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The Best Beach Hotels In The Algarve

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Planning a getaway this year or next? Check out my best beach hotels on the Algarve to help you on your way.

I believe when overseas holidays come back in large numbers, beach hotels are going to be the most sought after. With 100 beaches stretching over 150 km of coastline, it is not surprising that there are numerous beach hotels and apartments in the Algarve. I’ve hand-picked some of the best beach hotels in the Algarve to suit all tastes and budgets – hopefully there will be one here to suit you.

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1.  5-Star Vila Vita Parc, Porches

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Voted the 3rd best Destination Spa Resort in the world by Conde Nast Traveller last year, the Vila Vita Parc hotel is one of the Algarve’s most luxurious hotels. Perched on a cliff top in 54 acres of subtropical gardens, with panoramic ocean views, it doesn’t get much better than this.
 

 

 
There are numerous accommodation options to choose from including suites and villas, and with six bars and 10 restaurants, including a two Michelin-starred restaurant, once you enter Vila Vita Parc, you may leave until it is time to go home.

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2.  4-Star Pestana Dom Joao II, Alvor

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Alvor is one of my favourite resorts on the Algarve, I love it’s beach, restaurants, and the fact that it is still relatively unspoilt. The 4-star Pestana Dom Joao II may not be the most modern hotel in Alvor, but its location on one of the Algarve’s best beaches, and its great value for money, makes it a super choice for a beach holiday in the Algarve.
 

 

 
You can choose to stay in the hotel rooms, all of which have a sea-view, or if travelling with children, their two-bedroom villas are superb. I stayed in one of these with my family years ago and loved it. Having full access to all the hotel’s facilities, while enjoying the benefits of a beachfront villa, offers the best of both worlds.  

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3.  5-Star Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort, Sagres

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I was supposed to visit Martinhal Beach Resort over Easter holidays but unfortunately, like all overseas travel, it had to be cancelled. I have vowed to go back to what is regularly described as one the best family resorts in Europe.
 

 

 
Set within a protected natural park, this five-star hotel has luxurious townhouses and villas, some of which have their own private pool. Obviously five-star luxury resorts such as this come with an expensive price tag, but it is undoubtedly one of the best beach hotels on the Algarve for families. 

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4. 3-Star Dom Jose Beach Hotel, Quarteira

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If you are looking for a five-star location, on a three-star budget, then look no further than The Dom Jose Beach Hotel. Located in Quarteira and just five minutes drive from the upmarket resort of Vilamoura, this offers a beach front location with easy access to shops, restaurans and bars.
 

 

 
If you like a nice evening walk, you will love the promenade that leads all the way into Vilamoura’s marina. Recently refurbished with a prime beach front location, this offers superb value for a highly rated beach hotel on the Algarve.

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5.  5-Star Grand Real Santa Eulalia Hotel and Apartments, Albufeira

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The Grand Real Santa Eulalia’s close proximity to Albufeira, as well as its stunning cliff top location, has made it a firm favourite with Irish holiday makers for many years. It is ideal for families or couples, with a host of facilities and room types to suit everyone. Although a luxurious resort hotel, it tends to be more reasonably priced than other 5-star beach hotels in the Algarve, and the self catering apartments are particularly good value for families.

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6. 4-Star PortoBay Falésia Hotel, Olhos de Agua

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This popular hotel offers direct access to the beautiful 8km beach of Praia da Falesia. Located in the pretty town Olhos de Agua,  yet close enough to the lively resort Albufeira, it offers the bets of both worlds. There is a choice dining options and bars if you prefer to stay on site, as well as a spa that offers outdoor treatments. 

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7.  5-Star Tivoli Marina Hotel, Vilamoura

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Location, location, location – it doesn’t get much better than the Tivoli Marina Hotel. With the glitz and glamour Vilamour Marina on one side, and its own concessioned beach on the other, everything you could possibly want is on your doorstep. The hotel also boasts a luxury Spa and a host of top class restaurants and bars. 

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8.  5-Star Dunas Douradas Beach Club, Vale do Lobo

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Located between the upmarket resorts of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, the Dunas Douradas Beach Club offers 132 apartments and villas which are ideal for a luxurious family holiday or group golfing trip. Overlooking the sea, with miles of golden sand right in front of you, its situation is superb.
 

 

 
Along with some excellent culinary experiences, the Dunas Douradas Beach Club also has a focus on fitness. There are indoor and outdoor pools, gym courses and plenty of golf options available. Children are well looked after too, and there is a kids club for children aged 3-9 years.

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9.  4- star Alfagar Apartments, Albufeira 

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With a great location overlooking the sea, and a host of family-friendly facilities, it is not surprising that the Alfagar is one of the most popular self-catering properties in Albufeira. Located between the villages of Albufeira and Olhos de Água, you will find a host of shops, bars and restaurants to choose from.
 

 

 
There is a wide selection of swimming pools onsite, including a heated indoor pool and a separate waterpark area for kids, as well as a gym, tennis courts and a football pitch.

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10. 5-Star Lake Spa Resort, Vilamoura

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I can’t write about beach hotels in the Algarve without mentioning the luxurious Lake Spa Resort. As well as being just a few steps away from Falésia beach, it also boasts a private sea water lake, and a swimming pool with a unique natural sand bottom – the first of its kind in Europe!
 

 

 
Its gardens are designed with plants from five continents, it boasts three restaurants, two bars, a Spa, Kids Club, and it also happens to be located beside Vilamoura’s famous marina – need I say more?

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11. 5-Star Epic Sana Algarve Hotel, Albufeira

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Overlooking Falésia beach and close to Albufeira, the modern Epic Sana Hotel opened in 2013 to rave reviews. This modern hotel uses state-of-the-art technology in its spacious rooms and suites. There are five outdoor swimming pools, as well as an indoor pool with extensive Sayanna Wellness Center, making it an ideal choice for a summer or winter break.
 

 

 
Children are well catered for too with a Kid’s club, Games Room and multi-sport court. There is direct access to the 6km beach from the hotel via a wooden stairs.  

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I hope this post on the best beach hotels in the Algarve will help to inspire you to visit Portugal soon. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual Hotel for clarification. I always recommend booking a hotel with free cancellation in case there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you.
 

 

 
Note some of the links in this post are affiliate links, where I will receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you. Read more in my privacy policy.

 

Sarah

 

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5-Star Winter Wellness Break in the Algarve, 1st November, 4 Nights, €239!

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Treat yourself to a wellness break in the Algarve this winter. Spend four nights in the five-star Real Marina Hotel & Spa, with breakfast included, for only €239!

 

With a stunning coastline boasting some of Europe’s best beaches, its not surprising that the Algarve is one of our most popular holiday destinations. With regular flights throughout the winter months, the Algarve attracts many visitors looking for a relaxing holiday with warm temperatures. Winter is also a popular time for golfers and walkers, so it is an ideal time for a wellness break in the Algarve. 

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I found a great deal staying in the five-star Real Marina Hotel & Spa, which includes breakfast, and offers free cancellation. Located just 15 minutes from the airport, you can be relaxing by the pool within a few hours of leaving your own home. Overlooking the Ria Formosa National Park with a luxurious spa onsite, the superb Real Marina Hotel is the epitome of a wellness hotel. As well as an indoor heated swimming pool, steam room, Turkish bath, sauna, jacuzzi, Vichy shower and gym, it has nine treatment rooms offering a wide range of Hydrotherapy treatments and massages.

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Fly from Dublin to the Algarve on the 1st of November and enjoy a four-night stay in the Real Marina Hotel & Spa for only €239 per person, including return flights. This hotel rate includes breakfast and free cancellation.  The Real Marina Hotel is rated as ‘Excellent’ on Tripadvisor – making this wellness break in the Algarve superb value.

 

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Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. Note some of the links in this wellness break post contain affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

 

Sarah

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Portugal Wins World’s Leading Destination at the World Travel Awards

I have visited Portugal many times so I was delighted to hear it won the World’s Leading Destination award at the prestigious World Travel Awards last week.

 

It is great to see Portugal being recognised with such an accolade, as well as Lisbon winning the world’s leading city break destination. While the Algarve is one of Ireland’s most popular destinations for holidaymakers, regular direct flights to Lisbon and Porto are making Portugal’s cities, firm favourites too. In fact passenger growth from Ireland has increased dramatically and now Ireland is considered one Portugal’s fastest growing markets. I am just back from a weekend in Porto and I loved it. The city of Porto is UNESCO World Heritage site, full of colourful buildings, delightful streets and has a great food and wine scene. If you haven’t already visited, read my blog on why you need to choose Porto for your next city break.

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These awards are a fantastic achievement, particularly as Portugal is the first European country to win the World’s Leading Destination award. Portugal won Europe’s Leading Destination in September which automatically entered them into the final along with 17 other countries. It beat off competition from the USA, Brazil, as well as six time winners, Dubai, to win the coveted prize of at the World Travel Awards, on the 10th of November in Vietnam.

But that’s not all, Portugal also won 6 other awards:

– World’s Leading Tourist Board for Turismo de Portugal
– World’s Leading Tourism Authority Website for Visit Portugal
– World’s Leading Island Destination 2017 for Visitmadeiraofficial
– World’s Leading City Break Destination 2017 for Visit Lisboa
– World’s Leading Conservation Company 2017 for Parques de Sintra
– World’s Leading Luxury Leisure Resort 2017 for Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort

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Ana Mendes Godinho, Secretary of State for Tourism said, “It is the acknowledgment of the country that we have. An authentic, innovative, reinvented country that combines a wide variety of experiences and landscapes, a country that combines cosmopolitanism, history, tradition, sun, nature and gastronomy. A country that knows and enjoys to welcome everyone. We must now continue this work of showing all the diversity of what Portugal has to offer and which makes us a tourism destination of excellence”.

 

So if you haven’t already visited Portugal, go see it in 2018!

 

Sarah

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Four Night Break In The Algarve, Flights & 4* Apartment, 16th May, €199!

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Kickstart your Summer with a four night break in the Algarve. Stay in the four star Solaqua apartments in May, for only €199 per person.

 

The Algarve is one of the top destinations for Irish holidaymakers and Albufeira is one of the most popular resorts. The combination of the old town, full of character with traditional Portuguese eateries, and the modern new town, means it offers the best of both worlds. Albufeira offers some great nightlife if you are looking for a lively holiday but there are long sandy beaches too if you just want to chill out, relax and enjoy the Atlantic surf. Average temperatures for the same week for the last three years were a balmy 24 degrees and sunny – check out the historical tab on wunderground here.

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You will be staying in the four star Luna Solaqua apartments which are centrally located in Albufeira, receive excellent reviews on tripadvisor and have been awarded a certificate of excellence. There is an indoor and outdoor pool and a spa offering massage and beauty treatments.

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So go on grab a few mates and get your Summer off to a super start! Fly from Dublin to Faro on the 16th of May and enjoy a four night break in the Algarve for only €199 per person! I have priced this based on flying out on Wednesday evening so you only need to take two days off work. If you want to stay longer, there are three flights every day and you can change the search dates on the accommodation link to suit you.

 

Click here to book flights to Faro: €101 pp

Click here to book apartment: €98 pp

 

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

 

Sarah

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Christmas Gift ideas: 10 Four Star Christmas Breaks for less than €200!

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Give the gift of travel this Christmas. I give you 10 holidays for less than €200!  All prices include flights and accommodation  🙂

 

1. Rome

One of my best sellers this year, this weekend deal to Rome is sure to impress this Christmas! Fly from Dublin on the 3rd of March and spend three nights in a superb 4 star hotel for only €199 per person.

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2. Porto

I’m just back from a fantastic weekend in Porto, a city I would highly recommend for a weekend break. Read my blog here. Enjoy a three night, four star stay on the 11th of May for only €195 per person.

Click here t0 book flights: €75 pp

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3. Algarve

Kickstart your Summer with a four night break to the Algarve. Fly from Dublin on the 16th of May and enjoy a four night stay in the highly rated Oceanus apartments, Albufeira for only  €191 per person.

Click here to book flights: €102pp

Click here to book apartment: €89pp

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4. Madrid

A city break to Madrid is a fantastic Christmas gift! Girls will love the shopping on the Gran Via while the lads can take the tour of Real Madrid’s stadium!  Fly from Dublin on the 9th of June and enjoy a two night stay in the centrally located 4*  Claridge Hotel for only €183pp. I have chosen the early flight out on Friday morning and the late flight back on Sunday evening so you really get 3 full days to explore this wonderful city.

Click here to book flights €85pp

Click here to book hotel: €98pp

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5. Marrakech

Marrakech is a feast for the senses and should be on everyone’s bucket list.  Fly from Dublin on the 21st of June and spend three nights in a highly rated 4* Riad, in the heart of Marrakech, for only €185 per person.

Click here to book flights: €90

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6. Prague:

Treat your loved one to a romantic weekend in Prague. Stay at the 4* Theatrino Hotel, for three nights with breakfast, for only €164 per person, departing the 20th of January.

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7. Athens

Culture vultures will love Athens. The combination of the ancient Acropolis and the modern new town makes Athens is a great city break destination. This deal is superb! Stay two nights in the four star Art hotel for only €199 departing Friday the 4th of May.

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8. Lisbon

Spend a weekend in one of Europe’s favourite city break destinations, Lisbon. Enjoy a three night stay in a five star hotel for only €191 including breakfast, departing the 27th of January. #LoveLisbon

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9. Valentines Day in Paris

Treat your loved one to a two night break in Paris for Valentine’s Day.  Price of €176 includes flights and a two night stay at a highly rated four star hotel.

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10. Zadar

Go somewhere new in 2018 and travel to Zadar in Croatia. Enjoy a three night stay in the 4* Villa Vanilla  from €188, departing the 11th May.

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All prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change.

 

Sarah

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The Big June Holiday Sale!

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Falcon Holidays have so many amazing deals in June that 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 feedback from guests. All the prices below include flights, transfers and checked baggage – with NO HIDDEN EXTRAS! Hopefully there will be something to suit you in the big June holiday sale!


 

1. Rhodes, 15th June, 1 week, €299!

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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 €299! Want to bring kids? Choose at the excellent 4* Lindia Thalassa apartments for only €1425, based on 2 adults and 2 children in a 2 bedroom apartment.

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2. Algarve, 12th June, 2 adults and 2 children €1,225

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The Algarve is a great choice for a family holiday. Only a short flight from Dublin, with wide sandy beaches and plenty of family friendly resorts, it ticks all boxes. Stay at the popular Janellas do Mar apartments which are close to the Albufeira and are a good choice for a family looking for a holiday on a budget. The on site facilities include two swimming pools and plenty of sports activities to choose from.

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3. Puerto Rico – 16th June, 1 week €499, 2ad & 2ch €1,720

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Puerto Rico is one of the Canary Islands most popular resorts and has been a firm favourite with Irish holiday makers for many years. It is a lively resort 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 Cala D’or apartments which are very highly rated on tripadvisor for only €499 per person. Want to bring kids?  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 €1,720 based on 2 adults and 2 children.

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4. Kos 18th June, 1 week, €382; 2ad & 2ch €1,241

The Big June Holiday Sale

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 Nicon apartments in Psaldi. This is a quiet resort so 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. 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! Want to bring kids? Price for 2 adults and 2 children is only €1.241!

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5. Jamaica, 2 Weeks ALL INCLUSIVE, 12th June €903 ; 19th June, €954!

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Step on board the modern dreamliner aircraft for your direct flight to the Caribbean! How great does that sound? I was on this aircraft last year and loved it. It is so airy and comfortable, the time will fly in ( excuse the pun!). It is hard to believe you could be enjoying a two week holiday with all meals and drinks included for less than €1000! You will be staying at the highly rated Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay. Sitting on a 2km stretch of white sandy beach, complete with it’s own private island and four á la carte restaurants, it’s paradise but without the price tag! Want to bring kids? Price for 2 adults and 2 children is €3,426. Use code Jamaica to save €50 per adult at the check out 🙂

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So there you have it, my best buys from the big June 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 in part by Falcon Holidays but all views, as always, are my own 🙂
Sarah

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Family Holidays – As Seen on TV3’s Sunday AM – 1st May 2016

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For those of you who are still looking for family holidays this summer, check out my top picks below, along with some top travel tips to help you on your way.

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Algarve, 4* Estrela do Vau, 13th August, 2ad & 2ch , 1 week €1870

This is fantastic value for a four star property in the Algarve during school holidays. The complex is located close to one of the best beaches on the Algarve and it is family orientated with two swimming pools. You are close to the quiet village of Alvor and the larger resorts of Praia da Rocha and Portimao so it offers the best of both worlds. The Algarve also offers theme parks and water parks and plenty of options for family fun days out.

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Rhodes, Pefki Islands Resort, 10th August, 2ad & 2ch, 1 week €1969

This is an excellent family property that is highly rated on tripadvisor and was awarded a certificate of excellence. It is situated beside the beach, has two swimming pools with swim up bars, as well as some organised evening entertainment. It is very close to the resort centre and within easy access of Lindos and Rhodes town. I also love that the price includes a large 2 bedroomed apartment, transfers and checked baggage!

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Harry Potter Experience, London. 11th August, 2ad & 2ch , Two nights, €956

If you are looking for a short break away then why not consider London? Visit Warner Bros studios and enjoy the Harry Potter Experience. You will visit the sets where the movies were made and see the famous Hogwarts Express. This trip also includes entrance to the West Midlands Safari Park which has over 165 exotic animals and an adventure theme park. Price of €956 includes a two night stay at the Holiday Inn Express on a bed & breakfast basis, entrance to Warner Bros studio and the West Midlands Safari park, return ferry and coach transfer, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

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4* Oranmore Lodge, Galway. Two night stay BB, 2ad & 2ch €170.

For any of you who thought you might not get away this Summer, this is a great deal that won’t break the bank!. Spend two nights in the Oranmore Lodge Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis from only €170 based on 2 adults & 2 children, throughout the summer months. This family run hotel has a leisure centre, gym and free wifi and is only 7km from Galway city.

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Travel Tips for travelling with kids.

 

 1. Make sure the holiday you are booking offers facilities that suit you.

Different age groups have different priorities. You will find with younger kids a pool or mini disco might be the most important thing, with teenagers it could be free wifi. Remember also to check the season and weather for the destination you are going to, there is a reason why prices to the Algarve are very reasonable in November, you may not get any sun!

Top tips for travelling with kids as discussed for family holidays on TV3

2. Choose your flights wisely

Short flights are handy when kids are crawling or too young to watch tv or play with tablets. Otherwise, I would say don’t let a longer flying time put you off. Kids can watch movies and easily amuse themselves for longer journeys now. Also bear in mind airport transfer times. Northern Majorca or Western Algarve can have two hour airport transfer, Lanzarote for instance might be a longer flight, but the airport transfer time to the main resort, Puerto del Carmen, is only 15 minutes.

If travelling long haul, especially to the USA – pay the extra cost and go direct. Clearing immigration in Ireland will mean when you arrive (tired ) you don’t have to queue to go through customs. You also wont have the stress of missing connections and your bags not arriving, which happened to me twice recently via London. I should have remembered that #smartfliesaerlingus! If there are no direct flights available, give yourself loads of connecting time.

Top tips for travelling with kids as discussed for family holidays on TV3

3. Buy a mediashare – Approx €30.

This was a life saver on our recent family holiday. The Verbatim MEDIA SHARE creates an ad-hoc wifi network of its own so the kids can watch movies at any time on their tablets or phones. Simply put movies on a USB stick or and SD card and plug them in. Install the MediaShare app from the Google Play or Apple App store. Open it, find the Media share device and click on the movie you wish to watch. The device can support up to five devices watching different movies at the one time. You no longer need to bring a portable DVD player and lots of discs. I have used the device in lots of hotel rooms and restaurants when the kids get bored. I will have a full review on this device in my new ‘News & Reviews’ section which will focus on great devices for the twenty first century traveller. Here is a video from the company showing how it all works

 

 

 

4. Bring supplies

Check before you go and if the beach is stoney, bring surf shoes. If you are likely to have mosquitoes, bring bug bands or deet sprays. If the weather is particularly hot, surf tops are ideal to save you worrying about kids getting burnt. If driving, going on a boat or a theme park with rollercoasters, bring seabands. My kids used them for our recent road trip and I found them great.

 

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

 

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Easter Breaks, As Seen On TV3’s Sunday AM

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Still wondering what to do during the Easter holidays? Here are my my top picks for Easter breaks as seen on TV3’s Sunday AM.

 

Easter holidays are particularly long this year with schools closing for almost three weeks. Many families are taking the opportunity to travel long-haul, either to relatives living abroad or to bucket list family holiday destinations, like Florida. The good news is that because the break is so long there is no peak date for short-haul holidays. Some are travelling over Patrick’s Day and coming home for Easter and therefore the peak Easter week isn’t sold out like previous years. So if you are thinking of a last minute get away, there is still availability and the prices might surprise you . Check out my top pics below.

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Algarve 27th March, 7 Nights €369 per person; 2adults & 2children €1438

If you are looking for a good value break at Easter, it is hard to beat the Algarve. Prices flying on Easter Sunday are low and you can get a week in a popular family run hotel near Albuferia, for €369 per person. The Aguamarinha hotel gets great reviews on tripadvisor and was awarded a certificate of excellence. If you are afraid you wont get the weather, temperatures last year were as high as 27 degrees at that time and average temperatures over the past few years are about 19 degrees. If you want to bring the kids the 4* Paraiso in Albufeira are a good choice, price for 2 adults and 2 children is €1438 including flights. If you can take an extra days holiday and stay for 8 nights, the price is much lower, 2 sharing is €282 and 2 adults & 2 children is €1085 , both departing on the 27th of April and returning Monday the 4th of April.

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The Travel Expert's top picks for Easter breaks

 

Lanzarote 26th March, 7 Nights €519, 2 adults & 2children €1716

If you want to be guaranteed the weather then the Canary Islands are probably your best bet. Topflight still have availability to Lanzarote, flying out on Easter Saturday. A week in a two bedroomed apartment in Puerto del Carmen is €1716, based on 2 adults and 2 children, or €519 based on 2 sharing. This includes Aer Lingus flights, baggage and transfers too. Topflight also have deals to Lake Garda and the ski slopes if you fancy something a little different.

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Rome 30th March 2 night city break €384

There are some cheap flights to Rome if you can travel midweek during the Easter holidays. Clickandgo.com are offering a two night stay from the 30th of March from €384 per person including Aer Lingus flights and breakfast each day. The flight departs from Dublin early in the morning and returns late in the evening so you have three full days there.

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The Travel Experts top picks for Easter breaks

 

Uniworld River Cruises – Various Cruises 20th, 27th March, 7 nights 50% off.

Uniworld are the ultimate in river cruising. They offer 5* deluxe boutique cruises that include excursions, all meals, drinks (even champagne) in lavish surroundings. The attention to detail, fine dining and authentic holiday experiences are some of the reasons that Uniworld have won best luxury cruise line for the past seven years. They are offering 50% off many of their cruises during Easter holidays. My personal favourite is the Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux cruise which was €3293 and is now €1730 on the 27th of March for seven nights, you can read more about it here.

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Family Holiday in the Algarve, 2nd July, 2ad & 2ch, 1 week, €1870!

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Get the Summer holidays off to a flying start and take a family holiday in the Algarve!

 

Spend time on some of Europe’s best beaches, explore the old towns or enjoy the cosmopolitan marinas – the Algarve ticks all boxes. Take the kids to one of the many waterparks or explore the fantastic Zoomarine, complete with animal shows and a splash park. There are many resorts to choose from, I have chosen one of the biggest towns on the Algarve Portimao.

Portimao is a wonderful combination of old and new. You will find everything from trendy high street stores to local souvenir shops. The old quarter is full of character and houses some excellent restaurants serving typical Portuguese cuisine. At the waterfront, the marina is full of luxury yachts and modern eateries.

A family holiday in the Algarve by The Travel Expert

The spacious Presidente apartments are primely located, over looking the beach between Portimao and Praia da Rocha. The They offer the best of both worlds, quietly located, but within easy reach of restaurants bars and nightlife of the neighbouring resorts. These basic apartments receive excellent reviews on tripadvisor and people love the warm friendly service they received from the owners. The large balconies over looking the sea and the idyllic location were also mentioned.

A family holiday in the Algarve by The Travel Expert

Fly from Dublin on the 2nd of July and enjoy seven nights here for only €1870 based on 2 adults and 2 children. Price includes flights, accommodation, transfers and 20kg checked baggage per person. If you need any more convincing, a deposit of €100 will secure your booking, so book your family holiday in the Algarve now 🙂

 

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Top Ten Holiday Destinations in 2016

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With the recession well and truly over and Dublin airport celebrating their best ever year in 2015, travel agents and airlines are predicting that 2016 will be even better. So where are the hot spots?

 

It looks like old favourites such as Spain and Portugal will be the most attractive short haul holiday destinations in 2016. Although France will be busy for Euro 2016, many families who enjoyed their Summer holiday camping in France, may decide to switch to campsites near Salou in Spain or Lake Garda in Italy. Cuba, Mexico and Thailand will prove popular for long haul travel as the poor exchange rate with the US dollar is unlikely to change. Here are my top ten holiday destinations in 2016!

Majorca & Menorca

To put it simply, Irish people love Spain! Almost 1.5 million Irish holiday makers visited Spain this year and this is sure to grow again in 2016. The Balearic island of Majorca is constantly one of the favourites. The mixture of family resorts, lively nightlife and stunning scenery is a great combination and ensures Majorca offers something for everyone.

Direct flights to  Menorca were reintroduced last year from Ireland and proved to be a great success. So much so, that an extra flight from Cork has been added for 2016. This smaller and less commercialised island oozes character and is the perfect choice for families looking for a quiet, relaxing holiday in safe surroundings.

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

 

Lake Garda

Although always popular from Ireland, I believe many families will switch from France to Lake Garda this year making the popular Italian resort busier than ever. There are direct flights to Verona and the nearby resort of Peschiera offers plenty of campsite and hotel options. The fact that the award winning themepark,  Gardaland is on it’s doorstep, will add to it’s popularity.

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

Thailand

Thailand still offers fantastic value for money for a longhaul destination. There are numerous flights via the UK, Dubai and mainland Europe to Bangkok and Phuket. A one week package is circa €800 including flights and hotel, proving to be a great option for those looking for a touch of exotic, without the expensive price tag.

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

Athens & the Greek Islands

Always great value for money and appealing to everyone, the Greek islands will continue to be popular in 2016. There are direct flights to Zakynthos, Corfu, Crete, Rhodes and Kos and extra flights to Athens with Ryanair and Aegean air. This should open up Athens as a top city break destination and allow the bucket list destinations of Santorini and Mykonos to be serviced for the first time.

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

Algarve

Another Irish favourite, the Algarve has almost twenty flights per week in the peak Summer months. The low priced airfares mixed with numerous resort options, will ensure that the Algarve will attract many Irish visitors in 2016.

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

Mexico

June 2016 will bring the first direct flights to Mexico for many years. The Thomson dreamliner aircraft will fly every fortnight to Cancun from Dublin and is bound to attract couples and honeymooners looking for the luxury all inclusive holiday resort.

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

Iceland

WOW air introduced flights to Reykjavik in 2015 which proved a great success. People chased the Northern lights and swam in the Blue Lagoon, with lots of positive reviews. It looks like Iceland will remain popular in 2016 for weekend breaks and as a holiday destination.

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

Cuba

Diplomatic relations between the USA and Cuba are at an all time high and it is likely that more and more Americans will travel to Cuba over the coming years. Many people feel they such see it before it receives the Disney effect! For this reason and the fact that there is more disposable income around, Cuba looks like it could attract many Irish holidaymakers looking to travel long haul in 2016.

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

Croatia

For those looking for somewhere a little different but still close to home, Croatia will be a top choice. The stunning city of Dubrovnik and the introduction of flights to Zadar and Pula will ensure that there are plenty of options for Irish holidymakers in 2016. The proximity to Lonely Planet’s top destination to visit in 2016 (Kotor in Montenegro) will also add to the appeal.

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

Dubai

With four direct flights every day, it is almost impossible to avoid seeing this world class holiday destination on travel agency windows and media outlets, all offering amazing deals to Dubai. With the loss of direct flights to Egypt and Tunisia, Dubai is also an excellent alternative for anyone looking for some Winter / Spring sunshine.

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

 

So where will you be travelling to in 2016? If I left out your favourite, please comment below 🙂

 

Sarah

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4* Paraiso de Albufeira, Algarve, 1 week inc Flights, 18th October, €194!

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Enjoy a week in the popular Paraiso de Albufeira apartments in October, for only €194 per person.

The Algarve is one of the top destinations for Irish holidaymakers and Albufeira is one of the most popular resorts. The combination of the old town, full of character with traditional Portugese eateries, and the typical modern new town, means it offers the best of both worlds.  There are long sandy beaches between both towns and plenty of options to chill out and relax or enjoy the Atlantic surf.

The Travel Expert finds a deal to the Paraiso de Albufeira for €384

Situated within walking distance to the old and new town, the Paraiso are one of the most sought after properties in Albufeira. Complete with numerous facilities on site, including an indoor pool, gym and spa, it is not surprising that the Paraiso receives great reviews on tripadvisor. The large outdoor swimming pool is well equipped and even offers free wifi.

The Travel Expert finds a week in the popular Paraiso de Albufeira apartments for €384

Fly from Dublin on the 18th of October and spend seven nights here for only €194 per person.

 

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4* in Vilamoura, Algarve, 14th September, 1 week €449!

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Early bird catches the worm…that is certainly true when it comes to this deal! Enjoy a 4 star week in Vilamoura, Algarve in September for only €399 per person including flights!

 

With average temperatures of 28 degrees and some of the best beaches in Europe, the Algarve ticks all boxes. Try the chic resort of Vilamoura which offers 5 top class golf courses, lots of modern hotels, as well as some of the best shopping on the Algarve. The marina is a great place to people watch. Dine in one of the many great restaurants which offer stunning views of the luxury yachts moored here.

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I found a great deal flying from Dublin on the 14th of September. Spend seven nights in the popular Pinhal da Marina apartments for only €449 per person. Highly rated on tripadvisor and awarded a certificate of excellence, this is a great choice to enjoy some glitz and glamour, without the hefty price tag!

 

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Sarah

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Algarve For Easter Holidays, 1 week, 2ad & 2ch, €1254!

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The Algarve for Easter holidays is a great choice for a family getaway. Situated right beside the beach and Albufeira, this deal is exceptional value!

 

With numerous white sandy beaches,  quaint old towns and plenty of entertainment for children, the Algarve is a destination that should keep the whole family happy. Easter holidays is always a popular time to get away and prices are usually at a premium. I found a great deal to the popular resort of Albufeira.

Albufeira is a great mix of old and new. The old town with cobbled stone streets and pavement cafes is perfect for an evening stroll. The newer town and strip in Montechoro has plenty of bars and restaurants to satisfy any night owls.  The beaches along this coastline are spectacular, with white sand for sunbathing and rock pools for the kids to explore.  You are also situated close to the airport, waterparks and to the popular theme-park, Zoomarine.

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I have chosen the highly rated Balaia Sol apartments. Highly rated on tripadvisor and awarded a certificate of excellence, they are the perfect choice for a family getaway. Fly from Dublin on the 12th of April and spend seven nights here for only €1254 based on 2 adults and 2 children.

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Early booking offer to the Algarve, 6th May, 1 week €259!

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The old saying, ‘the early bird catches the worm’ springs to mind when you look at this fantastic early booking offer to the Algarve.

 

What’s not to love about the Algarve? It has some of Europe’s best beaches, plenty of sights to see and has been a firm favourite with Irish holidaymakers for many years. There are numerous choices for accommodation, from five star deluxe hotels to basic self catering apartments, the Algarve caters for everyone.

Early booking offer to the Algarve by The Travel ExpertI have chosen the Topazio hotel which is close to the popular town of Albufeira. Situated only 8 minutes walk from the famous Oura beach and only ten minutes walk to the ‘strip’ this hotel is very centrally located, with easy access to the old and new town. Highly recommended on tripadvisor this is a great choice for a break away without breaking the bank!

Fly with Ryanair on the 6th of May and spend seven nights here for only €259 per person. This is surely an unbeatable price and one that should be snapped up, before prices increase.

 

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4* Family Holiday in the Algarve with flights, 2ad&2ch €1516

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The Algarve has been a firm favourite with Irish holidaymakers for many years. It’s stunning beaches, low cost of living and relaxed pace has made it particularly popular with families.

Sunway have added an extra flight every Friday to the Algarve for the summer months and their package deals are particularly good value. Bear in mind with a package holiday there are no hidden extras, each person has a 20kg baggage allowance and airport transfers and local taxes are included in the price. Ive chosen the pretty resort of Carvoeiro from their selection of resorts as it is the perfect spot for those looking for a quiet family holiday, but with easy access to enjoy what the Algarve has to offer. Situated almost half way between Faro airport and the far west coast you can travel easily to Alvor or Albufeira and explore both sides, only 15 minutes away. There are two waterparks close by as well as the popular ZOO marine theme park, suffice to say there is plenty to keep the little ones happy.

Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert on family holidays in the Algarve

The resort itself is very pretty, once an old fishing village, it still retains authenticity yet has developed to a top Algarve destination. This compact resort has picture perfect white washed houses dotted along the coastline and is relatively unspoilt. There are numerous great restaurants here, and enough bars and shops to explore too. The small sheltered beach is perfectly situated beside the small town and there are some great bars and restaurants around the town square, perfect to relax in after your days sunbathing. If you want to venture outside the town ( I would recommend a car) there are some of the best beaches on the Algarve with dramatic cliff walks, only a short drive away.

Stay at the Colina da Lapa family apartments  which are the perfect choice for anyone looking for a relaxing family holiday in nice surroundings. These spacious, air conditioned apartments are very well equipped and are pleasantly situated amongst spectacular gardens. The service is excellent with many enjoying the on site bar and restaurant, there is also a local shop and restaurant only five minutes walk from the complex. A free shuttle bus operates daily to the local beach and town centre. The Colina da Lapa receive excellent reviews on tripadvisor as well as a certificate of excellence.

Prices for flights and seven nights accommodation start at €1516 for 2 adults and 2 children on the 19th of June, and many more dates are available throughout the summer months.

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 Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert on family holidays in the Algarve

 

 

 

 

 

 

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