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Rhodes, 24th May, 1 week, Flights & Apartment, €375!

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Check out this amazing deal to Rhodes at the end of May! Enjoy a one week package deal in a highly rated apartment for only €375!

Rhodes probably has more to offer than any of the other Greek islands. Not only is it one of the largest islands but it has a UNESCO world heritage site as it’s capital! Wandering around the Colossus of Rhodes is like stepping into a fairy tale, but once you step outside the old city walls, you will find a modern town, full of designer shops and trendy waterfront cafés. The hill top town of Lindos is another ‘must see’. Complete with whitewashed buildings and winding alley ways, it is a photographers dream. There are also quieter resorts like Lardos and Pefkos as well as the lively resort of Faliraki. If all of this isn’t enough, why not try some Greek island hopping to some of the neighbouring islands.

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Fly from Dublin on the 24th of May and spend seven nights in the Cosmos Maris studios in Lardos for €375 per person. Ranked number 1 on tripadvisor and awarded a certificate of excellence, this is sure to please. The icing on the cake – there are no hidden extras! The price include flights, accommodation, taxes, transfers and 20kg baggage!

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Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. Note that some links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

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Greece Holiday Sale!

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I love booking a sun holiday at the end of the Summer. The evenings start to get darker, people are talking about going back to school and the 15 weeks until Christmas posts start to appear in your Facebook feed! There is no better way to banish the winter blues than flying off to the sunshine for a week. Check out the Falcon Holidays Greece holiday sale, there are plenty of holidays to suit all tastes and budgets below!

 

Kos: 27th August, Nirides Beach, €374 per person

Enjoy the best of both worlds by staying in the popular Nirides Beach apartments in Psalidi. Situated just outside Kos town you can enjoy a quiet relaxing holiday with the lively resort of Kos town less than 2km away. Located close to the beach and the town centre, it is not surprising that the Nirides beach apartments receive excellent reveiws on tripadvisor.

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Fly direct from Dublin on the 27th of August and enjoy a seven night stay for only €374 including, transfers and checked baggage. Use code ‘AUGUST ‘ to save €25 per person at the checkout.

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Zakynthos: 30th August,  Katerina Palace Studios, €420 per person.

Visit Shipwreck beach, the most photographed beach in the world, take a boat trip to see the famous loggerhead turtles or go island hopping and visit the neighbouring island of Kefalonia. I have chosen the popular Katerina Palace hotel, which receives excellent reviews on tripadvisor. Situated in Argassi, this is one of my favourite resorts on the island. There is a great selection of bars and restaurants here to suit all tastes, but without being rowdy.

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Fly direct from Dublin on the 30th of August and enjoy a seven night stay for only €420 including, transfers and checked baggage. Use code ‘AUGUST ‘ to save €25 per person at the checkout.

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Rhodes: 31st August, Cosmos Maris apartments, €351 per person

Rhodes has so much to offer, particularly if you are looking to do lots of sightseeing.  Rhodes Town is a UNESCO world heritage site and the old town is a fantastic place to explore.  The white washed town of Lindos is perched on top of a hill, and is another place that has to be seen. Rhodes has a cosmopolitan city, lively resorts for students and quiet resorts for couples. It really offers something for everyone.  I have chosen the Cosmos Maris which are popular apartments in the resort of Lardos.  Highly rated on tripadvisor and awarded a certificate of excellence, they are the perfect choice for a relaxing break.

The Greece Holiday Sale by The Travel Expert

Fly direct from Dublin on the 31st of August and enjoy a seven night stay for only €351 including, transfers and checked baggage. Use code ‘AUGUST ‘ to save €25 per person at the checkout.

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Crete: 28th August, Mika Villas, €399; Stefania apartments €456 per person

If you are looking for a lively holiday with non stop party action, then the Mika Villas are for you. Situated in Piskopiano, you are very close to the lively resort of Hersonissos. I must point out that these are ONLY suitable for people looking for a lively holiday! If on the other hand you fancy a beachfront property in the pretty resort of Stalis, then check out one of the resorts most popular apartments, the Stefania. Rated very highly on tripadvisor, they offer the best of both worlds. You can enjoy a relaxing day by the beach and enjoy the resort’s ample nightlife later on 🙂

The Greece Holiday Sale by The Travel Expert

Fly direct from Dublin on the 28th of August and enjoy a seven night stay from only €399 including, transfers and checked baggage. Use code ‘AUGUST ‘ to save €25 per person at the checkout.

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No matter which option you choose remember there are no hidden extras! All prices include flights, accommodation, taxes, transfers and checked baggage! So what are you waiting for, book a holiday in the Falcon Holidays Greece holiday sale today!

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

 

Sarah

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The Big June Holiday Sale!

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Falcon Holidays have so many amazing deals in June that I thought I would pick some of my favourites and share them with you!

 

As usual, I only recommend places that I have personally been to or have received good feedback from guests. All the prices below include flights, transfers and checked baggage – with NO HIDDEN EXTRAS! Hopefully there will be something to suit you in the big June holiday sale!


 

1. Rhodes, 15th June, 1 week, €299!

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I love Rhodes. it’s simply stunning and if you haven’t already visited – well, you just have to go!  Rhodes town is magical, the chic waterfront with trendy bars on one side and the Colossus of Rhodes in the old town on the other. You couldn’t ask for more! There is lots to discover outside the capital too, from the hilltop town of Lindos to the neighbouring islands of Simi, the only problem is, you will wish you booked for two weeks! Stay at the highly rated Cosmos Maris Studios which were awarded a certificate of excellence and have received rave reviews on tripadvisor, for only €299! Want to bring kids? Choose at the excellent 4* Lindia Thalassa apartments for only €1425, based on 2 adults and 2 children in a 2 bedroom apartment.

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2. Algarve, 12th June, 2 adults and 2 children €1,225

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The Algarve is a great choice for a family holiday. Only a short flight from Dublin, with wide sandy beaches and plenty of family friendly resorts, it ticks all boxes. Stay at the popular Janellas do Mar apartments which are close to the Albufeira and are a good choice for a family looking for a holiday on a budget. The on site facilities include two swimming pools and plenty of sports activities to choose from.

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3. Puerto Rico – 16th June, 1 week €499, 2ad & 2ch €1,720

The Big June Holiday Sale

Puerto Rico is one of the Canary Islands most popular resorts and has been a firm favourite with Irish holiday makers for many years. It is a lively resort with plenty of bars and restaurants that open until the small hours. By day it is more relaxing with most apartments offering plenty of places to enjoy the spectacular sea-views. Stay at the popular Cala D’or apartments which are very highly rated on tripadvisor for only €499 per person. Want to bring kids?  I love the 4* Terrazmar suites apartments, they have a huge pool area on the roof and the apartments have large balconies, ideal for sunbathing. Price is only €1,720 based on 2 adults and 2 children.

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4. Kos 18th June, 1 week, €382; 2ad & 2ch €1,241

The Big June Holiday Sale

Kos has some of the best beaches in the Greek islands. It has a cosmopolitan capital, Kos town, but is also full of medieval columns and castles at every corner! What’s great about this deal is that it offers the best of both worlds. You will be staying at the highly rated Nicon apartments in Psaldi. This is a quiet resort so the perfect place to chill out by day. However if you fancy the buzz and nightlife of Kos town, it is only five minutes away by taxi. You can sip a cocktail overlooking some mega yachts at the harbour, or wander through the old town and enjoy some shopping or some great night life – the choice is yours! Want to bring kids? Price for 2 adults and 2 children is only €1.241!

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5. Jamaica, 2 Weeks ALL INCLUSIVE, 12th June €903 ; 19th June, €954!

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Step on board the modern dreamliner aircraft for your direct flight to the Caribbean! How great does that sound? I was on this aircraft last year and loved it. It is so airy and comfortable, the time will fly in ( excuse the pun!). It is hard to believe you could be enjoying a two week holiday with all meals and drinks included for less than €1000! You will be staying at the highly rated Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay. Sitting on a 2km stretch of white sandy beach, complete with it’s own private island and four á la carte restaurants, it’s paradise but without the price tag! Want to bring kids? Price for 2 adults and 2 children is €3,426. Use code Jamaica to save €50 per adult at the check out 🙂

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So there you have it, my best buys from the big June holiday sale. I hope I have managed to find one that might suit you! If so, let me know, I would love to hear from you. Leave your comments in the box below. This post was sponsored in part by Falcon Holidays but all views, as always, are my own 🙂
Sarah

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Family Holidays – As Seen on TV3’s Sunday AM – 1st May 2016

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For those of you who are still looking for family holidays this summer, check out my top picks below, along with some top travel tips to help you on your way.

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Algarve, 4* Estrela do Vau, 13th August, 2ad & 2ch , 1 week €1870

This is fantastic value for a four star property in the Algarve during school holidays. The complex is located close to one of the best beaches on the Algarve and it is family orientated with two swimming pools. You are close to the quiet village of Alvor and the larger resorts of Praia da Rocha and Portimao so it offers the best of both worlds. The Algarve also offers theme parks and water parks and plenty of options for family fun days out.

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Rhodes, Pefki Islands Resort, 10th August, 2ad & 2ch, 1 week €1969

This is an excellent family property that is highly rated on tripadvisor and was awarded a certificate of excellence. It is situated beside the beach, has two swimming pools with swim up bars, as well as some organised evening entertainment. It is very close to the resort centre and within easy access of Lindos and Rhodes town. I also love that the price includes a large 2 bedroomed apartment, transfers and checked baggage!

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Harry Potter Experience, London. 11th August, 2ad & 2ch , Two nights, €956

If you are looking for a short break away then why not consider London? Visit Warner Bros studios and enjoy the Harry Potter Experience. You will visit the sets where the movies were made and see the famous Hogwarts Express. This trip also includes entrance to the West Midlands Safari Park which has over 165 exotic animals and an adventure theme park. Price of €956 includes a two night stay at the Holiday Inn Express on a bed & breakfast basis, entrance to Warner Bros studio and the West Midlands Safari park, return ferry and coach transfer, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

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4* Oranmore Lodge, Galway. Two night stay BB, 2ad & 2ch €170.

For any of you who thought you might not get away this Summer, this is a great deal that won’t break the bank!. Spend two nights in the Oranmore Lodge Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis from only €170 based on 2 adults & 2 children, throughout the summer months. This family run hotel has a leisure centre, gym and free wifi and is only 7km from Galway city.

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Travel Tips for travelling with kids.

 

 1. Make sure the holiday you are booking offers facilities that suit you.

Different age groups have different priorities. You will find with younger kids a pool or mini disco might be the most important thing, with teenagers it could be free wifi. Remember also to check the season and weather for the destination you are going to, there is a reason why prices to the Algarve are very reasonable in November, you may not get any sun!

Top tips for travelling with kids as discussed for family holidays on TV3

2. Choose your flights wisely

Short flights are handy when kids are crawling or too young to watch tv or play with tablets. Otherwise, I would say don’t let a longer flying time put you off. Kids can watch movies and easily amuse themselves for longer journeys now. Also bear in mind airport transfer times. Northern Majorca or Western Algarve can have two hour airport transfer, Lanzarote for instance might be a longer flight, but the airport transfer time to the main resort, Puerto del Carmen, is only 15 minutes.

If travelling long haul, especially to the USA – pay the extra cost and go direct. Clearing immigration in Ireland will mean when you arrive (tired ) you don’t have to queue to go through customs. You also wont have the stress of missing connections and your bags not arriving, which happened to me twice recently via London. I should have remembered that #smartfliesaerlingus! If there are no direct flights available, give yourself loads of connecting time.

Top tips for travelling with kids as discussed for family holidays on TV3

3. Buy a mediashare – Approx €30.

This was a life saver on our recent family holiday. The Verbatim MEDIA SHARE creates an ad-hoc wifi network of its own so the kids can watch movies at any time on their tablets or phones. Simply put movies on a USB stick or and SD card and plug them in. Install the MediaShare app from the Google Play or Apple App store. Open it, find the Media share device and click on the movie you wish to watch. The device can support up to five devices watching different movies at the one time. You no longer need to bring a portable DVD player and lots of discs. I have used the device in lots of hotel rooms and restaurants when the kids get bored. I will have a full review on this device in my new ‘News & Reviews’ section which will focus on great devices for the twenty first century traveller. Here is a video from the company showing how it all works

 

 

 

4. Bring supplies

Check before you go and if the beach is stoney, bring surf shoes. If you are likely to have mosquitoes, bring bug bands or deet sprays. If the weather is particularly hot, surf tops are ideal to save you worrying about kids getting burnt. If driving, going on a boat or a theme park with rollercoasters, bring seabands. My kids used them for our recent road trip and I found them great.

 

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Rhodes 2nd Sep, 1 week, flights & hotel €405!

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Looking for a bargain break away in September? I found the perfect spot – Rhodes!

 

Rhodes is one of the largest Greek islands and arguably has probably the most to offer too. Rhodes town combines a medieval city that is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO, with a modern ‘new’ town full of designer shops and seafront bars. If you want a more relaxed pace, choose the resorts of Lardos or Pefkos or if it is nightlife you seek, Faliraki has enough bars and discos to satisfy any nightowl.

A visit to Rhodes would not be complete without a visit to the hill top town of Lindos. The view from the top is breathtaking and exploring the hidden walkways, packed with local shops and cafes, makes the climb worthwhile! It is the perfect picture postcard, whitewashed houses on a hill side leading down to a fabulous beach.

One other plus is its location, further south than most of its Greek neighbours, you can expect higher temperatures here than on some of the other Mediterranean islands.

Fly from Dublin on the 2nd of September and spend seven nights in the Rodos Sun Hotel for only €412 per person. This receives excellent reviews on trip advisor and received a certificate of excellence last year. If you want a more relaxed resort try the Cosmos Maris in Lardos for €405 per person. This voted number 1 on trip advisor in Lardos and also has excellent reviews. Both prices include flights, accommodation, taxes, transfers and 20kg baggage, with NO hidden extras!

 

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