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New flights give access to Santorini and Mykonos for 2016


Aegean Airlines are to fly from Dublin to Athens next Summer giving access to 30 destinations on Aegean’s route network, including Santorini and Mykonos.


Santorini is featured on every list of top travel destinations. Until now Irish holidaymakers had to travel from the UK if they wanted to see the iconic whitewashed houses with deep blue rooftops. Aegean airlines will also open up the possibility of travelling to other Greek islands currently not served from Ireland, such as Mykonos, Kefalonia and Skiathos.

New flights to Mykonos for 2016 by The Travel Expert


Flights will operate twice weekly from Dublin to Athens from the 20th of June until the 19th of September.  As soon as the airfares are launched I will post a travel deal for you – watch this space!



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Top Five Places To Holiday After Christmas

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When the turkey is eaten and presents are opened, it’s great to have a holiday to look forward to! Check out my guide of the top five places to holiday after Christmas. 

Whether it’s colder or warmer climates that you’re after, there are options year-round to suit everybody. Skiing the slopes or topping up the tan could be a nice change from a dull Irish January don’t you think?

Canary Islands

If you are looking for some sun, it is hard to beat the Canary Islands. There are plenty of direct flights to Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Tenerife from Ireland. Choose a short 5 – 7 day break for New Year, or stay longer for even better value. With kids back in school in January, you may find that it is cheaper to go away for two weeks rather than a week at this time.

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Fuerteventura, one of the best places to holiday after Christmas by The Travel Expert


Dubai is another great place to visit if you want sunshine but it is also full of things to do. You can try a desert safari, go to the top of the world’s tallest building, ski in the worlds largest indoor ski slope or simply relax on one of it’s stunning beaches.

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Dubai, one of the best places to holiday after Christmas by The Travel Expert


Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens is one of the few Christmas markets that stays open after Christmas. If you want to prolong the festive mood, it is one of the best places for a short break. The gardens come alive with over 500,000 Christmas lights and there are plenty of activities to keep all the family happy. Copenhagen is also one of Europe’s top ‘foodie’ destinations, so why not indulge in some tasty meals before the New Year resolutions kick in! For more information about Copenhagen click here.

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Copenhagen one of the best places to holiday after Christmas by The Travel Expert


If you are looking to ring in the New Year with a party atmosphere then look no further than Hogmanay in Edinburgh. With celebrations that start on the 30th of December and last for three days, New Year is actually celebrated more than Christmas in Edinburgh. Top bands provide fantastic entertainment and the fireworks displays are some of the best you are likely to see.

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Edinburgh's Hogmanay, one of the best places to holiday after Christmas by The Travel Expert


With snowy mountains and pretty villages, a skiing holiday is the perfect way to enjoy the Christmas holidays. Austria, France and Italy are the firm favourites but airfares can be high at that time. Watch out for cheap flights to Germany where the transfer times to Austria are not too long. There are many direct flights from Ireland to airports like Memmingen or Munich both of which have plenty of ski resorts close by.

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Weekend in Rome, 10th November, Flights & 3 Nights, 4 Star Hotel €185!


A weekend in Rome is always a good idea! No matter how many times you visit, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain,  Spanish Steps, Vatican – it is a feast for the senses!

I’m not a history buff by any means and certainly not an architectural wizard but honestly you would want to be made of stone if Rome did not impress you! The combination of the ancient city and the modern buildings, the stylish Italians on the Via Veneto and the locals hanging out their washing on the side street balconies, Rome is mesmerising! The aroma of fresh coffee at every corner combined with Italian eateries serving fresh pasta, how could you not fall in love with Rome?

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I found a great deal flying out on Saturday the 10th of November to enjoy a weekend in Rome. Fly from Dublin and stay in the 4* Best Western Artdeco hotel. Highly recommended on tripadvisor and ideally situated to explore this marvellous city, it is a steal at €199 for flights and three nights accommodation!


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Celebrate World Tapas Day!


Today, 22nd of October we celebrate World Tapas Day! There are celebrations taking place in many cities throughout the world and none better than right here in Dublin!


The Spanish Tourism Office has teamed up with Taste City Fusion to offer you a ‘taste of tapas’. This allows you to get one free tapa plus a glass of Spanish wine when you buy a tapa from one of these participating restaurants. If you really want to celebrate in style, why not try the Dublin Tapas Trail? Enjoy a spread of tapas and a full glass of wine in three of Dublin’s top tapas restaurants, during a three hour tour. Voted as the best place to have ‘kick ass’ tapas by Lovin Dublin – for €50, it’s definitely worth a try!

Dublin Tapas Trail
Dublin Tapas Trail

I had was very fortunate to experience a master class and tasting experience of Jamón Ibérico last night. I never thought of the time and detail that goes into the curing process – to think Ibérico ham is cured for 2 – 4 years! The difference in taste from various parts of the ham, some fruity, some salty was something I had never considered before. Even the aroma varied depending on the temperature of the ham. As one of the million Irish people who visit Spain every year, I was shocked at how little I knew about the tapas that I love so much! Of course we had some fantastic Rioja to go with it ❤

Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert celebrates World Tapas Day

One of my favourite dishes is prawn pil-pil (garlic prawns) and its always the first thing my kids ask for when we are in Spain. Check out this recipe I found which incorporates Ibérico Ham. The combination of the spicy prawns and the salty ham – and it doesn’t look too difficult either! With the bank holiday weekend approaching, maybe you could make some yourself?

Tapas are not only about the food, it brings good friends together to share and experience a variety of different foods. There are many theories of how tapas originated, the name tapas means ‘cover’. Some stories are told of how the tapas (cover) was placed on top of the glass of wine, others about the sick King Alfonso who could only eat small amounts. My favourite is that bar owners gave locals a small amount of whatever they were cooking for their own meal, to accompany their customers wine or beer. Of course everyone likes free food, so over time bars all over Spain started serving small pieces of food with their drinks. With each bar trying to offer better tapas than its neighbour, the standard grew higher and higher. Eventually the tradition extended to all parts of Spain. The tapa, a Spanish hallmark has now been exported all over the world with some of the best michelin star restaurants now serving tapas.


So when booking your next holiday to Spain, don’t just think sunshine and beaches. Think gastronomy and tapas, and enjoy the real taste of Spain.



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Wendy Wu Tours announce fully inclusive tours to Asia from Ireland!


“Who is Wendy Wu?” I hear you say…. Well to put it simply Wendy Wu Tours are THE best tour operator to China, Japan and Southeast Asia.


I’m looking at the new Wendy Wu Tours Asia brochure and I have serious wanderlust! It is packed full of stunning images and incredible tours. It is so easy to read and I’m LOVING the euro all inclusive prices! No attempting to convert sterling and worrying the exchange rate will change, or adding on airfares and then worrying about missed connections – bliss!  I must confess the “Travel Your Way” slogan is also refreshing – bespoke touring, now there’s an idea!

Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert reviews Wendy Wu tours to China and Southeast Asia direct from Ireland

Ever wanted to go to China but the language barrier just seemed a bit daunting? Want to experience the breathtaking island of Vietnam but not sure where to start? Go in pursuit of giant pandas? Sunrise over Angkor Wat? – this is on every list of things to do before you die! With Wendy Wu tours you can do them all – and much more…

Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert reviews Wendy Wu tours to China and Southeast Asia direct from Ireland

The good news is they are now offering their award winning tours from Ireland, with a dedicated Irish website  and a freephone number to answer any queries you may have. Their prices are extremely good value with a fully inclusive 10 day tour of China priced at €1990 including flights, meals, tours, entrance fees and even visas. Wendy Wu Tours have an astonishing  99% customer service and tour rating from more than 1,000 reviews, and these are fully integrated into their website.

Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert reviews Wendy Wu tours to China and Southeast Asia direct from Ireland

They offer a variety of tours to cater for all tastes. Their classic tours cover all the highlights in China, Japan and Southeast Asia. From the Great Wall of China to the Halong bay in Vietnam, you will see all the iconic sights here. Although called ‘classic’ tours, don’t be fooled into thinking you will not see the ‘real’ Asia. You can meet families in traditional hutongs as well as seeing the forbidden city and the Taj Mahal. If you are looking to discover a more active and cultural experience, try their adventurous discovery tours. Some of these may require to have a greater level of fitness such the extensive walks through the rice terraces of Longi near Guilin or cycling in Xian.

Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert reviews Wendy Wu tours to China and Southeast Asia direct from Ireland

For those who want five star luxury, you can have that too. Their exclusive collection offers unique experiences such as learning Tai Chi with a master, taking part in a Vietnamese cookery class and even meeting the farmers who found the Terracotta Warriors. And all with 5* hotels and fine dining included ❤.

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Corfu, 20th May, Flights, Apartment & Transfers, 1 week, €329!


 Check out this amazing Corfu holiday deal for only €329 per person in May! Price includes direct Aer Lingus flights, highly rated accommodation and return airport transfers!


I love holidaying in Greece and particularly in Corfu. The laid back atmosphere, the fabulous food, clear waters and stunning scenery are just some of the many reasons why! There are numerous small resorts to choose from, each one oozing charm and character. Sidari boasts the famous canal d’amour (canal of love) where the cliffs form a canal in the sea. A trip to Corfu town is a must. Discover the fortress, explore the cobbled stone streets and enjoy the best shopping on the island. For more information on Corfu you can read my blog here.  I found a great deal staying in the popular resort of Archaravi. Situated at the north of the island, Archaravi is perfect for anyone looking for a relaxed holiday in beautiful surroundings. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from as well as a long beach perfect for bathing.


Fly direct from Dublin with Aer Lingus on the 20th of May and spend seven nights in the highly rated Matoula apartments for only €348 per person. Use my exclusive promo code TRAVELEXP10 and receive 10% off the accommodation cost, making the total just €329 per person. These apartments are rated number 1 on tripadvisor and are a great choice to kick start the summer. This amazing deal also includes return airport transfers and can be secured with a €1 deposit. A further deposit of €150 is due in four weeks time.


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Cruising – How to choose the right cruise for you.


From surf simulators to spa treatments, designer shopping to sky diving, cruise companies are frantically trying to out do each other. Larger ships with ever more innovation are being launched each year. So for those of you who haven’t tried it yet, how do you know which cruise to choose?


Cruising is now one of the fastest growing markets in the travel industry with over 30,000 people cruising from Ireland last year. I have seen many ships and I can honestly say there is a cruise for everyone out there. Cruise ships are often referred to as floating hotels and in some cases they are more like floating cities. You can choose the massive ships like Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas which can carry almost 8000 passengers and crew, or a smaller intimate river cruise like Uniworld’s SS Catherine, which carries 159 passengers.

I decided for this post I needed some help from a cruise ‘expert’ so I spoke to one of Ireland’s top cruise specialists Niki Stanford, from Nikki has been on 28 cruise ships and has been selling cruises for 16 years. Niki constantly keeps up to date with online training. The cruise industry is always changing and she likes to  ‘keep up to speed on it all”.

Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert on which cruise to choose
A cruise ship docked in Venice.

Best cruise for first timers:

A seven night Mediterranean Cruise is always a firm favourite. Usually sailing from Barcelona or Rome and taking in the best the Western Mediterranean has to offer. For many people it is price driven and these tend to offer the best value. People don’t want to spend too much on their first outing in case they don’t like cruising. This rarely happens though because over 90% of cruisers will cruise again.

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Best cruise for young couples:

Mediterranean and Caribbean cruises are the most popular with young people. Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line or MSC Cruises are ideal and have excellent facilities on board. Facilities are key as many want good entertainment at night time as well as sports activities on board. Royal Caribbean’s latest ships offer sky diving, zip lines, surf simulators and even an ice rink! With robots serving you drinks from the bar, they are a great choice for a young couple looking for some adventure, modern style! Norwegian are also very popular with young couples as they offer free style dining, with no formal nights and a more relaxed atmosphere on board.
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Norwegian Epic.

Best cruise for older couples:

The Baltic states are always a firm favourite sailing with older couples. Sailings from Copenhagen or Amsterdam are very popular, particularly itineraries taking in the Norwegian Fjords and Russia. Some cruise lines include overnights in popular cities too.
This year has seen an increase in the transatlantic voyage on the Queen Mary 2. With excellent prices on offer and it is probably on most cruisers  ‘bucket list’. It is a very different feel and experience on board to other cruise ships. The Queen Mary 2 is Cunard’s flagship and is “the most magnificent ocean liner ever built and probably the most famous cruise ship in the world”.
River cruising is also very popular. A more intimate cruise on smaller ships and the ability to dock in the heart of cities, has made river cruising one of the fastest growing sectors within the cruise industry.
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Uniworld’s River cruise ship – SS River Royale

Best cruise for families :

Cruises are ideal for families and excellent value for money. Niki doesn’t understand why more families do not cruise. A fear of the unknown perhaps?  The food and service excellent – you would need to go to a 5 star hotel to find similar service, says Niki. The entertainment is superb from west end style shows to Cirque du Soleil, it truly is endless! You will never hear the children say ‘I’m Bored!’
MSC Cruises are fantastic value for families as child prices are heavily discounted in comparison to other companies. Kids aged 11 and under just pay port charges so technically they ‘cruise free’. Above 11 and under 18 they pay a little more, but still gives amazing value considering the food, entertainment and kids clubs are all included! Some of their ships have water slides on board, others have a lego club and even a Formula 1 simulator!
Royal Caribbean offer a more active holiday for families. With everything from rock climbing walls, surf simulators, zip lines and even sky diving simulators. These ships are a teenagers dream.

Best cruise for adventure:

Hurtigruten will let you search for the Northern Lights or Polar Bears!  They may not offer the same facilities on board  but they are truly made for adventurers. The stunning scenery and the true local experiences have made them extremely popular in recent years. Celebrity Cruises Xpedition ship is the luxury ship for adventurers but you will need to plan way in advance, this ship is booked up as soon as it goes on sale!
Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert on which cruise to choose
The Northern Lights, Iceland

Best cruise for food:

It is difficult to choose one cruise line over another as the quality of food on board most cruise ships is excellent. However, some of the cruise companies are offering unique experiences, beyond the typical main dining restaurants and buffets. Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises offer many speciality restaurants on board, some are included in the price of your cruise and some incur a supplement. “Qsine” on Celebrity Cruises is the ultimate in modern dining. From the iPad menu to the different tastes and experiences on offer it’s is more of a dining experience than a dinner date!  Wonderland restaurant on the Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas offer a bizarre take on the Alice in Wonderland movie, with unusual statues and odd chairs, you almost feel you are in the movie.  They call it imaginative cuisine! You are given a blank menu and a paintbrush, the waiter will then instruct you to dip the paintbrush in the water and paint the canvas and as if my magic your menu appears!

Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert on which cruise to choose
The Tuscan Grille, one of Celebrity Silhouette’s speciality restaurants.

Best cruise for entertainment:

Generally speaking entertainment is of a very high standard on most cruise ships. Niki loved the Two70 venue on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas. “It takes advanced robotic and human artistry to a level, I have never seen on board a ship! It has to be seen to believed and experienced. That along with a Candy Floss martini, they offer in the bar!” It is a very personal choice however, some want west end style theatre shows and others want non stop daily entertainment. By speaking to a cruise expert, they will advise which cruise ship suits your needs and tastes.
Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert on which cruise to choose
Theatre on board Celebrity Silhouette.

Best value for money cruise:

MSC Cruises are the leaders here. But Niki is keen to point out that just because they are cheap it doesn’t mean that they are not good! She has sailed many times with MSC and thinks the food and service is brilliant but they just don’t have the added extras that some of the companies offer these days, this is why they will not be higher priced. They offer modern service with a Mediterranean / Italian flare without breaking the bank. If you don’t need a huge choice of eating venues or rock climbing walls then they are ideal. Their staterooms and furnishings are beautiful. Sophia Loren is the godmother to their ships, so the sense of style and class flows through!
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MSC Preziosa.

Best cruise for luxury:

Silversea and Crystal cruises are luxury at its best.  If you seek the luxury yacht feel then the smaller Silversea ships with butler service and luxury surroundings are one of the best in luxury cruising. Alternatively if you want to try something different, Uniworld is the ultimate in river cruising. Like a floating boutique hotel, Uniworld offer a 5* all inclusive cruise, with fine dining and outstanding service. Celebrity Cruises offer luxury with a modern style and are not as expensive as Silversea or Uniworld. Their food and service is excellent and the overall feeling is quite relaxed.

Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert on which cruise to choose
A suite on board Celebrity Reflection.

Best Cruise if you don’t want to fly:

Fred Olsen’s MS Boudicca will operate six sailings from Ireland in 2016 including a nine night spectacular trip to the Norwegian Fjords in July and a 14 night Rugged & Rural Canada cruise in September.

Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert on which cruise to choose
Norwegian Fjords


Any other advice?

Select your stateroom wisely.

Look at the deck plans before you choose your cabin / stateroom. You may wish to be close to the swimming pool or away from the nightclub. If you don’t want to be awoken at 7 am with the sound of people going to breakfast, don’t select a stateroom beside the lift or stairs. Some ocean-view staterooms may have a view of life boats, they are usually called obstructed view rooms. Perhaps it is better to select a full seaview room or even a balcony cabin and watch the sunset beneath the horizon.


Check the dress code.

Some cruises have one formal night, others have two or three. If you don’t want to dress up, you can avoid these in most cases, by going to the buffet restaurant for dinner. Norwegian Cruise Line offer a freestyle cruise concept where it is casual and relaxed throughout. There are no set times for dinner and no dress code, so for clients that do not want to dress up this is ideal! Cunard and P&O Cruises are more strict on their formal nights and really encourage it for their guests. Cunard even offer masquerade balls, and the Royal Ascot Ball!
You can see from the list above how varied cruise ships are. Some offer dress codes, speciality dining options, some have non stop entertainment, others are quieter and more low key. This for me is why speaking to a dedicated specialist is so important before booking your cruise.

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Club Med Da Balaia, Algarve


Fois gras, beef tartare, oysters, beef wellington, all cooked and plated in front of you. This surely isn’t a ‘buffet’? At Club Med resorts, it is!

Once I had kids, Club Med was definitely on my radar. I had heard about the excellent facilities and the fact that it was French owned gave it a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’! However, recently Club Med was sold to a Chinese billionaire (for a staggering $1.3 billion) and I wondered whether service or standards would change. Luckily for me I got the opportunity to visit Club Med da Balaia in the Algarve to check it out.

Club Med da Balaia, Algarve review by Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert
The fire show at Club Med da Balaia, Algarve

With subtle jazz music playing in the background, the first thing that struck me was how quiet and relaxed it was. Although fully booked the resort is so spacious with massive grounds that it almost feels empty! I was told that Club Med resorts are all similar in this way, lots of wide open spaces, no scrambling for sun beds in the morning and certainly no loud pool games or pub quizes. Hearing ‘bonsoir’ from dashing french waiters, helps too – so far so good! Personally all inclusive resorts are not my thing, in fact I usually run a mile from them, but Club Med is not the same as other all inclusive resorts…

Club Med da Balaia, Algarve review by Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert
The flying trapese at Club Med da Balaia, Algarve

One of the massive differences is the food. The clients are mostly French and we all know how they love their food so I guess, it had to be good. There is an a la carte restaurant to choose from but we ate mostly in the buffet restaurant. Buffets are not normally my thing either, but the word ‘buffet’ doesn’t adequately describe what is on offer. Club Med da Balaia is a 4 star or actually a 4 trident resort (Club Med have their own unique star rating system). The buffet here was better than any I have even seen, even in a five star deluxe hotel. Fois gras, beef tartare, oysters are just some of the delicacies on offer and each cooked and plated for you. I had the most succulent beef wellington and if I had paid for it in good restaurant, I would have been delighted.

Club Med da Balaia, Algarve review by Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert
Beef Wellington at Club Med da Balaia, Algarve

If you want plain food, there are plenty of self serve stations serving fresh pasta and pizza, chicken & chips, all home cooked. They also have a corner for babies with suitable foods and even a blender if you want to make your own. Everything was hot too, which lets face it doesn’t happen in most all inclusive resorts! There was no queuing and no one hanging around for the chefs to bring out more because it is all cooked in front of you. Likewise no need for plates piled high with food – a pet hate of mine! The whole dining experience was quiet and relaxed, no noisy chairs scraping across the floor and plenty of staff to attend you. Wine is served by the bottle at your table and it was good! Too often the wine at all inclusive resorts is not easy to drink, not in Club Med, I had no problem 🙂

Club Med da Balaia, Algarve review by Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert
The fish chef happily posing for the camera at Club Med da Balaia, Algarve

The other main reason for booking a Club Med holiday is the facilities on offer. Club Med invented kids clubs and they offer some of the best you are likely to find. They cater for children from 4 months – 17 years, all free of charge with the exception of the baby club, which needs to be pre-booked.

Club Med da Balaia, Algarve review by Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert
Kids Club at Club Med da Balaia, Algarve

The bright airy clubs with excellent facilities is just one of the reasons that kids are delighted to come here. The sports facilities are the other. They have free tennis and golf lessons, a flying trapese school, archery, kayaking, mini golf, football, volleyball, the list goes on! They also offer great facilities for adults, with lots of fitness classes each day, from pilates to zumba, you name it, its here. They have a large swimming pool and are currently building an adults only infinity pool during the winter. Although all rooms are very spacious they vary in style and standard, depending on which block you choose. They are however, currently renovating all rooms this winter making them more modern with bright colourful furnishings.

Sarah Slatter, The Travel Expert reviews Club Med da Balaia in the Algarve
Archery at Club Med da Balaia, Algarve

Another surprise for me was the number of adults here without children. I initially thought it was mainly geared towards families but in fact there were lots of couples there who love the food, sports facilities and the spa. The resort is situated on a stunning sandy beach too, perfect for a swim for a stroll. Club Med have 66 resorts worldwide including cruises and adults only resorts. Although the name suggests the Mediterranean, they even have resorts in the US, China and the Maldives. They offer the only all inclusive resort in Florida and offer ski resorts which open for 6 months each year! Maybe it’s time for a Club Med World sub brand?

Club Med Val Thorens Sensations, Ski Resort
Club Med Val Thorens Sensations. Ski Resort
Club Med Punta Cana Creactive
Club Med Punta Cana Creactive
Club Med Kani, Maldives
Club Med Kani, Maldives

Evening entertainment varies from parties in the bar area to theatre shows. The white party which is common throughout Club Med resorts is a great night, where most guests wear all white (not compulsory) and champagne is served on arrival. White drapes are scattered all through the resort and it has an ocean club feel. They also have dancing competitions and even a fire show. Although on certain they have theatre style shows, sometimes these are in French. They do offer multilingual shows and circus style or singing where language isn’t an issue, but not every night.

Club Med da Balaia, Algarve review by Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert
The White Party at Club Med da Balaia, Algarve

Overall entertainment is low key, if  ‘Chocolata’ or Karaoke is your thing, look elsewhere! If on the other hand, top class food and sports facilities is what you seek, then look no further than Club Med.


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Christmas shopping in New York – Flights & 3 Nights Hotel €695!


Christmas shopping in New York is definitely something that has to be done – at least once! It is one of the best cities to experience some Christmas magic – go see for yourself!


The massive Christmas tree in the Rockefeller Centre is enough reason for a visit not to mention the shopping! Do you remember years ago when we used to wait in anticipation to see the Switzers Christmas window? ( showing my age now) well you can multiply that by 100 in New York! Bloomingdales, Macys, Tiffany, all the big department stores bring a whole new meaning to the term window shopping!  If you really want to get into the Christmas spirit try some ice skating at the Rockefeller Centre or in Central Park.

There are two Christmas markets in New York if thats your thing, in Bryant Park and Union Square. Both offer plenty of local souvenirs and decorations to bring home with you as well some tasty New York treats. You can pick up plenty of stocking fillers in Canal Street (Chinatown), the latest Tiffany necklace for about $10 or maybe a Michael Kors watch for $20! If its the real thing you seek then head for Macys or Bloomingdales, where despite the poor exchange rate, you will still pick up presents for a lot less than at home. If you have time, take the bus to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, the savings are incredible. Just make sure you have an extra case with you! For more info on shopping in New York read my blog here.

Christmas Shopping weekend in New York by Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert

The Christmas tree in Rockefeller centre will be illuminated on the 2nd of December so I  have chosen the 4th of December weekend for your shopping break. Fly direct from Dublin to New York on the 4th of December and spend three nights at the Holiday Inn Manhattan Financial District for only €695 per person based on 4 sharing. This hotel receives great reviews on tripadvisor and is only minutes from the world trade centre and the largest Century 21 store! If there are more or less of you travelling, just click on the change search button in the hotel link and you will see the price.


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