Fancy An Early Spring Break? Treat Yourself To A Luxury Hotel

Now we’ve officially had the shortest day of the year, it won’t be long before the evenings start getting lighter and people begin to think about taking a spring break. If you’re planning on going back to a hotel you’ve previously stayed at then you won’t be stuck for choice, but for anyone who hasn’t visited an area before it can sometimes be a bit hit and miss. Here are a couple of hotels that you won’t be disappointed with; both of them get extremely good reviews online by previous guests.

Of course you don’t have to visit the country to have a great time; you can also have a break to remember in the capital. If you stay at a luxury hotel such as The Montcalm at London’s Marble Arch you can have the best of both worlds. Try sightseeing early in the day, then head back to the hotel where you can enjoy a spot of pampering in the hotel spa with facilities that include a steam room, sauna and hot tub. Or try one of the body treatments or massages by a qualified therapist to help you relax.

If being in a large city doesn’t appeal, then how about the Feversham Arms Hotel in the market town of Helmsley North Yorkshire? Surrounded by countryside, it’s an ideal place to stay if you’re after somewhere in the north of England. It has a sophisticated but laid back feel to it and has 33 individual rooms to choose from. The hotel prides itself on its friendly staff who will make sure your stay is enjoyable. Try booking a spa package to make the most of your stay and experience some first class facilities which include an outdoor hot tub, salt vapour room or ice cave for a unique break.

We were very kindly supplied this guest post courtesy of the team over at www.aquawarehouse.co.uk, one of the UK’s leading teams of hot tub experts!

 

Top Tips to Find Your Ideal Theatre Break in London

Going to a theatre performance or to a musical is a fantastic way to put an end to a day (or week) of stressful work. Of course, when it comes to theatre plays nothing comes closer to watching a performance at the glitzy London West End. And since you are at it, why not turn an evening at the theatre into a luxurious weekend break? If you are watching your budget but don’t want to give up on this fantastic opportunity of enjoying a break in the West End, read on for some useful tips.

Book in advance
This is particularly applicable if you are interested in watching some of the most popular West End shows. But how far in advance should you book? Four months is what most bargain experts recommend. At reputable companies like Newmarket Holidays, London theatre packages are offered for top shows like The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and Mamma Mia. You can book now for shows taking place in March to benefit from the best savings.

Book you tickets as part of a package
Many travel agents and tour operators offer West End packages that include tickets to the show, transportation to London, and accommodation. These companies are able to get better deals with the box offices of the top theatres, so by booking a package you could end up saving up to 50 per cent in the price of your tickets. Businesses like Newmarket Holidays will help you to find fantastic deals for London theatre breaks, and may even be able to offer you possibility of upgrading your seats.

Go to the previews
If you are in for a new experience and want to save money at the same time, consider booking tickets for the previews that take place just before the opening of a West End show. Because technically speaking, the production of the show will still be ongoing, theatres offer discounted tickets at bargain prices. As a bonus, you get to see the show before anyone else!

 Avoid Fridays and Saturdays
Demands for theatre tickets are much higher on Friday and Saturday nights, so the prices rise accordingly. Instead, go for a mid-week theatre break and book your London theatre trip any day from Monday to Thursday. With reputable companies like Newmarket Holidays, you can choose which day you want to travel to London, so that you get more value for your money.

The Best Disabled-Friendly Cities in Europe

If you are wondering where to travel next, and want to a place which provides you both with accessibility and comfort, read up on this guide on the best disability-friendly cities in the old continent, being Europe for those not in the know.

We will provide you with three of the friendliest cities, and with a bit of information on what to do and see in each of these cities. Keep reading and enjoy.

Berlin
This imperious and proud city won an award for best adapted European city in 2013. The city got this award due to generally having better invested in obstacle removal, a heftier transport system adapted for disabled travelers, better conditions and generally a better approach for every type of disability, from visually impaired travelers to those who have restricted mobility.

There is a lot to do and see in Berlin, and it would be difficult to include every kind of attraction here. The top places which come to mind are: The Scholss Chartlottenburg, the Brandeburg gate, the Haus am Checkpoint Charlie Museum and the Unter den Linde. Keep an eye out for all these, and they should be easy to get to as they are all very accessible. Remember, renting a disabled-friendly Berlin short term apartment with a website like City Getaway.com is the best way to ensure a comfortable holiday.

London
London is very much the place of choice for many first time travelers in Europe, and a metropolis which offers the best for those with disabilities. Approximately 20 million people visit London every year, with a large number of disabled holiday makers among those visitors. London has wheelchair access for almost all of its top spots, including the London Eye Ferris Wheel, Westminster cathedral, St Paul’s and much more.

Again, the top places to visit in London are probably those which everyone is already aware of. “Which ones?” you may end up asking; the answer depends on what you most like to see of course. As mentioned, Westminster cathedral is probably a popular sight for holiday makers as well as Buckingham palace. In any case, it does not matter what you will end up visiting as London is well equipped for disabled travelers.

Paris
Paris can still be considered the world capital for fashion, art, culture and philosophy. The city is slightly more challenging than London for disabled travelers, but it is still well equipped for most holiday makers with a disability. The best way to get around in this bustling metropolis is probably by taxi, and wheelchair accessibility should ensure a comfortable experience for all.

All the well known museums and sites have excellent facilities for disabled travelers; these sites include all of the Louvre (including easy access to the Mona Lisa, The Venus and much more), the Eiffel Tower, the Versailles Palace, the Cathedral of Notre Dame and much more. Paris must be visited at least once during one’s lifetime, and it is sure to provide a memorable experience for all but the sternest of travelers.

So there you have it, three of the best European cities with excellent access to disabled travelers. They may seem like very much the spots where everyone goes to, but they are still the most popular holiday destinations in Europe.