Linen-supplier to five-star hotels Tielle Love Luxury launches plush bathrobe for DOGS

Linen-supplier to five-star hotels launches plush bathrobe for DOGS – to give pooches the bow-wow factor

  • The robes are by  Tielle Love Luxury, which supplies linen to the Savoy hotel
  • The robes are, it says, ‘super soft, fluffy and irresistibly cute’ 
  • There is an option to customise each robe with bespoke embroidery 

Dog owners can now dry their pooches off in five-star-hotel style – thanks to a plush bathrobe launched by a company that supplies linen to some of the world’s poshest hotels.

Tielle Love Luxury, which supplies thousands of five-star hotels with their linen – including London’s Savoy, Connaught, Dorchester and Rosewood – says that the robes will give pooches the bow-wow factor.

And be welcomed with open paws.

Dog owners can now dry their pooches off in five-star-hotel style, thanks to Tielle Love Luxury’s doggy bathrobes, pictured

The robes have a smart black checked trim and come in a variety of sizes

The robes have a smart black checked trim and come in a variety of sizes

The robes are, it says, ‘super soft, fluffy and irresistibly cute’ and available in white ‘with a smart black checked trim and in a range of sizes’.

Each one comes with a hood and a Velcro tie waist.

There is also an option to add a personal touch to each robe with bespoke embroidery.

Catherine Morris, Managing Director of Tielle Love Luxury, said: ‘There is nothing better after a long soak in the bath than wrapping up in a soft and snug dressing gown.

‘Now you can wrap your pup up after bath time too with the plush robe from Tielle Love Luxury, so they can relax and dry out in their own time before venturing out for a playdate.’

The dog robes are available at Tielleloveluxury.co.uk, with prices ranging from £15 to £22. The robes are available to guests upon request at London hotel Nobu Hotel London Portman Square (pictured)

The dog robes are available at Tielleloveluxury.co.uk, with prices ranging from £15 to £22. The robes are available to guests upon request at London hotel Nobu Hotel London Portman Square (pictured)

This week a pooch-pampering option was also unveiled by Hilton in the form of a dog menu.

‘Bone Appétit’, it said, is ‘a mouth-watering new dog menu to provide the nation with an easy way to show their canine pals they care’.

The bespoke menu will be available to guests and their beloved pets across 32 of Hilton’s pet-friendly hotels in the UK and Ireland from May 17.

The dog robes are available at Tielleloveluxury.co.uk, with prices ranging from £15 to £22. The robes are available to guests upon request at London hotel Nobu Hotel London Portman Square.  

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British drivers name their favourite UK routes – and it’s Loch Lomond to Glencoe that’s No1,

British drivers name their favourite UK routes – and it’s Loch Lomond to Glencoe that’s No1, followed by Kendal to Keswick and Cheddar Gorge

  • Just missing out on a podium place was Hardknott Pass in the Lake District, which came fourth
  • The breathtaking Black Mountain Road in the Brecon Beacons National Park also made the ranking
  • The A537 road between Buxton and Macclesfield also made the list, as did driving through the New Forest

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British car owners are spoiled for choice for scenic summer staycation drives, but there is one route that’s more beautiful than them all, according to a poll – the A82 from Loch Lomond to Glencoe.

In a survey conducted to discover the most awe-inspiring routes to experience by car in the UK, it garnered 24 per cent of the vote, ahead of the A591 from Kendal to Keswick in the Lake District (23 per cent) and Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, which came third (21 per cent).

Just missing out on a podium place was Hardknott Pass in the Lake District (fourth, 20 per cent), with Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal Route, known for its dramatic scenery and featuring in Game of Thrones, and Snake Pass in the Pennines coming joint fifth (17 per cent).

British car owners are spoiled for choice for scenic summer staycation drives, but there is one route that’s more beautiful than them all, according to a poll – the A82 from Loch Lomond to Glencoe (pictured). This incredible image was taken by Instagrammer ‘munroart

The A591 from Kendal to Keswick in the Lake District was declared Britain's second-most beautiful route. Instagrammer k.mountford8 took this eye-catching image of it

The A591 from Kendal to Keswick in the Lake District was declared Britain’s second-most beautiful route. Instagrammer k.mountford8 took this eye-catching image of it

Other UK-based routes that made the list, drawn up from a study by the Motor Fuel Group (MFG), include the Black Mountain Road in the Brecon Beacons National Park (sixth, 16 per cent), the roads running through the New Forest (joint seventh, 15 per cent) and Llanberis Pass in Wales (joint seventh, 15 per cent).

The study also revealed that almost half the nation (47 per cent) say it’s high time they explore more of what Britain has to offer – with four in 10 Brits (42 per cent) saying they are planning to take a UK road trip this summer.

BRITONS’ FAVOURITE SCENIC UK ROADS 

1. Loch Lomond to Glencoe – 24%

2. Kendal to Keswick, Lake District – 23%

3. Cheddar Gorge, Somerset – 21%

4. Hardknott Pass, Lake District – 20%

5= The Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland – 17%

5= Snake Pass in the Pennines  -17%

6. Black Mountain Road, Brecon Beacons National Park – 16%

7= A New Forest journey – 15%  

7= Loch Lomond to Lochgilphead – 15%

7= Llanberis Pass, Wales – 15%

8= The Atlantic Highway (Barnstaple to Newquay) – 14%

8= The Road to the Isles (Fort William to Mallaig) – 14%

9. Buttertubs Pass, Yorkshire Dales – 12%

10= The Cat and Fiddle (Buxton to Macclesfield), the Peak District – 10%

10= Ribblehead Viaduct, North Yorkshire – 10%

Source: Motor Fuel Group survey 

 

 

 

Cheddar Gorge came third in the scenic road poll. This image of it was taken by nathan_jermy

Black Mountain Road in the Brecon Beacons National Park came sixth. This image of it was taken by Instagrammer jreesoutdoors

Cheddar Gorge came third in the scenic road poll. The image of it on the left was taken by nathan_jermy. Black Mountain Road in the Brecon Beacons National Park came sixth. The image of it on the right was taken by jreesoutdoors

Hardknott Pass in the Lake District came fourth in the poll. It's pictured here in the foreground, with Wrynose Pass snaking off up the valley beyond

Hardknott Pass in the Lake District came fourth in the poll. It’s pictured here in the foreground, with Wrynose Pass snaking off up the valley beyond

A third of the motorists polled said they often worry about the environmental effect of their car emissions.

In fact, four in 10 (40 per cent) motorists said they are considering switching to an electric car (EV) to protect the natural world, with one in five (20 per cent) saying they will do so within the next two years and six per cent even claiming they will do so by the end of this year.

Sixty-one per cent said they would make the switch to an EV to reduce their carbon footprint, 36 per cent would like an EV because they are cheaper to run, and 30 per cent said they want to be forward-thinking in their vehicle choice.

Other top reasons given for considering an EV purchase include the fact that they are quieter on the roads (26 per cent), cheaper to maintain (25 per cent) and 14 per cent of Brits are doing it because they want their children to be proud of them for trying to make an environmental difference.

The A537 road between Buxton and Macclesfield came joint tenth in the poll. This picture of it was taken by Instagrammer ben.graham88

The A537 road between Buxton and Macclesfield came joint tenth in the poll. This picture of it was taken by Instagrammer ben.graham88

However, 43 per cent of Britons polled said they would be worried about running out of battery power on a drive, with 39 per cent raising concerns that there aren’t enough charging points.

According to the data, drivers aged 17 to 29 are the most likely age group to buy an electric vehicle (47 per cent), compared to just 28 per cent of motorists 60 and over. The poll revealed that men are far more open to considering an EV purchase than women.

William Bannister, CEO at MFG, said: ‘This poll shows that, as the country unlocks from a difficult year of restrictions, we are going to see a resurgence in the popularity of road trips and we are investing £400million ahead of the curve in super-fast 150kW charging points across our UK network, building driver’s confidence in electricity as a cleaner fuel source.’

Llanberis Pass in Wales (joint seventh) is captured here in a stunning image by Instagrammer 'e.linhikes'

Llanberis Pass in Wales (joint seventh) is captured here in a stunning image by Instagrammer ‘e.linhikes’

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Two of London’s biggest and smallest hotel rooms go head to head

Sixty or so pounds doesn’t buy you much hotel-room square footage in central London – barely enough room to open a suitcase, it turns out.

However, spend an extra £19,940 and you can spend the night in your very own wing, with seven bedrooms, a library – and your own postcode.

This is what travel experts from The Points Guy UK (TPG UK) reveal in a fascinating new video that takes viewers behind the keyholes of one of London’s biggest hotel rooms – and one of its smallest.

TPG UK head Nicky Kelvin spent the night in the uber-swanky £20,000-a-stay Manor House Wing at the opulent Rosewood hotel

After changing into a dress shirt and shoes, Nicky repairs to the lounge and sips cocktails prepared by a personal barman

After changing into a dress shirt and shoes, Nicky repairs to the lounge and sips cocktails prepared by a personal barman

Jean Arnas checked into a £50-a-night double at the Z Holborn. So small the head and foot of the bed is flush to the wall

Jean Arnas checked into a £50-a-night double at the Z Holborn. So small the head and foot of the bed is flush to the wall

TPG UK head Nicky Kelvin spent the night in the uber-swanky £20,000-a-stay Manor House Wing at the opulent Rosewood hotel, while the site’s Jean Arnas checked into a £50-a-night double at the Z Holborn.

Nicky had a better deal. Just.

The Manor House Wing is spread out over an incredible 6,000 square feet (557 square metres) and Nicky remarks on his segment as he explores that he’s getting hot walking from one end of it to the other.

He throws himself on the beds, climbs inside the humungous marble bathtub, marvels at the never-ending storage and sets plates out on the dinner table for eight.

After changing into a dress shirt and shoes, he repairs to the lounge and sips cocktails prepared by a personal barman while being serenaded by his personal keyboard player.

Meanwhile, Jean is experiencing ‘a slice of affordable luxury’, as Z Hotels describes it.

‘A very very thin slice’ might be more accurate.

'I dare anyone to have a bad night's sleep anywhere in the Rosewood [pictured],' said Nicky

‘I dare anyone to have a bad night’s sleep anywhere in the Rosewood [pictured],’ said Nicky

The Manor House Wing has a library and a dining table that can seat eight, as Nicky shows here

The Manor House Wing has a library and a dining table that can seat eight, as Nicky shows here

The Manor House Wing is spread out over an incredible 6,000 square feet (557 square metres)

The Manor House Wing is spread out over an incredible 6,000 square feet (557 square metres)

Nicky declared the Manor House Wing good enough to keep the fussiest of billionaires happy

Nicky declared the Manor House Wing good enough to keep the fussiest of billionaires happy

Nicky remarks on his segment as he explores the Manor House Wing that he's getting hot walking from one end to the other

Nicky remarks on his segment as he explores the Manor House Wing that he’s getting hot walking from one end to the other

The room measures just under 100 square feet – that’s 70 times smaller than the Manor House Wing. So diminutive that the head and foot of the bed lie flush to the wall.

‘There was a severe lack of storage,’ Jean told MailOnline Travel. ‘If you have a large suitcase, you may even struggle to find a spot to fully open it.’

Did he get a good night’s sleep?

‘Yes, the bed was comfy and the size of the room not visible with eyes shut!’ said Jean.

He added: ‘There was a good finish to the room. It was clean and well-appointed and incredibly reasonably priced.’

And Nicky’s verdict? He declared the Manor House Wing good enough to keep the fussiest of billionaires happy.

He said: ‘The quality and attention to detail in every corner of the room was astounding. Even the most critical of billionaires would be left satisfied.

Jean squeezes into his Z Holborn ensuite, which offers just enough room for turning around

Jean squeezes into his Z Holborn ensuite, which offers just enough room for turning around

'There was a severe lack of storage,' Jean told MailOnline Travel. 'If you have a large suitcase, you may even struggle to find a spot to fully open it'

‘There was a severe lack of storage,’ Jean told MailOnline Travel. ‘If you have a large suitcase, you may even struggle to find a spot to fully open it’

Did Jean get a good night's sleep? 'The bed was comfy and the size of the room not visible with eyes shut!' he said

Did Jean get a good night’s sleep? ‘The bed was comfy and the size of the room not visible with eyes shut!’ he said

‘There was a surprise and delight at every turn. Toys in the kids’ room, sweets and treats everywhere you looked. The giant separate dining room fully stocked with cutlery and crockery was very novel.’

He explained that the Manor Wing could be ‘flexed up and down to go from the one-bedroom Manor House Suite to the entire seven-bedroom wing’.

‘You can select the right size to suit your entourage,’ he said. ‘Also, by affording the space a private entrance, butler and own postcode, the Rosewood has given the Manor House Wing an ingenious grandeur and gravitas that would be hard to match elsewhere.’

He added: ‘Don’t take it from me. Drake is known to stay at the Rosewood – in fact, a portrait of him hangs in the library of the Manor Suite – and in the song “Life is Good”, he raps “Manor house in Rosewood, this s**t too plush”.’

And did Nicky get a good night’s sleep?

‘Yes. I dare anyone to have a bad night’s sleep anywhere in the Rosewood.’

To view the full Rosewood vs Z Hotel video click here. For more information on travel tips and tricks, sign up to The Points Guy UK.

Tui trips to Tunisia and British Airways vouchers: The Holiday Guru tackles hot travel issues

Should I cancel my May 24 trip to Tunisia with Tui? The Holiday Guru irons out troublesome travel issues

The Holiday Guru is always on hand to answer your questions.

This week issues tackled include British Airways vouchers for a cancelled trip to Miami and whether to abort a Tui holiday to Tunisia. 

Q. Last August I had BA Miami flights cancelled. I accepted a voucher, then asked for a refund. This was refused, so I made a Section 75 credit card claim. Now I have the cash plus the voucher. Is it still valid?

Graham Manson, via email.

One reader had BA flights to Miami cancelled and accepted a voucher before getting a refund. He asks if his voucher would still be valid 

A. No. BA says the voucher will not work as you accepted the cash after claiming under Section 75. 

Q. Our Czech Airlines Dubrovnik flights were cancelled last September. The tickets, costing £252, were booked through Mytrip, but no refund yet. Any advice?

Jo Champion, Paignton, Devon.

A. Mytrip, part of the Etraveli Group in Sweden, says it is waiting for an airline refund, even though in Britain your ‘contract’ would be with it — and it would therefore pay. Also, Czech Airlines was recently declared bankrupt.

Try your travel insurance or make a Section 75 credit card claim or a bank ‘chargeback’ claim; see moneysavingexpert.com.

Q. We booked two subsequently cancelled Air Europa flights (£1,189) to Cuba with Mytrip. Can you help?

Jack Wolland, via email.

Another reader asks for help for claiming money back on two cancelled Air Europa flights to Cuba. Pictured is the country's capital, Havana

Another reader asks for help for claiming money back on two cancelled Air Europa flights to Cuba. Pictured is the country’s capital, Havana 

A. Sadly, you are in the same position as Jo Champion [above].

Q. We have a Tui holiday to Tunisia on May 24, but flights are currently banned. If we cancel, we will lose £2,500. Advice?

Toni Saunders, via email.

A. Do not cancel: change to another date for free now or wait until closer to departure when the trip will probably be cancelled and you will be refunded.

WE’RE HERE TO HELP

If you need advice, the Holiday Guru is here to answer your questions. Email us at [email protected]

Reader Toni Saunders is advised not to cancel his May 24 trip to Tunisia with Tui

Reader Toni Saunders is advised not to cancel his May 24 trip to Tunisia with Tui

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First look inside Legoland Windsor’s new multi-million-pound Mythica land

First look inside Legoland Windsor’s new multi-million-pound Mythica land: Photographs show engineers checking never-before-seen rides ahead of the May 29 opening

  • Unveiled for the first time today is the Fire and Ice Freefall drop ride, standing at 13 metres tall (42ft) 
  • Legoland says that guests will also be thrilled at the reveal of Hydra’s Challenge, ‘an exhilarating water ride’ 
  • Guests can also see first-hand ‘the epic scale’ of the ‘lead attraction’ – the Flight of the Sky Lion 

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Legoland Windsor Resort has released first-look pictures of its eagerly anticipated new Lego Mythica: World of Mythical Creatures land.

For the first time ever, some of the ‘awesome’ attractions, experiences and Lego models guests will see when multi-million-pound Mythica opens to the public on May 29 this year are revealed.

Unveiled for the first time today is the Fire and Ice Freefall, standing at 13 metres tall (42ft, or the equivalent of 325 Lego Minifigures). This drop ride ‘is defended by Lego Mythica Guardian Crystal Flame’.

Legoland Windsor Resort has released first-look pictures of its eagerly anticipated new Lego Mythica: World of Mythical Creatures land. Pictured is Hydra’s Challenge, ‘an exhilarating water ride’

An engineer checks the Flight of the Sky Lion 4D experience, which incorporates an animated film 'to fully immerse families in the world of Lego Mythica'

An engineer checks the Flight of the Sky Lion 4D experience, which incorporates an animated film ‘to fully immerse families in the world of Lego Mythica’

Legoland says that guests will also be thrilled at the reveal of Hydra’s Challenge, ‘an exhilarating water ride that is protected by Lego Mythica guardian Duo’.

The resort adds: ‘Aspiring explorers will need to prepare to get wet on Hydra’s Challenge as they steer their own vessel on this thrilling water attraction.’

Guests can also see first-hand ‘the epic scale’ of the ‘lead attraction’ – the Flight of the Sky Lion – which stands at over 25 metres (82ft) tall.

Fire and Ice Freefall stands at 13 metres tall (42ft, or the equivalent of 325 Lego Minifigures)

 Fire and Ice Freefall stands at 13 metres tall (42ft, or the equivalent of 325 Lego Minifigures)

Final checks are carried out on one of the incredible Lego creatures at the Mythica land

Final checks are carried out on one of the incredible Lego creatures at the Mythica land

Chief Model Maker Paula Laughton gets up close to Maximus, who features in the Flight of the Sky Lion ride

Chief Model Maker Paula Laughton gets up close to Maximus, who features in the Flight of the Sky Lion ride

As well as its ‘magnificent exterior’, guests ‘can also now see a glimpse inside this UK-first, as the resort’s team experience the new ride themselves and carry out final tests before opening’.

The Flight of the Sky Lion is a 4D experience that Legoland Windsor says excites the senses with wind, mist and even smell. It’s an attraction that is synchronised with an animated film ‘to fully immerse families in the world of Lego Mythica’.

Along with the behind-the-scenes look at the ride, the resort has released a teaser of the animated film that will transport guests into the world of Lego Mythica when they board.

It says: ‘They will swoop, duck and dive over the incredible landscape and come face to face with the realm’s many characters, including the Hydra and the Alicorns.’

Also set to feature in the new land will be the Creature Creation where guests can build their very own Lego Mythica creatures. Here engineers carry out checks on amazing Duo the Hydra

Also set to feature in the new land will be the Creature Creation where guests can build their very own Lego Mythica creatures. Here engineers carry out checks on amazing Duo the Hydra

Helen Bull, Divisional Director at Legoland Windsor Resort, said: 'We're thrilled to give our guests a first look at Lego Mythica: World of Mythical Creatures and showcase some of the attractions, experiences and models that will be unveiled when we open in May'

Helen Bull, Divisional Director at Legoland Windsor Resort, said: ‘We’re thrilled to give our guests a first look at Lego Mythica: World of Mythical Creatures and showcase some of the attractions, experiences and models that will be unveiled when we open in May’

Day tickets start from £29 per person, kids under 90cm go free. Overnight stays at the Legoland Windsor Resort Hotel or the Legoland Castle Hotel start from £341 for a family of four

Day tickets start from £29 per person, kids under 90cm go free. Overnight stays at the Legoland Windsor Resort Hotel or the Legoland Castle Hotel start from £341 for a family of four

World of Mythical Creatures is currently under construction and will be found between Heartlake City and the Resort’s Lego-themed hotels.

Also set to feature in the new land will be the Creature Creation where guests can build their very own Lego Mythica creatures; an adventure play area called Lava Dragon Play; a character meet-and-greet experience, Creature Encounter and The Hungry Troll restaurant and Beastly Bites snack bar.

Helen Bull, Divisional Director at Legoland Windsor Resort, said: ‘We’re thrilled to give our guests a first look at Lego Mythica: World of Mythical Creatures and showcase some of the attractions, experiences and models that will be unveiled when we open in May.

‘We worked in partnership with Kids Industries and spent a year discussing and testing ideas and concepts with seven to 11-year olds and their parents who influenced everything from the final ride experiences, names and characters. It’s amazing to see the journey from that point to now and we’re confident Legoland fans will love Lego Mythica.’

Day tickets start from £29 per person, kids under 90cm go free. Overnight stays at the Legoland Windsor Resort Hotel or the Legoland Castle Hotel start from £341 for a family of four. To book visit www.legoland.co.uk.

World of Mythical Creatures is currently under construction and will be found between Heartlake City and the Resort's Lego-themed hotels

World of Mythical Creatures is currently under construction and will be found between Heartlake City and the Resort’s Lego-themed hotels

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BONE appétit! Hilton unveils new dog menu across 32 of its hotels

BONE appétit! Hilton unveils new dog menu across 32 of its hotels, with dishes including Beef Doguignon and Mutt Roast

  • It will be available in pet-friendly hotels in the UK and Ireland from May 17 
  • In a poll, a third said they would prioritise dog-friendly hotels for their next break
  • One in five would only see friends and family who are fond of their dog

During a year filled with uncertainty and change, nearly six in 10 British dog owners (57 per cent) said that the one constant that has helped them through the tough times has been their furry friends.

That’s according to research by Hilton. And in response, the hotel chain has unveiled Bone Appétit, ‘a mouth-watering new dog menu to provide the nation with an easy way to show their canine pals they care’. 

The bespoke menu will be available to guests and their beloved pets across 32 of Hilton’s pet-friendly hotels in the UK and Ireland from May 17.

Hilton has unveiled Bone Appétit, ‘a mouth-watering new dog menu to provide the nation with an easy way to show their canine pals they care’

Hilton explained that the menus have been developed with the help of veterinary nutrition experts and approved by DogFriendly, which provides dog lovers with information on exploring dog-friendly hotels and restaurants throughout the UK. 

The canine-coveted menu consists of four ‘pup-tastic’ meal options: Beef Doguignon – slow-cooked beef brisket served with mashed potato, carrots, green beans, sweetcorn, broad beans and gluten-free gravy; Mutt Roast – gluten-free tomato pasta, topped with mature cheddar cheese and roasted in the oven; Earl Greyhound – ‘a calming blend of lavender, rose petals, lime flower and orange flowers – perfect for anxious pooches recovering from long car journeys or staying away from home’, and Tailwagger Creek – a non-alcoholic wine infused with elderflower, nettle, ginseng, lime flower and black carrot.

Research conducted by Hilton reveals that the vast majority of British pet owners feel the pandemic would have been much harder for them without their canine companions, who boosted moods (86 per cent) and provided companionship during tough times (86 per cent).

Hilton said that the dog-friendly menus have been developed with veterinary nutrition experts

Hilton said that the dog-friendly menus have been developed with veterinary nutrition experts

Eight in 10 (80 per cent) stated the pandemic would have been a lot harder for them without their canine and 82 per cent even claimed their dog has been as valuable and supportive as family and close friends over the past 12 months.

It’s no surprise, said Hilton, that as restrictions ease, a quarter of dog owners are looking to prioritise their pet’s happiness more than before, with 60 per cent looking to repay their pooches for their valiant lockdown efforts by showering them with treats and some much-deserved TLC.

The bond between pet and owner has become so strong over lockdown that almost a fifth (17 per cent) would prioritise their dog over their friends, while one in five would go as far as only seeing friends and family who are fond of their dog (22 per cent).

Hilton's canine-coveted menu consists of four 'pup-tastic' meal options, including Beef Doguignon and Mutt Roast

Hilton’s canine-coveted menu consists of four ‘pup-tastic’ meal options, including Beef Doguignon and Mutt Roast

When it comes to holiday planning, a third (27 per cent) claimed they would specifically look for dog-friendly hotels to ensure their dog could join them. In fact, a quarter (26 per cent) claimed they won’t travel without their pups at all.

Julie Baker, UK&I vice president, Hilton, owner of a Border Terrier called Muttley, aged seven, said: ‘We are thrilled to launch our bespoke dog menu, Bone Appétit, across over 30 properties as a way to help pet owners give their furry family members a special reward post-pandemic. I cannot wait to treat Muttley to a hard earned Mutt Roast and a little weekend away at our local Hilton!’

While the Bone Appétit room service menu will be available at 32 hotels, that’s not the extent of the group’s canine service. It offers beds and water bowls across 74 of its dog-friendly hotels in the UK and Ireland, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, LXR Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Curio Collection by Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton.

For more information on Hilton’s dog-friendly hotels and to see what other amenities are offered at participating hotels, visit Explore.Hilton.com

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Royal Caribbean’s new cruise ship, which will be the biggest in the world when it launches in 2022

This is Royal Caribbean’s epic new cruise ship, which will be the biggest in the world when it launches in 2022.

Called Wonder of the Seas, the vessel will be based in Shanghai, China, and will feature an 82ft- (25m) long, 10-deck-high zip line as well as Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea at 10 storeys high.

It is currently under construction in Saint-Nazaire, France, and is 1,188ft (362m) long, 210ft (64m) wide and weighs 236,857 tonnes. It features a total of 18 decks, will have 2,867 staterooms and will accommodate up to 6,988 guests.

Royal Caribbean’s epic new cruise ship Wonder of the Seas will be the biggest in the world when it launches in 2022. It is pictured in Saint Nazaire, France, in September 2020

Wonder of the Seas is 1,188ft (362m) long, 210ft (64m) wide and weighs 236,857 tonnes. It features a total of 18 decks, 2,867 staterooms and will accommodate up to 6,988 guests

Wonder of the Seas is 1,188ft (362m) long, 210ft (64m) wide and weighs 236,857 tonnes. It features a total of 18 decks, 2,867 staterooms and will accommodate up to 6,988 guests

Royal Caribbean says that the Oasis-class ship will have ‘the signature amenities the world’s largest and unmatched ships are known for since they first revolutionised cruising more than a decade ago, including the unique neighbourhood concept’.

Wonder of the Seas will have eight neighbourhoods that guests can explore.

The Central Park area will feature ‘the first living park at sea, home to more than 20,000 plants — not to mention some of the fleet’s most coveted speciality restaurants and high-end boutiques’.

Boardwalk will be a stretch at the end of the ship with twin rock-climbing walls, a classic carousel and an ‘open-air AquaTheater’.

Wonder of the Seas is transferred to its outfitting dock at a shipyard in France in September 2020. The vessel will feature an 82ft- (25m) long, 10-deck-high zip line as well as Ultimate Abyss - the tallest slide at sea at 10-storeys high

Wonder of the Seas is transferred to its outfitting dock at a shipyard in France in September 2020. The vessel will feature an 82ft- (25m) long, 10-deck-high zip line as well as Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea at 10-storeys high

Wonder of the Seas is due to arrive in Shanghai in March 2022

Wonder of the Seas is due to arrive in Shanghai in March 2022

The Pool & Sports Zone will be home to the zip line and the Ultimate Abyss slide as well as pools, whirlpools and a FlowRider surf simulator. There will also be basketball and volleyball courts as well as a mini-golf course.

The Entertainment Place neighbourhood is where ‘world-class performers light up the stage night after night in headline shows and original productions at the Royal Theater’.

Meanwhile, the Royal Promenade will be the ‘pulsing heart of the ship, where shopping, dining and entertainment come together’.

The ship will also have a Vitality Spa and Fitness Center, a Youth Zone that includes a nursery for infants and toddlers, and a dedicated space for teenagers.

The final neighbourhood is the new Suite Neighbourhood, which is just for suite guests.

Royal Caribbean explains: ‘The new neighbourhood provides a private experience like no other, featuring world-class dining, a new sun deck for unparalleled ocean views, a private lounge and restaurant and much more.

‘Moreover, loved ones can make it the getaway of a lifetime when they book the expansive and beloved Ultimate Family Suite.’

Wonder of the Seas is due to arrive in Shanghai in March 2022 and its inaugural season cruises of four to nine-night sailings through the Far East are now open for bookings.

The vessel's keel is lowered into place in a ceremony at a shipyard in Saint Nazaire in October 2019, marking the start of the ship’s physical construction

The vessel’s keel is lowered into place in a ceremony at a shipyard in Saint Nazaire in October 2019, marking the start of the ship’s physical construction

Royal Caribbean says: ‘On the horizon for vacationers with their sights on a getaway aboard Wonder are visits to popular destinations in Asia. Between March and November 2022, guests can sail roundtrip from Shanghai to Japan, where they can immerse themselves in the local sights and sounds.

‘From pleasing their palate in Osaka, to exploring the nation’s oldest official residence in Fukuoka, to tasting the best beef in Kobe and enjoying the natural scenery of the islands of Okinawa, all senses can be fulfilled on these culture-rich itineraries. 

‘The combination of ports of call to choose from also include Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Ishigaki and Miyazaki, Japan.

A rendering showing what Wonder of the Seas will look like when it is complete. It will have eight neighbourhoods that guests can explore

A rendering showing what Wonder of the Seas will look like when it is complete. It will have eight neighbourhoods that guests can explore

Royal Caribbean says: 'On the horizon for vacationers with their sights on a getaway aboard Wonder are visits to popular destinations in Asia'

Royal Caribbean says: ‘On the horizon for vacationers with their sights on a getaway aboard Wonder are visits to popular destinations in Asia’ 

‘Wonder will transition to warmer climates and homeport in Hong Kong, November 2022 through January 2023, to offer highly anticipated Christmas and New Year’s holiday sailings to several ports of call. 

‘Part of the destination lineup are Chan May, Vietnam; Busan and Jeju, South Korea; Kochi and Okinawa, Japan; and Taipei, China.’

Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said: ‘China continues to be one of the most important parts of the world for Royal Caribbean. We have won the trust of our partners and the favour of travellers and built on that significantly since we first set sail 12 years ago.

Currently, the world's largest cruise ship is Symphony of the Seas, pictured. It is another vessel in Royal Caribbean's fleet

Currently, the world’s largest cruise ship is Symphony of the Seas, pictured. It is another vessel in Royal Caribbean’s fleet

‘By introducing Wonder of the Seas and the iconic Oasis Class to China, our strong commitment to the market’s growth is reaffirmed yet again for years to come.

‘It will be a remarkable moment to see years of partnership realised when the industry’s newest, most innovative ship becomes Shanghai’s new city skyline and takes cruise travel beyond imagination.’

Currently, the world’s largest cruise ship is Symphony of the Seas – another vessel in Royal Caribbean’s fleet.

It too has 18 decks, is 1,118ft-long, 215.5ft wide, weighs 228,000 tonnes and can accommodate 6,680 guests.

The ship was launched in 2018, is currently based in Miami and sails itineraries around the Caribbean.

Post-lockdown plans: The top 30 things Britons are most excited to see again soon

The view from a plane window, a full football stadium, friends around the kitchen table and the INSIDE of their local pub: The top 30 things Britons are most excited to see again soon

  • The No1 sight for Britons is that of friends sitting around their kitchen table
  • 57 per cent claim there are sights that they’ll never take for granted again 
  • Some confessed they are even missing sights that used to annoy them 

The top 30 things that Britons are desperate to see with their own eyes again have been revealed – and the No.1 sight is that of friends sitting around their kitchen table.

In a survey, 43 per cent of respondents named it as the top sight they couldn’t wait to witness, post-pandemic.

The rest of the top five comprises restaurant menus (second, 40 per cent), the British coast (third, 39 per cent), people without masks on (fourth, 36 per cent) and seeing their own freshly cut hair in a salon mirror (fifth, 33 per cent).

The top 30 things that Britons are desperate to see with their own eyes again have been revealed – and the No.1 sight is that of friends sitting around their kitchen table

The list also includes the inside of their local pub (sixth, 31 per cent), people hugging in the street (seventh, 28 per cent), the view from a plane window (ninth, 27 per cent), a full football stadium (17th, 19 per cent) and a Greek sunset (28th, 12 per cent).

The poll of 1,500 British adults, by Vision Express, revealed that 57 per cent claim there are sights they have not seen for a while that they’ll never take for granted again.

Some confessed they are even missing sights that used to annoy them, such as airport check-in queues, noisy children running riot in restaurants and public spaces, and a queue for drinks in a busy bar.

In the list of things Britons are most excited about seeing again, the view from a plane window is in ninth place

In the list of things Britons are most excited about seeing again, the view from a plane window is in ninth place

Four in ten (43 per cent) of those who took part in the survey admitted they would be making the most of their freedom once restrictions are fully lifted, with 35 per cent vowing to see more famous sights around the world.

As well as spending more time with friends (45 per cent), they are also planning to continue enjoying the outdoors (52 per cent) and visiting UK-based tourist attractions they have not seen before (37 per cent).

The research also explored the sights they are sick of seeing during the pandemic, which included masks littering the street (47 per cent), taking the same local walk over and over (34 per cent) and deserted high streets and town centres (33 per cent).

THE TOP 30 SIGHTS BRITONS CAN’T WAIT TO SEE AGAIN 

1. Friends sitting around my kitchen table – 43%

2. Restaurant menus – 40%

3. The British seaside – 39%

4. People without masks on – 36%

5. My newly cut hair in a salon mirror – 33%

6. The inside of my local pub – 31%

7. People hugging each other – 28%

8. The inside of my friend’s house – 27%

9. The view from a plane window – 27%

10. A busy shopping centre – 25%

11. A busy restaurant – 21%

12. The steps leading up to the plane door – 21%

13. A bustling town centre – 21%

14. The faces of your friends laughing it up in a bar – 20%

15. People shaking hands – 20% 

16. My parents – 19%

17. A full football stadium – 19%

18. A busy gig or festival – 19%

19. Famous landmarks – 17%

20. The inside of an Indian restaurant – 17%

21. Cocktail menus – 17%

22. People kissing each other on both cheeks – 17%

23. A pool with towels and sunbeds laid out – 16%

24. My local pub landlord – 16%

25. My grandchildren – 15%

26. My kids playing with their friends – 15%

27. The inside of a Chinese restaurant – 14%

28. A Greek sunset – 12%

29. A club full of people – 12%

30. Mum cooking a Sunday roast – 10% 

 Source: Vision Express survey

 

 

The inside of the local pub is sixth in the top 30 list of most-wanted post-lockdown sights

The inside of the local pub is sixth in the top 30 list of most-wanted post-lockdown sights

A full football stadium makes the top 20 of most eagerly anticipated sights for Britons

A full football stadium makes the top 20 of most eagerly anticipated sights for Britons

Almost nine in ten (88 per cent) admitted they had spent far too long looking at screens over the past year.

When quizzed about the year ahead, almost two-thirds of Britons (65 per cent) admitted they’re looking forward to spending time seeing close friends and family in person again, with half admitting it’s going to be an emotional experience when they finally reunite.

Dan McGhee, Director of Optical Services at Vision Express, said: ‘We know the past year has been hard on everyone and there has been a lot we have missed, from pubs to our friends and families.

‘The research shows that 88 per cent of the nation admit they’ve spent a lot of time looking at screens over the past year, clocking up an average of eight hours of screen time daily. So it is time for everyone to get outside and enjoy the freedom we now have – whilst still being safe.’

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Is Scotland allowing people from England to visit? The Holiday Guru answers travellers’ questions

Is Scotland allowing people from England to visit and can Britons fly to Bulgaria in August? The Holiday Guru answers travellers’ questions

The Holiday Guru is always on hand to answer your questions.

The topics tackled this week include flying to Bulgaria, travelling to Jersey and whether Scotland is letting visitors from England in.

Q. Could you explain the 90-day rule in Europe? We own an apartment in Spain.

Ken Hepples, Leeds.

A reader who owns an apartment in Spain, pictured, asks the Guru to explain the post-Brexit 90-day rule for Britons visiting the EU

A. Since Brexit, Britons can be in the EU for 90 days out of a 180-day period. 

This is rolling, so you need to look back at the previous 180 days and make your calculation. Rule-breakers may face fines, deportation and difficulties re-entering the country.

Q. Will we be able to fly to Bulgaria in August/September?

Ken Dawkins, via email.

A. No-one is sure when international travel will resume — potentially after May 17. 

Wizz Air has ‘Flex’ Luton to Bourgas returns from £257 (wizzair.com), allowing cancellation with a credit up to three hours before a flight.

Q. I am due to go to Jersey in May. Will this be possible?

Alan Moore, via email.

Tourists will be able to visit Jersey, pictured, from April 26. Pictured is Gorey Castle and the harbour of Saint Martin

Tourists will be able to visit Jersey, pictured, from April 26. Pictured is Gorey Castle and the harbour of Saint Martin 

A. Yes, from April 26. You’ll need to fill in a Safer Travel registration form. See gov.je.

Q. We booked with Brittany Ferries to go to France for D-Day commemorations in 2019, but my husband fell ill. 

We were given a voucher but cannot use it because his health has not improved — he is having major surgery and possible leg amputation. Can you help us get our refund of £433?

Beryl Walters, via email.

A. Sorry to hear about your husband’s ill health. We asked Brittany Ferries, but it said it cannot give you a refund under its terms and conditions. It has extended the voucher to 2023. Best to try your insurer. Good luck.

Q. I have booked a campervan in Scotland for May 29. Is Scotland allowing people from England to visit?

Moe Irons, Liverpool.

Currently, travel between Scotland, pictured, and England is only permitted if you have a 'reasonable excuse'

Currently, travel between Scotland, pictured, and England is only permitted if you have a ‘reasonable excuse’

A. Currently, you can’t travel between Scotland and England without a ‘reasonable excuse’. This could change. See gov.scot.

WE’RE HERE TO HELP

If you need advice, the Holiday Guru is here to answer your questions. Email us at holiday[email protected]

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Stunning £33m Heesen superyacht comes with a Scandi-chic interior and a fold-out swim platform

Pictured: The stunning £33million superyacht that comes with a Scandi-chic interior, a fold-out swim platform and a big enough tank to cross the Atlantic

  • The 50m (164ft) Project Aura is currently being assembled by renowned Dutch ship-builder Heesen
  • Her two engines give her a top speed of 15 knots (17mph) and she has a range of 3,800 miles
  • Ten guests are accommodated in five staterooms, with the set-up including an eye-catching owner’s suite 

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Are you a multi-millionaire sea-farer in need of something luxurious to roam the seas in from next year onwards?

If so, this could be the superyacht you’ve been looking for.

Project Aura, by renowned Dutch motor-yacht builder Heesen, is available for delivery in February 2022. She comes with a Scandi-chic interior, a fold-out swim platform, and a price tag of £33million-plus.

Project Aura, by renowned Dutch motor-yacht builder Heesen, is available for delivery in February 2022

Aura comes with a Scandi-chic interior, a fold-out swim platform, and a price tag of £33million-plus

Aura comes with a Scandi-chic interior, a fold-out swim platform, and a price tag of £33million-plus

Heesen says Aura's 'drag-cheating bulbous bow allows her to glide through the water with ease'

Heesen says Aura’s ‘drag-cheating bulbous bow allows her to glide through the water with ease’

Heesen says she will ‘have a unique presence on the water’ and is a ‘true blue-water motor yacht ideal for extended cruising’.

Her ‘drag-cheating bulbous bow allows her to glide through the water with ease’, the ship-builder says. And how fast? Her two engines give her a top speed of 15 knots (17mph).

What’s more, she has a range of 3,800 miles, so transatlantic crossings are always an option.

And those on board will travel in style.

Heesen says: ‘Aura’s interior, by British studio Reymond Langton Design, is defined by clean lines and surfaces. Billowing clouds of white and taupe lend an ethereal elegance, with sharply accented highlights in sea green and deep blue. Textured materials evoke a sense of calm, refined by chic Scandinavian simplicity.’

Aura comes with five staterooms able to accommodate 10 guests, with the owner's suite (pictured) located forward on the main deck and the remaining guest cabins down below

Aura comes with five staterooms able to accommodate 10 guests, with the owner’s suite (pictured) located forward on the main deck and the remaining guest cabins down below

Billowing clouds of white and taupe lend an ethereal elegance to Aura's interior, says Heesen. Pictured is the beach club

Billowing clouds of white and taupe lend an ethereal elegance to Aura’s interior, says Heesen. Pictured is the beach club

What does £33million get you interior-wise? Rather a lot, including 'textured materials that evoke a sense of calm and chic Scandinavian simplicity'. Pictured is the beach club

What does £33million get you interior-wise? Rather a lot, including ‘textured materials that evoke a sense of calm and chic Scandinavian simplicity’. Pictured is the beach club

A hot tub and a fold-out swim platform accessed via stairs on either side of the main deck come as standard

A hot tub and a fold-out swim platform accessed via stairs on either side of the main deck come as standard

She comes with five staterooms able to accommodate 10 guests, with the owner’s suite located forward on the main deck and the remaining guest cabins down below.

Other features of the 50m- (164ft) long vessel include a hot tub, al fresco dining, a luxurious beach club and a fold-out swim platform accessed via stairs on either side of the main deck.

If the owner wishes to add their own touches, they only need to say the word.

Aura's interior, by British studio Reymond Langton Design, is 'defined by clean lines and surfaces'. Pictured is the main saloon

Aura’s interior, by British studio Reymond Langton Design, is ‘defined by clean lines and surfaces’. Pictured is the main saloon

Aura will undergo 'rigorous' testing in the North Sea before delivery. Pictured is the 'sky lounge'

Aura will undergo ‘rigorous’ testing in the North Sea before delivery. Pictured is the ‘sky lounge’

Heesen says: ‘Aura’s design environment has been carefully conceived to be both subtle and adaptable, easily allowing for bespoke features to be applied to the finished design scheme.’

Aura will undergo ‘rigorous’ testing in the North Sea before delivery.

Mark Cavendish, Executive Commercial Officer at Heesen, comments: ‘This fabulous new-build represents a unique opportunity to acquire a fine 50-metre yacht with an impeccable Dutch pedigree.’

For more information visit www.heesenyachts.com/fleet/yn19650-project-aura

Mark Cavendish, Chief Commercial Officer at Heesen, comments: 'This fabulous new-build represents a unique opportunity to acquire a fine 50-metre yacht with an impeccable Dutch pedigree'

Mark Cavendish, Chief Commercial Officer at Heesen, comments: ‘This fabulous new-build represents a unique opportunity to acquire a fine 50-metre yacht with an impeccable Dutch pedigree’

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