Holidays and trips as reviewed by the Southern Daily Echo

Magical world of Disney

Daily Echo:

11:46am Wednesday 1st October 2014

The clever people at Disney have done it again! Now families can enjoy free dining at the heart of the magic. Jane Reader jets off to Florida for a banquet with Mickey and friends

Pigging out at superb hotel

Daily Echo:

2:35pm Friday 29th August 2014

Daily Echo editor Ian Murray reviews the Pig Near Bath

Dubai on a Budget

Daily Echo:

5:11pm Saturday 2nd August 2014

Stuart Martin finds Dubai delivers experiences beyond expectation - and you don't need to be a millionaire to enjoy it

Oxford - Following in the footsteps of Inspector Morse

Daily Echo:

4:59pm Friday 18th July 2014

WHILE Inspector Morse was always happiest in the bar of the Randolph Hotel in Oxford, ‘where they serve a decent pint’, the 140-year-old establishment has so much more to offer than a good tipple.

A room with a view

Daily Echo:

2:57pm Friday 11th July 2014

Having only ever visited Ipswich once before and some time ago at that I was keen to see how it had changed.

Island paradise of Corsica

5:26pm Monday 23rd June 2014

Joseph Curtis is close to paradise on a trip to the island of Corsica

Cruise through Egypt on the River Nile

Daily Echo: Cruise through Egypt on the River Nile

7:09pm Monday 16th June 2014

Ian Murray enjoys a taste of a Nile River cruise on board the luxurious MS Grand Rose

Farmhouse villas in Mallorca

Daily Echo: Ses Matas Claras

4:37pm Monday 9th June 2014

Dan Kerins jets off to beautiful Mallorca and discovers that staying in a villa gives you the opportunity to see the paradise island with fresh new eyes

Gastro inn by the Test

Daily Echo: The Bourne Valley Inn's deli

12:00pm Friday 16th May 2014

LORELEI REDDIN enjoys a homely stay in prime Hampshire fishing country

World's most beautiful voyage

Daily Echo: World's most beautiful voyage

3:45pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

THE colossal snow-capped mountains gleam dazzlingly white against the pale blue sky.

GOZO: Slowing it Down

Daily Echo: Ramla Bay Aerial View by Jurgen Scicluna

12:02pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

Lorelei Reddin ditches her fast-paced lifestyle for a relaxing trip to the stunning island of Gozo

TRAVEL: A perfectly British Gem

Daily Echo: The Museum Inn

5:21pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

This truly traditional country pub in a pretty rural setting, which serves gourmet food, is like a breath of fresh air, confides Lorelei Reddin

Rediscovering the Christmas spirit in Center Parcs

Daily Echo: Rediscovering the Christmas spirit in Center Parcs

7:13pm Monday 9th December 2013

A FEW weeks ago I stumbled across an old Polaroid in a drawer at home.

Hello Sailors!

Daily Echo: Messing about on the river in a Hot Tug

12:09pm Friday 8th November 2013

It’s an unusual selling point and one that will certainly get you noticed, says SHELLY FOUNTAIN, as she floats serenely along the Thames in a HotTug

Cyprus by sea - live travel blog

Daily Echo: Cyprus by sea - live travel blog

7:45pm Saturday 28th September 2013

We've come to the history-rich country of Cyprus with a main objective in mind - to see the beautiful country from the sea. Share the adventure by following this blog.

In Good Spirits in The Cotswolds

Daily Echo: In Good Spirits in The Cotswolds

12:04pm Friday 30th August 2013

IAN MURRAY whisked Mrs M off for a weekend in the Cotswolds but didn’t let on that they might be sharing their room with a third person – in the form of a ghost!

Hope and freedom in France

Daily Echo: Hope and freedom in France

11:46am Tuesday 11th June 2013

Just a 30-minute drive from La Rochelle, JENNIFER RIVETT discovered the picturesque town of Rochefort where the locals were in full party mode celebrating the launch of a maritime piece of history

A trip to New Hampshire and the fabulous Clydesdale horses

Daily Echo:

3:57pm Friday 31st May 2013

Ian Murray finds the real stars of a trip to New Hampshire are the magnificent Clydesdale horses that are the trademark of the famous Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Nashua.

An appetite for Malta

Daily Echo:

5:10pm Sunday 19th May 2013

MALTA’S story is one of survival,” says Vince Debono, a guide for the Maltese tourist board.

Food, history, fun and traditions in Taiwan

Daily Echo: A view from Jiufen mountains, Taiwan

4:51pm Monday 22nd April 2013

Cliff-hanging teahouses and restaurants filled with toilet seats – Kate Hodal explores the small South East Asian nation that boldly claims to be the best place on earth

Height of luxury: the new treehouses at Center Parcs

Daily Echo: The walkway linking the main house to the games room

9:07am Monday 11th March 2013

Andy Bissell ponders the secret of Center Parcs’ 25-year success in the UK during a visit to Longleat where new treehouses offer the height of luxury

A True Cornish Gem

Daily Echo: The view from The Llawnroc in springtime

4:59pm Friday 28th September 2012

SARAH JONES stays at The Llawnroc Hotel and soaks up the unspoilt charms that makes Cornwall the perfect getaway.

A hotel with a view

Daily Echo: The Kingsley Thistle in Bloomsbury

12:13pm Friday 6th July 2012

IAN MURRAY combined a stay at the capital’s Kingsley Thistle Hotel, Bloomsbury with a trip to the theatre

Inn for a Treat

2:22pm Friday 11th May 2012

In search of a weekend break TESSA CASTLE headed up to London for a touch of relaxation to recharge the batteries with a capital ‘R’

Time out in the capital

Daily Echo: The view of Greenwich Park  from the Observatory

3:30pm Friday 27th April 2012

Luke Tugby spends a weekend in Greenwich and is surprised by how much it has to offer

02 to be in the big city

Daily Echo: The Radisson Edwardian New Providence Wharf Hotel offers stunning views of the o2 Arena

11:23am Friday 23rd March 2012

IT certainly offered a room with a bustling view.

Canada's full monty

Daily Echo: Montreal's Olympic Stadium. Photograph by Alain Carpentier

11:05am Wednesday 7th March 2012

Mix an element of America with a touch of Europe and what have you got? The Canadian city of Montreal. Dan Kerins enjoyed experiencing this eclectic city

Freedom of the isle

Daily Echo: Es Garrovers

9:00am Friday 17th February 2012

IT IS in the depths of winter that the idea of sipping a cool drink whilst sunbathing by the pool can seem a million miles away.

Happy holidays

Daily Echo: Beach entertainment

2:35pm Tuesday 17th January 2012

Jon Reeve is left smiling after meeting the happy people of The Gambia.

Deutschland Wonderland

12:07pm Friday 16th December 2011

THE daylight is beginning to fade in Nuremberg – but one of Europe’s most spectacular Christmas wonderlands is just about to come to life.

Seeing the wild side of of Ireland

Daily Echo: The view at Sheep's Head

IT is the dead of night and silent but for the gentle splish-splash of paddles dipping in to water.

Island fling

Daily Echo: St. Lucia

12:02pm Friday 18th November 2011

Matt Watson falls in love with the laidback island of St Lucia

Silence in the City

Daily Echo: New poll hints at hung Parliament

12:41pm Friday 11th November 2011

Emma Allen found a quiet haven and five-star luxury in bustling London

A weekend escape in northern Denmark

Daily Echo: A weekend escape in northern Denmark

11:00am Sunday 2nd October 2011

HANDS up who's been to northern Denmark for a weekend.

Soma Bay, Egypt

Daily Echo: Soma Bay, Egypt

11:19am Monday 5th September 2011

Practically perfect in every way. Shelly Fountain is thoroughly spoilt on a luxurious break at Egypt’s Soma Bay resort

Rocky Mountain Highs

Daily Echo: Rocky Mountaineer

6:36pm Friday 29th July 2011

Ian Murray keeps track of the local wildlife between Vancouver and Banff aboard the Rocky Mountaineer

Arabian Adventure

Daily Echo: Burj Al Arab

1:00pm Friday 8th July 2011

GORDON Simpson heads to Dubai and finds a city that isn't just a millionaire's playground - but a great destination for families too.

Having a high time paragliding in France

Daily Echo: Having a high time paragliding in France

11:00am Sunday 29th May 2011

Ruth Meech paraglides at France’s spectacular Dune du Pyla

My Philadelphia story

Daily Echo: My Philadelphia story

12:33pm Monday 7th March 2011

Ian Murray visits birthplace of American Independence and discovers Philly Cheese Steaks, outlet designer shopping along with a large slice of American history

The lake escape

Daily Echo: The lake escape

12:27pm Monday 7th March 2011

It’s raining in the Lake District. Clouds are smudging those postcard views and wind is whipping across the hills.

Live like a lord in land of the Bard

Daily Echo: The house which is thought to be Shakespeare’s birthplace

6:30am Tuesday 1st March 2011

Duncan Eaton enjoys some first class pampering in Shakespeare Country

Cruise is a shore bet!

Daily Echo: Phil Burner couldn’t fault a relaxing voyage on Independence of the Seas

11:58am Monday 28th February 2011

The lift says it’s Tuesday so it must be Naples. It took us a couple of days into the voyage on Independence of the Seas to notice that the small panel, fitted into the carpet of all the lifts, announced the day.

A walk on the wild side

Daily Echo: Rowing boats at Lake Banyoles

3:45pm Wednesday 9th February 2011

Chris Hooper discovers a different kind of holiday on the Costa Brava away from the sun-tanning crowds

Sleepless in Seattle

Daily Echo: Sleepless in Seattle

3:51pm Wednesday 9th February 2011

Simon Carr embarks on a non-stop tour of the Washington State, taking in a heady mix of bustling towns and cities versus unspoilt, tranquil countryside

A head in the clouds

Daily Echo: A head in the clouds

12:26pm Tuesday 11th January 2011

Lee Jeffery got togged up in his ski gear and went on a mini Tour de Pyrenees starting at the highest point staying in a historic observatory

There’s real star quality at Lowndes

Daily Echo: There’s real star quality at Lowndes

2:58pm Friday 1st October 2010

IAN MURRAY finds himself utterly enchanted by Chelsea – and we aren’t talking football here

A haven of simplicity in southern France

Daily Echo: A haven of simplicity in southern France

3:36pm Friday 24th September 2010

Ian Murray discovers holidaying without the faff in southern France

Imperial Hotel is a corker!

Daily Echo: AND RELAX... The Relaxation Room in the beautiful Escape Salon & Spa

12:25pm Tuesday 14th September 2010

Phil Burner enjoys the craic in the laidback city of Cork

Hilltop haven at Combe Grove Manor in Bath

Daily Echo: Hilltop haven at Combe Grove Manor in Bath

12:08pm Saturday 4th September 2010

Sara Mills soaks up the view and taps into the restorative powers of Combe Grove Manor in Bath

A sense of Sharm

Daily Echo: A sense of Sharm

2:20pm Saturday 1st May 2010

Gordon Simpson discovers that there is more to Egypt than pharaoh and sphinx as he escapes for a break in beautiful Sharm El Sheikh


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