As part of i-escape’s awards season, here’s a little reminder of why booking through i-escape offers that ‘feel-good factor’. Not only do we guarantee that you’ll get the best rates when you book with us, but each of our carefully selected hotels provides a special gift or experience. Here are 5 of our favourite exclusive i-escape gifts (given as a thank you for booking through us), guaranteed to make you feel extra special…
At the edge of the Sahara, and a stone’s throw from the famous Erg Chebbi dunes, Kanz Erremal is a magical place. A kasbah-hotel made from local materials, rooms are cool and airy, and the pool has unbeatable desert views. To help i-escape guests take advantage of the amazing setting, the hotel offers a free camel excursion at sunrise or sunset (valid for half-board stays of 3+ nights). Sleeping under the stars at the hotel’s overnight oasis camp is also highly recommended.
The secluded hill-top location of this handsome 18th-century ‘little palace’ is something rather special. Built as a retreat for the bishops of Todi, the villa has been restored to its former glory: cool terracotta floors, traditional hand-painted tiles and immaculate Mediterranean gardens, plus a modern infinity pool overlooking the beautiful Tevere Valley. i-escape guests are invited to try their hand at pottery with a free lesson at a Deruta workshop, for which the region is famous. If available, you’ll also be offered a free room upgrade on arrival.
Why indeed? Well, the infinity pools overlooking the Indian Ocean and flanked by coconut palms and frangipani trees for a start. The ultimate in colonial elegance, this tranquil hideaway prides itself on taking great care of its guests. If you book through i-escape you’ll be invited to take a lesson with Baboo the barman to learn how to make a classic arrack sour cocktail. You’ll also get 5 small bottles of flavoured arrack (coco palm liqueur) to take home.
A remote eco-lodge in the jungle of northern Bali, Munduk Moding is a world away from the package holiday resorts of the south coast. Secluded villas with private hot tubs, a superb restaurant and a stunning cantilevered pool make this a winner for intrepid travellers. To add to the luxury, i-escape guests also receive either a bottle of wine or a 500g bag of Arabica coffee from the plantation, as well as a luxurious 1-hour Balinese massage.
Vismaya means ‘magic place’ and it’s easy to see why. In the heart of Kerala’s backwaters, this 400-year-old chieftain’s house offers complete seclusion and relaxation. Exquisitely restored with teakwood furniture, smooth stone floors and every modern comfort, the interior is cool and calm. Watch the sun set as you sway in a hammock between coconut palms, or relax by the pool amid tropical fruit groves. An hour’s punter-boat tour around the nearby lake and backwaters is included as a thank you for booking through i-escape.