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Historic New Beginning for Cliveden Spa

The Cliveden Spa

The opening of The Cliveden Spa marks the completion of a remarkable multi-million pound restoration of Cliveden House in Berkshire, which has seen the total transformation of this iconic luxury country house hotel.

Honouring the illustrious 350-year history of this remarkable house, The Cliveden Spa has been revamped and has re-opened alongside a brand new state-of-the-art building which links the house to the spa within the walled garden. Hidden in a beautiful garden setting, screened by mellow brick walls covered with scented roses and lavender, guests will discover a tranquil oasis offering a real sense of wellbeing and relaxation.

Indoor Swimming Pool at The Cliveden Spa

Combining quintessentially British treatments and products the Cliveden Spa creates a rejuvenating environment of unparalleled luxury in a setting that is rich in heritage, the holistic nature of the spa extends beyond treatments to the retail products and the spa restaurant, all of which meet the same exceptional standards of service, hospitality and attention to detail.

The centrepiece of the spa is the 'listed' outdoor swimming pool, beside which the now infamous Christine Keeler first met John Profumo. However, the spa itself is the epitome of modern luxury, from the cutting edge gym, complete with the latest Technogym equipment, free weights and stretch area, to the indoor heated pool, infrared sauna, aromatherapy steam room, indoor Jacuzzi, outdoor hot tubs, seven treatment rooms, a manicure, pedicure and hair dressing studio.

Indoor Walkway at The Cliveden Spa

The Cliveden Spa also provides a new spa restaurant and lounge with views over the garden and the option of 'al fresco' dining, a welcoming reception area, changing rooms and a cleverly concealed glazed walkway, which brings hotel guests directly into the sanctuary of the spa without having to venture outside, except to dip their top into that famous outdoor pool!. On site there is also indoor and outdoor tennis courts.

The history of Cliveden has informed the treatments and products giving them a unique and original story. Anna-Maria, for whom Cliveden was originally built, as well as perhaps the House's most famous resident Nancy Astor, have provided the inspiration for the scents which are ever present in the spa. These scents reflect the combination of strength, subtlety and femininity of the women who inspired them.

The Treatment Room at The Cliveden Spa

The Cliveden Body Collection uses their own range of products to provide guests with an exceptional personal experience to address the individuals complete wellbeing, each treatment is carried out on a water mattress and begins with a foot bathing ritual during which time the therapist conducts a full consultation to establish specific needs and tailors each treatment accordingly, creating an entirely bespoke experience. The Collection features treatments such as: 'The Rose Garden Experience', ideal for emotionally and physically tired souls, releasing tension and leaving skin hydrated and nourished and, 'The Garden Oasis Purifying Experience', designed to stimulate the natural detoxifying process.

The Cliveden Spa is thrilled to announce an exclusive partnership with global beauty influencer Sarah Chapman, renowned for her unique, award-winning facials and her luxurious yet scientifically advanced cosmeceutical skincare range. Spa guests can experience Sarah Chapman Skinesis® facial treatments, which combine powerful signature 'gymnastics' for the face and incredible lifting massage, with state-of-the-art technology and Sarah's potent Skinesis® products, to deliver skin that glows with youthful radiance.

In keeping with its quest to provide the very best British luxury spa products for our guests to experience in The Cliveden Spa, they have introduced OSKIA facial treatments, OSKIA treatments are designed to complement and accentuate their multi-award-winning nutritional skincare range. The holistic approach, combines bespoke anti-ageing techniques, drawing both on traditional knowledge, such as acupressure, specialist massage, reflex and lymph drainage, through to gentle enzyme and AHA peeling that will leave the skin, body and mind rejuvenated and glowing.

Enjoy a facial treatment or massage at The Cliveden Spa

These treatments instantly boost skin health while improving tone and texture and deliver an immediate natural glow and lasting benefits. They build on OSKIA's unique approach to boosting skin health and improving the complexion through a combination of topically applied essential cell nutrients and pioneering beauty actives, and bespoke facial massage techniques and equipment. The highly effective treatments will ensure that even the most tired complexions come alive and skin is left radiant and luminous.

The studio offers luxury manicure and pedicure treatments, enhanced with a nod to our noble and unique heritage, by our own signature range of nail polishes with names and colours selected to reflect moments in our history, including '1666', 'Scandal' 'Intrigue' and 'Astor.

Open daily from 6.30 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 7.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, hotel residents and day spa guests can also enjoy a varied programme of lifestyle and fitness classes and personal training sessions together with Spa Day Retreats including: OSKIA and Sarah Chapman Spa Days, the Quintessentially Cliveden Spa Day and the Eternally Cliveden Spa Day All spa days include use of spa facilities, access to lifestyle and fitness classes, lunch in The Spa Kitchen, refreshments throughout the day and of course access to the 376 acres of National Trust gardens that surround the protect Cliveden and its fabulous new spa.

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Escape the UK
Grey and Head
the Mexico Way

Escape the UK grey and head the Mexico way

A winter sun holiday is all the more enjoyable when you escape the cold, damp grey of the UK. And if you're lucky enough make it out of hibernation, you'll find a real treat in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, two neighbouring destinations along Mexico's Pacific Coast. From natural beauty and wildlife wonders to cultural treasures and moreish coastal cuisine, read on to discover why you should visit the region this season.

Natural Beauties

With over 300 sunny days a year and average annual temperatures of 28ºC, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are tropical havens no matter the month.

Soak up the sun along Puerto Vallarta's 40-mile coastline. For a sure bet, you can't go wrong with Playa Los Muertos in the Zona Romantica, the most visited beach around.

Or claim your favourite piece of paradise in Riviera Nayarit, spanning 192 miles of pristine Pacific coastline, framed by the Sierra Madre Mountains. Two of the destination's beaches – Playa Nuevo Vallarta Norte and the Marina Riviera Nayarit La Cruz de Huanacaxtle – have been awarded Blue Fag distinctions. For those who prefer privacy, the uninhabited Marietas Islands have the famous Hidden Beach.

Beyond the ocean, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit present opportunities for myriad adventures thanks to their diverse topography: tropical jungles, fertile valleys, steep mountainsides and arid flatlands.

Wildlife Wonders

Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit may be most well-known for their natural beauty, but that's just the start of their appeal.

Rife with life, Puerto Vallarta is one of the most exotic places in Latin America due to its biodiversity. Thick jungle shelters hundreds of species of wildlife, including tropical birds, ocelots, jaguars and iguanas, while whales, dolphins and sea turtles call the warm waters of Banderas Bay their home.

Wildlife wonders are just as abundant in Riviera Nayarit. More than 500 humpback whales migrate to Banderas Bay to mate and raise their calves every year. 80% of North American migratory birds also visit the destination annually. Marietas Islands and the historic village of San Blas are especially popular for birdwatching. Here, you'll have the chance to spot species like the Blue-footed booby, a marine bird native to subtropical and tropical regions of the Pacific Ocean.

Cultural Treasures

Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit invite culture lovers to experience the spirit of Mexico first-hand. Splurge at the Mercado Municipal in Puerto Vallarta's historic centre for local goods, artisan crafts and genuine souvenirs at bargain prices. Or take a walk on the Malecón for beachfront views, local restaurants and boutique shops all in one place.

In Riviera Nayarit, history buffs can unearth the time-honoured secrets of Mexcaltitán, believed to be the birthplace of the Aztec civilisation, or live like a local in the 'boho-chic' surfing haven of Sayulita.

Coastal Cuisine

Foodies, take notice! If there is one word to describe the coastal cuisine of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, it's moriesh! Kick off the good eating in Puerto Vallarta at La Cerveceria Union, a Mexican restaurant with a wide variety of national and international beers.

Get your fill of tequila, tacos and cocktails with Vallarta Food Tours' MEX-OLOGY, a 3-hour walking tour exploring Mexico's native spirits and their deep-rooted cultural ties. During the tour, you'll visit five tasting locations highlighting mezcal, tequila, raicilla and Mexico´s signature beer cocktail: the michelada.

Nearby in Riviera Nayarit, the Spice Market Restaurant at W Punta de Mita provides Southeast Asian sensuality with street food inspired by Chef Jean-Georges Vongeritchen.

Over in San Pancho, the cultural heart of Riviera Nayarit, Bistro Organico serves healthy and delicious food that pays tribute to the area's abundance of fresh seafood and indigenous produce.

Celebrity Spotting

A playground for the rich and famous, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are primed for celebrity spotting. The Kardashian-Jenner family has visited the twin destinations numerous times. Hollywood's young stars such as Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Lea Michele, Zendaya, Anna Kendrick, Demi Lovato, Jennifer Lawrence and Joe Jonas have repeatedly chosen the region for their holidays. Musicians Quincy Jones, Sheryl Crow, Lady Gaga, John Mayer and countless more have also come to enjoy this beautiful area.

Punta de Mita in Riviera Nayarit is the retreat of choice for the world's biggest names. Hotels offering ultimate luxury include the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and W de Hotel. Luxury hotels in Puerto Vallarta include Casa Velas, Garza Blanca and Mousai.

Getting There

Direct flights to Puerto Vallarta International Airport are available via Thomson Airlines from London Gatwick and Manchester or AeroMexico via Mexico City from London Heathrow. British Airways runs direct flights to Dallas/Fort Worth, offering code share on its One World partner, American Airlines.

About Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, located in the state of Jalisco, is well-known for the preservation of its authentic Mexican traditions. The destination encompasses all of Banderas Bay on the Pacific coast of Mexico and is comprised of the following regions: Marina Vallarta, Hotel Zone, Downtown (El Centro) and the South Shore. Each region offers a distinctive charm that adds to the entire appeal of Puerto Vallarta

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About Riviera Nayarit

A destination in Mexico flourishing at the intersection of luxury and nature, Riviera Nayarit lies just ten minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR). This region within the State of Nayarit includes the resort town of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic village of San Blas, exclusive celebrity hideout Punta Mita, “boho-chic” surfing haven Sayulita, miles of serene beaches and the spectacular Banderas Bay.

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Poldark Walk at Bedruthan Steps

Go on a Poldark Walk with Bedruthan Hotel & Spa

Embracing its position just minutes from one of the most breath-taking stretches of the South West Coast Path, (between the surfing town of Newquay and the quaint foodie mecca of Padstow) Bedruthan Hotel & Spa will be running its Walking Week Break - now in its third year - in September with a new twist.

Inspired by the popularity of the BBC drama series, this September's break will give guests the chance to explore Poldark County on a series of guided walks led by local expert Steve Crummay.

With over thirty years of experience working as a conservationist and environmentalist in Cornwall, Steve's passion for and thorough understanding of the county is reflected in his engaging guidance. The three varied walks will take in dramatic Cornish coastlines, abandoned tin mines and iconic Celtic monuments, all with Steve on hand for insights of the history and geology of the county.

The hotel will be providing maps, compasses, waterproofs, picnic rugs and packed lunches to would-be-walkers, and all will be welcome; from the seasoned rambler to those after a country wander with friends.

After a day taking in Cornwall's sights on foot, guests can relax in the Sensory Spa Garden before enjoying a Cornish inspired dinner in one of Bedruthan's award winning restaurants.

The four night break will include dinner each night in the Wild Cafe (or in The Herring for an additional £5 per person, per night), lite*use of spa garden each evening, three guided walks**, a packed lunch each day and breakfast each morning.

The Poldark Walk on the Wild Side  takes place from 25th – 29th of September. Prices are from £640 per person in a non-seaview single room or £442 per person based on two people sharing a non-seaview double room. Prices include a four night stay, breakfast each morning, dinner each night, use of spa garden each evening, three guided walks and packed lunch each day.

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Discover the
Beauty of Iceland

Discover the beauty of Iceland

If you're looking for a spectacular holiday to remember, then visit Iceland. The Land of Fire and Ice has retained its top position in the Global Peace Index for seven years in a row. The report measures levels of peacefulness in 163 countries, based on a number of factors including perceived criminality and violent crime levels.

Chiefly known for its moon like landscapes, volcanoes, waterfalls and friendly people, Iceland can now be considered as one of the most peaceful tourism destinations in the world.

West Iceland named Scenic Destination Of Europe 2017

Iceland is chiefly known for its moon like landscapes, volcanoes, waterfalls and friendly people

Luxury Travel Guide has recently announced the winners of its Luxury Travel Awards for Europe 2017, placing West Iceland as Scenic destination of Europe 2017.

With the perfect combination of stunning landscapes, unique regional culture and friendly locals, it is no wonder that this destination has become so popular with those seeking a luxury travel experience in a remote and beautiful wilderness.

Iceland Leads the Way on Responsible Tourism with Unique Tourist Pledge

Enjoy the stunning landscapes and scenery in Iceland

Iceland has announced a new initiative to positively affect visitor behaviour and promote a happy and meaningful travel experience by launching a first-of-a-kind pledge for visitors. 'The Icelandic Pledge', an online agreement, invites travellers to sign up to be a responsible tourist when visiting the country this Summer. The eight-point pledge encourages tourists to experience Iceland the way that Icelanders do by agreeing to a set of guidelines.

Visitors can take The Icelandic Pledge at  where they will receive a special shareable digital badge to demonstrate their support on social media. People can also show their support by using the hashtag #IcelandicPledge. The Icelandic Pledge follows on from Iceland Academy, a fun interactive online education tool launched by Inspired By Iceland that encourages informed behaviour from visitors through inspirational, playful yet informative video classes.

Europe's largest volcano and earthquake exhibition

Opened this June, the LAVA centre is a must see interactive adventure located in the town of Hvolsvöllur in South Iceland. Visitors looking to be educated on the unique volcanoes and geology of Iceland can be blown away by exhibition that will reveal the epic forces of nature that created Iceland.

The country's three most prominent volcanoes; Katla, Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull will be visible from lava's 360-degree viewing platform and inside the centre visitors will find exhibits looking at eruptions that have occurred over the last century in Iceland as well as the geology that causes them.

Cave-home now open to public

After a recent renovation, Laugarvatnshellar has opened its doors to the public and will tell the amazing story of how two Icelandic families lived in the cave for many years. Located in South Iceland, the 20-minute guided tour will take visitors on a journey through the caves and their surroundings to tell a story and show Icelandic heritage to both locals and foreigners.

As one of the few lived-in caves in Iceland, the cave was restored to exactly how it was when people lived there nearly 100 years ago. In line with the cave's history, there is also a café offering traditional Icelandic refreshments, as inhabitants of the cave sold coffee and refreshments to travellers passing by.

Book your beer bath now

Take a Beer Bath in Iceland

Travellers looking for pampering with a difference can relax in Kambala wood hot tubs filled with beer, water, hops and yeast at Iceland's newly opened Beer Spa. Located in the small village of Árskógssandur at the Microbrewery Bruggsmiðjan in North Iceland, the spa has a total of seven bath tubs, featuring two outside hot tubs which overlook

Hrísey island, mountains and Þorvalds valley. A treatment that is believed to be cleansing for the skin, guests are encouraged to leave their bodies coated in beer for a few hours before washing off to maximise the benefits.

New stable café at Sólvangur Icelandic Horse Centre

Sólvangur is a family run Icelandic horse breeding and training farm with over 100 horses, specialising in small group rides

Sólvangur is a family run Icelandic horse breeding and training farm with over 100 horses, specialising in small group rides. Travellers can get up close and personal with the Icelandic horses in the beautiful landscape of southern Iceland where they can experience the authentic farm life. After becoming acquainted with the magnificent horses and training methods, the day can now be extended with a refuel of hot chocolate and homemade cakes in the new Stable Café and gift shop.

All kinds of food, for all kinds of people - Hlemmur Food Hall

Hlemmur Food Hall, formerly the city's old bus station, will open in downtown Reykjavik this summer. The trendy new market will feature a combination of goods for purchase and on-site munching, with seating for up to eighty people and open seven days a week.

From an artisan bakery famous for its organic sourdough bread and cinnamon buns to an experimental bar and restaurant focusing on traditional Icelandic ingredients, the hall will see ten ambitious vendors providing a sample of the best food Iceland has to offer.

Europe´s first brewery to use geothermal energy to produce beer

Ölverk is a new Italian restaurant which has opened up in the heart of Hveragerdi in South Iceland. Specialising in serving high quality beer, the restaurant is the first in Europe to brew its beer using geothermal energy making their brews exceptional, pure in taste and “green” in production. To compliment the beer, a range of wood fired pizzas are made from a dough that takes three days to make before it is baked in a special Italian oven.

Man-made cave open to tourists

Hellnahellir is Iceland's biggest man-made cave, approximately 50 meters long located on Hellar farm in the southern part of Iceland, one and a half hours drive from Reykjavík. At least 700 years old, the cave is built into the mountain Skarðsfjall and is made by man, dug out of sandstone with primitive tools. Since cow-farming stopped at Hellar farm in 1982, the cave is now open to tourists and is also used to hold the occasional music concert.

Discover the Hidden Troll Bath

One of the most popular natural attractions in Reykjanes Peninsula just went through a makeover. Steeped in history, Brimketill, also known as “Pool of Oddný, is a lava rock formation in the shape of a pool, which according to folk tales used to be where Oddný the troll bathed and washed her clothes. A new platform overlooking the naturally formed lava shore pool is now open. Safer and more accessible, visitors can admire the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean whilst on the lookout for the giantess.

Northern Light Inn expands

Located just a minute from the Blue Lagoon, the Northern Light Inn is true to its name as it's an ideal place to see magnificent Aurora Borealis. The hotel is currently adding to its 32 spacious rooms with eco geo-thermal heating and showers as it builds ten new deluxe rooms, a geothermal Northern Lights Wellness Spa with massage, alternative therapy rooms, and a fitness centre.

Foss Hotel Mývatn

The iconic natural beauty of Iceland's Lake Mývatn is now the site of a new hotel, Fosshotel Mývatn. The hotel is designed by award-winning architectures and features almost exclusively low-environmental impact materials. The building is a low-rise, clad with larch wood and grass roof which makes it in perfect harmony with the surrounding nature. This spectacular hotel offers standard rooms, lake view rooms and suites with outdoor hot tubs.

Discover Humpback Whales

Be the first to discover humpback whales in Hólmavík
Láki Tours are the first and only operator to offer travellers the chance to spot the magnificent humpback whales in Hólmavík, a small town in the western part of Iceland. Whilst taking in the beautiful, unspoilt part of Iceland, Láki Tours most experienced guide will take keen whale watchers on a whale spotting adventure. With summer being the prime time to see the playful, acrobatic mammals in the fjord outside Hólmavík, visitors can partake in this new and very exciting venture in the Westfjords.

Sea-kayak in Iceland

Go Sea-kayaking in Iceland

What better way to experience Iceland's beauty and nature up close than on a sea-kayak? Offering easy and safe kayaks, Reykjanes Seakayak promises a fantastic experience for the whole family.

Located between Keflavik and Reykjavik, the two-hour guided group tour will take thrill-seekers on a personal journey paddling from the coastline in northern Reykjanes, home to a small farm village. The journey continues to the Gerðistangi, one of the oldest lighthouse of Iceland before heading back.

Perlan Museum - Wonders of Iceland

One of Reykjavík's most impressive buildings, Perlan promises to be a must-visit for any tourist looking for a world-class museum, incredible architecture, and amazing panoramic views of Reykjavík. This summer, the museum will be hosting an exhibition on Glaciers and caves; an interactive sensory experience which allows travellers to experience the sounds, smells and temperatures of a glacial ice cave.

Visitors can also marvel at the incredible 360° view over Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier, along with interactive and entertaining exhibits that show multiple perspectives, from a sweeping bird's-eye view down to the microscopic.

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Luxury at Sugar Beach in St Lucia

Stay at a luxury residence at Sugar Beach in St Lucia

A new Luxury Home from Home four-night package lets guests book a one, two, three, or four-bedroom residence at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort with myriad inclusions, such as expedited airport clearance and airport transfers, a private dinner, tennis lessons, spa treatments, and a half day on Sugar Beach's classic sailing yacht, Manatee.

The Residences are located at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort on the eastern Caribbean island of St Lucia with complete access to all of the restaurants, activities and spaces of the resort along with the privacy of a home. All of the Residences are nestled between St Lucia's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pitons, with a beautiful view from every angle.

About Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, sits under the gaze of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Pitons. With 96 rooms, cottages, bungalows and luxury villas, and an additional 18 privately owned 1 to 4 bed Residences, all overlooking the sparkling waters of the Caribbean Sea, the resort offers a setting of unparalleled beauty and tranquillity.

The property, formerly known as The Jalousie Plantation, rebranded and relaunched at the end of November 2012 following a multi-million dollar refurbishment. Since then, Sugar Beach has put the island on the map offering a truly luxury product in the most sensational location.

For more information visit the Viceroy Hotels website at 

    Boutique Luxury
      in The Gambia

See beautiful zebras and wildlife in The Gambia

Specialist tour operator The Gambia Experience is pleased to be able to offer its customers the option to completely tailor-make their holiday, with 3-night accommodation add-on prices from as little as £349pp, including all transfers.

The Gambia, a destination known for its uncrowded golden beaches, also boasts over 540 species of bird, along with crocodiles, hippos, monitor lizards and monkeys, making it a fantastically rewarding year-round holiday destination, even away from the beach.

Fathala Wildlife Reserve

             Fathala Wildlife Reserve

Similarly, Senegal boasts some truly inspiring wildlife, but at Fathala Wildlife Reserve in Senegal's northern Sine Saloum region, this 2,000-hectare reserve is home to larger game, including giraffes, rhino, antelope, zebras, monkeys and more, which can be explored and admired on the hotel's game drive excursion.

Moving into southern Senegal, into the Casamance region which is a new venture for the operator this upcoming winter season, holiday-makers will discover a variety of birdlife, along with near-deserted endless expanses of pure white sandy coastline. Properties here include La Paillote Village Hotel and Esperanto Lodge.

Cocoa Ocean Resort & Spa

          Cocoa Ocean Resort & Spa

Unspoilt luxury can also be found within The Gambia, and the operator's boutique hotel, Ngala Lodge is a perfect example. Its quiet charm, exceptional restaurant and impressive ocean-front position offers guests total relaxation. Plus, for an unrivalled luxury spa experience, Coco Ocean Resort & Spa is a wonderful choice.

Customers of The Gambia Experience can work together with the destination experts to create their ideal holiday; one which the operator has found to be growing in popularity is the combination of boutique luxury, twinned with an exceptional wildlife experience.

Examples of boutique luxury followed by wildlife experiences:

The beach at Ngala Lodge

             The beach at Ngala Lodge

7 nights at Ngala Lodge, followed by 3 nights at Fathala Wildlife Reserve from £1549pp.

7 nights at Coco Ocean followed by 3 nights at Mandina Lodges from £1549pp.

Luxury Safari Tent at Fathala Wildlife Reserve

          Luxury Safari Tent at Fathala
                        Wildlife Reserve

For more information about The Gambia Experience's tailormade holidays, visit

Or call 01489 866939.

    Royalty and the
 Revolutionary Road

Golden Eagle Luxury Train at Lake Baikal

Intrigue and inspiration is promised on Thursday 26th October 2017 at London's Royal Geographical Society when a host of speakers will bring the Russian Revolution to life.

Hosted by Golden Eagle Luxury Trains and Steppes Travel, the evening will take place virtually one hundred years to the day after the October Revolution, and guests will hear from two Royals whose families were devastated during the uprisings. Crucial, both during and after the Revolution, was the Trans-Siberian Railway which still runs like a steel ribbon across Russia, connecting the east with the west.

Golden Eagle Luxury Train at Lake Baikal

Speaking about the importance of this 'revolutionary road' will be award-winning author and expert Christian Wolmar, while others setting the scene will include BBC world affairs editor John Simpson and Susan Reed, the co-founder of the British Library's exhibition on the Russian Revolution.

Among those speaking will be HRH Prince Michael of Kent - cousin to HM The Queen and a direct descendant of the last Tsar, Nicholas II, who was murdered at the hands of the Bolshevik troops. Patron of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, HRH Prince Michael of Kent works hard to develop the cultural and commercial bonds between Russia and the West.

Also speaking will be Princess Katya who co-founded the fascinating Prince George Galitzine Memorial Library, a public library in St. Petersburg, where many of the books were not readily available during Soviet times for political reasons. Now, thanks to her London based charity, The Galitzine - St Petersburg Trust, books fill that gap with some volumes dating from 1917. Princess Katya's father Prince George Galitzine, having been born in Imperial Russia, escaped the Revolution with his family to England.

Christian Wolmar will not be the only rail enthusiast to talk about the Trans-Siberian Express. BBC's John Simpson will recall his experience of the journey on board the 10-year old Golden Eagle luxury train, which is operated by the British-based company, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains.

At 9,288kms in length, the Trans-Siberian Express train is the longest single-service railway in the world and crosses eight time zones as it weaves through Russia's vast and little-visited interior, over the Urals and across the magnificent steppe. Opened in stages between 1891 and 1916, this extraordinary engineering achievement is a vital link for the many communities that live close to the line.

Golden Eagle Bar Car

The Golden Eagle, the gleaming hotel train, was officially launched in Russia 10 years ago by HRH Prince Michael of Kent. It was Russia's first fully en-suite private train and remains so to this day, continuing to offer voyages of a lifetime to discerning passengers who, while hungering for adventure, appreciate the finer things in life.

Since its inaugural tour, the Golden Eagle has visited 16 countries including 14 of the 15 former USSR states (excluding Tajikstan), plus Mongolia and Iran.

Booking Tickets for the event

Tickets are priced at £15 and £25, the latter including a VIP drinks reception in the Map Room. Doors open at 6pm with cash bar available; talks begin at 7pm; VIP drinks reception at 8.30pm.

The evening will be held from 7pm to 9.30pm at the
RGS' Ondaatje Theatre1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR entitled Revolutionary Russia and The World's Longest Railway.

Tickets are available to buy online from

  Get Away from it all
 in Beautiful Grenada

Get away from it all in beautiful Grenada


Less familiar than its more northerly Windward Island counterparts, Grenada offers a remote, away-from-it-all holiday experience on an island of great natural beauty renowned for its soft white sand beaches, trademark turquoise waters and rich green hills lush with rainforest. The assault on your senses continues with a cooling island breeze fragranced by the nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon which brought the island its riches.

Offering perhaps the most easily accessible dive sites in the Caribbean, as well as the world's first underwater sculpture park, this paradise island has also prised no fewer than 13 gold medals from the judges of the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show for its consistently beautiful island blooms.

Classic Collection Holidays is delighted to be featuring this RHS Chelsea Flower Show serial winner. The Sussex based tour operator, itself multi-award winning, is showcasing five properties in the parish of Saint George on the south westerly tip of this the most southerly of the Windward Islands.

Nick Munday, Managing Director, Classic Collection Holidays says, "We're delighted that our Caribbean holidays continue to go from strength to strength. The Caribbean seems the perfect winter fit for our existing clientele who enjoy some of the Mediterranean's most luxurious hotels during the summer months.

"Three years after first launching holidays to the Caribbean, we're thrilled to have a growing presence in Barbados, Antigua and now Grenada. Grenada is a spectacularly beautiful destination and is perfect for those looking for something a little off the beaten track; something special and memorable."

Couples and families are catered for, as Classic offers a choice of accommodation from family-run, small and intimate boutique-style properties to the most prestigious luxury resorts. Board options range from room only to all-inclusive. Flying time from the UK is 10.5 hours with a touch-down in St Lucia. British Airways has been flying to Grenada for more than 30 years and offers two flights a week from Gatwick as does Virgin Atlantic.

Classic will be offering complimentary UK airport lounge passes, and a fast track immigration clearance service on arrival in Grenada, for all bookings. The operator has also recently introduced a concierge service, for restaurant and event reservations, and the option of Tri Star chauffeur services for transfers in the UK from clients' home addresses to their departure airport. All bookings to the Caribbean are handled by Classic's specialist sales division.

Prices per person for 7 night holidays including UK airport lounge, return flights, private transfers and fast track immigration start from £1363 at Radisson Grenada Beach Resort on a room only basis. The Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa starts from £2293 on bed & breakfast. The all-inclusive Spice Island Beach Resort starts from £3447.

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 Wheelchair Friendly
   Holidays in Japan

Japan offers wheelchair-friendly destinations


Japan has recently been in the limelight for the wrong reasons with regards to ‘accessible travel’. However, InsideJapan has recently launched the first in a news series of ‘accessible’ itineraries to open up Japan and its culture in this surprisingly wheelchair-friendly destination.

The UK’s biggest independent Japan travel specialist has been tailoring travel across the Land of the Rising Sun to suit a vast range of interests and customer needs for over 17 years. A trip to Japan can be daunting for any traveller, but perhaps more so for those using a wheelchair.

Having consulted with partners on the ground such as Accessible Japan blogger, Josh Grisdale and Hideto Kijima of the Japan Accessible Tourism organisation (who was at the centre of the recent news from Japan), InsideJapan has created its first fully accessible ‘Golden Route’ trip, giving wheelchair travellers the chance to sample Japan and its culture without barriers.

Japan offers wheelchair accessible holidays

As Japan becomes more popular and with huge international events around the corner, such as the Rugby World Cup 2019, Tokyo Olympics 2020 and the accompanying Paralympics, accessibility will be of increasing concern for travellers to Japan. Thankfully, Japan is reasonably advanced and well placed to welcome visitors with accessibility issues.

Taking in the neon glow of Tokyo with a private guide, heading to Mt Fuji, visiting the temples of Kyoto and riding the sleek Bullet Train are not an issue and accommodation is carefully selected to ensure that there are no surprises for disabled guests, other than the various cultural differences found across Japan.

InsideJapan’s Product Manager, Ruth Hubbard says, “At InsideJapan, our mission is to introduce this amazing country and its wonderful culture to the West. Through working with our ‘accessible experts’ and with the new ‘Wheelchair Accessible Golden Route’ as great example of what we can do, we are now better placed than anyone to do that”.

Enjoy a wheelchair friendly holiday in Japan

The 10 night ‘Wheelchair Accessible Golden Route’ has just been launched and cost from £3,370pp (based on two people sharing and excluding international flights).

The trip includes 10 nights accommodation (with breakfast everyday), private airport transfers and guiding in wheelchair accessible vehicles in Kyoto, Mt. Fuji and Nara, all transport between destinations in Japan, pocket Wi-Fi, and a number of other experiences.

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