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10 Great Family Holidays in July & August With Free Child Places


I have teamed up with TUI, the family holiday specialists, to bring you my top ten family holidays in July and August with free child places.


Whether you want self-catering in Greece or an All Inclusive holiday in Cyprus, a water park holiday in Tenerife or a relaxing break in the Algarve, I have family holidays in July and August with free child places to suit everyone! All holidays are hand-picked, have great reviews and are ideal for family holidays. Another added bonus is that there are no hidden extras. All TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage. And that’s not all, you only need a deposit of €75 to secure a booking, with the balance payable ten weeks before departure. 



Best in Spain:

Did you know TUI feature 9 different regions in Spain for next Summer? Choose from mainland Spain’s popular destinations of Costa Dorada and the Costa del Sol, the Balearic Islands of Majorca or Ibiza or the year round favourites, the Canary Islands. These are my top Spanish family holidays in July and August with free child places.





Tenerife: All Inclusive, Splashworld, 4* Villa Mandi & Siam Park

This highly rated All Inclusive resort, the Villa Mandi, offers free access to Siam Park, one of the world’s best water parks,  throughout your stay. You will also receive free kids entry to Loro Parque, which was voted the worlds best zoo by tripadvisor in 2017.  The pretty Villa Mandi complex is like a Mediterranean village with four swimming pools, kids clubs and plenty of sports activities on site. Although all meals and drinks are included in the cost, the apartments also come with a kitchenette and microwave, which is handy for families with small children.

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Salou: 4* TUI Family Life Avenida Suites, Half Board

TUI have numerous choices of accommodation in Salou, but the TUI Family Life Avenida Suites are one of my favourites. Located just 10 minutes walk to the beach and within easy access of the town centre and Port Aventura, they are superbly situated. Suites are bright and modern and come with mini-fridges and microwaves, which is ideal for families with young children. There is a large swimming pool as well as a kids pool with a slide and a host of on-site activities for all the family to enjoy. Kids will love the kids club and mini-disco, teens have their own ‘Hangout’, and there is also a baby club for little ones. Breakfast and evening meal is included in the cost and the reviews of the food are excellent on TripAdvisor. target=”, in fact this complex is rated the 2nd best out of 92 hotels in Salou.

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Majorca: 4* + Protur Bonaire Aparthotel, Half Board 

This is one of the best family apartments in Majorca. We spent a week here a few years ago and the kids loved it. It is located just a few minutes from the beach and the centre of Cala Bona, where there is an ample choice of restaurants and bars. If you want to venture further afield, the larger resort of Cala Millor is about a thirty minute walk. We walked in to Cala Millor a few times during our stay. The promenade stretches right along the seafront so it is ideal for an evening stroll.

You don’t need to venture outside the resort though as the facilities on-site are excellent. There is a children’s splash park with a giant pirate ship and there is day and night time entertainment, including a mini-disco in the evening. Kids are spoilt for choice with kids clubs and a multi-sports court, there is also a crèche for children under 3 years. You can choose to go self-catering, half-board or All-Inclusive. This price is based on half-board, but if you wish to include all meals and drinks, just edit the search when you click on the button below.

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4* Globales Playa Estepona, All Inclusive SplashWorld Resort

As well as a brand new waterpark on site,the Globales Playa Estapona has numerous sports activities, kids clubs, day and night time entertainment and even has its own beach club restaurant. The waterpark has a space bowl, tube slides, body slides, a multilane number and a kamikaze slide – all are suitable for children 120cm and over. Younger children have their own spray park and mini slides in a pirate-themed area. The hotel is situated close to Puerto Banus and offers a shuttle bus service 2-3 times per day into the centre. This is a great option for holidays for families with 3 or 4 children, as all meals and drinks are included in the price. Some rooms even hold up to 7 so if you happen to have a large family, this should tick all boxes!


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Best in Algarve:

One of my favourite destinations for family holidays, the Algarve, offers superb beaches, mouth watering food and great value for money in the resorts. I have chosen two family holidays in July and August with free child places, a self-catering option in the lively resort of Albufeira and an All Inclusive property in the pretty village of Alvor.

4* Cerro Mar Garden, Self-Catering

Located in lively Albufeira this is an excellent choice for families looking for good quality self-catering accommodation. Highly rated on tripadvisor, there are some great on-site facilities including a spa, gym and whirlpool. Kids will love the bowling alley, games room and large swimming pool, and there is a separate splash zone for little ones too.

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Algarve: All Inclusive, 4* Alvor Baia

The Alvor Bahia is a four star All Inclusive property which is highly rated on TripAdvisor and offers something for all the family. The kids club, entertainment programme, sports facilities and pirate themed play area, will keep the kids amused all day long. If you fancy some quiet time, why not chill out in their spa!

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Best in Greece:

I brought my children to Corfu and Zakynthos and we loved them both! The scenery, laid back pace and excellent value for money, makes Greece an ideal alternative if you want to try something different this year. From self-catering to All Inclusive resorts, TUI offer both in abundance. I have chosen two family holidays in July and August with free child places, a great value self catering option and the All Inclusive family property, where we stayed a few years ago.


Kos: Self-Catering, 3* Mayflower apartments, self catering

These family run apartments are situated in the pretty resort of Tingaki. Rated number 1 on TripAdvisor they are the perfect choice for families who are looking for a relaxing Greek holiday, but within easy reach of Kos town.

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Zakynthos: All Inclusive 4* Alykanas Beach Village

Thishighly rated All Inclusive resort has a splash park for young children, kids clubs and a great entertainment programme for everyone. There is also a quiet, adults only pool beside the beach if you fancy some quiet time! (I spent many afternoons there)! Visit Shipwreck Beach or swim with the turtles, Zakynthos is a beautiful island with lots to do for all the family.

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Like Greece Holidays? – See my Top Ten Family Holidays in Greece here




Best in Italy:

Lake Garda is a superb destination that caters for all the family. With superb scenery, great lakeside activities and GardaLand / Peppa Pig Land theme parks on your doorstep – need I say more?.

4* Poiano Apartments, Lake Garda

The Poiano offer the best of both worlds, you can enjoy the advantages of staying in a 2 bedroom family apartment, but also have the benefits of hotel facilities. There is an Olympic-size swimming pool on site as well as a kids pool and a host of activities such as tennis, archery, beach volleyball and yoga. There is also a kids club (5-12 years), restaurant and a spa at the Hotel Poiano, with live music a few nights each week. You can hire bikes and cycle into nearby Garda or take the free shuttle bus, it is only 2km away.

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Best in Bulgaria

4* SplashWorld Aqua Nevis Club Hotel, All Inclusive Resort

The Aqua Nevis Clubhotel has been a firm favourite with Irish holiday makers for many years. The waterpark is huge and is onsite. There is a family-friendly lazy river and wave pool, an Adventure Island for younger children with mini slides and water sprays, as well as slides to keep thrill-seekers happy too! Located within walking distance of the town centre and beach, but the hotel also has a free shuttle bus if you are too tired after a day at the waterpark! Family rooms are great too with sliding doors separating the bedroom from the living area, they also have rooms that cater for families with three children.

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Like Waterpark holidays? See My Top Waterpark Holidays for 2019 here.

Have more than 2 children? See my top picks for summer holidays for families with 3 or 4 children here.


I hope you enjoyed my top ten family holidays in July and August with free child places, and that you found something to suit you. Remember you can change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, by selecting ‘Edit Search’ once you click on the links above.

All prices are correct at the date of issue, 23rd December but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by TUI but all views, as always, are my own. Note the links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.



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Weekend Break in Amsterdam – 3 Nights in 4-Star Hotel & Flights – €254pp


The New Year has arrived and with that comes a lust for new experiences and adventure. I have found a brilliant offer for a weekend break in Amsterdam that should fuel those urges even more.


Amsterdam is a city with an incredible aesthetic and history. The hotel for the offer I have found is the 4-Star Bilderburg Hotel Jan Luyken and this places you right in the historical heart of the city. Within walking distance of your hotel you will find the Riijksmuseum, The Van Gogh Museum, The Heineken Experience and the powerful Anne Frank Museum. The latter two are a good half an hour walk away but this is definitely manageable in Amsterdam on a nice day.
Weekend Break in Amsterdam


Also close to your hotel you will find Vondelpark. If you’re looking to get the full Dutch experience, you simply have to rent out a bike and cycle around to explore every corner of this beautiful park.
The hotel has excellent ratings on Expedia; scoring 4.3/5 from over 1700 reviews. This offer is for March when the temperature starts to become nice and mild making it perfect for a city break. The flights for the offer are direct with Ryanair and the dates are from Thursday the 7th to Sunday the 10th, but if these dates don’t suit simply edit the search via the link below, to suit your requirements. The price of €254pp covers the cost of the hotel and flights.



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 The Travel Expert receives a small commission if a booking is made.




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Family Holiday Deal to Lanzarote in August, 1 week, 2ad & 2ch, €1769!


Check out this family holiday deal to Lanzarote in August with flights and highly rated apartment included for only €1769!


Lanzarote is a great family holiday destination. With year round sunshine, great beaches and lots of facilities for children, it has been a firm favourite with Irish holidaymakers for many years. For a fun family day out try the waterpark or the popular Rancho Texas animal park. Read my blog for more things to do with kids in Puerto del Carmen.



The old town of Puerto del Carmen has some great restaurants which cater really well for children. There is a playground at the harbour so you can enjoy some after dinner drinks, while the kids play safely in front of you. There are also plenty of high street stores, with prices on average, 25% less than at home. For more information on Lanzarote, you can read my blog by clicking here.

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I found a great family holiday deal to Lanzarote staying in the popular Jable Bermudas apartments in Puerto del Carmen. Centrally located in the resort and 300 metres from the beach, these are a great choice for families looking for a great value holiday in July. Children are well catered for with their own pool, playground, games room, mini golf,  paddle tennis court and free WiFi.  With the Jable Bermudas rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor,  this family holiday deal to Lanzarote wont be around for long!

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Fly from Dublin to Arrecife on the 14th of August and enjoy a seven night stay for €1769, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

View flights here €305pp

View apartment here €549

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



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Luxury Multi Centre Holidays in the Indian Ocean


Luxury holidays in the Indian Ocean with a little adventure thrown in – the perfect holiday combination.


Barefoot luxury in the Indian Ocean is about as good as it gets when it comes to dream holidays, but sometimes it is good to combine a little adventure with beach time. Experience an action packed few days in Cape Town or Dubai before arriving by seaplane to your water villa. Think island hopping in the Caribbean sounds pretty good? Try Island hopping in the Seychelles instead! These are just some of the bespoke luxury holidays in the Indian Ocean that Hayes and Jarvis offer – there are so much more. They offer a staggering 36 different holiday styles in 60 destinations around the world. Read my blog post about Hayes and Jarvis luxury long haul holidays from Ireland, and here are four of their luxury holidays in the Indian Ocean to whet your appetite!


3 Nights Dubai & 7 Nights Sri Lanka, Including Flights & 5 Star Hotels,  from €1829!

Combine the glitz and glamour of Dubai with one of the Indian Ocean’s best kept secrets, Sri Lanka. This is the perfect multi-centre holiday! Visit the tallest building in the world, shop in the world’s largest shopping mall and spend a day in the Arabian desert. Adrenaline junkies could try dune bashing or sand skiing while romantics will love star gazing. Whatever you choose, a visit to the Dubai desert is a must! Of course no trip to Dubai would be complete without visiting some of it’s stunning beaches.

Dubai, one of the top ten holiday destinations for 2016 by The Travel Expert

You will be staying at the 5* Taj Dubai hotel. Considered one of the best hotels to stay in Dubai by tripadvisor, it is situated in one of Dubai’s prime locations. With jaw dropping views of the Burj Khalifa and the dancing fountain, this sophisticated hotel is just minutes from the Dubai Mall and the glamorous nightlife Dubai has to offer.

After three action packed days in Dubai you will fly onwards to Sri Lanka for seven nights. I went to Sri Lanka last year and fell in love with it. I climbed Sigiriya, a 660 foot tall rock fortress, visited the tea plantations, went on an elephant safari and still had plenty of beach time – and this was all over six days! Voted the best place to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet, once you go you will see why.

Sri Lanka

In true Hayes and Jarvis style, you will be staying in another 5* luxury hotel, the Taj Bentota Resort & Spa. This contemporary hotel offers fine dining, an authentic Jiva Spa and stunning views of the Indian Ocean. You can organise excursions to some of Sri Lanka’s highlights from here or choose to relax and enjoy this lavish hotel.

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South Africa and Mauritius: 3 Nights Cape Town & 7 Nights, All Inclusive in Mauritius, Including Flights, Transfers & 5 Star Hotels, from €3049

South Africa and Mauritius, what a superb combination! Spend three nights in one of the world’s best cities before relaxing in a luxury five star all-inclusive resort for seven days in Mauritius. Cape Town is one of my favourite cities, I have been twice and would go back again in a heart beat. Climb Table Mountain, drive the Cape Peninsula and visit Robben Island – these are just three of the ‘top things to do in Cape Town’. You will be staying in the legendary 5* Cape Grace Hotel. Located just minutes from the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, this is perfectly located to explore Cape Town’s tourist marina and the cultural hot spot of Bo Kaap.

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Cape Town is a hard place to follow but a week in the luxurious all inclusive Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort might do the trick! They boast ‘the best all-inclusive resort in Mauritius’ and who am I to argue with that? Recently renovated, this five-star resort is located in the unspoilt south of the island. Facilities include an 18 hole golf course overlooking the Indian Ocean, a luxury spa and fitness centre and three swimming pools. You will be staying in a deluxe beachfront room and with all meals and drinks included in the cost of your stay, you can sit back, relax and enjoy your stay without thinking of the cost!


Maldives: Kuramathi Island Resort, Water Villa with Jacuzzi, Select All Inclusive, from €3199

You only have to mention the Maldives and the word ‘paradise’ springs to mind. Kuramathi Island IS paradise, but don’t just take my word for it, check out the thousands of reviews on tripadvisor that say so too! Numerous celebrities have holidayed here and it is one of the most sought after resorts in the Maldives for Irish holidaymakers. Arriving by seaplane is all part of the luxury travel experience, as is staying in one of the resorts’ water villas. Built on stilts directly over the lagoon, these luxury villas come with a jacuzzi and direct access to the Indian Ocean.

A holiday like this calls for complete indulgence, so the last thing you want to do is worry about how much spending money you will need. The best way to achieve this is by availing of the ‘Select All Inclusive’ arrangement in Kuramathi Island Resort. Not only are all meals and drinks included in the cost of your stay but the Select All Inclusive allows you to dine in ANY of the nine à la carte restaurants on the island. You can enjoy a selection of bottled wines with your meal as well as premium drinks at all times during your stay. You can also avail of the many water sports, including one Sunset Cruise and one trip to the neighbouring island Rasdhoo during your stay. Hayes and Jarvis have included a water villa and an upgrade to Select All Inclusive in the cost of this package.

Maldives one of my top ten romantic destinations by The Travel Expert

Please call Hayes and Jarvis on (01) 691 7727,  or email for your exclusive quotation


Island Hopping in the Seychelles: 12 Nights, Including Flights & Hotels, from €3599

Island hopping in the Caribbean or even Greece sounds pretty cool to me, but island hopping in the Seychelles is on another level. If you want to do something that is NOT on the top 10 lists of holidays to take in 2019 – this has to be it! A holiday in the Seychelles have to be one of the most idyllic you could ever take. Spectacular beaches, exotic rainforests and amazing wildlife – need I say more?

Hayes and Jarvis have arranged this amazing package itinerary to paradise that takes in three of the Seychelles most idyllic islands. Visit one of the world’s best beaches in Praslin Island, feed the giant tortoises in La Digue and explore the country’s capital, Victoria, on Mahe Island.

In all three islands you will be staying in luxury hotels that receive excellent reviews on tripadvisor. Relax on one of the hammocks in the boutique hotel Coco de Mer in Praslin, stay in your own garden villa in Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie, La Digue and enjoy your own private plunge pool in the Carana Beach Hotel in Mahe. This amazing three-centre holiday includes all transfers and internal flights.

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These are just a sample of the luxury holidays in the Indian Ocean that Hayes and Jarvis feature. They can tailor make any holiday to suit your requirements. Talk to the expert staff and tell them whether you like fine dining or barefoot luxury, a family safari or an adult-only escape. No matter what your holiday style – Hayes and Jarvis will source the right holiday for you.

Contact them on  (01) 691 7727, call into their office at 18 Duke Street, Dublin or visit HayesandJarvis.ie  for more details. This post was sponsored by HayesandJarvis but all views, as always, are my own.



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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 2nd January 2019

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In my best travel deals this week I have last minute holidays from €99, luxury for less in the Algarve and Mauritius, summer holiday to Lanzarote and the Costa del Sol, a family staycation over Easter holidays and a cruise deal that you definitely don’t want to miss!


Best last minute:

GoHop.ie have some fantastic last minute deals available. Choose the Algarve from €99, Nerja from €145 and the Canary Islands from €239. Prices include flights and accommodation for seven nights, departing in January.

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Best spring / summer:

Enjoy some luxury for less in the 5* Grande Real Santa Eulalia hotel in the Algarve for only €359 on the 23rd of May! This super hotel is located right on the beach and has both indoor and outdoor pools. Price includes flights and hotel for seven nights! This is incredible value for a five star hotel and is the perfect way to kickstart your summer.

View flights here €96pp

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Best Summer sun:

Take advantage of the airline seat sales and secure your summer flights to the sun now. Fly from Dublin to Lanzarote on the 24th of July and enjoy a seven-night stay in the highly rated Bitacora apartments for only €447 per person, based on two sharing. Price is even lower if you bring a few friends along!

View flights here €230pp

View apartment here €217pp



Best family deal:

I have found an incredible deal to the Costa del Sol at the beginning of July! Enjoy a seven-night stay at the All Inclusive Cortijo Blanco Hotel, with all meals and drinks included for only €2250, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. This includes flights, transfers and checked baggage with a FREE CHILD PLACE! This hotel is highly rated on tripadvisor and a deposit of €75 secures a booking. If this date or destination doesn’t suit, click on the link below to find more FREE CHILD PLACES available.

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Best cruise:

If Carlsberg did cruises…… This is an unbelievable deal! Combine the bright lights of Vegas and Los Angeles with a exclusive Grand Canyon ranch experience and four night Mexico cruise for only €1799! This package includes flights, a two night stay in a log cabin with meals, horse riding, rodeo demos and a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, three night stays in both Vegas and Los Angeles, a four night Carnival Cruise to Mexico in an oceanview stateroom and ALL flights! #TripOfALifetime

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Best long haul deal:

Save a whopping €900 on this amazing deal to Mauritius. You will be staying in the luxurious five star Lux Grand Gaube hotel – which is one of the best on the island. Price for flights, transfers and a seven-night stay is only €1309 and you can add on extra nights if desired. Check out the excellent reviews on tripadvisor if you still need convincing!

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Best short break:

Grab a few mates together and book a cheeky weekend in Marbella. Price for flights and a three night stay over the May bank holiday weekend is only €227! Go on you deserve it 😉.

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Best staycation:

Plan a short break in Ireland over the Easter holidays. This super family deal from Groupon is staying in the highly rated Quality Hotel Youghal in Cork. They still have availability from the 13th – 19th April and you book it directly from Groupon so you will have your dates confirmed before you purchase. Choose one of their self catering apartments from €139 or a luxury house from €159 for two nights, which is nearly half price! Located right on the beach you can choose the open sea or the indoor swimming pool with leisure facilities. They also give you a €10 spa voucher per person towards a treatment costing €40 or above.

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.



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