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Change the way you explore the world with Celebrity Apex

01 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

07 August 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

06 August 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

22 July 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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Set sail for Caribbean bliss with P&O Cruises

01 August 2019

The sights, the sounds, the tastes, the feelings – the captivating Caribbean islands will make all of your senses sizzle. Whether you’re seeking adventure, or you simply want to relax and soak up the warm sunshine, the Caribbean’s sugar-white beaches and crystal-clear seas provide the perfect playground; however you choose to spend your time.

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Discover Durban with British Airways

01 August 2019

Whether you’re hoping to get up close and personal with some of nature’s most amazing wildlife, savour gourmet food and wine, discover the hidden histories of this country’s fascinating past or relax on unspoilt beaches, the beautiful seaside city of Durban and the KwaZulu Natal is the place to be.

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Best hotels for sleeping under the moon and stars

18 July 2019

This week marks 50 years since the Apollo 11 Moon Landing (Sat 20 July) when man first stepped foot on the moon, and in between staring skywards with dreams of other planets and universes, we started wondering ‘what are the best hotels for sleeping beneath a starry sky?’.

Here are a few ideas that sprang to mind…

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A Guide to Canada

17 July 2019

The vast country of Canada is a land of windswept prairies, towering mountains, fields of glaciers, pristine lakes and rocky coastlines. Filled with diverse wildlife and landscapes, the Canadian great outdoors is one of the country’s most alluring assets. It is great for nature lovers and sporting enthusiasts alike, with ample opportunity for activities such as hiking, canoeing, fishing, skiing, and snowmobiling.

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Indulge in a slice of eco-chic luxury with Six Senses

12 July 2019

The stunning eco-chic collection of Six Senses resorts, hotels and spas all share a commitment to community, sustainability, wellness and design – all infused with a touch of quirkiness. Whether you’re looking for an exquisite island resort, a tranquil mountain retreat or an upbeat urban getaway, Six Senses offer you the chance to reconnect with yourself, others and the world around you.

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Discover how COMO Hotels and Resorts are minimising their impact on the environment

17 July 2019

With a focus on health, fantastic food and bespoke adventures in luxurious surroundings, COMO’s collection of stunning resorts across the globe, including in the Maldives, Turks & Caicos, Indonesia and Thailand, are second-to-none when it comes to getting away from it all to focus on your mental and physical wellbeing. Each beautiful resort location is unique and faces different local challenges and opportunities for sustainability.

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Enjoy an eco-friendly private island escape at Bawah Reserve

17 July 2019

Lying 160 nautical miles from Singapore, at the southern end of Indonesia’s Anambas Islands, the serene and secluded Bawah Reserve offers the ultimate in sustainable luxury. An exclusive cluster of six serene islands with three lagoons and thirteen beaches, all enveloped by the South China Sea, the stunning Bawah Reserve is shrouded in verdant greenery and lapped by azure blue waters. 

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Favourite ice cream flavours from around the world

10 July 2019

When the sun is shining and the mercury rises, one of the best ways to cool off is with a scoop of ice cream. To celebrate the tasty dairy treat, the third Sunday of July is World Ice Cream Day (21st in 2019), when everyone on the planet unites in their love for ice cream.

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Experience the enchanting Northern Lights with Hurtigruten

30 July 2019

Hurtigruten are the leaders in expedition cruising, taking you to see the world’s most elusive sights in some of the most remote locations. With over 126 years of experience, they are the undoubted experts when it comes to chasing Mother Nature’s most spectacular light show – the magical Aurora borealis.

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Explore awe-inspiring Antarctica with Aurora Expeditions

12 July 2019

One of the last, great untamed continents on the planet, Antarctica is a truly captivating travel destination. A world that fills the heart, overloads the senses and imprints on your memory forever, Antarctica offers an unforgettable holiday experience that is nothing short of bucket list worthy.

Join the incredible ‘Antarctica Explorer’ voyage in March 2021 and get ready to discover the earth’s southernmost continent during the seasons when the sun never sets.

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Unlock a world of possibilities with Princess Cruises’ Ocean Medallion

31 July 2019

Designed to make your next cruise even easier, Princess Cruises’ Ocean Medallion offers the ultimate guest experience. The complimentary medallion is the size of a quarter and can be worn in a variety of ways - on your wrist, as a pendant or in your pocket. The medallion is designed to make your voyage even more special, by offering a more personalised onboard experience. 

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Rocky Mountaineer toasts guests marking a special occasion

17 July 2019

Maybe you have a big birthday coming up, or perhaps it’s a wedding anniversary, or even a family reunion; or simply looking to pamper yourself with a high-end vacation, as well as an opportunity to experience something on your bucket list, traveling with the people you love.

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Discover the perfect beach getaway at Devasom Khao Lak Beach Resort & Villas

17 July 2019

Set against the waters of a beautiful natural lagoon on one side and the pristine shores of Khao Lak’s most stunning sunset beach to the other, the brand-new Devasom Khao Lak Beach Resort & Villas offers an enchanting holiday experience. Taking inspiration from the forgotten opulence of 6th and 7th-Century Southeast Asia, this immaculate resort is nestled amidst three hectares of verdant grounds to ensure a tranquil escape.

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Enjoy a unique experience in Jamaica

16 July 2019

A remarkable island that’s home to shimmering turquoise waters, gardens of vibrant coral and soft white sands, together with magnificent mountains and huge banana groves, Jamaica is filled with beauty wherever you look. Jamaica also offers a diverse range of exciting experiences to delight every type of traveller. Here are just a few ideas to make your time on this idyllic Caribbean island even more unforgettable.

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Discover Hurtigruten – leaders in sustainable travel

04 July 2019

Committed to sustainable travel, Hurtigruten operate in some of the world’s most pristine and vulnerable natural landscapes. This is a responsibility taken seriously, which is why Hurtigruten educate their guests on how to reduce their environmental footprint.

Building on their passion, competence and heritage, Hurtigruten are determined to make a difference. This is why, when you book your expedition cruise with Hurtigruten, you’ll always experience the highest levels of environmental awareness.

 

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Enjoy a unique holiday experience at the award-winning Elephant Hills

17 July 2019

Founded in 2001, Elephant Hills is a unique concept offering interactive experiences with the majestic elephants of Thailand, without compromising their welfare. Proud winners of an incredible array of awards, Elephant Hills pride themselves on being both responsible and ethical.

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Explore the world with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

05 July 2019

At Fred. Olsen, they share your passion for exploring the world. We’re very excited about the fascinating destinations included in their new programme, spanning all around the globe. Here, we’ve showcased just a few of their future sailings to capture your imagination.

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G Adventures introduces the Ripple Score

04 July 2019

Since 1990, G Adventures have positioned themselves as trailblazers of responsible tourism. Alongside their non-profit partner, the Planeterra Foundation, they have established travel practises and philosophies that make the world a better place to explore. The latest step in G Adventures’ commitment to sustainable travel is the introduction of The Ripple Score. 

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Indulge your senses at Gaya Island Resort

02 July 2019

An intimate, sun-kissed retreat awaits you at Gaya Island Resort. Surrounded by coral reefs, amid Pulau Gaya’s Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, this unique hotel is a treat for the senses. Nestled within the hillside and surrounded by a tropical rainforest, Gaya Island Resort looks out over the South China Sea towards Mt Kinabalu.

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Our pick of the world’s best cycling destinations

02 July 2019

This week sees the world’s cycling elite line up for the 106th Tour de France (Sat 6th July) and there’s plenty reason to be excited as British reigning champion Geraint Thomas sets out to defend his title and retain the ultimate prize in cycling.

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Why Gran Canaria is the perfect place for your luxury escape

10 July 2019

Known as the ‘miniature continent’, where no two landscapes are the same, Gran Canaria is the ideal place for your next luxury getaway. From soothing spas and rolling golf greens, to golden sandy beaches and vibrant city streets, this sun-kissed island paradise offers a variety of unique experiences to impress even the most discerning of travellers.

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Discover a unique luxury cruising experience with Regent Seven Seas Cruises

28 June 2019

With every last luxury included, Regent Seven Seas Cruises leaves you free to embrace each moment and to discover something you won’t find with anyone else, anywhere else or at any other time.

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Boutique luxury in the Maldives with Coco Collection

02 July 2019

Specialising in creating true boutique luxury on some of the most beautiful islands in the Maldives, Coco Collection’s two 5* properties offer a haven for lovers of travel and style. Coco Bodu Hithi offers guests the ultimate in contemporary glamour, whilst the Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is a rustic retreat dedicated to nature and wellness.

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Movie locations every film buff should visit

11 July 2019

In an era where new movies are making increasingly greater use of computer-generated imagery, it’s sometimes easy to forget that places in some of our favourite films are real places open to the public. 

This got us thinking: ‘Where are the must-see places for any movie buff?’. Here’s what we came up with…

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Spider-Man is ‘Far From Home’ but where is he web-slinging off to?

20 June 2019

Barely a week goes by without yet another major blockbuster exploding into cinemas and this time, it’s ol webhead himself  Mr Peter Parker, better known as Spider-Man – who’s webslinging his way on to the silver screen for more big-budget adventures in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ (out July 2nd).  

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Our favourite stopover destinations across Asia and the Middle East

25 June 2019

Why not transform your long-haul trip into a twin-centre adventure with our favourite stopover destinations across Asia and the Middle East? Breaking up flight times and experiencing an exciting new city, what’s not to love? Here are just some of the stopover destinations you could try…

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The Algarve - home to sun, sea and so much more

10 July 2019

The Algarve has long been a firm favourite on the European holiday scene, and with its glorious beaches, shimmering turquoise seas, beautiful scenery, delicious food and plentiful sunshine, that’s no surprise.

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Enjoy a relaxing wellness escape in the Canary Islands

20 June 2019

If you’re looking to get into shape whilst enjoying a relaxing holiday, then look no further than the Botanico Slim & Wellness programme’.

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Set sail from Southampton and enjoy a stress-free holiday with Princess Cruises

18 June 2019

Enjoy a stress-free start to your holiday when you sail from Southampton with Princess Cruises. Begin your getaway in style and avoid the hassle of flying and airport delays – cruising from Southampton offers the perfect adventure if you're not a fan of flying or if you're looking for ease and convenience.

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For an unparalleled mix of nature and culture, head to Indonesia

05 August 2019

Describing the culture of Indonesia is simply impossible. It’s thousands of islands each have their own identity, and whether you’re backpacking, it’s a bucket-list trip, or your dream honeymoon, you’ll still only scratch the surface. Take your pick of UNESCO World Heritage sites, hundreds of temples, or endangered animals only found in Indonesia. Whatever your taste, there’s no shortage of awe-inspiring nature and intriguing culture.

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Look no further than Indonesia for a relaxing couple’s getaway

14 June 2019

It is said that travel is food for the soul, and Indonesia’s string of idyllic islands make it a perfect getaway for those looking for wellness, relaxation and romance. With the second longest coastline in the world, you’ll be spoilt for choice of secluded bays, oceanfront spas and gorgeous sunsets. Inland, uncover dense rainforests brimming with wildlife, towering volcanoes, and rich cultural experiences that truly make it a once-in-a-lifetime destination…although we’re sure you’ll be back! 

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Adventure across the vast islands of Indonesia

14 June 2019

Indonesia’s position along the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ make its incredibly diverse landscape a hub of activity for adventurous travellers, looking for something beyond the beach. To add to this, its close proximity of thousands of islands makes it easy to visit multiple destinations, each offering something different, in one trip.

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Discover the sun-kissed Caribbean with Virgin Atlantic

21 June 2019

Blessed with almost constant sunshine, glorious beaches and shimmering azure waters, 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 with a good book and your favourite cocktail in hand, or explore tropical rainforests and atmospheric plantations; the Caribbean has so much to offer for all types of traveller.

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Explore the Middle East with a Royal Caribbean Cruise and Stay holiday

18 July 2019

A holiday to the Middle East with Royal Caribbean offers an experience like no other. Bask in the warm winter sunshine, breathe in the exotic spices at a traditional souk or explore the awe-inspiring desert and mountain landscapes. Plus, when you choose to cruise and stay, elevate the amazing to the extraordinary and get two incredible holidays rolled into one.

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Why choose P&O Cruises for your Dubai and Arabian Gulf adventure?

12 June 2019

Let P&O Cruises take you on an unforgettable journey to cosmopolitan Dubai and the breath-taking Arabian Gulf onboard the mid-sized, family-friendly ship, Oceana. Discover a land of contrasts along the way, with ancient traditions and fascinating culture at every port of call.

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Visit Vancouver in the wintertime

12 June 2019

With a backdrop of snow-capped peaks, lush forests and the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean, together with a world-renowned ski resort just down the road, a Vancouver winter offers plenty for all types of traveller to enjoy.

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An inclusive luxury experience onboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises

11 June 2019

The world’s most inclusive luxury experience offers unforgettable journeys aboard a five-ship fleet that visits more than 450 destinations around the world. Suites aboard the Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Voyager, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Navigator and, from early 2020, Seven Seas Splendor are the ultimate escape, all with sea views so you can drink in the ever-changing scenery. When you arrive in your suite, you’ll discover your luggage delivered and a chilled bottle of Champagne awaiting you.

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Enjoy exclusive benefits at Bali’s luxurious Alila resorts when you book with Travel Counsellors

11 June 2019

Meaning ‘surprise’ in Sanskrit, Alila perfectly combines contemporary design and crafted luxury in a selection of unique locations. Offering unprecedented levels of personalised service, beautiful private spaces and bespoke experiences, a stay at an Alila resort will leave you refreshed and invigorated.

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Indulge in a slice of 5* boutique luxury in Barbados

10 June 2019

Located in the historic Holetown area on Barbados’ glorious Platinum Coast, the family-run sister hotels of the Coral Reef Club and The Sandpiper offer the discerning traveller the quintessential Caribbean holiday experience.

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Embrace the serenity of Aruba

15 August 2019

Aruba is One Happy Island, ideal to help you disconnect from the world and discover yourself. Aruba has an abundance of clear calm waters, perfect for reflecting on life at home as Shanti explains perfectly. For many of us, seeking a wellness retreat is for time out of a busy schedule and to reconnect with yourself and others around you. For others, it’s the chance to indulge in the perfect spa retreat, and Aruba isn’t one to disappoint there. 

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Discover the wonders of Antarctica with Aurora Expeditions

13 June 2019

With over 25 years’ experience, Aurora Expeditions have become the leader in small-group, expedition style travel to the polar regions, as well as a variety of other remote and wild places.  Founded by renowned mountaineer and explorer, Greg Mortimer and his wife, the Australian-owned adventure company offers an innovative range of intimate experiences in off the beaten track destinations.

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A guide to the Costa del Sol

16 July 2019

With 325 days of sunshine a year, 126 sandy beaches (many Blue Flag), a clutch of lively seaside resorts and a vast choice of hotels, including both luxury and all-inclusive options, the Costa del Sol is a justifiably popular year-round destination within just a couple hours' flight time of the UK.

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For history steeped escapism head to GoldenEye, Jamaica

24 June 2019

GoldenEye has a history dating back to 1939 when Ian Fleming was recruited by Her Majesty’s British Naval Intelligence to be a formal commander during the war. This title was the reason he found himself on the island when enemy boats sailed the Caribbean seas. Officially, GoldenEye itself was around in 1942 although not as a hotel, as a navel operation leading to Ian falling in love with Jamaica, and an awe-inspiring future was set to inspire the world. Fast forward eight years, a house was built surrounded by trees on all sides except one, where the sea meets the shore. In more recent years, Chris Blackwell opens the doors of GoldenEye in 2011 to the public as ‘Caribbean’s Number One New Boutique Hotel’.

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Discover Jamaica - the heart of family fun in the Caribbean

04 June 2019

Famous for its stunning white-sand beaches and shimmering turquoise waters, as well as being the home of Bob Marley and reggae music, Jamaica is a truly wonderful holiday destination. Together with a cheerful vibe, more family-friendly attractions than the rest of the Caribbean put together, and a wealth of high-end resorts offering an impressive array of activities for all ages, beautiful Jamaica offers the perfect family holiday experience.

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Live the luxury lifestyle at ME by Meliá

03 June 2019

Part of one of the largest hotel companies in the world, ME by Meliá is a collection of luxury lifestyle hotels at the cutting edge of contemporary culture. 

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Rediscover the joy of flying with Virgin Atlantic

11 June 2019

For over 30 years, Virgin Atlantic has been one of the world’s favourite long haul airlines. Whether you’re flying for business or pleasure, travelling with Virgin Atlantic makes your journey something to look forward to and enjoy.

With a range of cabin options, the needs and budgets of every type of traveller are catered for. No matter which option you choose, you can be sure you'll arrive into your destination relaxed, refreshed and ready for your trip.

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What we love about amazing Antigua in the summertime

11 June 2019

A quintessential Caribbean island paradise, complete with glistening white sands and alluring aquamarine seas, Antigua is the ideal destination for a seriously stylish summer getaway. 

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Explore the mysterious and enchanting islands of Indonesia

31 May 2019

Outstanding natural beauty, countless traditions, and a fascinating culture is just the beginning in Indonesia. How about world-class diving in colourful coral reefs, spotting orang-utans deep within lush forests or maybe just relaxing in sublime spa and wellness resorts? Whatever you seek from your trip, you’re sure to find it across one of Indonesia’s captivating islands.

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Discover Gorgeous Grenada

06 June 2019

Known as the ‘Island of Spice’ on account of it being the home of nutmeg, cinnamon and many other exotic spices, the gorgeous Caribbean island of Grenada has so much to offer for all types of traveller.

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These Cricket World Cup countries will bowl you over

13 June 2019

The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup got underway this week, so we’re looking at some of the countries competing to highlight why we think they should be on your must-visit list.

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Get ready for a perfect summer holiday in Europe

03 June 2019

Home to some of the world’s most fantastic stretches of coastline, stunning cities, scenic natural sites and an abundance of history, art and culture to boot, Europe is a dream destination for all types of traveller.

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Our favourite summer holiday destinations

13 June 2019

With summer fast approaching, we’re sharing our favourite holiday hotspots from across Europe. From a fun-filled family break in the colourful Canary Islands to a romantic getaway in magical Venice, Travel Counsellors have you covered.

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Why we love the Algarve’s Club Med Da Balaia

04 June 2019

Lining Portugal’s sun-kissed south coast, the Algarve has no shortage of remarkable resorts, but one that sets itself apart from the crowd for all the right reasons is Club Med Da Balaia.

This sensational resort promises a memorable all-inclusive holiday with elegant comfort, fine food, and classy and contemporary accommodation. There’s also a near-infinite choice of activities, including lessons for everything from golf and archery to circus trapeze, as well as a spa where you can just lie back and be pampered.

Need further convincing why Club Med Da Balaia should be on the shortlist for your next break? Read on…

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Enjoy some family-friendly luxury this summer at Moon Palace Cancun

13 June 2019

This summer, treat your family to an all-inclusive holiday that they’ll never forget at the spectacular Moon Palace Cancun. Located on Mexico’s stunning Caribbean coastline, and a short ten-minute taxi ride from Cancun International Airport, this 5* family-friendly resort boasts endless entertainment options and activities, lush landscapes and world-renowned service.

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Discover the highlights of Ras Al Khaimah

03 June 2019

The northern-most emirate of the UAE, Ras Al Khaimah offers a truly authentic Arabian experience. With quick and easy access via a daily shuttle service from Dubai Airport, and luxurious 5* accommodation at 4* prices, it’s no wonder that remarkable Ras Al Khaimah is one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in the world.

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Sail with Europe’s leading cruise line this summer

28 May 2019

There's no better way to experience the history, landmarks and culture of Europe this summer than on an unforgettable holiday with Norwegian Cruise Line.

Named as Europe's Leading Cruise Line for eleven years in a row, Norwegian Cruise Line’s award-winning fleet of ships embark from nine convenient cities that are incredible destinations within themselves.

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Explore Wonderful Indonesia

30 May 2019

The mysterious and enchanting islands of Indonesia each boast their own unique charm. Whether you’re looking for a tranquil beach escape, a relaxing wellness retreat, a dramatic jungle trek or a cultural adventure, this idyllic island nation can offer you all of this and so much more besides.

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Our biggest-selling Greek summer destinations

15 May 2019

With year-round warm temperatures, a rich and dense history, incredible Mediterranean food and sublime coastal beauty spread across its 6,000 islands, it’s no wonder why Greece is one of Europe’s most popular destinations.

Greece might already have a place on your summer shortlist, and if it isn’t, that could well change after we tell you about some of our biggest-selling Greek destinations.

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Why you should visit the Canary Islands this summer

14 May 2019

Boasting the trinity of sun, sea and sand, the Canarian archipelago well-deserves its place as one of the world’s favourite holiday destinations.

From the holiday hotspots of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, to the tranquil islands of La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, millions of holidaymakers flock to these glorious islands year on year, and it’s not hard to see why.

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Whisk the family away for an unforgettable holiday in Gran Canaria

16 May 2019

One of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, gorgeous Gran Canaria is home to over 120 miles of stunning beaches, a wonderful range of resorts, spectacular UNESCO-protected inland regions and some of the best golf courses, and spa and wellness facilities in all of Europe.

With year-round sunshine and just a four-hour flight from the UK, its little wonder that Gran Canaria is the go-to destination for family fun in the sun.

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Visit these larger-than-life Game of Thrones filming locations

23 May 2019

HBO's Game of Thrones has been filmed all over the world, from Northern Ireland’s Mourne Mountains and Cairncastle to Malta, Morocco, Croatia, Canada, Iceland, Scotland and Spain. So where can you go to get a real-world taste of Game of Thrones?

 

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Last-minute May breaks: Where you could go...

16 May 2019

Almost half of 2019 is already gone and with May upon now us, you may be looking ahead to your summer holiday. So, what better time than now to treat yourself to a cheeky last-minute break? We’ve pulled together some suggestions for an impulsive May holiday.

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Explore the sun-kissed Canary Islands with P&O Cruises

10 May 2019

If you’re looking to escape from everyday life and explore a string of different destinations in one of the most relaxing ways possible, then look no further than a holiday with P&O Cruises.

Offering an incredible variety of activities and entertainment, as well as exceptional restaurants and bars, you’ll be able to make the most of every moment onboard. Whether you prefer to take it easy or pick up the pace, P&O Cruises create the perfect holiday atmosphere; whatever your interests may be.

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Discover Club Med’s Da Balaia resort

10 May 2019

Pioneers of the all-inclusive holiday concept, Club Med promises you all the right ingredients for your dream escape, whether you’re looking for a fun-filled family getaway, a break with friends or a romantic couple’s retreat.

With full board gourmet cuisine, premium drinks and open bars, tempting snacks, a wealth of land and water sports, exciting daily and nightly entertainment for the whole family, excellent kids’ clubs and so much more besides, you’ll want for absolutely nothing on your sunshine holiday with Club Med.

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Read our first-ever wellness brochure

05 June 2019

Our brand-new wellness brochure is now out, featuring some of the finest hotels, resorts and cruises across the globe that will boost mind, body and soul through activities, mindfulness, meditation and a focus on nutrition.

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Discover more of Europe with Holland America Line

08 May 2019

Take advantage of Holland America Line’s amazing air credit offer and explore more of Europe this summer.

From Rome’s legendary Colosseum and Monaco’s glamorous boutiques to the fairy-tale charm of Copenhagen and the majestic beauty of Norway’s fjords, every traveller has their own unique dream of Europe. Book a spectacular cruise holiday with Holland America Line and see those dreams brought to life, with a superb selection of rich itineraries across enchanting Northern Europe and the sun-kissed Mediterranean.

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7 of the best cycling holiday destinations

03 May 2019

This week saw hundreds of cyclists saddle up for the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire (2-5 May).

Before Tour de France visited Yorkshire in 2014, the northern county’s passion for cycling was subdued at best. However, the race has grown from strength to strength every year, expanding from three days to four in 2018.

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6 of the best walking holidays around the world

17 May 2017

Fancy exploring coastal paths with beautiful ocean views? Breathing in pristine air up in the mountains? We've chosen 6 of our favourite walking holiday destinations from around the world to inspire you to pull on those walking boots!

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Why Choose Cruise Over a Land Holiday?

01 May 2019

It comes as no surprise to us that cruise holidays have seen such a vast increase in popularity over the last few years, or that they’ve expanded into markets with which they were not generally associated – especially the family market. There are so many reasons to choose a cruise over a holiday on terra firma that we firmly believe everyone should try one once. We’ve looked at just a few of the reasons to sample life on the ocean wave.

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Take a luxury holiday in Tenerife

03 May 2019

The largest and most recognised of the Canary Islands, the beautiful island of Tenerife is the perfect choice for a luxurious beach holiday, whatever the season.

Blessed with year-round sunshine, glorious spring-like weather, top-quality hotels and first-rate services, as well as a huge diversity of stunning natural landscapes and unique experiences to enjoy, it’s no surprise that Tenerife remains a firm favourite on the short-haul holiday scene.

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Our favourite July holiday destinations

25 April 2019

With all the beautiful weather we’ve had over the long Easter weekend, you’re probably beginning to dream of summer holidays in warmer climes, where you can feel the sun on your skin and make some memories to cherish.

If you’re planning a July getaway, here’s our pick of some top holiday destinations that you should definitely consider.

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Under-the-radar Instagrammable locations for this summer

15 May 2019

A summer break is a grand opportunity to jazz up your Instagram with some envy-inducing shots, be it idyllic golden beaches, super luxurious hotels or drollworthy cuisine.

One way to elevate your social media feed above everything else out there is to feature leftfield locations, unlikely to appear on the radars of other users. So, we’ve scrolled around the globe for some of the lesser-known but highly Instagrammable locations you could jet off to this summer.

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9 of our favourite Caribbean islands

13 August 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 mouth-watering destinations on offer, choosing where to go can often be an overwhelming experience. Not everyone is as clued up on what makes each individual island so unique, so if you don’t know your Aruba from your Antigua or what separates St Martin from St Vincent, this article is here to help you get a better understanding of what some of the region’s most popular islands have to offer.

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A Canadian destination for each season

12 April 2019

Spring, summer, fall or winter - there’s no shortage of things to do in Canada. Harsh winters and glorious summers allow for a wide variety of activities. From soaring mountains and stunning beaches to lush farmland and vibrant cities, Canada is a country that has it all.  We’ve chosen our favourite Canadian destination for each season. Read on to find out which one takes your fancy.

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Epic things to do in Canada

26 April 2019

A land of untouched wilderness landscapes, wonderful wildlife, majestic mountains, shimmering lakes and vibrant cities, beautiful Canada is home to a wealth of exciting activities and unique experiences.

Here are eight epic things that should definitely be on your list when you visit this vast and diverse country.

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Why fall is the perfect time to visit Vancouver

17 April 2019

Undoubtedly one of Canada’s finest cities, vibrant Vancouver will delight all types of traveller; whatever kind of holiday you’re looking for. A coastal gem that effortlessly combines the excitement and energy of a cosmopolitan city with the invigorating appeal of the great outdoors, beautiful Vancouver has all the right ingredients for an exciting and unique getaway.

Home to eclectic neighbourhoods, an incredible foodie scene, a plethora of world-class attractions and exciting outdoor activities, Vancouver offers an unforgettable mix of urban chic and natural beauty. 

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Experience Etihad Airways’ luxurious Business and First Class cabins

10 April 2019

As the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and one of the world’s leading premium airline brands, Etihad seeks to reflect the very best of Arabian hospitality – cultured, considerate, warm and generous. Flying to 90 destinations in 56 countries, you can be sure that your dream holiday will begin with unparalleled service and first-class facilities when you choose Etihad Airways.

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Our pick of the top resorts for golfers

09 April 2019

With the start of golf’s biggest annual event, the Masters, we’ve decided to pool together the knowledge and expertise of our Travel Counsellors and get their recommendations for the world’s top golfing resorts. If you want to play 18 holes in the day then retire to the lap of luxury in the evening, then read on to find out where you could be enjoying your next golfing escapade.

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Five of Canada’s best ski resorts

12 April 2019

Famed for plentiful powder, immaculate slopes and spacious tree-lined runs, there’s nothing quite like the ski resorts of Canada. Add to all of this, stunning national park scenery, superb service and a warm and friendly vibe, and you’ve got all the right ingredients for an unforgettable ski holiday.

Whether you’re an experienced skier, thrill-seeking snowboarder or it’s your first time on the slopes, here are five of the best destinations that Canada has to offer.

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Enjoy an incredible all-inclusive Mexican holiday with Grand Velas Resorts

15 April 2019

A superb collection of exclusive resorts set in some of Mexico’s most beautiful locations, Grand Velas Resorts have revolutionised the luxury all-inclusive holiday concept with their unparalleled personalised service and incredible attention to detail.

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Explore the natural wonders of Canada

19 August 2019

Canada is bustling with animal activity all year round and has some of the most breathtaking wildlife experiences in the world. From its beautiful coastline to the depths of its forest, you’re sure to find unique and adorable wildlife in Canada. Whether you spot the coastal brown bear in Khutzeymateen Provincial Park, the magnificent humpback whale in Newfoundland or the majestic polar bear in Churchill, Canada is the perfect place to explore and connect with nature.

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Explore Canada with Princess Cruises

05 April 2019

As the second largest country in the world, Canada can be a daunting place for anyone wanting to explore this vast and wonderous land. Naturally, there are many ways to tackle this mammoth 9.984 million sq km country, but one of the most remarkable ways to experience Canada is with Princess Cruises.

Canada saw a record number of tourists for the second year running in 2018, attracting 21.13 million travellers. there is an abundance of things to see and do in Canada: from the rugged peaks of the Rocky Mountains and bright blue waters of Lake Louise to Niagara Falls and the 40+ national parks and reserves via vibrant cities like Toronto and Montreal.

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Take a bite of Canada

19 August 2019

Canada: it’s the land of ice hockey, maple syrup, frosty winters and some of the most breathtaking wildlife and picturesque landscapes on the planet – including Niagara Falls, Banff National Park, The Rockies and Lake Louise.

As the second-largest country in the world, Canada has no trouble serving up a feast for the senses, especially taste because the Canadians really know what they’re doing when it comes to food. Here are some of the foodie experiences you need to try on a trip to Canada, as recommended by our Travel Counsellors.

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Why you should visit the Costa del Sol

10 April 2019

Boasting 325 days of sun each year, a warm climate, 120 kilometres of beaches, impressive natural settings, monuments and a second-to-none hotel infrastructure, the Costa del Sol is perfect for a relaxing retreat.

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Introducing British Airways’ new Club Suite

09 April 2019

One of the world’s most prestigious and trusted airlines, British Airways consistently offers excellent service, a wide range of products and an extensive route network to cater to the needs of customers around the world.

British Airways have recently unveiled their luxurious new Club Suite – an upgraded and completely reimagined business class cabin, which is the final step in the airline’s extensive Club World investment.

Set to totally transform the onboard experience for the modern traveller, find out more about what you can expect in the incredible new Club Suite.

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Last-minute Easter escapes: Where families can spring off to this April

04 April 2019

The two-week school holidays over Easter, which falls on 21 April this year, provide the highly tempting opportunity for families to escape for an impulsive last-minute getaway. With the world your oyster, it can be tough to whittle down the options, but here at Travel Counsellors, we have selected a range of enticing destinations that will tick all the right boxes.

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Indulge in Antiguan Luxury at Blue Waters Resort & Spa

04 April 2019

With sunset dining, beautiful beaches, exhilarating water sports and a choice of world-class accommodation, you’ll find it all here at the beautiful Blue Waters Resort & Spa on the Caribbean island of Antigua. Here’s just a flavour of why you’ll love staying there.

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Uncover the hidden gems of Ras Al Khaimah

04 April 2019

With year-long sunshine and 64 kilometres of white sandy beaches, stunning terracotta deserts and towering mountains, Ras Al Khaimah offers an entirely unique experience from its neighbouring emirates.

Whether you are looking for a leisurely break or something a little more exciting, Ras Al Khaimah offers something for everyone. Choose from adrenaline-fuelled watersports, hiking and desert safaris, luxurious spas, go-karting and much more. Here’s what you can expect on a Ras Al Khaimah getaway.

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Find your perfect getaway with Meliá Hotels

04 April 2019

With more than 350 hotels spanning 35 countries on four continents, Meliá Hotels International is one of the largest hotel companies in the world. Whether you’re seeking urban chic, a fun-filled family holiday, an indulgent couples’ getaway or somewhere for your business stay, you can rest assured that Meliá Hotels International has the perfect property to suit your needs. Here are just a few of the fantastic Meliá Hotels that you can stay at. Plus, with the Melia Rewards loyalty scheme, you’ll even be treated to exclusive benefits and offers.

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Enjoy an enhanced flight experience with award winning Air Canada

18 April 2019

Air Canada offers an excellent range of premium options to enhance your flight experience, whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure. Recently voted ‘Best Flight Attendants in North America’ by Business Traveller Magazine, you can be sure of a warm Canadian welcome and impeccable service onboard every flight.

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Set sail with Celebrity Edge on its maiden European voyage

04 April 2019

Leave behind any concept of what a traditional cruise experience should entail as you step onboard Celebrity Cruises’ incredible new cruise ship – Edge. Edge is the first ship in Celebrity Cruises’ Edge Class line, and she is revolutionary on every level, setting a new standard of luxury and innovation at sea.

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Discover the vibrant cities of Canada

08 April 2019

Whilst Canada is perhaps best known for its untouched wilderness landscapes, wonderful wildlife, soaring mountains, pristine lakes and rocky coastlines, this vast country is also home to a whole host of vibrant cities. Whatever you’re looking for, Canada’s cosmopolitan cities offer an incredible range of sightseeing attractions that will delight any traveller.

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All the world's a stage: Our favourite theatre destinations from across the globe

28 March 2019

27 March marks World Theatre Day and, at Travel Counsellors, we’re not ones to shy away from a glitzy song and dance.

It is the one day a year when the world can celebrate the importance and significance of the theatre, highlighting the art form’s value to anyone who hasn’t realised or underestimated its potential for economic growth.

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Discover Nirvana at Le Méridien Ile Maurice

28 March 2019

Standing at the edge of 1,000 metres of sparkling ivory sands, Le Méridien Ile Maurice is located on the north-west coast of Mauritius in the picture-perfect setting of Pointe Aux Piments Bay. Lush gardens, extensive amenities and an ambience of laid-back luxury all combine to make for a serene holiday experience.

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Mountain adventures in Ras Al Khaimah

28 March 2019

Nestled between the dramatic Hajar Mountains and the azure blue waters of the Arabian Sea, Ras Al Khaimah is the ideal setting for both relaxation and adventure. 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, from history buffs and culture lovers through to beach bunnies and adrenalin junkies.

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Real-life Disney destinations you can actually visit

14 May 2019

2019 is the year when some of Disney’s most-loved animated films literally come to life. March 29 sees Tim Burton’s live-action version of Dumbo grasp its lucky feather and fly into cinemas with real-life remakes of Aladdin and The Lion King set to follow on May 24 and July 19 respectively.

This multi-billion dollar live-action project may be a recent thing but Disney’s enchanted worlds have never been just a bunch of drawings on a screen; many of the locations from these timeless movies are based on actual locations that you can visit in real life.

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Our favourite UK short breaks

23 March 2019

With over 30 years of knowledge, experience and passion, Super Break are indeed the short break specialist! Whether you're looking for an overnight hotel getaway or a once-in-a-lifetime experience complete with travel and entertainment, explore somewhere new this year with Super Break.

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Why we recommend OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo Island

28 March 2019

A short speedboat ride away from Malé is the contemporary OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo Island. Offering the ultimate all-inclusive holiday experience, this luxurious lifestyle resort is guaranteed to delight even the most discerning of travellers. With a stunning turquoise lagoon, cashmere-soft sands, a variety of fine dining experiences, blissful overwater and beachfront villas, as well as an extensive array of complimentary activities to enjoy, this is island living at its finest.

 

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6 of the quirkiest luxury hotel rooms

25 March 2019

When it comes to luxury hotels, no two rooms are quite the same, but there is some accommodation that does everything it can to stray from the norm and what you’d expect from a conventional hotel room.  So, here’s a selection of our favourite cook and quirky luxury accommodation from around the world.

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The best luxury destinations and resorts as chosen by our Travel Counsellors

23 March 2019

Anyone keen to head out on a luxury retreat should look on further than their preferred Travel Counsellor.

Blessed with a wealth of knowledge and expertise as well as being able to offer exclusive benefits such as full financial protection and support from a 24-hour duty office, these seasoned travel specialists will go the extra mile to ensure your getaway is as relaxing as possible.

As such, we couldn’t resist asking a selection of Travel Counsellors to pick out their favourite luxury destinations and resorts and let you know exactly why you should book a break there.

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Six Southeast Asian festivals you need to experience

21 March 2019

Festivals are a big thing in Southeast Asia, and chances are good that a trip to this region will coincide with some form of celebration. Here’s a selection of some of the biggest and most important festivals in the region, which we recommend attending.

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Our favourite adventure on every continent

09 April 2019

The world is home to so many iconic sights and adventures, so deciding where to go on your next holiday can be a tough decision. To help whittle down the options, we’ve have pooled together the expertise of our Travel Counsellors to come up a list of our favourite tours and expedition cruise for each continent, giving you some idea of what you can see and do on each one.

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Fantastic holiday parks and lodges

23 March 2019

Whether you’d love to get away with the family and dive into some amazing swimming pools or sneak off for a few days just the two of you relaxing in a bubbling outdoor hot tub, we have some fantastic holiday parks and lodges in fantastic locations throughout the UK.

Whatever your idea of holiday heaven is, there are incredible savings to be had on an unrivalled choice of UK breaks.

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Our pick of the UK’s best beaches

24 March 2019

With so many glorious beaches dotted around the world, it’s no surprise that people tend to look overseas for their next getaway. However, if you know where to go, the beaches right here in the UK can give the ones abroad a serious run for their money.

If you've not yet discovered some of the seaside gems that the UK has to offer, here are six beaches to add to your staycation wish list.

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Explore Awe-inspiring Australia

19 March 2019

With exciting cosmopolitan cities, fantastic weather, a famously beautiful coastline, friendly locals and a wealth of natural attractions, Australia will delight and amaze, whatever your interests may be!

Stretching from the Indian Ocean in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the East, Australia is divided into six states and two territories, each with amazing sights, sounds and scenery to enjoy.

Here are just a few of the incredible things to see and do whilst you’re in this most fascinating of countries!

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Experience an all-inclusive private jet expedition with TCS World Travel

23 March 2019

For over 25 years, TCS World Travel has been dedicated to enriching lives by arranging unforgettable adventures for the discerning traveller. Their all-inclusive journeys deliver unparalleled and meaningful experiences, all in unique destinations around the globe.

As pioneers in the private jet industry, TCS World Travel has developed and operated close to 300 luxury jet expeditions to more than 200 destinations worldwide. They are the most experienced jet expedition company in the world, and it is that expertise that led them to be named as #1 Tour Operator by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2017.

The knowledgeable, experienced and passionate team of private jet travel experts are always looking to surpass guest expectations and innovate new ways of exploring the world. Their wealth of expertise and unparalleled global network has also led them to be the private jet tour operator of choice for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

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Enjoy a luxurious escape with CV Villas

23 March 2019

Established over 40 years ago in 1972, the award-winning CV Villas offers an exceptional portfolio of hand-picked villas in some of the most sought-after and stunning parts of the world.

Each beautiful villa is hand-picked for its style, individuality, diversity and ‘wow’ factor, whether it be an exceptional view, an unusual history, a fabulous garden or a breathtaking infinity pool.

With a belief in old-fashioned personal service and meticulous attention to detail, CV Villas has earned an enviable reputation as one of the most respected villa holiday companies in the world.

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Our favourite Indian Ocean island escapes with Emirates

21 March 2019

Treat yourself to a luxurious holiday experience from the moment you leave home by enjoying Emirates seamlessly convenient chauffeur service.

To make the most of your downtime, unwind in emirates exclusive airport lounge situated close to the gate, to escape from the hustle and bustle of the airport. Indulge in delicious gourmet cuisine, refresh with a shower or catch up on business with WIFI access

While on board, you will enjoy a five-star experience with delicious cuisine, award-winning board entertainment and relaxing in lie-flats beds to ensure you arrive at your destination relaxed.

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Our favourite Formula One race destinations for 2019

15 March 2019

The pulsating, high-octane thrills of Formula One racing will be back on screens across the globe this weekend, with the world’s top drivers going head-to-head for one of the most prestigious championships in motor racing. Part of the allure of F1 is the glitz, glamour and pageantry of each event, set to the backdrop of incredible destinations.

To celebrate lights out on the new season, we’ve put together a list of our favourite destinations from the F1 calendar that are as ideal for a getaway at any time of year as they are on race weekend.

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Honeymoon resorts of the stars

14 March 2019

We’d all like a taste of the A-list celebrity lifestyle. Be it walking the red carpet at a lavish awards ceremony or living it up in a Hollywood mansion, there’s a part of us – no matter how minor – that would relish this glitzy level of luxury.

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Enhance your trip with these exclusive experiences

15 March 2019

Everyone likes to tick off the biggest and best attractions when they go away, but sometimes, you can’t help the feeling that it would be more special without the queues and crowds. Putting an exclusive slant on your holiday is easier than you think, so we’re highlighting some of the ways you can do just that.

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Butlers, Bloody Marys and Bentleys at The St. Regis Mauritius

20 March 2019

Situated in a stunning beachfront location surrounded by a tranquil turquoise lagoon overlooking the glittering waters of the Indian Ocean, The St. Regis Mauritius promises to deliver a truly exquisite holiday experience.

With impeccable service and lavish accommodation, all set amidst the most beautiful of tropical surroundings, The St. Regis Mauritius is guaranteed to exceed your expectations in every way.

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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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