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The Crowne Plaza Resort Colchester Five Lakes is rebranding as Five Lakes Resort

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The Crowne Plaza Resort Colchester is leaving IHG.

Here is a hotel update for a property we have mentioned occasionally.  The Crowne Plaza Resort Colchester – Five Lakes, one of the few IHG resort properties in the UK, has left the chain.

It is still on the IHG website but not bookable.  The official hotel website is here and shows it operating as ‘Five Lakes Resort’.

Five Lakes Resort

BA’s new 100th birthday ad launches today

British Airways is launching its ‘100th birthday’ advert this morning.  It is an interesting piece with a mix of celebrities (Gary Oldman, Olivia Colman, Winnie the Pooh) on a Boeing 787 alongside members of the public representing the full spectrum of British society.  There is also a section filmed in the First Wing at Terminal 5.

Is is better than Virgin Atlantic’s 25th birthday ad (YouTube link)?  Could anything be? Find out at 11.30.

EDIT:  here is the link to the ad, now live on YouTube

IHG Rewards update – June 2021:

Get bonus points: The current IHG Rewards promotion is ‘Triple Your Points’ – our full article is here. It runs from 15th May to 16th August. You receive double base points on your second stay and triple base points on your third and subsequent stays. You can register on this page of

New to IHG Rewards?  Read our two-part overview of IHG Rewards here and here and our article on expiry rules here.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG Rewards points, you can buy them here.

Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from IHG and the other major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

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