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Our Great Late Deals, 20/07/2011

Capri, Edinburgh, Tuscan sailing and paths of The Pope

Written by . Published on July 21st 2011.


Our Great Late Deals, 20/07/2011

Excelsior Parco – outstanding value luxury on Capri
BETWEEN the centre of Capri and its Marina Grande, sits the Excelsior Parco (pictured), an ornate boutique hotel with just 11 luxurious rooms. Lovingly renovated, it costs from £175 per room per night. It’s part of the Splendia hotel range of 5,000 properties across 130 countries. Bookings at www.splendia.com/en/excelsior-parco-capri.html.

Finding peace at the Edinburgh Festival
EDINBURGH is the place to be in August, when two of the world’s largest arts festivals  take place. The Edinburgh International Festival offers classical music, theatre, opera and dance from August 12  to September 4 while the Edinburgh Fringe runs from August 5-29. Staying in Edinburgh itself can be exhausting at festival-time, but Hoseasons has a couple of options close by. Four miles from the city centre but hidden away in a 200 acre country estate, Mortonhall offers three-bedroom luxury caravan holiday homes. A four-night break during the festival costs from £482, with a week from from £815. For an even more peaceful setting, try The Wheelhouse, near Linlithgow (a 20-minute train ride into Edinburgh). Overlooking the river Avon, this restored watermill offers luxury accommodation in its two bedrooms and two bathrooms plus an outdoor hot tub and, on request trout fishing. A week for up to four people in peak season costs £904. Details at www.hoseasons.co.uk or by calling 0844 847 1100.

Sail the Tuscan coast in style
THE Marina di Scarlino Yacht Club & Residence offers 9 spacious and luxurious apartments with stunning coastal views in the heart of Maremma in Tuscany,with the island of Elba only a few away miles by boat. It offers its guest sailing lessons and excursions and exclusive use of the owner’s 30ft yacht. Rates start from £158 per night per apartment and include B&B, entrance to the beach, sun beds and umbrellas. For further information and reservations contact the Lungarno Collection on +39 0566.866302 or visit www.lungarnocollection.com.

Forest summer savings at Little Paddock – 4 nights from £162 pp
LITTLE Paddock, an ‘adults only’ haven on the edge of the New Forest National Park is offering 10 per cent off the regular rates for all stays of four nights or more from now until the end of August (subject to availability). It comprises eight, Scandinavian style lodges designed for two people with shared use of two hot tubs, a tennis court and swimming pool. The price of a discounted four-night break is from £162 pp (two sharing).  Call 01425 470 889 or visit www.little-paddock.com.

The John Paul II trail in Poland – 8 days from £685 pp
IN his youth the late Pope John Paul II was a keen hiker and in his University-lecturing days would often take his students walking in the High Tatras and Beskidy mountains.  On this unusual, self-guided trip, you will visit the birthplace of the Pope before following the best sections of the official John Paul II Trail. The itinerary also includes a night at the top of Turbacz Mountain. From £685 pp (2 sharing), which includes 7 nights’ accommodation, most meals, route notes and maps. Walks Worldwide can also book flights on request.  Call 0845 301 4737 (www.walksworldwide.com).

Sunnerfun Söll –  was £709 per person, now £399
SET in a peaceful valley, framed by the magical Wild Kaiser Mountains, the Austrian resort of Söll is an ideal choice for nature lovers, offering endless walking and cycling paths and a host of outdoor activities including tennis, golf, swimming and squash. Inghams is offering seven nights half board accommodation at the 3* Hotel Postwirt from £399 per person, departing 6 & 10 August 2011. Price includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck resort transfers and FREE afternoon cake buffet. Flights are also available from Birmingham (£54), Exeter (+£59) and Manchester (+£59). For more information and bookings visit www.inghams.co.uk or contact 0208 780 4454.

Sri Lanka’s sites in a handy package from £530pp
DESIGNED for travellers who wish to visit Sri Lanka’s key attractions but are short of time, the Unique Travel Company’s eight-day escorted Highlights Tour takes in cultural historic sites;, wildlife watching, elephant riding and a day relaxing by the beach. Highlights include the Dambulla Cave Temple; Temple of the Tooth in Kandy; ancient city of Polonnaruwa; Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage and a turtle hatchery. The tour is priced from £530pp departing July 31 and August 14, based on two sharing including airport transfers, guides, air-conditioned transport, B&B in all hotels and entrance fees to sites other than the optional elephant ride, which is £20pp; flights extra. To book call the Unique Travel Company on 0845 417 9052, www.theuniquetravel.co.uk.

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