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Happy 50th Anniversary Walt Disney World!

04 October 2021

To celebrate Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th Anniversary, the resort is welcoming guests to ‘The World’s Most Magical Celebration.’ The 18-month event began on 1st October 2021, and ushered in a spectacular array of new attractions, EARidescent décor, night-time spectaculars and much more. Please see below for some of the magical highlight moments that the epic 50th anniversary celebration has in store for you.

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Exploring the Alentejo, a land rich in culture, tradition and fine wine

08 October 2021

Located between the Portuguese capital Lisbon and the beach paradise of the Algarve, the Alentejo is the country’s most sparsely populated region and one often overlooked by holidaymakers. But it has many stand-out attractions, including a dark sky zone with world-class stargazing, the regional capital Evora with its Chapel of Bones and Roman temple, medieval hilltop Monsaraz overlooking Alqueva lake, and a stunning Atlantic coastline that includes the wild and spectacular Tróia Peninsula.

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Family Time in the Alentejo

29 September 2021

The magnificent beaches, endless plains and rustic cuisine of the Alentejo are yours to savour. The region’s wide-open spaces and fresh air are well-suited to active families who love to explore and really burn off some energy whilst on holiday. These are some of the Alentejo’s best attractions for your next family visit.

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Fly with Air Canada

30 September 2021

Canada is now open to UK residents for the first time since March 2020, provided travellers are fully vaccinated. And as of 4th October, Canada is on the UK’s ‘clear for travel’ list (merging previous green and amber lists), meaning you don’t have to take a pre-departure Covid test before coming home or quarantine once you are back.

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Winter Sun Cruises with Fred. Olsen

30 September 2021

Winter cruises are a great way of getting away to somewhere warmer in comfort and ease, blending sunshine and cultural discovery. And you don’t even have to go as far as the Caribbean for your winter sun cruise – the following are all closer to home while combining several enchanting destinations in one unforgettable holiday.

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Food Culture in Singapore

24 September 2021

An absolute delight for foodies and worth visiting for its cuisine alone, Singapore has one of the world’s most colourful, varied and exciting dining scenes thanks to the city-state’s vibrant multi-ethnic culture and heritage. 

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Gran Canaria’s Best Beaches

24 September 2021

Although the island’s famous attractions are its golden sandy beaches, it’s also home to unique, natural volcanic rock pools and hidden coves, only accessible by boat or on foot. If you’re looking forward to taking a swim or simply laying back and enjoying some sun, here’s a list of the best beaches in Gran Canaria.

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8 Instagrammable Locations Across Gran Canaria

14 September 2021

As you travel across Gran Canaria, one thing that stands out is the island’s natural diversity. From the rugged northern coast and verdant laurel forests to the extinct volcanoes and the central mountain peaks, you’ll encounter such varied scenery that it’s hard to believe you’re in the same place. Here’s a list of the best locations for stunning photographs to wow your Instagram followers.

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Where to Head for Some Winter Sun

13 September 2021

Whether you like the balmy temperatures of the Med outside high season or prefer some real heat further afield – in the classic winter destinations of the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean or the Middle East – we have something to tempt you into a winter sun getaway to claim your dose of Vitamin D later this year.

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A guide to the Caribbean

05 October 2021

With more than 7,000 islands stretching from the east coast of Florida to the northern tip of South America, the Caribbean archipelago truly does have something for everyone. What unites this marvellous region is its extraordinary, warm people and its colourful, compelling culture, which shines through in all facets of daily life, from food to festivals and from music to religion.

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Exclusive Offers on Sailings with Regent Seven Seas Cruises®

08 September 2021

Exploring the earth’s most captivating locations, from the Fjords of Norway and the Jungles of the Amazon to the islands of the South Pacific and the vibrant cityscapes of Japan, Regent Seven Seas Cruises® brings an unrivalled cruise experience to sophisticated travellers. With a series of special fares on sailings from July 2023 to February 2024, exclusive to Travel Counsellors customers, now is the ideal time to arrange your adventure.

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Sail with Virgin Voyages’ Brand-new Valiant Lady from Portsmouth in 2022

17 September 2021

New and adult-only, Virgin Voyages is a ground-breaking contemporary cruise line by the world-famous brand. With the luxurious feel of sleek yachts, Virgin Voyages’ vessels are essentially boutique hotels at sea, with convivial spaces designed by some of the most fashionable names in contemporary interiors, along with thrilling entertainment with festival-like line-ups in consultation with groundbreaking producers, directors, choreographers and artists.

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Join Spirit of Adventure’s Maiden Season

25 August 2021

There are many reasons why you might consider Saga Cruises for your next voyage; the small, yet spacious, ships, the first-class service, the elegant restaurants and the ease of cruising direct from the UK. Now, with the introduction of their new ship, Spirit of Adventure, you’ve got a new reason to get excited about sailing with the multi award-winning cruise line.

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Romantic Experiences in Barbados

24 August 2021

A gorgeous destination for couples looking for a retreat from the world and the chance to spend more time together, and perhaps to enjoy some of this island’s famous partying spirit, Barbados has more to offer than its breathtaking pinkish-white beaches and its blissful tropical climate softened by the Atlantic trade winds. We’ve pulled together some of our favourite days out and experiences around the island for those enjoying a romantic holiday in Barbados.

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Canary Island Cruise with Virgin Voyages

17 August 2021

Experience the Canary Islands from a new perspective, with the exciting newcomer to the cruise Industry. Virgin Voyages brings the brand’s signature style to the seas with lifestyle-focused, adult-only cruise journeys that offer the luxurious feel of yacht trips. Think convivial contemporary spaces, thrilling entertainment with festival-like line-ups and cutting-edge fitness and wellness activities.

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Mauritius Opens Up for Holidays

20 August 2021

With a two-phase opening, the Indian Ocean paradise of Mauritius is now open to sun-seekers again. The island has ranked among the top countries in the world for its response to the pandemic, thanks to measures including vaccination priority for tourism staff, stringent training in hygiene protocols, temperature checks and other safety expedients for staff on arrival at work every day, digital contact where possible, and rapid isolation of any symptomatic guests.

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Why choose Scenic or Emerald Cruises for your river cruise

05 August 2021

The secret to a Scenic and Emerald river cruise is simple – everything's included. From their elegant, state-of-the-art ships to the generous signature all-inclusive service and even a collection of excursions to envelop you in the culture of your ports-of-call, everything is taken care of to guarantee your comfort, luxury and enjoyment. Find out more below about what makes them a standout name in river cruising.

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Where to spend Christmas and Easter?

04 August 2021

With two-week school holidays creating ample opportunities for a getaway, and the unpredictable weather of home forcing us to look elsewhere, the Christmas and Easter Holidays are an ideal time for a long-haul escape. These are the places that we recommend feature on your wish list for this Christmas and next Easter.

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A guide to the USA

02 August 2021

Picture the USA. Are you relaxing on the palm-fringed beaches of Florida? Discovering the iconic sights of New York? Soaking up the atmosphere and charm of the Deep South? Perhaps you’re taking a spin on a roulette wheel in Las Vegas or being inspired by the stunning natural beauty of the spectacular National Parks…

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A guide to the Canary Islands

02 August 2021

This much-loved Spanish destination in the Atlantic off the west coast of Africa is blessed with a gorgeous year-round climate, is quick and easy to reach and has masses to offer everyone from solo travellers or couples to families. And as often as you may come, there’s always something to discover and to delight you, whether its unspoilt beaches, thrilling water sports, dramatic volcanic landscapes or delicious regional cuisine.

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New September staycations with Celebrity Cruises

20 July 2021

Celebrity Cruises’ staycation sailings are now underway! Sailing from Southampton on the newly modernised Celebrity Silhouette®, each of these six to nine-night itineraries brings a dose of luxury to the summer staycation season. With their recent increase in capacity for sailings across July and August, and the addition of three new September itineraries, there’s space for last minute bookers and late summer sailors.

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New for 2021: Six Senses Ibiza

22 July 2021

In a tranquil location in Xarraca Bay on the north coast of the island, away from the party hordes, this groundbreaking, new-for-2021 property is part of the highly celebrated Six Senses group, famed for its wellness offerings.

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The Travel Counsellors community is back out exploring

15 July 2021

Over the past couple of months our Travel Counsellors have been getting out exploring once again, seizing the opportunity to travel and experience the world as we begin to leave lockdown. Between them they have travelled to countries on both the Green and Amber list for the UK.

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Luxury Venetian sailing with Silversea

08 July 2021

A city steeped in opulent history; Venice is a symbol of grandeur recognised across the world. Its magnificent palaces, piazzas, inter-linking waterways and charming gondolas make it one of the most beautiful and intriguing cities imaginable and the perfect spot to start an ultra-luxury cruise through the Eastern Mediterranean along Croatia’s glistening coastline.

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Meet Fred.Olsen’s new ship ‘Borealis’

30 June 2021

This July, Fred.Olsen’s new ship ‘Borealis’ will be setting sail from Liverpool on her maiden voyage around the British Isles. This stylish, spacious and comfortable vessel will feature capacity for fewer than 1,400 guests ensuring an intimate experience for all on board as you sail from convenient UK departure points to discover the British Isles, Europe and the rest of the world.  

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Where to stay across the Balearic Islands

29 June 2021

The Spanish archipelago in the western Mediterranean is the home of picturesque beaches, antiquated fishing villages, fresh delicious seafood and some of the most famous sunset spots in the world – Ibiza’s Cala d’Hort Beach is a particular favourite. These are our pick of the hotels that mix refined elegance with the islands’ renowned laidback vibe.

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Group glamping getaways

23 June 2021

Looking for a way to bring together your friends and family this summer, without the stresses you usually associate with organising a group getaway? These luxury glamping options bring together the joys of rural living with comfortable amenities to create a unique getaway, away from the crowds, with the option for exclusive site hire for just you and your loved ones.

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Our top winter sun 2021/early 2022 destinations

22 June 2021

We’ve been looking ahead to the end of this year and to early next year. The following are some of our favourite spots for a dose of winter sunshine, along with opportunities for both relaxation and thrilling outdoor pursuits that really get you under the skin of your destination.

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Exploring the Spanish Islands

17 June 2021

Island escapes to destinations with smaller populations are gaining interest, and the Spanish islands of the Canaries and Balearics have long been high on the list for those looking for a classic Mediterranean or Atlantic escape. We’ve looked at our favourite spots for a Spanish island break with Marriott International Luxury Brands with its incredible worldwide portfolio around the world.



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Explore North America with United Airlines and Air Canada

21 June 2021

Travel looks a little different these days, but rest assured that United Airlines and Air Canada are here for you every step of the way, with more flexibility and peace of mind when you travel. Their luxurious cabin options make travelling across the Atlantic an enviable experience, with thoughtful service and elegant amenities to create an effortless and enjoyable journey.  

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A fantastic Disney Dining Offer for 2022 Holidays in Orlando

02 July 2021

Next year may well be the time to make your dreams come true by booking that Walt Disney World Resort holiday you’ve been promising yourselves for so long. The wonderful, world-leading Florida theme- and water-park complex is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a fantastic offer for 2022 holidays – up to $950 Dining Credit per room on a two-week stay when you book a room and ticket package at selected Disney Resort hotels before 2nd November 2021, for selected arrival dates.

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Our favourite city breaks in the UK for this summer

30 June 2021

There’s never been a better time for a UK staycation than the coming months, but it doesn’t all have to be about the seaside or the countryside. Our cities are reawakening too, bringing with them new and reinvented venues, lots of alfresco events and plenty of joie de vivre. We’ve looked at our favourites for summer 2021.

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The European Islands to Visit this Summer

03 June 2021

There’s nothing like a Mediterranean or an Atlantic getaway for that classic beach holiday vibe, but the following islands – all expected to be open to UK tourists over the summer – have much more to offer than sea, sand and sunshine. Each abounds in rich culture and history and fantastic food, too, making all ideal for everything from a couple’s break to a family holiday.

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Stunning Greek destinations to visit

02 June 2021

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

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Join Celebrity Cruises for your summer escape this year

28 May 2021

Serving more than 300 destinations on all seven continents, this award-winning cruise line is delighted to return to Southampton for 2021 with Celebrity Silhouette®. Newly modernised to feature new bars, spa treatment rooms and designer shops, this amazing vessel will take guests on an unforgettable journey while also giving them the chance to reconnect at sea with family and friends.

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Portugal by River or Road

20 May 2021

Spectacular scenery, gorgeous beaches, sparkling sunshine, divine food and a short flight time combine to make Portugal a fantastic choice whatever time of year you choose to visit, and whether you choose to explore by riverboat or by road. We’ve shared two of our favourite itineraries for discovering this perennially desirable and fascinating destination.

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Discover Gozo, a Mediterranean gem

13 May 2021

Gozo, the relaxed sister island of Malta, sits to the north west of the island in the Mediterranean Sea. Its unhurried pace of life and rustic appeal is just what many of us are in need of as we seek harmony after months of confinement. With a name that means ‘joy’ in Castilian, you can look forward to experiencing bliss on the islet.

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Choose Malta for your next luxury outing

17 May 2021

For many destinations, having 300 days of sunshine per year would be the star attraction yet in Malta it merely sets the scene for the gems that you’ll find there. A cultural heritage dating back 7,000 years, a dining scene recognised with five Michelin stars and a clutch of opulent hotels for visitors to savour whilst the ever-present Maltese sunshine warms their skin.

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Our favourite places to visit in Portugal this summer

28 May 2021

From its volcanic isles and sun-kissed southern reaches to the unending plains of Alentejo, where you’ll find peace and tranquillity amongst the deserted beaches, Portugal’s scenic landscapes have earned it a place on our must-visit list.

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Sail with Scenic to see the Gems of the Danube

24 June 2021

With their state-of-the-art European Space-Ships, award-winning service provided by the team of specialists, gourmet meals and unforgettable excursions all included, 5-star luxury comes as standard on a Scenic river cruise, guaranteeing you total relaxation and cultural immersion. Meandering along one of the world’s most picturesque rivers, the Gems of the Danube sailing is one of the cruise line's most lavish and promises to deliver an unforgettable experience.

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Why take your staycation at sea this summer?

12 May 2021

Many people across the UK are taking their summer holiday a little closer to home this year as they search for some relaxation or a little fun. In response, our favourite cruise lines have decided to bring their stellar offering to UK waters so that you can enjoy your staycation at sea, so we’ve taken a look at why you should be stepping onboard.

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Epicurean experiences with The Luxury Collection

30 April 2021

For many, our culinary preferences play a vital role in deciding where we should visit on our travels. Whether we’re in search of the freshest, locally sourced seafood or a fine wine that has grown deeper with time, or maybe it’s a well-thought out menu in a serene, private setting, The Luxury Collection has crafted unmissable epicurean experiences to satisfy even the most well-travelled foodie.

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Virgin Voyages New UK Cruises for Summer

22 April 2021

New for 2021, Virgin Voyages UK sailings are offering vaccinated British residents a brilliant staycation-at-sea aboard its Scarlet Lady this summer. Sailing the southern coast of England, these Summer Soirée sailings from Portsmouth will offer a taster of the Virgin Voyages experience, with a total of six sailings in August on three- or four-night itineraries.

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New! UK Staycations with Disney Magic at Sea

13 July 2021

Departing on select dates from Liverpool, Southampton, Newcastle and London Tilbury aboard the Disney Magic, our new staycation sailings—exclusive to UK residents—invite you to embark on a brand-new, magical Disney experience. Close to home and at sea—be immersed in Disney storytelling, thanks to an amazing collection of onboard entertainment, dining and recreation for the entire family, with all the care you’d expect from Disney. 

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Opulent Middle Eastern stays with Marriott International Luxury Brands

16 April 2021

This year, as we look forward to travel resuming, the destination on many people’s mind is the UAE. Owning and operating some of the most renowned, luxury properties in the world, it should come as no surprise that Marriott International Luxury Brands is at the forefront of the luxury hotel scene in Dubai and Abu Dhabi so we have taken a look at two of their premier properties there.

 

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A guide to Greece

13 September 2021

Easy and quick to get to and abundant in wonderful places to stay, whether you’re looking for a spacious private villa for that longed-for family reunion, a boutique retreat or a world-class luxury resort, Greece is a perfect pick for a classic Mediterranean holiday. Find out all about this destination in our Greece Destination Guide.

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Extraordinary Experiences at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

15 April 2021

Regular holidays are a thing of the past thanks to the host of complimentary benefits that Atlantis The Palm, Dubai are now including for guests staying for five nights or longer. These extraordinary benefits, that you’ll experience throughout your stay, span dining, spa treatments, visits to the Aquaventure Waterpark and much more.

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‘Postcards’ – A special film from Travel Counsellors

07 April 2021

In this past year we’ve missed exploring the world with the people that mean the most to us. So much so that we can think of no better way to celebrate the sheer joy of travel than by reminding ourselves of what makes it so wonderful, with a specially commissioned, five-minute film featuring a poem written and performed by incredible poet, Tony Walsh.

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Luxury staycations at sea with Celebrity Cruises

07 April 2021

Celebrity Cruises are bringing their revolutionised ship Celebrity Silhouette® to the UK this summer for a programme of three- to eight-night cruises departing from Southampton. With completely modernised staterooms and suites, stunningly reimagined restaurants, bars and lounges; a redesigned spa and casino, and the addition of an exclusive hideaway just for suite guests, this is a chance for you to rediscover luxury at sea.

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

31 March 2021

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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Which Caribbean Island is right for you?

08 April 2021

With more than 7,000 islands scattered across an area reaching from the east coast of Florida to the northern tip of South America, this gorgeous archipelago is perfect for any kind of holiday. We’ve chosen our favourite destinations around the Caribbean, whether you’re travelling with your family, taking a romantic break, or want to experience natural beauty, local cuisine, or are looking for an adrenaline rush.

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Private Greek island villa getaways

19 March 2021

Discover the beauty of the Greek islands with their stunning beaches, picturesque villages and some of the best seafood in the world. It’s the perfect destination for experiencing the best of Mediterranean culture.

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Discover the Galapagos with Celebrity Cruises

29 March 2021

Named one of the Best New Cruise Ships & Itineraries in the World in the Condé Nast Traveller Hot List 2020, the state-of-the-art Celebrity Flora® is the first ship of its kind to have been designed and built specifically with the thrilling destination of the Galapagos islands in mind.

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New Luxury Resorts and Experiences

26 March 2021

Travel trends are forever evolving and throwing up new experiences which is why your Travel Counsellor is here to keep you ahead of the curve, helping you pick out the hot new places to visit. These are our most recent highlights that should be on your radar for your next foray into luxury travel.

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Everything you need to know about staycation cruises this year

07 April 2021

We’ve seen a lot of exciting developments in UK cruising recently with a number of our favourite cruise lines announcing that they’ll be setting sail once again this year with itineraries across the UK. These staycations at sea have been very popular so we’ve created a roundup of everything you need to know about UK cruising this year.

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Delight in the beauty of Greece this summer

27 May 2021

Combine Greece’s summer heat with its incomparable coastline views – think private pools, idyllic Islands and long sandy beaches - and it’s easy to see why interest in Greece is naturally picking up.

As more and more people look for seclusion, savvy travellers are heading to lesser-known islands for their relaxed coastal vibes and typical Grecian charm.

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Take your staycation at sea with Tradewind Voyages

11 June 2021

Elegantly pairing rich sailing heritage with modern luxury and a sustainable twist, Tradewind Voyages will be offering eight individually tailored voyages around the UK this summer onboard their majestic sailboat Golden Horizon. We’ve taken a look at what you can expect on board as you take your summer staycation at sea this year.

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Explore the culinary delights of Europe this year

22 March 2021

Follow your taste buds as you immerse yourself in the storied cultures found across Europe with a collection of trips, for solo travellers, couples and groups of friends, that centre around delicious food. These organised experiences can help you delve into more than just the dishes, but the people that create them and the stories attached to each mouthful.   

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Look ahead to 2022 with P&O Cruises

04 March 2021

P&O Cruises are giving us a lot to look forward to next year with the release of their cruise programme up until November 2022 and the unveiling of their new ship. Arvia, meaning ‘from the seashore’, will join the P&O Cruises fleet in December 2022 with a design that celebrates the stunning views of the ocean and seashore that you can expect as you sail onboard.

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Our favourite Greek summer destinations

06 May 2021

Whitewashed architecture, cobbled alleys and splendid beaches, whether on its picture-postcard islands or on the mainland, along with the most delicious Mediterranean cuisine, make this classic holiday destination a brilliant spot for a relaxing getaway.

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One&Only Royal Mirage – an oasis in the desert

02 March 2021

An oasis of peaceful serenity in a city that often runs at 100mph. One&Only Royal Mirage combines opulent décor and Arabesque architecture with abundant space across its sea-facing rooms, sculpted gardens and lavish spa which is known throughout Dubai as the go to place for revitalising experiences.  Despite its sophisticated look it’s far from stuffy, welcoming families and young fun adventurous types to enjoy Dubai.

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Embrace nature in Grenada

16 April 2021

After months of being cooped up inside, we’re all looking forward to getting out and exploring. Spending time in a natural environment is proven to enhance our mood and mental wellbeing and where better to get in touch with nature than in an island paradise such as Grenada where you can lose yourself in a tropical landscape of majestic waterfalls and lush forests.

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The ultimate holiday experience at Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Limassol

16 February 2021

Nestled amidst 25 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, you’ll find the brand-new Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Limassol. Designed by Harrods Interiors the resort and its facilities embody a refined interpretation of Cypriot landscape and culture, with a focus on local history.

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Sail aboard Sky Princess® in 2022

09 February 2021

Taking sea travel to new heights, Sky princess ® is the latest edition to the Princess Cruises fleet and brings with it a contemporary design complemented by luxurious attractions. With the cruise line’s most exciting entertainment venues yet, the latest dining choices and more stateroom options than ever, Sky Princess® looks set to be a popular draw for sailing throughout 2022.

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Autumn and Winter breaks to the Caribbean with Virgin Atlantic

02 March 2021

Flying year-round to paradisiacal islands across the Caribbean, Virgin Atlantic promises to start and end your journey in style. Barbados, Antigua, Tobago and Grenada are just a small selection of the places you could be enjoying later this year and with Virgin Atlantic’s selection of cabins ranging from the comfortable to the positively luxurious, you can choose how your holiday begins.

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A guide to the Indian Ocean

13 September 2021

Picture the dream tropical island. Palm trees swaying softly in the breeze, crystalline waters lapping against talcum powder-white sand and a myriad of tropical fish darting through the shallows around their magnificent coral reef – all whilst the sun casts its warming glow across the horizon. Chances are you’re envisaging one of the dream-like islands that lay adrift in the vast Indian Ocean.

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Active family experiences in Gran Canaria

04 February 2021

Gran Canaria is something of a dream destination for families. The island’s sense of adventure appeals to all ages with activities stretching from the rugged interior landscape, to the golden swathes of sand and cobalt waters on the island’s fringes. So, if you’re seeking more than poolside relaxation this year, fulfil your wanderlust on the island of Gran Canaria.  

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Look to winter 2021/22 with Club Med

29 January 2021

With 70 years of experience, Club Med is a worldwide leader and pioneer in premium all-inclusive holidays, providing you with a comprehensive package of inclusions in the most beautiful locations worldwide. Choose from a range of accommodations from superior to suite and a selection of private villas and chalets in some of the resorts. There is something for everyone next winter.

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Luxury river cruising in Asia for 2022

23 January 2021

With Uniworld, you can cruise along two of Asia’s most iconic rivers, the Ganges and the Mekong, in absolute luxury. Along the way you’ll experience unique cultural charms, bustling cities and friendly inviting people, all the while enjoying your serene sanctuary on water. You may recognise Uniworld’s Ganges itinerary from “Cruising with Jane McDonald” which aired recently on channel 5.

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Why choose Dreams Resorts & Spas for your summer holiday?

21 January 2021

Knowing that everything is taken care of whilst you’re on holiday really takes a weight off your mind. With resorts across Central America and the Caribbean, Dreams Resorts & Spas make a promise of Unlimited-Luxury® to families and couples looking to get away this summer and put the last few months behind them as they savour quality time together in a beachfront setting with no limits.

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Voyage: 2021 - 2023 sailings

14 January 2021

We may well be back in our bubbles right now, but as we look to the future, there’s a lot to get excited about in cruising with new itineraries and revamped ships ready to take you back out to sea. Cruise lines have been planning ahead with itineraries spanning right through to 2023, meaning you can start making plans with me today for that cruise you’ve been longing for.

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Wine and heritage in Portugal’s rural valleys

14 January 2021

Portugal’s waterways are an inviting proposition for any European traveller that’s looking to escape for a few days and slow the pace a little. In Northern Portugal, the Côa River feeds into the Douro amidst a stunning landscape of vineyards and lush valley sides, before winding its way down to Porto on the Atlantic coast. Along the way, the rivers pass by historic settlements, miles of picturesque landscapes and UNESCO World Heritage listed sites featuring Palaeolithic rock art.

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Holiday around your passions this summer

14 January 2021

After months of hindered travel arrangements, your next holiday should feature the moments that matter most to you. Maybe you’re in search of authentic regional dishes, or looking to trek some of Europe’s best trails or you simply have a penchant for embracing new customs; whatever your passion, you can embrace it on an Inghams tour.  

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The sandy shores of the Algarve

12 January 2021

With a glorious 200km of coastline stretching all the way across southern Portugal from the border with Spain to the rugged Atlantic Ocean, the Algarve is blessed with the kind of natural white-sand beaches you’d travel halfway round the world for but that in this case are less than three hours from the UK.

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Orlando in October with Virgin Atlantic

12 January 2021

Autumn is a great time to holiday in and around Orlando. American schools don’t have an October half-term break as we do in the UK, so this can be a quieter time to visit many of the larger attractions that might otherwise be overwhelmed, including the world-famous theme parks and water parks. Meanwhile, sunshine can be virtually guaranteed – Orlando is a year-round destination with a delicious sub-tropical climate – yet you are avoiding the searing heat of high summer.

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Our favourite coastal villas for 2021

12 January 2021

The views, the sunshine, the fresh sea air, the sounds of the waves… There’s nothing like a holiday on the coast, and a beach- or waterfront villa is the archetypal seaside holiday, combining lots of space, flexibility and luxurious living with easy access to the water whenever you want to take a dip, enjoy some water sports or simply bask on the beach.

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Regional flavours of Portugal

03 December 2020

Journey across Portugal and you’ll find ever-changing flavours that have been influenced by, and continue to influence, the landscape in which they are found. From the mountain vineyards of Madeira and the bustling fisheries of the Azores to the ranging olive groves of Alentejo, there are unique flavours across Portugal that each tell a story of their region. 

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Tenerife – an island without limits

01 December 2020

The inviting prospect of a holiday in Tenerife has long been appealing to tourists from across Europe. The island encapsulates everything one could want in a beach getaway: relaxed vibe, year-round pleasant climate and, of course, miles of inviting sandy shores and cool natural rock pools. Beyond Tenerife’s postcard image, there’s an island of unforgettable experiences, some of which may surprise you.

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Sail from Southampton aboard Anthem of the Seas

26 November 2020

In 2021, Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas will be setting sail from Southampton on fun-packed itineraries that the whole family can enjoy. No need to fly, your holiday begins the second you board the ship with access to all the amazing facilities and stops at far-off ports of call to look forward to.

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Royal Caribbean's return to the seas

12 November 2020

As we all look to the future to see what’s ahead for us in terms of travel, companies such as Royal Caribbean are leading the way. The cruise line has been using this time to produce a set of enticing itineraries to give us all something to look forward to.

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The moments we're looking forward to

05 October 2020

As travel restrictions continue to linger, we decided to look back on where our Travel Counsellors have helped you to create the moments that mattered to you, as a reminder of what’s to come when normality resumes. 
With your help, we’ve compiled a list of the moments that we’re most looking forward to – those that are keeping us excited about travel in the future.

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Why Singapore should be on your radar for 2021

21 September 2020

A melting pot of Asian cultures and global influences, Singapore manages to condense a whole lifetime’s worth of experiences into its beguiling island landscape. From its vibrant urban hubs, where you’ll find designer stores and Michelin star restaurants, to its tranquil enclaves of lush tropical rainforest and picturesque beaches, Singapore has been preparing to welcome you back.

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Adventure awaits at Fairmont Mayakoba

09 October 2020

Nestled within a lush tropical landscape of calm lagoons, dense mangrove forests and pristine white beaches, Fairmont Mayakoba’s stunning setting makes it a paradise for those seeking a retreat from daily life. The resort’s collection of activities has been carefully selected to complement the natural and cultural surrounds, granting guests the opportunity to fully experience the wonders of Riviera Maya.

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Luxury UK stays for early summer

26 February 2021

Early summer is the perfect time for a luxury couples break in the UK; schools are still in, the weather is often at its finest and crowds are minimal even in the most popular destinations.

To help you make the most of it, we’ve picked out four luxurious UK properties that should be high on your list for an indulgent break early this summer.

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A message from our CEO, Steve Byrne

25 August 2020

We recognise that the last few months have been a really challenging period for many, and as we head towards the light at the end of the tunnel it feels timely to share some thoughts on how we’re continuing to support people to explore the world safely, keeping the health and wellbeing of our customers at the very heart of everything we do.

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Where to visit Easter 2021

03 September 2020

2020 hasn’t been the year of travel that many of us hoped for so maybe it’s time to start looking ahead and planning our future adventures to give us something to look forward to.

In 2021, Easter falls in early April, so our travel experts have picked out the destinations that are perfect for visiting at that time of year.

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Family Life

06 August 2020

What do you want from your family holiday? Whether you’re looking for an active break with pursuits to keep everyone entertained, or a quiet getaway where you can simply enjoy each other’s company, the UK has so many options for making memories you’ll treasure forever.

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Beach Bliss

06 August 2020

Vast open stretches of golden sand and shimmering azure blue waters that glisten in the sun. An image of the Maldives or Caribbean may spring to mind, but in the UK, you’ll find the same stunning beaches which evoke those holiday feelings as soon as you bury your toes in the sand.

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Spa & Wellness

05 August 2020

After the past few months, we could all use some time dedicated to our own wellbeing. Soothing treatments inspired by nature, re-energising massages to awaken tired muscles and nourishing meals to ensure you feel fresh and revitalised. We’ve selected the spots where you can go to enjoy the “me time” that you so dearly deserve.

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Your invitation to indulge in pure luxury at Eagles Palace and Eagles Villas

30 July 2020

Set in a remote location, Eagles Palace and Eagles Villas offer a sanctuary of luxury ideal for families and adults looking to relax and unwind in serene surroundings. Combining impeccable service and breath-taking environments, each property features elegantly designed spacious accommodation overlooking the miraculous vistas of the glistening sea.

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Foodie Escapes

05 August 2020

Travel opens the door to a whole world of flavours that would have otherwise remained unknown to us. Everyone has memories of food that tie into their favourite holidays, whether it’s a fine dining experience in a luxurious manor house or a humble home-cooked dish in a quaint seaside town, we can all agree that travel and food go hand in hand.

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Flight Free Getaways

06 August 2020

Sometimes, the trip to get you to your destination can be just as fun as the holiday itself! You may have already decided to stay here in the UK for your holiday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add something to make it even more exciting. Here are our picks of the best ways to travel in style.

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The Great Outdoors

22 January 2021

From stunning panoramas to vast lakes and waterways, beautiful green landscapes to architectural landmarks, there is so much the UK has to offer. Away from the tourist trails discover hidden coves, beautiful beaches, and spectacular mountain scenery. The wide-open spaces across the UK give you the opportunity to maintain your distance from others while focusing on quality time with your loved ones and a wealth of outdoor activities.

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City Breaks

06 August 2020

Want to get away from it all but don’t have much time? A city break is the perfect way to enjoy a few days away from normal life while experiencing a new and exciting destination and everything it has to offer. From Roman remains to soaring skyscrapers, galleries and museums to exciting eateries, the UK has some fantastic cities waiting to be explored

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Sun-kissed elegance on the Amalfi Coast

29 July 2020

Extending from Sorrento in the west to Salerno in the East, the legendary Amalfi Coast of Southern Italy embraces a kaleidoscope of terraced towns and antiquated villages along its steep-sided cliffs. Interspersed throughout this dramatic landscape, you’ll find a collection of vineyards and verdant woodland which meld into the manmade features to create a classically Italian experience.

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Flight-Free Getaways

28 July 2020

Should you prefer to avoid transiting through airports or boarding aircraft this summer, there are still incredible holiday ideas to explore – although mainland UK options for August are becoming increasingly limited. Avoiding flying doesn’t mean being limited to Britain; alongside popular staycations like forest lodges and home rentals, your personal Travel Counsellor can also explore options for those destinations accessible by ferry.

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First In

26 August 2020

From the latest country house darlings to the upcoming - and highly anticipated - new openings from renowned hotel groups, here’s our collection of some of the most desirable places to book ahead for whether you’re looking to travel later this year or you’re planning ahead for 2021.

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Private Life

10 August 2020

Our round-up of places that give a real sense of privacy, some with all the facilities you need to be self-sufficient. Think private or resort villas, self-catering residences and lodges. Enjoy a change of scene while keeping to yourself and you have the summer escape you’ve been longing for.

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The Great Outdoors

28 July 2020

Our gardens and countryside walks have been our saviours in lock-down and we’re keen to keep up our renewed fondness for all thing al fresco. These rural retreats and beautiful natural settings bring a much-needed change of (spectacular) scenery and breath of fresh air. Let’s start with an Italian Lake… 

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Pool Suites

10 August 2020

Pool Suites are increasingly popular. Alongside the space and privacy that inevitably comes with a higher room category, having your own pool feels like the indulgence we all need at the moment. They’re the solution if you’re looking to keep your children entertained whilst giving you plenty of distance from other guests.     

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Beach Bliss

18 August 2020

Picture sinking your toes into soft silky sands as the refreshing ocean laps around your ankles and the soothing sound of the rolling waves plays. After months of confinement, we could all use a blissful beach holiday to help us unwind and reinvigorate our spirits. Here are the finest spots you could be visiting.

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Foodie Escapes

28 July 2020

How we have missed going to restaurants! One of the highlights of our holidays is dining out; sitting at lantern-lit outdoor terraces as the sun sets, savouring freshly caught seafood and discovering quaint tavernas full of character. Here, then, is a preview of our selection of the best places to head to now – and what better way to start then with a master of his craft? 

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Your invitation to explore idyllic Greece with Domes Resorts

31 July 2020

Each with a unique character, yet all featuring a shared passion for surpassing the expectations of well-travelled guests, the Domes Resorts epitomise Mediterranean luxury with their conceptual accommodation, dedication to innovation and offering of reinvigorating experiences.

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Your invitation to escape to Marriott's luxury resorts in Mauritius

17 July 2020

Discover luxury without compromise at The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa and The St. Regis Mauritius Resort. Revel in the extraordinary views, superb service and luxury amenities, each offering two large swimming pools, tantalising restaurants and large spacious accommodations.

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Escape to the Aegean and visit Santorini or Mykonos

17 July 2020

Set in the Aegean Sea, these Greek Islands boasts awe-inspiring views, where the characteristically whitewashed buildings are as much a part of the landscape as the quiet beach coves or the thatched roof windmills. Of these 6,000 or so islands, Santorini and Mykonos stand out as two highlights that we love to visit over and over.

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Cornwall or Devon, which should you choose this summer?

14 July 2020

Cornwall and Devon are two counties that conjure up images of golden sandy beaches, quaint seaside towns, rolling green farmlands and long sunny days spent outside exploring or maybe just relaxing in your own little tranquil shelter.

When it comes to deciding which to visit on your summer staycation, we thought we’d offer our advice to help you pick the county that’s right for you.

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Flight-free getaways

27 July 2020

Hitting the open road gives a feeling of freedom that few other holidays can deliver. Carving through miles of stunning vistas and visiting new and exciting destinations along the way.

Right here in the British Isles, we have miles of open road waiting to be explored and with these flexible itineraries, you can make the ultimate adventure this year. 

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Secluded idylls for a summer staycation

26 January 2021

Picture your own little private getaway where you are free to unwind at your leisure, away from outside interruption, without other guests to contend with and with all the facilities you need to be self-sufficient. If this sounds like your perfect escape, then one of these carefully chosen properties may be idyllic for your summer break.

 

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You're invited to experience endless possibilities at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama

09 July 2020

Located in lush gardens on a beautiful clifftop in tranquil Guia de Isora, The Ritz-Carlton, Abama is the epitome of luxury. Boasting sparkling ocean views, a wealth of world-class facilities and exquisite dining options, get ready to live out the 5* holiday you’ve always dreamt of.

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Your invitation to Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas

15 July 2020

Hear from the General Manager of Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas, as he shares how the resort has implemented measures to ensure a safe and seamless experience for every guest, and find out about the exclusive offer that your Travel Counsellor can offer you up until 24th July for a stay in one of the resort's lavish rooms with a private sea-view pool. 

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Greece is ready to welcome you back

14 July 2020

With the news that Greece is now open to UK tourists without the need for quarantine, the prospect of a summer holiday to Greece is something that we’re very excited about. So, we’ve decided to look into the Greek properties that are perfectly suited for a summer getaway this year.

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What the airport and in-flight experience will look like

21 July 2020

With borders across the world now reopening, we’re once again free to jet off to enjoy the tantalizing holiday moments that we’ve been looking forward to for so long. To help prepare you for what the airport and inflight experience will look like with the new measures in place, we’re going to guide you through the process.

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Capture the essence of luxury living at Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites, Crete

06 August 2020

Overlooking the emerald waters of Mirabello Gulf, Elounda Gulf Villas offer all the privacy and space you need to set your own agenda. Combine captivating living spaces, elegant décor and awe-inspiring views for a relaxing break with family and friends. 

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Your invitation to explore Mauritius with Marriott International

08 July 2020

So that you can stay safe when you visit the amazing Marriott International Hotels, a number of measures have been implemented. These range from reduced contact to enhanced sanitization procedures, with all methods being employed to ensure that you stay safe while still enjoying the incredible experience that is typical of Marriott International Properties.

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Your invitation to experience all-inclusive luxury with Club Med

24 June 2020

While you’ve been away, Club Med resorts have been working hard to ensure they’re ready to provide you with the same great luxury all-inclusive experience as always, whilst ensuring your safety. In order to do so, Club Med has introduced its Safe Together health and safety protocol which has been validated by its scientific committee and certified by Cristal International Standards.

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Family mini-book

23 June 2020

Welcome to our family mini-book, where we’ve carefully curated a selection of family-friendly holidays for you, the children, the grandparents and everyone else you choose to bring along.

From staycations in the UK and cruises through some of the most scenic regions on earth, to beachside sunshine and more adventurous pursuits promising thrills for all ages, this is your guide to creating precious family memories to cherish for a lifetime.

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The UK’s eight best surf spots

16 June 2020

Forget Bondi and Bali, right here in Britain we’ve got some amazing surf spots with conditions tailored for complete novices looking to try something new through to seasoned salty professionals with a penchant for thrills. So, grab your board and your warmest wetsuit and head out to experience the swell at one of the UK’s finest surfing spots.

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Wildlife spotting in the British Summertime

10 June 2020

The British summer is a time of colour, when wildlife flourishes and flora is in full bloom. The sun blankets the ground in its warming rays, enticing all manner of creature out into the open to bask in its inviting glow. This creates superb opportunities for us to get out, making the most of the sunshine, to catch a glimpse of the wildlife of the British Isles.

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The lessons we’ve learnt in lockdown from our CEO, Steve Byrne

23 June 2020

As we remain focussed on putting the health and wellbeing of our customers and our people at the heart of everything we do, showing care to each other in what has been a difficult time for many people, we’re also looking to the future and feeling excited about the prospect of being able to travel again. Our CEO, Steve Byrne, writes about the lessons we’ve learnt in lockdown, and when it’s safe to do so, how exploring the world will enrich our lives once more.

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6 of the best beaches in Australia

11 May 2021

Dreaming of a getaway where sparkling oceans, sun-drenched coastlines and hours of blissful relaxation await? Then look no further than, Australia – a country that is essentially one beautiful coastline – and laze away your holiday on some of their most beautiful beaches.

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10 European cities we can’t wait to visit once travel resumes

03 July 2020

Just like you, we’re itching to get back out there. Back to exploring new cities, indulging in new dishes, embracing different cultures and encountering life-changing experiences. Now that travel is resuming, we can’t help but dream of the ten European cities we're most excited to visit when each of them are deemed safe to do so. 

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Combine your favourite hobby with a UK holiday

05 March 2021

Whether you’re wanting to indulge in your passion or you’re looking to learn a new skill, there’s plenty of choices to combine your favourite hobby with a beautiful location. From cooking and surfing lessons to improve your handicap, here are our favourite UK destinations to inspire your creativity and improve your skills.

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Sensational sunset spots in the UK

14 April 2021

With the evenings now staying lighter for longer, there's nothing quite like watching the beautiful colours fade away beyond the distant horizon. Grab your camera and capture this incredible moment at one of these sensational spots around the UK to see a stunning sunset. 

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What to include on your North 500 road trip

03 June 2020

Vast mountain plains, deep dark lochs, soft white sand beaches and the occasional Highland cow –Scotland’s remote northernmost reaches are a land straight from folklore.

Pack the car, strap yourself in and prepare to explore this mythical landscape as you pass through quaint villages, untouched landscapes and thriving ecosystems that brim with all sorts of creatures, great and small.

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The UK’s best hikes

02 June 2020

Across the UK, we are blessed with a collection of beautifully scenic National Parks where a network of hiking trails exists, catering to all capabilities and time allowances. With the prospect of holidaying in the UK on the horizon, we’ve picked out our favourite hikes from across the UK, which will make the perfect add on for your staycation in the British countryside. 

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UK breaks the whole family will enjoy

22 April 2021

With May bank holiday and half term just around the corner, many of us are looking forward to spending some quality time together in a perfect setting. The kids may at last get to enjoy reuniting with their grandparents, and parents may have some well-deserved alone time – with everyone creating treasured memories along the way.

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Your UK travel bucket list

12 March 2021

You don’t have to travel far for life-changing travel experiences, the UK is home to some of the world’s top museums, theatres and galleries. Outside the vibrant cities, there is the picturesque countryside, historic castles, spectacular ruins, beautiful beaches, and acres of blooming gardens.

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When you're ready, we'll be here

29 May 2020

When the world opens up, we’ll be here, always by your side and just a phone call away. With the support of our 24/7 duty office, we’ll here. So, keep dreaming about the experiences we’re yet to have, the destinations waiting to be explored, the friends to be met and the wonders to behold because when you’re ready, we’ll be here.

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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?

11 December 2020

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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