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This beach has been transformed into a private glamping retreat with jet-skis and Champagne

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Lusty Glaze

If you’re looking for the perfect staycation, a beach in Cornwall has been transformed into a dreamy glamping site.

Lusty Glaze in Newquay has luxury bell tents, plenty of champagne and a host of activities including jet-skiing, surfing and yoga. 

CoolCamping, a specialist camping site, noticed the demand for quirky places to stay this summer when the lockdown restrictions began to be lifted, and crowned this one top of the list for Instagrammable campsites. 

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Lusty Glaze

The coastal retreat is tucked away on a cosy beach, and you get your own private yurt for an idyllic three-day retreat. 

There are panoramic sea views and plenty of luxurious add-ons like sunrise yoga classes, jet ski adventures, local artists to serenade you and even the opportunity to have a romantic dinner on the water’s edge. 

The website describes the experience at one of the yurts as having ‘your own little paradise island, but a G&T is only a wave of the hand away’.

Each tent has its own private wet hut and an outdoor area complete with beach blankets and barbecues. 

This sounds like the ultimate staycation that will have you feeling like you’re somewhere tropical!

Find out more here. 

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You can get return flights to NYC for as little as £280 this Black Friday

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Virgin Atlantic has launched an epic Black Friday sale with return flights to NYC for as little as £280. 

New York isn’t the only destination on the list of cheap flights either! There’s also deals on flights to Vegas, San Francisco and Orlando! 

Return flights from London to New York in January and February next year start at just £280 per person. Flights in April from Manchester will set you back just £288.

In April you can fly to LA for £321, a round trip to San Francisco will set you back £324 and Vegas and Orlando are £326.

There’s also deals to be had on some winter sun with discounts on flights to the Caribbean in January and March. You can fly to Barbados from £345, or Jamaica from £395.

The airline has handily separated their deals into sections including Winter Sun, Easter Getaways, Visit Friends & Relatives, West Coast USA, East Coast USA, Caribbean, Premium, Upper Class and Our Best Prices.

You will need to check the current restrictions to flying as well as any quarantine restrictions that might be in place at the end of travel! 

Virgin Atlantic is offering a free Covid-19 cover worth £500,000 which gives you flexible booking, enhanced hygiene measures, free amenity kits including mask and hand sanitisers plus other perks.

Check out more here.

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Holidaymaker arrested and jailed after giving hotel a bad review on Tripadvisor

He fell foul of strict local laws.

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A holidaymaker left a bad review of a hotel on Tripadvisor, leading to his arrest.

US citizen Wesley Barnes left a series of harsh reviews of the Sea View Resort in Thailand via Tripadvisor, but the hotel then pursued legal action against Mr Barnes.

It resulted in him being detained and charged under the country’s strict defamation laws.

He faced a two-year prison sentence and was released only after issuing a public apology.

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Mr Barnes accused the resort of ‘modern-day slavery’. The hotel said the harsh criticism was untrue and damaging to its reputation.

The incident occurred at the resort on the island of Koh Chang earlier this year, and was triggered by an argument over Mr Barnes wanting to bring his own bottle into the hotel’s restaurant.

The hotel said he refused to pay a corkage fee and ’caused a commotion’.

After leaving, he left a negative review after which the hotel sued him for defamation. He subsequently was detained and spent two nights in prison before being released on bail.

He was found guilty of breaking the country’s notorious anti-defamation laws. The hotel said the reviews were ‘fabricated, recurrent and malicious’.

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Now, Tripadvisor has left a warning on the hotel’s page urging travellers to be mindful of the local laws in the country, the MEN reports

The warning reads: “This hotel or individuals associated with this hotel filed criminal charges against a TripAdvisor user in relation to the traveller writing and posting online reviews. The reviewer spent time in jail as a result.

“The hotel may have been exercising its legal rights under local law, however, it is our role to inform you so you may take this into consideration when researching your travel plans.”

Tripadvisor added that they believe in ‘the right of every traveller to write about their first-hand travelling experiences – good or bad’.

The travel site said: “TripAdvisor strongly opposes any action where a business, like the Sea View Hotel & Spa in Koh Chang, uses local law to send someone to jail for expressing their opinion.”

The hotel has hit back at the review site, telling the New York Times they were ‘deeply disappointed’, adding that ‘the warning message from TripAdvisor is extremely misleading and lacks complete information’.

The hotel claims they initially tried to contact Mr Barnes to remove the reviews, but he didn’t respond, and they filed the complaint as the negative comments led to them losing bookings. 

After he was arrested and spent two days in jail the case was eventually dropped, as Mr Barnes admitted the reviews were ‘fabricated, recurrent, and malicious’ and gave a full public apology – as per the terms of the settlement between the two parties. 

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Benidorm launches cheap seven-night package holiday scheme including food and drink for just £180

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You can stay for a week in Benidorm with food included for just £180 in the new scheme. 

The ban on travel throughout the lockdown has caused the popular holiday destination to suffer, enhanced by the 14-day quarantine after travelling. 

The new scheme in the resorts, starting on October 14th, gives tourists a choice of where to stay and where to eat in the seven-night deal.

The only thing you’ll have to arrange on your own is your flights out to Benidorm, but deals start at £200 a return ticket. 

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The scheme has been launched by two trade associations, Abreca and Cobreca representing bars and restaurants plus Rosemberg Real Estate Agency and the Nicaragua Apartments.

They said in a statement: “This project is the result of the essential synergy between all the business sectors of the city and it will be a pioneer in Europe offering visitors to enjoy all the gastronomic offer of our city.

“The tourist will have a complete experience of Benidorm, being able to stay in apartments of Real Estate Rosemberg or Apartments Nicaragua and have breakfast, lunch and dinner in any bar, restaurant and cafeteria member of Abreca and Cobreca and adhered to this project.

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Benidorm could also be launching the new ‘Benidorm Island’ scheme which hopes to create an effective ‘island’ on mainland Spain.

It will encourage Brits to the resort, offering testing and new safety features like a ‘safe’ coach that transfers holidaymakers directly to their holiday accommodation from the airport. 

In the day a ‘Hospitality Team’ would monitor the tourist’s health.

Currently Brits must self-isolate for two weeks after returning from Spain plus other countries on the list.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Stephen Barclay confirmed the new measures that will include swabbing at the airport.

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Mr Barclay explained: ““I am expecting Grant Shapps and Matt Hancock to say more about this in the coming days.

“If we look, for example, at some of the German states, which are using testing to then release earlier from some of the restrictions.”

The current two-week quarantine period could be reduced to four days with two mandatory tests. 

This week, a duo from Ashton-under-Lyne returned from Spain and refused to isolate and were both lumped with £1,000 fines

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