Thursday, 13 October 2011

Latest special offers and holiday ideas

Hi All, 
We have some great special offers at the moment, so check out our latest newsletter at:

This week we have some great deals to Thailand, Sri Lanka and a Hong Kong / Dubai

BANGKOK, PHUKET & KRABI   - From Only £1099 per person 
Longtail boat at Krabi, Thailand
Fantastic savings to Thailand - save up to £300 per person on this superb triple-centre holiday combining three of our favourite parts of the Country, taking in Bangkok, Phuket and Krabi staying in quality hotels throughout. 

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ALL INCLUSIVE TOUR  - From Only £1225 per person 

Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress - not for the faint-hearted!
A superb 5-night tour of Sri Lanka followed by 5 nights on beautiful Bentota Beach, with a full sightseeing programme and all meals & drinks included - saving up to £160 per person makes this one of the best deals around. 

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HONG KONG & DUBAI  - From Only £1189 per person   
Hong Kong skyline from Kowloon
Combine vibrant Hong Kong with the beaches of Dubai, saving up to £160 per person too! Spend 4 nights at the 4* Harbour Plaza Hong North Point in Hong Kong and 5nights at the 5* Amwaj Rotana in Dubai. 

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We have some great holidays ideas to many long haul destinations. Checkout our website at for plenty of holiday ideas! 

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Thursday, 6 October 2011

Hotel Inspections - it's really hard work!

Visiting hotels in exotic locations may sound like a dream job, but it can be really hard work – honestly! Natalie visited the Cuban beach resort of Varadero as part of a longer trip to the Caribbean’s largest island, and certainly didn’t get time to chill on the beach!

“We were spending two nights in Varadero as part of a week-long trip to Cuba, that had already taken in Havana, Pinar Del Rio and Trinidad – we’d already clocked up quite a few miles and had visited plenty of hotels. Varadero is Cuba’s largest resort so there were various hotels here I was keen to see – I was hoping two days would be enough, but it soon became clear that it wouldn’t!

The hotels we’d seen in the other parts of Cuba were generally small places, quite often historic buildings, which meant that they were quite easy to visit – some had only around 15 rooms, with a restaurant and bar, and the odd one also had a pool. Cuba’s historic hotels are generally beautiful and full of character, but they don’t tend to have dozens of room types and lots of facilities! Varadero’s hotels, on the other hand, are far larger resort-style properties, with plenty of restaurants, numerous bars and plenty of space – it was going to take far longer to see each one properly than it had elsewhere on the Island!

We started at the Paradisus Varadero, a beautiful hotel set in huge grounds – which instantly meant that it was going to take quite a while to see everything the hotel offers! The setting of this hotel is stunning, and the beach here is glorious, but when it’s 33 degrees and you’re dressed more for the office than for the beach, it’s a long, hot walk to make sure the beach is as glorious close up and it looks from a distance.

Next stop – Sandals Royal Hicacos. As with all Sandals hotels, this property has a good selection of room types, and it’s important for me to see them all, so I know what the differences are between each type. As the resort was fairly full during our visit, each of the different room categories that was available for us to see seemed to be at the opposite end of the hotel from one another! Sometimes it seems that hotel visits are also a great way of keeping fit!

Over the course of our two days in Varadero we did just about squeeze in all of the hotels we wanted to see, but only with some early starts and late finishes – and even when an unexpected tropical downpour happened, we didn’t have time to sit it out and carried on regardless – although I didn’t get to see the beach at the Paradisus Princessa Del Mar because of it!

When I got back home a friend asked me how my holiday to Cuba had been. ‘I wouldn’t know’ I replied – ‘I’ve definitely been to Cuba, but I really haven’t been on holiday’!”

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Thailand Food.....we love it!

Thailand’s food is one of the highlights of any visit here, and after many years of travelling to the Country, the staff at Escape Worldwide have their own view of it!

Karen used to be the biggest wimp in the office when it came to spicy food, but over the years she’s developed a real taste for Thai food. “I tend to stick to dishes that I know I like, so I don’t get any unexpected surprises. Everything is so fresh, and the seafood in particular tends to be superb – and so well priced, compared to the UK. In fact, I tend to go a bit overboard in Thailand as the food is really good value – crab cakes or spring rolls as a starter for £ 1, a main dish of a Thai curry for maybe £ 1.50, all washed down with copious quantities of Singha or Chang beer – and you still won’t have hit a fiver!”

Natalie remembers one meal in particular. “I think the hottest meal I’ve ever had was in Bangkok, when I thought I’d try a Thai Green Curry. The restaurant our hotel, the Dusit Thani, suggested was a traditional place a few minutes walk away (there are so many restaurants in this area of Bangkok it’s hard to know where to start!) so I guess the food is fairly authentic – perhaps I should have asked for a less hot version! It got to the point where I couldn’t feel my mouth, but even then the flavours of the food were still there. Even a large bottle of Singha Beer didn’t help much!”

Darren had developed a straightforward theory to Thai food. “If it comes with coconut milk, it’s likely that it’s going to be spicy, as the coconut milk is often used for cooling things down. Therefore, ask for a less spicy version. If it has red bits floating in the coconut milk, you haven’t really got a hope! My standard dish if I’m not sure of what to go for is Phad Thai, or fried noodles – always tasty, always available and always cheap, you really can’t go too far wrong!”

Mark’s been visiting Thailand since 1991, so has tried many local dishes from the regions over the years. “The oddest thing I think I’ve tried was in the Isaan region of Northeastern Thailand, which has its own different style of food. In Nakhon Ratchasima, one of the larger towns in the area, I tried a type of local sausage, which I can only describe as ‘different’ – I still have no idea what was in it! I did a Thai cookery course in Chiang Mai on one visit, so I learnt about the local spices and vegetables – this is something I’d really recommend, and some schools will also tell you what replacement ingredients you can use if you can’t obtain the authentic stuff when you get back home.”

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