Sunday, 30 April 2017

Take a break . . .


























AS one of the quietest destinations in Europe, #Scotland is the perfect place to enjoy some peace and calm. In fact, the recent Scotland Visitor Survey, commissioned by VisitScotland, revealed that almost a quarter of visitors’ #holiday in Scotland to ‘get away from it all.’

A growing interest in our physical and mental health has led to increased interest in #wellbeing tourism as holidaymakers embrace the chance to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Scotland’s stunning vistas, wild open mountains and hushed hideaways make it the ideal location to unwind in a warm, welcoming atmosphere.  Hidden hideaways to help you get away from it all:

Croft 103

You’ll find these unique eco-art cottages on the shores of Loch Eriboll.With wood stoves, feather topped beds and outside solar tubs, it is the perfect romantic Highlands hideaway. These stunning low impact buildings benefit from the very best in traditional craftsmanship and cutting-edge contemporary design. Croft 103 is the ultimate escape for couples who want to be a world away from it all – together.

High Sea Hobbits

These unique little hideaways are a great reason to escape to the country. Hidden inside their unusual exterior you’ll find all your usual home comforts from comfy beds to cooking equipment. Set in their own field on a small family run farm on the North East Coast of Aberdeenshire, the Hobbits, which sleep up to 4 people, combine the fun of glamping, the peace of the countryside and the adventure of farm life to create an unforgettable family experience.

The Old Pine Yurt

Ancient Scots pine trees provide a magical backdrop for your stay at The Old Pine Yurt. Located on the secluded foothills of the spectacular Cairngorms Mountains, with just surrounding nature for company, this is a camping experience like no other.The handcrafted yurt is equipped with all the usual home comforts including a cosy double bed, solar lighting, a wood burning stove and a dram to welcome you.Nearby you’ll find the ‘Hut’ with kitchen and toilet facilities as well as an eco-shower.

Isle of Eriska

If you prefer a touch of luxury when it comes to secluded hideaways, the five-star Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island, near Oban, is situated on a private island and can only be accessed from the mainland by a small bridge. Covering 300 acres, the 25- bedroom hotel boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant, its own golf course, nature reserve and spa.


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Naples to Northern Ireland

TOURISM Ireland warmly welcomes the announcement by Jet2 of its new flight from Naples to Belfast International Airport. The new weekly service will commence in May 2018 and will provide a welcome boost for tourism from Italy to Northern Ireland.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “The announcement of the new Jet2 flight from Naples to Belfast is excellent news for #tourism to Northern Ireland in 2018 and will certainly expand travel options for holidaymakers from Italy wishing to visit #Belfast and Northern Ireland. "


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Saturday, 29 April 2017

From Brazil to New Zealand

CULT Brazilian travel show Lugar Incomum has dedicated eight episodes entirely to #NewZealand. In total, a whopping 12 hours of New Zealand footage will be screened to over 7.2 million people in #Brazil over eight weeks.

The crew, including the host, Brazilian superstar Didi Wagner visited New Zealand late last year and spent 20 days experiencing Christchurch, Queenstown, Wellington, Rotorua, Waikato and Auckland.

Tourism New Zealand took full advantage of the show’s airtime and built a significant marketing campaign around it including amplified advertising in Brazil featuring the show’s host Didi Wagner.

“Brazil is a market showing steady growth and with direct flights to New Zealand now arriving three times a week from nearby Buenos Aires with plans to extend, the region has really opened up.”

Research shows us that the Brazilian market are keen to travel to countries where they can visit beaches and urban areas and experience arts, culture, adventure activities and good wine and food.

“New Zealand offers all these things in abundance so it was good to be able to show off a range of regions across the country through the episodes. This supports our work to spread visitation across the country.”


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Behind the lens in St Lucia

ONE of the world's most accomplished photographers is hosting a master class at Anse Chastanet Resort in St. Lucia for National Geographic Expeditions this year.  Joe McNally, whose acclaimed career includes assignments in more than 50 countries, will lead the classes at the eco-friendly resort.

"Advanced Photography and Lighting Workshop," the session, to be held October 10-15, 2017, is designed for 16 advanced photographers and National Geographic Photography Workshop alumni.

Named a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens and voted one of the 30 most influential photographers of the decade by Photo District News, McNally will deliver lectures and guide participants through the complexities of advanced photography while taking them through the sprawling Anse Chastanet property, which features a tropical rainforest, an organic farm and jungle bike trails.

Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain, two of St. Lucia's most picturesque resorts, have been recognized by the TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders™ program, which helps travelers around the world plan ecologically responsible trips by identifying hotels engaging in environmentally friendly practices.

For further information about and participation in the workshop, visit http://www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com/expeditions/saint-lucia-tour-caribbean-photo-workshop/detail.


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Not to be missed St Kitts

MY Caribbean Holiday is offering seven nights staying at the 4.5-star St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach for just £849 this September. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this stunning resort offers the finest in amenities and accommodations. 

Test your luck at the casino, receive pampering treatments at the full-service spa, play golf on the meticulous course or enjoy a lesson at the Royal Golf Academy at Royal St. Kitts Golf Club. 

Based on two adults sharing a room on a room-only basis with British Airways flights, departing from London Gatwick on 13th September 2017. Must be booked by 15th May 2017 .


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Friday, 28 April 2017

We are sailing . . .

GLENRIDDING Sailing Centre located on the shores of Ullswater is participating in the RYA Push The Boat Out event, which will see hundreds of sailing clubs and training centres up and down the country offering free or low cost ‘have a go’ sailing taster sessions and open days during May. 

They will be running two sessions on Sunday 14th and 21st May.

Sessions last one hour and cost only £5 per person. They will also be offering Discount Vouchers towards their RYA sailing courses to those that enjoyed their experience and wish to take sailing further.




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Celebrate Caribbean Cuisine



FLAVOURS from more than a dozen Caribbean nations will be simmering together at #Caribbean305, the region's newest culinary and cultural celebration taking place on Miami's Jungle Island on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 8 p.m.

To be presented annually by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Caribbean305 will launch South Florida's celebrations of Caribbean-American Heritage Month by providing foodies, Caribbean nationals and residents of the area with the chance to savor the diverse gastronomic delights the region has to offer.

Caribbean305 will feature culinary professionals from 16 Caribbean nations and territories, including Anguilla, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, CuraƧao, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Martin, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Eat, drink and dance to Caribbean rhythms on Jungle Island, while interacting with representatives from a number of Caribbean tourism boards, Miami-based Caribbean restaurants and celebrity chefs.

For more information about Caribbean305, visit www.caribbean305.com.


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On the runway . . .

QATAR Airways has announced that commencing 7 May 2017, the airline will operate a third daily non-stop route from Doha’s Hamad International Airport to Bali Denpasar. 

#Bali has long been a popular destination for Qatar Airways' passengers, with the airline offering its first direct service in 2014, later enhancing this to a twice daily frequency. 

Prior to this Qatar Airways served the destination via a touchdown in Singapore, but the expanding global reach of the airline and significant growth in size of its fleet has enabled the airline increasing popularity to now offer three daily direct non-stop flights.

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