Revealed: Britain’s best-value hotel

The increasingly influential TripAdvisor (www.tripadvisor.co.uk) has named the Lawton Court Hotel, in Llandudno, as the best-value holiday hotel in Britain. Lawton Court, just a stone’s throw from the beach, was singled out for its service, which goes “above and beyond expectations.” Other aspects of the hotel loved by reviewers included the sea views, excellent breakfasts, […]

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Cruise review: Switching to Oriana

Why do long-standing passengers switch to another cruise line? And how do they like the change? A regular reader and cruising fan sent us this report: After cruising with Fred Olsen for some 12 years, my wife Kath and I decided to try a new cruise company, writes John Fisher. The recent changes on Black […]

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Cruise views: Coming from America

It is not just Cunard who like to think of their trio of ships – Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria – as the pride of Britain: we all do! To sail on them is to experience all the facilities and hospitality of a world-class hotel – but at sea So are we […]

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Cruise views: Now it is Eastern adventure

There we were, only last week, promoting the idea of adventure cruises in the South Pacific, when along came www.cruise.co.uk – with whom we are proud to be associated – offering a very exciting cruise-and-stay trip in the other direction: to India and the Far East. The three-week holiday starts with a flight to India, […]

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Cruise views: Adventures in the Pacific

  We don’t admire everything that cruise lines do, but an inclusive cruise-and-stay package to the Galapagos Islands that has just been introduced by Silversea (www.silversea.com) seems worthy of a special mention. The package includes flights between Ecuador and the islands, and of course a cruise around the Galapagos Islands on the award-winning excursion ship […]

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Some ‘Trustworthy’ holiday cottages

There is a huge choice of self-catering holiday accommodation available in Britain these days, and we do our best to recommend the best – in terms of both facilities and price. For sheer variety, however, it would be hard to beat the National Trust. The conservation charity has some of the most eclectic holiday cottages […]

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Cruise news: Sea dogs – or just sea hogs?

According to the cruising industry’s representative body, the CLIA, cruise lines are currently pouring money into their ships’ bars – introducing everything from expensive vintage wines and exotic new cocktails to mechanical and/or electronic “bar tenders”. At the same time, we are receiving a regular flow of Press releases extolling the wonders of new shipboard […]

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Holidaymakers vote Woolacombe as Britain’s best beach

Where exactly is Britain’s best beach? The last we heard, it was in Wales. But now Woolacombe has just been named as Britain’s best beach – and one of the top five in Europe – by TripAdvisor travellers. The three-mile stretch of golden sands in North Devon is described as perfect for building sandcastles, safe […]

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Spring into Canada for a twin city deal

We have not written about Canada often enough. It is a fabulous country which – thanks to the efforts of a once-lively tourist office – we have explored in depth over the years. The problem with taking a holiday there is that once you have marvelled at Niagara Falls and perhaps done a spot of […]

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Cruise views: All of the Med, and all at once

No matter how many cruises you take to the Mediterranean, you somehow never see it all. But this September, Holland America Line is offering travellers an epic 12-week adventure through the Mediterranean and beyond, leaving no stone unturned. The mammoth 83-day cruise, on ms Rotterdam, will leave Southampton on September 27, and prices start at […]

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