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February 2003 
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Dear Valued Friend,

February can be a dreary month, but we're determined to brighten it up. Start planning a get-away by checking out our special HEI offers, and feel the pressures of everyday life melt away. Even the anticipation of travel does wonders for the soul.

In this issue
Discover Unknown Italy
Discover the unknown, beautiful and tasteful Italy!
This is the second part of our two-part series on some of the less explored regions of Italy.

Our Italian HEI colleague, Mr Paolo Lorenzi, shares more of his favourite places and gives you some tips on where you can find authentic Italian culture while travelling in the Italian province.

This time he presents Ravenna, a unique, historical city that has lent inspiration to famous artists Dante, Boccaccio, Byron and Klimt, Faenza, a splendid city of art whose fame already shone in the Renaissance period of the production of exquisitely made pottery that was exported all over Europe, Terni, a natural amphitheatre surrounded by green hills, and once an impressive Roman municipium, Foggia/S.Giovanni Rotondo, a town already in the 12th century an active agricultural market exporting wool, livestock and wheat. And host to one of the most important farming and livestock fairs in southern Italy, Barletta, an Antic port on the Adriatic coast known for its Disfida between the French and the Italians, its medieval architecture as well as its fine beaches, Bisceglie, a rural and seafacing town which rose in the 10th century as a result of the depopulation of Medieval Casali. Founded by the Normans, it is full of artistic churches and some beautiful Renaissance palaces. And Arezzo, one of the most important of the 12 cities of the Etruscans, which has managed, partly due to its position, to preserve the environmental and architectural character of its most ancient quarter.

To help you save money, Paolo recommends a member hotel in each area.

Read about Ravenna, Faenza, Terni, Foggia, Barletta, Bisceglie and Arezzo »

Special Offers for HEI members
This month we have great city break offers in Europe and a 5-star luxury hotel in Indonesia at very low prices. Choose between The Guards Hotel in London, Rubin Hotel & Business Center in Budapest and Gran Melia in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The hardest part of traveling is deciding where to go, so just make your choice and go now!

Gran Melia Jakarta
Are you looking for luxury? Look no further than our unique 5-star member hotel in the heart of Jakarta.

Jakarta is the main gateway to Indonesia. It is a contrast of modern western architecture and traditional Indonesian culture. Jakarta offers fine restaurants, exciting nightlife and modern shopping centres as well as tourist attractions such as Taman Mini Indonesia Indah {Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park), restored colonial period buildings, marine resorts in the Bay of Jakarta, and an extensive beach recreation complex.


Until 31 December Gran Melia Jakarta has a Special Offer inclusive of Daily Buffet Breakfast, Fruit Basket on arrival day, Daily Local or Local English Newspaper and more, prices starting from as low as USD 110.

Centrally located in the heart of Jakarta's exclusive diplomatic and business district of Kuningan, is Sol Meliá's Asian flagship property, Gran Meliá Jakarta. Just minutes to the main toll road, with easy access to major shopping malls, tourist attractions, and only 30 minutes to get to/from Soekarno - Hatta International Airport.

Gran Meliá Jakarta's azure cladding and distinctive architecture are a dramatic addition to Jakarta ' s increasingly cosmopolitan skyline. Once past the smiling attendant at the door, the visitor 's gaze is drawn up to the cascading ceiling and the intriguing curves and angles of the lobby.

The hotel features 428 guest rooms including 2 Presidential Suites, 33 Suites and 3 Royal Service executive floors, offering comfort and convenience in every detail. Spacious and elegantly furnished, the rooms blend luxury and comfort with a thoughtful dose of practicality.

All rooms have:

Private bathroom with walk in shower & bath tub
IDD telephones
Facsimile line
Personal Safe
Central air - conditioning with individual control
TV ( 24 - hour in house movies)
Radio / piped music
Well-stocked mini bar
Complimentary coffee/tea making facilities
Stationery kits
Hair dryer

The Special Offer Package includes:

Complimentary Daily Buffet Breakfast at Cafe Gran Via for single or double occupancy
Complimentary Fruit Basket on arrival day
Complimentary Daily Local or Local English Newspaper
Complimentary Welcome Drink Voucher at Kelts - Jakarta's First Irish Pub
Free Admission to Swimming Pool and 24-hour Fitness Center / Health Club
Check-in time: from 14.00 hours and check-out time is until 12:00 hours noon
No charge for children up to 12 years sharing room with parents.
Children under 12 years also enjoy 50% discount on buffet meals.
Baby cot available free of charge on request

Prices pr. room/night:

Deluxe room (room only): USD 95 (Single/Double)
Deluxe (including above benefits): USD 110 (Single/Double)
Royal Service Room (Executive Floor) USD 115
including Buffet Breakfast plus the exclusive world of Royal Service benefits (for a list of benefits offered, please see hotel website).

Gran Melia also provides Airport Meet & Greet Service for our guests.

Contact details:

Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. X-0
Jakarta 12950

Tel: 62 21 526 8080 ext. 2030
Fax: 62 21 526 8181

Special offers in London and Budapest »

New Member Hotels
This month we have 68 new hotels in the following countries:

Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Japan, Kenya, Madagascar, Romania, Singapore, Spain, St. Martin, Sudan, United Kingdom and USA.

For more details... »

Online Car Rental
On our Web site you can get some of the best car rental deals online to fit your travel plans. It's fast, easy and secure to book and we select only the major car rental companies for your safety.

1. Log on to our travel guide (follow link below).
2. Click on the link next to the car photo.
3. A new page appears, prompting you to choose your destination and country of residence.

Book online today, and save money with the most popular car rental companies worldwide.
Note that these are Internet-only fares and must be booked online.

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