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DolceBFC
04-12-2014, 11:04 PM
Evening all! Just want some suggestions really, in January every year i always go away for 3-4 weeks for a nice break after a hectic December. I have holiday homes in Egypt and Australia which i mostly use and i also go to a few other destinations some years like USA, Canada, Italy, France etc to change it up a bit. However, this year i want to go somewhere i have never been before, need to get something booked soonish! So if anybody has any places they love that aren't often considered 'mainstream' i would love to hear them :)

Thanks!

dsr
05-12-2014, 12:36 AM
You could get a seat on Richard Branson's next space flight. I'll look after your 4,000 watch "just in case".

cloughyclaret
05-12-2014, 12:41 AM
Could surpass the 4k watch thread. I may buy snacks.

mg63
05-12-2014, 01:57 AM
This has the makings of a classic. Post 12 before a serious reply.

SimplyClaret
05-12-2014, 06:55 AM
They have rooms at the new Barley Mow. You can walk up Pendle looking for witches from there. Downham is very nice and not far away and if you want to go to the Turf there is a bus every couple of days at least. There are plenty of places to eat and drink withing a small distance including the "wooden hut" on Barley car park adn a new beer shack in Barrowford -- not forgetting the cafe in the new Booths next door. I'd be going myself but I can remember the swing boats at Roughlee, oh yes indeedy! But when they closed it took the shine off the area as a holiday destination for me. ;D ;D ;D

Pieandapint
05-12-2014, 07:17 AM
How very disorganised. I'd suggest looking before such a hectic December for the annual January four week break, next year. I often consider USA, Canada, France, Egypt and Australia to be mainstream so unfortunately I'm not best placed to recommend somewhere to change it up a bit.

tybfc
05-12-2014, 07:25 AM
Get to South Goa.

Fantastic relaxing place.

TuftyBeamish
05-12-2014, 07:44 AM
Nova Zembla and Baffin Island are great at this time of year. As are Svalbard and Novaya Zemlya.

g69
05-12-2014, 09:06 AM
Necker Island is always for rent
UTC

LoveCurryPies
05-12-2014, 12:14 PM
"...i always go away for 3-4 weeks for a nice break after a hectic December."


Is that you Santa? ;D

DorsetDave
05-12-2014, 12:30 PM
Plane spotting on the Syrian/Turkish border.

:D

fatboy47
05-12-2014, 01:20 PM
15,000 miles across the former USSR from Vladivostock on the train can be a hoot in winter.

I did it one year..and apart from intense hunger, a near miss with frostbite, being mugged and suffering around 10 days of ghastly "ring-sting", it was a something I won't forget.

Boliclaret
05-12-2014, 01:29 PM
Costa Rica is a blast, fairly expensive though for Latin America with similar prices to USA.

Although I got the impression from your opening post that moneys not too much of a problem.

Jamb0MackemClaret
05-12-2014, 01:42 PM
Narnia.

DolceBFC
05-12-2014, 05:50 PM
Thanks for the replies. The first shout of The Virgin Space Shuttle is a no go, as fun as that would be i am not overly keen on heights. Costa Rica is a great suggestion though, somewhere i have always fancied visiting but never actually got around to do it. Going to have a little browse online now.

Darthlaw
05-12-2014, 06:10 PM
Chernobyl Health and Beauty Spa?

Go for a swim in the old reactor 4 lake for a real healthy glow or for a sail on one of the nice boats which are always available on the river.

ets
05-12-2014, 07:47 PM
Try Tyneside, if you can get a ticket :/

ssclaret
05-12-2014, 07:49 PM
you could try Hua-Hin in Thailand. I would recommend a great hotel called Cape Nidhra. Look it up on trip adviser. What you see in the room will blow you away with the facilities available. You even get your own private swimming pool and if you get the shy pool room you will get a room of 101sq meters. Absolute brill hotel.

DolceBFC
05-12-2014, 07:59 PM
SSClaret, i have just looked that hotel up, wow! Looks beautiful and the room facilities are my cup of tea! 1 weeks stay in a suite with private pool is around 5,500, if my conversion rates are accurate, which is a bit of a bargain. I am definitely adding that to my list. Out of curiosity, how long ago was it since you went? Can you recommenced any local restaurants or places of interest?

ssclaret
05-12-2014, 08:13 PM
i was there may just gone for 2weeks as for restaurants it depends if you want top class or local. Local restaurants are very very top qualitiy food wise and incredibly cheap. best advice is look for a full house and go for it, the decor may be sparse but the food will blow you away. one in particular is called Bam Bam's. It only has about 10 tables but is always full. The bars are warm and friendly and there is not much in your face smut that people associate with Thailand. Hua- Hin is a very warm and friendly and lovely part of Thailand. You will not be dissapointed i can assure you.Loads to see and do and a great place to chill and will be buzzing at christmas and new year.

Eddie_M
05-12-2014, 08:39 PM
I can't believe Mauritius hasn't been mentioned here.

ets
05-12-2014, 09:02 PM
How about Burnley B)

ssclaret
05-12-2014, 09:20 PM
EDDIE M where did you stay in Mauritius. I am going next may and we are stopping in Grand Baie. Do you know anything about the nightlife round there? we are stopping at the Merville Beach Resort if you know of it.:)

DolceBFC
14-12-2014, 06:30 PM
Just to let you all know, the New Year Break is all booked and paid for! Thanks for the input and suggestions everyone. Just to rectify, i stated it would be a 3-4 week break, however due to some extra commitments at home it will only be 2 and a half weeks.

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year, DolceBFC

Boliclaret
14-12-2014, 07:27 PM
Out of interest, whose suggestion won?

and where can they pick up their cheque? :)

dougcollins
14-12-2014, 07:44 PM
My money's on Narnia.

Or Fantasy Island.

DolceBFC
14-12-2014, 07:49 PM
SSClarets suggestion was taken on board and i have booked for 1 week at the hotel they suggested, looks amazingly beautiful!! Then the rest of my break will be split at my holiday homes with the family.

Duffer_
14-12-2014, 07:49 PM
Out of interest, are you Lewis Hamilton?

#spoty

stevie_thunder
14-12-2014, 08:05 PM
"Just to let you all know, the New Year Break is all booked and paid for! Thanks for the input and suggestions everyone. Just to rectify, i stated it would be a 3-4 week break, however due to some extra commitments at home it will only be 2 and a half weeks"

Honestly, my heart just bled then. You poor *******.

cloughyclaret
14-12-2014, 08:10 PM
Do you rent out your holiday homes at a discount for CMers? ;D

dougcollins
14-12-2014, 08:19 PM
I reckon he has as many holiday homes as I have cloughy.

That's seven.

Quattro
14-12-2014, 08:39 PM
where's Judith Chalmers when you need her?

Bin_Ont_Turf
14-12-2014, 08:52 PM
My holiday home in Dorset was recently broken into...




http://i39.tinypic.com/2zjlzph.jpg

cloughyclaret
14-12-2014, 08:54 PM
I bid 20 and a bacon butty.

Now you don't need to put in on Homes Under the Hammer.

Ted Downing-Street
14-12-2014, 08:57 PM
Came in ready to seethe at the suggestion of a mid-season break for football.

I'll have to calm myself down now to get some sleep tonight.

Bin_Ont_Turf
14-12-2014, 09:06 PM
'I bid 20 and a bacon butty'

If the bacon is dry cured then you can have it Cloughy.

You may want to get a lavatory plumbed in because the bucket has got a hole in it.

alanstevensonsgloves
14-12-2014, 10:02 PM
I am going to be spending a couple of hours inspecting the Cape Nidhra in mid January. How will I recognise you by the pool Dolce? Fat belly and budgie smugglers?

ssclaret
15-12-2014, 04:45 PM
Hi Dolce. Do you know the transfer time to Hua-Hin is 2hours 45 mins to 3 hours by taxi. I can recommend a very reliable company called Roong Travel you can contact him by e mail on RoongSAYAM@gmail.com give him your arrival time at Bangkok and he will wait for you through customs. He charged me 4000 bahtt for the return trip.,about 80. you should contact the hotel and ask them for room 501. it is on the top floor and isn;t overlooked by anyone and is a brill room.Hope you enjoy Hua- Hin. Have a great time and let me know what you thought please. Ill be very surprised if you dont enjoy. Merry Xmas from South Shields.:D ;D