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Hello... and welcome to the spring edition of our newsletter.

As the warm weather approaches and the sun goes to bed a little later at night it inevitably turns our minds to our well earned summer holiday, escaping to warmer climes and enjoying that all important quality time with the family. Speaking of which in this edition we have some great ideas on family escapes, with a wide variety of destinations and resorts to suit all styles. There is also a definite romantic flavour to this edition. Inspired by the recent royal wedding, we have a host of the most exotic escapes for you and your loved one around the beautiful islands of the Caribbean. And on the same theme of chilling out, we have a fantastic feature on spa breaks ‘with a difference’, that allow you to combine spa relaxation with other favourite holiday activities from

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shopping to snorkelling. Cyprus has always been a firm favourite for holidaymakers and it’s easy to

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understand why. The Med’s third largest island has beautiful beaches and a deservedly good reputation for friendliness and year round sunshine. However

Bequia Beach Hotel, St Vincent & The Grenadines

there are still so many hidden treasures in this varied and enchanting island and

Nicknamed ‘The Big Little Island’, travellers relax instantly

we let you into a few of these in our special Cyprus feature.

when they reach Bequia. It’s easy to see why - sandy beaches where ten people constitute a crowd, no traffic

As 2011 has been declared ‘The Year of Active Scotland’, why not try a trip north

and welcoming villages. Inspired by Princess Margaret’s

of border. Getting active is the perfect way to explore the many breathtaking

Mustique villa, the Bequia Beach Hotel epitomises

sights and sounds this beautiful country has to offer and we share an assortment

bygone elegance. Couples are guaranteed romantic

of the very best Scottish adventures with you.

seclusion whether they opt for a luxurious suite or private

We really hope you enjoy this edition and it gives you some ideas and inspiration

a lazy lunch together or strolling along Friendship Bay.

villa with pool. Lose the days idling by the pool, savouring for your forthcoming travel plans. ULTIMATE ROMANCE Dine under the stars at Bagatelle Restaurant on the water’s edge - when there’s live music, spontaneous barefoot dancing in the sand is not uncommon! David Speakman Travel Counsellors Chairman

A week at Bequia Beach Hotel is available from £1,464 per person Based on two adults sharing a classic garden view room on a bed and breakfast basis departing from London Gatwick on 11 May 2011. Return scheduled flights and inter island flights, Local transfers and use of a private lounge at Gatwick are also included.

All offers contained within this newsletter are brought to you by Travel Counsellors Ltd and are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Where we have created the package ourselves, the holiday offer will be covered under our own ATOL. Our ATOL number is 6751. Where the offer has been sourced through another tour operator, it will be protected under that tour operator's ATOL. Full details on the individual ATOL protection that applies to each holiday offer will be given at time of booking. Prices and information contained in these pages are correct at the time of distribution, are based on two people sharing a room unless otherwise stated and apply to the departure date advertised, are subject to availability and can be withdrawn or amended at any time without notice to you. Prices shown may be subject to departure tax, ticket on departure or a passenger APC charge. Pictures are for illustration purposes only and may not be a true representation of what the offer is based upon. Some Hoseasons holidays may not be bookable until 28 days prior to departure. Please ask your Travel Counsellor at the time of booking.

Alongside ATOL protection which covers air holiday packages and charter flights, Travel Counsellors operates its own independent Financial Trust which protects every other element of its customers’ bookings including low cost airlines, scheduled flights, accommodation and car hire.


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Five of the Best

CARIBBEAN HIDEAWAYS If the royal couple were to honeymoon in the Caribbean, we’re certain they wouldn’t be disappointed with our pick of the most romantic island hideaways.

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Montpelier Plantation & Beach, St Kitts & Nevis

Cuisinart Resort & Spa, Anguilla

Young Island, St Vincent & The Grenadines

Just 7 miles long, Nevis makes up for its size with its

The tiny gem of Anguilla offers no less than 33 world

A private island within the Grenadines archipelago,

diversity: vervet monkeys chatter in the rainforest, dramatic

class white sand beaches. And there’s no better place

Young Island is a delightful blend of Robinson

peaks frame the horizon and turtles swim in azure coves.

to enjoy them than at the Cuisinart Resort & Spa. Set

Crusoe seclusion and 21st century luxury. Guests

With just 19 rooms, yet three contrasting restaurants,

on Rendezvous Bay, you’re guaranteed a room just a

stay in individual cottages on the beach or tucked

couples enjoy attentive service in an exclusive hilltop

few steps from powder white sands. Days can be as

away in the hillside; some also come with plunge

setting at the Montpelier Plantation & Beach, a former

unhurried or as active as you like: lounge by the pool,

pools. Days are blissfully lazy - relax by the pool or

sugar plantation. Relax by the panoramic pool or laze the

go for a snorkelling trip or help pick ingredients for

on the island’s beautiful sandy beach, enjoy a

day away at the beach club (only a short transfer away)

lunch in the hotel’s organic vegetable gardens.

massage or try one of the complimentary water

that offers a range of complimentary water sports. ULTIMATE ROMANCE

sports from kayaking to snorkelling. ULTIMATE ROMANCE

ULTIMATE ROMANCE

Savour Nevisian lobster or king prawns cooked on

Pamper yourselves at the Venus Spa and enjoy a

Why not exchange your island paradise for a luxury yacht

sugar cane skewers over a private dinner in the hotel’s

warmed sea shell massage, Anguillian coconut

with skipper and cook, to take a two night island hopping

17th century sugar mill; now an exclusive restaurant.

pineapple scrub or flora bath soak together.

trip to the neighbouring islands of Bequia and Mustique?

A week at Montpelier Plantation & Beach is available from £1,510 per person

A week at Cuisinart Resort & Spa is available from £1,860 per person

A week at Young Island is available from £1,977 per person

Based on two adults sharing a premier room on a bed and breakfast basis departing from London Gatwick on 07 June 2011. Return scheduled flights, water taxi transfers from St. Kitts and use of a private lounge at Gatwick are also included.

Based on two adults sharing a luxury room on a bed and breakfast basis departing London Gatwick on 11 June 2011. Return scheduled flights, private transfers and use of a private lounge at Gatwick are also included.

Based on two adults sharing a superior cottage on an all inclusive basis departing 12 October 2011 from London Gatwick. Includes return scheduled flights, transfers and use of a private lounge at Gatwick. Sailaway package from £290 per person supplement. Ask your Travel Counsellor for details.

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Once Greta Garbo’s secret hideaway; a stay at Eden Rock will put the sparkle back into any romance! Enjoying a beach front position on the chic French Caribbean island of St Barths, couples can get away from it all in a suite, cottage, beach house or state of the art villa complete with recording studio! When you do leave your room, there’s a beach club, choice of restaurants, designer boutique and art gallery. Or stroll into St Jean for some star spotting! ULTIMATE ROMANCE Upgrade to the Villa Nina and be spoiled with your own butler. There’s also your own jacuzzi, swimming pool and Mini Cooper in the garage to enjoy. A week at Eden Rock is available from £3,320 per person Based on two adults sharing a garden cottage on a bed and breakfast basis departing from London Gatwick on 11 June 2011. Return scheduled flights and inter island flights, private local transfers, complimentary car rental, a romantic dinner for two people and use of a private lounge at Gatwick are also included.


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CYPRUS BEYOND THE BEACH With over 325 days of sunshine a year, Cyprus’s sandy beaches have earned it an eternal appeal with families and couples alike as a favourite holiday destination. But often many visitors return home having barely strayed from the shoreline. So here’s our definitive guide on how to explore the extraordinary, on this most varied of Mediterranean islands. Be Indiana Jones for the day

Go in search of loggerhead turtles

Where three continents meet, Cyprus boasts a wealth of cultural treasures from

On Cyprus’ extreme North Western tip, the Akamas peninsula is one of Europe’s

Roman mosaics and amphitheatres to Byzantine churches. A highlight are the

last true wildernesses and can only be explored on foot, by bike or by boat.

Tombs of the Kings in Paphos; eight burial complexes dating from 300 BC

A wealth of rare flora and fauna live here including the loggerhead and green

boasting frescoed interiors, hidden passageways and Doric columns that you can

turtles that nest here every year on the unspoiled crescent of sandy beach at

explore Indiana Jones style – Stetson fedora hat not compulsory!

Lara Bay

Visit Europe’s most southerly ski resort

Find your inner goddess

Away from the sandy beaches that enjoy year round sunshine, in the approx 2000m

Cyprus is famed for being the birthplace of the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite;

high Troodos mountain chain that spans the island’s interior it snows in the winter.

you can visit where, according to myth, she rose from the sea at Petra tou

The highest peaks even boast a tiny ski resort! In summer however, these pine clad

Romiou. Her legendary baths can be found at the start of one of the Akamas

mountains enjoy refreshing breezes and are perfect for hiking. Ancient pathways

Peninsula’s most beautiful coastal hiking trails – but be warned as mere mortals

lead to honey coloured stone villages, frescoed churches and ancient monasteries.

can only look at the limpid pool, not enter it!

Follow a 5,500 year old wine trail

Let Nick Faldo improve your swing

Wine amphorae found on the island dating back to 3500 BC, testify to Cyprus’s

The opening of the Nick Faldo designed golf course in Paphos last autumn placed

long standing wine making traditions. Some of the best places to sample these

Cyprus firmly on the map as one of the Mediterranean’s newest golf holiday

ancient vintages are the mountain villages above Limassol, where a wine trail

destinations - the fourth international standard championship course to be built in

links eleven local wineries. Omodhos is a must - this stone village also boasts

the resort. And with more courses in the pipeline expected to open over the next

the original wine press and has an excellent coffee house in the village square.

few years, Cyprus is set to become a key all year round golfing holiday destination.

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7 nights for 6 when you upgrade to a one bedroom superior suite** Immersed in luxuriant, landscaped gardens leading to a private beach, the

Designed with adults in mind, The Pioneer Beach Hotel is a stylish choice for

Asimina Suites Hotel is the ideal romantic getaway. Catering exclusively for

those seeking a relaxing holiday close to the excellent bars and shops of Kato

adults, the hotel offers some delightful little touches – from suites boasting

Paphos. Beautiful, palm-lined paths lead from the hotel’s own sandy beach to the

spacious balconies and marble bathrooms to complimentary towels at the large

large free form pool. And the health club offers a range of tempting treatments to

free form outdoor pool and jacuzzi. Relax together at the Elixir Spa or savour a lazy

create a luxurious haven of tranquillity. Enjoy an sundowner at the chic beach bar

lunch at the Kymata beachside restaurant perhaps.

or spoil yourselves with an à la carte dinner at the Christiana restaurant.

A week stay is available from £519 per person*

A week stay is available from £329 per person*

Based on two adults sharing a junior suite on a bed and breakfast basis from 15 October 2011. *Accommodation only; return flights available from £256 per person. Local transfers available at a supplement. Free half board upgrade available on stays between 01-07 May and 15-31 October 2011. **Upgrade to a one bedroom superior suite for just £805 per person and receive one free night. Price is based on two people sharing a one bedroom superior suite on a bed and breakfast basis for 7 nights departing 12 June 2011; does not include flights or local transfers.

Based on two adults sharing a twin land view room on a half board basis from 07 July 2011. *Accommodation only; return flights available from £277 per person. Local transfers available at a supplement. Free half board upgrade available on stays between 01-07 May, 28 June-31 July and 17-24 August 2011.

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Expect to be spoiled at the deluxe, adults only, Athena Royal Beach Hotel: watch

The Athena Beach Hotel manages to combine elegant surroundings and attentive

the sun set from your balcony over a glass of chilled Cypriot wine, enjoy

service with a fun, relaxed ambience to suit all members of the family. Children

impeccable service and creative cuisine at one of the hotel’s à la carte restaurant,

will love the large pool complex with paddling pools and waterslide, children’s

bathe in crystal clear seawaters or take a dip in the stunning freshwater pool, the

playground and sandy beach. Whilst their parents can take part in an aerobics

choice is luxuriously yours.

class, enjoy a game of tennis or relax with an indulgent treatment at the hotel spa.

A week stay is available from £459 per person*

A week stay is available from £869 per family*

Based on two adults sharing a junior suite on a bed and breakfast basis from 10 August 2011. *Accommodation only, return flights available from £250 per person. Local transfers available at a supplement. Free half board upgrade available on stays between 01-07 May and 31 July-21 August 2011.

A week stay is available from £869 per family based on two adults and one child (aged between 2 and 12 years) sharing twin land view on a half board basis from 02 August 2011; Accommodation only, return flights available from £1047 per family of three. Local transfers available at a supplement. Free half board upgrade available on stays between 01-07 May and 22 June-24 August 2011.

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BRINGING

THE FAMILY When planning that much needed summer break with the family it is sometimes hard to know where to start. Here’s our pick of the most family focused holidays around this summer. Plus hear from our Travel Counsellors as they give you their top tips for a fun filled family holiday.

ESCAPE THE CROWDS If you want to be able to move on the beach this summer, then Mallorca’s picturesque North West coast could be the ideal location. Enjoying a secluded countryside setting, the deluxe three bedroom Villa El Figueral boasts a private pool and dining terrace with stunning mountain backdrop views. Nearby, unspoilt resorts of Puerto Pollensa and Cala San Vicente each offer a gently shelving sandy beach and lots of cafes and restaurants for eating out. Plus, if you do want a break from the pool, the island boasts numerous attractions to suit younger guests, from dolphin shows to go karting to glass bottom boat trips.

A week at the Villa El Figueral is available from £945 for a three bedroomed villa. Accommodation only prices based on a self catering basis from 18 June 2011; the villa sleeps up to six people with one double and two twin rooms. Mallorca is served with direct flights from most UK regional airports; please contact your local Travel Counsellor for flight prices.

a mini first aid kit with essential “ Pack medicine and plasters - you never know when you might need them!

Alison Walker

MAKE A SPLASH

For a truly action packed holiday, why not consider Turkey? Boasting fabulous beaches, well preserved Greek and Roman ruins, limestone caves and thermal springs to explore, each day is guaranteed to be different. Nestled between the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, the beachfront All Inclusive Club Med Resort at Palmiye is the perfect choice for an active stay. All members of the family are well catered for with dedicated children’s clubs, a choice of pools, and a range of sports tuition to enjoy including sailing, tennis, windsurfing and snorkelling; all included in the cost of your holiday.

An all inclusive week at the Club Med Palmiye Resort is available from £2994 for a family. Based on two adults and two children sharing an interconnecting club room on an all inclusive basis departing from London Gatwick on 12 June 2011. Price includes return flights and local transfers. Price excludes Club Med Membership fee of £14 per adult and £8 per child. Price includes early booking discount which expires 11 May 2011.

keep your children amused on the journey by packing “ aHelp‘holiday rucksack’ with lots of goodies such as colouring

books, crayons, stickers, new sunglasses, soft toys and sweets. Helen Walker

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the grandparents “ Iftheyyoucancan,helptakeentertain the children and make sure you get a break too!

Victoria Costello

CAMP IN STYLE

If you fancy experiencing the great outdoors without the hassle of setting up camp under canvas then Keycamp’s spacious mobile homes may just be the answer. With a full kitchen, up to three bedrooms, their own decking* and air conditioning* they are pitched on four and five star camp sites across Europe. A popular choice is the Chateaux des Ormes Parc in the French region of Brittany which boasts an array of facilities including large pool complex and 18 hole golf course. Popular day trips include a visit to the medieval town of Dinan, Combourg with its ancient château and lake and the old walled town of St Malo.

A 10 night holiday at the Chateaux des Ormes is available from £1384 per family. Based on two adults and up to four children sharing for a Villanova two bed mobile home with decking, departing 30 July 2011; Dover to Calais return ferry crossing included. *Selected models only.

avoid tears at take off or landing, take dummies “ Toor boiled sweets for babies or toddlers to suck on; this helps stop the change in pressure hurting their ears.

Becky Stephenson

TAKE IN A SHOW

The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Madame Tussauds and the Natural History Museum are more than enough

to keep the children entertained on a trip to the capital. But to make it extra special, why not combine your break with a theatre trip. Now showing at the London Palladium, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s enchanting adaptation of the all time classic, The Wizard of Oz, will entrance children young and old. And as your break includes a centrally located three star hotel, there’s plenty of time for sightseeing before the show starts!

A one night theatre package is available from £227 per family. Based on two adults and one child sharing a family room on a bed and breakfast basis at the three star Travelodge London Kings Cross Royal Scot Hotel.

ENJOY LA DOLCE VITA Wherever you go in Italy, the Italians love children, and the lakeside resort of Riva on the Northern most tip of arguably Italy’s finest lake, Lake Garda, is no exception. In the shadow of the mighty Dolomites, its setting is picture perfect. It’s easy to linger on the elegant lakeside promenade or board the regular ferries to visit other pastel coloured towns on the lake shore, but the beauty of bringing the kids to Riva is that there’s so much to see nearby. Wow them with a trip on a Gondola in Venice, let them marvel at Verona’s immaculately preserved Roman amphitheatre or take them for a hike in the snow capped Dolomites.

A week stay at Riva del Garda, in a four star hotel is available from £3009 per family. Based on two adults and two children (aged 2-11 years) sharing a split level suite at the four star Grand Liberty Hotel on a half board basis, departing from London Gatwick on 17 September 2011. Return flights and 7 night half board for 2 adults sharing is available from £800pp. Regional departures available at a supplement, please contact your local Travel Counsellor for more details.

Encourage your children to write a diary about the things “ they’ve seen and done. Teach them about ten words of the language of the country they’re visiting, too.

Cathie Odea

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GREAT

SCOTTISH ESCAPES

With 2011 declared as The Year of Active

But you don’t have to be an adrenalin junkie to go in

Scotland, there are now more reasons than

search of Nessie, marvel at the mountains and

ever to head north of the border.

islands, and soak up the history. Luxury coach tour

The legendary Royal Scotsman

specialists, Leger, offer a range of itineraries that get Famed for its awe-inspiring panoramas and pristine

you to Scotland’s “best bits” with minimal effort. A

wilderness, often the best way to discover Scotland

classic itinerary is the Spey Valley, Pitlochry and

is by getting outdoors. From gorge walking to

Kyle Railway itinerary which combines some of

archery and windsurfing to off-road driving, there is a

Scotland’s most iconic scenery. From famous Loch

myriad of ways to explore; whether you opt for the

Lomond to historic Glencoe to beautiful Loch Laggan

gentle rolling hills of Dumfries and Galloway, the

made famous by the BBC ‘Monarch of the Glen’ TV

breathtaking peaks of the Cairngorms, the rugged

series, there’s plenty to discover. A highlight of the

coastlines of the north east or the sub-tropical

trip is a visit to a distillery to taste Scotland’s most

gardens of Wester Ross.

famous export, whisky or uisge beatha (pronounced oosh-ga beh-huh) in Gaelic, meaning water of life.

And whenever you choose to visit, the drama of the

Strange to think a way of using up rain-soaked barley

seasons further enhances the majesty of some of

after a wet harvest centuries ago has grown into one

Britain’s most unspoiled landscapes: the Isle of Skye

of the most famous drinks in the world!

is carpeted by bluebells in the spring, the Five

Or you could discover the Highlands in unashamed luxury on board the legendary Royal Scotsman.

Sisters peaks in Kintail burn crimson in the long

Quad biking at Piperdam Lodge

This historic train carries just 36 guests, who are

summer evenings and the snow-capped Highland

accommodated in well appointed en suite private

peaks turn a multitude of vibrant colours in autumn.

cabins. With an open deck observation carriage and mahogany panelled dining car, guests are spoiled

A country lodge break can be a great way to get

with silver service and the best of local cuisine as

outdoors and try a number of new sports at once. UK

they travel through an ever changing landscape of

holiday specialist, Hoseasons launched its Go Active

Caledonian pine forest, lush meadows dotted with

Breaks programme in 2010 at a number of locations

black-faced sheep and shaggy highland cattle,

across the UK, offering a wide variety of activities to

remote castles steeped in romance, and glass-like

suit all ages and every level of skill. At Piperdam

tranquil lochs. On their two night Highland Journey

Lodges, surrounded by over 500 acres of idyllic

itinerary you can try clay pigeon shooting or fly

Angus countryside professional coaches are on hand

fishing in the Cairngorms National Park and recreate

to help you master archery, quad biking, golf and

the drama of the Culloden battlefields on a private

target shooting or you could choose to simply chill out

guided tour with a local Highlander.

in the rejuvenating on-site spa.

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HISTORIC CASTLE RETREAT

From £97pp* This two night stay at the four star Airth Castle Hotel & Spa is based on two adults sharing a double room including full Scottish breakfast departing 24 June 2011.

EDINBURGH CITY BREAK

From £179pp* This two night stay at the centrally located four star MacDonald Holyrood Hotel includes admission to Holyrood Palace and is based on two adults sharing a double room on a bed and breakfast basis, departing 17 June 2011.

GO ACTIVE BREAKS

From £269 per lodge* The numerous castles that characterise Scotland’s

So whether it’s clay pigeon shooting in the

rugged landscape are physical testimonies to the

Cairngorms, tasting malt whisky in the Highlands,

country’s turbulent past. Although many are now

teeing off in the Heartlands or quad biking through

little more than romantic ruins, a number have been

Angus countryside you’re sure to find your ideal

converted into luxurious hotels. Often set in

Scottish break. And with accommodation ranging

breathtaking surroundings, a castle stay is another

from cosy county lodges to stylish converted castle

way to discover Scotland’s great outdoors in

hotels to luxurious private trains there’s something to

comfort. A good example is the Airth Castle Hotel

suit all budgets too.

and Spa set in a 14th century castle in Scotland’s Heartland, where the Highlands meet the Lowlands. Famed for its golf courses (some 55 are available locally), the area also boasts a wealth of water sports, horse-riding and coarse fishing to be enjoyed in its lochs and hillsides. But don’t let all this country living make you forget that Scotland also offers some stylish “city slicking” options too. The Scottish capital justly deserves its place as one of Europe’s most popular city break

Edinburgh Castle

This four night break at Piperdam Lodge is available from £269 per lodge based on a stay in a Rainbow Lodge on selected dates in October on a self catering basis. May and June dates available at a supplement. Lodges accommodate up to four adults in one double and one twin room with private facilities.

SPEY VALLEY, PITLOCHRY & KYLE RAILWAY COACH TOUR

From £405pp* This five night/six day luxury silver service coach tour is based on two adults sharing a double/twin room on a half board basis for five nights in two and three star hotels throughout, departing 16 October 2011. One night of Scottish entertainment is also included. May and June dates available from £30 per person supplement.

destinations. ‘Edinburgh’, said writer Robert Louis Stevenson, ‘is what Paris ought to be’. With its designer shopping, Michelin star restaurants, stylish café bars and world class arts festival scene it’s easy to see why. Yet amongst the cosmopolitan modernity

THE ROYAL SCOTSMAN HIGHLAND RAIL JOURNEY

From £2140pp*

you’re never far from the city’s unique Scottish heritage. Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city’s skyline, holds over a thousand years of history in its ramparts and elegant, sweeping terraces that descend to the Royal Mile. And at the end of this famous street, the beautifully preserved baroque Palace of Holyroodhouse - now the Queen’s official Scottish residence - is

This two night/three day journey on The Royal Scotsman is based on two adults sharing a twin compartment on a full board basis on selected dates between May and October 2011. Also included are all beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic) and all sightseeing excursions on the itinerary.

another reminder of the city’s rich cultural past.

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INSPARATIONS If a spa holiday conjures up images of sterile treatment rooms and punishing diet regimes, think again. Today’s spa resorts could not be further from the traditional ‘health farm’. Some of the best spas are housed within sleek city centre hotels, well appointed beach resorts and luxurious country clubs allowing you to indulge in much more than spa relaxation during your stay. They can also be a great solution for families with different interests. Here’s our pick of the best spa holidays around to suit every taste.

TAKE THE KIDS Many spa resorts and children don’t mix; but Le Meridien, Limassol in Cyprus is a notable exception. Younger guests are well catered for with a full children’s programme, family restaurant and complimentary, daily children’s club** with swimming pool, bouncy castle and soft play centre. Leaving you free to luxuriate in the array of treatments available at Le Spa, which boasts a thalassotherapy centre and over 130 different treatments ranging from frangipani body floats to four hands massages.

Five nights at the five star Le Meridien Limassol, Cyprus is available from £1749* per family. Based on two adults and two children aged four and under sharing a family room with pool and sea view on a half board basis and departing from London Gatwick on 04 June 2011. *Accommodation only price; flights available from £872 per family. Local airport transfers not included. Price includes free half board upgrade if booked by 31 May. **Children’s club is free for children aged between 3-12 years inclusive, crêche for children aged 0-3 years subject to pre booking and local payment

SAIL AWAY Home to North America’s first certified thalassotherapy centre, the Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita on Mexico’s Riviera Maya combines an idyllic beach front setting with an extremely comprehensive complimentary spa and wellness programme. Their Endless Privileges™ package includes almost everything - from private airport transfers to shopping excursions to a sunset sail on their private catamaran. Guests can try windsurfing, kayaking, yoga and dance classes. Not to mention snorkelling off the world’s second largest coral reef. Then relax with a thalassotherapy sea experience, or try the temazacal (Mayan steam ritual); at no extra charge.

A week at the five star Zoetry Paraiso is available from £1679 per person. Based on two adults sharing an ocean front one bedroom suite on an all inclusive basis and departing from London Gatwick on 01 June 2011. Return scheduled flights and local transfers also included.

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HIT THE FAIRWAYS Opening this month, the aptly named Long Beach Resort in Mauritius - which will boast the widest and longest beach of any Mauritian resort - may be an ideal solution for the golf widow. Non golfers can luxuriate in a sea mineral body treatment or marine bath at the spa, whilst their partners explore the fairways of the Ile aux Cerfs championship course at its luxurious sister resort, Le Touessrok, and enjoy privileged access to two further local courses. Afterwards, the outdoor spa pavilion is the ideal setting for both to be reunited for a couples massage overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Six nights at the five star Long Beach is available from £1579 per person. Based on two adults sharing a sea view standard room on a half board basis and departing London Heathrow on 15 June 2011. Return scheduled flights and local transfers also included.

GET CLOSER TO NATURE Set in 1100 acres of limestone caves, mangrove swamps and white sand beaches on the Malaysian island of Langkawi, Tanjung Rhu Resort is a nature lover’s paradise. Watch white-bellied sea eagles diving for fish on a river cruise, cycle through padi fields to hidden waterfalls or join a guided mangrove forest hike in search of dusky leaf monkeys. Afterwards, relax at the Jiva Rhu Spa which offers a range of tempting Eastern inspired treatments including an orange and honey body polish, papaya body wrap.

A week at the five star Tanjung Rhu Resort is available from £1469 per person. Exclusive Offer: One 50 minute spa treatment per guest included. Based on two adults sharing a Damai room on a bed and breakfast basis departing London Heathrow on 25 June 2011. Includes return scheduled flights and local transfers.

SHOPPING SPREE A favourite destination amongst fashionistas such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Marrakech boasts one of the largest souqs in the world where you can buy everything from linen kaftans to soft leather shoes to organic soaps…and much more besides! An Arabian Nights Dream of intricate white stucco, cedar wood balconies, canopied roof gardens and hidden courtyards, La Sultana Hotel is a blissful haven right in the heart of the ancient city. The spa is equally palatial: luxuriate in a traditional Moroccan massage, henna body wrap or coconut body scrub in its pink marble interior, complete with Roman columns.

Three nights at the five star La Sultana Hotel is available from £625 per person. Based on two adults sharing a double room on a bed and breakfast basis on selected dates between 30 May and 25 June 2011. Return flights and local transfers are included. Price includes a £50 reduction per person if booked by 20 May 2011.

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DON’T JUST STAY...PLAY! We have teamed up with travel experiences specialist, DoSomethingDifferent, to put together some unforgettable holiday packages that will make sure you fit in all the ‘must do’ activities whilst you’re away. Here’s just a few ideas, but we’ve plenty more. For more inspiration, contact your Travel Counsellor.

Ride a Gondola in Venice

Enjoy Dinner at the Moulin Rouge

There’s no better way to explore arguably the world’s most romantic city than by taking to its world famous canals on a gondola. After a two hour walking tour through hidden piazzas and twisting alleyways to discover world famous sights such as St Marks Square, the Doges’ Palace and Rialto Bridge you’ll discover pastel coloured palazzi and ancient bridges on your own gondola tour far from the hustle and bustle of the Grand Canal.

No visit to Paris is complete without experiencing the famous French Cancan. And where better than the Moulin Rouge, the dance’s legendary home? Over champagne and a sumptuous three-course dinner, designed by a Michelin star chef you’ll be dazzled by the amazing Dorriss Dancers with their costumes of feathers, rhinestones and sequins as they perform this magnificent dance.

From

£40pp

A two night stay in Venice is available from £147pp accommodation only; flights from £135pp.

From

£141pp

A two night stay in Paris is available from £163pp accommodation only; flights from £67pp.

Take a Twilight Ride on the London Eye

Say Bonjour to Mickey Mouse

Sightsee with a difference with dinner and a ride the London Eye. After dinner in the heart of bustling Covent Garden at the Covent Garden Grill, it’s an easy stroll down the Strand and across Waterloo Bridge to board the London Eye. The 360 degree panorama from your cabin is unsurpassed; you’ll enjoy bird’s eye views over Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Hyde Park, St Paul’s and The Shard to mention just a few as you relax with a glass of champagne.

Why not combine your stay in Paris with a day out to experience the timeless magic of Disneyland® Resort Paris? Legendary Disney characters, world-class shows and high-speed thrills await you where five imaginary lands are yours to enjoy: Main Street U.S.A., Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland and Discoveryland as well as the magical world of cinema and television next door at Walt Disney Studios Park. What’s keeping you?

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£38pp

Dinner is included. A two night stay in London is available from £104pp.

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£53pp

A two night stay in Paris is available from £163pp accommodation only; flights from £67pp.

We have lots of fantastic offers coming in everyday and would love to share them with you. Please email your Travel Counsellor who will send you regular updates.

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