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Holiday deal to Majorca, 7th September, Flights & Hotel, 1 week, €449!

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I found an amazing holiday deal to Majorca, in the beautiful resort of Cala D’or. Enjoy a seven night stay in September including flights for €449!

 

Majorca has always been a favourite holiday destination of mine. There is something to suit all ages here, from the young and lively resorts of Santa Ponsa and Magaluf to the Northern resorts of Puerto Pollensa and Soller. I particularly like Cala D’or, situated on the east coast of Majorca, it offers the best of both worlds. There is plenty of lively bars and restaurants without ever being rowdy, and there is a stunning marina but without the corresponding price tags. You will also find a wide choice of picture perfect cove beaches along the coastline.

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I found a great deal in the Cala Gran Resort. Here you can stay in an apartment but with full use of the hotel facilities. It is situated beside the beach and only minutes from the town centre. Facilities in the hotel include four swimming pools, three bars, restaurant, gym, entertainment and many sports activities. Fly from Dublin on the 7th of September and enjoy a seven night stay for only €474. Save a further €50 by entering code LCHJ50 at the checkout 🙂

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Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change.

 

Sarah

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Top Ten Holiday Destinations in 2016

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With the recession well and truly over and Dublin airport celebrating their best ever year in 2015, travel agents and airlines are predicting that 2016 will be even better. So where are the hot spots?

 

It looks like old favourites such as Spain and Portugal will be the most attractive short haul holiday destinations in 2016. Although France will be busy for Euro 2016, many families who enjoyed their Summer holiday camping in France, may decide to switch to campsites near Salou in Spain or Lake Garda in Italy. Cuba, Mexico and Thailand will prove popular for long haul travel as the poor exchange rate with the US dollar is unlikely to change. Here are my top ten holiday destinations in 2016!

Majorca & Menorca

To put it simply, Irish people love Spain! Almost 1.5 million Irish holiday makers visited Spain this year and this is sure to grow again in 2016. The Balearic island of Majorca is constantly one of the favourites. The mixture of family resorts, lively nightlife and stunning scenery is a great combination and ensures Majorca offers something for everyone.

Direct flights to  Menorca were reintroduced last year from Ireland and proved to be a great success. So much so, that an extra flight from Cork has been added for 2016. This smaller and less commercialised island oozes character and is the perfect choice for families looking for a quiet, relaxing holiday in safe surroundings.

Menorca, one of the top ten holiday destinations for 2016 by The Travel Expert

 

Lake Garda

Although always popular from Ireland, I believe many families will switch from France to Lake Garda this year making the popular Italian resort busier than ever. There are direct flights to Verona and the nearby resort of Peschiera offers plenty of campsite and hotel options. The fact that the award winning themepark,  Gardaland is on it’s doorstep, will add to it’s popularity.

Lake Garda, one of the top ten holiday destinations for 2016 by The Travel Expert

Thailand

Thailand still offers fantastic value for money for a longhaul destination. There are numerous flights via the UK, Dubai and mainland Europe to Bangkok and Phuket. A one week package is circa €800 including flights and hotel, proving to be a great option for those looking for a touch of exotic, without the expensive price tag.

Thailand, one of the top ten holiday destinations for 2016 by The Travel Expert

Athens & the Greek Islands

Always great value for money and appealing to everyone, the Greek islands will continue to be popular in 2016. There are direct flights to Zakynthos, Corfu, Crete, Rhodes and Kos and extra flights to Athens with Ryanair and Aegean air. This should open up Athens as a top city break destination and allow the bucket list destinations of Santorini and Mykonos to be serviced for the first time.

Santorini, one of the top ten holiday destinations for 2016 by The Travel Expert

Algarve

Another Irish favourite, the Algarve has almost twenty flights per week in the peak Summer months. The low priced airfares mixed with numerous resort options, will ensure that the Algarve will attract many Irish visitors in 2016.

Algarve, one of the top ten holiday destinations for 2016 by The Travel Expert

Mexico

June 2016 will bring the first direct flights to Mexico for many years. The Thomson dreamliner aircraft will fly every fortnight to Cancun from Dublin and is bound to attract couples and honeymooners looking for the luxury all inclusive holiday resort.

Mexico, one of the top ten holiday destinations for 2016 by The Travel Expert

Iceland

WOW air introduced flights to Reykjavik in 2015 which proved a great success. People chased the Northern lights and swam in the Blue Lagoon, with lots of positive reviews. It looks like Iceland will remain popular in 2016 for weekend breaks and as a holiday destination.

Iceland, one of the top ten holiday destinations for 2016 by The Travel Expert

Cuba

Diplomatic relations between the USA and Cuba are at an all time high and it is likely that more and more Americans will travel to Cuba over the coming years. Many people feel they such see it before it receives the Disney effect! For this reason and the fact that there is more disposable income around, Cuba looks like it could attract many Irish holidaymakers looking to travel long haul in 2016.

Cuba, one of the top ten holiday destinations for 2016 by The Travel Expert

Croatia

For those looking for somewhere a little different but still close to home, Croatia will be a top choice. The stunning city of Dubrovnik and the introduction of flights to Zadar and Pula will ensure that there are plenty of options for Irish holidymakers in 2016. The proximity to Lonely Planet’s top destination to visit in 2016 (Kotor in Montenegro) will also add to the appeal.

Dubrovnik, one of the top ten holiday destinations for 2016 by The Travel Expert

Dubai

With four direct flights every day, it is almost impossible to avoid seeing this world class holiday destination on travel agency windows and media outlets, all offering amazing deals to Dubai. With the loss of direct flights to Egypt and Tunisia, Dubai is also an excellent alternative for anyone looking for some Winter / Spring sunshine.

Dubai, one of the top ten holiday destinations for 2016 by The Travel Expert

 

So where will you be travelling to in 2016? If I left out your favourite, please comment below 🙂

 

Sarah

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Majorca – How To Choose The Right Resort For You

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Majorca has been one of the top holiday destinations from Ireland for many years now. In fact Majorca was my first holiday abroad, as I am sure you can imagine I didn’t exactly take in the stunning scenery! Yes like many young people, I went for the great nightlife and the warm sunshine. There is so much more to this magnificent island though that needs to be told…

 

Majorca is an island that no matter what age you are, you can have a great holiday, it truly is an island of contrasts. Whether you have just finished your leaving cert and want a lively holiday, have children and want a family holiday or if you are retired and want some relaxation with evening entertainment, Majorca has all in abundance. Many people still associate Majorca with discounted package holidays but it is also full of luxury hotels, Michelin star restaurants and impressive marinas. The key is knowing which resort to choose at various times during the year.

North Coast: Alcudia, Puerto Pollensa, C’an Picafort, Playa de Muro

Puerto Pollensa, Alcudia, Can Picafort and Playa de Muro are the main resorts that stretch across the north of the island. My personal favourite is Puerto Pollensa. It is almost picture perfect with a long sandy beach, a mountain backdrop and a pretty old town to sweeten the deal. It was once an old fishing village so still retains a certain charm. There are great restaurants here and a great choice of self catering and hotel accommodation to suit anyone looking for a relaxing holiday with nice surroundings.

The neighbouring resort of Alcudia, has a magnificent 12km long beach and an old walled town but for me, lacks the authenticity that Pollensa has. In fact it has gone so developed now that it resembles the holiday resort cliché, with burger bars and loud music on every corner. C’an Picafort and Playa de Muro are both quieter resorts, pretty and less developed than Alcudia but the former has a large promenade and a more modern feel.

Majorca, by The Travel Expert

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East Coast: Cala D’or, Cala Millor, Cala Bona, Sa Coma.

The east coast is also very popular from Ireland with many families and couples choosing Cala Dor, Cala Millor , Cala Bona, and Sa Coma for their summer holiday. Cala D’or would be my personal favourite along this coast, it is a great choice for families and couples, with many cove beaches and a stunning marina in Cala Longa – a great spot for al fresco dining.

Cala Millor was somewhat of a surprise to me, it is a large resort which a long sandy beach and plenty of great shops and nightlife. The smaller resorts of Cala Bona and Sa Coma are more family orientated with nightlife centered around hotels and family resorts.

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South West Coast:  Santa Ponsa, Magaluf, Palma Nova.

Santa Ponsa, Palma Nova and Magaluf are renowned for great nightlife so tend to attract mostly young people during July and August. They are also very popular with couples and families who are looking for a lively holiday at that time. In the quieter months, May, September and October enjoy a more mixed crowd as some of the other parts of the island may be almost ‘too’ quiet for some tastes.

All three resorts are lively with a great choice of bars and restaurants and long sandy beaches to satisfy adults and children alike. Santa Ponsa is particularly popular with Irish people so you are bound to hear ‘the wild rover’ emanating from numerous bars as you walk through the town.

Majorca, by The Travel Expert 

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Palma, Puerto Portals:

Majorca isn’t just about a traditional sun holiday, it can offer so much more. The vibrant city of Palma would compete with the best for a city break destination. The gothic cathedral, the Almudaina Palace and Bellvar Castle (amazing views from the top) are just some of the ‘must see’ sights. It is a modern city with stunning architecture, excellent shopping and one of the most impressive marinas in Europe.

Wandering around the old town of Palma is really impressive albeit with a relaxed holiday feel. The nearby resort of Puerto Portals has been home to celebrities for some time now. It has a sophisticated marina as well as plenty of designer shops so it feels more upmarket than some of its neighbours. It is very close to Palma Nova so many choose to stay here but take a taxi to Palma Nova for a lively night scene.

Tram, Majorca, Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert

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Exclusive North West Coast:

If you are looking for something a little more exclusive you should try Soller or Deia on the west coast. This is Majorca at its best. These hill top towns boast magnificent views as well as mouth watering restaurants and luxury hotels. Take a tram to the port of Soller and enjoy a cocktail at the waters edge, the scenery is stunning. Enjoy a day trip to Valldemossa, this old town oozes charm and character and is one of the prettiest villages in Majorca.

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Wander through the cobbled stone streets and do some souvenir shopping but beware it is only 30 minutes from Palma so it does attract a lot of day trippers. This part of the island is for me one of the highlights of this island, so if you are planning a break to Majorca in the future make sure you rent a car or take a bus and go see it, you will thank me for it!

 

Sarah

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