This week's tips & deals
Sunday 27 December 2009
Banyan Tree Al Wadi opens on 1 January in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, just in time to welcome guests detoxing after the Christmas break. The resort has 101 pool villas and some have their own spa treatment rooms. Go to banyantree.com
Time Out publishes its first guide to British camping experiences on 7 January. It includes reviews of 100 sites in England Scotland and Wales, and offers information on local attractions, eating and drinking. Price £12.99. Go to eburypublishing.co.uk
The first Pan-India luxury train sets off in January. The Maharajas' Express will feature state-of-the-art facilities and panoramic windows in private cabins. Two special itineraries are offered, including a programme of excursions. Go to rirtl.com
Get a two-night break for less than £100 at the Best Western Selkirk Arms Hotel in Kirkcudbright, Scotland. The deal costs £48.50 per person, based on two sharing, for B&B accommodation, if you book before New Year's Eve and stay by 20 January. Go to bestwestern.co.uk
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