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What is i-escape.com?
... uncovering some of the world's best kept travel secrets...
i-escape.com is a UK-based website dedicated to helping discerning independent travellers find and book exciting and unusual places to stay in some of the world's most beautiful and fascinating locations. The site features a growing collection of our favourite small hotels, guesthouses, retreats, eco-lodges, private rental properties and unforgettable travel experiences, all of them personally visited by us and reviewed with total honesty, great detail and lots of photos.
Each place is unique in some way, whether in its design, its natural setting, its owners or the activities on offer. From jungle treehouses to historic palaces, we have put together a genuinely charming and eclectic range. We do not insist on a certain number of stars (you won't find any bland chain hotels or large resorts here), rather, all our places offer a memorable experience. Nor do we choose according to cost (which ranges from £50 to £1000 a night), but we do try to ensure that they are sensitive to local nature and culture, so that the environment does not have to pay.
We are not a travel agent or tour operator, but an independent, highly researched interactive travel guide and free on-line booking service. We can connect you directly with the accommodation owners and holiday providers as well as offering free unbiased advice. We want to help you escape the traditional package holiday!
Why use i-escape?
We appreciate that you are busy and don’t have the time to spend hours trawling through reams of information on the net. Instead we've done the hard work for you - our team of experienced world travellers have spent months identifying those “little gems”, which are often so difficult to find (most do not appear in guide books or travel brochures). Our quality goal is that if we wouldn’t want to stay there ourselves we won’t offer it to you. Hotels do NOT pay to be on the website; in this way we can select exactly who is featured. Hoteliers and villa owners can apply to join i-escape here.
Detailed and opinionated:
We understand the importance in travel of knowing what to expect before you get there, so each accommodation has 9 pages of information and 20-40 photos to help you decide which is the right place for you. Instead of reproducing the hotel's brochure, we send our own photographer and a writer to each place so that we can provide an unbiased and honest review as well as practical information. You won't find the same level of detail in any guidebook, travel brochure or other website. We also provide everything you need to know about the destination - from general background information and travel tips to insider knowledge on our favourite local restaurants, walks and beaches.
Value for money:
There are NO hidden charges or fees for using i-escape.com. We refer you directly to the hotels and villas, but at the same time you can benefit from any preferential rates that we have negotiated with the owners. By booking online through our secure website you pay exactly the same or less than if you had contacted the hotel yourself. We have found with smaller hotels and villas that surprisingly large savings can be made by putting together your own itinerary rather than going through a tour operator. As a savvy traveller, we expect you to shop around for your own flights, car hire, insurance, etc. Sometimes this can take time so, to assist you, we have already researched the possible options for each destination and provide links and contact details for suppliers that we feel offer the best value for money.
You can search for accommodation by destination, interest, season or a combination of search criteria. For example, you can generate a list of ideas for hiking in Africa, sunshine in November, a family holiday near a beach, an unusual location for a business seminar, a luxury hideaway to de-stress or just somewhere cheap and fun to chill out. If you're still stuck, let us inspire you!
Our website has received rave reviews, from press and public alike, for its reliable information, its honest reporting, its clickable photos, its clean design, its complete absence of paid advertising and its general ease of use.