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Using Tint for Travel
A Night Less Ordinary: Toilet Hotel Japan
A Night Less Ordinary: What is Glamping
A Night Less Ordinary : Hotel Silken Puerta America
A Night Less Ordinary: Garamisu Cave Hotel
Happy words from happy customers
A night less ordinary: Hotel Kakslautten
Purple Travel reviews direct from our customers
Thank You again for your Purple Travel Holiday Reviews!
Purple Travel Video Invasion Day 29

Using Tint for Travel

Online is a big world and I think Tint is going to help our company Purple Travel make a splash. We aim to find customers the best price on holidays to destinations all over the world.

Tint is a social sharing platform which lets brands curate and aggregate their social media feeds in one place. Basically Tint displays pretty much every important social channel – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc. It’s incredibly easy to edit and you have complete control over what you want to post. By using a specific hashtag e.g. #PurpleTravel it will narrow down all the content from your social feeds to include that one hashtag. It’s perfect for specific campaigns or holiday offers.

After a recent rebrand and new website, we wanted something that was really impressive, progressive and stands out. Our team created the Purple Travel Social Lounge where guests can engage and share pictures and posts and we can showcase our most important content. Using Tint we created a wall of content that updates almost in real time and refreshes automatically so our customers can enjoy the best of our social channels.


Using Tint for travel and the industry is a no brainer. Travel Industry social sharing is all about the visual and Tint is able to package that in one space that is totally customisable by the customer.

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A Night Less Ordinary: Toilet Hotel Japan

In this weekly series, we scour the world in search of the most weird and wonderful hotels. From cave hotels to converted prisons, capsule pods to underwater guestrooms, you can expect only the unexpected. This week, our number one choice is this Toilet Hotel Japan.

What’s the gimmick? Where else can one enjoy room service while on the toilet than in Japan? The Nakanoshima Hotel (a.k.a. the world’s worst honeymoon idea) is a small, but luxurious, fully functioning public bathroom. Located in downtown Osaka, fenced by two rushing rivers, this one-room facility boasts an ivory-sheeted bed, a stylish desk, fresh-cut flowers and a prominent opening in the wall marked with a male figure on the right and female on the left. Through this opening, a stream of citizens flow in hopes of emptying their bladders.

You should read: Top weird ways to travel on holiday

Why stay? Stay if the idea of waking up to a cleaner mopping up urine from the tiles is intriguing to you. This hotel is less a place to spend an uncomfortable night and more a piece of tongue-in-cheek public art. Crafted by Tatzu Nishi (the guy who put a room six storeys high in New York’s Columbus statue), the hotel is his celebration of the everyman’s commode. On the other hand, it is thoroughly disinfected and designed to be comfortable even though you can still hear people using the toilet in the other side of the wall.

The Wow Factor: Although this is the part in which we usually tell of high-class spas and ultra snazzy decor, this is a toilet for God’s sake, there’s not really much of a wow going on here…

You should read: A Night Less Ordinary : Boot Bed ‘n’ Breakfast

  • Entrance to the Toilet hotel Japan from Purple Travel
  • Exterior Toilet Hotel Japan from Purple Travel
  • Toilet Hotel Japan from Purple Travel

A Night Less Ordinary: What is Glamping

In this weekly series, we scour the world in search of the most weird and wonderful hotels. From cave hotels to converted prisons, capsule pods to underwater guestrooms, you can expect only the unexpected. This week, we find out what is Glamping at the Canonici di san Marco.

What’s the gimmick? Ever heard of glamping? Glamping, made famous in The Only Way is Essex series, is glamorous camping a.k.a. all the fun and closeness to nature that camping offers without the worry of creepy crawlies, endless days without a shower and not so endless rolls of toilet paper. Cononici di san Marco in Venice offers a series of beautiful camping lodges, situated in 15,000 square metres of parkland.

You should read: Top weird ways to travel on holiday

Why stay? Each Lodge sleeps 2-6 guests, with a a spacious bedroom and a lounge area. Stay to enjoy beautiful 360 degree views over wheat fields, with enthralling countryside, native trees and stupendous flower displays at your doorstep. Here  you will feel immersed in nature without having to give up modern comforts. Aside from the experience, the Lodges, created on a raised wooden floor, are ideally located for a day packed with adventure in Venice or the nearby cities of Padua and Treviso. Your holiday here can be a cultural, social, gastronomic or sporting stay – the choice is entirely up to you.

The Wow Factor: Inside the Lodges you will find soap necklaces from perfumed Provence, candelabras and candles for romantic moonlit moments, crystal champagne flutes and DOC Prosecco wine. Swap uncomfortable sleeping bags for charming four-poster beds with white tulle mosquito nets and colonial style fans. Forget tents and enjoy stunning antique sofas and armchairs that once graced the houses of Italian grandparents, now transformed into original and unique seats.  And most importantly, instead of smelling like a farmyard animal, enjoy long, hot soaks in big bathtubs from England, transformed into modern shower fittings with antique cast-iron heaters.

You should read: A Night Less Ordinary: Boot Bed ‘n’ Breakfast

Prices start from 120 euros per person a night. Click here for details.

A Night Less Ordinary : Hotel Silken Puerta America

In this weekly series, we scour the world in search of the most weird and wonderful hotels. From cave hotels to converted prisons, capsule pods to underwater guestrooms, you can expect only the unexpected. This week, Hotel Silken Puerta América in Madrid.

What’s the gimmick? The Hotel Silken Puerta América is a masterpiece of architecture and design. A 5 Star luxury hotel, Hotel Silken ushers guests into innovative spaces, with each of the floors being designed by one of the 19 world-renowned architects and artists who were chosen to work on the hotel (these include including Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel and Zaha Hadid). The 12 guestroom floors were each created in the vision of the unique international architect they represent, giving the rooms individualized design and décor.

You should read… weird ways to travel on holiday

Why stay? For a truly different experience each time you stay. Guests choose from photos of available room designs on arrival, all of which have 1 queen-size or 2 twin beds, and flat-screen LCD TVs.

The Wow Factor: The Hotel Silken Puerta América Madrid is an eclectic, daring space that does not sell comfort short. Rooms with luxury in their finest detail entice guests to interact with them, to touch, to see, to breathe and smell. In short, Hotel Silken is a unique space that stands out especially for its quality and wide range of service, not just its futuristic design. Think indoor pools, a Turkish bath and a top-floor bar with incredible views of Madrid.

Prices start from £170 a night. Click here for details.

A Night Less Ordinary: Garamisu Cave Hotel

Garamisu Cave Hotel

In this weekly series, we scour the world in search of weird hotels and wonderful holiday concepts. From space hotels to converted prisons, capsule pods to underwater guestrooms, you can expect only the unexpected.

A rocky night’s sleep: Garamisu Cave Hotel

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Happy words from happy customers

As a travel company, we pride ourselves on finding the best possible deals, at the best price. We want you to have an unforgettable holiday in the sun, (or the snow!) enjoy the beaches and maybe indulge in a few cheeky cocktails. The best bit is when we get nice words from some of our wonderful, happy customers. Here is just a sample, and you can read some more in our testimonials section here.

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A night less ordinary: Hotel Kakslautten

In this weekly series, we scour the world in search of weird hotels and wonderful holiday concepts. From space hotels to converted prisons, capsule pods to underwater guestrooms, you can expect only the unexpected.

Igloo Village at night

What’s the gimmick? Located amidst beautiful Lapland scenery in the vicinity if Urho Kekkonen National Park, Hotel Kakslautten offers their winter guests the chance to stay overnight in  a futuristic glass igloo. Based on a groundbreaking idea and years of research and development, the unique, sci-fi-like glass igloos are a marvel of modern technology.

Why stay? Where else can you admire the amazing northern lights and the white Lapland scenery, all within the comfort of zebra-striped warm bed? Built from a special thermal glass, the temperature inside the igloo is always at a normal level and its special material also prevents the glass from not getting white frosted, keeping the view clear even when the temperature outside drops to under -30°C.

The wow factor: Every igloo is equipped with a toilet and luxury beds and the surrounding Igloo Village is also home to snow chapel and an ice bar, both built in every winter.  On every evening a hot sauna and a refreshing ice hole are waiting for you at the igloo, where you can climb into bed and marvel at the star-studded night sky.Husky safaris, snowmobile safaris, reindeer safaris and ice-fishing trips are all made available, as well as guided ski treks.

Village is open every year from December/January and until the end of April.

To read part two of this series, please click here.

Purple Travel reviews direct from our customers

Ok, so we know we’re doing good work. Purple Travel is absolutely committed to bringing you the best deals on cheap holidays. Whether it’s sunshine or skiing, honeymoon or family fun, our expert travel advisers are on hand to bring you the very best low cost holiday deals.

But, don’t just take our word for it! As we’ve been working on our brand new site, (which will be unveiled shortly) we’ve been going through all of the Purple Travel reviews over the past few years and wanted to share some with you. Here is a selection from just a few happy new and returning customers!

English: Beach in Albufeira

Gill told us that saved the day:

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for rescuing our holiday when our booked accomodation turned out to be dire and assisiting us with so much patience and professionalism to find suitable alternative accomodation. I cannot fault any aspect of the support we were offered and I just wanted you to know how very much we appreciated your service. You really did save the day, (or indeed the 12 days!) and we shall be eternally grateful for that. Thank you again Gill

Sean was very impressed with us:

I would like to comment on the high level of customer service we have received so far. This is our first holiday with “Purpletravel” and I have been very impressed and will certainly recommend to others.

Unai said we went the extra mile:

I booked a ticket today and i got served by one of your personal travel advisers, her name is Angel. I’ve worked as a manager in customer services for the past 10 years and I can say she was amazing, great customer service. We had a problem with a booking because of the spelling of my difficult surname and she went an extra mile to sort it out. Great adviser and a fantastic person to keep in your team. Thanks to her I would use this web page again and I will recommend it to my friends.

Our travel expert Joe was a favourite with Debbie:

I would just like to take this opportunity to commend Joe who took my booking – I had a lot of questions and also needed some reassurances. He was very patient and also pleasantly proactive – an asset to your team. Please do pass this on!

English: The fountain at the town end of Salou...

And Dion said we saved her holiday!

I would just like to say a big thank you to Jessica on the booking team and Hazel on the customer services team. I booked a holiday for 2 adults and a child to an apartment in Salou. Having read the reviews online my partner decided she didn’t want to go, the reviews were that bad. I spoke to Hazel and Jessica and within 2 days they had come back to me with 3 replacement accommodation options. We selected a better more family orientated options. Thanks again, you have saved my holiday!

So, as you can see, from these reviews, we work hard to help our customers find the best deal possible, but not only that, we pride ourselves on our customer service. Call us today to book your holiday and see for yourself!

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Thank You again for your Purple Travel Holiday Reviews!

We love you too! We’ve had so many positive responses sent to us about our purple holidays and our service in the past months; it was hard to choose which reviews to share with you. So in case you’re wondering how we’re doing, here’s the feedback about Purple Holidays straight from our customers!  (Please note that these reviews are published as-is and spelling and grammar have not be edited).

I could not fault my experience with Purple Travel the staff were extremely helpful in searching for a holiday to suit me and the paper work and confirmation was also excellent. Thank you I will be back for more.

– T Jones, Falmouth, Vancouver Holiday  (Advisor: Leo)

Excellent advice given by staff. Very helpful in all aspects.

–  Mr. Taylor, Aylesbury, Luxor Holiday (Advisor: Yiannis)

Very helpful lady on the phone was able to reduce the cost of our holiday by about £500. Thanks.

–  Mr. Raymond, Kidderminster, Bulgaria Holiday (Advisor: Julia)

Found Purple Travel to be excellent, especially your admin section which was very helpful.

– Mr. Phelan, Cornwall, Kenya Holiday (Advisor: Jo)

Was delighted with the help in tracking down our holiday from the provider as we were able to go away at the only time we had available.

– M Johnson, Carlisle, Calgary Holiday (Advisor: Yiannis)

fantastic holiday-no problems-everything was great

– Mr. Chaplin, Accrington, Goa Holiday (Advisor: Stella)

Just Brilliant!!

– Ms. Paramore, Guildford, Goa Holiday (Advisor: Stella)

Great value for money, Can’t fault anything

– Mr. Evans, Hertfordshire, Tenerife Holiday (Advisor: Angel)

Had fabulous holiday and will certainly use Purple travel again!

– Mr. Morris, Surrey, Bulgaria Holiday (Advisor: Jo)

Fantastic holiday, would like to return!

– Ms. Cherry, Renfrewshire, Sharm Holiday (Advisor: Mike)

Great service – got exactly what I requested and had no nasty surprises!

– Mr. Wakefield, Hampshire, Taba Holiday (Advisor: Jessica)

Thank you for arranging the fabulous time. Thoroughly enjoyed our holidays. Weather was beautiful, Hotel and food as we expected.

– Mr. Mahay, Hounslow, Goa Holiday (Advisor: Julia)

Our holiday booking was dealt with effectively and we were very pleased with the service we have received.

– Ms. Southam, Derbyshire, Sharm Holiday (Advisor: Patrick)

We all had an excellent holiday. Everything was as described and would definitely use you again!!

– Mr. Sims, London, Italy Ski Holiday (Advisor: Donna)

Great holiday with all documents provided and services including transfers made the holiday enjoyable and hassle free… Would use purple holidays again! :-)

– Mr. Rathod, Warwickshire, Sharm Holiday (Advisor: Jo)

Jessica is amazing!..very helpful and Polite.

– Miss Begum, London, Lanzarote Holiday (Advisor: Jessica)

The team were supportive and knowledgeable, thank you for a wonderful holiday experience.

– Ms. Fortnum, Birmingham, Goa Holiday (Advisor: Stella)

This was the first time that I have used Purple Travel and was very impressed with the level of service.

–  Mr. Shaw, West Sussex, Dominican Republic Holiday (Advisor: Vicky)

I am very impressed with Customer service.  I rang yourselves and your staff couldn’t have been more helpful. We got a fantastic deal and the transfers were brilliant, we will definitely be using you again top marks we had an armchair ride.

– Mrs. Hirst, South Yorkshire, Goa Holiday (Advisor: Patrick)

The service and information from Purple travel was excellent I called with a criteria for sea and sun at a reasonable cost and the sales staff came up with a holiday from heaven for me. I had a fantastic time thanks to the holiday resort suggested by Purple.

– Mr. Thomas, London, Gambia Holiday (Advisor: Donna)

Really good experience with Purple Travel, the sales advisor we booked with was really friendly and helpful. Our subsequent queries were answered very efficiently and quickly. Thanks very much!

– Mr. Fawdry, Manchester, Bulgaria Holiday (Advisor: Zoe)

We had never heard of purple holidays, until surfing the net, so glad we found you! Everything has been smooth sailing, from booking, departure, holiday and return, shall recommend your company and shall look forward to our next holiday THANKYOU.

– Mr. Stones, Dorcester, Tobago Holiday (Advisor: Alex)

Very knowledgeable and helpful staff on the telephone all arrangements very straightforward instructions easy to follow will definitely book with you again thank you for a lovely holiday.

– Mrs. Willis, Isle of Wight, Gambia Holiday (Advisor: Jessica)

So thanks again and we’ll do our best to continue providing you with the best prices and work our hardest to send you on the holiday of your dreams!

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