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My Top 5 Luxury Multi-Centre Holidays to Thailand, From €1769 Incl Flights!

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Want to see bustling Bangkok, charming Chiang Mai, or catch sight of James Bond Island dramatically emerging from the Andaman Sea? Book one of these multi-centre holidays to Thailand and perhaps you will see all three!

 

Thailand is so diverse, you simply can’t come to Thailand and experience just one place. Its hilltop temples, cosmopolitan capital, tropical rainforests and lush rice paddies are all worth exploring in their own right. Add 1400 tropical islands and tantalising Thai food, and you have a country that appeals to everyone. With this in mind I have teamed up with luxury long-haul tour operator Hayes and Jarvis, who offer many multi-centre holidays to Thailand and beyond. These are just a sample of what they offer, and these, like all of their holidays, can be tailored to suit your requirements. Hayes and Jarvis offer a staggering 36 different holiday styles in 60 destinations around the world. Read my blog post about Hayes and Jarvis luxury long haul holidays from Ireland if you want to know more.

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In the meantime, let me show you my top five multi-centre holidays to Thailand, all priced with flights, accommodation and transfers included.

 

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13 Nights: Bangkok and Koh Yao Yai, €1769

When you are planning multi-centre holidays to Thailand, Bangkok is probably going to be your first port of call. Bangkok is a city of contrasts. It manages seamlessly to preserve its magnificent Buddhist temples and cultural heritage among modern skyscrapers and vibrant nightlife. You will have four nights in Bangkok, which should give you enough time to get a true feel for this remarkable city. A tuk tuk is a great way to get around – and you can even hire your own driver for the afternoon. Don’t miss a trip to the floating markets. This is a unique way to purchase local food, as it is prepared on a market boat.

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You will be staying at the luxurious Amari Watergate which is conveniently situated close to the heart of the city. This feels more like a resort than a hotel. Take time to relax in its 1,600-square-foot of landscaped gardens complete with a 100-foot swimming pool, overlooking the city. There are six different dining options too, so if you just want to relax after a day’s sightseeing, this is the perfect choice. 

After four action-packed days in Bangkok, it is time to experience the polar opposite – with a nine-night stay at the Santhiya Resort & Spa in Koh Yao Yai. The fact that you need to get a 20-minute speedboat transfer to get there (included in cost), says it all. This is a piece of paradise – a Robinson Crusoe-type island in the middle of Phang Nga Bay. Although within easy access of lively Phuket, this will feel worlds’ apart. Explore the island by bicycle, its shores by canoe, and take an excursion to nearby James Bond Island. The Santhiya Resort has a luxury spa on site, two restaurants, and a host of watersports to choose from. The words ‘hidden gem’ spring to mind. 

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Price of €1769 includes all flights, hotels, and boat and land transfers. Quote ref: 52085512 when calling Hayes and Jarvis to discuss your requirements.

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12 Nights: Bangkok, Krabi and Koh Lanta, €1899 

Why visit just one of Thailand’s glorious beaches when you can visit two? After a three-night stay in Bangkok you will take a short flight to Krabi, home to dramatic limestone cliffs, stunning beaches and crystal clear waters. Many visitors choose Krabi as a base for island hopping, so you can expect a lively vibe with activities a-plenty. Visit Koh Phi Phi, Koh Yao Nai or James Bond Island, or simply stay put and appreciate all that Krabi has to offer, including lively entertainment and superb street food.

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You will be staying in the 5-star Centara Grand Beach Resort Krabi – it doesn’t get much better than this! The view of the limestone formations alone is enough to tempt me, but the pristine white sandy beach and Thai-style buildings complete the perfect tropical resort. Swim in its multi-level swimming pool, dine in any of its four restaurants, take advantage of the superb watersports available, and relax in its award-winning Spa Cevaree. 

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After five fabulous nights in Krabi, take a short boat transfer to Koh Lanta for your last four nights. Fall in love with the long stretches of beach and authentic Thai way of life for which Koh Lanta is renowned. Koh Lanta is now a Mecca for couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle of some of Thailand’s lively resorts. Don’t miss a visit to Saladen Market – its seafood is supposed to be delicious.

You will be staying at the adult-only Layana Resort & Spa. This won the ‘Top Hotel in Thailand’ and ‘Best Luxury Hotel in Thailand’ awards from TripAdvisor in 2017. They offer cooking classes, so you can try to replicate authentic Thai food when you go home. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the resort, explore the island by kayak and snorkel or dive offshore. 

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Price of €1899 includes all flights, hotels and boat and land transfers. Quote ref: 52088520 when calling Hayes and Jarvis to discuss your requirements.

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12 Nights Thailand Adventure: Bangkok, Elephant Hills Safari & Khao Lak, €2159 

This is the itinerary that I long to try myself! I love when a holiday combines a beach stay with a little adventure. If I can manage to add a city to the mix too, that is even better. This Thailand itinerary does all three, with the added bonus of staying in top-class hotels. 

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Your first stop is the 5-star Avani Riverside Bangkok, which overlooks the city’s Chao Phraya River and Bangkok’s dramatic skyline. After a three-night stay in Bangkok, it is time for a jungle adventure in Elephant Hills Jungle Safari Camp. This is an ethical tented camp for rescued elephants, where tents are equipped with double beds and bathrooms. Your two-night stay will grant you the opportunity of a lifetime, as you interact with Asian elephants. All meals are included in the Elephant Hills Jungle Safari, including lunch in a tree house, during a guided trek through the rainforest. 

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Don’t worry, your adventure doesn’t end there. After a short one-hour drive, you will arrive at the idyllic beach resort of Khao Lak, for a seven-night relaxing stay. In true Hayes and Jarvis style, you will be staying in luxurious villas, in the Beyond Resort Khao Lak. With a superb setting on the white sandy beach of Pakweep, this adult-only resort will surely feel like a piece of paradise. 

See more about this superb Thailand holiday in this post: The Best Thailand Itinerary.

Price of €2159 includes all flights, hotels, meals and activities in Elephant Hills camp and all land and boat transfers. Quote Ref: 52085385 when calling Hayes and Jarvis to discuss your requirements.

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12 Nights: Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Krabi, €2159 

It’s 5-star all the way on this terrific multi-centre holiday to Thailand. Combine city, culture and beach on one memorable trip. Your first stop is Bangkok, where you can enjoy a three-night stay in the 5-star Avani Riverside Bangkok, which overlooks the city’s Chao Phraya River and Bangkok’s dramatic skyline.  

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This will be followed by a three-night stay in the more laid-back, ancient city of Chiang Mai. Explore the historic centre, its lush green countryside, tropical rainforests and elephant sanctuaries. You will be staying in the 5-star Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, which is a five-minute walk from the Night Bazaar and a 10-minute walk to Chiang Mai’s many attractions. 

The best multi-centre holidays to Thailand would not be complete without some well-deserved beach time! After combining city with culture, it’s time to fly south to the paradise island of Krabi, for a six-night stay in the luxurious 5-star Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas. 

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The view of the limestone formations alone is enough to tempt me, but the pristine white sandy beach and Thai-style buildings complete the perfect tropical resort. Swim in its multi-level swimming pool, dine in any of its four restaurants, take advantage of the superb watersports available, and relax in its award-winning Spa Cevaree. 

Price of €2159 includes all flights, hotels and boat and land transfers. Quote Ref: 52087830 when calling Hayes and Jarvis to discuss your requirements.

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13 Nights Island-Hopping Adventure: Koh Samui, Koh Phangnan and Koh Tao, €2489

Multi-centre holidays to Thailand don’t have to included Bangkok… Discover the best of Thailand’s beaches, rainforests and nightlife on this island-hopping adventure. Spend two weeks exploring Koh Samui, Koh Phangnan and Koh Tao. Go scuba diving, snorkelling, enjoy full-moon parties or just chill out on the beach. 

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Koh Samui is your first stop, where you will stay at the luxurious Silavadee Pool Spa Resort. Located on Koh Samui’s most exclusive beach, this feels like a hideaway, but is only a short drive to the lively centre. A boutique hotel, built to blend in perfectly with its surroundings, with a cliff-top infinity pool, unique dining options and luxury spa – your stay here will ensure an unforgettable experience. 

After a five-night stay in Koh Samui, you will take a boat transfer to nearby Koh Phangnan, for a four-night stay at the 5-star Anantara Rasandra Phangan Resort & Spa. Relax on the beach, or in your spacious villa or suite, which come with a private swimming pool and outdoor terrace. Expect fine dining, a world-class spa and superb snorkelling and scuba diving possibilities. 

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Your final stop is the Beach Club & Haad Tien Beach Resort in Koh Tao. This eco-friendly resort offers barefoot luxury in an idyllic setting. All rooms come with one king-sized bed, (twin beds are not catered for) so you can expect the perfect romantic getaway. 

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Price of €2489 includes all flights, hotels and boat and land transfers. Quote ref: 52087951 when calling Hayes and Jarvis to discuss your requirements.  

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

Contact Hayes and Jarvis on  (01) 697 1590, call into their office at 16 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, or visit HayesandJarvis.ie  for more details.

 

This post was sponsored by Hayes and Jarvis but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

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Thailand Holidays: The Best Thailand Itinerary – Bangkok, Beach & Wildlife

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Thailand holidays that combine luxury, culture and adventure in one memorable trip are the best kind! Are you looking to find the best Thailand itinerary? I might have found it. 

 

I love when a holiday combines a beach stay with a little adventure. If I can manage to add a city to the mix too, that is even better. I have researched various Thailand holidays, as I would love to return, and this one ticks all boxes. This Thailand itinerary combines bustling Bangkok and an ethical elephant safari, with some relaxing beach time. If all of that isn’t enough to tempt you, there are luxury hotels included too.

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I have teamed up with luxury long haul tour operator Hayes and Jarvis, who offer many holidays to Thailand and beyond. This is just one of the Thailand holidays that they offer, and this, like all of their holidays, can be tailored to suit your requirements. Hayes and Jarvis offer a staggering 36 different holiday styles in 60 destinations around the world. Read my blog post about Hayes and Jarvis luxury long haul holidays from Ireland if you want to know more. In the meantime, let me show you a taste of Thailand in one 12-night holiday.

 

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Bangkok, Elephant Hills, and Khao Lak Multi Centre: 11 Nights, from €2199 Including all flights, hotels and transfers.

 

Bangkok is your first stop, an incredible introduction to Thailand. Bangkok is a city of contrasts that manages to preserve its magnificent Buddhist temples and cultural heritage among modern skyscrapers and vibrant nightlife. 

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You will have three nights in Bangkok, which should give you enough time to get a true feel for this remarkable city.  A tuk tuk is a great way to get around – and you can even hire your own driver for the afternoon. Don’t miss The Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple.

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Bangkok is one of the shopping capitals of Asia, and you will be spoilt for choice with the array of upmarket boutiques available. Enjoy haggling in the market stalls and tasting the terrific street food too, it is all part of Bangkok’s shopping experience. If you have time, take a trip to the floating markets. This is a unique way to purchase local food, as it is prepared on a market boat.

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You will be staying in the 5-star Avani Riverside Bangkok, which overlooks the city’s Chao Phraya River and Bangkok’s dramatic skyline. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle boat services to BTS Skytrain stations, and to the Asiatique night market. Follow your day’s sightseeing with a swim in the hotel pool which provides stunning views of the city from the 26th floor, before dining in one of the hotel’s four fine restaurants.

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After an action packed few days in bustling Bangkok, it is time for a jungle adventure in Khao Sok National Park. This is the largest area of rainforest in southern Thailand, and is home to Elephant Hills Jungle Safari Camp. This is an ethical tented camp for rescued elephants that blends beautifully with the tropical environment. Elephant Hills are Thailand’s first luxury tented jungle camps and are equipped with double beds and bathrooms.

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Your two-night stay will grant you the opportunity of a lifetime, as you interact with Asian elephants. This includes preparing their food and feeding them, as well as learning about the conservation of these gentle giants.

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You will also enjoy trekking, canoeing, visit the Rain Forest Floating Camp and cruise on a longtail boat. If you just want to relax in the beautiful surroundings, you can enjoy a swim in the pool or a snooze in your own private hammock. All meals are included in the Elephant Hills Jungle Safari, including lunch in a tree house, during a guided trek through the rainforest. 

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Don’t worry, your adventure doesn’t end there. After a short one-hour drive, you will arrive at the idyllic beach resort of Khao Lak, for a seven-night relaxing stay. In true Hayes and Jarvis style, you will be staying in luxurious villas, in the Beyond Resort Khao Lak. With a superb setting on the white sandy beach of Pakweep, this adult-only resort will surely feel like a piece of paradise.

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There are five swimming pools, a Kanda Spa and a host of watersports available – you may find it hard to leave. If you want to explore the local area, a gentle hike through the rainforest will enable you to take a refreshing swim in one of the many waterfalls around Khao Lak. The Ban Niang night market is also worth a visit, where you may find some nice souvenirs to bring home.

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

Contact Hayes and Jarvis on  (01) 697 1590, call into their office at 16 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, or visit HayesandJarvis.ie  for more details.

This post was sponsored by Hayes and Jarvis but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

 

 

 
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Luxury Multi Centre Holidays in the Indian Ocean

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sarah

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12 Day South African Holiday: Cape Town, The Garden Route & Safari €1969, Incl Flights, Hotels & Car Hire!

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This twelve Day South African holiday combines the iconic city of Cape Town with a road trip along the Garden Route and a two-night stay in a private Game Reserve.

 

South Africa is one of my favourite holiday destinations. I have been there twice – and I rarely go back to the same place! In fact I would go back again in a heartbeat. Where else can you find stunning scenery, captivating cities and wonderful wildlife all on one holiday? The cost of living is so low, there is only a two hour time difference (so no jet-lag) and there is so much to do. From city breaks to safaris, wine tasting to shark cage diving, and let’s not forget the amazing beaches  – a South African holiday has got it all.

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I have teamed up with Hayes & Jarvis, the luxury long haul specialists, who offer bespoke holidays to South Africa and beyond. They have been tailor making dream holidays for over 65 years and are a sister company to American Holidays. You can read more about my thoughts on Hayes & Jarvis long haul holidays from Ireland here. They feature many South African holidays on their website, but I liked this 12 day South African holiday because it is similar to the trip that I took earlier this year, and also happens to be malaria free. I liked the price too 😉 – €2299 including flights, hotels, transfers, car-hire and all meals on safari, this is great value for such a superb trip. I have outlined the itinerary below, but bear in mind you can add or change it to suit your requirements, simply talk to the expert team at Hayes & Jarvis and they will tailor make an itinerary for you.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Cape Town : 3 Nights

Your first port of call is the iconic city of Cape Town where you will be staying in the 5* Hilton Cape Town City Centre hotel.  Located right in the centre of town, just minutes from the colourful houses of Bo Kaap and with easy access to the Waterfront, this hotel is highly rated on tripadvisor and ideally located to explore all that Cape Town has to offer. Climb Table Mountain, visit Robben Island and drive the Cape Peninsula Drive,  there is so much to do here – you can even paraglide off Signal Hill if you are feeling adventurous!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Hermanus :  2 Nights

You will then set off on one of the world’s best road trips along the Garden Route. Your first stop is Hermanus, the hub of South Africa’s Whale Coast. If you want to go whale watching, this is the place to do it. Note whale watching is seasonal ( optimum time June – December ) so if you are planning a visit outside this time, talk to the staff in Hayes & Jarvis and they will recommend an alternative stop for you. Perhaps a visit to the Winelands? 🍷You will be staying in the highly rated Auberge Burgundy Guesthouse, which is located in the historic centre of Hermanus. With craft shops, art galleries and restaurants on your doorstep and a swimming pool on site, this friendly guesthouse is a great choice to experience South Africa’s Whale Coast.

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Oudtshoorn:  2 Nights

Leave Hermanus behind to drive onwards to Oudsthoorn, in the Klein Karoo area of South Africa. Renowned as being the ostrich capital of the world, it actually offers so much more. There are several wildlife safaris available here. You can meet meerkats, go cage diving with crocodiles (who knew that was even a thing?) or visit the hugely impressive Cango Caves – Africa’s largest show cave system.  You will be staying in the De Opstal Country Lodge, a restored lodge offering a unique stay in original farm buildings, dating back to the 1830’s.

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Knysna: 2 Nights

This small town is one of the most popular on the Garden Route. With stunning beaches, a trendy harbour and a temperate climate, it is a great place to stop at any time of year. There are countless outdoor activities available, from kayaking to paragliding but if you just want to chill out and relax, head down to the waterfront area and enjoy some nice cocktails with seaviews. You will be staying in the 5* St. James of Kynsna Country House Hotel. Located right on the lagoon, this family run hotel offers luxury suites with superb service.

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Kariega Game Reserve : 2 Nights

Saving the best for last, you will spend your final two nights in a private game reserve on the Eastern Cape. There is nothing like being in the African bush searching for wildlife, wondering if you will see the elusive leopard or a herd of elephants. It is one of the most incredible travel experiences I have had and it is world’s apart from every day life. Catching up with fellow travellers over dinner, wondering if they saw the same wildlife, and listening to stories from the expert rangers will fill you with lifelong memories.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Set in over 10,000 hectares of African wilderness, the family run and owned Kariega private game reserve offers ‘Big 5’ game viewing in an authentic African setting. You can enjoy two game drives per day or choose a river cruise, canoeing adventure or even a guided bush walk. You will be staying in a one bedroom chalet in Kariega’s Main Lodge, which has been expertly integrated into the surrounding bush and offers a large private viewing deck. It also features all mod cons such as an en-suite bathroom, satellite TV and air conditioning in the bedroom.

This itinerary is just one of many of the South African holidays that Hayes & Jarvis feature. They will also tailor make any itinerary to suit you. If you want some more beach time, wine time or want an adrenaline filled trip – let their expert staff know and they will arrange it for you.

 

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Sarah

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Hayes & Jarvis – Offering Luxury, Long Haul Holidays From Ireland & Lots More…

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Offering luxury long haul holidays sounds pretty impressive anyway, but as I gazed longingly at the Hayes and Jarvis holiday brochures, I suddenly realised they offer so much more…..

 

Fancy volcano hopping in Costa Rica? Always wanted to see the gorillas in Rwanda, or is relaxing on a beach in Rodrigues Island more your style? Regardless of your holiday preference, I’d wager you are wondering where Rodrigues Island is right now! I must confess, I wondered too. Rodrigues Island is located in the Indian Ocean, a ninety-minute flight from Mauritius and is just one of the many paradise islands that Hayes and Jarvis feature.

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Considering I search almost all of my travel online, I was surprised at how much I absolutely loved reading the Hayes and Jarvis holiday brochures! I came across so many destinations that I hadn’t really thought about visiting. Their brochures are so easy to read and it is refreshing to have everything you need in the one place. In minutes, I read how best to spend 48 hours in Bangkok, got expert tips about places off the beaten track in Japan and found out the best safari holidays for families. I love the ‘things to see and do’ section in each destination and how it tells you how long you should spend in each place, with possible multi-centre options.

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For those of you who want to search online, their website is great too! They offer a staggering 36 different holiday styles in 60 destinations. It is common to see adventure, family and wellness holidays categories but Hayes and Jarvis go one step further. You can select foodie holidays, glamping holidays, cycling holidays, solo holidays, cruises, even hotels with swim-up rooms! They also have dedicated family safari holidays, rail, motorhome and sailing holidays as well as escorted tours and many more options. So whether you are a culture vulture or thrill seeker – Hayes and Jarvis can arrange the right holiday for you. My husband was reading this and couldn’t believe that they offered motorcycle holidays – they really cater for everyone!

Where do Hayes & Jarvis travel to?

When I think of the Indian Ocean, it is automatically Mauritius, Maldives and Seychelles that spring to mind. Hayes and Jarvis also feature holidays in Reunion Island, Mozambique, Madagascar, and yes, even Rodrigues Island! You name it, Hayes and Jarvis can bring you there. Hayes and Jarvis feature far flung destinations such as the Galapagos Islands and Bhutan that until now, you may have thought were not bookable from Ireland.

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They also feature unusual resorts in traditional destinations such as Thailand. As much as I hate to admit it, I hadn’t even heard of some of the ‘Undiscovered Gems’ in Thailand that they feature.  So if you want to go off the beaten track and try ‘Tree Pod dining’ or enjoy an outdoor movie in the ‘jungle-enshrouded auditorium of cascading cushions’ – you can book it with Hayes and Jarvis. I should point out that Hayes and Jarvis offer holidays in main-stream destinations too, so if you fancy combining  Cambodia with Vietman, or travelling along the Garden Route in South Africa, Hayes and Jarvis can arrange that too!

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It is not only unique and unusual destinations that Hayes and Jarvis feature, they also offer unique hotels all over the world. You can star gaze from your very own bubble tent in Mauritius or sleep in a tree-house in Kruger National Park . Want to sleep in an underwater room in the Indian Ocean? Hayes and Jarvis can arrange that too!

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Consider yourself a ‘foodie’? Did you know that Lima has three of the top 50 restaurants in the world? Hayes and Jarvis offer a host of ‘foodie holidays’. Whether you fancy street food in Seoul, fresh sushi in Japan or a wine tram through Franschhoek, Hayes and Jarvis have it covered. If you prefer to take things at your own pace, you can choose one of their self drive holidays. Whether you choose the Great Ocean Road, the Pacific Coast Highway or the Garden Route, they will arrange as little, or as much as you like, on your road trip.

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Personally I love that having kids doesn’t mean that adventure holidays have to stop! Their choice of family holidays in the Indian Ocean, America and South East Asia means you can still experience a little luxury in far flung destinations, with kids in tow. They even cater for hard to please teenagers! I’m not sure I’m ready for the motorhome across route 66 yet, but maybe next year….

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So who are Hayes & Jarvis ?

Although a relatively new name to Ireland, Hayes and Jarvis are a sister brand to American Holidays and have been tailor making luxury holidays for 65 years. Hayes and Jarvis are based in Duke Street in Dublin and have a wonderful office where you can enquire and book holidays and consult with their expert staff. They also offer an appointment service so if you are planning a special trip or just want undivided attention – they can arrange that for you.


They have won a plethora of awards, including World’s leading tour operator, best long haul tour operator as well as individual awards for best holiday company to various destinations – you can see all of their awards here. One thing that I always watch out for when researching online are reviews from customers. With a whopping 4.9 out of 5 on Feefo – that is a remarkable achievement and speaks volumes!

Why should I book with Hayes & Jarvis?

So you might think that bespoke luxury holidays come at a premium…. Not necessarily! I was pleasantly surprised at some of the holiday offers available with Hayes and Jarvis. They have last minute offers to Thailand and Sri Lanka from €1599, including flights and luxury hotels, as well as complimentary upgrades and exclusive offers in a wide selection of hotels worldwide. As one of the UK’s largest long haul tour operators, Hayes and Jarvis have access to preferential rates from most airlines and hotels around the world, which they pass these on to their customers. In most cases they will be able to offer you special rates that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. You will also have the pleasure of dealing with experts who will be able to recommend the right holiday to suit your requirements. On top of this you have the security of a booking with a licensed and bonded travel agency, who are available 24/7 if the need arises.

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Hayes and Jarvis go above and beyond to ensure that all your holiday needs are catered for. Talk to the expert staff and tell them whether you like fine dining or barefoot luxury, a family safari or an adult-only escape. No matter what your holiday style – Hayes and Jarvis will source the right holiday for you.

 

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

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

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September Sizzlers – City Breaks, Sun Deals & Luxury Long Haul Holidays – As Discussed on Newstalk FM

Whether you want an overnight stay in Ireland or a five star holiday in South East Asia, I’ve got you covered! I discussed September holiday deals on Newstalk FM, check out my top picks below. 

 

European Sun Holidays

TUI, the package holiday specialists, have some great deals including flights, accommodation, transfers and baggage. They are offering €100 off all holidays over €1000 in value for September, just use code SEPT100 at the checkout. They also have some free child places available which is ideal for families with younger children who haven’t started school yet. Another bonus is that all TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage, so there are no hidden extras. I picked out two favourites from their September sale below.

Majorca, Mariners Club Apartments, 14th September, 1 week, €369

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Located in the popular resort of Alcudia you have the option of enjoying the magnificent 14km beach, exploring the historic old town or enjoying the lively bars in the bustling new town. Located in a quiet area yet only a ten minute walk to bars and restaurants, the Mariners Club are bright and spacious and are highly rated on tripadvisor.

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Lanzarote, Morromar apartments, All Inclusive (Meals & Drinks Included) 20th September, 1 week €533

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The Morromar apartments are located in the relaxing resort of Matagorda and close to the busy resort of Puerto del Carmen. Although this deal includes all meals and drinks, you have the added advantage of staying in a spacious apartment, equipped with a kitchenette and a separate living room. There are two swimming pools surrounded by tropical gardens and there is a wide selection of sports activities, as well as a day and evening entertainment programme, on site. Remember to use code SEPT100 at the checkout to take €100 off the listed price.

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Long haul Holidays:

Luxury travel brand Hayes and Jarvis is offering FREE two night city stopovers with many of their September holidays. I have chosen two of my favourite offers but you can see their full range here.

2 Nights Dubai & 7 Nights Sri Lanka, 19th September, 5 Star Hotels, €1849

This amazing package deal includes a two night stay at the 5* Conrad Dubai with tickets to Dubai Parks. This is followed by a seven night stay, with breakfast and evening meal included, in the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle, Sri Lanka. I was in this hotel and it is superb.

2 Nights Kuala Lumpur & 7 Nights Bali, 19th September, 5 Star Hotels, €1559

Another five star hotel deal, this time with a free stopover in the 5* Boutique Hotel Stripes, Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy a two night stay in Kuala Lumpur before relaxing for seven nights in the 5* Grand Hyatt in Bali.

 

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Tropical Sky have excellent offers to the Caribbean in top all-inclusive resorts, which are ideal for couples who want a luxury beach holiday. They have a selection of ‘unlimited luxury’ five star resorts– where everything is included in the price. I have selected two favourites but you can see their full collection here.

5* Dreams La Romana, Dominican Republic All Inclusive Resort, 7 Nights, €1239

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Think tropical jungles and unspoilt white sandy beaches, the location of Dreams La Romana, couldn’t be better.  With a wide selection of restaurants and bars to choose from as well as activities and entertainment on site , you may find it difficult to leave! Prices include flights, transfers, unlimited meals and drinks for seven nights.

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5* Now Saphire Riviera Cancun, All Inclusive Resort, 7 Nights, €1459

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Another stunning five star resort, this time in the Mexico. Located in the heart of Riviera Maya, the Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun boasts seven stylish bars and gourmet restaurants, even the beach bar has waiter service! Prices include flights, transfers, unlimited meals and drinks, for seven nights.

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City breaks:

Palma, 3 Night City Break, 4* Innside by Melia Palma Bosque, B&B, 8th September €399

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The Holiday Shop is offering a three night break in the chic city of Palma this September for only €399. Stay at the 4* Melia Palma Bosque hotel which is highly rated on tripadvisor and located close to the Bellver Castle and the trendy dining area Santa Catalina. Price includes breakfast too!

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Dubai, Flights & 3 Nights Stay Radisson Blu Downtown, 14th September €549

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Sunway have an ideal trip for anyone who wants to see Dubai and has little annual leave time. The 4* Radisson Blu is located Downtown, close to the Burj Khalifa and they also offer a free shuttle bus to Jumeirah beach. It is also very highly rated on tripadvisor. Flights alone to Dubai are about €500 so this is exceptional value for a three night city break.

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Cruise

23rd September, Norwegian Epic Med Cruise. Premium All Inclusive, €1579

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This all-inclusive cruise deal sails from Barcelona and visits the Amalfi Coast, Rome and Livorno ( Pisa/Florence) as well as Cannes and Palma. Norwegian Epic has over 24 dining options, one of the largest spas at sea, a waterpark, bowling alley and a wide selection of entertainment options. All drinks and meals are included as well as gratuities and checked baggage. Upgrade to a balcony cabin for €1799.

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Irish Hotel Break: 

Ireland’s Blue Book, which is a collection of Irish Country House Hotels. Castles and Restaurants, have many special offers listed on their website for Autumn breaks. I thought this one was particularly good value for anyone looking for a quick over night break away. And if you purchase an Ireland’s Blue Book voucher and present the voucher on arrival at Belleek Castle, you will be presented with a glass of wine in the Spanish Armada bar on arrival 🍷.

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Belleek Castle, Ballina, Mayo, Bed, Breakfast & Evening Meal, €97 per person sharing

Enjoy an overnight stay in a newly refurbished room in one of Ireland’s romantic country castles. Price includes breakfast and an early three-course evening meal.

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All prices are correct at the date of issue, 2nd August, but are subject to change. Note the links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

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