Secrets of the summer sarnie

The Earl of Sandwich, who invented the snack that carries his name back in 1762, would be proud. Not only are sandwiches a staple food item these days, with a multi-million pound industry dedicated to providing the ready-made version, but there is even a website for sarnie lovers everywhere: www.lovesarnies.com. It’s run by the British […]

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Iced watermelon, sir? Or shall I polish your sunglasses?

The place to be in a heat-wave is surely The Club Hotel & Spa in Jersey, They’ve just appointed a ‘Sunshine Butler’ to make sure that guests lounging by the pool don’t have to put themselves out at all. The ‘Sunshine Butler’ will offer sunbathers sun-cream in various strengths and wield refreshing iced towels. Drinks? […]

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From a romantic river cruise to a Hunny sandwich

How about a picnic with a difference? The lively Pride of Britain hotel consortium have come up with some brilliant ideas for a summer outing to remember. At Dartmoor’s Bovey Castle, for example, a summer picnic boat can be hired on the beautiful River Dart for a romantic champagne lunch, private family outing or even […]

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Cruise views: Has UK market peaked?

Now this is not something that the cruise industry has been shouting from the rooftops, but according to the ever-informative “Weekly Cruise Newsletter” produced by The Cruise People (www.cruisepeople.co.uk), cruise sales in Britain have flattened out. This will be alarming news to the cruise lines that are already committed to basing some of their largest […]

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‘Palace’ honour for Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

Less than four years after its opening, the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, has been awarded the coveted “Palace” status, enabling it to join the prestigious circle of Parisian “Palaces”. Palace status is designed to award official recognition to the finest 5-star hotels with exceptional qualities embodying French standards of excellence and enhancing the image of France […]

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Forget football – we’re best at breakfasts

If you have ever wondered exactly what Quality in Tourism (www.qualityintourism.com) does, here’s a clue. A recent QiT survey covering the countries taking part in the World Cup finals in Brazil found that England, followed by the US, scored highest for delivering a quality hospitality experience. England was also top of the scoreboard when it […]

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Eastbourne goes all ‘Downton Abbey’

Fans of TV’s Downton Abbey – like us! – need not wait for the next series for a spot of posh living. The UK’s busiest bandstand and Britain’s only five-star seaside hotel have joined forces to offer a spectacular ‘Downton break’ next month. The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne, is already known affectionately in some circles as […]

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Cruise views: A world apart

Don’t say we didn’t warn you. The “world cruise” that doesn’t actually go around the world is here – and it looks as though it is here to stay. The very luxurious Silversea Cruises has just announced its 115-day “world cruise” for 2016, which sets sail from Fort Lauderdale on January 5 and ends up […]

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Cruise views: a Black Sea bargain

What a shame it is that international events have put people off cruising the Black Sea this year: it is a superb place to explore and includes many rarely-visited ports of call. The good news is that this has led to some quite extraordinary price cuts as cruise lines struggle to fill their ships. Example: […]

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Cruise views: Help! Where’s our luggage?

Quite how a passenger’s luggage can get lost between a cruise terminal and the ship moored alongside is mystery to us. But it does! Maybe there is some excuse if you are on a fly cruise, but when your suitcases have only got a few yards to travel before rejoining you it is hard to […]

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