New hotels, horses and helicopter trips
IF JERUSALEM’S slew of luxe hotels — which currently include the King David and David’s Citadel — do not offer you enough options for opulence, you will welcome the news that Waldorf-Astoria, owners of the legendary New York property, is to open a 220-room hotel in the city at the end of 2010. To be known as The Palace Jerusalem — The Waldorf-Astoria Collection, the hotel is superbly located at the intersection of King David, Agron and Mamilla streets, just steps from the new Mamilla Mall and the Old City. A historic building once a government ministry, it will retain its stunning Ottoman façade, while facilities will include three restaurants, spa, fitness facility and pool, conference facilities, parking and 30 apartments.
Keen Apprentice watchers will know that when Sir Alan Sugar is not setting tasks for aspiring apprentices, he spends much of his time in Monaco. Those who fancy joining him among the spectators at the Monaco Grand Prix, taking place at the end of this month, will relish adventure travel company Black Tomato’s three-night Grand Prix breaks which include entry to some exclusive Monaco parties. A truly glamour-filled experience, the breaks also feature helicopter transfers, stunning accommodation with breakfast, flights from Heathrow and, of course, those VIP parties. They cost from £999 per person based on two sharing (020 7610 9008; www.blacktomato.co.uk).
Combine a stay in glorious Suffolk with an insight into the county’s literary connections with a new booklet, Literary Suffolk, which includes, among its 100 authors, Jewish writer Meg Rosoff, who based her 2005 novel, What I Was, on the Suffolk Coast. Find out about accommodation with a short break brochure available from 0844 980 8518 or www.choosesuffolk. com, while copies of Literary Suffolk are available from 0844 980 8510 or www. literarysuffolk.paperviewer.co.uk.
Early booking cruise fans can save up to £150 off brochure price by booking their 2009 cruises with Royal Caribbean. A 10-night Canary Islands and Morocco fly-cruise aboard Brilliance of the Seas (departing Barcelona and visiting ports which include Malaga and Lanzarote) currently costs from £898 per person (based on two sharing). This includes flights, transfers, all meals, entertainment and taxes ( www. royalcaribbean.co.uk, 0845 165 8330).
Take advantage of uncrowded sandy beaches and balmy weather in Corsica when VFB Holidays is offering 15 per cent savings on some villas for early May departures. A week at the stylish Villa Altana, which sleeps six, has a private pool and stunning modern interior, now costs from £966 per week (or £161 per person, based on six sharing). Flights and car hire are bookable ( 01242 240 331; www.vfbholidays.co.uk).
With just over a month until Royal Ascot, the Macdonald Berystede Hotel and Spa in Ascot is offering a special package for racegoers during the royal meeting (from June 17 to 21 this year) — from £250 per night for a double room and breakfast. The hotel, which also has a gorgeous spa with pool, gym, relaxation area and beauty studios, is also offering a pre-race champagne breakfast at £22.50 for those making an early start from home 0844 879 9104, ( www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/berystede).
A family of four heading to Florida this summer can save up to £160 on theme-park entry with one of the new ticket combo passports offered by Keith Prowse Tickets. The passports cover the sunshine state’s top entertainment venues including Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios, SeaWorld Orlando, the brand new Aquatica water park and Kennedy Space Center and cost from just £135 for an adult (02890 23 24 25; www. keithprowsetickets.com).
A computer-generated image of Jerusalem’s The Palace-Waldorf-Astoria Collection due to open in late 2010
Monte Carlo, where Black Tomato offer Grand Prix packages