Thursday, 27 August 2009

Top 5.... Food Experiences

Hi fellow travellers!

Our latest newsletter focuses on various food experiences our staff have encountered during their travels.

From Satay in Malaysia to Lamb and Date stew in Muscat, we’ve had some fun trying out the local grub!

Check it out: http://www.escapeworldwide.co.uk/newsletter/top/food.html

More details of our various culinary delights can also be found on our website: http://www.escapeworldwide.co.uk/escape/top/food.html

Bye for now!

Darren

Friday, 21 August 2009

Another week.... even more great offers

Hi everyone,

Blimey another week has pasted already, where does the time go? Anyway, check out this weeks great long haul holiday offers:

http://www.escapeworldwide.co.uk/newsletter/offers/Aug09c2.html

Some great destinations this week, with probably one of my fav, Cuba fly drives. Cuba is an amazing place and the best way to do it is on a fly drive!

Also we have a great Bali and Kuala Lumpur twin centre offer, chill out in gorgeous Bali before shopping for bargains in KL!

Happy travelling everyone!

Darren

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Holiday Costs in Singapore

Mark was asked to get some up to date holiday costs from Singapore for one of our guests visiting soon.

“Overall, the thing I found with Singapore is that prices vary depending on where you are, as they do in most major cities, so it's a case of keeping an eye on prices if you don't want to over-spend. Some parts of Singapore (mainly the office areas of the city centre or the expat hangouts) tend to be pricey (I'd equate them to London prices) but elsewhere it can be better value for money.

If you like Indian food I’d recommend staying in the hotel we stayed in, the Parkroyal on Kitchener Road. This hotel is located on the edge of the Little India area of Singapore, so within two blocks of the Hotel are literally dozens (if not hundreds!) of dining options for Indian cuisine.
Our best meal of our stay in Singapore (I'm travelling on this trip with my colleague Natalie, and it's her first visit to the region) was at a local food centre closer to the city centre, which had a dozen or more stalls each serving a few dishes. It was quick, tasty and great value – a starter of spring rolls was S$6 (less than £ 3) and my main course of friend noodles was S$7, and that was for the second size up, which was far too big! The only problem is that the food court didn't have a name, but it's on Victoria Street, immediately before the Allson Hotel, if you walk south from the Bugis Street area.

Beer can be a bit pricey if you're not careful, so keep an eye out for happy hours, as this can make quite a difference. We started at Boat Quay, a trendy area next to the river, where a mug of Tiger Beer was S$5 (about £ 2.50), which isn't too bad for a river view, opposite the Raffles landing statue with views of the skyscrapers. With dinner, though, a large bottle of Tiger (twice the size) was also $S5, at the Victoria Street food centre.

A great way to go sightseeing to my mind is the open top bus, and there are various options in Singapore – we did the Hippo Bus, which has two routes (one for the historic and cultural areas, and one for the city centre and shopping districts) – there are stops by most of the main hotels, so is dead easy. A full day pass is S$23, which is around £ 11 per person, but it may be worth checking out 2 day options if you have a little longer in Singapore than we did, and there's plenty to see from the bus!

The other easy option for getting around would be the underground. We stayed on the north-south line, and this line takes you to Boat Quay and to Chinatown, and we had a really good night out down here. From Chinatown station take the exit for Pagoda Street, which is lined with places to eat, drink and shop – great for a spot of people-watching. From there walk to Smith Street (which is signposted as Chinatown Food Street!) as this sets up with seemingly endless food stalls in the evening. I'm not entirely sure what I had for a main course, but it was delicious! The 10 satay sticks that Natalie & I shared for a starter were S$6.

If you go shopping in Orchard Road and are in need of lunch, there's a really good food centre in the basement of one of the office buildings, Orchard Towers, with an entrance off Orchard Road itself – it's just opposite the Hilton Hotel, and is the SBC Food Centre – I had chicken and rice, which came with soup and veg too, all for S$6, while Natalie's impressive seafood noodle soup, complete with prawns and squid, was only S$5.”

For holidays to Singapore visit http://www.escapeworldwide.co.uk/asia/destin/Sin.shtml

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Latest holiday offers

Check out our latest holiday offers:

http://www.escapeworldwide.co.uk/newsletter/offers/Aug09b.html

We have some great deal to the Maldives at the moment, especially the 5* Sheraton Full Moon, which Karen in our office loves!

Or check out the deal we have to the Evason Hotel in Hua Hin. I stayed here in June and it is a beautiful hotel, perfect for a relaxing break....and what a deal too!

See you soon!

Darren

Thursday, 6 August 2009

BA Club World and First Class service

Karen recently went to San Francisco with British Airways on a work educational (someone has to!) and flew out in Business Class and back in First Class, to fully test their in-flight service.

“I’ve seen quite a bit of the world since I started working at Escape Worldwide, but never flown in any class other than economy, so this was a completely new experience and one I thoroughly enjoyed, as you can imagine! The difference between Economy and Business Class is very impressive, and I can now appreciate why people are willing to pay quite a lot of money for it - the main difference being the fact you can get a decent night’s sleep!

There are about 20 seats in Club World (British Airway’s Business Class service) in pairs which are next to each other, but the two people are facing each other. There’s a screen in between the two seats if you wish to put this up for extra privacy – personally, my neighbour was such a pleasure to chat to that I didn’t feel the need for the extra privacy! The flight starts with a glass of champagne then there’s a good choice of wines on offer. The meal is excellent, a 3 course meal with a choice in each course. There’s a proper table for when you have your meal, and when you’re ready for some sleep, the seat slides down to become a bed. The entertainment system offers a wide choice of films, TV, music and games. All in all, the combination of comfort, entertainment, good food and good company made the long journey fly by – literally!

So, having got a good night’s sleep (after a couple of glasses of wine!) on the outbound journey I was very impressed, as you can imagine! We had a great time in San Francisco – more of that another time – then flew back First Class. This was a totally new experience for me and I was speechless for a while when I boarded, which is something that doesn’t happen to me very often!

There were just 12 seats in First Class, with a similar style bed and the seats again in pairs, but this time next to each other. The table is bigger and it is possible to sit opposite each other whilst having dinner as you would in any restaurant. The menu was stunning, starting with canap├ęs, and you can order your dinner whenever you like rather than it being at a set time. The entertainment system is similar to that in Club World. The staff (who in both classes were excellent) will make up your bed for you if you wish – the duvet and pillow are really comfy, as are the complimentary pyjamas!

All in all this was one of the best work trips I’ve ever been on, San Francisco was fantastic and it was made all the better by the two flights!”

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Sunday, 2 August 2009

Escape Worldwide's latest holiday ideas

Check out Escape Worldwides latest holiday ideas:

http://www.escapeworldwide.co.uk/newsletter/offers/Jul09d2.html

We have some great holiday ideas to Thailand and Egypt. Also Tanzania is a great place for an amazing safari.

Why not stop by: http://www.escapeworldwide.co.uk