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Enjoy Luxury for Less with All Inclusive Holidays in Cuba from €1279!

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Some of the Caribbean’s best beaches and a capital city like no other, Cuba is a fascinating country, waiting to be explored. Check out my favourite holidays in Cuba and get planning your next Caribbean getaway.

 

Holidays in Cuba are like no other Caribbean holiday. Cuba’s history, people and landscape create a unique holiday experience that can only be understood when you visit. Not only is it the largest of the Caribbean Islands, its is arguably the most diverse. Havana, the capital, is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. A city that is renowned for its architecture and colourful old cars, offers so much more. The cafe culture is like nowhere else, and local artists are giving Havana a reputation for having a cool art scene, not in a Paris kind of way, more Boho style.  Many old buildings have been rejuvenated housing trendy restaurants and bars; some still show signs of age and the effect of the US embargo but somehow this adds to the atmosphere of the city. After you have explored on foot, why not take a trip around Havana in a classic American car? At night time you can always try a little Salsa dancing or enjoy one of their famous mojitos – it has to be done!

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Of course enjoy holidays in Cuba without visiting Havana at all. Let’s not forget Cuba has year round sunshine and the warm Caribbean sea. The picture postcard white sandy beaches of Varadero are worth the trip alone! One of the Caribbeans largest beach resorts, is also home to one of the best beaches, which measures a staggering 20km. With the advantage of having a local airport close to the resort centre, there is no need for lengthy airport transfers.  You will find plenty of shops, bars, restaurants in typical resort style and over 60 hotels, most of which are all-inclusive resorts. If you just want to chill out on the beach for a week, this is the perfect place. However, there are still plenty of day trip possibilities. Enjoy scuba diving or snorkelling in it’s underwater paradise, visit some of the old colonial sites or go hiking in one of the tropical rainforests. Tempted? You can enjoy luxury for less with my top picks of all inclusive holidays in Cuba from Tropical Sky.

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Best holidays in Cuba for value: 4* Memories Jibacoa, Flights, Transfers & All Inclusive Hotel, From €1279!

Memories Jibacoa offers the best of both worlds. Not only does it offer everything you need from an all-inclusive resort but also has the added advantage of being only 50 minutes from Havana. Situated in Jibacoa, this resort is situated on a beautiful sandy beach and also has a scenic mountainous backdrop.  With four restaurants and five bars, as well as a host of facilities included in the price of your stay, this hotel receives great reviews on tripadvisor.  Non-motorised water sports are also part of the all-inclusive arrangement as well as dance lessons, Spanish classes and the use of the fitness centre and sports courts.

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Best holidays in Cuba for couples: 4* Melia Las Antillas, Flights, Transfers & All Inclusive Hotel, From €1419!

This adult-only, all-inclusive resort is the perfect choice for couples looking to stay on the stunning Varadero beach. Enjoy snorkelling or a host of other water sports before grabbing a cocktail at one of the resorts lively bars. The are two swimming pools, one of which houses scuba diving lessons for beginners. There are also tennis courts, beach volleyball and a fitness centre. Restaurants are plentiful too, with four to choose from including the authentic Italian, Don Peperone.  The hotel receives terrific reviews on tripadvisor and was awarded a certificate of excellence.

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Best holidays in Cuba for families: 5* Paradisus Varadero, Flights, Transfers & All Inclusive Hotel, 2 ad & 2 ch From €3920!

The Paradisus Varadeo is a luxury five star resort that caters extremely well for families. Not only does it offer a variety of kids clubs from ages 1 – 17 yrs, there is also a host of facilities on site to cater for your children’s every need. There is a day and evening entertainment program, including a separate swimming pool reserved for sports and games, professional shows and live music every day. The activities program includes dance classes, aerobics, archery and mini bowling as well having multi sports courts on site. Take your pick from a wide variety of water sports on the beach or if you just want to relax, chill out in one of their hammocks and enjoy the stunning sea-views. Meal time will be a dream too with eight restaurants to choose from!

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Best holidays in Cuba for luxury: 5* Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa, Flights, Transfers & All Inclusive Hotel, From €1759!

One of Varadero’s best hotels is the adult-only Royalton Hicacos Resort and Spa. This luxurious all-inclusive hotel is situated on a stunning white sandy beach and comes with four swimming pools. The hardest decision will be whether to choose to relax at the beach or choose the main pool with waterfalls and a swim up bar. There is wide selection of dining options with four speciality restaurants as well as the main buffet. There is also 6 bars to choose from, all serving premium beverages, which are included in the price of your stay. There are lots of watersports on the beach including catamaran sailing, which is terrific fun, and snorkelling as well tennis and squash courts at the hotel, without any additional charge. You will be staying in one of their junior suites which are spacious with large balconies or patios.  If you are looking for luxury in Cuba, check out the amazing reviews on tripadvisor,and look no further!

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Best holidays in Cuba for Adventure: 2 Centre Holiday, 3 Nights Havana, 7 Nights Varadero from €1349!

Spend three nights in historic Havana before chilling out in an all inclusive resort on one of Cuba’s stunning beaches. What could be better?

Stay in the centrally located Mercure Sevilla Hotel for three nights. One of Cuba’s oldest hotels is also one of it’s most popular, receiving excellent reviews on tripadvisor. The roof garden restaurant is a popular haunt as it provides excellent views over the old and modern Havana. You will then be transferred to the Memories Jibacoa hotel (see above) for a seven night all-inclusive stay at the beach.

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Best holidays in Cuba for Adventure – Luxury 5*:  2 Centre Holiday, 3 Nights Havana, 7 Nights Varadero from €2099!

 Stay at the 5* Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski Hotel  (yes it is a good as it sounds) for three nights. This modern luxury hotel is ironically located in the heart of old Havana. Complete with a roof top infinity pool, gourmet cuisine and contemporary decor, there is no place better to stay in Havana. You will then be transferred to the luxurious five star Royalton Hicacos Resort and Spa ( see above ) in Varadero for a seven night stay on an all-inclusive basis.

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One of the reasons Cuba is such a fascinating country to visit is because you can expect the unexpected.  The country is changing rapidly but there are many parts where you will feel you are back in time. Service, food and transport may not be what you are used to. Personally I think this adds somewhat to its charm and makes Cuba a country to visit before big change sets in following the easing of American sanctions by President Obama …. Go see it!

 

Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This holidays in Cuba post was sponsored by TropicalSky but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

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My Review of Disney Magic Cruise Ship

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Read my review of Disney Magic cruise ship and find out was it really magical…

 

I had the chance to tour Disney Magic when it was docked in Dublin Port recently. The first thing that struck me when I saw the 2700 passenger cruise ship was how different it looked compared to other modern cruise ships. For a moment it seemed ‘old-fashioned’. However, when I heard that it was specifically designed to resemble one of the iconic ocean cruise liners from the 1920s, (similar to the one that Walt Disney himself honeymooned on), I thought it was just perfect 💛. A modern take on an old classic, how wonderfully Disney! Like everything on board, the attention to detail is exemplary. The hull is painted a marine navy that was especially designed for Disney to match Mickey Mouses’ coat and the life-boats are yellow in colour to match Mickey’s shoes! Disney need special dispensation from the US Coast Guard to use these colours, as all other life-boats are orange.

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That pretty much set the tone for our tour, there are subtle Disney touches throughout. Some of our group felt it wasn’t ‘Disney’ enough but I liked the understated style rather than feeling you were in Mickey Mouse’s Clubhouse all day long. When you look closely you can see Mickey Mouse iconic ears everywhere, in the lampshades, the wallpaper and even in some places, the carpet.

The Atrium is classic cruise style, beige and gold colours, warm and welcoming and thankfully not too dark. The pool decks are as you would expect from Disney, full of fun for kids of all ages. There is a small splash park for the little ones with a large water slide. There is also a second water slide. The entry to ‘AquaDunk’, is located in the one of the funnels of the ship close to one of the teen zones. The floor opens like a trap door and you slide right out over the side of the ship!

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The teen zones in general are great, the Edge from age 11 – 14 and Vibe from 14- 17yrs. Movies are shown in many areas, in the 3D cinema and at the large screen at the pool.  I was amazed to learn that new releases are shown on board too, on the same day that they are released in the US, so no matter when you cruise, you wont miss opening night.  As well as shows and kids clubs, children also get a chance to meet their favourite characters on board. There will be specific meet and greet times in the Atrium but they deliberately allow the characters to wander around the ship at various times so children can also come upon them by chance.

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The Small World Nursery takes babies from 12 weeks and the Disney Oceaneer kids club from age 3-12 years. This is home to Andy’s room from Toy Story, complete with all his favourite toys! Even the corridor outside the kids clubs have lower ceilings than in other parts of the ship, to make children feel taller – how thoughtful is that! All kids clubs are open from 9am – midnight and parents can drop their kids in at anytime.

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Disney Magic is renowned for its shows and the 977 seater Walt Disney Theatre is impressive. Tangled the musical is currently showing and Beauty and the Beast is scheduled for the winter. These are top class West –End / Broadway style shows and suitable for all the family. Disney are the only cruise ship to have fireworks at sea and in true Disney fashion, they have a Pirates IN the Caribbean show on pool deck where fireworks light the night sky. Disney is also proud to have the largest collection of Marvel Super heroes and Super Villians ever assembled at sea. Following the show, guests will be treated to a deck party with music, dancing and of course fire works.

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What surprised me most about the cruise ship was how it catered so well for adults. The rotating dining system means that you are able to dine in three different restaurants throughout the week, twice in each one, and all of this is included in the price of your cruise. You are accompanied by the same serving team in all three restaurants so they get to know your names and tastes. Apparently after a couple of days they have your favourite drink poured when you arrive – very smooth! There is one specialty dining Italian Restaurant, Palo, but with three others to choose from you may just decide to give it a miss. If you do fancy a romantic meal for two, remember the children can stay in the kids clubs till midnight!  There is also an adult pool area with a spa and hairdressers. At night-time you can enjoy a lively drink in McGills Irish bar or a quiet one in the piano bar. Suffice to say if you want some chill time away from Mickey and Minnie, there is no shortage of options.

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The cabins are spacious with a nautical theme. Most of them sleep two adults and two children, some sleeping five and there are also interconnecting, cabins for larger families. 73% have an ocean view and the Disney touches are noticeable throughout.  I particularly love the cushion on the bed that reads ‘A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep‘ 😍. The privacy curtain allows you to have some chill time if the kids need a nap during the day. Inside staterooms also have a ‘magic’ porthole where a monitor displays real time videos from HD cameras outside the ship.

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We ate in Lumieres restaurant and once again there were subtle Disney references throughout. The over head lights have the enchanted red rose inside. The menu had plenty of choice and very family friendly. I wouldn’t say it was the best meal I ever had but then you don’t go on a Disney Cruise for fine dining. Mind you the ice cream sundae was superb! I was particularly impressed with Animators Palate Restaurant which you visit twice during your cruise, at no extra charge. This black and white room transforms half way through dining. The waiters change into coloured waistcoats and the walls ‘come alive’ with animation. Children are encouraged to draw pictures when they enter and their drawings come to life on the walls of the restaurant. Well it is Disney after all!

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With Mickey Mouse as first officer and Minnie his first mate, non stop entertainment and the chance to hang out with Disney characters, a Disney Magic cruise can only be pure magic ✨

 

Interested in cruising, for cruise news, reviews and the best cruise deals, click here.

 

Sarah

 

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Five Star Easter Break in Croatia, Flights & Hotel, 1 week, €488!

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Always wanted to see Dubrovnik? Check out this five star Easter break in Croatia for only €488!

 

The medieval city of Dubrovnik should be on everyone’s wish list. Although you can stay in the heart of the old town I think the best way to enjoy it, is to holiday in one of the resorts close by. Dubrovnik is actually quite small and can be packed with cruise ship visitors during the day. However, staying outside the centre, lets you have the best of both worlds! Relax by the sea or pool during the day and hop on a water taxi in the evening when the city is less crowded. I chose the pretty town of Mlini for your Easter break. Once a small fishing village it is now a picture postcard resort with upmarket hotels and crystal clear waters. Dine in one of the many tavernas that are dotted along the seafront promenade and admire the sea-views or the mountainous backdrop. Dubrovnik is only 15 minutes away by local bus, which runs every half hour. Or if you fancy a boat trip, catch a water taxi. For more details on visiting this incredible city, read my Dubrovnik blog.

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You will be staying in the 5 Star Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel which is located by the seafront in Srebreno, about 15 minutes walk to Mlini. This luxurious hotel receives excellent reviews on tripadvisor and is a Travellers Choice award winner. On site facilities include an outdoor and indoor pool, spa, fitness centre and a selection of restaurants and bars. Rooms are contemporary and spacious with a balcony and free WiFi. Check out their short video below and see just how good this hotel is!

Fly from Dublin to Dubrovnik with Aer Lingus on the 1st of April and enjoy a seven night stay for only €488 per person.

 

Click here to book flights: €223pp

Click here to book hotel: €265pp

 

Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. Note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made. 
Sarah

 

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The Best Theme Park Tickets to Buy in Orlando

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Planning a trip to Florida and not sure what parks to visit? Check out my top picks of the best theme park tickets to buy in Orlando.

 

One thing that is safe to say about Orlando is that every time you visit, you will have a completely different experience. There are so many different theme parks and every year a new attraction is unveiled. The places that you visited as a couple will be different to what you will do as a family and families with young kids will want to visit different parks than families with older children. Suffice to say, deciding what theme parks to visit and what theme park tickets to buy, is a daunting task. That’s where I come in! I have done all the research for you – you can thank me later 😉.

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I have searched the Attraction Tickets Direct website because I believe they offer the best value and the best variety. They include so many FREE extras that you won’t get elsewhere. One of my favourites is the free use of Fastpass+ in Disney World so you can prebook rides and spaces for the parades before you go, and skip the queues! They are also offering free Memory Maker in Disney World. You know when you get snapped on a rollercoaster and your kids beg you to buy the photo (every time)! With Memory Maker you don’t have to worry about saying no! ALL the photographs taken in the Disney Parks are included in the price of their Disney tickets below, this normally costs $199 but it is free if you purchase these Disney tickets through Attraction Tickets Direct. They have lots of other freebies too and special gifts! And note Attraction Tickets Direct send you real park tickets (not vouchers) with free delivery and no credit card fees. So no need for queues, just sail through the entrance doors 😎. With all that said, here are my top picks of the best theme park tickets to buy in Orlando!

 

For First Time Visitors –  14 Day Orlando Freedom Ticket

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This is the ultimate Orlando ticket – you really don’t need to buy anything else! This 14 day ticket gives you:

  • Unlimited access to ALL 6 Disney Parks ( including golf course, free Fastpass+ and Memory Maker)
  • Unlimited access to ALL 3 Universal Orlando Resort theme parks ( inc Universal’s entertainment venues in City Walk)
  • Unlimited access to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica and Busch Gardens
  • Coach transportation from Orlando to Busch Gardens and unlimited use of Disney transportation system
  • Free Unlimited parking at SeaWorld, Orlando, Aquatic and Busch Gardens

Are you exhausted yet? Yes this really is the ultimate Orlando ticket, you have access to 12 Orlando theme parks, a host of other attractions and Attraction Tickets Direct throw in some extra free gifts too!

Cost from €822 for adults & €783 for children. Click here for more details 

 

 

First Time Visitors, short on time – 14 Day Disney & Universal Combo

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If you are staying in Orlando for less than two weeks, this ticket is perfect. You will have access to all the Disney Parks and all the Universal Parks as well as the Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds and Sea Life. It is almost the same as the Orlando Freedom Ticket but doesn’t include SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens. This 14 day ticket gives you:

  • Unlimited access to ALL 6 Disney Parks ( including golf course, free Fastpass+ and Memory Maker)
  • Unlimited access to ALL 3 Universal Orlando Resort theme parks ( inc Universal’s entertainment venues in City Walk)
  • Free Unlimited parking at SeaWorld, Orlando, Aquatic and Busch Garden

Cost from €699 for adults & €662 for children. Click here for more details:

 

 

For Disney Fans – 14 Day Ultimate Disney Ticket with Memory Maker

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For most families, especially first time visitors, the highlight of a trip to Orlando is to experience that Disney Magic. Many families who have visited before or who have older children may decide to forgo Disney World but remember one of the best attractions in Orlando, Avatar, has opened this year and Toy Story Land is coming in 2018. Also don’t forget the fireworks and parades, it doesn’t matter what age you are, they are magical! This 14 day ticket gives you:

  • Unlimited access to ALL 6 Disney parks ( including, free Fastpass+ and Memory Maker)
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course with one round of mini golf each day of your 14-day Ultimate Ticket at either Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf Course or Disney’s Winter Summerland Mini Golf Course
  • Unlimited use of the Disney transportation system.

Cost: from €445 for adults & €419 for children. Click here for more details:

 

 

For Universal Fans – The 3 Park Explorer Ticket

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Universal Studios is my favourite theme park. I fell in love with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter during my last visit, and I also love their Islands of Adventure theme park. Volcano Bay their new water theme park, opened this year and looks awesome too, although I haven’t had the chance to experience it yet! For families with older children who may feel they no longer wish to go to DisneyWorld, Universal is perfect and this 3 park explorer ticket, is just the ticket (excuse the pun!).

  • Unlimited park-to-park admission to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and the new Volcano Bay  for up to 14 consecutive days from first use.
  • Access to select live entertainment venues of Universal CityWalk for the duration of your ticket
  • Ticket includes TapuTapu, a waterproof wearable that allows you to hold your place in a Virtual Line at the rides
  • This ticket is not available at any park’s entrance

Cost: from €262 for Adults & €254 for Children. Click here for more details:

 

 

For rollercoaster fans – The Orlando 6 Park Flexi Ticket

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This gives you unlimited access to Universal Studios parks plus Sea World, Aquatica and Busch Gardens. As well as experiencing all that the Universal theme parks have to offer, you can also enjoy the tallest, most thrilling water ride in Aquatica’s Ihu’s Breakaway Falls, fly face-down on Seaworld’s Manta rollercoaster ( trust me I did this, it is incredible) and experience some of the best rollercoasters in the world in Busch Gardens. This 14 day ticket gives you:

  • Unlimited access to Universal’s three parks for up to 14 consecutive days.
  • Unlimited access to SeaWorld, Aquatica Busch Gardens for up to 14 consecutive days.
  • FREE coach transportation from Orlando to Busch Gardens on the Busch Gardens Shuttle Express.
  • Enjoy unlimited FREE parking at SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens for the duration of your ticket.

Cost from €382 for Adults & €367 for  Children. Click here for more details:

 

 

For regular Orlando visitors or for those who fancy trying something a little bit different, check out my top picks.

 

 

Orlando Hot Air Balloon Ride

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Go with a group or if you are feeling romantic book a private balloon ride for two! Take off early in the morning and watch the sun rise over Orlando’s theme parks and the Florida lakes ❤️

Cost from €117 for adults and €32 for children. Click here for more details:

 

 

 

Kennedy Space Centre 

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You will tour rocket launch areas, meet a real life astronaut, see space shuttle Atlantis as if it were in space, and experience what it is like to fly a shuttle with the Shuttle Launch Experience simulator. It is approximately 45 – 60 minutes drive from Orlando but Attraction Tickets Direct can also organise transfers if you are not hiring a car.

Cost: from €43 for adults and €34 for children. Click here for more details:

 

 

Discovery Cove with Dolphin Swim

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When you step inside Discovery Cove you may forget you are actually in Orlando. This tropical paradise is completely different to the other Orlando Theme Parks with only 1300 visitors allowed per day. Enjoy the white sandy beaches, snorkel with tropical fish and if you like, you can swim with a bottlenose dolphin. For those who don’t want a dolphin swim, you can feed some tropical birds at the Free-Flight Aviary or discover the many playful animals in the rainforest. All meals and drinks are included in the price of your ticket, so it’s a great opportunity to sit back, relax and escape the hustle and bustle of Orlando’s other theme parks. Note children must be 6 years old to swim with dolphins and pre booking is essential.

Cost: from €180 for adults and children. Click here for more details:

 

Attraction Tickets Direct also offer FREE VIP Orlando Dine 4 Less Card with Orlando Bookings over €500, and Destination Passport offering over $1,000 in savings, with all bookings!

So they are my top picks of the best theme park tickets to buy in Orlando. If I have left out any of your favourites I would love to hear from you. just comment in the box below. This post was sponsored by Attraction Tickets Direct but all views, as always, are my own. Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change.

 

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Family Deal to Crete, October Mid Term Break, 2ad & 2ch, 1 week, €984!

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Fancy a family getaway during the October Mid Term break? Check out this amazing family deal to Crete for only €984 and get planning!

 

The October Mid Term break is a notoriously expensive time to travel but this family deal to Crete should give you no excuse to pack those bags! You will be flying into Chania on the west of the island and staying in a highly rated family friendly apartment. Chania is Crete’s second largest city and it is often referred to as ‘little Venice’. It’s stunning harbour filled with old Venetian buildings and narrow streets make it a beautiful place to stroll around. There is a great atmosphere around the waterfront cafes where people enjoy some tasty Greek food. Many old buildings have been transformed into boutique hotels but they still retain the character of this great city. There are plenty of quaint shopping streets with local souvenir and craft shops as well as galleries and museums to explore. The surrounding area has numerous sight seeing options, the Samaria Gorge being the most famous. Explore the mountain villages or simply relax on one of Crete’s sandy beaches, the choice is yours.

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I chose Elma’s Dream apartments because they are located only 100 meters from the beach and close and the resort centre. They are also only 3.5km from the centre of  Chania and 7km from the airport. They were awarded a certificate of excellence from tripadvisor and have received excellent reviews. There is an adults and children’s pool and pool bar and restaurant on site and free WiFi is provided. Apartments are equipped with all mod cons, including air conditioning and a coffee machine. For anyone worried about weather, I checked the temperatures over the last five years on wunderground and the average was 19 degrees with no rain. That’s good enough for me!

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Fly from Dublin to Chania on the 25th of October and spend seven nights in the Elma’s Dream Apartments for only €789 based on 2 adults and 1 child or €984, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. When you click on the link below, if you don’t see the  apartments immediately in the search results, type in Elma in the box on the left hand side 🙂

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by Teletext holidays, but all views, as always are my own.

 

Sarah

 

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30th August, Royal Caribbean Fly-Cruise to China, Japan, Vietnam and Singapore, €1299!

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Fly to the captivating city of Shanghai and cruise to China, Japan, Vietnam and Singapore for nine nights on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas!

 

 

Are you able to fly off to Asia at a moments notice? This once in a lifetime cruise is available on one date only! Stroll along Shanghai’s famous waterfront promenade, shop till you drop at the markets or enjoy a cruise along the Huangpu river, and all this before you get on board! You will spend your first night in Shanghai before starting your nine night cruise around Asia.

Enjoy the first day at sea where you can enjoy all the facilities of this amazing cruise ship.  If you are feeling energetic try Royal Caribbean’s famous surf simulator or rock climbing wall. There is also a multi sports court, fitness centre and jogging track. If you fancy cooling down, have a go at ice skating or simply relax in one of the many swimming pools. There are West-End style shows in the theatre every night as well as numerous bar and dining options. In addition to the main dining room and Windjammer restaurants, Mariner of the Seas also offer speciality dining in their popular Italian restaurant, Giovanni’s Table and their signature steak house, Chops Grille. After your meal, take a stroll along the Royal Promenade and check out the range of boutiques on board.

Royal Caribbean cruise to China, Japan, Vietnam and Singapore

Your first port of call is the historic island of Okinawa, Japan. This beautiful island is often compared to Hawaii and it is hard to believe it was the location of one of World War II fiercest battles. Okinawa’s clear blue seas and cosmopolitan city will ensure this day is full of lifetime memories.

After another day at sea you will stop in Hong Kong. Take the cable-car and a dragon boat ride and admire the skyline from two very different perspectives. Of course with no sales tax, Hong Kong is a shoppers paradise…

Royal Caribbean cruise to China, Japan, Vietnam and Singapore

Another bucket list destination awaits as you arrive at the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). Visit the history museum and immerse yourself in stories about the Vietnam War or explore the Cu Chi tunnels if you are brave enough to enter! If you fancy just strolling around the city and absorbing the atmosphere, try one of their street food tours, you won’t regret it.

Your last stop is considered one of the world’s most modern and stylish cities, Singapore. Be blown away by the cities futuristic buildings in this striking metropolis. Or if you fancy chilling out on some unspoilt beaches, take a ferry to some of the nearby islands. This is where you will disembark your cruise and where you will catch your return flight to Dublin.

This amazing price of €1299 includes flights to Shanghai and home from Singapore, an over-night stay in Shanghai before your cruise and a nine night cruise with meals and entertainment on board. If you fancy a balcony stateroom, you can upgrade for only an extra €100! These opportunities come along very rarely so my advice is – take it!  This offer is exclusive to Click&Go and wont be around for long so call their dedicated sales team on 01-5497713 or click below for more details.

 

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by Click&Go but all views, as always, are my own 🙂

 

Interested in cruising, for cruise news, reviews and the best cruise deals, click here.

 

Sarah

 
 

 

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Last Minute Holiday Deals From The Marian Finucane Show

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Looking for last minute holiday deals? Check out my top choices that I discussed with Marian Finucane.

This summer is quite surprising in terms of last minute holidays as there is still lots of availability. Usually in July we see accommodation shortages in Spain and Portugal but that is not the case this year. That combined with extra capacity with Ryanair and Aer Lingus means that for anyone hoping to secure a last minute deal – you are in luck!

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Sunway Holidays in particular have lots of availability in July and August and because they are a package holiday company, they have paid for accommodation in advance and are able to offer package deals at low prices. Next weekend, the 15th of July you can go to the Canary Islands and Sicily for €399 for 1 week, including checked baggage and transfers. When you think that a checked bag to the Canary Islands is normally €110, it is exceptional value to have everything included in the price.  Click here for more details. They have some great family prices too. A  week in the Algarve is €1576 on the 15th of July in the popular Estrella do Vau apartments and you can go to the family island of Menorca from €1676 on the 23rd of July. Both  prices are based on 2 adults and 2 children and include transfers and baggage. Click here for more details.

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Click&Go are also promoting last minute deals and are offering families the chance to pay 50% now and the remainder 2-4 weeks before departure. Usually with last minute holidays, you have to pay the full amount at the time of booking so this will help families looking to go in August who can pay half now and half when they get paid at the end of July.  They are offering deals to Salou in July and August, one of this years top family destinations. Prices for 2 adults and 2 children is €2338 in the popular four star Regina Gran hotel including breakfast and evening meal. This departs the 21st of July and includes flights and transfers. Click here for more details. They also have an all-inclusive deal in the Villamarina Club from €2554 on the 4th of August, based on 2 adults and 2 children. Click here for more details

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Some of the UK travel giants have joined the Irish market this year. In particular Teletext holidays, who have been selling holidays for over 25 years. Their prices are very competitive and they have a wide selection of accommodation available so their website is definitely worth checking out.  I found a great deal to the Algarve departing the 20th of July. Price for 2 adults and 2 children is €1516 including flights and accommodation in the Eirasol apartments, Albufeira. You can add on transfers and checked baggage if required. Click here for more details.

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Greece, Croatia

Donabate travel is offering a week in one of the most sought after family apartments in Corfu, the Loulas Village. Price for flights, transfers and a seven night stay on the 4th of August is only €1695, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. Click here for more details
For families looking for something a little different, I found a 2 bedroom apartment near Dubrovnik, Croatia, departing the 19th of July. I stayed near here with my kids and we loved it. Price for 2 adults and 2 children for seven nights is €2520. Click here for more details.
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Cancun

Fancy going further afield? The five star Moon Palace all-inclusive resort is only €1519 per person on the 28th August. Price includes  flights, transfers, baggage and a massive $1500 resort credit! You can dine in any of their fifteen restaurants, have cocktails in any of their twelve bars or if you want a night a nightcap on your balcony – you can have a drink from your well-stocked minibar. All of these are included in the price of your stay.  All rooms come with a private balcony with a hammock and a double Jacuzzi in the bathroom! Click here for more details

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City Breaks

For anyone looking for a quick getaway, Click&Go have some great 5* city break available. Choose Prague on the 15th of August for €333 or Lisbon for €370 on the 29th of August. Both prices include flights and a five star hotel on a B&B basis for three nights. Click here for more details on Lisbon or here for more details on Prague.

 

Sarah

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Menorca, The Perfect Family Holiday Destination, 30th July, 2ad & 2ch, from €1876!

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Sheltered cove beaches, captivating harbours and family friendly resorts. Is Menorca the perfect family holiday destination?

 

Still relatively unspoilt, Menorca retains all the charm and character you would expect from a Spanish island but thankfully, without the high rise blocks. The laid back atmosphere is perfect for a family holiday with cafes, bars and restaurants being the main sources of evening entertainment, rather than discos and clubs. Most of the family coves have great beach bars serving refreshing drinks and delicious snacks and with an average summer temperature of only 25 degrees, you could quite easily spend the full day on one of Menorca’s stunning beaches. The main holiday resorts also have a great choice of eateries which cater exceptionally well for families and many offer stunning sea views.

menorca the perfect family holiday destination

Considering its neighbours are Majorca and Ibiza, it is hard to believe that Menorca has still managed to maintain a much slower pace of development. Recognised by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve because of the diversity of its landscape, it is the perfect mix of a cultural interior with cosmopolitan coastline. Stunning harbours combine with architectural ruins and clear blue seas, it really is a true find. There is wide selection of historic towns to explore including the capital, Mahon, the fishing village of Fornells and the old walled town of Ciudadella. The flat terrain lends well to cycling and walking trails so although the island overall has a relaxed vibe, it is also suitable for families looking for an active holiday. Water-sports are plentiful at the beaches too.

menorca the perfect family holiday destination

Sunway Holidays have a wide selection of accommodation options available. Prices for a seven night family package on the 30th of July start from €1876, based on 2 adults and 2 children in the Los Lentiscos apartments or €2276 for 2 adults and 2 children in the Roc Lago Park apartments. Highly rated on tripadvisor, the Roc Lago Park are a great family property that allows you free access into the water park next door for the duration of your stay. Located beside the pretty marina in Cala’n Bosch, their central location ensures you are close to the beach and the resort centre.

menorca the perfect family holiday destination

The flight times are perfect too with no awkward 6 am starts! The direct flight leaves Dublin every Sunday at 14:50 and lands back in Dublin at 21.35pm. All Sunway package holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers, 20kg checked baggage per person and NO hidden extras! What more could you ask for?

 

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If those dates don’t suit, click on this link for prices throughout the summer season. This post was sponsored by Sunway Holidays and the Menorca Tourist Board, but all views, as always, are my own 😎

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah

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