Get planning your next holiday

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Planning your holiday can be an exciting time; with the promise of a far off beach and lazy days away from the stress of urban living that is hard to resist. Most often we fail to plan our holiday and suffer disappointment with the chosen destination. Giving proper consideration to what you want out of a holiday may help in deciding on the perfect destination. Simple steps to guide you through would be: 1. What do you want from a holiday destination – is it a beach, peace and quiet, culture or action-packed adventure? 2. How far do you want to travel – are you comfortable with taking a long-haul drive or prefer a closer option? 3. What type of climate would you prefer – warm or cold? 4. What is your budget? For HSBC holidaymakers, the options may spoil them for choice, as with over 40 of the best hotel properties offering the perfect holiday experience, cardholders can choose their favoured holiday hotspot.  They can combine their holiday to include a bit of culture, beach and hill country experience with their family and friends, with extended lodging deals valid until 30 October 2013. As the South is most likely to be the pick of choice, with its energy and life force, best beaches and a myriad of exciting things to do, cardholders can choose to make their abode at several popular hotels. With HSBC’s Cardholder Dines Free offered at Club Bentota – Bentota, Tree Resort – Bentota and Cocoon Resorts – Induruwa cardholders are benefited of a 50% discount on double rooms. In addition, they can look forward to substantial discounts at The Heritance – Ahungalla, The Sands – Kalutara, Roman Lake – Balapitiya, Madu Gaga Villa – Balapitiya, Michelle Boutique Hotel – Balapitiya, Avani Bentota, Taprospa Foot Prints – Beruwala, Roman Beach – Balapitiya, The Surf – Bentota, Heritage – Weligama, River House – Balapitiya, The Safari Hotel – Tissa, Taprospa, Tissamaharama, Mandara Resort – Mirissa and Mandara Rosen – Kataragama. Travellers to the ‘Cultural Triangle’ or the cultural capital Kandy can equally be benefited with HSBC ‘Cardholder Stays Free,’ at Swiss Residence – Kandy and other generous lodging deals at The Lake – Polonnaruwa, Heritage – Dambulla, Heritage – Ambepussa and Habarana as well as Ceylon Hotels Corporation Rest Houses in Mihintale and Sigiriya. For a scenic travel up-country, planed by lush green tea estates, the central hills is a great place for an invigorating holiday experience. Here cardholders can spend a retreat at Orient Hotel – Bandarawela, Heritage – Pussellawa and Ceylon Hotels Corporation Rest Houses in Belihuloya, Ella and Kithulgala. While distance can be a concern for holiday makers who have a shorter window for travel, sprawling Negombo in the West coast offers plenty of excitement with a stretch of inviting beach area and lagoon, which is also a popular tourist spot. Cardholders can enjoy an affordable stay at Club Hotel Dolphin – Negombo, St. Lachlan – Negombo, Aarya Lagoon – Kalpitiya and Pegasus Reef – Wattala. The country’s north and east coast promises so much to explore and to experience, with unspoiled and pristine beaches that are worth a visit. HSBC credit cardholders have the option of choosing from Taprospa Palm Leaves – Jaffna and Ceylon Hotels Corporation Rest House – Medawachchiya to enjoy a comfortable abode. Nilantha Bastian, Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, stated: “We are happy to have built a strong platform in the lodging category that has helped impel both inbound and outbound travel among our customers. Given that this is a time for holiday planning and family time, we are happy to extend valuable savings along with cardholder stays free deals at a number of properties covering the island and beyond. We trust cardholders will plan ahead to avoid disappointment with a chance to spend a well-earned holiday of their choice in their preferred holiday destination.” HSBC has also made holidaying in Maldives a possibility with holiday specials at Paradise Island Resort and Spa, Sun Island Resort and Spa, Holiday Island Resort and Spa and Royal Island Resort and Spa in Maldives. For more details on holiday offers cardholders can visit