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Preferred Suites

Offers from Preferred Hotel Group™ are ideal for us who want to splurge – and save – on suite accommodations or those of us who long for a dose of world-class culture and couture. Available now through December 31, these new specials present luxurious accommodations in spectacular settings for unforgettable 2013 excursions.


Before you go… Join I Prefer & experience the ease of I Prefer Membership. No points to count. No waiting for hotel rewards. We will automatically receive room upgrades (if available), complimentary WIFI, early check in and late check out and as an I Prefer member we receive an amenity, unique to each hotel.  Best of all, membership is free so please register online today!


Couples pining for a romantic weekend à deux, families jetting off for a fun vacation, and business travelers on an extended stay can save up to 50 percent on suite accommodations when booking a two-night stay or longer with “Preferred Suites”. Highlights of participating Preferred Hotel Group properties include:


Save 30 to 50 Percent in the Americas (*Discounts vary by property)

 Newburg, Oregon, USA: Preferred Boutique member The Allison Inn & Spa offers eight one-bedroom suites that are equipped with a gas fireplace, deep soaking tub, and balcony or terrace with panoramic views of the famed Willamette Valley wine region. *Regular suite rates from US$460 per night.

 o  Orlando, Florida, USA: The one- to four-bedroom villas at The Villas of Grand Cypress, pictured above, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, allow families to stretch out while enjoying quick access to the city’s famed theme parks. *Regular suite rates from US$225 per night.


Save 20 Percent in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and India

  o   London, England, UK: The 16 suites at ME London, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, feature private terraces with panoramic views and other unexpected pleasures, such as 24-hour service from a personal host. *Regular suite rates from US$1,670 per night.


  o   New Delhi, India: A luxurious choice for the business or leisure traveler, the 43 suites at Preferred Hotels & Resorts member The Imperial New Delhi are among the largest in India and feature marble baths and custom décor. *Regular suite rates from US$730 per night.


  o   Phuket, Thailand: At La Flora Resort Patong, pictured right, a member of Summit Hotels & Resorts, three Sea View Suites offer private balconies that overlook the Andaman Sea, while five Pool Villas are the only rooms on Patong Beach with private plunge pools. *Regular suite rates from US$615 per night.


  o   Vienna, Austria: The 21 suites at Hotel Sans Souci, a member of Preferred Boutique, feature designer furniture, parquet floors, original artwork from Roy Lichtenstein, and luxury baths with steam showers. *Regular suite rates from US$360 per night. 


For a full list of participating hotels and to make reservations, visit




Andy Sturt, owner of VIP SKI, has known Jean-Marc Ecoeur from Morzine and Pascal Mourin from Avoriaz for the past 25 years. Often over that time, with each he has pondered over a Pastis or two in a local bar, how their unique but dilapidated family barns might be reborn as extraordinary ski chalets. As luck would have it, after decades of family debates, neighbourly parleys, local planning compromises, and a Pastis or two more, both these two extraordinary projects in two unique but completely different locations will be opened by VIP SKI together and in time for the 2013-14 season.

Chalet Ecoeur was Jean-Marc’s father’s carpentry workshop in the centre of Morzine long before they plonked the Super-Morzine lift to Avoriaz next door in 1950. Now it is 57 steps from the updated gondola. Andy started working with Hervé, the local architect, and Jean-Marc some years ago to turn the unique plot into a smart contemporary VIP SKI hideaway. Balanced on the cliff, bang in the centre of Morzine, the chalet has an exquisite and quite unexpected panorama of all the local summits from the spacious wrap around terraces. VIP SKI has added all the ubiquitous toys like an outdoor hot tub, sauna, Wifi, iPod docks and wall mounted flat screens in all the rooms. Smart contemporary living with four nice sized bedrooms (one with extra bunks for the kids).

Chalet Poudreuse was a Mourin family barn for the high altitude Morzine summer grazing stock before they decided to build a ski resort called Avoriaz there and lay the pistes all around it in 1962. Until this summer it looked a little incongruous amongst the space age developments and ski lifts all around it. Pascal worked with Andy to create a high altitude refuge with all the contemporary comforts that have become VIP SKI trademarks. They had to demolish the barn but in its place is a chic stylish alpine retreat with no equal; huge vaulted living space with panoramic balcony, flat screen and log burning stove, five compact bedrooms (one with extra bunk beds for kids) with wall mounted TVs, Wifi, iPod docks and smart contemporary bathrooms. VIP felt compelled to add a sauna with a door to the piste for the full Finish hot/cold treatment. You know that it’s really ski-in ski-out when you have to get carried across the pistes on a snowcat with your suitcases and your ski instructor doesn’t have to take off his skis when he knocks on the door.

Two exquisite ski chalets, the same unrivalled VIP SKI service VIP SKI (0844 557 3119) Prices for the season start at £849 per person based on two sharing at Chalet Ecoeur in Morzine. Children travel at half price in bunks. Prices include return flights from London Gatwick, coach transfers, accommodation, catered chalet board of cooked breakfast, afternoon tea, three course evening meal on six nights followed by cheese board and coffee and mints, house wine, champagne and canapés on arrival, daily newspapers, wake up drinks and complimentary toiletries. You can also choose to book; valet parking, private transfers and private VIP SKI nannies. Discounts of £100 are available as an early booking incentive on selected ‘saver’ weeks through the season.

VIP SKI also offers a Platinum Service with private transfer, dedicated chef, bespoke a la carte menus, sommelier selected wines, port, handmade chocolates and complimentary bar filled with the client’s favourite goodies. A further upgrade could include a helicopter to whisk guests from the airport to their luxury chalet.



U.K Holidays

The ski season has ended but with the weather changes, the resorts below have turned their attention to summer holidays.

Remembering D-Day
Last week saw the 69th anniversary of D-Day marked by an innovative approach from Channel 4 with seven individuals tracked and their progress charted in real time over the internet, social media and TV. This is just the beginning of what will be burgeoning interest in D-Day in the lead up to next year’s 70th anniversary. Get ahead of the game with Pierre & Vacances and learn with your family about the infamous landing beaches and the surrounding Normandy battlefields. The Normandy Garden Holiday Village is just a few miles from the beaches and the town of Caen around which paratroopers landed. The village itself is set amongst classic Normandy countryside with houses to match. There is an aqua centre, tennis courts and play areas as well as kids and teen clubs on offer. Prices for 3 nights start at £274 (down from £304) for a 1 bedroom select apartment sleeping up to 3. For more information visit or call 0870 0267 145

VIP SKI cycling holidays
VIP SKI has teamed up with Hammer Sports to offer a cycling holiday in the Alps with a competitive edge. Arriving on the 23rd June the week takes in the Morzine Sportive with an option to ride the 110km or 160km route. The cycling experts from Hammer Sports are on hand to prepare you and your bike for the big ride as well as guide and advise on big rides around Les Gets and the Portes du Soleil area of the French Alps. Accommodation is at the Altitude Lodge in Les Gets, a large comfortable chalet featuring a large terrace, sauna and massage suite, outdoor hot tub and plenty of relaxing space. The price of the holiday has been discounted by £100 to £390 for 7 nights or by £40 to £270 for the first 4 nights of the week (departing after the sportive) arriving on the 23rd June. Price includes breakfast and a two course meal accompanied by wine. Entry into the Morzine Sportive is 37€. Self-drive is the best option for travel due to transportation of bikes. Visit or call 0844 557 3119

10% off summer Alpine breaks with VIP SKI
Bookings made before the 14th June are now subject to a 10% discount. The Alaska Lodge in Morzine is the perfect location to make the most of the variety of activities on offer in the resort. Right in the centre of the resort the lodge has stunning interiors, a sauna and a hot tub. In the summer rooms are booked by the night and on a bed and breakfast basis. A 4 night stay starts at £234 per room, with family rooms sleeping up to 4 included. 7 nights starts at £477 per room. Prices remain at these levels through the summer. For more information or to book visit or call 0844 557 3119

Mallorca with Coastline Villas
Departing on the 29th June there is a special price for the C’an Mir villa from Coastline Villas, a saving of around 15%. This is a large villa, perfect for those big family get-togethers or a couple of families who enjoy going on holiday together. This is a 6 person villa with the possibility of further guests. A large walled garden means privacy is assured and the mature landscaping within along with the large swimming pool make for a relaxing environment. 20,000 square metres beyond the walls are also within the grounds of this substantial villa. Within the villa itself there is a great open plan living/dining area and a large, rather grand, staircase leads to the upstairs bedrooms. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet, large ensuite and balcony, the whole villa exudes exclusivity. The villa is located near Pollensa, in northern Mallorca, situated between the town and the beaches, just 2km from the closest beach. The price, villa only, is £3,556. Coastline’s nannies and chef services can also be added for an additional charge. For more information or to book visit or call 0844 557 1020

Coastline Tour de France breaks
With a Team Sky 1-2 in the Criterium du Daupine at the weekend it is time to seriously consider another British winner of the Tour de France, in the form of Chris Froome. The start of this year’s race is in Corsica with the first 3 stages taking place on the French Mediterranean island. Coastline Villas have several properties available through the time of the Tour’s visit. The initial stage on the 29th June starts at Porto Vecchio before making its way north. The Supranu villa is just 10 minutes from the town using the included air conditioned car. The villa sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms and has amazing views from its hillside position of the sea. Large luxurious bedrooms and open plan living spaces mean this is a real treat accompanied by the outdoor space featuring freeform pool. 7 nights from the 23rd June start at £845 per person including return flights from London Gatwick, air conditioned car and a welcome hamper. For more or to book visit or call 0844 557 1020

Just over 2 weeks left to win!
Quark Expeditions’ Greenland Contest can still be entered up until the 30th June and with a once in a lifetime trip on offer it is well worth entering. Through watching a fact filled video or viewing an equally informative infographic contestants need to answer 3 questions about the most active glacier, the Northern Lights and Greenland’s ice covering. The prize on offer is a 15 day cruise, the Arctic Quest itinerary, which visits Greenland and Canada. Accommodation and meals are on the Sea Explorer with Arctic wildlife to be seen throughout the trip along with Inuit communities. Special excursions on Zodiac boats are arguably the prizes highlight as winners are whisked to the shore to take a closer look. For more information and to enter visit

Ski Safari early booking deal!
Another great North American early booking deal from Ski Safari travelling this time to Whistler. 10 nights in Whistler is just £1,139 per person, savings of over 40% on accommodation. £880 per person is saved when staying at a 3* property based on four sharing a 2 bedroom condo. Once the booking is confirmed the property is confirmed to the party. The options are the Stoney Creek Lagoons, Tyndall Stone Lodge or the Glacier’s Reach. A 9 day lift pass is also available with a saving of 38% making it £393 per person. For more visit or call 01273 224060