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Top 10 Sun Holiday Deals in August

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Portugal, Spain, Greece and Thailand – I have so many great holiday deals in July and August to tempt you! With one week holidays from €399, as well as 4-star hotel deals, there is something for everyone below.

 

I have teamed up with TUI, who have so many great holiday deals in July August. I have picked some of my favourites to share with you. You can rest assured that all of my accommodation choices are recommended and have received great reviews on TripAdvisor. 

I have selected particular dates in August based on two sharing, but should you wish to change dates or duration, just click on the links below and edit the search to suit your requirements. Hopefully one of these holiday deals in July and August will see you jetting off on a last-minute summer holiday….

 

 

All prices include flights, transfers and checked baggage – with NO HIDDEN EXTRAS!

 

1. Rhodes: Evi Studios, Pefkos, 28th August, €393

 Rhodes is one of my favourite Greek Islands. Rhodes Town has a chic waterfront packed with trendy bars on one side and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Colossus of Rhodes, on the other. There is lots to discover outside the capital too, from the hilltop town of Lindos to the neighbouring islands of Simi.

I have chosen the Evi Studios which are located in the pretty resort of Pefkos. With beach access from the apartments and only 500 metres to the resort centre, it’s no wonder they are highly rated ontripadvisor.   

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2. Majorca: Son Baulo Hotel, Half Board, 28th August, €527

Located on a superb beach, with a nature reserve next door, the Son Baulo’s location is second to none. If you like active holidays, you will love the hiking and cycle trails nearby. If that doesn’t float your boat, you can choose to laze by the large lagoon pool or on the white sandy beach. Enjoy the nightly entertainment, or walk the tree-lined promenade into C’an Picafort for a change of scene. This hotel offers breakfast and evening meal included in the price, so it is excellent value for a summer holiday in beautiful surroundings.

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Check out TUI’s Flight Only Deals from €149 return including taxes.

 

4. Turkey: Club Evin Apartments, 19th August, €595

Located in the pretty resort of Marmaris, these are one of the most sought after apartments in the area. As well as a swimming pool, there is a spa with Turkish bath, sauna and gym on site. The Club Evin is located just 15 minutes walk from the beach and the centre of Marmaris, but they have a restaurant and bar with nightly entertainment, if you fancy a night in. If you still need convincing, the Club Evin is ranked number seven out of 248 hotels in Marmaris on TripAdvisor!

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3. Cyprus: Helios Bay Hotel, B&B, 28th August from €483

You only have to read the outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor to know the Helios Bay Hotel is a great place to stay in Cyprus. With direct flights reintroduced to Paphos this year by TUI, now is the time to go. This incredible deal is half-price too! Located beside the beach with stunning sea-views and close to shops, bars and restaurants, what more could you need? 

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Check out TUI’s Flight Only deals from €279 return including taxes.

 

5. Gran Canaria: 29th August, Terrazamar Suites from €451

Originally a small fishing village, Puerto Rico has been transformed into a lively holiday resort. Purpose built, Puerto Rico is set into the hillside, so sea-views are a given! There is a stylish marina, a sandy beach, two shopping centres and a wide choice of bars and restaurants. 

There are many accommodation options to choose from, but I have selected the Terraza Mar Suites, as they are one of the most sought after apartments in the resort and are rated very highly on TripAdvisor. Centrally located, they are only 300 metres from the shopping centre and approximately 12 minutes walk to the beach. On site there is an outdoor swimming pool, pool bar, restaurant, tennis courts and a children’s play area. The apartments are very well equipped inside too, with satellite TVs and sun loungers on the balcony or terrace. 

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6. Algarve, Albufeira: 19th August, Casa Mitchell Apartments, €599

If you are looking for holiday deals in July and August, the Algarve will surely be on your list. Only a short flight from Irish airports, with wide sandy beaches, great restaurants and just the right amount of nightlife, it ticks all boxes.

This deal includes a stay at the Casa Mitchell Apartments in Albufeira, which receive excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and were awarded a Certificate of Excellence. This family-run apart-hotel is set in a converted old townhouse in Albufeira and it is only a short walk to the old town and Fisherman’s Beach.

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7. Salou: Hotel Belvedere, Half Board, 30th August, €493

One of Salou’s most popular hotels, (ranked eighth out of 93 hotels in Salou on TripAdvisor), the Belvedere is an ideal choice for a summer break. There is a large pool on site as well as a whirlpool and Turkish bath. The Belvedere is located close to the beach and only a 10-minute walk to the centre of Salou. You can choose to relax and enjoy their live entertainment, or pop down into the town centre at night-time. If you want to venture a little further, Tarragona and Barcelona are close by and are ideal for day trips.

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8. Costa del Sol: 4*+ Hotel Florida, Half Board, 28th August, €699

This super hotel is from TUI’s Platinum range. With a superb location in the heart of Fuengirola and just metres from the beach, it is not surprising that is ranked so highly on TripAdvisor. I am a big fan of Fuengirola. The old town is great for shopping and has a great mix of local boutiques and high street stores like Zara, Mango, etc. Fuengirola is also home to some of the best tapas bars on the Costa del Sol. This summer holiday deal is excellent value. Not only will you be staying in a 4-star hotel, but also this deal includes breakfast and evening meal each day! 

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9. Lanzarote, Cinco Plaza Apartments, 29th August, €406!

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The Cinco Plaza are one of  Lanzarote’s most sought after holiday apartments. Located just minutes from the beach and the resort centre with great facilities on site, what more could you need? Highly rated on tripadvisor, the Cinco Plaza apartments are the perfect place to enjoy the highlights of Puerto del Carmen. Note this deal departs from Shannon airport.

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10. Thailand: 11th August, Luxury Apsara Beachfront Resort, All Inclusive, €1487

Did you know that TUI sell long-haul holidays too? Not only do they have direct flights from Dublin to Mexico during the summer, but they also offer flights to Asia, Africa and the Caribbean with scheduled airlines. I picked this sweet deal to Thailand from their website as it is incredible value for such a great hotel, with all meals and drinks included.

The chic Apsara Beachfront Resort and Villas in Khao Lak is the perfect spot for couples who are looking for a relaxing holiday on a superb beach. As the name suggests, it is located right on the beach, but also has the added bonus of an infinity pool and luxury spa. This amazing property is highly rated on TripAdvisor and includes all meals and drinks throughout your stay.

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Want to try somewhere new? TUI is also offering Lakes and Mountains holidays in Austria from €402 and All Inclusive holidays in Mexico from €1236.

 

So there you have it, my best holiday deals in July and August from TUI. I hope I have managed to find one that might suit you. This post was sponsored by TUI but all views, as always, are my own.

 

 

Sarah

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Summer Holiday in Marrakech, 9th July, 1 week, Flights & 5 Star Riad €339!

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Are you looking for a holiday with a difference? Want a break away that won’t break the bank? Try a Summer holiday in Marrakech!

 

The city of Marrakech is a feast for the senses and is a place that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Even David Beckham thought it was cool enough to celebrate his 40th birthday there – so why not give it a whirl! Contrary to what you might think the average temperature is 29 degrees in July so as well as exploring this unique city you can also chill out by the pool and catch some rays 😎

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Stroll through the Medina and admire the traditional private mansions, or ‘Riads’ as they are more commonly known. These house some of Marrakech’s top hotels now and are definitely worth exploring. Go bargain hunting in the souqs and spend some time on the main square, Djemaa el-Fna. Street artists are everywhere, from snake charmers to cookery shows  – this square is the heart and soul of Marrakech. Don’t worry though, if you are craving some modernity in this old city you can explore the new town, with it’s modern shops, bars and art galleries.

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Fly from Dublin to Marrakech on the 9th of July and spend seven nights in the 5 star Riad Le Jardin d’Abdou for only €339. Superbly located inside the Media, this luxury Riad combines offers a traditional Moroccan stay with the comforts of a five star hotel. This nine roomed Riad has an outdoor pool, spa, bar, a rooftop terrrace, free WiFi and offers free breakfast! Check out the great reviews on tripadvisor – it was also awarded a certificate of excellence.

 

 

View flights here €144pp

View hotel here €195pp

 

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

 

Sarah

 

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Last Minute Holiday Deals – As Discussed on Newstalk FM, 7th June 2018

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Still searching for a last minute holiday deals? Check out my top tips for finding the best value holiday deals that I discussed with Ivan Yates on Newstalk FM.

 

As the peak holiday season approaches there is still time to secure a last minute holiday deal. Good news for holidaymakers is that capacity has increased greatly. Dublin airport has a staggering 14 new routes this Summer with 1.7 million extra seats added across it’s network. Everyone is talking about the new routes to China, Hong Kong and to the US but one million of those extra seats are to Europe. New destinations like Cyprus, Morocco and Turkey could prove to be great value for last minute sun holiday bookings. However don’t forget about package holiday deals….

Tour Operators like TUI and Sunway have paid in advance for flights and hotels so if they have availability left, they will have to sell them off cheaply. They also sell flight only so if you don’t want to book their accommodation, you still may get a good deal on return flights. Sometimes they include checked baggage too. A good travel agent will be able to tell you instantly what is available with Tour Operators, so make a quick phone call before trying to book everything independently.

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June in particular is a great time to travel so if you can get away this weekend or next, you are in for a treat. One week holidays to Lanzarote and the Algarve are only €299, Majorca is €349 and Sardinia is €469. They are all departing this weekend for seven nights including flights, accommodation and checked baggage with Sunway. TUI have flight only deals from €129 return to Majorca on the 6th and 13th of July. You could combine these with an Airbnb or apartment, however note that accommodation is limited in the most popular resorts.

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July and August is more expensive but there are still some great deals to be found.  Love Holidays is offering a seven night stay on the Lisbon Coast for €525 on the 25h of July. Price includes flights and a seven night stay in the Alvorada hotel, Estoril.

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If you are looking for a cheap deal you can fly to Turkey for €300 including flights and accommodation in the Ponz Boutique Hotel, Kusadasi, for seven nights, departing the 28th of August.

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TUI has just launched a September sale with up to €200 off selected holidays to Spain, Portugal and Greece. I particularly like their Greek offers. They have a package deal staying in the Stella Hotel, Rhodes for €473 departing the 12th of September and the Katarina Palace in Zakynthos from €471 on the 18th of September.

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Family deals:

Salou is one of the most popular destinations for families due to the short flights and proximity to Europe’s largest theme park, PortAventura. TUI have a good deal departing the 14th of August, staying in the Villa Romana Hotel. This is one of Salou’s most highly rated hotels ( no 2 on tripadvisor). Price for flights, hotel with breakfast and evening meal included is €2414 based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

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Attraction Tickets Direct are offering 20% off selected tickets to Port Aventura. The 3 day, 3 park ticket to Port Aventura, Caribe Waterpark and FerrariLand is now only €68 adults and €56 per child = €248 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children.

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If you are looking for something a bit more low key, Donabate Travel has a great offer to Corfu on the 3rd of August. Price for flights and a seven night stay in the family owned Loulas Village apartments is only €1659 including transfers and checked baggage, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

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Long haul holiday deals

There is also great value in long haul travel and many travel agents and tour operators have been given preferential rates with long haul carriers. You may find that it is cheaper to book a package deal than book a flight and hotel separately. Sunway have a special offer of three nights in Dubai departing the 6th of September for €525 per person sharing. This includes return flights to Dubai and three nights accommodation in the Arabian Park Hotel. It is only a 3* hotel but it gets great reviews on tripadvisor and they even offer free airport transfers and a free shuttle bus to the beach. To book a flight only to Dubai is €533 at the same time.

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Tropical Sky have a week in the five star Centara Grand Beach Resort in Krabi, Thailand from €1,159 in September and €1,299 in August. This is an amazing hotel, on a paradise island, only accessible by speed boat. Flights alone would be close to €1000 on their own, if booking direct with an airline.

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TUI have direct flights to Cancun Mexico for two weeks in June and July. If you can get away on the 18th of June, the price for flights and a two week all-inclusive stay in the 4* Riu Dunamar Hotel is only €1234. This includes all meals, drinks, transfers and checked baggage too. You also get a free upgrade to extra leg room and extra space seats! Prices on the 9th of July for 2 weeks start at €1422 for a junior suite in the 4* Grand Bahia Principe Coba, also on an all-inclusive basis. If you would prefer to do your own thing, you can take a flight only for two weeks to Cancun from €299 on the 18th of June or €529 in July.

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Cruise Deals:

Marella Cruises is offering a seven-night cruise on Marella Dream from €969 on the 17th of July. Price includes flights from Dublin and cruise with all entertainment and meals included.

Itinerary: Palma, Seville, Portimao (Algarve), Gibraltar, Cartagena, Valencia, Palma

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Princess Cruises have a Med cruise offer on Crown Princess, staying in a balcony stateroom for only €1299 on the 4th of August. Price includes flights from Dublin and a seven-night cruise with all entertainment and meals included.

Itinerary: Barcelona – Gibraltar – Marseille – Genoa- Florence – Rome

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Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in the world and you could be on it from €1499, departing the 26th of August. Price includes flights from Dublin and a seven night Med cruise with all entertainment, meals and drinks included.

Itinerary: Barcelona – Palma De Mallorca – Provence – Florence – Rome – Naples –  Barcelona

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

 

Sarah

 

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Top 10 Family Holiday Deals In July – 2ad & 2ch From €1648!

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I have teamed up with TUI, the family holiday specialists, who have some amazing family holiday deals in July. Here are my top ten picks!

 

***UPDATE – USE PROMOCODE HOLIDAY100 AND SAVE A FURTHER €100 OFF ALL OF THESE PRICES***

 

Whether you want self-catering in Greece or an All Inclusive holiday in Salou, a water park holiday in Tenerife or a relaxing break in the Algarve, I have something here to suit everyone! All holidays are hand-picked, have great reviews and are ideal for family holidays. Another added bonus is that there are no hidden extras. All TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage. I have priced these holidays for two adults and two children for seven nights in July, but you can change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, by selecting ‘EDIT SEARCH’, once you click on the links below.


 

Salou: Villa Dorada, All Inclusive, €2384!

One of the most popular family holiday destinations, the Costa Dorada, ticks all boxes. Whether you want to stay in the lively resort of Salou or the quieter towns of Cambrils and La Pineda, there is something here to suit all families. With Europe’s largest theme park, Port Aventura on your doorstep and Barcelona only an hour away, the Costa Dorada combines, fun, sun and culture in one family holiday.

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While TUI have numerous choices of accommodation in Salou, I thought the Villa Dorada was particularly good value. Highly rated on tripadvisor, the Villa Dorada has an entertainment programme, kids club and sports activities on site. This is an ideal choice for families looking for a lively holiday in the heart of Salou, with all meals and drinks included in the price.

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Lanzarote: All Inclusive, 4* TUI Family Life Flamingo Beach, €3072 ex Shannon; €3194 ex Dublin

Lanzarote has been a firm favourite with Irish holidaymakers for many years, in fact it is constantly voted best sun destination at the Irish Travel Trade Awards. You can expect warm temperatures, sandy beaches and plenty of entertainment options. I have chosen an All-Inclusive resort but TUI also have a wide selection of self-catering apartments available.

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Formerly known as the Holiday Village, the TUI Family Life Flamingo Beach is super family complex with kids clubs for children, teenagers and even babies. With three pools, three restaurants, a host of sports activities and nightly entertainment, there is something here for kids of all ages.

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Tenerife: All Inclusive, Splashworld, Villa Mandi & Siam Park, €3454

One of the main reasons families flock to Tenerife each year is to visit one of the world’s best water parks – Siam Park. There is a wide choice of slides here for kids of all ages. The Tower of Power and The Dragon will keep adrenaline junkies happy, while the Mhai Tai River and the huge wave pool, are great for all the family. Younger kids will love the Lost City – a fortress teeming with bridges, waterfalls, tipping buckets and 9 slides!

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This popular All-Inclusive resort offers free access to one of the world’s best waterparks, Siam Park, throughout your stay. Located off the beaten track, you can enjoy some quiet time but are also within easy reach of the lively Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos. This large complex resembles a Mediterranean village and comes with four swimming pools, two playgrounds, a kids club and plenty of activities for adults and children, including a football pitch and live music shows.  The beauty of staying here is that not only are all meals and drinks included, but you have added advantage of staying in a 2 bedroom apartment, and not a small hotel room. Of course you also have free access to Siam Park which is accessible by a free shuttle bus. Highly rated on tripadvisor, this is sure to please an active family.

 

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Majorca:  Self Catering Mariners Club Apartments, €1861

Majorca is very popular with families. With short flying times and family friendly resorts, it’s not surprising Irish holidaymakers flock here during the Summer months. The Mariners Club is a highly rated self-catering apartment and is ideal for families looking for a relaxing holiday, without pool games and parties! There is a water park beside the complex for those who fancy some adventure and there is a large swimming pool, kids pool, playground and pool table on site. The complex also hosts shows twice a week with mini discos.

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Majorca: All Inclusive, Splashworld, 3* Saturno Hotel, 2 ad & 2ch from €3008

The Saturno Hotel is part of a complex of 3 hotels known as the Club Mac. Complete with a water park, 8 swimming pools and a host of sports and entertainment facilities, if you are looking for a lively holiday with non-stop action, then this is for you. All meals and drinks are also included in the price, making it a great value family holiday.

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Costa del Sol: All Inclusive, Globales Cortijo Blanco from €2300 ex Cork, €3095 ex Dublin

TUI have a wide range of holiday options along the Costa del Sol and Marbella is one of their most popular resorts. The beautiful old town of Marbella is full of shops bars and restaurants and you are also close to the stylish marina in Puerto Banus, if you fancy a change of scene.

The Globales Cortijo Blanco’s white washed exterior has a villa style appearance, with pretty courtyards and plenty of family friendly facilities on site. There are three main swimming pools, two childrens pools, a brand new outdoor play-zone, daytime entertainment programme, mini discos and a large open-air entertainment stage for evening shows. Located just 10 minutes walk to the beach and a shuttle bus ride from Puerto Banus (free of charge), this is a great value property, with all meals and drinks included

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Algarve: Self Catering Alvorferrias Apartments, €2144 

One of my favourite family friendly resorts, Alvor is the picture perfect Algarve village. With white washed buildings and narrow streets, expect a small selection of bars and restaurants, but all good! The long sandy beach here is superb with plenty of rock pools for kids to explore.  The Alvorferrias have been welcoming Irish holiday makers for many years. Although basic, they are ideal for families looking for good value accommodation within walking distance to the pretty resort of Alvor and the beach. The on-site facilities include a kids club, two swimming pools and an à la carte restaurant.

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Algarve: All Inclusive, 4* Alvor Baia, €3389

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

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Lake Garda: 4* Poiano Hotel, Half Board, €2982

Lake Garda is becoming more and more popular with families. Not only is it visually beautiful, but there are many activities on the lake for families to enjoy. Gardaland theme park is  also close by which is a great day out for all the family.

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The Poiano Hotel is a great choice for a family holiday. There is an Olympic-size swimming pool on site as well as a kids pool and a host of activities such as tennis, archery, beach volleyball and yoga. There is a kids club (5-12 years), restaurant and a spa as well with live music a few nights each week. You can hire bikes and cycle into nearby Garda or take the free shuttle bus, it is only 2km away. You will be staying in a junior suite which has lake view and balcony, with breakfast and evening meal included each day.

 

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Corfu, Self-Catering, Loulas Village Apartments, €1968

I brought my children to Corfu a few years ago and stayed in this very resort! The scenery, laid back pace, low cost of living and superb restaurants, make a winning combination. So if you are looking to try something different this year, Corfu might just be it!

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Rated number 1 on tripadvisor, the Loulas Village has been receiving Irish holidaymakers for many years. Kostos will be sure to give you a warm welcome and make you enjoy this laid back, family run apartment complex. Ideally located with some excellent restaurants and bars close by, this is a family property with traditional Greek charm.

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I hope one of these family holiday deals will suit you. However if you need to change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, just click on EDIT SEARCH’ on the TUI website and change your requirements there.

All prices are correct at the date of issue, 12th April, but are subject to change. This family holiday deals post was sponsored by TUI but all views, as always, are my own. Note the links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

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Lanzarote Holiday in July, 1 week, Flights & Apartment, €486

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Enjoy a Lanzarote holiday in July. With warm sunshine, long sandy beaches and a great selection of night life, it is the ideal choice for couples and friends alike.

 

It’s not all about sun and sand though, there is plenty of good sightseeing as well as some excellent duty free shops.  Their building regulations ensure that there are no high rise buildings, so the island feel less built up than some of it’s Spanish counterparts. With many resorts to choose from I think it is fair to say there is a place in Lanzarote for everyone to enjoy. I like Puerto del Carmen, although the largest resort on the island, it still has a nice feel to it. The old town has some fantastic restaurants and a drink at one of the waterfront cafes, as the sun sets over the harbour, is a lovely way to end your day. If you fancy a late night, there are plenty of bars and clubs to choose from. Puerto del Carmen caters for couples who are looking for a relaxing stay as well as night owls looking for a lively holiday. Read my blog on Lanzarote for more information.

A winter deal to Lanzarote from The Travel Expert

I found a great deal to Lanzarote holiday in July, staying in the popular Rosamar apartments. Located in Puerto del Carmen, these receive great reviews on tripadvisor and were awarded a certificate of excellence. TheRosamar is centrally located in the heart of the resort and has a swimming pool and lounge bar on site as well as free WiFi. Fly from Dublin on the 24th of July and enjoy a seven night stay for only €486 based on 2 sharing. Bring a few pals and the price is even lower!

View flights here €222pp

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

 

Sarah

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