Brits able to find great value rental deals thanks to dedicated car hire comparison site

Carrentals.co.uk, the website that helps travellers and tourists source the best value car hire deals around, is this week home to new deals to get people big savings on rental cars in Florida. With the summer holiday season fast approaching the award-winning website has launched new car hire Sanford deals to help people save.

Carrentals.co.uk has been helping people save money on car hire around the world for over 5 years and compares deals from more than 50 of the sector’s biggest name suppliers. Travellers and tourists can compare car hire in Sanford deals from companies including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Ebookers, Hertz, Holiday Autos, Opodo, Sixt and Thrifty to be sure of getting the best possible deals around.

Tourists have long loved the numerous attractions, theme parks and more and having collected a hire car from Sanford Airport the visitor is free to head off to their hotel or one of the many tourist sites. Seminole and Miccosukee Indian reservations, Walt Disney World, the Everglades National Park and more are all easily accessible under the visitor’s own steam with new Carrentals.co.uk cheap car hire Sanford deals.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, commented, “Brits still flock to Florida in search of sunshine and fun in the shape of the state’s many theme parks and other great tourist attractions. Our latest deals released online this week from top name providers are perfect for helping people to save on rental cars for getting around while there.”

Carrentals.co.uk compares car hire deals from more than 50 rental providers, including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 10,000 locations worldwide. To compare the latest car hire deals visit www.carrentals.co.uk.

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Voyages Jules Verne Announces Relaunch Of Burma Tours

Voyages Jules Verne (VJV) has announced the relaunch of its tours to Burma (also known as Myanmar), following the reopening of tourism to the country. The move has been endorsed by the Free Burma movement.

Burma was the winner of the Wanderlust Travel Award 2011 for Best Emerging Destination. This award recognises countries that were visited by relatively small numbers of Wanderlust readers during the last year, but which gained very high marks from those who did go. Burma holidays emerged at the top of the pile and is a country that, in the past six months, has gone from being the world’s most controversial travel destination to, potentially, its most exciting.

Voyages Jules Verne is pleased to be able to offer again comprehensive 14-night tours to Burma, including the remote cities of Mandalay and Pagan (Bagan) on the banks of the Irrawaddy, and Rangoon (Yangon). Travellers looking to enjoy Far East holidayscan take in the breathtaking sights that Burma has to offer including the amazingPagodas of Pagan. Those taking part in the tour of Burma with VJV will get to enjoy a private candle-lit dinner at an exclusively reserved pagoda in Pagan.

David F. Pattison, Head of Product and Marketing at VJV said: “We were delighted to hear that Aung San Suu Kyi had recently given her blessing to the return of tourism to Burma but we still considered our position carefully before deciding to return to the country. There will always be differing views about Burma but it is now felt that the controlled entry of visitors will now help create and sustain jobs for locals and boost the private economy. With communication and information previously restricted, Burma is now more exposed to the outside world and opens up the possibility of two-way exchanges between foreign visitors and the ordinary Burmese people.”

It was 15 years ago that Burma’s National League for Democracy (NLD) and its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, first called for a tourism boycott as a way of denying foreign currency and moral legitimacy to the country’s military dictatorship. That 1996 declaration – vigorously upheld by pressure groups worldwide, including British organisations Tourism Concern and Burma Campaign UK – meant that any visit to the country was fraught with ethical complexity.

Following the release of Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest in November 2010, the NLD announced that they were no longer opposed to all tourism, but only to large-scale package tourism.

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easyjet Crowns Royal Look-a-like Couple

easyJet, the UK’s largest airline, has crowned Simon Watkinson, 29, from London and Orsola Rossi, 29, from Milan as the most convincing Prince William & Kate Middleton look-a-likes across the whole of Europe.

Simon and Orsola joined 20 Will and Kate look-a-likes from more than 10 European countries in London where they competed for the ultimate title of best Will and Kate doubles and won a year’s worth of free easyJet flights each.

Besides being a mirror image of the Royal love birds, they had to impress the judges by waving like a Royal, acting out a romantic wedding proposal and throwing the bridal bouquet.

Simon Watkinson said: “I’ve often been told that I look like Prince William, particularly since the Royal engagement was announced, but I can’t believe that I’ve been crowned the winner. I’m so excited to have won a year’s worth of free easyJet flights and to be in London for the big day.”

Orsola Rossi said: “To be voted the best double to one of the most famous women in the world is very exciting. This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity and there isn’t a better place to be to enjoy the celebrations.”

Paul Moore, Communications Director at easyJet said: “The competition has been fierce with hundreds applying to be crowned the best Will and Kate look-a-likes Europe has to offer. However, Simon and Orsola stood out as they bear such a striking resemblance to our future King & Queen.

“It has been great fun to fly look-a-likes from all over Europe to London to enjoy the wedding celebrations and crown our very own easyJet Royal couple.”

Hundreds of Will and Kate wannabes from across Europe entered the competition to be in with a chance to be flown by easyJet to London for the grand final and be crowned the winner.

Simon and Orsola will stay in London to watch the real Royal wedding celebrations and take in the sights of the city with a friend courtesy of easyJet.

A recent survey conducted by easyJet Holidays revealed that 63 % of those polled would be watching the Royal Wedding, however only 8% would actually be heading to London for the celebration. 88.9 % of the total number preferring to take advantage of the full 11 day break to get away, with holidays to Spain revealing themselves as the most popular choice for beach holidays with 35% of the vote.

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Door2Tour.com Has High Hopes For Its Park Tours

Door2Tour.com, the escorted tour consolidator, is hoping that April’s 2012 Olympic ticket application frenzy, which caused the official site to stall and the deadline to be extended for an extra hour, will rejuvenate interest in tours to London’s Olympic Park.

The escorted tour consolidator offers coach tours to the Park with a number of tour operators over more than 25 departure dates between June and January 2012. Tours have been on sale since autumn last year, and while there has been steady interest in those wishing to visit the East End venue since the start of 2011, packages to annual events such as the Wimbledon and Royal Ascot have so far outsold those to the Park four-fold.

Major factors likely to have diluted initial interest are the Royal Wedding and the incompletion of the Stadium, which was under construction until 29th March. It is expected that with patriotism riding high, the last piece of turf laid down in the Stadium and Olympic ticket payment imminent, all eyes should revert to the 2012 Games.

Kate Glanfield, web manager of Door2Tour.com commented: “Now that the ticket deadline has bought the Olympics to the forefront of people’s minds, and after the excitement of the Royal Wedding, we should start to see a rejuvenated interest for Olympic Park tours. We’re expecting this to increase by June especially, when applicants will find out for sure whether their entries have been successful. As we’ve seen with the Royal Wedding and our other events, the real peak is expected in the run-up to the Games themselves.”

Visitors taking an Olympic Park tour can enjoy a sneak-peak of the Park before it opens, get to watch the development unfold from the VIP viewing gallery and learn about how the project is transforming the capital.

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ReClaim electronic luggage tags include online itineraries and 24/7 live customer service to help prevent lost or delayed checked bags

Many air travelers are frustrated by the fact that paying additional fees for checked bags doesn’t guarantee that their bags will get to their correct destination, on time. “Mishandled” is the industry term for bags that don’t reach the right destination, at the right time. That covers a lot of ground; in 2010 the industry as a whole mishandled over 29 million bags, according to the 2011 SITA Baggage Report.

An emerging trend that may provide airline travelers with some reassurance that their bags will get to the correct destination is the introduction of sophisticated luggage tags with functionality that goes well beyond traditional luggage tags. Some of the latest luggage tags even include live agents available 24/7 and online itineraries. The thinking behind this new generation of bag tags is that airport officials around the world don’t have equal access to a bag’s itinerary—and if the original airline paper barcode tag is missing or unreadable, that bag may sit for days while those officials try to determine the correct owner and destination.

Connxys Technology’s new ReClaim luggage service, is designed to prevent that from happening. “The whole idea behind our electronic luggage tags, which include online itineraries and 24/7 live agents, is that if the original airline barcode tag is missing or unreadable, an airport official at any airport in the world, at any time of the day, can reach us and quickly confirm where your bag should go, so you can reduce the odds that your bag will be lost or delayed for days on end,” said Cleveland Motley, the founder and CEO of Connxys Technology.

The new luggage tags offer another benefit for travelers as well: identity security. “The reality is that getting your luggage to the right place, at the right time, is complicated by a number of things, including missed connections, last minute check-ins, misread barcodes, and incompatible information technology systems globally. But we can add an additional level of protection by making it quick and easy to determine where your bag needs to go, regardless of what handling system or operator is touching it”, he noted, “and do it without putting your personal information and flight information on the tag itself, for the world to see.”

ReClaim, like other leading manufacturers of advanced luggage tags, stores all passenger and flight information on secure servers, not on the tag itself. The net effect is that that harmless looking fellow next to you in the check-in line won’t be able to note your name, home address, home phone number, email address, or any other way you may have identified your bag in the past. As identity theft becomes a larger problem, that’s an increasingly important benefit.

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British Airways Doubles Capacity On Its London City To Palma Route

British Airways has increased capacity on its popular London City to Palma service by 50 per cent to meet the demand for seats this summer.

With additional frequency and larger aircraft the airline will be providing over 25,000 seats to the Spanish holiday island direct from the Docklands making holidays to Palma de Mallorca more accessible than ever before.

Due to the high early season demand, the three-times-a-week flights will increase to six-days-a-week, excluding Saturdays, in July and August. The Friday and Sunday flights to Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza, on brand new Embraer 190 aircraft, will continue until October 31st, enabling a long weekend or longer breaks. The extension also means flights will operate until the end of the school half-term holidays.

For relaxing beach holidays in Palma de Mallorca British Airways offers over 40 beach hotels including the 3* Manaus for the lighter pocket to the 5* Cap Rocat – a magnificent former military fortress with an infinity pool and private beach. City breaks in Palma are also a popular choice. British Airways has a range of city hotels including the 4* Catalonia Majorica just 10 minutes stroll from the Harbour, or the 5* Hospes Maricel – a historic stately mansion.

British Airways now operates 39 leisure flights from London City to top sun destinations this summer. The airline has also added more frequency to popular destinations of Nice and Ibiza. Holidays in Ibiza are perfect for families with secluded coves and family resorts while Ibiza Town has several ancient sites and party venues.

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Voyages Jules Verne Launches New Short Breaks And Sojourns

Voyages Jules Verne, the specialist tour operator, has launched the latest edition of its popular Classic Resorts & Weekends brochure.

The brochure features a choice of 32 itineraries across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and clients can choose from classic city breaks and cultural forays or simply book a relaxing resort stay with the option to add on some sightseeing trips once they get there.

The new brochure, which covers departures from April 2011 to April 2012, encompasses perennial Voyages Jules Verne favourites – such as Venice from the Water, Bargain in Marrakech and A Taste of South Africa, as well as more recent additions that include Tallinn Tales, and Arts & Delights in Vienna.

There are four new holidays which have been added to the Classic Resorts & Weekend brochure for 2011, including Bombay Mix, a five-night trip to India which features a full-day sighseeing tour of the city as well as time for independent exploration. Going Going Tirol allows clients to stay in the Tirolean village of Going for seven nights including a journey on Europe’s oldest steam-driven railway the Achenseebahn and a cruise on Lake Achensee.

The new additions also include An Icelandic Summer, where clients are based in Reykjavik and Heritage of Malta, which has a four night stay in one of Malta’s historic hotels.

Also new to the Classic Resorts & Weekends brochure this year are details about the walking content of itineraries. Shown alongside other useful tour information in the ‘Key VJV Features’ section on each page, each tour is graded from 1 (relaxed walking) to 4 (strenuous – for seasoned walkers), based on an overall assessment of the terrain and activities covered.

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Guoman Hotels Grand Imperial London Launches Oriental Afternoon Tea

Guoman Hotels Grand Imperial London has launched its unique take on a timeless classic by offering its customers Oriental Afternoon Tea.

Recalling the glamour of the orient with a sleek modern twist, guests can unwind safe in the knowledge that even their ‘chi’ will get some much needed rejuvenation in an ambience designed with a Feng Shui master.

The Asian-inspired tea arrives presented on a stand laden with Cantonese sweets, treats and savouries. The first course includes fresh black cod rolls, wrapped in Kataifi pastry and Char Sui Bao. Both made with the freshest ingredients, the Bao are the famous Cantonese pork buns which are light, fluffy and filled with sticky pork.

The second course is Grand Imperial’s teatime-take on poultry including a Concubine Chicken Wrap (shredded salted chicken wrapped in a crunchy lettuce leaf) or Shredded Duck Wrap (a twist on the perennially popular duck pancakes – shredded duck in prawn crackers). Delicate, crispy and with just a slight kick these are the perfect conclusion to the tea’s savoury selection.

Chocolate Dim Sum – the final course – is an experience totally unique to Grand Imperial. Blending the art of crispy, delicate dim sum parcels with a warm, silky sauce made with 70% cacao, head chef Leung and dim sum chef Sai Feng Zeng have created the dish which consists of four individual parcels; the crispy Canton Cracker pastry, the Pumpkin Bundle, a miniature pumpkin made with pumpkin essence and lemon zest, the Cashew Crescent, a half-moon pastry topped with cashew nuts and icing sugar and the Coconut Doughnut rolled in coconut shavings and tangerine zest.

To accompany the afternoon tea in London guests can pick their favourite soothing Oriental tea from Grand Imperial’s extensive selection.

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Choice Hotels Opens New Comfort Hotel in London

Choice Hotels International, the global hotel group behind the Comfort, Quality and Clarion brands and one of the largest and most successful lodging franchisors in the world, has announced the opening of the Comfort Inn Hyde Park, bringing the number of Choice-branded hotels in London to eighteen.

Previously independently run as the Park Lodge Hotel, the re-branded Comfort Inn Hyde Park has 29 newly re-furbished guest bedrooms, all with modern en-suites and featuring flat screen LCD televisions, free wi-fi, and tea and coffee making facilities. Guests also benefit from the free full English breakfast served everyday in the breakfast room. Located 200 metres from Queensway and Bayswater tube stations with easy access to both Central London and London Heathrow, the hotel is an excellent base for both business and leisure travellers.

Last month Choice Hotels announced that it opened nearly 40 new Comfort, Quality or Clarion brand properties in Europe alone during 2010. The benefits to independent hoteliers of operating under these brands include increased reservations delivered through a central online booking system and third-party travel websites, marketing support and powerful seasonal and national advertising campaigns, as well as a large and experienced sales force able to negotiate with major travel agents. The company also operates an award-winning global loyalty programme with more than 12 million members.

Duncan Berry, UK CEO, Choice Hotels Europe commented: “We are delighted to open this new London Hotel which will serve both leisure and business travellers looking for a value-added competitively priced hotel. With the forthcoming 2012 Olympics we believe all our 18 London-based Choice-branded hotels are well-positioned to benefit from the inbound tourism expected next year.”

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Koh Samui Villas: Vacation in style on the beach in Lipa Noi

Lipa Noi is a sun and beach lover’s ultimate destination. Its remote location, shallow waters, and exclusive accommodations offer a chance to relax and enjoy Thailand at its best. Activities are relaxed adventures into the lush landscape that’s highlighted by an elegant Koh Samui Villa.

Complete with a pool, tennis court, in house chef and entertainment center, the newest villa offered by Villa Getaways in Lipa Noi is the perfect place to relax in private enjoying the peaceful ambiance of a one of the kind destination. The property can sleep four families and the villas concierge team is on hand to take care of every request.

Tours can be arranged from Lipa Noi to the much sought after dive sites of Koh Tao Island. The island is a great place to learn how to dive as it doesn´t have currents and there are plenty of options when it comes to dive sites and schools. Daytrips can be arranged through the villas concierge service and boats go twice a day from Koh Samui. Expect to see turtles, stingrays, barracudas, lots of colorful fish and reef sharks. The island is full of hidden coves, secluded beaches, and terrain to explore. Bikes, motorcycles and scooters are available to rent but some of the best spots can only be reached by foot.

Lipa Noi is one of the only remaining spots where tourism hasn´t taken over and as a result the beach is a great secluded getaway for those who are serious about relaxing. Explore the areas up and down the coast, relax by the pool, or swim in the crystal clear waters. At the onset of the evening your chef will prepare a meal catered to taste consisting of fresh local produce and seafood and traditional Thai spices. Expect to be spoiled while being served in the outdoor dining area while checking out the amazing sunsets and listing to the gentle waves of the sea. Nights enjoying the tranquil environment lead to memories of a lifetime.

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Travellers and tourists heading for French Riviera able to profit from website’s latest new releases

Carrentals.co.uk, the website which helps tourists compare the best car hire deals from over 50 providers, has announced a range of new Nice car hire deals to help tourists and travellers save. People going for vacations or business trips to the popular French city can enjoy the best value rental around whatever their requirements.

The Carrentals.co.uk service is an award-winning consumer car hire comparison offering which helps people compare deals from all the best names in the rentals space, including the likes of Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Ebookers, Hertz, Holiday Autos, Opodo, Sixt and Thrifty. Carrentals.co.uk has more than 5 years’ success in helping people get value for money deals like the current car hire in Nice batch.

Visitors to the south coast of France are able to collect their rental car on arrival at Nice Airport and head off towards their destination with the minimum of fuss. The French Riviera is a fun place to explore by rental car, with sights like Nice Port and Monaco both within easy reach making pre-booking a car vital for visitors to the area.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, commented, “Saving money for people on car hire is what we do, and we win awards for it. Somewhere like Nice can be an expensive place to visit and stay in so using cheap car hire in Nice deals like ours to save on rentals from top name brands is a real smart move.”

Carrentals.co.uk compares car hire deals from more than 50 rental providers, including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 10,000 locations worldwide. To compare the latest car hire deals visit www.carrentals.co.uk.

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Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus Unveiled in Paris

A major new exhibition called Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus opened at Paris’s Louvre art space on Thursday (April 21st).

The installation will be on show until July 18th 2011 and sees world-famous masterpiece The Pilgrims at Emmaus take centre stage.

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn – best known by his first name – painted it in the 17th century.

The picture will form the centrepiece for an installation that explores the way Jesus was represented in his art, as well as in the paintings of his students.

Tickets for the exhibition cost €11 (£9.75), or visitors can buy a combined pass for€14 that allows them to see the museum’s permanent collection as well.

Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus can be found in Napoleon Hall, underneath the Pyramid. It is open from 09:00 to 18:00 local time daily, except for Tuesday when the building is closed. It is accessible until the later time of 22:00 on Wednesday and Friday.

The closest Metro stop is Palais-Royal-Musee du Louvre.

Hotels-Paris.co.uk offers art fans a range of boutique hotels in Paris, including accommodation in the nearby St Germain neighbourhood.

Find out more about the exhibition at rembrandt-lelorrain.louvre.fr/en/ or by calling the venue on +33 1 4020 5760.

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Visit Facteurs Factices in Paris for Peculiar Post Boxes

The Opera Bastille is hosting a production of Tosca this spring that harnesses the energy and passion of the medium to tell one of the most celebrated stories in history.

Written by Giacomo Puccini, the show has been seen by millions of people since premiering in Rome in 1900, but it continues to attract audiences all over the world.

It will be performed on various dates between April 20th and May 18th 2011, with Iano Tamar in the title role. Massimo Giordano and Carlo Ventre will share the part of Mario Cavaradossi.

In an official statement, the organisers said: “Puccini artfully combines the ingredients of a melodrama written for Sarah Bernhardt and comes up with what might be called the opera of operas, a spectacle at once primitive and decadent.”

The Opera Bastille representative went on to suggest that Tosca captures the energy of the genre better than any other piece.

It is based on the French-language play La Tosca by Victorien Sardou.

Tickets for the production start from €5 (£4.40), with evening performances starting at 19:30 local time and matinees at 14:30.

Hotels-Paris.co.uk features a huge selection of accommodation for theatre goers, including romantic hotels in Paris in the Opera neighbourhood.

For more information, visit http://www.operadeparis.fr/ or call the venue on +33 1 7125 2423.

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Enjoy Natural Beauty at London’s Chelsea Flower Show

An unusual exhibition of artwork from a tiny village in Loiret is being displayed at the Musee de la Poste in Paris.

Facteurs Factices shows off the many and varied post boxes in Saint-Martin-d’Abbat, which has become something of a traveller’s curiosity due to the elaborate designs of the items.

One of them is made to look like a petrol pump, while another celebrates breakfast-time.

According to the organisers of the display, there are only 1,600 residents in the village, yet there are 220 unique post boxes.

Visitors to the Musee de la Poste can see pictures of these peculiar pieces of art, as well as 15 ‘sculptures’ of postmen and their bikes.

Facteurs Factices will be on show until August 27th 2011 in Rooms 13, 14 and 15 of the venue.

Anyone taking the Metro to the arts space should alight at Montparnasse, Pasteur or Falguiere.

The attraction is open from Monday to Saturday between 10:00 and 18:00 local time. It costs €5 (£4.40) to enter, although there are concessions available.

Hotels-Paris.co.uk offers a range of cheap hotels in Paris that may appeal to art enthusiasts, including several options in the Montparnasse district.

To find out more, visit ladressemuseedelaposte.com/ or call the museum on +33 01 4279 2424.

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Paris hosts Gospel Pour 100 Voix in April

Gospel Pour 100 Voix will showcase their unique sound in Paris later this month. The group features singers from all over the world, creating a sensational show that has seen them recognised with critical and popular acclaim.

Led by choirmaster Linda Lee Hopkins, the choir will take the stage at the Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy on April 30th 2011.

Gospel Pour 100 Voix was originally formed to celebrate the 150th anniversary since the abolition of slavery, but has gone on to become a hugely successful act in its own right.

Fans will be pleased to hear that the 2011 tour includes all new material, with a total of 120 people involved in bringing the show to various destinations across Europe this year.

Admission costs between €39 and €68 (£34.40 and £60), with the gig kicking off at 20:30 local time.

People may need to act quickly to purchase tickets, as they have been on sale since December 2010 and the group is hugely popular.

To reach the venue, take the Metro line 6 or 14 to Bercy station.

Hotels-Paris.co.uk recommends a vast selection of last minute hotels in Paris for gospel enthusiasts, including options in the Latin Quarter of the city.

Head to www.bercy.fr to find out more about the event.

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Kuoni Launches Its ‘Smart’ Holidays Online

Kuoni, the specialist operator, has launched ‘smart’ by Kuoni, a collection of three to four-star holidays that have been handpicked and designed to give customers more holiday for their money.

The value range is the ‘smart’er choice for those looking for a great holiday in a fantastic location that doesn’t have to break the bank. And customers can still expect great value holidays with the same award-winning service that Kuoni is renowned for. Each hotel or resort has been handpicked by Kuoni to fit with the ‘smart’ by Kuoni profile.

The collection includes long-haul destinations throughout the Far East, India, Indian Ocean, North Africa & Middle East, Caribbean, Africa and Short-haul to Europe.

Highlights include a wide range of value products for Sri Lanka and Thailand holidays, such as Krabi, Pattaya, Koh Samui and Phuket. ‘smart’ by Kuoni hotels and resorts can also be found for Maldives holidays, which is Kuoni’s number one holiday destination.

The properties will be identified as ‘smart’ hotels on the web (a black bar on the right with a red roundel) and in future brochures. Kuoni are launching ‘smart’ with this collection, which currently includes 38 handpicked hotels, and will be expanded as even more value holidays become available.

The ‘smart’ by Kuoni product range is available now on the Kuoni website and more information can be found on the microsite or through the special offers page where properties can be selected using the “‘smart’ by Kuoni” hotel style filter and then segmented further by destination, departure date and many other options.

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Warner Leisure Hotels Rated UK’s Favourite By Which? Travel Readers

Warner Leisure Hotels has been named the UK’s favourite short-break chain hotel according to a poll of Which? Travel readers and has been named the Which? Recommended Provider of UK Hotels.

Warner Leisure Hotels topped the table which included Hilton, MacDonald and Premier Inn, scoring an outstanding 76% for customer satisfaction and likelihood to recommend.

Which? Travel readers particularly appreciated the good customer service they received when staying at one of the chain’s thirteen UK hotels, giving Warner Leisure Hotels an overall score of four out of five stars.

Exclusively for adults, Warner Leisure Hotels enjoys an occupancy rate of over 90% throughout the year across its portfolio of 13 properties.

Jim Forward, managing director of Warner Leisure Hotels said: “We’re really proud to have been given such fantastic scores by the Which? Travel readers and are grateful for this tremendous accolade. Each year we receive around half a million guests so it’s brilliant to have been recognised for our outstanding customer service, as it is something that is very important us.

“With more and more people choosing UK breaks and rediscovering Britain we’re expecting an increase in the number of guests we receive this year – with this survey in mind we plan to keep working hard to make sure they stay completely satisfied with the service we offer.”

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Paris Perfect Adds New Luxury Parisian Apartment To Its Portfolio

Leading Paris apartment rentals firm, Paris Perfect, has extended its property portfolio by taking on a fabulous new three bedroom apartment in the heart of the city.

The new addition to Paris Perfect’s range of 70 properties has been named Alsace, after the white wine produced in the north east of France. The 1000-square-foot duplex apartment sleep six people, and guests are sure to have their breath taken away by the luxurious furnishing and facilities. Alsace comes with a fully-equipped kitchen and a range of entertainment options from cable television and DVD player to an iPod dock.

Inside, the property has all the charm and character that you’d expect from a Parisian home, but it’s only when you step out onto Alsace’s wraparound balcony that you discover the real gem this property offers. Walk outside and you’ll be able to enjoy stunning views of one of the world’s most iconic landmarks – the Eiffel Tower. Savour a glass of chilled champagne on the balcony while gazing at this breathtakingly beautiful view and you will know what it is to be a true Parisian.

When you stay in Alsace, the centre of Paris is on your doorstep, and unsurprisingly there are a host of attractions and sites just waiting to be explored. Take a tour of the Eiffel Tower or enjoy a stroll along the banks of the River Seine. Explore the city on a boat tour or relax in one of the hundreds of restaurants and cafes dotted along the main roads and quiet side streets. Of course when it comes to fashion and shopping, Paris can be hard to beat.

For guests who want to stay in contact with the wider world, a telephone and Wi-Fi internet are provided free of charge. A welcome basket awaits you on arrival and guests will be met at the apartment by English-speaking representatives from Paris Perfect.

Sara Nault, head of customer service, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer our guests the chance to stay in this fabulous apartment. As far as Paris accommodation goes, Alsace’s location is terrific and it would be a perfect base for anyone wanting to experience the heart of Paris in supreme comfort and style.

“Anyone looking for Paris vacation rentals and who relishes the thought of unwinding on the Alsace’s balcony and take in the magnificent view should get in touch straight away.”

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Head to Zermatt for a summer of fun holding on 27 June to 26 August 2011

DirectRooms.com reveals that Zermatt will be a hive of activities this summer as visitors can join Wolli the ram for an abundance of fun.

Running between 27th June and 26th August, Wolli Summer Fun 2011 will consist of a multitude of activities for families and children where visitors can take in the stunning Swiss Alps and its natural attractions.

Adventure seekers can head to the Forest Fun Park to find suspension bridges and zip lines to fly through the trees and be met with a few surprises that lie in wait.

Visitors should also not miss a trip to the glacier palace which is found an incredible 3,883 m.a.s.l. and is the most elevated in the world. Access is gained by firstly travelling up the lift, then through the narrow tunnel of ice lying 15m under the surface of the glacier. People can then walk through to the huge cavernous rooms which contain intricately carved ice sculptures with guides explaining how the palace was created.

Other highlights that people using cheap Zermatt hotels should look into is a visit to the museum to learn about the Matterhorn, one of the Alps’ highest peaks and also one of the most deadly to climb.

Lek Boonlert, marketing head at DirectRooms.com commented: “Zermatt offers so much to do in the summer that the area will be overrun with families and finding places at hotels will become increasingly difficult. Visitors should search online to seek out rooms and also find the best rates.”

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Ubud Invite to Come Back to Your Senses in June 2011

DirectRooms.com announces that Ubud is offering an exclusive retreat that incorporates yoga and techniques to be aware of stillness so that attendees can leave feeling totally refreshed.

Senses and Stillness Retreats – See, Feel, Touch, Be are designed to stimulate all of the senses by combining a mixture of disciplines. Through the practice of these disciplines the retreat aims to enable people to feel calmer within themselves and act as a balance to people’s busy schedules.

The programme mixes yoga with creative writing, Balinese culture and imagery which help attendees find their awareness of space and to be able to connect with the present. The use of imagery is done through camera work where people can learn to take pictures which help to provide stillness in what they’re doing. Along with the creative writing this helps to focus on what a person’s mind is thinking about to create meditative qualities.

The retreats are run by Vijoleta, a certified yoga teacher with more than 20 years of experience and Ketut who brings the Balinese influence and insight into the culture of the people.

The next retreat will run from 6th to 12th June 2011 in the mountains of Penestanan near Ubud and the number of people taking part in the course is expected to make finding a hotel in Ubud more difficult than usual.

Lek Boonlert, marketing head at DirectRooms.com commented: “The retreats are popular with people that want an escape and this is reflected in the demand for hotels which can be fully booked during this time.”

Via EPR Network
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