Spring/Summer 2007 WORLD Travel with the Experts... Midland Co-op Travel Exclusive Reader Offer Viva on idyllic Villa Holiday Las Vegas. . . to Corsica Holiday Ideas for this Spring and Summer From a fantastic new hotel concept to an exclusive reader offer, here are a few of our holiday ideas available at the moment… EXCLUSIVE PREFERENTIAL WORLD READER OFFER Any members interested in visiting the stunning island of Corsica should take a look at specialist villa operator, Voyages Ilena, which has introduced a new Corsican villa to its portfolio. ‘U Sole’ (ref 0942), is set in the village of Lumio, which is just 15 minutes drive from Calvi and all its beaches. The villa has three bedrooms, one of which is accessed from the outside and has its own Dear Member, ensuite shower room (so ideal for grandparents who may wish to be slightly separate from the Well, Spring is underway and Summer is just rest of the family). Prices are based on six around the corner. I’m sure many of you are people sharing for one week range from £589 to already thinking of where you may venture this year, and hopefully this issue of £959 per person including flights from Gatwick, Preferential World will whet your appetite. two hire cars and seven nights self catering at the villa. Voyages Ilena is offering Preferential We have teamed up with our friends at World readers an exclusive offer of a £150 Midlands Co-Op Travel, which is part of one discount per holiday (ie – whole rental of the of the UK’s largest independent travel agents, villa) if they quote ‘Preferential World.’ This who give you an overview of what they can offer is subject to availability. For bookings, brochures, or to take up the offer, offer you in terms of cruise holidays and call Voyages Ilena www.voyagesilena.co.uk on 020 7924 4440 much more. Our featured destination is ‘Las Vegas’, where I myself have recently visited and thoroughly GRIEG IS THE WORD. . . enjoyed. It really has to be experienced to be The Life, Work and Music of Edvard Grieg - £1845pp - This year marks the believed and I hope our article in this 100th anniversary of the death of the famous Norwegian composer, Edvard issue encourages some of you to visit this Grieg, and a special cruise will take place departing on 18 must-see city. August to mark the occasion. The itinerary begins in his We are delighted to have secured an hometown of Bergen, before traveling to Kirkenes, right exclusive offer for Preferential World readers up by the Russian border, with daily lectures and piano on a villa holiday to Corsica with specialist recitals - the perfect accompaniment to the tumbling operator, Voyages Ilena. waterfalls and towering peaks the ship passes on the And finally, continuing in our series of top five voyage north. Prices for this voyage start from £1845 per holidays and short-breaks from Preferential person based on two sharing a twin cabin. This includes contact-centre staff, this issue we have Linda return flights between London Heathrow and Bergen/Oslo Larman talking about her all-time favourite and domestic flight Kirkenes/Oslo, all taxes and service places. charges, six nights accommodation on the MS Trollfjord on a full board basis, one night in Oslo and one night in Bergen on a bed and breakfast basis, transfers and services of an onboard lecturer. Hurtigruten, the new name for Best wishes and happy holidays, Norwegian Coastal Voyage - 020 8846 2666 www.hurtigruten.co.uk REVOLUTIONARY NEW HOTEL CONCEPT YOTEL will open its first two hotels inside the terminal buildings of London’s Gatwick and Heathrow airports this spring. The YOTEL concept uses the Steve Nickerson, Managing Director language of airline travel and offers a business class experience. At London Heathrow, a 40- cabin YOTEL will open within Terminal 4, while at London Gatwick, a 50-cabin YOTEL will open within the South Terminal building. YOTEL was created by Yo! Founder Simon Woodroffe and YOTEL CEO Gerard Greene. The idea was conceived by Simon after he was upgraded into first-class on a flight. He decided to translate the language of luxury airline travel and Japanese capsule hotels into a small but luxurious cabin. The ‘cabins’ are 10m2 and feature double beds with luxury bedding, techno walls, sophisticated “mood” lighting, pull down desks, monsoon shower, flat screen TV with surround sound stereo system, a choice of hundreds of downloadable movies, wi-fi access, eat-in grazing menu and web booking facilities. Cabins will be bookable in blocks of four hours enabling delayed and transfer passengers to relax privately in a hotel environment. In addition, passengers leaving on those early morning flights can stay the night before and check in online from the comfort of their rooms. Automated check in and check out does away with the need for customers to stand in frustrating queues at the reception counter in the mornings. Prices for a Standard cabin will range from £25 for four hours to £40 overnight, while a Premium cabin will cost £40 for four hours, £80 overnight. www.yotel.com My Holidays. . . by Linda Larman Linda Larman is a member of Preferential’s Contact Team, based in Southend. She talks to us about her holiday and short break memories, dream holidays and short break plans for the future… On my last holiday I went to… Rhodes. It was beautiful views. A car was a necessity here and my first visit to Greek Islands. We stayed in a Lagos town was only five minutes away as was hotel built on a mountainside around 2 km from the harbour. It was a nice central location for Lindos. I like to stay in peaceful locations just exploring Portugal. It’s the only place I’ve been far enough away from the hustle and bustle of to that I would consider returning to. the tourist areas and this was very peaceful indeed. The steps from the hotel gardens lead My short breaks are spent… visiting family in down to a the North East which I tend to do at least twice beautiful beach. a year. My favourite short break in Europe was Whilst there, I in Menton in the South of France near the Italian visited various border. It was a five day break which we towns and the organised ourself over the internet. We visited two favourites for Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo, my favourite me were Lindos being Monte Carlo. We would normally hire a itself and Rhodes car on holiday, but its more beneficial here to Old Town. As you use public transport and the buses are very approach Lindos frequent and comfortable. it looks so pretty as it is built on a hill and is full It was great to see up of brilliant white houses with the ancient ruins of close the Formula One the Acropolis right at the top. You can climb to Racing Circuit. It’s the top but I decided to take the Donkey Taxi . amazing how they reach Donkeys are the only means of transport in those speeds around the Lindos (unless you have a motorbike). It was a streets of Monaco! scary ride, but it was well worth it as the views from the top are spectacular. My dream holiday Rhodes has the contrast of the Old and New destination anywhere in towns, but I much preferred the Old town which the world is… Australia is surrounded by ancient walls and is steeped in starting off in Sydney. I history.” would like to experience a few months there to see what life is like on the My all time favourite other side of the world. So I'll have to wait until holiday destination I retire to do so! is… All my travel has been in Europe On my next holiday I am planning to go to… including Spain, Turkey. I've never been there before but I’ve Cyprus, The Canaries heard good reports from friends so I'll give it a and Balearics but I try. Going to a country you’ve never visited would say my before always adds to the excitement of the favourite location so trip. I’m still looking for that special place that far is Lagos in Portugal. Again I stayed in a has all the ingredients I'm looking for, who small exclusive hotel in the hills which had knows this might be it! Destination feature VIVA Las Vegas is unequalled for sheer visual impact. Glittering and glamorous, the city is an intriguing mix of the intimate and imposing. Stroll through the streets of ancient Rome, relax in lush Polynesian gardens, ride gondolas on the Grande Canal or walk the path of the ancient Egyptians and marvel at the scale and theatrical complexity of this ever-changing city. Las Vegas is an increasingly luxurious destination where indulgence and extravagance reign. Be pampered in luxury spas, appreciate fine cuisine from world-renowned chefs, remember the Rat Pack and try your luck in the lavish casinos. Commanding architecture, whimsical themes and the freedom to do what you want, when you want, make Las Vegas an irresistible adult playground. Enter tainment Capital of the World Las Vegas has been associated with glamorous entertainment for decades and earned its title as the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’ long ago. Today, visitors are still dazzled by sequin-clad showgirls and sophisticated lounge acts, but also enjoy an unparalleled variety of production shows, comedy revues, magic acts, superstar concert headliners and travelling Broadway performances. With nightclubs and ultra lounges in abundance, you’ll be entertained until dawn. Dining Las Vegas Style Once known for its all-you-can-eat buffets, Las Vegas has transformed itself into a culinary destination. Dining options include cuisine from every part of the world, with price tags that vary as much as menus. High-end eateries are all the rage and Las Vegas hotels have recruited some of the top chefs in the world to open and run restaurants inside their properties. Las Vegas is home to two restaurants that have earned the AAA Five-Diamond rating: Picasso at Bellagio and Renoir at The Mirage and celebrity chefs continue to make waves-and history-in Las Vegas. Wine connoisseurs can toast the many restaurants that have received honours for their extensive and exquisite wine lists. Aureole at Mandalay Images courtesy of the Bay became one of only 87 restaurants worldwide to receive the "Grand Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority. Award," Wine Spectator magazine's highest honour. LAS VEGAS. . . Culinary and wine critics have discovered what visitors have long known: Las Vegas is a diner's paradise. And with prices to fit everyone's budget, it's no wonder why the dining scene has taken centre stage in the Entertainment Capital of the World. Neon to Nature Everyone is drawn to the lights and excitement of Las Vegas but too few are aware of the wonders of Mother Nature that surround them. The spirit of cowboys, Indians, outlaws and pioneers lives on in Nevada. Outstanding recreational opportunities, offering real rough and ready excitement, take place against a backdrop of jaw- dropping scenery. Rugged mountains, brilliantly coloured rock canyons and deep desert valleys offer stunning scenery and a myriad of outdoor recreational opportunities. The region’s favourable climate makes outdoor activity an attractive option year-round. Nearby Natural Attractions : MOUNT CHARLESTON is just 35 miles from Las Vegas at an elevation of 11,918 feet. An average of 20 to 30 degrees cooler than Las Vegas, Mount Charleston is a perfect retreat for skiing, hiking and horseback riding. THE GRAND CANYON lies approximately 300 miles from Las Vegas and can be reached by an exhilarating 40 minute helicopter flight. Over millions of years, the Colorado River carved this natural wonder that is one mile deep and 277 miles long. RED ROCK CANYON is just 15 miles west of Las Vegas. It is a stunningly scenic area of scarlet rock formations and desert open to the public year-round, Red Rock Canyon is home to feral horses, wild burros, bighorn sheep, coyotes and an enormous variety of desert plant life. Climate The climate in Nevada is arid with abundant sunshine, light rainfall and snow. The Mojave Desert is North America's hottest desert and receives less than 10cm of rain per year. Temperatures vary enormously with location and season. Daytime maximums average over 100°F (38°C) in July and August, and night-time minimums drop below freezing in December and January. For visitors to Las Vegas, the mid-Summer heat is intense but all of the hotels, indoor attractions, shopping and restaurants are comfortably air-conditioned and resorts feature lavish outdoor pools. Ideal times to visit are between April-May and September-October. For more information www.visitlasvegas.co.uk Free tourist information packs on Las Vegas and Nevada are available by calling 0870 523 8832 Travel When it comes to your cruise holiday we want you to sit back, tell us what you’re after and let us put it all together. with the As you know, life moves as fast as you want it to on board these fabulous Experts. . . floating hotels, and this year we have got more destinations than ever before for Midlands you to explore. Midlands Co-op Travel are part of the UK’s largest Co-op independent travel agents. Our independence means that we’re not financially linked to any tour operator, leaving you free to shop around with a wide range of Travel operators to find a cruise holiday that’s perfect for you. We understand that finding your ideal cruise is important and as your Co-operative travel agent, our website and highly trained travel advisors offer open, honest and impartial advice. From traditional Mediterranean or Caribbean cruises to adventure cruising in Alaska, we’re sure to have something for you. We will do all of the searching for you and find you the right cruise to suit your needs. We book through many various cruise operators including Ocean Village, P&O, Cunard and Princess Cruises. . . .amazing itineraries There are some truly amazing itineraries available for 2007 and 2008 on some of the most spectacular ships in the world. You’ll find everything from weekend breaks to 14 night sailings. So whether you’re seeking cultural explorations, idyllic beaches or dramatic scenery, every day holds new and exciting possibilities. “ THE TIGERS ” – Preferential is delighted to announce its sponsorship of the Southdown Under 7’s, which are part of the Southdown Minors Section based at Burgess Hill Football Club in West Sussex. Cruising is becoming more and more popular with all age groups. It offers you an effortless way to see the world whilst enjoying an unrivalled quality of service. Take part in the adventurous activities provided or simply lie back and relax. By booking your 2007/2008 cruise early, you will benefit from the many fantastic early booking discounts available, ensure availability and have more choice of destination. Plus, you can make great savings of up to 50%! Then you can sit back and start looking forward to your holiday at sea. Remember, unlike other High Street travel agents and websites, we are totally independent, so you can be absolutely sure of honest and impartial advice that won’t let you down. We are always on hand with practical support and advice to take away any stress of planning your cruise. . . .exotic locations . . . If cruising isn’t for you, but you still want to visit beautiful exotic locations, why not let us search for your perfect destination and hotels. We can also book your flights, transfers and those essential extras such as car hire so you have nothing to worry about when you arrive. We book long-haul holidays through a wide range of operators to many world wide destinations such as Virgin, First Choice and Thomas Cook Signature to ensure that it is the right holiday for you. So why wait? Pop in and see your friendly Midlands Co-op Travel team or visit our websites to find out about our exclusive deals. For great holidays and cruises visit www.midlandsco-optravel.co.uk or www.co-opcruises.co.uk Alternatively, give our friendly call centre staff a call anytime on 0870 017 1939. We are open from 8am to 10pm daily and every weekend with a wealth of cruise and worldwide experience. We look forward to your call. SOUTHDOWN UNDER 7’s The Southdown Minors Section was established in The first game started slowly, with the score standing 1996 to provide football coaching to younger age at 0-0 at half time. Shortly after the break, Harvey groups in the Southdown Area. All the coaches give Towler scored the first goal and the second resulted their time freely and many are parents who are from a fantastic looping ball from the Captain, Jake interested in the game, who then later become French, to Ollie Askew whose back was to goal so he managers of their own teams. swiftly turned and scored! Unfortunately, Roffey The team’s first game of the season was against Robins then scored two to even the game. However, Roffey Robins of Horsham and they played the Southdown Under 7’s won the second game 5-0. outstandingly in their new team kit provided and The Preferential ‘Player of the Year’ will be decided sponsored by Preferential. after the summer tournaments.