UK Tourists Booking in Advance for 2013

January is a popular month for British holidaymakers to plan the coming year’s vacations in advance. With the seasonal festivals finally over, and expenditure accounted for, many British tourists book their holidays in January, to ward off post-festivity depression.

In 2012, around 8.7 million UK adults had booked their holidays for 2012 by February 1. According to Direct Line January sales report, around 8.9 million UK residents are already searching for bargains in 2013, before 2012 is even over.

Thomas Cook, a travel company based in the UK, is reporting that some of the most popular destinations for 2013 are Ibiza, Rhodes, and Cyprus.

Ibiza Town, the capital of Ibiza, is famous for its dance parties, and they draw a huge number of young tourists to the country. It is also a popular venue for the musicians, and DJs of the world, thanks to its musical parties. Ibiza holidays are also suitable for families, individuals, or large groups.

Rhodes, in Greece, is also a venue that offers plenty of sunshine to sun-starved UK holidaymakers. In addition to its active nightlife, the venue is also popular for its historical sites. Travellers are recommended to book well in advance for cheap holidays to Rhodes, to avoid escalating prices and overbooking disappointments.

Cyprus, an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, close to Greece, is also a favourite destination for British travellers in 2013. Cyprus is a member of the EEA (European Economic Area), and as an EEA national, UK residents do not need a visa, and on arriving in the country there is only a short passport or identity card check. Cyprus offers coastal beaches that are set against a mountainous terrain. The country also offers around 50 boutique wineries, as well as bars and restaurants that are open until the early hours of the morning.

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane Awarded Best UK Day Spa

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane has recently been awarded the Best UK Day Spa at the SPA Traveller Awards 2012.

The hotel’s rooftop spa has a viewing terrace, a fitness centre, and nine luxurious fitness rooms, each with its own private relaxation pods. The spa is offering a new menu for New Year 2013, with around 40 individual body and facial treatments, and a wide range of Spa Day packages, in partnership with ESPA, Omorovicza, The Organic Pharmacy, Vaishaly and CACI. The spa’s patrons can also buy gift certificates for their friends and relatives, online or by making a personal visit to the spa itself.

The hotel is located in the heart of Mayfair, across from Hyde Park and close to the sights and experiences of the city of London. The hotel is offering 193 luxury guest rooms, including 46 one, two and three-bedroom suites for guests. The hotel amenities include airport transfers, wireless and wired Internet connections, complimentary newspapers and shoeshines.

The hotel Concierge team is available to arrange a number of activities for families to enjoy, including horseback riding in Hyde Park, viewing the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, and arranging tickets to the newest exhibitions and shows.

The New Year’s Eve party tonight commences in the Amaranto Bar with a six-course dinner for £246.00 per person. Live music is offered by the Bessame Mucho quartet. The New Year’s Day Brunch buffet is priced at £96.00 per adult, and £48.00 per child.

British Airways Extends Services to Toronto

British Airways, the UK based airline, will be increasing its flights to Toronto, Canada, from London Heathrow airport in the UK.

The airline will be offering its extended schedule of services from March 31, 2013, with additional flights on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays, taking the total weekly flights on the route to 17. The new service will be operated with a B767-300 aircraft, with fares including Club World (business class), World Traveller Plus (premium economy), and World Traveller (economy class).

The flights will be departing from London Heathrow’s Terminal 5. The extended service is also intended to assist customers flying to other European destinations of Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Istanbul.

Previously, British Airways announced new flights to Chengdu, in China, also from London Heathrow airport.

The new three times weekly service commences from September 22, 2013, and the airline will be the first carrier to offer a service between London and Chengdu. Currently the airline services to china include flights to Beijing and Shanghai, on the Chinese mainland, and to the island of Hong Kong.

To celebrate the new service, the airline is offering airfares to Chengdu for £508 on all bookings made by January 6, 2013. The service utilises a four-cabin Boeing 777 aircraft with First, Club World (business class), World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and World Traveller (economy) seating.

Willie Walsh, the chief executive officer of IAG, the airline’s parent company, said, ‘I have visited China on many occasions and last year went to Chengdu to see for myself the progress that has been made at the airport. It is truly impressive and shows vision and ambition.

I am delighted to announce this new route, which demonstrates the importance of mainland China to British Airways and our commitment to grow our presence here.’