Includes a snowmobile search for Santa’s home, a PRIVATE family meeting with the ‘real’ Santa Claus and much more!
Santa’s Lapland Main Edition 2016
1 THE CONTRACT
These Booking Conditions, together with our privacy and data protection policy, and any other written information we brought to your attention before we confirmed your booking form the basis of your contract with Hotelplan Ltd, trading as Santa’s Lapland of Mountain House, Station Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1EX (Company No: 350786). Please read them carefully as they set out your respective rights and obligations.
The Booking Conditions govern bookings made on the internet, through our telephone reservations team or via any third party agent and you will be deemed to be bound by these conditions on confirmation of your booking through any of these channels.
When booking, you guarantee that you have authority to accept and do accept on behalf of your party the terms of these Booking Conditions. You confirm that you are aged 18 or over and are responsible for any payments made through your preferred method. It is your responsibility to ensure you have sufficient funds to complete the transaction and you have the correct authority to act on behalf of the credit/debit card holder where applicable. Under the terms of this contract any monies you pay to us or one of our authorised travel agents are protected by our Air Travel Operator’s Licence (ATOL number 0025) and ABTA membership (number V4871). Because this Main Edition brochure is published so far in advance of the 2016 winter season, not all contracts for accommodation, flights and other travel services will have been finalised at the time of going to press. If, when these contracts are finalised, there is any change to your holiday arrangements which we regard as significant, we will notify you of this in accordance with clause 4 of these Booking Conditions. Please note that any offers and child and group reductions only apply to this Main Edition, and may be changed or withdrawn at any time and may not be available in future editions.
2 THE CONFIRMATION
When you have chosen your holiday, if we are able to meet your request, we will confirm this to you. The contract comprises our Booking Conditions and your Confirmation Invoice and is not made and does not exist until the date shown on our invoice. Information contained in the brochure and on our website also forms part of the booking contract (subject to clauses 3 and 13 of these conditions).
Quotations given over the telephone are always subject to written confirmation. Telephone calls with our office may be recorded. Verbal descriptions, assurances and agreements can seldom be confirmed or amicably clarified in subsequent disputes and for this reason we do not accept liability for them. If you wish to include any such items within the contract you should request them in writing and acceptance will be established only on dispatch of written confirmation by us, separate and additional to the Confirmation Invoice. Once we have verbally confirmed your booking and received your deposit, we will issue a Confirmation Invoice by email. If you do not receive this invoice within 14 days, please contact us to make sure that your booking has been confirmed by us. Please be aware that where an email address is provided at the time of booking, all pre-departure correspondence will primarily be undertaken by email.
When you receive your invoice, please check all the details carefully to ensure they are correct, as this forms the basis of the contract between us. If there are any discrepancies, please bring these to our attention within 7 days of issue, otherwise we will assume the details shown are correct. Whilst we would not anticipate any pricing errors in the Confirmation Invoice, in the event of an obviously incorrect price we will not be bound by this and will issue a revised invoice showing the correct amount. In the unlikely event we are unable to confirm your booking, the following options will be available to you:
(a) to accept an alternative holiday offered by us, or
(b) to purchase another holiday at the current brochure/website selling price from us, or
(c) to accept a full refund of all monies paid. You must tell us the option you wish to accept within 7 days of the offer being made, otherwise we will assume you have chosen to accept the alternative holiday offered. Whichever option you choose, a Confirmation Invoice will be sent as soon as possible and, if you do not wish to proceed, we will refund all monies paid without delay.
3 HOLIDAY PRICE, CONDITIONS AND PAYMENT
The prices and conditions apply to our Preview Edition brochure/website which is valid from June 2016 and will be superseded by any subsequent brochure/website edition. Prices are correct at the time of going to press but may vary and our current selling prices will be advised at the point of enquiry on telephone bookings and confirmed on our Confirmation Invoice. The prices quoted in this brochure/website are based on the rates of exchange and other costs prevailing on exchange rates as shown in the Financial Times Guide to World Currencies from 16th August 2016: €1.15. All price promises in this Preview Edition brochure/website relate to brochure-priced holidays only and not to any non-brochured/late availability discounted holidays.
We reserve the right to increase or decrease our prices at any time, for example if fuel costs increase or taxes change. However once you have completed a booking AND a Confirmation Invoice has been issued, then unless you amend your booking, we guarantee that no surcharges will apply other than for costs exceeding 2% but not exceeding 10% of the invoiced holiday price (excluding insurance premiums and amendment fees), directly arising from government action e.g. increases in taxes or security charges. You will be charged for the amount over and above that, plus an administration charge of £1 together with an amount to cover agents’ commission. If this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 10% of the price of your travel arrangements, you will have the option of accepting a change to another holiday if we are able to offer one (if this is of equivalent or higher quality you will not have to pay more but if it is of a lower quality you will be refunded the difference in price), or cancelling and receiving a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges. We will consider an appropriate refund of insurance premiums paid if you can show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy. Should you decide to cancel for this reason, you must exercise your right to do so within 14 days from the issue date printed on your final invoice.
b) What the price includes
The Confirmation Invoice will show the price of your holiday and will include all currency surcharges, local taxes, VAT, UK and overseas service charges, £2.50 per person ATOL Protection Contribution (APC) all known current airport taxes including the Government Air Travel Duty of £13 per adult (aged 16 years and over) on flights to EU countries subject to clause 3(a) above and fuel supplements as of May 2016.
c) What the price does not include
Any applicable Late Booking Administration Fees - see clause 11(a).
If you lose your e-tickets whilst on holiday, this may result in your having to purchase new e-tickets at full cost, which may be reclaimed from the airline three months later. There will also be a variable charge for the re-issue of charter e-tickets. Due to circumstances beyond our control, airlines may cease to operate on certain routes, which may have an effect on the brochure price, and we reserve the right to pass on any extra costs that may become due. Increased security measures may cause airlines to introduce an additional security tax and this will be added to your holiday if and where applicable.
A1.5% handling fee applies if your holiday payment or any other payments are made by credit card. Amendment fees - see clause 5a) ‘If you change your booking’.
Please note that the invoicing party will be Hotelplan cc Services GmbH, located in Erich-Weinert-Strasse 145, 10409 Berlin, Germany.
Evening meals are not included unless you have pre-booked the half-board option or are in Christmas Cabins; drinks are not included other than as stated.
Optional adventures and activities: see clauses 3k) and 14a) unless pre-booked and itemised on your confirmation invoice.
We ask you to contribute towards the costs if you reserve rooms for your exclusive use, but do not fill all the beds. The supplement per empty bed payable is one half of the basic adult price shown in the price panel (except where a single supplement is specifically brochured). Infants occupying cots do not count towards the occupancy figures.
When you confirm your booking you must pay a deposit of £150 per person plus insurance premiums by credit or debit card. This deposit is payable in full by all party members, including those travelling on free or reduced price places.
f) Insurance - IMPORTANT
Travel insurance is essential on any holiday and particularly so for Lapland and it is a condition of booking that you have travel insurance offering at least the same or better cover as that which we recommend, details of which can be viewed on our website. The policy does not cover non-UK residents. No liability will be accepted for anyone travelling without adequate travel insurance. Insurance policies usually specify the maximum amount covered in the event of any loss or damage, most do not cover mobile telephones and some may have exclusions for certain “extreme” sports and driving powered craft such as snowmobiles. We suggest you check the limits of cover of your chosen policy. We cannot accept any liability for guests not taking our recommended insurance who incur costs and liabilities normally covered by our policy, which includes cancellation, curtailment and expenses resulting from a delayed journey to/from resort, repatriation and the activities in our Lapland programmes. Any alternative policy must not expire until after the return date to the UK and we recommend that you arrange your insurance at the same time as confirming your booking.
IMPORTANT NOTES ON INSURANCE -
Policy Document: You must read the document carefully as it gives full details of what is and what is not covered and full terms and conditions including declaration of material facts.
Cooling-Off Period: If, after reading your insurance policy, you are not satisfied for any reason, you should contact the provider within 14 days of contract in order to receive a full refund of the premiums paid, provided that a claim does not exist and travel has not taken place.
g) Adding Extras
Extras such as optional adventures featured on the website and in this brochure may be requested at time of booking. No guarantee is given that any extras can be added later and will be at the same price, as Santa Savers offers on optional adventures may have expired. If it is possible to add items later, these will be charged at the then current selling price, not at the price valid at the time of your original holiday booking. Brochure prices may change at any time.
h) Paying the balance
The balance of your holiday cost will be shown on the final invoice and must reach our offices at least 10 weeks before your scheduled departure. We do not usually send reminders of money owing. If your booking is made within this period, the full amount will be payable straight away. Late payment will incur a surcharge of £15 per day per booking reference. If you have not paid the balance by the date it is due and fail to respond to requests for payment, we reserve the right to cancel your booking. You will be liable to pay cancellation charges as set out in clause 5(c).
Bookings made from overseas incur a charge of £30 per booking to cover extra costs incurred.
i) Discounted Holidays
We reserve the right to sell holidays at a discount and you may therefore share accommodation with guests who have paid a significantly lower price. Late bookers paying discounted prices are likely to occupy the least attractive rooms and have little choice of accommodation. Discounted holidays are sometimes available for unnamed accommodation. Before booking such a holiday you should ensure that you would be happy to stay in any of the properties featured in our brochure or on our website.
In the event of a complaint regarding any aspect of a ‘discounted holiday’ (i.e. one sold with a non-brochured discount), we reserve the right to take account of this discount when assessing any compensation or goodwill payment in response to such complaints. E.g. if there are issues which we agree would ordinarily merit recompense for someone who had paid the full value brochure price, the amount of non-brochured discount you received when making the booking will first be deducted from any such payment. If the discount already received is the same or bigger than the compensation value calculated against the full-price holiday, then no compensatory payment will be payable on top of the discount benefit already received.
j) Prices and discounts featured in this brochure and on our website supersede any previously published prices and discounts.
k) Child Prices
Child prices shown are valid at the time of printing but are subject to change at any time. The correct current child price if applicable will be advised at the time of booking and confirmed on your Confirmation Invoice.
l) In-resort purchases
Payment in resort for optional activities, etc. must be made at the point of booking in Euro’s either in cash, or all major debit and credit cards and euro cards are accepted. Please note that charges from your bank may apply. With some optional excursions like Downhill Skiing and Ski Tuition, card payments will be taken in sterling converted from the local currency price at the applicable company exchange rate at that time. This will be confirmed by the local Santa’s Lapland representative.
Once booked, refunds are not available. We reserve the right to involve local police if due payments are withheld for any reason.
m) Travel Agent Bookings
If you book through a Travel Agent they will act to pass information from you to us and vice versa. They will also receive payment from you for the holiday. All monies you pay to the Travel Agent are held by them on our behalf at all times. Any advice given to you from your Travel Agent which is not based on advice given to them by Santa’s Lapland is their responsibility. In these circumstances we do not accept liability if incorrect advice is given to you by your Travel Agent.
Our holidays may appear on websites operated by Travel Agents or other third parties. We have absolutely no control over the contents and practices of these websites and accept no responsibility for them, including travel agency websites, and you access and rely upon these solely at your own risk.
4 ALTERATIONS OR CANCELLATION OF THE BOOKING BY US
a) Alterations before your holiday
Because travel arrangements and programmes are planned many months in advance, it is sometimes necessary to make changes or cancel the arrangements altogether. Therefore, we must reserve the right to make changes after we have entered into this contract. Although your confirmation and subsequent invoices will show the latest flight timings, these will not be confirmed until your tickets are sent and occasionally may change after this, due to circumstances outside our control. Usually only minor changes are made to arrangements, which we are not obliged to advise and for which no compensation or refund is due. However, should a major change be made (as defined below) we will advise you as soon as we are in a position to do so and you have a number of options available to you, subject to clause 4(b) “Compensation payment exceptions”:
Minor Changes - examples of minor changes include change of airline, flight time by less than 12 hours; routings, aircraft type or overseas arrival airports, luggage allowance on flights (including luggage allowance changes if carrier changes) room type changes, loss of facility in room type/accommodation booked ad any other change not specified under Major Changes below.
Major Changes - these include change of UK airport (excluding a change of London airport or a change between Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted and Southampton airports), transportation method, resort, time of departure from the UK delayed by more than 12 hours, accommodation of a lower official classification, cancellation of holiday. These are only illustrations and there may be other significant changes which constitute major changes. If we alter your booking in any way which amounts to a major change as defined above or if we cancel the original booking within 70 days of the scheduled departure, you will have the option to: (i) accept the new holiday arrangements offered by us, or (ii) purchase another holiday from us (if available), at the current selling price, or (iii) cancel your holiday with us altogether and receive a full refund of all monies paid and received by Hotelplan Ltd. You must advise us which option you wish to accept within 7 days of notification. If you do not contact us within 7 days, we will assume you have chosen to accept the alternative holiday arrangements offered. Whichever option you choose, you will be entitled to compensation as outlined in the table below, subject to “Compensation payment exceptions” in clause 4(b).
If you contact us but seek to refuse all three contracted options above, we reserve the right to cancel your holiday at that time and refund all monies paid and received by Hotelplan Ltd.
Period before scheduled departure within Compensation
which a Major Change or booking cancellation per paying
is notified to you or your travel agent person
More than 70 days Nil
43 - 70 days £15
29 - 42 days £25
15 - 28 days £30
0 - 14 days £40
b) Compensation payment exceptions
Compensation payments or refunds will not be made where cancellation or change is due to unusual or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control known as “force majeure” such as but not limited to: war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial disputes, government actions, natural or nuclear disasters, epidemics, health risks, fire, technical problems with transport, adverse weather conditions affecting resort access and/or operation, closure or congestion of airports, stations or ports, cancellations or changes of schedules by carriers due to adverse weather conditions; or where we cancel the holiday as provided for in clauses 3h) above and 4d) below. Compensation will not be paid to adults or children travelling on a free place and will be paid on a pro-rata basis of the adult rate where children have received a reduced rate. These compensation payments do not apply to discounted holidays.
c) Prompt Assistance in Resort
If the package holiday contract we have with you is not performed or is improperly performed as a result of failures due to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised, or an even which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall, and you suffer an injury or other material loss, we will offer you such prompt assistance as is reasonable in the circumstances.
d) Your Conduct
We reserve the right to refuse to accept a booking or to cancel, without further liability by us, an existing holiday booking of any prospective guest (and connected party members who are unable or unwilling to retain their bookings after applying any consequential price adjustments), if in our reasonably held opinion or the opinion of any person in authority:
i) you behave either during the process of booking or subsequently on holiday, in an excessively aggressive, antagonistic, abusive or threatening manner towards any member of our staff, the company or fellow guests, or
ii) there has been unacceptable conduct of any kind related to any previous booking with the company, or
iii) there is outstanding financial liability to Hotelplan Ltd, regardless of whether or not the company is on notice of any set-off or counterclaim.
The right of cancellation in (ii) and (iii) above shall be exercised with reasonable advance notice where practicable.
5 ALTERATIONS OR CANCELLATION OF THE BOOKING BY YOU
a) If you change your booking
If you wish to make any changes to your holiday booking, including name changes, once we have issued a Confirmation Invoice but outside the cancellation period outlined below, we will do our best to help. However, we may not always be able to meet your request and have no obligation to do so. Where it is possible to meet your request, the total holiday cost will be recalculated in accordance with any new arrangements, taking into account under-occupancy supplements, flight supplements, any applicable cancellation fees or other extra charges payable and a new confirmation invoice will be issued. We will charge you an amendment fee of up to £35 per person. If you wish to add any extras or additional passengers onto the booking and we are able to confirm this, no amendment fee will be charged provided the amendment is made more than 21 days before the date of departure. There will be a charge of up to £75 for changing names on charter flights once e-tickets have been issued.
If additional people are added to your booking, they are added on the understanding that they have also accepted the full version of these booking conditions.
b) Name changes and transferring your booking
No charge will be made for name changes within 14 days of the first confirmation. Thereafter, a charge of £15 (£25 if tickets have been issued) will be made for each name change. Other amendments will attract a charge of £35 per person. Please note all changes requested within 10 weeks of departure will attract cancellation charges (see below). The only exception is where the change is to substitute a party member where that person is prevented from taking their holiday. For the purpose of this contract, we define “prevented” to be death, accidental injury, illness, witness summons, redundancy of yourself or travelling companion or the death, accident or serious illness of a close relative. In this situation, that person may transfer their booking to someone else provided we are notified not less than 7 days prior to the scheduled departure date. Should the number of persons travelling change, the price will be recalculated on the basis of the new party size. Any increase in price per person payable as a result of a part cancellation (e.g. an under-occupancy charge in any accommodation) will be indicated on the revised invoice.
c) Cancelling your booking
If you wish to cancel the holiday of one or more members of your party, the party leader named on the booking form, or your travel agent, must advise us immediately by writing to us (sending the letter by recorded delivery, with the postal receipt kept by you as proof), at Hotelplan Ltd, Mountain House, Station Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1EX. Verbal cancellations will not be accepted. Cancellation periods are calculated from the date your written notification of cancellation is received in our offices. If you cancel prior to the scheduled date of departure, you will be liable to pay the cancellation charges set out in the table below. The term "total holiday cost" in the table means the total holiday cost for all persons cancelling and shown on our invoice and includes extras such as optional adventures etc.
Period before scheduled departure Cancellation charge
date when your cancellation expressed as a %
notification is received of total holiday cost
70 days or more Deposit and insurance
28 - 69 days 60%
22 - 27 days 80%
0 - 21 days 100%
Departure date/no show 100%
In addition to the above charges, if one member of your party wishes to cancel, this may mean that the accommodation booked will be under-occupied and result in the other members having to pay any additional applicable supplements or child discount changes to retain the booking. If you choose to cancel your holiday on the day of departure due to circumstances beyond our control, no compensation or refunds will be payable by ourselves and any such claims should be forwarded to your insurers. Insufficient snow or ice in resort is not considered a reason to cancel and our suppliers will do their best to include other activities to replace those dependent on weather conditions. Prior to departure, any cancellation of pre-booked items will incur an administration fee of £25 per person.
d) If you change the arrangements whilst on holiday
If you wish to make any changes to the arrangements we have been contracted to provide, whilst on holiday; for example, upgrading your accommodation, extending or reducing your holiday duration, all such requests will be subject to availability and any extra costs, including cancellation charges, must be met by you and paid locally. As this alters the basis of your booking contract, it is essential such changes are arranged through us in writing, either with our local representative/agent, area office or, if this is not possible, our head office in the UK.
6 SECURITY AND STANDARDS
As an established specialist tour operator of some 33 years we can assure you of our high standards.
The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL protected and our ATOL number is 0025. ATOL stands for Air Travel Organiser's Licence and is a financial protection scheme backed by the UK Government for all holidaymakers booking an air-inclusive package or a flight only. By law, every UK tour operator which sells air holidays and flights is required to hold an ATOL. If a tour operator with an ATOL ceases trading, the ATOL scheme protects customers who had booked holidays with the firm. The scheme is designed to reassure customers that their money is safe, and will provide assistance in the event of a travel company failure. In the event of insolvency, customers are obligated to assign their rights to the Air Travel Trustees.
Your holiday price includes the ATOL Protection contribution (APC) we pay to the CAA. This money creates a fund that is used by the CAA to protect consumers.
Santa’s Lapland will automatically provide an ATOL Certificate when an eligible ATOL protected holiday is booked with us. In accordance with the CAA regulations this certificate will explain exactly which elements of your holiday are protected if an ATOL-protected tour operator fails. Where we act as a Selling Agent for the Service Provider (such as any extra add-ons i.e. excursions), notwithstanding our Agency position, we voluntarily accept all the obligations that flow from the ATOL Regulations for the purposes of financial protection under this scheme.
We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative AOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable).
If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.
ABTA - Hotelplan Ltd is a member of ABTA with membership number V4871. ABTA and ABTA members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 30 Park Street, London, SE1 9EQ Tel: 020 3117 0599 or www.abta.com.
Our ABTA Bond provides financial protection, in the event of our insolvency, for the money you have paid and that has been received by us for your non-flight-inclusive holiday and for your repatriation.
7 OUR LIABILITY TO YOU
We will accept responsibility for the package holiday arrangements we agree to provide or arrange for you as an “organiser” under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 as set out below. Subject to these Booking Conditions, if we or our suppliers perform or arrange your contracted package holiday arrangements negligently, taking into consideration all relevant factors (for example following the complaints procedure as described in these conditions and the extent to which ours or our employees’ or suppliers’ negligence affected the overall enjoyment of your holiday), we will pay you reasonable compensation. Please note that it is your responsibility to show that we or our supplier(s) have been negligent if you wish to make a claim against us.
We will not be responsible or pay you compensation for any injury, illness, death, loss, damage, expense, cost or other claim of any description directly arising out of the package holiday services if it results from:-
(a) the act(s) and/or omission(s) of the person(s) affected; (b) the act(s) and/or omission(s) of a third party unconnected with the provision of the services contracted for and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable; or (c) unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond ours or our supplier(s) control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised; or (d) an event which neither we nor our suppliers could reasonably have foreseen or forestalled, even with all due care.
In addition, we will not be responsible (i) where you do not enjoy your package holiday or suffer any problems due to something about which you did not tell us when you booked your holiday and where the problems you suffered did not result from any breach of our contract or other fault of ourselves, our suppliers or agents, and (ii) where any losses, expenses, costs or other sum you have suffered relate to any business.
Please note, we cannot accept responsibility for any services which do not form part of your package holiday contract (see clauses 7d and 14). This includes, for example, any additional services or facilities which any other operator or supplier agrees to provide for you which do not form part of your package holiday.
In respect of travel by air, sea and rail, our liability will in all cases be limited accordance with and/or in an identical manner to the limitation of damage provisions as set out in the appropriate Conventions, which include:- The Athens Convention, The Montreal Convention and the Berne/Cotif Convention.
In all cases except where personal injury, illness or death results, our maximum liability is limited in total to twice the holiday price of the person(s) affected. Copies of all such terms are available on request from us.
Under EU law you have the right in some cases to refunds and/or compensation from your airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delays to flights. Details are publicised at EU airports and are available from airlines on your request. However reimbursement in such cases will not automatically entitle you to a refund of your holiday cost from us, the provisions of clause 5 above apply. If any payments to you are due from us, any payment made to you by the airline will be deducted from this amount. If your airline does not comply with these rules, you should complain to the Civil Aviation Authority on 020 7379 7311 www.caa.co.uk. Our limitations of liability generally in these Booking Conditions and particularly with regard to the consequences of air schedule changes, delays and diversions, are significant factors in the pricing of our packages and take account of the availability of travel insurance that will make awards which can be used to offset and in some cases cover losses, costs and expenses in some circumstances not covered by us.
If you have booked any optional adventures, special tours, excursions or other services which do not form part of your holiday contract and these are unavailable due to adverse weather conditions or other circumstances beyond our control, claims should be made under your own travel insurance policy. No refund will be given should you choose not to take part in any of the above once you are in resort. Please note refunds will not be made for any unused portion of your package holiday travel or accommodation arrangements which is not attributable to any failure on our part or the part of our suppliers to provide these services.
Some properties include un-advertised facilities such as a TV or kitchenette in the room, which may be disconnected or otherwise out of service. No refund or compensation is payable for the non-availability or non-operation of any such property facilities which are not advertised by us and do not form part of your package holiday contract.
b) Anti-social behaviour/bullying
We accept no responsibility or liability for making alternative arrangements for accommodation or repatriation nor for covering any costs you may incur should an accommodation owner or manager, senior Hotelplan Ltd employee or supplier’s representative or any other person in authority consider it necessary to terminate your holiday arrangements as a direct result of your anti-social behaviour or verbal or physical abuse or bullying of our staff, our suppliers or other guests, or if such behaviour is deemed likely to cause a disturbance to other guests. This also applies if, in the opinion of the carrier, you appear unfit to travel or you appear likely to cause disturbance or danger to any other passengers. Action will be taken in any such event, which may include terminating an abusive telephone call in the UK or, if the behaviour occurs overseas, calling the police and/or terminating the holiday. No compensation will be payable for the cancellation or early termination of a holiday due to such behaviour, or for cancellation or early termination of the holiday arrangements of connected party members who cannot continue their arrangements without the person affected. We accept no responsibility for any inconvenience or upset caused to you by the actions or behaviour of other guests.
c) Resort development & noise
If we are informed of any building works at or close to your accommodation that may, in our reasonable view, affect the enjoyment of your holiday, we will do our best to forewarn you about it prior to your departure. Please note that such works may not be carried out by the providers of the accommodation featured in our brochure, and may be outside of their control. We would urge you to read the resort and hotel descriptions carefully to identify sources of noise which might exist or might be expected to exist, i.e. roads, bars, discos, etc. However, it is impossible to predict noise created by individuals, machinery or traffic, i.e. temporary noise disturbances. Live music/noise from bars which are adjacent or part of any properties we feature may extend their opening hours, especially on public holidays, and opening times may differ from those published.
d) Optional Adventures - Snowmobiles, husky rides etc.
Any arrangements that you may choose to book or pay for in addition to your package holiday either at the time of booking, before departure or whilst you are on holiday do not form part of your package holiday provided by us. For any activity, excursion or adventure not booked as part of your package holiday, your contract will be with the provider of the activity, excursion or adventure and not with Hotelplan Ltd. Where you have booked an activity, excursion or adventure before departure or in resort we act as a Booking Agent for the provider of the activity, excursion or adventure. We are not responsible for the provision of the activity, excursion or adventure or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the provider. Please note this includes all sporting activities including hazardous activities. It is your responsibility to act with due care at all times and to be insured to the levels reasonably required for your circumstances and the activity concerned.
Some activities rely on satisfactory levels of snow and/or ice and should the levels be inappropriate, providers will do their best to offer alternative activities. Parents are reminded that children must remain under their control at all times. Age limits or qualifications apply to several activities, e.g. a full driving licence is often required and must be produced on request before driving snowmobiles, and passport evidence may be required. Our reservations have full details and you should enquire before booking if any limitations to activities are of paramount importance to you. Strict drink-driving laws apply to snowmobile driving, as with any vehicle. No guarantee is given as to the specific length or time duration of each activity and some activities will require excess payments to be made for insurance purposes to partake in that activity. Each specific supplier will provide more details in resort.
Minimum numbers and/or suitable weather conditions are required for certain activities to take place. if the required numbers are not reached, or the weather prevents the activity taking place at all during your holiday, or the activity is withdrawn by the provider for any reason, any refunds must be negotiated directly with the provider and cannot be guaranteed by us as we act as an agent and are not responsible for the provision of the service or activity normally. Refunds or compensation will not normally be paid by the service providers if you simply change your mind about taking part in an activity after booking it, or miss the transport provided, or fail to arrive at the designated meeting point on time, or, in your or the provider’s judgement, cannot physically cope with the activity. (If the latter is due to a physical injury, you should claim under your travel insurance policy.) Any arrangements made by you independently of our company are entirely at your own risk and you should ensure you are appropriately insured.
e) Pre-booked Excursions and Activities
Our excursion and activity partners in resort have been trusted Santa’s Lapland partners for many years, and have been vetted and approved by our senior overseas managers. When you book any excursion or activity advertised in our brochures / on our websites, you can therefore rely on the supplier’s credentials, service levels and professionalism,
and of course on the services of your Santa’s Lapland Representative or local agent to help with every slightest detail of the arrangements for you. If however you, or your travel agent on your behalf, choose to book any excursion or activity directly with a third party supplier, please note that Santa’s Lapland accept no liability whatsoever for any aspect of its operation. This includes a) that our Reps will not be able to provide our normal high levels of service to you in respect of such arrangements, or even basic details of pick-up times or locations, as these will not be provided to us by the companies concerned if the booking is not through ourselves, and b) that all applicable complaints, whether in resort or subsequently, and any claims for personal injury, refunds or compensation must be addressed to your chosen excursion/activity supplier directly, or to your travel agent as appropriate.
f) Food & Other Allergies
Unless confirmed by Santa’s Lapland as a condition of the contract under the ‘Special Request’ provisions of clause 10 of these Booking Conditions, neither Hotelplan Ltd, nor the hotels and Catered Cabins featured, nor the activity suppliers, nor any airline, accept any responsibility or liability either for the provision of special dietary ingredients or for the avoidance of any specific ingredients or traces of such ingredients in meals supplied or otherwise. In confirming your booking, the party leader accepts that responsibility for management of any allergic condition relating to any member of his/her party rests solely with the individual concerned, or with the parent or guardian in the case of a child. Please note that meals in hotels are normally provided buffet style, and it is the guest’s responsibility to check suitability.
8 YOUR LIABILITY TO US
The accommodation we have booked on your behalf is available for use only by those persons included on the booking, unless otherwise agreed by us in writing prior to departure from the UK. We have a duty to ensure that guests do not suffer damage caused by preceding guests, so it is a condition of booking that whilst on holiday you are responsible for any damage caused to your accommodation or other facilities or equipment you use (i.e. damage to snowmobiles, sleighs etc.) except by persons not known to you or us and unconnected with the contract between us. We appreciate that normal usage causes wear upon furniture, fixtures and fittings and this is always taken into consideration, but actual damage caused by guests, either by accident or negligence, must be paid for. You are responsible for meeting any charges levied by either the owner, provider or Hotelplan Ltd to rectify such situations. If the cost is not known an estimated cost must be paid, and any overpayment will be reimbursed when actual costs are known. Similarly, in the event that the estimated cost falls short of the actual cost, we reserve the right to request the balance from you and will require you to give a signed undertaking to reimburse Santa’s Lapland with the difference within 21 days of your return to the UK. If no payment is made in resort, you will be required to give a signed undertaking to reimburse Santa’s Lapland within 21 days of your return to the UK. You may be denied boarding of the homebound aircraft in the event of an unreasonable refusal either to pay in resort or give such an undertaking. Party leaders are responsible for their groups.
9 COMPLAINT RESOLUTION
Any problems should be brought to the attention of our Resort Representative/agent and the relevant provider whilst you are on holiday, and for any issues that remain unresolved a Guest Service Report form completed. The resort team and provider (as applicable) will make every effort to achieve a satisfactory solution. If you fail to follow this procedure we will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint whilst you were in resort, and this may affect your rights under your package holiday contract. If issues remain unresolved you should write, within 21 days of your return, to our Guest Relations Manager by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to our UK address, quoting your booking reference number. If you do not tell us within this timescale, this may affect our ability to investigate and take corrective action and may impact on the way your complaint is dealt with. Please keep your letter concise and to the point, sending any supporting documentation that you believe will assist your claim, such as receipts and/or photographs. This will assist us to quickly identify your concerns and speed up our response to you. In all cases we recommend that only the lead name on the booking should write to us, in order to avoid any unnecessary delay in our response. In accordance with the travel industry’s recognised ABTA Code of Conduct, upon receipt of your letter, we will acknowledge it within 14 days, investigate the points raised as appropriate and reply within 28 days or, if this is not possible, send you an interim letter advising of our progress.
Subsequent correspondence must be followed up in writing within 6 weeks of your receiving a full reply from us. If we are still unable to reach an amicable solution we, as a member of ABTA, can also offer you ABTA’s scheme for the resolution of disputes which is approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. If we cannot resolve your complaint, go to www.abta.com to use ABTA’s simple on-line procedure. Further information on the Code and ABTA’s assistance in resolving disputes can be found on www.abta.com.
10 SPECIAL REQUESTS
We will pass on any special requests made to us in writing and try to meet them but cannot guarantee to do so. Your special request will be shown on your Confirmation Invoice to signify your request has been made but this is not an indication that it can or will be fulfilled. Special requests do not form part of our package holiday contractual agreement and we will have no liability if they are not met. Any special requests you have such as vegetarian meals, special facilities, specific room allocations or any other requirements you consider important, should be made known to us at the time of booking and advised to us promptly in writing. If you require the fulfilment of your request to be a condition of your package holiday contract with us, this can only be done if you advise us in writing and our providers agree they can meet your request and we confirm this back to you in writing separately to the Confirmation Invoice. See also clause 17(d) with regard to dietary requirements.
11 ADMINISTRATION CHARGES
a) Administration Charges
Amendments to your booking, see clause 5(a) ‘If you change your booking’.
b) Lost Property
A report of any lost item must be made immediately to the Hotelplan Ltd Representative if the loss is noticed whilst overseas. If the item is not found and returned to you prior to your departure, you must report the loss to our UK office by email to email@example.com, along with a substantive description of the item lost, including any branding/distinguishing features, within 2 days of your return from holiday. If found, the return of your property will carry an administration fee, normally £25, but up to £50 for high-value items (e.g. iPods, mobile phones etc.), plus the cost of postage. No item will be returned unless this fee is paid in advance and arrangements for its return have been made via the UK office. We cannot guarantee the return of any item of lost property, and our staff’s involvement in tracing it shall not constitute acceptance of any liability for the item at any stage of the process. We regret that any items of lost property found and unclaimed 28 days after the holiday end date cannot be kept and will be disposed of.
This contract is governed by the laws of England and Wales and exclusive jurisdiction is conferred on the English and Welsh Courts. No Hotelplan Ltd UK or overseas employee in our resorts has the authority to vary these terms and conditions or the information within this brochure or on our website, or any of our company literature, either verbally or in writing, nor can they enter into verbal agreements with our guests.
13 ACCURACY OF BROCHURE/WEBSITE INFORMATION
To the best of our knowledge the information contained in this Preview Edition brochure and the website is correct at the time of publication. However, we reserve the right to make changes after publication and will advise you of any changes which we consider significant at the time you book your holiday or when they are known to us.
Facilities such as a lift, log fire, pool, sauna, steam-room, hot-tub, TV/DVD player or other leisure facilities contracted through us as part of your package holiday arrangement may become unserviceable during the season. If these are important to your package holiday enjoyment, you must advise us in writing at the time of booking. If such a facility is considered ‘essential’ to your package holiday, then it must be made a condition of the contract, by taking the steps outlined in clause 10. No refund of package holiday costs or compensation will otherwise be paid for the non-availability of any such facilities. As facilities offered in our partner hotels or Santa’s Christmas Cabins are not owned by Santa’s Lapland, we have no control over their operation and are rarely given notice should such facilities be withdrawn, suspended, curtailed or moved. If we are informed that there have been any changes to such facilities, and you have alerted us to the fact that they are important to your booking, we shall do our best to advise you. We shall not be obliged in such circumstances either to provide the facility or to compensate for its absence.
Our package holidays and other types of holiday arrangements may also be featured on websites owned and operated by travel agents and other organisations. We have absolutely no control over the content or maintenance of such sites and therefore we cannot accept liability for information contained on them.
The pictures shown in the brochure/website are included for their style and general relevance and are shown for illustration purposes and unless stated are not necessarily taken at the resort or property featured. Photographs of rooms are intended to give an indication of the typical appearance but rooms within hotels or Santa’s Christmas Cabins will inevitably vary particularly where there has been partial refurbishment.
Where distance is quoted in time taken to walk, we have used as a guideline that 100m takes an adult one minute to walk in standard footwear under snow and ice free conditions. Clearly, timings will vary according to footwear, age, personal fitness and surface conditions.
Early season holidays particularly, and occasionally other dates, may sometimes be affected by the closure of certain resort facilities such as swimming-pools, saunas, ice rinks, bus services, and other activities etc., due to maintenance/refurbishment, poor weather conditions or lack of tourists, or moved (for example in the case of the location of certain activities).
Activities offered by our partner properties and ground-handling suppliers are also subject to variation or withdrawal at any time. As such resort facilities are not owned by Santa’s Lapland and we have no control over their operation and in many cases are not given notice of their closure. We cannot accept any responsibility should such facilities or activities be withdrawn, curtailed or moved. Hotelplan Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any losses incurred as a result of industrial action in resort e.g. strike action by bus drivers etc.
Advertisements and descriptions of resort facilities in hotel and Santa’s Christmas Cabin information folders are not intended to be recommendations.
14 IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The activities described will not necessarily take place in the exact order in which they are described on the website/in the brochure, and due to circumstances outside our control it may be necessary to vary the itineraries at very short notice. Hotelplan Ltd reserves the right to do this when necessary. The length of the rides shown in our itineraries is a guideline only, and may vary according to safety or weather conditions, the number of huskies and reindeer available and other issues beyond our control and no guarantee is given as to the specific length of each ride. ‘Huskies’ is the generic term for the range of breeds used by Lapland’s dog-sled providers. Some features included in the itineraries rely on satisfactory levels of snow and ice and should the levels be inappropriate, suppliers will do their best to offer alternative activities. Insufficient snow or ice in resort is not considered a reason to cancel or grounds for compensation. Safety instructions are given prior to each activity or safari, not including tobogganing or other similar informal activities, and parents are reminded that children must remain under their control at all times.
Age limits or qualifications apply to several features, e.g. a full driving licence is required and must be produced on request before driving snowmobiles; minimum 18 years (but dependent on size and weight) to drive a husky sled, passport evidence may be required. Our reservations team has full details and you should enquire before booking if any limitations to activities are of paramount importance to you. Strict drink driving laws apply to snowmobile driving, as with any vehicle. During a snowmobile safari, children are transported in a separate sled driven by a guide, whilst parents drive or are a passenger on a separate snowmobile. Young children cannot ride pillion on a snowmobile and the recommended minimum height to ride pillion is 1.40m. As most activities take place outdoors in Arctic conditions, they are not all suitable for babies and very young children. We take advice from our suppliers daily on whether children under 4 years old should be allowed to participate in certain activities due to weather conditions and other factors. No refund or compensation is applicable if young children and the accompanying carer are unable to take part in a particular activity. If any activity, whether pre-booked in the UK or booked locally, does not ultimately take place, the liability of Hotelplan Ltd is limited to a refund of the price paid for that specific activity only and no additional compensation will be payable.
Northern Lights Adventure: Whilst it is hoped that these natural phenomena will appear during the safari, they cannot be guaranteed and no refund or compensation is applicable should they not be visible.
Please note we do not operate any of these activities ourselves and arrangements are made by us acting as your agent and not as principal. We endeavour to ensure that all activities contracted through us are undertaken with reasonable skill and care in accordance with local laws, regulations and customs. However, it is not feasible to make the activity programmes completely risk free and it is a condition of your booking that you accept that you are taking risks and that it is your responsibility to be insured to the levels reasonably required for your circumstances.
b) Santa’s Lapland Staff
Our staff are recruited and trained to provide a quality holiday for all our guests and you will have the resources of our staff to help you in any way they can during your trip. Please note that we do not provide nanny or nursery care and all children remain the responsibility of their accompanying adults at all times.
In December, temperatures in Lapland normally range between -7°c and -35°c. Snowfall can be extremely heavy at this time. Daylight is limited to between 10.30 and 14.00, with long periods of twilight either side of night.
Whilst thermal suits and boots are provided free for the duration of your stay, you are advised to bring layers of thermal and fleeced clothing to wear underneath when you are outdoors. Several layers of clothing provide better insulation from the cold than one or two thick items. Balaclavas, face masks and extra warm headgear are also suggested. The heating in hotels and Catered Cabins is extremely efficient so lighter clothing is required indoors.
e) Photographic equipment
The extreme cold can adversely affect some photographic equipment, especially camcorders, so please refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines and ensure protective covers are purchased if advised. Batteries can discharge very quickly in the cold, so back-ups are advisable.
Lapland is 2 hours ahead of UK time in December (i.e. GMT +2)
g) Santa Claus
Detailed information about the family’s meeting with Santa Claus will be sent to all parents once a holiday has been confirmed.
15 TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS
All flight arrangements are made under our own Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 0025. When you travel by air, land or on water, the relevant carrier’s Conditions of Carriage will apply to your journey, some of which may limit liability, as set out under ‘Our Liability to you’. All land and air travel arrangements, airlines, aircraft types, timings, routings and arrival airports are provisional until confirmed with our e-tickets and may change after this due to circumstances beyond our control. Operational decisions may be taken by carriers and/or airports and other such authorities, resulting in delays, diversions or re-scheduling. As this is not within our control, we cannot accept liability for such situations. We reserve the right to substitute airlines/aircraft and make any necessary alteration to your travel arrangements, including the method of carriage. In a force majeure situation, such as severe weather conditions or industrial disputes, we reserve the right to substitute airlines/aircraft and make any necessary alteration to your travel arrangements, including the method of carriage, to enable us to fulfil our package holiday promise to transport you to and from the resort or your UK departure airport.
We are also obliged to bring to your attention the existence of a “community list” of airlines that are banned from operating within the EU. To view it go to www.europa.eu and search on banned airlines.
Pregnant women are usually eligible to fly up to the 28th week of pregnancy on the date of return travel, but as this may vary, please check beforehand with both your doctor and the relevant airline. Children under 2 years of age on the return date of travel must sit on a parent’s lap and are not entitled to a luggage allowance or catering. Civil Aviation Authority regulations dictate that a child of 2 years or older on date of return travel must have its own air seat, and will otherwise be denied boarding by the airline. Such a child must be booked and priced accordingly for the entirety of the holiday.
Seating families together on the aircraft cannot be guaranteed in all cases although cabin crew will do their best. Clearly, when a flight is full for example, it may be physically impossible to seat every single family as they would wish.
Light refreshments or a meal are not included on flights, although our partner airlines offer a ‘Buy-on-Board’ light refreshment service, or if preferred you can purchase refreshments at the airport prior to boarding.
b) Flight Changes, Delays and Diversions
In the unlikely event of a flight delay, the airline will endeavour to keep you informed and provide you with refreshments and or meals in accordance with their obligations under the EU Denied Boarding Regulations (copies will be available at the airline counter) where it is operationally feasible to do so. In the event of extended delays, we will endeavour to make arrangements for overnight accommodation for you, though this cannot be guaranteed, and will depend upon local availability. You will be responsible for any accommodation costs as these cannot be borne by Hotelplan Ltd and you should be able to reclaim the costs against your insurance policy. If your flight is delayed due to reasons of force majeure such as weather conditions (either in the UK or overseas), industrial action, natural disasters, closure or congestion of airports etc., we regret that neither we nor the airline will be liable to provide meals, refreshments or overnight accommodation. You should ensure that your own travel insurance policy provides a reasonable level of cover for such events. If you consider that you have a claim under EC261/2004 regulations in the event of a flight delay or cancellation you should approach the airline concerned, not Santa’s Lapland, as these regulations apply to airlines not tour operators.
Santa’s Lapland cannot offer compensation for inconvenience or loss of holiday time caused by flight delays, flight diversions or curtailment regardless of how caused. Similarly it is not possible to obtain refunds for any unused accommodation or facilities or for losses, costs and expenses of other travel/accommodation arrangements outside of the package holiday resulting from flight changes, delays or diversions which should be claimed on your own insurance policy.
Very rarely we may be forced by, for example, adverse weather conditions or road closures (not necessarily in your chosen resort) to make alternative arrangements and in the interests of safety for your outward and/or return journey (generally at the point of flight departure and dependent upon availability of local facilities), the cost of which, if not covered by the airline, must be claimed on your own travel insurance. In such circumstances we will endeavour to provide reasonable assistance with alternative arrangements, but you will not be entitled to additional compensation.
If you are using connecting or internal flights to join our flight and experience a delay, we ask that you telephone us to inform us of your amended travel arrangements. Relevant contact details can be found on our website in the Pre-Departure Information. Please note that we do not accept responsibility in the event of any delay to, or if you miss, connecting flights or other services that have not been booked through us. If you are booking connecting flights we would recommend that you purchase a ticket that may allow a degree of flexibility in the event of any delay or change to your advertised flight timings.
On your return journey to the UK our obligation, particularly in a force majeure situation, is to provide transportation back to your original UK departure airport. To do this we reserve the right to substitute airlines/aircraft and make any necessary alteration to your travel arrangements, including a change of method of carriage. Return flights may be arranged to an alternative airport in the UK with onward surface transportation to your original airport. In such circumstances transportation costs will be met by Santa’s Lapland but we will not be held responsible for the provision or cost of meals, telephone calls, additional parking or homeward transportation expenses. Please note that we will not accept responsibility for travel arrangements you choose to make yourself and in no circumstances will we accept responsibility for loss of earnings or professional fees.
c) Baggage and Baggage Allowance
The baggage allowance for our flights as advised with your flight e-tickets (normally 15-20kgs per person, excluding infants) must not be exceeded in any circumstances, or check-in staff may levy excess baggage charges or be unable to place your luggage on the flight. All your belongings remain your responsibility at all times and Hotelplan Ltd will not be held responsible for any items being mislaid, loaded onto wrong coaches, left behind etc. It is normally your responsibility to manage your baggage at all times including its transfer on and off transfer vehicles and to and from hotel rooms and Catered Cabins. No liability is accepted for misplacement of items, leaving items/luggage behind or mistaking someone else’s luggage for your own or another guest/person taking your luggage off any transfer, believing it to be their own or otherwise. Hotelplan Ltd accepts no responsibility for luggage lost by the airline or airport baggage handlers, and if this occurs, you should contact the airline or airport directly and use your travel insurance for any resulting claim.
Passengers travelling by air with infants will be pleased to note that you can keep collapsible buggies with you until you board the aircraft. The snow terrain may limit their usefulness in resort, however they are a godsend at the airport!
Transfer times are approximate and may, at times, be affected by weather and road conditions, or other circumstances beyond our control. Although many coaches are equipped with WCs, they are not always available for use, for a variety of reasons. European coaches do not always have fitted seat belts.Infants under the age of 2 years on the return date of travel must sit on a parent’s lap.
16 HOTEL INFORMATION
The hotels shown in our brochure and on our website have been given Santa’s Lapland’s own diamond ratings to give an indication of the style and standard of the hotels in comparison to each other. Our ratings are based on senior management inspections and previous guest feedback and naturally a certain amount of personal opinion is involved. We emphasise that these are not official ratings as Lapland hotels have no official ratings, and cannot be compared in any way with any system of official hotel star ratings.
It is becoming increasingly common for hotels to take an imprint of your credit card for security reasons when checking in. Check-in / check-out times will differ for each hotel – your compliance with the hotel regulations in which you are staying is mandatory, therefore please do ensure that you are aware of the times applicable to your chosen hotel. Porterage is not included in the cost of our holidays and neither Santa’s Lapland staff nor those of the hotels will be able to accept liability for your belongings, which remain your responsibility at all times.
The first meal of your stay is usually dinner on your arrival evening if you have booked the half-board option, and the last meal included is breakfast on departure day. Food is either international cuisine or traditional Finnish fare and is usually buffet style. Please note that Gala Dinners in hotels in Saariselkä do not follow traditional British Christmas dinner menus, but are buffet-style including a selection of international dishes and Lapland specialities. Please note that the Gala Dinner is not provided in all hotels. If the minimum numbers required for a particular hotel to provide the Gala Dinner are not reached, the Gala Dinner may be provided for you in one of our other hotels, a short walk away, joining other Santa’s Lapland guests.
Beds may be sofa-beds, chair-beds or folding beds, particularly in family accommodation where part of the room is intended as either a sleeping area or a sitting area. Where children share bunk beds, we recommend 6 years old as the minimum age for occupying the upper bed. Cots are usually available free of charge, if requested at the time of booking. Please note that the addition of a cot may restrict room space and we cannot guarantee that cots will meet British Safety standards. Bathrooms may not always have full size baths and showers may not always have a shower tray or curtain.
Soap and shampoo are not usually provided. ‘Private facilities’ are not necessarily en-suite – please check individual property descriptions.
Some hotels ask guests not to wear outdoor shoes/boots inside the building, so it is advisable to take indoor shoes or slippers with you.
Hotels may provide a Continental twin (a double bed frame with two single mattresses and two single duvets) in rooms described as doubles or twins. You must advise us in writing if this is not acceptable to anyone included on your booking.
We ask that you vacate your hotel rooms before 10am, or at the time as stipulated by the hotelier, if different. You will be able to make use of hotel facilities up until departure, but please be aware that there may not be showering facilities made available to you outside of your rooms.
Views from balconies and windows may be restricted by trees/foliage or other factors beyond our control and no express or implied representation is made regarding there being a ‘view’ of any kind from a window or balcony unless expressly described.
There may be a small charge for facilities such as pools, saunas, leisure activities, fitness rooms etc., unless stated as being free or included. Please bear in mind that the range of equipment in fitness rooms and health suites may vary and will not be as extensive as a purpose built gym. Swimming pool, steam bath and sauna temperatures are determined by the hotel management in accordance with local regulations or custom and may not always match guests’ expectations. Please note some communal saunas are clothing-free areas! Leisure facilities may be subject to limited opening hours and there may be restrictions on their use by children.
Where descriptions state ‘Satellite TV or Cable TV’, these will normally have a limited selection of English-speaking channels, e.g. news, and not a full range of sport or children’s channels. Some hotels may also offer a ‘Pay for View’ film channel.
17 CHRISTMAS CABINS
The cabins were not necessarily built for commercial purposes and are not allocated a category or grading by the national tourist authorities. Accommodation will comply with any appropriate local standards in Finland, which may differ from UK standards.
We ask you to contribute towards the costs if you reserve rooms for your exclusive use but do not fill all the beds. The supplement payable is one half of the basic adult air-inclusive price per empty bed space.
In some cabins, bedrooms lead from communal rooms. Towels are provided in all cabins. Where children share bunk beds, we recommend 6 years old as the minimum age for occupying the upper bed.
Where additional beds are required in a Cabin, above the fixed number, then these may be put-up beds or sofa-beds in the lounge area.
c) Child-related features
For children aged 2 years or over who require a cot and/or highchair, the request must be confirmed at the time of booking. The cabins are relatively small but baby alarms are very useful and we recommend that concerned parents bring their own alarms and adaptor plugs.
We do not provide stair gates in any of our properties. If you choose to bring a stair gate with you, or hire one locally, it is your responsibility to ensure its proper installation and operation at all times, including by other adult and child guests in the property.
Our staff are trained to take reasonable precautions in making the cabins safe for children. However, as our properties were not designed specifically with children in mind, we cannot guarantee they are childproof and you will therefore need to be more vigilant than in your own home.
Breakfast is run on a self-service basis, usually between 8 and 9am and is typically continental style. Dinner is served for adults and children together around 7pm and is a three-course meal including complimentary wine, soft drinks and coffee. On the evening before departure a Festive Dinner will be served (NB: this is not a traditional British Christmas dinner). Menus are chosen to have broad appeal to both adults and children and it will not be possible for our hosts to provide completely different children’s and adult’s meals. All dietary requests must be confirmed at time of booking. On late bookings, a minimum of 14 days’ notice is required. We shall exercise reasonable care to avoid specified food and drink ingredients if special diets are agreed at the time of booking. However, due to the fact that these are not always clearly evident on labels, particularly taking into account translation problems, we cannot guarantee avoiding specified ingredients. The milk supplied is likely to be UHT.
Special Diets & Food Allergies
If you have a serious allergy which requires a special diet to be prepared separately from other guests’ food, your booking cannot be confirmed until we have been able to confirm that we can supply such a diet (see extreme food allergies, below). Please note that our liability in respect of Special Diets & Food Allergies applies only to the Christmas Cabin accommodation that we provide, and you are advised to check with your airline as to what procedures they have in place in this regard. We unfortunately are unable to accept special dietary requests within 4 days prior to departure and will be unable to guarantee that we can cater for your needs.
Vegetarian meals can always be served, although we need 14 days’ notice in writing.
Other special diets (e.g. vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, low-fat/cholesterol, specific food allergies etc.) can be catered for, but must be discussed with our reservations team before booking. All such dietary requests and/or food allergies must be confirmed to us in writing by email or registered post at least 14 days prior to departure. For any guests who advise us on arrival of a special dietary requirement, a local charge may be payable in resort to cover additional catering costs.
We have a well-developed Food Allergy Policy in place, with a view to avoiding any allergic reaction incidents, and shall exercise reasonable care to avoid specified food and drink ingredients if special diets are agreed at the time of booking and confirmed in writing as above. However, in choosing to travel with us, you accept the following facts:- that Cabin staff involved in catering, including for children’s meals, are generally not qualified catering professionals; that no food allergy system can ever provide a 100% guarantee against any contact with a specified foodstuff; that items such as eggs, dairy products and nuts are constantly present in chalet kitchens and dining areas, so cross-contamination cannot be ruled out; that our staff cannot police what snacks third parties, including other guests’ children, may bring into contact with the allergic person; that staff may not be aware of precise food contents (where they do not speak the language in which the ingredients are labelled, for example). We therefore cannot and do not guarantee the avoidance of specified ingredients, and cannot accept liability in the event of any dissatisfaction with special dietary arrangements, including the occurrence of an allergic reaction.
Extreme Food Allergies: where a food allergy is so severe that the slightest exposure to the substance in question could cause a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction (for example where a reaction may be triggered other than by actually eating the foodstuff - such as by smell alone, or by minute trace elements on the hands of a staff member or another child), you must advise us in writing of the severe nature of the allergy at the time of booking. We then reserve the right to advise you that, in our considered view, the controls we are able to implement in the Christmas Cabin environment are insufficient to guarantee your, or your child’s safety, in which case, should you choose to proceed with the booking, you do so entirely at your own risk, and would be asked to confirm this in writing in order to confirm the booking. If you fail to advise us of a known extreme allergy at the point of booking, you will be in breach of contract, and we will therefore have no liability to you at all in the event of any incident.
e) Cleaning and hygiene
Your bedroom will be clean and tidy for your arrival and bathrooms will be cleaned daily during your stay. Otherwise its state is left to you. The staff will empty your accessible waste bins each day and clean all communal rooms. We ask guests not to wear outdoor shoes or boots inside for reasons of hygiene and to preserve the fittings and furnishings, so please bring slippers or indoor shoes with you.
f) Security / Telephones
Our properties do not have safes for securing guests valuables and entrance keys must be shared between guests. Internal bedrooms do not have keys. We cannot be held responsible for the damage to, loss or theft of personal belongings from any accommodation. Please note that our cabins do not have telephones fitted. If a telephone facility is important to you we recommend that you take a mobile phone. We cannot offer the use of telephone points for email access.
Hotelplan Ltd operates a no-smoking policy in all its properties and vehicles, which includes the use of E-Cigarettes. A guest who breaches this policy will be liable to pay a fine of €100 to pay for additional deep-cleaning required and will be held liable for any other consequential damages sought against Hotelplan Ltd by its other guests or the cabin owner.
Porterage is not included in the cost of the holiday. If you allow our staff or coach drivers to assist with the transfer of your luggage from or to the main coach and/or feeder vehicles, you do so entirely at your own risk as we do not accept responsibility for your luggage at any time and you remain responsible at all times for ensuring your luggage is on the appropriate vehicle.
18 VISAS, PASSPORTS AND HEALTH
The party leader is responsible for ensuring all party members are in possession of a valid passport (a full 10 year passport in the case of British Citizens over the age of 16 on return date). British Citizen children under 16 years old and not already on a parent’s passport valid for the dates of travel, must have their own passport. Your specific passport, visa and immigration requirements, including any minimum required validity period beyond holiday dates, are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. Hotelplan Ltd accepts no liability if you cannot travel or re-enter the UK due to non-compliance. Your passport and any travel documentation you arrange must show the same surname and initials. If these details change between making the holiday reservation and departure from UK, you should have the travel documentation changed. If you don’t have time, please carry the appropriate documentation, such as a marriage certificate, with you.
Full details of entry and stay requirements, visa and travel advice to your particular destination and for any travel information/restrictions, visit the foreign office website at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and the passport office website at www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-passport-office for passport information.
Please note that standards of healthcare and facilities may vary from one country to another and you are advised to review the foreign travel advice for your destination at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
You must also take with you your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Apply online at www.gov.uk/european-health-insurance-card, or by telephone: 0300 330 1350. You should take your EHIC card with you on holiday. Please be advised that the EHIC is not a replacement for fully comprehensive winter sports travel insurance, which you are required to take as outlined in our booking conditions.
Please note that standards of healthcare and facilities may vary from one country to another and may not reach the same level as that enjoyed in the UK.
If you have a pre-existing medical condition, you must inform your insurer and it is your responsibility to ensure that you have sufficient medication for your trip and you know how to administer it.
Special Needs: If you have any special requirements it is essential you bring these to our attention at the earliest opportunity and before choosing your holiday. It is therefore important you provide us with written details of your requirements in order that we can help you find a suitable holiday. When booking excursions or events in resort, you should ensure that the excursion or event that you have chosen is suitable and that the provider is made aware of any special requirements that you may have, in order that they may make an informed decision as to the suitability of the excursion or event for you.
19 TRAVEL GUIDANCE
The Foreign & Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit may have issued guidance on your destination. You can check through the ABTA Consumer Affairs information line on 020 3117 0500or at www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo.
20 PHOTOGRAPHS and DATA PROTECTION POLICY
Santa’s Lapland staff, professional photographers or other guests will occasionally take photographs or videos, which may include adult or child guests from your family, for use in future brochures, websites or other marketing material. Unless you have advised us in writing that you do not wish your or your child’s image used in this way, no liability for the use of such photographs will be accepted by Hotelplan Ltd. (Note that for your security, names or other details are never attached to such photographs.) Please note that we accept no liability where photographs or video footage has been taken by another guest and distributed independently by them or any other third party not associated with Hotelplan Ltd, for example on various social media.
Guest comments taken from questionnaires or other correspondence are occasionally used in the brochure and website, with the name of the family concerned, to give a ‘guest’s eye view’ of our holidays. Unless you have advised us in writing that you do not wish your comments to be used in this way, no liability for the use of such comments will be accepted by Hotelplan Ltd.
In order to process your booking and to ensure your travel arrangements run smoothly and meet your requirements, we need to use the information you provide such as name, address, any special needs/dietary requirements etc. We will not pass any information on to any person not responsible for part of your travel arrangements and we take full responsibility for ensuring that proper security measures are in place to protect your information. We must however pass the information on to the relevant suppliers of your holiday arrangements, such as hotels, transport companies etc. This information may also be used for future communications from Santa’s Lapland, (including for example the use of names and contact details for brochure mailings and e-newsletters) and it may also be provided to security and checking companies and public authorities such as customs/immigration if required by them or as required by law. If you do not agree to any or all such uses, you must advise us as soon as possible by registered post. We do not share any information with third parties but we would like to hold your information, where collected by us, for our own future marketing purposes (for example to inform you of promotional offers or to send you brochures from other Hotelplan Ltd products). If you do not wish to receive such approaches in the future, please inform us as soon as possible. Please note: Telephone calls may be monitored for training purposes.