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Portugal is “OPEN”


The 14 day Quarantine period for visiting Portugal has now been lifted and visitors and delegates alike are being warmly welcomed to the three very different and beautiful regions of this fine country.

To the North there is Porto and the Douro valley region famed for its production of delicious wines and the esteemed and famous Port. Porto and its near neighbour Gaia on the opposite banks of the river have much to offer in terms of Luxury travel and polished corporate events. Connections have many contacts within the local Convention Bureau and experience of the many superb hotels and beautiful venues that make this ancient city so venerable.The discerning factors of hosting an event here are centred around the epicurean possibilities with the very high standards of fresh food, wine and service. The delay in the releasing the Quarantine period has left many hotels feeling the pinch in terms of occupancy so even better rates are currently available – Porto represents an excellent and very economical choice of destination.

In the middle of the country and only an hour or so by road from Porto is Lisbon – Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city. From the imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, the Tagus Estuary and the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles and just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril. The historic and vibrant culture is alive in the Old Town and is centred around the arts, Music and Food and Wine. Its an eclectic mix of ancient and modern and as a destination for a long weekend Lisbon has few peers in Europe. There are many and regular direct flights from the UK and very high standards of hospitality and service awaits and very reasonable prices.

On the South coast lies the region of The Algarve centred around the airport city of Faro. This is a sensational part of the world and is seemingly one long golden beach backed by bronze cliffs and fringed by scented pine trees. Dotted with world class golf courses and 5/6 star resorts and hotels this area is a playground for travellers that enjoy luxury without the encumberment of snobbery and high prices.

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A specific favourite destination of the Connections family and clients – the Conrad Algarve- lies in the beautiful playground of Quinta Do Lago a mere 20 minutes from Faro Airport that has many direct flights from the UK on a daily basis.

Portugal is OPEN

Room rates are currently negotiable. If you would like a few days in Portugal with your Sales Team, your Dealer Principles or your Top Achievers then call or email us today for a free, fully costed and detailed proposal obligation free.


Let’s talk virtual….

“No thanks!” – We have tried all levels of virtual communication throughout the lockdown and whilst its great for passing on information and keeping up to date with destinations old and new its limitations arrive quickly when we start to discuss relationships. I agree that relationships have been maintained on Zoom and discussions have been had, points of view exchanged and real business taken place. But have relationships improved or even begun? Meeting new Hoteliers and DMC’s on Zoom has been a good opportunity and a new way of interesting, long term learning but have I built any long lasting relationships – no. I instantly recognise the faces in the Zoom groups that I have met and been away with and shared hospitality, experiences, fun, laughter, joy, sunshine and all the senses besides and I smile to myself and giggle with memories. Virtual is flat and non distinct – I cannot feel it, smell or taste it and although I have been to Turkey, The Azores, Rwanda and Namibia to name a few I have not made any new relationships or friends,

As a direct consequence I am now appealing to my clients and customers old and new that know me and staking firmly in the ground that you should not waste your time, energy or budget on trying to maintain your corporate communication using a virtual platform. There – I came out and said it – I hope it creates arguments North and South and call me old fashioned but nothing will replace face to face meetings, conferences, networking, hospitality, recognition in front of your peers and above all the human touch, You may be the most un-tactile person on the planet but handshakes and hugs are vital human elements and stave off all form of mental tiredness and low levels of motivation.

So from October 1st we can start to meet again. Let’s not even consider flying anywhere but let’s look at this beautiful country where we live and the hundreds of fabulous locations, facilities and hotels that are waiting to greet us. Coupled together with the amazing standards of our AV suppliers and we have a sensational event at our corporate fingertips waiting to send out a message and immediately bounce your business back with motivated employees. Employees that have been in the lockdown dark zone for far too long and need to be brought into the light and leave beaming after a long overdue meeting.

Talk to us today – we understand the old fashioned standards – we will understand your business and the message you want to send – call or email us today with your ideas and budget – we will come back to you with a fully costed and complete Action Plan

#wemakeevents

cw@connectionstravel.co.uk

07714165230


Dubai Sevens 4th – 8th December 2019

Day 01 Wednesday 4th December 2019 
Dubai Sevens 4th   8th December 2019

Experienced Connections staff will be in attendance at all times
From Dubai Airport Transfers by Luxury Mercedes Benz S class or similar – one car per couple
 Meet & Assist Marhaba Service Silver package for each couple:
– A meet and greet escort right to the meeting point in the arrivals hall
– Fast-track through immigration and security
– Hand baggage trolleys on request
– Meet and greet on arrival in the terminal
– Porter service from baggage reclaim
– Buggy car transfers on request and where permitted
Check In at Hotel
Porters and Check-in at the Hotel
Overnight at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel – 5* City Hotel – the hotel is linked to the Irish Village where all the post match Rugby activity will take place
 

Dubai Sevens 4th   8th December 2019

Day 02  Thursday 5th December 2019 
Full Buffet breakfast at the hotel
10:00 Visit Dubai Frame
09:30 Transfers by Luxury Coach with experienced English speaking guide
12:30 Lunch at Al Dawaar restaurant – the only revolving restaurant with 360 degree view of Dubai
5* International  Buffet Menu including unlimited beer, wine & spirits package
15:00 Visit At the Top – Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall Shopping
15:30 Burj Khalifa – At the Top (Level 124 & 125)
15h00 – 18h30 – Prime Hours are subject to change 
16:30 Afternoon free time at Dubai Mall
Souk Al Bahar Dine Around Options  overviewing the Dubai Mall Fountain
20:00 Dinner at Abd El Wahab – Souk Al Bahar Overviewing the fountain
03 Course Sharing Style Menu (Cold Mezze, Hot Mezze, Main Course, Dessert) – Lebanese Cuisine
Unlimited Beers and Wines
20:00 Option Dinner at Serafina Souk Al Bahar with Fountain Show view
3 Course Set Menus – Italian Cuisine
Unlimited Beers and Wines
20:00 Option Dinner at Thiptara  The Palace Downtown with Fountain Show view
3 Course Set Menus – Asian Cuisine
Unlimited Beers and Wines
22:00-03:00 All evening transfers will be in private Mercedes Vianos
23:00-onwards After party at The Penthouse roof top – Five The Palm – includes private booth and ALL drinks
Transfer back to Hotel
Overnight at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel – 5* City Hotel
Day 03  Friday 6th December 2019
 

Full Buffet breakfast at the hotel
Dubai Sevens 4th   8th December 2019
11:00 Full Day Dubai Rugby 7 Semi Final Game – The Sevens Stadium
Transfer by Harley Davidson Bikes. One way transfer.
General Admission tickets per person  + Golden Circle for Friday Concert featuring Kylie Minogue
Lunch (F&B) will be on a consumption basis and at leisure  at the F&B Village
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return to hotel in Mercedes Viano’s at leisure
Dinner at leisure
Overnight at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel – 5* City Hotel
Day 04  Saturday 7th December 2019
Full Buffet breakfast at the hotel
10:00 Exclusive  64ft. Catamaran Cruise in Dubai Marina
DJ to play music throughout the trip
11:00 Watercraft Guided Tour
01 Hour Tour (Burj Al Arab, Marina, Sheik Island, Palm Jumeirah, Lagoon, Dubai Marina, JBR)
Please note that guests must be 19 yrs. and above to ride a jet ski
12:00 BBQ Lunch with unlimited beer and house wines
14:00 Yacht docks at the Marina
14:15 Transfer back to Hotel and Refresh
 

15:30 Desert Safari Experience – Exclusive
4 Private 4*4 Jeeps – based on 4 pax per car
Dune Bashing and Camel Farm Visit
17:15 Exclusive Sunset reception over the dunes
Sunset reception – carpet, cushions & tikki torches)
Glass of sparkling wine per person with strawberries and nuts
18:15 Exclusive Desert Dinner under the stars
Campsite Set-up
International buffet – 5* catering
Beer & Wine beverage package includes  Beers, Wines, Soft drinks, water and juices
Camel Rides – 2 camels on standby for camel rides
Henna Lady
Shisha per person
Arabic Band – Welcome music with Belly Dancer and Tanoura Dancer
Transfer back to hotel by 4X4 Cars – included
Overnight at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel – 5* City Hotel
Day 05  Sunday 8th December 2019 
Departing to  Dubai international Airport – Flight TBA
One way transfer by Merecedes Viano (max. 3-4 pax) incl. luggage space

 

 


Proud to become Jumeirah Beacon Specialists

Proud to become Jumeirah Beacon Specialists


Coming Soon – the Dubai Sevens – December 2019

Coming Soon   the Dubai Sevens   December 2019


The Connections Team

The Connections Team

Suzie, Chris, Emma and Jack


Beautiful AbuDhabi

Beautiful AbuDhabi

HATCHING TIME ON SAADIYAT ISLAND

In the upcoming weeks, some very special guests will be returning to Saadiyat Island. Every summer, Hawksbill turtles flock to Saadiyat’s nine-kilometre beach to build their nests. Currently an endangered species, the Hawksbill turtle has been added to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, as populations have declined over 80% in the past three decades. This compelled the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) to launch a turtle protection programme in Abu Dhabi in 2010 – the only one of its kind in the Arabian Gulf. To protect the turtle nests tucked in the dunes, guests are allowed access to the beach only via a raised boardwalk, so as not to interfere with the fragile ecosystem. At night, all the beach chairs are removed from the beach and night lights are dimmed to help the hatchlings with orientation.


Introducing the Conrad Algarve Hotel

The Conrad Algarve offers a grand setting for social gatherings of all descriptions. With five flexible and dynamic conference rooms, one Board Room and a Grand Ballroom, the Conrad Algarve provides the perfect backdrop for inspirational events, business meetings, product launches and corporate incentives. Discover a new standard of contemporary luxury at this Almancil resort in Algarve. With natural surroundings, innovative facilities and flawless service, the Conrad Algarve hotel will provide you with the perfect conditions for a memorable event.

Discuss business in one of the six meeting rooms equipped with the latest audiovisual technology or host an event for up to 300 people in the grand ballroom offering panoramic views and private access to the luxuriant hotel gardens.

Introducing the Conrad Algarve Hotel

 

Choose from an extensive range of sophisticated meeting and event spaces or host an exquisite outdoor event. The Conrad Algave hotel gardens, terraces and pool area can accommodate up to 300 guests.

The Conrad Algarve offers a unique place where you and your delegates have the luxury of being yourselves.

The Hotel sits in the splendid enclave of Quinta Do Lago that is a by word for luxurious environment, restaurants and Golf Courses. Additionally, the weather is calm, clear and bright and warm enough for all outdoor activity right through to November.

Contact Connections today for your exclusive Conference, Meeting or Incentive quotation. Or maybe you just fancy playing Golf with a few friends – we can accommodate that as well!!

Introducing the Conrad Algarve Hotel


Jumeirah Hotel opening is in early March

If you look closely at our new web site you will notice various references to the Jumeirah Hotel brand. Connections regularly use the facilities and professionalism of Jumeirah hotels as they are second to none in terms of providing service and property standards that Connections strive to supply for their clients.

The latest developments with our partner are as follows –

Exciting news that the next Jumeirah Hotel opening is in early March – they are opening the Jumeirah Royal Zabeel in Bahrain – a stunning hotel situated on the Al Seef Coast – 178 rooms and 10 royal villas paying homage to the Bahraini pearl fishing industry. Sadly we have no images available yet but what we have seen from artists impressions and hardhat tours is it’s a beauty!
Also Jumeirah Sadiyaat island in Abu Dhabi is coming along nicely and should have the soft opening in the summer – situated next to Sadiyaat Beach Club with direct, perfect sea views  and last but not least Bali (more details will follow) will open in the Autumn.

Jumeirah have also launched a new brand called “Zabeel House by Jumeirah” which will be an eclectic group of hotels in good locations designed for tomorrows traveller  – not luxury – not lifestyle but Upscale Casual with room rates starting from £95 in Dubai – the basic done brilliantly