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A wedding
of holiday
Its easy to fall for
Push the
boat out
Drift among
the beautiful
Latedeals dreams
Keralas charms backwaters.
Picture: Getty
From Glasgow on May 25, three nights B&B
at 4* Ibis Barcelona Mollet. Was 349, now
IF youre thinking about getting
married abroad or are starting to
from spicy food 297pp. Day trips to Portaventura from 49pp.
From Glasgow on May 23, five nights half-
plan your honeymoon, speak to
the experts at Barrhead Travel
and thrilling views board at 4* Montemar Maritim Hotel in Santa
Susanna, Costa Brava. Was 406, now 347pp.
they have first-hand experience
of travelling the world.
Free upgrade to half-board included. Your wedding and honeymoon
to exotic colours From Edinburgh on May 16, 11 nights half-
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and a very saucy Majorca. Was 699, now 557pp.
Call 0141 222 2223 or visit
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There are many advantages to
Majestic Ben Cruachan towers over Loch Awe, Kilchurn Castle and Ardanaseig
Neil Batey
reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk Latedeals tying the knot abroad: Enjoying
romantic sunsets by the beach, exotic

Romance in the
ID only been in Kerala for From Glasgow on landscapes to complement your
less than a day and already a Big Wheel Neil at helm on his riverboat trip February 27, four nights photographs and vibrant cultures to
voluptuous Indian stunner in B&B at 4* Hotel Roma, incorporate into your after-party, too.
Prague, 189. So, weddings abroad neednt be full
fancy make-up, elaborate

shadow of big Ben


From Glasgow on of stress.
clobber and blingy jewellery March 1, seven nights Along with your personal planner
was giving me the glad eye. half-board at 4* Kefalos from Barrhead Travel, most resorts
However, she was actually a Beach Village in Pathos, now offer a complimentary wedding
male actor performing an ancient Cyprus, 265. coordinator who will take care of every
classical Indian dance called From Glasgow, March last detail, so everything is in place for
THE only hollow feature about a GARY RALSTON when you arrive.
visit to Ardanaiseig is the beautiful g.ralston@dailyrecord.co.uk Kathakali. 7 to 25, seven nights
For hours prior to the show, he all-inclusive at 4* Youll often find that getting married
Ben Cruachan horseshoe across the still drinks before dinner in Ardanaiseigs abroad offers great value and
waters of Loch Awe. fine restaurant, which boasts two had been painstakingly applying Barcelo Jandia Playa,
hospitality as many wedding resorts
Ardanaiseig nestling in 120 acres of AA Rosettes. Minukku a colourful cosmetic Fuerteventura, 479. offer brilliant packages that include
landscaped woodland grounds in the The worries of city life faded away as used to represent a beautiful young From Glasgow on everything you need such as marriage
heart of Argyll was voted Scotlands we relaxed in the moment seductress called March 12, seven nights licence, ceremony, flowers, photography
Top Country House Hotel for 2015-16 and and its little wonder the half-board at 4* Hotel
it isnt difficult to see why,
Across the peaceful waters from its
venue has been named by
the editors of the UKs
Late deals Lalitha.
Rather than casting
me flirty looks, the
Angela, Fuengirola,
Costa del Sol, 299.
and the wedding meal. After

lochside location sits Ben Cruachan, its Good Hotel Guide as From Glasgow, May, dancer was drawing Go to www.stewart
insides scooped out 50 years ago in a their favourite romantic 14 nights in Orlando, travel.co.uk or call
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provide electricity via an ambitious for 2017. From Glasgow, repertoire of Navarasam
September 1, 14 nights stylised facial Wheel deals The spice market at Kochi
hydro scheme. The atmosphere of
The mighty Ben stands brooding and
quiet, despite the industry inside,
relaxed elegance
continued afterwards as
in 5* AI Turyaa Kalutara
Hotel, Sri Lanka,
expressions used to
convey emotions such Info
reflecting the relaxed and leisurely vibe we chatted with fellow 1359pp. as love, tranquillity
September 13, seven- Globe Travel Centre have nine-night
of Ardanaiseig itself. guests back in the bar but and awe. escorted tours of Kerala from May to
The country pile sits near the village eventually the nightcap, night northern Europe Lalitha won me over,
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From Glasgow, celebrating your marriage with your
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We arrived mid-afternoon in the crisp, morning, enjoying the loved one, youll be ready for a once-
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Go to www.holiday Meals on B&B at all resorts, full
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A roaring log fire at reception crackled Kathakali show was a English-speaking guides, excursions South American rainforests, island-
a cheery hello as a pile of wellies of all kaleidoscopic spectacle and entrance fees. hopping through Thailand or
sizes free for guest use were lined up of colourful outfits, music and For more information, go to stretching out and relaxing on a
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SPECTACLE Kathakali dancers in action
hand-picked pieces of furniture, antique could also use to describe this world really are limitless and there is
bric-a-brac and old oil paintings adorning gorgeous southern Indian state, no better time to do this than on your
Dubai, to Kochi. A short relay via as we took in the Dutch Palace, the plus Ayurveda treatments Indias These curved converted rice barges and travelled to Kumarakom, where headed out to the butterfly garden, honeymoon.
the walls of deep red and green. which is the setting for the new
We were shown upstairs along quirky
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The Good Karma Hospital, the cultural hub of this port city. Church and the Jewish Synagogue. For dinner, we gorged on a fresh organic materials. Our vessel had Nestled along the eastern shore on a sunset cruise. each of their branches who can offer
plump velvet chairs either side of a bay starring Amanda Redman and An oasis of calm, Brunton takes The next day, after a delicious seafood banquet of king prawns and three bedrooms with en suite of the huge Vembanad Lake. This We devoured possibly our best expert and impartial advice.
window that looked miles down the perfect getaway Ardanaiseig Neil Morrissey (although it was guests back to the days of the breakfast of fresh fruit and dosa a lobster at the Beach Grill restaurant. bathrooms and was manned by a resort was rated among the 25 best meal in Kerala at the resorts So, no matter where in the world
sheet glass of the lochs calm surface, filmed in Sri Lanka). British Raj, with a charming hot pancake served with sambar Kerala was named as one of the 10 captain, personal chef and assistant. getaways in the world by Conde Nast Tharavadu restaurant enjoying red you would like to explore and no
reflecting the nearby forests and hills like
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Facts I was in the region nicknamed
Gods Own Country with Globe
old-world ambience.
My room had a gloriously comfy
and chutney we hopped back
into the van for the 30-mile drive to
paradises of the world by National
Geographic Traveller magazine and
Sailing down this rural riverine
expanse is a unique experience. I
Traveler magazine.
We were welcomed with a
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variety of lip-smacking curries from
matter what your tastes and budget,
the experts at Barrhead Travel can
We settled at our leisure before During March, Ardanaiseig are Travel Centre specialist tour four-poster bed and great views Mararikulam. its not hard to see why once you gazed out across the water at paddy refreshing coconut drink, given a the buffet. help you create the perfect beginning
heading out to explore a mapped winter offering a special rate of bed and operators who offer personalised overlooking the harbour mouth. Here, we checked into Marari venture into the backwaters a vast fields, brightly-clad women washing bindi dot on our foreheads and The next morning it was time to to the next chapter in your life.
walk (those wellies came in handy), breakfast for two from 150 a night holiday experiences in India, Sri Kochi the so-called Queen of Beach Resort. Set in 25 acres of expanse of placid waters which their clothes, traders rowing by in picked up the keys to our Heritage bid a tearful farewell to Kerala after a Call today on 0141 242 1300 for
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hello@ardanaiseig.com. For more phones, cars, English-speaking was colonised by several European their own private pool and garden. We headed over to Alappuzha, kingfishers flew overhead while a bathroom so guests can shower every time a new client visits one of
Later, we joined other guests in the drivers, guides and experts based in countries including Holland, The perfect place to get in touch where we boarded our amazing warm breeze carried the sound of under the stars, plus an upper storey the destinations. I might have to pop
bar, again in front of a cosy open fire, for info, visit www.ardanaiseig.com
the arrival destinations. Portugal and Britain. with your spiritual side, the Marari home for the next two days a chanting from a nearby temple. with views of the lake. back soon to make sure its being
We flew with Emirates, via All those influences were there offers yoga and meditation sessions houseboat called a kettuvallam. The next morning, we disembarked We were eager to explore so watered properly...