Half-term deals with scrolls and rolls

The Jewish Chronicle - - Travel - BYLUCY MILLER

YET AN­OTHER REA­SON to visit New York this au­tumn (aside from the fab­u­lous shop­ping, still fan­tas­tic value de­spite the slight drop in the ster­ling ex­change rate), is a new ex­hi­bi­tion of six Dead Sea scrolls at the city’s ex­cel­lent Jewish Mu­seum on Fifth Av­enue. Run­ning un­til Jan­uary 4, the ex­hi­bi­tion also fea­tures a num­ber of other early texts and some arte­facts, in­clud­ing a jar and linen wrap­per that pro­tected the scrolls, the ear­li­est phy­lac­ter­ies, dishes and ves­sels, from the Qum­ran site, where the scrolls were found (www.the­jew­ish­mu­seum.org; 00212.423.3200).

For all those crav­ing some sun­shine, Long­wood Hol­i­days have some tempt­ing of­fers in Ei­lat in early Novem­ber, in­clud­ing a week at the five-star Royal Beach from £825 (b&b); a week at the Magic Palace (HB) from £569; and a week at the Nep­tune (HB) from £655. All prices are per per­son based on two shar­ing, in­clud­ing di­rect flights and trans­fers (020 8418 2522; www.long­wood­hol­i­days.co.uk).

Gourmet kosher sand­wiches made by Ada­fina, the cool kosher deli on Abbey Road, in St John’s Wood, North­West Lon­don, are now avail­able at Caffè Nero out­lets in Heathrow’s Ter­mi­nals 1, 4 and 5. The range, which in­cludes such de­lights as smoked sal­mon with dill and cream cheese or herbed cheese, rocket and sun­dried tomato, in mezonot bagel; tuna salad or chicken may­on­naise and sweet­corn, on gra­nary bread and egg mayo on mezonot roll, means you need never again pack your own snacks for the air­port (www.ada­fina.co.uk).

Sir Paul McCart­ney chose Tel Aviv’s deluxe Dan Ho­tel dur­ing his three­night stay in the city for his pre-Rosh Hashanah con­cert. The for­mer Bea­tle stayed in the Royal Suite where a grand pi­ano was spe­cially in­stalled in the vast liv­ing room, along with a huge cake dec­o­rated to look like his lat­est CD, Mem­ory Al­most Full, a hand-em­broi­dered mono­grammed bathrobe, and a pri­vate but­ler. Any­one want­ing to stay in the same room — pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, Madonna, Richard Gere and Sharon Stone, though not all at once — will have to stretch their plas­tic to at least $2,530 (£1,436) per night. A reg­u­lar dou­ble room there, how­ever, starts from $320 (£181), in­clud­ing break­fast (www.dan­ho­tels.com 00972 3 520 2552).

If you are looking for an Oc­to­ber half-term break for your kids, PGL has a few places left for its res­i­den­tial ac­tiv­ity breaks for chil­dren from Oc­to­ber 25, with big sav­ings on pub­lished prices. Th­ese in­clude a week at Bore­at­ton Park, Shrop­shire, from £209 (all age groups, from seven to 16); a week at Tre­goyd, South Wales for seven-to10-year-olds, now £209; and a week at Win­mar­leigh Hall, Lan­cashire, for age groups seven-to-10 and 13-to-16 at £209. There are also four-night breaks from Oc­to­ber 27 at three cen­tres, in­clud­ing Marchants Hill, Sur­rey and Os­ming­ton Bay, Dorset, for all ages, at £159. Prices in­clude full-board res­i­den­tial ac­com­mo­da­tion and a wide choice of ac­tiv­i­ties (08700 507 507; www.pgl.co.uk)

The Manor House Ho­tel, Wilt­shire, one of the re­gion’s most exclusive coun­try house ho­tels, is of­fer­ing spe­cial rates from £180 per dou­ble room, per night, in­clud­ing break­fast, with din­ner avail­able for an ad­di­tional £52 per per­son. Fa­cil­i­ties at the Manor House, set within 365 acres of land­scaped wood­land, park­land and gar­dens, in­clude a golf course, two restau­rants catered by a Miche­lin-rated chef, laser clay pi­geon shoot­ing, gi­ant scalex­tric, plus a se­lec­tion of DVDs and board games for loan (www.ex­clu­sive­ho­tels.co.uk).

Rail en­thu­si­asts can en­joy a jour­ney on the Blue­bell Rail­way as part of a two-night break at Ock­enden Manor in Cuck­field, Sus­sex. The break costs £270 per per­son (based on two shar­ing) and in­cludes break­fast and din­ner both days in the El­iz­a­bethan ho­tel’s Miche­lin-starred restau­rant. The spe­cial deal, avail­able un­til Novem­ber 14, also in­cludes en­trance to the nearby Ca­pa­bil­ity Brown-de­signed Sh­effield Park. Book through Pride of Bri­tain Ho­tels (0800-089 3929; www.pride­of­bri­tain­ho­tels.com).

For those who pre­fer to head across the Chan­nel, city breaks spe­cial­ist Cities Di­rect is of­fer­ing two-nights­for-the-price-of-one deals on Euro­pean city breaks at se­lected ho­tels be­tween Novem­ber and Fe­bru­ary. Th­ese in­clude a two-night break in Bu­dapest at the four-star Art’Ho­tel, a well-lo­cated mod­ern prop­erty on the banks of the Danube from £149 per per­son. There are also two-night breaks at the four-star Duodo Palace Ho­tel, Venice, close to St Marks Square and the Fenice The­atre, from £169 per per­son. Both pack­ages are based on dou­ble oc­cu­pancy and in­clude re­turn flights and break­fasts. (01242 536900; www.cities­di­rect.co.uk).

And if you are still hop­ing to get to Ei­lat for half-term, Ex­pert Travel have some avail­abil­ity left on seven-night breaks, from Oc­to­ber 19 to 26. Th­ese in­clude one week at the Royal Beach (b&b) £939; and at the all-in­clu­sive La­goona from £749; at the Dan Panorama (HB) from £639. All prices are per per­son, based on two shar­ing, and in­clude di­rect flights and trans­fers (020 8922 1234).

Man­hat­tan: cul­ture at the city’s Jewish Mu­seum, as well as fab­u­lous shop­ping

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