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Throughout February, luxury 5* hotel The Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island will be giving love-birds the chance to fly away to their own private island for an unforgettable Valentine's experience. Named as 'The Most Romantic Hotel in Britain' by The Sunday Times and 'One of the Most Romantic Hotels in the UK' by The Telegraph, the exclusive destination set in 350-acre private island off the west coast of Scotland is celebrating the most romantic holiday of the year with a whole month dedicated to love.

Dedicated to fearless couples wanting to celebrate love in the lush setting of Puerto Vallarta, on Mexico's Pacific coast, Casa Velas stages an unforgettable experience mixing love and food at 46-metre up in the sky. Whilst taking in the breathtaking views of the property's on-site golf course and beautifully polished grounds, Banderas Bay and Sierra Madre Mountains, guests will enjoy a three-course gourmet dinner designed by top chefs, including Mikel Alonso and Bruno Oteiza, disciples of Spanish superstar Juan Arzak and owners of Biko in Mexico City, regularly among the top 50 restaurants in the world on the San Pellegrino list.

Scotland is a land of contradictions: from the bright sunshine hitting a Highland hillside in the spring; to the dark and gruesome history of Edinburgh's Royal Mile.  Romantic Scotland is hardly a new concept in the 21st century… but it could get decidedly darker. Glasgow is reputedly the final resting place of St Valentine; as well as some blood-thirsty vampires.   And many people love a Scottish ceilidh wedding; as well as a spooky story. 

As the Chinese New Year turns to the Year of the Rooster, new research from Wendy Wu Tours reveals that while 90 per cent of British holidaymakers have never been to the Great Wall of China, visiting a World Heritage Site or one of the new Modern Wonders of the World such as The Great Wall is at the top of a bucket list for 60 per cent.

Wedding ceremonies in Samoa are legally recognised worldwide, with many of the hotels, resorts and tour operators offering wedding and honeymoon packages with in-house wedding coordinators. They will also be able to assist with the application forms for a marriage license which must be filed fourteen days prior to the wedding with the local Justice Department.

Specialist Tour Operator Best Served has launched a brand new dedicated Best Served Canada programme for 2017, featuring an exciting range of self drive holidays and escorted tours across this beautiful country. Commenting, Lorna Curry, Product Manager, says 'What better timing to launch our new programme to Canada than to coincide with the 150 year celebrations that will be taking place across the country this year."

With the January blues well and truly sinking in, now is the perfect time to book a luxury all-inclusive family holiday to the Maldives for the upcoming February half term holiday. A range of exciting luxury family packages are available during the February half term, including a seven night all-inclusive package at Kurumba Maldives. Also on offer is a seven night all-inclusive package at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, a seven night all-inclusive package at Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives, and a seven night all-inclusive package at Amari Havodda Maldives.

With guaranteed sun, authentic Arabian culture, luxury indulgence and adventure activities abound, it's no surprise that Ras Al Khaimah, the UAE's northernmost emirate, continues to grow as a premier tourism destination. Riding that momentum, Ras Al Khaimah will continue to rise in the minds of discerning travellers, thanks to ongoing development of new tourism attractions and a full calendar of events. Read on to discover what's new and hot in the destination for 2017 and beyond:

Brits are going crazy for staycations according to Sykes Cottages, who have announced a 32% increase on domestic holiday bookings in January 2017 versus last year. The Lake District in particular is proving popular with customers, with bookings up 67%. Wales is following closely with a 40% increase. Graham Donoghue, CEO at Sykes Cottages said: “We're seeing holidays in the UK fly off the shelf this January with greater demand than ever before."

Tenerife's highly-anticipated and famous Carnival is to take on a Caribbean theme in 2017. Buccaneer hats, feathered parrots, eyepatches and any pirate related items will all be welcome as the Canary Island pays tribute to all things Caribbean, with the main event scheduled between 19th February to 5th March. The Santa Cruz Carnival is the island's largest and most anticipated festival, attracting hundreds of thousands of people to Tenerife's capital city every year.

The opening of international flights to Gan airport, adjacent to Addu township in the south of the Maldives, has opened a new era for the region – providing an alternative transportation offering that can save travellers valuable vacation time. 
On 1 December SriLankan Airlines started flying from Colombo to the upgraded Gan airport, formerly a UK Royal Air Force refilling base until 1976 when it became a domestic airport. SriLankan Airlines now departs Colombo for Gan four times a week using a 150-seat Airbus 320.

The holiday gives guests the opportunity to uncover a niche destination, which is quietly upgrading its infrastructure and slowly revealing its charms. The holiday begins with an overnight stop in San Pedro Sula before travelling to the quaint colonial town of Copán Ruinas near the Guatemalan border the next day. Over the next two days guests will explore the forest-shrouded Mayan temples at Copán and enjoy a guided visit to a coffee plantation.

Banish the winter blues, embrace the fresh air and explore 17 new walking routes on the nation's tranquil waterways this winter. The Canal & River Trust, working with the Royal Geographical Society and iFootpath, has created a host of easy to access walks that reveal the hidden history, architecture, wildlife and colourful narrowboats of our canals and rivers amidst relaxing views of the water.

With the Arctic Circle a far cry from most peoples' reach of places to visit, it may come as a surprise that another great place to catch nature's very own theatrical performance is along the northern reaches of Scotland. Bunk Campers, Scotland's largest campervan rental company, offer a practical and budget alternative for enthusiasts wanting to experience the Northern Lights.

The Rock of Gibraltar is a true gem for holidaymakers this year. Set in the heart of the Mediterranean, it is just 2.5 hours from home while its sterling currency guarantees that there will be no costly conversion rate in your holiday planning.  The Rock's VAT free status means plenty of tempting shopping in the Main Street shopping district. Familiar high street retailers are interspersed with small shops offering a broad selection of goods, including a wide range of popular cosmetic and perfumery brands at agreeable prices.

Marrakech is set to become an even more fashionable destination in 2017 with a new museum dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent's personal collection slated to open later this year in the Jardin Majorelle, one of Africa's most visited gardens. Just three hours' flight from the UK, Marrakech is the perfect romantic city break destination for a full-on sensory experience.