Now, that’s a real night at the cinema
TEL Aviv’s big centenary bash is due to take place on October 17, and for those who want to join the party, El Al and the Tel AvivJaffa Hotel Association are offering a bargain-priced city break at the art deco Cinema Hotel ( above). The celebrations, on the banks of the Yarkon River near the glossily refurbished Tel Aviv Port, are the climax of a year of centenary events and include a Light and Water Show, a huge firework display and a party with local DJs and VJs. A three-night flight-and-B&B deal costs £369 per person (based on two sharing), while for those with less time to spare, two nights cost £339. Bookable with El Al’s package arm, Superstar (www. superstar.co.uk; 020 7121 1500 or 0161 834 6553). IF you are heading for Eilat for the New Year, Isrotel is offering a tempting deal on the resort’s glitziest New Year’s Eve celebration. Guests staying at the chain’s super-chilled Agamim Hotel (that’s the one where you can open the door of your room and slip straight into the pool) can attend the New Year’s Eve dinner dance at their flagship Royal Beach for just £60 per head, instead of 1,000 NIS (£166). Book through Eilat specialists or www.isrotel.co.il. IF, instead, you fancy the Caribbean at New Year’s Eve, Cotton Bay Village, the smart (and fully refurbished) villa enclave in Saint Lucia, is offering those who book before October 31 seven nights for the price of six and a glamorous New Year’s eve party which will include a choice of two dining locations, fire eaters, a bonfire and fireworks at midnight. Carrier (0161 491 7620; www.carrier.co.uk) is offering the special package from £1,860 per person based on two sharing, including accommodation, BA flights and private transfers. ANYONE planning to fly from the North-West for some New York retail therapy next summer will give a little whoop of joy at American Airlines’ new, daily Manchester-NY service due to begin on May 16 and continue to September 30. The service to JFK — where the airline has a new $1.3 billion terminal — will depart Manchester at 11 am, arriving at 13.50, and leaving JFK early evening for the return, arriving around 8 the next morning (020 7365 0777; www. aa.com). LITERARY types can indulge their love of books along with some serious pampering in November with a weekend at the 15th-century Swan Hotel ( top right), Lavenham to tie in with the Suffolk town’s first autumn literary festival. From £245 per person (based on two sharing), it includes two nights’ accommodation with breakfast, tickets to the festival’s Literary Dinner (at the hotel), three festival events and dinner on the second OKAY, Succot hasn’t even begun and we are offering Chanucah present suggestions, but a new edition of the Insight Pocket World Atlas, is the perfect gift for the serious traveller (despite its “moleskine-style leather-look cover”). Appealingly compact, it is packed with up-to-date cartography reference maps, key facts and figures and 20,000 place names. Available in black, red, racing green or navy – it has an elastic strap to prevent scrunched up pages, a bookmark and even a pocket for notes. Published this week by Insight Guides, it costs £10.99 from bookshops and online (www.insightguides.com). For those who love to slip off to the countryside (or to some of the UK’s gorgeous little towns, or indeed, stylishly regenerated big towns), the 2010 edition of the AA Hotel Guide may make the perfect gift. Just out, at £16.99, it includes 3,700 AA-inspected hotels, as well as magazine-style features covering such subjects as where to find the best afternoon tea, plus maps, prices, photographs and websites.
night (www.theswanatlavenham. co.uk; 01787 247477).