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4* Aqua Suites, Lanzarote, Half Board, 2ad & 2ch, August, 7 Nights Inc Flights & Baggage, €2819

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Sill searching for the right family holiday? The Aqua Suites Lanzarote, is what you have been looking for!

 

The luxurious Aqua Suites in Lanzarote is rated the 2nd best hotel apartment on tripadvisor in ALL of the Canary Islands. Numerous friends and followers have been telling me how good it is, so I decided to book it for myself 🙂 I am travelling in August with my kids and I thought you might be interested in this amazing offer, that is available throughout the Summer months.

Aqua Suites is now offering free child places for ALL children under 12 in July and August ! The price of €215 per suite per night includes breakfast and evening meal each day for 2 adults and 2 children. What I love about Aqua Suites is that you can swap your evening meal for lunch!  If you fancy going out for dinner in some of the local restaurants in Puerto Del Carmen, just let them know in the morning that you want to switch. And I am told the food is REALLY good, just look at the reviews! They also have a full entertainment programme for kids in July and August, as well as an adults and kids pool, gym and a large jacuzzi.

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I have also heard glowing reports about the service from the staff. Guests are made to feel at home and many choose to go back time and time again. The selection of food available is superb. For breakfast you can choose the healthy options of porridge or smoked salmon or go all out with English sausages and bacon -well you are on your holidays 😉. They have a wide selection of salads for lunch as well as burgers and pizzas. Dinner is a culinary delight and the menu is changed daily. You can choose to enjoy some live music from the bar after dinner, or else pop down to Puerto Del Carmen, which is only ten minutes away.

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Fly from Dublin to Lanzarote on the 18th of August and enjoy a seven night stay, with breakfast and evening meal / lunch included for only €2819. Price includes 2 x 20 checked bags, seat selection, priority boarding and cabin bags. Note price is based on flights with Ryanair which are subject to change. However this super deal is available throughout July and August so if this date doesn’t suit, check alternative dates with The Holiday Shop by calling  +353 (0)1 8434777 .Who knows, I might see you there!

 

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Sarah

 

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

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!

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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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Easter Breaks, As Seen On TV3’s Sunday AM

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

 

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

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

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

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The Travel Expert's top picks for Easter breaks

 

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

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

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Rome 30th March 2 night city break €384

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

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The Travel Experts top picks for Easter breaks

 

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

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

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For the latest Easter offers from Ireland’s leading travel agents click here.  Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change.

 

Sarah

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Lanzarote, Easter Holidays, 1 week, 2ad & 2ch €1575!

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Enjoy one week in the popular Rosamar apartments in Puerto del Carmen and have an Easter holiday to remember.

Lanzarote is a great choice for a family holiday. There are numerous sights to see and with waterparks and an animal park, the kids will be spoilt for choice. Easter is relatively late next year so temperatures should be high enough to enjoy the many watersports available at the beach. If you like shopping, the old town of Puerto del Carmen has plenty of high street stores to tempt you, with prices approximately 25% less than at home. For more information on Lanzarote, you can read my blog by clicking here.

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I found a great deal in the centrally located Rosamar apartments in Puerto del Carmen. These modern apartments receive excellent reviews on tripadvisor and were awarded a certificate of excellence. They are ideally situated in the heart of the resort, close to bars, restaurants and the beach.

Fly direct from Dublin with Aer Lingus on the 9th of April and spend seven nights at the Rosamar for only €1625 based on 2 adults and 2 children. Use my exclusive discount code TRAVELEXP10 to save a further 10% off the accommodation cost, making the total only €1575! It gets better…. You can book now with a €1 deposit and pay a further €150 per person on the 2nd of January!

 

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to availability.

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Lanzarote, 26th August, 1 week, flights & apartment, €399!

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Lanzarote is a great choice for a week away. The year round sunshine and long sandy beaches have been attracting Irish visitors for many years.

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 commercialised 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 on the island, it still has a nice feel to it. The old town has some fantastic restaurants and having a drink at one of the waterfront cafes as the sun sets over the harbour, is a lovely way to end your day. Read my blog on Lanzarote for more information.

A winter deal to Lanzarote from The Travel Expert

I found a great Lanzarote deal staying in the Aloe apartments in Puerto del Camen. Highly rated on tripadvisor and centrally located, they are an ideal choice to explore all that Lanzarote has to offer. Fly from Dublin on the 26th of August and enjoy a seven night stay for only €399 per person.

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All prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to availability. This post was sponsored by Alpharooms but all views as always are my own.

 

Sarah

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Why Lanzarote Is My Favourite Canary Island

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With year round sunshine, numerous sandy beaches and plenty of interesting sights, Lanzarote is my favourite Canary Island.

 

When you land in Arrecife airport the landscape is startling. There are no high rise blocks, just barren terrain and pretty white washed buildings as far as the eye can see. Thankfully building laws prohibit high rise buildings in Lanzarote and all houses, hotels and apartments have to be painted white. This makes even the commercialised holiday resorts, such as Puerto del Carmen, very pleasing on the eye. There are many resorts to choose from, Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise are the largest but there are also smaller resorts, such as Los Pocillos, Matagorda and Puerto Calero – suffice to say there is a resort here to suit all tastes!

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Puerto del Carmen

Puerto del Carmen is one of those holiday resorts that ticks all boxes. Located just ten minutes from the airport, we arrived at our accommodation within a half hour of the plane landing! There is just the right amount of night-life, but you would never consider it ‘rowdy’. For this reason it tends to attract plenty of families, couples as well as girls looking for a nice break away. There are plenty of different areas to stay, the growing ‘new town’ leads in to the neighbouring resorts of Los Pocillos and Matagorda. I stayed in the Aqua Suites, an four star boutique hotel which is superb for families, read why I think the Aqua Suites is the best place to stay in Puerto del Carmen with kids.

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I love the ‘old town’, which has some lovely restaurants and excellent duty free shopping, with shops like Zara and Mango about 20% cheaper than what you would find at home. The harbour is the best place to catch the sun set. There are plenty of bars and restaurants as well as a playground for kids. You can enjoy sundowners while the kids play happily – its bliss!

 

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Families will love the wide sandy beach. With pedalos and an inflatable waterpark, you could easily spend the day here. Don’t miss the open air cinema and enjoy a day out at Rancho Texas Park. This theme park has dolphin and seal shows, a small water park as well as hundreds of animals. For more details read my post on things to do in Puerto del Carmen with kids.

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Puerto Calero

Less than ten minutes by taxi from Puerto del Carmen will bring you to the pretty town of Puerto Calero. Purpose built, its marina is home to many luxury yachts and designer shops. Restaurants are reasonably priced though and it is a great option for lunch if you happen to be staying in Puerto del Carmen. If you are feeling adventurous you can take the coastal walk ( about 90 minutes ) from Puerto del Carmen all the way into Puerto Calero, enjoy a tasty lunch and catch the water taxi back.  You can also take boat trips on stylish catamarans or if travelling with kids, they will love the submarine safari.

Playa Blanca

With plenty of five star hotels and an upmarket marina, Playa Blanca is becoming the ‘sophisticated’ choice. The promenade stretches for 7km from the Marina Rubicon to the small old port where you can catch the ferry to Fuerteventura. There are plenty of inexpensive restaurants here along the seafront and most with stunning sea views. The marina has plenty of upmarket restaurants and designer boutiques, all surrounded by some luxurious yachts. The big draw is the choice of golden sandy beaches as most of the other resorts in Lanzarote have darker sand. 

 

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Playa Blanca is also very popular with families as there are numerous self catering options to choose from, most of them offering an entertainment programme and facilities for children. Aqualava, waterpark is sure to keep the kids entertained and the more adventurous can dive to Europe’s only underwater museum. If you fancy a change of scene take the ferry to nearby Fuerteventura. Once you see it’s white sandy beaches, you will think you are in the Caribbean!

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Things to do in Lanzarote

Lanzarote is the perfect size for exploring. It is very easy to navigate so I would suggest hiring a car and visiting the main tourist spots yourself. Timanfaya National Park is a must see, the volcanic landscape is spectacular. Over 100 volcanoes erupted between 1730 and 1736 but due to limited erosion, the area still looks almost Martian. It was made a National Park in 1968 and you are no longer allowed walk freely through the park. Coach trips, guided walks and camel rides are all possible but go early as it can get very busy in the afternoon. Try El Diablo restaurant, where you can enjoy meat barbecued by the heat from the Volcano – a truly unique experience. 

 

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Don’t miss a trip to Jameos del Agua, in the north of the island. Famous Lanzarote artist César Manrique created this tourist site in the 1960s, inside lava caves that were formed 4,000 years ago by the eruption of La Corona Volcano. Walk down stone steps into the volcanic tunne,l which is one of the longest in the world, at 6 kilometres in length, to discover a unique restaurant which over looks a small lake. The lake looks almost translucent, which probably has something to do with the small blind albino crabs that are only found here.

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You then emerge from the dark cave to find hundreds of tropical plants and a stunning swimming pool. The fact that you are not allowed to swim in the pool only makes it more magical! The Jameos del Aqua is also home to a large auditorium where cultural events and concerts are housed throughout the year. The Jameos del Agua is said to be the perfect harmony between nature and artistic creation.

A short drive from Playa Blanca brings you to the small village of El Golfo. This is a great spot to stop and have lunch, the seafood is fantastic and the setting is perfect. Situated on the coast, with sea views but extremely authentic and thankfully still unspoilt. If you like to haggle, visit the old town of Teguise. With its cobbled stone streets is probably the pettiest town on the island and holds a market every Sunday.

Like this post? You might be interested in these:

Five Things To Do With Kids In Puerto del Carmen

 

Why The Aqua Suites Is The Best Place To Stay In Puerto Del Carmen With Kids

 

Sarah

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