Football, fish and the fast-track to flights

By Kate Collins, March 28, 2008

Heathrow has just become the first city in El Al’s network to permit passengers to check in and print an airport authority-compatible final boarding pass at home. A fast drop-off desk means passengers with luggage can arrive two hours 15 minutes before departure, and those without bags just 90 minutes (; 020 7121 1400).

Good news for fish-eaters going south. Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli is opening two restaurants in Brighton. His latest deli-style Zilli’s Café at the city’s new myhotel opened last week, and in May a 120-seat Zilli’s restaurant, serving modern Italian food, will open in the hotel, with outdoor dining in summer (; 01273 900 300).

Jerusalem’s Inbal Hotel, with its charming courtyard for al fresco breakfasts, has opened a new executive floor as part of its near-complete five-year multi-million refurbishment programme. The range of special services for guests staying in executive rooms includes VIP check-in, complimentary mini bar and use of the executive lounge with breakfast, drinks and snacks and free wi-fi (; 00972 2 675 6666).

Sybarites can enjoy a weekend break at the chic Malmaison properties around the UK from £79 room-only (or £129 for dinner, bed and breakfast; £50 supplement for London properties). The offer is valid until April 30 (0845 365 4247;

Paris city-break specialist Allo France are offering cheese and wine tastings. Tasting lunches, at £49, take place at a sommelier’s home and include a wine appreciation class followed by a lunch of cheeses, French bread and tomatoes (and charcuterie, but you can ignore that). The firm is also offering a one-hour introduction to wine at £15 and a Champagne-tasting Seine cruise, £31 (; 01256 843832).

If you are looking for something more energetic for the kids, Soccercamp Marbella is offering a series of daily camps for girls and boys aged five to 16. Based at a top football training venue close to Puerto Banus, all courses are led by FA/UEFA coaches. There is also a new multi-sports programme. Day courses cost 60€ (£47) per single day, up to 298€ (£233) for seven days. A new residential camp, running from July 19 to August 17 for kids aged 12 to 16, costs 895€ (£699) per week, including all tuition, accommodation, meals and lots more (

The elegant, historic city of Bath has its first Relais & Chateaux hotel. The Regency Royal Crescent is the only city-centre hotel in the country to be a member of the prestigious hotel marketing organisation. It joins just 29 others across the UK (

Last updated: 3:38pm, September 10 2008