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Al Fresco Holidays Feature Five New Parks for 2016

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Looking to travel some where new this year?  Al Fresco Holidays feature five new parks for 2016 in France, Italy and Croatia.

 

Forget about drafty mobile homes with no shower pressure! Al Fresco holidays offer spacious modern mobile homes complete with air conditioning, private decking and my personal favourite – power showers! They also offer a wide range of parks to suit all tastes, sixty-eight to be precise, across five countries, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia and Holland. You can choose large and lively, small and friendly, or even authentic parks if you want to live like the locals! Kids are extremely well looked after with kids clubs and entertainment generally available. You will also find that many offer water slides, kids discos and numerous sports facilities.  Their new parks for 2016 include a 5* Yelloh! village in France, an Italian park close to Venice and a stunning beach park in the island of Pag, Croatia. Check them out below and let me know your favourite 🙂

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Yelloh! Village au Lac de Biscarrosse, Aquitaine, France

Enjoy five star comforts at this Yelloh! camping village. Ideally situated on Lake Biscarrosse, you can choose the lake, the nearby sandy beach or the on-site aquatic park to cool down.  On land kids will enjoy the kids clubs and entertainment programme, while adults can treat themselves to a spa treatment in the wellness centre or a wine tour near in nearby Bordeaux.

Crystal Al Fresco Holidays feature 5 new parks for 2016

 

Des Menhirs, Brittany, France.

This lively park offers fun for all the family. With kids clubs available from infants to age 12 and a wide choice of sports for teens, this is suitable for kids of all ages. There are sports tournaments, waterslides in the pool and even pony rides available, if non stop action is what you seek, then look no further. Des Menhirs is also situated close to Carnac plage which has a wide choice of  bars, restaurants and shops as well as numerous water sports on the beach. Take a trip to nearby Auray and visit the evening market, or explore the Brittany countryside.

Crystal Al Fresco Holidays feature 5 new parks for 2016

 

Domaine des Naiades, Cotes d’Azur, France

Enjoy the glamour of St Tropez without the expensive price tag. Situated in the South of France, this park is close to the stunning marina of Port-Grimaud and the larger towns of  Antibes and Cannes. It boasts a picture postcard setting with views of St. Tropez and comes complete with a Olympic sized swimming pool. It also has water slides, sports facilities, a cinema and an open air stage offering dance shows and karaoke.

Crystal Al Fresco Holidays feature 5 new parks for 2016

 

Portofelice, Venetian Riviera, Italy.

Portofelice is situated right on the beach of Eraclea Mare and is a modern park complete with water slides, entertainment and kids clubs. It also has the added bonus of being only 25 miles from Venice. If the kids are looking for some more adventure, Lido di Jesolo is close by which has the popular Aqualandia waterpark.

Crystal Al Fresco Holidays feature 5 new parks for 2016

 

Camping Simuni, Dalamatian Coast, Island of Pag, Croatia.

Situated on the island of Pag, you have no less than seven beaches on your doorstep. You can try scuba diving, surfing or simply chill out in one of the beach bars and take in the view. There are also excellent facilities on site, including kids clubs, entertainment and even a bouncy castle for the younger ones.

Crystal Al Fresco Holidays feature 5 new parks for 2016

 

Still not sure which one to choose, talk to the experts on 01-4331056 or visit  alfresco-holidays.ie

 

Sarah

 

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As Seen On TV3 – 10th January 2016

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Planning a holiday in 2016? As seen on TV3 SundayAM , check out my best reasons to book early, top tips to get the best deals and where I think the hot spots will be this year.

 

Best Reasons To Book Early:

Generally speaking it pays to book early, particularly if you are looking for something specific or if travelling during school holidays. If you have a large family and need a two or three bedroom apartment or have to take particular holidays in work you should book now.  Most airlines including Aer Lingus and Ryanair have Summer sales and prices normally increase closer to departure. Many hotel websites are offering early booking savings of up to 20% if booked before the 31st of January. Tour Operators Falcon Holidays and Sunway are offering great early booking deals, including free child places and low booking deposits.

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Booking early makes budgeting a little easier too. Most travel agents will let you pay a deposit now and pay your holiday in instalments. It also gives you something nice to look forward to as you look out through your office window at the rain! If you over indulged over Christmas, ClickandGo.com are offering €1 deposits on all European holidays booked ten weeks in advance.

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Tips To Find The Best Deals:

Rather than spending hours searching hundreds of different websites, there are a few sites that are worth checking out. The Irish Travel Agents Association and Worldchoice combine special offers from Ireland’s leading travel agents on their websites.  I also combine a list of the best travel deals from around the web every Tuesday and publish it here.

 

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When comparing package holidays with holidays you design yourself make sure you include baggage charges, airport transfers and local taxes. Most tour operator’s packages will have no hidden extras so make sure the ‘deal’ you think you have is really as good as it seems. Comparison websites such as Trivago or Tripadvisor  will search numerous websites for the same property and you may find significant savings. Check the distance from the airport too. Particularly in places like Barcelona, which according to Ryanair, has three airports! But Girona and Reus are miles from Barcelona. You may think you are getting a great deal and find out you have to pay hundreds of euro for an airport transfer.

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When booking a flight make sure you check both one way and return airfares. With Aer Lingus and Ryanair for instance, you may find it is cheaper to fly out with one airline and home with another. This can also be useful for good flight times, one airline may have better times on the outward journey and another on the return. The lowcostholidays website will combine all airlines so you can automatically find the best airfares and quite often the lowest priced journey will be with two different carriers. If travelling with kids, Ryanair allow you to select half price bags even if adults are only taking hand luggage. With Aer Lingus you need to book an adult bag in order to get a child’s case for half price.

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Top Holiday destinations In 2016.

Easter will be big this year. Children have almost three weeks off school with Easter and Patricks day falling together, so get in early before prices rocket! I checked various options and prices are already quite high. The best family option I found is a week in Salou for €925 based on 2 adults and 2 children in the 4* Sanguli Resort. For more details read by blog here.

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I think campsites in Salou and Lake Garda will be particularly popular this year. Many will change from France because of the European championships and the Paris attacks. The ISIS effect also means that people will tend to stick to Spain, Portugal & Italy rather than North African destinations. This will be a European trend so the likelihood is that accommodation in these countries will be priced higher and more scarce than in previous years. This will be particularly problematic if looking for a last minute deal.

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There are direct flights to Mexico and Jamaica from June so they should be particularly popular with couples. With prices starting at €1589 for a 4* hotel on an all inclusive basis, including flights, transfers and baggage for two weeks, they are good value for long haul holidays direct from Dublin. You can pay a small booking deposit too, which is always appreciated! Check out Falconholidays.ie for more details.

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Ryanair and Aegean airlines have introduced flights to Athens so this could be the big city break destination for 2016 . There are also onward connections with Aegean airlines to Santorini and Mykonos, which are bucket list destinations for many people.

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For families looking for a relaxing family holiday Menorca could be the destination of choice this year. This is an ideal family destination. There are direct flights and package deals from Dublin with Sunway and new for 2016 is a direct flight from Cork with Stein Travel.

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

 

Cruising is getting more and more popular and prices seem to be getting better each year. MSC Cruises are offering Mediterranean cruise package deals from €1095 in the summer months, including flights and free drinks pacakges. Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises are offering buy one get one half price plus free drinks packages. The all inclusive package holiday concept seems to have transferred to cruises now!

 

Wherever you decide to go in 2016 – book now, sit back, relax and just wait for the sunshine ☀

 

Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change.

 

Sarah

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4* Sanguli Resort Salou, Easter Week, 2ad & 2ch, €1039

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Thinking of getting away for Easter holidays? I found this amazing deal in the 4* Sanguli resort Salou, you need to check this one out!

 

With the kids off for two weeks over Easter, a week away is just what’s needed. I found a great deal to Salou, staying in the superb Sanguli resort. This is one of Spain’s most popular campsites and is always booked out during the Summer months. Situated beside the beach, in the heart of Salou and only minutes from Port Aventura Theme Park, the location just couldn’t be better. I included a two day pass to PortAventura in this deal because I went there this year with my kids and loved it. Read my review of PortAventura for all the highlights, tips and tricks. You can also take a day trip to Barcelona, the Roman city of Tarragona, or the harbour town of Cambrils, a food lovers paradise! Suffice to say you will be spoilt for things to do. Sanguli is equipped with pool slides, an entertainment program and beautiful gardens, so it’s not surprising that it is one of the most sought after complexes in the area.

 

 

A two bedroom Rossini mobile home is only £245 ( approx €280 )for Easter week, a saving of 30%! You can also upgrade to a three bedroom mobile home for £318 (approx €360 ), this is incredible value for such a busy time of year. If you have three or four kids you will only pay for the extra flight flight cost of €120! All mobiles come complete with decking, an outdoor table, parasol,  chairs, sun Loungers, & reclining chairs. You will need to pay extra for bed linen and towels. Don’t worry, a family pack that consists of 1 double linen pack, 2 single linen packs, 2 beach/bath towel packs and 2 bath mats is only £55! If travelling with a baby, you will receive a travel cot, high chair baby bath, socket covers and baby gate on the terrace all free of charge, just pre book it before you go.

 

Sanguli Resort Salou for Easter Holidays by The Travel Expert

 

Flights depart from Dublin on Good Friday the 30th of March for seven days. In fact they depart every day over the Easter Holidays, I just selected the 30th because the price was good and it still gives you the weekend to get organised when you get home 🙂 Make sure you select Barcelona Reus airport as it is only 6 miles from Salou, Barcelona main airport is much further away. So what are you waiting for, book a week in Sanguli Resort Salou today!

 

Click here to book mobile home: £245 2 bed or £318 3 bed

Click here to book flights: €120pp ( Select Barcelona – Reus airport )

Click here to book tickets to PortAventura: 2 Day Ticket, Adult €50, Child €44.

 

Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change.

 

Sarah

 

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