Travel News Bulletin by Patricia Bech

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Patricia Bech rounds up some of the latest travel news and offers…

Discover the Northern Lights

The Aurora Zone says that those hoping to catch a glimpse of the newly discovered Auroral form can expect an increased likelihood during the weeks surrounding the spring equinox (20 March), when scientific research has proven that geomagnetic activity is generally at its highest.

Its Eco-Glamping and Aurora Horse Riding holiday in Torassieppi, Finnish Lapland, includes an array of Northern Lights hunting activities, such as a campfire under the stars, a reindeer-pulled sleigh ride and horse riding through the Arctic wilderness. There is also the chance to try the new Arctic Elements Lakeside Spa and to spend a night in an Aurora Dome, complete with a see-through wall for guests to look out for the Northern Lights while tucked up in bed.

The cost is from £1,465 pp (two sharing), including flights (London), five nights’ full board, guided activities and cold weather clothing. Departures until 29 March 2020.

Spend Valentine’s Day in the mountains…

Located in the heart of Entreves, Courmayeur’s most picturesque villages, Auberge de la Maison is a charming wood and stone hotel standing on a vast lawn that affords a marvellously romantic view of Mont Blanc. Famous for being the highest peak in Europe, Mont Blanc has for centuries attracted and intrigued those who have a passion for the mountain and simply those who are drawn to beauty.

In February, Auberge de La Maison fulfils the desire of the heart with an exclusive Valentine’s Day package, “Desir du Cœur”. Couples who book the package will be treated to an exclusive aperitif for two people, including a glass of wine and accompanying appetizers to share. The perfect Valentine’s treat!

Auberge de La Maison ( , +39 0165 86 98 11) is offering “Desir du Cœur” from £295 / 349 euros per night based on two people sharing on a B&B basis. 60 euros per couple for external guests. Terms and conditions apply.

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…or on the beach!

Guests of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort experience a tranquil escape with uninterrupted ocean and pristine turquoise lagoon views. For an unbeatable romantic Maldives getaway, guests can enjoy the Ultimate Romance Package, which includes complimentary 60-minute spa treatments for two or a couple’s massage, romantic bed and bath decoration, water sports activities and a complimentary three-course private dinner.

For Valentine’s Day, the SPA is additionally offering a special Valentine’s Day package that includes 30-minute coconut and sea salt exfoliation, 60-minute heavenly signature body massage and a soaking bath tube experience with a bottle of wine. Couples staying at the resort during Valentine’s Day can enjoy the Starlight Escape Dinner on Sunset Beach, which includes a five-course dinner and one bottle of champagne. Guests can also add a floating breakfast in the morning with two glasses of champagne to this package for the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience.

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort is offering the Valentine’s Day spa package from £385 / USD 500 for one couple. Valid from 1st February to 28th February 2020. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Price does not include accommodation. Nightly rates at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort start from £608/800 Dollars for two people on a B&B basis. For more information or to book visit

A new opening

Ruby Hotels, the Munich-based hotel brand and pioneer of the ‘Lean Luxury’ philosophy, has launched its first UK property in London’s Southbank. The new 75-room hotel, Ruby Lucy, forms part of an ambitious expansion plan for Ruby Hotels to unveil a total of eleven new hotels – including a second London property – by 2022.

Nightly rates at Ruby Lucy start from £119 per night including breakfast. For more information or to book, please visit