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FOR BUSINESS - Earlier this year, we were looking for a conference centre for National Car Rental. We eventually picked Le Meridien, near Limassol in Cyprus. We chose it because of the space, the exclusivity and the facilities. But most of all the staff were fantastic. Everything they promised, they delivered and they gave us a lot of support in running the conference. The accommodation is good, some rooms are like mini villas and the rooms in the hotel itself are a decent size. It also has a spectacular spa and an indoor gym. There are three swimming pools and several restaurants. The Japanese and seafood restaurants are both by one of the swimming pools, as are two of the bars. They even have an English-style pub, although I didn't spend much time in there. We held the conference in September, so it was nice to be somewhere with some sun. When choosing the hotel, we looked at four or five other venues in Cyprus, but it was Le Meridien that for us had the right combination of facilities, space, and welcoming staff.

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FOR PLEASURE - Last year, my children rented me a row of vines in a Beaujolais vineyard in France. You can visit the vineyard to sample the wine, so I took some time off to visit the region. We stayed slightly off the beaten track, at Les Maritonnes, not far from Macon. I had found the hotel on the internet, so I didn't know much about it until I arrived. When we got there, we discovered that it was slap bang by all the vineyards, and near local attractions such as the railway station with its old steam trains. The hotel is run by a very friendly Dutch couple. The food is great - it's almost more of a restaurant with a few rooms attached. There are tennis courts and a nice swimming pool where you can sit outside and have a drink before dinner. We were staying there at the end of May and the weather was perfect. Our vineyard was wonderful. It was one of the highest vineyards, with beautiful views over the countryside and with a church in the middle of it. The wine was good too.

Neil Summerville is vice-president of franchising at National Car Rental.

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