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Want to avoid holiday hell? Then spend a little more on your car hire

It's a headline from the Times but we could have written it ourselves. For years we've been advising customers not to buy the cheapest car rental and now the Times newspaper agrees.

We receive more complaints about car rental than anything else and in an article James Coney explains why it's worth paying a little extra to avoid what he calls 'travel torture.'

He says he's given up on budget rentals as there is no surer way to get a family holiday off to a bad start than queuing up with hundreds of other people in a car hire queue. Watch out too, he says, if your airline trumpets a partnership with a particular rental company as there is a good chance many people on your flight will have booked with the same company and this will guarantee a queue.

He now tends to stick with bigger firms, often signing up for loyalty programmes which allow members to join an express lane. He says the cost is a little bit more, say £100 for a standard mid size saloon on a fortnight's rental, but reckons that's a small price to pay in case something goes wrong.

In a recent survey consumer champion Which? said that 50% of people reported problems with Interrent and 42% with Goldcar, which has been mired in customer service issues with complaints about filthy vehicles, mystery charges and stand-offs over additional fees. Both are owned by Europcar.

But even the best known car firms are not immune from complaints. Rental staff are expected to top up low wages with commission so you should always expect a hard sell on upgrades and extras.

Although we include CDW with all rentals the excess is often increased, sometimes to as much as $1000, simply to push you into taking top up insurance which can add up to £150 to your bill

Our travel managers can reduce this excess liability completely for just a few pounds a day!

Want to avoid holiday hell? Then spend a little more on your car hire

It's a headline from the Times but we could have written it ourselves. For years we've been advising customers not to buy the cheapest car rental and now the Times newspaper agrees.

We receive more complaints about car rental than anything else and in an article James Coney explains why it's worth paying a little extra to avoid what he calls 'travel torture.'

He says he's given up on budget rentals as there is no surer way to get a family holiday off to a bad start than queuing up with hundreds of other people in a car hire queue. Watch out too, he says, if your airline trumpets a partnership with a particular rental company as there is a good chance many people on your flight will have booked with the same company and this will guarantee a queue.

He now tends to stick with bigger firms, often signing up for loyalty programmes which allow members to join an express lane. He says the cost is a little bit more, say £100 for a standard mid size saloon on a fortnight's rental, but reckons that's a small price to pay in case something goes wrong.

In a recent survey consumer champion Which? said that 50% of people reported problems with Interrent and 42% with Goldcar, which has been mired in customer service issues with complaints about filthy vehicles, mystery charges and stand-offs over additional fees. Both are owned by Europcar.

But even the best known car firms are not immune from complaints. Rental staff are expected to top up low wages with commission so you should always expect a hard sell on upgrades and extras.

Although we include CDW with all rentals the excess is often increased, sometimes to as much as $1000, simply to push you into taking top up insurance which can add up to £150 to your bill

Our travel managers can reduce this excess liability completely for just a few pounds a day!

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  • Save £250pp on a comprehensive tour of New Zealand
  • Save 10% on a wonderful winter combo of Montreal and Tremblant
  • Save 40% at the brand new Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
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12 things you didn't know last month

  1. 1. Good deals as Sri Lanka is back in business

    With Sri Lanka back on the travel map after a two month hiatus, travel companies have been cutting rates to persuade tourists to return. Sri Lankan Airlines is offering amazing fares to the capital Colombo. Vivanta By Taj Bentota are offering great value stays with savings of £500 on a 7 night stay at the luxury beach resort. The country is no longer off limits, but the Foreign Office urges visitors to be vigilant and expect delays at airports.
  2. 2. Fury at Eurostar booze crackdown

    Angry holidaymakers have hit out at Eurostar's decision to ban them from bringing spirits on board as part of a crackdown on alcohol. Under new luggage rules, each passenger is restricted to a maximum of one bottle of wine or four bottles or cans of beer. This applies even to gifts or if the passenger doesn't drink the alcohol on the journey. Spirits have been banned despite being sold in small bottles on the train. Passengers wanting to take extra alcohol with them will have to pay £30 to use the EuroDespatch service, which might be carried on a later train. Previously passengers could bring up to 12 bottles or cans of beer, or six bottles of wine, or three bottles of spirits.
  3. 3. Qatar Airways is back on top

    Qatar Airways has scooped the top prize at the annual World Airline Awards, dubbed the Oscars of the aviation industry, regaining a title it last held in 2017. The Middle Eastern carrier pipped Singapore Airlines, last year's winner, to the gong, with Japan's All Nippon Airways third. Only one European airline, Lufthansa, made the top 10, while the top rated North American carrier was Air Canada, in 31st place. There was good news for British carriers, however, Virgin Atlantic, after a poor showing last year, leapt eight places to 21st, while the Champagne corks will be popping at British Airways HQ - its position has risen from 31st in 2018 to 19th this year.
  4. 4. Cruising is getting cool

    Tattoo parlours, peloton classes and DJ sets from Mark Ronson do not make for your stereotypical cruise holiday. But these are just a small selection of the millennial-focused activities cruise lines now offer. Younger generations are showing the highest level of interest in ocean cruises, according to Mintel, the London-based market research company. Of those interested in taking one in the next five years, 38 per cent were aged 16 to 34, 28 per cent were 35 to 54 and only 28 per cent were over 55. Cruises are becoming more popular in general, too. The number of sea cruises taken by UK and Ireland passengers hit two million for the first time last year.
  5. 5. Spanish crackdown on scooters

    Benidorm is to ban scooters and Segways from pavements as part of a country-wide clampdown on "uncivic tourism" with Barcelona and Madrid announcing similar measures. Benidorm police also raided souvenir stalls selling chocolate genitalia and other raunchy tourist favourites. "Ban scooters and boozy parties and Benidorm will just become a ghost town", warned one British visitor.
  6. 6. Sleeping passenger left in the dark

    An air passenger who fell asleep on a flight woke up a few hours after landing to find herself alone and in the dark on an empty plane. Tiffani Adams had been on a 90 minute flight and awoke in a 'cold and dark' place after all the passengers and crew had disembarked. Her phone had died and she couldn't charge it because all power had been switched off. Miss Adams made SOS signals by shining a torch out of a window but when nobody saw them she unbolted a cabin door and waved to ground crew who rescued her. A spokesman for Air Canada, who operated the flight between Quebec and Toronto, said the airline was reviewing the matter.
  7. 7. Posh drinks with prices to match

    If you can't resist raiding your hotel minibar, steer clear of London's five star establishments. A comprehensive survey by Telegraph Travel of prices at 84 properties has revealed some staggering mark-ups. The most expensive G&T - priced at £23 - was found at 45 Park Lane. That's around the same as a one litre bottle of Gordons costs on the high street. The Marriott County Hall Hotel has the priciest minibar lager, at £12. The most expensive room service club sandwich comes courtesy of The Churchill, where lovers of the chicken, bacon and egg creation will need to fork out £31, including £5 for delivery.
  8. 8. Our passport slips in world rankings

    The British passport has slipped further down the ranking of the world's most powerful travel documents, according to the latest analysis. Japan and Singapore sit at the top of the table curated by citizenship and planning firm Henley and Partners, with holders of their passports enjoying visa free access to more countries in the world than any other - 189 out of a possible 218. South Korea slipped to third, alongside Finland and Germany. The UK, which topped the rankings in 2015, is now in 16th place, valid in 183 destinations and tied with six others, including the US and Belgium.
  9. 9. Joe has a go at ice cream chancers

    The owner of a trendy ice cream van in Los Angeles has vowed to charge social media influencers double after growing irritated with requests for free treats in exchange for a favourable Instagram post. Joe Nicchi, owner of CVT Soft Serve, told those who make a living advertising products and places on social media that they are gross. "We truly don't care if you're an influencer or how many followers you have", he said in an Instagram post. "We will never give you a free ice cream in return for a post on your social media page. It's literally a four dollar item... well now it's eight for you."
  10. 10. Now its the Taj on a timer

    Strict entry times and a three hour stay limit have been imposed on visits to India's famous Taj Mahal. Those who outstay their welcome or miss their slot will have to buy another £11.30 ticket. The Archaeological Survey of India, which administers the white marble monument in Agra, said that with up to 50,000 visitors a day it had no choice.
  11. 11. Worst airlines for UK flight delays revealed

    Vueling Airlines has been named as the worst airline for delayed flights when leaving the UK. On average, the Spanish carrier's UK departures took off 31 minutes late in 2018 - the longest time out of 43 airlines investigated. They were closely followed by Thomas Cook Airlines, which had the second worst performance, with flights typically taking off around 24 minutes later than scheduled. Wizz Air scored third place with 23 minutes delay, while both Norwegian Air UK and Eurowings had an average of 22 minutes.
  12. 12. 'New' name for Ryanair 737 Max

    A Boeing 737 Max due to be delivered to Ryanair has had the model's name changed on the livery, further fuelling speculation that the manufacturer and airlines will seek to rebrand the troubled plane. Photos have emerged of a repainted 737 Max in Ryanair colours outside Boeing's manufacturing hub, with the name 737 Max replaced by 737-8200 on the nose.

This month's 31 top offers

  1. Save 15% at the luxury 5* Elounda Beach Crete

    The five-star Elounda Beach is a sprawling luxury resort situated on the north-east coast of Crete on a beautiful stretch of white-sand beach, not far from Heraklion International Airport and the main port at AG Nikolaos for ferries around the Cyclades islands and to the port of Athens. With its variety of amenities and services on offer here, the hotel caters for every type of holiday, whether you want a family break with entertainment for the children or privacy for a couples' retreat. Save 15% with our 7 night offer including flight from £909pp. Valid 01/10/19 - 14/10/19.
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  2. Save 10% on a sensational stay in a 19th century manor house at Six Senses Douro Valley

    The Six Senses Douro Valley presents a fairytale escape come to life in a magical 19th-century manor house, set high on a hill overlooking the vine covered rolling hills of the valley. Serene, romantic and intimate throughout, you can enjoy unique experiences in the Six Senses Spa and the Wine Library & Terrace, with glorious views from the outdoor pool and fresh local cuisine to top it all off. Save 10% with our 3 night offer including breakfast, transfers and flights from £835pp. Valid for deps 13/10/19 - 31/10/19.
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  3. Receive £175 room credit with a regal stay at Raffles Singapore

    Raffles Singapore is one of the few remaining great 19th century hotels in the world. Its distinctive architecture is perfectly preserved, giving the legendary hotel an intoxicating blend of luxury, history and classic colonial design. Be one of the first to experience the restored Raffles in 2019, featuring the return of Long Bar, home of the Singapore Sling as well as new social spaces, restaurants and bars helmed by celebrity chefs. There's also a variety of lifestyle experiences including a revitalised shopping arcade and new Raffles Spa. Receive £175 room credit with our 3 night offer with breakfast and British Airways flights included from £1225pp. Valid 01/11/19 - 30/11/19.
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  4. Save £250pp on a comprehensive tour of New Zealand

    Take a drive through vibrant New Zealand and behold its amazing natural beauty with this comprehensive 21 day self drive tour. Drive yourself around the best of both islands stopping at wonderful spots like the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Dunedin and the spectacular Milford Sound. You'll also see the best of city life in Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown as you experience everything the country has to offer. Save £250pp with our offer including 4* accommodation, car hire and flights with Singapore Airlines. Valid 01/03/20 - 31/03/20.
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  5. Save 10% on a wonderful winter combo of Montreal and Tremblant

    To visit the wonderful Canadian city of Montreal is an experience in itself, and on this short tour you get to explore the best that this vibrant metropolis has to offer, plus the winter offerings of the resort town of Tremblant. You'll begin in Montreal, with plenty of time to take in the city's attractions, and several optional excursions, before transferring to Tremblant for three days of skiing, snowboarding, dogsledding and snowshoeing for the perfect twin package. Save 10% with our 7 night offer inclusive off transfers and flights with Air Canada from £999pp. Valid 20/02/20 - 27/03/20.
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  6. Save 40% at the brand new Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

    Escape to the pure shores of the Maldives and be one of the first to experience the opulence of the brand new Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. Nestled among white sands, crystal blue waters and tropical green nature, this indulgent resort boasts 11 celebrated dining venues and world class spa and wellness facilities too. You'll also enjoy pure privacy in your Reef Villa with a private pool. Save 40% with our 7 night offer including FREE half board and complimentary yacht transfers. Flights with Emirates from £1125pp. Valid 07/05/20 - 14/07/20.
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    Our latest holiday offers with flights and hotels

    New York

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    1 FREE night

    A luxury hotel surrounded by Manhattan's finest attractions
    3 nights from £615pp
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    The Beekman - A Thompson Hotel

    The Beekman - A Thompson Hotel

    offer 1 FREE night 3 nights from £615pp (including flights) 0 days from £615pp

    Located within the centre of Lower Manhattan's thriving New Downtown, and nestled between both the East and Hudson Rivers, The Beekman is surrounded by some of Manhattan's most cherished attractions, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the World Trade Center, South Street Seaport and City Hall. This top class hotel also boasts a great restaurant and makes the perfect base for exploring the Big Apple.

    Valid from 01/01/2020 until 08/03/2020

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    Sri Lanka

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    2 FREE nights

    Delightfully located by one of the finest beaches of Sri Lanka
    7 nights from £909pp
    0 days from £909pp
    Vivanta By Taj Bentota

    Vivanta By Taj Bentota

    offer 2 FREE nights 7 nights from £909pp (including flights) 0 days from £909pp

    Vivanta by Taj - Bentota, is delightfully located along one of the finest beaches on the South West coast of Sri Lanka and is riding on a fresh new wave. It remains one of the best resorts in Sri Lanka, blending with the Indian Ocean, and it's a place where the fun never stops for all the family. Nearby are exotic temples, turtle hatcheries and lots of places of interest if you ever tire of relaxing in the tropical sunshine.

    Valid from 08/09/2019 until 30/09/2019

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    Barbados

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    Make the House your home from home with a memorable stay
    7 nights from £1,715pp
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    The House Barbados

    The House Barbados

    offer Save 50% 7 nights from £1,715pp (including flights) 0 days from £1,715pp

    A haven of privacy and serenity on the west coast of Barbados, this intimate hotel blends chic design and minimalism with the essence of the Caribbean. You'll stay on a B&B basis at The House, which is located on a pristine stretch of white sand beach and is unsurpassed in terms of luxury and service, as every guest has a personal ambassador. This adults-only relaxing refuge is sophisticated yet informal and not far from the island's capital Bridgetown.

    Valid from 23/08/2019 until 11/10/2019

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    Las Vegas

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    Stay at the Park MGM- a stylish hotel on the Vegas Strip
    5 nights from £549pp
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    Christmas in Las Vegas

    Christmas in Las Vegas

    offer Save 10% 5 nights from £549pp (including flights) 0 days from £549pp

    With a design inspired by urban parks and gardens, Park MGM Las Vegas is one of the newest hotels to arrive on the famous Strip. As you'd expect from a Vegas hotel, entertainment is easy to find here, with the intimate Park Theater attracting big and exciting acts to the hotel. There's a bar and restaurant for everyone from the Moneyline Sports Bar to the Juniper Cocktail Lounge and even an American pub experience at Double Barrel Roadhouse. Relax in a private cabana or beside one of three pools if you need to escape the Las Vegas lights for an afternoon.

    Valid from 01/12/2019 until 11/12/2019

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    Costa Rica

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    Prepare to be amazed and embark on an exciting trip
    7 nights from £1,485pp
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    Costa Rica Highlights

    Costa Rica Highlights

    offer Save £100pp 7 nights from £1,485pp (including flights) 0 days from £1,485pp

    Prepare to be amazed and embark on an exciting trip around the Costa Rica's highlights. Staying in 4* accommodation throughout, you'll see Tortuguero National Park for your first chance to spot colourful wildlife, before you're amazed by the captivating Arenal Volcano and the incredible Monteverde Cloud Forest. After discovering the main highlights, why not extend your stay to include 7 nights on the beach?

    Valid from 01/10/2019 until 08/12/2019

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    Mauritius

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    Escape to Lux Belle Mare for a stylish Indian Ocean holiday
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    5* LUX* Belle Mare

    5* LUX* Belle Mare

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    The Kelly Hoppen-designed LUX* Belle Mare provides every luxury to help you unwind. At this wonderfully stylish hotel you'll be surrounded by white sandy beach and the tropical greenery of Mauritius whether relaxing in your beautifully appointed accommodation, lazing in the sunshine or enjoying the huge choice of activities.

    Valid from 01/09/2019 until 30/09/2019

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    Fiji

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    Discover what makes Fijians the happiest people on Earth
    14 nights from £3,625pp
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    Discover Fiji and cruise the islands

    Discover Fiji and cruise the islands

    offer 25% discount 14 nights from £3,625pp (including flights) 0 days from £3,625pp

    Discover what makes Fijians the happiest people on Earth with this 2 week trip including mainland, cruising and island stays as you immerse yourself in the local culture and explore idyllic islands. Enjoy a stay at 5* Sheraton Fiji Resort before departing on a comprehensive 7 night Blue Lagoon cruise where you'll learn the culture of village life on Fiji. You'll relax on private beaches and cool off in stunning lagoons along the way and have the opportunity to swim with reef sharks and dive at colourful reefs too. After an incredible week at sea, return to dry land for a rejuvenating stay at the adults-only Tropica Island resort.Primed for relaxation in privacy you'll benefit from idyllic views and excellent service

    Valid from 01/03/2020 until 31/03/2020

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    New Zealand

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    Embark on a 15 day self-drive tour & enjoy the scenic beauty
    14 nights from £3,075pp
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    New Zealand Splendour

    New Zealand Splendour

    offer Save £250pp 14 nights from £3,075pp (including flights) 0 days from £3,075pp

    Embark on this 15 day self-drive tour and enjoy the scenic beauty of New Zealand in all its splendour, ticking off the highlights of the North and South Islands as you go. Beginning in vibrant Auckland, you'll venture the stunning Coromandel Peninsula and captivating Tongariro National Park in the North, before sailing to the South Island. Here, you'll take in the Glacier Region and Queenstown before you witness the pinnacle of natural beauty at Milfourd Sound.

    Valid from 01/11/2019 until 10/12/2019

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    Ibiza

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    A luxury seafront retreat nestled in a pine forest
    3 nights from £415pp
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    7Pines Ibiza

    7Pines Ibiza

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    Be one of the first to behold the spectacular views and private setting of the Seven Pines Resort, Ibiza's newest seafront gem. An all-encompassing resort, there's a bespoke experience for everyone here with everything from a blissful infinity pool to a Pershing yacht for charter for the very best experiences on the island.

    Valid from 29/09/2019 until 28/10/2019

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    British Columbia

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    Take the road less travelled and see Canada's beauty
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    Prairies to the Pacific

    Prairies to the Pacific

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    Take the road less travelled and see Canada's beauty

    Valid from 01/09/2019 until 25/09/2019

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    Mexico

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    Relaxed luxury and wellness in the Riviera Maya
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    Adults-Only Unico 20º87º

    Adults-Only Unico 20º87º

    offer Save £400pp 7 nights from £1,369pp (including flights) 0 days from £1,369pp

    Set on the stunning white sand beaches of Riviera Maya, the adult only 5* Unico 20°87° hotel offers ultimate relaxation. You will find the local culture carefully woven into the diverse dining options and enticing cocktail mixology programme, which is just part of the incredible allinclusive package, alongside three unique pools, spa treatments, pool and beachside service, a good selection of land and water sports plus daily entertainment events. There really isn’t much more you could ask for. Transfers & flights with British Airways are included.

    Valid from 01/09/2019 until 30/09/2019

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    Tahiti

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    Discover pure Tahitian nature with this spectacular tour
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    Pure Tahiti Tour

    Pure Tahiti Tour

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    Disconnect from the stresses of everyday life and connect with nature at its purest. After a night on the main island, you'll ferry over to Moorea where you'll find crystal clear lagoons, white sand beaches and a tropical wonderland with a stay at Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort. Here you can take the opportunity to a get a better view from above or below, with a zipline over pineapple fields or a special underwater helmet dive. Finally, a stay in Le Tahaa Resort & Spa, a peaceful Polynesian retreat where you can snorkel in the surrounding coral gardens straight from your overwater suite and discover the culture from the locals.

    Valid from 01/02/2020 until 31/03/2020

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    Crete

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    Relish sunny Crete from this luxury beachside hotel
    7 nights from £615pp
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    Elounda Bay Palace

    Elounda Bay Palace

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    Set right on the beach at Mirabello Bay, on Crete's north-east coast, amid 20 acres of lush gardens, the Elounda Bay Palace is a perfect choice if you're looking for a beach holiday which combines a beautiful location with plenty of activities for all the family. Here you can choose from a wide range of watersports and other activities, enjoy great food and luxurious accommodation and take in the gorgeous panoramic views of the island. And there is also a superb modern spa where you can enjoy a huge range of treatments.

    Valid from 01/10/2019 until 14/10/2019

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    The Seychelles

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    Experience the spectacular views of the Indian Ocean
    7 nights from £2,575pp
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    Luxury at Banyan Tree Seychelles

    Luxury at Banyan Tree Seychelles

    offer Save 30% 7 nights from £2,575pp (including flights) 0 days from £2,575pp

    With spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, Banyan Tree Seychelles is set on Intendance Bay on the southwestern coast of Mahe, one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Surrounded by swaying palms and lush tropical forest, this five-star resort provides a taste of paradise just 45 minutes' drive from Victoria. The architecture combines contemporary, colonial and plantation styles for a truly exotic Seychellois experience.

    Valid from 01/09/2019 until 30/09/2019

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    Corfu

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    A sensational adults-only beachfront hotel on the unspoilt east coast of Corfu
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    5* Domes Miramare Corfu

    5* Domes Miramare Corfu

    offer Save 15% 5 nights from £699pp (including flights) 0 days from £699pp

    Contemporary throughout, the 5* Domes Miramare brings opulence, sophistication and elegance to the Corfiot beachfront. With a celebrated and star-studded history, this boutique hotel offers cuisine to match from the Makris restaurant serving classic Greek cuisine. There's also a rooftop bar, a private stretch of beach and three freshwater pools to give you a choice of where to soak up the sun.

    Valid from 27/09/2019 until 14/10/2019

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    Calgary

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    A luxury basecamp in the North Rockies
    3 nights from £865pp
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    Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

    Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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    Situated in Alberta's magnificent Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iconic Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge resort invites you to experience our Great Canadian Lodge, surrounded by nature and abundant wildlife.

    Valid from 14/10/2019 until 31/10/2019

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    Sri Lanka

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    A wonderful tour combining history, nature and beach
    8 nights from £1,795pp
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    Touch of Sri Lanka Tour

    Touch of Sri Lanka Tour

    offer Save 10% 8 nights from £1,795pp (including flights) 0 days from £1,795pp

    This comprehensive tour of Sri Lanka takes in so many of the country's historic and natural highlights as well as giving you time to relax at a luxurious beach resort. Beginning in the colourful hill capital of Kandy, with its beautiful royal botanical gardens and famous Temple of the Tooth, you travel to Habarana stopping at the Dambulla cave temples and the Matale Spice Garden and at Sigiriya, where you find the stunning Lion Rock fortress. Then enjoy a relaxing beach break before ending the tour in the capital city Colombo.

    Valid from 08/09/2019 until 30/09/2019

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    The Maldives

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    Cool and luxurious with the world's first underwater nightclub
    7 nights from £2,949pp
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    Super sleek Niyama Maldives

    Super sleek Niyama Maldives

    offer Save 40% 7 nights from £2,949pp (including flights) 0 days from £2,949pp

    For the most glamorous and intimate of stays, the Niyama Private Islands Maldives are the perfect choice for the luxury of choice and one-of-a-kind experiences. Frolic in the treetops, wander into the infinite horizon and bask in the everpresent sun on soft sands as the days melt away into pure bliss. You can tailor your stay to be as active or as peaceful as you desire, so you'll also return having found your island niche.

    Valid from 01/09/2019 until 30/09/2019

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    Malaysia

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    A sanctuary of traditional luxury & a genuine taste of Malaysia
    5 nights from £925pp
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    5* Tanjong Jara

    5* Tanjong Jara

    offer Save 25% 5 nights from £925pp (including flights) 0 days from £925pp

    Peacefully perched before a crescent-shaped beach of golden sand, the Tanjong Jara Resort welcomes its guests to a sanctuary of traditional luxury and a genuine taste of Malaysia. Offering impeccable service throughout, this 5* retreat gives guests the opportunity to completely escape their daily lives and completely rejuvenate - mind, body and soul.

    Valid from 01/11/2019 until 30/11/2019

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    Australia

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    Desert landscapes, cosmopolitan cities & the Great Barrier Reef
    13 nights from £3,995pp
    0 days from £3,995pp
    Highlights of Australia

    Highlights of Australia

    offer Save £300pp 13 nights from £3,995pp (including flights) 0 days from £3,995pp

    For a more comprehensive tour of Australia, you can't beat this escorted Highlights of Australia Tour. Diverse red desert landscapes, cosmopolitan cities and the clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef make this holiday one that ticks all the boxes.

    Valid from 13/10/2019 until 30/11/2019

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    Singapore & Thailand

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    Combine Singapore and Thailand for a double-dose of 5* luxury
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    Shangri La Singapore & Nai Harn Phuket

    Shangri La Singapore & Nai Harn Phuket

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    For the perfect blend of culture, cuisine, nature and adventure choose this 4 night stay at Shangri La Singapore. You'll have the best of the country at your fingertips from breathtaking architecture and landmarks to lush greenery and gardens. There's something for everyone here with new experiences every day. We also include a week of relaxation at the Nai Harn, Phuket so you can unwind before you return.

    Valid from 11/08/2019 until 20/10/2019

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    My Favourite Holiday

    Andrew has travelled every year since he was 14...

    Former cricket star and Top Gear presenter Andrew Flintoff loves travel and one day hopes to become a rocket man

    How often do you travel? I have travelled every year since I was 14 for my cricketing career. My first trip abroad was to Argentina for the Preston and Blackpool School's under 19 cricket trip. Then, when I was 15, I went to South Africa for a month. We played in Cape Town, Bloemfontein and the strangely named city of East London during a month long tour. I used to love playing in Zimbabwe - the people were brilliant and we'd go fishing in dams, which I always enjoyed.

    What's your best travel experience? The best thing I've done since retiring from cricket was a show for the Discovery Channel called Alone in the Wild. I got dropped off in the Okavango Delta, and spent a week camping alongside elephants and giraffes. Filming Freddie Flintoff Goes Wild was pretty cool too. One time I traipsed through Tanzania with the Maasai in pursuit of the wildebeest migration, and another time I spent a week living with indigenous people in the remote wilderness of Arnhem Land in Australia. As life experiences go, you can't get much better than that.

    What do you like to do on holiday? I have the skin of a Ginger so you'll never find me flopped out on a sun lounger. On family holidays I want a gym so I can train, and a pool to keep the kids entertained. It always takes a while for me to switch off. The first week I'm usually a bit edgy, but in the second week I really chill out.

    Do you make friends on holidays? I'd rather not, thanks very much. When the kids meet people and their parents want to do something together, I'm always on high alert. I simply don't understand these people who have 'holiday friends' and see them once a year. If you like them that much then why not see them all year round? Nor do I want to bump into anyone I know.

    Do you ever fancy going Glamping? I will never do it, that much is certain. I've slept in jungles and on African plains but the thought of pitching up on a campsite where you are 5ft away from another family and have to share a shower block doesn't appeal at all. I wouldn't mind a bit of wild camping in Scotland though.

    What gear do you travel with? I'm pretty clued up on my sun creams as I burn so easily and I've found that Riemann P20 does the job pretty well. Whenever I go away I always have a pair of Nike Air Max trainers with me. They're comfortable, classic and long lasting. And I always use Jacamo luggage.

    Do you enjoy a spot of luxury? Jamie Redknapp won't settle for anything less than luxury when we're filming A League of Their Own. While we get to stay in beautiful places, such as the Hotel Hermitage in Monaco, I have to admit I do sometimes feel like a fish out of water. Monaco was not my cup of tea - food and drink were just so expensive there. Jamie and I have another road trip in the pipeline but the producers have yet to tell us where.

    How would you fancy space travel? A the moment it looks a little pricey. but catching a rocket out to the stratosphere is on my to-do list. In the meantime I'd like to visit the Poles and to scope out more of South Africa and South America.

    Source: The Telegraph

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