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SPAIN 09 ITALY 27 FRANCE & MONACO 53 PORTUGAL & MADEIRA 63 CROATIA & MONTENEGRO 73 CYPRUS 83 GREECE 93 EUROPEAN CITIES 111 MOROCCO & TUNISIA 125 EGYPT & JORDAN 139 DIRECTORY 159 GENERAL INFORMATION 163 AIRLINES 164 BOOKING CONDITIONS 166


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icture a plentiful land filled with sun-soaked Mediterranean resorts, bustling ports, celebrated cities and breathtaking countryside. This is Europe, where the sleekest designer boutiques sit side by side with centuries-old tradition and the promise of the East complements the distinctive chic of the West. A continent of ornate Italian palazzos, remote Greek monasteries, yacht-dotted bays and metropolitan hubs infused with iconic sights. Turquoise bays and lavenderhued villages call the glitterati to the south of France. Across the Pyrenees, family-friendly Spain and Portugal proffer their fine beaches and world-class golf. The crafted coastline of Croatia, Byzantium treasures of Istanbul and beguiling beaches of Greece and Cyprus all promise the unhurried ambience of pure relaxation. Take a train journey through verdant landscapes or set sail between unspoilt islands to colourful ports. View the most spectacular sunsets from the terrace of a boutique hotel or languish in decadent villas or restored monasteries suffused with a rich past. Further afield, exoticism and mystique tinge North Africa, with its aromatic mélange of bazaars, dramatic sun-baked scenery and treasure troves of history. Lose yourself in the medina of Marrakech, trek the High Atlas and dive into an underwater paradise amongst reefs of vividly coloured fish in Sharm el Sheikh. Combine the rose red city of Petra with the ancient pyramids of Giza for a journey of cultural discovery. Festivals of tradition and celebration fill the streets; an abundance of flavours from the land and the sea permeates every dish, from spicy tagines served alfresco under the stars to Mediterranean mezes shared in amiable style. From the moment that a travel adventure enters your mind, Carrier’s informed professionals – passionate travellers each and every one – are on hand to weigh up the options and devise the most imaginative itineraries, to seek out the most secluded beaches or exclusive hotels. No need to worry about dinner reservations, advance tee-off times or tickets for the opera. The world is Carrier’s playground. Travelling alone, in a couple or as a family, our holidays will stretch the imagination: a decadent spa escape, a multi-centre journey of discovery or the quest for the most glamorous destinations. No detail is too small, no challenge too big for a team whose first-hand local insights assure Carrier guests the very best of everything. The destination is only the start. The experience is exclusive to Carrier.

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riot of colour welcomes the visitor to Spain. If passions run higher here today as a result of the Arab and Moorish influences, so too is the food fiercer, the wine more intense and the sense of drama stronger, manifesting itself most vividly in the flamboyancy of flamenco. Amidst the whitewashed walls of Andalucia, festivals seem to be forever in full swing, accompanied by the strumming of acoustic guitars and dancers moving spectacularly in the moonlight. Glorious countryside and majestic mountains contrast with the stylish coastline of Estepona and Puerto Banus, where the glitterati gather and marinas overflow with luxurious yachts. In Gran Canaria, golden sand dunes are reminiscent of Egyptian deserts, whilst in Tenerife, African-tinged coastal villages exude relaxation. The interior is an unspoilt sub-tropical wilderness of volcanic rock formations, fields of wildflowers, banana plantations and pine forest bordering snow-capped Mount Teide. Here too, fiestas are in the blood and are even said to rival those of Rio. Mallorca is a further explosion of scents and colour – sweet smelling citrus groves blossom across the island and cobbled towns are speckled between craggy mountains. In Palma ancient olive trees and stone-walled gardens are hidden against a backdrop of stylish boutiques and designer bars. Serrano ham hangs from the traditional taverna ceilings in the Old Quarter, slowly drying in the salty air; savour the saffron-infused flavours of paella enhanced by glasses of crisp white Rioja. In Barcelona, the streets overflow with hip bars and boutique hotels, the exuberance pulsating all around. Seductive and sultry, Spain speaks to the soul in a thousand different ways.

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Above: Outdoor Pool

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MALLORCA

La Residencia To visit Mallorca without sampling the delights of this legendary Orient-Express hotel in the beautiful mountain hideaway of Deià would almost be a crime. Created from three lovingly restored manor houses dating from the sixteenth to eighteenth century, with views down over the shady terraces to the rugged hills beyond, this retreat exceeds every expectation. Its superb location and spacious rooms have attracted a who’s who of guests, as has the enticing gourmet cuisine of El Olivo, the candlelit restaurant set in a former olive press. For more informal dining choose the Son Moragues restaurant, popular for its local specialities. The hotel accommodates sixty seven rooms and suites set in charming houses – the Tramuntana Suites nestle in the mountainside, each with private panoramic garden. For recreation, spend time around the large outdoor pools, take a Yoga class or follow one of the weekly guided walks. Revitalise your senses with an alfresco massage at the spa or relax in the Jacuzzi, sauna and indoor swimming pool. Tennis can be played at the two panoramic courts with views of the mountains and Mediterranean Sea. 67 rooms and suites. 40 minutes from Palma Airport. Official rating: 4 Stars.

Price £ per person Classic Room BED & BREAKFASt

01 Nov-21 Dec

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-21 Dec

Superior Room Junior Suite Tramuntana Suite

1118 120

35 82 223

22 Dec-03 Jan*

1477 171

22 Dec-03 Jan

42 113 255

04 Jan-14 Apr 15 Apr-31 May

1123 121

04 Jan-14 Apr

35 82 224

1484 172

15 Apr-31 May

42 113 255

01 Jun-30 Sep

01 Oct-31 Oct

1948 238

1484 172

01 Jun-30 Sep

42 113 349

01 Oct-31 Oct

42 113 255

Prices are based on departures from London and include private transfers. *For departures between 01-03 Jan add £7pp. Minimum stays apply, contact reservations for details. Children under 10 years are not accepted at certain times of year – contact reservations for details. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Free Nights – contact reservations for details.

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MALLORCA

The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort From the moment you enter the lobby with its soaring atrium and modern chandelier, you will appreciate why this resort, close to Puerto Portals, is part of the prestigious St. Regis collection. The supremely comfortable suites, which range from Junior through to Presidential, feature king size beds, designer marble bathrooms and original works of art. Spacious balconies are enhanced by views to the lush gardens and the Mediterranean Sea. For extra luxury, butler service is available for Junior Suites in the main building. To satiate gourmet desires, there are a number of choices including Mediterranean cuisine at Es Fum, informal dining at Aqua and poolside tapas at El Vent. Amongst the landscaped gardens is a large split level indoor/outdoor swimming pool and separate children’s pool along with an indoor pool. An array of entertainment is provided for younger guests at the kids’ club. For further relaxation, visit the Arabella Spa, an inviting temple of well-being offering an unrivalled range of treatments and Mallorca’s first Thalasso centre. Four world-class golf courses lie adjacent to the Resort, totalling sixty three holes. 133 rooms and suites. 25 minutes from Palma Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Price £ per person Grand Deluxe Garden View BED & BREAKFAST 01 Nov-14 Apr** 15 Apr-19 May* 20 May-14 Jul* 7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

Grand Deluxe Sea View Junior Suite Garden View Junior Suite Sea View

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1502 181

2003 252

01 Nov-14 Apr

17 40 68

2459 317

15 Apr-19 May

25 65 102

15 Jul-13 Aug

14 Aug-27 Aug

28 Aug-10 Sep

11 Sep-02 Oct

03 Oct-31 Oct

3093 280

2578 334

2459 317

2201 280

2003 252

20 May-14 Jul

40 74 113

15 Jul-13 Aug

57 125 164

14 Aug-10 Sep

40 74 113

11 Sep-31 Oct

25 65 102

Prices are based on departures from London and include private transfers. **Hotel closed 28 Nov-14 Jan. *For departures between 21-24 Apr and 06-19 May add £198pp. *For departures between 27 May-11 Jun and 01 Jul-14 Jul add £119pp. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Free Nights, Added Value – contact reservations for details.

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Above: Exterior

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MALLORCA

MALLORCA

Hospes Maricel

Castillo Hotel Son Vida

Close to elegant Portals Nous and not far from central Palma, this boutique hotel has light, minimalist rooms dotted between a converted sixteenth century mansion and newer building. Some boast balcony and private plunge pool; all blend traditional Balearic design with natural woods, leathers and fine Egyptian cottons. Maximising the enviable seafront location, the terrace of the Senzone Restaurant is perfect for enjoying contemporary Mallorcan cuisine and delectable sunsets. The lounge bar serves signature cocktails accompanied by weekly live jazz. The Bodyna Spa and Wellness Centre has an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, sauna and hammam whilst the natural sea caves offer a unique setting for massages.

Little can prepare you for the sight of this turreted thirteenth century country castle, rising from Mediterranean gardens overlooking the Bay of Palma. Warm colours pervade atmospheric rooms and suites adorned with traditional materials of old Spain whilst boasting every modern amenity from complimentary Wi-Fi to DVD player. Feast on epicurean delights in the glass-façaded restaurant Es Castell or explore the extensive wine list in the bodega-style Es Ví. For recreation enjoy a round on the four company-owned golf courses, play tennis or swim in the outdoor pools. The boutiques and shops of Palma are close by, whilst children will be royally entertained in their own kids’ club with swimming pool.

51 rooms and suites. 25 minutes from Palma Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

164 rooms and suites. 20 minutes from Palma Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Plus.

Prices from £1015pp in low season, £1695pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £1205pp in low season, £1490pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Senzone Restaurant Terrace

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GRAN CANARIA

Grand Hotel Residencia

Furnished in the refreshing blues and yellows of a typical Canarian house, this welcoming resort is set amidst a tropical palm garden. An ambience of seclusion and tranquillity pervade, whilst being just a short stroll from a golden sand beach and the spectacular sand dunes of Maspalomas. Colonial style rooms are arranged in attractive villas around the heated pool. A wellness spa offers a wide-ranging health and beauty programme based around its Thalasso pool, rasul and saunas. The pleasant climate combined with the standards you would expect from a member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World could be the ideal tonic for those in search of winter warmth or summer retreat. 94 rooms and suites. 30 minutes from Las Palmas Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe. Prices from ÂŁ1195pp in low season, ÂŁ1965pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Main Pool & Lobby

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Above: Imperial Villa Terrace at Night

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TENERIFE

Abama Golf & Spa Resort Picture a spectacular Moorish-style private estate atop a hillside flanking Tenerife’s highest mountain, with exuberant gardens stretching down to the sea, and you have a snapshot of Abama Golf & Spa Resort. Relaxing rooms and suites, many with prime views over the Atlantic, are well appointed and ethnic in ambience. The Villas area offers enhanced seclusion and access to shared pools. A new exclusive VIP section, accessible only to adults, provides enhanced privacy and services including a pool butler. No fewer than ten restaurants offer every conceivable culinary delight. From the fabulous seafood of El Mirador, Argentinean and Italian at La Pampa and Verona, Japanese at Kabuki and gourmet dining at M.B., the Canary Islands’ only Michelin-starred restaurant. Los Chozos serves creative fare during the day or try the Beach Club for alfresco lunches by the water’s edge. No day is complete without experiencing a thermal circuit in the spa, taking in sauna, hydrotherapy, snow cabin and more. An 18-hole Dave Thomas-designed course will tempt golfers of all abilities, whilst children will appreciate the expansive Abami kids’ club and crèche. There are seven outdoor swimming pools, a tennis club and a secluded, golden sand beach. 479 rooms and suites. 30 minutes from Tenerife South Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Luxury.

Price £ per person Double Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-25 Dec

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-25 Dec

Ocean View Room Junior Suite One Bedroom Suite

1207 119

23 38 76

26 Dec-03 Jan

04 Jan-13 Apr

14 Apr-24 Apr

25 Apr-30 Sep

01 Oct-30 Nov

2114 248

1390 145

1581 172

1116 106

1230 122

26 Dec-03 Jan

38 57 95

04 Jan-13 Apr

23 38 76

14 Apr-24 Apr

30 49 87

25 Apr-30 Nov

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TENERIFE

Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque Resort A resplendent gem on Tenerife’s Costa Adeje, this member of The Leading Hotels of the World is an extensive resort on several levels, comprising three distinct areas of accommodation. In addition to the colourful rooms and suites arranged in a horseshoe around the pools, there are the Casas Ducales. Designed by Pascua Ortega, they form a hotel within a hotel featuring Canarian-style houses with special services including those of a resident butler. The luxuriant Las Villas forms the third section. With an array of separate enticing venues, deciding where to dine poses a pleasurable dilemma. Choices include French restaurant La Brasserie, Spanish tapas at La Tasca, seafood lunches at the Beach Club and international cuisine at La Haçienda. For children the resort is paradise, with a complimentary Mini Club to provide a full programme of entertainment. At the Bahía del Duque Spa by ESPA a range of pampering treatments complement Tenerife’s only Thalassotherapy centre. 356 rooms and suites. 25 minutes from Tenerife South Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Luxe.

Above: Main Pool Below: Double Room

Price £ per person Double Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-25 Dec

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-30 Apr

Sea View Room Junior Suite Casa Ducale Sea View Room

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1512 168

38 100 119

26 Dec-06 Jan

07 Jan-15 Apr

16 Apr-26 Apr

2305 281

1512 168

1939 229

01 May-31 Oct

32 97 103

27 Apr-30 Apr 01 May-30 Sep*

1512 168

1238 128

01 Oct-31 Oct

1512 168

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with Monarch Airlines and include private transfers. *For departures between 01-21 Aug add £183pp. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Free Nights, Added Value – contact reservations for details.

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TENERIFE

Las Villas at Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque Resort Combining the experienced service of the hotel with the cosseted personal luxury of villa accommodation, this exclusive development is a sumptuous addition to the resort. Tucked away in their own private area, the villas have their own reception and concierge as well as individual pool areas and large terraces. Couples and families alike will appreciate the spacious interiors designed by Pascua Ortega, large living areas with Bang & Olufsen entertainment, enormous basalt stone baths in the bathrooms and the lush sub-tropical gardens. All villas enjoy the services of a butler, on hand to whisk guests around the resort in a private buggy. Prestigious Canarian chef Braulio Simancas creates epicurean fare at Las Aguas although all of the resort’s dining venues are there to be explored. Close to the villas is the Bahía del Duque Spa by ESPA built over three levels with palm-shaded relaxation areas and open-air treatment cabañas, situated amongst saltwater pools and fragrant gardens linking to saunas and crystal steam rooms. 40 one and two bedroom villas. 25 minutes from Tenerife South Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Luxe.

Above: Villa Las Mimosas Below: Villa Private Plunge Pool

Price £ per person Two Bedroom Villa – 4 Persons BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-25 Dec

26 Dec-06 Jan

07 Jan-30 Apr

01 May-31 Jul

01 Aug-21 Aug

22 Aug-30 Sep

01 Oct-31 Oct

7 nights extra night

3535 460

5108 685

3535 460

3374 437

3390 439

3374 437

3390 439

Supplements per person per night

One Bedroom Villa – 2 Persons One Bedroom Duplex Villa – 2 Persons

01 Nov-25 Dec

- -

26 Dec-06 Jan

19 19

07 Jan-31 Oct

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Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with Monarch Airlines and include private transfers. Minimum stay of 3 nights. Minimum stay of 7 nights for Villa Las Mimosas for departures over Christmas and Easter. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Free Nights, Added Value, Early Booking Discount – contact reservations for details.

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MURCIA

Hotel La Manga Club Princípe Felipe Lying at the very heart of the exclusive La Manga Club, a fourteen hundred acre sporting paradise for all ages, is this magnificent Andalusian style hotel. Accommodation ranges from spacious rooms to a lavish Royal Suite, all with golf or pool views and every modern facility. There is a choice of twenty stylish restaurants and bars within the resort, including the hotel’s signature Amapola restaurant boasting a spectacular showcase kitchen and rôtisserie. A number of year-round swimming pools and many recreational activities, including three 18-hole championship golf courses, driving range and tennis club, are available to guests. A shuttle service around the resort makes all recreations easily accessible. The vast Spa La Manga Club is a destination in itself, offering thirteen treatment rooms, an indoor pool, Jacuzzis, hammam and fitness centre. A superb Junior Club caters for children from the age of three months, whilst the junior sports academies and Funlandia programme for families are popular choices. 198 rooms and suites. 20 minutes from Murcia Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Heated Swimming Pool Below: Lobby

Price £ per person Double Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-31 Mar* 01 Apr-30 Apr

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night Club Room Executive Suite

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683 65

01 Nov-29 Dec

35 113

845 88

30 Dec-31 Oct

41 130

01 May-21 Jul

22 Jul-20 Aug

21 Aug-31 Oct

853 89

1028 114

853 89

Prices are based on departures from London and include private transfers. *For departures between 30 Dec-01 Jan add £162pp. Minimum stay of 3 nights for departures which include 22 Jul-20 Aug. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Free Nights, Added Value – contact reservations for details.

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COSTA DEL SOL

Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona This is the place for those seeking relaxation and refined luxury in perfect symbiosis. It combines a welcoming Mediterranean ambience with unmatched amenities in spacious, landscaped grounds. Couples and families alike will appreciate the generously sized rooms, many of which are interconnected and all offer balcony and varying degrees of sea view. Nestling amongst the sub-tropical gardens are three lagoon-like swimming pools. Tempting dining options encompass Spanish gourmet at Alminar, sumptuous breakfast and summer lunch buffets at El Mirador and exquisite seafood specialities at La Cabaña del Mar Beach Club. During the summer, the Kempinini Kids’ Club gives parents the opportunity to slip off to the Spa, which has an indoor heated pool. Recreations beyond the swimming pools include tennis, a nearby equestrian centre and a dedicated golf desk at the hotel where reduced rate golfing can be booked. With direct beach access, a range of seasonal watersports and beach volleyball can also be enjoyed. 147 rooms and suites. 45 minutes from Malaga Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Above: Deluxe Sea View Room Below: La Cabaña del Mar

Price £ per person Deluxe Room Garden View BED & BREAKFAST 01 Nov-15 Apr 7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

986 82

01 Nov-01 Jul

Deluxe Room Side Sea View Deluxe Room Front Sea View Junior Suite

11 23 127

16 Apr-25 Apr

26 Apr-01 Jul

02 Jul-15 Jul

16 Jul-20 Aug

21 Aug-03 Sep

04 Sep-31 Oct

1248 119

1228 116

1605 170

1704 184

1605 170

1228 116

02 Jul-15 Jul

17 37 215

16 Jul-20 Aug

20 40 241

21 Aug-03 Sep

17 37 215

04 Sep-31 Oct

11 23 125

Prices are based on departures from London Heathrow with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £110pp. Minimum stays apply, contact reservations for details. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount, Added Value – contact reservations for details.

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COSTA DEL SOL

Hotel Puente Romano Famed for its illustrious clientele, this typically Spanish resort enjoys a privileged beachfront position between Marbella and Puerto Banus. Spacious deluxe rooms and suites, all with terrace or balcony, are scattered throughout the sub-tropical gardens in a private village style, whilst at the heart of the property lies the Roman bridge from which the resort takes its name. In the evening, the restaurants and bars near the small amphitheatre make an ideal meeting point. There are many options on offer for the discerning palate, from authentic Italian cuisine at Roberto Ristorante to the lunch buffets at the Beach Club with its fresh catch of the day. All ages will appreciate the wide spectrum of recreations, from swimming in one of the three pools to tennis and keep fit. For younger guests, the hotel offers the Kids’ Club which operates during July and August. Golf and horse-riding are available at the nearby Marbella Club Golf Resort. 285 rooms and suites. 35 minutes from Malaga Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Grand Deluxe.

Above: Freshwater Pool Below: Superior Room

Price £ per person Classic Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-25 Dec

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-25 Dec

Superior Room One Bedroom Classic Suite One Bedroom Superior Suite

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1303 124

19 25 45

26 Dec-02 Jan*

03 Jan-31 Mar

01 Apr-30 Apr

01 May-30 Jun

01 Jul-31 Aug

01 Sep-30 Sep

01 Oct-30 Nov

1560 160

1317 125

1578 163

1595 165

2109 238

1595 165

1317 125

26 Dec-02 Jan

24 45 71

03 Jan-31 Mar

19 25 46

01 Apr-30 Jun

24 45 72

01 Jul-31 Aug

12 34 58

01 Sep-30 Sep

24 43 67

01 Oct-30 Nov

19 25 46

Prices are based on departures from London Heathrow with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £110pp. *For departures between 01-02 Jan add £18pp. Minimum stay of 5 nights for departures which include 15 Jul-20 Aug. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Added Value – contact reservations for details.

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COSTA DEL SOL

Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa This legendary resort, renowned for its elegant private home ambience lies just along the coastline from Puerto Banus. The hotel, which has many accolades for outstanding hospitality and service, also features a number of exceptional Family Villas, some with private pools. The gastronomic lure is the traditional Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine, prepared by award-winning Executive Chef Juan Gálvez and served at the elegant Grill Restaurant. Try the contemporary Euro-Asian menu at the MC Café, buzzing with conversation, it is certainly the place to be seen. Enjoy revivifying Thalasso and beauty treatments at the luxurious beachfront spa. An 18-hole golf course, reserved exclusively for residents, and an equestrian centre both lie twenty minutes from the hotel. Guests can also look forward to a full range of seasonal watersports, followed by delicious buffet lunches at the Beach Club. Blissful lounging by the two heated outdoor pools awaits. 135 rooms, suites and villas. 35 minutes from Malaga Airport. Official rating: 4 Stars Deluxe.

Above: Main Pool Below: Double Executive Room

Price £ per person Double Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-23 Dec

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-23 Dec

Executive Room Superior Suite Executive Suite

1498 156

21 42 106

24 Dec-08 Jan*

09 Jan-10 Feb

11 Feb-24 Mar

25 Mar-20 Apr

21 Apr-30 Apr

01 May-30 Jun

01 Jul-27 Aug

28 Aug-15 Oct

16 Oct-31 Oct

1720 188

1505 157

1580 168

1728 189

1877 210

1728 189

2100 242

1728 189

1580 168

24 Dec-08 Jan

32 96 159

09 Jan-10 Feb

21 42 106

11 Feb-20 Apr

32 96 159

21 Apr-30 Jun

53 117 180

01 Jul-27 Aug

72 136 204

28 Aug-15 Oct

16 Oct-31 Oct

40 104 172

32 74 138

Prices are based on departures from London Heathrow with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £110pp. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

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Above: Executive Suite

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COSTA DEL SOL

Finca Cortesin Melding seamlessly into the Andalusian landscape in the foothills of the Casares mountains between Marbella and Sotogrande, this boutique hotel reflects the traditional style of Spanish ‘fincas’ with its red clay tiles and white-washed walls. All suite in design, it boasts lavishly appointed accommodation with impressive marble bathrooms and private terrace or garden; Pool Suites offer a plunge pool with magnificent views. At the eponymous Restaurant Schilo, renowned chef Schilo Van Coevorden fuses Arabic and Asian influences to produce dishes prepared in an open kitchen, whilst El Jardin serves relaxed Mediterranean fare or try Don Giovanni for traditional Italian specialities. Tapas is served alfresco by the pool; drinks can be enjoyed on the candlelit outdoor veranda or on the atmospheric Moroccan chill-out terrace. Children will be well entertained at the FC Kids’ Club whilst sanctuary beckons in the Zen-inspired spa where a snow cabin stands beside the sauna and heated indoor pool. Outside are two mosaic-tiled swimming pools. For golf aficionados the challenges of the championship 18-hole course designed by Cabell Robinson and the lure of the Jack Nicklaus Academy will prove hard to resist. 67 suites. 40 minutes from Malaga Airport; 25 minutes from Gibraltar Airport. Official rating: 4 Stars Deluxe.

Price £ per person Junior Suite BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-31 Dec

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-22 Dec

Executive Suite Executive Suite Sea View Pool Suite

1375 128

82 110 147

01 Jan-31 Mar*

01 Apr-18 Apr

19 Apr-23 Apr

24 Apr-07 Jul

08 Jul-17 Sep

18 Sep-31 Oct

01 Nov-30 Nov

1560 155

1699 174

1853 196

1699 174

1853 196

1699 174

1560 155

23 Dec-31 Dec

119 147 183

01 Jan-02 Jan

83 110 147

03 Jan-30 Nov

74 103 143

Prices are based on departures from London Heathrow with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £110pp. *For departures between 01-02 Jan add £79pp. Minimum stay of 3 nights for departures which include 23 Dec-02 Jan, 19-23 Apr and 08 Jul-17 Sep. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Room Upgrade – contact reservations for details.

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landscape of endless variety forms the backdrop to ‘Il Bel Paese’ and its two thousand years of colourful history; the rumbling volcano of Mount Etna in Sicily, the whitewashed conical ‘trulli’ of Puglia, the breathtaking coastline that is Amalfi and the sundappled beaches of Sardinia. A sense of conviviality is part of everyday life and as much of a draw and source of inspiration as the country’s rich artistic and cultural heritage. Tuscany beckons with halcyon days filled with long, alfresco lunches, the exuberant flow of fine Chianti and effusive conversation. Rolling hillsides are radiantly dotted with verdant cypress trees, olive groves and ochre-hued hamlets. Vineyards and patches of bright sunflowers skirt the lower slopes of the hills and inundate the misthazed valleys resting between breathtaking vistas. Moving south, the sweeping Amalfi Coast seems to surge triumphantly from a shimmering blue sea. Positano clings to the vertiginous cliffside, speckled with lemon groves, a montage of pastel coloured buildings and mosaic-covered domes. Not far away are the ancient ruins of Paestum and Pompeii, providing glimpses into a fascinating past. Scents of jasmine fill the air around the Blue Grotto and Faraglioni Rocks of Capri. Savour an icy limoncello overlooking the bustling harbour with views across the water to Naples and the brooding cone of Mount Vesuvius. Every city exudes designer chic, excellent restaurants and lively cafés, but it is the Mediterranean islands that possess the reputation as a playground for the glitterati with their sophistication and style. This is the Italy of quintessential glamour – La Dolce Vita prevails.

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SICILY

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort Located on Sicily’s spectacular southern coast, close to the temples of Agrigento, is the Rocco Forte Collection’s first resort style property. Equally appealing to couples and families alike, it is fronted by a magnificent stretch of pebble beach and sits amidst a verdant backdrop of olive and lemon groves. Woven subtly into the landscape using natural local materials, the rooms and suites have a fresh, contemporary design overseen by renowned designer Olga Polizzi and boast every amenity together with private terrace and beguiling sea views. A selection of boutiques and an ice cream parlour are found at the charming ‘piazetta’ – an authentic village style square. Gourmet experiences encompass eight venues from beachside barbecues at Amare, panoramic clifftop dining at Liolà to sophisticated Sicilian and Mediterranean specialities at La Zagara. Relax by the infinity-edge swimming pool, one of the largest in Europe, or in the expansive sanctuary-like spa with Thalassotherapy pools. Tee off on two 18-hole and one 9-hole Kyle Phillips-designed golf courses or play tennis, whilst younger guests will be cosseted in the crèche and seasonal children’s and teens’ club. 203 rooms and suites. 1 hour from Palermo Airport; 2 hrs 30 mins from Catania Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Price £ per person Deluxe Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-01 Apr 02 Apr-27 May*

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-31 Dec

Superior Deluxe Room Junior Suite Classic Suite

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1675 163

50 79 95

2056 217

01 Jan-01 Jul

34 72 114

28 May-01 Jul

02 Jul-02 Sep*

03 Sep-11 Sep

12 Sep-30 Sep

01 Oct-25 Nov

26 Nov-30 Nov

2332 251

2677 300

2332 251

2293 251

2056 217

1731 170

02 Jul-02 Sep

36 80 186

03 Sep-11 Sep

34 72 114

26 Nov-30 Nov

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £65pp. *For departures between 26-27 May add £39pp. *For departures

32 between 06-29 Aug add £464pp. Minimum stay of 3 nights for departures including 22 Dec-09 Jan, 22 Apr-01 May 52 & 06-26 Aug. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands - see our Price 91 Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers - Families - contact reservations for details.

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Above: Presidential Suite

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SICILY

SICILY

San Domenico Palace

Villa Sant’Andrea

Sumptuous luxury in a monastic setting. It may sound like a contradiction but it is a glorious reality here in this former Dominican monastery dating back to the fifteenth century. Situated in historic Taormina close to the Greek Theatre, the hotel is a floral, year-round favourite, its cool cloisters offering tranquil sanctuary. Rooms and suites are housed in two wings, those in the Grand hotel wing having large rooms furnished in traditional Sicilian materials, with private terraces offering enchanting sea views. Dine on the panoramic terrace of Les Bougainvillées or at the Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant Principe Cerami. Recreations include a seasonal heated outdoor swimming pool, gym and a beauty corner.

Newly acquired by Orient-Express, this seafront villa nestles on a private beach in the beautiful Bay of Mazzarò. Vivacious colours and spacious terraces provide a bright, airy ambience that is perfect for relaxation. Brimming with aristocratic charm, its rooms and suites – many with balcony or veranda – offer entrancing views over the sub-tropical Mediterranean gardens or the Ionian Sea. Dine indoors or alfresco at Oliviero, serving succulent fresh seafood and a host of Sicilian specialities; enjoy post-prandial drinks on the chic terrace bar where the resident pianist entertains until late. A Wellness Centre offers spa treatments, whilst the swimming pool at Grand Hotel Timeo is reached by complimentary shuttle.

105 rooms and suites. 40 minutes from Catania Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

60 rooms and suites. 50 minutes from Catania Airport. Official rating: 4 Stars.

Prices from £1135pp in low season, £1410pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £1215pp in low season, £1550pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Outdoor Pool

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Below: Bar Lounge

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Grand Hotel Timeo

Commanding breathtaking views over Etna and the coastline from its elevated position in central Taormina, the property exudes a timeless glamour that has long been a lure for the glitterati. Stroll through verdant grounds in the footsteps of illustrious guests to the fabled Literary Terrace. Rooms and suites recall the magnificence of Sicilian Baroque and boast a terrace or balcony to maximise the vistas. The elegance continues into the Main Restaurant where Mediterranean dishes are a speciality. The Pool Snack Bar, by the heated outdoor swimming pool, serves pizzas from a brick oven. The private beach facilities at sister property Villa Sant’Andrea are reached by a complimentary shuttle service. 72 rooms and suites. 50 minutes from Catania Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars. Prices from £1295pp in low season, £1545pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: The Restaurant Terrace & Presidential Suite

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Hotel Caruso Owned with immense pride by Orient-Express Hotels, the hotel has long been a favoured haunt of royalty and glitterati alike. Frequented by members of the Bloomsbury Group, by Tennessee Williams and Gore Vidal, Jackie Kennedy and many more. The hotel is located at the highest point in Ravello, high on an Amalfi clifftop overlooking the Mediterranean. Almost all of the beautifully appointed rooms and suites have a sea view, Deluxe Suites being the most dramatically positioned. Spectacular panoramas can also be enjoyed from the terrace of the Caruso restaurant, whilst the Belvedere serves meals in a colonnaded garden setting. Share relaxed evenings in the cocktail and piano bar – graced by frescos from the eighteenth century. Facilities include an outdoor heated infinity swimming pool, a gymnasium and an indulgent spa. It is an ideal base from which to visit local attractions such as Positano, Pompeii, Capri and Paestum, one of Italy’s most important ancient Greek sites. 48 rooms and suites. 1 hour from Naples Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Infinity Pool Below: Hotel Entrance

Price £ per person Village View Double Room BED & BREAKFAST 07 Apr-12 May 7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

07 Apr-12 May

Superior Double Room Deluxe Double Room Superior Junior Suite

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2131 254

30 85 178

13 May-15 Oct

16 Oct-05 Nov

2672 331

2131 254

13 May-15 Oct

39 100 274

16 Oct-05 Nov

30 85 178

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £105pp. Hotel closed 01 Nov-06 Apr. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Free Nights – contact reservations for details.

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Palazzo Sasso This beautiful Moorish fantasy, tucked away in the medieval village of Ravello, is the height of sophistication in more ways than one. Set in glorious gardens and offering spectacular views over the Amalfi Coast, its origins as a twelfth century nobleman’s villa imbue an air of aristocratic refinement. The palazzo has been lovingly restored, successfully blending antique and modern to create a stylish environment where guests may even select their preferred bed linen each night. Elegance also abounds in Rosselinis, the two Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant overseen by Pino Lavarra, who learned much from Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. The hotel concierge can arrange individual itineraries, such as visiting the celebrated summer Ravello Music Festival. There is an open air fitness area, a spa with hydrotherapy pool and a panoramic rooftop Jacuzzi. Spend the day at the private beach club, reached by complimentary shuttle or relax around the pool in the terraced gardens. 43 rooms and suites. 1 hour from Naples Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Above: Terrazza Belvedere Below: Junior Suite

Price £ per person King Mountain Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Apr-14 Apr

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Apr-14 Apr

Superior Mountain Room King Sea View Room Junior Suite with Sea View

1500 164

21 73 150

15 Apr-14 May

15 May-20 Oct

1664 187

1992 234

15 Apr-14 May

24 84 171

15 May-20 Oct

30 105 214

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £105pp. Hotel closed 01 Nov-31 Mar. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

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Santa Caterina Perched dramatically upon the precipitous cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, this Neapolitan style hotel is both charming and welcoming in equal measure. For this, we have to thank the Gambardella family, who have overseen the well-being of their guests for over one hundred and twenty years. All rooms have a balcony overlooking the Bay of Amalfi and many also feature a large terrace or garden. Two intimate cottages, tucked discreetly away amongst the citrus groves, are perfect for those seeking extra seclusion. Dining is an unforgettable affair – the main restaurant being graced by marble and lapis lazuli floors and offering some of the most spectacular views in southern Italy. Two glass-lined elevators make a panoramic descent past the landscaped terraces to the private beach club and seawater swimming pool. The spa offers massages, sauna and Turkish bath. A private boat may be chartered to explore the fascinating coastline. 66 rooms and suites. 1 hr 30 mins from Naples Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Beach Club & Pool Below: One Bedroom Suite

Price £ per person Standard Double Room Side Sea View BED & BREAKFAST 01 Nov-29 Dec 7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

Superior Double Room Front Sea View Deluxe Double Room Front Sea View Junior Suite Front Sea View

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1203 122

01 Nov-29 Dec

26 48 84

30 Dec-03 Jan

1542 170

30 Dec-03 Jan

44 113 171

04 Jan-21 Apr 22 Apr-19 May

1389 148

04 Jan-21 Apr

25 46 84

1639 184

22 Apr-19 May

51 117 199

20 May-02 Oct

03 Oct-22 Oct

23 Oct-30 Nov

1873 217

1639 184

1389 148

20 May-02 Oct

79 186 268

03 Oct-22 Oct

51 117 199

23 Oct-30 Nov

25 46 84

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £105pp. Minimum stay of 3 nights for departures which include New Year and Easter. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

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Le Sirenuse “Positano”, said John Steinbeck, “…is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” His favoured haunt was Le Sirenuse, eighteenth century palazzo and summer retreat of the Marchese Sersale. The atmosphere is redolent of a private family home, rich in antiques and adorned with traditional tiles ‘della regione’. This member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World is a place where couples can enjoy the best of the Neapolitan Riviera in ravishing style, relaxing over light snacks in the Champagne Bar or dining alfresco at candlelit La Sponda with its panoramic views across Positano. Small but stylish, the hotel’s Aveda Spa is perfectly equipped with sauna, Turkish bath, fitness centre and massage cabins to de-stress and de-toxify. Relax around the heated swimming pool or enjoy the short walk to the boutique-lined streets of Positano and its dramatic black sand beach. 63 rooms and suites. 1 hr 30 mins from Naples Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Pool Terrace Below: Pool

Price £ per person Standard Room BED & BREAKFAST

0 1 Apr-30 Apr 01 May-30 Sep 01 Oct-31 Oct

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Apr-30 Apr

Partial Sea View Room Sea View Room Superior Junior Suite

1697 194

61 163 214

2482 306

01 May-30 Sep

102 204 382

1697 194

01 Oct-31 Oct

61 163 214

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £105pp. Hotel closed 01 Nov-31 Mar. Children under 6 years are only accepted between 01-30 Apr & 01-31 Oct. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

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CAPRI

Grand Hotel Quisisana This member of The Leading Hotels of the World has been receiving its celebrated guests for over a century, drawn here both by the atmosphere of exclusivity and the enviable position next to the Piazzetta in Capri Town. The interior is imbued with an air of cool refinement with abundant use of Italian marble and traditional local tiles. Many of the expansive rooms and suites overlook the immaculate gardens which surround the outdoor swimming pool, some boasting views to the distant Faraglioni rocks. Dining choices include the refined ambience of the gastronomic Qvisi Restaurant, Qvisi&Sushi serving Japanese specialities seasonally, Italian and international fare at Rendez-Vous and, by the poolside, regional cuisine including Neapolitan pizzas from a wood-fired oven at La Colombaia. Relaxing treatments and rejuvenating pampering await at the stylish QvisiBeauty spa, with hammam, Jacuzzi and indoor pool. For active guests there is also a gym and tennis courts whilst Capri Town’s chic boutiques are within strolling distance. 148 rooms and suites. 2 hours from Naples Airport including hydrofoil to Capri. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Above: Swimming Pool Below: Hall

Price £ per person Standard Village Side Room BED & BREAKFAST 7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

Superior Village Side Room Deluxe Park Room Special Deluxe Park Room

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26 Mar-20 Apr

21 Apr-29 Jul

30 Jul-20 Aug

21 Aug-17 Sep

18 Sep-31 Oct

1478 145

1573 159

1712 178

1573 159

1478 145

26 Mar-20 Apr

27 63 109

21 Apr-29 Jul

36 113 159

30 Jul-20 Aug

41 127 178

21 Aug-17 Sep

36 113 159

18 Sep-31 Oct

27 63 109

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £105pp. Hotel closed 01 Nov-25 Mar. Minimum stay of 3 nights for departures including 22-25 Apr. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167

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Capri Palace Hotel & Spa A guest book overflowing with famous signatures establishes at a glance the pedigree of this splendid hotel in Anacapri, the most exclusive and unspoilt part of the island. Stone floors, graceful columns and vaulted ceilings recall the glories of the Mediterranean palaces of the eighteenth century – Louis XVI period furniture cleverly complementing contemporary design touches. Accommodation ranges from Classic Rooms to Suites, some offering mesmerising sea views and private heated pools. Fine dining is assured at two Michelin-starred restaurant L’Olivio, where innovative Mediterranean specialities are served in the most elegant surroundings, accompanied by a choice of over 12,000 wines from the cellar. Alfresco dining in the more casual ambience of Mosaic is available daily by the poolside. Unwind around the heated swimming pool, relax at the renowned Capri Beauty Farm spa or take the complimentary shuttle to Il Riccio, the private beach club. Hire one of the hotel’s three luxurious boats for excursions around the island. 78 rooms and suites. 2 hours from Naples Airport including hydrofoil to Capri. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Above: L’Olivo Restaurant Below: Deluxe Room

Price £ per person Classic Room Hill Side BED & BREAKFAST

21 Apr-15 May

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

21 Apr-15 May

Classic Room Sea Side Deluxe Room Sea Side Deluxe Room Pool & Garden

1494 147

62 193 249

16 May-17 Sep

18 Sep-31 Oct

1850 198

1494 147

16 May-17 Sep

85 255 334

18 Sep-31 Oct

62 193 249

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £105pp. Hotel closed 01 Nov – 20 Apr. Minimum stay of 3 nights for departures including 16 May-31 Jul, 01-17 Sep and bank holidays and 5 nights for departures including 01-31 Aug. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

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SARDINIA

Romazzino

Hotel Pitrizza

Friendly intimacy is assured at this family-oriented escape on the sun-blessed Costa Smeralda. Gardens surround a cluster of Mediterranean village-style white buildings, housing the rooms and suites. All boast private terraces with sea or garden views; ground floor rooms with garden access being suitable for families. A beautiful beach, swimming pool, tennis, cycling, keep fit and nearby golf are available. At the Toy Club, the children’s programme keeps younger guests entertained all day. Dining choices range from lunch barbecues by the beach, poolside buffets to refined fare for dinner in the rustic chic of the main restaurant. The hotel is very popular in July and August, making early booking essential.

A rare gem embedded in a jagged coast, this is a favourite destination for travellers seeking privacy and tranquillity. Located close to Porto Cervo with its colourful houses and fashionable wharfs, it offers rooms and suites that are comfortable and refined, each with handcrafted furniture and breathtaking views over Liscia di Vacca Bay. Ocean views can be enjoyed too from the restaurant, noted for its international cuisine. For sunset cocktails on the terrace, meet up at the welcoming bar. There is a spa offering Shiatsu and massages, a nearby golf course and abundant watersports, but many will simply linger by the seawater swimming pool, carved out of the natural rock.

94 rooms and suites. 35 minutes from Olbia Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

55 rooms and suites. 35 minutes from Olbia Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Prices from £3435pp in low season, £6990pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation on a half board basis and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £3480pp in low season, £6705pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation on a half board basis and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Champagne Garden

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Below: Natural Saltwater Swimming Pool

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Cala di Volpe

This Jacques Couëlle-designed retreat lies in one of the most beautiful bays on the Costa Smeralda. Resembling a traditional Sardinian village, towers, terraces, irregular roofs and porticoes blend perfectly with the surrounding landscape. Each uniquely decorated guest room and suite has a balcony or terrace. Two spectacular restaurants serve international and Italian cuisine; full board guests have the opportunity to reserve tables at sister hotels Romazzino, Cervo and Pitrizza. Relax by the pool or take the short boat ride to the hotel’s enchanting private beach. Nearby are a golf course and abundant watersports, as well as a therapist on hand for massage and Shiatsu. Early booking is essential for July and August. 124 rooms and suites. 30 minutes from Olbia Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe. Prices from £3220pp in low season, £6990pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation on a half board basis and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Bar Pontile & Deluxe Suite

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Above: Swimming Pool at Night

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Borgo Egnazia White-washed masserias and a central piazza where musicians gather in the evening characterise this beautiful new resort. Built in the style of an authentic Apulian village dotted with ancient olive trees, Borgo Egnazia borders the 18-hole championship San Domenico golf course. Expansive grounds reveal four swimming pools and an array of accommodation choices. In addition to elegant and contemporary rooms in the luxurious hotel, there are spacious townhouses, most of which have Arabian gardens and private rooftop terraces with views towards the Adriatic Sea. Exclusive three bedroom villas, tastefully furnished in a palette of neutral tones, boast expansive living areas, wrap-around balconies and private pool. Dining encompasses three excellent restaurants which fuse innovative flavours with regional fare; the main restaurant has a wine cellar for tastings of local and international vintages. The outstanding Egnathia Spa is an oasis of relaxation and rejuvenation, with twelve treatment rooms, a modern interpretation of an Ancient Roman Bath and a Yoga studio. Activities include a cookery school, tennis academy and nearby beach with watersports. Children will appreciate the excellent OurSpace kids’ club. 63 rooms and suites, 93 townhouse suites and 28 villas. 45 minutes from Bari Airport or Brindisi Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Price £ per person Superior Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-23 Dec

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-23 Dec

Borgo Townhouse – 4 persons Grand Sea View Suite Grand Garden Villa – 6 persons

1040 89

58 105 2

24 Dec-31 Dec

01 Jan-29 May

30 May-30 Jun

01 Jul-31 Jul

01 Aug-28 Aug

29 Aug-11 Sep

12 Sep-30 Oct

31 Oct-30 Nov

1600 169

1111 97

1444 145

1602 168

1776 193

1444 145

1433 145

1100 97

24 Dec-31 Dec

20 110 -8

01 Jan-30 Jun

65 118 3

01 Jul-31 Jul

29 118 -15

01 Aug-28 Aug

23 125 -8

29 Aug-30 Oct

41 116 -16

31 Oct-30 Nov

65 118 3

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £70pp. Minimum stay of 7 nights for departures including 01-28 Aug. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount, Golf – contact reservations for details.

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Italian Art Cities

Portofino and Tuscany

9 NIGHTS FROM £1970 PER PERSON

12 NIGHTS FROM £4170 PER PERSON

The splendours of Italy’s most famous cities can easily be combined in a short itinerary.

Enjoy the diversity of Tuscany’s quintessential countryside and idyllic coastline, combined with a stay in sophisticated Portofino.

DAY 1 | Fly to Venice Marco Polo Airport from London Gatwick. On arrival you will be met by our local representative and be transferred by water taxi to Gritti Palace for a three night stay. (B)

DAYS 1-3 | Arrive at Genoa Airport, transfer to the elegant Hotel Splendido for a three night stay. Relax in Portofino with its designer boutiques and yacht-dotted harbour; visit the nearby colourful fishing village of Camogli or the spectacular Cinque Terre. (B)

DAYS 2-3 | Uncover the sights of Venice at leisure; not to be missed are Piazza San Marco, the Galleria dell’Accademia and the island of Murano famed for its jewel-like glass production. (B) DAY 4 | Travel by first class rail to Florence for a three night stay at Hotel Savoy. The hotel is centrally located with the city’s best galleries, boutiques and restaurants all within strolling distance. (B) DAYS 5-6 | Take time to explore the sights of the compact city centre; visit the Uffizi gallery and Boboli Gardens. A day trip to Siena or the nearby Chianti vineyards could be arranged. (B) DAY 7 | Take a morning train to Roma Termini; upon arrival a private transfer takes you to Exedra for a three night stay. (B)

DAYS 4-6 | Leave Portofino behind for Il Salviatino where you will stay for three nights. The Chianti vineyards are close, along with the treasures of Florence. (B) DAYS 7-9 | Today travel to L’Andana on the Tuscan coastline at Castiglione della Pescaia for a three night stay. Partly owned by chef Alain Ducasse, the hotel is famed for its excellent cuisine. Set in the Maremma region, near Siena, it has wonderful coastal views across to the island of Elba. (B)

DAYS 8-9 | The Eternal City has an endless array of shops and sights, including St Peter’s and the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum and many outdoor markets held in cobbled piazzas.

DAYS 10-12 | Travel south along the coastline to Il Pellicano, near the Argentario peninsula. There is plenty to explore in the local area; coastal villages of Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole, the island of Giglio or the lagoon at Orbetello, home to pink flamingos. (B)

DAY 10 | Transfer to Rome Fiumicino Airport for your return flight to London.

DAY 13 | A private transfer takes you to Rome Fiumicino Airport for your flight to London Gatwick.

For an extra special experience, travel by rail to Venice on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (page 112). Itineraries between Venice and Rome can also be arranged.

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Lombardy and The Lakes

Southern Italy Sojourn

8 NIGHTS FROM £2395 PER PERSON

14 NIGHTS FROM £3130 PER PERSON

Combine the vibrant city of Milan with the romance and relaxation of the Italian Lakes.

Explore southern Italy’s captivating coastline, contrasting the beauty of the Amalfi Coast with the history and culture of Sicily.

DAY 1 | Fly to Milan Malpensa Airport; you will be met on arrival and transferred to the Four Seasons Hotel Milano for a two night stay. (B)

DAYS 1-3 | Fly to Naples; you will be met on arrival and transferred to Palazzo Sasso in Ravello for a three night stay. Nestling above the Amalfi coastline with an ideal location for visiting the local area. (B)

DAY 2 | The day is spent at leisure exploring Milan’s sights and famous boutiques. A visit to La Scala is recommended in the evening. (B) DAYS 3-5 | Transfer by private vehicle to CastaDiva Resort, located in a lush botanic park on the shores of Lake Como, for a three night stay. A newly opened retreat with a range of activities to hand, along with outstanding facilities. (B) DAYS 6-8 | Transfer to Lake Garda for your three night stay at Villa Cortine Palace. In pretty Sirmione, this elegant hotel is perfectly situated for relaxation by the lake’s shores. (B) DAY 9 | Perhaps take an early transfer to Verona and spend a few hours exploring the romantic city before your flight to London from Verona Airport.

DAYS 4-6 | A short hydrofoil journey brings you to chic Capri; stay for three nights at Capri Palace Hotel & Spa in Anacapri. A luxurious retreat with a renowned spa and Michelin-starred restaurant. (B) DAYS 7-9 | Back to the mainland for a three night stay in Positano at Le Sirenuse, located close to the beach and the narrow boutique-lined streets. (B) DAYS 10-14 | Transfer to Naples Airport for the short flight to Catania. Stay at Grand Hotel Timeo for five nights. In the heart of historic Taormina, the hotel offers a relaxing retreat with spectacular coastal views. (B) DAY 15 | Transfer to Catania Airport for your flight to London.

Prices are based on two people sharing and include private transfers, accommodation, meals as specified and flights. Single supplement available on request. International flights are with British Airways in economy class - one way Club Europe upgrades are available from £55pp. Meal basis: B Breakfast. These itineraries are only suggestions – our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, tailor-made holidays.

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PORTOFINO

Splendido & Splendido Mare From its hillside position high above the yacht-dotted harbour of Portofino, this former monastery exudes an air of elegance and refinement. An Orient-Express hotel, it retains its patrician air and Belle Epoque grandeur. Guest rooms and suites have either a balcony or terrace to capture the incomparable bay vistas. Cuisine is exceptional, with the choice of dining in the elegant restaurant or alfresco at La Terrazza. Recreations centre around the tennis court and the open-air heated seawater swimming pool. Splendido Mare, the smaller sister hotel, offers intimate relaxation in the heart of Portofino, with access to all of Hotel Splendido’s facilities. Both hotels are members of The Leading Hotels of the World. 64 rooms and suites at Hotel Splendido; 16 rooms and suites at Splendido Mare. 45 minutes from Genoa Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe (Splendido Mare: 4 Stars). Prices from £2625pp in low season, £3215pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation at Splendido with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Executive Junior Suite & View of Portofino

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LAKE GARDA

LAKE MAGGIORE

Villa Cortine Palace

Grand Hotel Majestic

Within one of Lake Garda’s prettiest lakeside resorts, lies one of the region’s most resplendent hotels. As you sweep along the entrance drive past ornate statues, fountains and exotic plants you enter a world of grandeur dominated by the villa with its Palladian-style façade. Mosaics, frescos and precious marbles from the quarries of Verona grace elegant drawing rooms bedecked with priceless objets d’art. In the adjacent main part of the hotel, a little more contemporary in style, spacious double rooms and a number of meticulously appointed suites offer refined comfort and splendid lake views. Dine outdoors on the terrace in summer or stroll down to the private beach area where barbecue lunches are served.

Dreamily evocative of the Belle Epoque era, this palatial property on the elegant western shores of Lake Maggiore affords sweeping views across to the Borromée Islands and mountains beyond. Once a favoured haunt of artists such as Debussy and Toscanini, and now a member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World, it stands in an English-style garden with its own private waterfront and small beach. Most of the classically furnished rooms boast balconies from which to absorb the vistas. Two lakefront restaurants serve fresh local produce and fish, whilst for recreation there is a new wellness centre or the opportunity to enjoy the lake from the water by boat. Mountain-biking, kayaking and golf can also be enjoyed nearby.

54 rooms and suites. 40 minutes from Verona Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

99 rooms and suites. 1 hour from Milan Malpensa Airport. Official rating: 4 Stars Deluxe.

Prices from £1390pp in low season, £1850pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £1135pp in low season, £1155pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Deluxe Double Room

Below: Bar Terrace

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LAKE COMO

Villa d’Este Beyond the massive wrought iron gates lies a secluded world enjoyed only by the privileged few, where over one hundred and thirty years of tradition blends discreetly with modern comforts. Inside, guest rooms and suites are housed in the Cardinal Villa and Queen’s Pavilion, both of which are decorated in the finest period style. Each is individually styled with antique furniture, oil paintings and Como silk furnishings. It offers everything you might expect, and more, from a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Savour gourmet Italian cuisine in La Veranda, go informal at Il Grill, dining alfresco in the summer, or simply enjoy an aperitif at the jasmine-scented Terrace Bar, overlooking the lake. At the Beauty Center, treatments are based on Zen philosophy employing specially created products, from Shiatsu massages to aromatherapy and reflexology. There is also an indoor swimming pool and two outdoor pools, including the unique floating pool on the lake with Jacuzzi and children’s pool. 152 rooms and suites. 1 hour from Milan Malpensa Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Above: View over Villa d’Este Below: Main Hallway

Price £ per person Double Classic Courtyard View BED & BREAKFAST

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

Double Executive Park/Garden View Double Deluxe Lake View Junior Suite Exclusive

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01 Nov-14 Nov 15 Nov-21 Apr** 22 Apr-26 May 27 May-24 Aug

1904 214

01 Nov-21 Apr

28 54 150

1913 215

22 Apr-26 May

42 79 207

2528 303

27 May-24 Aug

45 108 280

2587 311

25 Aug-15 Oct

42 79 207

25 Aug-15 Oct

16 Oct-12 Nov

2528 303

1913 215

16 Oct-12 Nov

28 54 150

Prices are based on departures from London Heathrow with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £145pp. **Hotel closed 15 Nov-02 Mar. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

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LAKE COMO

CastaDiva Resort Silks, velvets and luxuriant fabrics grace this glorious resort with an eighteenth century villa at its heart. Set within a lush botanic park on the shores of Lake Como its rooms and suites boast evocative views; two private villas have use of the hotel’s amenities whilst maintaining their own housekeeping staff, chef and butler, on request. The main villa was once the residence of Giudetta Pasta, the muse of Vicenzo Bellini, and a sense of its history pervades whilst successfully incorporating the most modern amenities. On the lake, the floating swimming pool is transformed at night into a sparkling fountain display accompanied by operatic arias. An unforgettable gastronomic experience awaits in two restaurants where fresh Italian flavours are complemented by breathtaking lake and mountain vistas. The park is replete with swimming pools and shady pathways for relaxing walks. In the Wellness Zone, spa treatments are devoted to the four elements whilst facilities include indoor pool and a gym. Golfers can test their skills on seven nearby courses. 75 rooms and suites. 45 minutes from Milan Malpensa Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Above: Suite CastaDiva Below: Main Swimming Pool

Price £ per person Double Deluxe Lake View BED & BREAKFAST 01 Mar-21 Apr 7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

22 Apr-26 May 27 May-24 Aug

1775 191

2488 293

01 Mar-21 Apr

One Bedroom Suite Lake View One Bedroom Penthouse Suite Lake View Suite CastaDiva

178 276 700

2548 302

22 Apr-26 May

199 313 768

25 Aug-15 Oct

16 Oct-30 Nov

2488 293

1775 191

27 May-24 Aug

272 385 1100

25 Aug-15 Oct

199 313 768

16 Oct-30 Nov

178 276 700

Prices are based on departures from London Heathrow with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £145pp. Hotel closed 01 Nov-28 Feb. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount, Free Nights – contact reservations for details.

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PORTO ERCOLE – TUSCAN COAST

CASTIGLIONE DELLA PESCAIA – TUSCAN COAST

Il Pellicano

L’Andana

This magnificent retreat, set high on a clifftop on Tuscany’s Argentario peninsula, is a favoured haunt of those in search of discreet elegance and privacy. Surrounded by olive groves and gardens, each of the spacious rooms has its own unique décor. The excellent dual Michelin-starred Il Pellicano restaurant, overseen by Antonio Guida, serves superb local and international fare to the accompaniment of over one hundred fine wines. Exquisite Tuscan cuisine is served alfresco on the sea view terrace at All’Aperto. The Pelliclub health and beauty centre features a relaxing spa oasis with an array of treatments. Enjoy the pleasures of the private beach and the unforgettable views from the heated seawater swimming pool.

Jointly managed by Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse and Vittorio Moretti, this luxurious Tuscan country residence lies close to the seaside town of Castiglione della Pescaia. Olive groves and vineyards surround the property, which comprises a neo-classical villa, connected to a traditional ‘fattoria’ where the remaining accommodations are to be found. White walls and white painted beams give a crisp, clean feel, whilst rooms and suites are decorated with warm colours. Discerning clients seeking excellent cuisine will find the Ducasse-inspired menus very much to their taste. The spa by ESPA provides the ultimate in luxuriant and progressive treatments. For further relaxation, three swimming pools nestle amongst the lush gardens.

50 rooms and suites. 1 hr 30 mins from Rome Fiumicino Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

33 rooms and suites. 1 hr 45 mins from Pisa Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Prices from £2250pp in low season, £2950pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £1435pp in low season and £2230pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Pool View

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NEAR SIENA – TUSCANY

Castel Monastero

Step back in time into a beautifully preserved medieval eleventh century village centred around a lively piazza, just twenty minutes from Siena and ensconced in quintessential Tuscan scenery. Dotted throughout the village are rooms and suites reflecting an elegant and rustic style whilst offering every modern amenity, as well as an independent villa complete with private chef and butler upon request. The lure of the location is matched by that of the cuisine – Gordon Ramsay overseeing the menus – whilst in the property’s wine cellar lies La Cantina, serving typical Tuscan fare. There are three swimming pools, a tennis court, cookery classes and nearby horse-riding; relax in the Spa with treatments, sauna and hammam. 72 rooms and suites and 1 villa. 2 hours from Pisa Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars. Prices from £1905pp in low season, £2030pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Infinity Pool & Executive Suite

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fiesole, NEAR FLORENCE

Il Salviatino Offering enchanting views over Florence and its iconic Duomo, this palatial fifteenth century villa nestles within the sloping hillside of picturesque Fiesole. Its aristocratic past is dovetailed with contemporary comfort as elaborate frescos, the finest Italian linens, rich handcrafted leathers and works of art sit alongside the most sophisticated technologies. In addition to the aptly named Dome View Suites, exclusive accommodation includes the Affresco Suite with its ancient stone bath and Bruschi murals or the Marcello Suite in the main tower with rooftop Jacuzzi. Authentic Tuscan cuisine comprises a series of taste experiences and guests may choose to dine almost anywhere – La Terrazza, the panoramic terrace and Le Serre, the secluded greenhouse area, being popular choices. Hidden away within the gardens, the Devarana Thai Spa is the first of its kind outside Asia; further recreations include cookery classes and wine tastings. Florence is just ten minutes away and can be reached by complimentary shuttle on demand. 45 rooms and suites. 1 hour from Pisa Airport; 15 minutes from Florence Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Above: Hotel Exterior Below: Junior Suite

Price £ per person Deluxe Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-28 Feb*

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-23 Dec

Salviati Deluxe Room Garden Deluxe Room Dome View Deluxe Room

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1835 205

23 37 107

01 Mar-15 Apr

16 Apr-31 Jul

01 Aug-31 Aug

01 Sep-15 Oct

16 Oct-31 Oct

01 Nov-30 Nov

2030 232

2244 263

1903 214

2244 263

2030 232

1903 214

24 Dec-31 Dec

28 42 126

01 Jan-15 Apr

27 42 122

16 Apr-15 Oct

31 46 139

16 Oct-30 Nov

27 42 122

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £55pp. *For departures between 24-31 Dec add £229pp. *For departures between 01 Jan-28 Feb add £68pp. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

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fiesole, NEAR FLORENCE

Villa San Michele Just fifteen minutes from central Florence yet a world away from its teeming bustle, this splendidly grand Orient-Express hotel commands captivating city views from its hillside setting in Fiesole. A member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World, it features a colonnaded façade designed by none other than Michelangelo. Elegant rooms and suites are individually styled, many retaining original features, with Junior Suites enjoying a secluded location overlooking the lovely gardens. Dine alfresco to the accompaniment of wonderful vistas in La Loggia or experience the refined ambience of the vaulted Cloister restaurant. In the Cenacolo, typical Tuscan cuisine is served against the backdrop of a magnificently restored fresco of ‘The Last Supper’. An open-air heated swimming pool provides a quiet spot by which to relax, whilst tennis, horse-riding and golf are all available nearby. The renowned Cookery School offers courses specialising in Italian dishes, including classes for children. 46 rooms and suites. 1 hour from Pisa Airport; 15 minutes from Florence Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Above: La Loggia Restaurant Below: Lobby

Price £ per person Classic Double Room BED & BREAKFAST

0 1 Apr-28 Apr 29 Apr-08 Jul 09 Jul-08 Sep 09 Sep-01 Oct 02 Oct-12 Nov

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Apr-28 Apr

Superior Double Room Deluxe Double Room Superior Junior Suite

2467 295

38 72 175

2803 343

29 Apr-08 Jul

44 84 204

2467 295

09 Jul-08 Sep

38 72 175

2803 343

09 Sep-01 Oct

44 84 204

2467 295

02 Oct-12 Nov

38 72 175

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £55pp. Hotel closed from 01 Nov-31 Mar. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

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France and Monaco

S

trung out between beach and mountain along the slender curve of the corniche, the towns and villages of the Côte d’Azur and the exclusive principality of Monaco have never lost their iridescence or allure. Explore the verdant interior where pink and white Belle Epoque villas are hidden behind umbrella pines and palm trees amidst untouched stretches of countryside. The historic hilltop village of Mougins nestles above Cannes, cloaked by forests of pine, olive and cypress trees; its beauty once a persuasive muse for Picasso and Cocteau. Village squares bustle with outdoor life, characterised by chattering locals deftly rolling boules along sandy pitches. Abundant sunshine and chic palm-fringed promenades distinguish the pristine coastline. Heady scents of lavender imbue Provençal villages, aromas of café au lait and freshly baked croissants fill the air whilst the simple flavours of a world-renowned cuisine are there to be savoured. Eze perches precipitously above the crystalline sea whilst further along the coast, the sophisticated enclave of St Tropez and the irresistible chic of Monte Carlo await. Here, the harbour is dotted with luxuriant yachts and the streets are dressed with designer boutiques and opulent casinos. Those in search of culture flock to flamboyant festivals and events; Cannes is star-lit each May with the annual Film Festival, Nice’s Mardi Gras is awash with colour and Monaco hosts the glamorous Grand Prix. Alluring and captivating, France is an eternal love affair.

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Above: Outdoor Heated Pool

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TOURRETTES

Four Seasons Provence at Terre Blanche Crowning a wooded summit in an undiscovered corner of Provence, the resort provides spectacular views over picturesque villages to the hills beyond. Architects and designers have skilfully built on the region’s artistic traditions to create a contemporary all-suite enclave – all accommodation having a separate living room and French doors leading to a large open-air terrace. Savour the vivid flavours of Mediterranean cuisine in the gourmet Michelin-starred Faventia restaurant, where guests may dine indoors or alfresco, accompanied by captivating vistas. For more casual dining relax at the pool bar and grill. A beautiful, spacious spa offers a range of Provençalinspired signature treatments, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, VIP couples’ suites and beauty centre. The supervised pleasures of the Kids For All Seasons programme awaits for children. The resort lies in the middle of two 18-hole Dave Thomasdesigned golf courses, complete with clubhouse restaurant and on-site David Leadbetter Golf Academy. Swim in the large outdoor heated infinity swimming pool and for added enjoyment a whirlpool, two tennis courts and children’s play pool are close by. 114 suites and villas. 45 minutes from Nice Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Price £ per person Superior Suite BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-31 Mar

7 nights extra night

1820 2327 2644 3453 2644 2327 1820 172 245 290 405 290 245 172

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-30 Apr

Deluxe Suite Premier Suite Deluxe One BedRoom Villa

23 54 213

01 Apr-30 Apr

01 May-08 Jul

45 100 238

01 May-08 Jul

09 Jul-20 Aug

45 102 446

09 Jul-20 Aug

21 Aug-10 Sep

45 100 238

21 Aug-10 Sep

11 Sep-30 Nov

23 54 213

11 Sep-31 Oct

01 Nov-30 Nov

Prices are based on departures from London Heathrow with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £110pp. Minimum stay 3 nights for departures which include 09 Jul-20 Aug. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands - see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

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ST TROPEZ

ST TROPEZ

Byblos St Tropez

Pan deï Palais

This glamorous haven of elegance is built in the style of a Mediterranean village, just minutes from the beach and chic town centre. Highly individual guest rooms and luxury suites each offer a different interpretation of Provençal style. From an array of magnificent dining options try Spoon, a restaurant concept by Alain Ducasse where inventive décor meets innovative multi-ethnic cuisine. If you tire of relaxing in the spa or by the lovely swimming pool, nearby alternative attractions include sailing and golf. At night the hotel’s club, Les Caves du Roy, is the place to be seen.

An air of palatial splendour pervades this beautiful colonialstyle mansion set in a tranquil location just a short stroll from the bustling centre of St Tropez. The hotel features a dozen rooms radiating elegance, combining Oriental décor and antique furnishings with every contemporary comfort – carved wooden four poster beds being draped in vibrant Indian fabrics. Guests may take dinner in the intimate dining room or by the gardens which also house a mosaic swimming pool surrounded by oversized day beds. In the spa, massages, Valmont beauty treatments and a hammam will soothe and relax.

91 rooms and suites. 1 hr 30 mins from Nice Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

12 rooms and suites. 1 hr 30 mins from Nice Airport. Official rating: Boutique.

Prices from £1995pp in low season, £3210pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation on a room only basis and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £1590pp in low season, £2215pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Swimming Pool & Terrace

Below: Swimming Pool

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SAINT-JEAN-CAP-FERRAT

SAINT-JEAN-CAP-FERRAT

Royal-Riviera

Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat

Enjoying a privileged position on the peninsula, this hotel is the epitome of cool refinement. Rooms are offered in both the main hotel and in the Orangerie – an independent villa of contemporary design. The shimmering Mediterranean Sea is just a few paces beyond the large swimming pool area. Le Panorama restaurant promises a memorable culinary experience, whilst seasonal lunches can be savoured at La Pergola. The hotel has a private section of Beaulieu beach with sunloungers and a watersports pier, whilst a short stroll will bring you to the marina with its many restaurants.

Epitome of exclusivity and discreet hideaway of the glitterati, the hotel sits amidst shady pine trees at the tip of the Cap Ferrat peninsula. Belle Epoque style graces the elegant rooms, suites – some with private plunge pools – and a four bedroom private villa. Equally glamorous is the gourmet dining at Le Cap or eat more casually at Le Club Dauphin by the seafront. A recent addition is the spacious state-of-the-art spa, featuring five treatment rooms and an indoor swimming pool. An Olympic-sized pool stands on the clifftop; a funicular takes guests down to the shore.

78 rooms in main hotel; 16 in the Orangerie. 30 minutes from Nice Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

73 rooms and suites. 25 minutes from Nice Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Prices from £1675pp in low season, £2925pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £1620pp in low season, £2610pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Swimming Pool

Below: Suite

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MOUGINS

EZE

Le Mas Candille

Le Château de la Chèvre d’Or

There are few settings lovelier than this hilltop retreat in the picturesque village of Mougins, immediately above Cannes. Individually decorated rooms, each a masterpiece of interior design, are split between Le Mas – a renovated eighteenth century farmhouse – La Bastide and Manor House. A sympathetic recent extension houses six spacious suites, each with an enchanting terrace. In addition to relishing the views, many travel miles to savour the sumptuous culinary creations of Serge Gouloumès in the Michelin-starred Le Candille restaurant. The hotel has three swimming pools, a seasonal poolside bar and restaurant – perfect for a dip and refreshments before surrendering mind and body to the pleasures of Europe’s first Shiseido Spa.

In the heart of the village of Eze, which perches dramatically above the sparkling Mediterranean Sea between Nice and Monaco, this historical hotel combines charm with idiosyncratic appeal. Rooms and suites are scattered throughout the village, each of them utterly individual in style – some modern, some boasting a distinguished heritage, all with the latest comforts and Jacuzzi bath. The menus of four different restaurants are designed to satisfy the most discerning gourmet, from La Chèvre d’Or with its two Michelin stars and panoramic vistas to three restaurants with terraces for alfresco dining. For relaxation choose between the heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, hammam and massage room, with its Ayurvedainspired treatments.

46 rooms and suites. 30 minutes from Nice Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

36 rooms and suites. 30 minutes from Nice Airport. Official rating: 4 Stars Deluxe.

Prices from £1305pp in low season, £1780pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £1265pp in low season, £1305pp in high season including economy flights and 7 nights accommodation on a room only basis and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Pergola Pool at Night

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Below: Le Café du Jardin

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CANNES

Martinez

Set on La Croisette facing the Bay of Cannes, the hotel preserves the quintessential style of the Roaring Twenties. Art Deco rooms and suites offer contemporary elegance and comfort. Gastronomes will appreciate the wonderful cuisine at the two Michelin-starred Le Palme d’Or, where the gourmet creations are augmented by magnificent sea views. Savour Mediterranean cuisine at Le Relais Martinez, either in the light and airy dining room or on the terrace overlooking the pool. Immerse yourself in total ‘soin du corps’ pampering at the Spa Martinez and tone up in the excellently equipped fitness centre. There is also an outdoor pool and the private beach of Z-Plage across from the hotel. Cannes’ port, haute couture boutiques and cafés are all within strolling distance. 412 rooms and suites. 30 minutes from Nice Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars. Prices from £1060pp in low season, £1495pp in high season including economy flights and 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Z-Plage Pontoon & Hotel Exterior

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MONACO

MONACO

Monte Carlo Beach Hotel

Hermitage

This freshly renovated member of Relais & Châteaux commands an enviable position by a calm and pristine bay on the Monte Carlo beachfront. An outdoor heated seawater pool mirrors the blue of the sea and sky and a wide range of watersports are available during the summer months directly from the Beach Club and private jetty. All the facilities for a perfect family holiday. The prestigious Gold Card given to guests provides access to the Casino and the aqua fitness centre at Les Thermes Marins de Monte Carlo, as well as reduced fees for golf and tennis.

There could be no better position in Monte Carlo, in the heart of the Principality with sweeping views to the luxury yachts on the Mediterranean. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, a harmonious blend of the classic and contemporary pervade this Belle Epoque jewel. At the gourmet restaurant Le Vistamar, chef Joël Garault prepares inventive food for the discerning diner. The hotel provides access to Les Thermes Marins de Monte Carlo Spa Centre and the Société des Bains de Mer Gold Card allows guests entrance to the Casinos and Beach Club during the summer.

40 rooms and suites. 40 minutes from Nice Airport by road; 10 minutes by helicopter. Official rating: 5 Stars.

280 rooms and suites. 40 minutes from Nice Airport by road; 10 minutes by helicopter. Official rating: 4 Stars Deluxe.

Prices from £1375pp in low season, £2120pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement on request.

Prices from £1435pp in low season, £1690pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement on request.

Below: Seawater Pool

Below: Lobby

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MONACO

MONACO

Monte Carlo Bay Hotel

Hotel Métropole

Waterfalls tumble through lush gardens, calming lagoons dot the grounds and elegantly understated contemporary rooms feature private terraces with unique panoramas. Tempting views also enhance the dining experiences, which encompass a main restaurant, a summer restaurant and a venue for lighter snacks. Jimmy’z nightclub and the Salle des Etoiles auditorium lie close by, although guests need not stray far to find entertainment. One indoor/outdoor pool, a sandbottomed lagoon pool, a spa and a casino number amongst the recreational amenities catering for couples and families alike.

Standing just steps from Casino Square, this member of The Leading Hotels of the World has been beautifully refurbished by celebrated interior designer Jacques Garcia – a chic ESPA spa with VIP suites and an attractive seawater heated pool being highlights. Sophisticated rooms and suites, some with sea views, display a keen eye for detail, whilst Michelin-starred Japanese and gourmet cuisine – guided by Joël Robuchon – is of the highest order. By the outdoor heated swimming pool, from early 2011 guests will enjoy a new cuisine concept at the Karl Lagerfeld-designed pool restaurant and lounge.

334 rooms and suites. 40 minutes from Nice Airport by road; 10 minutes by helicopter. Official rating: 4 Stars.

210 rooms and suites. 40 minutes from Nice Airport by road; 10 minutes by helicopter. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Prices from £1280pp in low season, £1485pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement on request.

Prices from £1455pp in low season, £1675pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement on request.

Below: Sand-bottomed Lagoon Pool

Below: Deluxe Junior Suite

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Portugal and Madeira

F

ado music rings out from the open doors of Lisbon’s late-night bars evoking a sense of the Portuguese soul. All around are wide, tree-lined avenues enriched by Art Nouveau buildings, mosaic pavements and street cafés infused by an unhurried ambience. Far to the south, the ever popular Algarve attracts sun seekers to its one hundred mile coastline which is mild in winter yet cooled by ocean breezes in the heat of summer. Colourful festivities bring crowds of people to the labyrinthine streets of towns like Loulé and Armaçao de Pêra to watch and absorb innumerable lively processions and parades. By the gently shelving beaches, limpid waters wash romantic coves that are ideal for swimming, whilst the ocean is a playground for watersports enthusiasts. Limestone cliffs and natural grottoes form the backdrop for endless family activities, whilst those in search of Portugal’s past head for commanding sights such as Sagres fortress – a legacy of an Arabian past. The rich history is reflected in a fusion cuisine that includes spicy chicken piri-piri and salted sardines freshly plucked from the sea, tempered by refreshing rosé wines. Seemingly surging from the Atlantic lies the island of Madeira, a floating garden cradled within a mountainous interior, its landscape a riot of sub-tropical flora; violet protea, orange bird of paradise, red anthurium and white cala lilies. The capital Funchal is surrounded by lush hills and dramatic shorelines, its vibrant markets overflowing with displays of colour and the air filled with the exotic lilt of the local language.

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064 PORTUGAL

THE ALGARVE

Sheraton Algarve Hotel at Pine Cliffs Resort Surrounded by pine trees and overlooking miles of unspoilt beach, this Luxury Collection hotel blends style and comfort with an expansive range of recreational opportunities. The architecture reflects Portugal’s Arab heritage, resulting in a mélange of airy interiors, cool courtyards and enticing guest rooms. The superbly equipped Pine Cliffs Residence is the latest addition to the wide range of accommodation choices at the resort; an exceptional collection of luxurious, spacious apartments and townhouses, ideal for families. Dining choices are extensive and vary according to the season, encompassing international menus, themed buffets, Moroccan specialities and superb seafood, indoors or out, at the O’Pescador restaurant. A lift platform transports guests to and from the beach, where a full range of seasonal watersports are on offer. Swim in a choice of four outdoor pools or a large indoor pool; alternatively, work out in the gym, play tennis or relax in the sauna. For golfers there is the 9-hole course and the excellent facilities of the Golf Academy. Children will delight in the seasonal Porto Pirata kids’ club, set out as a giant pirate ship. 215 rooms and suites, 65 townhouses & apartments and 154 Pine Cliffs Residence apartments & villas. 30 minutes from Faro Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Price £ per person Deluxe Resort View Room BED & BREAKFAST 01 Nov-15 Apr** 16 Apr-25 May 7 nights extra night

746 61

Supplements per person per night

Deluxe Ocean View Room Grand Deluxe Garden View Two Bedroom Pine Cliffs Residenceº

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1131 116

01 Nov-15 Apr

17 15 32

26 May-01 Jul

02 Jul-22 Jul

23 Jul-26 Aug

27 Aug-11 Sep

12 Sep-15 Sep

16 Sep-31 Oct

1146 116

1408 153

1630 185

1408 153

1392 153

746 61

16 Apr-01 Jul

28 18 54

02 Jul-22 Jul

28 22 79

23 Jul-26 Aug

28 19 186

27 Aug-15 Sep

28 22 79

16 Sep-31 Oct

17 15 32

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £105pp. **Main hotel closed 16 Nov-28 Feb. Price available for Pine Cliffs Residence only. ºRoom Only in Pine Cliffs Residence based on two sharing. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Free Nights, Early Booking Discount, Golf – contact reservations for details.

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Above: Beach Bar

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066 PORTUGAL

Above: View of Hotel

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THE ALGARVE

Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa Perched majestically atop a cliff with ravishing vistas over the Atlantic Ocean, the resort blends Moorish charm with Portuguese hospitality. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, ‘discreet luxury’ is its maxim, to which we would add ‘outstanding beauty’. Cobbled pathways and calming water features bring together the village ambience that suits families and couples equally well, combining exceptional accommodation with superb dining options in a choice of six seasonal restaurants. In addition to fine gourmet dining at the intimate Michelin-starred Ocean Restaurant and the Aladin Grill, you can find traditional Portuguese fare at Adega. Take the opportunity to taste one of the fine wines from the 11,000 label selection in the Cave de Vinhos. Recreational facilities are second to none, including tennis, seasonal watersports and pitch and putt or board the Vila Vita yacht for an exhilarating ocean cruise. The Health Club boasts an indoor/outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, ice cave and steam bath, whilst a complete range of massage and therapy treatments await in the ancient Roman-inspired spa. Children are superbly catered for with every facility from a crèche to Annabella’s kids’ park. 173 rooms and suites. 35 minutes from Faro Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Price £ per person Garden View Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-28 Dec

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-15 Apr

Ocean View Room One Bedroom Suite

830 70

17 20

29 Dec-01 Jan

1230 127

16 Apr-31 May

17 57

02 Jan-15 Apr 16 Apr-25 May 26 May-31 May

834 71

01 Jun-30 Jun

25 65

1230 127

01 Jul-31 Aug

25 88

1246 127

01 Sep-30 Sep

25 65

01 Jun-30 Jun

01 Jul-31 Aug

01 Sep-11 Sep

12 Sep-30 Sep

01 Oct-31 Oct

01 Nov-30 Nov

1365 144

1721 195

1365 144

1349 144

1230 127

834 71

01 Oct-31 Oct

17 57

01 Nov-30 Nov

17 20

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £105pp. Mandatory New Year’s Eve Dinner supplement applies – details on request. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount, Added Value, Honeymoon – contact reservations for details.

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068 PORTUGAL

THE ALGARVE

The Lake Spa Resort Between the marina and the beach, surrounded by five world class golf courses, lies a resort which balances Portuguese tradition with stylish modernity. This is the very heart of Vilamoura, one of the Algarve’s most sought after luxury destinations. A Moorish-style cupola rises above the main lobby; an airy gallery stretches from the main entrance. Contemporary rooms feature private verandas to maximise the panoramic vistas, some looking over the ocean or lake. The resort presents a trio of dining experiences, including the Oriental and Mediterranean specialities of Fusion and the succulent seafood dishes of Mare Nostrum. For drinks with a difference, try the African-inspired lobby bar. Massages, sauna and steam room beckon in the deeply relaxing Blue&Green Spa. To complement the superb golfing around the resort, unparalleled amenities include tennis, watersports, canoeing and three outdoor pools, one of which has a natural sand bottom. Horse-riding can also be found nearby and the Koala Kids’ Club offers indoor and outdoor activities. 192 rooms and 95 luxury apartments. 20 minutes from Faro Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Hotel Exterior and Pool Below: Deluxe Room with Panoramic View

Price £ per person Garden View Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-27 Dec

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-30 Apr

Ocean View Room Panoramic View Room Suite

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902 87

12 20 98

28 Dec-31 Dec

957 95

01 May-22 Jun

23 44 127

01 Jan-30 Apr* 01 May-25 May

906 87

23 Jun-15 Jul

27 50 160

1109 116

16 Jul-22 Aug

35 60 193

26 May-22 Jun

23 Jun-12 Sep*

13 Sep-31 Oct

1124 116

1422 161

1109 116

23 Aug-12 Sep

27 50 160

13 Sep-31 Oct

23 44 127

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £105pp. *For departures between 01-02 Jan and 16-25 Apr add £56pp. *For departures between 23 Jun-15 Jul and 23 Aug-11 Sep add £15pp. *For departures 16 Jul-22 Aug add £217pp. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

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Le Méridien Penina Golf & Resort Both a haven of relaxation and a prime destination for activity seekers. With the largest hotel pool in Portugal, the resort is set a little way back from the beach in a rustic setting, within a three hundred and sixty acre estate and three private golf courses. Recently refurbished rooms, all air-conditioned, feature balconies overlooking the pool, golf course or mountains. Spacious Junior Suites are bright and welcoming, featuring delightful bathrooms tiled in traditional Portuguese style. Enjoy themed nights at the Sagres Restaurant or choose from the à la carte specialities at the more formal Grill Room. The lure of the links brings many visitors, eager to take the challenge of the 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Sir Henry Cotton. There are two further 9-hole golf courses as well as a new driving range and tennis courts. The hotel’s Alvor Beach Club can be reached via shuttle bus during the summer. Younger guests will enjoy the supervised activities at the seasonal Penguin Village club. 188 rooms and suites. 45 minutes from Faro Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: View from L’Arlecchino Pool Restaurant Below: Junior Suite Lounge

Price £ per person Classic Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-04 Mar* 05 Mar-25 May

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-04 Mar

Superior Room Junior Suite Grand Suite

856 69

14 57 82

951 82

05 Mar-15 Jul

17 96 116

26 May-15 Jul

16 Jul-20 Aug

21 Aug-11 Sep

12 Sep-31 Oct

967 82

1121 104

967 82

951 82

16 Jul-20 Aug

18 135 207

21 Aug-31 Oct

17 96 116

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £105pp. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount, Golf – contact reservations for details.

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THE ALGARVE

Hotel Quinta do Lago The Ria Formosa Nature Reserve forms an exquisite backdrop to this most gracious of hotels. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, it lies in almost two thousand acres of rolling plains and pine woodlands and from the moment you enter, you will notice an air of refined luxury. Rooms and suites are well-appointed with a generously sized balcony or terrace. Enjoy cocktails in the Laguna Bar before dining at the Cà d’Oro for Italian favourites or the Brisa do Mar for Portuguese and international fare. Recreational amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, gymnasium and tennis. The spa offers a range of exclusive pampering treatments in additition to a hammam and indoor heated pool. Situated within the largest golf resort in Europe, there is an obvious attraction for golfers, whilst others may prefer to take the ten minute stroll to the private section of the fifteen kilometre long beach or visit the gardens and marshes of the reserve to see abundant wildlife. 141 rooms and suites. 20 minutes from Faro Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Brisa do Mar Below: Outdoor Pool

Price £ per person Golf Side Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-28 Feb** 01 Mar-31 Mar 01 Apr-31 May*

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-31 May

Golf Side Sea View Room Lagoon Room Lagoon Sea View Room

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902 87

5 9 18

1076 111

01 Jun-30 Sep

6 14 32

1283 140

01 Oct-31 Oct

4 9 18

01 Jun-30 Jun

1346 147

01 Jul-31 Aug 01 Sep-30 Sep*

1675 194

1331 147

01 Oct-31 Oct

1283 140

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £105pp. *For departures between 26-31 May add £16pp. *For departures between 01-11 Sep add £15pp. Minimum stay of 5 nights for departures which include 01-20 Aug. **Hotel closed 21 Nov-15 Jan. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount, Golf – contact reservations for details.

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Reid’s Palace Today, as ever, Reid’s Palace is an oasis of traditional charm, a luxurious retreat where everyday cares melt magically away. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this OrientExpress landmark has successfully blended tradition, modern facilities and contemporary comfort. The sub-tropical gardens create a relaxing atmosphere with views across the Bay of Funchal. Rooms and suites are spacious and individually decorated, each with a balcony or terrace. Dining options are numerous, from the panoramic Italian restaurant Villa Cipriani to the elegant Dining Room. The Tea Terrace is the setting for the hotel’s famed Afternoon Tea. La Prairie, Ytsara, LaStone and aromatherapy treatments are offered in The Spa. The hotel has two heated swimming pools and an exhilarating sea-level pool reached by a lift. Along with two golf courses a short distance away, local activities include seasonal diving, fishing and watersports whilst teenagers can enjoy the latest technology in the Fun@Reid’s Club. 163 rooms and suites. 25 minutes from Funchal Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Deluxe Room Below: Spa Terrace

Price £ per person Classic Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-28 Dec

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-28 Dec

Superior Room Deluxe Room Junior Suite

1428 161

39 68 186

29 Dec-02 Jan

03 Jan-31 Mar

01 Apr-30 Jun

01 Jul-30 Sep

01 Oct-31 Oct

1961 237

1435 161

1508 170

1567 178

1508 170

29 Dec-02 Jan

31 68 232

03 Jan-31 Mar

40 68 187

01 Apr-31 Oct

42 76 201

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with TAP and include private transfers. One way Business Class upgrades available from £195pp. Minimum stay of 4 nights for departures including 29 Dec-02 Jan. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount, Families, Added Value – contact reservations for details.

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Croatia and Montenegro

H

ere life moves at an unhurried pace – the warm, dry Mediterranean summers beckoning visitors to over five thousand kilometres of coastline. In Dubrovnik orange-hued roofs are enlivened by the sun’s rays, which contrast vibrantly against the azure waters of the Adriatic. Encircled in its medieval limestone walls which surge dramatically from the sea, labyrinthine alleys and piazzas are alive with the buzz of outdoor life. Cosmopolitan cafés spill out onto the pavements of Placa Street, where glasses of the local plum brandy flow. In Istria discover a haven of visual and epicurean delight – medieval hilltop villages perch above expansive olive groves; the cuisine, with its prosciutto hams and white truffles, more than a little influenced by its Italian neighbours. Forested parks and a treasure trove of ancient sites – the Vespasian-built amphitheatre of Pula and historic basilicas in Poreç – abound with cultural interest. Set sail south to Hvar, one of Europe’s most beautiful islands – a sophisticated hideaway reminiscent of St Tropez. Sleek yachts dot the harbour, nestling in the embrace of attractive Romanesque churches, palaces and villas. A good time to visit is springtime, when the heady scent of lavender, rosemary, marjoram and thyme infuse the morning air. Further south, along the dramatically crafted coastline of rugged inlets and verdant islands lapped by the purest waters lies Montenegro. Pink sands envelop the islet of Sveti Stefan, once the favoured playground of the Hollywood glitterati and now revitalised once again as a luxurious retreat.

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074 MONTENEGRO

sveti stefan

Aman Sveti Stefan & Villa Milocer Exuding an intoxicating mix of old European grandeur and contemporary panache, Villa Milocer, a graceful former summer residence of royalty, has recently emerged from a major programme of redesign and refurbishment. With quintessential flair, Amanresorts have worked within the palatial framework to create lavish rooms featuring parquet floors, woven rugs and super-comfortable leather furniture; deluxe bathrooms having antico stone floors and free-standing bathtubs. From the Juliet balconies, views extend towards the pink sands of Milocer Beach or over the gardens – the property being set in extensive groves of olives, cedars and pines. Summer 2011 will see the completion of the second phase of the development, namely the transformation of Sveti Stefan islet – a former fifteenth century fortified fishing village – into a destination housing a larger selection of suites together with a collection of dining, entertainment and wellness venues. When not feasting on the delicious fresh produce and locally caught seafood in the Villa’s intimate Dining Room, or taking afternoon tea in the Living Room, retire to the wisteriacovered colonnade with comfy daybeds. Watersports will be available following the completion of the second phase. 8 suites at Villa Milocer; 47 rooms and suites at Sveti Stefan. 2 hrs 20 mins from Dubrovnik Airport; 40 minutes from Tivat Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Price £ per person Milocer Garden View Suite Room Only 01 Nov-15 Apr 7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-30 Nov

Milocer Sea View Suite Queen Marija Suite

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2782 337

48 48

16 Apr-30 Nov

3127 385 Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £95pp. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

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Above: Queen Beach

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ISTRIA

Kempinski Adriatic A verdant stretch of coastline with private seafront access is the setting for the first five star luxury resort in Istria. An exclusive hideaway, the property exudes inimitable Kempinski style and service, its spacious rooms and suites featuring balcony or terrace to maximise views of the lush gardens or azure Adriatic Sea. All are equipped with the latest Bang & Olufsen technology. In an area renowned for its truffles and olive oil, two restaurants serve diverse cuisine ranging from traditional Istrian at Kanova to Mediterranean at Dijana. In the sumptuous split-level Carolea SPA, a heated indoor swimming pool and two outdoor pools are complemented by aroma saunas, hammam, tepidarium and ice cabin, along with massages and beauty treatments. An array of activities encompass an 18-hole golf course by the sea with driving range, mountain biking and abundant hiking in the local area. Children will be well entertained at the KempiKids’ Club, with its own heated swimming pool. 186 rooms and suites. 50 minutes from Pula Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Outdoor Pool Below: Junior Suite

Price £ per person Superior Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Mar-31 Mar

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night Premium Room Deluxe room Junior Suite

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912 44

01 Mar-30 Nov

6 12 45

01 Apr-30 Apr 01 May-31 May

1084 69

1141 77

01 Jun-30 Jun

01 Jul-31 Aug

01 Sep-30 Sep

01 Oct-31 Oct

01 Nov-30 Nov

1198 85

1255 93

1198 85

1026 60

969 52

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with Croatia Airlines and include private transfers. One way Business Class upgrades available from £30pp. Hotel closed from 01 Nov-28 Feb. Minimum stays apply, contact reservations for details. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount, Honeymoon – contact reservations for details.

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Hotel Monte Mulini Nestling unobtrusively in a picturesque cove just outside the town of Rovinj and within the protected environs of Zlatni rt park, the hotel enjoys the perfect location to combine relaxation with exploration. Chic rooms and suites, all with terrace or balcony to maximise the panoramic vistas, feature bespoke furniture and spacious bathrooms. Dining choices reflect the gastronomic allure of the area; in the Wine Vault a contemporary fusion of French and Mediterranean cuisine is accompanied by a selection of over five hundred vintages, whilst the bay view Mediterraneo blends an eclectic array of North African and European flavours. In the gardens are four swimming pools, including one with underwater massage and geysers, in addition to a nearby pebble and stone beach. Work off any excesses in the fitness centre or be pampered in the expansive spa which offers treatments, sauna and an indoor swimming pool. Bikes are available for hire or take a boat tour of the nearby archipelago of verdant islands. 113 rooms and suites. 40 minutes from Pula Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Hotel Exterior & Pool Below: Suite

Price £ per person Premium Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-23 Dec

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-10 Jan

Executive Room Deluxe Room Family Room

1419 132

22 45 120

24 Dec-10 Jan 11 Jan-06 May**

1724 175

11 Jan-06 May

14 28 56

1299 111

07 May-10 Jun

17 35 70

07 May-10 Jun

11 Jun-08 Jul

09 Jul-26 Aug

27 Aug-16 Sep

17 Sep-07 Oct

08 Oct-30 Nov

1497 139

1741 174

2046 218

1741 174

1497 139

1299 111

11 Jun-08 Jul

22 44 87

09 Jul-26 Aug

27 54 109

27 Aug-16 Sep

22 44 87

17 Sep-07 Oct

17 35 70

08 Oct-30 Nov

14 28 56

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with Croatia Airlines and include private transfers. One way Business Class upgrades available from £30pp. **Hotel closed 11 Jan-31 Mar. Mandatory supplement for Christmas and New Year’s Eve Gala Dinners – details on request. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount, Free Nights, Added Value – contact reservations for details.

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HVAR

Adriana Contemporary and chic, Adriana is Croatia’s first and only member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World. Perched on the promenade, facing the old town with its Venetian piazza, it blends cool linear design with colourful fabrics and atmospheric lighting. Each room is a sanctuary incorporating warm wood tones, natural materials and splashes of rich colour creating a relaxing sensory experience; for extra space choose a Spa Suite with expansive views and modern bathrooms. Dine at Val Marina, overlooking the yacht filled harbour, which serves progressive Mediterranean cuisine. A favourite with Hvar’s glitterati, head for the roof terrace; The Top is the island’s premier lounge, bar and nightclub and has scintillating wrap-around views across the Adriatic Sea towards the Paklinski Islands. Relax at the multi-level Sensorí spa where amenities include indoor treatment rooms and alfresco areas for massage, yoga and relaxation. On the rooftop is an indoor/outdoor heated seawater pool. 59 rooms and suites. 1 hr 30 mins from Split Airport including boat to Hvar. Official rating: 4 Stars Deluxe.

Above: Val Marina Restaurant Below: The Top Bar

Price £ per person Superior Room City View BED & BREAKFAST 01 Nov-12 Nov 7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-01 Jan

Superior Room Sea View Spa Suite City View Spa Suite Sea View

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1459 108

7 26 34

13 Nov-01 Jan

02 Jan-02 Apr

03 Apr-10 Jun

11 Jun-01 Jul

1303 85

1025 46

1181 68

1235 76

02 Jan-02 Apr

11 16 27

03 Apr-10 Jun

15 46 69

11 Jun-01 Jul

20 53 77

02 Jul-26 Aug

20 91 114

02 Jul-26 Aug 27 Aug-14 Oct*

1501 114

27 Aug-23 Sep

22 56 79

1181 68

24 Sep-30 Nov

15 46 69

15 Oct-30 Nov

1128 60 Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with Croatia Airlines and include private transfers. One way Business Class upgrades available from £15pp. *For departures between 27 Aug-23 Sep add £38pp. Minimum stay of 3 nights. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands - see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

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Hotel Riva Croatia’s first and only member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World commands an enviable quayside location in cosmopolitan Hvar Town. Striking Cubist furnishings are offset by cool murals and modern artworks – glass-walled bathrooms adding to the contemporary ambience, and all housed within an historic one hundred year-old façade. Sublime sea views can be enjoyed from most of the rooms and suites, whilst Junior Suites are more spacious with balconies offering spectacular harbour views. The vistas can also be absorbed from the chic waterfront terrace where the BB Club draws the Croatian in-crowd during the summer, the yacht dotted harbour the perfect backdrop for an aperitif or cocktail. The exclusive Sora restaurant specialises in superb traditional Japanese cuisine with an updated twist. To relax, try the nearby Sensorí spa with its indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, steam room and rooftop seawater swimming pool. For idyllic beaches, take a boat to the nearby Paklinski Islands. 54 rooms and suites. 1 hr 30 mins from Split Airport including boat to Hvar. Official rating: 4 Stars.

Above: BB Club Below: Standard Room

Price £ per person Standard Room City View BED & BREAKFAST 20 Apr-10 Jun 7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

20 Apr-10 Jun

Standard Room Sea View Superior Room Sea View Junior Suite City View

975 39

8 16 24

11 Jun-01 Jul

02 Jul-26 Aug

27 Aug-23 Sep

24 Sep-31 Oct

1158 65

1257 79

1158 65

975 39

11 Jun-01 Jul

14 26 33

02 Jul-26 Aug

21 46 56

27 Aug-23 Sep

14 26 33

24 Sep-31 Oct

8 16 24

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with Croatia Airlines and include private transfers. One way Business Class upgrades available from £15pp. Hotel is closed from 01 Nov19 Apr. Minimum stay of 3 nights. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount – contact reservations for details.

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DUBROVNIK

DUBROVNIK

Pucic Palace

Hotel Bellevue

Dubrovnik’s first luxury boutique hotel stands directly across from lively Gundulic Square in the old town. Housed in an elegant Baroque building, guest rooms and suites with spacious bathrooms blend contemporary touches with antique furnishings, parquet floors and hand-woven rugs. Defne, the atmospheric restaurant, serves Mediterranean cuisine, whilst the Café Royal spills out onto the piazza. At Wine Bar Razonoda, mix with the locals on the outdoor terrace to sample an extensive array of traditional delicacies. Hire a private yacht to explore the nearby islands or enjoy complimentary entry to EastWest, the chic St Tropez-style beach club. The city’s many sights are within easy walking distance.

Designed around a chic art concept, the hotel stands on a cliff above Miramare Bay close to Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Sleek, sea view rooms and suites – some with a Jacuzzi in the bathroom – are adorned with paintings and photography by leading Croatian artists. Further artistry is to be found in the à la carte gourmet choices of Vapor and the succulent Dalmatian fish specialities at Restaurant Nevara, served inside the cave of Cingrija next to the secluded pebble beach. An indoor swimming pool with a magnificent picture window overlooking the Adriatic Sea is complemented by a fitness centre and a spa where treatments focus on tranquillity, balance and peace of mind.

19 rooms and suites. 30 minutes from Dubrovnik Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Boutique.

91 rooms and suites. 30 minutes from Dubrovnik Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Prices from £710pp in low season, £1030pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £440pp in low season, £660pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Hotel Exterior

Below: Comfort Zone

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Dalmatian Discovery 12 NIGHTS FROM £3695 PER PERSON

The Dalmatian coastline of Croatia is ideal for multi-centre exploration with fascinating cities, harbours, captivating scenery and spectacular islands. Montenegro offers quiet beaches perfect for relaxation by crystalline Adriatic waters. DAY 1 | Fly to Split Airport from London Gatwick. On arrival you will be met by our local representative and transferred to Le Méridien Lav for a one night stay. (B) DAY 2 | Spend the morning with a private guide exploring the ancient city of Split including the Diocletian Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that provides a fascinating insight into the city’s past. As an exclusive experience, visit the Meštrovic Gallery accompanied by the museum’s curator. Travel to Hvar by catamaran for a four night stay at Adriana. (B) DAYS 3-5 | Acclaimed as one of the world’s most beautiful islands, Hvar is an ideal place for relaxation. Spend a morning with a private guide exploring the old town, culminating in a visit to the Fortress with unforgettable views. The rest of your stay is at leisure, perhaps visiting the nearby Paklinski islands or taking an exclusive gastronomic tour by boat. (B) DAY 6 | Travelling north to Dubrovnik on the mainland, you will visit Ston en-route, famous for its salt works and oysters. In Dubrovnik you will stay for three nights in the centrally located boutique hotel Pucic Palace. (B) DAYS 7-8 | A city easily explored on foot, a morning walking tour of Dubrovnik uncovers its recent history and the highlights of this UNESCO city. The rest of the stay is at leisure; the city has many charming cafés, boutiques and labyrinthine streets to discover, whilst the old city’s walls can be followed in their entirety and encircle the centre for two kilometres with panoramas to the sea and Dubrovnik’s colourful rooftops. (B) DAYS 9-12 | The transfer from Croatia to Sveti Stefan, Montenegro encompasses a visit to Kotor, with its beautiful bay and well preserved centre, and Budva, one of the oldest settlements in the Balkans. Its narrow alleys and tiny squares are intriguing to explore. Four nights are spent at the breathtaking Villa Milocer at Aman Sveti Stefan. (B) DAY 13 | A private transfer takes you to Dubrovnik Airport for your flight to London Gatwick.

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SVETI STEFAN

We would recommend extending the tour with a few days in Istria, Croatia’s gastronomic heartland, or a city stay in the capital Zagreb. Itineraries can also be arranged with private yachts to explore the coast in luxuriant style.

Prices are based on two people sharing and include private transfers, accommodation, meals as specified and flights. Single supplement available on request. International flights are with Croatia Airlines and British Airways in economy class – one way Business Class upgrades are available from £15pp. Meal basis: B Breakfast. This itinerary is a suggestion – our experienced sales team will be happy to put together alternative, tailor-made holidays. Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7650

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Cyprus

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n island filled with mysticism and legend, Cyprus is the fabled birthplace of Aphrodite, born from the rich foam of the sea. A classic destination for rest and relaxation, the coast calls to sun seekers. Heavenly beaches are backed by rugged mountains, whilst inland traditional villages, medieval castles and impressive ancient sites nestle within verdant landscapes. The remote valleys of the Troodos Mountains beckon, with magnificent frescoed monasteries strung out amongst the pine forests, whilst the Akamas peninsula is splashed with the vibrant colours of orange trees, flowers, fruit and fauna. Village squares are filled with the chattering of exuberant locals; ladies robed in black and groups of men engaged in lively games of cards. The convivial Cypriot spirit comes alive in village ‘kafeneia’ with generously shared mezes of olives, tzatziki, taramasolata and grilled halloumi. Sublime Mediterranean cuisine is dressed with pungent herbs and spices with lashings of olive oil, all accompanied by the ubiquitous aniseed-flavoured ouzo. Everywhere, the past mingles with the present and a tangible sense of being at the crossroads of East and West pervades. Art, history and culture are enlivened by glimpses of Stone Age ruins, Greek temples, Roman theatres, Venetian structures and Byzantine artefacts. Visit Kourion, where the Greek-Roman temple is built into a bluff overlooking the Mediterranean. Impressive mosaics in the Houses of Dionysus, Theseus, Orpheus and Arion in Paphos relay stories of a colourful past. These living remnants of history inspire the imagination – Aphrodite’s spirit is alive and well.

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Above: Alexandros Residence

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Anassa Here, in the land of legend, is a resort that has become a legend in itself. Meaning ‘Queen’ in classical Greek, Anassa sits majestically on one of the finest beaches in Cyprus. The design of this member of The Leading Hotels of the World is that of an authentic Cypriot village, featuring a central square and traditional church with bell tower. For atmospheric dining and fine fusion cuisine, wind your way down the stone steps to Basiliko, sample the fresh Mediterranean specialities at Amphora or the gourmet delights of Helios. White walls and pastel fabrics create a sense of cool Mediterranean elegance in the spacious rooms, king-sized beds are positioned to afford a view of the sea, whilst some suites have private pools. In addition to a serene indoor swimming pool, there are three further pools, one with a swim-up bar. Tennis and squash are also available, along with a full range of activities at the watersports centre. A Roman-style spa offers treatments, whilst the Smiling Dolphin Club for children and the new Hercules Teens’ Club promise fun and games in a supervised environment. 177 rooms and suites. 45 minutes from Paphos Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Price £ per person Studio Suite BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-27 Feb**

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

28 Feb-15 Apr 16 Apr-25 May 26 May-11 Sep*

1477 152

Garden Studio Suite Garden Studio Suite with Private Pool Junior Suite

1733 188

01 Nov-27 Feb

23 101 130

2082 238

28 Feb-15 Apr

23 163 186

2100 238

16 Apr-31 Jul

28 113 136

12 Sep-14 Oct

15 Oct-30 Oct

2082 238

2122 243

01 Aug-31 Aug

62 108 130

01 Sep-14 Oct

28 113 136

15 Oct-30 Oct

62 108 130

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £90pp. *For departures between 01-31 Aug add £39pp. **Hotel closed 22 Nov-27 Feb. Minimum stays apply – contact reservations for details. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount, Added Value – contact reservations for details.

Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7650

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Almyra Surrounded by eight acres of fragrant, landscaped gardens with uninterrupted views of the harbour and within walking distance of the town, this is a stylish member of Design Hotels, with uncluttered lines and a laid back, contemporary feel. Re-designed by Joëlle Pléot, favourite of Karl Lagerfeld, there is an impression of entering a cool oasis, enhanced by water features and the use of black slate which adds drama to the lobby and large main swimming pool. In the signature Kyma Suites, individual roof terraces are furnished with a seating area with cushions and lanterns. Aethon Rooms cater for adults only in a tranquil environment. Mosaics, one of four restaurants offering a variety of Mediterranean and international cuisine, serves freshly caught seafood and lavish buffets in the evenings, whilst a traditional seafront Ouzeri offers Greek delicacies. Leisure facilities are based around one main pool, heated in winter, and a small children’s pool, a floodlit tennis court, indoor gym and for families, the Smiling Dolphin Club and Baby Go Lightly scheme and crèche. The AlmyraSpa offers Just Pure organic therapies in nine treatment rooms. 189 rooms and suites. 15 minutes from Paphos Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Price £ per person Terrace Garden View BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-23 Dec

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-23 Dec

Superior Sea View Room Aethon Room Junior Suite

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731 51

23 56 73

24 Dec-03 Jan*

928 79

24 Dec-03 Jan

20 57 45

04 Jan-28 Feb 01 Mar-31 Mar 01 Apr-25 May

736 51

04 Jan-28 Feb

20 57 74

815 62

01 Mar-31 Mar

23 57 62

1053 96

01 Apr-31 Jul

28 68 102

26 May-31 Jul

1071 96

01 Aug-31 Aug

34 51 85

01 Aug-31 Aug 01 Sep-30 Sep*

1190 113

01 Sep-30 Sep

34 62 96

1092 102

01 Oct-31 Oct

34 57 91

01 Oct-31 Oct

1132 108 Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £90pp. *For departures between 01-03 Jan add £6pp. *For departures between 01-11 Sep add £19pp. Mandatory supplements for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve Dinner – details on request. Minimum stay of 5 nights applies for departures between 01-31 Aug. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount, Free Nights, Added Value – contact reservations for details.

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Above: Kyma Suite Roof Terrace

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Thalassa Boutique Hotel & Spa A tranquil peninsula on Coral Bay is the setting for the island’s first luxury boutique hotel. A member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World and dedicated to highly personalised service; a butler is assigned to every Superior Suite and above and is optional in rooms – your discreet host from arrival to departure. The accommodation itself is chic and spacious, coolly furnished and offering panoramic sea views. Exceptional cuisine is another major asset, there being no fewer than three restaurants in which to savour a rich diversity of cuisine, from the fabulous fish dishes served in the cliff-edge setting of the Psari-Seafood Grill to the Cypriot specialities of Ambrosia and the rustic barbecues and mezedes of Ipokambos. The attention to personal service continues in the Anagenisis spa, the first holistic spa in Cyprus, where tailor-made therapies and signature treatments incorporate the timeless secrets of Greek, Roman and Byzantine cultures. 58 rooms and suites. 25 minutes from Paphos Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Pool and Hotel View Below: Corner One Bedroom Superior Suite

Price £ per person Sea View Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-21 Nov

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-21 Nov

One Bedroom Suite One Bedroom Superior Suite Two Bedroom Suite

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981 83

45 116 228

22 Nov-22 Dec

23 Dec-06 Jan*

878 69

981 83

22 Nov-22 Dec

34 101 186

23 Dec-06 Jan

45 116 229

07 Jan-28 Feb 01 Mar-31 Mar 01 Apr-20 May 21 May-25 May

883 69

07 Jan-28 Feb

34 102 187

986 84

01 Mar-31 Mar

45 116 229

1041 92

01 Apr-20 May

51 122 247

1116 102

21 May-31 Oct

66 143 295

26 May-20 Jul

21 Jul-11 Sep

12 Sep-20 Oct

21 Oct-31 Oct

1135 102

1202 112

1184 112

1116 102

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £90pp. Mandatory supplements for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve Dinner – details on request. Children under 12 years are not accepted. Single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Honeymoons – contact reservations for details.

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InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel Mythical enchantment abounds in this entrancing resort overlooking the spot near Paphos where Aphrodite is said to have risen from the waves. Stylish rooms and suites, some with private pools and Jacuzzi, are enhanced by colour schemes that accentuate the morning and evening sunrays. In the Club InterContinental guests enjoy exclusive facilities. An eclectic choice of cuisine is offered from lavish buffets in Eleona to the contemporary EurAsian fare of Leander, whilst Mesogios serves exquisite Mediterranean dishes accompanied by panoramic views to the sea. As golf aficionados will know, the resort is famed for its 18-hole championship course which chases through dramatic ravines and olive groves. There is also a golf and tennis academy which caters for all abilities, together with a kids’ club and equestrian centre. Or simply pamper yourself at the Greco-Roman inspired Retreat Spa, bathe in the cascading pool or relax at the beach club. 290 rooms and suites. 15 minutes from Paphos Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Above: Hotel and Pool Below: Deluxe Room

Price £ per person Deluxe Garden or Pool View Room BED & BREAKFAST 01 Nov-30 Nov 7 nights extra night

995 88

Supplements per person per night

Deluxe Golf & Sea View Room Junior Suite Garden or Pool View Junior Suite Golf & Sea View

01 Dec-03 Jan*

798 60

01 Nov-30 Apr

19 28 47

04 Jan-28 Feb 01 Mar-31 Mar

802 60

01 May-30 Oct

23 40 62

897 74

01 Apr-30 Apr 01 May-25 May

1000 88

1206 118

26 May-15 Jul

1224 118

16 Jul-11 Sep 12 Sep-21 Oct*

1287 127

1253 125

22 Oct-30 Oct

1206 118

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £90pp. *For departures between 25-30 Dec add £94pp. *For departures between 01-03 Jan add £99pp. *For departures between 13 Sep-21 Oct add £16pp. Mandatory supplements for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve Dinner – details on request. Minimum stay of 3 nights for departures up to 31 Mar. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount, Free Nights, Golf, Added Value – contact reservations for details.

Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7650

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Above: Freshwater Lagoon Pool

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Columbia Beach Resort Half way between Limassol and Paphos, a world of sophistication awaits. Here at the very heart of Pissouri Bay stands an intimate oasis of peace and tranquillity for the discerning holidaymaker. The contemporary ambience is enhanced by airy, well-proportioned suites, some with Jacuzzi baths and private pools, all with elegant sitting areas, spacious bathrooms and furnished balconies. Dining ranges from à la carte cuisine at Dionysos to traditional Cypriot meze at the Apollo taverna, along with four bars in which to relax. The Ouzeri offers imaginative snacks whilst Eros Cocktail Bar is the place to enjoy a sundowner overlooking the bay. A large indoor pool flows into a spectacular eighty metre freshwater lagoon pool with swim-up bar. Unwind at the award-winning Columbia Spa with expert toning and relaxation treatments and work out at the superbly equipped Health Club. There is also a children’s pool and seasonal programme of kids’ activities. In addition to the popular watersports available at the Blue Flag beach, there is a courtesy bus to the nearby Secret Valley and Aphrodite Hills golf courses and to Limassol. 94 suites. 20 minutes from Paphos Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Price £ per person Junior Suite Garden View BED & BREAKFAST 01 Nov-21 Nov 7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

22 Nov-31 Mar

835 64

Executive Junior Suite Garden View Junior Suite Side Sea View One Bedroom Family Suite Garden View

764 54

01 Nov-30 Apr

15 23 84

01 Apr-30 Apr 01 May-25 May

1068 97

01 May-31 Jul

23 25 87

1282 128

01 Aug-31 Oct

22 23 112

26 May-31 Jul

01 Aug-11 Sep

12 Sep-31 Oct

1301 128

1364 137

1346 137

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £90pp. Mandatory supplements for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve Dinner – details on request. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount, Free Nights, Added Value – contact reservations for details.

Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7650

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Greece

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reece is the cradle of Western civilisation, a destination that both stimulates the mind and soothes the senses. The sensuality and serenity of a lifestyle spun out in the warmth of the southern sun pervades. Here, traditions hold firm and the pace of life is slower and unaltered by the pressures of the modern world. From the dramatic lunar beauty of the Cyclades to the pine-covered mountains and sandy beaches of Halkidiki, the sheer geographical variety of the Greek mainland and its infinite scattering of islands is intoxicating. Marvel at the treasures of Athens with its dazzling Acropolis temples of Zeus and Venus, epicentre of Greek culture during the Golden Age, before sailing out to a host of enchanting islands. Mykonos with its colourful harbour; Crete’s wildflowers, white-washed villages, dramatic gorges and rugged scenery and in Santorini, blue-domed churches contrast vibrantly against sugar-hued buildings. Perfect sunsets are best appreciated from the terraces of Oia, perched atop an almost vertical decline above the deep azure sea and broken volcanic rim of the ‘caldera’. The clear waters and temptingly quiet coves of the Costa Navarino and Halkidiki are a triumph for families. Everywhere delicious Greek cuisine is to be savoured in convivial style, mezes of feta salads, spicy souvlaki and tangy moist stuffed vine leaves complemented by fish plucked freshly from crystalline seas. Whether in search of the quiet simplicity of village life or the classical elegance of city hotels, each destination has its own separate identity and distinctive spirit. The quintessential Mediterranean escape. No wonder the Gods of old mythology, so enchanted by what they saw, made Greece their heaven on earth.

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Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites With magnificent views over the Gulf of Mirabello, this member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World offers a rare combination of exceptional luxury, state-of-the-art amenities and bespoke service, together with an exclusive private home ambience. A boutique Villa-Hotel, its suites and villas are the vision of the owner, Anna Kadianakis, whose world travels have inspired a unique collection of original furnishings and objets d’art. With up to four bedrooms, the sumptuous villas all have private pools and Jacuzzi, fullyequipped kitchens and marbled bathrooms; some boast their own spa. A butler service is available to arrange breakfast, whilst candlelit dinners may be prepared by a personal chef. Elegant suites offer hotel-style accommodation ideal for couples and families. Two à la carte restaurants serve authentic Mediterranean cuisine and gourmet international dishes. Guests wishing to venture further than the poolside can participate in watersports such as kayaking and windsurfing, available nearby, whilst an 18-hole golf course lies less than an hour away. Guests have complimentary access to the Elixir Spa Gallery with gym, sauna, steam bath, massage room and outdoor heated Jacuzzi. 18 villas with private pools and 10 suites. 45 minutes from Heraklion Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Price £ per person Family Suite – 4 persons BED & BREAKFAST 01 Apr-05 May 7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Apr-05 May

Senior Suite – 2 persons Elounda Villa – 4 personsº Aegean Villa – 4 personsº

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13 48 74

06 May-02 Jun

03 Jun-30 Jun

01 Jul-21 Jul

22 Jul-25 Aug

26 Aug-08 Sep

09 Sep-29 Sep

30 Sep-13 Oct

14 Oct-27 Oct

1302 127

1559 164

1639 176

1758 193

1639 176

1559 164

1302 127

1163 108

06 May-02 Jun

22 42 79

03 Jun-30 Jun

-4 59 105

01 Jul-15 Sep

8 136 150

16 Sep-29 Sep

-4 59 105

30 Sep-27 Oct

22 48 79

Prices are based on departures from London Heathrow with Aegean Airlines (via Athens) and include private transfers. One way Business Class upgrades available from £325pp. Hotel closed 01 Nov-31 Mar. Minimum stay of 3 nights in suites. Minimum stay of 5 nights in villas for departures including 01 Jul-15 Sep, otherwise minimum stay of 3 nights applies. ºRoom only in Elounda & Aegean Villas. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount – contact reservations for details.

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Above: Royal Spa Villa

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Elounda Bay Palace The view from the air best reveals the resort’s enviable position, bordering a blissfully tranquil bay boasting two fine sandy beaches. In the hotel itself, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, an unpretentious air of homely Mediterranean refinement abounds. Accommodation options are particularly wide-ranging – several suites offer the advantage of sharing a heated pool, whilst some of the deluxe residences and villas have a private pool. The Erato piano lounge bar provides an atmospheric spot to meet up with friends, whilst the Sail-In Bar offers a tranquil waterside ambience. The dining choices are impressive, encompassing fresh fish at the genial Thalassa Restaurant and F Restaurant for Mediterranean cuisine. A watersports centre offers scuba diving, sailing and more or relax by the two swimming pools. Tennis, basketball, volleyball and a children’s freshwater pool are also available. Guests will also enjoy reduced green fees and preferred tee times at the Crete Golf Club. 244 rooms and suites. 45 minutes from Heraklion Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Infinity Pool Below: Superior Room

Price £ per person Superior Room Mountain View Half Board 15 Apr-13 May 7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

15 Apr-13 May

Superior Side Sea View Room Superior Sea View Room Deluxe Sea View Room

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1104 91

6 17 40

14 May-24 Jun

25 Jun-08 Jul

09 Jul-29 Jul

30 Jul-19 Aug

20 Aug-02 Sep

03 Sep-16 Sep

17 Sep-30 Sep

01 Oct-31 Oct

1199 104

1294 118

1389 131

1627 165

1389 131

1294 118

1199 104

1104 91

14 May-08 Jul

11 23 57

09 Jul-29 Jul

23 34 68

30 Jul-19 Aug

11 23 57

20 Aug-02 Sep

23 34 68

03 Sep-30 Sep

11 23 57

01 Oct-31 Oct

6 17 40

Prices are based on departures from London Heathrow with Aegean Airlines (via Athens) and include private transfers. One way Business Class upgrades available from £325pp. **Hotel closed 01 Nov-14 Apr. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount – contact reservations for details.

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Elounda Beach Uplifting floral fragrances greet guests arriving at this friendly and elegant resort, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Set around a sheltered horseshoe bay, accommodation features hi-tech furnishings and the latest amenities, many of the suites boasting private pools, others right on the water’s edge. Here in this self-contained paradise there is an enchanting village ambience, complete with charming boutiques and even an attractive church. Numerous restaurants and bars, from Greek to Polynesian in style, will satisfy every palate. Dine alfresco beneath ancient olive trees at the taverna-style Kafenion, enjoy fine cuisine at Dionyssos or try the delights of the Sushi bar. For relaxing drinks and intoxicating views adjourn to the Veghera Jetty Bar. Swimming in the large outdoor seawater pool, tennis, basketball, fitness centre and 18-hole mini golf are amongst the sporting choices, along with a full panoply of watersports. Enjoy reduced green fees at the Crete Golf Club, or indulge yourself at the Thalaspa Chenot Elounda Beach spa. 245 rooms and suites. 45 minutes from Heraklion Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Presidential Suite Private Pool Below: Luxury Seaview Room, Imperial Building

Price £ per person Imperial Luxury Garden View Room BED & BREAKFAST 15 Apr-14 May 7 nights extra night

1658 170

Supplements per person per night

Imperial Luxury Sea View Room Deluxe Hotel Sea View Suite Island Bungalow on Water’s Edge

15 May-25 Jun

26 Jun-09 Jul

10 Jul-30 Jul

31 Jul-20 Aug

21 Aug-03 Sep

04 Sep-17 Sep

18 Sep-01 Oct

02 Oct-30 Oct

1817 193

2015 221

2332 266

2689 317

2332 266

2015 221

1817 193

1658 170

15 Apr-25 Jun

17 51 91

26 Jun-09 Jul

28 57 102

10 Jul-30 Jul

23 85 108

31 Jul-20 Aug

34 159 193

21 Aug-03 Sep

23 85 108

04 Sep-17 Sep

18 Sep-30 Oct

28 57 102

17 51 91

Prices are based on departures from London Heathrow with Aegean Airlines (via Athens) and include private transfers. One way Business Class upgrades available from £325pp. Hotel closed 01 Nov-14 Apr. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount – contact reservations for details.

Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7650

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Blue Palace, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Inspired Greek architecture, terracotta colours, mature palms… and the endless blue reflected from over one hundred and forty private pools. These are the ingredients that set the tone for a relaxing escape at this elegant hotel, staying in a choice of generously appointed accommodation – all bungalows, suites and villas replete with marbelined bathrooms and beguiling sea views. Soothe your senses in the magnificent Elounda Spa & Thalassotherapy, famed for its rituals employing seawater straight from the clear Cretan Sea. Two Thalasso pools are enhanced by hammams, saunas, Jacuzzis and a gym. Five different restaurants range from the international cuisine of Olea, gourmet Mediterranean at L’Orangerie, Oriental fusion at Asia Blue and the Italian fare of Isola to the Blue Door fresh fish tavern. A panoramic lift whisks guests to the private beach club with sunbeds and beach service, where numerous watersports can be enjoyed. The hotel has three main swimming pools, together with a children’s pool, playground and kids’ club. 255 rooms, suites and villas. 1 hour from Heraklion Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Above: Arsenali Lounge Bar Below: Superior Bungalow Sea View with Private Pool

Price £ per person Superior Bungalow Sea View BED & BREAKFAST 23 Apr-15 May 7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

1282 118

16 May-15 Jun

16 Jun-14 Jul

15 Jul-25 Aug

26 Aug-20 Sep

21 Sep-10 Oct

11 Oct-30 Oct

1441 140

1663 172

1790 190

1663 172

1441 140

1282 118

23 Apr-15 Jun

Superior Bungalow Sea View with Private Pool Superior Bungalow Sea View with Private Heated Pool Junior Suite Sea View

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27 45 63

16 Jun-20 Sep

41 50 54

21 Sep-30 Oct

27 45 63

Prices are based on departures from London Heathrow with Aegean Airlines (via Athens) and include private transfers. One way Business Class upgrades available from £325pp. Hotel closed 01 Nov-22 Apr. Minimum stay of 5 nights in Villas for departures including 22 Jul-30 Sep, otherwise a minimum stay of 3 nights applies in all categories. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount, Free Nights, Families – contact reservations for details.

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Amirandes With a design echoing the palaces of Minoan kings, this recently opened resort boasts a distinct family focus. The accommodations are surrounded by fragrant gardens and palm-fringed lagoons, guests having the choice between beautifully appointed hotel rooms with garden or sea views, chic family villas with individual pools and stylish bungalow suites. All are elegantly furnished and indulgent details abound, extending in some accommodation to up-to-theminute bathrooms with aromatherapy Jacuzzi. Fifty eight private pools are scattered throughout the resort. Six restaurants offer a variety of dining options from relaxed Cretan fare at Xasteria, succulent seafood at the waterfront Petrino to contemporary Asian at Blue Monkey. Alfresco dining on the beach can be arranged for special occasions. The Elixir Spa specialises in Ayurveda therapies. For more strenuous activity try tennis, watersports, horse-riding or golf at special guest rates. There is also an Olympic-sized seawater swimming pool and a children’s pool by the kids’ club. 212 rooms, suites and villas. 20 minutes from Heraklion Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Sea View Restaurants Below: Amirandes Beach Villa

Price £ per person Superior Room Sea View BED & BREAKFAST 24 Apr-07 May 7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

08 May-11 Jun

12 Jun-16 Jul

17 Jul-06 Aug

07 Aug-20 Aug

21 Aug-10 Sep

11 Sep-01 Oct

02 Oct-31 Oct

1362 135

1734 188

2182 252

2321 272

1734 188

1362 135

1053 91

1053 91

24 Apr-11 Jun

Luxury Room Sea View Deluxe Room with Private Pool and Garden Family Suite Sea View

4 8 61

12 Jun-16 Jul

6 11 88

17 Jul-20 Aug

6 14 119

21 Aug-10 Sep

6 11 88

11 Sep-31 Oct

4 7 61

Prices are based on departures from London Heathrow with Aegean Airlines (via Athens) and include private transfers. One way Business Class upgrades available from £325pp. Hotel Closed 01 Nov–23 Apr. Minimum stays apply, contact reservations for details. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount – contact reservations for details.

Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7650

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MYKONOS

Grace Mykonos

Santa Marina Resort & Villas

An intimate boutique hotel overlooking the sandy beach of Agios Stefanos, offering a relaxed retreat for families and couples alike. A chic reception area sets a tone of understated elegance which continues in the rooms and suites, many of which have a private plunge pool. For added luxury, select one of three VIP Suites with terraces for enchanting sea views. At pool level, the State of Grace restaurant serves a champagne breakfast all day on request, for indulgence, whilst the congenial bar is famed for its Grace cocktails created by worldrenowned mixologist Salvatore Calabrese. Oversized sunbeds surround the swimming pool; the spa offers a hammam, massages and beauty treatments.

Perched on a private peninsula overlooking the Bay of Ornos, five minutes from Mykonos Town, lies a haven of seclusion and sophistication. A Luxury Collection Resort, its beautiful gardens envelop a choice of accommodation – elegantly decorated rooms and suites enjoying panoramic balcony views and two to four bedroom villas. Gourmets will delight in the Mediterranean and seafood dishes served at the Marine Club Restaurant & Bar and by the shore at the Beach Restaurant. In addition to rejuvenating treatments in the Lotus Spa, recreations encompass floodlit tennis, a health club, watersports and a choice of infinity pools or private beach. For younger guests there is a playground, children’s pool and kids’ club.

31 rooms and suites. 15 minutes from Mykonos Airport. Official rating: 4 Stars.

96 rooms, suites and villas. 15 minutes from Mykonos Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Prices from £1095pp in low season, £1535pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £920pp in low season, £1520pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Grace Restaurant & Pool

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MYKONOS

Myconian Ambassador Hotel & Thalasso Center This Relais & Châteaux property blends home from home ambience with five star standards in a family owned boutique hotel. Overlooking Platis Yialos, the best-known beach in Mykonos, the hotel offers exclusively designed rooms and suites, some with private pools and views of the Aegean Sea. Authentic Mediterranean cuisine is the hallmark of the Aphrodite restaurant or choose the Apollon Deck for fine à la carte dining. There is also a pool bar and a chic cocktail bar with outdoor terrace. Experience the blissful Thalasso spa treatments, created using natural raw materials and oils. If you are feeling active, visit the fitness centre or make use of the nearby Mykonos Diving Centre. 70 rooms and suites. 15 minutes from Mykonos Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe. Prices from £805pp in low season, £1440pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Apollon Deck & Executive Suite with Private Jacuzzi

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102 GREECE

SANTORINI

SANTORINI

Perivolas

Mystique

Pure sugar white walls and Aegean blue vistas have been created from three hundred year old dwellings built into the cliffside above Santorini’s mesmerising Caldera. Each airconditioned house features vaulted ceilings, a domed bathroom and stone terrace. In the landscaped grounds a restaurant is thoughtfully situated by the infinity pool, an unforgettable setting for buffet breakfasts and gourmet Mediterranean dining, not to mention Oia’s famous sunsets. Within a few minutes’ walk are some of the island’s smartest boutiques and restaurants. A hammam, sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi complete the facilities; beauty and massage treatments are available.

Suite names such as Allure and Air of Secrecy hint at the ambience here at this enigmatic offering from Starwood’s Luxury Collection. Built into the cliffs at Oia, a sensory experience awaits, from basking on your Caldera view terrace or balcony to dining alfresco by the infinity edge pool. All accommodation has been hand-crafted from local stone and wood, and decorated with antique textiles. In-suite aromatherapy massages provide further relaxation; mountain bikes are available for more energetic guests. Or simply soak up the atmosphere with sunset wine tasting from the vast selection in the Secret Wine Cave.

20 studios and suites. 20 minutes from Santorini Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

16 suites and 2 villas. 20 minutes from Santorini Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Prices from £1755pp in low season, £2090pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £1870pp in low season, £2465pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Perivolas Infinity Pool

Below: Allure Suite

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SANTORINI

SANTORINI

Grace Santorini

Kirini

Nestling in the whitewashed village of Imerovigli above the spectacular Caldera, this boutique gem is the perfect place to unwind and absorb the resplendent sunsets. Rooms and suites are superbly appointed with breathtaking vistas, some with plunge pool or expansive terraces. Luxuriant indulgence abounds, from chilled champagne on arrival to all-day champagne breakfasts on request. Savour light lunches and cocktails from the pool bar or enjoy alfresco dining overlooking the Aegean from the Mediterranean kitchen. Laze by the two swimming pools, enjoy watersports at the nearby volcanic sand beaches or explore the local vineyards.

Cut into the cliffside at Oia, overlooking the famous Caldera, this Relais & Châteaux property combines captivating views with Aegean hospitality at its best. The soothing Cycladic architecture evokes a real sense of serenity – perfect for re-charging those batteries. Superbly presented suites offer beguiling sea views from their large private veranda. Dine by the outdoor swimming pool or for a special experience, reserve one of the four romantic candlelit tables that are set inside the White Cave. Wine tastings take place alfresco during the mesmerising sunset. For further relaxation, the A-Spa by Anne Sémonin offers treatments and massages.

20 rooms and suites. 30 minutes from Santorini Airport. Official rating: 4 Stars.

19 rooms and suites. 20 minutes from Santorini Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Prices from £1395pp in low season, £1690pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £1850pp in low season, £2495pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Infinity Pool

Below: Exterior View

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SANTORINI

Katikies Perched one hundred metres above the island’s shimmering Caldera, this chic retreat is a fantasy of free-form stairs, bridges and cave houses. A member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World, it is the romantic escape exemplified, its twenty seven rooms and suites, each with a private veranda, set into multi-level terraces. In the Honeymoon and Katikies Suites an outdoor Jacuzzi for two sets the tone. The Katikies Dinner Restaurant offers a unique dining experience on the rooftop with beguiling Caldera views or enjoy Greek specialities in the breathtaking setting of the Pool Restaurant Kirini. Oia’s restaurants are also within an easy stroll. It is easy to see why the hotel tends to book up early. Languid days centre around the infinity pool which hangs dramatically over the edge of the volcanic cliffs. Relax on the large double sunbeds and enjoy a drink from the poolside bar. A masseur is always on hand to ease away any lingering tension. 27 rooms and suites. 20 minutes from Santorini Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Dip Pool Below: Double Room

Price £ per person Double Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Apr-30 Apr

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night Junior Suite Senior Suite Superior Suite

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1666 171

01 Apr-30 Apr

26 83 145

01 May-31 Jul

01 Aug-30 Sep

01 Oct-15 Oct

16 Oct-30 Nov

1916 207

2182 245

1916 207

1666 171

01 May-15 Oct

45 116 179

16 Oct-30 Nov

26 83 145

Prices are based on departures from London Heathrow with Aegean Airlines (via Athens) and include transfers. One way Business Class upgrades available from £325pp. Hotel closed 01 Nov-31 Mar. Children under 13 years are not accepted. Single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

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COSTA NAVARINO

The Romanos, A Luxury Collection Resort Extensive grounds dotted with olive groves and a long sandy beach, lapped by the warm waters of the Ionian Sea, form the unspoilt landscape for this new resort. Combining Messinia’s rich history with every contemporary amenity, its rooms and suites reflect the warm palette of the Mediterranean; Infinity Rooms boast their own private infinity pool whilst Suites have personalised butler service. At the heart of the resort lies The Agora with its traditional village square ambience, numerous dining options, shopping and entertainment, including a Greek amphitheatre and alfresco cinema. Gourmet cuisine and seafood buffets are a speciality at Pero, authentic Italian at Da Luigi or try Greek meze by the swimming pool. Relax at the Anazoe Spa, or take the challenge of Greece’s first signature golf course, designed by Bernhard Langer. The Outdoor Academy offers hiking and mountain biking; two children’s clubs ensure younger guests are entertained. 321 rooms and suites. 40 minutes from Kalamata Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Lobby Below: Premier Suite Living Room

Price £ per person Deluxe Room Garden/Pool View BED & BREAKFAST 01 May-26 May 7 nights extra night

1357 133

Supplements per person per night

Deluxe Room Sea View Infinity Room with Private Pool Grand Suite

27 May-14 Jul

15 Jul-20 Aug

21 Aug-10 Sep

11 Sep-01 Oct

1417 142

1595 167

1417 142

1357 133

01 May-26 May

23 65 292

27 May-10 Sep

28 71 371

11 Sep-01 Oct

23 65 292

Prices are based on departures from London Heathrow with British Airways and Aegean Airlines (via Athens) and include transfers. One way Business Class upgrade to Athens available from £215pp. Hotel closed 01 Nov-30 Apr. Minimum stay of 3 nights for departures including 27 May-14 Jul and 21 Aug-10 Sep. Minimum stay of 5 nights for departures including 15 Jul-20 Aug. Otherwise minimum stay of 2 nights applies. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount – contact reservations for details.

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Halkidiki

Danai Beach Resort & Villas Grecian beach resorts were never more elegant than this luxurious member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World, perched above the impossibly blue Aegean in Sithonia. Classical in style and welcoming in approach, the Danai comprises a number of deluxe suites and neo-classical villas, some with private pools, featuring every conceivable comfort including butler service on request. Fine dining venues range from relaxed beachside lunches of fresh fish at The Seahorse Grill, Mediterranean cuisine at Andromeda to French gourmet dining at the spectacular Squirrel restaurant on the cliff. With oversized sofas, the Seaside Bar is the perfect place for a sundowner or cocktail overlooking the beach. Leisure activities include fishing, diving and other watersports. An indoor and outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, gym and sauna provide further distractions whilst an 18-hole golf course is found nearby. At the Moroccan-inspired Danai Spa massages, wellness baths and Thalassotherapy are specialities. 55 suites and 5 villas. 50 minutes from Thessaloniki Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Above: Honeymoon Suite Below: Executive Pool Suite

Price £ per person Double Room BED & BREAKFAST

21 Dec-09 Jan

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night Junior Suite Suite Danai Suite

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1347 135

21 Dec-14 Apr

16 32 68

10 Jan-14 Apr 15 Apr-21 May 22 May-25 Jun*

1227 118

15 Apr-21 May

23 50 106

1623 174

22 May-25 Jun

70 118 163

1782 197

26 Jun-17 Jul

43 122 181

26 Jun-17 Jul

18 Jul-25 Aug

26 Aug-10 Sep

11 Sep-01 Oct

02 Oct-15 Oct

2085 238

2260 263

2085 238

1782 197

1623 174

18 Jul-25 Aug

59 120 188

26 Aug-10 Sep

43 122 181

11 Sep-01 Oct

02 Oct-15 Oct

70 118 163

23 50 106

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £70pp. *For departures 26 May-25 Jun and 11 Sep add £18pp. Hotel closed 01 Nov-20 Dec. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Added Value, Honeymoon – contact reservations for details.

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HALKIDIKI

Sani Beach Club Perfectly situated by a secluded azure bay with golden sands and views to Mount Olympus and the Aegean Sea. Discreetly luxurious and ideal for families, contemporary low-rise bungalows feature huge picture windows and large terraces to maximise vistas. Some rooms have their own garden, Junior Suites benefit from a private pool whilst Family Suites are exceptionally spacious. Dining options encompass international cuisine and lavish buffets at Olympos or the Ouzerie for a taste of typical Greek taverna-style dining. By the beach there is also a brasserie; guests are free to explore the full range of culinary options throughout the Sani Resort and Marina, where a further fifteen bars and restaurants await. Complimentary sunbeds are provided on the one kilometre Blue Flag beach, whilst further recreations include nearby tennis, diving and windsurfing. The Melissa Mini Club will keep children from four to twelve years entertained whilst babies from four months are well looked after at the crèche. 205 rooms and suites. 45 minutes from Thessaloniki Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Junior Suite with Private Pool Below: Sani Resort Beach

Price £ per person Double Bungalow Garden View Half Board 29 Apr-12 May 13 May-09 Jun* 7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

29 Apr-12 May

Double Bungalow Sea View Deluxe Double Sea View Junior Suite Sea View

667 46

8 16 16

1016 96

13 May-09 Jun

10 17 23

10 Jun-07 Jul

08 Jul-28 Jul

29 Jul-25 Aug

1153 113

1446 155

1597 177

10 Jun-07 Jul

20 34 49

08 Jul-01 Sep

31 54 74

02 Sep-15 Sep

20 34 49

26 Aug-01 Sep 02 Sep-15 Sep*

1446 155

16 Sep-31 Oct

10 17 23

1135 113

16 Sep-29 Sep

30 Sep-31 Oct

1016 96

667 46

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £70pp. * For departures between 26 May-09 Jun and 02-11 Sep add £18pp. Hotel closed 01 Nov-28 Apr. Minimum stay of 5 nights. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount – contact reservations for details.

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HALKIDIKI

Sani Asterias Suites The cerulean waters of the Kassandra peninsula promise endless pleasure for those who stay in these luxurious suites within the Sani Resort. Fronting their own private beach and with their own marina, these low rise villa-style developments exude sophistication – ground floor suites featuring a landscaped terrace and garden, first floor accommodation having a spacious balcony. All suites have a Jacuzzi bathtub, but for pure indulgence enjoy a beauty treatment or massage in the privacy of your suite. In addition to the Suites’ own gourmet restaurant there are fifteen further dining spots, where menus range from Greek to international. Alternatively, guests may request a romantic candlelit meal on their terrace or balcony. In the evenings the Sani Resort comes alive to jazz and classical lounge music in the chic Water Bar and Lounge or take in a film at the open air cinema. Parents will appreciate the Babe Watch beach babysitting and crèche services. 50 suites. 45 minutes from Thessaloniki Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Above: Junior Suite Balcony Below: Junior Suite

Price £ per person Junior Suite MarinaFront BED & BREAKFAST 21 Apr-12 May 13 May-09 Jun* 7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

21 Apr-12 May

Junior Suite BeachFront Standard Suite BeachFront Deluxe Suite MarinaFront

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1132 113

11 66 166

1592 179

13 May-09 Jun

24 83 214

10 Jun-07 Jul

08 Jul-28 Jul

29 Jul-25 Aug

2022 238

2585 318

2775 345

10 Jun-07 Jul

36 108 238

08 Jul-01 Sep

71 166 428

02 Sep-15 Sep

36 108 238

26 Aug-01 Sep 02 Sep-15 Sep*

2585 318

16 Sep-29 Sep

24 83 214

2004 238

30 Sep-31 Oct

11 66 166

16 Sep-29 Sep

30 Sep-31 Oct

1592 179

1132 113

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £70pp. *For departures between 26 May-09 Jun and 02-11 Sep add £18pp. Hotel closed 01 Nov-20 Apr. Minimum stay of 5 nights. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offer – Early Booking Discount – contact reservations for details.

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HALKIDIKI

Porto Sani Village & Spa Stepping into this luxurious all-suite hotel is like entering a private club, where exceptional facilities meet discreet personal service. Very family oriented, its interconnecting suites feature contemporary interiors and a private terrace. The situation is perfect too, in the heart of the Sani Resort near to the marina with its shopping piazza and bars. Dine à la carte at Artemis and relax afterwards in the Byblos Lounge and Library. The resort also offers many more dining options, from brasserie snacks to Italian trattoria specialities. For relaxation slip into the heated pool at the spa, or try a regenerative rasul mud treatment. Guests have the use of an exclusive beach and there is also a Blue Flag beach with complimentary sunbeds. Relax around the lagoon style swimming pool with separate children’s pool; activities include tennis and watersports, including a PADI diving centre. There is Babe Watch babysitting on the beach as well as a crèche at the Mini Club. 103 suites. 45 minutes from Thessaloniki Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Above: Outdoor Pool Below: Family Suite

Price £ per person Junior Suite Marina View BED & BREAKFAST 21 Apr-12 May 13 May-09 Jun* 7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

21 Apr-09 Jun

Standard Suite Garden View Standard Pool View Suite Deluxe Suite

881 77

18 31 54

1214 125

10 Jun-07 Jul

24 48 84

10 Jun-07 Jul

08 Jul-28 Jul

29 Jul-25 Aug

1526 166

1962 229

2112 250

08 Jul-01 Sep

35 71 119

02 Sep-15 Sep

24 48 84

16 Sep-31 Oct

18 31 54

26 Aug-01 Sep 02 Sep-15 Sep*

1962 229

1507 166

16 Sep-29 Sep

30 Sep-31 Oct

1214 125

881 77

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £70pp. *For departures between 26 May-09 Jun add £18pp. *For departures between 12-15 Sep add £19pp. Hotel closed 01 Nov-20 Apr. Minimum stay of 5 nights. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount, Room Upgrade, Added Value – contact reservations for details.

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European Cities

S

teeped in culture and exuding style, the iconic cities of Europe invite exploration. History and heritage are found in every place whilst an individual identity is indelibly stamped on each city. Sleek gondolas drifting ethereally along the Grand Canal and a labyrinth of narrow alleys and open squares characterise inimitable Venice. Its peace contrasts with the buzz of Rome; the exuberant rush of Vespas forms a chaotic soundtrack to the city’s wonders. Here two thousand years of history is preserved in the dramatic Colosseum, where mighty gladiators once sparred before immense crowds. Quintessential Tuscan scenery and Renaissance opulence combine in Florence; its cobbled streets and animated piazzas dressed with unmistakeable Italian flair and the omnipresent Dolce Vita. The Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery and bustling markets are comfortably explored on foot. To the east is Prague, the city of a hundred soaring spires, which shakes off its winter mantle with the Spring Festival, moving into summer with a host of alfresco concerts and operatic spectaculars. Wander across the Charles Bridge and through the crowded, cosmopolitan streets enthused by live performers. A violet sky studded with slender minarets and ancient domes forms a beguiling backdrop to Istanbul where Asian mystery fuses with European flair. The two great continents straddle the mighty aquamarine Bosphorus River, dotted with boats plying the route between East and West. It is a vibrant city bursting with Byzantine treasures; the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia. Submit to the cool stone and gentle rhythm of splashing water in traditional Turkish baths, whilst Budapest boasts historic spas for pure relaxation. From the historic and grand, to the small and colourful, Eastern promise or Western chic are guaranteed.

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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

This aristocrat amongst trains takes its passengers to some of the most celebrated cities in Europe – Paris, Venice, Budapest, Prague and Istanbul. Travelling in its gloriously restored carriages revives the golden age of travel: white-gloved waiters delivering Afternoon Tea, compartments gleaming with polished wood and brass, ever-changing landscapes slipping past your windows and elegantly dressing for dinner a must. Cuisine is of the highest calibre, service is magnificent; breakfast is delivered each morning to the comfort of your cabin. A variety of itineraries are available throughout the year including these three prestigious routes:

LONDON – VENICE – 1 night from £1840pp

BUDAPEST – LONDON – 1 night from £1675pp

Day 1 | Depart London aboard the British Pullman at 10.45. Brunch and Bellinis are served as the English countryside forms a scenic backdrop. After crossing the Channel, board the blue and gold carriages of the Continental Wagon-lits. Cocktails and dinner are served on board.

Day 1 – Depart Budapest aboard the beautiful Wagons-lits carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express at 09.11. Brunch is served as the train passes through scenic Hungarian countryside travelling towards Austria. Later Afternoon Tea is served within the elegant surrounds of your private cabin. Before dinner relax with an apéritif in the Bar Car accompanied by the soothing sounds of the baby grand piano.

Day 2 | Awaken to the magnificent scenery of the Swiss Alps; as the train passes through the Italian Dolomites lunch is served. Time to relax and enjoy Afternoon Tea before arriving into Venice at 17.46. Departures are scheduled on selected Thursdays and Sundays throughout the year. Please see pages 114-116 for accommodation in Venice.

VENICE – LONDON – 4 nights from £2055pp

Day 2 – Breakfast is served with a backdrop of beautiful French scenery as the train travels to Paris and then on towards the coast. After crossing the Channel, board the British Pullman. High Tea and Champagne accompanies views of the Kent scenery before arriving at London Victoria at 17.30. Departures are on 14 May, 25 June and 29 October 2011. Please see page 122 for accommodation in Budapest.

Day 1 | Depart Venice Santa Lucia station at 17.45. Days 2-3 | Breakfast is served as the train meanders through the countryside towards Prague, arriving at 15.05. Two nights are spent in Prague with a full day to explore the city at leisure. Day 4 | The morning is free to explore further before departing at 14.06. Afternoon Tea is served, followed by a leisurely four-course dinner. Drinks can be enjoyed in the convivial bar before retiring to the elegant cabins. Day 5 | Brunch is accompanied by vistas of the French countryside. After crossing the Channel, board the British Pullman for a Champagne Afternoon Tea before arriving into London Victoria station at 17.30. Departures are on 25 May and 05 October 2011. Price excludes accommodation in Prague – please see our recommendations on page 122.

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VENICE

VENICE

Danieli, A Luxury Collection Hotel

Gritti Palace, A Luxury Collection Hotel

World famous and extraordinarily atmospheric, this Luxury Collection hotel stands on Riva degli Schiavoni, just a short walk from St Mark’s Square. The hotel comprises three interlinked historical palazzos including a breathtakingly restored fourteenth century Doge’s palace. Stylish guest rooms are individually and opulently furnished with antiques, Murano glass and exquisite tapestries evoking the city’s unique heritage. The Terrazza Danieli is where excellent cuisine is served indoors or alfresco, accompanied by incomparable views of Venice’s skyline. Indulgent in-room massages can be arranged for those staying in Deluxe Lagoon View Rooms or Suites.

The ‘grand dame’ of Venetian palaces with fanatically loyal guests appreciating the refined ambience, unstinting luxury and unparalleled service. Former residence of the family of Doge Andrea Gritti, this Luxury Collection hotel flanks the Grand Canal with views to Santa Maria della Salute. All rooms and suites are ornately decorated and opulently draped in rich Italian fabrics, some with original gold-trimmed ceilings. Diners at the Ristorante Club del Doge enjoy sensational Mediterranean cuisine and romantic views from the recently restored Terrazza Bellavista. Retire for a nightcap in the elegant Bar Longhi adorned with original artworks.

225 rooms and suites. 45 minutes from Marco Polo Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

91 rooms and suites. 50 minutes from Marco Polo Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Prices from £955pp in low season, £1055pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £955pp in low season, £1125pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Lobby

Below: Bellavista Terrace

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VENICE

VENICE

Bauer Il Palazzo

Hotel Cipriani

Superbly located overlooking the Grand Canal and only a minute’s walk from Piazza San Marco, this sophisticated boutique hotel creates a lasting impression of an authentic Venetian palazzo. Elegantly appointed and individually styled, the rooms and suites are furnished with the finest fabrics and Murano glass chandeliers. Savour innovative cuisine in the award-winning gourmet De Pisis restaurant specialising in Italian dishes with hints of Mediterranean and Asian influence. Enjoy alfresco cocktails on the terrace accompanied by breathtaking canal vistas at the seasonal Red Bar Canale. A rooftop Jacuzzi and spa complete the picture.

Exuding an implacable air of serenity, the Cipriani is famed for the luxurious style which has made it one of the top hotels in the world. It stands in mature gardens on an island just a couple of minutes by private launch from Piazza San Marco. Breathtaking views abound from the simple but tastefully furnished rooms of the main hotel or from the deluxe all-suite annexe of Palazzo Vendramin. The Fortuny Restaurant and Terrace offers elegant dining, whilst Cip’s with its Venetian specialities and pizzas from a wood-burning oven, is perfect for more informal meals. Relax around the Olympic-sized heated swimming pool or in the Casanova spa.

82 rooms and suites. 50 minutes from Marco Polo Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

95 rooms and suites. 30 minutes from Marco Polo Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Prices from £890pp in low season, £1210pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £1580pp in low season, £1880pp in high season including economy flights and 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Palatial Room with Panoramic View

Below: Cip’s Club

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VENICE

VENICE

San Clemente Palace Hotel & Resort

The Westin Europa & Regina

A ten minute boat ride from St Mark’s Square, this unique hotel combines opulence with a pleasing lightness of touch. Accommodation ranges from Deluxe Doubles to Classic Suites – some with views across the lagoon to St Mark’s and Giudecca Island. Two excellent restaurants include Le Maschere, offering traditional Venetian fare, served alfresco in the shadow of the resort’s Renaissance church in summer, or lighter meals and pizzas from the wood-burning oven at poolside La Laguna. The well-equipped beauty and wellness centre complements the hotel amenities including a large swimming pool, two tennis courts and pitch and putt.

Set in a quiet Venetian square with gleaming marble underfoot, intricate mosaics framing ornate mirrors and Murano chandeliers sparkling in the hallways. Composed of five magnificently restored historic buildings dating from the seventeenth to nineteenth century, the hotel now accommodates spacious rooms and suites. Some offer romantic vistas of the Grand Canal and combine traditional Venetian style with all the expected modern comforts and amenities. Savour the finest food along with enchanting views on the waterfront restaurant terrace at La Cusina or mix with the locals at the waterside Bar Tiepolo, a perfect spot for cocktails.

200 rooms and suites. 30 minutes from Marco Polo Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

185 rooms and suites. 50 minutes from Marco Polo Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Prices from £860pp in low season, £1150pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £825pp in low season, £990pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Lobby

Below: Canal View Double

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FLORENCE

FLORENCE

Savoy

Four Seasons Hotel Firenze

Located in the heart of Florence, in Piazza della Repubblica, close to the Duomo and just steps away from the city’s chic boutiques and iconic landmarks. The Rocco Forte Collection’s Hotel Savoy is a contemporary designer destination, with muted colours and neutral Italian tones that bring a refreshing ambience to the elegant guest rooms and suites. L’Incontro Bar and Restaurant spills out onto the piazza in summer months and is one of the city’s most cosmopolitan spots. A fitness centre offers superb views over Florence. A specially devised Children’s Programme caters to younger guests.

The newest luxury address in Florence is a peaceful garden oasis only a short walk from many of the city’s famous sights, shops and galleries. Comprising a fifteenth century palazzo and a former convent, the hotel offers atmospheric accommodation and resplendent views. No two rooms are alike, many featuring original frescos and friezes, tastefully blending Renaissance artistry with contemporary comforts. At Il Palagio, regional dishes with a contemporary twist are served either in the elegant dining room or alfresco on the terrace, whilst the piano bar is perfect for evening cocktails. A spa and outdoor swimming pool await.

102 rooms and suites. 20 minutes from Florence Airport; 1 hour from Pisa Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

116 rooms and suites. 20 minutes from Florence Airport; 1 hour from Pisa Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Prices from £890pp in low season, £1090pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £930pp in low season, £1305pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Suite Repubblica

Below: Presidential Suite

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MILAN

ROME

ROME

Four Seasons Hotel Milano

Hotel de Russie

Exedra

Discreetly positioned in central Milan, close to La Scala and the city’s renowned couture houses, this renovated fifteenth century convent features grand rooms rich in Fortuny fabrics and Carrara marble – most overlooking an enchanting courtyard. Two restaurants offer exceptional cuisine; cocktails are served in the convivial lounge. Relaxing massages can be enjoyed in-room. The perfect choice to combine with a stay in Italy’s beautiful Lakes region.

The Rocco Forte Collection’s Hotel de Russie is located in the heart of the city, next to the Piazza del Popolo and just a short stroll from the Spanish Steps and Rome’s most fashionable shopping streets. The design is stylish and contemporary throughout. Alfresco dining can be enjoyed during the warmer months in the unique terraced gardens. The superb De Russie Wellness Zone promises ultimate pampering and relaxation.

Enjoying a prestigious location on Piazza della Repubblica, the fresh design incorporates echoes of Rome’s illustrious past. Spacious rooms and suites reflect a contemporary yet classical style in neutral creams and browns. Two exceptional restaurants ensure a fine selection of dining. Relaxation options include the Wellness and Beauty Centre along with the rooftop bar/restaurant and seasonal outdoor swimming pool.

118 rooms and suites. 1 hour from Milan Malpensa Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

122 rooms and suites. 40 minutes from Rome Fiumicino Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

240 rooms and suites. 45 minutes from Rome Fiumicino Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Prices from £1260pp in low season, £1415pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £1040pp in low season, £1250pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £605pp in low season, £775pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Courtyard

Below: Studio Room

Below: Lobby

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BARCELONA

BARCELONA

BARCELONA

Grand Hotel Central Mandarin Oriental

The Arts

Barcelona’s architectural and cultural attractions rival any in Europe, and this central hotel makes the perfect base. Las Ramblas is easily accessed, as are the boutiques around Plaza Cataluña and the designer bars of El Born. Rooms are large with an avant-garde ambience; dining is equally stylish – the Ávalon Restaurant serving imaginative Catalan dishes. Refresh in the infinity rooftop pool and Sky Bar with panoramic city views.

From the unobtrusive entrance on Passeig de Gràcia to the understated elegance of its Patricia Urquiola-designed interiors, this contemporary city hideaway features chic rooms and suites, some with balconies looking towards Gaudi’s Casa Batlló. Enjoy all-day dining at Blanc or gourmet cuisine at MOments by Carme Ruscalleda, whilst the rooftop terrace with dipping pool is perfect for cocktails with a view. A holistic spa provides relaxation and refreshment.

Contemporary Spanish artwork in the suites and apartments, a glimpse of the Sagrada Familia from the hotel’s cityfacing side and an uplifting view over the Port Olimpic from the other. Past the reception area of this Ritz-Carlton managed hotel lie neutrally-toned guest rooms bedecked with luxurious marble bathrooms. An outdoor pool and sun terrace are complemented by the panoramically located Six Senses Spa.

147 rooms and suites. 30 minutes from Barcelona Airport. Official rating: 4 Stars Superior.

98 rooms and suites. 25 minutes from Barcelona Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

483 rooms and suites. 20 minutes from Barcelona Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Prices from £580pp in low season, £625pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £880pp in low season, £970pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £795pp in low season, £915pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Infinity Rooftop Pool

Below: Restaurant Blanc

Below: Club Executive Suite

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MADRID

CARCASSONNE

Hotel Ritz

Hotel de la Cité

Close to the treasures of El Prado in the heart of the prestigious Plaza de la Lealtad, this renowned hotel is part of the Orient-Express collection of luxury hotels. Elegant rooms, many with museum views, display exquisite touches of refinement. Artistic cuisine is served in the Goya Restaurant, whilst the terrace and garden are Madrid’s most sophisticated rendez-vous and the place to be seen during the summer months. Savour refined Afternoon Tea in the majestic lobby. The city’s sights and chic boutiques are within a stroll’s distance, whilst the adjacent Retiro Park offers respite.

Set within Carcassonne’s medieval ramparts, this OrientExpress haven of ‘grand luxe’ is renowned for its exceptional setting, gastronomic cuisine and impeccable service. It offers a mix of rooms and suites, the latter with private terrace or garden. Dine in the Michelin-starred La Barbacane or enjoy the informality of the Chez Saskia bistro; the hotel is famed for the quality of its extensive cellar. Take advantage of the tours which the hotel organises to the region’s historic Cathar castles and classic vineyards. An excellent base from which to explore both the city and the countryside beyond.

167 rooms and suites. 25 minutes from Madrid Barajas Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Grand Deluxe.

61 rooms and suites. 1 hour from Toulouse Airport. Official rating: 4 Stars Deluxe.

Prices from £785pp in low season, £915pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £895pp in low season, £1070pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Hotel Exterior

Below: Bedroom

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PARIS

PARIS

Shangri-La Hotel

Four Seasons Hotel George V

History pervades Shangri-La’s first European property, opening in late 2010. Once the palais of Prince Roland Bonaparte it lies in the prestigious sixteenth ‘arrondissement’, with magnificent views of the Seine and Eiffel Tower. The interior boasts chandeliers, marble flooring and huge fireplaces; the plush rooms and suites – some with private balcony – have every lavish comfort. Dining experiences include all-day dining beneath a dramatic glass cupola, gourmet French cuisine and fine Cantonese specialities. An indoor swimming pool provides recreation; many of the city’s sights are within walking distance.

Wherever you turn in this legendary hotel you find magnificent floral displays, seventeenth century tapestries and a lobby with an unusual Art Deco façade and immaculate marble columns. All of the spacious, pastel shaded rooms are elegantly furnished and have marbled bathrooms, those on the upper floors enjoying views across Paris. Dining is out of this world at Le Cinq restaurant, boasting two Michelin stars. Spend time revitalising body and mind in the sumptuous spa, featuring an indoor pool, Shiatsu room, gymnasium and a dreamy relaxation room where daybeds are draped in fine muslin.

81 rooms and suites. 45 minutes from Charles de Gaulle Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

245 rooms and suites. 45 minutes from Charles de Gaulle Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Prices from £1220pp in low season, £1545pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation on a room only basis and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £1715pp in low season, £1795pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Panoramic View from Hotel Terrace

Below: La Galerie Lounge

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PRAGUE

PRAGUE

BUDAPEST

Four Seasons Hotel

The Augustine

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

Many styles combine to form this uniquely appealing hotel on the banks of the Vltava River in the heart of the Old Town, just a three minute stroll from Charles Bridge. Bright and spacious rooms and suites offer large marble bathrooms. Diners at the Michelin-starred Allegro take in the river and Prague Castle whilst enjoying selections from the Mediterranean-influenced menu. In fine weather dine alfresco on the riverside terrace. A health club and gym provide relaxation and recreation.

A fusion of fine historic buildings, including the thirteenth century Augustinian St Thomas’ Monastery, is the setting for The Rocco Forte Collection’s elegant new hotel. Located in the Mala Straná district, convenient for Prague’s main sights, it features Olga Polizzi-designed rooms with furnishings inspired by Czech Cubism. The Monastery restaurant is housed in a glasscovered courtyard, with alfresco dining on the terrace. In the cellar, the Brewery Bar is graced by ancient stalactites and stalagmites.

This glittering treasure on the banks of the Danube, at the foot of the famous Chain Bridge, is acclaimed as one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Central Europe. Enhanced and restored, original elements fuse effortlessly with contemporary touches. Many of the generously sized rooms feature step-out balconies and vaulted ceilings. Enjoy innovative Hungarian specialities and light snacks in the Gresham Kávéház. A spa offers relaxation and a range of treatments.

161 rooms and suites. 25 minutes from Prague Ruzyne Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

101 rooms and suites. 30 minutes from Prague Ruzyne Airport Official rating: 5 Stars.

179 rooms and suites. 30 minutes from Budapest Ferihegy Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Prices from £780pp in low season, £1020pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £770pp in low season, £875pp in high season including economy flights and 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £795pp in low season, £925pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Exterior View of Hotel

Below: Superior Deluxe Castle View Room

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Above: Lobby Area

Above: Palace Bosphorus Room

ISTANBUL

ISTANBUL

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus

An intimate oasis of luxury, offering guests an elegant and central base from which to explore the great attractions of this ancient city; the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace are within easy walking distance. Guest rooms are set around a tranquil courtyard, each living space sumptuously decorated, every window opening onto an unforgettable view. Enjoy fine dining at Seasons Restaurant, retiring afterwards to the Blue Room for cocktails and coffee. Massages and a fitness centre are available.

More of an urban retreat than its Four Seasons sister in Sultanahmet, this restored nineteenth century palace fuses Ottoman influences with up-to-the-minute design. Its spacious interiors lead to large external terraces commanding breathtaking views across to the Asian shores of the Bosphorus. Relax in richly-decorated rooms and suites graced with ornate ceilings featuring hand-painted motifs. Recreation is provided by a chic spa with ten treatment rooms, Turkish hammam and a large outdoor swimming pool.

65 rooms and suites. 20 minutes from Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

170 rooms and suites. 40 minutes from Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Prices from £885pp in low season, £1080pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation on a room only basis and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £1010pp in low season, £1150pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation on a room only basis and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7650

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Morocco and Tunisia

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s dusk falls in Marrakech, dancers in traditional costumes and halqa acrobats stir up the still night air. Storytellers recall ancient tales and snake charmers mesmerise onlookers under the glow of kerosene lamps. In the ochre-hued medina, jostle alongside carts and laden mules in a labyrinth of winding derbs. Hawkers trade vast piles of spices in the souks in a vibrantly aromatic scene of red paprika, beige cumin, yellow turmeric and green aniseed. Evocative and exotic, Djemaa el Fna square is a mystical place, transformed each evening into an alfresco kitchen, the ambience aromatised by the scents of tagines of chicken, lamb and couscous sweetened by apricots. Escape the evening heat to the cool tranquillity of an authentic riad, hidden peacefully within the medina walls, its secret garden scented by orange blossom and accompanied by the gently lulling sounds of a central fountain. Each morning, the sound of ‘muezzin’ calling the faithful to prayer echoes across the city. Throughout Morocco a sense of mysticism pervades, its contrasting landscapes embracing the snow-capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains, the unmapped sands of the Sahara Desert and vibrant cities where deeply traditional cultures assure an unforgettable experience. Trek through tiny Berber villages or travel north to the coastal nirvana of El Jadida or to Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara with verdant oases nestling within its sands. The Sahara extends to the east in Tunisia, where this slim slice of North Africa hosts a sand-fringed Mediterranean coastline and a land steeped in a rich history. Beyond the beaches there is a vast and vibrant landscape to be explored. The blue and white village of Sidi Bou Said perches on the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Tunis whilst the ruins of the ancient city of Carthage reveal a distinct footprint left by the passage of numerous invaders. The modern metropolis of Tunis unveils new buildings contrasting vividly with old narrow streets where tiny shops overflow with brass, olive wood, leather and brightly coloured jewellery. Bustling souks sell perfume, spices and almonds, imprinting a distinct aroma of ancient Africa.

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Above: Executive Suite

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La Mamounia Set in a luxuriant private park within the ancient walls of the medina, this member of The Leading Hotels of the World is a beguiling oasis of calm. Following an expansive renovation, internationally acclaimed designer Jacques Garcia has successfully elevated the iconic hotel’s legendary elegance to an unprecedented new level. Immaculately appointed rooms and suites boast every conceivable luxury including spacious marble bathrooms, whilst three riad style buildings incorporate secluded accommodation with private pool and discreet butler service. Culinary temptations range from Italian and Mediterranean to contemporary French, or feast on spicy Moroccan specialities. In addition to several bars that previous guests will remember with affection, such as Le Bar Churchill, there is now a rooftop bar perfect for aperitifs accompanied by spectacular vistas. The location is as mesmerising as ever, offering views to the snow-capped Atlas Mountains yet central to Marrakech’s many attractions. Relaxation centres around the impressive swimming pool or retreat for pampering to the beautiful new spa with its ozone heated indoor swimming pool, Shiseido treatments, alfresco massage cabins and hammam. 206 rooms and suites and 3 riads. 15 minutes from Marrakech Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Price £ per person Classic Hivernage Room Room Only 01 Nov-09 Jan* 7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-09 Jan

Superior Hivernage Room Deluxe Koutoubia Room Deluxe Park Room

1859 225

20 40 65

10 Jan-28 Feb* 01 Mar-10 Mar 11 Mar-30 Apr*

1439 165

10 Jan-10 Mar

15 40 50

1451 165

11 Mar-03 Jul

25 40 65

1906 230

04 Jul-08 Sep

15 40 50

01 May-03 Jul*

04 Jul-08 Sep*

09 Sep-14 Oct

15 Oct-31 Oct

1919 230

1464 165

1919 230

1931 230

09 Sep-31 Oct

25 40 65

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with Royal Air Maroc and include private transfers. One way Business Class upgrade available from £250pp. *For departures between 17 Dec-03 Jan and 19-28 Feb add £25pp. *For departures between 08-24 Apr, 29-30 Apr, 01-03 May, 27 May-05 Jun and 16 Jul-07 Aug add £13pp. Minimum stays may apply, contact reservations for details. Children may be allowed on request – contact reservations for details. Single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

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MARRAKECH

Royal Mansour Marrakech Defining a new concept of accommodation in Morocco, set within the medina walls, this recently opened enclave of luxury comprises fifty three individual one to four bedroom riads, all with private courtyards, fountains and plunge pools. Distinctively decorated in sumptuous silks and brocades and adorned with antiques and handcrafted furniture, each spacious riad has a living room, bar, lobby and patio – the larger riads also benefiting from alfresco dining areas. From the roof terrace, views of the city or Atlas Mountains abound. Dine in-riad, at one of two gourmet restaurants overseen by renowned chef Yannick Alléno or at La Table, offering delectable meals throughout the day. An underground network of tunnels for staff ensures that service is discretion itself. As befits a member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World, recreational amenities are outstanding. Guests can unwind in the Moroccan spa with hammam and swimming pool, whilst younger guests will enjoy the organised activities of the children’s club. 53 riads. 15 minutes from Marrakech Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Riad Lounge Below: Riad Bedroom

Price £ per person One Bedroom Riad BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-30 Apr* 01 May-31 Oct*

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-31 Oct

One Bedroom Deluxe Riad Two Bedroom Riad – 4 persons Three Bedroom Riad – 6 persons

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4273 577

4298 577

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with Royal Air Maroc and include private transfers. One way Business Class upgrade available from £250pp. *For departures between 17-29 Dec, 01-03 Jan, 19-28 Feb, 08-24 Apr and 29-30 Apr add £25pp. *For departures

173 30 Dec add £533pp. *For departures 01 Mar-07 Apr, 25-28 Apr, 01-03 May, 27 May-05 Jun, 16 Jul-07 Aug and 15-31 Oct add £13pp. 243 Mandatory New Year’s Eve Dinner supplement applies – details on request. Minimum stay of 2 nights for departures which include 30 Dec1532 01 Jan. Single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

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Amanjena The opulent standards of Amanresorts, famed throughout the Far East, also lie a little nearer to home. Suffused with Arabian ambience, this peaceful and palatial paradise lies fifteen minutes’ drive from Marrakech. Accommodation comprises thirty two luxurious Pavilions and six spacious two bedroom Maisons with private pool. All have pale peach ‘tadelakt’ walls and high ceilings reminiscent of old Marrakech and are set by an immense ‘bassin’ within an oasis of palms. The elegance continues in the resort’s two exceptional restaurants, one serving authentic Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine, whilst the other specialises in Thai. To follow, a nightcap may be enjoyed in the Bar Fumoir. An idyllic way to experience the vibrancy of Marrakech whilst being able to retreat to cosseted splendour. The resort lies alongside the Amelkis golf course and boasts a fine swimming pool. There is a library and an excellent boutique, together with a beguiling spa based around two gorgeous hammams, a glassed-in whirlpool and massage rooms for further relaxation. 39 rooms and suites. 20 minutes from Marrakech Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Above: Pavilion Bedroom Below: Maison Private Pool

Price £ per person Pavilion Room Only

01 Nov-16 Dec

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-31 Oct

Pavilion Bassin Pavilion Piscine Maison

3189 423

40 338 636

17 Dec-03 Jan

04 Jan-18 Feb

19 Feb-28 Feb

3214 423

3189 423

3214 423

01 Mar-07 Apr 08 Apr-26 May*

3202 423

3214 423

27 May-05 Jun

06 Jun-15 Jul

16 Jul-07 Aug

08 Aug-30 Sep

01 Oct-31 Oct

3227 423

3214 423

3227 423

3214 423

3510 465

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with Royal Air Maroc and include private transfers. One way Business Class upgrade available from £250pp. *For departures between 01-03 May add £13pp. Minimum stay of 5 nights for departures which include 24 Dec-6 Jan & 15-30 Apr. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

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Villa des Orangers Adjacent to Djemaa el Fna square in the heart of Marrakech lies this stylish Relais & Châteaux retreat, renowned for the quality of its service. Contemporary Moroccan in style, its décor blends soft creams with deep desert reds to create a relaxing and atmospheric ambience. Rooms and suites are positioned around three open air patios, some featuring a private roof terrace equipped with loungers. Promising superlative views over the old town and the Koutoubia Mosque, the roof is also the setting for the first swimming pool, whilst the second nestles amidst a magnificent garden. Two suites can be hired in exclusivity as a private riad along with the third swimming pool. Two elegant restaurants serve à la carte Mediterranean cuisine. Relax in one of the exquisite salons with fireplace or alfresco in the orange scented courtyards. A relaxing spa offers a traditional Moroccan hammam, massage rooms and fitness area, whilst the evocative sights of Marrakech are within easy walking distance. 27 rooms and suites. 15 minutes from Marrakech Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Pool and Garden by Night Below: Junior Suite

Price £ per person Deluxe Room BREAKFAST & Light Lunch 01 Nov-16 Dec 7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night Room with Terrace Junior Suite Suite with Terrace

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27 May-05 Jun

06 Jun-14 Jun

15 Jun-14 Sep*

15 Sep-14 Oct

15 Oct-31 Oct

01 Nov-30 Nov

1385

1410

1444

1457

1482

1469

1121

1469

1482

1457

157

157

166

166

166

166

116

166

166

166

01 Nov-31 Dec

34 55 85

17 Dec-31 Dec

01 Jan-14 Jun

34 64 89

01 Jan-28 Feb* 01 Mar-26 May*

15 Jun-14 Sep

24 45 62

15 Sep-30 Nov

34 64 89

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with Royal Air Maroc and include private transfers. One way Business Class upgrade available from £250pp. *For departures between 01-03 Jan, 19-28 Feb and 01-03 May add £25pp. *For departures between 08-24 Apr, 29-30 Apr, 04-26 May and 16 Jul-07 Aug add £13pp. Children may be allowed on request – contact reservations for details. Minimum stay of 5 nights for departures which include 18 Dec-06 Jan. Single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Added Value – contact reservations for details.

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La Sultana Within the medina, close to the Royal Palace and Djemaa el Fna square, lies a timeless sanctuary and worthy member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Scattered throughout five riads are the beautiful rooms and suites, which are imbued with a sense of sophisticated elegance. Incorporating local materials such as wood, copper and tadelakt, each is individually furnished with original objets d’art, marble or Zellige bathrooms and every modern amenity including complimentary soft minibar. The romantic flowered patios are filled with mature palms and fragrant orange trees. Relax in the library or take cocktails on the panoramic terrace. The restaurant serves a fusion of refined Mediterranean and Oriental cuisine, created using the freshest market ingredients. Excellent recreational amenities include the Sultana Spa with treatment rooms, indoor spa pool and two hammams. There is also a fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool with jet stream. A golf course lies close by, along with Marrakech’s beguiling sights. 28 rooms and suites. 10 minutes from Marrakech Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Luxury.

Above: Hammam Below: Prestige Room

Price £ per person Prestige Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-14 Nov 15 Nov-22 Dec*

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-14 Nov

Deluxe Prestige Room Junior Suite Deluxe Junior Suite

1539 179

42 79 116

1132 121

15 Nov-22 Dec

25 46 71

23 Dec-02 Jan

1564 179

23 Dec-29 May

42 79 116

03 Jan-10 Feb* 11 Feb-16 Mar* 17 Mar-29 May* 30 May-26 Jun* 27 Jun-31 Aug*

1085 114

30 May-30 Sep

28 56 84

1253 138

01 Oct-13 Nov

40 76 112

1490 170

14 Nov-30 Nov

24 44 68

1278 138

1110 114

01 Sep-30 Sep 01 Oct-13 Nov*

1278 138

1495 170

14 Nov-30 Nov

1098 114

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with Royal Air Maroc and include private transfers. One way Business Class upgrade available from £250pp. *For departures 17-22 Dec, 03 Jan and 29 Feb-16 Mar add £25pp. *For departures between 19-28 Feb add £46pp. *For departures between 01-03 May and 27-29 May add £33pp. *For departures between 30 May-05 Jun, 16 Jul-07 Aug, 15-31 Oct add £21pp. Hotel closed 17-31 Aug. Mandatory supplement for New Year’s Dinner – details on request. Minimum stay of 5 nights for departures which include 31 Dec and 3 nights at all other times. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7650

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Above: Suite

Above: Suite Private Terrace with Glass-bottomed Plunge Pool

MARRAKECH

MARRAKECH

Riad Farnatchi

Riad El Fenn

Hotelier Jonathon Wix intended to make this three-part riad close to vibrant Djemaa el Fna square his holiday home, but thankfully decided instead to create nine sumptuous guest suites, each completely individual with handmade beds. The style is a fusion of Moroccan and modern European, evident in the candlelit dining room, the two sitting rooms and the two comfortable b’hous. Relax in the roof garden, take a massage in the marble hammam or swim in the pool.

Meaning ‘fine arts’ in Arabic, this casual chic riad within the medina is a work of love by Vanessa Branson. Dripping with Murano glass chandeliers and brimming with contemporary art, it is a haven of tranquillity. Explore the tiny but first class kitchen where innovative modern food is prepared using their own organic produce, ready to be enjoyed either in the tree-shaded courtyard or the panoramic terrace. Relaxations include a hammam, massage room and three swimming pools.

9 suites. 10 minutes from Marrakech Airport. Official rating: Première.

18 rooms and suites. 10 minutes from Marrakech Airport. Official rating: Première.

Prices from £1175pp in low season, £1275pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £1175pp in low season, £1215pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

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MARRAKECH

MARRAKECH

Riad Kniza

Maison MK

Riyad Al Moussika

In the heart of the ancient Marrakech medina, a short stroll from Djemaa el Fna square, lies this little jewel of a riad. The eleven elegantly appointed air-conditioned rooms and suites, built around an open sky patio, combine the riad’s eighteenth century origins with every modern amenity. There are two patios and a terrace where wonderful Moroccan meals are accompanied by mesmerising views. A swimming pool and a spa with hammam and massage room complete the picture.

Stylish, sophisticated and situated just two minutes’ walk from vibrant Djemaa el Fna square, this perfect-for-couples riad is the creation of professional photographers Paul and Aoibheann Hopkins. Six extravagant rooms feature roll-top cocoon baths and the latest technology. Recline in the decadent Sunken Lounge, sip rooftop cocktails or feast on French/Moroccan fusion food. There is a spa, hammam and small pool; personal medina shopping trips can be arranged.

Once the residence of the former Pasha of Marrakech, this enchanting retreat is just a short stroll from the city’s sights. Six air-conditioned en suite bedrooms boast luxurious touches whilst in the garden, a marble fountain forms a soothing centrepiece. Enjoy a Turkish bath and professional massage or take a swim in the mosaic swimming pool. Sumptuous fusion cuisine is best savoured by candlelight in the splendid Moorish courtyard or on the panoramic rooftop terrace.

11 rooms and suites. 15 minutes from Marrakech Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

6 rooms. 10 minutes from Marrakech Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

6 rooms. 15 minutes from Marrakech Airport. Official rating: Première.

Prices from £840pp in low season, £990pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £1215pp in low season, £1470pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £955pp in low season, £1010pp in high season including economy flights, 7 nights accommodation with breakfast, lunch and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Open Sky Patio

Below: Suite

Below: Andalusian Pool

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NEAR OUARZAZATE

Dar Ahlam Close to Ouarzazate, at the gateway of the Sahara desert and in the shade of hundred year-old palm trees of the Skoura oasis, nestles this beautiful nineteenth century Kasbah. A turreted exterior hides the extravagantly renovated interior comprising nine suites and three sumptuously furnished, adobe-walled villas. Each villa boasts a private plunge pool and terrace from which to absorb mesmerising Atlas Mountain views. Dining is unforgettable, with gourmet Moroccan creations overseen by Frédérick Grasser-Hermé, whilst renowned pâtissier Pierre Hermé has developed delicious sweet delights. Meals are served wherever guests wish and never twice in the same place – choose the garden, the panoramic terrace or some private nook illuminated by lantern light. Relaxation activities are limitless with a heated outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, spa and hammam whilst for exhilarating experiences a 4x4 is on hand to explore the surrounding Dadès and Draa valleys. Other activities include mountain bikes, horse-riding and hiking. 9 suites and 3 villas. 30 minutes from Ouarzazate Airport; 4 hrs 30 mins from Marrakech Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Dar Ahlam Garden & Pool Below: Suite

Price £ per person Suite All Inclusive

01 Nov-16 Dec

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night Villa Family Villa

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3737 501

01 Nov-16 Dec

283 327

17 Dec-03 Jan

3854 514

17 Dec-09 Jan

309 353

04 Jan-28 Apr* 29 Apr-26 May* 27 May-31 May 01 Jun-07 Aug*

3737 501

10 Jan-31 May

283 327

3762 501

01 Jun-09 Sep

170 209

3775 501

10 Sep-30 Nov

283 327

2908 379

08 Aug-14 Aug 15 Aug-14 Oct**

2908 379

3762 501

15 Oct-31 Oct

01 Nov-30 Nov

3775 501

3750 501

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with Royal Air Maroc (via Casablanca) and include private transfers and excursions. One way Business Class upgrade available from £375pp. **Hotel closed 15 Aug-09 Sep. *For departures between 04-09 Jan add £92. *For departures between 19-28 Feb and 08-24 Apr add £25pp. *For departures between 01 Mar-07 Apr, 25-28 Apr, 01-03 May, 01-05 Jun and 16 Jul-07 Aug add £13pp. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

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ATLAS MOUNTAINS – NEAR MARRAKECH

Kasbah Tamadot With a name that means ‘soft breeze’ in Berber, this ravishing retreat in the Atlas foothills transcends the merely luxurious. A forty five minute drive from Marrakech, the hotel lies in grounds brimming with a lush variety of fruit trees, cacti and rambling roses. Inside, eighteen antique-adorned rooms and suites marry traditional Moroccan colours and textures with more modern architectural notes. For added privacy, six spectacular Berber Tented Suites with plunge pools are perched on the hillside. In the Kanoun restaurant local produce and spices blend to create exquisite Moroccan and international dishes, whilst drinks and dramatic views can be enjoyed on the rooftop terrace. A deep blue reflecting pool and restful library enhance the tranquil ambience. As for activities and relaxation, the choices are many. Retreat to the spa, hammam or heated indoor pool, whilst outside lies an infinity pool. Meander the garden paths to the tennis courts or explore the breathtaking surroundings on foot, mountain bike or mule. 18 rooms and suites and 6 Berber Tented Suites. 45 minutes from Marrakech Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Outdoor Infinity Pool Below: Deluxe Room

Price £ per person Superior Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-14 Nov

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-21 Dec

Deluxe Room Superior Suite Deluxe Suite

1804 207

57 105 131

15 Nov-13 Dec

1560 172

22 Dec-02 Jan

48 91 126

14 Dec-10 Jan* 11 Jan-31 Mar* 01 Apr-30 Apr* 01 May-31 May* 01 Jun-31 Aug*

1804 207

03 Jan-17 Nov

57 105 131

1560 172

18 Nov-30 Nov

61 111 139

1817 207

1829 207

1585 172

01 Sep-14 Oct

15 Oct-31 Oct

01 Nov-17 Nov

18 Nov-30 Nov

1890 216

1903 216

1878 216

1619 179

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with Royal Air Maroc and include private transfers. One way Business Class upgrade available from £250pp. *For departures between 17-21 Dec, 03 Jan and 19-28 Feb add £25pp. *For departures 01-31 Mar, 01-03 May, 27-31 May, 01-05 Jun and 16 Jul-07 Aug add £13pp. *For departures 08-24 Apr and 29-30 Apr add £12pp. Mandatory Christmas and New Year packages apply – contact reservations for details. Children are only accepted between 18 Dec-10 Jan, 19 Feb-27 Feb, 08 Apr-02 May, 01 Jul-31 Aug and 14-30 Oct. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7650

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EL JADIDA – Near CasaBlanca

Magazan Beach Resort A glorious seven kilometre stretch of beach on the Atlantic coast is the spectacular setting for one of Morocco’s newest luxury destinations. Located just south of Casablanca and close to the UNESCO sites of El Jadida and Azemmour, the resort has an elegant hotel at its heart and lies in 250 hectares of scented gardens. Within the ochre walls of the Grand Riad are Arabian-inspired rooms and suites, many of them interconnected and blending local artisanship with sophisticated facilities. For a touch of exclusivity, the Club Lounge has a panoramic terrace for complimentary cocktails and snacks. No fewer than ten bars and restaurants offer dining choices from Moroccan to Middle Eastern, together with Oriental buffets at the Marketplace. A sumptuous ESPA spa with hammam specialises in relaxing therapies and signature treatments. In addition to the beach, swimming pools and golf, try seasonal watersports, tennis and cookery classes. Children from three months to eighteen years are exceptionally well catered for with three kids’ clubs. 500 rooms and suites. 1 hour from Casablanca Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Hotel Exterior and Pool Below: Lobby

Price £ per person King Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-17 Dec* 18 Dec-03 Jan*

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-26 Dec

Ocean View Room King Club Room Prime Ocean View Room

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964 70

20 25 30

1059 80

27 Dec-02 Jan

25 35 35

04 Jan-17 Apr* 18 Apr-30 Apr* 01 May-19 Jun*

1034 80

03 Jan-17 Apr

20 25 30

1151 95

18 Apr-19 Jun

25 35 35

1164 95

20 Jun-03 Sep

30 45 40

20 Jun-03 Sep*

04 Sep-14 Oct

15 Oct-31 Oct

01 Nov-30 Nov

1409 130

1164 95

1176 95

1046 80

04 Sep-31 Oct

25 35 35

01 Nov-30 Nov

20 25 30

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with Royal Air Maroc and include private transfers. One way Business Class upgrade available from £355pp. *For departures 17 Dec add £25pp. *For departures 27 Dec-02 Jan add £105pp. *For departures 19-28 Feb and 0817 Apr add £23pp. *For departures 01 Mar-07 Apr, 18-24 Apr, 29-30 Apr, 01-03 May, 27 May-05 Jun and 16 Jul-07 Aug add £13pp. Minimum stay of 3 nights for departures which include 30 Dec-01 Jan. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

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TUNIS

The Residence Dominated by domes and cupolas and subtly scented by orange blossom, this member of The Leading Hotels of the World borders an expansive golden sand beach close to Carthage. Moorish architectural influences and Tunisian chic meld in neutrally-toned rooms and suites inset with golden honey wood and laid with ivory marble floors. All boast balconies with views either over the luxuriant gardens or to the Mediterranean Sea whilst suites have a large living room and some overlook the immense swimming pool. By the pool is a seasonal bar and grill for light lunches; further dining choices include Li Bai for Chinese, L’Olivier for Mediterranean and El Dar for Tunisian dishes accompanied by water pipes and traditional entertainment. The vast Thermes Marins de Carthage offers cosseting Darphin treatments and an indoor swimming pool. Within a beautiful nature reserve, play golf on the 18-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones II. The seasonal Dolphin Club is complimentary for three to twelve year olds. 164 rooms and suites. 20 minutes from Tunis Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Outdoor Pool Below: Double Room

Price £ per person Garden View Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-31 Dec

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-31 Dec

Sea View Room Pool View Suite Sea View Suite

1368 132

23 142 159

01 Jan-26 Feb

27 Feb-25 May

26 May-02 Jul

03 Jul-03 Sep

04 Sep-11 Sep

12 Sep-30 Nov

1307 123

1444 143

1480 143

1617 162

1480 143

1449 143

01 Jan-26 Feb

15 125 138

27 Feb-02 Jul

23 142 159

03 Jul-03 Sep

27 162 182

04 Sep-30 Nov

23 142 159

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way Club Europe upgrades available from £130pp. Mandatory New Year’s Eve Dinner supplement applies – details on request. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Free Nights, Honeymoon, Golf – contact reservations for details.

Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7650

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Egypt and Jordan

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ncient civilisations come no finer than Egypt. Reminders of Pharaoh, Greek and Roman brilliance abound; the inimitable pyramids, vast temples and evocative tombs. Historical legacy that contrasts with the colour and chaotic bustle of modern Cairo. Explore the labyrinth of intensely vivid stalls of Khan el-Khalili market, a heady scent of incense fusing with the sounds of incessant haggling. In Aswan, Egypt’s gateway to Africa, white-sailed feluccas speckle the Nile, drifting gracefully along its historic waters. Here, the Philae Temple is dedicated to the mythological goddess Isis and every sepulchre echoes religious significance. In Luxor walk the mystical descent into the Valley of the Kings or, for a relaxing retreat, Sharm el-Sheikh awaits with its white sands draped enticingly around arid ochre-hued mountains. Discover the underwater world of the Red Sea, its lush reefs home to a kaleidoscope of colour; blue-striped snapper, yellow-tinged sturgeon, light-blue unicorn and black-tipped shark. At night, feast on mezes of leavened bread, beans and charcoal-grilled skewers of chicken and lamb – the air filled with the aroma of black cherry molasses from bubbling shisha pipes. Across the border, the desert kingdom of Jordan is characterised by jagged mountains rising above groves of date, apricot and olive; dramatic canyons searing through pink and red rock whilst gazelle and oryx sprint across shimmering plains. A hub of humanity since the dawn of civilisation, it offers breathtaking contrasts. The narrow rose-red chasm of the winding Siq offers a mystical journey that leads to the unmistakable Treasury of ancient Petra. The sun glints off its ancient pillars and it is atmospherically candlelit by night. The vast arid landscape of Wadi Rum, speckled by towering rocks and golden dunes, has been traversed by nomadic Bedouins and camel caravans for centuries. And no visit would be complete without the incomparable experience of floating ethereally on the saline waters of the Dead Sea, with the Holy Land’s lights twinkling beyond.

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Above: Waha Freshwater Swimming Pool

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RED SEA – SHARM EL SHEIKH

Four Seasons Resort Entrancing desert meets the teeming corals of the Red Sea in a self-contained world of luxurious seclusion. The resort cascades down a slope to a private beach, its clusters of guest rooms interconnected with walkways and quiet courtyards. Rooms are spacious and airy, with polished marble floors, crisp white duvets and extra-generous pillows; verandas providing mesmerising sea views. There are several dining options including Italian at Il Frantoio, Middle Eastern specialities at Arabesque, delicious light snacks at Waha Pool Bar, Reef Grill and Gezira Pool Bar and Restaurant as well as a choice of three lounge bars and night time entertainment. Spend lazy days around the freeform freshwater swimming pools, separate whirlpool and children’s pool, play tennis or take to the sea for reef snorkelling, scuba diving and a full range of watersports. A Daniela Steiner Spa and Wellness Centre with lap pool and massage areas provides indulgent relaxation. The Kids For All Seasons programme ensures children will be entertained. A little further afield attractions include an 18-hole golf course, the Coloured Canyon, St Catherine’s Monastery and sunset treks in the Sinai desert. 200 rooms and suites. 10 minutes from Sharm el Sheikh Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Price £ per person Superior Village View Room BED & BREAKFAST 01 Nov-02 Dec 03 Dec-18 Dec 19 Dec-31 Dec* 01 Jan-07 Jan 08 Jan-17 Feb 18 Feb-16 Apr* 17 Apr-01 May 02 May-11 May 12 May-30 Sep 01 Oct-25 Nov* 26 Nov-30 Nov 7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-31 Dec

Deluxe Partial Sea View Room Premier Sea View Room One Bedroom Suite

1426 132

29 58 215

1252 108

01 Jan-07 Jan

32 65 313

1426 132

08 Jan-17 Feb

26 61 176

1959 209

18 Feb-01 May

32 65 313

1295 114

02 May-30 Nov

1495 142

1990 209

1561 147

1327 114

1526 142

1327 114

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way upgrades available from: World Traveller Plus £125pp/Club World £425pp. *For departures between 27-31 Dec

28 add £376pp. *For departures between 18-26 Feb add £35pp. *For departures 01-16 Apr add £31pp. *For departures 65 16 Oct-08 Nov add £35pp. Minimum stay of 7 nights for departures which include 27 Dec-07 Jan, 13-20 Feb, 17 233 Apr-01 May and 16 Oct-07 Nov. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date

bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Free Nights, Honeymoon – contact reservations for details.

Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7650

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RED SEA – sharm el sheikh

The Ritz-Carlton Lying beside the crystal waters of the Red Sea on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, this family-friendly resort is a leisure playground ‘par excellence’. Beautiful gardens house wellequipped rooms and suites, each with a private terrace and sea or garden views. For upgraded room amenities, dedicated concierge staff and complimentary food presentations, choose the privacy of the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge. A variety of dining options includes all-day buffets at the Café, Italian fare at La Luna, Arabian at Fayrouz and Japanese specialities at Blue Ginger. For poolside refreshments, relax at The Waves. Aperitifs can be enjoyed in the Lobby Bar and Lounge, where Pharaonic waterfalls provide a soothing backdrop. Arabian massage tents and other indulgences are on hand. The resort features a unique waterpark oasis of pools and a lazy river. There is also a spa, health club, dive centre, seven swimming pools, tennis and nearby golf. The Ritz Kids’ centre in the waterpark has its own man-made beach. 321 rooms and suites. 25 minutes from Sharm el Sheikh Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Main Swimming Pool Below: Deluxe Room

Price £ per person Pool/Garden View Room BED & BREAKFAST 01 Nov-26 Nov 7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

982 75

Side Sea View Room Club Room Pool/Garden View Sinai Junior Suite Pool/Garden View

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27 Nov-24 Dec

25 Dec-04 Jan

837 54

1446 141

01 Nov-24 Dec

21 66 132

25 Dec-04 Jan

29 83 66

05 Jan-07 Mar 08 Mar-31 Mar

837 54

05 Jan-20 Apr

21 66 132

982 75

21 Apr-28 Apr

29 83 66

01 Apr-20 Apr

1013 75

29 Apr-31 Oct

21 66 132

21 Apr-28 Apr 29 Apr-10 May

1477 141

1013 75

11 May-30 Sep

01 Oct-31 Oct

868 54

1013 75

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way upgrades available from: World Traveller Plus £125pp/Club World £425pp. Mandatory New Year’s Eve Dinner supplement applies - details on request. Minimum stay of 7 nights for departures which include 25 Dec-04 Jan and 21-28 Apr. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands - see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers - Free Nights, Honeymoon - contact reservations for details.

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RED SEA – sharm el sheikh

Hyatt Regency Poised on the edge of an aquatic oasis in beautifully landscaped grounds, this hotel offers a superb choice of leisure, dining and entertainment facilities. The shingle-sand beach lies right on a coral reef and sets the scene for the wealth of water-based activities, including snorkelling and a PADI certified Dive Centre. The passion for water extends to the resort’s terraced pools which feature a thrilling slide and a lazy river. Spacious guest rooms and suites give marvellous sea views, the Regency Club rooms having separate check-in and lounge along with access to the Club House with swimming pool and secluded beach. The excellent choice of dining options includes Thai specialities at the Sala Thai and more casual fare at the Souk at the Hyatt, famed for its evening entertainment. Complementing the Racquet Centre is an extensive spa with sauna, steambath, whirl and plunge pools. For children, the Oasis Kids’ Club mixes play and educational activities in a supervised environment with its own private pool. 471 rooms, suites and villas. 10 minutes from Sharm el Sheikh Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Cascades Restaurant Below: Regency Club Terrace

Price £ per person Sea View Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-20 Nov

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-31 Oct

SeaFront Room Regency Club Room Regency Suite

999 77

25 62 103

21 Nov-23 Dec

24 Dec-05 Jan

941 69

1521 151

06 Jan-19 Feb 20 Feb-31 Mar* 01 Apr-07 May* 08 May-01 Oct*

947 70

976 74

1065 82

973 69

02 Oct-31 Oct

1065 82

Prices are based on departures from London Gatwick with British Airways and include private transfers. One way upgrades available from: World Traveller Plus £125pp/Club World £425pp. *For departures between 20-26 Feb and 0631 Mar add £58. *For departures between 20-30 Apr add £551pp. *For departures between 29 Aug-05 Sep add £63pp. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Free Nights, Honeymoon – contact reservations for details.

Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7650

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RED SEA – near hurghada

Kempinski Soma Bay Unfolding into a glittering array of swimming pools which meld into the azure waters of the Red Sea and bordering a long stretch of private sandy beach, this entrancing property on the Soma Bay peninsula suits couples and families alike. Amidst the landscaped gardens lie Moorish-influenced accommodation, all rooms and suites having terrace or balcony to absorb the pool or sea views. Spacious Junior Suites have Oriental seating areas whilst those seeking exclusivity will appreciate the Laguna Club with separate check-in and a lounge for breakfast, light meals and cocktails. Dining choices include delicate pan-Asian flavours at the Bamboo Shoot, alfresco dining poolside at Al Mar or feast on Mediterranean and Egyptian fare at The View with its large outdoor veranda. A relaxing lazy river encircles the swimming pools and Jacuzzi. Active guests will appreciate watersports, diving and tennis, whilst youngsters will be entertained at the kids’ club. The region’s largest Thalassotherapy spa and a Gary Player-designed golf course are found nearby. 325 rooms and suites. 45 minutes from Hurghada Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Exterior View of Hotel and Pools Below: Sea View Room

Price £ per person Garden View Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-30 Nov

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-31 Oct

Sea View Room Laguna Club Sea View Junior Suite Sea View

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1140 82

33 87 196

01 Dec-22 Dec

23 Dec-06 Jan

07 Jan-14 Feb

15 Feb-16 Apr

987 60

1445 125

987 60

1025 65

17 Apr-28 Apr 29 Apr-16 May

1445 125

1140 82

17 May-14 Jul

15 Jul-31 Oct*

987 60

1025 65

Prices are based on departures from London Heathrow with BMI (Cairo to Hurghada with Egyptair) and include private transfers. One way Business Class upgrade available from £375pp. *For departures between 15 Jul-31 Aug and 01-31 Oct add £115pp. Mandatory New Year’s Eve Dinner supplement applies – details on request. Minimum stay of 7 nights for departures which include 27 Dec-04 Jan. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Early Booking Discount, Honeymoon – contact reservations for details.

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RED SEA – hurghada

The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh Resplendent with domes, arches and courtyards, the first all-suite luxury resort on the Red Sea coast of Egypt promises a stay of exceptional sophistication. Just twenty five minutes from Hurghada, it lies in forty eight acres of undulating hillside terrain with a large and private beach. Elegant and spacious ground level suites are decorated in soothing shades, each having a luxurious bathroom with separate shower, a sunken marble bath overlooks a private alfresco walled garden. Grand and Royal Suites boast their own swimming pool. Breakfast and à la carte dinners featuring Oriental and European cuisine can be savoured in the main restaurant whilst light meals are available during the day at the poolside restaurant. Live entertainment can be enjoyed over post-prandial drinks in the bar. Total relaxation begins at the Oberoi Spa, where treatments are based on ancient Egyptian and Eastern techniques or unwind around the large swimming pool. There is a floodlit tennis court and a fully-equipped health club. PADI diving courses can be arranged or there is an 18-hole golf course nearby. 102 suites. 25 minutes from Hurghada Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Outdoor Swimming Pool Below: Deluxe Suite

Price £ per person Deluxe Suite BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-30 Nov

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-26 Dec

Superior Deluxe Suite Grand Suite Royal Suite

1293 103

41 138 366

01 Dec-19 Dec

20 Dec-26 Dec

27 Dec-07 Jan

08 Jan-31 Jan

01 Feb-26 Mar

27 Mar-11 Apr

12 Apr-31 Aug

01 Sep-31 Oct

1115 81

1224 97

1399 122

1115 81

1224 97

1399 122

1115 81

1224 97

27 Dec-07 Jan

50 188 431

08 Jan-31 Jan

38 116 338

01 Feb-21 Apr

41 138 366

22 Apr-30 Apr

50 188 431

01 May-31 Aug

38 116 338

01 Sep-31 Oct

41 138 366

Prices are based on departures from London Heathrow with BMI (Cairo to Hurghada with Egyptair) and include private transfers. One way Business Class upgrade available from £375pp. Mandatory Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve Dinner supplement applies – details on request. Minimum stay of 5 nights for departures which include 24 or 31 Dec. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Free Nights, Honeymoon – contact reservations for details.

Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7650

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THE OBEROI ZAHRA NILE CRUISE LUXOR TO ASWAN – 8 DAYS, 7 NIGHTS

Unparalleled opulence beckons in this floating paradise, undoubtedly the Nile’s most luxurious cruiser. A leisurely seven night journey on this palatial boat with its timber floors and elegant interiors encompasses ancient monuments, spectacular temples and five thousand years of fascinating Egyptian culture. Large windows give panoramic views, whilst amenities in the tastefully appointed cabins include plasma screen television and marbled bathroom; the two Luxury Suites have a private sundeck with Jacuzzi. Dining is a gourmet affair with international à la carte cuisine served nightly. A unique full spa service is complemented by a swimming pool and gym. Private docking areas enhance the experience together with the services of an on-board Egyptologist. Day 1 | Embarkation at 12.00 is followed by a visit to the Karnak Temple and Luxor Museum. The boat docks in Luxor for the night.

Day 5 | Cruise to Aswan where a visit to the fascinating High Dam and Philae Temple is included in the afternoon. Overnight in Aswan. Day 6 | After sailing on to Komombo, visit the Temple of Komombo which is dedicated on one side to the Crocodile God Sobek and to the Falcon God Haroeris on the other. Sail back to Aswan and visit the Botanical Garden by graceful Felucca. The day ends with the Sound and Light show at the Philae Temple. Overnight in Aswan. Day 7 | A relaxed day with an optional visit to Abu Simbel. In the evening a farewell cocktail reception with entertainment is held on Mango Island. Overnight in Aswan. Day 8 | Disembarkation after breakfast.

Day 2 | The day begins exploring the West Bank of Ancient Thebes with a visit to the Valley of the Kings with its Royal tombs, the Temple of Madinat Habu and the Colossus of Memnon. In the afternoon sail to Quina followed by a private visit to the Temple of Dendarah. Overnight in Quina. Day 3 | Sail back to Luxor and visit the West Bank and the Valley of the Noble’s Tombs, Dier El Madina and the Temple of Hatchepsut. There is free time to enjoy the spa followed by a visit to the Luxor Temple and later a cocktail reception. Overnight in Luxor. Day 4 | In the morning sail to Edfu with most of the day at leisure. A late afternoon visit to the Temple of Edfu, one of the best preserved temples of the ancient world, is followed by dinner. The boat docks overnight in Edfu.

Seven night cruise on The Oberoi Zahra from either Aswan or Luxor departs on selected Tuesdays of each month. Prices from £2005pp in low season, £2660pp in high season based on two persons, 7 nights on a full board basis and all daytime excursions. Single supplement available on request.

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1. Sundeck and Pool 2. Luxury Cabin 3. Restaurant 4. Karnak Temple 1.

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Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7650

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NILE CRUISE

NILE CRUISE

NILE CRUISE

Sonesta Star Goddess

The Oberoi Philae

Darakum

Sailing the Nile between Luxor and Aswan is an experience of incomparable splendour aboard this all-suite cruiser. Named after famous composers, each of its thirty three suites boasts a private terrace and panoramic picture windows; modern luxuries combined with elegant décor. Included tours are led by experienced guides; afterwards relax by the swimming pool or be pampered with a massage. Sundowners are served on the panoramic deck, followed by fine dining in the restaurant and nightly entertainment.

This grand cruiser offers the elegance of Edwardian travel, its public areas accented by European antiques and Oriental carpets, teak panelling and parquet floors. Its temperature-controlled cabins and suites having spacious wardrobes and balconies. Bone china and fine crystal glassware adorn the restaurant, where Egyptian and international dishes are served. On the sundeck is a swimming pool and bar for evening sundowners. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are included along with a full sightseeing schedule.

Cruise the Nile aboard this lavish vessel rich in Moroccan design influences. Deep reds and greens adorn the spacious contemporary cabins – the Junior Suites at the front of the upper deck boasting sloping picture windows to absorb unforgettable views. On the large sun deck, daybeds are arranged around the swimming pool for relaxation cooled by river breezes; within the boat are an à la carte restaurant, bar and small gym. Guests are accompanied by an Egyptologist throughout.

Prices from £795pp in low season, £1165pp in high season based on two persons, 4 nights on a full board basis and all daytime excursions. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £385pp in low season, £635pp in high season based on two persons, 4 nights on a full board basis and all daytime excursions. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £595pp in low season, £1040pp in high season based on two persons, 7 nights on a full board basis and all daytime excursions. Single supplement available on request.

Three night Sonesta Cruise from Aswan departs on selected Fridays of each month.

Four night Oberoi Philae Cruise from either Luxor or Aswan departs on selected Tuesdays and Saturdays of each month.

Three night Darakum cruise from Aswan departs on selected Fridays of each month.

Four night Sonesta Cruise from Luxor departs on selected Mondays of each month.

Below: Beethoven Suite

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Six night Oberoi Philae Cruise from either Aswan or Luxor departs on selected Wednesdays of each month.

Below: Exterior View of The Oberoi Philae

Four night Darakum cruise from Luxor departs on selected Mondays of each month.

Below: Sun Deck

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Exploring Egypt 14 NIGHTS FROM £2395 PER PERSON

The ultimate introduction to Egypt, uncovering its ancient mysteries in Cairo and along the Nile between Aswan and Luxor. Ideally complemented by a relaxing stay in Sharm el Sheikh. DAY 1 | Fly to Cairo from London Heathrow. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza for a three night stay. (B) DAY 2 | This morning’s tour includes an unforgettable visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the temple of the Sphinx, accompanied by an Egyptologist. Afternoon at leisure. (B) DAY 3 | The Egyptian Museum half day tour uncovers the world’s most expansive collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts including treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun; followed by a city tour of Cairo. Afternoon at leisure for sightseeing and shopping in the city’s many fascinating bazaars. (B) DAY 4 | Travel south today on an early morning flight from Cairo to Aswan. You will be met on arrival by our local representative and transferred by private air-conditioned vehicle to board The Oberoi Philae at midday for a four night cruise, staying on a full board basis including all daytime excursions. In the afternoon, sail by Felucca to the Botanical Garden. (FB) DAY 5 | After breakfast explore the High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and the Philae Temple before sailing to Komombo. After a buffet lunch visit the Temple of Sobek in Komombo before cruising onto Edfu where the boat docks for the evening. (FB) DAY 6 | Pay a morning visit to the Temple of Horus in Edfu. Spectacular Nile views accompany the onwards journey to Essna and Luxor. (FB) DAY 7 | One of the highlights of the cruise is this morning’s visit to the West Bank including a tour of the Valley of the Kings, Deir El Madina, Madinet Habou and the Colossi of Memnon. At leisure after lunch. (FB) DAY 8 | After breakfast, disembark the boat before a visit to the Karnak and Luxor temples. Spend the afternoon exploring Luxor before taking an early evening flight to Sharm el Sheikh. On arrival you will be transferred to the Four Seasons Resort Sharm el Sheikh where you will spend seven nights. (B) DAYS 9-14 | Sharm el Sheikh is ideal for a relaxing break and is renowned for its world-class diving. A number of optional tours can be arranged including a visit to St Catherine’s Monastery or the underwater paradise of Ras Mohamed National Park. (B) DAY 15 | Transfer to Sharm el Sheikh Airport for your flight to London Gatwick. (B) Prices are based on two people sharing and include private transfers, accommodation, private touring, meals as specified and flights. Single supplement available on request. International flights are with British Airways in economy class – one way World Traveller Plus upgrades from £125pp; Club World from £360pp. Meal basis: B Breakfast, FB Full Board. This itinerary is a suggestion – our experienced sales team will be happy to create alternative, tailor-made tours. Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7650

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150 EGYPT

ASWAN

LUXOR

Mövenpick Resort

Al Moudira

Set on an island in the middle of the River Nile, the resort makes a perfect place to relax combined with sightseeing visits to the temples and treasures of ancient Egypt. Generously-sized rooms and suites, most with Nile views, are complemented by a range of first class amenities, with dining encompassing two restaurants and a bar for light snacks. A panoramic lounge offers sundowners and sunset Afternoon Tea. Opening for summer 2011 is an expansive spa with sauna and steam room, which will complement the fitness centre and therapeutic sandpit for revivifying massages. An outdoor swimming pool and floodlit tennis courts are available.

The only palace on the west bank of the Nile, eastern designs and hand painted frescos adorn the Arabian-themed rooms of this palatial retreat, set in a verdant desert oasis. Owner and artist Zeina Aboukheir has created a hotel redolent with atmosphere – a place to take cool strolls in the expansive gardens, to absorb the exhibitions in the art gallery and to feast on lavish fare prepared with fresh produce, served in the opulent Great Room. Invigorating massages and a traditional Turkish bath revivify, or relax by the lovely outdoor swimming pool. The added beauty of the Al Moudira’s location is its proximity to the legendary Valley of the Kings.

218 rooms and suites. 20 minutes from Aswan Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

54 rooms and suites. 30 minutes from Luxor Airport. Official rating: 4 Stars.

Prices from £710pp in low season, £770pp in high season including economy class flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £870pp in low season, £935pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Swimming Pool

Below: Main Restaurant Courtyard

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luxor

Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa

A contemporary oasis of tranquillity on the banks of the Nile, convenient for Luxor’s major historic sites. Having recently emerged from a complete renovation, the resort boasts attractive grounds dominated by water features – two infinity pools with submerged sun loungers are flanked by large terraces with double hammocks. Exclusive treatments are offered at the Nyara spa, whilst guests staying in one of the five Spa Suites receive complimentary access to the thermal area and Jacuzzi. Feast on Asian fare at Silk Road and local dishes at Olives, or unwind by the river with mezze platters at Diwan. A perfect choice for pre or post-Nile Cruise relaxation. 231 rooms and suites. 15 minutes from Luxor Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars. Prices from £770pp in low season, £795pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Diwan Restaurant with Nile Views & King Deluxe Room

Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7650

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152 EGYPT

CAIRO

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence Enter a cool world of neo-classical splendour, glorying in acres of marble and beautiful antiques. A grand piano beneath a circular blue stained glass window, soaring columns and elegant chandeliers, attentive staff at every turn. The hotel boasts dramatic views of both the Nile and the Great Pyramids. The luxurious rooms and suites are deemed to be the most spacious in the city, with marble bathrooms and richly appointed with soft tones throughout. Dining choices are superb, including the inspirational Lai Thai restaurant, Aura serving Lebanese cuisine by the swimming pool and the Seasons Restaurant offering spectacular views over the Nile. A wonderful spa offers treatments inspired by the ancient Egyptians from a Cleopatra Milk Bath to a Papyrus wrap. There is a large open-air swimming pool on the roof and a children’s pool; for other recreational activities there is golf or sailing on the Nile. Perhaps the ultimate two or three night stopover before joining a cruise or visiting a Red Sea resort. 269 rooms and suites. 50 minutes from Cairo Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Lobby Lounge Below: One Bedroom Suite

Price £ per person Standard Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-22 Dec 23 Dec-31 Mar*

3 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night Superior Room Deluxe Room Premier Room

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859 120

01 Nov-30 Nov

17 33 50

884 128

01 Apr-19 Apr

20 Apr-27 Apr

28 Apr-30 Sep

01 Oct-30 Nov

915 128

977 149

866 112

915 128

Prices are based on departures from London Heathrow with British Airways and include private transfers. One way upgrades available from: World Traveller Plus £125pp/Club World £360pp/ First £1280pp. *For departures between 23-31 Dec add £13pp. *For departures between 01-04 Jan add £62pp. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

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CAIRO

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza With its enviable position on the Corniche and its sweeping views over the river, this resort-like hotel is an admirable family base from which to explore the ‘City of a Thousand Minarets’. Rooms are generously sized and reflect the vibrancy of contemporary Cairo, with bright interiors, natural wood finishes and chic furnishings. A team of gourmet chefs prepare eclectic dining choices including authentic Egyptian creations at Zitouni, Italian specialities at Bella, Cantonese with views of the Nile at Spice, succulent seafood at Aqua and sizzling meats at Steaks Restaurant, whilst the Pool Grill is perfect for informal fare. For a relaxing evening try The Bar, with its cosy ambience. For younger guests, the hotel provides child-size bathrobes, special menus and bedtime milk and cookies. For calm respite from the city, relax around the three heated pools on the secluded rooftop or be cosseted in the superb Daniela Steiner Spa with its heated indoor pool and range of massages and treatments. 365 rooms and suites. 45 minutes from Cairo Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Diplomatic Suite Below: Executive Suite

Price £ per person Standard Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-22 Dec 23 Dec-31 Mar*

3 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-30 Nov

Superior Room Deluxe Room Premier Room

897 132

17 33 103

921 141

01 Apr-19 Apr

20 Apr-27 Apr

28 Apr-30 Sep

01 Oct-30 Nov

953 141

1015 161

903 124

953 141

Prices are based on departures from London Heathrow with British Airways and include private transfers. One way upgrades available from: World Traveller Plus £125pp/Club World £360pp/First £1280pp. *For departures between 23-31 Dec add £13pp. *For departures between 01-04 Jan add £62pp. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7650

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154 EGYPT

GIZA

CAIRO

Mena House Oberoi

Fairmont Nile City

Set in forty acres of jasmine-scented gardens in the very shadow of the Great Pyramids of Giza, is the hotel that has been attracting distinguished guests since 1869. Churchill and Roosevelt, amongst others, have stayed in this palatial retreat, graced with original artworks and magnificent antiques. Many of the recently refreshed contemporary Garden Rooms enjoy views over the Pyramids or the grand new swimming pool. In the mosque-like Al Rubayyat restaurant, gourmet continental cuisine is the speciality; try the Moghul Room for exceptional Indian dishes or savour Italian specialities at Cesare. Recreational facilities include a spa, fitness centre and, from early 2011, nearby golf.

This latest luxury opening in Cairo is distinguished by its panoramic Nile views and Art Deco-influenced style. Gold, black and neutral shades adorn spacious rooms and suites rich in lacquered wood, with the finest Egyptian cotton bedding and impressive marbled bathrooms. On the Fairmont Gold floors, guests enjoy exclusive access to the lounge where complimentary breakfast and tea are served. Dining options include French-Vietnamese fusion at Saigon Bleu whilst the Napa Grill serves Californian fare. The city’s most stylish experience awaits on the rooftop, where an infinity swimming pool adjoins Bar Kaya with its Philippe Starck furniture, live entertainment and spectacular city vistas.

420 rooms and suites. 45 minutes from Cairo Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

566 rooms and suites. 50 minutes from Cairo Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars Deluxe.

Prices from £710pp including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £780pp including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Exterior Garden View

Below: Nile Suite

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Classic Jordan 10 NIGHTS FROM £2275 PER PERSON

An introduction to the definitive treasures of Jordan, discovering ancient mosaics, biblical ruins and spectacular scenery, combined with a relaxing stay by the Dead Sea. DAY 1 | Fly to Amman from London Heathrow. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Evason Ma’In Hot Springs for a three night stay. (B) DAY 2 | Take a half day excursion to nearby Madaba and Mount Nebo. Madaba is home to the most famous and oldest of Byzantine mosaics, portraying an ancient map of Palestine. Travelling onto Mount Nebo, breathtaking vistas await from the spot where Moses is said to have viewed the Promised Land. (B) DAY 3 | The picturesque surrounds of the hotel are ideal for exploration on foot. Follow a scenic canyon path, picnicking by waterfalls before taking an ancient Bedouin trail to the shores of the Dead Sea. Or simply relax in the natural hot springs and take advantage of the hotel’s outstanding Six Senses Spa. (B) DAY 4 | Travel south today following the historic Kings Highway to Petra. Stay three nights at the Mövenpick Resort Petra, located at the gateway to the ancient Nabatean city. (B) DAY 5 | A full day is spent with a private guide exploring the mesmerising rose-hued city, carved out of sandstone over 2000 years ago. Follow the Siq, a 1.2 kilometre gorge that leads to the impressive Treasury, before visiting the immense theatre and colonnaded streets. (B) DAY 6 | Visit the unique desert and mountain landscape of Wadi Rum, classic Lawrence of Arabia scenery. Explore by local 4x4 before watching the dramatic sunset and enjoying a traditional Bedouin dinner. (B, D) DAY 7 | Transfer to Kempinski Hotel Ishtar, on the shores of the Dead Sea for a two night stay. (B) DAY 8 | The hotel is ideally located for relaxation; float on the saline waters of the Dead Sea or be pampered in the vast Anatara Spa. (B)

AMMAN MADABA DEAD SEA

MA’IN

JORDAN

PETRA

WADI RUM

DAY 9 | Today transfer to the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel Amman where you will spend two nights. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring this modern metropolis or relax by the hotel’s rooftop swimming pool. (B) DAY 10 | A full day excursion includes a morning absorbing the sights of Amman including the ancient Citadel, the Temple of Hercules and the Archaeological Museum. In the afternoon uncover the treasures of the fascinating Roman city of Jerash, built over 2000 years ago. (B) DAY 11 | Transfer to Amman Airport for your flight to London Heathrow.

Extend your stay with a few nights in Egypt to see the Pyramids of Giza or relax on the Red Sea coast. See pages 140 – 145 for details of our recommended hotels. Prices are based on two people sharing and include private transfers, accommodation, private touring, meals as specified and flights. Single supplement available on request. International flights are with BMI in economy class – one way Business Class upgrades from £585pp. Meal basis: B Breakfast, D Dinner. This itinerary is a suggestion – our experienced sales team will be happy to create alternative, tailor-made tours. Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7650

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156 JORDAN

MA’in – near dead sea

Evason Ma’In Hot Springs & Six Senses Spa Resembling a lush oasis amidst dramatic terrain of ochre mountains, this delightful property blends traditional Jordanian architecture with contemporary refinement. Accommodation incorporates natural materials with vibrant splashes of colour and every modern amenity; all have balcony with views to the waterfalls, surrounding valley or the Dead Sea. Dining choices include relaxed ‘meze’ lunches on the terrace with views of the springs, the clifftop Panorama restaurant overlooking the Dead Sea or The Olive – a Bedouin ‘zarb’ offering alfresco meals created around home-grown ingredients. Jordan’s main sights are easily accessed, whilst a full programme of sightseeing includes a complimentary shuttle to the Dead Sea, hiking in the mountains and visits to the mosaic city of Madaba. Children are entertained in the Just Kids club, whilst adults will appreciate The Six Senses Spa. The Ma’In hot springs supply mineral-rich waters to the intimate steam cave; signature treatments incorporate blissful mud wraps and massages. 97 rooms and suites. 1 hour from Queen Alia International Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Swimming Pool Below: Evason Room

Price £ per person Superior Twin Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-21 Nov 22 Nov-26 Dec*

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-31 Oct

Evason Room One Bedroom Suite Evason One Bedroom Suite

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1321 89

12 159 221

1179 68

27 Dec-08 Jan*

1393 99

09 Jan-09 Mar 10 Mar-31 Mar*

1179 68

1321 89

01 Apr-25 Apr 26 Apr-31 May* 01 Jun-31 Aug* 01 Sep-31 Oct*

1492 99

1321 89

1179 68

1321 89

Prices are based on departures from London Heathrow with BMI and include private transfers. One way Business Class upgrades available from £585pp. *For departures between 13-31 Dec and 12 Jul-17 Aug add £100pp. *For departures 26 Apr-10 May and 01-04 Sep add £72pp. Mandatory New Year’s Eve Dinner supplement applies – details on request. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167. Special Offers – Free Nights, Honeymoon Offer – contact reservations for details.

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DEAD SEA

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Described as ‘the largest natural spa in the world’, the Dead Sea forms the backdrop to this luxurious retreat, four hundred metres below sea level in the Jordan Valley. Expansive grounds are dotted with lagoons, olive trees and palms, inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, in addition to nine swimming pools, an infinity pool and lazy river. The property is split into luxurious enclaves, the Ishtar section featuring villa-style accommodation with rooms and suites offering every amenity including complimentary minibar and many with balcony or veranda to absorb the vistas. Gourmet choices range from Mediterranean menus at Ashur to Asian fusion at The Codes, plus the prospect of unwinding around a traditional ‘sheesha’ on the Sunset Terrace with views towards Jerusalem. Float on the warm, saline waters of the Dead Sea or indulge in sumptuous treatments in the beautiful Anatara Spa. One of the Middle East’s largest, it is replete with twenty treatment rooms, a hammam and Watsu pools. 345 rooms and suites. 1 hr 30 mins from Queen Alia International Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Above: Ashur Pool Below: Beach Chalet

Price £ per person Ishtar Superior Room BED & BREAKFAST

01 Nov-15 Nov

7 nights extra night

Supplements per person per night

01 Nov-30 Nov

Ishtar Deluxe Room Junior Suite Ishtar Suite

1670 134

10 29 88

16 Nov-12 Dec 13 Dec-31 Dec* 01 Jan-31 Mar*

1485 107

1585 107

1485 107

01 Apr-10 Apr

1770 134

11 Apr-25 Apr 26 Apr-10 May* 11 May-31 May

1886 150

1785 150

1717 140

01 Jun-15 Sep*

16 Sep-15 Nov

16 Nov-30 Nov

1523 113

1717 140

1523 113

Prices are based on departures from London Heathrow with BMI and include private transfers. One way Business Class upgrades available from £585pp. *For departures between 21-31 Dec and 01-10 Jan and 01-31 Mar add £185pp. *For departures between 01-10 May add £54pp. *For departures between 12 Jul-17 Aug add £100pp. Mandatory New Year’s Eve Dinner supplement applies – details on request. Minimum stay of 3 nights for bookings which include 28 Dec-02 Jan. Child prices and single supplements are available on request. Overlapping date bands – see our Price Policy on pages 166-167.

Visit your specialist Travel Agent or call 0161 491 7650

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158 JORDAN

Petra

AMMAN

Mövenpick Resort

Four Seasons Hotel

Standing at the very gateway to the historic rose-hued city of ancient Petra, the hotel offers an oasis of comfort and calm. Relax into recently refurbished rooms with complimentary minibar – the Junior Suites being particularly spacious and offering access to the exclusive Club Lounge where complimentary beverages and snacks are available daily. Dine on tempting Jordanian and international buffets at Al Saraya overlooking the swimming pool, or enjoy à la carte selections at Al Iwan for lavish fare in mosaic-embellished surroundings. For glorious views of the pink hills and ravishing sunsets head for the roof garden with its ‘argileh’ water pipes. Further recreations include a wellness centre with gymnasium.

Set on the crest of the highest of Amman’s famed seven hills, this gleaming white limestone landmark commands sweeping views over the city. Rooms – the largest in Amman – are simply palatial, each with city vistas and every luxurious amenity. Dine in elegant style at contemporary Asia, specialising in Thai, Japanese and Chinese cuisine or try classic Italian at Vivace, followed by nightcaps in the cosmopolitan Square Bar. Relaxation comes effortlessly with indoor and rooftop swimming pools and a spa where Jordanian rituals incorporate Dead Sea salts. Local highlights such as Madaba, Mount Nebo and Jerash are easily reached by car and Amman’s stylish boutiques and bustling souks are nearby.

183 rooms and suites. 2 hours from Queen Alia International Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

192 rooms and suites. 30 minutes from Queen Alia International Airport. Official rating: 5 Stars.

Prices from £1075pp in low season, £1135pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Prices from £1025pp in low season, £1235pp in high season including economy flights, 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and private transfers. Single supplement available on request.

Below: Al Saraya Restaurant Terrace

Below: Premium Room

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Europe & North Africa Directory 11 Your essential guide to Europe & North Africa: general information on climate, currency, maps and more.

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Europe & North Africa Directory 11 Italy MILAN

LAKE COMO LAKE GARDA VERONA

CLIMATE Summers in Italy are hot, especially from Rome southwards, whilst spring and autumn are mild. Winter in the south is dry and warm whereas winter in the north is chilly.

VENICE

PORTOFINO

FLORENCE SIENA

CAPITAL Rome

ITALY

TIME DIFFERENCE GMT +1 hour in winter / GMT +2 hours in summer

ROME BARI NAPLES

OLBIA

CURRENCY Euro

CAPRI

SARDINIA

HOW TO GET THERE Direct flights to various Italian destinations operate with several airlines including British Airways. Direct regional flights are also available.

CAGLIARI PALERMO

SICILY

SCIACCA AGRIGENTO

FLYING TIME Pisa: 2 hrs 10 mins / Catania: 3 hours / Olbia: 2 hrs 20 mins

TAORMINA

SPAIN

BARCELONA MADRID

SPAIN

MALLORCA

PALMA

MURCIA

CLIMATE On the Costa del Sol, springs are warm whereas July and August are hot. Tenerife and Gran Canaria are year-round destinations with a consistently warm climate, although July and August are hot. CAPITAL Madrid TIME DIFFERENCE Spain: GMT +1 hour in winter / GMT +2 hours in summer Tenerife and Gran Canaria: GMT in winter / GMT +1 in summer CURRENCY Euro

MALAGA MARBELLA ESTEPONA GIBRALTAR

HOW TO GET THERE Spain and its islands are served by several airlines including British Airways to Malaga. Direct regional flights are also available.

TENERIFE

FLYING TIME Malaga: 2 hrs 50 mins / Tenerife: 4 hrs 15 mins / Mallorca: 2 hrs 15 mins

GRAN CANARIA

FRANCE & MONACO CLIMATE A relatively mild climate year round, though winter months can be chilly and summers hot. The best months to visit to enjoy the sun yet avoid the crowds are May, June and September.

PARIS

CAPITAL France: Paris / Principality of Monaco: Monaco FRANCE

TIME DIFFERENCE GMT +1 hour in winter / GMT +2 hours in summer CURRENCY Euro

NICE CARCASSONNE

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MONACO CANNES ST. TROPEZ

HOW TO GET THERE France is served by regular direct services from most UK airports, including British Airways to Nice and Paris. FLYING TIME Paris: 1 hr 15 mins / Nice: 2 hours

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PORTUGAL & MADEIRA CLIMATE The best times to visit Portugal are May-June and September-October when the weather is not too hot. The south enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate. Madeira remains pleasantly warm over the winter months. CAPITAL Portugal: Lisbon / Madeira: Funchal PORTUGAL

TIME DIFFERENCE GMT in winter / GMT +1 hour in summer

LISBON

CURRENCY Euro HOW TO GET THERE Portugal is served by several airlines including British Airways. Direct regional flights are also available to Faro and Madeira.

FARO

FLYING TIME Lisbon: 2 hrs 40 mins / Faro: 2 hrs 50 mins / Funchal: 3 hrs 45 mins MADEIRA FUNCHAL

CROATIA & MONTENEGRO CLIMATE The coastal regions of both countries enjoy a typically Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. At their height, summers can be hot but humidity is moderate. May-September are the best times to visit.

ZAGREB

CROATIA

CAPITAL Croatia: Zagreb / Montenegro: Podgorica

POREC

TIME DIFFERENCE GMT +1 hour in winter / GMT +2 hours in summer

PULA

CURRENCY Croatia: Kuna / Montenegro: Euro HOW TO GET THERE Direct flights to Dubrovnik operate with British Airways from London Gatwick. Pula and Split are served by a number of airlines with services from some regional airports. Direct flights operate to Tivat from London.

SPLIT

HVAR

MONTENEGRO

FLYING TIME Dubrovnik: 2 hrs 45 mins / Split & Pula: 2 hrs 20 mins / Tivat: 3 hours

DUBROVNIK TIVAT SVETI STEFAN

PODGORICA

Cyprus CLIMATE The island’s Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers is ideal for beach lovers and the mild winters are perfect for exploration. CAPITAL Nicosia TIME DIFFERENCE GMT +2 hours in winter / GMT +3 hours in summer

NICOSIA POLIS

CURRENCY Euro

CYPRUS CORAL BAY PAPHOS

LARNACA PISSOURI

HOW TO GET THERE Direct flights operate to Paphos and Larnaca with British Airways throughout the year. Direct flights are available from many regional airports with a choice of airlines. FLYING TIME Paphos: 4 hrs 25 mins

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Europe & North Africa Directory 11 GREECE CLIMATE From mid May to mid September and early October the climate is pleasant and sunshine plentiful. Summers are hot and can be a little oppressive at their height.

THESSALONIKI

HALKIDIKI

CAPITAL Athens

GREECE

TIME DIFFERENCE GMT +2 hours in winter / GMT +3 hours in summer CURRENCY Euro

ATHENS

HOW TO GET THERE Direct flights operate to Athens with onwards connections to the islands with local airlines. British Airways operates a regular direct service from London Gatwick to Thessaloniki. Direct regional flights operate with a variety of airlines to Greece and its islands.

MYKONOS

KALAMATA COSTA NAVARINO

SANTORINI

FLYING TIME Thessaloniki: 3 hrs 25 mins / Heraklion, Mykonos & Santorini: 4 hrs 40 mins

GREEK ISLANDS

CRETE

Morocco & Tunisia

TUNIS

TANGIER

TUNISIA RABAT

CASABLANCA

EL JADIDA

CAPITAL Morocco: Rabat / Tunisia: Tunis

MOROCCO

ESSAOUIRA MARRAKECH

CLIMATE Morocco has a hot, dry continental climate. Whilst exceptionally hot in July and August, winters are mild. The best times to visit are February-April and September-November. Tunisia has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit as summers can be extremely hot.

TIME DIFFERENCE Morocco: GMT all year Tunisia: GMT + 1 hour all year

OUARZAZATE

CURRENCY Morocco: Moroccan Dirham / Tunisia: Tunisian Dinar HOW TO GET THERE Direct flights to Marrakech and Casablanca operate with Royal Air Maroc from London. There are also limited connections from regional airports. British Airways flies to Tunis from London Gatwick. FLYING TIME Marrakech: 3 hrs 30 mins / Casablanca: 3 hours / Tunis: 2 hrs 30 mins

EGYPT & Jordan CLIMATE In Egypt very hot, dry summers are followed by mild, dry winters. November to March are the best times to visit for a touring holiday. The Red Sea coast is pleasant year round with fewer climatic extremes. The Jordan Valley is warm during winter with chilly evenings and extremely hot during the summer. AMMAN DEAD SEA

JORDAN

ALEXANDRIA

CAIRO AQABA

TH

EN IL E

GIZA

EGYPT

PETRA WADI RUM

HURGHADA

SHARM EL SHEIKH SOMA BAY

LUXOR ASWAN

CAPITAL Egypt: Cairo / Jordan: Amman TIME DIFFERENCE Egypt & Jordan: GMT +2 hours in winter / GMT +3 hours in summer CURRENCY Egypt: Egyptian Pound / Jordan: Jordanian Dinar HOW TO GET THERE Direct flights to Cairo from London Heathrow with British Airways and BMI, with onward connections to other Egyptian destinations with local airlines; British Airways operates direct services to Sharm el Sheikh from London Gatwick and a number of airlines serve regional airports. Amman is served by BMI and Royal Jordanian from London Heathrow. FLYING TIME Cairo: 4 hrs 40 mins / Sharm el Sheikh & Amman: 5 hours

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General Information

THE BROCHURE We take every reasonable step to ensure the accuracy of our brochure and are confident that all information is correct at the time of going to print. However, during the validity of the brochure certain hotel facilities or services may change and clients will be advised of these prior to departure, wherever possible. Should such an event occur during your holiday, however, the hotel management or our experienced local agents, where appropriate, will do their best to rectify the situation. If the problem is still not solved to your satisfaction, we suggest you telephone our offices in England on 0161 491 7650 and reverse the charges. We will do our very best to help you. PASSPORTS, VISAS & VACCINATIONS A 10-year British passport, valid for six months after your return to the UK, is required for travel to all EU and non-EU destinations featured within this brochure. It is compulsory for children to have their own passports, unless already included on their parents’ passport. Non-British passport holders should check entry requirements with the country they intend to visit. Visas are required for Egypt, Istanbul and Jordan. The cost of a visa is included in our packages to Egypt for holders of British passports and will be organised by our ground handlers upon arrival, where possible. Entry visas to Turkey and Jordan can be purchased at the airport on arrival. Vaccinations are not currently required to visit the destinations featured within this brochure. If you are travelling to Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus or Greece, you should carry a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Application forms are available from most Post Offices or call 0845 606 2030 for further details. These will allow you to make use of their health service facilities should the need arise. Please note that rules do change occasionally, so all clients are responsible for ensuring they conform to passport, visa and vaccination requirements.

milder days can be particularly conducive to a round of golf or sporting activity. City destinations tend to be most popular during spring and autumn and you should note that during August it is not unusual for city centre businesses and restaurants to close. During winter, the Canaries, Madeira, Egypt and Morocco all offer winter sun and more comfortable conditions, whilst summers in these countries can be very hot. OUR HOLIDAY PRICES Prices vary according to low and high seasons, and special offers may become available during certain dates. Please contact our reservations department for an accurate quotation. OUR HOTELS The hotels featured throughout this brochure are widely acknowledged as the finest available in Europe & North Africa – we hope we have described them well, but please do not hesitate to contact us should you require more specific information. Room facilities do vary from hotel to hotel and it is worth taking note of the following points. Beds vary between twins, queen-size and king-size and please let us know in advance should you have any special requests. Whilst all of our rooms boast en suite bathrooms, some only have showers rather than bathtubs. The dress code in most of our hotels in the evenings is elegant casual; if there are any specific dress requirements we will advise you. OUR AIRLINES All of our holidays are based upon the economy class service of scheduled airlines. Should you wish to upgrade to the airlines’ equivalent of Business Class or First Class, we do offer some excellent savings and an indication of the supplements, where applicable, is given in the relevant price panels. Baggage allowances vary according to destination, flight and class booked. Direct flights are available from many regional airports as well as reduced fares to London from regional airports; please call reservations on 0161 491 7650 for further information. Please note that all featured airlines operate a no smoking policy.

CURRENCY Credit cards are widely accepted and ATM machines available throughout Europe & North Africa. It is strongly recommended that you take your spending money in the form of travellers cheques, although we do suggest you always carry some local currency in small denominations to cover incidentals and tips.

PASSENGERS WITH REDUCED MOBILITY Current legislation requires that you advise us at least 48 hours prior to departure if you will require assistance at the airport.

HIGH AND LOW SEASON The summer months represent the ‘high season’ for most of our featured destinations, with July and August generally benefiting from the highest temperatures. It is worth remembering however, that winter can be a pleasant time to visit southern areas such as the Algarve or the south of Spain, when

CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT Hotel rooms are usually available from 3pm on the day of arrival and must be vacated by 10am on the day of departure. Should there be no incoming guests, hotels do often allow you to keep your room until later in the day – please check with the front office on the day of your departure. Should this not

be possible, a day-room is usually provided where you can change, sometimes at an additional charge. We are able to book your room from the previous evening if you have an early morning flight; an extra charge may be applicable. HEALTH & SAFETY Please use safety deposit boxes whenever possible and ensure doors and windows are locked when you leave your hotel room. Try not to carry too much cash with you, particularly when on the beach, in a busy town or visiting a popular tourist attraction where pick pockets may be operating. With regards to health, we highly recommend you take out travel insurance. Great care should be taken when sunbathing, particularly during the first few days and where children are concerned. SPECIAL REQUESTS We pride ourselves on offering our clients a personalised service and will make every effort to meet any of your special dietary, room or travel requests. If these are a particularly important factor in the choice of your holiday, it is essential they are put in writing at the time of the booking. In the unlikely event there is non-compliance, please note we do not hold any legal liability to you whatsoever. YOUR OPINION Your individual comments are vital if we are to successfully monitor the hotels and services we offer. After your holiday, we would be most grateful if you would return the questionnaire included with your travel documents. We guarantee that all views and opinions are read and acted upon where necessary. We want you to travel with Carrier the next time you are considering a holiday. DATA PROTECTION STATEMENT We have measures in place to protect the personal booking information held by us. This information will be passed on to the relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements and it will sometimes be necessary to pass your details to other organisations. We may also have to send your details to countries that may not have an equal level of data protection legislation. When you request these products and services, you give your consent that we can pass your details to other organisations. We may also use your details to provide you with features, services and offers available from us and other companies and organisations carefully selected by us. Full details of our data protection policy are available on request.


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BRITISH AIRWAYS Travelling in a premium class with British Airways assures a relaxing, pleasurable experience from beginning to end with dedicated check-in areas, luxurious lounges and the highest standards of comfort and service on board. For added convenience, passengers may now commence their journey from home using Online Check-in, choosing their seat and printing their own boarding pass. Check-in kiosks at selected airports offer a self-service option to minimise waiting times.

FIRST

CLUB WORLD

* A choice of check-in options including a dedicated check-in area at selected airports

* A choice of check-in options

* Dedicated First Departure lounges at London Heathrow and London Gatwick

* Complimentary treatment at the Elemis Travel Spa at London Heathrow

* Complimentary treatment at the Elemis Travel Spa at London Heathrow

* Armchair-style seat and footstool which convert into a 6’ fully flat bed

* Spacious personal suite

* Privacy between seats at the touch of a button

* Enhanced seats which convert into a 6’ 6” horizontal bed

* Audio Visual On Demand entertainment system with over 200 film, TV, music and games options†

* Anya Hindmarch designed wash bag with a luxury range of well-being products * Audio Visual On Demand entertainment system with over 200 film, TV, music and games options† * Formal gourmet dining or an informal side service option * Complimentary bar service * Access to Arrivals lounges at London Heathrow and London Gatwick CLUB EUROPE * A choice of check-in options * Fast Track Security channel * Access to the Departures lounge * Separate cabin at the front of the aircraft * In-flight entertainment on some longer routes * A choice of hot meals and snacks * Complimentary bar service including Champagne

British Airways Club World

* Access to the Departures lounge

* Local and international cuisine with a complimentary bar service * Snacks available from the Club Kitchen * Access to the Arrivals lounges at London Heathrow and London Gatwick WORLD TRAVELLER PLUS * A separate, quieter, premium economy cabin * Larger seats and 7” more legroom than World Traveller * Audio Visual On Demand entertainment system with over 200 film, TV, music and games options† * Meals designed by leading chefs with complimentary bar service throughout World Traveller Plus and Club World available on flights to and from Egypt; First available on Cairo route only. † Currently being introduced across longhaul routes, not available on all aircraft

British Airways Lounge – London Heathrow


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BMI

PRIVATE JET TRAVEL

BUSINESS CLASS

Chartering your own private aircraft offers the ultimate in bespoke travel. Wherever in the world you are travelling – whether to a nearby European city, a short hop between islands, or to a far-flung beach – there is simply no quicker or more convenient way to reach your destination in luxurious style. As time becomes ever more precious, the convenience and flexibility of private air travel is an increasingly appealing choice, restoring a sense of freedom and discovery.

* bmi Chauffeur Drive service for eligible routes and tickets * Premium Check-in area at London Heathrow * The London Room – a recently refurbished lounge for UK & Ireland customers * The Great British Lounge – a flagship international lounge at London Heathrow * Separate onboard cabin with dedicated in-flight team * A varied selection of international, cuisine designed by a leading British Chef * Personal in-flight entertainment system and complimentary newspapers * Extra hold luggage allowance * Arrivals lounge at London Heathrow with complimentary washrooms and refreshments

Above products are available on flights to and from Cairo and Amman

The Great British Lounge

With access to all sizes of aircraft flying to and from almost any airport in the world, Carrier can tailor travel to fit to your own timetable. From small turboprops, helicopters and jets to commercial sized planes, there is an aircraft for every occasion and requirement. Select the most convenient airports, often accessible only by private jet, meaning less time travelling and more time to enjoy on the beach. Prescribed schedules and check-in queues are no longer a concern whilst privately managed terminals with dedicated staff look after every detail – and there are no lengthy waits at the airport before departure.

Typical Private Jet interior

On-board, sumptuous spacious cabins include leather seats and sofas, with up-to-theminute entertainment and business facilities. Personalised cabin service and gourmet dining can be arranged, with concierge services organising favourite meals, birthday cakes and the finest wines and champagnes in-flight. On arrival, limousines can be waiting to whisk passengers straight to their destination. Uncompromising luxury throughout. * Flexible departure and arrival points, flying to and from almost any airport * Reduced flying times * Fly at a time convenient to you – no scheduled timetables to adhere to * No check-in queues or waiting at the airport * State-of-the-art aircraft * Spacious cabins with large leather seats and sofas * Gourmet catering * In-flight entertainment; personal choice of music or films * Limousine transfers to and from the airport, on request


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Booking Conditions

This brochure was published in September 2010. The holidays featured are operated by Carrier Ltd (the Company) which is registered in England under company number 2671002. Carrier Ltd is a member of ABTA, membership number V0391. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. The following conditions, together with the information set out in the relevant brochure descriptions will form part of your contract with the Company. This contract is made on the terms of these booking conditions, which are governed by English law, and the jurisdiction of the English Courts but not exclusively so if you are domiciled elsewhere in the UK then the Courts of Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland also have jurisdiction. 1. BOOKING YOUR HOLIDAY To secure your booking you should forward to the Company the relevant payment (see Section 2 below). A contract will exist when we issue our confirmation invoice. The Company will try and arrange for special requests to be met but these cannot be guaranteed. The Company will not be liable if any special request is not met. If you arrange your holiday direct with the Company all correspondence will be forwarded to the lead passenger unless otherwise stipulated. If your booking is made through a travel agent all communications by the Company will be made to that address. 2. PAYMENTS A deposit of 10% of the holiday cost – subject to a minimum of £250 per person – is payable and payment of the balance is due no later than 8 weeks before departure. If the booking is made within 8 weeks of departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. If the holiday is made through a travel agent, all monies paid by the client to the travel agent, under or in contemplation of a contract with Carrier Ltd are held by the travel agent as an agent of Carrier Ltd. If payment is not received on the due date the holiday or travel arrangements will be liable to cancellation which will lead to loss of deposit. Tickets and other documents will normally be forwarded 10-14 days before date of departure. Any cancellations will be subject to the terms in clause 4. Cancellation by you. Additional deposits may be required for: (a) yachts, villas and certain lodges/safaris and ski holidays (b) departures over Christmas and other periods - as may be detailed (c) certain airfares which have to be ticketed at the time of booking and are non refundable. full details will be advised at the time of booking. 3. PRICE POLICY All prices quoted in this brochure are calculated on rates of exchange as known on 6 August and as published in the Financial Times of 6 August 2010 (£1 =EUR1.20). Brochure prices can go up or down. Before you make a booking we will give you the up to date price of your chosen holiday, including the cost of any peak season supplements, fuel charges, upgrades or additional facilities which you have requested. The price of unsold holidays may be increased or decreased at any time. The price of your holiday will be confirmed on booking. When you have booked your holiday and paid your deposit (or the full amount if you book within eight weeks of departure), the price of your holiday as shown on your confirmation invoice is guaranteed and will not be subject to any changes or surcharges unless you elect to change the confirmed booking (see Clause 5). At no time is the Company liable to give a breakdown of costs due to the nature of the holiday bought by the client. Due to the financial commitments being made by Carrier we regret we are not able to make reductions in holiday prices should the £ strengthen. Those holidays which have not been completed within those date bands detailed within the relevant price panels will be subject to an applicable reduction or increase.

4. CANCELLATION BY YOU Any cancellation by the client must be advised in writing to the Company (signed by the same person who made the original booking). Cancellation will only come into effect on the day written advice is received by the Company. Recorded or Special Delivery is strongly recommended. Upon receipt the following charges (excluding amendments charges paid) will be payable by the client, depending upon the number of days prior to departure

with a refund of the difference in price; or (c) cancel your holiday with a full refund of all monies paid. In all 3 cases, minimum compensation will be paid as detailed below unless the change occurs as a result of circumstances beyond our control. Period before departure within which a major change is notified to you or your travel agent

Days prior to departure date when % of holiday written advice of cancellation received payable

More than 60 days: 60 – 42 days: 41 – 28 days: 27 – 15 days: 14 – 0 days:

Prior to 61 days: 60 – 42: 41 – 28: 27 – 7: Less than 7 days:

deposit forfeited; 30% of total holiday cost 60% of total holiday cost 90% of total holiday cost 100% of total holiday cost

Due to some airline, chalet and hotel requirements during peak periods various cancellation charges may apply - the rates above will not be applicable. The charges will be advised at the time of booking. We would strongly suggest that you take out full insurance, which will in most cases include cover, under certain circumstances, against loss of deposit or cancellation fees. 5. CHANGES MADE TO A CONFIRMED BOOKING This facility is available and an administration fee of £40.00 (plus communication charges) per alteration will be charged. Alteration of a booking within 8 weeks of departure date may incur additional costs. PLEASE NOTE: Most flight tickets cannot be changed without payment of cancellation charges and/or the cost of a replacement ticket. 6. ALTERATION TO A CONFIRMED BOOKING WHILST ABROAD We regret that no credit or refund is possible for any unused services provided in the cost of your holiday. If you decide to alter your travel arrangements whilst abroad this is your own responsibility and Carrier Ltd or the Company’s Agents are not responsible for any extras or difficulties that may arise with onward travel as a result of such alterations. No credit or refund is possible for any lost, mislaid, stolen or destroyed documents which could be the subject of a claim on your own insurance. 7. CANCELLATION OR ALTERATION BY US We hope and expect to be able to provide you with all the services we have confirmed to you at the time of booking. We plan arrangements a long time in advance of your holiday using independent suppliers such as airlines, hotels etc., over whom we have no direct control. On occasions changes do have to be made, and we reserve the right to make these. Most of these changes are minor. However, if we consider them a significant change we will endeavour to advise you or your Travel Agent as soon as reasonably possible. A significant change includes a change of accommodation to that of a lower category and/or price, a change of flight time of more than 12 hours, a change of UK departure airport, or a significant change of resort area. In accordance with EU regulations we are required to advise you of the actual air carrier operating your flight/connecting flight/transfer. We do this by listing carriers to be used or likely to be used on the relevant brochure pages and/ or your holiday confirmation invoice. Any changes to the actual airline after you have received your tickets will be notified to you as soon as possible and in all cases at check-in or at the boarding gate. Such a change is deemed to be a minor change. In the case of a significant change before your departure we will provide you with three alternatives: (a) alternative travel arrangements of equivalent or of very closely similar standard and price, if available. (b) alternative travel arrangements of a lower standard together

Compensation Per Person NIL £20 £30 £40 £50

Circumstances amounting to “force majeure” include any event which we or the supplier of the services in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid such as war or threat of war, civil strife, riot, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, sickness, bad weather, the acts of any Government or public authority and all similar events which are beyond our control. It is regretted that under such circumstances there will be no compensation payable. Please note, we are reliant on information provided by the Foreign Office. A significant change includes a change of accommodation to that of a lower category and/or price, a change of flight time of more than 12 hours, a change of UK departure airport (except between London airports) or a significant change of resort area. 8. OUR RESPONSIBILITIES If the contract we have with you is not performed or is improperly performed by us or our suppliers we will pay you appropriate compensation if this has affected the enjoyment of your travel arrangements. However we will not be liable where any failure in the performance of the contract is due to: you; or a third party unconnected with the provision of the travel arrangements and where the failure is unforeseeable or unavoidable; or unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised; or an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall. Our liability, except in cases involving death, injury or illness, shall be limited to a maximum of two times your travel arrangements. Our liability will also be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to (a) The contractual terms of the companies that provide the transportation for your travel arrangements. These terms are incorporated into this contract; and (b) Any relevant international convention, for example the Montreal Convention in respect of travel by air, the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea, the Berne Convention in respect of travel by rail and the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of accommodation, which limit the amount of compensation that you can claim for death, injury, delay to passengers and loss, damage and delay to luggage. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of any limitation of compensation contained in these or any conventions. You can ask for copies of the transport companies’ contractual terms, or the international conventions, from our offices. No.1 Lakeside, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8 3GW. Tel 0161 491 7600. If the contract we have with you is not performed or is improperly performed as a result of failures attributable to a third party unconnected with the provision of the services, or as a result of failures due to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised, or an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall, and you suffer an injury or other material loss, we will offer you such prompt assistance as is reasonable in the circumstances. 9. RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CLIENT Any passports, visas, health certificates, International Driving Licences and other travel documents required for the holiday must

Acknowledgement: We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Designer Holidays, Khimsar Fort and Taj Hotels for their assistance with our brand photography.


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be obtained by the client, whose responsibility it remains to ensure that these are all in order and to meet any additional costs incurred (whether by the client or by the Company on the clients behalf) as a result of failure to comply with such requirements. You are responsible to arrive at stated departure times and places and any loss or damage which you suffer through failure to do so lies with you. The Company has no liability whatsoever to you through your failure to do so. The Foreign & Commonwealth Advice Unit may have issued information about your holiday destination. You are advised to check this information on the Internet under the address http://www.fco.gov.uk/. Alternatively, you can contact the ABTA Consumer Affairs Information Department on 0901 2015050 (calls charged at 50p min). Under EU Regulation 261/2004 you have the rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from your airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Full details of these rights will be published at EU airports and will also be available from airlines. However reimbursement in such cases will not automatically entitle you to a refund of your holiday cost from us. Your right to a refund and/or compensation from us is set out in clause 7. If any payments are due to you from us, any payment made to you by the airline will be deducted from this amount. 10. Airline/Airport Delays We use the scheduled services of the world’s major international airlines. These are rarely subject to lengthy delays. In the unlikely event that this does happen, arrangements for meals, overnight accommodation, etc. should be met by your airline. Conditions of carriage are available on request. In the event of a flight being delayed, we will arrange for the following to be provided, whenever practical, and subject to the airport being able to cater for this:- over 4 hours, an appropriate meal, and for delays of at least 8 hours extending beyond midnight, overnight accommodation will be provided wherever possible. However, this will depend on such factors as the expected length of delay, local availability of accommodation, immigration rulings etc. Where long flight delays result in lost holiday time, no refunds are given by hotels for unused accommodation, as rooms are held for delayed arrivals, not re-let. Under EU law you may be entitled in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from your airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Full details of these rights may be published at EU airports and will also be available from airlines.  However re-imbursement in such cases will not automatically entitle you to a full refund of your holiday from us.  If any payments to you are due from us, any payment made by the airline will be deducted from this amount.  If your airline does not comply, you should complain to the Air Transport users Council on 020 7240 6061 www.aug/org.uk 11. COMPLAINTS Most problems can be sorted out straight away if we know about them. If you have a complaint you must report it immediately and directly to the supplier (eg. Hotel Manager), or the emergency contact numbers provided with your travel documents. If you fail to follow this procedure, this may affect your rights under this contract, as we have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify the problem. If the problem cannot be resolved locally and you wish to complain, full details must be received in writing to: Customer Relations Department, Carrier Ltd, No.1 Lakeside, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8 3GW within 28 days of return. Should we be unable to resolve your complaint amicably, the matter may (if the client so wishes) be referred to Arbitration under a special scheme which, though devised by arrangement with ABTA, is administered quite independently by the IDRS part of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. The scheme provides a simple and inexpensive method of Arbitrations on documents alone with restricted liability on the customer in respect of costs. The scheme applies to claims for an amount no greater than £5,000 per person or £25,000 per booking. 12. CONSUMER PROTECTION We provide full financial protection. When you buy an ATOL protected air holiday package from us you will receive a Confirmation Invoice from us (or via our authorised agent through which you booked) confirming your arrangements and your protection under our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 2968. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. For further information visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk. The price

of our air holiday packages includes the amount of £1 per person as part of the ATOL Protection Contribution (APC) we pay to the CAA. This charge is included in our advertised prices. 13. INSURANCE We believe it is essential to take out travel insurance when you go on holiday. 14. Out of Date range Flights Our brochures are prepared well in advance and scheduled airlines will generally not have loaded their seats to sell until approximately 10 months before the departure. Should this apply we will inform you at the time of booking and calculate the price in anticipation that seats will be available in the specific airline booking class to which our specially negotiated airfares apply. We will issue an invoice recording the arrangements reserved for you and will take a deposit, but a contract will not exist between us. When the airline seats become available to book we will tell you the price and give you 7 days to either accept the price or cancel the booking and receive a full refund. If you accept the price, we will issue an invoice and a contract exists between us. In the event that flight seats/accommodation does not become available, you will receive a full refund. 15. From Prices Carrier offers you the flexibility to create your own holiday from the range of accommodation and services available. Because of the wide choice, it is not possible to list every price on every date. A ‘from’ price is indicative of the lowest price available for the hotel or itinerary featured but this may vary depending on a number of factors such as your date of travel and choice of accommodation. To help you in choosing a holiday which is tailor made by us to your requirements, please call our Sales team, or visit your travel agent or our website for further information about services and prices. We will be happy to provide you with an up to date quote. 16. Travel Information and documents After booking you will receive an invoice with any important information relevant to the destination you are visiting. We strongly recommend that you check the details and read the information. Approximately 10-14 days before departure you will receive your flight/ e-ticket together with an itinerary. However, in the case of late payment and/or late bookings, tickets may be handed to you at the airport on departure. Please ensure that you check the flight timings on your tickets carefully. The correct timings, using the 24hour clock system, may have been adjusted since we published the brochure and since you received your invoice.

flight timings, and days of operation are subject to change. We will advise you of any significant change as soon as we ourselves are informed by the airline. Minor timing changes will be shown on the flight tickets, which you should check carefully when received. Should the changes involve a reduction of your duration, we will offer you a refund of any applicable costs. 20. Water and Electricity Supplies In many of the less sophisticated destinations we feature, the water and electricity services struggle to keep up with the increased demands from tourism. Limited rainfall can put further pressure on their provision. Hotels do everything possible to maintain full services. However, occasional power cuts and/or water restrictions may be experienced. 21. Accommodation in the tropics In many hotels, especially beach resorts ‘insects’ in the rooms (e.g.. cockroaches etc) are almost inevitable. It should by no means be taken as a sign of dirtiness, simply a fact of life in these destinations. Views from some hotel rooms may be partly obscured by palm trees and other vegetation that can grow very quickly in tropical climates. 22. Water sports and other activities Many hotels offer water sports and other sporting activities, in some cases these may be free of charge. Please note that in the interest of your personal safety, the operators of these activities may require that you demonstrate your competence (for example a swimming test) prior to commencement and reserve the right to refuse participation for any reason if they feel this may compromise your or another guest’s safety. 23. Behaviour Most people go on holiday for rest and relaxation, so if in our reasonable opinion or in the opinion of any airline pilot, hotel manager, tour leader or other person in authority, your behaviour is causing danger, damage to property or persistently affecting the enjoyment of others, we reserve the right to terminate your holiday. Should this happen no refund or compensation would be paid.

18. Building work Many hotels and resorts are continuing to develop, sometimes rapidly and intensively and often with little or no advance warning. Whilst we have no control over such work, as a responsible tour operator, it is important to us that you are aware of any significant building/refurbishment work that may be going on during your stay. General refurbishment at hotels is necessary to maintain standards but if we are informed of such work, we will endeavour to notify you of any activity as soon as possible, however near to your departure this may be.

Data Protection Policy Information about you and members of your party, including your names, contact details and any special needs, disabilities or dietary requirements is collected by us when you request information or make a booking with us. You are responsible for ensuring that other members of your party are aware of our booking conditions and this privacy policy and that they consent to your acting on their behalf in your dealings with us. We may disclose this information to our service providers (who may be located outside the UK/EEA) for the purpose of providing you with your travel arrangements and insurance. Only information necessary for this purpose will be disclosed to them. In the case of air travel, it may be mandatory for us to disclose information for security and anti-terrorism purposes and any other purpose imposed on us by governments or airlines. We may use your information for the purposes set out in our data protection registration with the Office of the Information Commissioner. We may disclose the same to companies in the Kuoni Group for business purposes and to companies who act as data processors on our behalf. Some information, for example relating to your religion or health, may be “sensitive personal data” within the meaning of the Data Protection Act 1998. We need this information to cater for your needs, but it is collected on condition that we have your positive consent. If you do not agree to our use of your information, we cannot accept your booking. By making a booking with us, you agree to allow your insurers, their agents and medical staff to disclose relevant information to us in circumstances where we may need to act in the interests of everyone in the group with whom you are travelling. For example, if you contract an infectious illness whilst on holiday, we may need to make special arrangements for you and ensure that you do not return with the group immediately. From time to time we may contact you by post with information about special offers or holidays. If you do not wish to receive such information, please notify us. You have the right to ask us in writing for a data subject access request form to obtain a copy of the information which we hold about you. You will be charged a fee for this.

19. Flight Changes Airlines occasionally may change the type of aircraft used on a particular flight without advance warning. Scheduled and charter

Any request should be addressed to The Company Secretary, Carrier Ltd, No.1 Lakeside, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 3GW

17. Brochure Accuracy We rigorously check the information given in our brochure about accommodation, resorts, itineraries etc., to ensure it is correct at the time of going to press but in view of the fact that brochures are prepared in advance, advertised facilities may be changed. Therefore changes may be made to the particulars in this brochure at any time before the contract with you is made. In these circumstances we will notify you of changes before you book. However, please bear in mind that hoteliers, restaurateurs, night club owners etc., may wish to maintain or improve their facilities, or even take a break themselves. Flight times, carriers and routes in the brochure are given for guidance only as there may be changes. Final details will be shown on your tickets. Tour, excursion, cruise or safari itineraries may change as a result of local conditions. Circumstances such as these, or weather conditions, time of year etc., may cause some of the amenities we have described to be unavailable or different from those advertised in our brochure. When we are told of any significant or long term changes we will always endeavour to advise you prior to your departure.


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