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

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

 

There are a staggering 39 direct flights every week to the Emirates from Dublin airport. Many of you may have travelled to Dubai or stopped there en route to other destinations. Next time why not take the road less travelled and visit the quieter, more unspoilt Emirates. You will discover a relaxed atmosphere, lower hotel prices but still the same great beaches and expansive deserts. They are both very close to Dubai so you can easily take a day trip if you fancy a change of scene. Tropical Sky feature holidays to Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah, two Emirates that combine sandy beaches and magnificent mountains with the Arabian desert. They are an ideal choice for a relaxing short break with some guaranteed sunshine. There are some amazing offers flying with Emirates direct from Dublin to Dubai until the end of the year, all with airport transfers included. I have hand picked some of their best to showcase why you should get off the beaten track and choose Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah instead of Dubai.

 

Ras Al Khaimah

 

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

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

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

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

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Fujairah

 

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

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

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

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

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by Tropical Sky but all views, as always, are my own 🙂

 

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Book 5 Nights, Stay 5 Nights Free at the Luxury Katathani Phuket, 1 week inc Flights & Transfers, €1179!

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The luxury Katathani Phuket Beach Resort has something to suit all travellers. This hotel epitomises everything that Phuket has to offer, beauty, adventure and culture.

Phuket is not only a place for honeymooners, it is the largest and busiest of Thailand’s tropical islands. It’s diversity attracts couples and singles as well as families. You can choose to lounge on a beach all day and enjoy some spa treatments, party all night in one of Patong’s lively bars or go exploring with the kids. Although still a tropical paradise there are numerous things to do here. A trip to one of the neighbouring islands, Phi Phi being the most popular, or a visit to the old town of Phuket, with it’s quirky streets will not disappoint. It is also a great place to chill out after a trip to bustling Bangkok or elephant trekking in Chang Mai.

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Situated on one of Phuket’s best beaches with a lush green forest as a backdrop, the luxury Katathani Phuket Beach Resort is paradise! I love their slogan ‘for those who want to get away from it all yet can still have it all’. There are six swimming pools and six restaurants to choose from as well as a luxury spa full of pampering options. The fitness centre has a fully equipped gym with personal trainers and also offers yoga and aqua aerobics classes. If you are feeling more adventurous there is waterpolo, a dive school and even Thai boxing! Foodies will love the Thai cooking and fruit carving classes as well has a wide selection of dining options available. If you just want to chill out on a sun lounger, thats cool too, why not opt for a massage, manicure or pedicure in the garden 😍 If you fancy a night out or a trip into the old town of Phuket, the hotel has a shuttle bus to Patong and Phuket. But with views like this over dinner, why would you want to leave….

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The Katathani Phuket Beach Resort is paradise for children too! There are four swimming pools suitable for kids, including one with a mini water slide. There is a shaded area with a sand pit and a kids club for 4- 12 year olds. The hotel also has kids menu options and a babysitting service. There is also numerous sports facilities including golf putting greens, waterpolo, volleyball, table tennis and billiards. Grand deluxe family rooms have a sliding door between parents and kids’ sleeping areas and for a limited time, two kids under 16 go FREE when sharing a rooms with 2 adults!

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There is a wide selection of rooms available including oceanfront suites. family suites and even three bedroom villas. Even the standard deluxe rooms are fab!  . If you pay for 5 nights, you can get 5 nights FREE, stay for one week and get a second week FREE! Prices are available from €1179. Prices include flights, taxes, transfers and hotel on a B&B basis for seven nights. So what are you waiting for?

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by Tropical Sky but all views, as always, are my own 🙂
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5 Star All Inclusive Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, 4 Nights only €739!

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Looking for a sophisticated and relaxing alternative to Dubai? Ras Al Khaimah, or ‘Rak’ might just be what you are looking for. The diverse scenery in the rising Emirate includes white sandy beaches, desert dunes and rugged mountains.

 

You will be staying at the luxurious Double Tree by Hilton Resort & Spa, Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah. Situated on a private white sandy beach this five star resort is only an hour from Dubai, yet it will feel world’s apart. Seven seems to be the lucky number at the hotel with a choice of seven swimming pools, seven spa treatment rooms and seven bars and restaurants, including a roof-top bar. Sports enthusiasts will love the host of water-sports available, fitness centre and tennis courts. The resort is all-inclusive so meals and drinks* are included until midnight each day. For a full list of what is included on the all-inclusive arrangement, click here.

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Reviewed as one of Ras Al Khaimah’s best hotels by tripadvisor, it’s not only adults who love this hotel – kids do too! The aqua zone with water slides, kids club with climbing wall and large outdoor playground, will keep children of all ages entertained throughout the day. And for a limited time kids under 12 go free when sharing a room with parents! There are also plenty of options for day trips if you feel inclined. The hotel runs a free shuttle bus every Tuesday and Saturday to the marine and waterpark at Atlantis the Palm, where you can enjoy one of Dubai’s best water parks or even book a swim with the dolphins at Dolphin bay.

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Adults can enjoy a day out too, the Al Hamra shopping mall is close by and also the championship Al Hamra Golf Course. If you want to try something completely different, why not explore the ‘Omani Fjords’ on a traditional dhow, visit a Bedouin desert camp or see the ‘Rak’ by gyrocopter at nearby Jazirah Aviation Club. If all of this is not enough, let’s not forget the dazzling city of Dubai is only an hour away.

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Fly from Dublin to Dubai with Emirates and enjoy a four night all-inclusive stay at the five star Double Tree by Hilton Resort & Spa, Marjan Island from only €789 in the winter months and only €739 in May or June next year. Prices include all taxes and return airport transfers too.

 

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by Tropical Sky but all views, as always, are my own 🙂 *Note Eid Al Adha is 31 August for 2 nights, so alcohol restrictions will apply at this time.

Sarah

 

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A River Cruise on Uniworld’s SS Antoinette

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I blame Uniworld for the dent in my bank balance when I got home from my recent river cruise. Within 24 hours of my return, I was in House of Fraser buying new pillows and bed linen…

 

My handcrafted Savoir of England bed on Uniworld’s SS Antoinette was the most comfortable I have ever slept in. I’m not a great sleeper generally, but once my head hit those pillows and the 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, I was out like a light. This is typical of the attention to detail and high standard I received throughout my river cruise on Uniworld’s SS Antoinette. Nothing is left to chance, 57 staff cater for 154 guests, there is always someone ready to assist you. “No request too large, no detail too small” is the motto of the Uniworld staff. This ethos, along with your own personal butler, are some of the reasons why Uniworld have won numerous awards, such as the best luxury cruise line, for the past seven years.

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Furnishings are old world style but with a modern twist. Cabins are compact but with an excellent use of space. They are fitted with two flat screen TV’s including one on the French balcony. I loved the balcony,  you can sit back read a book or watch TV, while taking in the scenery outside – regardless of weather! The bathrooms are stocked with l’Occitane products and even the sockets cater for all plugs, so there is no need to bring adapters!


When checking-in I couldn’t help but notice the ornate chandelier in the reception area. When I remarked on its beauty, I was informed that the 10 foot blue Strauss Baccarat chandelier, once hung in New York’s Tavern on the Green! This is just a sample of the lavish decor you can expect on board. Speaking of checking-in, this is a dream. Unlike ocean cruises, Uniworld river cruises carry on average of 130 people, so there are never long queues to check-in or when disembarking in ports. And when you arrive at a new port, there are no bus journeys to get to your destination, you are already in the heart of the city.


Excursions on ocean cruises can work out expensive. With Uniworld, excursions are included in the price of your cruise and there are excellent choices available. A day in the medieval town of Regensburg is a typical example of the excursions you can expect with Uniworld. Some might like a gentle walking tour of the town, others will enjoy a full tour with Jewish History. Car enthusiasts can take a trip to the BMW factory! There are also bicycles on board for use at any port so if you chose to do your own thing, that’s fine too. After a day’s sightseeing, you can take a dip in the indoor pool or enjoy a treatment in their luxury spa. I was surprised at how reasonable the prices were in the spa. €65 for an hour long massage, not bad for a five star luxury cruise.

 

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During the day there was a cookery demonstration, wine tasting and a cocktail making masterclass. Activities, wines and menus are themed with the region you are cruising through. If you want to relax you can take in a movie in their cinema or enjoy a drink in one of the luxurious bars or lounges. With Uniworld ALL drinks are included in the price, even champagne! The food on board was excellent. Breakfast and lunch is buffet style although there are menus where you can order a lá carte. I tried the eggs benedict for breakfast and it was excellent! At dinner time there is a set menu with great choice. On the gala nights (there are on average 2 per cruise) the level steps up a notch. Fine dining at its best, we had appetisers a pre desert and the beef wellington was one of the best I have tasted.

Evening time is low key, with a pianist for entertainment. I was on a two night cruise from Amsterdam to Cologne at the Irish Travel Agents Association conference and we were the only passengers on board. The pianist duly obliged when we decided to take over the microphone and sing Abba songs, but somehow I doubt this would happen on a regular itinerary! In fact I am told that as well as the resident musician, performers board the ship in various ports. You may have opera singers one evening, broadway singers the next, entertainment is also local to the area where the ship is cruising. Overall relaxed nights are the norm, but it is always nice to get dressed up for gala nights!

Thinking of a Christmas market break? Why not see five cities instead of one. Want to go wine tasting in France? Cruise three rivers to see the Chateaux and vineyards of Bordeaux, Bergerac and Medoc. These are just a sample of the itineraries available on Uniworld’s Boutique river cruises, with intimate excursions in each town included in the price. If you want lively cruise ships, with non stop entertainment and sports facilities then these are not for you. For a personal experience with fine dining and relaxed surroundings, check out Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

 

Sarah

 

 

 

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Top 10 Indian Ocean Holidays for 2017

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The Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Zanzibar.  Some of the world’s most stunning destinations are all so close together. Check out my top 10 Indian Ocean holidays and tick one off your bucket list!

 

Expect breath-taking beaches, underwater paradises and year round shine. All of the islands are competing for the luxury market, honeymoons and special occasion holidays. The result is deluxe hotels, supreme service and unforgettable experiences available throughout. The islands of the Indian Ocean don’t only offer sun and sand, there are also cultural experiences waiting to be discovered. And for those who want a little more adventure, why not combine with South Africa, Tanzania or Dubai. But which islands to choose and where to stay? Here are my top 10 Indian Ocean holidays…

Maldives

Maldives are the islands associated with barefoot luxury, over water bungalows and incredible diving and snorkeling. There are almost  twelve hundred islands but only 200 are inhabited and of those 200, only 105 are island resorts. Hotels in the Maldives are breaking the boundaries here with underwater restaurants, outdoor showers, and water villas with glass floors so you can see the tropical fish at any time. Some resorts offer private islands for honeymooners so you can literally have an island all to yourself.  These luxuries can come with a hefty price tag but more and more hotels are offering all-inclusive packages so once you arrive, you will need no spending money. If you are looking for some action at the beginning or end of your trip, combine this with a few days in Dubai.

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Best value: 4* Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon, All-Inclusive basis

Set on its own private island, accessible by speed boat, need I say more? With picture perfect beaches, a fitness centre and activities on site, everything you need is right here. As this is all-inclusive you can enjoy sundowners every evening from your own water bungalow. Prices from only €1549 for seven nights, including flights, accommodation on an all-inclusive basis and speed boat transfers.  Click here for more details:

 

Blow the budget: 5* Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, B&B basis.

Spread across two islands this is one of the world’s best luxury resorts. This is home to the famous under water restaurant, Ithaa, which features on almost every travel bucket list. There are 11 other restaurants here including celebrity chef dining and a teppanyaki restaurant served on the beach, the choice is superb. If you stay between the 20th of April and the 30th of September you receive FREE upgrade to Half Board!  All villas come with outdoor shower and some have their own private plunge pool. Prices from €2759 for seven nights, including flights, sea plane transfers and accommodation on a B&B basis.  Click here for more details:

 

Mauritius

Five star hotels on white sandy beaches with year round sunshine. Sounds perfect! However Mauritius offers so much more. Whale watching, waterfalls and water-sports, fine dining to creole cooking, Mauritius is an island of contrasts. Paradise beach resort one minute and deep in the jungle the next. Mauritius is renowned for great wildlife and sports enthusiasts will love it’s selection of golf courses. The combination of European, Asian and African influence has created a truly cosmopolitan feel and a island full of culture.

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Great value: 5* Maritim Resort & Spa, All Inclusive basis

Set between 60 acres of tropical gardens, on a magnificent beach, between the capital, Port Louis and the tourist centre of Grand-Baie, the location of the Maritim Resort and Spa is perfect! There is an infinity pool, plenty of on site activities and a wide selection of watersports available. As it is an all-inclusive resort, meals and drinks are included in the price, you even have your own stocked minibar included in the price. Prices from €1609 for seven nights, including flights, hotel on an all-inclusive basis and transfers. Click here for more details:

 

Blow the budget: 5* Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa, Half Board basis

Set amongst 27 acres of gardens with stunning seaviews, the Maradiva Resort and Spa is paradise personified. Villas have their own private pool and come with a butler service. The luxury spa offers a choice of treatments, a hydrotherapy pool and there is a fitness centre with yoga and aqua yoga. Watersports are plentiful as are the dining options. Prices from €2239 for seven nights including flights, transfers and villa on a half board basis. Click here for more details:

 

Seychelles

Another archipelago of 115 islands, the Seychelles is a top honeymoon destination. Unlike the Maldives, you will find jungle terrain and small cove beaches amongst picture perfect stretches of white sand. Go island hopping, try some scuba diving or witness their giant tortoises. If you fancy a change of scene, Victoria, the capital has a great choice of bars and restaurants and a bustling indoor market.

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Best value: 4* Avani Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa, B&B Basis

This quiet relaxing resort is located on a great beach on the west coast of Mahe. There is a choice of restaurants, a wide selection of watersports, a relaxing spa and fitness centre with yoga classes. Families will enjoy the on site kids club from age 4 – 12 years. Prices from €1319 for seven nights, including flights, accommodation on a B&B basis and transfers. Click here for more details: 

 

Blow the budget: 5* Banyan Tree, Seychelles B&B basis

Secluded villas with your own private pool and sun terrace, this is the perfect romantic getaway. Situated on a stunning beach with a freeform infinity pool, luxury spa and fine dining, it doesn’t get much better than this. Prices from €2569 for seven nights, for flights, villa on a B&B basis and transfers. Click here for more details:

 

Sri Lanka

Another island of contrasts, Sri Lanka’s coast is full of tropical white sandy beaches while inland there are tea plantations and rolling hills. Home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Sri Lanka’s culture and traditions are worth a trip alone. Sri Lanka is an ideal two centre holiday. Visit the world’s only elephant orphanage, the capital Colombo and the world heritage sites before relaxing in one of the five star luxury beach resorts. You can also combine Sri Lanka with the Maldives, only an hour’s flight away, its the perfect Indian Ocean combination.

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Where to stay?

 

Best value: 4* Club Hotel Dolphin Waikkal, All-Inclusive basis

This modern resort is ideally located on the west coast, beside a sandy beach. The large swimming pool and on site activities make it a great choice for families too. Highly rated on tripadvisor and with all meals and drinks included, this hotel is hard to beat for value. Prices from €1089 for seven nights, including flights, transfers and hotel on an all-inclusive basis. Click here for more details:

 

Blow the budget: 5* Jetwing Lighthouse Galle, B&B basis

Sri Lanka’s leading spa resort and one of the small luxury hotels of the world, this is the ultimate place to stay in Sri Lanka. It is situated on a pristine white sandy beach with stunning sea views and mixes modern decor with classic styles. The service, food and facilities are first class. Prices from €1349 for seven nights including flights, hotel on a B&B basis and transfers. Click here for more details:

 

Zanzibar

One of my favourite holidays,  I combined a safari in Tanzania with a week in Zanzibar.  It’s slow paced relaxed vibe is just what I needed after an action packed safari. Complete with unspoilt white sandy beaches and warm waters, many choose to relax here and rarely leave their hotel. Those who do will find a capital, Stone Town, full of character and charm and a jungle interior waiting to be explored. The plantations are famous for spices, in fact it is often referred to as the ‘spice island’ and if you look closely you may spot the red colobus monkeys that roam freely here.

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Where to stay?

 

Best value: 5* Dream of Zanzibar Resort, All-Inclusive basis

This luxury beach front property has five restaurants and three bars so there are plenty of places to enjoy the all-inclusive facilities. There is a watersports centre, multisports court and gym if you need to work off those extra calories! If you just want to chill out an relax there are two pools, a luxury spa and of course there’s the stunning beach. With prices from €1439 including flights, all-inclusive accommodation and transfers, for seven nights, this is exceptional value for a 5* resort. Click here for more details:

 

Blow the budget: 5* The Residence Zanzibar, Half Board Basis

This elegant hotel is located on one of the island’s best beaches. It’s modern decor mixed with traditional themes make it the idyllic choice on the island. The resort has sixty six villas, each with a private pool, stunning sea views, private gardens and a personal butler. There are thirty two hectares of gardens, pool, fitness centre, spa and a selection of watersports available. With prices from €1619 including flights, villa on a half board basis and transfers, for seven nights, this is not as expensive as you would expect for such a luxurious hotel. Click here for more details:

 

Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by Tropical Sky but all views, as always, are my own 🙂
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5* All Inclusive at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, €2059!

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Palace Resorts offer some of the best all-inclusive hotels in the Caribbean. Until 2015 they only had hotels in Mexico, but they bowed to demand and opened their first 5* luxury hotel in Jamaica last year!

Situated right at the water’s edge, with nothing in front of you only immaculate white sandy beaches and the blue waters of the Caribbean, the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande’s setting is perfect. This modern resort offers the highest standards in service and quality and has everything you need for a fun filled Caribbean holiday.

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Like all Palace Resorts the all-inclusive arrangement is excellent and is available 24 hours a day. No need to check what drinks are included here, they all are, well maybe not 200 year old scotch but you get the idea! Johnnie Walker black label, Grey goose vodka and good quality wines, are all included, either in one of the five bars, or in your bedroom! The dining options are superb and Palace resorts are renowned for their high quality cuisine. You can choose any of the six restaurants which feature American, Mexican, Italian and Pan-Asian cuisine, and all are included in the price of your stay.

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There are lots of activities included too, try sailing, snorkeling or test your surfing skills on their surf simulator. The icing on the cake is when you book seven nights at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande you automatically get a whopping $1500 resort credit! How amazing is that! This can be used for spa treatments, motorised water sports or one of their tours. The hotel has their own dolphin habitat so why not use your resort credit for a dolphin swim? Click here for more details.

Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Resort

One of the things I love about this resort is that it’s only five minutes from downtown Ocho Rios. Once a small fishing village Ocho Rios is now one of Jamaica’s most popular tourist resorts. This is also where most of the cruise ships are docked and is a bustling town with an international vibe. You are also next door to one of the island’s most popular tourist attractions, Dunn’s river falls. This waterfall is unlike any you have seen before, and climbing the 600ft to the top, just has to be done! If I can do it, so can you! There are lots of other day trip opportunities in Jamaica.You can go horse riding in the sea, river rafting on the Martha Brae river, or my personal favourite, take a trip to Negril to watch the sunset from the iconic Rick’s cafe!
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Fly from Dublin to Jamaica and enjoy a seven night all-inclusive stay from only €2,059 per person. For a limited time receive an additional $1500 resort credit! This price is based on departing the 25th of September, but Tropical Sky have amazing offers at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Resort throughout the winter and for Summer 2017.

 

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by Tropical Sky but all views, as always, are my own 🙂

 

Sarah

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5* Luxury Moon Palace Resort Cancun , All Inclusive €1,409!

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A five star all-inclusive holiday in the Moon Palace Resort Cancun for €1409 – too good to be true?

When I saw this deal to the Moon Palace Resort Cancun from Tropical Sky, I thought there must be a catch. I was wrong! All-inclusive in the Moon Palace means just that. You can dine in any of their fifteen restaurants, have cocktails in any of their twelve bars or if you want a night a nightcap on your balcony – you can have a drink from your well-stocked minibar. All of these are included in the price of your stay! And thats not all… for a limited time you will $1500 resort credit absolutely free!!

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The Moon Palace is beside Jack Nicklaus golf course, has two fitness centres, two swimming pools with swim up bars, multi sports courts and offers a range of water sports. There is day and night entertainment including live music shows and if you want to dance the night away, they have their own nightclub too. All rooms come with a private balcony with a hammock and a double Jacuzzi in the bathroom. Families are well catered for too with family rooms, kids clubs a kids waterpark.  This resort is highly rated in tripadvisor, won a travellers choice award and is considered at Platinum level from Greenleaders. If you fancy a night out, Cancun is only a half hour away and you can also explore the nearby islands of Cozumel and Isla Mujieres. The Moon Palace also happens to be sitting on a stunning white sandy beach facing the Caribbean Sea, so it’s fair to say you might not want to leave it.

Moon Palace Resort Cancun

Fly from Dublin to Cancun and enjoy a seven night all-inclusive stay from only €1,409 next Summer.  Remember for a limited time you will also receive a staggering $1500 in resort credit. Tropical Sky have amazing offers at the Moon Palace Resort throughout the year so if you are looking for a different time, click on the link below for year round prices.

 

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by Tropical Sky but all views, as always, are my own 🙂

 

Sarah

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5* All Inclusive Maritim Resort & Spa, Mauritius, €1719!

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Think long haul this year and try somewhere new.  Stay at the 5* All Inclusive, Maritim Resort & Spa, Mauritius from only €1719!

 

“Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius” – Mark Twain

When you think about Mauritius, luxury hotels on white powder beaches spring to mind. While that sounds pretty good, it is only scratching the surface. From snorkelling to whale watching, waterfalls to water-sports, fine dining to creole cooking, Mauritius is an island of contrasts. One minute you can be on one of the best beaches in the world, the next, navigating rolling hills seeing remarkable wildlife. All that being said, it’s the luxury hotels and white sandy beaches that attract millions of holidaymakers each year – and Mauritius has plenty of them too!

5* All Inclusive Maritim Resort & Spa, Mauritius, €1549!

I found an amazing deal with TropicalSky.ie staying in the 5* Maritim Resort & Spa. Set on 60 acres of tropical gardens on a white powder beach, it is as their slogan says, ‘beyond paradise’.  You can relax at the infinity pool, the beach or the spa. You can go horse riding, play tennis or a round of golf! There are numerous water-sports on the beach as well a dive centre.

The resort is all-inclusive and as you would expect from a luxury resort and there is a wide choice of dining options. And the drinks are pretty good too! You can choose quality French wines and imported spirits, you can even drink from your own minibar without paying a supplement! Wifi is free in all rooms and public areas, so plenty of opportunities to post selfies from the beach 🙂 If all of this isn’t enough, you are located between Port Louis (Mauritius’ vibrant capital) and Grand-Baie – the lively tourist resort.

5* All Inclusive Maritim Resort & Spa, Mauritius, €1549!

Fly from Dublin to Mauritius and spend seven nights at the 5* All Inclusive Maritim Resort & Spa, Mauritius from €1719 – that’s a massive saving of €800 per person!

 

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored in part by Tropical Sky but all views, as always, are my own 🙂

 

Sarah
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My Review of Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas

Harmony of the Seas

Taller than the Eiffel Tower, can carry 5,780 passengers, has 7 different neighbourhoods and 20 restaurants. Is it possible that Royal Caribbean’s massive cruise ship can live up to the hype? Find out in my review of Harmony of the Seas.

 


When I was asked to visit and a review of Harmony of the Seas, I was a little nervous. I thought it would find it too big. My sense of direction is SO bad, I was sure I wouldn’t be able to navigate my way around it. I even worried that my kids might get lost at some stage!

However, once I stepped onto the Royal Promenade my fears dissipated. My kids ran to the nearest Shrek character, while I stood there ogling at the promenade deck that was packed with shops, bars and restaurants. My jaw was hanging open and on numerous occasions, friendly staff approached me asking if I needed any assistance. There seemed to be so many of them (2,100 in fact ) and this was evident throughout my cruise. I was given a map with all the highlights but by the time I took it out of my handbag, someone was beside me giving me directions.

They also have smart screens throughout the ship showing where everything is located. I would contend that it is impossible to get lost on this ship. We managed, under duress, to make our way to our stateroom. Passing the bionic bar (where actual robots make and serve you drinks) and the designer shops, I had an awful pang in my stomach. What if I don’t have time to come back?

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Our stateroom was adequate for four, although I did manage to get a glimpse of some of the family rooms and was very impressed. They were so spacious, the largest I have seen in any ship. They comfortably sleep six with a large double bed, double sofa, bunkbeds and lots of space over all. I thought they were more spacious for six than many staterooms I have seen for four. All rooms are furnished with all mod cons including usb ports, flat screen tv’s and plenty of storage space.

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Once we unpacked, it was a case of, where to begin…! There are seven different neighbourhoods on board, each with their own activities and distinctive vibe. The kids went straight for the splash park and water slides and it was hard to get them to leave! The pool deck caters for kids of all ages. They have a tots area, a splash park for kids from about five to eight years, and three large slides for older kids. We tried them all! I had great fun racing my 8 year old down the Perfect Storm trio of slides. There are also plenty of different swimming pools, so if slides are not your thing, no worries.

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We rounded off our first afternoon with a trip to The Boardwalk. We had a spin on the hand crafted carousel (crazy I know!) while the kids climbed up their own rock climbing wall (there are two other rock climbing walls for adults on-board!). The boardwalk is a cool place to hang out, complete with a Mexican restaurant, a Starbucks café and even a Johnny Rockets diner – straight out of Grease.

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Speaking of Grease, that night we managed to catch the broadway version in the Royal Theatre. It was spectacular. I’m not one for musicals per se, but it was as good if not better, than I have seen in London’s West End. The kids loved it too, in fact I had to download the soundtrack when I got home and it’s still requested every time they get in the car! The night entertainment continued until the small hours. There was a street party taking place in the Royal Promenade, an ice show in the ice skating rink (did I mention there was one on board?) and an open air aqua show, at the aft of the ship. We debated about using the kids club which is $7 per hour after 10pm, but decided against it as the kids were exhausted.

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The kids clubs are terrific, they are suitable for kids aged 3 to 11. Facilities include an adventure science lab, an imagination studio, a dedicated children’s theatre, all free until 10pm! You can even leave the kids on board while in port so you are free to explore on land. They have creche facilities from 6 months to 3 years, a charge of $10 per hour applies. Royal Caribbean have teamed up with Dreamworks so from time you time you will see Shrek, Puss in Boots, Kung Fu Panda and other characters out and about. They will pose happily for photos with kids – a nice touch I thought. Kids can also watch the latest Dreamworks movies in their own theatre or in your stateroom. Teenagers are not left out, they have dedicated teen only zones, as well their own nite club and the numerous sports facilities on board.

On Harmony of the Seas, if you fancy some quiet time, there are plenty of places to hide. I thought how nice it would be to skip off to the adults only solarium, chill by the pool or enjoy a spa treatment, while the kids were happily playing in the kids clubs. They also have a medi spa where you can get acupuncture and even teeth whitening! And if you fancied a night cap or a trip to the casino after 10pm, just pay $7 an hour  – that’s a pretty good deal.

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After our relatively early first night, we were up early to see as much as we could on our last day! First up was the largest slide at sea, the Ultimate Abyss. This is a pair of slides that offer a 100 foot drop over 10 decks. It is the iconic picture of two purple slides you see cantilevered at the aft of the ship. Personally I didn’t find it as scary as I was led to believe, however you are in complete darkness. The zipline on the other hand, OMG! I faced my fears that day and ziplined across the open air atrium. I was suspended nine decks above the boardwalk, and all in the name of research!! I guess everyone has fears. Stepping off that ledge, was one of mine. It was terrifying!

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I headed straight for the bar, still shaking, and downed one of their signature cocktails! The kids were proud of me though, does that count? Mind you they were more interested in showing me how well they were doing at mini golf than listening to me recount my experience. We decided to leave the surf simulator and rock climbing wall for another time and instead watched the kids finish off their mini golf game at a leisurely pace.

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After all that exercise, it was time for lunch.  Out came the map again, how do you decide where to eat when there are twenty different restaurants on board? We decided to pop down to Central Park. There seemed to be plenty of dining options there. This turned out to be my favourite part (or neighbourhood) of the ship. The centre of the ship is completely open to the sky which creates a fabulous atmosphere. You don’t think you are on a ship at all. We enjoyed a few drinks at the Trellis bar before taking a stroll through the park. There is a staggering 12,000 trees and plants here! Luke spotted someone eating a tasty panini outside the Park Café, so in we went. This is a great choice for a family lunch if you don’t fancy the main restaurant and there is no additional charge.

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I’m not sure if it was the action packed morning, the food, the wine, or perhaps the combination of all three but suddenly I had the urge to chill out on a sun lounger…  How cool is it that one minute I’m on a zipline, the next I’m dining in central park and then I’m flaked out by the pool. Welcome to the world of cruising…

The kids played happily in the splash park and the pool whilst my husband and I enjoyed some much deserved R’N’R. The kids loved the self serve ice cream parlour by the pool where they could pull their own cones. This was their first experience of an all-inclusive arrangement, so they were ecstatic that they didn’t have to pay for them and that I didn’t need to know how many they were having!  There are even miniature sun loungers for kids when it all gets too much for them too. Harmony of the Seas caters so well for families. You have to hand it to Royal Caribbean, they really have thought of everything.

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That evening we had the pleasure of visiting one the speciality dining restaurants, Coastal Kitchen. Situated on deck seventeen, with stunning ocean views and a strong Californian vibe – I loved it. The food, the service, and the ambiance was superb. The kids loved it too. Although they didn’t have a separate kids menu, they offered to make anything to suit their tastes. There are plenty of pizza, pasta or burger restaurants on board as well as a massive buffet restaurant so trust me when I say there are huge choices for kids. I thought Coastal Kitchen was special though. I wondered whether all the speciality dining restaurants were as good? I did eat in Jamie’s Italian restaurant on Ovation of the Seas and it was great too. I’m thinking, I tried two and both were great, I can only assume they all are.

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Of course you have to pay for these top class restaurants…Prices vary from $25 for dinner at Jamie’s and $49 in Wonderland. However, if you really want to push the boat out (excuse the pun!), try the four-course menu in 150 Central Park for $89, where each course is paired with wine. With over 5700 passengers on-board you will need to make a reservation for the most popular restaurants. You can do this on line before you cruise or by using the Royal IQ app on board. The app is very easy to use, the fact that the wifi is excellent (the fastest at sea) probably helps! There is a charge for wifi, a bit steep at $13.95 per day. There are packages available if using numerous devices in the one stateroom, and discounts for pre-booking are available online. I would advise to check these out before you board.

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After our meal, we went to the open air aqua show. The setting is remarkable, an open air theatre with the backdrop of the ocean across the horizon. The sun started to set just as the show began – perfection! The modern show featured professional acrobats, divers and synchronised swimmers. There were acrobats walking tightropes above us along with trapeze acts dipping in and out of the water. It was quite exhilarating. We didn’t know what was going to happen next, it really had a WOW factor. That said, when it was all over, I wasn’t sure what to make of it all. It was seriously impressive, but I thought a little disjointed in parts.

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Time for a quick night cap in the Royal Promenade before bed. I liked the Rising Tide where the entire bar and all those in it, elevate between the Royal Promenade deck and Central Park. It moves very slowly so it is a lovely experience and you can see what’s happening in both decks. You don’t miss any of the action! We also ordered a drink from the bionic bar were the ‘staff’ are efficient but somewhat lacking in personality!! The kids found it fascinating and although it is a bit gimmicky, you can’t deny the innovation is incredible.

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You can’t deny the overall innovation is incredible. It seems that the development of Harmony of the Seas was led by imagination and thankfully not the budget! It’s not only the size of the cruise ship that is mind blowing, it is whats on board. It is colossal and of course not for everyone. If you want non stop action with an excellent choice of dining and entertainment, then I think you will not find better at sea, or even on land for that matter. The attention to detail, like the miniature sun loungers, show how much they care about keeping the younger clientele happy too. So I think the answer to the question: Does one of the largest and most innovative cruise ships at sea live up to the hype? In a word. Absolutely!

 

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Like Royal Caribbean cruises? You might like:

My review of Ovation of the Seas

My review of Independence of the Seas 

10 reasons to choose Royal Caribbean for family cruises.

 

Sarah

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Classic Collection Holidays now Operating from Ireland

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Ireland has a new Tour Operator – Classic Collection Holidays!

After twenty eight successful years in the UK, Classic Collection Holidays are now operating from Ireland. Their two hundred and twenty eight page glossy brochure is very impressive. Packed with four and five star hotels, Classic Collection promise to offer affordable luxury holidays to the Mediterranean, from all Irish airports, with any airline, for any duration, on any day.

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As Irish travellers taste evolve, one thing is certain – flexibility is key. Classic Collection Holidays offer this at every juncture. You can choose to holiday for a long weekend or a month long stay, fly out with one airline and home with another. Want interconnecting rooms ? Classic Collection with call the hotel and receive confirmation for you, while you are on the phone. Their success is based on their expert staff who will tailor make holidays to suit your needs.  Their website showcases all of their destinations and luxury properties but they do no offer on line booking. As most holidays are catered to individual tastes, the best way to book one of their holidays is through your local travel agent. Destinations include Spain, Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca, Canary Islands, Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Malta, Madeira, Corfu, Rhodes, Crete and Turkey.

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When you book a Classic Collection Holiday you will receive many extra benefits. Private airport transfers are automatically included in the cost of your holiday – no more hanging around on the coach for the last person to collect their luggage!  They offer free bubblebum car seats for all children aged four to eleven, a great souvenir which you can take home after your holiday. And if you book your holiday during the month of February, you will receive free lounge access in Dublin airport – the perfect way to start your holiday!

So take a look at the new Classic Collection Holidays Summer 2016 brochure – you won’t be disappointed!  Fancy a €200 holiday voucher? Click here, answer one simple question and it could be yours!

 

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4* Gloria Palace Amadores Hotel, Gran Canaria, 18th May, 1 week, Half Board, €599!

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Go luxury for less in the stunning Gloria Palace Amadores Hotel. It is great value for your Summer holiday!

 

Perched on a cliff with stunning views of the sea, and only 300 meters from the beach it is not surprising why the Gloria Palace Amadores Hotel and Thalasso has been a favourite with Irish holiday makers for many years. Boasting one of Europe’s top thalassotherapy centres, the spa is just one of the many amenities this hotel offers.

The Gloria Palace Amadores Hotel, July 2016 only €590 from The Travel Expert

Renowned for it’s high quality cuisine and attentive staff, the Gloria Palace Amadores Hotel has received a certificate of excellence from trip advisor along with excellent reviews from repeat customers.  Situated between Puerto Rico and Mogan, this hotel offers the best of both worlds. A relaxing holiday but the option to travel to nearby resorts if you fancy a livelier scene.

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Fly to Gran Canaria on the 18th of May and spend seven nights in the Gloria Palace Hotel and Thalasso for only €599 per person on a half board basis. This amazing deal includes transfers and checked baggage too!

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Sorrento, 13th May, 1 week, Flights & 4* Hotel, €559!

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What better than a week in stunning Sorrento to start of the Summer! Chill out, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery or explore the Amalfi Coast and neighbouring islands.

The Amalfi Coast is one of those places that if you haven’t seen it, you just have to go! The views from the coastline combined with colourful hilltop towns make it a bucket list favourite. Sorrento is one of the biggest resorts along the coast and also one of the liveliest. The streets are crammed with al fresco eateries and plenty of designer shops. Sipping a cocktail as you watch the stylish Italians pass you by, is a nice start to the evening. And a nice meal in one of Sorrento’s fantastic restaurants is a nice way to end it. It is not all about Sorrento though, you simply have to explore the neighbouring resorts too. Take a water taxi to Positano, Amalfi or Ravello and admire the local villages. Visit the isle of Capri or if you are feeling adventurous, take a trip to Pompeii or even climb Mount Vesuvius!

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I found a fantastic deal in the 4* Grand Hotel Flora.  This is situated in an excellent location, only ten minutes walk to the centre of Sorrento. Highly rated on tripadvisor this hotel is not only a great choice to explore the Amalfi Coast, but is great value too! Fly from Dublin to Naples with Aer Lingus on the 13th of May and spend seven nights here for only €559 per person.

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We all have different tastes and budgets, so I think it is fair to say that there are no perfect honeymoon destinations that suit everyone – well maybe Bora Bora…

 

Lets face it, if we had unlimited holidays and unlimited cash, we would probably all like to stay in a beach villa in the South Pacific. However, being realistic, we need to remember not everyone can take three weeks off to travel the world, and many of us have limited means. You also have to make sure to check the weather before you book, as it could be the rainy or even hurricane season in your dream honeymoon destination. Here are my top  honeymoon destinations – there should be one here to suit you.

 

 

 

1. Short on time – The Amalfi Coast

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For those of you who only don’t have lots of annual leave available, a week in Italy is the perfect choice. Stay in a deluxe hotel in Positano or Ravello and live like a celebrity. Visit the isle of Capri, take water taxis along the coast and soak up the Italian atmosphere.  Bellisimo!

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2. Short on cash – Greece

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I love the Greek islands and if you are getting married during the summer months, then Greece is a great choice. Swim with turtles in the turquoise waters of Zakynthos, explore the hilltop town of Lindos in Rhodes, or chill out in a five-star hotel in Crete. I stayed in a luxury hotel near Chania and loved it.

Read my review of Anemos Luxury Grand Resort.

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3. Like All Inclusive? –  Cancun.

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If you want a luxury hotel with all meals and drinks included, then Cancun is best for value. Cancun is perfect for anyone who wants to be pampered, without moving too far from your hotel.  Many honeymooners feel exhausted after the wedding, so all-inclusive holidays suit perfectly. You could however, mix it up a little and add in a few days in New York or Vegas on the way back….

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4. Play it safe! – The Maldives

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If you want pure luxury, idyllic beaches and want to wear flip flops for the week, the Maldives is for you. It is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations, but can still be affordable. Combine with Dubai for a great combination of city and beach.

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5. Tick all boxes – Island hopping in the Caribbean.

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This is a great choice for couples who primarily want a beach holiday, but want a bit of adventure thrown in. Barbados, The Grenadines, St Lucia and the Cayman Islands, it’s hard to believe they are all so close  – yet so different. If you don’t fancy to much packing and unpacking, try a Caribbean cruise and see them all on day trips!

Read about my stay in the Maldives here

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6. Like adventure? – South Africa

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South Africa is one of my favourite honeymoon destinations. It is the perfect place to mix adventure with beach time. Drive the garden route, go whale watching, take in a safari, explore Cape Town and finish off your honeymoon by chilling out on a wine estate.

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7. Road trip? – California

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There is nothing like the wind in your hair as you drive the Pacific Coast highway in a convertible. Combine San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and if  you have three weeks to spare, try to take in the national parks too. Drive from LA to Scottsdale, on to Vegas before hitting Death Valley and Yosemite. From there drive to San Francisco and hit the pacific coast highway back to LA. For a two week trip, make it simple, fly to San Francisco and drive the PCH to San Diego. 

Read the best places to stop on the Pacific Coast Highway.

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8. Adrenaline Junkies – Florida

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Surprisingly this is a really popular honeymoon choice. If you are looking for non-stop action, then Florida is hard to beat. Mix it up a little and combine with New York or Vegas, or why not add on a Caribbean cruise?

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9. A bit more exotic – Thailand

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Thailand is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations. Choose to relax on one of its many beaches or choose to combine a stay in Bangkok and Thailand’s cultural centre, Chiang Mai. Opt for five-star glamping in the Elephant Hills Camp, go island hopping in the Andaman Sea, or shop till you drop in Bangkok. Who says you can’t do it all?   

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10. The world is your oyster – Australia

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If you have plenty of time on your hands, and plenty of cash – then it has to be Australia! See the sights in Sydney, marvel at Ayers Rock and explore the world’s most impressive underwater paradise at the Great Barrier Reef. There is actually so much to see and do in Australia – way to many to mention! And if you manage to tour this massive continent and still want some more action – hop over to New Zealand…

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5* Bohemia Suites, Playa del Ingles, LGBT friendly, Flights & Hotel, 10th Sep €799!

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The Bohemia Suites & Spa is a luxury 5* boutique style hotel on the beach in Playa del Ingles.

This adult only hotel is ultra modern and SO on trend at the moment. Facilities include a health club and spa, free wifi, and rooms are equipped with iMacs and iPod docking stations. You have to check out the exceptional reviews on tripadvisor, voted number 2 out of 137 hotels in the resort, I particularly like the comment, “Can i give it 6 stars?'”

The location has to beSarah Slattery, The Travel Expert reviews the Bohemia Suites & Spa Hotel, Gran Canaria one of the best in Playa del Ingles, beside the beach and close to the Yumbo centre, this is perfect for anyone looking for a top class hotel in a lively resort. This is a party town, you can choose disco bars, nightclubs or drag shows, what ever floats your boat, you can be sure it is here in Playa del Ingles. This adults only hotel is actively LGBT friendly and has a great mix of clientele from across the globe, which gives a cosmopolitan and refreshing vibe.

They even have a dedicated Irish website, www.bohemiasuitesholidays.ie which is bonded and licensed for your protection.

Fly from Dublin on the 10th of September and spend seven nights in this luxury hotel for only €799 per person. They even have a dedicated Irish website, www.bohemiasuitesholidays.ie which is bonded and licensed for your protection so if these dates don’t suit you, choose your own flights and click on the link below to book the hotel.

 

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Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert, reviews the Bohemia Suites & Spa Hotel, Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria

 

 

 

 

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5 Star Luxury Hotel Croatia, 1 week, 8th September, Flights, Hotel & Transfers, €787!

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The medieval city of Dubrovnik should be on everyone’s wish list. Although you can stay in the heart of the old town I think the best way to enjoy it, is to holiday in one of the resorts close by.

 

The city is actually quite small and can be packed with cruise ship visitors during the day. Temperatures can also be very high, depending on the time of year.  If you choose to stay outside the centre you can literally have the best of both worlds. Relax by the sea or pool during the day and hop on a water taxi in the evening when the city is less crowded.

A visit to Dubrovnik by The Travel ExpertCavtat is the jewel in the crown on of this region. Only 20 km south of Dubrovnik, Cavtat is a an upmarket resort with a delightful old village and a palm fringed promenade. It is perfect for couples and families who want pretty resort with a relaxed pace. The medieval village has a small selection of boutiques and galleries and there are plenty of excellent restaurants to satisfy even the celebrities who hang out there. To top it all off there are numerous boats which leave from the harbour all day visiting Dubrovnik and the surrounding islands. Lets face it, there is no better way to explore this stunning coastline. Read my destination posts for more information on Cavtat and Dubrovnik.

Why not treat yourself and stay at the 5 star luxury hotel Croatia for seven nights for only €846, on the 8th of September. Enter my exclusive code TRAVELEXP10 in the promo code box to save 10% off the accommodation cost, making the total €787 per person. Highly rated on tripadvisor this was a travellers choice winner in 2015 & 2016. You just have to read the reviews to see how good this hotel really is. This price includes flights with Aer Lingus, transfers and a seven night stay, with FREE breakfast and FREE wifi.

 

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