Now, that’s a real night at the cin­ema

The Jewish Chronicle - - Life/travel -

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).

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