Deal of the Day: 20% off Art Deco district stay in Miami

July 10th, 2014

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Holiday details: i-escape are offering a 20% discount on a seven-night stay at Townhouse Hotel, South Beach, Miami. Steps from the shore in the Art Deco district, and within walking distance of Ocean Drive, this hotel boasts 69 rooms and wifi included.

Price: from £269 per person (a saving of £67 pp) based on two sharing a standard room on a b&b basis. Price excludes flights.

Date: valid for travel up until 30 September 2014.

Book with: i-escape.

Deal of the Day: £150 off Portuguese island stay

July 9th, 2014

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Holiday details: stay for a week at the Hotel Vila Nova on the Azorean island of São Miguel. Located in the heart of historic Ponta Delgada, the shops are just 200m away and the harbour (the departure point for whale watching excursions) is a five-minute walk.

Price: £526 per person (a saving of £150pp) based on two sharing on a B&B basis including flights from London Gatwick and transfers. 

Date: departs 2 August 2014.

Book with: Sunvil Discovery or call 020 8758 4722. 

Deal of the Day: 50% suite upgrade discount on luxury stay in The Gambia

July 8th, 2014

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Holiday details: The Gambia Experience is offering seven nights at the award-winning Ngala Lodge staying in one of the six new Macondo Suites. The expansion, set for completion in November 2014 also includes a second infinity pool, for guests to enjoy alongside the tropical gardens. 

Price: from £1183 per person (a saving of £117pp on 25 Nov & £127pp on 28 Nov departures) based on two sharing a Macondo Suite with breakfast and includes return flights from London Gatwick and transfers. (Note: Upgrade to the Macaondo Pool Suite, each with the addition of their own private plunge pool, is also available. Prices are from £1232pp, saving up to £176pp.)

Date: book by 31 July 2014 for departures on 25 or 28 November 2014.

Book with: The Gambia Experience or call 0845 330 2087.

Deal of the Day: save 28% on a five-star retreat in Morocco

July 4th, 2014

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Holiday details: stay for a week at the five-star Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa, Morocco and receive a 28% discount. The hotel has a range of leisure facilities including a tennis court, bicycle hire and an outdoor swimming pool. The Thalassotherapy centre offers a number of pampering treatments, an indoor pool, hammam and a fitness area.

Price: from £869 per person (a saving of £340 pp) based on two adults sharing a superior room for seven nights, on a bed and breakfast basis and includes private transfers and return flights from London Gatwick.

Date: departing 21 July 2014.

Book with: Classic Collection or call 0800 294 9315.

Great Ape! My treetop adventure

July 3rd, 2014

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Helena HodsonBy Helena Hodson, age 10

Last weekend I visited Go Ape in Crawley with my mum and dad, and my friend Alex. We had a great day out. Luckily the weather was hot and sunny so we could make the most of our day.

Go Ape is a thrilling treetop adventure. You make your way along 34 exciting crossings and five zip wires (the longest is 142m) with your friends and family. Surrounded by the beautiful, scenic countryside, whilst up in the air, the views are fantastic.

Go Ape is loads of fun (especially climbing through the air and acting like monkeys) yet completely safe, as long as you listen to the instructors and follow the rules. It takes two to three hours to complete the course and there’s a beautiful grassy area overlooking a lake where you can enjoy a picnic.

After going through the safety briefing, we were taken to a practice area close to the ground, to experience what Go Ape is like. Then we were left to do it ourselves.

When I first got in the treetops, I felt a buzz of excitement. The first zip line was exhilarating. I didn’t hold on to the rope, knowing the harness would keep me safe.

Some of the bridges were harder than others, but the extremely challenging ones had easier alternatives, but I tried all the hard options, sometimes failing miserably!

As Go Ape is not the most glamorous activity, I advise that you wear old clothes and dress appropriately for the weather e.g. a waterproof if it’s raining. Go Ape doesn’t allow you to wear flip flops, sandals or open-toed shoes, and recommends you wear boots with ankle support. Also you do need a small amount of physical strength for some crossings.

Gradually the rope challenges get harder, but you’ll be ready by then, as you will have practised with more simple crossings. Don’t worry if you’re afraid of heights, just try and go up there; maybe you’ll surprise yourself.

I had a great day out with my friends and family. I hope to return soon. To find out more, please visit http://goape.co.uk/

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Deal of the Day: save over £250 on Corsican villa with pool

July 3rd, 2014

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Holiday details: Corsican Places is offering seven nights at the two bedroom villa, la Maison de Violette in Lecci, Southern Corsica. Complete with swimming pool, garden and olive trees, the villa is only a short drive from the stunning Pinarellu and San Ciprianu beaches.

Price: from £699 per person (a saving of £261 pp) based on four sharing and includes return flights London Heathrow – Figari (Corsican Places’ charter with British Airways), car hire and a welcome hamper.

Date: departing 20 July 2014.

Book with: Corsican Places or call 0845 330 2113.

Deal of the Day: save over £1000 on cottage rental in Greece with pool

July 2nd, 2014

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Holiday details: stay in Glysteri in Greece for a week at Skopelos. This two bedroom cottage sleeps four and comes complete with its own pool, shaded dining area and sun terraces.

Price: £1,795 for a week’s rental (a saving of £1,055) including private return taxi from Skiathos airport to the ferry port and ferry crossing to/from Skopelos.  Flights and car hire extra.

Date: starting 11 or 18 July 2014.

Book with: Vintage Travel or call 01954 261431.

Deal of the Day: 25% off 9-day Arctic Adventures in 2015

July 1st, 2014

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Holiday details: Intrepid Travel are offering a 25% discount off early bookings for 2015 Arctic Adventures. Enjoy up-close encounters with polar bears, walruses and huge colonies of seabirds on their 9-day cruise Introduction to Spitsbergen adventure around Spitsbergen, the largest island in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago.

Price: from £4,001 per person (a saving of £1334pp) Eight nights in a deluxe cabin on board a Sea Adventurer polar vessel in a deluxe cabin, all meals on board and an experienced expedition leader throughout.

Date: valid for travel in 2015 up until 15 July 2015.

Book with: Intrepid Travel or call 0808 274 5111.

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