Travel London Lite Friday, 21 August 2009 13 Creative breaks STRUGGLING artists should head for Sweden, where clothing brand Elvine is offering free lodging in Gothenburg and Stockholm at its Creators Inn. Those of an artistic bent -- DJ, designer, whatever -- who want to visit Scandinavia in the hopes of fulfilling some creative pursuit can register for a gratis stay on the Creators Inn website. Stockholms Hotel Scandic Malmen is open until 12 September and the Gothenburg capsule hotel will run throughout this year. Nightatamuseum MADRIDS White Night -- when museums, parks and galleries stay open all night for a cultural extravaganza which includes live music and street theatre -- takes place on 19 September. Head there with BA, which offers three nights at the citys three-star Tirol hotel from 251pp based on departures next month. Includes return BA flights from Heathrow and accommodation with breakfast. For reservations visit or call 0844 4930758. NYCanniversary AMERICAN AIRLINES ( has flights from London to New York starting at 355.32 at the moment -- so why not time your stay to coincide with the 400th anniversary of English captain Henry Hudsons arrival in the city which later became the Big Apple? To mark the occasion, a variety of events, exhibits, outdoor activities and performances will take place from 8-13 September. has also slashed prices, with 50 per cent off many hotels in the city. Fair fares to Oz PLANNING on heading Down Under for a dose of antipodean sunshine? Before you pack the surfboard, check out the great fares on offer from British Airways and Qantas. You can find return flights to Perth for 596, to Melbourne for 597 and to Sydney from 607, for bookings received by 31 August based on departures up to 31 October. For reservations visit or Takingoff... IMAGE FOR THE HOLIDAY CAMP. BUT DO THEY PULL IT OFF? EDITED BY OLIVIA WALMSLEY caption goes here here here jsiapo bed and a flatscreen TV at the other. There was a rainfall shower in the bathroom and disco lights over the bath. In fact, there was a disco atmosphere everywhere -- from The Jackson 5 play- ing in the foyer to Sister Sledge in the public toilets. Before our visit to the spa we stopped for lunch at the Kaleidoscope Bar & Restaurant, a cross between an American diner and an ice cream par- lour. The hotel was clearly suffering teething troubles -- the food, it has to be said, was not brilliant. Breakfast is 7.95 for adults, 3.94 for kids; dinner consists of an all-you-can-eat buffet (12.95 for adults, 7.95 for kids). Space-agespa THE spa was, according to Jessie, the most amazing -- and weirdest -- shed ever been to. Like the rest of the hotel, everything is space-age, bright and fun. The central feature is a large hydro pool, with heated loungers dotted around and relaxation pods built into the walls. There is also a sauna and a snow cave -- youre expected to cool off from a sauna session in your Speedos in this broom cupboard-sized Narnia (appar- ently its good for you). The spa offers everything from manicures and pedicures to Beauty and the Beach sessions, involving seaweed cleansers and sand exfolia- tion (125). For the guys, theres a Premier League experience -- a manly deep-tissue massage while you watch replays of classic goals (29). Feeling completely relaxed, we had a look around the resort. Theres nothing to stop you using the Ocean Hotel simply as a base from which to explore the coast, but its a stony heart that can ignore the fun factory on your doorstep. RetroRedcoats THE Skyline Pavilion is the epicentre of the resort, full of coin-pushing machines, arcade games and fast-food outlets. Elsewhere theres a cinema, a water slide-heavy swimming pool, a sports activities area, a merry-go- round and a go-kart track. The new hotel may be the modern side of the resort, but not much has changed in the rest of it. There are still cheery Redcoats roaming around like helpful wildebeest. In the evening we plucked up the courage to visit Reds, the home of the Redcoats, nervously expecting cheesy singalongs. What we got was Michael Jackson. He didnt die, it seems: he went to Butlins -- and he was brilliant. Popimpersonators WE BOUGHT a couple of drinks and sat down with hundreds of other holi- daymakers to enjoy some quality moonwalking, the odd shamon and a healthy portion of crotch-grabbing. We may have started off our stay as Butlins snobs, but by the end of it we were having a great time. On the way back to our room I even found myself dancing in the lift. 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