UK Beaches Make World’s Top 10


The sun’s set to shine all over the UK Bank Holiday Weekend which is perfect timing to visit two of the World’s Top Ten Beaches, according to this Guardian article.

But there’s no need to travel far.  In addition to the paradise sands in Brazil, Australia and The Cook Islands, two pristine UK beaches have been highlighted over other exotic stretches of sand.shell-bay

First up is Shell Bay in Dorset, renowned for its sweeping golden sands and fabulous views along the Isle of Purbeck.  Take the short three minute ferry ride from Sandbanks to these well kept National Trust preserved shores.

Also making the “best beach list” is Scotland’s Sinclair´s Bay beach in Caithness.  If it wasn’t for the cooling northerly winds, you’d be forgiven for mistaking the pristine white sands and turquoise blue seas for those found in the Caribbean.  What’s more, it’s all on your doorstep (almost).

Friday 22 May 2009 12:27 | Published by | Category: Travel News

Destination of the Month : Madrid


Madrid is one of Europe’s most exciting cities and during the month of June Spain’s capital positively buzzes with the onset of the summer.
madrid1Packed full of more tapas bars, cafes and restaurants than anywhere else in Spain, Madrid is also home to seemingly endless collection of art galleries, not to mention the jaw-dropping architecture.
But don’t just stick to the city centre. Head out to Chueca which is Madrid’s hippest district and now a centre for cool clothes shops and a sizzling nightlife.
Tempted? Then find out more from our customers’ recommendations for things to do in the city.

Friday 22 May 2009 11:36 | Published by | Category: Hotelopia News,Hotelopia Travel Guides

The World’s Top 10 Scariest Rollercoaster Rides


If you’ve just eaten, look away now.  This is a guide to the world’s top 10 scariest rollercoaster rides posted on timesonline.

For the tallest and fastest rollercoaster, head to Kingda Ka – Six Flags Great Adventure, in New Jersey,USA.  Hop aboard to drop a stomach churning 418ft (127m) then reach top speeds of 128mph.

Coming a close second in the fear factor stakes is the Steel Dragon – Nagashima Spa Land in Nagashima, Japan.  This revolutionary ride reaches a speed of 98mph, but offers the ultimate near death sensation, not to mention extreme g-force.
But why wait to visit? You can enjoy the ride right here courtesy of Youtube.


Thursday 21 May 2009 17:04 | Published by | Category: Interesting Stuff

Spotted by Local Bloggers – City Guides


For a totally local view on Europe’s favourite cities, check out Spotted by Locals, which brings together “in-destination” bloggers who give their own unique take on their home town.  Read their tips on the best places to visit in cities including Madrid, Prague, London and Rome etc.

Also, let us know what you think here of places you have visited, so we can include in up-and-coming Hotelopia newsletters.


Thursday 21 May 2009 16:54 | Published by | Category: Interesting Stuff

China Gives New Meaning to Cr*p Food!


As far as novelty restaurants go, this one literally takes the p*ss.  A Taiwanese restaurant chain has expanded into China, offering customers the unique opportunity to eat out of a toilet and drink out of plastic urinals in what is possibly the world’s weirdest novelty themed restaurant.

According to Youtube, “It’s supposed to shock and confuse the senses,” says Chen Minkuang, manager of a Taiwan Modern Toilet.  You don’t say!

Wednesday 20 May 2009 17:54 | Published by | Category: Interesting Stuff

iPhone Applications for the Ultimate Road Trip


Road Trip FunMaking a long road trip has just been made easier thanks to a number of cool applications developed for the iPhone.

Favourites include MapsBuddy, which doesn’t just provide mapping, but gives shortcuts for the nearest petrol stations, restaurants, and other pit-stops you wish to make.

Also, why pay for an internet connectionwhen you can get it for free. Download the app for WifiTrack which detects your location and pin-points the closest wifi spots to where you are.

And for those travelling with kids, there’s even an application for Road Trip Fun.  Game of “I Spy” anyone?

Read more here :

Wednesday 20 May 2009 17:34 | Published by | Category: Travel News,Travel Technology

Flight Attendant Gives Safety Drill the Rap


Even if you’re a frequent flyer, take note!

This flight attendant from South West Airlines has given the safety drill a much needed makeover. Check out the video which has become something of a Youtube hit as flight attendant David Holmes makes sure he gets his point across:

“You got to help evacuate in case we need to / If you don’t want to, then we’re gonna reseat you.”

Now that’s what I call customer service!

Tuesday 19 May 2009 16:32 | Published by | Category: Interesting Stuff

Employee of the Month


Alex HidalgoHi, I’m Alex Hidalgo and I’m part of Hotelopia’s Product Department which involves working on our portfolio of 25,000 hotels. And since we’re based in Majorca, I won’t have to travel very far to enjoy the summer. As well as the fantastic beaches and spectacular scenery on the island, Majorca makes not just the perfect home, but the perfect holiday destination.

Formentera will also be on my list of places to visit this summer. As the lesser known of the Balearic Islands, it’s just a short ferry ride from Ibiza. The white sands and turquoise blue seas make this the closest you can get to a Caribbean break without leaving the Med. Add in the sultry sunsets from the Big Sur and eating paella overlooking the ocean at Ca’n Rafalet and that’s my summer just about wrapped up. Just make sure yours is!

Tuesday 19 May 2009 13:47 | Published by | Category: Hotelopia News

Andalusia Travel Guide


The team here at Hotelopia is pretty international.  So we asked our own native Andalusian Rebeca Gonzalez from Hotelopia’s Flaming hot Flamenco dresses!Product Department for her recommendations to see this sizzling southern Spanish region.

Check out her Andalusia travel itinerary here and get inspired.

Tuesday 19 May 2009 13:37 | Published by | Category: Hotelopia Travel Guides

Michael Jackson – Last rooms/tickets


See the King of Pop for the last time!  Hotelopia has teamed up with Thomson Experience to offer concert ticket and hotel packages for the final Michael Jackson – This Is It Tour in London. The last few packages are up for grabs, and start from £209 per person.


Tuesday 19 May 2009 13:29 | Published by | Category: Hotelopia News,Hotelopia Promotions

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