Dear Member - the new Country Club Travel deals are just published, saving up to 70%. Here are this week’s Top 20 deals saving you more than £2,000 on a suite in Monte-Carlo—or save over 70% on a beach-front escape in Sardinia—and introducing the Sunday Times 'Hotel of the Year'. Book a London hotel during Chelsea Flower Show without paying inflated rates—and with a free bottle of Champagne! Snap up a suite at the glamorous Athenaeum London and save up to 70%. Also featured—The Best in Travel, starting with: This Week's Best Sun and Sea Deals in Europe: Best Hotels in London: Best Free Country Breaks in England: See the full range of Country Club travel deals, from Patagonia to Portugal, Majorca to Montenegro, the Maldives and Morocco, Saint Lucia, Grenada, the Greek Islands, Italy, France and more: Click here to see these handpicked resorts and hotels: Read on for a taste of these exciting new deals!


Helicopter in: 2 nights in a 5-star Monaco suite: save £2,000



Fly into Monaco by helicopter to stay at a legendary waterfront five-star hotel, the Monte-Carlo Beach for two luxurious nights in a 60 square metre junior suite. Breakfast in the renowned Michelin Star 100% organic restaurant, Elsa, and dine on the six-course Dégustation Menu created by Michelin-starred Chef Paolo Sari. Bask in the sun on the private beach, dress to the nines and try your luck in the oldest casino in Monte-Carlo, the glamorous Casino de Monte-Carlo . . . if all this sounds like fun, you might just enjoy our latest Country Club deal. This will be a fabulous two-night break in the lap of luxury, costing the rest of the world a cool £4,380 for two. The first Club Member to snap it up will have the exclusive rate of £2,305—or just £1,152.50 each, including return flights from London and helicopter flights into Monaco and saving you more than £2,000.



Tempted? No surprise there! The Monte-Carlo Beach has attracted the international jetset since it opened in the Twenties. It is a luxurious 40-bedroom Art Deco landmark hotel, part of the glitteringly beautiful Monte-Carlo coastline, elegantly restored at an eyewatering cost of 51 million francs. It has the atmosphere and style of a Riviera club. As its director, Danièle Garcelon, says, ‘Our location is marvellous—between the sky, the sea and the greenery of the surrounding pines.’ It is thoroughly glamorous and totally relaxed.

Whether you have a passion for the summer sun, the waterfront, the style, sophistication—and perhaps the casinos—this hotel is perfect. A stay here, relaxing by the pool and bar, or on the private beach or in the full-service spa, dining in gourmet seafront restaurants, exploring the pleasures of Monte-Carlo or simply luxuriating in your own private suite with its loggia overlooking the Mediterranean, it will envelop you in the luxury and relaxation of the Riviera.



Part of this stay means you become a Cercle Monte-Carlo Club Member at the invitation of the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer—giving you complimentary access to the Casino de Monte-Carlo, its elegant salons world famous not merely due to its prominence in James Bond films but because when it opened in 1863 it was the original Monte-Carlo casino. The card also gives you free shuttle transportation around the resort, free access to the Beach Club, the swimming pool and private beach, free access to the aqua-fitness area at the seawater spa, Les Thermes Marins de Monte Carlo, including the large heated seawater pool, Turkish bath, sauna and cardio training centre with panoramic sea views, and last, but by no means least, it gives you 50% off fees at the Monte-Carlo Golf Club and Country Club.



As for your sea-view Junior Suite, this is one of only five in the hotel, a full 60 square metres with a loggia giving views of the sea and pine forest. It has a lounge and separate master bedroom with two walk-in closets, two marble bathrooms—one a shower room, the second a bathroom with bath and TV screen embedded in the mirror.

To reach this glamorous retreat you can sail in to the private jetty on your yacht, or take the train from Paris (five hours) or Milan (just over four), or take the short (seven minute) helicopter flight from Nice, which is included in this Country Club deal, as is your return economy flight from London to Nice (if you prefer car transport from Nice to the hotel, that can be arranged instead). You can book your two-night midweek stay, including breakfasts and a Dégustation Menu six-course dinner for two in the Michelin Star restaurant, Elsa, from now until October 15, subject to availability when booking and excluding major attraction dates such as the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco (May 25-28). To be first to check availability and book, call the Member Services team on 020 7399 2960 or email your requested dates here.

¶ Club deals save up to 70% on hotel rack rates: click here to see the exciting new Country Club travel rates across the world.


Jazz and more in Saint-Germain, Paris



If you love jazz, a good place to be in May is Paris. Here in the Left Bank district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés you will feel the soul of the city as international musicians perform in bars and on café terraces. This world renowned festival runs this year from May 11 to 22. And the Country Club hotel rates in this Left Bank hotspot are superb, saving up to 50% off rates.

Since 2001, the ‘Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés’ festival has been an opportunity to hear the most prestigious jazz musicians and the hottest new talents showing off their skills in the area's legendary venues. At La Sorbonne, the Odéon Theatre, the University of Science-Po or at the Senate building, this charming district on Paris's Left Bank offers a stunning backdrop for the hundreds of musicians who feature each year. Among the emblematic musicians who have appeared at the festival are Dee Dee Bridgewater, Brad Meldhau, Richard Galliano and Manu Dibango.



Whether you enjoy jazz or simply wish to soak up the atmosphere of this intellectual hub for artists, writers and thinkers including Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre, Saint-Germain is full of colourful outdoor cafés and boutiques, as well as all the art and culture you expect. Here and neighbouring Saint-Honoré are the place to stay for Left Bank cool in boutique hotels, both five star and four.



Take, for example, the fabulous five star Hotel Montelembart, mentioned by Nancy Mitford in her pre-war classic, 'The Pursuit of Love'. And our new find, Hotel Chavanel, an artistic gem of an hotel of which hardly anybody has ever heard, but which makes you want to return again and again. It was brought to our attention by the owner herself, Sophie Charlet-Melloul. She is not the usual hotelier: Hotel Chavanel was left to her by a relative—and this explains the style, and the care which she lavishes on every detail.



Hotel Chavanel has a certain je ne sais quoi, as they say. It is also feminine without being fussy—fashionista, but sensible. As a Country Club Member you can stay in a Junior Suite with a unique view across the rooftops of Paris, from just £193 for two including breakfast, instead of £393, saving £200 per night, which equates to saving over 50% on the best rates available elsewhere. Click for details.



Not forgetting Members’ favourite Hotel Aviatic in Saint-Gérmain, an historic boutique hotel recently renamed Hotel Luison, where Club rates start at £105 per night for two. For details and more Country Club deals at Paris hotels, click here.


This week's best sun and sea deals

Hotspots for Members booking sun and sand holidays this week are two super deals within three hours' travel time of the UK.



Top billing for sun, sea, fabulous views and country-house luxury goes to our legendary five-star country mansion on the Spanish coast at Castell-Platja d’Aro, Girona, with scintillating views across the bay, within an hour of Barcelona airport. Your exclusive Country Club rates are from £181.75 for two, saving up to 70% off rack rates. This is Hotel de la Gavina, an historic mansion-house resort with gourmet restaurants, pool, spa and much else. Click for details or call Member Services on 020 7399 2960.



First, a charming, sun-baked deluxe four-star with stupefying views of the turquoise sea in Sardinia with Club rates from £147.90 for two including breakfast, saving 53% off rack rates. This is Due Lune, a genuinely friendly country-style Sardinian hotel on a stunning beach, with highly-rated food, a spa and nine-hole golf course. Click for details or call Member Services on 020 7399 2960.



Both make a long weekend or a longer stay—and even now the weather is great. The current 10-day weather forecast for Hotel de La Gavina is mostly sun with highs of 23°C and by June this will be xx. The 10-day forecast for Sardinia even now is mainly sunny with highs of 27°C, and by June it will be xx. To put this into perspective, today in London it is 12°C!

These hotels are busy throughout the summer, and the Club rates are good—so please check availability now—call Member Services on 020 7399 2960.


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It's Chelsea again! Best London rates



The London Season opens this month with Chelsea Flower Show (May 23-28) and with it the growth in rates at London hotels! To limit the damage and reduce your costs—whether you are going to Chelsea or simply want to book an hotel in London during the Chelsea dates—you can take advantage of your low Country Club rates.

Take, for example, the Grange Wellington in Vincent Square—in easy walking distance of Chelsea Flower Show. Here you can book from Friday to Sunday from £122 for two plus VAT (total £146.40), or from £168 plus VAT (£201.60) from



Monday to Thursday, including English breakfast, free room upgrade if available on arrival, free Wifi and free welcome drink. The usual rate is £238 including continental breakfast. Click here to check availability on your dates, or call the Member Services team on 020 7399 2960.

The best deal in town has to be at the Queen Mother's former London home, Grange Strathmore in Queensgate, in striking distance of Chelsea and Knightsbridge, and not too far from Mayfair and St James's. Country Club rates here start at £112 for



two plus VAT (total £134.40), again including full English breakfast, free room upgrade and drink on arrival. Click here for availability on your dates, or call the Member Services team on 020 7399 2960.

Or stay in luxury at the Ritz. Our year-round Club rates start at £291.67 plus VAT (total £350), with a complimentary bottle of Champagne on ice when you arrive, and a free room upgrade if available. Rack rates are from £875 and although



rate deals on the web can be found, with the Champagne adding another £90 a bottle the Country Club deal at The Ritz is superb. Plus—if you lunch or dine in the Michelin-star Ritz Restaurant you and your guests will each receive a complimentary glass of Champagne (usually £19 a glass): the delicious daily changing three-course lunch set menu is now £52. Click here for details about staying at The Ritz, click here for an instant availability check, or call the Member Services team on 020 7399 2960.

Save up to 70% off rack rates at London hotels: click for Country Club deals.

Suite success at the Athenaeum



There is one hotel on Piccadilly which has its own veritable Chelsea Flower Show climbing up the outer walls—the Athenaeum Hotel & Residences, a privately owned five-star overlooking Green Park. This hotel needs no introduction—it has been a Mayfair landmark since 1850, when as Hope House it housed one of Europe’s greatest private collections of Old Master paintings. And as the Athenaeum it is renowned as the favourite hotel of Steven Spielberg, Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford—and many of our Members. Michael Douglas was so enrapturedthe manager, Sally Bulloch, to 'getting your raincoat caught in a fast-departing roller-coaster.’

It has recently undergone a massive refurbishment, creating a light-filled, spacious environment and can truly take its place as one of the best hotels in the West End. In celebration, we have new Club rates starting at £205 per night and saving up to 50% off the rack rate. And for an even more swish statement you are invited to enjoy special rates in a beautiful, newly decorated and furnished Mayfair Suite.

The rest of the world usually pay up to £846 per night for the 40 square metre Mayfair Suite with its airy, open-plan sitting area and king-size bed—but the first Member to book will save up to 70%, enjoying the Country Club rate of only £211.50 plus VAT per night. This is a one-and-only Country Club deal—to be first to bag a Mayfair Suite at £211.50 plus VAT (total £253.80), call Member Services on 020 7399 2960 to check availability on your preferred date.

Save up to 70% off rack rates at London hotels: click for Country Club deals.
¶ Click here now to see the exciting new Country Club Travel deals.


Newsflash: The UK's 'Hotel of the Year'



The Cotswolds are beautiful at this time of year. This picture-postcard world of sleepy villages, gentle hillsides, dry-stone walls, stately homes, woodlands and honey-coloured stone houses is a treasure. There is much to explore, but don’t miss the delightful village of Painswick with its lovely Rococo garden—and its beautiful country-house hotel, The Painswick—proud holder of the latest Sunday Times Hotel of the Year Award.

The Painswick is a fabulous country manor hotel with an excellent restaurant—and the good news is that The Painswick has just joined the Club country-house portfolio—and Members’ rates start at only £124.17 plus VAT for two sharing, including VAT, full English breakfast and guaranteed room upgrade on booking.

This new deal is just in time to book if you are planning to visit the RHS Malvern Spring Festival (May 11-14). Currently The Painswick has availability on the Thursday and Sunday—and it is a 45-minute drive from the Malvern showground.

To check availability and rate deals for your dates in May or June, call Member Services on 020 7399 2960 or click here to send an email.
 

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Best hotels in central London

Save up to 70% off rack rates with exclusive Country Club deals at the Top Ten finest hotels in London, and more.

The Ritz
Mayfair, London



Palatial gilded French chateau setting off Piccadilly and Green Park, one of the world’s top hotels with faultless service and, now, a Michelin-star restaurant.
Rack rates from £875. Country Club rates from £291.67 for two plus VAT, including complimentary bottle of Champagne and complimentary room upgrade if available on arrival. Complimentary glass Champagne in the Ritz Restaurant at lunch or dinner.

Check availability for your dates.


The Savoy
Covent Garden, London



One of the world’s legendary grand hotels, exuding Art Deco glamour and style on the banks of the Thames, and including a restaurant where our Members receive free Champagne!
Rack rates from £750. Country Club rates from £290 for two plus VAT, including complimentary bottle of wine and complimentary room upgrade if available on arrival. Complimentary glass Champagne at lunch or dinner in Kaspar’s restaurant.
Check availability for your dates.


The Goring
Belgravia, London



A favourite family owned and run hotel with a Michelin-star restaurant.
Rack rates from £512. Country Club rates from £270 for two plus VAT. Complimentary room upgrade if available on arrival.
Check availability for your dates.


The Stafford
Mayfair, London



A hidden five-star delight in its own mews off St James’s Street with a new speciality game restaurant.
Rack rates from £650. Country Club rates from £275 for two plus VAT, including full English breakfast, complimentary room upgrade and welcome drink. Free Champagne in The Game Bird Restaurant.
Check availability for your dates.


Royal Park
Hyde Park, London



Elegant boutique hotel created from three Grade II listed townhouses in what was once described as ‘quite the finest street in London’.
Rack rates from £258. Country Club rates from £159 for two plus VAT. Includes Continental breakfast and free room upgrade if available on arrival.
Check availability for your dates.


Rosewood London
Holborn, London



Elegant, sophisticated and laid back, a grand city hotel in the new style.
Rack rates from £735. Country Club rates from £235 for two plus VAT. Complimentary room upgrade if available on arrival.
Check availability for your dates.


The Draycott
Chelsea, London



More like a private townhouse than an hotel, The Draycott has an air of gentility with charming rooms and a drawing room opening on to a large, tranquil garden.
Rack rates from £375. Country Club rates from £161 for one and £193 for two sharing, plus VAT. Complimentary room upgrade if available on arrival.
Check availability for your dates.


One Aldwych
Covent Garden, London



Stylish independently owned retreat minutes from the Royal Opera House.
Rack rates from £499. Country Club rates from £259 for two plus VAT. Includes continental breakfast and complimentary room upgrade if available on arrival.
Check availability for your dates.


Royal Horseguards
Whitehall, London



The Royal Horseguards stands like an historic London landmark opposite Horseguards Parade. The 280 bedrooms and suites offer full modern facilities, and our Members enjoy great rates!

Rack rates from £350. Country Club rates from £187.50 for two plus VAT. Includes full English breakfast and complimentary room upgrade if available on arrival.
Check availability for your dates.


The Langham
Marylebone, London



One of London's oldest grand hotels, located off Regent Street with a fine dining restaurant, Roux at the Landau.
Rack rates from £529. Country Club rates from £229 for two plus VAT (Fri-Sun) and £285 for two plus VAT (Mon-Thur). Includes complimentary room upgrade if available on arrival. Also 15% off food and beverage throughout the hotel, including Roux at the Landau.
Check availability for your dates.


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London clubs: residential

How many of us would like to be a member of another London club, but cannot really justify the annual fees? As a Member of Country Club you have free reciprocal membership of several clubs in London, Paris and elsewhere.

Here, just three of the London clubs where you have free reciprocal membership. And as they are residential, you can stay the night at Members' rates:



The Fox Club
Mayfair, London



Once the townhouse home of Charles James Fox, an 18th-century Whig MP, the Fox Club is just off Piccadilly, near Green Park. It has a comfortable bar and lounge, and just nine rooms and suites, room rates starting at £175 plus VAT for two, including Continental breakfast. Click to check availability for your dates or call us on 020 7399 2960.


The Naval Club
Mayfair, London



The Naval Club occupies a handsome Georgian town house between Berkeley Square and Park Lane. Our Members are reciprocal members here, and can stay, dine and meet family and friends. Weekend room rates start at £83.34 plus VAT for one, and £108.34 plus VAT for two sharing, including full English breakfast. Midweek rates start at £110.84 plus VAT for one and £154.17 plus VAT for two. Click to check availability for your dates or call Member Services on 020 7399 2960.

The St James's Club
St James’s, London



Your reciprocal five-star club and hotel in the heart of London's St James's, midway between St James's Palace and The Ritz Hotel. Rooms start at £245 plus VAT, including full English breakfast. Click to check availability for your dates or call Member Services on 020 7399 2960.


Best free country breaks

Save up to 70% off rack rates with Country Club Top Three free breaks. You stay free for two-night breaks for two—you pay only for breakfast and dinner each day. Here are just three of the great country hotel deals in our Free Breaks Portfolio:



Charingworth Manor
Chipping Campden, Cotswolds

Archetypal Cotswolds manor house: a honey-coloured stone Tudor-Jacobean mansion with views across its own gardens and 50-acre estate.
Dinner and breakfast: Country Club deal £69.50 per person including VAT and service. Free accommodation. To check availability, call Member Services on 020 7399 2960 or click here to email.


Grinkle Park
Near Whitby, North Yorkshire




Grinkle Park stands on a 3,000-acre estate in stunning countryside between the North York Moors and the north-east Yorkshire coast, nine miles from Guisborough and in easy reach of Whitby. Winner of the Good Shoot Guide Best Hotel, it is a fine location for indulging in some serious sport—or nothing more challenging than an enjoyable breath of fresh country air. This is a wonderful place for walking the dogs and for driving around the moors, the coast and the historic castles, abbeys and gardens of Yorkshire.
Dinner and breakfast: Country Club deal £58.95 per person including VAT and service. Free accommodation. To check availability, call Member Services on 020 7399 2960 or click here to email.


Lindeth Howe
Lake Windermere, Cumbria




Members' favourite Lake District hotel on Lake Windermere near Bowness. Delicious food in lovely surroundings with a large garden and lake views.
Dinner and breakfast: Country Club deal £61.50 per person including VAT and service. Free accommodation. To check availability, call Member Services on 020 7399 2960 or click here to email
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The Country Club Flight Desk
Best flight deals in world travel




We offer flight deals in all classes to every destination, within Europe and worldwide, with the leading airlines. Our preferred top-line partners include British Airways, Emirates, Virgin, Malaysian Airlines and Qatar Airlines, and there are many more. One of our recent flight deals to Dubai with Emirates, for example, cost a mere £153 return, plus airport tax of about £200.

To check the best flight deals we need your destination, preferred dates and class of travel and the number of passengers. Just call us on 020 7399 2960 or click here to email your details direct to the Country Club Flight Desk.


London airports
Hotels and parking




Country Club savings on rates at London airport hotels, including car parking and access to airport lounges, make travelling smoother and easier on the wallet. To check rates, just let us know your dates and times of travel, airport terminal, and number of passengers. We will do the rest, and make great savings. Click here to email or call Member Services on 020 7399 2960.


London airports
Airport lounges




Flying is a great deal more comfortable when you use an airport lounge, so all our Members receive discounts on the main UK airport lounges (and our Connoisseur Members book their UK airport lounges without charge). For more details and bookings, please call Member Services on 020 7399 2960 or click here to send an email.

¶ All Club rates and offers are subject to availability at the time of booking and our usual terms and conditions.




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