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Jewish News 29 June 2017

Travel / A French Romance



Diane Spender and her husband lingered in Languedoc for a weekend without the children and loved it


ere’s a suggestion. Take a short flight to Béziers, pick up a hire car and then enjoy a slow drive through the beautiful Languedoc countryside and vineyards. Stop for a moment at a café to marvel at the boats on the Canal du Midi and then, after a refreshing citron pressé, proceed on your journey. Then, when you are just outside of Capestang, turn off the ignition, revel in the silence and look ahead at Château Les Carrasses, the stunning fairytale turreted 19th century castle that you are about to call home for the next few days. Château Les Carrasses is the sort of glamorous continental residence Cary Grant and Grace Kelly would have stayed at in a 1950s screen romance. I was beginning to wish I’d packed a hat and gloves as we were escorted to our apartment, the Bridal Suite or Le Grand Salon, as it is officially known – which was odd for a couple married for 20 years, but who were we to argue? And nor did we as we were rendered totally speechless entering our salon – a two-bedroom apartment, with open-plan kitchen and living area, which was extremely spacious with a pale grey stylish décor and all mod-cons. “What a shame the girls are at home

revising,” I said to Cary, I mean my husband Mike, who was unfazed by their absence and, instead, focused on the amazing views of the infinity pool and vineyards surrounding the château. Of course I had to try out the free-standing bath in the bedroom holding a glass of rosé and then have a nap on the comfiest bed (with an extra soft topping) I have ever slept on. Château Les Carrasses is a luxury family orientated resort, and has been beautifully renovated into 28 stylish suites, apartments and villas. Accommodation ranges from double-bedded apartments to three-bedroom houses in the winery’s old outbuildings, many with private sun terraces and pools. The estate is the perfect mix of selfcatering and hotel facilities, which include that magnificent infinity pool, floodlit clay tennis courts, boules court, barbecue area, complimentary mountain bikes, a kid’s club and bistro and bar. There is everything here you need for a

great family break, too. If you simply want to relax and unwind by the pool, the views from the terrace are best enjoyed with one of the Château’s house wines, made with grapes grown in the surrounding vineyards. There was a wine tasting prior to dinner on Friday night, one of a planned series of events to make the Château a centre of both local and visitor interest. Cuisine being at the heart of everyday life here, dinner at its brasserie was wonderful, offering fresh Mediterranean dishes using local produce with tapas style starters, followed by a slow cooked lamb, in a warm and relaxed atmosphere. There is also a good choice of fish on the menu. If you can tear yourself away from the pool, the bed, the wine glass... there are plenty of things to keep you busy in the area, and hotel manager Lucy and her excellent team were always on hand with great advice. Our first experience of this region was of Poilhes, the laid-back sleepy French village, where we stopped for a delicious lunch and

our fifth (I think) glass of rosé at La Tour Sarrasine, positioned in a lovely location along the banks of the Canal du Midi. Pézenas has the best market to go to in Languedoc on a Saturday morning, as it takes over the whole of the town centre and offers a great range of regional food, clothing, flowers and general knick-knacks. A short drive from Les Carrasses brings you to the golden stretch of sand on the Mediterranean coast. Wander along the quays of Marseillan port and allow yourself to be transported by the gentle sound of water lapping on the boat hulls. The surrounding restaurants offer delicious fish of all kinds and one shouldn’t miss a tour of La Maison Noilly Prat to discover the history and traditional craft of one of the first French vermouths. Minerve is a picturesque fortified medieval village situated on top of the gorge of the River Cesse and is a must-see. On our final day, we went over to the sister estate, Chateau St Pierre de Serjac, a magnificent château estate, which mirrors the style of Les Carresses. The pool and view are to die for; an excellent infinity pool and views over the vineyards. We were shown around by marketing manager Darren, who explained how

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A French Romance / Travel

Château St Pierre de Serjac

the château had been renovated into what it is today, with an extremely inviting spa that is open to all the guests. You can book a variety of treatments, from deep pore facials to energising scrubs, but I opted for a relaxing Moroccan argan oil massage, followed by an outstanding three-course lunch in the restaurant. All of these meals were complimented with

a dazzling assortment of wines (I don’t think I’ve drunk so much wine in the space of a weekend before). Château Les Carrasses is a rare find in a stunning setting with amazing food and drink and friendly attentive staff who work hard to make sure you have a great time. And we certainly did.



Food at Serjac

Marseillan Port

GETTING THERE The Languedoc region is easy to reach – fly with Ryanair to Béziers (30 minutes), or easyJet to Perpignan (50 minutes), Montpellier (1 hour) or Carcassone (1 hour) For further information on Château Les Carrasses, visit, and for Château St Pierre de Serjac visit To enquire or make a booking, call 0845 686 8067, or email A one-night stay costs from 249 Euro during high season (sleeps two).


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Jewish News 29 June 2017

Travel / Get Me Back To Greece



Greece is much more than a holiday destination for Brigit Grant... it is home


n the summer of 1975 travel changed for my family. Harold Wilson was prime minister, the Bay City Rollers were high in the charts, but, more importantly, my mother was reading holiday brochures instead of novels. This led to her fascination with all things Hellenic, and in late July, as my school friends set off for Birchington and Bournemouth, my family boarded a plane to the Greek island of Rhodes. That first trip to the largest of the Dodecanese islands remains a vivid memory and not because my little sister dropped a toy Womble down the pocket of a pool table. It was because my mother cried when we left. She had fallen in love with a place that was once home to ancient wonder Colossus and the conquering Knights of St John of Jerusalem. Going forward, it would be our home every summer. It would be easier to list what didn’t happen on the magical island of Rhodes during those

two big bathrooms certainly ticked the August residencies when we made life-long boxes, as did the executive breakfast at the friendships, played as kids, partied as adults, and Dionysos restaurant, which overlooks the where I will forever have an image of my late charming private pebble beach with father sitting by the shore, smiling. excellent watersports. The joy of those times came With eight eateries offering flooding back when I returned Greek, French, Italian, as to Rhodes for the first time well as buffet catering, in 12 years, accompanied it’s impressive that the by my husband and service is so consistdaughter – with whom ently good and this ‘A’ I was keen to share the for effort extends to the past and explore the Pink Wave team, who do new. the A-Z of exercise by day The Amilia Mare (aqua aerobics to Zumba) Hotel in Kallithea isn’t Pink Wave team and cabaret at night. new but, as part of Aldemar with Brigit’s daughter Ten minutes from this super Resorts, it was majorly refursmart and efficient residence is bished a few years ago and now the old town of Rhodes, with its cobbled has enough pools, restaurants and daily streets, tree-shaded cafes and the oldest synaentertainment to keep its all-inclusive guests gogue in Greece. very happy. Our sea view family room with

Amilia Mare Hotel and above

The Kahal Shalom synagogue (circa 1557) opens as often as possible and we joined a jolly Shavuot service held by an American Greek chazan on the eve of his son’s barmitzvah. To see such vitality in this ancient building was poignant, as around the corner, the Square of the Jewish Martyrs has a monument commemorating the 1,604 Jews killed during the Holocaust. That this centrepiece exists at all is another reason to love the generous people on this island, which is wildly popular with Israelis who live so close and must appreciate the use of Ivrit besides other languages on public signs. For the second part of our stay, we were at the Lindos Royal Hotel at Vilcha near Lindos itself. The splendid colonial-style architecture that provides footbridges across the winding pool is only outshone by the natural beauty of the Aegean Sea behind. Our comfortable, but more basic room lacked powerful air con and though the all-inclusive buffet was tasty and plentiful,

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Get Me Back to Greece / Travel there were not enough vistas to enjoy while eating. While saluting the merits of all-inclusive packages for families, there’s a lot to see outside good hotels, and Lindos is the jewel in the crown. A turquoise bay with white-washed buildings scattered across a hillside topped by the acropolis is the aesthetic overture to a village with a maze of cobbled streets filled with lazy cats, donkey transportation, lush bougainvillea and the best shops. At night, restaurants stylishly reinventing the national cuisine transform the landscape by hosting on the rooftops and, if you are lucky enough to stay, don’t miss the sunrise. Celebs love Lindos and we watched David Gilmour of Pink Floyd walk his daughter to her wedding and designer Jasper Conran get angry with his boat, although it’s the warm generous Greeks who are the real stars on this island. On our last day, we were on Pallas Beach, where golden sand borders the stillest sea and the tavernas are world-class. Reluctant to say goodbye, I waited for the beach to clear before heading up the hill. When I looked back at the view below and saw my dad sitting by the shore smiling. I can’t think of a better place to leave him.

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Travel / Caribbean kosher

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on the size and requirements of each group, will have a mashgiach to supervise. “But we don’t compromise on our gourmet standard.” In an enviroment previously reserved for billionaires and oligarchs, this would be unlikely and although this kind of bespoke experience doesn’t come cheap, the real value is obvious when you are being served cocktails by a personal butler in a secluded cove on Koh Yao Noi n Thailand. Chefs, mixologists, butlers, fitness instructions, children activities coordinators, massage therapists and housekeeping is all part of the privilege, along with floodlit tennis courts, infinite pools, ocean suites and daily activity programmes for the children. Visit or call Ira on +1 718 577 1188

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Jewish News 29 June 2017

Travel / Go Girl



Organised travel requires a woman’s touch. Brigit Grant talks to Naomi Mendel

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en might believe they decide on holiday destinations, but women know otherwise. Females are always on a fact-finding mission for suitable vacations as, unlike men, they realise the importance of inter-connecting rooms for children, access to the beach with a pushchair and journey times to the airport. We’re generalising, of course, as men have successfully navigated the world, but ask one about his last holiday and he will tell you it was “good”, “ok-ish” or “very expensive”. Asked the same question, a woman will reveal every

detail of her excursion and pass on any business cards for bars and restaurants. Knowing this makes Naomi Mendel the obvious choice for creating your holiday plans, as she is a personal travel consultant at Hays Travel, which is the largest independent agent in the UK. Naomi has been simplifying the vacation process for years, and her clients rely on her for competitive rates on flights and hotels across the globe, as well as to source package holidays both near and far. Tailor-made arrangements are her speciality, along with


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Israel which is a personal favourite. “We offer the keenest prices and a very personal service ,” she says, adding: “Something one won’t get by booking on the internet.” Like her male counterparts across the travel business, Naomi knows that the industry is very fickle and a change in trends depends on so many factors. “Until a few years ago, Turkey was probably one of the most popular destinations,” she says. “Because of the political unrest this has changed, although it is hopefully beginning to pick up again.” “British Airways is also having a bad time at the moment, owing to their computer problems a few weeks ago and many people are saying ‘I won’t go with British Airways again’, but from my experience, this is something that will pass with time and be forgotten.” The most obvious change has been the rise in prices since Brexit, which has affected the exchange rate. “Many families are going for an ‘all-inclusive” arrangement so at least one knows everything is paid for in advance. No one wants nasty surprises at the end for ice creams, drinks meals out, etc.” This year, apart from Israel, some of Naomi’s most popular summer holiday destinations are Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and the United States. Cruises are also in demand, as are city breaks in Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, Venice, Florence and Rome. Naomi can tell you a lot about Reykavik in Iceland, as it grows in appeal

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Jewish News 29 June 2017

Travel / The personal touch


DAGENHAM Georgia Walters meets East London’s travel expert

IT IS EASY to assume that travel agencies are no longer needed as you can book everything online. This couldn’t be further from the truth. If you’re looking for a cruise, a multicentre trip or a great deal, you need to talk to an expert. Farley Shelkin established Dagenham Travel in the 1980s to share his expertise with the travelling public – and his services are still very much in demand today. “Before computers were so prominent, the public had no choice but to use a travel agent for everything from hotel and flights down to transfers and excursions, but now we can book much of our holiday expediently online,” says Farley. Nonetheless, travel agencies

are great for getting us holiday deals we cannot obtain online, and are still valuable for booking cruises and tailor-made trips. For someone booking a multi-centre holiday, the expertise of a travel agent is indispensable. Before he set up his own agency, Farley worked at Thomas Cook’s head offices in Mayfair and then went on to manage a succession of high street agencies. Working in a competitive market, he had the task of establishing his agency alongside six others in the area. Starting out with only a few local clients, the agency needed to expand. To achieve prominence, it set out to offer a really personal service and put out a series of adverts publishing Farley’s home number for those who required

his expertise on evenings and weekends. “From the day these adverts were released, the phone was endlessly ringing with travellers keen to secure last-minute deals, “ he says. Thirty-four years later, Dagenham Travel prevails as the only travel agency still operating in the area. Farley has two full-time staff who have both been with him for nearly 20 years. More recently, the industry has seen changes in the holiday choices people make. “The falling pound has naturally pushed up prices, so people are even more keen to look for deals,” he says. “Budapest and Prague are good value for city breaks, but our most popular destinations are always America, Greece, Spain, Israel and the Canaries, and cruises are highly sought-after.

“When it comes to winter breaks, our clients head for the sun – mainly the Caribbean and South Africa, or the Canaries if they don’t want to travel so far. The great new destination is the Cape Verde islands – these are a great choice as the flight is only six hours and the winter climate is really favourable. “I still get a buzz when I get a call from a client after returning from their holiday telling me what a great time they had,” says Farley. “This is what it’s all about for me.” A five-star all-inclusive holiday in Cape Verde for 10 nights starts from £2,000 including flights and transfers.


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Travel / Ships and seaside

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bit different, why not try a river cruise? The small, boutique ships are perfectly designed to navigate the winding locks and rivers of Europe, Asia and Africa, taking you to the heart of the country you’re sailing through. Perfect if you really want to immerse yourself in local culture, gastronomy and history of the world – most river cruise lines will offer complimentary shore excursions, and even bicycles if you want to explore on your own with Forever Cruises waiting for you. Forever Cruises, China House, Wing Yip, Unit G02, 401 Edgware Road, London, NW2 6GY. T: 0800 091 4150


MOMENT Bournemouth is still a favourite – and one hotel in particular Dear Chanie A big thank you to you and all your staff for providing us with such a comfortable stay last night. The buffet dinner was delicious, with so much variety and choice. The self-service breakfast was ideal and the freshly-made sandwiches for lunch today were perfect. You were all so accommodating and went above and beyond to make us feel at home. We’ll definitely spread the word about your establishment! Can we please book for next year?! Shabbat Shalom Anna As most of us are more prolific when it comes to writing letters of complaint, how nice it must have been for the owners of the Water Garden Hotel to receive the above. Not that letters enthusing about the Bournemouth property

are in short supply, as most guests readily comment on the quality of service, food and general ambience after a restful stay. Under the supervision of Rabbi Yosef Alperowitz of Chabad of Bournemouth, the hotel, which is close to the East Cliff and beach, boasts a charming garden, a great restaurant run by a head chef who likes to push the boundaries and, unusually, for those who like to snack there is an in-house deli. Water Garden Hotel is also extremely affordable and for those who would rather holiday in the UK this summer, Bournemouth is familiar and welcoming for families who are welcome at this hotel, which has rooms large enough to accommodate them. T: 01202 555565 No1_cash_a_cheque_advert_2_jun17.pdf



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Lake Garda Stay pp

& L U X U RY G R E E K I S L E S C R U I S E Much loved and celebrated by poets and artists, Lake Garda boasts a jaw-dropping landscape of crystal-clear dark blue water, jagged mountains in the North and vineyards and lemon groves in the South. Explore picturesque towns, thermal bath resorts and an abundance of charming lakeside promenades during your fantastic three nights’ stay. Then travel by 1st Class rail to Venice where you will board the beautiful Riviera. Visit Kotor in Montenegro and explore its stunning coastline that sits above tranquil turquoise waters. Soak up the sun and catch a tan on Mykonos and Kefalonia’s beaches and discover Santorini’s dramatic cliffs and whitewashed villages. Plus enjoy FREE Unlimited internet and a choice of FREE house select drinks package or, up to 6 FREE shore excursions or up to $600 onboard credit*. Itinerary A or B: Lake Garda Stay Pre-Cruise Included: • Return flights from London Gatwick • Return Lake Garda transfers • Three nights’ four-star bed-and-breakfast hotel stay in Lake Garda • First Class rail journey to Venice • Eight-ten nights’ full-board cruise onboard Riviera • Transfer to airport Itinerary C or D: Lake Garda Stay Post-Cruise Included: • Return flights from London Gatwick • Return Rome or Athens transfers • One night’s four-star bed-and-breakfast hotel stay in Rome or Athens • Eight nights’ full-board cruise onboard Riviera • First Class rail journey to Lake Garda • Return Lake Garda transfers • Three nights’ four-star bed-and-breakfast hotel stay in Lake Garda


Cruise itinerary A: (8 nights): Venice (overnight in port) – Dubrovnik – Kotor – Kefalonia – Santorini – Rhodes – Mykonos – Piraeus (Athens) Cruise itinerary B: (10 nights): Venice (overnight in port) – Koper – Rijeka – Split – Dubrovnik – Kotor – Kefalonia – Catania – Amalfi/Positano – Civitavecchia (Rome) Cruise itinerary C: (8 nights): Civitavecchia (Rome) – Sorrento/Capri – Catania – Kefalonia – Kotor – Split – Koper – Venice (overnight in port) Cruise itinerary D: (8 nights): Piraeus (Athens) – Rhodes – Heraklion (Crete) – Santorini – Kefalonia – Kotor – Dubrovnik – Venice (overnight in port) 2018 25 Jun 1 Jul 10 Aug 23 Oct

Itinerary Nights C 12 A 11 B 13 D 12

Interior £1899 £1799 £2639 £1699

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Oceanview £2499 £2439 £3229 £2169

Balcony £2959 £2899 £3699 £2599

Suite £3829 £3769 £4699 £3399


• FREE Unlimited internet* • Choice of FREE house select drinks package or, up to 6 FREE shore excursions or up to $600 onboard credit*



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Travel / Exotic Kosher Eating



Combining long haul with your dietary requirements is no longer an issue, reports Brigit Grant


f you are kosher but have the travel passions of Phileas Fogg, there’s a man you need to meet. Ben Robbins loved holidays almost as much as he adored food, but when he realised his kosher commitments were quashing his exotic expedition ambitions, he came up with a solution that led to the formation of his company, Bespoke Kosher Travel. The best way to explain Bespoke Kosher Travel is with the example of newly-weds Tara and Josh. The couple – like so many before them – wanted to honeymoon in Sri Lanka. “They had heard from friends how amazing it was and how the country offered so much,” volunteers Ben. “But as they kept stricly kosher, the thought of a honeymoon eating tuna and crackers was far from the dream reality. And then they contacted us.” Bespoke Kosher Travel planned their programme, discussed a route, the activities they wanted to do and where they would spend Shabbat. Once this was finalised, they explained how the food would work and what was on offer. They discussed menus and finalised a plan. Then their experts worked with suppliers to ensure the food was prepared and delivered to each location for the couple when they arrived. Food was labelled and sealed for their ease. “We worked with the hotels to explain how the food is stored and heated,” explains Ben. “We were in discussion with the clients at each step and they enjoyed hot kosher meals every day, and on Shabbat were treated to a full Shabbat experience in the Sri Lankan jungle – and, most importantly, we did so working on the budget they had set aside for their trip.” Bespoke Kosher Travel didn’t just take care of the food; it organised the transfers, activities and the guides, and was on call throughout the trip to ensure the honeymoon followed the dream to the letter. On the couple’s return, Josh wrote: ‘We wanted to enjoy an adventurous honey-

moon, in a place neither of us had visited while enjoying some luxury and good food. We thought satisfying all of these ideals would be impossible, but Ben and his team worked tirelessly to ensure we could achieve everything we set out to do. They made themselves contactable at all times of the day, they were attentive and in constant communication with both us and the staff in Sri Lanka. Thank you so much! We look forward to using you again.’ From one satisfied customer to another planning a once in a lifetime family holiday to South Africa. “There were eight of them travelling and they wanted to ensure they had the best at every turn as they were unlikely to ever do this again,” recalls Ben. “Intially they thought that planning a trip like this in South Africa would be easy with kosher food readily available, but then realised it was a more daunting task. This is what we do best.” Bespoke Kosher Travel booked a beautiful safari lodge and provided hot meals every day and flavoursome lunches to eat on the go as they took in the wonders of a safari park. “Then they went to Cape Town to enjoy a stay in a private villa with enough rooms

for all, a driver to ensure they saw all the sites, including Table Mountain and Cape Point,” says Ben. “Once again, fresh meals were delivered – taking the pressure off the family and meant mum did not have to worry about cooking or tidying up. Everything was handled and all details were taken care of by us. The itinerary we planned meant there was something for everyone and even included a trip to the Two Oceans Aquarium for the little ones.” On their return, the clients wrote to thank Ben telling him: ‘We never imagined travelling with the whole family could be so easy. Being a Jewish

mother, I was, of course, worried about everything, but from the moment we landed until the moment we left, I did not have to think or worry about anything – everything went to plan and was like clockwork. Bespoke Kosher Travel took care of every detail – they cared for every one of our party like we were their own family. We will definitely be recommending them to our friends and family.’ So now aspiring Phileas Foggs who keep kosher know where to go. Bespoke Kosher Travel T: 020 3151 1660 or email

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Verdi’s Great Opera Un Ballo In Maschera (A Masked Ball) International soloists and full orchestra SUNDAY 9 JULY AT 3PM Phone for details 020 7644 1500



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Last-minute deals / Travel

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER The Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort may not sound like a kid-friendly place, but even the youngest of guests is allowed to discover the healing waters and enjoy therapeutic spa treatments. In September’s travel supplement Zuzana Kasparova will share her Miraggio story, but until then, seven nights on a B&B basis are available from £4,739 for a family of four in a Junior Suite Garden View. Travel between 15.07.17 – 20.08.17. Book by 30.06.17 Visit miraggio-thermal-spa-&-resort/47176 Rafting, mountain biking, climbing, horseriding and summer tobogganing are on offer in winter favourite Chamonix , whereInghams is offering a seven-night family holiday on a halfboard basis including packed lunches, afternoon tea and complimentary wine with dinner at the three-and-a-halfdiamond Chalet Hotel Sapinière. From £999 per family including return ferry crossing departing on 26 July. To book, call 01483 791 116.

Mark Warner holidays have last minute deals on the islands of Corsica and Sardinia. With free tuition in sailing and windsurfing, guided bike tours as well as stunning sunny beaches, there is room for adults from £1,079 and children from £999 at the San Lucianu Beach Resort in Corsica from 15 July and the Perdepera Beach Resort in Sardinia from 22 July at £1,229 for adults and children from £1,079 . Visit for other locations and offers through July and August. From £849, up to four people can travel with Novasol to sun-kissed Crete for one-week at a 4* beachfront apartment with a shared swimming pool at the Aphrodite Resort in the town of Maleme. The price includes seven nights’ accommodation and return flights are available from just £58pp from


EJ Kosher Events Presents

Glatt Kosher Summer Hotel in

17 July from Skyscanner. net . Book online at or call 0845 680 5856. Ten years after opening its doors as a fresh-faced newcomer in the mountain retreat of Soller, the chic, adult- only Hotel L’Avenida is still turning heads with its quirky mix of high-end service, glorious interiors and a heartfelt welcome. The beautiful, turn-ofthe-century, 12-bedroom hotel, with magnificent views of the UNESCO World Heritage Tramuntana Mountains, is offering three nights for the price of two, or seven nights for the price of five, throughout August 2017. Call Hotel L’Avenida on 0034 971 634 075 or visit offers Freelance Holidays has snapped up three more stylish holiday homes on Sicily, and

still has availability this summer. The properties are in the south-eastern resort of Fontaine Blanche, close to the ancient city of Syracuse and about 90 minutes’ drive from Mount Etna. Set just above the water, Villa Marisol has wonderful views of the Ionian Sea from its sun terrace, covered loggia, from the lower lawn and the Jacuzzi pool. July dates are reduced, so that a week’s rental is £2,408 in total, while peak August weeks are £3,346. Freelance Holidays: 01789 297705 or Book your holiday before 30 June at Baglioni Resort Cala del Porto in Punta Ala, Tuscany, for a stay before the end of September and take advantage of two complimentary nights at the new Baglioni Resort Maldives (set to open this December) when booking a sevennight stay. The saving of £1,700 per room is based on two people sharing. No minimum stay is required at the resort in Tuscany and the promotion can be redeemed between 8 January – 30 November 2018. For info and bookings call 0039 056 4190 0325 or visit

Hawaiian Islands – Waikiki Beach – Las Vegas Premium All-Inclusive

Spend less time crossing the ocean and more time sailing around the Hawaiian Islands on this immersive Hawaiian Holiday. The Pride of America is the only ship completely crewed by American nationals which allows it to be dedicated to only Hawaiian ports of call and nowhere else starting and ending in Honolulu. This creates a unique opportunity to fully experience island life starting with a beach holiday on Waikiki beach and followed by seven nights Hawaiian island hopping. This cruise itinerary includes overnight stops in Maui and Kauai to experience Hawaii – not only by day but also by night. The whole holiday is topped off with a visit to the bright lights of Las Vegas on the way FROM home for a chance to roll the dice, spin the wheel and have a flutter.

£2599 per person

17 Nights


3-24 AUGUST 2017 Pride of America

Luxurious 5 star Hotel Gourmet Italian Restaurant, Synagogue on Premises Private Beach Outdoor and Indoor Pool Indoor Pool with separate swimming times for men and women

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Includes: • Flight from Heathrow to Honolulu • Five nights’ four-star hotel stay in Waikiki Beach area (6 nights on 24 Dec 17) • Seven nights’ premium all-inclusive cruise on Pride of America • Unlimited premium drinks onboard • All gratuities and service charges onboard • Bottled water in your stateroom • Speciality coffees with meals • Overnight flight from Honolulu to Las Vegas • Three nights’ four-star hotel stay on the Las Vegas Strip • Overnight flight from Las Vegas to London Itinerary: Honolulu – Kahului (overnight in Port, Maui) – Hilo (Big Island) – Kona (Big Island) – Nawiliwili (overnight in port, Kauai) – Honolulu


Date 4 Sep 17 23 Oct 17 20 Nov 17* 24 Dec 17 15 Jan 18 26 Feb 18 26 Mar 18 23 Apr 18 21 May 18 30 Jul 18 20 Aug 18 24 Sep 18 19 Nov 18* 24 Dec 18

Interior £2899 £3049 £2699 £3699 £2699 £2699 £2999 £2599 £2799 £3399 £3259 £2899 £2649 £3699

Balcony £3329 £3329 £3179 £4089 £3149 £3279 £3579 £3159 £3299 £3849 £3639 £3299 £3129 £4179

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Terms & Conditions: Prices are person based on 2 sharing. Prices are from and are subject to change and availability. Unless otherwise stated excursions and selected personal activities on board ship are extra. Jetline Cruise & Norwegian Cruise lines’ terms and conditions apply. Deposit due at time of booking, balance or full payment due 14 weeks before departure. No charge for direct debit card payment, 2.5% charge for credit card payments (Amex 4%). ABTA J1693, agent for ATOL holder 6153.


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