There is rarely a better time for a short break than January, and there are plenty of unique travel experiences to be had at great value.
In this week’s Hot List, travelers on a budget can experience luxury spa treatments for a surprising price and put on their skates for New York’s tallest skating rink.
If you like winter sports, you can even learn to ski with former Olympic champions.
If none of these ideas appeal to you, tune in to a new series on Amazon, led by Emma Willis and Fred Sirieix, that takes viewers through inspiring travel destinations with the best food on offer.
You can enjoy that if you want to get away from it all.
A Sirieix test for top chefs
Travel company Tui helped create a TV show for Amazon Prime that celebrates both travel and global cuisine.
During World Cook, 16 top chefs compete for the title of eventual winner as they prepare dishes in Mallorca, Amsterdam, Croatia, Austria, Italy and Mexico. Filmed in a mix of exotic holiday hotspots and hosted by Big Brother’s Emma Willis and First Dates’ Fred Sirieix, it aims to show just how inspiring travel can be when it comes to eating new things.
The jury consists of star chef Marcus Wareing and restaurant critic Grace Dent.
Now available on Amazon Prime
Cheap for the spa price
Perhaps the key to affordable luxury is visiting a spa during the week. With this in mind, Bristol’s Aztec Hotel & Spa has launched its £40 Weekday Wellness Spa Day.
It is available from Monday to Wednesday and includes use of the spa facilities and free drinks in the relaxation area throughout the day. Get afternoon tea from Curious Kitchen and get 25 percent off any treatment.
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skating in the air
New York’s tallest skating rink just opened at the Edge Observation Deck in Hudson Yards. Sky Skate, a 1,000-square-foot energy-efficient, eco-synthetic indoor skating rink on Edge’s Sky Deck, will run through March 14.
However, it is not the perfect day trip for those with a fear of heights. Edge is the tallest open-air skydeck in the Western Hemisphere, offering unparalleled 360-degree views of NYC’s iconic skyline.
The outdoor viewing area rises 350 meters into the air and extends 25 meters from the 100th floor of the 30 Hudson Yards building. It features a beautiful glass floor, slanted glass walls and an outdoor staircase from the 100th to the 101st floor.
Tickets from £40 per person, including Edge entry, skate hire and 30 minutes of skating, are available from edgenyc.com
Skiing with Olympic names
VIP SKI just announced a partnership with ski legends Chemmy Alcott and Graham Bell. Launching two trips this season where you can ski, chat, eat and party with the former Olympians – Bell is in Les Arcs from March 19 and Alcott in Val d’Isère from April 16.
Both are on hand throughout the week to offer advice and support and meet guests for dinner and a Q&A session. Alcott will also teach a ski fitness class and a post-ski yoga class.
Prices start from £1,088 on vip-chalets.com
Artistic power trip
Battersea Power Station’s third annual free festival of lights, which runs until 5 March, brightens up winter evenings.
Eight spectacular works of art by international artists, curated in collaboration with the Light Art Collection, are displayed both outside and inside the monumental building, which first opened to the public in October last year.
In addition to the installations, you can enjoy gourmet treats and drinks from Roti King, Queen Of The Crepes and Simply Hog Roast.
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