Colors: Yellow Color
Colors: Yellow Color

There's nothing like the feeling of being given exclusive access to give a holiday that extra appeal. Recognising the interest in private gardens and the hidden gems that lie within their walls, RHS Garden Holidays have opened the gates to a number of select properties that wouldn't normally be open to the public.  Bringing a new dimension to their itineraries, RHS Garden Holiday clients can now enjoy exclusive access to a number of private gardens, ranging smaller cottage plots to large expansive estates, in the knowledge that they'll be one of the very few to get through the door. 

Caribbean tourism fared well in 2016 and industry stakeholders are generally upbeat about the year ahead, despite the fact that many hoteliers were forced to adjust their high performance expectations for 2016  as the year progressed due to unforeseen events. Announcing the results of the second annual Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Industry Performance and Outlook Study, Frank Comito, Director General and CEO of the private sector association, stated that "more than four out of five (81 percent) hoteliers have an encouraging outlook for tourism in 2017."

Catering to the most discerning of travellers, luxury Maldivian resort OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo, has opened the doors to a 430sqm 'Over-Water Suite', which includes an exclusive overwater bar, serviced 24 hours a day! Positioned at the tip of the pier - and just a stone's throw from the resort's underwater restaurant M6m - the OZEN Water Suite offers panoramic views of the expansive turquoise lagoon all-around and can comfortably accommodate 8 people (4 adults + 4 children, or 6 adults + 2 children + maid/nanny).

The fridges are being stocked with champagne in the Turquoise Holidays' travel shops in Battersea and Beaconsfield as the countdown to the bridal travel event of the year begins. The 2017 Turquoise Holidays Honeymoon Sale prepares to go live on Monday 13 February and with savings and a heap of added value gifts there is no better time to book a honeymoon – but there's just two weeks in which to do it and only one company with which to book.

Comprised of 33 islands, Bahrain is the understated pearl of the Arabian Gulf wrapped within striking desert dunes and clear turquoise waters, awash with vibrant traditional souks rich in colour and ancient heritage.  A destination with so much to offer, guests can enjoy a desert barbeque, discover secrets of the Dilmun era at The Digs at Saar, lose themselves in the meandering lanes of the Gold Souk or dine at the famous King Fahad Causeway, linking Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

With spring just around the corner, the almond trees that surround Castell Son Claret in Mallorca are about to burst into life and transform the countryside beyond this luxury retreat and former castle, flooding the senses with the scent of blossom and the sight of acres of white flowers. To celebrate this beautiful time of year, the 38-room hotel is offering special packages valid for stays from when the hotel reopens for the season on 6th February 2017 through to the end of March 2017, including an Almond Blossom package and a 3-for2 offer.

A U.S road trip with a loved one is the perfect romantic adventure this Valentine's Day. Driving along some of the world's most spectacular coastlines, lazy days on sun-kissed beaches, nights snuggled up in cosy cabins in the heart of awe-inspiring forests and enjoying a taste of old-world Americana, will make for a truly unique, romantic break. Explore the Southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado and head to the town of Loveland which plays host to the nation's biggest Valentine's festival.

A 14 day walking and cultural guided group holiday to Argentina has been launched, featuring some of the country's favourite sites. Highlights of the tour include staying in Salta and Calafate, a region famous for its wine, exploring the magical city of Buenos Aires and staying in a tree-lodge house before enjoying a boat trip to the base of Iguazu Falls. Visitors will also sail through Ibera, the second largest wetland area in the world, camp alongside Inca ruins and hike through canyons on a remote Lerma Valley trek.

With 2017 looking to be the year of mental health awareness, Health and Fitness Travel, have launched The Mental Makeover Retreat in Italy. Led by international master of mind-improvement and celebrity coach; Steve McKeown, this ground-breaking wellness retreat launches this June and September held at the luxurious Ti Sana Detox Retreat & Spa near Milan and Lake Como, with more destinations and dates to follow.

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.