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May Holiday Sale – My Top 10 Picks, All Less Than €399!

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I have teamed up with TUI, who have so many amazing holiday deals in April and May. I thought I would pick some of my favourites and share them with you!

 

As usual, I only recommend places that I have personally been to or have received good reviews. All the prices below include flights, transfers and checked baggage, based on two sharing – with NO HIDDEN EXTRAS! Hopefully there will be something to suit you in the big May holiday sale!

 

 

1. Algarve, 20th May, Casa Mitchell Apartments, 1 week, 2 sharing €349

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The Algarve is always a good choice for a getaway. Only a short flight away, with wide sandy beaches, great restaurants and just the right amount of nightlife, it ticks all boxes. Stay at the Casa Mitchell apartments in Albufeira which receive excellent reviews on tripadvisor and were awarded a certificate of excellence. This family-run apart-hotel is set in a converted old townhouse in Albufeira and is only a short walk to the old town and Fisherman’s Beach.

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2. Lanzarote, 29th April, 8 Nights, Cinco Plaza Apartments, 2 sharing, €334

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Although technically late April, you will be away for the first week in May! This amazing deal to one of Lanzarote’s most sought after apartments, is superb. Not only will you be staying in the heart of Puerto del Carmen but you will also have the benefit of an extra night free. The icing on the cake – this eight day trip returns back on the bank holiday Monday, so you will only need to take five days annual leave. Highly rated on tripadvisor, the Cinco Plaza apartments are the perfect choice to kickstart your Summer.

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3. Crete, Stefania Apartments, 27th May, 1 week, 2 sharing, €379

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One of Crete’s most popular apartments, the Stefania have been a firm favourite with Irish holidaymakers for many years. Situated in the heart of Stalis and beside the beach, everything you need is on your doorstep. There is a wide selection of shops, bars and restaurants in Stalis so you could happily spend a week here without leaving the resort. Check out the excellent reviews on tripadvisor and you will see what I mean! If however, you want a change of scene, the lively resort of Hersonissos is only a short taxi ride away.

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4. Puerto Rico – 26th April, 1 week, Puerto Plata apartments, 2 sharing, €259!

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I know this is also late April, but the price is so good I couldn’t leave it out!  Puerto Rico is one of Gran Canaria’s most popular resorts with plenty of bars and restaurants that open until the small hours. By day it is more relaxing, with most apartments offering plenty of places to enjoy the spectacular sea-views. Stay at the popular Puerto Plata apartments, which are very highly rated on tripadvisor for only €282 per person. Need to go in May?  I love the 4* Terrazmar suites apartments, they have a huge pool area on the roof and the apartments have large balconies, ideal for sunbathing. Price is only €399 on the 10th of May.

Click here for more details: Puerto Plata €259

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5. Majorca, Alcudia, 1st May, 1 week, BB €296; All-Inclusive €386!

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Enjoy a week in the beach resort of Alcudia over the May Bank holiday weekend for only €296. One of Majorca’s most sought after resorts, with miles of white sandy beaches and a distinctive old town, there is plenty of things to do here, by day and night.  You will be staying at the popular Lagotel Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis. Well rated on tripadvisor, this is a steal at less than half the original price! Want to go all-inclusive? The popular Condes de Alcudia Hotel is only €386!

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6. Zakynthos, 22nd May, St Denis Apartments, 1 week,  2 sharing, €392

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Visit Shipwreck beach, the most photographed beach in the world, take a boat trip to see the famous loggerhead turtles or go island hopping and visit the neighbouring island of Kefalonia. I have chosen the highly rated St Denis apartments, which receive great reviews on tripadvisor and was awarded a certificate of excellence. Located in the heart of Tsilivi, you are just minutes from the beach and the main strip.

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7. Tenerife, Harbour Club Apartments, 25th May, 1 week, €331

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Set in the pretty seaside town of Los Gigantes, stay in the modern Harbour Club apartments and enjoy a week of sunshine and seaviews. This apartment complex looks out over the Atlantic and the dramatic cliffs of Los Gigantes. There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants nearby as well as a stylish marina. Highly rated on tripadvisor, this is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday. Note rooms are on a steep slope.

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8. Kos 26th May, Smaragdi Apartments, 1 week, 2 sharing, €399

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Kos has some of the best beaches in the Greek islands. It has a cosmopolitan capital, Kos town, but is also full of medieval columns and castles at every corner! What’s great about this deal is that it offers the best of both worlds. You will be staying at the highly rated Smaragdi apartments in Lambi. This is a quiet resort so it’s the perfect place to chill out by day. However if you fancy the buzz and nightlife of Kos town, it is only five minutes away by taxi, or a twenty minute walk. You can sip a cocktail overlooking some mega yachts at the harbour, or wander through the old town and enjoy some shopping or some great night life – the choice is yours!  

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9. Rhodes, 30th May, Cosmos Maris Apartments, 1 week, 2 sharing, €399!

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I love Rhodes. it’s simply stunning and if you haven’t already visited – well, you just have to go!  Rhodes town is magical, the chic waterfront with trendy bars on one side and the Colossus of Rhodes in the old town on the other. You couldn’t ask for more! There is lots to discover outside the capital too, from the hilltop town of Lindos to the neighbouring islands of Simi, the only problem is, you will wish you booked for two weeks! Stay at the highly rated Cosmos Maris Studios which were awarded a certificate of excellence and have received rave reviews on tripadvisor, for only €399.  

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10. Bulgaria, Trakia Garden Hotel, Half Board, 29th May, 1 week, €396

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One of the cheapest places to holiday, if you want to getaway without breaking the bank, Sunnybeach in Bulgaria is the spot. I have chosen the popular Trakia Garden Hotel which is very highly rated on tripadvisor and was awarded a certificate of excellence. Sunnybeach is a lively resort but this hotel offers the best of both worlds. Located just ten minutes walk from the wide sandy beach and a little further to the main strip, you can have quiet time during the day and easily pop into the resort centre at night time. The mini-train stops right outside if you want to rest your legs!

 

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So there you have it, my best buys from the big May holiday sale. I hope I have managed to find one that might suit you! If so, let me know, I would love to hear from you. Leave your comments in the box below. This post was sponsored by TUI but all views, as always, are my own 🙂

 

Sarah

 

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Ras Al Khaimah, Flights & 5 Star All Inclusive Hotel, €869 or Waldorf Astoria B&B, €889!

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Looking for a sophisticated and relaxing alternative to Dubai? Ras Al Khaimah, or ‘Rak’ might just be what you are looking for. The diverse scenery in the rising Emirate includes white sandy beaches, desert dunes and rugged mountains.

 

There are a staggering 35 direct flights every week to the Emirates from Dublin airport. Many of you may have travelled to Dubai or stopped there en route to other destinations. Next time why not take the road less travelled and visit the quieter, more unspoilt Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah? You will discover a relaxed atmosphere, lower hotel prices but still the same great beaches and expansive deserts. But it doesn’t have to be completely relaxing…. RAK is home to the world’s longest zipline – Jebel Jais Flight. Thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies can travel at speeds of up to 120kph to 150kph at a height of 1,680 metres above sea level on top of Jebel Jais mountain, and land on a breath-taking transparent platform completely suspended in air. 

If that sounds a little too adventurous for you, check out the the Al Hamra shopping mall or enjoy a round of golf at the championship Al Hamra Golf Course. If you want to try something completely different, why not explore the ‘Omani Fjords’ on a traditional dhow, visit a Bedouin desert camp or see ‘Rak’ by gyrocopter at nearby Jazirah Aviation Club. If all of this is not enough, let’s not forget the dazzling city of Dubai is only an hour away

 

Tropical Sky feature many holidays to Ras Al Khaimah but I have hand picked two favourites, the all-inclusive Double Tree by Hilton Marjan Island and arguably the best hotel in Ras Al Khaimah, the luxurious Waldorf Astoria.

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5* Double Tree by Hilton Resort & Spa, Marjan Island, Flights & 4 Nights, All-Inclusive, €869!

Situated on a private white sandy beach, this five star resort is only an hour from Dubai, yet feels world’s apart. Seven seems to be the lucky number at the hotel with a choice of seven swimming pools, seven spa treatment rooms and seven bars and restaurants, including a roof-top bar. Sports enthusiasts will love the host of water-sports available, fitness centre and tennis courts. The resort is all-inclusive so meals and drinks* are included until midnight each day. For a full list of what is included on the all-inclusive arrangement, click here.

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Reviewed as one of Ras Al Khaimah’s most popular hotels by tripadvisor, it’s not only adults who love this hotel – kids do too! The aqua zone with water slides, kids club with climbing wall and large outdoor playground, will keep children of all ages entertained throughout the day. And for a limited time kids under 12 go free when sharing a room with parents! The hotel also runs a free shuttle bus every Tuesday and Saturday to the marine and waterpark at Atlantis the Palm, Dubai, when you book an Aqua-venture or tickets to Dolphin Bay.

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Fly from Dublin to Dubai and enjoy a four night all-inclusive stay at the five star Double Tree by Hilton Resort & Spa, Marjan Island from only €869. Price includes flights, accommodation with meals and drinks and return airport transfers.

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5* Waldorf Astoria, Flights & 5 Nights B&B, €889!

 The Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah was inspired by Arabian palaces and the building is an architectural masterpiece. It’s location is perfect too. Situated on it’s own private beach it also has the luxury of a dramatic mountain backdrop, a golf course and the Arabian Gulf, all visible from the hotel. The interior also has the wow factor. The stylish décor compliments the five star service and facilities on offer. This room is a King Classic Room which this offer is based on.

There is a also wide selection of international restaurants and bars to choose from. The half board deluxe package includes two complimentary drinks with meals and allows you to dine in their main buffet restaurant or use dining credit to eat in any of their 3 a là carte restaurants. Facilities at the hotel include an 18 hole golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool and a luxury spa. This spa has an undersea theme and uses our very own Voya seaweed products, which are produced on the west coast of Ireland. There are plenty of water sports available at the beach, including jet skiing, scuba diving and snorkelling. The chances are you won’t want to leave the hotel! Rated number 1 on tripadvisor and the 2018 travellers choice winner, this is amazing value for such a luxurious hotel.

Prices from €889 for a five night stay include flights, breakfast each day and return airport transfers!

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by Tropical Sky but all views, as always, are my own 🙂  *Note Eid Al Adha is the 21st of August for 4 nights, so alcohol restrictions will apply at this time.

Sarah

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My Penang Travel Guide, All You Need to Know And Why You Must Go!

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Penang, a cocktail of Asian cultures where Chinese, Indians and Malays live happily together on an island that is so diverse. I trekked through rainforests in the morning, lazed on a beach in the afternoon and enjoyed the bustling city of George Town by night.

 

I was  delighted to be invited by Qatar Airways and the Malaysian Tourism Board to stay in George Town, the island’s capital for three nights. This cultural town is the very heart of Penang. With a population of 1.8 million, of which a staggering 70% are Chinese, it was completely different to what I had imagined. Penang is not typically Malaysian, in fact at times I felt it was more like a large Chinatown, than a Malaysian island. This, however, has its advantages. The influx of Chinese and Indians make for a bustling multicultural capital, that absolutely oozes character and has a strong cultural heritage. There are British colonial buildings alongside Chinese shophouses, mosques next to Chinese temples, yet somehow it all works! The old town is certainly the heart of the city and is a UNESCO World Heritage site, but there is also a modern side, with shopping malls and skyscrapers, if you fancy a change of scenery.

Penang Travel Guide

George Town – What to do:

We took a walking tour of George Town, something I would highly recommend you do on your first day.  It is a great way to see the highlights and to get a feel for places you want to return to on your own. The first thing that struck me was how completely safe I felt. Malaysia is a prosperous country and I saw no seedy elements and no one hassling you to come into their shops. I would have no problem walking around there on my own. George Town has a happy vibe to it too, a local man was delighted to show us how he made incense sticks, people were excited to pose for pictures and no one ever asked to be compensated.

Penang Travel Guide

Our first stop was the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, a nineteenth century mansion that has been transformed into a museum, housing over 1,000 antiques. This is a typical home of a wealthy Chinese man or ‘Baba’ as they are known. The lavish furnishings and classic architecture make it a must see in Penang.

Penang Travel Guide

There are numerous temples throughout George Town, most of which you can admire as you pass by. Take time though to visit the temple at Khoo Kongsi. This was originally built to support Chinese immigrants and was a place where Chinese families with the same surname could go to worship their ancestors. The Kek Lok Si Temple is one of the largest temples in Southeast Asia and is also a must visit. We went at night time where it was illuminated for Chinese New Year.

Penang Travel Guide

I liked the look and feel of George Town. Walking around the city, admiring the pretty Chinese shophouses and extraordinary mix of temples is an attraction in itself. There is also fantastic street art scattered throughout the old town. If you have a guide they will point it out to you, but it would also be fun trying to find them on your own, it would be one way to ensure you see the main cultural centre.

Penang Travel Guide

Another way to get around is by trishaw (three wheeled bicycle). These are great fun and ideal if you need to rest the legs for a bit. My driver, ‘Lee’, a 68 year old Malaysian Muslim as he liked to tell me, was delightful. He talked non-stop describing the highlights and was clearly proud of his city and its culture. A full hour trishaw ride is only €10!

Penang Travel Guide

We walked down the popular Love Lane, once home to the mistresses of wealthy Chinese immigrants, but is now the hotspot for nightlife. There are numerous cocktail bars and cafes that spill out on to the street and it is lively until the small hours. Mish Mash, a more sophisticated choice is just around the corner and serves the best Guinness in Penang (apparently!) and some kicking cocktails too.

Penang Travel Guide

Beyond George Town:

If you fancy a break from the buzz of the city, take the 30 minute bus ride to Penang Hill. This hill resort was used as a retreat during the British colonial period and is the oldest British Hill station in South East Asia, dating back to the late 1700’s. There are still colonial bungalows located there and it is 833 meters above sea level. We took the funicular to the top and went to one of Penang’s top attractions, The Habitat. This eco tourism site in the heart of a rainforest is spectacular. A short walk through the authentic rainforest leads you to a canopy walk, 230 meters in length and an even higher tree top walk. The latter is 13 meters high and is the highest viewing platform on the island, with 360 views of Penang and its surrounding islands. Ironically this was built by an Irish engineering firm, ClearTech Engineered Solutions! Try to visit on a clear day for the very best views and arrive early to avoid queues.

The rainforest is home to many nature trails and complimentary guided tours are provided. Home to a myriad of flora and fauna as well as giant black squirrels, reptiles and exotic butterflies, we saw a snake lazing on a branch and numerous spider holes with tarantulas inside! Not exactly for the fainthearted perhaps, but with our guide beside us, we felt safe at all times.

Penang Travel Guide

The beaches:

On our final day we enjoyed another completely different experience. We left George Town and took a forty minute bus ride to Kuala Sungai Pinang Jetty, in the Penang National Park, where we embarked on a boat trip through a mangrove, into the sea. The scenery was spectacular and the contrast of wildlife in the mangrove to the vast open sea was staggering. From the boat we saw a large monitor lizard escaping from the water, eagles soaring overhead, hundreds of walking fish  (something I had never seen before) as well as numerous exotic birds.

When we arrived into the open sea, the scenery changed dramatically. There were numerous white sandy beaches dotted around the coastline with rainforests tucked in behind them, it was spectacular. We stopped at Pantai Kerachut beach which was practically deserted. There is a turtle sanctuary there as well as a bridge which leads right into the rainforest. We opted for a short trek but there are also two longer trails that take about two hours. Would you believe that some of the Malaysian rainforests are 130 million years old? I was amazed to learn that contrary to popular belief, it is not the Amazon that is the oldest rainforest in the world, that accolade belongs to Malaysia.

Our next stop was the popular Monkey Beach, which is only accessible by trekking through the rainforest or by boat. You can actually walk through the jungle from Kerachut beach to get to it, which must be a cool thing to do, but we went by boat to save time. We enjoyed a barbeque on the beach and some chill time. As the name suggests there are also some resident monkeys hanging around which added to the experience. There were some jellyfish in the sea so only the brave went swimming. I decided against it, even though it was very tempting – the seawater was so warm!

And so it was time to say goodbye to Penang, an island that left me hungry to see more of Malaysia. I loved that there are so many different experiences to be found there. The island is so diverse, with tropical rainforests, white sandy beaches and the bustling city of George Town, all within easy reach of each other. It is not just the range of activities available but it is the happy vibe from it’s people, where people from China, India and Malaysia, with completely different religions and cultures coexist in one thousand square kilometers. It is impossible not to appreciate that in these modern times.

Penang Travel Guide

 

Where to stay:

There are a wide selection of hotels and apartments to choose from. We stayed in the landmark Eastern and Oriental hotel (or commonly known as E&O). This five star heritage hotel is located in the heart of the city and was visited by Prince Charles in November last. Suffice to say, if you are looking for luxury in the city, look no further!

If you are looking for a more authentic experience check out the local Clans Kongsi hotel, which is a collection of 15 traditional houses in an extraordinary setting in the heart of the George Town Unesco World Heritage site. The houses were originally occupied by the Khoo Clan in the 1860’s, wealthy Chinese newcomers fresh off the boat from China. They combine traditional furnishings with a modern twist – I loved them. For a beach holiday there are numerous hotels in the popular resort of Batu Ferringhi.

Penang Travel Guide
Bathroom with outdoor shower in the Clans Hotel

Where to eat:

Penang is renowned for its delicious food and for its eclectic mix of Asian cuisine. There are traditional Indian, Chinese and Malaysian restaurants but I like that in many places you can have a combination of all three. One of my favourites was a local café called the Mews Cafe. We were treated to beef rendang and a delicious seabass that was bursting with flavour. The typical Malaysian lok-lok or hot pot, is a great sharing dish and can be found at many street food vendors or local restaurants. You cook fresh meat, fish and vegetables in a pot of boiling water and eat with a variety of home made sauces. Another local favourite, char koay teow is Malaysia’s take on pad-thai, but with seafood and a little more spice added. I had this a few times and loved it.

How to get there:

Until recently, you had to take three flights to get to get to Penang, but with the new service from Dublin with Qatar Airways, you can get there seamlessly on their modern Dreamliner aircraft, with just one stop in Doha. Qatar Airways fly daily from Dublin to Doha with onward connections to Penang three times weekly, and Kuala Lumpur four times weekly. They will also be starting a new service to Langkawi later this year, which is only a 3.5 hour boat ride from Penang. A two centre holiday of Langkawi and Penang would be a winning combination. You can choose to avail of a free overnight stay in a four star hotel in Doha or connect straight to Malaysia with a short layover. Visit QatarAirways for more details.

Penang Travel Guide

After our three night stay in Penang, it was time to move on to Kuala Lumpur. You can take a short one hour flight but we opted to go by bus instead. This may sound like a daunting task but the access of the Penang bridge, a 13.5km bridge that crosses the Penang Strait, makes it a pleasant 4 hour drive. See my post about things you must do in Kuala Lumpur.

 

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Sarah

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Top 10 Reasons to Visit SeaWorld Orlando

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Ride Orlando’s fastest, tallest and longest rollercoaster, get up close to amazing marine animals and take on the world’s tallest river rapid drop. There are so many great reasons to visit SeaWorld – here are my top 10!

 

I have teamed up with Attraction Tickets.com, the theme park experts, who offer the best value tickets to SeaWorld and all major theme parks. There are so many theme parks and attractions in Orlando that it can be difficult deciding which parks to visit. Some parks are renowned for having the best rollercoasters, while others have great shows. SeaWorld just happens to have both, with the added advantage of getting up close with amazing marine animals. You should know that I spent a lot of time on research before writing this and learned so much about SeaWorld’s marine conservation, some of which I have listed below. So if you are struggling to decide which parks to visit in Orlando, here are some of my favourite reasons to visit SeaWorld.

10 reasons to visit SeaWorld Orlando

 

1. Meet amazing marine animals

At SeaWorld you can get up close to dolphins in Dolphin Cove, see stingrays in Stingray Lagoon and view walruses and beluga whales in the Wild Arctic. You can also meet rescued pelicans in Pelican Preserve and step behind-the-scenes at the working Manatee Rehabilitation Area. There are several aquariums. You can see orcas and mantas underwater as well as a dedicated shark encounter. This has one of the world’s largest underwater viewing tunnels and a touch pool where you can learn all about sharks from SeaWorld’s experts.

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2. Ride SeaWorld’s thrilling coasters including Mako, Orlando’s fastest, tallest and longest coaster!

I had the pleasure (not sure I should really call it that) of riding Manta three years ago. It is a rollercoaster like no other, as you lie face-down and nosedive like a manta ray at incredible speeds! SeaWorld is also home to Journey to Atlantis, a water coaster ride, and Kraken where you you ride a floorless coaster to heights of 150 feet! Mako is SeaWorld’s newest coaster. This is now Orlando’s fastest, tallest, longest and only hypercoaster – need I say more? 

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3. Ride Infinity Falls, a new river rapids ride with the world’s tallest river rapid drop.

I love water rides and this looks brilliant! It’s a family ride but looks pretty scary at the same time! There is a vertical lift that leads you to the world’s tallest river rapid drop! I can’t wait to try it, it opens this Summer.

4. Be like to be a penguin in Antarctica

Seaworld’s Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin ride, shows you Antarctica through the eyes of a penguin named Puck. This family ride is suitable for younger children too as you can select a ‘mild’ or ‘wild’ version of the simulator experience. When the ride is over you will exit straight into the penguin colony, where you will see hundreds of penguins in their icy habitat. It might be a good idea to bring a jumper for this one! SeaWorld also has another icy family ride, Wild Arctic. This simulator is a helicopter ride through icy landscapes, where you see beluga whales, walruses and other polar animals.

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Family Holiday in Menorca With Free Waterpark Access, 2ad & 2ch, 14th July, €2330!

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Sheltered cove beaches, captivating harbours and family friendly resorts. Choose a family holiday in Menorca this year from €2330 and enjoy free access to the waterpark throughout your stay.

 

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.

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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.

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Sunway Holidays have a Menorca sale on at the moment with kids prices from €199. I particularly like the Roc Lago Park apartments because you have FREE unlimited access to the Aquarock waterpark, throughout your stay! And lets face it, if the kids are happy, so are you! The waterpark is located beside the apartments and there is a wide selection of slides and swimming pools to choose from. The Roc Lago Park’s central location ensures you are close to the beach and the resort centre of Cala’n Bosch with it’s stylish marina.

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Depart from Dublin for one week on the 14th of July for €2330, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. This Menorca family holiday includes flights, accommodation, transfers, 20kg checked baggage per person and free entrance to the waterpark throughout your stay!

 

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

 

Sarah

 

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Collect Double Avios Points With SuperValu When You Convert Your Real Rewards Points & Money Back Vouchers

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Collect double Avios points with SuperValu when you convert your money back vouchers and Real Rewards points to Avios, before the 8th of April!

 

SuperValu are getting ready to send out their money back vouchers, so make sure you keep an eye out for them!  I am delighted to tell you that you can collect double Avios points from SuperValu by converting your Real Rewards points and these money back vouchers to Avios, before the 8th of April. Instead of collecting the usual 1 Avios for every 1 real rewards point converted with SuperValu, you can now collect 2 Avios. This means that if you have accumulated 1000 Real Rewards points or have received €10 in money back vouchers, you can get a whopping 2000 Avios!  You can convert them easily online, or by using the SuperValu app to collect double points. See here for more details or check out this short video.

How to spend your Avios

Once you have collected Avios points, you can spend them on flights with Aer Lingus and partner airlines, and there are thousands of destinations to choose from. When you have accumulated 8,000 Avios you can book a return flight to Paris, while 26,000 will give you a return flight to New York. Note these exclude taxes, fees and charges and are based on off-peak travel. If you don’t have quite enough Avios for a flight, you can pay the rest in cash. For a full list of destinations and how to spend your points, click here.

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I love that I can use my Avios to upgrade economy tickets to business class and that no taxes or fees apply. For those of you who have been following me on my journey, I am delighted to say that I have accumulated 42,000 Avios now 🙂  Most of my Avios were collected by shopping cleverly and taking advantage of the many promotions that Avios run during the year – such as this one! For anyone who is not familiar with Avios, read my first post about how to get flights and upgrades with Avios points and start your journey now.

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Looking to sign up?

Shop through the Avios eStore and collect Avios by shopping online at your favourite retailers. If you are already an Aer Lingus AerClub member, your existing log in and password will suffice. Log in to avios.com/ie with your AerClub details and click through to the eStore.

You can also collect Avios by converting your SuperValu Real Rewards points or by shopping in Kildare Village.

For those who have not yet joined, you can join AerClub here. Why not download the free Avios app too, it will allow you book flights on the go, check your Avios balance and find out where to collect.

 

This post was sponsored by Avios, but all views, as always are my own.

 

Sarah

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