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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2005 20:25:38 EST
Subject: Turkish Delight a la Hollandaise

Hi all,

All of you who have booked, or expressed an interest, in the IFAS Eclipse 
trip to Turkey in March 2006, should already have got David Bell's email setting 
out the new proposal.

I'll repeat the bones of it below, just to provide 'belt & braces', and in 
case any others want to try to get in on the trip at the last moment!

But here's some background information for new additions to the list, and 
others:

We had originally agreed in principle a deal with a GB based operator, which 
would have involved flying from London Stansted, so that we would all have had 
to make our own way to Stansted to board the flight there. The hotel was the 
5* Sheraton, which looked wonderful. All told, it looked a great offer, as we 
set it out for you originally. I was just about to confirm it with them, when 
Jouke de Ruiter told us of the possibility of a better offer from a major 
Dutch operator, flying from Ireland via Amsterdam to Antalya. We felt bound to 
investigate this on your behalf, and to cut a very long story short, David, Jouke 
& I (principally Jouke, I must say!) negotiated the even better deal which is 
set out below.

The gist of it is that we have got an even better hotel, in an ideal 
location, at an even lower price, with Half Board provision, and it should cost no 
more to fly from Dublin or Belfast to Amsterdam than it would to fly to Stansted. 
We hope to make those flights part of the actual package (at extra cost which 
would then become part of the inclusive cost), but if not it will just be a 
case of booking your own flights to Amsterdam instead of to Stansted. There are 
suitable flights, at very reasonable prices, early on the Saturday morning, 
in plenty of time to connect with the flight from Amsterdam to Antalya.

All in all, it seems a fantastic deal, & I hope you're all as pleased as we 
are! We have to sort out some final details such as costs of single supplement, 
& family rooms, which we will pass on to you asap.

David is too modest to decribe the major work he has done in getting all the 
deposit payments into our Swiss bank account - Only joking folks!  
We'll wait until you have paid the final balance.....

  ;-)  

But seriously, he has done a massive job very well, and in case you are 
wondering, there are two separate copies of all your payment details & requirements 
on two other IFAS computers, in case he happens to get hit by an asteroid or 
something. The bank A/C is in Limerick, BTW! 

Here are the basic details of the package as of now:

Date of departure:                         Saturday 25th March 2006
Return date:                                 Saturday 1st April 2006
Number of persons:                       approx. 120
Cost                                             Euro 459.00 per person 
sharing
Accommodation:                           Hotel Hillside Su*****

We will be flying to Amsterdam, but note that the cost of the flight from 
Dublin and Belfast to there is not included here, and Aer Lingus refuses to give 
us a price so far ahead. But the cost at this time is about 100 euro, (£50 
from Belfast), return, and it shouldn't increase by much, if at all, for next 
March.

We will have to arrange our own insurance, so that any disputes are governed 
by our own local laws. David is looking into putting together a package 
specifically for the trip for those who don't already have their own, and will let 
you know the outcome in due course. We don't at this moment know if he can do 
it for North and South, or whether two separate deals would be necessary.

Neither do we know yet what the single supplement is, but he has asked Jouke 
to find out.

The hotel is the Hillside Su Hotel which is reputed to be the best new luxury 
hotel in Antalya! It is located in Konyaalti, Antalya and has a magnificent 
beach with "Blue Flag" status. This ultra-modern comfortable hotel has every 
amenity you can imagine and is located near the center of Antalya too. Hillside 
Su features 295 rooms including 39 suites, 1 Presidential suite and 1 
specially designed suite. Rooms have balconies where you can relax, 24 hour room 
service and twice-daily maid service, mood lighting, direct dial telephone, voice 
mail system, air-conditioning, interactive T.V. (Satellite system), direct 
internet, maxi-bar with 100 different products, safe deposit box, smoke alarm and 
private bathroom with shower. Activities include a variety of water sports, 
such as Catamaran, Jet Ski, parasailing, windsurfing and more. Keep fit in the 
gym or aqua gym, or play tennis and squash. Entry to Aqualand is free for 
Hillside Su guests. There are dolphin shows on Saturdays and Sundays and you can 
actually swim with the dolphins! 

Hillside Su is a spa hotel. You can pamper yourself with massages, body 
treatments and beauty treatments of all types. Enjoy the Turkish bath, sauna; steam 
room indoor or outdoor swimming pools. Here, discover Balinese secrets of 
health, beauty and rejuvenation. Sit back, relax and be transported to another 
world. Treatments include massages, body therapies and spa baths. (These all 
sound so wonderful that I  can't bear to set them in full out again!)

Hillside Su also features state-of-the-art working spaces equipped with the 
highest technologies, designed to meet all your business needs. Creative 
settings, relaxing interiors and complete catering facilities.There are six 
restaurants in Hillside Su, where you may enjoy every type of cuisine and the best 
sushi in town, also three bars and a shopping arcade. 

The basic price includes a twin or double room with land view, if you want a 
sea view room there's a 40 euro supplement per person.

Included in the price:

Flight Amsterdam – Antalya by Onur Air v.v.
Transfers Airport – Hotel v.v.
Airport tax 2006
Accommodation in a double room with 2 persons sharing, landview
7 nights stay at Half Board (breakfast and dinner)
All meals will be served as Buffet meals
Use of the facilities of the accommodation such as swimmingpools, bar, 
lounge, etc
Contribution to bond fund
Travel documents for your whole group

Not included in the price:
Personnal expenses
Lunches
Insurance (compulsory, for each person)
Tips and porterage fees
Optional excursions
Transport to the actual eclipse viewing site.

Hope you all agree that that's hard to beat, for the price!

And you'll be glad to know that the latest weather information from Fred 
Espenak & J Anderson confirms that we have about a 70% chance of clear sky at 
Antalya, or maybe a bit more with our plans to travel to the best location on the 
day.

Just over a year to go folks - in fact we'll be leaving in exactly one year 
from today!

Clear Skies,

Terry Moseley

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