Five Amazing Hotspots to Visit Without Jetlag

Say goodbye to sleepless nights and slothful mornings. At these hotspots you’ll barely need to change your watch. Use your World Privilege Plus membership to get discounts on hotels, flights, transfers, airport parking, car rental and airport lounges.

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The Italian island of Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean. As Goethe put it: “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.” from the big cities of Palermo and Catania fuming with people to the hidden hillside towns and the hot, remote interior. It has a gorgeous coastline and beautifully preserved ancient history.

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Tenerife (GMT 0)

The island of eternal spring: Tenerife’s charming nickname comes from its balmy vernal temperatures. But you only have to look at a map to see that it’s also the island of endless adventure, the island of beach living, the island of curious Canarian traditions and the island of volcanic virility. Tenerife is the largest Canary island, and the most popular with visiting Brits. English and Spanish speaking tourists alike will feel at home.

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Zanzibar (+3)

This tropical archipelago is set on what was once a major trade route between East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. The historic quarter of Stone Town is a warren of narrow alleyways and rain-washed former merchant houses –  after blitzing the markets for trinkets, stop for sundowners and seafood at rooftop restaurant Emerson Spice Tea House, which overlooks the bustling town below.

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Corsica (MGT +1)

Located in the western Mediterranean, just to the north of Sardinia, Proud Corsica is a French island with a fiercely independent streak. Not for nothing as Napoleon its most famous export. Check out Corsica’s many beautiful beaches they are a closely-guarded French secret. The island is best explored by car – ideally a 4×4 – for those precipitous mountain trails and pebbly coastal coves. Spend a few nights at U Palazzu Serenu, a pared-back hotel with just eight beautifully styled rooms set in the heart of the foothills.

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Capetown (+2GMT)

Framed by the cliffs of Table Mountain on one side and glittering Atlantic waves on the other, South Africa’s second-largest city offers guaranteed sun, buzzing culture and outstanding food and drink. drive south to Boulders Beach and wander through the enormous granite rock formations that offer refuge to the continent’s only penguin colony, before returning to town to refuel on springbok tataki at The Pot Luck Club, dished up by award-winning chef Luke Dale-Roberts.

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Best Foodie Destinations – #Foodie:  These Destinations Are For You

1. Japan

In a country that boasts the most Michelin Stars than any other, Tokyo is the city with the most. It’s not just sushi, Tokyo is home to a dizzying quantity of restaurants specialising in amazing Japanese cuisine. Best of all it caters for all budgets. From wallet busting skyscraper restaurants to local izakaya- Japanese-style pubs to Caribbean teamed bars. Put together it’s a foodie’s heaven.

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2. Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is arguably the better place to sample Vietnamese cuisine at its best. Eat like the locals and take to the streets for freshly prepared dishes such as pho tiu noodles Banh mi, broken rice with grilled prok,

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3. London UK 

Yes you heard correctly, between the high class hang outs and endless pop-ups and street food that bespeckle the city, London has world cuisine covered. With a huge amount of young talent looking to make their mark. Also London bars are developing at a similar rate and diners can sip cocktails before and after their meals Voted the World’s Best Bar for the Last 3 years is Artesian at the Langham Hotel, it’s worth a visit.

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4. Jaipur India 

Jaipur is one of the few places that represents the cooking of Rajput’s, the Prince who ruled most of Rajasthan until the sixties. Chief Vivek Sing lived and worked here in the late nineties. Try Laal maas, a hot Curry Goat made with 45 chillies to a kilo of Goat, its extremely hot, eaten with plain rice or flatbread and yogurt to cool it down.

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5. New York

Eight Million people from every country on Earth live in New York so the different type of culinary experiences is vast. The fine dining trends changes quickly and sits side by side with the classics. Don’t miss the oysters at Grand Central Oyster Bar at the station and the finest steak house in the world.

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Exceptional Hidden Gem Hotels in Europe

Here are 5 of our favourite boutique hotels as chosen by the World Privilege Plus team. To celebrate the cream of the crop, we takes you through the five European hidden gems that came out on top of our list. All with discounts for members of course.

Hotel Indigo, Krakow, Poland

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Krakow has long been a creative hub and this art-filled “boutique style hotel in a fabulous city”, housed in a 19th-century, neo-classical building that was once the home of Polish painter Jan Matejko, is a celebration of all that. “A lovely cosy hotel with everything you need”, one floor is dedicated to Matejko, another to playwright, painter and poet Stanislaw Wyspianski and a third to painter and illustrator Jerzy Nowosielski. A highlight is in-house restaurant Filipa 18, named after its street address, offering Polish classics with a contemporary slant. Its menu is based on what’s available at the excellent Stary Kleparz farmers’ market just around the corner, which has been going since the 12th century. Even the cocktails at industrial-chic U-Bar feature drinks made from seasonal local ingredients. “Beautiful city, beautiful hotel,” said readers. They “loved it”.
(Doubles from £58)

2 Hôtel d’Europe, France

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Originally, the Hôtel d’Europe was a large private mansion built in the 16th century (1580). It belonged first to several noble families from the Comtat Venaissin. In 1740, the house was bought by François de Boutin de Valouse who carried out significant construction work and transformed the building. It then took on the look of a large hôtel particulier of Classical style.[1] The architecture has barely been changed since then. The first important guest to stay at the Hôtel d’Europe was General Bonaparte, on the way back to Paris from his campaign in Egypt in 1799. Period decor and furniture outfit all 44 rooms and suites (Doubles from £58)

 

3 The Guesthouse, Vienna, Austria

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It’s hard to imagine that this “just lovely” Terence Conran-designed hotel was once a rather characterless 1950s youth hostel. A five-minute walk from the Vienna State Opera House and not much further to St Stephen’s Cathedral, this stylish, friendly hotel is a temple to classic modern Viennese design, with comfy, studio-like bedrooms with separate living areas, some of which have cantilevered windows with “gorgeous window seats” on which to stretch out to enjoy a book and a glass of something lovely (every room comes with complimentary wine). At the hotel’s relaxed Brasserie & Bakery restaurant you can feast on the freshest bread and pastries at breakfast and contemporary interpretations of traditional Viennese dishes for lunch and dinner.
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4 Hotel Mercer, Seville, Spain

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Set in Seville in the Andalucía Region, 1.1 km from Plaza de Armas. The glass of cava that gets pressed into your hand on arrival at this “oasis in the heart of the city” sets the tone nicely. In the riverside neighbourhood of El Arenal, Hotel Mercer offers everything you could want on a long weekend in the city. “A true hidden jewel”, this restored 19th-century palace on a quiet cobbled street has just 12 sleekly contemporary bedrooms, two of which come with private terraces furnished with sun loungers and orange trees. After a day’s sightseeing, head up to the rooftop pool and poolside bar to cool off. Then move on to Maria Luisa, the hotel’s contemporary Andalucian restaurant, and drinks at cocktail bar Fizz, both of which are arranged around an Andalucian-style central patio.
(Doubles from £282)

 

5 Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas, Greece

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It would be difficult to speak of Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas without mentioning the cove itself. Here, the surrounding landscape is formed in a stunning concave, giving the azure waters and resort on its shores a feeling of deep privacy. Agios Nikolaos – an arty, sleepy town in on the north-east coast – provides the buzz, while Mirabello Bay offers the glorious horizons and water-sport opportunities. You’ll find sands are white and smooth as silk, the sky a similar shade to the water all year round and the parasols open, waiting for your arrival.

 

 

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Don’t miss our exclusive offers on Virgin Trains

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As a valued member of World Privilege Plus we’re giving you 20% discount on Virgin Trains Off-Peak Advance fares.

Train fares in Britain will rise by an average of 3.4% in January, the rail industry announced recently. The new fares came into effect on 2 January, industry body the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) said. “For public sector workers and many others in our communities who have had their pay and benefits capped or frozen by the Government, these fare increases are another twist of the economic knife.”

It marks the largest fare hike for passengers in five years. Prices increased by 3.9% in 2013.

TO BEAT THE PRICE INCREASE SAVE 20% ON YOUR TRAIN FARE  WITH A WORLD PRIVILEGE PLUS MEMBERSHIP!

From Advance train tickets to travelling off-peak, squeeze even more from your pound with some epic ways to save, get an extra 20% discount on Standard and First Class off-peak fares with a World Privilege Plus Membership. Virgin Trains are on a mission to make every second you spend with them awesome. If you’re travelling for work, they’re the business. Want a weekend away with family or friends? They’ll take you and the gang to some of the UK’s most iconic destinations, and they’ll take you there in style.

Here’s what you could save by being a WPP Member:

Enjoy a 20% discount on all Off-Peak advance fares on Virgin Trains West Coast services. Here what you could be saving:

  • London to Manchester Standard Class: originally £23, now £11
  • London to Glasgow Standard Class: originally £30, now £18
  • London to Birmingham Standard Class, originally £8, now £5
  • London to Manchester First Class: originally £45, now £30
  • London to Glasgow First Class: originally £60, now £37
  • London to Birmingham First Class: originally £27, now £17

 

Your World Privilege Plus membership will give you access to this discount from Virgin Trains plus many more special privileges and discounts. Sign up now to start saving today!

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Save on your Next Holiday with Inspira Card

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Inspira Card is your pass to a magical holiday in one of thousands of resorts worldwide! Together with World Privilege Plus we have created a special promotion for all members, you will receive a £100 discount voucher that can be used towards your next holiday when booking through Inspira Card.  Get your exclusive discount card and book your holiday anytime over the next year / 12 months. With member only prices backed by our 100% Best Price Guarantee. Take a look at some of the big savings below!

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Florida
From: £495 with your Inspira Card
Discount: £295

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Riviera Maya
From: £495 with your Inspira Card
Discount: £295

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Austria
From: £455 with your Inspira Card
Discount: £255

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France
From: £655 with your Inspira Card
Discount: £455

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Spain
From: £495 with your Inspira Card
Discount: £295

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Dominican Republic
From: £455with your Inspira Card
Discount: £255

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Canary Islands
From: £495 with your Inspira Card
Discount: £295

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United Kingdom
From: £629 with your Inspira Card
Discount: £429

Your World Privilege Plus membership will give you access to this discount from Inspira Card plus many more special privileges and discounts. Sign up now to start saving today!

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Looking for ways to keep your little ones happy this bank holiday? Join WPP and get 15% off top attraction tickets!

Keeping the kids entertained can get expensive, so why not join World Privilege Plus to get 15% off thousands of days out and attractions! Take a look at our top picks below:


Harry Potter Bus Tour of London Locations

Harry Potter Bus Tour of London Locations

Take a Harry Potter Walking Tour into the magical world of wizardry in London. Learn about London’s rich muggle and wizarding history, amazing facts about the books and films and see many of the Harry Potter film locations used in London, including the Ministry of Magic and the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron. The tour features familiar Harry Potter film locations as well as iconic London landmarks and attractions including St Paul’s Cathedral, Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern, Borough and Leadenhall Markets and Monument.

Along the route of your Harry Potter walking tour, you’ll have plenty of chances to take lots of pictures and see the film locations up-close:

  • Find the location used as the entrance to the Ministry of Magic in Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix
  • Get a photo pushing a trolley through the wall at Platform 9 ¾
  • Discover the inspiration for 12 Grimmauld Place from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • See where the Knight Bus squeezed through the oncoming double decker buses in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Walk in the footsteps of Rubeus Hagrid (Robbie Coltraine) and Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) to the entrance of the Leaky Cauldron

 

The London Pass + Guidebook

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The London Pass® grants visitors entry to over 60 top attractions, museums and monuments in London. Used by more than 3 million visitors, The London Pass is a sightseeing city card helping visitors make the most of their trip, saving them both time and money. Some top attractions included are:

  • 1 Day Hop on Hop off Bus tour
  • Kensington Palace
  • London Bridge Experience
  • London Zoo
  • Thames River Cruise
  • Tower of London
  • Wembley Stadium
  • Westminster Abbey

The Big Ticket – Blackpool

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Make your visit to Blackpool a memorable one and visit Merlin’s magical attractions – from the heights of The Blackpool Tower Eye with its breath-taking SkyWalk to the depths of The Blackpool Tower Dungeon, you’ll be amazed at what’s new in the resort.

Don’t forget Blackpool’s all-time favourites Mooky the Clown and Mr Boo still making audiences laugh in The Blackpool Tower Circus. And why not take a whirl in the spectacular Ballroom and let the kids have the play time of their life at Jungle Jim’s Children’s Indoor Play!

Step on to the red carpet at Madame Tussauds Blackpool and get up close and personal with Britain’s best-loved celebrities. With stars such as Alan Carr, Lady Gaga and some of the Corrie cast, who do you want to meet? And, finally, dive in to the underwater world of SEA LIFE Blackpool. Home to one of the largest collections of tropical sharks in Europe, SEA LIFE takes you on a journey from the coastline and sandy shallows to the ocean depths. To get any closer, you’ll have to get wet!

In order to access these exclusive discounts, plus thousands more, simply sign up at World Privilege Plus.

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Up to 60% off Worldwide Hotels with World Privilege Plus!

Worldwide Hotels offers over 1,000,000 properties, exclusive discounts and more across the whole world. With huge savings of up to 60% on accommodation, members are sure to save on both short breaks and long vacations. Additionally, members can book exclusively priced car rental. Here are some of our top picks around the world, showing you just how much you can save!

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How to save on roaming charges when travelling abroad

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Roaming is an area that lots of people are still confused about and we’d like to try to explain what roaming is all about and how you can avoid being handed a huge bill for calls, texts and data when you travel abroad.

Roaming…what exactly does it mean?  Well in simple terms, it means taking your phone abroad and using networks in the country you are visiting to enable you to use your phone as you would at home, so voice, SMS, email and the internet.  Your normal mobile provider would have agreements with many networks around the world, enabling you to continue to use your SIM card abroad.  The only downfall of this is the astronomical rates your normal provider charges for using your phone abroad.

So why is roaming so expensive? Well, to be quite honest, main network operators won’t and don’t reduce their roaming rates because most people won’t switch to an alternative provider when they travel abroad, and so seem to be happy to pay their astronomical rates!

A few years ago, the only way to avoid horrendous roaming bills was to simply switch your phone off and just check it occasionally to see what calls and texts you had missed.  Then if there was anything urgent you could respond to it.  Nowadays, it’s not necessary to switch your phone off completely. You can still make and receive calls and texts, and use data, but you just have to be a bit carefully and consider your options before you travel abroad.

Most of you will already be aware of the changes that have been happening in the EU over the past few years, and the EU Commission has managed to force MNO’s (Mobile Network Operators – such as Vodafone, EE, AT&T and Verizon) to reduce their roaming rates within the EU for voice, texting and data, and have capped rates with reduced rates coming into force every year for the past four years.  As of December 2016, MNO’s will not be able to charge a different rate to customers who are travelling within the EU, they will simply be able to take their SIM and bundle deal and use it wherever they like in the EU and not incur any additional fees.  All calls, SMS and data will be taken from their bundle.  However, that is no so for the rest of the World and customers will still have to look at their rates for the rest of the world and see what the best options are for them.

So what are your options?

 

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You could continue to use your normal SIM card from home.  It’s convenient, you can continue to use the same number, it’s easy for people to contact you, you don’t have to spend time switching SIMs, copying contacts from your SIM to you phone, and you don’t have to look at alternative options.  However, there are downsides and they are going to always be that you cannot get away from paying extortionate rates.

 

Use VoiP

You could look at using a VoiP service for calling and messaging whilst you’re abroad. There are some fabulous services available and most people we know have an account with a major VoiP provider!  You can voice call and video call, so it’s like being in the same room as the person you are talking to. Great for both business and personal use. However, to be able to use the service you need to have a data connection.  When you’re on a free WiFi connection all is great, but beware of the data charges!  Unless you are connected to a WiFi, you’ll be looking at substantial data roaming rates (see below for WiFi pros and cons).

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Free WiFi Hotspots

Free WiFi hotspots are great, letting you catch up on all your communications, and are becoming increasingly common globally. Public places such as hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, exhibition centres and more offer free WiFi hotspots, but be mindful, for when you are out of range you can’t benefit from free data and could begin incurring roaming charges. Check your phone settings and if you are roaming, ensure you switch Data Roaming OFF in your settings to avoid any possibility of bill shock.

Buy a Local SIM

You could buy a Local SIM card with a local mobile number.  Obviously the major benefits of this are that you’ll get low local domestic rates for voice, SMS and data within the country you are visiting, and you won’t have to pay to receive any calls.  However, you will pay high rates to call internationally and each time you visit a new country you have to swap to a different SIM.  You’ll have to keep updating friends and family who may need to contact you that you have a different number, and any credit you might have left on the SIM when you leave the country will be lost when you leave the country.

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Many people are seeing the benefits of using a roaming SIM when travelling abroad.  Mobile/cell companies specialising in providing roaming service generally offer voice, SMS and data service on one SIM.  The coverage ranges from between 175 and 200 countries and network agreements are generally set up with multiple networks in each country that the service works in. This enables customers to use a service that remains active a lot of the time, with the SIM automatically switching to the strongest network at all times.

A roaming service provides a convenient solution to being able to remain in contact, at all times, without having to switch data off completely, and have peace of mind that you will not incur a horrendous bill for use of your phone when travelling abroad.  There is no more juggling of multiple SIMs and providing numerous contact numbers so people can call or text you!  One SIM, one account, one balance to manage and incredibly low call, text and data rates covering the majority, if not all, of the countries you would ever want to visit!

We have teamed up with Aether Mobile to offer you an amazing 20% off their SIM+credit packages and handsets!

Aether Mobile is a global roaming service provider, offering low cost solutions for voice, data and SMS in over 200 countries.  Why not take a look at their rates so you can see just how much lower theirs are than the main network operators?

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Things to do in Rio During the Olympics

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One of our top travel companies Ticketbar is offering amazing excursions and attractions with an awesome 10% off with voucher code: 7A2FT2T3758J in Rio de Janeiro this summer.  Visit the Christ Redeemer Statue, Guanabara Bay, or Buzios The Classic City. Dance the night away at the Platforma Carnival Show or see the city from the sky with a helicopter tour. Travel into Rio’s Favela or discover the beauty of the rain forest with a Jeep Tour. Whatever you do, make your stay in the city exciting with a visit to one of the many top attractions. Ticketbar offers you discounts, group offers and the option to skip the line at all the major attractions!  Take a look at the top attractions below:

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Angra Dos Reis Cruise with Lunch

130km south of Rio lies the gorgeous paradise town of Angra dos Reis. The spectacular views of mountains covered in lush green rain forest and quiet coves with white sandy beaches are abundant – making this trip a spectacular occasion.

The cruise itself picks visitors up from the dock and takes them on a stunning journey to many islands, with stops along the way to swim in the crystal clear waters.
Included in the trip:

  • Round trip transfers to/from most hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana
  • Professional and knowledgeable tour guide
  • Schooner cruise
  • Delicious hot and cold buffet lunch

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This once in a lifetime trip begins with a journey to the Cosme Velho Train station which is located right at the bottom of the famous Corcovado Mountain. From this point, visitors begin the ride all the way to the top, through the dense Tijuca rain forest, all the way to the huge 125ft tall Christ Redeemer Statue.

Visitors are welcomed by amazing panoramic views of Rio, where you can stay for around an hour to take photos and soak up the breathtaking atmostphere.

Included in the trip:

  • Round trip transfers to/from most hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana
  • Professional and knowledgeable tour guide
  • Train tickets

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The city of Petropolis is located 60 km away from Rio and has been called the Imperial City since the times of the Emperor Pedro II. Petropolis keeps the memory of Brazilian history alive with its buildings and charming streets.

This tour starts with the visit to the Imperial Museum, which has been the summer residence of the Emperor D. Pedro II, and keeps furniture and objects such as the crown of gold, pearls and diamonds used by D. Pedro I and D. Pedro II.

Included in the trip:

  • Round trip transfers to/from most hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana
  • Professional and knowledgeable tour guide
  • Imperial Museum Entrance Ticket

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Make the best out of your stay in Rio and buy your discount tours & tickets at Ticketbar!

10% discount code: 7A2FT2T3758J

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Secret Escapes up to 70% off

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Secret Escapes has just become our latest partner – offering up to 70% off holidays and trips away.

At Secret Escapes, we think booking a holiday should be an exciting, enjoyable and strsecretsalesess-free experience, so we decided to create a website where we hand-pick the best hotels and holidays and curate exclusive offers available only to our members. Our flash sale prices are better than anywhere else online during our sale, that’s our guarantee.

Every week we run short ‘flash sales’ lasting around ten days each – the time left is indicated on each individual sale. There may be as many as 140 sales going on at any one time, but we’ll email you to let you know what’s coming up during the week.

It’s worth noting that, although all of our prices are better than anywhere else online during a flash sale, the availability of our lowest advertised rates may be limited. Our offers are often available to book days, weeks or months in advance.

By hand-picking hotels and holidays for members, Secret Escapes acts as an agent for the suppliers, tour operators and hotels featured on the site.

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