The Greatest Songbook
- No fly
- Half board
Enjoy songs originally performed by some of our most iconic ‘crooners’
From the languid tones of Blue Moon to an invitation to Come fly with me, step into the world of the ‘crooners’ on this special short break, exploring some of their greatest songs. Originally sung by such icons as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Matt Munro, look forward to taking your seats each evening as your host Robert Habermann serenades you, accompanied by fascinating insights into the lives of some of the great singers.
You’ll stay at Sandbanks Hotel (4Q) in the popular seaside town of Poole, with some free time – perfect for those who enjoy exploring independently. There will also be the opportunity to watch a musical film if you want to put your feet up in the afternoons, plus a circular cruise in Poole Harbour.
All breakfasts (B) and dinners (D)
Local expert guide
- Cancellation rights
- Expert host talks
- Hosted welcome drinks reception
- Three in-house concerts from your host, Robert Habermann
- Free Wi-Fi
- Hotel porterage
- Sightseeing cruise of Poole Harbour
Sandbanks Hotel, 15 Banks Road, Poole BH13 7PS
This 4-star hotel has an excellent location beside the beach on the narrow strip of land that divides the Sandbanks peninsula from the mainland. Meaning you can admire views over the English Channel and the Isle of Wight on one side, and the islands of Poole Harbour on the other.
The hotel has 105 en-suite rooms, with lift access to the first and second floors where Saga rooms are allocated.
Tea coffee making facilities
Food and Drink
Your stay is on a half-board basis and you'll enjoy your included breakfasts and dinners at the Sea View Restaurant, which serves contemporary British cuisine from locally-sourced ingredients. You can also purchase afternoon tea, served every day between 3pm and 5.30pm
Other Hotel Information
The hotel has its own car park where you can park free of charge for the duration of your stay.
Indoor swimming pool
Out and about
The hotel sits next to a string of beachside cafes and bars, and a long promenade which makes for lovely lengthy walks. Of course, you've also got easy access to both Poole and Bournemouth, as well as Dorset's dramatic Jurassic Coast where you can spy landmarks like the Durdle Door and Old Harry Rocks. Plus you can visit the delightful Isle of Purbeck and the beautiful Dorset seaside resort of Swanage which is just a short trip away by using the chain ferry from Sandbanks.
The glorious peninsula of Sandbanks has long been an exclusive playground for the British rich list, filled with expensive homes and luxury hotels. Even the surrounding sea bobs with smart yachts and sailing boats – that’s in addition to those in the swish yachting marina. Then there’s the beach – seven miles of prestigious Blue Flag award-winning sand which runs all the way to Bournemouth and beyond. Hop on the Sandbanks Ferry which will take you to Poole where you can explore the Quay, or you can head in the other direction and visit Bournemouth to stroll along the lengthy pier or enjoy the fabulous shopping opportunities.
"I was lucky to meet my all-time hero Frank Sinatra, who inspired me to share my passion for film musicals through light-hearted performances and tales of my travels," says Robert, who played Ol' Blue Eyes in the original cast of The Rat Pack. Discovered by the respected American singer Margaret Whiting, Robert has performed with a number of other iconic stars, including Kay Starr, Steve Ross, Rosemary Squire and more. In 1994 he won the Best International Performer Award from the prestigious Manhattan Association of Cabarets. He's always been warmly welcomed by previous Saga guests.
Since graduating from University College London, Trevor worked extensively in the music industry in most areas. He worked closely with the bandleader Alyn Ainsworth, during which time Trevor contributed to many television shows, including Royal Variety Performances and BAFTA award shows. He has arranged the music for a number of TV series, including Wednesday at Eight, Live from the Palladium and Surprise Surprise – most recently he has worked on shows like Pop Idol and How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?
Day 1 Arrival
After arriving at your hotel, look forward to meeting your host and fellow guests at a welcome meeting, before enjoying dinner at your hotel.
Day 2 At leisure
Today is at leisure to perhaps venture into Bournemouth (about 4 miles away) and see a selection of its sights. Known for its wealth of colourful parks and gardens, the town has a variety of attractions ranging from chines to an arts trail and a choice of shops.
This afternoon why not take it easy and enjoy a classical music film showing at your hotel, or continue exploring.
After dinner at your hotel this evening, take your seats for the first in-house concert from your host, Robert Habermann, accompanied by pianist Trevor Brown, when you can look forward to stepping into the world of the ‘greatest songbook‘ with music and songs that may include Frank Sinatra’s Come Fly with Me and The Lady is a Tramp, Dean Martin’s That’s Amore, Perry Como’s It’s Impossible and more …
Day 3 Poole Harbour Cruise
This morning enjoy some free time, or perhaps another music DVD showing at your hotel. In the afternoon head to Poole Harbour to enjoy a circular cruise round Poole and Sandbanks harbour, taking in the fantastic views as you pass picturesque Brownsea Island, Sandbanks Peninsula, Studland Bay and more.
After dinner this evening, Robert will give his second concert when you can look forward to more well-known songs from the period.
Day 4 At Leisure
Spend today as you please, perhaps taking in more of the area’s attractions or just relaxing at your hotel, or trying out the pool or sauna. As before, there is the option of watching a classic musical film this afternoon before dinner at your hotel, followed by your final concert from Robert.
Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, bid your fellow guests and host farewell, before departing for home.
Poole Harbour Cruise
Used by the Ancient Roman armies during their invasion of England’s southern shores, Poole’s natural harbour is today popular with sightseeing tourists and those with a passion for watersports. Your harbour cruise will reveal fantastic views from the boat’s open deck as you pass Brownsea Island - on which Robert Baden-Powell established the Boy Scouts and the native red squirrel can be found - Studland Bay and the Sandbanks Peninsula, boasting pretty beaches and sky-high property prices. The cruise will last 70 minutes and live commentary will make sure that you don’t miss a thing!
Included on 4 nights itinerary