Oh, I know, I can be lovely sometimes Birthday month has been amazing – it started in the Maldives, then a lovely weekend in Paris (totally unexpected, but that is Mr. O for you) and I have a great Easter trip in the Middle East to look forward to – you can read all about my top 5 destinations for Spring, right here.
But as I said, I get more pleasure in giving, than receiving (not always, but you see what I mean), so I thought I would organise an incredible giveaway to thank my readers for their continuous support. Turning 35 is not a milestone in itself, so one might as well have fun with it.
I know you are dying to know what the prizes are…
7-nights at the stunning Masseria Il Trullino in Puglia, Italy, courtesy of Passepartout Homes
Yes, you read it right. Your own 5-bedroom luxury villa in this stunning part of Italy (the heel of the boot, to be precise), perfect for a week away with family and friends. The prize is valid from 1st October 2014 until 31st May 2015 and obviously is subject to availability. To find out more about Passepartout Homes (and the incredible villa options they offer), click here.
1 night at the Four Seasons Hampshire, UK
I have very fond memories of my stay at the Four Seasons Hampshire – one never forgets the first English sun tan (and you can read all about it here). One lucky winner with get to enjoy the perfect English countryside luxury experience in the usual Four Seasons style – prize includes one night in a deluxe room, with breakfast for 2 guests. Valid Sunday through Fridays and excluding Saturdays, Bank Holidays and festive periods. Valid for six months and it is subject to availability.
A Night at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam and Personalised Historic Vase Gift
Located in the old City Hall building in Amsterdam, the Sofitel Legend The Grand was one of my Top 5 city hotels ever – beautifully designed, located and with incredible service (read my review here). The prize on offer includes one night in a Superior Room with breakfast for two, subject to availability. The winner will also be gifted with a porcelain vase engraved with the winner’s name; the vase is officially registered as a historic monument and features characteristics dating back to the 1920s.
A 30-minute photo-shoot with Flytographer in one of its 85+ locations around the world
I adore Flytographer – it is almost fair to say that I cannot travel without them. Firm believers that memories are the best souvenirs, I would love to invite a reader to experience the Flytographer experience in a location of their choice. I have tried Flytographer 5 times in the last 6 months (in Lisbon, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Rome and Paris), and cannot recommend it enough – they are, without a doubt, the best photos I have from my trips. To find out more about Flytographer, click here. Prize valid for 12 months.
A meal for two at the fantastic Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, in Oxfordshire, UK
Since opening in 1984, the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons has achieved the highest awards and accolades of any restaurant and country house hotel in Great Britain and is regarded as one of the very best in Europe. One of the few restaurants in the world to retain 2 Michelin stars for 29 years, it remains a mecca for gourmets the world over. 2014 celebrates the hotel and restaurant’s 30th anniversary, led by the legendary Raymond Blanc.
The prize is dinner for two people, including coffee & petit fours (this prize must be taken before the end of June 2014, Sunday to Thursday night inclusive, subject to availability).
For followers wishing to book a meal at Le Manoir (separately from this prize), simply tweet @lemanoir and be offered a complimentary glass of Champagne du Manoir before dinner (Sunday – Thursday nights inclusive, until the end of June, subject to availability).
High Wine for two at The Dylan in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Indulge in The Dylan’s very own interpretation of High Tea – High Wine. Their Sommelier selects four wines, depending on seasonality, which the Chef matches with four amuse style savory bites. A delicate afternoon treat served daily between 3 and 6 pm. I recently experienced High Wine at The Dylan in Amsterdam and cannot recommend it enough. The prize is valid for 12 months.
Lounge Access and Security Fast Track for two from UK Airports courtesy of No1 Traveller
Start your holiday in style courtesy of airport hospitality specialist No.1 Traveller, who is offering a pair of tickets to any of its airport lounges located at Heathrow Terminal 3, Gatwick – North and South Terminals, Stansted or Birmingham, in the UK. The winner and a guest will be able to take advantage of No.1’s bistro, fully tended bar, self-service pantry table, free WiFi and selection of newspapers and magazines. If that wasn’t enough, you’ll also receive complimentary premium security lane access so they can speed through the queues like a true VIP.
Please note that premium security lane access is available at Gatwick, Stansted and Birmingham only. This prize is valid for one year from the day the winners are announced. Lounge entry is subject to availability.
Travel with style… without any luggage, thanks to First Luggage
First Luggage is the world’s leading international door-to-door luggage collection and delivery service – I shall be trialling their service on my upcoming trip to Abu Dhabi and so will a lucky reader. First Luggage collects your luggage from your home (or any nominated address), then safely and swiftly transports them directly to their destination – be it a hotel, villa or other address. It avoids excess baggage charges and alleviates struggling to the airport with baggage, allows for simple and swift check-in, and then crucially no baggage collection at the luggage carousel at the destination airport. You go straight from plane to car to final destination point seamlessly.
The prize includes the transfer of up to two bags (weighing up to 20kg each) to and from a destination of choice (excluding Mauritius, Egypt, Malaysia, Canada, Russia, China, Canary Islands, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and all destinations in South America). Prize to be taken by 31 December 2014.
A double pass for the Eating Italy Testaccio Food Tour in Rome
Like what you see? Well, to take part in this competition, it is simple….
1. Subscribe to the blog by email (see box on the right of the screen).
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3. Answer this question, by commenting below: what was your favourite birthday ever? What did you do? Also, let me know which would be your favourite prize.
Entries will be accepted until Friday 25th April 2014, 12pm noon UK time. Winners will be randomly selected and announced at 5pm UK time on the same day.
This competition is now closed. Winners have been contacted.