Taylor-made for you & Ole Blue EyesSleep in Elizabeth Taylor's bed...or play in Frank Sinatra's pool
Well-heeled tourists who want to experience the glamour and style of Hollywood can now rent the former homes of some of the biggest stars...including Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra.
Andy Warhol's portrait of Elizabeth Taylor dominates the room
Their swanky holiday villas in Palm Springs, California’s upmarket neighbourhood, have all the star studded extras you would expect and are near to the former homes of other A-list stars including Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin.
Elizabeth Taylor's gated holiday home, which sleeps eight and is available for £360 a night, is set at the foot of the San Jacinto Mountains and has four big bedrooms as well as a large outdoor pool with waterfalls and a spa. Inside are some of the Oscar winning actresses former possessions, including a portrait painted by Andy Warhol and original works of art painted by Taylor herself.
Nearby on the Twin Peaks Estate is the house that was built in 1947 for Frank Sinatra and his first wife Nancy Barbato. This Palm Springs architectural gem features period furnishing and the famous piano-shaped swimming pool.
Frank Sinatra's Twin Palms villa with grand piano shaped pool
This legendary residence hosted some of the Valley's most glamorous parties with Tinsel Town's brightest stars of the day. The home was also witness to some of Sinatra's famous outbursts including the time when he threw then-wife Ava Gardner's possessions onto the driveway after she turned up to catch him with Lana Turner.
We have other stunning villas available in Palm Springs but as their celebrity owners are still very much alive and kicking we’re not allowed to name names!
Non-stop fun at the top stopoversOur favourite stopover airports with five star facilities
If you're planning a long haul holiday and aren't sure which airport to choose for a stopover or change of planes, here are five of our favourites that offer five star facilities and guarantee an exciting time while you wait to complete your journey.
The Enchanted Garden in Terminal 2 at Singapore airport
Singapore: The world's favourite airport is almost a destination in its own right and until March 31 Singapore Airlines passengers get a £20 voucher to spend on lounge access, dining or duty free. At Terminal 1 you'll find the pool (£7.50, with towel provided) and the rooftop cactus garden while at Terminal 2 you can check out the orchid gardens as well as free films and Xbox games at the Entertainment Deck. Terminal 3 has the butterfly garden, another free cinema and the helter-skelter - one ride for every £4.60 spent in the airport. If you have six hours until your connecting flight you can join the free Heritage Tour which departs seven times a day or one of two City Lights Tours.
Hong Kong: Hong Kong International airport is the only airport in the world where you can play a round of golf without leaving the terminal. The Green Live Links at Terminal 2 is a vast computer generated course comprising booths where you can play nine or 18 holes. Also at the same terminal you will find a giant Imax cinema showing the latest blockbuster movies from £11. No visa is required for British passport holders and the Airport Express gets you into Kowloon in 24 minutes for £15 return.
Dubai: Few stopovers offer enough time to head into the city, but this being Dubai, there's a five star hotel airside and it rents out accommodation by the hour. Otherwise two hours in a double Snoozecube - similar to a Japanese capsule hotel - costs £35 and for £24 you can get access to the pool, gym, sauna and steam complex on the top floor. A 45 minute massage at the Timeless Spa, also at the hotel, costs £57.
Abu Dhabi: The airport is near to the city so if you have eight hours to kill go and visit. Grab a free transit visa at immigration and in three hours you can be visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (free) or for £26 be playing a round of golf on the nine hole course at Yas LInks. Otherwise, visit the fascinating Ferrari World Theme Park where the cost is £43 for adults and £35 for children.
Doha: If you have time before your next flight take the Qatar Airways city tour which lasts around two and a half hours and visit the Museum of Islamic Art, the Katara Cultural Village, the Pearl-Qatar and the Souq Waqif and both the tour and the transit visa are free. If you have to stay at the terminal there is the Vitality Wellbeing and Fitness Centre at the airport hotel. For a cost of £85 you can stay at the hotel and use all the facilities including pool, whirlpools, gym, spa and squash courts.
My best holiday everEngland Ashes hero Stuart Broad is bowled over by New Zealand
How often do you travel?
Pretty much for the entire year. I spend around 200 nights a year in hotels when I'm playing both at home and abroad.
What do you need for a perfect holiday?
A beach or pool and plenty of sunshine. Holidays are a time for me to unwind but I may get persuaded to explore the area. I generally go on holiday to countries where cricket isn't a big sport.
Stuart Broad fell in love with New Zealand
My two weeks in Mauritius last September when I was recovering from knee surgery. It was my first proper holiday in nine years and I stayed in a villa on the beach and swam with dolphins.
Most scenic place you have visited
The Queenstown Events Centre in New Zealand. The ground overlooks the Remarkables, which is a stunning mountain range. The Newlands cricket ground in Cape Town, with Table Mountain in the background, is also extraordinary.
The Lone Star restaurant in Barbados. It is right on the beach and you can watch the sunset over the sea while enjoying incredible food.
What do you hate about holidays
Coming home. I love looking forward to them and being there.
Most remote place you have been to
We once toured in Sri Lanka and went to a town called Dambulla, which is about a four hour drive from the capital Colombo. The hotel was in the middle of the jungle and monkeys would open our balcony doors and come in to eat our food.
Best piece of travel advice
Take a lot of sun cream. The England team uses white zinc. And a pack of cards is handy for killing a few hours.
To read the full interview visit www.telegraph.co.uk
Travel GossipThis winter’s best value. Why Melbourne is cool and BA’s new route
Why economy passengers could soon become high flyers
For just a moment we thought it was a joke... In a week when a lobby group asked the US government to set minimum widths for aircraft seats which seem to keep getting narrower the airline industry has come up with yet another ingenious way to cram in more passengers. This time it’s Airbus which has spotted some space above your head and patented a new split-level seating design which would see passengers stacked on top of each other. You have been warned.
New design to pack planes more tightly than cans of sardines
Have a Yen for travel this winter?
The land of the Rising Sun has become the land of the Falling Yen. It has been named the best long haul destination with an exchange rate which has halved since 2013. Bali was found to be the cheapest long haul destination followed by Cape Town both of which have recently lost 15% against the pound. Australia and Malaysia are both cheaper together with Phuket, Hoi An and Seoul. Closer to home the Turkish Lira dropped by 31% making holidays there cheaper while Costa Rica became more expensive during the year.
Fly direct to Lima
British Airways is to start the first non-stop flights from Britain to Peru from May next year. Daytime flights to the capital Lima will depart from Gatwick throughout the summer months on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and from October the service will be reduced to two flights a week. There has been no direct air link to Peru since 1982 when the country showed its support for Argentina during the Falklands War.
Wanted: A chatty hermit!
A Catalan shrine is advertising for a new hermit. In return for board and lodging and a stipend of £730, the successful applicant will spend a year at Our Lady of the Rock, a remote clifftop sanctuary outside Mont-roig del Camp, near Tarragona. Curiously for a hermit post, the winning candidate will require good communication skills and being nice to visitors is one of the job requirements.
Capital of Cool
Melbourne has again been voted the world's most liveable city. Described as Australia's undisputed 'cool kid' the capital of Victoria is recommended for its great restaurants and coffee shops, galleries, independent bookshops and iconic music venues and great sporting opportunities. And with the Great Ocean Road on its doorstep you don't have to spend all your time in the city.
Give up the cigarettes in style
Quit smoking in style at a luxury retreat near Marbella. The Healthouse Las Dunas is offering an anti tobacco programme which includes sessions with acupuncturists, dietary consultants, blood analysis and oxygen therapy. In addition, you can enjoy a sauna, Turkish steam-bath, snow cabin, salt cabin and hydrotherapy pools. You’ll need to cough up £2060 for seven days, the equivalent of 228 packets of fags. But after that you’re quids in.
Terror risk warning
The Foreign Office has warned tourists of a heightened terror threat in Morocco. The Government has updated its advice for British travellers after local authorities indicated an increased threat from Moroccans sympathising with or having links to international terrorist groups in Syria, Iraq and Libya. Although the majority of tourist visits are trouble free, the Foreign Office say visitors should be vigilant at all times.
Dishing dirt on plane germs
Germophobes take heed...the dirtiest part of a plane is right under your nose. While most people assume that the lavatory is the grubbiest spot on an aircraft, a new study has suggested that it could be the humble tray table. Microbiologists boarded four flights to evaluate the number of germs lurking of surfaces that can make people ill and found that the tray table contained far more harmful bacteria than the flush button in the loo.
The ban on term time holidays has caused a drop in business for two thirds of tourist firms in the West Country including holiday cottages, visitor attractions and b&bs. One in five businesses stated in a recent report that the 'Gove effect' has decreased their turnover over the past two years by more than 30 per cent. Families that take term time breaks can be fined up to £60 a day and face prosecution, a £2,500 fine and three months in prison if they don't pay up. But at least Cornwall has the Poldark effect to keep it going!
Mountain to climb
Experienced trekkers and tour operators who want to return to Mount Everest in Nepal have criticised the British Government for continuing to warn against travel to the region after April's devastating earthquake. They say that tourism is the lifeblood of the country and if the advice is not lifted travellers will be prevented from getting insurance.
Quirkiest hotel of the monthA cool escape at the brrr-illiant Ice Hotel, Sweden
Previous room designs have included this watchful polar bear
Set to open on 11th December, this year’s instalment of the magnificent Ice Hotel is set to be bigger and better than ever before. Set 120 miles into the Arctic Circle, this winter wonderland is created every year from 5000 tonnes of snow and ice from the nearby Torne River- that’s the equivalent of 700 million snowballs!
Latest plans reveal that this year’s rendition will feature 19 individually themed rooms as well as an ice bar for a cool evening cocktail. The suites have been chosen from 130 artist submissions and include ‘Elephant in the room’ by sculptor Anna Sofia Maa. The talented artist is no stranger to the Icehotel, having also created a unicorn for the main hall in 2014. Her new design will feature a 3 metre tall African elephant overlooking the ice-framed bed.
Book a 3 night package which includes a magical night in a Snow Room as well as a further 2 nights in warm hotel chalet accommodation on a BB basis from £619pp including flights and transfers. Valid for deps 3 Jan- 28 Mar 2016.
To make your stay even more magical, we can organise dog sledding adventures (£120pp), Northern Lights snowmobile tours (£158pp) and reindeer encounters (160pp).
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