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Peak Retreats Booking Conditions

It is important that you read and understand the following booking conditions. Together with the general information on this website or in the brochure, the literature describing your holiday components and the booking form, they will form part of the holiday contract.

If you would like further clarification on any aspect, please call us on 0844 576 0170 (Calls cost 7p per minute + any network charges).

Your contract is between all persons named on your booking form ('you') and Peak Retreats Ltd (registered in England 4382873) ('us') and is made under the law of England.

  1. ABTA
    Book with Confidence. We are a fully bonded Member of ABTA, membership number W5537, which means you have the benefit of ABTA’s assistance and Code of Conduct and your money is protected.

    The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 require us to provide security for the monies that you pay for the package holidays booked from this website and for your repatriation in the event of our insolvency. We provide security for the monies that you pay for the holidays booked from this website. We provide this security by way of bond held by ABTA.

    We reserve the right to alter the prices of any of the holidays shown in our brochure or on our website. You will be advised of the current price of the holiday that you wish to book before your contract is confirmed. Changes in taxes such as French VAT applicable for services like accommodation or ski extras mean that the price of your holiday/travel arrangements may change after you have booked. However there will be no change within 30 days of your departure. We will absorb and you will not be charged for any increase equivalent to 2% of the price of your travel arrangements, which excludes insurance premiums and any amendment charges. You will be charged for the amount over and above that. 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 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 do so within 14 days from the date printed on your final invoice. Should the price of your holiday go down due to the changes mentioned above, by more than 2% of your holiday cost, then any refund due will be paid to you. The price of your travel arrangements was calculated using an exchange rate of €1 = 0.86 GBP.

    When you make your booking you must complete a booking form, accepting on behalf of all your party the terms of these booking conditions and pay a deposit as detailed in 'How to book your holiday' in the price insert. A contract will exist only when we issue our confirmation invoice. It is important that you check all your details shown on the confirmation invoice carefully to ensure they are correct as this forms the basis of the contract. Any discrepancies should be brought to our attention within 7 days of issue otherwise the details shown on the confirmation invoice will be presumed to be correct.
    The balance of the price of your holiday must be paid at least 8 weeks before the departure date. If the booking is made less than 8 weeks prior to departure, the total cost of the holiday is payable immediately. If the balance is not paid in time, we shall cancel your travel/accommodation arrangements, retain your deposit and apply cancellation charges as set out below.

    If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, for example your chosen departure date or accommodation, we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes to be made must be in writing from the person who made the booking. Minor amendments (i.e. change of car or addition of passengers) are made free of charge up to 4 weeks before departure. For other amendments you will be asked to pay an administration charge of £25, and any further cost we incur in making this alteration. You should be aware that these costs could increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made and you should contact us as soon as possible. You may transfer your booking to another person subject to a £25 charge, however the personal insurance premiums are not refundable or transferable and the new party will also be required to have personal insurance.
    Note: Certain travel arrangements (e.g. Train Tickets) may not be changeable after a reservation has been made and any alteration request could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements.

    You, or any member of your party, may cancel your travel/holiday arrangements at any time. Written notification from the person who made the booking on your behalf must be received at our offices. Since we incur costs in cancelling your travel/holiday arrangements, you will pay the applicable cancellation charges up to the maximum shown in clause 8. Unused or partly used holiday elements such as lift passes, equipment hire or en-route hotels will be treated as full cancellation and cannot be refunded. Note: If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges.

    It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to your travel arrangements, but we do plan the arrangements many months in advance. Occasionally, we may have to make changes and we reserve the right to do so at any time. Most of these changes will be minor and we will advise you of them at the earliest possible date. We also reserve the right in any circumstances to cancel your travel arrangements. However, we will not cancel your travel arrangements less than 8 weeks before your departure date, except for reasons of force majeure or failure by you to pay the final balance. If we are unable to provide the booked travel arrangements, you can either have a refund of all monies paid or accept an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us; if available (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value). If it is necessary to cancel your travel arrangements, we will pay to you compensation as set out in this clause.
    Please note that carriers such as Ferry companies used in the brochure may be subject to change. Such a change is deemed to be a minor change. Other examples of minor changes include alteration of your outward/return crossing by less than 12 hours, change of accommodation to another of the same standard.
    If we make a major change to your holiday, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your departure. You will have the choice of either accepting the change of arrangements, accepting an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us if available (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value), or cancelling your booked holiday and receiving a full refund of all monies paid. In all cases, except where the major change arises due to reasons of force majeure, we will pay compensation as detailed below:

    Period before departure within which notice of cancellation or major changes is received by us or notified by you

    If we make a major change to your holiday

    If we cancel your holiday

    If you cancel your holiday


    Amount you will receive from us

    Amount you will receive from us

    Amount of cancellation charge

    More than 42 days


    Deposit only (or 25% of holiday cost)

    Deposit only (or 25% of holiday cost)

    Between 41 & 28 days


    100% of holiday cost* +£20**

    45% of holiday cost*

    Between 27 & 14 days


    100% of holiday cost* +£30**

    60% of holiday cost*

    Between 13 & 9 days


    100% of holiday cost* +£35**

    75%of holiday cost*

    Between 8 & 0 days


    100% of holiday cost* +£40**

    100% of holiday cost*

    * The holiday cost for cancellations is defined as the total invoiced amount less the insurance premium(s), which are non-refundable since insurance cover is effective from the time of booking confirmation.
    ** per adult (+16yrs)

    Force Majeure: This means that we will not pay you compensation if we have to cancel or change your travel arrangements in any way because of unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control. These can include, for example, war, riot, industrial dispute, terrorist activity and its consequences, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, closure of ports, adverse weather conditions.

    Personal and medical travel insurance must be taken and we will arrange this through our appointed supplier unless details of your preferred insurer, providing at least the same level of cover, is advised at the time of booking.

    Your specific passport and visa requirements and other immigration requirements are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements. European Citizens are advised to obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

    You undertake to accept the holiday accommodation allocated to your booking and to take responsibility and exercise reasonable care in respect of your accommodation and its equipment. It is our aim at Peak Retreats that your holiday is safe and trouble free. We are actively working to raise safety standards of accommodation overseas and will, of course, do our best to ensure that. In return we ask that you be mindful of your own duty of care and give thought to your own and other members of your party's safety whilst you are away. Local regulations may mean that the layout and services within your accommodation are different from those to which you may be accustomed. Accommodation compliance is always with respect to local regulations. Current travel advice is readily available from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (

    If the contract we have with you is not performed or is improperly performed by us or our suppliers we will pay you appropriate compensation if this has affected the enjoyment of your travel arrangements. However we will not be liable where any failure in the performance of the contract is due to: you; or a third party unconnected with the provision of the travel arrangements and where the failure is unforeseeable or unavoidable; or 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 event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall. Equally we will not be responsible for your disappointment as a result of unrealistic expectations. Our liability, except in cases involving death, injury or illness, shall be limited to a maximum of 3 times the cost of your travel arrangements. Our liability will also be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to: (a) The contractual terms of the companies that provide the transportation for your travel arrangements. These terms are available on request; and (b) Any relevant international convention, for example the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea, the Berne Convention in respect of travel by rail and the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of accommodation, which limit the amount of compensation that you can claim for death, injury, delay to passengers and loss, damage and delay to luggage. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of any limitation of compensation contained in these or any conventions. You can ask for copies of the transport companies' contractual terms, or the international conventions, from our offices.

    As we only book clients on scheduled transport services we rely on the respective carriers to handle arrangements for our clients in the event of delays and cancellations.

    (Unconnected with arrangements made by us.)
    If you, or any member of your party, suffer death, illness or injury whilst overseas arising out of an activity which does not form part of your package travel arrangements or an excursion arranged through us, we shall at our discretion, offer advice, guidance and assistance. Where legal action is contemplated and you want our assistance, you must obtain our written consent prior to commencement of proceedings. Our consent will be given subject to you undertaking to assign any costs, benefits received under any relevant insurance policy to ourselves. We limit the cost of our assistance to you or any member of your party to £5,000.

    We are confident that you will enjoy your holiday but in the unlikely event that you do encounter a problem you must immediately notify the relevant local owner, caretaker, supplier who will endeavour to put things right. If your complaint cannot be resolved locally, please contact us straightaway on on +44 2392 839 310 and we will endeavour to assist. If you are still not satisfied please follow this up within 28 days of your return home by writing to our Managing Director at 2.4 Central Point, Kirpal Road, Portsmouth, Hants PO3 6FH or e-mail us at giving your original booking reference number and all other relevant information. If you fail to follow this simple 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 this contract.

    It is always our aim to settle any complaints amicably. However, should this not be possible, we can also offer you an arbitration scheme for the resolution of disputes arising out of, or in connection with this contract. It is arranged by ABTA and administered independently. It is a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on you for costs. The upper limit on claims is £5,000 per person and £25,000 per booking form. The scheme doesn’t apply to claims which are solely in respect of physical injury or illness or their consequences. It can however deal with claims which include an element of minor injury or illness subject to a limit of £1,500 on the amount the arbitrator can award per person in respect of this element. Your request for arbitration must be received by ABTA within eighteen months of the date of return from holiday. For injury and illness claims, you can request the ABTA Mediation Procedure and we have the option to agree to mediation. Further information on the Code and ABTA’s assistance in resolving disputes can be found on

    The contract between us and any matters arising from it will be governed by and construed in accordance with English law and are subject to the jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales. You may however choose the kaw and jurisdiction of Scotland or Nothern Ireland if you wish to do so.

    Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the website, regrettably errors do occasionally occur. At any time changes can take place that are beyond our control. You must therefore ensure that you check all details of your chosen holiday (including the price) with us at the time of booking. On occasions, especially during low season, certain facilities or amenities such as all ski lifts operating, restaurants and other local facilities etc may not be open or available as advertised due to maintenance, weather conditions, lack of demand or for other reasons outside our control. We plan our holiday programme many months in advance and therefore it may sometimes be necessary to make changes to the holidays described on the website. We therefore reserve the right to change any holiday details, including the price, before you book, in which case we will tell you before the holiday contract takes effect.

    Please be assured that we have measures in place to protect the personal booking information held by us. This information will be passed on to the relevant suppliers of your travels arrangements. The information may also be provided to public authorities such as customs or immigration if required by them, or as required by law. Certain information may also be passed on to security or credit card checking companies. We will only pass your information on to persons responsible for your travel arrangements. This applies to any sensitive information that you give us such as details of disabilities, or dietary requirements. If we cannot pass this information to the relevant suppliers, we will be unable to provide your booking. In making this booking, you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons. Full details of our data protection policy are available upon request.

    Travel bookings are made subject to the terms and conditions of transport operators, for whom Peak Retreats act as agents. The relevant carriers ‘Conditions of Carriage’ will apply to your journey, some of which exclude or limit liability. Copies can be made available on request. Transport operators featured assume no responsibility for the contents of this website. Credit card payments will incur a 1.85% charge in respect of all transactions. The maximum number of occupants for each accommodation unit detailed in our description should under no circumstances be exceeded. Our suppliers are instructed to refuse admission or evict as necessary to comply with this condition. We will always pass on any special requests and try to meet them but cannot guarantee to do so. However please note that special requests do not form part of our contractual agreement. The general information pages of our brochure or website must also be read in conjunction with the above booking conditions.