New ho­tels, horses and he­li­copter trips

The Jewish Chronicle - - Travel - BY LUCY MILLER

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

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