Visit Wales and prepare to be afraid… be very afraid…

Following a complete sell-out of its evening tours during 2010 at Plas Mawr in Conwy, Cadw is bringing Blodwen the maid out of the shadows in 2011. Two tours will take place every Thursday at the haunted house, starting from April 14th 2011.

The hour-long tours, which can accommodate up to 22 persons at a time, will take place at 6pm and again at 7.30pm. The tours will increase to twice weekly during the summer months when most people take their family holiday with private tour requests also considered subject to availability.

Centuries-old Plas Mawr in Conwy, north Wales has many secrets and stories to tell and the out of hours visitor experiences have been a runaway success at the Townhouse. Blodwen the maid has enthralled hundreds over the summer of tourists and locals alike as she explored the hidden crevices and threw light on the mysteries associated with this grand Elizabethan residence.

Blue Badge guide Rhian Wyn Jones will play the part of Blodwen again as she peels back the layers of history to offer an entertaining journey into the intriguing past of this supposedly haunted house.

Plas Mawr is a particularly dramatic testimony to the new wealth available to the Tudor gentry in Wales after the Act of Union and is architecturally elaborate with its lavish interior decoration, its ornate fireplaces and colourful intricate plasterwork.

This was the house of Robert Wynn (d. 1598), whose initials – R.W. – appear so frequently on its ornamental plasterwork. Having travelled widely in Europe, Robert Wynn married at the age of fifty and bought land for his new house in Conwy. In its design he incorporated elements that were fashionable in London and beyond, as well as reminders of his own and his wife’s family connections with the gentry families of Wales. Specialist plasterers created decorative schemes in the main rooms that incorporated heraldic emblems of the families to whom Robert Wynn was related.

Rhian Wyn Jones, who lives in Conwy herself, said, “I have been thrilled with the response to the evening tours at Plas Mawr and it’s great to back for more in 2011. There was an obvious need for more out of hours events in Conwy and it’s great to see such a positive response from the public and travel trade alike. From the old passageways to the eerie pentagrams to ward off evil spirits there’s plenty to make your hair stand on end but there will also be plenty of fun along the way. I’m looking forward to sharing the wonders of Plas Mawr for those brave enough to join me.”

Tickets for the Plas Mawr evening tours will be available from April 1st on 01492 580167, priced at £6.00, a great treat for all the family on holiday.

Is the cost of Airport Parking and Resort Transfers Driving you up the Wall?

It’s easy to forget when planning a holiday about the extra costs of airport parking and holiday resort transfers, especially if you’re planning the holiday by booking the hotel, flights and transfers separately to save money. Buying a package holiday is not always the cheapest way to travel as the holiday companies will always charge a premium for these services.

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Centara Maldives offers free night

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives has a special summer offer in which guests staying between April 28 and July 31, 2011 pay for two nights and receive the third night free of charge, with all benefits included.

During this period, the rate per room night for a Beach Suite is US$699 net, with service charge included but subject to government bed tax of US$8 per person, per day.

The accommodation is on the basis of two adults and up to two children aged 12 years or under sharing their parents’ room. A charge of US$180 per extra adult and US$90 per extra child is applicable.

All guests receive full benefits that include daily buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the resort’s main restaurant; afternoon tea with an ice cream station for the children; pre-dinner snacks; all-day soft drinks; and an open bar serving house-pouring brands, cocktails, wines, and beers.

Guests wishing to dine a la carte at any of the resort’s three restaurants may select a US$40 per adult/US$20 per child alternative.

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa is located in the South Ari Atoll, a prime spot for diving and snorkeling. Designed in the colonial style, with timber buildings and walkways, the resort is family oriented with plenty of activities for children.

Roundtrip seaplane services from Male Airport are operated during daylight hours at US$326 net per adult/US$163 net per child, and speedboat transfer is available during day and night at US$260 net per adult/US$130 net per child.

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives is located in the South Ari Atoll and offers the ultimate in barefoot island luxury along with a range of exciting activities that will appeal both to couples and to families.

Featuring 112 suites and villas, with a choice of beachside or over-water accommodation, the resort has its own house reef complete with a dedicated sunken shipwreck and is within easy reach of the top dive spots in the Maldives.

For more information and reservations, please contact: tel. 02 101 1234 ext. 1 or email to reservations@chr.co.th or visit the website at www.centarahotelsresorts.com/package/MaldivesFreeNight.asp or www.facebook.com/centarahotelsresorts