We teamed up with British Airways to bring you a very exciting giveaway, the chance to win flights to a mystery destination as well as tickets to the BAi360. They have some great new flights from London Gatwick that we can’t wait to try out. Luckily for us, we got to fly to the mystery destination ourselves! All we knew is that it would be around 25 degrees and we’d be flying from Gatwick. For some reason, I was convinced it’s Marrakesh whilst Paul thought it could be Madeira or Malta.
We set out bright and early by train to Brighton in Sussex. We were excited to visit the British Airways Ai360, which is the world’s tallest moving observation tower. Since opening in August 2016, it’s one of the most popular days out in Brighton. Designed by Marks Barfield Architects who have good form as the creators of the London Eye, its 138 metres high. It’s located right on the seafront, at the West Pier. Visitors have fantastic 360o views over the surrounding countryside and Brighton from the glass viewing pod. You can even see the Isle of Wight on a really clear day. If all that excitement has made you hungry and thirsty, there’s the West Pier Tea Room for refreshments, the West Beach Bar & Kitchen for seaside dining and the Nyetimber Sky Bar for a glass of British award-winning Nyetimber wine. We hear that their Starry Nights shared Christmas parties are very popular, it’s certainly a fun venue!
Arriving in the West Beach Bar, we were introduced to the charming British Airways Ambassadors, who would reveal our mystery destination to us.
After enjoying a glass of champagne, they spilled the beans on our mystery trip…Tenerife in the Canary Islands! The perfect Winter sun destination, it’s known for its relaxed vibe, great food and friendly people. There are also some lovely beaches or if you’re feeling active, you can hike up the top of Mount Teide, the highest point in Spain.
Check out our video to get a look at the BAi360 and the new BA Gatwick First Lounge, as well as Tenerife and the charming Hotel Botanico where we stayed.
British Airways First Lounge at London Gatwick
After saying our goodbyes to the Ambassadors and their colleagues at the BAi360, we hopped in a car to London Gatwick and the British Airways First Lounge. It’s a relaxing space next to the Business Class lounge, where champagne flows freely and the food is utterly delicious. There were cosy seats, lighting by the Tom Dixon Studio and quite a few power points dotted around, which was handy for us to recharge all our devices. Paul spotted a well-known male model but didn’t point him out to me for fear that I would gawp – well in fairness, I might well have done ;-). The lounge is a real haven from the hustle and bustle of the airport. I’d just make one suggestion, which is to add travel magazines to the selection of business newspapers.
New Routes from London Gatwick
We regularly fly from London Gatwick as it’s quite easy to get to by train so we’re excited that British Airways have some great new routes from the airport, including Limoges and Fort Lauderdale. They’ll be flying four times a week to picturesque Nuremberg in Germany from 30 November – sounds ideal for a city break. Next year, they’ll also have flights several times a week from Gatwick to Las Vegas, Toronto and Oakland in California. Tenerife is a great destination for Winter sun, as the temperature is a constant 25 degrees throughout the year. It never gets too cold or too hot and flowers thrive in this environment.
BA Business Class from London to Tenerife Sur
As luck would have it, there was another celebrity on board our flight – a British singer, songwriter and rapper. It’s nice to have extra space in Business Class, as the middle seat is left empty. There’s extra leg room if you have the exit row seats, as we did on the outbound flight. The highlight for me, however, was the food which was plentiful and very tasty.
Hotel Botanico, Tenerife
We’d visited the South of the island before but never been to the North coast, which is renowned for being unspoiled. With a quieter pace of life than in the South, Puerto de la Cruz is a charming coastal town. Hotel Botanico has a peaceful location in the hills, a short cab ride from town. Our room had a stunning view of Mount Teide and one of the hotel’s pools from the balcony.
As a member of Leading Hotels of the World, standards are high and the spa is particularly impressive. There’s a huge outdoor pool and jacuzzi, a rock cave hot tub and indoor thermal circuit with an ice cave, sauna, Turkish bath and aromatherapy room.
Guests can book an indoor or outdoor massage in the Asian inspired pavilion.
The hotel is set in beautiful tropical gardens, where you’ll spot the two resident black swans and many other birds and fish. All in all, a great place to stay in Tenerife and to soak up some Winter sunshine!
Win Flights and Tickets to BAi360
The competition is now closed. Congratulations to the winners of flights to Tenerife and tickets to the world’s tallest observation tower.
Where would you like to jet away to and why?
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Competition does not include transport to and from Gatwick or Brighton – one entry per person