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Just 15 minutes’ drive from the medieval city of Girona (the

airport is just 5 minutes away), close to some of the world’s best

restaurants and within an hour’s drive of Barcelona, the recently

opened Hotel Camiral, located in the heart of Spain’s top golf

complex, PGA Catalunya Resort, will satisfy the discerning needs

of many types of traveller. The modern-style building has been

beautifully decorated by internationally acclaimed Lázaro Rosa-

Violán who has created a progressive design statement so totally

in tune with the cutting-edge new Catalan style.

The surrounding facilities are impressive, and no doubt keen

golfers will be immediately drawn to the area. However, the

hotel’s own facilities will also appeal to families with one of the

most child-friendly pools, a kids-club as well as a programme of

experiences aimed at families.

Hotel Camiral is the ideal resort for short

breaks to Girona and Barcelona

A classic combination of style, service and

location at Estoril’s premier residence

A testament to understated 1930’s elegance, Palácio Estoril Hotel, Golf &

Spa is located in the heart of Estoril near Lisbon, increasingly known as the

Portuguese Riviera. Surrounded by manicured gardens with magnificent

sea views, this sophisticated retreat offers elegant accommodation

together with refined dining. During the winter and early spring why not

plan a weekend or a longer break perhaps to enjoy some rounds on the

hotel’s famous 18-hole golf course. Alternatively, the Banyan Tree Spa at

the Estoril Wellness Centre offers a range of asian-inspired treatments and

courses including the indulgent signature Banyan Tree Spa treatment.

Expect a warm and friendly welcome and attentive but unobtrusive

service from the minute you enter Palácio Estoril. From its impressive

façade to its traditionally styled interiors, this grown up establishment

reflects an era renowned for style and courteous hospitality. Don’t forget

to order a Dry Martini cocktail at the “Spies” Bar ...shaken, of course!

1. Left handshake - No No!

Eat with your right hand only. In India, as right

across Asia, the left hand is for wiping your

bottom, cleaning your feet and other unsavoury

functions (you also put on and take off your shoes

with your left hand), while the right hand is for

eating, shaking hands and so on.

2. Visiting holy places

Religion is taken very seriously in India; it’s

important always to show due respect to religious

buildings, shrines, images, and people at prayer.

When entering a temple or mosque, remove

your shoes and leave them at the door (socks are acceptable and

protect your feet from burning-hot stone ground).

3. Don’t overdo your sightseeing

By far the most common complaint reported by first-time

visitors to India is fatigue – simply trying to do too much in too

little time. India is vast, colourful and addictive, but have

realistic expectations about how much you can see.

3. Watch what you eat

A dodgy stomach is pretty common for first-timers in India. That

doesn’t mean you should rule out street food, but try to stick to

peeled fresh fruit and foods that have been either boiled or fried.

Stay on the bottled water and avoid salads or ice.

Handy hints

when travelling in India

Travel News

The Canny Traveller

At the crossroads between Cognac and Bordeaux wine

regions and mere minutes from the motorway exit at

Mirambeau you will discover one of France’s finest

chateau hotels. This 2-star Michelin temple to fine cuisine

is reflected by membership to Relais & Châteaux and

guests will be impressed by the gastronomy of chef

Maxime Deschamps. Château de Mirambeau is a sparkling

hotel that both welcomes an indulgent stopover when

travelling through France and is the perfect base for an

extended stay in the region, whether fine wine-hunting,

savouring rare vintage cognacs or just exploring the

striking countryside and world heritage city of Bordeaux

itself. The recent refurbishments and new partnership

with Sina Hotels have also given the hotel a polish with

upgraded facilities to reflect its deluxe 5-star category.

Sina brings new sparkle to a Relais &

Châteaux favourite near Bordeaux