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One night of luxury: Review of Lucknam Park

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By Catherine Leech, Director, 101 Holidays When I invited my almost 80-year-old mother to join me for a night at the five-star Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, she replied: “£80 per person for dinner – it can never be worth it, even if it has got a Michelin star.” Raised during World War II, my mum is ... Read more

10 weirdest photos from North Korea’s new official tourism website

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By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays

North Korea is perhaps the last place in the world you’d want to go on holiday. The regime is repressive and secretive, and millions of its people are said to be starving. The few tourists that have made it over the border have been accompanied by minders 24 hou... Read more

The best part of Mallorca. Just don’t call it posh

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By Mark Hodson, Editor of 101 Holidays

In 1929 the artist Joan Miró took his new wife on honeymoon to Mallorca. They headed not to the elegant capital Palma, but to an isolated and little-known fishing village on the north coast of the island, Port de Pollença. In the early part of the 20th Century, the [&... Read more

Valencia: how well do you know Spain’s third city?

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By Mark Hodson Many people have visited Spain’s two-big-hitting cities Madrid and Barcelona, but what of its third? Some might struggle even to name it, and fewer still will have actually explored Valencia. I recently spent a fortnight with my family staying in a village called Massalfassar about eight ... Read more

Deal of the Day: 48% off five-star Mauritius retreat

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Holiday details: save 48% on a week-long stay at the five-star Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius. Enjoy the seven resort restaurants, spa, swimming pool and activities available including scuba-diving, water-skiing and kite surfing. Price: from £1,199 per person (a saving of £1,125 pp) based on two... Read more

Deal of the Day: £1,000 off luxury Ibiza villa

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Holiday details: rent out Escandell on The Balearic island of Ibiza. This four bedroom, three bathroom rural hideaway sleeping seven has its own private pool, table tennis, landscaped, tiered garden with lawn, citrus and olive trees, covered dining terrace and sun terrace. Price: £1995 per rental (a savi... Read more

Deal of the Day: save over £1000 on thatched villa stay in the Maldives

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Holiday details: enjoy a seven-night stay at Kanuhara, Maldives with Western & Oriental. Stay in a thatched roof villa and take advantage of the resort’s tennis courts, squash courts, beach volleyball and watersports including 40 nearby dive sites and dolphin spotting trips. Price: from £1,935 ... Read more

Deal of the Day: save over £240 on two-week studio stay on the island of Kefalonia

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Holiday details: Sunvil Holidays are offering a 28% discount on a two-week stay to Apollonia Studios on the island of Kefalonia, Greece. The property is located right on the water in the village of Assos, and each studio has a private veranda with ocean views. A beach and handful of tavernas are just a mi... Read more

Deal of the Day: save 30% on eight sharing a private villa in Ibiza, with private pool

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Holiday details: stay for seven nights at Can Colina, Ibiza, and save up to £4,840 in total. This six-bedroom villa, complete with private pool, is situated just 10 minutes from Ibiza Town and Talamanca beach. Alternatively, the nearby Santa Gertrudis is renowned as the artistic and gourmet centre of the... Read more

Meet the Boss: Emma Barnett, MD of Tots Too

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In our latest Meet the Boss interview, we talk to Emma Barnett, Managing Director of Tots Too. Emma founded Essential Escapes in 2002, following a career in luxury travel which saw her travel extensively around the globe visiting some of the world’s top spa destinations and resorts. Now a mother of fo... Read more

Deal of the Day: save £390 on a five-star Cyprus holiday with three pools

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Holiday details: stay for seven nights for the price of five at the five-star Anassa, Cyprus. Surrounding the three freshwater swimming pools (one heated in winter) are large sun terraces. There is an indoor pool, a gym, tennis and squash courts, sauna, steam baths and an indoor exercise seawater pool. Price... Read more

Deal of the Day: save £236pp on a 2-bedroom villa in Corsica

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Holiday details: Corsican Places is offering 7 nights at the two-bedroom villa Casarella Cesarina in Calvi Town, Corsica. Just a 15 minute stroll downhill to the beaches, shops and restaurants of Calvi town centre, the villa has a large terrace, whilst the pool area sits at a lower level by a garden of ... Read more

Deal of the Day: save £224 on 11-day Moroccan cuisine adventure

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  Details: experience an 11-day tour of Moroccan cuisine, from street food to fine dining, on Intrepid Travel’s Real Food Adventure.Learn how to prepare the perfect cous cous during a demonstration run by local women, experience Moroccan hospitality in a homestay and learn how to become a pastry-maker... Read more

Deal of the Day: save £600pp on beachfront five-star hotel in Mauritius

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Holiday details: stay for a week at the five-star Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius. Enjoy the seven high-class restaurants, a spa, a swimming pool and a host of activities available including scuba-diving, water-skiing and kite surfing. Price: from £1219 per person (a saving of £600pp) based on t... Read more

Deal of the Day: 2-for-1 discount on India tours

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Holiday details: On The Go Tours is offering a 2-for-1 deal on two of its 8-day tours in India. Choose from either the Taj Express or the Taj Traveller trips and see sights such as the Golden Triangle including both Old and New Delhi, the Pink City of Jaipur and Agra, and of course, the Taj Mahal. […... Read more

Deal of the Day: save over £360 on a week at a 2-bedroom Corsican property with pool

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Holiday details: Corsican Places is offering 7 nights at the two bedroom house A Casuccia in Moriani Plage. The property comes complete with private pool, positioned between the beaches of the east coast and the forests of the Castagniccia. The property enjoys beautiful mountain views and is only five minu... Read more

Deal of the Day: save £700 on Morocco villa with two pools

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Holiday details: Lawrence of Morocco is offering a £700 saving on a week at Chez Max – an ethno-chic house located just 24km from Marrakech. Built around three courtyards, the property boasts two swimming pools, walled gardens, a roof terrace and a view of gentle hills and olive groves. Enjoy prepar... Read more

Deal of the Day: save £100 on a nine-day holiday to Sydney, Ayers Rock and Alice Springs

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Holiday details: Austravel are offering a discount of £200 per couple on a nine-day holiday to Sydney, Ayers Rock and Alice Springs. The trip includes a four-night stay at the four-star Mercure Sydney, followed by a two-night stay at the three-star Outback Pioneer Ayers Rock Hotel and finally two nights... Read more

Deal of the Day: save 24% off five-star resort in Tenerife, with Atlantic Ocean views

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Holiday details: Classic Collection are offering a 24% saving on a week at the five-star luxe RedLevel at Gran Melia Palacio de Isora Resort, Tenerife. With Mount Teide towering behind as a backdrop, the property boasts superb panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the island of La Gomera. Price: from ... Read more

Deal of the Day: 30% discount off 2-week trip to Thailand

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Holiday details: save nearly 30% on a two-week stay at Centara Karon Resort, Phuket. There are three swimming pools on-site and the beach is just a couple of minutes’ walk away. There are also seven bars and restaurants dotted around the resort or the dining and drinking options of Phuket are just a short... Read more

Deal of the Day: 30% off gulet cruise in Turkey

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Holiday details: Anatolian Sky are offering savings of nearly 30% on a seven-night gulet cruise in Turkey sailing from Marmaris to Datca aboard the Semercioglu IV. Ideal for exploring the secluded beaches and coves of the south-west Turkish coast, this traditional Turkish gulet has a total of 9 cabins.  ... Read more

Deal of the Day: save over £250 on four-star getaway on Lake Garda

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Holiday details: Inghams is offering seven  nights at one of the smaller lakeside resorts on Lake Garda, Saló, at the four-star Hotel Duomo. This family-run hotel enjoys views from its central position on Salò’s lakeside promenade. Price: from £449 per person (a saving of £279 pp) includes return... Read more

Deal of the Day: save over £1000 on farmhouse in Ibiza that sleeps 6

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Holiday details: stay for a week at the Lluc d’Alt – a three bedroom, two bathroom country house sleeping six which enjoys rural views across the San Miguel valley in Ibiza. Restored from an original 300 year old farmhouse, it has a private pool, shaded games area with table tennis and pool table as we... Read more

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

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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) base... Read more

Deal of the Day: £150 off Portuguese island stay

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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)... Read more

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

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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 ... Read more

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

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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, ... Read more

Great Ape! My treetop adventure

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By 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 […]... Read more

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

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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 s... Read more

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

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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 ... Read more

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

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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 ... Read more

Deal of the Day: 20% off four-star waterfront hotel in Croatia

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Holiday details: Prestige Holidays are offering a 20% discount on a week at the Hotel Park, Makarska in Croatia. This four star hotel is positioned right on the waterfront, and a ten minute walk from the centre of Makarska itself. Price: £944 per person (a saving of £115 pp) for a double room on a […... Read more

Deal of the Day: save over £150 on five-star Algarve resort with three pools

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Holiday details: stay for seven nights at the five-star Blue & Green The Lake Resort in the Algarve. Located in the centre of Vilamoura, next to the marina and facing the beach, this resort offers three pools, a multi sports field, and beauty centre.  Price: from £999 per person (a saving of £155.50p... Read more

Deal of the Day: save £96 on Tuscan apartment with pool

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Holiday details: Citalia are offering a week in Tuscany at the three star Le Cellole. This one bedroomed apartment is surrounded by vineyards and is situated just three kilometres from the renowned medieval towers of San Gimignano. Price: from £579 per person (a saving of £96 pp) on a self catering basi... Read more

Deal of the Day: save 25% on four-star Maldives retreat

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Holiday details: Tropical Sky are offering a 25% discount on a week-long stay at the Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo, Maldives. This four-star hotel is situated on its own white-sand island and boasts an array of activities including table-tennis, beach volleyball and football. Alternatively take advantage of the i... Read more

Deal of the Day: 25% off 22 day trek in Nepal

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Holiday details: The Adventure Company are offering 25% off their 22-day Annapurna Circuit trek. Explore Nepal; from hot, lowland foothills, paddy fields and bamboo forests to high-alpine scenery above the clouds and high-altitude desert. Witness the views of the Annapurnas, encounter Kathmandu, see the ma... Read more

Deal of the Day: 10% off a six day Cambodia tour including the Angkor Wat temples

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Holiday details: Intrepid Travel are offering a 10% discount on a six day adventure with their Classic Cambodia tour. Explore the Royal Palace, learn about Cambodia’s history at Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields, see the Angkor Wat temples and learn about Hindu epics and Cambodian myths from locals th... Read more

Deal of the Day: save nearly 30% on a week long gulet cruise in Turkey

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Holiday details: Anatolian Sky are offering savings of nearly 30% on their week long gulet cruise aboard the Cankaya II in Turkey. Over the week the ship will sail from Fethiye to Kas, stopping at a host of coastal Turkish towns and coves. Price: from £649 per person (a saving of £250pp) based on two ... Read more

Deal of the Day: save 45% on St Lucia hotel with 7000 square-foot spa

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Holiday details: stay for seven nights at The Landings, St Lucia. The hotel is located on Rodney Bay, and spans 19 acres, with nearly a 800 ft stretch of beach. Take advantage of the hotel’s fitness gallery, the 7,000 square-foot spa, salon, pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, a private marina and wate... Read more

Deal of the Day: save over £100pp on five-bedroom villa in Turkey

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Holiday details: Travel to Kalkan in Turkey and stay overlooking the bay at the Villa Neptune. This five-bedroom villa is situated just a ten minute walk from many of Kalkan’s restaurants and amenities. Price: from £1,080 per person (a saving of  £120 pp) based on four sharing. Price includes sev... Read more

Deal of the Day: over £350 off St Lucia resort with six pools

Holiday details: stay for a week at the four-star Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, St Lucia. Set on a hillside overlooking the Labrelotte Bay, this hotel boasts six swimming pools and is only 15 minutes away from the St Lucia capital, Castries. Price: from £749 per person (a saving of £377 pp) incl... Read more

Deal of the Day: save over £80 on seafront Spanish holiday

Holiday details: stay for seven nights at the Iberostar Grand Hotel El Mirador. Located on the seafront of Costa Adeje, this hotel  offers a heated pool, a club house with library and internet access, free Wi-fi in reception, a gym, a spa with an indoor thermal pool, thermal circuit, jacuzzi and treatme... Read more

Deal of the Day: save of £300 on waterfront Turkish getaway

  

Holiday details: stay for seven nights at the Yacht Classic Hotel, Fethiye. Situated on its own private waterfront, the hotel has its own in-house bar and restaurant or if guests want to head out for the evening, Fethiye’s bars and shops are just a short walk away. Price: £599 per person (a saving ... Read more

Deal of the Day: save over £900 on Seychelles island hotel

Holiday details: stay for seven nights at Beachcomber’s only Seychelles hotel, the Sainte Anne Island. The resort comprises of 87 private villas, and all are set on a 220-hectare private island, surrounded by one of the largest marine parks in the Indian Ocean.  Price: £2,260.50 per person (a saving ... Read more

Meet the Boss: Adele Garbutt, Calabash Hotel, Grenada

In our latest Meet the Boss interview, we talk to Adele Garbutt (pictured 2nd from the right), Director of Calabash, a delightful boutique hotel in Grenada, which we recommend on 101 Holidays. Adele’s father, Leo (right), bought the hotel in 1987 and the entire family has dedicated itself to creating... Read more

Deal of the Day: 25% off 15 day Barcelona to Berlin tour

Holiday details: journey from Barcelona to Berlin with Intrepid Travel on an 15 day cultural tour, packed with historical, culinary and artistic attractions. Taste traditional Catalan cooking in Barcelona, stroll through Paris’s cobbled laneways, enjoy Belgium’s finest beer and chocolate in Brussels an... Read more

Deal of the Day: 21% off five-star Cyprus Spa Resort

Holiday details: stay for seven nights at the five-star Le Meridien Limassol Spa & Resort, Cyprus. Take advantage of the five outdoor pools, or the adults-only spa which offers a total of 125 treatments and packages. Price: from £1,099 per person (a saving of £305pp) based on two adults sharing a t... Read more

South America for families

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By Laura Rendell-Dunn, Journey Latin America With the summer holidays in sight, our team has picked their choice of the best family summer breaks in South America. 1. Galápagos deal We have an offer of £984 off a family holiday to the Galápagos Islands. With no time constraints (you’re staying in ... Read more

Deal of the Day: 28% off five-star Barbados resort

Holiday details: Caribtours is offering two nights for the price of one at the five-star Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados. Set on the beachfront in 11 acres of gardens, this hotel comes complete with a large pool area, free non-motorised watersports, fitness centre, tennis courts and regular evening ente... Read more

Best travel blog posts in May

By Ben Green Guernsey, so close to our shores although not often mentioned when it comes to travel, but once you’ve read the post a Lady in Guernsey from the blog A Lady In London, you may well be tempted to visit. The post begins, “Flying into Guernsey, it’s hard to believe I’m on an […]... Read more

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