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Ten sites for great travel deals

March 6th, 2010 in Hotels by Sarah Lee 4

As with most things, you have to shop around for the best travel deals. In part because the site that offered you a great price on a hotel in New York last year isn’t necessarily going to come up trumps on the same trip again. Also it’s dependent on where you’re going – some sites are specialist in certain destinations.

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Anti-social hotels

March 5th, 2010 in Hotels by Sarah Lee 3

After a late flight into Gatwick airport this week I had a room booked at a Travelodge. I’m not a huge fan of Travelodge hotels – the last one I stayed at in Birmingham was dirty, had a fist-sized hole in the wall of my room and towels my friend described as the luxurious texture of Weetabix. But I’m convinced city centre hotels are often worse than the same brand elsewhere.

Modern design in the Marriott Grosvenor Square's lobby

Nice hotel, no cigar

February 20th, 2010 in Free wifi campaign by Sarah Lee 1

This week this blog was added to hotel recommendation site Gekko’s list of favourite travel blogs. This is already an esteemed list highlighting some of my favourites such as 501 Places, Europe a la Carte and Traveldudes. Gekko takes details of your favourite places to stay then uses your preferences to recommend a hotel you might like in another city.

Las Galletas harbour is battered by waves

Photoblog: Weathering the storm in Tenerife

February 17th, 2010 in European travel by Sarah Lee 2

It’s been a strange start to the year across much of the western world with freak weather conditions resulting in the coldest winter in years in the US and parts of Europe. The Canary Islands have experienced wild storms. Be it El Niño or just extreme winter weather, Canary Islanders have rightly been in a tailspin.


Tasty Tenerife – a new foodie heaven?

February 10th, 2010 in European travel by Sarah Lee 10

A few years ago I went to Los Gigantes in Tenerife and if I’m honest I wasn’t that enamoured with it. It lacked a certain “Canarianess”. I know Tenerife is in the main a mass-market destination but one thing that bothered me was that I was on a Spanish island and there was hardly a hint of Spanish food about.

All aboard

Photoblog: No Binter way to travel the Canaries

February 4th, 2010 in Flying by Sarah Lee 0

Had a fun, even if slightly exhausting day, travelling from Tenerife to Gran Canaria to interview timeshare developers. It’s said travel is less about the destination but how you get there and today was proof that there’s some truth in that. Yesterday staff at my hotel teased me when I said I was flying with Binter Canarias, and given that I’m not the best flyer I was a little perturbed.

Norwegian Epic promises big things for solo travellers

Epic news for solo cruisers

February 2nd, 2010 in Cruising by Sarah Lee 1

Last week Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) announced that it will be bringing it’s newest ship Norwegian Epic to the UK for Summer 2011 sailings around the Mediterranean. The ship is set to deliver a host of new features when it launches later this year. The company is hoping it’s most innovative of ships will appeal to everyone – not just the families usually found on an NCL cruise.

Get switched on at a five star hotel

Five five-star riddles

January 29th, 2010 in Hotels by Sarah Lee 2

So here I am staying in a lovely five star hotel in Tenerife for the BGTW’s AGM. Take a look at La Plantacion del Sur – its very nice. Now before you sit in awe at a slightly spoilt travel journalist spouting about the hardships of staying at a five star hotel, let me say now – this is not a moan. These things are by no means restricted to this hotel, they’re merely five observations of strange features of five star hotels found the world over

Banyan Tree Private Collection, Bintan, Indonesia

Perfect property partners

January 28th, 2010 in Shared ownership by Sarah Lee 0

This week I’m in Tenerife, a mecca for shared ownership (timeshare and fractional) in Europe. The island has a long history in shared ownership holidays but this type of accommodation is growing in popularity worldwide. Before travelling to Tenerife I attended a lunch at Mosimann’s in London hosted by The Hideaways Club, an international luxury […]

A little book full of travel ideas

Cool destinations for itchy feet

January 28th, 2010 in General by Sarah Lee 0

It happens every year. Travel sections, magazines and websites give you their run-down of the places you must visit now. In fact you don’t even have to wait for the end/start of the year to see these types of stories floating around – from why Siberia is suddenly the hottest place this side of the […]