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GETTYEurostar’s European network became even larger this week

At just three hours and 41 minutes, you’ll be in Amsterdam in time for lunch.

Plant Rail (01347 825 292/planetrail.co.uk) offers a three-night break in Amsterdam from £595 (two sharing), B&B. Outward journey is direct and returns are via Brussels, where passengers will clear security and passport control.

Then it’s just a hop on Eurostar to London. Eurostar (0343 218 6186/eurostar.com) offer one-way fares from £35.

MANOR FROM HEAVEN

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Longueville Manor in Jersey is playing host to a series of chefs

Foodies take note. Longueville Manor in Jersey (01534 725501/ longuevillemanor.com) has just launched its Guest Chef series.

They will collaborate with Longueville Manor’s executive chef Andrew Baird to prepare a range of special dinners.

The evenings start with a Champagne reception followed by a dinner paired with wines. Michael Caines from Lympstone Manor, Devon, will be cooking on March 8.

Two-night stay on Wednesday and Thursday, March 7-8, from £350 (two sharing). Price includes Champagne reception, tour of wine cellar and eight-course tasting menu.

CHECK IN LIKE A CELEB

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Virgin Holidays has come up with the v-hub

There’s nothing more annoying than arriving at your holiday destination, only to have to wait hours to check in to your room.

Now, Virgin Holidays has come up with a simple but ingenious solution. The v-hub is the world’s first arrivals lounge, located in the Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai.

Flights arrive early morning, so you will be transferred to Atlantis to grab your swimming trunks and head in to the park.

There’s also a lounge with coffee and showers.

Virgin Holidays (0344 557 3859/virginholidays.co.uk) offers four nights at Atlantis, The Palm from £789 (two sharing), half board.

GIVE IT SOME WELLIE

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Limited edition Muck Boot

The producer of the most comfortable wellies on the planet, Muck Boot (0800 587 0509/ muckbootcompany.co.uk) has joined up with fabulous fabric designer Emily Bond to create a limited edition range of Tremont boots, available in black (labrador), green (daschund) and red (daschund).

They are waterproof, slimline and feature 4mm of neoprene with mesh lining, which keeps feet cool, and a pull-tab for easy removal. £110.

A WALK IN PARADISE

The spectacular Azores, which are made up of nine islands, have long been a firm favourite with walkers and nature lovers the world over.

From June, Sunvil (020 8758 4722/sunvil.co.uk) will be offering direct flights on Ryanair from Manchester to Ponta Delgada on the main island São Miguel.

Seven nights from £630 (two sharing).

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