When time is limited, making things easier for travellers who want to go the mile without applying too much mind, Ezeego offers a Jiving Jamaica package that packs in the highlights without depleting your wallet. Over six days and five nights, they take you to the resort towns of Montego Bay and Ocho Rios—and not just for the sand and the surf either.
In Montego, Jamaica’s second largest city, go for a 6-mile safari up the Black river, which snakes through mangroves and crocodile habitats, and ends at the spectacular YS Falls. More waterfalls await at Ocho Rios, as also the Blue Mountain, where you must pick up some of their famous coffee to bring back home. The final stop is Kingston, the island’s bustling capital. The trip costs Rs 55,971 per person on twin-sharing basis, exclusive of airfare, but including superior three-star accommodation, tour transfers and excursions as included in the itinerary if booked by 31 December. For details, log on here.
Into the wild: An excursion up the Black river till the YS Falls takes you through crocodile habitats. Thinkstock
US on the hop
Travelling to the US is certainly no pleasure trip. However, between the health concerns of a 14-hour, non-stop flight and the multiple hassles of stopovers, many road warriors opt for the latter, squeezing in a new destination to break up a tediously long journey. Just for their benefit, www.hotels.com , an Expedia Inc. affiliate offering reservation services worldwide, has come up with its list of best airport hotels en route to the US. The single-occupancy rates are available if the hotels are booked on the site. Among its picks:
u In Dubai, the hub for all Emirates flights, the Dubai International Terminal Hotel is actually located inside the airport, on the third level of the Sheikh Rashid Terminal of Terminal 1 and Concourse 2 of Terminal 3. However, the location also means that you can’t retrieve your checked-in luggage. From Rs.6,344 per room per night.
u In Qatar Airways’ hub Doha, Sharq Village and Spa is just 5 minutes from the airport, 15 minutes from the city centre and 20 minutes from the shopping district. Not your regular business hotel, it may just convince you to extend an hour-long stopover into a few days. Chauffeur-driven airport transfers add the ultimate luxe touch. From Rs.11,266 per room per night.
u In Paris, the hub for Air France, the Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel is built inside Terminal 2 of Charles de Gaulle airport, and offers direct access to the high-speed Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV) through the station located below the hotel. Free add-ons include Internet workstations and printing services—and for the night there’s the trademarked Sweet Sleeper bed. From Rs.11,737 per room per night.
u In Frankfurt, which Lufthansa uses as a hub, the hotel of choice is Steigenberger Airport Hotel, right next to the airport. But worry not: The soundproofed windows ensure not a single whirr of a jet disturbs your night’s rest. From Rs.6,458 per room per night.
u At Heathrow airport, the primary hub for British Airways and Virgin, the Hilton London Heathrow Airport hotel is the only hotel with direct access to Terminal 4 (via a covered walkway) and Terminal 5 (on a hotel shuttle bus). It’s just 20 minutes by train from Central London. Remember though that Wi-Fi use is chargeable. From Rs.7,156 per room per night.
u In Amsterdam, where all KLM flights have a stopover, head to Dorint Hotel, 10 minutes from Schiphol airport. A free shuttle connects the two every 30 minutes between 6am and 11.45pm. If you have some time to spare, you could even pack in a run to Museum Square, home to some of the world’s greatest art. From Rs.11,122 per room per night.
u Flying the Pacific route? Stop in Cathay Pacific hub Hong Kong at the Regal Airport Hotel, connected to the airport by an enclosed link bridge. Recognized as the Best Airport Hotel in the World by Business Traveller UK for two consecutive years since 2008, it has a unique 24-hour accommodation plan, regardless of check-in time. From Rs.9,291 per room per night.
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