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Family Traveller
Awards 2015:
'Awesome for Families'

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The Telegraph Travel Awards 2013:
'Best Travel Website'

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Web Awards 2013:
'Best Accommodation Site' (Winner)

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Conde Nast Traveller 2012:
'Favourite Travel Website' (Runner-up)

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'Best Accommodation Website 2012'

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British Travel Awards: 'Best Online Hotel Booking Company 2012' (Nominee)

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Wanderlust Readers' Travel Awards 2012:
'Top 10 Travel Website'

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Guardian & Observer Travel Awards 2011: 'Best Online Booking Service'

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Conde Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards 2011:
'Top 5 Travel Website'

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Webaward 2011: 'Outstanding Website Award' (Winner)

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Press Comments

The Telegraph - France 2011 accommodation guide - 16th January 2011

"i-escape offers detailed, insightful reviews of dozens of typically small-scale and chic places to stay in France."

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What exactly is a boutique hotel? - 5th December 2010

"You're not the only one who is confused. Since the first Hilton opened in 1925, chain hotels conquered the world. The term "boutique" was coined to describe the small, individual and often quirky properties that started to spring up in the 1980s to counteract the extreme predictability of the big groups. Blakes, in South Kensington, London, was one of the first.

"Trouble is, every Tom, Dick and Harry hotelier has jumped on the bandwagon, and now you'll find 200-room chain hotels that claim to be 'boutique'. Which, clearly, they're not. For good examples of what boutique should be, try websites such as,, and"

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Financial Times, "How To Spend It" - 23rd November 2010

"My favourite website is, which I often look at just when I need to escape and relax mentally, even if it's only for 10 minutes. I don't spend a lot of time surfing the web, but this is the one site that I keep coming back to."
Richard Geoffroy, Chef de Cave at Dom Perignon

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Executary News: Just a click away... - 25th October 2010

"Online hotel bookings have rocketed in the last five years. Amanda Statham reveals the key players, and how to get the best for your buck.


The site
Has a much smaller offer than the big boys, but it’s gaining a good reputation among the jet set. It’s popularity comes from first-hand reviews of more than 1,200 small hotels, lodges and hip house rentals across 45 countries, which have been handpicked and visited by expert reviewers. The portfolio covers all budgets (from under £50 per room to over £500) and all types, from five-star city hotels to beach villas and tented safari camps. And if you want further help planning your trip, you can call or email one of i-escape’s team.

Trustworthy, first-hand reviews and a highly selective portfolio of hotels.

Best for…
Anyone that doesn’t have time to wade through endless lists of mediocre hotels and wants the best of the bunch instantly."

> See the full list

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Guardian and Observer Travel Awards 2010 - 9th October 2010

i-escape was delighted to be awarded 'Best Travel Agent' in the Guardian and Observer Travel Awards 2010 held in Cardiff Castle on 9th October.

Up against the likes of Expedia, Thomas Cook, and Mr & Mrs Smith, we were thrilled to come joint first with Travel Counsellors (a Bolton based network of agents working by phone from home). We both acheived a 99.6% score, the highest rating out of all the 22 reader-voted categories. In their article naming the winners, The Guardian summed up i-escape as:

"a free accommodation booking service with a fantastic website showcasing the world's most gorgeous places to stay, from small stylish boutique hotels to eco lodges"

A big thank you to all you Guardian and Observer readers!

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Conde Nast Traveller (UK) - Readers' Travel Awards - 2nd September 2010

We're thrilled to have been voted among the top 10 travel websites by readers of the illustrious Conde Nast Traveller Magazine. Participants were asked to "nominate your favourite website for researching or booking a trip" and then rate them for various criteria, including 'accommodation' and 'news content'. We came 6th, with 79%. Onwards and upwards next year!

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Travolution Awards 2010 - 1st September 2010

We're delighted to learn that we have been shortlisted in the Best Accommodation-Only Website category for these prestigious industry awards, which are judged by a panel of business leaders and travel experts.

They are in their 4th year and previous winners include EasyJet, Tripadvisor and Travelsupermarket, so the pedigree is good. Keep your fingers crossed for us on 28th September when the winners are announced!

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Marie Claire (September 2010) - 18th August 2010

"In Tarifa, El Escondite del Viento is a quiet, brightly-coloured six-room haven - book through where you'll find more great hotels in the area."

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How to Find the Best Deals - The Sunday Telegraph - 8th August 2010

"It isn't only tour operators' websites that offer bargain holidays. For the best deals, you have to look farther afield. [Of the] luxury hotel specialists... boutique agent i-escape has a regularly updated deals category on its site, searchable by both destination and month."

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TravelMole Awards 2010 - 18th June 2010

We're thrilled to announce that we are the winners of "Best Accommodation Website" in the 2010 TravelMole Awards for the Travel and Tourism Industry.

We were one of 3 accommodation websites shortlisted by thousands of readers, which were then examined and judged by a panel of travel experts - and the award presented to us in a London ceremony on 17 June 2010.

Director Laila Ram, who collected the award, said "We're delighted that our recent redesign has obviously hit the target, and we'll continue rolling out more improvements over the coming months... the web is a fast-evolving arena and, rest assured, we won't rest on our laurels".

See a 3-minute video of the winners

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Daily Telegraph - Spain 2010 - 20th January 2010

"With its impressively detailed reviews, is a great resource for independent bookings – if you're after a small, stylish hotel or guesthouse in Andalusia, Majorca, Ibiza, the Canaries, Barcelona or Madrid."

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France 2010 - The Telegraph - 16th January 2010

"For independent bookings, offers detailed, insightful reviews of an impressive selection of small-scale and chic French hotels."

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Good Web Guide - 1st January 2010

We're delighted to discover that we've been shortlisted for the Good Web Guide "Website of the Year 2009", in which sites are nominated and voted for by readers of this respected guide. The final award is made by a panel of judges. As one of only 3 travel websites, was hailed for "helping discerning independent travellers to find and book exciting and unusual places to stay across the world."

See the full shortlist here

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Irish Times - Serendipity in Sri Lanka - 19th October 2009

" is an excellent site for the independent traveller, with great boutique hotels options."

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Woman and Home - Fab Getaways That Don't Cost The Earth - 6th October 2009

"Keeping your eye on your budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice luxury or choose second-rate destinations when you go away, says w&h travel guru Jane Hayward.

"[In Venice] doubles at the Novecento cost from £137 B&B - look for 15% off for early booking via, a neat little site that digs out bargain boutiques worldwide."

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Marie Claire - i-escape launches Namibia - 8th September 2009

Marie Claire (October 2009)
Travel Insider: The latest weekend breaks and stylish getaways.

"With designer lodges, a sensational desert landscape and no jet lag, Namibia is a good choice for a winter adventure. Check out for the best places to stay, from tented camps to elegant B&Bs, starting at £64 a night for two."

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Battered Orange Suitcase - Best Online Resources - 19th August 2009

Online resources for the picky traveler

"Finding hotel and destination information across a barrage of online sources ... can be an exhaustive and overwhelming exercise, particularly for those of us who like to tread off the beaten path, without compromising comfort, vibe or aesthetics.

"I’ve come to realize that exploration and adventure and comfortable chic are not mutually exclusive concepts in the travel space, they’re just a little more difficult to find. Here are two travel sites that seem to have a similar sensibility to mine.

"i-escape - offers a nice selection of “Hip Hideaways and Boutique Hotels.

"36 Hours - NY Times - an excellent resource for tapping into the local zeitgeist... though the 36-hour time period seems a bit ambitious for this traveler."

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The Telegraph - Spain: budget holiday guide - 30th July 2009

How to make your money stretch further when you go on holiday to Spain this summer:

"For an excellent selection of characterful accommodation, from b&bs to boutique hotels, try"

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Sainsburys Magazine: Recession Chic - 28th July 2009

"Watching the pennies doesn't have to mean staying in soulless budget hotels. Take a look at's new recession-chic guide to Europe's hottest hotels, villas and boutique B&Bs for under £100 a night. Casa Sibarita, a stylish 19th-century Spanish townhouse, near Valencia, is just a short drive from the beach, offering rooms at £44 B&B per night all this year. Find this hotel and others on"

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Sweet Peas & Stilettos - The Modern Mommy Guide - 25th July 2009

"Without a doubt i-escape is one of our absolute favorite travel websites. We have used it to plan trips to Thailand, Vietnam and Croatia. The recommendations were all perfect – exactly what we were looking for. When I have the time and the money I will find all of the accommodations for my next big family trip through i-escape. I am thinking Greece or Uruguay next time around…two places I love!"

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