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The Perfect Pancake

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Pancake Day, loved by kids and adults alike, is not only a great excuse to fling batter around the house on a school night but it saves on washing up and doesn’t break the bank when it comes to buying ingredients! Here at Wowcher, we’re all about saving you money, so we’ve prepared a short guide to help you make the perfect pancake.

The Pan is mightier than the wok
Shrove Tuesday falls on February 17th this year and if the Scouts taught us anything, it’s ‘be prepared: don’t try to make a pancake in a wok’. You could be the most prolific pancake-flipping professional but without a good pan, you might as well not bother. Your pancake will look crêpe. You’ll need a shallow, non-stick, medium sized pan like this. Once you have the pan, you’re ready.

Flour power
Creating the pancake mixture is pretty simple, but it would be against a batter judgment to let you tackle it without any of our flipping great tips. Sieve the flour with a pinch of salt to get all the lumps out. Break the eggs into a small bowl and beat them with a dash of dark rum (optional) and vanilla paste. Make a well in the flour and add the egg mixture. Then, gradually add milk and water until the batter is smooth. Lumps in one’s throat is never a good thing so get the batter smoother than George Clooney in a butter bath. We’re talking really smooooth.

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Whisky Business
Having let the batter settle, melt a knob of butter in your frying pan and whisk it in to the batter before it starts to brown. Now you’re ready to pour the batter into the frying pan. With a ladle bit of luck, two scoops should be enough to thinly cover the pan. Do it carefully though, not like Oliver Twist’s soup chef, more like a Masterchef finalist carefully adding deconstructed jus to a chicken bone. After a few seconds cooking, it’s ShowTime…

Can you flip it?
Can you flip it? Yes you can. Can you flip it? YES YOU CAN! The key is confidence. Believe in your pancake and your pancake will believe in you. Flip the wrist sharply with the perfect amount of up-thrust and your cake will move in the air like Tom Daley doing a backward somersault pike. If you fail on the first flip then DON’T PANIC! Everyone fails first time. Tom Daley probably belly flopped onto a front-crawler the first time he jumped into a pool. Keep practicing, don’t flip your wig if one lands on the cat. Once you’ve nailed the first one, the rest will be a breeze – like tying your shoes or disarming a bomb.
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Top Bananas
Although your pancakes may be singing ‘don’t top me now, I’m having such a good time’, you have to stop flipping at some point. Carefully slide your creation away from the warm, greasy clutches of the pan and onto the plate. Now you’re ready for the toppings! Here at Wowcher we have selected some of our favourite sweet pancakes:

  • Classic lemon and sugar
  • Banana, cinnamon and raspberry jam
  • Maple syrup
  • Blueberries and vanilla ice cream
  • Chocolate spread

If sweet is not your thing (really?) then try some savoury recipes like ham and cheese or creamy mushroom. Failing that, experiment and have some fun! Pancake Day is often a good excuse to use up forgotten ingredients and half-eaten spreads. There you have it, the guide to the perfect pancake. Make sure you keep an eye on Wowcher.co.uk for more pantastic offers!

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The Wowcher Guide to Britain’s Romantic Hotspots

 

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“Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels”
– T.S. Eliot (from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock)

Even the poet T.S. Eliot saw the romantic possibilities in an inexpensive couple’s getaway and that chap knew a thing or two about romance. He understood that passion can blossom in the cheap hotels, the muttering retreats and the half-deserted streets. The thing is, where can you find a brilliant lovers’ haven that is both passionate and affordable? Well, Wowcher is here to guide you through the sensual and passionate landscape of some of Britain’s best romantic break destinations…

Cornwall
The rugged coastlines, picturesque seaside villages and the vast array of golden sandy beaches make Cornwall a popular destination in the UK all year round. If romantic poignancy is your thing, then why not head to Lizard Point, the most southerly place in the UK. Here you can gaze wistfully together out over the ocean, to where the English Channel meets the Atlantic Ocean. Also, for the wilder at heart, Cornwall is home to Penwith Heritage Coast, with plenty of walks, hikes and climbs on offer to suit any level of wanderer. The mild climate of Cornwall also lends the county a Mediterranean air and if you fancy yourself as a champion surfer, head to the warm waters and golden beaches of Porthleven or Constantine.

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The rugged coastlines, picturesque seaside villages and the vast array of golden sandy beaches make Cornwall a must for a romantic break

If you can’t make it to Cornwall, then the coast of Pembrokeshire in South Wales offers equally splendid romantic break potential, with Broad Haven and West Dale amongst the best golden sand beaches in the UK.

The Lake District
Stunningly beautiful views? Check. Rugged landscape and fresh air? Check. Friendly local residents and a quiet, relaxed way of life? Check. The Lake District is one of Britain’s most popular rural tourist destinations for good reason. From Kirkby Lonsdale in the south to Carlisle in the north, by way of Lake Windermere, Penrith and Keswick, the Lake District offers adventurous couples a romantic escape from the pressure cooker of urban life and a chance to spend time together alone in the great outdoors. For those who prefer modern comforts above the adventurous thrill of camping, there are an abundance of friendly family-run B&Bs throughout the Lake District where couples can relax and enjoy the famous warm hospitality of rural North West England.

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Stunningly beautiful views? Check. Rugged landscape and fresh air? Check…

Brighton
Brighton’s own tourist board proudly boasts that it is the UK’s flirtiest city and, whether you are in a relationship or looking for love, there can be no doubt that Brighton is one the UK’s most romantic destinations. Known as the location of many a summer romance and also as one of the world’s most LGBT-friendly places, Brighton offers the chance for a sensual weekend away where loved up couples can go for a romantic stroll along the sea-front or love-seeking singles can enjoy the pulsating experience of one of the City’s many renowned nightclubs.

Stratford-upon-Avon
On the romance front, the beautiful town of Stratford upon Avon has a lot going for it. Not only is it stunningly picturesque and a charming example of provincial English life, it is also the home town of the man from whose imagination the greatest love story in history sprang. William Shakespeare is of course Stratford’s most famous son and so beautiful and romantic is the town that it’s unsurprising it inspired him to create the story of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. What’s more, in honour of the great Bard himself, the town is now home to the Royal Shakespeare Company, who run a year-round programme of plays in their recently refurbished theatre, which makes a great venue for a special romantic date. Combine this with a stay in a cosy cottage and indulge in the rustic lifestyle Stratford-upon-Avon has to offer.

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And finally…
If you’re looking for something seriously different for a romantic getaway, beyond the usual couple’s retreat-style weekend, then you can always find somewhere to satisfy your deepest curiosities and urges in the form of a swingers’ hotel break. Back in 2013, we ran a special deal for a break at a swingers’ hotel called The Vanilla Alternative and the ensuing interest almost crashed the site with half a million people logging on to view the unusual and…erm…’adventurous’ offer. It just goes to show that the demand is there!

So if you’re looking for a memorable couple’s retreat, or perhaps even something a little different to your traditional countryside break for 2, then keep on opening those emails from Wowcher.co.uk…

Wowcherching’s Valentine’s Gift Ideas

Love is all around us…

Valentine’s Day… the perfect opportunity to treat your boyfriend, husband, girlfriend, wife, fiancé, partner or, let’s just say, special someone who’s yet to make an official title. Play your cards right and buy a gift through Wowcherching, and we guarantee you’ll receive a very happy return – cashback, of course!

For all the remaining singletons, we’d like to dispel the idea that Valentine’s celebrations require an essential other half – you are complete as you are, and deserve to rejoice in love and reap the cashback rewards too! Plus, as Wet Wet Wet (among others) soothingly sang, ‘love is all around you’. In other words, no wallowing, no grumping around, and you have two options: 1) share the love, be it with your lover, friends, family, pet or indeed self, and get cashback; or 2) find the love (of your life), and get up to £60 cashback with eHarmony or up to £45 with match.com!

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Wowcher Discovers the Best of Buda and Pest…

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Set astride the Danube River, the city of Budapest is home to history, culture and an abundance of Camembert. Rich with opportunity, the city (and the Camembert!) ooze potential for new experience. From the stunning panoramic views visible from Buda Castle hill to the colourful bars and natural hot spas that bubble down below, visitors from all walks of life will find something to tickle their fancy in the Hungarian capital. Wowcher never settles for anything less than the best, which is why we’re bringing you the top spots of brilliant Budapest…

A little history…
Relatively short-lived as the city we now know, Budapest was born in 1873 from the unification of its older and wiser parents, Buda and Pest. Both dating back over 2000 years and host to battle, siege and recovery, the districts are separated by the Danube and each celebrate their own customs and history. Nowadays, travelling across the river by tram, metro or bus couldn’t be easier for tourists looking to take in attractions from all areas of the city. Whether it’s the lively bars and restaurants of Southern Pest or the grand Parliament buildings and rolling hills of Buda that competes for your attention, we reckon the only real winner is the lucky visitor to fascinating Budapest…

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Offering the best views in the Budapest, the grand castle makes for a must-visit

Top spots…
For a view to rival all others, it’s all about the Buda Castle. Set atop the hillside and easily accessible by cable car or foot (we chose the first option), the historic Palace looks out over the city, river and bridges. Offering a panoramic view that certainly paints a pretty picture, you’ll need no filters to capture the sprawling cityscape and impress any number of Instagram followers. Whilst onsite, don’t pass up the chance to embrace Budapest’s rich history at the National Hungarian Museum, based within Buda Castle. Other notable city attractions include the triumphant Heroes’ Square, the Jewish Quarter and Dohany Street Synagogue, not to mention St Stephen’s Basilica where the breath-taking interior is only rivalled by the views from the top tower…

Boasting both indoor and outdoor spas, the city’s many baths offer a unique place to relax and unwind.

Boasting both indoor and outdoor spas, the city’s many baths offer a unique place to relax and unwind

Something different…
Thanks to the natural hot springs which bubble under Budapest, the city is the proud owner of more medicinal and thermal spas than any other city in the world. How’s that for a fun fact? Boasting both indoor and outdoor spas, the city’s many baths offer a unique place to relax and unwind. We took a trip to the famous Szechenyi Baths where we braved the 3 degree temperatures and hurried to the delightful waters of the huge 38 degree outdoor pool. Including both a whirlpool and natural Jacuzzi function, the sensation of sitting back and admiring the unique ‘wedding-cake’ structure of the spa building through the rising steam was one that was truly unlike any other. Our tub at home certainly can’t top that!

Budapest offers a plethora of dining experiences to suit every palette

Filling the void…
A long day exploring the city will certainly work up your appetite – which isn’t a problem as Budapest offers a plethora of dining experiences to suit every palette. Whether it’s traditional Hungarian cuisine (think hearty meats and stews) served in authentic eateries, or the world cuisine now readily available in cafes and restaurants throughout the city, there’s plenty to fill you up. After enjoying savoury pancakes and traditionally prepared meat on the first night of our stay, we became distracted by the tasty Turkish and Thai restaurants near our apartment for the remainder of the trip – not to mention the tasty breaded camembert served with blackcurrant dip served in all Hungarian McDonalds. With a glass of wine and pint of beer totalling the equivalent of £1 in many local bars, the merriment in Budapest is second-to-none. Want to feel it for yourself? Click here to get booking your trip…

Wowcher Does Krakow

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Evelyn spent a weekend in Krakow to offer us culture buffs some of the city’s quirkiest hotspots. Spoiler alert, these include scaling 1000ft underground to meet dwarves, as well as tales of a rather brutish dragon…

Krakow, admittedly, is somewhat overshadowed as a first choice mini-break destination by its neighbouring European cities, and is perhaps more famous for its close proximity to Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau than its seductive nightlife and culture. Winner of European Capital of Culture in 2000 and host of World Youth Day in 2016, however, make Krakow much more than a memorial site, as I discovered last month.

An intoxicating mix of traditional heritage sites and contemporary coffee-houses come edgy wine bars turn nightfall make it a hit with modern flaneurs; and everywhere from the cobbled streets extending towards enchanting Wawel Castle, overlooking Old Town and beyond, is worth exploring. Capital of Lesser Poland, home to Europe’s second oldest university, keeper of Wawel Dragon and built on aristocratic soil: Krakow glitters on any traveller’s bucket list.

Christmas Markets on the main square dazzle visitors with hearty dishes during winter months

Eat
Traditional Polish grub abounds in Krakow, but you’ll need to look further afield to strike gold. Tourist-driven food stalls on Market Square fail to deliver on taste compared with the city’s ex-Socialist milk bars serving home-cooked stews for less than £3 a dish, but don’t hold it against them. During November through January the square turns into a Christmas Market, offering a fantastic backdrop for scarf and hat-clad romantic evenings – and mulled wine is a bargain at £1.20. Take touristy snaps amongst sellers in Polish dress, admire the arts and crafts or simply soak up the festivities before sampling homemade Pierogi (a type of savoury dumpling) at Bar Gornik. For world cuisine, you’ll spot Italian-Polish, Indian to American-style restaurants off the main square, but for something extra special head to Manzana. If you enjoy freshly made nachos followed by sizzling chicken fajitas, this place offers the best Mexican dishes you’ll find outside the Americas, promise.


Bed Rest
Whether you feel comfortable in five, four or three star hotels, Krakow has it covered. I stayed at Hotel Petrus on the outskirts of Krakow in a package including breakfast, which didn’t disappoint – thanks again to the waitress for her recommendation of Weitliczka salt mine, but more on that later. Elsewhere, hostels can be found smack bang in the city centre, Flamingo Hostel being one which cropped up in conversation with fellow travellers for its cheery service and cheap prices for gap year folk.

Massolit Books houses some of Poland’s best works of Jewish studies and canonised works

Massolit Books houses some of Poland’s best works of Jewish studies and canonised works

Hangout
Temperatures drop below zero come winter so finding a place to chill, or rather, warm up, is seriously important. I recommend getting acquainted with Charlotte, a French-inspired eatery decked out in Scandinavian design (think low hanging industrial lights, open pipe work, walnut benches), as well as Krakow’s best-loved secret, Massolit Books. The latter, a maze of English-language bookshelves specialising in Polish literature, Jewish studies and Humanities is a favourite bibliophile hideaway: alcoves are covered with paperbacks, antique chandeliers give off an atmospheric hue and the sweet aroma of baked goods from the adjacent café can’t help but seduce. Fancy something a bit more upbeat? Swap coffee for cocktails at U Muniaka, a legendary jazz den hidden inside a 14th century cellar, a stone’s throw from St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Jagiellonian University, one of Europe’s first universities, is on the map for any culture loving travel buff

Jagiellonian University, one of Europe’s first universities, is on the map for any culture loving travel buff

Attractions
Wieliczka salt mine is hands-down Krakow’s quirkiest attraction: an underground metropolis of spiralling tunnels, salt lakes and chapels that attract over one million visitors each year – and it’s even listed on UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. During my trip, I snapped up a two-hour English-speaking tour in a group of around twenty, journeying over one thousand feet below ground. You visit three levels, crossing passageways deep-set with statues before arriving at Chapel of St Kinga, a grandiose-style church ornamented with hanging chandeliers and walls displaying various religious scenes, which are, of course, made from hand-carved transparent salt crystals. And the best bit? It’s got to be speeding up a miner’s lift at one-metre per second to the reach the surface!

Elsewhere, you can visit the Collegium Maius, commonly known as Jagiellonian University, one of the world’s earliest universities and a testament to both European architecture and Polish intelligentsia. Home to mathematician and astrologer Copernicus, it holds many priceless artefacts including an original 15th century globe and various astronomic equipment, as well as the famous Gothic courtyard (worthy of an Instagram shot, I can assure you) when you need time to relax.

So there you have it! Isn’t it time you explored the beautiful city yourself? Simply check our great travel deals here.

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Wowcher’s Ways to Win Hearts in Paris


Some sceptics have questioned whether Paris is the City of Love, but when in 2014 part of the Pont des Arts bridge collapsed under the weight of thousands of ‘love-locks’ left by smitten sightseers, the city’s reputation as a love nest was only cemented. From hand-in-hand strolls along the Seine to admiring the city skyline from Sacré-Cœur, Paris exudes amour – and who are we to deny its romance? To ensure your trip isn’t ruined by a fatal bridge flop, we suggest you twitterpated tourists steer clear of weighing down the Pont des Arts any further with your tokens of everlasting affection. Instead, follow our step-by-step guide to charming your chéri or chérie.

(The) LO(u)V(r)E
Take away the U and the R and Louvre spells love – coincidence? We think not. Since the château opened its doors as a museum in 1793, it’s been full of loved-up couples fighting to impress each other with their grasp of the art within. From Greek sculptures to Egyptian antiquities, the Louvre’s collection spans from about 7000 BC until 1848. No trip to the Louvre would be complete without laying eyes on the enigmatic Mona Lisa, so usher your lover to the museum’s most visited masterpiece and astonish them with a few facts you’ve practised in advance (for example, the Leonardo da Vinci painting was stolen from the Louvre in 1911 by an Italian criminal, returned only in 1913. FACT). Our top tip of all? Regardless of their gender, tell your treasure their smile is more mysterious than lady Lisa’s could ever be, while you peruse the painting.


Smothering Heights
Paris is teeming with sweeping ooh la la-worthy views, and there’s no better way to smother your sweetheart than to tell them they’re The One atop one of the city’s many viewpoints. Why not express your torrent of affection over a ride in the Funiculaire du Montmartre, or if you prefer the panting, sporadic approach, as you ascend the 1665 steps of the Eiffel Tower? Our favourite spot from which to contemplate the city with a loved one is alongside the grotesque gargoyles of Notre-Dame Cathedral. You’ll look utterly ravishing stood next to the surly sculptures as you gaze 115 feet down at Jean-Paul-II square, with beautiful views of the rippling River Seine.

Satisfying l’estomac
For a city frequented by canoodling, kissing couples, a fair amount of onion goes into the haute cuisine for which Paris is celebrated. Could this sweet pungency be traced to that certain je ne sais quoi that makes the French so irresistible? We’re not entirely convinced, but you mustn’t leave without trying classic French starter soupe à l’oignon, a buttery broth of silky onions topped with bubbling cheese. If that doesn’t get your senses stirred, slurp up another French favourite instead: oysters. The delicious aphrodisiacal dish is rich in zinc, thought to trigger sexual potency. Casanova allegedly ate 50 oysters a day to fuel his seduction of a trail of virgin nuns. Need we say more?


Literary Love
If the real love of your life is literature, then grab your unsuspecting sweetie and follow in the wining and dining footsteps of writers that once graced the streets of Paris. Head to the Left Bank (southern bank of the Seine) to see the literary haunts of expat writers Hemmingway and Fitzgerald, along with remnants of the explosive jazz age. The Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood lines the Left Bank and was the core of the existentialist movement during the 1940s and 1950s, ruled by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Seated in the legendary Le Café de Flore from breakfast until dinner, the philosophers would draw crowds of intellectuals. Today the café is a tourist trap, where a croissant will cost you nearly the price of a checked-in bag on a Ryanair flight. But if your literary love is strong enough, you’ll shell out to soak up the artistic atmosphere of Le Café de Flore, leaving your luggage’s fate to the lobby boy you’ve affectionately named Pierre.

However you spend your stay in the City of Love, the most romantic gesture of all is to book a surprise trip to Paris for your lucky beloved. Make sure you look out for deals on Wow Go!

Fancy heading there yourself? You could win a 4* Valentine’s weekend in Paris for two including return flights by just clicking here!

Wowcherching’s Guide to the January Travel Rush!

The early bird catches the warm for a snip of the price! We like to call this one ‘Smug Seagull’

The early bird catches the warm for a snip of the price! We like to call this one ‘Smug Seagull’

The Ghost of Christmas Just-Passed has been haunting us for a few weeks now, and it’s high time we exchanged it for a dreamy, future Out of Office! Spirits aside, booking a holiday in January is a very practical move. It’s the perfect time to snap up a travel deal in the sale and secure your ideal ticket outta here, especially if you want to travel in peak seasons. Plus, imagine the success of your New Year’s health kick with the foresight of a bikini-clad you…

To help you go further with your budget, we’ve searched far and world-wide for the hottest offers about – and, in true Wowcherching style, you can earn cashback on every one! Plus, for every travel booking you make in January we’ll give you an extra 25% cashback bonus! See all our travel deals here.

Find you paradise in 2015.

If you’re not sure how Wowcherching cashback works, it’s really simple – just click through to a merchant via our website, e.g. Hotels.com, then shop as normal; any transactions you then make at Hotels.com will be tracked and before you know it, you’ll receive cashback in your Wowcher Wallet plus 25% bonus, all of which can be spent on Wowcher Daily Deals! 

Anything-anywhere discounts
Perhaps the most obvious kind of January offer is the good old fashioned discount; and, believe it or not, it’s perfectly plausible to book every aspect of your travel with a hefty chunk knocked off. For example, you could pick up flights in the British Airways sale via Netflights.com, stay in a hotel with up to 50% off courtesy of ebookers.com, and rent a car from Avis with up to 20% off. Or perhaps you’d prefer up to 50% off a sunny beach holiday, packaged to perfection, from lastminute.com; complete with a coach ride to the airport for a fiver thanks to National Express, or a train journey with 43% off from thetrainline.com. You get the idea…

Free days, nights and flights
Some might say the best things in life are free, and in the following instances, said people would be entirely correct. Disneyland Paris has taken its priceless experience to the next level, currently offering up to 2 nights and days free, plus free hotel and park tickets for the under 7s; and, for a limited time, Sovereign’s luxury holidays in paradise are even more irresistible, with up to 40% savings, free dining and room upgrades, and free child places.

When your time off has been approved, you’ve saved plenty of dollar, and your holiday is so booked right now. Pure happiness!

When your time off has been approved, you’ve saved plenty of dollar, and your holiday is so booked right now. Pure happiness!

Low deposits
Can’t fork out for a holiday following excessive (and justly so) Christmas consumption? Don’t worry, that’s exactly what low deposits are for! Pontins has a super low deposit of just £10 – perfect if you want to catch one of the £59 apartments before they’re snapped up! To help those of you feeling tent-ative, Eurocamp has a low deposit of £99, and the rest can be paid in instalments up to 12 weeks before you go. And the lowest deposit award goes to the awesome tour operator, Intrepid, at just £1! A single spare quid later, and you’ve secured your 2015’s most unforgettable experience.

Parting tip: don’t forget travel insurance – take cover from the moment you book!

Bon voyage!

Wowcherching x

P.S. Please note that all the deals featured may not be live. Head to the Wowcherching site to view all our current deals rates and discount codes.

Wowcher’s Guide To: a Silentnight®

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Did you know that about a third of our lives are spent in bed? More specifically, that’s about 200,000 hours. While we can all agree that it’s time well spent, it’s important to make sure your bed is perfect for you. But how are we supposed to know which one that is? After all, we’re not just talking about old school sprung mattress anymore – we now sleep in a world of high-tech memory foam, latex, zone support systems and all sorts of fancy bits and bobs for the land of nod. Well, the handy Wowcher guide to the Silentnight® range of mattresses should be enough to put that question to bed once and for all…

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Comfortable Mattress
Aptly named, the Comfort is basically made up of a high density foam known as Miratex® (already sounding fancy, right?). What it does is support your body full from the very edge of the mattress – that means any fidgety sleepers out there (yeah, you!) can rest easy wherever they end up in the bed.
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Memory Foam
Now this one you should be a bit more familiar with. A big feature of Memory Foam is that it’s temperature sensitive, so it’ll mould to your body shape exactly each night. It may be a wee bit chilly when you climb into it, but overnight will warm up accordingly with your own body temperature. A great thing about the foam moulding to your body is that it will release any pressure on achy joints, forming a nice little groove for you.
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7 Zone Memory Foam
Now we’re talking, baby! The 7 Zoned Support system combines Comfort Foam and Miratex Memory Foam for the ultimate cushiony support. Plus, it’s specially tailored to what’s known as your support zones – these are basically 7 key areas of your body, ranging from your head and neck all the way down to your feet – and the 7 Zone Mattress is specially designed to support each and every one of them! Seven heaven…
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But what do all these mattresses have in common? Well, aside from your 5-year guarantee, there’s two big features that’ll make certain those forty winks are in the bag. They are:

Purotex® – Allergy UK approved probiotics will keep these mattresses fresh, healthy and dust mite-free. As you sleep, your body pressure will activate the mattress’ friendly bacteria to shoo off any harmful bacteria that may have crept in there. In a nutshell, those bed bugs won’t be bothering you any time soon!

Soft knit covers – these soft knit quilted covers will give you that little extra bit of comfort come bed time. You lucky thing, you.

So there you have it, Wowcher’s guide to a Silentnight. Now you’ve got the perfect mattress in mind, why not pair it with the perfect bed? If only there was some sort of website where you could pick one up

The Wowcher Guide To Beautiful Cape Verde

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Somewhere between the shores of Africa and the beaches of Brazil lies an arrow-shaped archipelago. You’ve reached Cape Verde, a mirage of windswept wonders and soulful serenades off the coast of Senegal. Geographically speaking, Cape Verde keeps its own company. A former Portuguese colony, many are surprised to know this unspoilt paradise lies just six hours from the UK. Here’s our pick of things to do and places to see during your stay…

Music
From lively lyrics to melancholy melodies, music is the essence of life in Cape Verde. Salsa, bossa nova and coladeira are all celebrated and much-loved favourites. You can enjoy the sounds of the island in the bars, in the cafés and on the sidewalks – it enlivens every corner. And while year-round serenades are to be expected, there’s no time quite like festival season to experience it best. We recommend the renowned Sao Vicente Carnival. An African take on the Brazilian carnival, the street parades begin on 17th February. Visiting in summer? Fear not. The Baía das Gatas Music Festival will see you partying under the August full moon. A midsummer night’s dream indeed… Read more