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I was a massive festival goer in my younger years, sadly as you grow up and take on more responsibility, less money and become attached often your festival going days tend to dwindle. You also find a sudden distinct dislike of discomfort and certainly don't want to be reminded of your advancing years by being pushed and shoved around by a load of 'youth' during the headliner acts.

Having said all that there are festivals and there are festivals and it would make me way to sad to not go to any at all. So the Isle of Wight is my chosen keeper. It's a festival that's not going to leave you with cold feet and an achy back or feeling like you're a parent before you even have your own kids worrying about the state of youngsters around you. You also don't need to feel as though you need a holiday afterwards because you can combine it with a bit of sightseeing turning this into a festi-mini-break which is far more adult and civilised.

The Isle of Wight Festival really welcomes all ages, no one is going to get 'I feel old' pangs here, you can even introduce the next generation of festival goers as it's massively kid friendly. It always has a great line up, extra entertainment, a variety of bars, luxury camping options and you get to go there on a ferry for God's sake!

It's hard to top. The perfect festi-mini break (I think I'll coin that phrase), plus - and it's a bit plus - it always seems to land on the great weather.

If you go this year, please combine it with a little Isle of Wight sightseeing and definitely book yourself into The Hut for a seafood platter. I have been missing that place all year and can't wait to go back.

This year is the festival's Golden Jubilee 50th Anniversary and acts I'll be jostling to the front for include Hurts, The Wombats, Depeche Mode, The Killers and Kasabian.

Thursday 21st June - stick it in your diary and start planning your weekend, tickets can be found here.

 

 

Watching sunrise from the best peak in the area, skating on black ice before a picnic and glass of bubbly, zooming down the St. Moritz ice track, or an excursion to feed local birds: these are just some of the unusual requests that Urs Wiederkehr, the new Outdoor Butler at Carlton Hotel St. Moritz, can fulfil.carlton_aussen_dez2013_016

An ex-ski instructor who has lived in St. Moritz for more than 30 years, Urs will cater to guests’ every need while showing them the very best hidden spots to ski, eat and discover history and culture in the Engadine. Newcomers and returners will discover the gems that only locals know about, taking in all of the old-school glamour and luxury of St. Moritz while avoiding the tourist traps.

Recently named Switzerland’s Leading Hotel 2016 at the World Travel Awards, the Carlton Hotel St. Moritz reopens for winter on 16 December.Travel to St Moritz for your very own outdoor butlre


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The all-suite Carlton Hotel is based in one of the world’s most prestigious ski resorts, and while those keen on winter sports have access to unrivalled skiing and snowboarding on the slopes of the Upper Engadine mountain range, guests can also enjoy winter hiking trails, gourmet cuisine in the Michelin-starred Da Vittorio and relaxation in the Carlton Spa.

Carlton Hotel St. Moritz has suites from CHF900 per night, based on two adults sharing a Junior Suite on a B&B basis. For further information and reservations, please visit www.carlton-stmoritz.ch or call +41 81 836 70 00.

Prices for the Outdoor Butler at Carlton Hotel St. Moritz are available upon request.

654px x 492px_02 (1)To celebrate adding more destinations to their Feel at Home roaming service, Three Mobile will be giving away free holidays in their pop-up Travel Agency at Westfield Stratford this Friday.
If you have an epic holiday story to share, head down to Westfield between 10am-8pm where a celebrity guest will be rewarding the best stories.
The celebrity travel agent will be revealed later in the week - for more information follow Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.
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WHEN
Friday 12th August, 10am - 8pm
 
WHERE
Westfield Stratford (near Lacoste)

Olympic Park, Montfichet Rd, London E20 1EJ

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Take a couple of days to leave the smoke (after you've signed Greenpeace's petition to remind Khan that he's meant to be making London's air cleaner) and go to somewhere that doesnt have to worry about pollution all that much - Arosa.

Get back to Nature, sleep in a tepee and go horseback mountain riding and fly fishing at Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa.

 

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Sleep under the stars in a luxury tepee and experience nature in the Alps this summer with Tschuggen Grand Hotel’s new tepee adventure experience.

Spend your first night at the hotel, relaxing in the Mario Botta-designed Bergoase spa, before setting off on horseback the next morning with Arosa’s mountain riding team. After stopping for a locally-sourced lunch at Restaurant Alpenblick, you will spend the afternoon learning the art of fly fishing before a Swiss barbecue, spending the night in a luxury private tepee complete with full furniture. The next morning, hike or ride back to your base at Tschuggen Grand Hotel.

 

Horseback riding Arosa

The tepee adventure experience includes

  • One night at Tschuggen Grand Hotel in a deluxe room on a half-board basis
  • Two-day guided horseback trek through the mountains organised by the Reiten am Berg mountain riding team
  • Lunch, dinner and a farmhouse-style brunch at Restaurant Alpenblick
  • Fly fishing on Lake Schwellisee
  • One night in a private luxury tepee

With a picturesque settings and holidays that you can be active on rather than over indulge making waves with our London leavers the town of Arosa in the Swiss Alps, is an ideal break option. The 5* Tschuggen Grand Hotel sees mild Alpine summers and is an ideal getaway for those looking for an active holiday in beautiful surroundings, with hiking, climbing , mountain biking, running trails and golf on Europe’s highest 18-hole golf course. Alternatively, relax in the Mario Botta-designed Bergoase Spa and enjoy Michelin-star dining in La Vetta restaurant.

For further information and reservations, please visit tschuggen.ch or telephone +41 81 378 99 99.

From CHF970 per person for 2 nights

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Jet smarter

Introducing  the just launched, JetShuttles from JetSmarter – London’s first ‘single-seat’ private jet service, which is giving Londoners the chance to book themselves on a private jet flight…for as little as £520* a flight for non-members.

Dubbed the UberPool of the skies, JetShuttles is a revolutionary new service that will allow Londoners to purchase a single seat on any morning or evening flight, giving them efficient and cost effective ways to travel in and out of the city from other business hotspots across Europe on a regular basis.

To mark the launch, three new routes have been launched from London to Paris, Nice and Geneva, with many more set to be announced in 2016. Bookable from the 22nd March, each new route currently offers return flights (morning and evening) three to four times a week, potentially paving the way for private jet commuting in the not too distant future.

Frequent flyers can become JetSmarter members for an annual cost of £6,256 a year, and within this cost, they’re able to book as many JetShuttles flights as they want. To put this into context, it’s cheaper than buying a 12-month rail travelcard between Birmingham and London, costing £10,628**, meaning many long-distance commuters could trade in the trains for the luxury comfort of a private jet.

Reservations for the JetShuttle service in Europe are available now for flights starting on March 22nd, can be made through the JetSmarter app, available for iOS and Android devices. For more information on JetSmarter or to become a member, visit www.jetsmarter.com.

About JetSmarter

JetSmarter is a mobile marketplace that offers instant pricing and availability for private jets worldwide.  The application democratizes the private jet industry by decreasing the entry price for consumers, and helping air carriers gain more exposure within the market. By eliminating the middle man when it comes to booking a private jet, this app takes the process into the future with simplicity and ease. The JetSmarter app is available for iOS and Android. For more information, please visit www.JetSmarter.com.

*Based on current JetShuttle flight costs available on the JetSmarter

**Based on the calculations on National Rail’s season ticket calculator: http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/service/seasonticket/search