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					12 Friday, 14 August 2009 London Lite                                                                  2




Yourtime
   Celebrity hotspot                                                            Barcelona Bed down at luxury Bargain

                                                                                                                     Hostels
  wHo Renée Zellweger on holiday           wHAt to do The city is an
  with boyfriend Bradley Cooper.           amazing testament to Gaudi’s
  wHY Go Because ever since Vicky          architectural achievements, so
  Cristina Barcelona, you’ve been          explore his life’s work. See the Park
  desperate to explore the city.           Güell, a green space full of his
  tHe vibe Lively and cosmopolitan.        sculptures and with an unbeatable
                                           view over the city.




                                                                                                                     with a
  best for The architecture, the
  culture, the cuisine, the cafés.         soMetHinG different Dry
  wHere to stAY Chic & Basic               Martini (00 34 93 217 5080) takes
  Born is in hot neighbourhood, El Born    the art of cocktail mixology to new
  — home to boutiques, restaurants         heights. Enjoy the super-strong drinks.
  and bars. The rooms are minimalist       top tip Be diligent when in
  but sexy and the hotel’s White Bar is    La Rambla and the Born — there are
  a destination in its own right.          pickpockets aplenty.
  Doubles £109; chicandbasic.com.          How to Get tHere easyJet
  wHere to eAt Barceloneta                 (easyjet.com) flies round-trip from




                                                                                                                     five-star
  (00 34 93 221 2111) serves delicious     Gatwick to Barcelona for £63.44.
  cocina marinera (seafood) and            for More detAiLs bcn.es                   Spanish doll: Renée Zellweger
  classic Catalan dishes for £35 a head.                          JENNIFER BARTON    in Barcelona this week




                                                                                                                     facelift
                                                                                                                     By CAThy WINsTON




                                                                                                                     H
                                                                                                                               osteLs are shaking off their
                                                                                                                               bedbug-ridden, no mod cons
                                                                                                                               image for a luxury new look. and
                                                                                                                               the best thing? the price tag stays
                                                                                                                               the same. Here’s our pick of the
                                                                                                                               coolest hostels around.

                                                                                                                     BEST FOR...THE BEACH £2
                                                                                                                                            9
                                                                                                                     VillaSaint Exupéry, Nice           p/p
                                                                                                                     ReguLaRLy voted into the n per
                                                                                                                     world’s top 10 hostels, this
                                                                                                                                                         ight        World-class: Villa Saint Exupéry is rated best
                                                                                                                     converted monastery is set in a
                                                                                                                     park overlooking Nice. the old chapel is        BEST FOR... MOD CONS
                                                                                                                     now a lounge, there’s a bar on site and a       Plus Florence, Florence                  £25
                                                                                                                                                                                                          p /p pe
                                                                                                                     tram to Nice runs until 2am.
                                                                                                                     Hit the town: the hostel arranges every-
                                                                                                                                                                     sWiMMiNg pool? yep. Flat screen
                                                                                                                                                                     tV in every room? of course.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           night r
                                                                                                                     thing from kitesurfing to canyoning, while      terrace bar overlooking the
                                                                                                                     the beaches of Nice, antibes and Cannes         duomo? absolutely! Makes you wonder why
                                                                                                                     are all nearby. saunter along the seafront      anyone would stay in a hotel. also boasts a
                                                                                                                     Promenade des anglais, dine at La Casa          basement bar, complete with dJ.
                                                                                                                     del sol, then go dancing at La suite (book      Hit the town: only a 10-minute walk from
                                                                                                                     a table to make sure you’re on the list).                         ,
                                                                                                                                                                     the uffizi gallery you’re right in the middle
                                                                                                                     pay up: Private twin rooms cost from            of the action with the duomo and the
                                                                                                                     £29.05 per person, vsaint.com                   quirky shops of the santa Croce quarter


                                                                                                                      3 best…                            gap-year projects
                                                                                                                       AfricAn                       ski instructor course with     LeArn to surf
                                                                                                                       conservAtion                  the industry’s best            And Life-sAve
                                                                                                                       experience                    instructors in Fernie, Red     MOst gap-year jaunts
                                                                                                                       On this 12-week trip          Mountain, Whistler and         take in some amazing
                                                                                                                       through south Africa          Banff. Learn in group and      coastlines and beaches,
                                                                                                                       and Botswana, you help        one-to-one sessions, go off-   but instead of lounging
                                                                                                                       to rehabilitate animals,      piste, use video analysis      around on the sand like
                                                                                                                       pelt around in a 4x4                                           a beach bum, why
                                                                                                                       with a field guide                                              not learn to surf and
                                                                                                                       and take part in                                               life-save? By
                                                                                                                       conservation                                                   qualifying as an
                                                                                                                       projects. You’ll deal                                          ssA Level 1 surf
                                                                                                                       with poisonous                                                 instructor and sPA
                                                                                                                       snakes and creepy-                                             surf life-saver, you’ll
                                                                                                                       crawlies, and camp                                             not only impress
                                                                                                                       in the bush amid                                               your peers, but could
                                                                                                                       lions and hyenas.                                              also pay your way on
                                                                                                                       From £5,270                                                    future adventures.
                                                                                                                       including flights,     Fill a gap: surf and save in Costa Rica the course lasts 10
                                                                                                                       meals,                                                         weeks and takes
                                                                                                                       accommodation and             to hone your technique         place in a range of
                                                                                                                       project activities.           and take part in               exotic surfing
                                                                                                                       conservationafrica.net        snowmobiling. From             destinations including
                                                                                                                       non-stop ski And              £5,763 including flights,       south Africa, Costa
                                                                                                                       snowboArd                     accommodation, tuition,        Rica and Mozambique.
                                                                                                                       Head to Canada for an         meals and activities.          Costs £4,995 excluding
                                                                                                                       11-week snowboarding or       nonstopski.com                 flights. ttride.co.uk
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                                                   Travel Taking off…
haunts like these and you’ll never stay in a hotel again Hotfoot it to Milan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hit the town: Based in the new                     ● FASHIONISTAS should check out
Suntan with                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     town, the hostel is walking distance               Black Tomato’s Culture & Couture
a view: roof                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    from Prague’s must-see highlights in               weekend in Milan during the city’s
terrace at                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Old town. For a cheap beer, the                fabulously over the top fashion
Plus Florence                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   locals stick to the new town, where                week. Visit during the year’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Radost FX combines club, bar, art                  biggest couture event next month
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gallery and veggie café.                           and enjoy appointments with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pay up: Prices start at about £50 for              tailors, artisan studios and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                two sharing a double room, miss-                   private viewing at the Museum Of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sophies.com                                        Modern Art and you’ll receive a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   pair of bespoke shoes made by a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   master cobbler. From £1,499pp for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   three nights’ B&B at the chic Gray
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Hotel, including flights and private
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   transfers. blacktomato.co.uk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Anyone for tennis?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ● FANCY getting fit this bank
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   holiday? Tailored for solo travellers,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Adventura’s tennis break in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Basingstoke includes two nights’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Minimalism: Sophie’s has neutral look              hotel accommodation, breakfast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and dinner daily, lunch on day one,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BEST FOR... CHIC                                   coaching, tennis balls, welcome
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oops Hostel, Paris                  £36            reception and transfers to the local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                O O P s h a s b e a u t i f u l p/p per            gastropub on Sunday night. Indoor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                design, en suite rooms, night                      courts are available if it rains.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                air-con and Wi-Fi. And it’s                        Departs Saturday, 29 August for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                right on the edge of the Latin                     two nights; £389pp for a twin share
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Quarter.                                           or £429 for a single. Call 0800 612
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hit the town: some of Paris’s most                 2202 or log on to adventura.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                famous drinking spots are only streets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                away — Café de Flore was a favourite               Camp it up in style
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                of sartre, while Le Bar de L’hotel,                ● GO CAMPING this summer at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                where Oscar Wilde died (and which                  Wallett’s Court Country House Hotel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                now has a cocktail named after him),               on the white cliffs of Dover and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                is less touristy. For something                    enjoy the great outdoors without
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                swankier, head to the glam rock-style              giving up the luxury of a four-star
nearby, along with the pick of                                                                                           Costa da Caparica, then head to the                                                                                          Brazilian Moroccan mash-up.               Bound Bar on Avenue George V.                      break by staying in a giant tipi with
Florence’s bars and restaurants.                                                                                         Bairro Alto for a huge selection of                                                                                          Pay up: Dorm beds from about £13,         Pay up: Private rooms cost about £36               heating, an outdoor fire pit, 24/7
Pay up: Double en suite rooms cost                                                                                       bars and restaurants in the roads off                                                                                        private doubles from £43 per person,      per person, oops-paris.com                         loos, washbasin facilities, plus
from about £25 per person,                                                                                               Rua da Misericórdia. Pavilhão Chinês                                                                                         equitypoint.com/marrakech                                                                    showers in the spa and outdoor
plusflorence.com                                                                                                         takes kitsch to a new level and the                                                                                                                                    BEST FOR... STYLE                                  seating. A one-night stay, including
                                                                                                                         waterfront Lux club offers dancing
BEST FOR... NIGHTLIFE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Rooms Deluxe Hostel,                               full English in the conservatory,
                                                                                                                         until dawn to big-name DJs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Valencia              £19                          costs £49.50pp (price based on
Lisbon Lounge Hostel, Lisbon                                                                                             Pay up: Private twin rooms cost £27                                                                                                                                                         p/p pe
                                                                                                                         per person, hostelworld.com                                                                                                                                            WIth 28 rooms to pick nig  r                       two sharing). Call 01304 852424
In the heart of Baixa, Lisbon’s historic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                from, you’re spoilt for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ht         or see wallettscourt.com
centre, Lisbon Lounge has nine rooms
— from twins to small dorms — as well                                                                                    BEST FOR...                                                                                                        £13                                                 choice at Rooms Deluxe. the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                u n l i ke l y sw i m m i n g p o o l r o o m      Hoy, Cubra libre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           p/p pe
as three lounge areas, all decorated in
minimal style with quirky touches.
                                                                                                                         GUARANTEEDSUN                                                                                                      night r                                             features aquamarine lighting and, er,              ● JET OFF to Cuba next month for
                                                                                                                         EquityPoint,Marrakech                                                                                                                                                  the bottom half of a mannequin in                  only £699 (a saving of £180). The
Hit the town: Relax on the beach at
                                                                                                                         OnLy 300m from the main                                                                                                                                                trunks.                                            price includes scheduled flights
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hit the town: the hostel is a little               with Virgin Atlantic from Gatwick
                                                                                      £27                                square, Djemaa el Fna, equity Point
                                                                                                                         has traditional Moroccan styling, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Luxurious: a bathroom at Equity Point     way out of the centre, but wandering               to Havana, B&B accommodation at
                                                                               p/p pe                                                                                                                                                                                                           Valencia’s streets is half the fun.
                                                                                night r                                  courtyard and roof terrace, plus the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BEST FOR... CHEAP                         stroll past the futuristic glass build-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the four-star Melia Cohiba and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   transfers. The price is based on
                                                                                                                         kind of luxurious touches you’d expect
                                                                                                                         from a converted riad.                                                                                                       BEER & CULTURE                  £25       ings of the City Of Arts And sciences              two adults travelling and sharing a
                                                                                                                         Hit the town: At night Djemaa el                                                                                                                           p/p pe      to the historic old town, where you’ll             room, departing between
                                                                                                                         Fna comes to life with food stalls and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MissSophie’s Hostel,           night r    find the best bars.                                2 September and 7 October.
                                                                                                                         snake charmers. Big-name venues                                                                                              Prague                                    Pay up: Prices start from £18.75 per               Go to virginholidays.co.uk to
                                                                                                                         such as La Mamounia and Pacha                                                                                                MIss sOPhIe’s is minimalism               person for a three-bed room,                       book or call the late offer
                                                                                                                         Marrakech are in the new town, while                                                                                         all the way with crisp, white bedlinen,   roomsdeluxe.com                                    hotline on 0844 557 3870
                                                                                                                         the area around Avenue Mohammed                                                                                              subtle neutral tones, a quiet courtyard   ● Check out hostelworld.com to
                                                                                                                         V is worth a visit for Afric’n Chic’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             edited by olivia walmsley
Quirky touch: Lisbon Lounge hostel                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and a laid-back cellar bar.               pick up last-minute rooms.




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