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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.

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5 Top Long Haul Holiday Picks in 2018

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I have teamed up with Tropical Sky, the long haul holiday specialists, to bring you five top long haul holiday picks for 2018.

 

If you are looking to try somewhere new, and in search of adventure, then go long haul in 2018.  From South Africa to Sri Lanka, Alaska to Australia, Tropical Sky will have a holiday to suit you. I have selected five of their top long haul holiday picks for 2018, all are recommended hotels and great value. Note all of these holidays are based on seven nights but you can extend your stay or even combine them with another destination. All prices include flights, hotels and transfers so there is no need to worry about adding on extra expense!

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Maldives – Meeru Island Resort & Spa, 1 week, Full Board, €1499!

The Maldives are the islands associated with barefoot luxury, over water bungalows and incredible diving and snorkeling. Meeru Island Resort is the only resort found on the island of Meerufenfushi. Accessible by speed boat from Male (included in the price), you will be surrounded by picture perfect beaches and stunning lagoons. You can choose to spend your days lazing on the beach, take boat trips or even go island hopping. There is a spa and fitness centre in the resort as well as regular beach volleyball, in case you find lazy beach days too relaxing! There are five restaurants to choose from including the Hot Rocks where your meal is cooked in front of you on volcanic rocks.

Tropical Sky is offering a seven night stay on a full board basis, including flights and speed boat transfers from only €1499. If you are looking for some action at the beginning or end of your trip, why not combine this with a few days in Dubai.

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Nashville & New Orleans Tour, 6 Nights, €1279!

Looking to try something different in 2018, check out two of America’s most fascinating cities, New Orleans and Nashville. You will start your tour in Nashville and visit the famous recording studios where Elvis and many famous artists recorded. You will also have the opportunity to see a live country music gig on Broadway.  You will then fly to New Orleans and experience one of the best jazz scenes. Visit the historic streets in the French Quarter, take a boat trip along the Mississippi on a traditional paddle steamer, and enjoy some delicious creole cuisine.

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American Sky is offering a six night tour of Nashville and New Orleans from €1399 including all flights and hotels. Book before the 31st of January and you will save €120 making this only €1279! This tour can also be combined with other American cities. Why not visit Memphis or Chicago and complete the iconic music trail?

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Dubai, 5* All Inclusive at Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate, 4 Nights, €1299!

The worlds tallest building, the world’s largest shopping mall, the world’s only seven star hotel and now the world’s largest indoor theme park! Dubai never settles for anything less than the best! However bars and restaurants in Dubai can be expensive, so this all-inclusive deal in the luxurious 5* Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate is the perfect way to enjoy this great city. Centrally located with free access to the Riva Beach Club, you can enjoy city life, with the benefits of Dubai’s beaches. There is also a rooftop lap pool if you are not a beach lover. There are nine restaurants to choose from so you don’t need to worry about dining in the same restaurant each night. Families are catered for too with a kids club and play area. If you want to get out and about, the hotel offers a free shuttle bus to the Riva Beach Club and Dubai Parks. For more info on things to do, read the top ten things to do in Dubai.

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Tropical Sky is offering a four night all-inclusive stay at the Movenpick Ibn Battuta from only €1299 including flights and transfers. This includes a staggering €500 discount and a room upgrade if booked by the 15th of January!

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Mexico – All Inclusive at the 5* Moon Palace Cancun, 1 week, €1629 with $750 Resort Credit per person

Dine in any of their fifteen restaurants, have cocktails in any of their twelve bars or if you fancy a nightcap on your balcony – enjoy a drink from your well-stocked minibar. All of these are included in the price of your stay! And that’s not all … for a limited time you will get $750 resort credit per person, absolutely free!

The Moon Palace has everything you need on site for an action packed holiday, with numerous sports and entertainment options to choose from. All rooms come with a private balcony and a hammock as well as a double Jacuzzi in the bathroom. Families are well catered for too with family rooms, kids clubs, a kids waterpark. If you fancy a night out, Cancun is only a half hour away and you can also explore the nearby islands of Cozumel and Isla Mujieres. The Moon Palace also happens to be sitting on a stunning white sandy beach, facing the Caribbean Sea, so it’s fair to say you might not want to leave it.

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Tropical Sky is offering a seven night, all inclusive stay including flights and transfers from €1629 per person, which includes a €550 discount per person. For a limited time, you will also receive $1500 resort credit per room. Fancy bringing the kids? They have a ‘kids go free’ offer valid from the 22nd of June to 18th of August.

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5* Luxury at Kata Rocks, Phuket, 1 week, B&B, €2049

Kata Rocks has been voted one of the top 25 resorts in Asia by Conde Nast and it is often classed as Phuket’s best luxury resort. Each villa has its own infinity pool with a outdoor sun deck and stunning sea views. Dining is superb with some of the best Thai food on the island as well as an excellent Mediterranean restaurant, which offers a romantic sunset dinner over looking the Andaman sea. The award winning spa offers 30 unique treatments and even children are catered for with a kids club, children’s menu and a choice of two, three and four bedroom villas. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the hotel, the town of Kata is only a short walk away, while Phuket Town or Patong beach are about 20 minutes by taxi.

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Tropical Sky is offering 30% off room rates if booked 60 days in advance as well as children ( under 12 ) dining free when accompanied with a full paying adult. Prices for a a seven night stay on a bed & breakfast basis from €2049 including flights and 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.

 

Sarah

 

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Why You Should Choose the Emirates of Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah Instead of Dubai…

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Did you know that Dubai was only one of seven Emirates? Why not get away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai and choose Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah instead.

 

There are a staggering 39 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 Emirates. You will discover a relaxed atmosphere, lower hotel prices but still the same great beaches and expansive deserts. They are both very close to Dubai so you can easily take a day trip if you fancy a change of scene. Tropical Sky feature holidays to Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah, two Emirates that combine sandy beaches and magnificent mountains with the Arabian desert. They are an ideal choice for a relaxing short break with some guaranteed sunshine. There are some amazing offers flying with Emirates direct from Dublin to Dubai until the end of the year, all with airport transfers included. I have hand picked some of their best to showcase why you should get off the beaten track and choose Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah instead of Dubai.

 

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4* Cove Rotana, Flights, Transfers & 5 Nights, All Inclusive, €889!

This traditional beachfront hotel is the perfect place to chill out. Choose from two swimming pools and a great choice of bars. Enjoy bottomless drinks and snacks while you watch the sunset in the Sunset Bar or some cocktails at Breakers at the beach. There are plenty of facilities to keep you active like their on site gym or if you want to chill out at the spa, thats cool too. They will also arrange sightseeing tours to the desert or you can enjoy a round of golf at the nearby course! Transfer time from Dubai: 90 minutes.

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5* Rixos Bab Al Bahr, Flights, Transfers & 5 Nights, All Inclusive, €969

If luxury is what you seek, look no further! This 5* hotel is located on a magnificent private beach in Marjan Island, yet only 5 minutes drive from the large Al Hamra Mall. All rooms have sea views and the amenities on site are second to none. There are seven pools to choose from including a adult-only infinity pool. The all-inclusive arrangement includes dining at one of the Emirates largest buffet restaurants, with live cooking stations and a BBQ as well as six other restaurants where reservations are required. The spa offers Turkish Hammam (self-service), steam room, sauna and an ice fountain and non motorised watersports are also included in the price. The hotel provides an excellent entertainment program for adults and children, as well as an on site kids club and teen zone. Chill out at the end of the day with a cocktail in the Mojito Bar or the fantastic beach bar. Transfer time from Dubai: 1 hour.

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5* Radisson Blu Resort Fujairah, Flights, Transfers & 5 Nights, All Inclusive €989

The Radisson Blu Resort Fujairah is situated on a private beach in the Indian Ocean. All rooms have sea views, perfect for a romantic drink on the balcony. There are excellent on site facilities including six restaurants and bars, a spa, fitness centre and dive centre. There is a water park for kids as well as a club offering snorkelling, sailing, games and crafts. Make sure to visit the nearby Madhab Park with its healing mineral springs. The hotel also offers a shuttle to Dubai, twice per week at an additional charge. Transfer time from Dubai airport: 90 minutes.

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5* Le Meridien Al Aqua Beach Resort, Flights, Transfers & 5 Nights, All Inclusive, €1369

This luxury Indian Ocean resort is set on its own private beach with the stunning backdrop of the Hajar Mountains. The Le Meridien Al Aqua Beach Resort is one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Fujairah and is rated number 1 on tripadvisor. The on-site facilities are world class including one of the largest swimming pools in the region, a luxury spa, outstanding international cuisine and lush gardens. There is a dive centre, tennis and squash courts and a health club on site. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to Fujairah City and Dubai, if you fancy a day trip. For a limited time you will receive 30% off stays until the 20th of October, price above includes this discount. Transfer time from Dubai: 90 minutes.

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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 🙂

 

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Top Holiday Destinations in 2017

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Dublin airport has just celebrated it’s best ever year in 2016 and there are lots of new routes announced from Dublin, Cork and Shannon. It seems Irish airports are set for another bumper year.  So where are the top holiday destinations in 2017?

It looks like firm favourites, Spain and Portugal will remain the most popular short haul holiday destinations. Every other month we are hearing about new routes to the USA so American holidays will probably be the next biggest crowd pleaser. Short break enthusiasts will welcome the 9 weekly flights to Iceland and if you haven’t visited Athens or Amsterdam yet, 2017 might well be the year to do it. Cruise holidays are gearing up for another year of growth and the 14 weekly flights to Dubai and Abu Dhabi as well as the new daily Qatar airways service from Dublin to Doha, ensures long haul holidays will be easily accessible. Here are my picks for holiday hot spots in 2017!

Spain

Ireland’s favourite holiday destination never disappoints. Culture vultures or party animals enjoy the numerous choices for city breaks and beach holidays. Why not combine both though? The Costa Dorada looks like it could be the big winner this year. There are flights from Dublin, Shannon, Cork and Knock serving Reus, Girona or Barcelona and Sunway and Falcon Holidays both offer package deals to Salou and Cambrils. The combination of the iconic city of Barcelona and the opening of Ferrari World at the already popular Port Aventura theme park, make it an ideal choice for all the family.

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Portugal

Another Irish favourite, the Algarve has almost fifty flights per week from Irish airports, in the peak Summer months. Aer Lingus have added a new service to Porto, and Lisbon is already a popular city break destination. It looks like lots Irish holiday makers will be flocking to Portugal in their droves in 2017.

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Italy

Lakes, mountains, cities and beaches, Italy has something to offer all holiday makers. Lake Garda is becoming more and more popular with families as there are numerous self catering and camping options. The Amalfi Coast is always a popular honeymoon destination and the islands will attract couples looking for an upmarket holiday. Sunway have introduced a direct flight to Sardinia for 2017 which should keep the beach enthusiasts happy, and the growing trend for authentic experiences will ensure that Irish numbers to the region of Puglia should continue to grow.

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Greece

Always great value for money and appealing to the masses, the Greek islands should have many Irish visitors in 2017. There are direct flights to Zakynthos, Corfu, Crete, Rhodes and Kos with Falcon Holidays and flights to Athens with Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Aegean airlines. This should ensure Athens will be a popular city break destination but also allow easier access to the sought after islands of Santorini and Mykonos.

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USA

Flights to the States have grown to unprecedented levels. New routes to from Aer Lingus to Hartford and Miami and extra flights to Los Angeles, Orlando and New York, should translate into a bumper year for Irish tourists to the USA. The addition of low cost flights with Norwegian Air from Cork to Boston and New York, as well as WOW air flights via Iceland, should ensure lots of good deals for Irish holidaymakers. San Francisco is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic ‘summer of love’ with a year of events and festivals in 2017. And would you believe Elvis is dead 40 years this year… sure makes me feel old! Why not pay tribute to the ‘King of Rock and Roll’ by visiting Memphis during ‘Elvis Week’, between 11th and 19th August. See American Sky for details.

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Mexico

Mexico is one of our most popular long haul destinations. Falcon Holidays are offering direct flights from Dublin for those looking for a two week holiday in the summer months. Many choose to fly via America and combine with a city break in New York or Vegas. I think Mexico will continue to be as popular with Irish holidaymakers in 2017.

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Iceland

WOW air introduced flights to Reykjavik in 2015 which proved to be a resounding success. People chased the Northern lights and swam in the Blue Lagoon, with lots of positive reviews. So much so that WOW have decided to increase flights from Dublin and add on a service from Cork. It looks like Iceland will remain popular in 2017 for weekend breaks and as a holiday destination.

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Cruises

One of the fastest growing sectors in the travel industry is set for another bumper year. The competition has never been greater. Most major cruise lines have dedicated Irish websites now and many travel agents and tour operators have dedicated cruise departments. Free all inclusive drinks packages, half price kids offers and even free flights, will I am sure, entice Irish holidaymakers to cruise in 2017. New destinations like Cuba will make it easier for visitors to visit Havana without paying the increasing accommodation costs. River cruises are also proving popular for discerning clients. For those who don’t want to fly there are even cruises operating directly from Ireland in 2017.

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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 has always been a favourite but now there are flights to Split and Pula with Aer Lingus, as well as Zadar with RyanairFalcon Holidays have also announced package holidays to Croatia and specialists Croatia Tours continue to offer a wide choice of package holidays to the region.

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Middle East and beyond

With two direct daily flights to both Dubai and Abu Dhabi and now a new daily service to Doha with Qatar airlines, getting to Asia, Africa and Australia has never been easier. No lengthy lay overs in Heathrow and prices should reduce too!

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South Africa

Ethiopian airlines‘ Dreamliner aircraft made many news reports when they offered cheap direct flights from Dublin to Los Angeles this year. They have now added extra connections from their hub in Addis Ababa to South Africa. This means that flights from Dublin to Cape Town should be easily accessible and hopefully well priced too.

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They are my thoughts on the top holiday destinations in 2017 but please comment below if you have any more to add 🙂

 

Sarah

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Top Ten Things To Do in Dubai

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The worlds tallest building, the world’s largest shopping mall, the world’s only seven star hotel and now the world’s largest indoor theme park! Dubai never settles for anything less than the best!

 

Of course it’s not only what’s on offer in Dubai that makes it so appealing. There are numerous direct flights from Ireland every week so airfares are excellent value. The holiday options are endless too, you can go for a weekend break, a sun holiday or as a stop over to so many destinations. I spent five days in Dubai some years ago and loved it, but so much has changed since then. Every year there is a new hotspot to visit, a new adventure to try. I decided to consult the experts, Tropical Sky. Twenty of their staff visited Dubai in March of this year so I think it’s fair to say they know their stuff! Here are our top ten things to do in Dubai – tell me your favourite by leaving a comment below.

 

1. Go to the top of the Burj Khalifa

A visit to the tallest building in the world and the highest outdoor observation deck, just has to be done. Make sure you book online before hand as queues can be long in peak season. There are two types of tickets, one for AED 125 ( about €30 ) and one for AED 350 ( about €80 ) , the main difference is that you get to the 148th floor rather than the 124th, there is less queues and crowds and you get some nice pastries. You can judge for yourself if you think it’s worth paying the extra but either way make sure you go see it!

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2. Check out the Dubai Mall

The largest mall in the world is not all about shopping. There is also an ice rink, an aquarium and theme parks inside! Some of the 1,200 stores include Bloomingdales, Hamleys and even Marks and Spencer! Of course there are plenty of designer shops and high street stores too – you name it it’s here! And when you are shopped out, relax in one of the many restaurants nearby, and watch the incredible fountain show.

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3. Visit the Burj Al Arab

Where else can you visit a seven star hotel – actually, no where! Yes it is the ONLY seven star hotel in the world. And if like most of us you can’t afford to stay here, afternoon tea is a good alternative. This will set you back €135 including champagne, but you can also opt for high tea ( from 7pm – 8pm ) for €100 including cocktails. What a great way to start a special night out 🍸

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4. Visit the new IMG World’s of Adventure

The world’s largest indoor theme park opened last year and is a whopping 1.5 million square feet! Being completely enclosed, it will offer a welcome relief from the hot temperatures, particularly for families. Expect a Dinosaur adventure zone, MARVEL superhero zone with thrilling rides, live shows, movies and lots more!

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5. Try skiing

Another welcome retreat from the heat is the Dubai ski slope. Actually slope is probably the wrong word, resort is more like it! Located inside the Mall of the Emirates (and this isn’t Dubai’s largest mall! ) you can skiing, go tobogganing, snowboard or just play in the snow. And if you can’t ski  – don’t worry their qualified instructors are on hand if you fancy lessons!

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6. Go on a desert safari

A safari in the Arabian desert can offer many different experiences. You can camel ride, go dune bashing or enjoy a show with a BBQ. There are various trips that can be organised locally so whether you seek adrenaline pumping sand skiing or  romantic star gazing, a trip to the Arabian desert is a must.

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7. Take the monorail to Atlantis The Palm Hotel.

The best way to see the incredible structure that is Palm island, is by monorail. While you are there pop into the Atlantis hotel. This 5* deluxe hotel has an underwater aquarium, a water park and opportunities to swim with dolphins at Dolphin Bay. The hotel offers free wifi everywhere too so this is a great opportunity to show your friends back home what they are missing!

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8. Go shopping in the souks.

Most tourists flock to Dubai’s shopping malls but wandering through a bustling souk is one of Dubai’s best experiences. There are separate gold, spice, textile and perfume souks. Make sure you explore them and bear in mind a purpose built souk in a mall is not the same… Pick up local souvenirs and jewellery but make sure you haggle, it’s all part of the experience!  Bring your camera too as the souks are full of colour and offer great photo opportunities.

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10. Zipline over the Dubai fountain.

This is a must for thrill-seekers. Until recently, this was by invitation only but now anyone can ride. Tickets cost AED 600 (about €150) and can be bought from the Xline ticketing counter in the Dubai Mall. I would suggest you go on your first day as it can get booked out. Make sure you have ID with you too.

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So there you have it, my top ten things to do in Dubai. This is just a sample of what you can do here, I probably should have typed a top twenty list! When planning your next holiday, make sure you contact the experts, Tropical Sky – they will advise you on the best places to stay and ensure you have a memorable holiday too!

 

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 🙂

Sarah

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Top Ten Holidays For Girls

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Planning a girls weekend away or something further afield? Check out my top ten holidays for girls for some travel inspiration.

 

1 New York Shopping Trip.

A New York shopping trip has to be one of the top ten holidays for girls! Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Century 21, Chinatown, the list is endless! Although shopping maybe the main reason for going, it will probably not be the highlight of your trip! The buzz of Times Square, the trendy scene in Soho, Central Park and the World Trade Centre – there are so many sights to see. Don’t forget the obligatory ‘ Sex and the City ‘ tour and check out my blog on 25 things to do in New York here.

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2. Sun and fun in Marbella.

A girls holiday in Marbella is all about style and sun. Party until the small hours and then chill out in one of the cool beach clubs during the day. Do some designer shopping in Puerto Banus before having a drink in Sinatra’s bar. However, if you don’t want the club scene, the old town is pretty cool too, without requirements to wear the latest fashion labels or have HD brows! But if you seek the glitz and glamour that Marbella is renowned for, remember the saying, ‘no carbs before Marbs!’.

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3. A weekend in Dubai.

A classy choice for a long weekend away, Dubai ticks all boxes. Enjoy year round sunshine, five star deluxe hotels and the world’s largest shopping malls! Dubai is also a great choice if you fancy some action. Take a desert safari, visit the world’s tallest building, check out Palm Island and have some afternoon tea in the Burj Al Arab. If all this isn’t enough, you can even try skiing! Check out my blog on the top ten things to do in Dubai if you still need convincing.

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4. A holiday in the Côtes d’Azur.

The South of France is always a good idea, and a great choice for a girls holiday. Choose the stylish resort of Cannes, the old towns of Nice or Antibes or the glitzy resort of San Tropez. The train hugs the coastline so you can take a day trip to Monaco or even pop into Italy for a bite of lunch!

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5. Paris in the spring.

Paris is the sophisticated choice for a girls weekend away. Visit the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and take a stroll around Montmartre. Let a street artist draw your caricature while getting the best view of the city from the Sacre-Coeur. Of course no trip to Paris would be complete with some shopping in the Parisien boutiques on Avenue Montaigne, or the famous department store, Galeries Lafayette!

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6. California.

For a longer holiday, take a trip to California. Enjoy celeb spotting in LA, stroll down Rodeo drive and have some cocktails in West Hollywood’s trendy bars. There are so many cool beach towns to choose from, Malibu, Santa Monica, Long beach, are all close by. For the ultimate Thelma & Louise story, hire a car and drive the Pacific Coast highway, from San Francisco to San Diego. For more inspiration read my blog on my California road trip here.

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7. Island hopping in Greece.

The Greek islands offer something to suit everyone. Visit the stunning island of Santorini and see the most spectacular sunsets. Party all night in Ios or Paros or have a Shirley Valentine moment in Mykonos. If you don’t fancy island hopping, the larger islands of Rhodes, Crete or Kos offer a great choice for a weeks holiday, easily reachable by direct flights.

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8. A full moon party in Thailand.

Clearly a full moon party is not for everyone! However, if you are lucky enough to be travelling the world in your twenties, then the all night, full moon party, just has to be on your list! For the rest of us – well you are as old as you feel, right?

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9. Barbados baby.

One of my favourite Caribbean islands, Barbados has it all. White sandy beaches, great night life, some incredible restaurants and plenty of accommodation to suit all budgets. Unlike some of its neighbours, it is not full of honeymooners! There is great night life on the south coast and plenty to see and do. For the ultimate beach experience take a day trip to the nearby Grenadine islands – pure bliss! Check out my blog post on Barbados here.

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10. Party time in Ibiza.

Contrary to what you might think, nightlife in Ibiza is not just for students. In fact some of the towns have evolved to offer some chic trendy bars and hotels, albeit with a hefty price tag. You can still party all night in San Antonio and enjoy the famous Ocean beach, or the original sunset bar, café del mar. But if you want a more sophisticated choice, choose the cool Ushuaïa or Experimental Beach Club, before dancing the night away at Pacha. Enjoy some boutique shopping in Ibiza town too and some cocktails at Bar 1805.

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I hope you enjoyed my top ten holidays for girls and that they helped you with your travel plans. Have I missed any of your favourites? Please comment below I would love to hear from you 🙂

 

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Ferrari World, going Italian in Abu Dhabi

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If you have the slightest interest in cars, or indeed a ‘petrolhead‘, and you happen to find yourself in Abu Dhabi, Ferrari World must be your first stop!

 

I had a recent whistle-stop visit to both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, where the very latest in life excesses is on full view to the world. The tallest, fastest, biggest, most expensive of everything is to be seen here. When it comes to cars, if you want to see the fastest and most beautiful cars, a visit to Ferrari World on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi is a must. The first thing that struck me, in the five minute cab ride from our hotel to the theme park, was the enormity of the structure I was travelling to.

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The building was a sleek as it was large, with the crested metal dome rising out of the dry sand. The architecture reminded me a little of Terminal 2 at Dublin airport, but red, and obviously a much grander scale. As the taxi pulls up, all I can see is Ferrari red, and the ‘prancing horse’ insignia is everywhere. Excitement grew. I was like a boy in a toyshop, or a closet petrolhead that was about to have the chance to get up close and personal with some very exotic supercars from the famous Italian stable. This is what Ferrari World is all about.

Beaten by the heat, I quickly made my way inside to the comfort of the air-conditioned building. I made my way to the ticket desk, collected my tickets and was directed towards the entrance gate. That’s when the drooling started!

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Walking across the sleek entrance corridor, I was greeted by Ferrari engines, on ‘thrones’ in the centre of the walkway, set amid the Ferrari red of the walls and glass structure. At the end of the corridor I entered a cavernous building, filled with the iconic Ferrari cars. Some are elevated on plinths, some just close enough to touch. Obviously the expensive ones are elevated to protect the paintwork from hot sticky handprints. They were all there, from the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO (the highest price car ever bought at auction, a snip at $38 million dollars, so I’m thinking this one was a replica), all the way up to the Formula One cars used by the Ferrari F1 Team.

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Two highlights for me were the opportunity to ‘drive’ a Ferrari 458 in a simulator. Complete with the full body of the car and racing interior, I sat into bucket seats, with the windscreen fully wrapped around a High Definition screen. I got the count down via digital traffic lights and on green, I ‘drove’ around the Abu Dhabi race track for a number of laps.

The car shunted and wobbled under the power of the engine and I needed to be careful not to run off the track – something I did not manage very often. The car pitched and rolled as I entered corners, and I was thrown back into my seat as I navigated and accelerated down the straight.

Whilst this is an experience in driving, it is a virtual reality ride. That said, my heart was racing after the ride, and I noticed that the perspiration had built up on my brow from the adrenaline. That’s how realistic it was.

There is also an opportunity to do the same thing in a replica of a Ferrari F1 car – I’d tried it too but as I sat into the cockpit of the F1 car, I had to sink further and further down. To be honest, I cried off before the ride started and opted for the regular car. I really found the F1 cockpit particularly claustrophobic and it made me feel really uncomfortable. Also gave me a new found respect for F1 drivers too!

You can also drive a REAL Ferrari California around an outside track for twenty five kilometres. No really, you can!

Driving a Ferrari has been on my bucket list for a while, and now I was finally going to get to do it….or so I thought. I rocked up with my six hundred dirhams (about €150). But when I was asked for my driving licence, I realised I had left it in Ireland – it wasn’t much good to me there. My dream was dashed.

After a short but compulsory visit to the (very overpriced) gift shop, it was time to go. We had arrived in the early evening and spent three hours at Ferrari World. Arriving late in the afternoon, you run the risk of not being able to ride the fastest rollercoaster in the world, the Formula Rosso – admittedly that didn’t really bother me…

Here’s why…

Suffice to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the visit to Ferrari World. If you are in Dubai or Abu Dhabi make it your business to pay a visit, especially if you are a petrol head like me.

Cormac

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A Flying Visit To Dubai And Abu Dhabi

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Fifteen thousand kilometers later and four days in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Should have stayed longer!

Dubai with all its excess is worth a visit, with the tallest building, fastest cars, largest mall, best hotel (supposedly 7*), widest this and biggest that, its a place that does not know what to do with its money. Lots of Irish have visited as part of a short stopover on their way to Australia. Some have made Dubai their home, enticed by tax free earnings and high salaries. Me? I just went with a mate for a few days pre-Christmas R & R.

Leaving early on a Friday morning and flying with Ethiad direct from Dublin to Abu Dhabi, we had opted to stay in Dubai. We thought it was a short ‘hop’ from one city to the other but not so. We landed about fifteen minutes late and between baggage collection (should have only brought carry on!!!!) and the very long delays and queuing at passport control, we missed our Ethiad luxury coach transfer to Dubai by forty five minutes. When I made enquiries as to when the next coach was going and if our tickets were still valid, I got a response with mixed fortunes.

“Yes Sir, of course you can use your tickets for the next coach.”
“Great, and what time is the next coach at?”
“Midnight Sir!”

It was 10.15pm!

Being the intrepid travellers that we are, we opted for a taxi and to engage the services of one of the thousand taxi drivers in arrivals vying for our custom. Settling on a particularly friendly Indian chap, we headed for the car park. After a white knuckle one hour ride of 100 kilometres in our newly found friends Toyota Corolla, we arrived at the JA Ocean Hotel, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence. Being a a back seat driver not to mention a nervous passenger, I was happy to get there, I can tell you.

Tired and relieved to have arrived, we checked in and made our way to our room were we dumped our bags. With new found energy after our seven and half hour flight, airport wranglings and high speed commute, we made our way out to get our first sampling of downtown Dubai. It was like a Friday night in any cosmopolitan city. Lots of lads driving flash cars, lots of ladies flashing lots of flesh (except for those in their burkas, of course!), the heat was pleasant and we did a little people watching whilst enjoying food at a local pizza restaurant. No beer though, no beer at all! We even spotted a few Emirati lads on what appeared to be a stag night, but all they seemed to do was drive their very expensive Mercedes four-by-four up and down the same road, hanging out of the vehicle windows whilst blaring Arabic music. No beer though, no beer at all! After eating, travel tiredness and time difference got the better of us and we retired for the evening,  leaving the locals and tourists to sample the Dubai delights.

As breakfast was not included in our hotel stay, the next morning we went looking for coffee, strong Arabic coffee. We ended up in Starbucks! But with WiFi and armed with a map, we planned our route for the day. Dubai is more spread out than we imagined. We purchased a daily pass ticket for the Dubai Metro and stepped on and off the Red and Green line all day long. One of the highlights that I had planned to do/see was the Burj Khalifa, currently the worlds tallest building as I am a bit of a geek for architecture, so that was our first stop. It did not disappoint from the outside, so we decided to see about booking tickets to the viewing platform(s). As we queued, we noticed that you could book tickets online. That’s probably a great idea if you want to fork out 500 Dirhams (€125) each to go up to the top viewing platform to look out over the city. Being the shrewd and thrifty chaps that we are, we skulked away out of the queue and opted to go around to the ground entrance and pop in for a drink.

Unfortunately for us, I had shorts on and one glance from the four uniformed security guards told us our fate. In the most pleasant and polite way, we were denied entry to the tallest building in the world and all because of a pair of shorts…

So three things from this little ditty. Book your (expensive) tickets online before you go, opt for a ‘prime hour’ because you will see nothing at night obviously except for traffic trails. Also, if you fancy popping into the big Burj Khalifa for a jar and bragging rights, don’t wear shorts.

Next stop, The Dubai Mall because its the biggest in the world and the Mall of the Emirates because its got a full indoor ski resort, sealed behind thick glass with sub zero temperatures. Those Emirati think of everything! Suffice to say, these two shopping malls have everything in abundance and are a marvel to the commercialism of Dubai. Being blokes, we saw what we wanted and we left – empty handed I might add. That’s right, not one single purchase in either place. If I had been with The Travel Expert, I am pretty sure I would have left with a lighter wallet and a heavier credit card balance.

Cormac (Husband of The Travel Expert)

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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.

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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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Renovated in 2011 this impressive cruise ship boasts a state of the art fitness centre, swimming pools, a rock climbing wall, top class entertainment for adults and children and an outdoor movie screen if you fancy catching a movie! Renowned for its excellent choice of restaurants you can choose to dine in Royal Caribbean’s signature steak house, Chops Grille or try some Asian cuisine at Izumi. Of course if you want to dine without any additional cost, the main restaurant and buffet options are of exceptional quality.

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Overnight in the amazing city of Dubai and understand why it is one of the world’s leading holiday destinations. See the world’s tallest building, shop till you drop in the world’s largest mall, try some indoor skiing or simply relax on one of it’s stunning beaches.

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You will visit two cities in Oman, Muscat & Khasab. One of the Middle East’s oldest cities combined with miles of unspoilt beaches, Muscat is a feast for the senses. You will also get the opportunity to explore the ‘Norway of Arabia’, Khasab and its bustling harbour. Of course no cruise around the Emirates would be complete without a stop in it’s capital, Abu Dhabi.  Luxury hotels and modern theme parks contrast with busy bazaars. Take a trip to Ferrari world, explore dhow harbour or visit one of it’s many museums.

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Fly direct from Dublin on the 17th of January and spend seven nights on board this luxury cruise ship for only €980 per person. Price includes flights and cruise on a full board basis.

 

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Top Five Places To Holiday After Christmas

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When the turkey is eaten and presents are opened, it’s great to have a holiday to look forward to! Check out my guide of the top five places to holiday after Christmas. 

Whether it’s colder or warmer climates that you’re after, there are many places to holiday after Christmas. Skiing the slopes or topping up the tan could be a nice change from a dull Irish January – don’t you think? Hopefully one of my top picks will kick off your new year in style.

 

 

 

 

 

Canary Islands

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If you are looking for some sun, it is hard to beat the Canary Islands. There are plenty of direct flights to Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Tenerife from Ireland. Choose a short five to seven day break for New Year, or stay longer for even better value. With kids back in school in January, you may find that it is cheaper to go away for two weeks rather than one at this time.

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Dubai

Dubai, one of the best places to holiday after Christmas by The Travel Expert

Dubai is another great place to visit if you want sunshine, but it is also packed with things to do. You can try a desert safari, go to the top of the world’s tallest building, ski in the worlds largest indoor ski slope, or simply relax on one of its stunning beaches. We visited Dubai last year and loved it, check out my top things to do in Dubai here:

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Copenhagen

Copenhagen one of the best places to holiday after Christmas by The Travel Expert

Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens is one of the few Christmas markets that stays open after Christmas. If you want to prolong the festive mood, it is one of the best cities to choose for a holiday after Christmas. The gardens come alive with over 500,000 Christmas lights and there are plenty of activities to keep all the family happy.
 

 

 

Copenhagen is also one of Europe’s top ‘foodie’ destinations, so why not indulge in some tasty meals before the New Year resolutions kick in! For more information, check out my blog on Copenhagen.

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh's Hogmanay, one of the best places to holiday after Christmas by The Travel Expert

If you are looking for a holiday after Christmas with a party atmosphere, then look no further than Hogmanay in Edinburgh. With celebrations that start on the 30th of December and last for three days, New Year is celebrated more than Christmas in Edinburgh. Top bands provide fantastic entertainment and the fireworks displays are some of the best you are likely to see.

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Skiing

Skiing, one of the best holidays to take after Christmas by The Travel Expert

With snowy mountains and pretty villages, skiing would be my choice for a holiday after Christmas! Austria, France and Italy are the firm favourites but airfares can be high at that time. Watch out for cheap flights to Munich where the transfer times to Austria are similar to that of Salzburg. There are also direct flights from Ireland to Memmingen which has plenty of ski resorts close by.

Read: Skiing in Soll, all you need to know and why you should go

Read: My top tips for family ski holidays

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Is this the ultimate honeymoon?

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Imagine the anticipation of waiting for your chauffeur driven limousine to pull up outside your home. Your journey starts here…

Arrive at the airport in style and go straight to the business class desk for a speedy check in. Enjoy a glass of bubbly in the Etihad lounge before boarding your business class flight to your ultimate paradise island. Sample drinks of your choice and some fine dining on board, before drifting off to sleep on the Etihad Airways lie flat beds.

Kandolhu, Maldives, The ultimate honeymoon by The Travel ExpertArrive thoroughly refreshed only to board a sea plane for the final hop across the Indian Ocean. After a short 25 minute flight you will arrive at the five star luxury Kandolhu Island in the Maldives. The island is 200 metres long by 150 metres wide and has only 30 villas.  It is the guardian to one of the most pristine and colourful reefs in the Maldives. The beach, one of dust like pure white sand, is exactly what comes to ones imagination when ‘paradise’ is mentioned.

You will be staying in one of only seven ocean pool villas. Facing the sunset, these villas serve only to enhance the experience at Kandolhu. Each villa is reached by its own private walkway and on entering the oversized bedroom, you’ll notice the large bed, daybed and walk-in wardrobe. The bathroom is open with a shower, bathtub and opens out onto the pool deck. Complete with sunloungers, sun umbrella and a plunge pool with panoramic views of the ocean. Suffice to say; You. Have. Arrived.

So we are familiar with the concept of ‘all inclusive’, but Kandolhu Island brings that concept to a whole new level. Here you will have the choice of dining in four a la carte restaurants. You have your own wine cooler in your room, stocked with 30 bottles of premium wine. There is an unspoken challenge to get through as many as you can, as you sit and watch the sunset beyond the horizon each evening. So is this the ultimate honeymoon destination? Well, its got to be up there with the best, and once you consider the ‘ultimate inclusions’ option, it doesn’t get much better than this!

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After relaxing for seven nights on this wonderful island, being spoilt by the service, and slowing down the pace of life to a crawl, what next? It has to be the glitz, the glamour and all the excess on offer in Dubai. Shop till you drop in the biggest malls in the world and marvel at the view from the world’s tallest building. You can ski, surf, or safari (in the desert at least!)  – what ever you want to do, you will probably find it in Dubai. Spend five nights in a deluxe room at the stunning Atlantis Palm Hotel (airport transfers by limo of course). Enjoy breakfast and evening meal each day and if you are feeling adventurous, access to their waterpark throughout your stay. You will also have afternoon tea in the world’s only seven star hotel, the Burj al Arab. I have done this and, believe me, it’s worth it just to see the glorious excess that is seven star.

Don’t worry though if you are feeling tired after all that action in Dubai, you can chill out and relax on your return business class flight. And just to complete the ultimate honeymoon, your chauffeur will be waiting for you in Dublin airport to bring you home – and back to the reality! So forget about the chocolate fountains and the candy carts, nobody will remember them anyway.  As for the honeymoon, well, it is a trip of a lifetime….

Tempted?

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Five Star Dubai Break, 13th September, Flights & Hotel, 3 Nights, €585!

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Have you ever seen such an amazing offer to Dubai? Enjoy all that this amazing city has to offer with this super five star Dubai break for only €585!

You can visit the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa and experience unparalleled views across the city, from the 134th floor.  You can shop in the world’s largest shopping mall which has an ice rink, cinema, a kids world and even a theme park inside!  You can visit Palm Island, an island in the shape of a palm tree with the Altantis hotel and its ‘lost world’ the focal point. If adventure is what you seek try a desert safari, some dune bashing or even some indoor skiing! Go shopping for gold in one of the many souks and be dazzled by the enormity and extent of the gold on offer. And if you fancy splashing out for some afternoon tea – visit the world’s only seven star hotel, the Burj al Arab. Everything is possible in Dubai!

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Dubai is now one of the world’s leading holiday destinations and when you consider all it has to offer, it’s not difficult to see why. Of course it just so happens to have year round sunshine, picture postcard beaches and some of the world’s leading hotels too! There are five different parts to the city, each with it’s own unique style. No matter which area you choose, from the marina, to the creek, to the city, the new over head metro connects you to all the hotspots.

Fly from Dublin on the 13th of September and enjoy this five star Dubai break for an amazing price of only €585! Stay in the luxury 5* Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes for three nights. Ideally located at the marina, this luxury hotel receives great reviews on tripadvisor.

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