Sin­gles, spas and Sex and The City specials

The Jewish Chronicle - - TRAVEL - BY KATE COLLINS

JEWISH SIN­GLES Club, a Europe-wide sin­gles or­gan­i­sa­tion, is hold­ing its an­nual sum­mer trip for 35 to 55-year-olds in Le Di­ablerets, Switzer­land. The trip, from July 27 to Au­gust 3, is based at a four-star ho­tel with pool, sauna and breath­tak­ing moun­tain scenery and of­fers a wide range of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties. The cost is 840 Swiss Francs (£423), which in­cludes ac­com­mo­da­tion with break­fast and din­ner (veg­e­tar­ian or per­mit­ted fish), but not flights (00 41 44317 17 40; guggen­heim@my­tours.ch).

With the movie Sex and The City open­ing next month, any­one in­spired to visit New York to sam­ple the SATC lifestyle, can do so with a Sex and the City Cel­e­bra­tion Pack­age at the city’s Man­darin Ori­en­tal. It costs a Mr Bigstyle $2,000 (£1,000) but in­cludes a night in a river-view room, a limo tour of SATC hotspots, a $200 gift card for Henri Ben­del — a favourite store of SATC stylist Pa­tri­cia Field — a Cos­abella gift bag, cock­tails in the ho­tel’s uber­cool bar and a SATC trivia game. Valid un­til De­cem­ber 31 (001 212 805 8800; monyc-reser­va­tions@mohg.com).

And while in the city, you can take in some Jewish cul­ture, at the su­perb Jewish Mu­seum on Fifth Av­enue, where an ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled Ac­tion/Ab­strac­tion: Pol­lock, de Koon­ing, and Amer­i­can Art, 1940-1976 opens on May 4. Con­tin­u­ing un­til Septem­ber 21, it ex­am­ines ab­stract ex­pres­sion­ism and the move­ments that fol­lowed, fea­tur­ing works by 31 artists viewed from the perspectives of in­flu­en­tial, ri­val art crit­ics Cle­ment Green­berg and Harold Rosenberg. While there, don’t miss Andy Warhol’s Ten Por­traits of Jews of the Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury, un­til Au­gust 3 (www.the­jew­ish­mu­seum.org; 001 212.423.3200).

Amer­i­can ac­tor, singer and one-time teen idol Frankie Avalon is to head­line Crys­tal Cruises an­nual Pres­i­dent’s Cruise (Athens to Rome, from Au­gust 24). The “Isles of An­tiq­uity” voy­age aboard glam­orous Crys­tal Seren­ity also fea­tures an evening gala cock­tail party at the Eph­e­sus arche­o­log­i­cal site. Avalon, who had 31 sin­gles in the US charts and ap­peared in Grease, will give sev­eral per­for­mances dur­ing the 12- night fly-cruise. The cost is from £3,625 per per­son based on two shar­ing (020 7287 9040; www.crys­tal­cruises.co.uk).

And cruise fans will wel­come the new al­fresco Sanc­tu­ary spas on three Princess Cruises ships — Is­land Princess, Grand Princess and Star Princess. The cre­ation of the out­door spas fol­lows the suc­cess of new spas on Crown Princess and Emer­ald Princess (www. princess.com; 0845 3 555 800).

Young fans of Dis­ney’s High School Mu­si­cal can star in their own ver­sion of the show on a new sum­mer camp from Camp Beau­mont. The hol­i­day, on the edge of the Peak Dis­trict Na­tional Park, in South York­shire, also fea­tures 60 other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing ab­seil­ing, archery, zip-wires, cir­cus skills and quad-bik­ing, plus games, It’s a Knock­out chal­lenge and camp-fire and fire­work par­ties, for ages seven to 11. One week be­tween July 19 and Au­gust 30 cost £498 (01603-660333; www.camp­beau­mont.co.uk).

And if last week’s travel fea­ture on Bei­jing and Shang­hai has whet­ted your ap­petite for a visit, China Di­rect has a 14-day trip from Oc­to­ber 29. Priced at £2,395 per per­son (based on two shar­ing), it also in­cludes Xi’an and Guilin and is based in five-star ho­tels and kosher or veg­e­tar­ian meals (020 7538 2840; www.chi­nadi­rect-travel.co.uk)

Fans of that most de­li­ciously deca­dent of meals, af­ter­noon tea, will lap up the new guide to Bri­tain’s best tea rooms writ­ten by Susan Co­hen. North-West Lon­don-based Co­hen has up­dated her five-year-old first edi­tion of Where to Take Tea and, as well as a fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory of af­ter­noon tea, it fea­tures 23 tea rooms in Lon­don, from the very grand to the less for­mal. It also in­cludes tea-rooms in some 25 towns and cities around the rest of Bri­tain (New Hol­land, £7.99)

Cul­ture vul­tures should head to the Cor­nish town of Fowey for the an­nual Du Mau­rier Fes­ti­val, which takes place from May 8 to 17. The charm­ing and his­toric town (once home to the nov­el­ist) will host a di­verse group of guests, in­clud­ing Lord Owen, Martin Bell, Ge­orge Ala­giah; Marc Al­mond and Brian Sewell, and for any­one visit­ing, CTC has a num­ber of cot­tages in Fowey and nearby vil­lages from £316 per week for weeks com­menc­ing May 3 or May 10 (01208 821 666; www.corn­cott.com; www.du­mau­ri­er­fes­ti­val.co.uk).

If the Amalfi Coast is on your wish list this spring, Kirker Hol­i­days is of­fer­ing re­duc­tions of £34 per per­son per night at the deluxe five-star Ho­tel Palazzo Sasso in Ravello, A three-night break, with flights and B&B costs from £760 un­til May 11 (www.kirk­er­hol­i­days. com; 020 7593 2288).

And if In Bruges, the newly re­leased film star­ring Colin Farrell — JC film critic Ger­ald Aaron awarded it four stars — has in­spired you to visit Bel­gium’s pic­turesque me­di­ae­val city, VFB Hol­i­days is of­fer­ing two-night breaks from £134 per per­son, based on two shar­ing and in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion with break­fast and Eurostar or Euro­tun­nel travel (01452 716 831; www.vf­b­hol­i­days.co.uk).

New York: the city’s Man­darin Ori­en­tal is of­fer­ing a Sex and The City pack­age to cel­e­brate the movie

Peak of per­fec­tion: Switzer­land in sum­mer. Visit with Jewish Sin­gles Club

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