A guide to prolonging your summer tan through winter for Hayes and Jarvis, which includes top tips from industry experts and bloggers.
If you fancy a free ticket to the awesome Snowbombing festival then try your luck in the competition below. Entrants can go to the Crystal Ski website for hints each day, good luck!
A week-long whirlwind of world class DJs and bands, in the idyllic alpine setting of Mayrhofen, Austria. Days are spent skiing/boarding, enjoying music on mountain -top stages or relaxing in the spa of a 4* hotel.
Nights deliver cutting edge performances from world-class acts in unique venues; from a sky high igloo, to an enchanted forest clearing. Now in its fifteenth year, Snowbombing is regarded by many as, “The Greatest Show on Snow”. Mystical. Musical. Without equal.
To get married is a one in a lifetime occasion, therefore, why not make it special with an special honeymoon? There are some great hotels around the world that can make your journey unforgettable and make you feel like king and queen for a few nights, surrounded by some spectacular landscapes, but also offering you the possibility to spend some great nights out, drinking champagne away, or playing poker like a real gentleman.
Indeed, many of the most amazing hotels in the world also have some pretty great casinos, perfect to crown not only your evenings, but also your honeymoon and, possibly, your luck!
Generally speaking, when it comes to super-luxury hotels, here are some of the best ones!
Hotel Palms, in Las Vegas, is probably one of the best and most amazing hotels you can find. Its rooftop suites, like the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, are simply breathtaking, with their rooftop Jacuzzi hanging over The Strip. And don’t forget that sin city is the best place for poker players! Of course, if you choose to go to Las Vegas for your honeymoon you might want to try playing some online poker in one of the most popular sites first before you enter a live poker room.
Paris…Paris! The Royal Suites at Hotel George V are simply amazing and absolutely romantic and elegant. Perfect if you want to feel like royalty!
Feeling oriental? The Ritz-Carlton Suite at Ritz-Carlton in Tokyo overviews the city for an unforgettable and luxurious stay in the Japanese capital.
If you want to go eternal, the Villa La Cupola Suite at the Westin Excelsior in Rome is the ultimate destination if you want a La Dolce Vita style honeymoon. You can even watch it during your stay, as you will have a private cinema, besides a private spa with sauna, whirlpool and steam bath.
The Emirates Palace, in Abu Dhabi, is also one of the most amazing a luxurious hotels in the world, with its 394 rooms and suites, uncountable pools and fountains, a spa and over 1000 crystal chandeliers. For a precious honeymoon.
If you’re opting for a Mediterranean destination, the Mardan Palace Hotel, in Turkey, is perfect for you. Built by Russian Billionaire Telman Ismailov, it prides the largest swimming pool in the Mediterranean (it fits 1000 guests) and it’s been appointed as one of the most elite luxury hotels in Europe. A real mediterranean diamond.
Something Britain prides itself on is its luscious and diverse countryside. If you are a lover of wandering amongst the natural beauty of Britain, Symonds Yat offers many walks with spectacular views.
Symonds Yat is a popular tourist destination just a few miles from the Welsh border and straddles the River Wye in the Forest of Dean (one of the few remaining ancient forests in Britain). Built across two counties, Symonds Yat East is situated in Gloucestershire and Symonds Yat West is in Hertfordshire.
Regardless of its popularity, there is an abundance of walks away from the crowds if you know where to look. Walk 3302 is an easy/moderate 4 mile walk that winds through the quieter High Meadow woods before taking you to Yat Rock viewpoint, the highlight of the day. Keep a compass about you as some of the footpaths along this walk are poorly marked and have several options.
At grid reference SO564156, a car park is located. A small track to the south runs along the B4432 for a few hundred metres before crossing the car park exit, taking you deep into the forest. Turn right along a forestry vehicle track when you approach the road and a telephone box. This track will take you across a stream where you will turn left at the fork and proceed along the main track (Wysis Way) heading due west towards Monmouth. Keep an eye out for an unmarked path bearing left, about ten minutes after joining the Wysis Way. Continue along this path, maintaining a westerly bearing until you reach the forestry road signposting The Biblins Campsite (ignore all the other paths up until this point or you will stray off the walk). Follow this broad path until you reach the River Wye where you will head right towards the Symonds Yat East village, keeping to the bank of the river.
When you reach the Saracen’s Head pub, you may wish to take a well-earned rest and meal before leaving the pub to the right, heading towards a small hotel. When you reach the fence, take the left path uphill and once out of the gorge, cross the small bridge to the car park where on the left will be a fantastic view point of the Welsh border and river Wye. Exit to the south and across the bridge where you will pass a gift shop and re-enter the car park you began from.
Walk 3302 is just one of many walks in this beautiful area, ranging from easy/moderate to very hard. For detailed information on other walks in the Symonds Yat area, see here.
The archipelago of the Azores will be a haven for surfers and water sport lovers this September as the largest island São Miguel gears up to host the European Surfing Championships 2013 for the first time from 13 to 21 September.
Otherwise known as Eurosurf, the competition will be staged on Santa Barbara beach in Ribeira Grande and will draw competitors and spectators from countries across Europe including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Scandinavia among others to the breathtaking natural beauty of the island’s north shore.
Chosen for their consistent and powerful surf all year round, the Azores are ideally situated in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean to offer surfers an array of good ground and wind swells which can reach an impressive 15 feet in the winter. The Championships, which include bodyboarding, longboarding, women’s and men’s surfing events, will be performed to the backdrop of lush green landscapes and imposing volcanoes, and in waters boasting a warm average water temperature of 20-24°C in summer.
As a curtain-raiser to Eurosurf, travellers can also experience the SATA Airlines Azores Pro (3-8 September), a world-class surfing competition and one of the most important surfing events in the Azores. Also based on Santa Barbara beach in Ribeira Grande, some of the world’s top surfers will travel to the islands to compete. Known as the ‘Hawaii of Europe’ to surfers, the Azores Islands offers an uncrowned setting with high quality and challenging waves. Other exciting water-based activities on offer in the Azores include sailing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, world-class whale watching, swimming with wild dolphins and scuba diving.
Azores Choice offers a 7 night surfing holiday to the Azores departing in September starting from just £789 per person.
Azores Choice offers a surfing experience from the north shore beach of Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel. Experienced surfers can hire surfing boards while beginners may choose to opt for introduction days where travellers can brush up on their skills. Price includes flights, accommodation, small car hire and board hire for the duration of the holiday. To book, visit www.AzoresChoice.com or call 01768 775672.
SATA international (www.SATA.pt) run weekly direct flights run from London Gatwick to São Miguel until October.
To find out more about the Azores, please visit www.VisitAzores.com
The popular stereotype would have you believe that younger people are all heading off to foreign climes in search of fun and adventure while the older generation are content to stay at home. In reality, the facts and figures don’t support this preconception. More than a third of holidays are taken by over 50s and they’re spending more on each trip than their younger counterparts.
Seniors are also getting more adventurous. The rise of the so called grey gappers has seen a steep increase in older travellers heading for far-flung backpackers’ favourites such as Thailand.
A spokesman for Thomas Cook said: “We’ve seen a rise in the number of over-50s booking trips to far-flung destinations once their children have left home and an increase in long-duration holidays, with some booking 21- and 42-night packages. It seems that travelling the world is no longer reserved for school leavers or college students.”
Not every older traveller is heading for the backpacker trail however and destinations like France, Spain and Portugal remain popular. Whatever the destination, the facilities valued by older travellers often differ from those required by a younger demographic. This could extend to local cultural attractions and available excursions but will also often involve health and mobility considerations.
Older travellers with mobility issues may have specific requirements regarding their sleeping area, bathroom and toilet. Walk in baths and easy-access showers can be paramount for some travellers to be able to attend their bathing and hygiene needs independently. Bed heights and accessibility can also be important. Older tourists often appreciate assistance with tasks such as carrying bags and staff who can provide good local information.
Basic accessibility in and around the accommodation are also important. The International Symbol of Access (ISA) features a picture of a wheelchair but it gives a good indication of levels of accessibility for anyone with mobility issues, not just wheelchair users.
Entrances should be fully accessible and, where ground floor accommodation is not available, safe and reliable lifts should be provided. This can extend beyond just the holidaymaker’s rooms. If a restaurant, cafe or entertainment facility is located elsewhere in the building, it should be just as accessible.
The British know a thing or two about holidays abroad but for many of us, one of the best things about living in the UK is the fantastic diversity of our coastline. Well, we may not have the best weather but that does not deter us Brits from going out and making the most of our beautiful beaches.
Sadly, most authorities across the country will not allow camping on the beach itself but to be honest, the notion of waking up with sand in places you’d rather it didn’t is not the most thrilling. There is a fantastic alternative of course and that is pitching your tent at a campsite by the beach. But where should we go? Here are ten top camping sites for you to make the most of.
1. The Gower in Swansea is truly beautiful with incredible views and gorgeous beaches. Three Cliffs Bay is a spectacular spot and its campsite has won awards such as “Number One View from a Campsite in the World”. The campsite has excellent facilities and is close (but not too close!) to the city.
2. Bay View campsite site in Cornwall is another wonderful camping spot, overlooking the beautiful Looe Bay. There is a coast path situated by the entrance to the campsite and kids (and adults too!) will love the prize-winning Shire horses in the field opposite the site. Facilities include ladies and gents toilets and shower blocks, as well as a laundry room.
3. Trevornick, another Cornwall campsite, is situated within walking distance to Holywell beach and is five miles from
Newquay. Facilities at this site include heated swimming pool, health spa, kids club, golf course, fishing lake and a variety of shops and restaurants. You can also take your dog!
4. If you don’t mind carrying your items and walking lots, Seagull campsite on Herm Island, Guernsey is a beautiful site. You cannot take cars onto Herm so will have to carry your items on the boat, but a tractor will meet you to transport your items to the campsite (which is huge). There are spectacular beaches and being one of the Channel Islands, the climate is the warmest in Britain.
5. For surfing lovers, St David’s in Pembrokeshire is a great place to camp. Lleithyr Farm campsite is situated half a mile from the beach, Whitesands and less than 2 miles from the Cathedral city of St David’s. There is an onsite shop, good male and female showers and toilets, a launderette and Wi-Fi throughout the site.
6. Clachtoll Beach campsite is situated in about 100 metres from the beach, five miles from the village Lochinver, Sutherland. Facilities include toilet and shower facilities, laundry, sinks for dishwashing and dogs are welcome. This area of outstanding natural beauty is not one to be missed!
7. Manor Farm in Norfolk is another excellent campsite, a short walk from the beach and the seaside town of Cromer. Great facilities and a good play area for children.
8. For camping in Devon, Bolberry House Farm is a spacious camp site with beautiful sea views, situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Easy walking distance to National Trust coastal paths and facilities include ladies and gents showers and toilets, utility area and a dishwashing room plus play area for children.
9. Holburne Blue Anchor in Somerset has beautiful sea views on one side of the park country views on the other. There are excellent facilities at this holiday park and plenty of fun activities for the family, including crazy golf, fishing, an indoor pool and an adventure playground.
10. Take a trip to the Isles of Scilly and visit Troytown Farm campsite. An absolutely stunning location with incredible views across the Atlantic. As well as the typical facilities at a campsite, there is the added benefit of secure lockers and power points.
If you don’t fancy lugging your own camping gear to this site, Troytown offers rentable canvas bell tents, fitted with air-beds, camping stove, cool box, table and chairs, kitchenware and even buckets and spades for the kids!
Article by Emma Walters.
What better way to explore the British landscape than from the lofty perch of your own horse? Places to stay with your equine friend are dotted all across the country as horse riding holidays in the UK are becoming more popular. With a bit of cheap horse insurance and the required moving equipment, you can enjoy a top holiday in these five beautiful areas of Britain.
Discover the rural beauty of the Cumbrian countryside on horseback. The Bailey Mill which is located in the area, near to the Scottish border, is a small, family run holiday complex which caters for people and horses alike. The area is known for its traditional farming landscapes and its rich tapestry of wildlife and natural beauty spots. Nearby is the city of Carlisle which houses a spectacular cathedral, the picturesque Talkin Tarn Park and the historical Carlisle Castle. Enjoy a myriad of tea rooms, outdoor pursuits and family activities in Cumbria, including a trek through the Kershopp Forest or walks across the Bewcastle Fells.
Bring your horse on holiday to the Little Lodge Farm on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, complete with log cabins and stables. It is also a British Horse Society approved location so you can expect high quality. Cross through the countryside to the Norfolk broads to look out amongst pathways of river banks and lush views. Wander through the forests in the area or hire bikes to ride along country pathways to visit landmarks further afield. Give your horse a break with a day of sailing or hop onboard a steam train at the North Norfolk Railway for a tour of the countryside.
You can also opt to stay in the town of Gloucestershire which is steeped in history and tradition. Church Farm is another holiday hotspot which caters for you and your horse. Situated in the small hamlet of Abenhall, the tranquil environment is a perfect environment for your horse. Enjoy riding around its 50 acres of pastures before heading to the Forest of Dean. After a few days trekking through grassy meadows, cobbled towns and along country roads, visit Thornbury for a spot of paintballing and the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Newent.
Bridgnorth, West Midlands
Take a trip to Bridgnorth in the West Midlands for a leisurely holiday overlooking the River Severn at The Dinney. This converted farmhouse is perfect for an idyllic setting, with jaunts to the nearby market towns. Near to Bridgnorth is the historical town of Shrewsbury which was the birthplace of Charles Darwin. Also nearby is Ironbridge, which is the known as the birthplace of industry, with the world’s first iron bridge. In between these towns are plenty of horse-friendly tracks and country roads leading to green open pastures and woods.
Set within the heart of the New Forest, Granary Mead Cottage offers accommodation for people and horses. With beautiful flower-lined country pathways and lush, open grassland, the New Forest is a treat for both you and your pet. Amongst the green landscapes are traditional pubs and cafes in the village of Burley. If you feel that your horse could do with a day in the stables, head down to the Dorset coast around 30 minutes away in the car for beach fun.