New year new getaway

New year new getaway


The best way to get over the festive holiday blues is to start planning your next getaway, somewhere hot, somewhere cold or a place in between- you just need to get away! Hello French Alps!

Why go?

Ski season has officially kicked off with the opening of the new Club Med resort in the French Alps, Les Arcs Panorama. Get ready to be transported to a winter wonderland where the snow illuminates the surroundings, and the cold light revealing the resorts modern-day composition. Les Arcs Panorama is immersed with a modern and serene curvilinear design which is made abundantly clear from the get go with open spaces, giving it a contemporary calm aesthetic. The exclusive location of the resort, within a striking pine forest, benefits from full access to 225km of slopes of the 2nd largest ski domain in France, Paradiski.

The vibe

When you need to bring that adrenalin down after skiing up a storm, you can do so at the impressive 5 Trident Exclusive Collection Space called Le Belvédère, which offers guests a panoramic terrace with a hot tub and a breath-taking view over the valley! Like other Club Med resorts, there were no holds barred for the opening celebrations with Team GB Winter Olympians, including Slope style Olympic medallist from Sochi, Jenny Jones and Billy Morgan, the Men’s Big Air Olympic medallist from the recent games in Pyeongchang, attending the opening celebrations.

You really must

Try everything the Club Med experience has to offer! With the resort representing the brand’s unique family mountain experience, it will literally be adventure after adventure. Like the comfortable ski lessons, après-ski activities, kids’ snow garden and heated swimming pools for children to enjoy. But why should the kids have all the fun, the resort also boasts adults-only spaces, with the Zen Lounge and Spa helping guests recover after a long day on the slopes, uh yes please!

Dine at

If you thought the list of activities was extensive, wait until you see all the dining varieties- with the new resort offering three restaurants and three bars, all serving authentic, gourmet food and drinks. It all depends on what you are looking for out of your dining experience, for traditionalists there is the main restaurant. But for those who like a bit of edge there is the Gourmet Lounge, which offers a high-end culinary experience complete with a wine cellar. The third restaurant is an innovative new family restaurant concept called Bread & Co. with a playful and interactive concept; families are set to have a dining experience they’ll never forget. At Bread & Co. the tables have been turned and the children are in charge, with the kids leading their parents into the kitchen where they are the little chiefs. Parents can order their lunch and dinner on iPad’s and watch as the little ones help prepare the meals.

So, delay no further and get booking now!

Room prices start at £1,348 per person. To book, click here

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New year new getaway

New year new getaway


The best way to get over the festive holiday blues is to start planning your next getaway, somewhere hot, somewhere cold or a place in between- you just need to get away! Hello French Alps!

Why go?

Ski season has officially kicked off with the opening of the new Club Med resort in the French Alps, Les Arcs Panorama. Get ready to be transported to a winter wonderland where the snow illuminates the surroundings, and the cold light revealing the resorts modern-day composition. Les Arcs Panorama is immersed with a modern and serene curvilinear design which is made abundantly clear from the get go with open spaces, giving it a contemporary calm aesthetic. The exclusive location of the resort, within a striking pine forest, benefits from full access to 225km of slopes of the 2nd largest ski domain in France, Paradiski.

The vibe

When you need to bring that adrenalin down after skiing up a storm, you can do so at the impressive 5 Trident Exclusive Collection Space called Le Belvédère, which offers guests a panoramic terrace with a hot tub and a breath-taking view over the valley! Like other Club Med resorts, there were no holds barred for the opening celebrations with Team GB Winter Olympians, including Slope style Olympic medallist from Sochi, Jenny Jones and Billy Morgan, the Men’s Big Air Olympic medallist from the recent games in Pyeongchang, attending the opening celebrations.

You really must

Try everything the Club Med experience has to offer! With the resort representing the brand’s unique family mountain experience, it will literally be adventure after adventure. Like the comfortable ski lessons, après-ski activities, kids’ snow garden and heated swimming pools for children to enjoy. But why should the kids have all the fun, the resort also boasts adults-only spaces, with the Zen Lounge and Spa helping guests recover after a long day on the slopes, uh yes please!

Dine at

If you thought the list of activities was extensive, wait until you see all the dining varieties- with the new resort offering three restaurants and three bars, all serving authentic, gourmet food and drinks. It all depends on what you are looking for out of your dining experience, for traditionalists there is the main restaurant. But for those who like a bit of edge there is the Gourmet Lounge, which offers a high-end culinary experience complete with a wine cellar. The third restaurant is an innovative new family restaurant concept called Bread & Co. with a playful and interactive concept; families are set to have a dining experience they’ll never forget. At Bread & Co. the tables have been turned and the children are in charge, with the kids leading their parents into the kitchen where they are the little chiefs. Parents can order their lunch and dinner on iPad’s and watch as the little ones help prepare the meals.

So, delay no further and get booking now!

Room prices start at £1,348 per person. To book, click here

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This is why you should always leave your shoes on when flying

This is why you should always leave your shoes on when flying


Oh God…

Recently we’ve been learning a lot about the do’s and don’ts of flying.

From the terrifying reason why you should never board a plane first to the grim reason why you may want to avoid ordering hot drinks in the future (seriously gross), we’re learning a lot about what not to do when travelling from A to B.

Well, one flight attendant has expanded our in-flight knowledge even more after responding to a Quora thread about in-flight etiquette.

One Quora user wanted to know why passengers are asked to wear their shoes during takeoff, which is a very fair question when you consider the fact that taking your shoes off during in a flight is meant to help reduce swelling.

Flight attendant Tony Luna took to the forum to reply, explaining: ‘Besides stinking up the whole cabin, footwear is essential during an airplane emergency, even though it is not part of the flight safety information.’

‘During an emergency, all sorts of debris and unpleasant ground surfaces will block your way towards the exit, as well as outside the aircraft,’ she continued.

‘If your feet isn’t properly covered, you’ll have a hard time making your way to safety.’

There’s also the fact that walking around without your shoes on is actually pretty gross, as the planes aren’t always fully sanitised between flights – which means the floor is probably covered in all sorts of unmentionables. Oh, and if a passenger is sick then only a spot clean is performed.

So, we think it’s probably safer to leave your shoes on next time.

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Why The Hari Hotel is the perfect Valentine’s Day getaway

Why The Hari Hotel is the perfect Valentine’s Day getaway


Looking for peace in the bustling city? Leave London at the door while you get some r&r at the 5* Hari Hotel

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Credit: The Hari Hotel London

Everything you need to know about The Hari Hotel…

Why go?

The Hari Hotel

Credit: The Hari Hotel

Tucked away in London’s opulent Belgravia lies the 5* luxury of The Hari Hotel. Whether you’re looking for somewhere quiet to stay in the middle of the big city, or you’re a Londoner looking for a romantic Valentine’s Day break, it’s the perfect tranquil place to lay your head in what is otherwise a bustling, busy metropolis.
After a welcome drink, you’re invited to leave London – and any stresses – at the door. Head up to your room and enjoy the quiet as you settle down and look out at the skyline as you sit by the large bay window. When you’re ready to venture out, grab your handy – a smartphone found in your room which is loaded with free data, city guides and local offers for attractions – and make the most of what the capital has to offer.
If you’d rather not leave the comfort of The Hari Hotel, head to the gorgeous terrace bar for a pre-dinner tipple under the stars.

The vibe

The Hari Hotel

Credit: The Hari Hotel

If you’re looking for luxury, this is the place for you. From the moment you walk into The Hari Hotel you’ll feel worlds away from the busy streets of London. However, it’s just a stones throw away from Harrods, as well as the usual designer haunts – think Armani, Fendi and Dior. It’s also located within walking distance of some of London’s most famous buildings and landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and The Royal Albert Hall to name a few.

You won’t want to leave your room, but when you do you’ll find a beautiful bar and garden terrace for a cosy and romantic drink, an Italian restaurant that oozes vintage glamour and a 24-hour health and fitness centre including a fully equipped gym so that you can squeeze in a workout whenever you fancy, or book that in-room spa treatment from the comfort of your bed.

The rooms

the hari hotel london

Credit: The Hari Hotel London

The Hari Hotel boasts 85 designer bedrooms, including 14 luxury suites. We recommend staying in a Studio King Suite, a large fully equipped room with a king sized bed, a walk-in rainfall shower and two large windows offering unparalleled views of London. It has the usual mod cons – free WiFi, a Nespresso coffee machine and Noble Isle toiletries – so what makes it stand out?
The biggest selling point has to be the bay window marble bath tub overlooking the city. Enjoy a glass of Champagne while you soak up the sights from the comfort of a bubble bath before throwing on your complimentary fluffy robe and slippers.
Ready to book yet?

The extras

the hari hotel

Credit: The Hari Hotel

It’s the extra touches that make The Hari Hotel feel special. You’ll get a twice daily housekeeping service, newspapers delivered to your door and a complimentary cocktail kit.

Every room also comes with a handy smartphone to offer a more seamless concierge service and enable guests to find their way around the city without using up all their own data or incurring any data roaming charges. Book theatre tickets, find cute local restaurants and create your own bar-hopping route with ease.

The Hari Hotel restaurant

The Hari Hotel

Credit: The Hari Hotel

A trip to Il Pampero, the in-house restaurant, is essential during your stay at The Hari Hotel. Italian cooking in a sophisticated setting, it offers fresh regional ingredients for a taste of southern Italy. Tuck in to homemade pasta and marvel at the selection of vintage wines.

When it comes to breakfast, your options include a continental buffet offering a selection of baked pastries, natural yoghurt, fruit, cold cuts and cheese. If you prefer your first meal of the day to be hot, treat yourself to fluffy vanilla pancakes or traditional eggs royale washed down with a healthy smoothie. Not fussed about sitting in the chic restaurant? Room service is always an option…

Room prices start from £217 per night. To book, visit www.thehari.com, call 020 7858 0100 or email enquiries to info@thehari.com.

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Want a five-star getaway without the price tag? Head to these destinations

Want a five-star getaway without the price tag? Head to these destinations


We’re off.

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Do cheap five star holidays exists?

Every January, the search for the same things peak. Dry January. Quitting smoking. Gym memberships.

And if there’s one thing we’re all doing at the beginning of the year while we’re counting down the days until payday, it’s wistfully looking at far-flung destinations to try and find a cheap and cheerful getaway to look forward to. Whether you want to head to some of the holiday destinations that that are quickly growing in popularity, or you’d prefer a mini-break at one of the best spas in London, we’re all trying to get away from the office and the grey skies.

But if you’re convinced there’s no way you can afford anything luxurious after a Christmas that’s been heavy on your bank account, we’ve got some good news for you – you can get a cheap five star holiday without the price tag if you choose to head to one of these destinations.

Skyscanner has revealed that there are 10 places where the average five-star hotel prices have dropped.

Amsterdam is leading the way, saving travellers up to 42% year-on-year on the average 5* hotel room price, but those looking further afield could also get a taste of luxury for less in Havana.

Cheap five star holidays

Add these hotspots to your cheap five star holidays bucket list…

Amsterdam

Average 5* hotel price per night 2017: £449

Average 5* hotel price per night 2018: £260

Havana

Average 5* hotel price per night 2017: £312

Average 5* hotel price per night 2018: £241

Venice

Average 5* hotel price per night 2017: £422

Average 5* hotel price per night 2018: £330

Palma de Mallorca

Average 5* hotel price per night 2017: £267

Average 5* hotel price per night 2018: £214

Tokyo

Average 5* hotel price per night 2017: £397

Average 5* hotel price per night 2018: £334

Bang Tao Beach

Average 5* hotel price per night 2017: £169

Average 5* hotel price per night 2018: £149

Sydney

Average 5* hotel price per night 2017: £232

Average 5* hotel price per night 2018: £207

Los Angeles

Average 5* hotel price per night 2017: £492

Average 5* hotel price per night 2018: £454

Dubai

Average 5* hotel price per night 2017: £191

Average 5* hotel price per night 2018: £177

Lisa Tyndall, Senior Growth Manager at Skyscanner says: ‘The luxury of a five-star hotel might seem like a distant dream for some travellers, but according to our data, that dream could become a reality.  We have found a number of popular destinations which have seen average price drops of up to 42% YoY² on their five-star hotels.

‘Our current hotel deals are also showing rooms available from as little as £38 a night, when staying in Venice, proving that travellers really can enjoy luxury for less in 2019.’

So what are you waiting for?!

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Looking to get away? Hit these hotspots before everyone else does

Looking to get away? Hit these hotspots before everyone else does


*Books flights immediately*

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You don’t need reminding that January is pretty bleak. As we count down the days until payday and try not to think about the cold, we’re also Googling getaways because we need something to look forward to this year – right?

But where should you head off to? Should you opt for a staycation or head to Europe? Go to your favourite place or try somewhere new? Or maybe you want to go that bit further and really chase the sun?

On The Go Tours analysed data from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation 2018 Tourism Highlights Report to find out which countries are growing in popularity as tourist hotspots – and give you some hol-spiration.

So where are we all heading as soon as the need for sun hits?

Romania is the fastest growing destination for UK tourists, with an increase of 638% between 2007 and 2017. Lithuania comes in second with around 115,000 visitors in 2017, followed by Mexico with holidays there racking up around 49 million hashtags on Instagram. If you’re going for the perfect feed, you know where to go.

Other tourist hotspots include Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Morocco.

The original favourites, France and Spain, don’t make the list for fastest growing destinations – but they are still pulling in the crowds with over six million and ten million British tourists visiting respectively.

On The Go Tours Head of Marketing, Hollie Youlden comments: ‘It’s interesting to see the variety of destinations that have made it into the top 20 with our internal consumer data seeing similar trends for UK tourists, with peaks in destinations like Morocco, Greece, and Italy.

‘Europe definitely takes the crown with 70% of the fastest growing destinations being European countries, which given the wonderful variety of locations we have in Europe, and the relatively short travel distances from the UK, may not come as a huge surprise.

‘Having said that, it’s great to see the likes of longer haul destinations in North America, Middle East, Asia and Africa with a large increase in UK tourists, showing people are willing to travel the extra mile for fantastic views, culture and cuisine.’

Brb, booking flights immediately.

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The Eurostar sale means you can get tickets to Paris for just £29

The Eurostar sale means you can get tickets to Paris for just £29


Au revoir

paris
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It’s January, we’re all broke after Christmas and the weather has taken a very chilly turn. Despite the fact that we’re all motivated to do everything – New Years resolutions are in full swing (for now) – things are pretty dreary.

But if you’re frantically Googling last minute holidays so you can wave the office goodbye on a Friday evening, listen to this. There’s a Eurostar sale happening, and it means cheaper than cheap tickets to Paris and Brussels.

You could be swanning off to Europe for the weekend for just £29 as the rail serve slashes prices on over 100,000 seats this January.

And if you’re worried that it’ll only be a bargain on inconvenient dates, then fear not – the cheap seats will be for anyone who wants to travel between Tuesday, 22nd January and Wednesday, 17th April. So if you want something to look forward to in 2019, this could be just the ticket. 

The deals are currently on the Eurostar website but they’re expected to sell out very quickly, so if you want to book that break you’d better act fast.

If you’re feeling plush, you can also book a seat in the Standard Premier carriage for just £70 each way and your ticket includes extra legroom, a meal and refreshments.

The offer lasts until Monday 21st January but considering it’s such a good deal we suggest you get onto it pronto.

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The secret to getting cheap flight deals this year

The secret to getting cheap flight deals this year


Easy.

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So we’re armed with the knowledge that you can double your holiday allowance in 2019, making this the year to book your getaways – whether you’re looking for a weekend city break to Prague or a full on two-weeker in Tobago. All you need to do is get the time off and away you go (thank us later).

But once you’ve got the time off work sorted, you’ll need to assess your finances to see if all the trips are actually doable. Can you really afford to go away five times this year? When you’re waiting for the January pay day after a very expensive Christmas, even a Tesco meal deal can feel like a stretch.

However, there are some ways around the hefty price tags on flights – turning your travel dreams from wishful thinking into a reality.

Ever heard of the genius money-saving newslaters from Jack’s Flight Club? Jack Sheldon, who runs the service, told Cosmopolitan.co.uk that the easiest way to save the pennies is by tracking the fares.

‘Booking flights is all about timing,’ he told them. ‘Don’t make the mistake of blindly going online and booking a ticket 6 months in advance. Airline fares can fluctuate as much as 50% daily and will seldom stay at their lowest for very long.’

Instead of trawling the internet for the cheapest flights, he advises you set up trackers using Google Flights which will keep an eye on the ones that suit your timeframe and destination. Every time the price changes, you’ll be alerted, meaning you’ll get a good idea of what a bargain looks like.

If it sounds easy, that’s because it is. You should also think about the day you book your flights, with Expedia advising that you can get a better deal on a Sunday if you’re travelling internationally (economy, of course).

We know what we’ll be doing this weekend.

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5 reasons why Tobago is 2019’s hottest holiday destination

5 reasons why Tobago is 2019’s hottest holiday destination


Promotional feature with Tobago Beyond

Unspoilt, untouched and undiscovered… Tobago, we see you

When it comes to idyllic holiday destinations, we think it’s fair to say that the Caribbean has it all – white sandy beaches, glittering azure seas and a rich cultural heritage that differs from island to island. It’s long been thought of as the ultimate dream vacation spot for those looking for an unforgettable retreat.

And if, like us, you’re seeking out your own slice of tropical paradise, the island of Tobago is fast becoming the Caribbean’s hottest (and still relatively undiscovered) travel tip. Located off the coast of northeast Venezuela, Tobago is blissfully unspoilt and offers everything any intrepid wanderluster could want – secluded, palm-fringed beaches, clear waters and breathtaking areas of outstanding natural beauty.

An island of warm welcomes, stunning sunsets and soft tropical breezes, Tobago is currently topping our 2019 travel wish list. Here’s why…

1. The beaches are like nothing you’ve ever experienced

Yes, really. Imagine the most beautiful stretch of sand from your wildest desert island daydreams and you’ve got Tobago. From the white coral beaches lining the Caribbean west coast to the dark, volcanic sands of the North Atlantic coast, Tobago really does have a beach for everyone. Feeling active? Think paddle boarding, kayaking and kite surfing, plus some truly magnificent spots for diving enthusiasts. And for sheer escapism, head to the deserted wilds of Englishman’s Bay for pure castaway vibes.

2. If you’re a nature lover, be prepared

Love getting into the wild? Tobago has some of the most diverse and untouched areas of natural beauty in the world, including the oldest protected rainforest in the Western hemisphere. Whether you’re interested in local wildlife, cascading waterfalls or pristine coral reefs teeming with marine life (including sharks, turtles and even dolphins), Tobago’s natural wonders are awe-inspiring. Our top tip? Try the incredible night-time stand-up-paddle bioluminescence tour and watch the midnight sea come alive with swirling neon colour.

3. It’s perfect for romance, weddings and beyond

Looking for a stunning wedding backdrop? The world-famous thatched-roofed jetty stretching out into crystal clear waters makes for a perfect ceremonial spot, and (unsurprisingly) Pigeon Point Beach is considered to be Tobago’s most beautiful. Sip on post-nuptial coconut cocktails while the sun sets over the bay, with the sound of local music carried softly along by the warm Caribbean breeze…

4. And if you’re not in love already…

Get ready to fall in love with Tobago, its culture and its people. From curried crab and dumplings (considered to be Tobago’s national dish) to exploring the island’s superstitions, festivals and carnivals, there’s no question that visitors leave Tobago feeling enlightened, inspired and full of its infectious warmth. Delve into the island’s colonial past with a fort tour, or lose yourself in local stories told in the distinctive, lilting Creole dialect. We promise, Tobago will stay with you long after you’ve reached home soil.

5. Last but not least…

There are actually so many reasons to visit Tobago, we can’t do it justice here. Get ready to explore the extraordinary at VisitTobago.gov.tt/gobeyond, where you’ll find 101 things to do on this magnificent, unspoilt island. Our top picks include a soul-saving trip to the shallow waters of the Insta-worthy Nylon Pool, sunbathing on the secluded Stonehaven Bay or dancing the night away in the shimmering Bago Carnival.

Put Tobago on your radar now people, it won’t stay undiscovered for long…

 

 

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The most extra Airbnb Plus properties to book in 2019

The most extra Airbnb Plus properties to book in 2019


Because we all want to live our best lives, Airbnb have launched a new tier of premium properties called Plus, which are available to book in over 41 cities across the world. We’ve found the most luxurious ones you’ll want to book ASAP for 2019, from tree houses with jungle pools in Bali to chic loft apartments in Montréal.

Artistic and Quirky Home with a Copper Bath and Breakfast in Bangkok, Thailand

Each bedroom has its own floor in this Bangkok home, with a different artist theme, private bathroom with 3 different kinds of bathtub. From Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo to personal pencil drawings, this home is bursting with artistic charm.

Old Port Apartment with Exposed Brick Walls and City Views in Montréal, Canada

Host dinner at a table for six in a space with lavish arched windows presenting views of the cobblestoned city streets below. Gather on a tufted sectional sofa for after-dinner drinks in the company of exposed brick walls and cosmopolitan decor.

Cozy Eclectic Art-Filled Loft in Trendy Bree Street, Cape Town, South Africa

Select an album from the vinyl collection to play on a vintage hi-fi system. Then sink into deep leather armchairs in a spacious room with black walls, white ceilings, and an eclectic array of art and artifacts collected on the homeowner’s travels.

Enchanting 16th Century Dovecot Cottage in Private Garden, Edinburgh

A historic stone dovecot, with illuminated ancient pigeon nesting-boxes, for a serene rustic-chic getaway.

Peaceful Treehouse with Ocean View, California

Enjoy panoramic ocean and forest views from a hammock in this secluded treehouse. Inside, mid-century furniture and architectural details are made of natural materials like wood and stone setting a calming, sanctuary tone throughout.

Elegant Baroque Apartment near Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy

Step back into the 18th century with this opulent, vibrant apartment. While furnished with antiques, the comfort is modern and the art is distinctive. The kitchen and bathrooms are modern with the latest equipment.

Magical Treehouse with Jungle Pool above the Rice Fields, Bali

The Treehouse at Satori is more than an enchanting hideaway, we also have the loveliest team ready to help you create a stress-free, unforgettable adventure. All you’ll need to do is check-in and enjoy the Bali magic.

Stayloom’s Opulent Esplanade Estate near the French Quarter, New Orleans

Stay at this stately 19th-century mansion featuring traditional NOLA architecture and modern design elements. From eclectic artwork and refined furnishings to an 18-foot dining table, this home offers a unique and opulent atmosphere.

Private and Serene Loft Style House in Central Seminyak, Indonesia

Feel a true Balinese welcome by stepping between pink bougainvilleas that match exterior walls, and into a courtyard with tropical plantings. A sense of belonging continues inside with a comforting blend of modern conveniences and local accents.

Tranquil Javanese-Style Apartment in Oakleigh East, Australia

Study the exquisite detail of the antique Javanese garden wall, or meditate beside the calming fish pond. BBQ on the huge covered deck, also a perfect place for catching some morning rays. Or settle back with a book from the well-stocked shelves.

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