Situated behind an innocuous black wooden door in a row of London townhouses, lies this quintessentially British venue, where you’ll discover outstanding service and exceptional hospitality for an unforgettable Christmas celebration.
This stunning 19th century townhouse hotel in Central London is simply magnificent and is the perfect place to celebrate the highly-anticipated Christmas party to round off the working year! Look forward to a night of mouth-watering food, delicious drinks and some incredible company courtesy of your friends and colleagues in a beautiful venue that’ll be sure to impress guests alike!
Originally built in 1842, this gorgeous property retains the grace and charm of its original Victorian architecture and boasts lavish and luxury interiors that will be sure to make quite the impression! Within the venue, you’ll find period furniture and original oil paintings – many of the antiques here were picked by antique expert, appraiser and presenter of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, Jonty Hearnden.
This year, the venue are offering exclusive festive lunches and Christmas dinner parties for corporate groups looking to have some fun in honour of the festive season! With a celebration here, they’ll be able to relax and unwind away from the pressures of the workplace and raise a glass to what’s been a long year of hard work and achievement.
Whether you’re a small group looking to indulge in an intimate dining experience or if you’re a much larger group wishing to dine, then you’ll be able to rely on the friendly and dedicated team at this excellent venue to provide you with a fantastic evening of sumptuous food and attentive service.
Included in your exclusive Christmas party package is everything you could possibly want to guarantee a good time; treat your tastes buds to a mouth-watering three-course meal that’s been freshly prepared onsite by the talented hospitality team, who will deliver full and rich flavours with every bite. Also included is table linen and festive decorations, your very own party box, place cards and table plan, coffee, tea and mince pies and a brilliant festive atmosphere!
There’s plenty of choice included on the festive menu which features meat, fish and vegetarian starters and mains, so there truly is something for everyone here. Start off with the leek and potato soup with chive oil, before tucking into a classic main of Roast Norfolk Turkey with chestnut stuffing, potato fondant, Brussel sprouts and cranberry jus. There are various other starters and mains available, so you’ll be able to mix up your dishes if the traditional Christmas turkey isn’t for you.
After your main, you’ll be spoiled with a heavenly dessert; you’ll have a hard decision to make, because everything sounds incredible. Choose from the likes of the dark chocolate tart that comes with Christmas pudding flavoured ice cream, redcurrant gel and candied pecans, or perhaps you’d prefer the spiced apple panna cotta that comes served with gingerbread ice cream and honey granola. There’s plenty more of these blissful desserts on the menu, which will be sure to provide you with a true taste sensation!
If you have any specific requirements or you’d prefer more of a bespoke menu, then the venue and their team will be more than happy to adapt their existing menus to suit more personal tastes or cater for dietary needs such as vegan, gluten free and dairy free.
With an exclusive lunch or dinner package available at this venue this Christmas, you and your team will receive attentive service, that’s combined with mouth-watering food and an excellent festive experience. Send an enquiry through to this outstanding venue in Hyde Park today and make it a Christmas celebration you’ll never forget!
For a Christmas party this year that’s extra special, look no further than this stunning Grade Two Listed Townhouse that’s situated in the heart of beautiful Reading. This party package contains everything you and your team need to experience a sophisticated evening like no other, you can rely on the friendly and dedicated staff here to create an amazing party that’s filled with mouth-watering food, delicious drink and some fantastic entertainment.
Whether you’re a small to medium sized group looking to join other party goers for an incredible festive atmosphere, or whether you’re a much larger group of up to 100 guests who would like the intimacy of their very own exclusive event, then the venue has a party type that will accommodate everyone’s needs.
The venue itself is simply unique: Having been described as the UK’s sexiest townhouse, you can expect plenty of stylish and contemporary interiors this stunning venue. Oozing decadence and opulence, guests will be in awe at the striking décor; from the 86,000 Italian glass beads in the chandelier running the height of the building in the old lift shaft to the luxurious fabrics and wallpapers and the gorgeous furnishings – you’ll feel like royalty in this beautiful art-filled venue!
With the shared Christmas party nights, you’ll indulge in a sumptuous three-course meal from the fabulous festive menu, coffee, tea and mince pies, table linen and decorations, your very own party box, place cards and table plan and a DJ and disco until the early hours. Of course, you’ll also experience an unforgettable festive atmosphere that you’ll share with all of your colleagues!
The Christmas party menu is extensive, and there’s something here to cater for everyone’s tastes which includes meat, fish and vegetarian options. Each dish has been expertly created onsite by the talented chef and their team, who use only the finest, seasonal ingredients to delight and amaze. After the meal, you’ll be served freshly brewed tea and coffee along with classic mince pies, because a Christmas celebration just wouldn’t be the same without then!
If an exclusive party night is more what you’re looking for, then why not arrange to host a private lunch or party night in one of the venue’s stunning suites? Suitable for up to 100 guests, you’ll have full flexibility over the party sizes and menus and the dedicated staff at the venue will ensure that everything about your evening runs smoothly and to plan.
There’s a variety of beautiful spaces available that are ideal for private events and you can be sure that guests will leave the party night with memories that will last a lifetime.
The dress code for these festive events are smart/casual, so make sure you dress to impress and leave those jeans and trainers at home, because this is sure to be a night where you’ll want to stand out from the crowds! If you’d prefer to celebrate by day, then you’ll love the venue’s outstanding Christmas lunches, which will be sure to please the entire team!
With dates available from 23rd November, right through December and into January 2019, there’s a party date available for everyone at this fantastic venue – send an enquiry through today and make it a Christmas party night that you’ll never forget!
We know, it’s hard to even think about Christmas when we’re experiencing this gorgeous summer weather. But did you know the earlier you book your Christmas party, the better? Not only will you have first pick of your venue, but you’ll also ensure availability of your preferred party dates, if you’ve got one in mind.
So, if you haven’t yet looked for venues in and around Manchester for your exclusive Christmas celebration this year, then we’ve got just the place for you and your team, with this iconic sporting stadium.
We’ve chatted to the brilliant events team at this top venue and discovered why it’s absolutely for you and your team – read on and discover why you should book today!
Flexible group sizes
Whether you’re a group of 20 or looking for a venue to accommodate up to 1,200 guests, then you can rely on the dedicated events team to arrange a private party night, in one of the many event spaces on offer here. From intimate dinner parties to large scale, glitzy themed nights, there will be something here to cater for every group.
All dietary requirements are welcome
Gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan….you name it! If anyone’s got specific dietary requirements, then they won’t have to miss out on a sumptuous festive feast. Let the outstanding Executive Chef and their team create a truly mouth-watering feast for everyone to enjoy – you can be sure that everyone will experience a true taste sensation with every bite.
Make your visions a reality
If you’ve got ideas of how you’d like the venue to look, then don’t be shy! The venue would love to create an entirely bespoke party night for you, from the decoration to the theming. The dedicated events team here can work with any brief, so the floor is yours for the choosing! Whether you want a particular theme or style, then your visions can be made a reality!
Impressive theming and lighting
Expect some seriously spectacular production here, with impressive theming and lighting – the venue will arrange a personalised digital welcome sign which will greet your guests on arrival to the party. There’s also stunning LED lighting that’s sure to take everyone’s breath away.
Entertainment just the way you want it
We all know that entertainment is one of the best things about the highly anticipated Christmas party… there’s really nothing better than having a few drinks and letting your hair down on the dancefloor. Whether you’re after a classic DJ and disco, or if you’d like a live party band to guide you through into the early hours, just speak to the venue who will be able to arrange something special and provide you and the rest of your team with a truly unforgettable night!
A Christmas party at this amazing venue will be sure to offer an exclusive experience for every group, company or organisation – make sure you send an enquiry through today for availability of your preferred dates. The venue also offer stylish onsite accommodation for those that want to make a night of it, all for a great price!
This festive season in Manchester, you and your team are invited to experience an incredible Christmas party unlike any other! This fantastic venue located right in the heart of the city are offering guests the chance to enjoy a shared or exclusive festive celebration…but with a difference!
Instead of keeping everything inside the venue, you’ll step into the venue’s picturesque winter courtyard for part of the evening, which will feature stunning, traditional wooden chalets that will be serving a versatile array of tasty, warming food! It’s the perfect way to get everyone into the festive spirit of things and celebrate away from the pressure of the workplace.
Whether you’re a small to medium sized group looking to enjoy all the action and atmosphere of a larger party night, then you’ll love the Christmas with a difference shared package. There’s no minimum numbers required to attend this event, so even if you’re just a party of five or six, you’ll be able to join in the fun with other like-minded party goers! The shared party package is priced at just £37.50 per person excluding VAT.
On arrival, you’ll receive a warm welcome from the friendly team and directed to the Winter Courtyard. Why not treat yourself to a tasty drink and catch up with friends and colleagues, before the wooden chalets begin serving food? Discover a whole host of mouth-watering food options which are available on an unlimited basis for guests between the hours of 8.00pm to 10.00pm. If you’d like to enjoy food outside of these times, then food vouchers are available for purchase from the venue.
Afterwards, it’s time to head inside and enjoy the live entertainment from the brilliant band – get ready to dance, because these performances will be sure to make you move! After the band, the DJ takes over and will provide the soundtrack for the rest of your evening with a top selection of all the latest and greatest hits. Your event space will be suitably decorated with beautiful festive décor to ensure that everyone gets into the spirit of things!
If you’re a larger group and you love the idea of this amazing Christmas party, but you’d prefer to celebrate exclusively with just your team, then the private Christmas with a difference package is perfect for your group. Accommodating private groups of 80-250 guests, you’ll enjoy everything that’s included with the shared option for an unforgettable Christmas celebration. The exclusive Christmas party is priced at only £37.50 per person excluding VAT.
This fabulous festive celebration really is a different way to let your hair down after a long year of hard work – indulge your senses with the mouth-watering food options on offer from the traditional wooden chalets in the beautiful winter courtyard, before you make your way inside and party the night away with the outstanding live band and DJ!
If you’d like to make a night of the event, then why not take advantage of the venue’s onsite rooms? You’ll enjoy a great nights’ sleep on a super comfy bed and won’t have the worry of having to make it home after the event concludes.
Send an enquiry through to this central venue in Manchester today and book your shared or exclusive Christmas celebration! Places and dates are sure to fill up quickly, so make sure you get this one booked up as soon as possible.
During event planning, make sure not to underestimate the importance of choosing the right venue. After all, the venue will likely be one of the biggest expenses in your event budget, so it pays to start looking for one at least 6 months in advance.
You probably want to know: what steps do you need to take, and what questions do you need to consider when choosing a venue? Follow our 5-step guide, and you’ll be on your way to a winning event in no time.
Source the best professional help
Too often, ambitious business executives or bosses spread themselves too thin by attempting to plan their company’s event solo. The services of a reliable corporate events team, however, will elevate your event to a much better level.
Using professional help means that you can focus on providing the content for the event and won’t need to worry so much about logistics around locations, booking, and catering. Your corporate events team can help you source a selection of well-reputed venues for you to choose from, and can even assist in finding responsible, eco-friendly alternatives to typically wasteful elements of events, such as registration forms, promotional pamphlets, and name badges.
2. Create an event profile
Creating an event profile has a twofold advantage. Firstly, you will clarify the event purpose in your mind – and secondly, you will have a concrete them to provide to your event managers when they start scoping out venues for you.
In your event profile, you’ll need to identify three things:
The type of event you wish to hold
Your attendees’ needs before, during, and after the event
The ultimate function of the event in your company’s plan – your main goals and ideal results
Working through these questions on paper will allow your event team to match your event to a suitable venue. For example, if you’re planning a company party, then the space you choose needs to be fun and exciting. Go for something sleek and professional for a charity fundraiser – and for a special art event, creative yet formal.
3. Identify your non-negotiables
On your profile, put your non-negotiables in bold. What are the must-haves that are vital to the success of your event? How large does your venue need to be? Other key considerations include car parking, public transport, open versus closed-air setting, lighting, location, disability access, and security.
Clarifying your event profile before diving into venue and equipment hire will allow you to find a venue that already has all the essential elements so you won’t have to spend as much money outsourcing extra equipment and services.
4. Don’t forget about the food and drink
It’s especially important to be conscious of any dietary requirements (Kosher, vegan, etc.) and allergies (peanut, dairy, gluten, etc.) that your guests may have. Find a great venue that offers alternative dishes to accommodate different dietary requirements and can also cater to the perfect dining style to match the mood of your event – whether that be luxurious four-course meals or classy canapes and drinks.
5. Do a tour
If booking your venue online, make sure you set aside enough time to browse all your venue options to determine which ones are worth visiting in real life. Make sure you note sufficient information about whether the venue will actually suit your budget and requirements and then take a real-life tour to make sure the place is a perfect fit.
To choose the best venue, put yourself in the shoes of one of your guests. Will they leave with a positive impression of both the space and your company? If the answer is yes, you’ve found your space.
Johanna Cider is a freelance writer from New Zealand who loves examining different types of architecture while attending various events and writing workshops around the country. Discover more of Johanna’s work here.
With summer in full swing, there’s never been a better excuse to leave the workplace early and celebrate the warmer weather with your whole team. And this summer in Central London, we’ve got just the venue for you with this incredible Beach Bar themed party, where you’ll be able to transport yourselves thousands of miles away from that stuffy office and leave those crisp work outfits at home!
Located in the heart of stylish Bloomsbury, this excellent venue was awarded ‘Winner of The Best Summer Venue’ in 2017, so you’ll know that you’ll be in good hands with the dedicated and professional team here. The Beach Bar features real sand, a thatched roof and a delicious collection of refreshing cocktails – you’ll be feeling those Caribbean vibes and escaping the busy hustle and bustle of the city in no time!
Included in this excellent package is exclusive hire of the beach bar, where on arrival, guests will be greeted with a floral leis to get everyone in the mood for tropical celebrations. A mouth-watering, 10 item summer food menu will be available for each guest to get stuck into – there’s plenty of tasty options on offer with something that will tantalise everyone’s taste buds!
Sink your teeth into a selection of meat which include the likes of the Bacon and Cheese Burger, Chicken Burger with Pineapple Relish or maybe you’d like to enjoy some of the fish options? Try the Grilled Salmon with Toasted Sesame Seeds or perhaps the Tuna, Prawn and Salmon Skewers?
Don’t worry if there’s vegetarians amongst the group, because they won’t have to miss out. Get stuck into the Wild Arancini Balls or the Courgette and Pepper Tempura with Soya Dressing and discover a fusion of taste. Of course, there’s going to be dessert, and there’s a massive choice to decide between; how about Assorted Cupcakes, Ice Cream, Vanilla Cheesecake with Honeycomb and plenty more!
As for drinks, you and your team will be spoiled for choice here – opt for the amazing unlimited drinks which enables each guests to enjoy unlimited red and white wine, bottled beers and soft drinks for three hours. You can even add house spirits to the unlimited drinks for an addition cost.
If you want to start off the summer celebrations in true style, then the venue can arrange for everyone to enjoy chilled arrival drinks; whether you’re after a cocktail straight from a cocktail for the true feel of the Caribbean or whether you’d like a prosecco reception, there’s something here to cater for everyone’s tastes.
This summer celebration is the option for those who ‘want to get away from it all’ without having to fork out on the hefty airfare. You’ll be surrounded by gorgeous palm trees, real sand, a bar with a thatched roof and most importantly, those feel good vibes!
With prices starting from just £41.67 per person excluding VAT, there really is no better way to treat your team this year and experience a truly tropical summer party!
The beach bar is open until the 21st September 2018, so there’s still plenty of time to make a booking – send an enquiry through today and make all your Caribbean dreams come true!
Oh we do love summer. Not just because the weather’s warmer and it gives us an excuse to wear our favourite maxi dresses, but because it’s also the perfect excuse to get a summer knees up organised at work. There’s so many reasons to get a corporate summer party arranged this year and it’s the perfect way to increase motivation and productivity within your team.
If you love the idea of a summer celebration, but you’d like a theme for your event, then don’t worry, because we’ve rounded up the hottest summer party themes for 2018, and we guarantee that your team will love them as much as us. The tricky part is just deciding what one to go for!
Get ready to rub the genie’s lamp and have all your Arabian party ideas granted with this exciting and popular theme that’s bursting with vibrancy and colour. The best way of experiencing an Arabian Nights themed party is to arrange hire of a marquee, which can be transformed into a lavish Morrocan paradise that will be guaranteed to impress.
Think stunning silky drapes, striking decorations and large floor cushions, that’s teamed with delicious Middle Eastern food! You could even arrange for some exciting entertainment such as exotic Belly Dancers? This decadent theme has to be one of our most popular and it’s not hard to see why!
Welcome to your very own paradise where it’s always Pina Colada O’clock! A tropical beach theme is a great way to bring all those relaxed feelings from the Caribbean straight over here. Whether you fancy themed cocktail bars surrounded by real sand or whether you want exotic dancers and a disco (or all of the above) then a tropical beach party won’t fail to disappoint.
As far as food is concerned, a BBQ has to be the only way to eat at a themed event like this! So throw on your Hawaiien flower garland and get ready to celebrate all the fun of what’s arguably the best season of the year with a tropical beach party.
Vintage Tea Party
Enjoy the very best of British with a vintage tea party theme for your corporate summer celebration. Experience the likes of an indulgent afternoon tea with buttered scones and fruity jam, chocolate eclairs bursting with cream and a variety of teas and coffees. You’ll need a marquee and plenty of bunting for this one (we’re getting serious bake-off vibes here!) and how about some giant novelty garden games like hoopla or Jenga that will promise plenty of fun for everyone. Keep with the vintage theme by adding a vintage fancy dress theme into the mix and sip upon classic cocktails.
Bring all the colour, sound and passion of Rio to your summer party this year by creating your very own carnival celebration! Let the rhythm from the drums and the aromatic smells of delicious street style food entice you in to the vibrant world of the carnival!
Ensure you hire a DJ to play some seriously catchy Latin beats that will have everyone flocking to the dancefloor after dinner and why not incorporate a photo booth that comes with plenty of flamboyant props? If you really want to push the boat out, then you could hire professional dancers and entertainers such as fire eaters to keep everyone entertained throughout the evening!
Not going to Glastonbury or the IOW festival this year? Not to worry, as the festival can come to you with this laid-back theme which includes all the good parts and leaves out all the bad bits (the mud, the crowds and don’t even get us started on those gross porta-loos). Our ideas for an unforgettable festival includes a chill out area marquee, a bar, food stalls and a live band. Of course, you can’t forget about the professional face painter and fire eaters! It’s time to leave the stressed of work in the office, grab an ice-cold beer or cocktail and get ready to party as the sun sets!
If you love the idea of hosting a themed summer party, then please email us at Enquire@eventa.co.uk where we’ll be able to help you with your every party need!
We know that entertainment at your Christmas party is important, and if you’re struggling to decide where to go for your evening, then Eventa are more than happy to help, especially if you are looking at Manchester. In this blog we’ll go over one of our favourite venues in Manchester and what to expect from it in 2018. Hopefully, it’s just what you’re looking for!
For those looking for a large venue to match their lofty party ambition, then we have just the ticket. One of the biggest venues in Manchester is now opening its doors for Christmas parties. They are used to big sporting events, so crowds are no problem. Their three separate nights will also mean you get to choose which best suits you, each of which comes with some truly incredible entertainment which we’ll detail for you below.
Work’s Finished for Christmas!
If you want to pull out all the stops then this is one of the best shared parties on our books. The festive atmosphere and decorations will certainly take your mind off work and remind you that the holidays are here! This ‘Work’s Finished For Christmas’ party comes with some top drawer live entertainment, three course meal and interactive festive games. No one can get bored here.
The live entertainment comes from award winning, international saxophonist May, who has played on chart topping single ‘Changing’ by Sigma and featuring Paloma Faith. If that wasn’t enough then DJ Viva Ems will create an epic show for the crowds. DJ Viva Ems has performed at festivals like Parklife, so you know that you’ll be in good hands for the evening!
If dancing isn’t your thing, then after the meal, you can try your hand at the interactive elements. A graffiti wall will see if you’re the next Banksy, while an adult face painting booth will create some great pictures. For an unforgettable night that’s filled with top quality entertainment and fun, then make this your first and only stop for a Christmas party night.
A Christmas Extravaganza
If you are looking for something a little more traditional at the end of the year, then the Christmas Extravaganza has everything you need to celebrate the coming festivities and yuletide joy. The large venue is kitted out like a winter wonderland creating a snowy Lapland in the middle of Manchester.
When you arrive for this shared event you are treated to a glass of bubbly and some live acoustic music in a mezzanine bar. Your meal awaits after and provides a beautiful selection of dishes to go with the Christmas theme.
When you have finished the food, ‘Under the Covers’, a seven piece live band will have you dancing in no time and is one of the best acts on the circuit in the UK. The baton is then passed to resident DJ Paul Atkinson who will see you into the early hours.
To make your night even more special you can have a go at the selfie mirror, which has plenty of props to make your pictures fun and a roll a ball reindeer fairground game.
Exclusive Private Party
While some people are happy with a shared night, others want a more bespoke party and this venue can provide you with an exclusive event tailored for you. Whether your group is 20 or 1200, they can accommodate.
A professional events team will work with you and guide you on the journey to your perfect Christmas do! You can decide on the theme, entertainment style and dietary requirements.
Decorate the big events rooms how you see fit, whether that is a traditional white Christmas or perhaps you want to get away from the cold with a beach party?Everything is customisable including the menu which you can work with the head chef to create something special that everyone at work will remember.
This is the choice for those who want to be in control of the party and have some creative ideas in how to make it the best night ever for their colleagues.
If you’re looking to make a night of your party, then why not stay onsite at the venue’s Hilton Hotel, where you’ll enjoy well appointed, modern rooms that will provide you with everything you need for a comfortable nights sleep. Send an enquiry through on the party night of your choice and mention that you’re interested in a room to enjoy excellent rates!
Working in the events industry is without a doubt one of the most exciting and thrilling careers around, but it doesn’t come without dedication, hard work and plenty of late nights, all of which can take a toll on our health and energy levels.
It’s important that if you work in the events industry, to take on board some simple self-care rules to have you looking and feeling great with the challenge that everything in the events industry presents. We’ve rounded up some tips which will help you switch off after an event and will help you sleep soundly, so read on and get ready to build a healthier you!
Although cocktails may seem more of a fun options (and let’s face it, who can resist a cheeky Pornstar Martini?!) do keep drinking water to ensure you stay hydrated through the event. It will also help with the after effects of alcohol and keep your body and mind feeling healthy and refreshed.
Limit your alcohol, caffeine and sugar intake
It’s all too tempting at events to live on a diet of coffee, cocktails, canapes and sweet sugar treats to keep you going. It’s okay to enjoy a little of what’s on offer, but watch your alcohol intake if you’re attending events most days. All those calories can add up! Although it’s not a crime to have a coffee or two to get you through the day, just try not to have caffeine in the evening, as this will keep you buzzing when you’re home and ready for bed!
Steer clear of electronic devices once you’re home
As tempting as it is to see if you’ve been tagged in any photos online or if you fancy a scroll of your timeline whilst you’re tucked up in bed, then some words of advice? Just don’t. The same goes with watching television before bed, or using any electronic device with a screen for that matter (setting your alarm doesn’t count as it’s quick!). All of these electronic items stimulate our brains and body in a way that can interfere with our sleep.
Our circadian rhythm (also known as the boy’s internal clock) is disrupted when we look at screens/electronic devices at night, and our sleep-inducing hormone called melatonin becomes suppressed. This happens because of the short wave-length, artificial blue light that’s emitted from these items. So the longer you use these devices in the evening, the more of an effect it will have on your brain and body – as a result, you’ll find it harder to fall and stay asleep! In the long-term, this can have a drastic impact on our state and can lead to sleep deficiency!
Lavender pillow spray
If you’re not home till some kind of hideous hour in the morning after a late event, then you’ll probably just want to jump into bed rather than a relaxing bath, so a product that we feel is particularly good is a Lavender pillow spray. Simply spritz onto your pillow and inhale the soothing aromas of lavender which will be sure to help you unwind and drift off into a deep sleep.
We all need something to look forward to, whether that is the office Christmas party or a summer holiday. It is always good motivation and gets us through those tougher days at work when we’re bogged down with endless lists of tasks.
If you’re looking to go further afield this year for your 2018 holiday, then we’ve got just the places for you to inspire your travel plans.
Mexico, Caribbean Coast
With its glorious white-sand beaches and luxurious hotels, Cancun and Rivera Maya really is the place to go for scorching sunshine and an unforgettable holiday. The hotels and resorts are huge, and commonly offer numerous onsite restaurants and bars to eat and drink in, along with spectacular entertainments and activities. Whether you’re after lazy days and the pool sipping cocktails or whether you want to get out there a check out some of the ancient Mayan ruins, there’s something for everyone here!
Flight Time: Flight time from London is around 11 hours and 05 minutes
When to go: We recommend visiting Cancun in peak season, which is December to April. During this time, you’ll be able to enjoy near perfect weather. But do be aware that Cancun’s a hot spot for the famous ‘Spring Break’ holiday, which runs throughout February, March and into early April.
If you prefer slightly cheaper prices, then considering going in May and June where you’ll avoid the masses of ‘Spring Break’ tourists, however these months are slightly less dry, so you may experience rain showers. The hurricane season is said to run from June 1st right through to November, however the country is said to be at its highest risk from August through to October.
Currency: The local currency is the Mexican Pesa, but many resorts accept US Dollars
Make sure you see: Coco Bonga Show and Disco, The Mayan Ruins, Xcaret Park, and Garrafon.
Sri Lanka, Kalpitiya
Famous for being one of the most biodiverse spots on the planet, let Sri Lanka tempt you with its magnificent array of wildlife and fantastic mix of cultures. Treat your taste buds and awaken your senses with the incredible food and drink that’s on offer here and get stuck into the Sri Lanka lifestyle.
Flight Time: Flight time from London to Columbo Bandaranayke is around 10 hours and 30 minutes
When to go: January to March a pleasant time to visit all over Sri Lanka, with plenty of sunshine, whilst April brings with it increased temperatures and an extremely dry atmosphere. Ensure you avoid the hottest hours of the day (11.00am – 3.00pm) when visiting in April. In May to June, the South-west monsoon makes an appearance, but only affects this particular area of the country and is the gentler of the monsoons.
July to September is known as the ‘Inter-monsoon’, which just means that the off shower is likely, but apart from that the weather is hot and dry, making it a great time to visit.
October to November is the period of the year where the North-East makes an appearance and affects the whole of Sri Lanka. This monsoon is the heavier of the two and can be unpredictable, which isn’t great for those looking to soak up the sun. The monsoon comes to a gradual end in December and is replaced with hot and dry weather – do be aware that the monsoon can drag into to December for anyone thinking of travelling here during this month!
Currency: Sri Lanken Rupee
Make sure you see: The sacred city of Kandy, The Perideniya Royal Botanical Gardens
Situated in the heart of the Indian Ocean, this tropical nation is the stuff dreams are made of; unrivalled luxury, picture perfect white sandy beaches and a breath-taking underwater world filled with magnificent corals and some truly incredible marine life.
There’s over 1200 islands in The Maldives, however only 200 of these are inhabited by local Maldivians. Many of the main resorts are in North Male, South Male, Ari, Felidhu, Baa and the Lhaviyani Atolls.
The capital of the Maldives is Male and features some beautiful mosques and colourful buildings and is the perfect spot for exploring and taking in some spectacular sights. For a holiday of a lifetime, then the Maldives really is the destination for you.
When to go: Generally, the best time to take a trip to the Maldives is May to November, however do be aware that there will be some rain during the Southwestern
Flight Time: Flight time from London Gatwick to Male, Maldives is around 10 hours and 20 minutes
Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa
Make sure you see: A trip to Maldivian capital Male, The fish market in Male, National Museum of Male, Swim with a Whaleshark in Ari Atoll, Thoondu Beach and The Grand Friday Mosque
Thailand, Chiang Mai
For a beautiful location to chill out and recharge your batteries, then look no further than the Thai city of Chiang Mai. Home to over 300 Buddhist temples which includes some of the most sacred in the country and home to some of the best street food around, along with Lanna Khantoke meals, food lovers will be in heaven with the multitude of gastronomic food options available here.
Chiang Mai is located alongside the picturesque Ping River and is surrounded by majestic mountains so you can expect to catch sight of incredible and breath-taking scenery during your trip here.
When to go:
For tourists, we’d recommend visiting Chiang Mai between October and April as these months are pleasant with a nice cooling breeze. Generally in May, things start hotting up and many tourist will spend the afternoons in the shade or chilling in the poor and venturing out to explore in the cooler evenings.
June to October is classed as the rainy season and is cooler, however do be aware that humidity rises. Just make sure that you’re equipped with an umbrella, because the rain showers can get heavy!
Flight Time: Flight time from London Gatwick to Chiang Mai Thailand is around 14 hours and 45 minutes
Currency: Thai baht
Make sure you see: Elephant nature park, Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and Art in Paradise.