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November 16, 2018

Solo Trips to Embrace or Escape Christmas

Singles holiday company Friendship Travel says it’s not too late for single travellers to find a sociable Christmas break, with options for embracing, or escaping the festivities.

In the UK, a three-night stay at the four-star Crowne Plaza Hotel in West Drayton – easy to reach by road or rail – is £595 for a package starting on 24 December that includes sole occupancy of a double room (with free WiFi, coffee machine and fridge); dinner with wine on Christmas Eve followed by dancing; breakfast on Christmas Day morning, a celebratory glass of Prosecco before turkey and all the trimmings for lunch, and a light  buffet dinner; breakfast on Boxing Day and a formal black-tie dinner dance on Boxing Day night. Guests depart after breakfast on 27 December.

The entire stay is Hosted by Friendship Travel, balancing sociable activities like a quiz and walking in nearby Colney Valley Park, with ‘me time’ including complimentary use of the hotel’s large indoor pool and health club.

Alternatively, single travellers can escape to Morocco, and the four-star Iberostar Founty Beach Hotel right on the beach at Agadir. Flying from Gatwick on 22 December the package costs from £1537 and includes flights, transfers, seven nights in a garden view room, and the hotel’s excellent All-inclusive programme (all meals, snacks, teas, coffees, soft and alcoholic drinks) with day and evening entertainment.

All evening meals are enjoyed around one large table, and the whole week is Hosted by a member of Friendship Travel’s team. The recently-renovated hotel has a huge freeform pool, atrium-style lobby and stylish bars feature, along with Moroccan dishes and show-cooking station in the restaurant, which adds variety to the all-inclusive board basis.

Friendship Travel, 0289 446 2211,

Availability and prices correct at date of issue.


November 16, 2018

More villas with private pools in Croatia with Vintage Travel

Making its debut in Croatia in 2019 with villa specialist, Vintage Travel, is Luciana, a former stone building in the village of Mihanici, now transformed into a stunning holiday cottage with a private pool overlooking the Konavle Valley.

Bang-up-to-date facilities have been carefully combined with original features such as stone walls, wooden shutters and beams to create a welcoming property sleeping four.  It has an open-plan living area and two en suite bedrooms and ancient stone steps lead up to the entrance terrace which runs the entire length of the property.  In its grounds, in addition to a private pool, there is a covered dining area with an in-built barbeque/wood oven.

Nearby is the coastal village of Ljuta (seven kms) and, slightly further afield, is the beautiful town of Cavtat (12 kms).  A seven-night holiday in 2019 starts at £612, rising to £1628 in peak season.

Also new for 2019 is Nona Marija, a charming property set in idyllic countryside on the edge of the hamlet of Radici, a wonderfully relaxing spot for a holiday.  The villa sleeps six in three bedrooms (with three bathrooms) and is set in spacious grounds with a private swimming pool, covered and open terraces, table tennis and a built-in barbeque.  There is also an olive grove and a vegetable garden.

Nearby are the hamlets of Sveti Lovrec and Vosteni and further afield (17 kms) is coastal Porec, with its superb choice of restaurants.  A seven-night holiday in 2019 starts at £668, rising to £2650 in peak season.

Flights and car hire can be arranged by Vintage Travel on request.

01954 261431,

November 16, 2018

Twixmas getaways in Jersey from £299 per person for three nights…

For those in need of ‘respite’ between Christmas and New Year, help is on hand at the Mayfair Hotel in Jersey.

This three-star hotel is highlighting its three-night Twixmas breaks, an ideal opportunity to re-charge batteries, relax, enjoy beautiful coastal walks or, perhaps, a spot of shopping in St Helier, with its fantastic choice of shops and boutiques.

Guests can also ‘get back into shape’ after any Christmas over indulgences in the hotel’s health club with its indoor swimming pool and fully-equipped gym.

Twin share prices start from just £299 per person inclusive of return flights from Gatwick or Liverpool, one-item of checked in luggage, transfers and half-board accommodation with full English breakfasts and four-course evening meals.

Flights are available from other regional airports, supplements may apply.

01534 735511,


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November 16, 2018

Christmas and New Year skiing savings with Zenith Holidays

For those who fancy spending Christmas or New Year on the slopes and bag a bargain to boot, specialist operator, Zenith Holidays, is highlighting savings of up to 30% on a range of catered chalets in the French Alps.

In the lively resort of Alpe d’Huez, seven nights from 22 December in Chalet Pregentil – a traditional, friendly alpine property – now costs £523 (saving 30%).  This twin share price includes airport transfers and chalet board accommodation comprising of buffet breakfasts with hot options, afternoon tea and three-course evening meals with wine on five evenings.

Or, at Chalet Clautre at Montgenevre – one of the oldest resorts in France – a week from 22 December is now priced at £505 per person (saving 20%).  This twin share price includes airport transfers and chalet board accommodation (as above). This typical alpine chalet has an open-plan living area with wood-burning stoves, plus a new ski/boot room with a heated rack.  It enjoys a ski in/out location and is 50metres from the Chalmettes chair lift.

As a bonus, guests can also take advantage of Zenith’s Christmas lift pass offer; book a six-day pass for £246 per person and get a second for just £50.

Offers at New Year include savings of 15% at Chalet Maya, situated just 100 metres from the ski lift and close to the centre of the resort of Alpe d’Huez This means a week’s holiday from 29 December now costs £620 per person (based on two sharing) inclusive of airport transfers and chalet board accommodation (as above).   The chalet enjoys excellent access for the nearby Telecentre ski lift which leads directly to the foot of the main lifts.

Zenith can organise lift passes, tuition and equipment hire and is happy to advise on flight options.

0203 137 7678,

November 16, 2018

Exciting new properties in the 2019 brochure from Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire

Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire has launched its 2019 brochure showcasing a wealth of new properties including Waterwynch House, a magnificent and historic beach house overlooking Waterwynch Bay near the walled seaside town of Tenby.

This superb property, which sleeps 28 people in 11 en suite bedrooms, is set in 10 acres of beautiful gardens and has its own private beach.  Highlights include five elegant reception rooms, a billiard room, a fully-equipped music room, an arts and crafts studio, a fitness room and a therapy studio. It also has two state-of-the-art kitchens, beach facing terraces, a wedding licence and a boat slipway.  A week in 2019 is priced from £5995, rising to £13,950 in peak season.  Short breaks are also available.

Commented chief executive officer, Matthew Evans: “We are delighted with our new product range for 2019.  Without doubt the way people are holidaying in the UK is changing dramatically every year.  Our concierge team have transformed the customer experience in the self-catering industry over the past few years and our Coastal Treats programme for companies to reward staff, albeit a new product, has seen a tremendous take up.”

“We are all excited for the 2019 season and, after such an incredible summer this year, early booking is essential, particularly for special properties such as Waterwynch House.”

Also making its debut is Hafod y Coed Lodge, a stunning new property set on a five-acre small holding surrounded by rolling countryside near the exclusive market town of Narberth.  It sleeps four in two en suite bedrooms – both with French doors leading to the terrace and garden – and is furnished in a contemporary style with underfloor heating throughout.  Lots of beaches are close by including Amroth, Saundersfoot and Tenby.  A week’s holiday in 2019 starts at £450, rising to £880 in peak season.

New ideas on offer from the company’s Concierge Service – which can arrange a wealth of activities, beauty treatments and hampers – include guided walking, more cookery courses such as curry making and ‘dine at home’ meals delivered to the door.

Reservations:  01437 772760,




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