Check-in: best rentables and a stellar alliance

Joan Scales and Jo Linehan round up this week’s travel news and deals

This summer, the Hotel Le Bristol in Paris turns art gallery, hosting installations by internationally acclaimed contemporary artists Daniel Buren and Hicham Berrada

This summer, the Hotel Le Bristol in Paris turns art gallery, hosting installations by internationally acclaimed contemporary artists Daniel Buren and Hicham Berrada

 

NEWS

Beach best: The historic town of Nerja has been crowned Spain’s most charming seaside spot, according to travel website Hotel Info. More than 16,000 votes were cast in favour of the destination famed for its ancient caves, pretty old streets and striking coastline. Find out more a at nerjatoday.com.

Art & Paris : This summer, the Hotel Le Bristol in Paris turns art gallery, hosting installations by internationally acclaimed contemporary artists Daniel Buren and Hicham Berrada. Buren will take over the hotel’s garden, inviting guests to take a stroll through his immersive installation, while Berrada’s compositions will be projected in the hotel’s interior. See both of these temporary masterpieces from the end of this month until September; hotellebristol.com.

Stellar alliance: Eight major airlines have joined forces to help travellers trying to navigate the Asia Pacific region more affordably. The Value Alliance, which includes Tigerair Australia, Cebu Pacific and Cebgo from the Philippines, Korea’s Jeju Air, Thailand’s Nok Air and NokScoot, Singapore budget airline Scoot, Tigerair Singapore and Japan’s Vanilla Air aims to provide cheaper flights and better connecting services throughout 160 destinations in Asia. We’re hoping to see a website launch over the coming weeks.

BEST RENTABLES

Kid & Coe: This website offers the best edit of family-friendly rentals around. Choose anywhere from Galway to the Galapagos safe in the knowledge your house will be a top-notch abode (and that the little ones will approve). kidandcoe.com Tripping: This site is a gem. Choose from eight million homes and spaces around the world, from €10 to €10,000 a night. From ski cabins, beach cabanas, this site has it covered. tripping.com Behomm: House-swap with an equally fabulous home owner on this website, dedicated to connecting like-minded travellers. Only those deemed worthy can participate – apply if you think you’re cool enough. behomm.com

TRAVEL ’APPY On Tripigator, enter your destination city and preference (culture, nature, lifestyle) and it compiles a to-do list with imagery and details on how much time you should spend at each location. On Android. tripigator.com

DEALS LONDON: Join HiltonHonors and enjoy discount weekend B&B rates in contemporary Hilton Bankside five-star Hotel beside Tate Modern and Globe Theatre from £156 (€225) per night Hilton.com. BARCELONA: Marseille, Genoa and Corsica explore them all on MSC Opera, a four-night Med cruise from Barcelona, October 2 from €549pps, travelfox.ie, 0214976293. LANZAROTE: all inclusive from €539pps, Labranda Suite Hotel, Playa Blanca, blueseaholidays.ie, (01) 9010175.

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