Planet Earth II Inspired Secret Escapes

Every Sunday, millions of us have been avidly glued to our TV screens for another exciting episode of David Attenborough’s fascinating Planet Earth II series. Whilst the documentary may have now finished, bring it to life instead with a few of these series-inspired secret escapes…

Episode one: Mountains

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Episode highlights:
1 Back scratching grizzly bears in the Rocky Mountains
2 Rare and mesmerising footage of rare snow leopards in the Himalayas
3 The fight between golden eagles in the frosty Alpine snows
4 The nail biting encounter with an ibex family and a hungry fox on the slippery slopes of Arabia

Bring it to life: Alpaga Megève (Megève, France)
A B&B Alpine break in a luxury chalet in Megève, with views of Mont Blanc, a daily breakfast, champagne on arrival and spa access included. Take the 80-minute journey from Geneva to Megève, at 1,100 metres altitude in the Alps, and you’ll find this chalet style served up with Michelin-celebrated cuisine and five-star facilities.

Package includes:

  • Accommodation in a Deluxe room
  • Minimum three-night stay required from 30 March to 8 April 2017
  • Breakfast included
  • Welcome drink (glass of champagne)
  • Access to the spa / outdoor Scandinavian bath

Price: Save 29% – from £259 / per room per night. Valid until 9th January, this offer is available for stays between January and April 2017 and is based on two adults only. A minimum three-night stay is required from 30 March to 8 April 2017.

Episode two: Islands

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Episode highlights:
1 The rare three-toed pygmy sloth searches for love on the tranquil turquoise shores of the Caribbean island
2 One of the most gripping scenes took place on the Galapagos Islands, where young marine iguana ran for their lives from deadly racer snakes
3 One and a half million penguins brave the rocky shores of the sub-Antarctic island of Zavodovski
4 A bloody and brutal fight between two prehistoric looking beasts, at the aptly named Komodo Island in Indonesia

Bring it to life: 5 star island paradise on a Mauritius beach holiday
Laze your days away on the sugar-white Mauritian sands, which serenely slope into the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Beneath the surface of these glistening waters, a world of coral reefs await, with brightly coloured fish and an impressive array of underwater flora. Grab yourself a snorkel and head out to discover the life that thrives underneath the coast’s gentle waves.

Package includes:

  • Seven nights in a Deluxe room
  • Full-board basis
  • Flights included from London Heathrow to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International airport, Mauritius
  • Private car airport transfers

Price: Save 28% –  From £1,569 / per person for 7 nights. Valid until 9th January, this offer is available for departures between May and November 2017 (excluding October) and is based on two adults only.

Episode three: Jungles

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Episode highlights:
1 When the young and fearless spider monkey swings out of site and needs dad’s help getting back down
2 Our favourite heroic glass frog protecting his eggs from petrifying pesky wasps in Costa Rica
3 Gorgeous (and trippy) time lapse of glow-in-the dark forest fungi
4 In the forests of Malaysia, a Draco lizard runs for it when threatened by rival male

Bring it to life: Tropical Costa Rica tour with rainforest, volcano & beach stays 
An incredible tour of Costa Rica, taking in San José, Sarapiquí rainforest and Arenal Volcano, plus a blissful beach stay and excursions.

Package includes:

  • Two nights at Holiday Inn Express San José Forum (or similar) in a Standard room, breakfast and lunch included
  • Two nights at Hacienda Pozo Azul in a Tent suite, breakfast included
  • Two nights at Magic Mountain Hotel in a Standard room, breakfast included
  • Four nights at Tango Mar Beachfront Boutique Hotel in a Tropical suite, breakfast included
  • One night at Palma Real Hotel & Casino (or similar), San José, in a Standard room, breakfast included
  • Flights are included from London Gatwick to Juan Santamaría International airport

Price: Save 30% – From £1,499  / per person for 11 nights. Valid until 16th January 2017, this offer is available for departures between April and October 2017 and is based on two adults only.

Episode four: Deserts

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Episode highlights:
1 The very cute, and very blind golden mole digging in the desert for a midnight snack
2 A rather disturbing fight between two stallions in the desert of Nevada
3 Pack of hungry lionesses attempt to tackle a giraffe in Namib desert
4 Planet Earth crew chase a gigantic swarm of locusts in Madagascar

Bring it to life: 5 star dazzling Dubai holiday with fabulous excursions
An action-packed Dubai escape with an incredible variety of excursions and three luxe five-star hotels.  You’ll experience the rolling dunes for yourself on an exhilarating 4×4 desert safari, where you’ll see a magical sunset and be treated to an Arabian dinner with belly dancing, camel riding and shisha, get a henna tattoo and don a traditional outfit for a fun photo opportunity.

Package includes:

  • Two nights in a Deluxe room at Crowne Plaza Dubai Deira, breakfast included
  • Two nights in a Superior room at Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai, breakfast included
  • Two nights in a Superior King room at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, on a half-board basis
  • Dubai city tour
  • Dhow dinner cruise
  • Burj Khalifa visit
  • Desert safari
  • Entry to Aquaventure and The Lost Chambers Aquarium
  • Flights are included from London Heathrow to Dubai, UAE

Price: Save 30% – From £999 / per person for 6 nights. Valid until 3rd January 2017, this offer is available for departures between April and September 2017 and is based on two adults only.

Episode five: Grasslands

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Episode highlights:
1 Another one of the greatest scenes of the series with a Cape buffalo vs pride of lions in Kavango Delta in Botswana
2 Carmine bee-eaters ride on the backs of bustards and ostrich to secure an easy snack, then bob and weave around a bull elephant’s legs in a shark-like feeding frenzy
3 The most bizarre looking (Saiga) antelope that look like they’ve walked straight off the set of Avatar
4 Who can forget the sweet tiny harvest mouse in Norfolk, who made an impressive getaway from a hungry barn owl

Bring it to life: Noel Arms Hotel
A B&B stay in the picturesque countryside of the Cotswolds with a spa discount included. Tucked away in the picturesque town of Chipping Campden, the Noel Arms Hotel is about as quintessentially English as it gets.

After walking in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside or exploring Shakespeare’s old stomping ground in nearby Stratford, you’ll be able to switch off and relax at the Noel Arms’ sister hotel, the Cotswold House Hotel & Spa (just a 30-second walk away), which offers a steam room, a pool and therapeutic treatments.

Package includes:

  • Two nights or more in in a Classic Double room
  • Full English breakfast
  • 20% discount on spa treatments at Cotswold House Hotel & Spa (see ‘More details’)
  • Check-in is at 3pm and check-out is at 11am
  • Travel is not included
  • Please note that a booking fee may apply

Price: Save up to 48% – From £69 / per room per night. Valid until 9th January, this offer is available for stays between January and April 2017 and is based on two adults only.

Episode six: Cities

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Episode highlights:
1 Impressive night vision cameras where we see leopards prowl the streets of Mumbai
2 Peregrine falcons hunt in New York’s skyscrapers
3 Mind bending aerial dance of a million starlings over Rome’s skyline
4 Harar locals live in harmony with wild hyenas

Bring it to life: Hudson New York
A super hip, legendary New York hotel with Philippe Starck interiors and a collection of stylish bars. When it’s time to explore the Big Apple, you’ll find yourself in one of the best neighbourhoods in Manhattan, moments from Columbus Circle, a few blocks from Central Park and mere minutes from the Lincoln Centre and Carnegie Hall.

Package includes:

  • Accommodation in a Deluxe room
  • Room-only basis
  • Resort fee of $29.95 (plus tax) per room, per night is payable directly to the hotel (see “More details”)
  • Check-in is at 3pm and check-out at 12pm
  • Travel is not included

Price: Save up to 45% – From £78 per deluxe room / per night. Valid until 8th January 2017, this offer is available for stays between December 2016 and September 2017 and is based on two adults only.

For more information on Secret Escapes, click here.

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