Great Group Getaways – Hotel and coach holidays
In the second of our four-part series for great group getaways, we take a look at hotel and coach holidays.Brenda Watkinson takes a look at some of the accommodation options available to groups including nationwide chains, smaller specialist chains, hotel and coach holidays, and independent hotels.
Many GTOs state that accommodation is the most important choice when booking a group break and Daish’s Holidays invest continually in their eight hotels to ensure guests have every comfort they need.
The company was founded in 1979 by Jeanne Wilson who opened the Daish’s Hotel in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight and now there are hotels in North Wales, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire and West Sussex in some of the most popular seaside destinations in the UK.
Daish’s also operates a fleet of 22 luxury coaches to offer groups a comfortable and stylish return travel to the hotels from a variety of pick up points around England and Wales.This year has seen a number of major projects including the creation of a new reception, coffee shop and large seafront lounge at the Russell Hotel in Weymouth. The Devonshire Hotel in Torquay has also had a new reception and coffee shop and work is currently underway at the Bournemouth Sands in Dorset on a substantial dining room extension complete with roof terrace. Ten new rooms have been opened at the Somerset Hotel, Llandudno, taking the total up to 86 rooms.
The coach fleet has also been updated with nine new Mercedes Tourismos joining the fleet since 2015.
Over the last 40 years Daish’s has stayed true to its core values to provide comfortable en-suite accommodation, tasty half board dinning including a full cooked breakfast and three course evening meal, live nightly entertainment and above all great value and first class customer service.
An excellent choice of coach holidays is offered by the employee owned company, Alfa Leisureplex Group. Travelling in their fleet of 50 executive coaches including seven new Mercedes, groups can choose holidays both in the UK and throughout Europe with spring and autumn special offers including no single supplement, free lunches, £1 bar promotions and cabaret breaks.
Alfa also offer free place discounts for group organisers with four free places for 48 passengers.In the UK, the Alfa Leisureplex Group own 21 AA 3-star hotels all in stunning locations, including two Scottish hotels at Fort William and Dunoon and four in Wales at Llandudno, Criccieth, Porthcawl and Tenby.
The other 15 hotels are located around the English coastline from Blackpool to Scarborough in the north, Cromer and Great Yarmouth in the east, several hotels along the south coast including Eastbourne, Exmouth, Bognor Regis and two on the Isle of Wight as well as Ilfracombe, Newquay and St Ives.
All the hotels have entertainment most evenings and include free lunches from October to April. New entertainment weekends and midweek breaks at some of the hotels have recently been introduced, along with three-day festive flyer breaks from £99 per person for three days for groups of 30 or more passengers.
For groups looking to holiday in some of best and most scenic areas in Scotland and the North of England, Strathmore Hotels offer groups quality accommodation with their preferential group rates including special discounts such as one free place for groups of 20 or more.
There are some great packaged breaks to choose from including All-Inclusive breaks, Dance holidays, Burns Breaks, Easter, Turkey & Tinsel, Mistletoe & Markets, Drams & Dances, Fizz & Fayre, Christmas, Twixmas, New Year and more. All breaks come with suggested itineraries to take the pressure off the planning process.
With a continual rolling-refurbishment schedule for bedrooms and public areas, Strathmore Hotels is constantly evolving to offer the best value-for-money accommodation. Over the past few years, hundreds of their bedrooms and bathrooms have been completely refurbished to a very high standard along with continual upgrading of public area carpets, lifts, ballrooms and dance floors.
Strathmore Hotels still have availability for 2018 and are already taking bookings for 2019.