interest include the ruins at Port Shirley, Trafalgar Falls where the water runs hot and cold, and the beautiful Emerald Pool at Pont Case. Accommodation A small range of properties offers different types of accommodation for your stay. Nested on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea is the premier Fort Young Hotel (built on the site of the former fort and incorporating some of its features) close to the capital of Roseau in the southwest. If you wish to be close to nature, stay in a cottage at Jungle Bay in the southeast and enjoy their all inclusive Jungle Spa Adventure. In the northeast, the intimate, privately owned Calibishie Guesthouse is just a few minutes walk from one of the island’s rare sandy beaches, and with its secluded setting and personal service, offers its guests a special holiday experience. Travel Details – Personal itinerary Getting there is fairly easy, flying into Antigua and taking a local flight from there. A holiday in Dominica can easily be combined with Antigua, Barbados or St Lucia – ask for details. A personalised itinerary can easily be made up for you taking into account your interests and preferences. The lead in price of £1240 per person will give you a week at Fort Young Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis including all flights and transfers.240
Icefields Parkway, Columbia and Snowcoach Ride
If visiting the Rockies, a drive along the Icefields Parkway is one of the highlights of the trip and can very easily be combined with a trip on the Famous Rocky Mountaineer Train. The Icefields Parkway (Highway 93), 143 miles long, is a scenic road specifically built with tourism in mind, crossing the rugged landscape of the Canadian Rockies. It connects the Banff and Lake Louise areas and Jasper, passing through both the Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. It was one of the many construction projects started in the Great Depression and finished in 1940. Commercial vehicles are denied access to it and there is a 55mph speed limit (some parts lower). Apart from the marvellous contrasting scenery and wildlife to be enjoyed en route, most visitors make time to stop at the Columbia Icefield (nearer to Jasper), travelling up to the Athabasca Glacier in a large wheeled Snocoach. A day excursion along the Icefield Parkway is a useful way of transferring between the Banff/Lake Louise areas and Jasper (or vice versa) without the need to double back. It can be combined with a trip on the famous Rocky Mountaineer Train and incorporated in Fly Drive, Independent and Escorted Tours. There are a large selection of Itineraries that include this marvellous day out – an example of a comprehensive tour of the Rockies and Alaskan Cruise is given below – ask for further details of all the various options. 18 Day Rockies and Alaskan Cruise Holiday including the Icefield Parkway – from £2625 per person Ex UK This comprehensive tour will allow you 3 nights to enjoy the dramatic mountains around Banff, a full day excursion on the famous beautiful Icefields Parkway including a stop at Lake Louise and a trip on the Icefields Explorer ‘Snocoach’, 2 nights in the ‘sleepy’ mountain town of Jasper, a 2 day trip on the world famous Rocky Mountaineer Train, 2 nights in Vancouver finishing with a 7 night Alaskan Cruise with the award winning Holland America Line.
Pure Luxury Offers- Directors Choice
This special column highlights properties offering exceptional standards at special prices. If interested please don’t delay booking as many of these offers (due to their popularity) get sold out well before the ‘sell by’ date! All prices are based on two sharing and flying from the UK. If you don’t see anything here that fits your plans please still contact us to check the best deal or destination for your dates and local airport of departure. MIAMI BEACH Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa 4 nights bed & breakfast from £949pp SPECIAL OFFER: Offer includes one free night SAVING £120 Valid for departures in May 13 Price includes return flights with Delta Airlines from London Heathrow DUBAI Atlantis The Palm 3 nights with half board from £949pp SPECIAL OFFER: Complimentary half board SAVING £350 Valid for departures 01 Jun – 15 Jul 13 Price includes return flights with Emirates from Gatwick and transfers INDIAN OCEAN – MALDIVES Niyama 7 nights bed & breakfast from £2,579pp SPECIAL OFFER: Offer includes one free night SAVING £330 Valid for departures 08 Apr – 23 Sep 13 Price includes return flights with Etihad Airways from London Gatwick and seaplane transfers FAR EAST – THAILAND Rayavadee – Krabi 8 nights half board from £1,849pp SPECIAL OFFER: Offer includes three free nights and complimentary half board SAVING £1225 Valid for departures 11 – 22 Apr 13 Price includes return flights with Thai Airlines from London Heathrow and transfers Upgrade to a Hydro Pool Pavilion from £70pppn Upgrade to Business Class from £2150pp OFFER OF THE WEEK – BARBADOS – Exclusive Offer The Crane 7 nights including breakfast from £1,419pp SPECIAL OFFER: Offer includes three free nights, complimentary room upgrade to One Bedroom Ocean View Room SAVING £810 Valid for departures 20 May – 12 Jul 13 Price includes return flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow and transfers Upgrade to a one bedroom Ocean View Private Residence with 28ft pool from £70 Upgrade to Business Class from £1569 All offers must be booked by 31st March 2013 and are subject to availability. COMPLIMENTARY LOUNGE PASSES WITH PURE LUXURY Every time you book a Pure Luxury holiday (minimum 3 nights) you’ll be given complimentary lounge passes for your departure airport. Escape the terminal crowds and unwind in the quiet surroundings of an air-conditioned lounge with selected complimentary meals, unlimited snacks and drinks and entertainment facilities including television, newspapers, magazines and Wi-Fi before you fly.
Huge Savings with Sandals
Your Passport to Paradise starts here…Luxurious Sandals Resorts Set in idyllic locations on the Caribbean tropical islands of Jamaica, St Lucia and Antigua plus The Bahamas, Sandals Resorts offer couples a magnificent all inclusive experience. Named the ‘World’s Best All Inclusive Holiday’ by travel agents worldwide for the past 16 years, these 13 resorts offer guests sumptuous accommodations, gourmet dining and premium brand drinks (including quality wines) and a variety of land and water sports. Together with the biggest supplier of these holidays in the UK, Designer Travel can offer clients HUGE SAVINGS on these holidays together with some very low Business Class Air Fares which have been introduced on selected dates for a limited booking period only. These huge savings on many room types and suites include their popular Concierge Service and Butler Service Suites. Ask now for details. Also Beaches Luxury Included® for Families Also perfect for Families are Beaches Resorts in Jamaica and Turks and Caicos which feature luxurious rooms and suites with a whole array of exciting fun activities for kids of every age.
A Gem of a hotel in the Algarve, a week from £450 per person
Located in Albufeira, this hotel boasts beautiful views of the ocean and surrounding pine forest and offers modern accommodations within a 5 minute walk from the beach. Easily accessible via public transportation, Hotel Pedra Dos Bicos combines traditional aspects with modern design. Start the day with breakfast in bed, followed by a refreshing swim in the outdoor pool or visit to the wellness centre. During a work out, you can decide whether you would like to treat yourself to a professional massage. Great reviews on Trip Advisor and a week in July starts from just £450 per person. Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Hotel in St Lucia.