X FACTOR JUDGES' HOUSES
Did you watch this year's tense X Factor Judges' Houses episodes and find yourself lusting after dream holidays in these luxurious locations? If so, then you'll love learning you can actually visit these A-list destinations for a fraction of the price with our tempting great-value deals...
JOIN SIMON COWELL IN NICE, FRANCE
This year, Simon Cowell was joined in Nice, the South of France, by guest judge Cheryl. Nestled on the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean, France’s fifth city is well-known as a playground of the rich and famous, with the A-list locations of nearby St. Tropez, Cannes and Monaco embodying the classy cosmopolitan and relaxed vibe the French Riviera is renowned for. Better still, Nice's climate is mellow enough to enjoy year-round and there’s a wealth of things to see and do, including browsing fashionable boutiques, dining in top restaurants, perusing museums and trying your luck at the casinos. Walking up to Castle Hill is a must for beautiful views of the city, including the Bay of Angels and the bright blue water that gave the Cote d'Azur its name.
Where to stay: Want to enjoy the glitz of this elegant resort in a centrally located hotel for a fraction of Simon Cowell's budget?! Well, the 3-star Citadines Nice Buffa Aparthotel (among other hotels in this area) is just the place, with deals from £100pp - you're certain to stay in style! The perfect budget base before spending your days living the high life in the surrounding celebrity enclaves.
JOIN LOUIS WALSH IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Louis Walsh has the boys’ category this year and jetted to Istanbul for his Judges’ Houses showdown. Regarded as the location where ‘East meets West’, Istanbul is the only city in the world considered to be both Asian and European. Istanbul's myriad of attractions include underground Byzantine cisterns, towering minarets, magnificent museums, ancient architecture and a trendy cosmopolitan nightlife that attracts a stylish crowd. Further notable points of interest are the iconic Byzantine Aya Sofya, which features a soaring 6th century dome and rare Christian mosaics, as well as Topkapi Palace, home to generations of sultans and their wives. And, of course, no visit to Istanbul is complete without a trip to one of the city's marvellous Turkish Baths.
Where to stay: You can stay at the fantastic, and wallet-friendly, 4-star Arena Hotel for 3 nights of unbeatable culture, cuisine and coastline - better still you'll have more money to spend on the rooftop cocktails and pampering spa trips Istanbul is famous for!
JOIN SHARON OSBOURNE IN SAN FRANCISCO, USA
Sharon, who has been given the girls’ category this year, went stateside to conduct her Judges’ Houses picks in San Francisco. The ‘city by the bay’, as it is known, is filled with eateries of every kind, from juice bars to fine-dining. Its world-famous Chinatown district and there’s plenty of great shopping, concerts and shows on offer, while visitors to the city can take a ride on the city’s famous cable-cars and get out to gaze at the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, surely one of the world's most recognisable manmade landmarks. Other San Francisco highlights not to be missed include the fascinating Alcatraz Island and a boat trip around the bay from Fisherman’s Wharf.
Where to stay: You can explore this all-round destination without diving too far into your pockets too - thanks to our low cost deals on San Francisco hotels, including 3-star Hotel Metropolis and many more.