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Where to spend New Year’s Eve 2019/20

21 November 2019

New Year’s Eve is a special time of year. It’s a night when we can all make new beginnings and look forward to the year ahead - possibly to some incredible travel plans we’ve made. It also happens to be the biggest party of the year and across the world cities compete to ensure that their party reigns supreme and here are some that are set to start 2020 with a bang:

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Celebrate Rocky Mountaineer’s 30th anniversary

19 November 2019

In 2020, Rocky Mountaineer celebrates 30 amazing years of service, wonder, and spirit of exploration! Join them on board for this special anniversary year to experience an adventure you won’t soon forget. Onboard the luxurious coach, you’ll meet people from all over the globe, dine on delectable dishes and spend your days travelling through unimaginable landscapes. There’s only one place you can get a glimpse of amazing—and that’s with Rocky Mountaineer.  

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January's hottest beach destinations

22 November 2019

Banish those winter blues and jet off to soak up some sun on one of the most fabulous stretches of beach on earth. Swap your scarf for a sarong, woolly hat for a wetsuit and leave the snow behind as you get ready to lie on the sand at one of January’s hottest beach destinations.

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Enjoy activities in the sun this January

22 November 2019

If you enjoy activities in the sun you maybe don't think of January as the time to go away, but you'd be wrong. Across the world, there's a whole host of sun-soaked destinations that are jam-packed with exciting activities in January, so whether you like the thrill of a rollercoaster, the challenge of a hike or a bit of retail therapy, January is the perfect month to travel.

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Sumptuous Dining in the Bahamian sun

12 November 2019

The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas is a playground for discerning travellers looking to experience paradise. Set on an immaculate stretch of powdery white sand in an exclusive enclave of seclusion, the resort tantalises the senses with its luxury dining and drinks options to please even the most refined palate.

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Top tips for first time skiers

13 November 2019

If it’s your first time on a skiing holiday, you’re probably excited to get to the beautiful mountainous surroundings of your ski resort. There’s no feeling like heading out on the slopes to experience the thrill of the wind whirling past you as you glide across the powdery white snow. Skiing is an extreme sport, however, so before you go, check out our top tips for first-time skiers to make sure things go as smoothly as possible.

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Experience the splendour of a voyage with Princess Cruises

19 November 2019

Princess Cruises are at the forefront of cruise industry innovations, taking passengers to the most fabulous destinations on the planet in style and comfort. From the moment your cruise departs to the moment you return, you’ll be blown away by the incredible onboard facilities and the ship’s spectacular port call destinations.

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Our favourite multi-centre escapes for some winter sun

14 November 2019

When it comes to getting some winter sun, a multi-centre holiday is the perfect choice. It allows you to combine several different experiences into one trip, so you get the chance to recharge your batteries through some beach-bound relaxation, as well as exploring an enchanting destination.

There’s plenty of choice for winter sun multi-centres but we’ve brought together some excellent choices that blend contrasting experiences.

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Authentic Experiences in Borneo

13 November 2019

Borneo is the third-largest island in the world and home to one of the oldest rainforests in existence. The island is a paradise for nature lovers thanks to its incredible biodiversity, which is one of the highest on the planet, it’s undulating mountain landscapes which create beautifully picturesque scenery, and it’s thriving marine wildlife which lights up Borneo’s crystal clear waters with a rainbow of vivid colours.

Here’s a list of recommendations to ensure you have an authentic experience on your next trip to Borneo.

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Safari to the seaside - twin centre escapes

13 November 2019

Safari trips are right up there with our favourite experiential holidays. Combining a spirit of adventure with spotting some of Mother Nature’s most stunning creations, what’s not to love?

After all the excitement of safari, it can sometimes leave you a little tired so there’s no better way to cap off your trip than with a few revitalising days spent by the sea, which is why we’ve brought you our favourite twin-centre safari and beach breaks.

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Choose Spain for your next all-inclusive getaway

19 November 2019

Recently voted the number one country in the world for tourists, Spain invites visitors in with its rich culture, delicious cuisine, pleasant climate and excellent attractions. Alongside these draws is the fabulous selection of luxurious all-inclusive properties which ensure that guests’ time in Spain is worry-free, so they can explore this magnificent country without restrictions. Here are a few of our recommendations for all-inclusive Spanish hotels:

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The six best Christmas markets for 2019

21 November 2019

Nothing quite kick starts that magical festive feeling like a trip to the Christmas markets. The smells of hog roast and sweet treats wafting through the air, the sight of nutcrackers standing in formation on wooden stalls and the sound of carols ringing through the streets. The Christmas Markets we have here in the UK are great fun but to get the authentic experience we need to make the hop across the channel to see how our friends in Europe have been doing it for centuries.

Here are our top six Christmas Markets to visit in the run-up to Christmas 2019.

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Welcome back to Jamaica

04 November 2019

Jamaica is an island many of us love for its laid-back vibe, glorious sunny weather, paradisiacal beaches, untouched tropical forests and friendly locals. The perfect place for that Caribbean getaway, but Jamaica’s beauty runs deep and is best explored at a leisurely pace, affording you the time to absorb all its quirks and continue to discover new things that keep us coming back for more.

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Feel the rhythm of Carnival

13 November 2019

Carnival is celebrated across the Caribbean right through British wintertime until the culmination on Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday). The concept was brought to the Caribbean by European Colonialists but following the abolition of slavery the Islands have taken ownership of the celebrations and grown them into a truly extraordinary experience of dancing, music and dazzling costumes.

Attending a Caribbean carnival should be on everyone’s to-do-list and we’ve helped you to pick out which one is right for you.

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Jungle Lake Safari in the heart of Thailand

13 November 2019

Elephant Hills offers guests the experience of a lifetime: one that for many, has simply been a dream until now. A secluded escape surrounded only by the magnificence of nature and the beautiful creatures that call it home. On their Jungle Lake Safari, guests can disconnect from the hectic pace of modern life and be at one with the stunning forest of Khao Sok and its majestic jungle inhabitants throughout a 2-night 3-day adventure tour.

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Experience the wonder of Qatar

13 November 2019

Qatar is the place to uncover an expertly curated selection of experiences to create memories that will last a lifetime. Join the celebrations, watch in awe, feast on delicious cuisine, relax in beautiful surroundings and get active however you choose. There are so many possibilities in this Middle Eastern jewel.

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Off the beaten track in Singapore

31 October 2019

A gateway to Asia and beyond, Singapore is a vibrant nation full of vigour and a cosmopolitan city brimming with possibilities. It’s home to a bustling Central Business District, a famous shopping street, a thriving arts and entertainment scene, lively dining and drinking spots, and many must-see attractions. To truly discover Singapore, go beyond the everyday attractions and really get to grips with everything this wonderful destination has to offer. Here are just some of our suggestions:

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Head stateside for a taste of sunshine over winter

01 November 2019

The USA is a destination for all 12 months of the year. Springtime across the vast prairie lands, summer out by the lake, autumn in the foliage of New England and winter spent enjoying the variety of climates that make the states the perfect place to enjoy some sun on a winter escape.

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Seven Worlds, One Planet: discovering the continents

20 November 2019

Last Sunday saw the start of Sir David Attenborough’s new series: “Seven Worlds, One Planet”, in which the legendary presenter takes us on a journey across each of the seven continents, demonstrating the natural diversity that exists between them and highlighting the importance of preserving these beautiful ecosystems.

Here at Travel Counsellors we believe that travel should be done sustainably so that people can experience the wonders of the world whilst maintaining them for future generations. Here’s a sustainable travel experience from each continent to inspire your next adventure.

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Florida, the Sunshine State

01 November 2019

Florida is a state where you can watch gorgeous pink sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico, spend days riding the most thrilling rollercoasters on earth, soak up the cool beach vibe in an Exotic city such as Miami, or take a road trip over crystal clear ocean waters as you head south through the Florida Keys.

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A guide to Abu Dhabi

29 October 2019

The bold, sophisticated city of Abu Dhabi is a modern marvel, capital of the United Arab Emirates and perfect for families of every age. Thrilling theme parks and a hugely tempting duty-free shopping zone sit alongside Abu Dhabi’s fabulous culture rooted in Islamic traditions. 

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Around the world in 8 dishes

24 October 2019

Culinary delights await all around the world, it’s one of the main reasons that we travel. Discovering new flavours in far away destinations is a real pleasure and an unforgettable dining experience can be a highlight of any holiday that’s why we’re taking you on a culinary journey around the world in eight amazing dishes.

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Explore the world with Singapore Airlines

25 October 2019

Singapore Airlines is one of the world’s premier airlines and has earned its reputation through provision of excellent service to passengers travelling around the world. With its range of cabins catering for all tastes, and a selection of lounges to expand the luxurious experience of flying, travelling with Singapore Airlines is a delightful experience for everyone to enjoy.

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Revealed: The world’s ten best countries for tourists

28 October 2019

Spain has been named the best country in the world for travel and tourism in 2019 in the World Economic Forum’s latest annual survey.

That’s an impressive title to achieve just once, but the European country has managed to bag the title every year since 2015.

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Winter sun in the Canary Islands

23 October 2019

The Canaries are islands of perennial sunshine, with rugged volcanic landscapes lined by beautiful golden sands and the crystal-clear water of the Atlantic. With average daytime temperatures of over 20C across winter months and only four days of rain, the pleasant winter climate here is perfect to lounge by the pool yet allows you to be active without feeling stifled. Here’s our pick of where to head for your winter sun in the Canaries.

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Voyage brochure

21 October 2019

Welcome to our new brochure, showcasing some of the world’s best cruises. Cruising offers a plethora of options, with something to suit every taste, budget and need. In this brochure, we’re showcasing the different types of cruising holidays available to you; there’s much more to cruising than you might expect…

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Feel the gracious welcome of Qatar

22 October 2019

Qatar welcomes travellers to enjoy its ancient culture and authentic soul with a warm and friendly embrace. More than 80 countries, including the UK, now have visa free access to Qatar, meaning there’s never been an easier time to experience its splendour. And with Qatar Airways operating flights from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Dublin; you’ll experience an unparalleled level of service as you travel there.

Qatar’s year-round magnificent sunshine makes it the perfect place to soak up some winter sun, while its location in the Middle East makes it the ideal stopover on your journey to the Far East or Oceania. Here we’ve gathered some suggestions on how to spend a two-day stopover in Qatar.

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Celebrate the festive season in the sun with Cruise & Maritime

23 October 2019

This Christmas and New Year you can look forward to gorgeous sunshine, golden beaches and inviting waters as you cruise South to the warmer climates of Cape Verde, the Canary Islands and Madeira. Your Cruise & Maritime trip will see you visit six unique islands, each with its own intriguing culture and picturesque landscape for you to enjoy. 

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Hassle-free holidaying: Why your next holiday should be all-inclusive

23 October 2019

Everyone has their preferred way to travel; perhaps you’re an avid cruiser, maybe you love to visit ultra-luxurious resorts around the world, or it could be a European getaway that you enjoy most. Whichever way you choose to travel, there’s undeniably one style of holidaying that ensures a hassle-free trip every time – all-inclusive.

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Set sail for Scandinavia with Saga

14 October 2019

From architecture to sculpture, stylish Scandinavia has it all. Discover what makes Scandinavia special as you cruise to three countries, visiting six different cities.

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Indulge in Silversea Cruises’ luxury all-inclusive package

22 October 2019

Focusing on truly elegant, luxurious cruising, the ships of the Silversea fleet are purpose built with luxury travel in mind, aiming to exceed the expectations of even the most refined travellers. Silversea’s dedication to excellence is evident in the collection of rewards it has received in recent years. One of the elements that makes a Silversea cruise so special is its all-encompassing all-inclusive Luxury element which includes everything you need for an unforgettable cruise:

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Enjoy a special suite stay with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

21 October 2019

A Royal Caribbean cruise is perfect for families looking for an extra special getaway with every little detail taken care of. Their amazing selection of family-friendly suites offer everything from spacious rooms to a dedicated stateroom attendant. 

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Short or long haul? Where to head for luxury

14 October 2019

There are luxury travel destinations all around the world, each offering an incredible experience for visitors and presenting a different flavour of the local cultures and environments that surround them. The only difficult choice for you is whether you’ll explore far and wide or you’ll stay a little closer to home when you embark on your next luxury getaway.

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Enjoy a fabulous festive season at Barbados’ Fairmont Royal Pavilion

11 October 2019

If you’re looking for an indulgent way to spend the festive season this year, then look no further than a sun-kissed stay at the award-winning Fairmont Royal Pavilion. Boasting the ultimate location on blissful Barbados’ idyllic Platinum Coast, this high-end hotel has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation and is setting new standards of ultra-luxury in the Caribbean and beyond.

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Discover the Caribbean with British Airways

17 October 2019

Sparkling blue seas, stunning white sandy beaches, exciting adventures, colourful culture and foodie delights, fly to the sun-drenched Caribbean with British Airways and find your own version of island paradise.

 

Here’s where you could be jetting off to:

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British Airways Premium Leisure sale

23 October 2019

The British Airways Premium leisure sale has launched and there are some fabulous offers for you to take advantage of. Jet off in style to some of the most glamorous destinations in the world and soak in the glorious sunshine as you marvel at the splendour of your surroundings.

This collection of offers for the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean are not to be missed.

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Where to head to for an unforgettable all-inclusive luxury break

11 October 2019

Here at Travel Counsellor’s we love luxury travel, and what better way to complement your opulent accommodation than with an all-inclusive plan. Enjoy your holiday stress-free, as there are no unwanted surprises or expensive bills waiting for you at check out. Here are a few of our favourite all-inclusive luxury properties:

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Be one of the first to sail on the brand-new ship, Celebrity Apex

07 October 2019

Designed to change the way you explore the world; Celebrity Apex is the second ship in the revolutionary new Edge Class series. Joining her sister ship, Celebrity Edge, in April 2020, Celebrity Apex will become Celebrity Cruises’ newest addition, with her first five sailings being direct from the home port of Southampton.

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Five reasons to take a private jet expedition around the world with TCS World Travel

10 October 2019

Machu Picchu, Easter Island, Angkor Wat and the Serengeti – these are just some of the iconic places that you can visit on one of TCS World Travel’s incredible ‘Around the World’ private jet expeditions.

In one seamless, all-inclusive journey, you can tick off a whole host of incredible bucket-list destinations; yet the magical places that you will visit are only a part of the TCS World Travel experience. Here are five more reasons why you should take one of these once-in-a-lifetime trips.

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Indulge in all-inclusive luxury at Serenity at Coconut Bay

09 October 2019

The stunning Serenity at Coconut Bay is Saint Lucia’s newest premium all-inclusive, couples-only luxury resort. An exclusive hideaway tailor-made for discerning romantics, this intimate all-villa tropical hideaway offers a new level of sophisticated adults-only, all-inclusive indulgence in the Caribbean.

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Fly in comfort and style with award-winning Thai Airways

10 October 2019

The national airline of the ‘Land of Smiles’, multi-award-winning Thai Airways offers two direct daily flights from London Heathrow to Bangkok. From there, you can fly onward to a wealth of exciting destinations within Thailand itself, and the airline’s extensive network also allows you to fly further afield within the Asia-Pacific region, to South East and North East Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

The modern Thai Airways’ fleet comprises a combination of both the state-of-the-art Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300 aircraft, providing travellers with the ultimate in comfort and the latest technological advancements.

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A guide to Australia

29 October 2019

Australia's eight states and territories are home to a plethora of UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites, cities jam-packed with global icons, shorelines studded with golden beaches stretching as far as the eye can see and stunning natural attractions including tropical rainforests and colourful coral reefs.

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Enjoy exclusive experiences at East Winds, Saint Lucia

04 October 2019

Discover Saint Lucia’s best kept secret and immerse yourself in true Caribbean luxury at East Winds. With unique cottage-style suites tucked away amidst twelve acres of breath-taking tropical gardens by the sea, this tranquil all-inclusive hideaway offers a truly exceptional holiday experience.

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Best of both worlds: long haul vs short haul

09 October 2019

Deciding whether to travel long or short haul can be a tricky decision. You’re wondering which destination offers the best in whatever type of holiday you fancy.

Maybe you’re looking for the most immaculate beach or the most delicious food and want to know whether you should stay in Europe or venture further afield. To help you out, we’ve picked our favourite long and short-haul destinations for different types of trip.

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Five reasons to choose Gran Canaria for your winter sun holiday

09 October 2019

Whether you want to soak up the glorious Canarian sunshine on one of the southern coast’s golden sandy beaches, unfurl the fascinating heritage of the capital city’s charming old quarters or enjoy scenic walks and plenty of stargazing opportunities in the lesser-explored north, this diverse volcanic island offers so many exciting opportunities for all types of traveller.

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Explore South America with LATAM Airlines

04 October 2019

LATAM Airlines is Latin America’s leading airline group, operating daily direct flights from London Heathrow to its hub in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo. From there, the extensive network connects you to multiple destinations within Brazil itself, and onwards to several key South American cities throughout Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

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Experience the ultimate rejuvenating escape at one of Zoetry’s Wellness & Spa Resorts

30 September 2019

At Zoetry Wellness & Spa Resorts, wellness extends far beyond the traditional health, fitness, nutrition and spa approaches. With a holistic approach that aims to heal your spirit, the resorts create an all-encompassing experience to revitalise your senses.

Zoetry has four Wellness & Spa Resorts across three countries: Zoetry Montego Bay (Jamaica), Zoetry Agua Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya (Mexico) and Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun (Mexico).

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Indulge in a slice of luxury in stunning Tenerife

16 October 2019

The beautiful Canarian island of Tenerife is one of the coolest and most attractive holiday destinations in the world for the discerning traveller. With an ever-growing array of luxury five-star resorts and boutique hotels, award-winning spas, exquisite cuisine and stunning natural landscapes, together with an excellent year-round climate, Tenerife is a veritable island of contrasts - and it’s all just four hours away.

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Tips to make your California trip truly unforgettable

27 September 2019

California welcomes visitors from across the world for a variety of different reasons. Some visit for the stunning weather, some for the delicious food, while others visit to bask in the laid-back atmosphere and soak up the cool vibes. Whatever your reason for visiting, we’ve got a few tips to make your time there extra special.

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Indulge in all-inclusive luxury at Mexico’s Moon Palace Cancun

23 September 2019

Located on Mexico’s stunning Caribbean coastline, and a short ten-minute taxi ride from Cancun International Airport, the 5* Moon Palace Cancun boasts endless entertainment options and activities, lush landscapes and world-renowned service.

Nestled amidst 123 acres of tropical garden on a seemingly endless stretch of white sandy beach, overlooking the shimmering waters of the Caribbean Sea, there’s so much for all ages to enjoy at this spectacular all-inclusive resort.

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Indulge in a slice of Antiguan luxury with an exclusive villa stay at Blue Waters Resort & Spa

23 September 2019

Tucked away in a secluded spot on Soldier’s Bay on the north-west coast of the beautiful Caribbean island of Antigua, yet only a 15-minute drive from the lively capital of Saint John’s, the luxurious Blue Waters Resort & Spa is an enchanting and serene beachfront hotel.

With sunset dining, secluded powder-soft beach coves, a selection of freshwater swimming pools, exhilarating water sports, 17 acres of lush tropical gardens and a choice of world-class accommodation, the stunning Blue Waters Resort & Spa is the perfect Caribbean hideaway for private relaxation.

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A guide to California

06 November 2019

The vast and diverse U.S state of California is a land filled with iconic attractions, awe-inspiring views, world-famous wineries, first-class restaurants, breath-taking national parks and some of the planet’s best beaches. Wherever your mind wanders to when you picture California, welcome to our mini destination guide to this spectacular state.

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The great north California road trip

20 September 2019

 

The great North of California is an eclectic region where stunning natural beauty and diverse and brilliant human culture intertwine to create a compelling destination that welcomes visitors with open arms.  

From the urban metropolis of San Francisco to the picturesque landscape of South Lake Tahoe and the inviting wine region of Sonoma County, the winding highways of Northern California beckon…

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Where will you choose for the October half-term break?

18 September 2019

With the October half term fast approaching, we thought we’d bring you some inspiration for holidays that are guaranteed to pack fun for the whole family. Where will you choose?

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Discover the exciting new additions at the amazing Atlantis, The Palm

18 September 2019

Atlantis, The Palm is one of Dubai’s most opulent contemporary hotels. Set on the city’s stunning Palm Island, this dazzling resort is in a world of its own with a whole host of extraordinary features, exciting amenities and unforgettable experiences that you’ll only find somewhere as extravagant as Dubai.

Here, we take a look at two incredible new offerings that make Atlantis, The Palm even better than ever before.

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Explore the world in luxury with Oman Air

25 September 2019

As the national airline of the Sultanate of Oman, Oman Air flies to over 50 destinations in 27 countries worldwide. Direct flights operate from both London Heathrow and Manchester to Muscat, and there are also plenty of convenient onward connections to a range of exciting destinations across the Middle East, the Indian Ocean, Indian Sub-Continent and the Far East.

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Explore Europe Brochure

04 October 2019

Welcome to our new brochure, showcasing some of Europe’s most beautiful and diverse destinations. Join us on a journey of discovery as we regale the culinary delights, action-packed cities and spectacularly stunning landscapes found within the fabulous destinations we offer just a short flight away.

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Explore Worldwide Brochure

04 October 2019

Welcome to our new worldwide brochure, showcasing some of the most beautiful and diverse places in the world. Join us on a journey of discovery as we regale the culinary delights, action-packed cities and spectacularly stunning landscapes found within the fabulous destinations we offer across the globe.

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Experience the best of the west

20 September 2019

To live the California dream and see all that the amazing state has to offer, there’s no better way than to take to the road for an unforgettable road trip.

From the hustle and bustle of LA to the phenomenal natural wonder of Yosemite national park, this itinerary will show you the best of the west.

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Coastal cruising through the Golden state

20 September 2019

Think of California and chances are you conjure up pictures of spectacular coastline, immaculate golden beaches, bustling seaside towns and of course, glorious sunshine.

 

California is home to some of the world’s premier coastal destinations and the best way to see them without missing the stunning vistas in between is by taking a once in a lifetime road trip and cruising down the Pacific coast.

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7 California food trends you have to try

13 September 2019

California is often the epicentre of any hot new trends and when it comes to food, that’s no different.

Given North America’s position at the forefront of western culture, it’s no surprise that the food scene is constantly evolving and emanating outwards for the rest of us to follow.

Let’s take a look at some of the food trends that took off within ‘the Golden State’.

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MSC Cruises reveals the most Magnificent EX-UK season ever

12 September 2019

MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line, have unveiled brand-new itineraries for Summer 2021 sailing from Southampton. The 24 sailings from May to October will see the introduction of cruises ranging from 2 to 14 nights with brand new varied itineraries. These will include the Canary Islands & Madeira, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Baltic Capitals, with most of the 24 sailings beginning on a Saturday ensuring guests can make the most of their holiday experience.

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Discover what's new on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas

19 September 2019

Give in to total temptation and prepare for an extraordinary holiday onboard a new-look Allure of the Seas® from Barcelona in 2020. Complete with a plethora of family activities, exciting nightlife and world-class dining options, not to mention the cultural delights that await onshore, the Allure of the Seas may be too much to resist.

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A guide to Ras Al Khaimah

16 September 2019

Unique in its character and the experiences it offers, Ras Al Khaimah is globally connected yet authentic, mixing gorgeous beaches, mountains and desert scenery with luxury resorts all in one place. Whether you want to relax, indulge, actively explore or discover the heritage and ancient traditions – or a blend of some or all of these – Ras Al Khaimah offers a combination of activities and experiences available nowhere else in the UAE.

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Jamaica, the land we love

12 September 2019

Their national anthem is ‘Jamaica, Land We Love’, and with an array of beautiful beaches, the breath-taking Blue Mountains and an infectious vibe, it’s no wonder Ian Fleming found his inspiration for the James Bond novels here.

Here’s just a few of our luxury resorts, which we invite you to discover…

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The Michelin star state: Where to find the finest dining in California

13 September 2019

California recently became the first US state to publish its own Michelin dining guide, comprising 657 Michelin-recommended restaurants, of which 90 have been awarded Michelin stars.

This kind of says all you need to know about the state’s commitment to high-quality food and fine dining experiences. But we’ve taken the time to highlight some of the very best spots for the finest of dining…

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Hot spots for drinks on your Californian adventure

13 September 2019

California produces some of the most brilliant beverages around, from delicious wines and artisan beers to flavourful cocktails and exquisite spirits.

To complement the tremendous taste, it’s important to have a setting to match and there’s certainly no shortage of that in the Golden State, so we’ve brought together a few of our favourite spots to enjoy a tipple during a Californian adventure.

 

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A whole world of dining in one state

13 September 2019

Ever since the goldrush of the mid-19th century, California has been a dream destination that has drawn settlers from far and wide to its beautiful golden shores.

With them came recipes from far and wide turning California into a veritable melting pot of delicious and diverse flavours. Now the Golden State is home to a superb selection of cuisines, and we’ve narrowed it down to the best of them for you to try.

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Enjoy the thrill of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

11 September 2019

Between November 29th and December 1st, Abu Dhabi will host the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Grand Prix on its stunningly modern Yas Marina circuit. As the final race on the F1 calendar, we expect the excitement to be palpable as we await to see a new champion crowned. The best place to catch the exhilaration is in Abu Dhabi so we’ve gathered some tips to make your F1 trip truly incredible.

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Indulgent tropical haven at Vakkaru Maldives

11 September 2019

Located within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere reserve, this island sanctuary is blessed with uninterrupted ocean views, unexplored dive sites and amazing fishing spots. The tropical haven offers guests a tranquil environment in which to indulge and relax in chic island style.

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Escape to the beautiful Algarve

03 September 2019

Stretching from the Spanish border to the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal’s sun-drenched Algarve coast is the perfect holiday destination; whatever your interests and tastes may be. It’s also a super convenient location to get to, with flight times of roughly two and a half hours from the UK. Home to glorious beaches, spectacular scenery, exhilarating activities, delicious food and so much more besides, the Algarve is all things to all people.

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Time to check in with TC Ted

05 September 2019

September 9th is National Teddy Bear Day so we thought we should take the time to check in with everyone’s favourite cuddly toy, TC Ted, for an update on his globetrotting adventures.

This summer has seen Ted undertake a mission to make travel more sustainable and travellers have been helping him achieve that, one trip at a time.

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Discover the urban lifestyle at INNSiDE by Meliá

04 September 2019

Part of one of the largest hotel companies in the world, Meliá Hotels International, INNSiDE by Meliá is a collection of urban lifestyle hotels offering the perfect place to stay whether you’re looking for exclusive luxury, a family holiday or a business trip.

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Get outdoors at South Lake Tahoe

05 September 2019

With its spectacular landscape of snow-capped mountains, cobalt blue waters and gorgeous golden-sand beaches, together with a huge variety of exciting outdoor activities to enjoy, Lake Tahoe is undoubtedly one of the greatest mountain destinations in the world.

 

Starring in many Hollywood movies and the largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe is so much more than a pretty face though. Ski slopes, casinos, kayaking – Lake Tahoe really does have it all.

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Visit sun-soaked San Diego

05 September 2019

A surfing mecca and military outpost, stylish San Diego is a border city that boasts year-round sunny weather, 70 miles of beautiful golden beaches, a vibrant shopping and nightlife scene, a historic downtown quarter and an excellent selection of outdoor activities to keep you in touch with nature during your time in this stunning city.

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Coastal sophistication at Newport Beach

05 September 2019

Home to radiant sunshine, glorious sandy beaches and amazing surf, upscale Newport Beach is the epitome of sophisticated Californian coastal charm. An intimate seaside oasis in world-famous Orange County, prepare to be enchanted by this picture-perfect holiday destination. Made up of ten distinct neighbourhoods, each one with its own unique personality and natural beauty, you’ll certainly find plenty of ways to occupy your time in Newport Beach. 

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Get close to nature in Yosemite Mariposa County

06 September 2019

With its giant sequoia trees, vast meadows, amazing waterfalls, shimmering lakes, and deep valleys, Yosemite Mariposa County epitomizes peace and tranquility, and is a far cry from California’s bustling cities and buzzing beach resorts. Mariposa County covers almost 1,500 square miles of jaw-dropping scenery, you’ll find an abundance of activities to enjoy here, all within the stunning setting of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Gold Country.

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Visit glorious Sonoma County

20 September 2019

With over 425 wineries, miles of rugged Pacific coastline to explore, fantastic spas and towering redwood forests,Sonoma County is quite simply breath-taking. Combined with its close proximity to San Francisco at just a 45-minute drive to the north, it’s the perfect place to add onto your Northern Californian adventure. 

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Explore the sun-kissed surf town of Santa Cruz County

20 September 2019

A super-friendly beach town, complete with university, iconic seaside amusement park, legendary boardwalk, gorgeous redwood forested mountains and waves that surfers flock to ride, Santa Cruz County offers the quintessential Californian beach holiday. Located on California’s Central Coast, 65 miles south of San Francisco and 35 miles north of Monterey, Santa Cruz County is home to 29 miles of sun-kissed coastline and an extraordinary number of state parks and beaches.

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Explore stunning San Francisco

05 September 2019

If you’re looking for a more cultural way to explore California, then you can’t really go wrong with San Francisco. An eccentric and bohemian city, San Francisco really does have something for all types of traveller; whatever your interests may be. And whoever you are, the Golden Gates of San Francisco will welcome you in with open arms.

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California Dreaming

29 August 2019

Home to breath-taking scenery, a wealth of world-famous attractions, awe-inspiring views, an incredible entertainment scene and some of the world’s best beaches, California has so many amazing sights to see and destinations to explore that you might begin to wonder if there is actually anything that you can’t see or do here.

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Seaside chic in Santa Monica

05 September 2019

Just moments away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Los Angeles, the beautiful beach community of Santa Monica offers the perfect base to explore the delights of Southern California. With its iconic pier, famous Ferris wheel, twinkly carousels and mile upon mile of soft sands, Santa Monica effortlessly combines seaside charm with some big city sophistication.

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Escape to the Indian Ocean with Emirates

28 August 2019

Jet off to the idyllic Indian Ocean with Emirates and during your luxurious flight, enjoy a 5* travel experience. Regardless of which cabin class you choose, expect gourmet dining, award-winning inflight entertainment and exceptional service. Emirates allows you to enjoy opulence as you travel to your dream destination in one of the most stunning regions of the world.  

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Rugby World Cup: Our favourite destinations

05 September 2019

The Rugby World Cup gets underway in Tokyo this month (Friday 20th) as hosts Japan take on Russia. 2019’s tournament marks the first time that the competition has been held in Asia and it looks set to break records with the action being broadcasted to over 800 million homes worldwide. Additionally, the opening match is predicted to be the most watched rugby event ever in Japan.

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British Airways unveil their new Club Suite

04 September 2019

British Airways have recently revealed their highly-anticipated Club Suite – an upgraded and completely reimagined new business class seat. Set to totally transform the onboard experience for the modern traveller, the Club Suite is currently available on the stunning new A350 aircraft.

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Find your perfect Caribbean escape with the Sandals Biggest Autumn Sale

23 August 2019

Experience the very pinnacle of luxury Caribbean all-inclusive holidays with Sandals Resorts. Sandals will delight couples in love with their supreme holiday packages, which feature gourmet candlelit dining for two, gorgeous tropical settings and some of the world's most exquisite white-sand beaches.

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Top tips for enjoying long-haul flights

16 September 2019

Long-haul flights open the door to a huge selection of amazing destinations that must be seen to be believed. Unfortunately, some people are deterred by the extended journey times.
We want everyone to sample the delicacies of Bangkok, ride the waves at Bondi, ski the mountains of Canada and relax on Caribbean beaches, so we’ve made a list of tips to help you enjoy the long-haul inflight experience.

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Grab a last-minute bank holiday deal

07 August 2019

The end of August means one thing: August bank holiday (26th). Maybe the weather gods will be kind and bless the UK with glorious sunshine, or perhaps they’ll just pelt us with more downpours.

Either way, cut out the uncertainty and make the most of the three-day weekend by tacking on a few extra days’ annual leave and taking advantage of these super-tempting offers.

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A world of adventure awaits with Qatar Airways

23 August 2019

Flying to over 160 destinations worldwide, award-winning Qatar Airways are a popular choice for long-haul flights to an array of incredible regions, including Australasia, Africa, South East Asia, the Far East, the Indian subcontinent and the Indian Ocean. Whatever your idea of the perfect holiday is, there’s a getaway with Qatar Airways to fulfil your dreams.

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10 reasons why we love Britannia

18 September 2019

Britannia certainly does rule the waves. From dining to décor, here are ten top reasons why she’s the jewel in the P&O Cruises crown.

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The Jewels of the Silk Road with Sundowners Overland

27 August 2019

Discover exquisite sights and wander off the tourist trail on this extraordinary journey with Sundowners Overland. This incredible tour passes through Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China, following one of the most historically significant trade routes in the world as it passes through breath-taking landscapes and culturally diverse settlements.

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A guide to Thailand

30 September 2019

Imagine Thailand. Are you sinking your toes into the pristine white sands of a deserted beach? Navigating the undulating lush green topography of a tropical rainforest? Maybe you’re exploring one of the hundreds of ornate ancient temples? Whatever your mind pictures when you envisage the wonders of Thailand, you’re sure to only love it more when you visit.

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Discover the wonders of Peru with G Adventures

21 August 2019

There is no-where quite like Peru; with its old-world cities, picture-perfect mountain ranges and treasured archaeological sites, this gem of a country is ideal for a holiday with a difference.

 

Book an action-packed, small group adventure tour with G Adventures and get ready to uncover world-renowned sites and breath-taking scenery. Peru has it all; the mighty Amazon river and rainforest, the incredible Urubamba Valley, stunning Lake Titicaca, vibrant cities including Cusco and Lima and of course, the UNESCO-listed ‘lost city’ of Machu Picchu.

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4 of our favourite Caribbean islands

09 September 2019

With 28 island nations and more than 7,000 islands across 2.754 million km², the Caribbean is a very big place, and with so many incredible destinations on offer, there's sure to be an island (or two) for everyone. To help you decide where is right for your next Caribbean getaway we've made a small guide to four of our favourite Caribbean islands.

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Why winter is the perfect time to visit beautiful Vancouver

10 September 2019

With a breath-taking backdrop of snow-capped peaks, lush forests and the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean, wintertime in Vancouver offers plenty for all types of traveller to enjoy.

The mild winter climate lets you sail in the morning, cycle the seawall after lunch, ski or board the local peaks at dusk, then come down to dine and dance the night away in one of the city’s hippest nightlife districts. 

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What we love about Grenada

14 August 2019

The French and British battled for control of the islands for 90 years, and relics of this fight can be seen at Fort George and Fort Frederick, overlooking St. George’s Harbour.

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5 of the best Barbados events

15 August 2019

Barbados is blessed with a buzzing and vibrant events calendar, so whatever time of year you visit, you can look forward to something spectacular going on.

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Experience the best of Mauritius with the Beachcomber collection

14 August 2019

With stretch upon stretch of immaculate white sands, a lovely laidback vibe where nothing is ever a trouble, and a huge range of activities to suit all tastes, the idyllic Indian Ocean island of Mauritius is the perfect place to relax, refresh and recharge. Hospitality pioneer, Beachcomber, has a collection of 8 luxurious resorts on the Island, each with unique style and character.

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Say "I do" at these dream wedding destinations

05 September 2019

The destination of your wedding is an incredibly important aspect of any wedding, especially when you have to consider your day not being hampered by the ever-reliable British weather! If you’re thinking of tying the knot on a sun-drenched beach, with the sound of the waves providing the soundtrack to the happiest day of your life, here’s some inspiration for your dream wedding destination.

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Our favourite honeymoon destinations

05 September 2019

Your honeymoon is one the most memorable holidays you’ll ever go on. You’re continuing the joy of your wedding day and heading off with your partner for the time of your lives on a romantic getaway, so choosing the perfect destination is important. To help you out, here’s our favourite honeymoon destinations in the world.

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Wildlife spotting in Latin America

14 August 2019

Latin America spans from Argentina to Mexico and takes in the Amazon rainforest, pristine Patagonia, the Atacama Desert and the beautifully dramatic Andes mountains. The vast and varied region encapsulates a plethora of stunning views across untouched natural environments teeming with unique exotic wildlife.

To prepare you for your next wildlife spotting trip, we’ve complied a list of the must-see wildlife of Latin America.

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Sustainability renovations at The Datai Langkawi

08 August 2019

In December of 2018 The Datai Langkawi opened its doors following a substantial renovation project in which a renewed commitment to sustainability was an underpinning corner stone. The renovation aimed to: refresh the resorts look while staying true to itself and existing in harmony with its verdant rainforest surroundings, reduce the environmental footprint of the resort, and protect the surrounding environment.

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Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort: Living sustainably on an island paradise

08 August 2019

Located on a pristine stretch of white sand on the Andaman Sea and framed by verdant tropical gardens, the Phi Phi island Beach Resort presents guests with a tranquil corner of Thailand where integration with nature is at the heart of everything. This resort’s eco-focussed concept means guests directly help to protect the natural beauty of the island, creating an overriding feel-good experience.

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Discover new routes to the USA with British Airways

12 August 2019

As of April 2019, British Airways now fly directly to the US cities of Charleston and Pittsburgh from London Heathrow Terminal 5. These will run alongside British Airways’ many other routes to the States, meaning you now have even more choice when it comes to choosing your dream transatlantic destination.

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Enjoy the ultimate time-saving experience when you fly transatlantic with Aer Lingus

15 August 2019

Transatlantic travellers can now experience the ultimate time-saving service when they fly with Aer Lingus.

 

When you jet off to the USA from Dublin and Shannon airports, you can enjoy pre-clearance facilities, meaning that you’ll not only clear U.S. immigration, but also full U.S. customs and agriculture controls too.

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Grab a last-minute bank holiday deal

07 August 2019

The end of August means one thing: August bank holiday (26th). Maybe the weather gods will be kind and bless the UK with glorious sunshine, or perhaps they’ll just pelt us with more downpours.

Either way, cut out the uncertainty and make the most of the three-day weekend by tacking on a few extra days’ annual leave and taking advantage of these super-tempting offers.

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Is my holiday financially protected?

07 August 2019

Having the peace of mind that no matter what, your holiday is safe is priceless. But the minefield of financial protection is not easily negotiated, so we’re trying to make it clearer to help preserve your precious holiday funds. Read on for tips and advice on financial protection for your next holiday.

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Explore the world’s best beer-themed destinations

07 August 2019

The barley brew is one of the most widely consumed drinks in world, behind tea and water. Given its ubiquity, it’s no surprise that there are some really exciting destinations with excellent beer offerings, so we’ve been on a mission to find the world’s best destinations to supplement your break with a tasty tipple.

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Fly to the sun-soaked Caribbean with Virgin Atlantic

25 October 2019

Blessed with almost year-round sunshine, spectacular beaches and crystal-clear seas, together with a laidback vibe where nothing is ever too much trouble, the Caribbean is as close to paradise on earth as it gets. While away sun-dappled days relaxing with a good book and your favourite cocktail, or exploring tropical rainforests and atmospheric plantations; the Caribbean has so much to offer for all types of traveller. 

 

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Jamaica: the perfect destination for a luxurious couples’ escape

07 August 2019

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach break or more of an adventure-filled getaway, Jamaica is the perfect holiday destination for a luxurious couples’ escape. Blessed with legendary golden-sand beaches and glorious clear warm waters, together with a rich and colourful culture, an enchanting tropical island paradise awaits in the Land of Wood and Water.

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Explore Uzbekistan with Cox & Kings

09 August 2019

The world’s longest-established travel company, with a history stretching back as far as 1758, Cox & Kings has an outstanding reputation for its regional expertise, in-country support, personalised service and focus on sustainability.

Whether you’re looking for luxury, adventure or a combination of both, Cox & Kings range of small group tours and tailor-made holidays are designed by experts and brought to life by the finest guides.

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8 fun-filled festivals around the world

05 September 2019

With summertime officially in swing, festival season is upon us! If you didn’t make it to Glastonbury, fear not, we’ve rounded up some of the best festivals around the world.

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Change the way you explore the world with Celebrity Apex

29 August 2019

Designed to change the way you experience the world, Celebrity Apex – the second revolutionary new Edge Class series, will become the newest ship to join her sister ship, Celebrity Edge in 2020 and will be making Southampton home for her first five sailings.

Boasting ground-breaking design and innovative features, and offering an ultimate guest experience, join Celebrity Apex for a cruise like no other from Spring 2020.

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Step into a world of luxury with Elegant Hotels

16 September 2019

Situated along some of the Caribbean’s most stunning beachfront locations, Elegant Hotels offers the discerning traveller a unique collection of award-winning luxury hotels and resorts.

With a choice of exclusive properties, each one with its own individual vibe and an impressive range of activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy; whatever style of holiday you’re looking for.

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Amazing Abu Dhabi: the perfect destination for all ages

11 September 2019

The capital of the United Arab Emirates is the perfect holiday destination for couples and families alike. With almost year-round sunshine, world-class attractions, beautiful beaches, superb shopping, thrilling theme parks and a wealth of super-luxurious hotels, together with a fascinating heritage and culture, awe-inspiring Abu Dhabi has all the right ingredients for the perfect Arabian adventure.

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Explore the many sides to Ras Al Khaimah

09 August 2019

 Literally translated as ‘top of the tent’ due to its location at the northernmost tip of the Arabian Peninsula, Ras Al Khaimah offers something for everyone to enjoy. Home to a unique combination of dreamy beaches, soaring mountains, stunning terracotta deserts, luxurious resorts and lovely year-round sunshine, enchanting Ras Al Khaimah offers the ideal setting for both relaxation and adventure.

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Island adventures in Thailand

01 August 2019

Travel Counsellor's very own Natalie went on holiday to Thailand and has recorded her experiences to help with your travel planning.

When you think of Thailand, what are the first destinations that spring to mind? Bangkok? Phuket? Koh Samui?

When you envisage Thailand, it’s likely you picture the limestone karsts and glistening waters from the film The Beach, or elephants trekking through the rainforest, or towering skyscrapers in Bangkok.

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Safari: When and where to go

01 August 2019

Disney’s ‘live-action’ retelling of The Lion King has hit cinemas – and it’s been a mega hit, stampeding to number one and breaking box office records around the world.
If the recent resurfacing of Simba and the great circle of life has sparked aspirations of seeing majestic animals such as lions, elephants, rhinos and zebras first-hand rather than on a cinema screen, then safari is calling you.

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Jet off to The Landings Resort and Spa by Elegant Hotels

05 September 2019

A tropical oasis of luxury and Saint Lucian hospitality, this all-villa beachfront resort boasts the island’s only private marina. Other enticements include a large spa, a state-of-the-art health club, three pools and two hot tubs, tennis courts, water sports and a kids’ club. The Saint Lucia Golf & Country Club is also close at hand.

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Delight in the awesome beauty of Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

22 July 2019

One of Oman’s most luxurious beach resorts, the all-villa Six Senses sits between the Hajar Mountains and the white sands and turquoise waters of Zighy Bay. This is a place to do as much or as little as you like, from luxuriating in the spa to paragliding, and there’s a kids’ club for ages 4–10 years plus a teen club hosting the likes of wadi swimming and canyoning.

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Indulge aboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises

22 July 2019

With every last luxury included, Regent Seven Seas Cruises leave you free to embrace each moment and to discover something you won’t find with anyone else, anywhere else or at any other time. The world’s most inclusive luxury experience offers unforgettable journeys aboard a five-ship fleet that visits more than 450 destinations around the world.

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Relax at Shamwari Game Reserve

19 July 2019

Relax in luxury and relish a truly unforgettable safari experience at the Shamwari Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The pinnacle of private conservation, spectacular Shamwari, meaning “my friend” in Shona, is an incredible place where wildlife roams freely and where you can bask in the glory of nature in both luxury and style.

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Experience the BodyHoliday Saint Lucia

22 July 2019

If you’re searching for the ultimate getaway for body, mind or a personalised wellness resort where almost everything is included, look no further than the idyllic BodyHoliday on the tropical island paradise of Saint Lucia. Set within tropical gardens and lush rainforest, on a secluded cove of pristine white sands, there couldn’t be a more idyllic corner of the world to retreat to.

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Experience Business Class reimagined with United Airlines’ Polaris

23 July 2019

Named after the North Star, United Polaris®  is the shining star of international business class. From award-winning elegant airport lounges and redesigned cabins to carefully curated inflight services and amenities, United Airlines are taking business class to new heights with their new Polaris service. Offering a comfort and sleep experience like no other, Polaris promises to bring a new level of quality to every aspect of premium cabin travel.

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News and Advice

Introducing our app: myTC

26 June 2019

Your Travel Counsellor in app form! We know how important your Travel Counsellor is to you for all of your travel plans.

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Is my holiday financially protected?

07 August 2019

Having the peace of mind that no matter what, your holiday is safe is priceless. But the minefield of financial protection is not easily negotiated, so we’re trying to make it clearer to help preserve your precious holiday funds. Read on for tips and advice on financial protection for your next holiday.

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Weddings Inspiration

Palace Resorts Wedding Inspirations

02 October 2017

Palace Resorts is the ideal location for your wedding day, honeymoon or both. With wedding resorts in Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Mexico and Ocho Rios Jamaica, your choices are endless.

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Top Fifteen Wedding Destinations

02 October 2017

Our list of the top fifteen wedding destinations and what they have to offer

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