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Family Deal to Orlando With Direct Flights & Avanti Hotel, 6th June, 10 Nights, 2ad & 2ch, €2516!

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Thinking about summer holidays already? Check out this amazing family deal to Orlando, with direct Aer Lingus flights included.

 

With twelve theme parks, four waterparks and a host of other activities on International Drive, it’s not surprising that Orlando is considered the world’s best family holiday destination. Take the kids to Walt Disney World, enjoy the parades, the fireworks and let them meet their favourite characters. Enjoy the amazing simulator rides at Universal Studios and experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it will take your breath away.

 

For the dare devils amongst you, try the world famous roller coaster rides and slide down the tallest water slide in Volcano Bay. Shop till you drop at the Premium Outlet Mall or swim with the dolphins at the stunning Discovery Cove. There is so much to do in Orlando, I could go on forever! It’s an amazing holiday for adults and kids, which what makes it such a good family holiday destination – there is something for everyone!

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June is an ideal time to travel, temperatures are milder and some children are still in school so the parks tend to be less busy. I have chosen the highly rated Avanti International Resort. Centrally located on International Drive, there are many shops and dining options within walking distance and the parks are only a short shuttle ride away. This hotel has been recently refurbished and receives great reviews on TripAdvisor. There is a large pool, a kids play area, beach volleyball, and shuffleboard court. The Avanti Pool Bar & Grille is a also great option for food after a long day at the parks.

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Fly direct from Dublin to Orlando with Aer Lingus on the 6th of June and enjoy a ten-night stay here for only €2516, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. If you want to stay longer or shorter, or change the departure dates, simply edit the dates when you click on the links below. This amazing family deal to Orlando won’t be around for long so get booking your summer holiday now!
 

 

 
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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Note this posts contains affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

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Top 10 Sun Holiday Deals in August

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

Sarah

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Book A Package Holiday With Sunway With €1 Deposit!

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Trying to book a family holiday this summer but can’t afford to pay in full? Want to plan a girls getaway in September but can’t get everyone to commit? Book a package holiday with Sunway for just €1 deposit!

 

Trying to book a summer holiday after an expensive Christmas is not easy. Airlines request payment in full at the time of booking and when you add on checked bags and seat selection, that flight for €99 that looked cheap at the time, is anything but. I’m also seeing more non-refundable hotel rates these days. I don’t like paying in full at the time of booking (who does?) and I never book non-refundable rooms, it is impossible to change your booking if the need arises.

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Sunway always like to make things easy when booking holidays and now with a €1 deposit, it is even easier!  You can book a package holiday with Sunway to ANY of these destinations with just €1 – Algarve, Izmir, Bodrum, Salou, Lanzarote, Lisbon, Bulgaria, Costa del sol, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Sicily, Lake Garda, Morocco.

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I know it is hard to believe, but it is true! There is no catch – just pay the balance 10 weeks before your departure date! This is valid on all package holidays to the above destinations from the 4th of May – 27th of October. It is valid for family holidays too, everyone on the booking just pays €1 deposit. With flights, transfers and checked baggage included in the cost of their package holidays, you don’t need to search various sites to book flights, hotels and transfers separately – Sunway will do that in minutes.

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I know what it is like trying to plan a holiday with friends, it is next to impossible if you don’t book in advance. I had a quick look at Sunway’s website and found this great deal to Puerto Rico in September. Price for flights and a seven-night stay in the Carlota apartments, with transfers and checked baggage included, is only €298, based on three people sharing. The best part – simply book it now with a €1 deposit and pay the balance on the 20th of July! Of course this is available for couples too, price for two sharing is €337.

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Sunway also tailor make holidays to suit your requirements. So if you want a quick weekend in the sun or a ten-night trip to Italy, Sunway will book these holidays for you with a low deposit of €150. This is valid on holidays with Ryanair or Aer Lingus flights and the balance will be taken 12 weeks before departure. If you are travelling in July or August you will probably find that by booking with Sunway you are securing your flight and accommodation for less than the true flight cost!

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Sunway, Ireland’s largest Irish owned tour operator, has been booking holidays for Irish holidaymakers for 53 years. They are renowned for their super service both before and during your holiday. With local representatives in resorts on package holidays, a 24/7 helpline should the need arise, and fully bonded and licensed, it is not surprising that they have recently been voted Ireland’s favourite travel agent in the Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards.

 

Simply go online at Sunway.ie or call one of their travel experts on (01) 2311800 to book your next package holiday with Sunway for only €1 deposit!

 

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

 

Sarah

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May Holiday Sale – My Top 10 Picks, All Less Than €399!

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I have teamed up with TUI, who have so many amazing holiday deals in April and May. 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 reviews. All the prices below include flights, transfers and checked baggage, based on two sharing – with NO HIDDEN EXTRAS! Hopefully there will be something to suit you in the big May holiday sale!

 

 

1. Algarve, 20th May, Casa Mitchell Apartments, 1 week, 2 sharing €349

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The Algarve is always a good choice for a getaway. Only a short flight away, with wide sandy beaches, great restaurants and just the right amount of nightlife, it ticks all boxes. Stay at the Casa Mitchell apartments in Albufeira which receive excellent reviews on tripadvisor and were awarded a certificate of excellence. This family-run apart-hotel is set in a converted old townhouse in Albufeira and is only a short walk to the old town and Fisherman’s Beach.

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2. Lanzarote, 29th April, 8 Nights, Cinco Plaza Apartments, 2 sharing, €334

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Although technically late April, you will be away for the first week in May! This amazing deal to one of Lanzarote’s most sought after apartments, is superb. Not only will you be staying in the heart of Puerto del Carmen but you will also have the benefit of an extra night free. The icing on the cake – this eight day trip returns back on the bank holiday Monday, so you will only need to take five days annual leave. Highly rated on tripadvisor, the Cinco Plaza apartments are the perfect choice to kickstart your Summer.

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3. Crete, Stefania Apartments, 27th May, 1 week, 2 sharing, €379

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One of Crete’s most popular apartments, the Stefania have been a firm favourite with Irish holidaymakers for many years. Situated in the heart of Stalis and beside the beach, everything you need is on your doorstep. There is a wide selection of shops, bars and restaurants in Stalis so you could happily spend a week here without leaving the resort. Check out the excellent reviews on tripadvisor and you will see what I mean! If however, you want a change of scene, the lively resort of Hersonissos is only a short taxi ride away.

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4. Puerto Rico – 26th April, 1 week, Puerto Plata apartments, 2 sharing, €259!

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I know this is also late April, but the price is so good I couldn’t leave it out!  Puerto Rico is one of Gran Canaria’s most popular resorts 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 Puerto Plata apartments, which are very highly rated on tripadvisor for only €282 per person. Need to go in May?  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 €399 on the 10th of May.

Click here for more details: Puerto Plata €259

Click here for more details: Terrazamar €399

 

5. Majorca, Alcudia, 1st May, 1 week, BB €296; All-Inclusive €386!

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Enjoy a week in the beach resort of Alcudia over the May Bank holiday weekend for only €296. One of Majorca’s most sought after resorts, with miles of white sandy beaches and a distinctive old town, there is plenty of things to do here, by day and night.  You will be staying at the popular Lagotel Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis. Well rated on tripadvisor, this is a steal at less than half the original price! Want to go all-inclusive? The popular Condes de Alcudia Hotel is only €386!

Click here for more details: Lagotel €296

 Click here for more details: Condes de Alcudia, All Inclusive, €386

 

6. Zakynthos, 22nd May, St Denis Apartments, 1 week,  2 sharing, €392

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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 highly rated St Denis apartments, which receive great reviews on tripadvisor and was awarded a certificate of excellence. Located in the heart of Tsilivi, you are just minutes from the beach and the main strip.

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7. Tenerife, Harbour Club Apartments, 25th May, 1 week, €331

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Set in the pretty seaside town of Los Gigantes, stay in the modern Harbour Club apartments and enjoy a week of sunshine and seaviews. This apartment complex looks out over the Atlantic and the dramatic cliffs of Los Gigantes. There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants nearby as well as a stylish marina. Highly rated on tripadvisor, this is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday. Note rooms are on a steep slope.

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8. Kos 26th May, Smaragdi Apartments, 1 week, 2 sharing, €399

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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 Smaragdi apartments in Lambi. This is a quiet resort so it’s 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, or a twenty minute walk. 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!  

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9. Rhodes, 30th May, Cosmos Maris Apartments, 1 week, 2 sharing, €399!

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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 €399.  

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10. Bulgaria, Trakia Garden Hotel, Half Board, 29th May, 1 week, €396

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One of the cheapest places to holiday, if you want to getaway without breaking the bank, Sunnybeach in Bulgaria is the spot. I have chosen the popular Trakia Garden Hotel which is very highly rated on tripadvisor and was awarded a certificate of excellence. Sunnybeach is a lively resort but this hotel offers the best of both worlds. Located just ten minutes walk from the wide sandy beach and a little further to the main strip, you can have quiet time during the day and easily pop into the resort centre at night time. The mini-train stops right outside if you want to rest your legs!

 

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So there you have it, my best buys from the big May 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 by TUI but all views, as always, are my own 🙂

 

Sarah

 

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Amazing Deal to Zakynthos, 13th August, 1 week, Flights, Apartment, Transfers & Baggage, €465!

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Looking for a great summer holiday that wont break the bank? Getaway in August with this amazing deal to Zakynthos for only €465.

 

I spent a week in Zakynthos a few years ago and loved it. There is so much to see and do you will spoilt for choice. A visit to Navagio or ‘Shipwreck Beach’ is a must, it is one of the most photographed beaches in the world! A boat trip to see the Loggerhead turtles is also a great day out and appeals to all ages. If you are feeling really adventurous you could take a ferry to some of the neighbouring islands, Kefalonia is a ideal for a day trip.

For me though, the beauty lies in just chilling out on Zante’s beaches and enjoying some tasty Greek food in local tavernas. There is a great laid back atmosphere on the island and although developed for tourists, it still feels authentic.  For more information on Zakynthos you can read my blog by clicking here.

Navagio beach, Zakynthos

I found a great deal staying at the popular Katerina Palace Aparthotel. Enjoy a one week stay for only €465 on the 13th of August. Centrally located in the beautiful resort of Argassi, it is also close to the beach and receives great reviews on tripadvisor. The price includes flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage – with no hidden extras!! Use code SAVE100 to save €100 off the listed price shown.

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

 

Sarah

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Summer Holiday in Kos, 25th August, Flights, Hotel, Transfers & Baggage, €447!

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Looking for a week away this Summer without breaking the bank? Book a Summer holiday in Kos from only €447 in August.

 

Kos is an island of contrasts. There are quiet sandy beaches on the south coast and beaches full of water sport enthusiasts on the north coast. You will find peaceful low-key resorts as well as buzzing towns, housing some of the best bars and clubs in Greece. Kos town, the capital mixes ancient ruins with a cosmopolitan centre. There is plenty of sightseeing as well as great night life. The sophisticated harbour is at the heart of this town, which is a great place to people watch and enjoy some al fresco dining. Night owls will love Bar street which as the name suggests has plenty of bars and clubs that stay open until the small hours.

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I found a great deal staying in the popular Hotel Bahamas. This ‘adults-only’ hotel is located just ten minutes walk from Kos Town and a fifteen minute stroll to the beach. Check out the great reviews on tripadvisor.

Fly direct from Dublin on the 25th of August and enjoy a seven night stay for only €447 per person. Price includes transfers and checked baggage with no hidden extras. And if  you still need convincing, a deposit of €75 secures a booking, with the balance payable 10 weeks before departure!

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

 

Sarah

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Tips & Deals for Booking Summer Holidays As Discussed on Newstalk

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With tons of special offers available and a desire to have something to look forward to, January is the best time to book a holiday. Check out my top tips and deals for booking Summer holidays that I discussed with Ivan Yates on Newstalk.

 

Compare like with like.

I say this time and time again as this is the biggest mistake people make when booking holidays online. When comparing package holidays with holidays you design yourself, make sure you include baggage charges, airport transfers and local taxes. Tour Operators like Sunway , Topflight and TUI Holidays will offer packages with no hidden extras, so make sure the ‘deal’ you think you have found online is really as good as it seems. A 20kg checked bag costs €110 to Lanzarote in the Summer with Aer Lingus and airport transfer costs to some resorts in the Algarve and Majorca can also be extremely high, so make sure you add these to the cost of the basic flight and accommodation before you compare with a package holiday.

The same applies to long haul holidays. Sometimes specialists like Tropical Sky will be able to offer cheaper packages than if you bought a flight and hotel separately. Some of the low cost carriers, like Norwegian and WOW air charge high amounts for baggage, allocated seating, even meals, on long haul flights. Compare these with airlines such as Turkish Airlines who include a generous baggage allowance, all meals and even drinks on board.

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Check the total flight duration.

You may find a special offer on a particular website to Los Angeles or Thailand but when you book it you will find that it takes you 24 hours to get there! Sometimes the lowest airfares have many stopovers and can take double the time of a direct flight – make sure you read the times!

Check one way and return airfares.

When booking a flight make sure you check both one way and return airfares. With Aer Lingus and Ryanair for instance, you may find it is cheaper to fly out with one airline and home with another. This can also be useful for good flight times, one airline may have better times on the outward journey and another on the return. Skycanner will combine all airlines so you can automatically find the best airfares and quite often the lowest priced journey will be with two different carriers. Skyscanner will also show you carriers that you may not have thought of, i.e Vueling who fly direct to Barcelona from Dublin or Iberian Express who fly to Madrid.

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Some of the best sales / deals available.

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Aer Lingus annual seat sale is on until the 16th of January offering up to 50% off selected European airfares and flights to the USA from €209 one way, if sold as part of a return ticket. Apparently they have reductions on 3 million seats!

TUI Holidays ( formerly Falcon Holidays ) is offering 1000’s of free child places with a low booking deposit of €75.

Attraction Tickets Direct have a Win Win promotion. If you pay a €25 deposit on theme park tickets to Florida and the price reduces when you are due to pay your balance, you will be charged the lower price. If the price increases ( due to currency fluctuations or general price increases ) they wont charge you any more. Hence the term win win – you can’t loose!

Topflight has a ski and summer sale with discounts across all seasons and destinations including ski holidays and a wide range of holidays to Italy.

Click&GO.com is offering €1 deposits on holidays booked with Aer Lingus, departing 10 or more weeks from the booking date. A further €150 deposit is due 4 weeks after booking and the balance is payable 10 weeks before departure.

Royal Caribbean Cruises is offering buy one get one half price, plus free deluxe drinks packages on selected sailings. They are also offering 25% discount on the 3rd and 4th passengers, which is ideal for families.

 

My Top 3 Top Long Haul Picks:

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Sunway is offering a seven night all-inclusive stay in the Dominican Republic from €875 in May. Price includes flights and hotel for 1 week, with all meals and drinks included. Upgrade to the 5* Dreams Punta Cana for €1189. Click here for more details:

Tropical Sky is offering a seven night all-inclusive stay in the Maldives from €1499 including flights and speed boat transfers. Click here for more details:

Travalue has a 12 night holiday to South Africa with accommodation in Cape Town, the wine lands and the Garden Route, with 9 days car hire, and a safari for 2 nights on a full board basis, from €1695 in May or June. Click here for more details:

 

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Sarah

 

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

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

 

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

A winter deal to Lanzarote from The Travel Expert

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

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

 

Sarah

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Four Night Break In The Algarve, Flights & 4* Apartment, 16th May, €199!

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Kickstart your Summer with a four night break in the Algarve. Stay in the four star Solaqua apartments in May, for only €199 per person.

 

The Algarve is one of the top destinations for Irish holidaymakers and Albufeira is one of the most popular resorts. The combination of the old town, full of character with traditional Portuguese eateries, and the modern new town, means it offers the best of both worlds. Albufeira offers some great nightlife if you are looking for a lively holiday but there are long sandy beaches too if you just want to chill out, relax and enjoy the Atlantic surf. Average temperatures for the same week for the last three years were a balmy 24 degrees and sunny – check out the historical tab on wunderground here.

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You will be staying in the four star Luna Solaqua apartments which are centrally located in Albufeira, receive excellent reviews on tripadvisor and have been awarded a certificate of excellence. There is an indoor and outdoor pool and a spa offering massage and beauty treatments.

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So go on grab a few mates and get your Summer off to a super start! Fly from Dublin to Faro on the 16th of May and enjoy a four night break in the Algarve for only €199 per person! I have priced this based on flying out on Wednesday evening so you only need to take two days off work. If you want to stay longer, there are three flights every day and you can change the search dates on the accommodation link to suit you.

 

Click here to book flights to Faro: €101 pp

Click here to book apartment: €98 pp

 

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

 

Sarah

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Dominican Republic All Inclusive Deal, 12th May, 1 week, €765!

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800 miles of Caribbean coastline, year round sunshine, picture postcard beaches and tropical rainforests. You need to check out this amazing Dominican Republic all inclusive deal…

 

Filled with luxury resorts and white sandy beaches, Punta Cana is the most popular resort. Watersports are plentiful, try diving, snorkelling or enjoy a sunset cruise! The island’s interior is filled with tropical rainforests and lush mountains and is definitely worth exploring. However most of the hotels are all-inclusive so many tend to stay put and enjoy the onsite facilities. If you take a stroll along the beaches in Punta Cana you will discover the coolest beach houses selling local handcrafts and gifts.

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Sunway have many accommodation offerings but I couldn’t resist the value at the Riu Naiboa hotel. For €875 you can enjoy a week’s stay with flights, all meals and drinks included!! Located on the Atlantic Coast this modern all-inclusive hotel in set in extensive gardens and offers sports facilities including kayaking, pedaloes and sailing, all part of the all-inclusive arrangement. For any night owls, drinks are served 24 hours a day ( local brands) and all RIU guests go free at Splash Water World. The hotel also has a kids club and offers daily entertainment for adults and children so why not bring the kids along? This is no doubt one of the best deals I have seen to the Caribbean!

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For those who are looking for five star luxury, try Dreams Punta Cana. This adult-only luxury resort is one of the best on the island, receives outstanding reviews on tripadvisor and is available for only €1,189.  You will receive a stocked minibar in your suite, free WiFi, a choice of 8 a la carte restaurants, 10 bars and 24 hour room service. You don’t even need to leave your lounger when you want a cocktail – they offer waiter service at the pools and beach!

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No matter which option you choose, you can’t deny they are both exceptional value. And with the all-inclusive arrangement, you don’t need any spending money! So for €87 you can be lying on a Caribbean beach in May…..

Click here for more details:

 

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

 

 

 

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Last Minute Holidays As Seen On TV3’s SundayAM, 24th July 2016

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Looking for a break in July or August? Check out my top picks for last minute holidays as seen on TV3’s Sunday AM.

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Availability to the popular destinations (Spain & Portugal mainly) in July and August is always scarce, and this year is no exception. However, there is increased capacity with Aer Lingus and Ryanair so airfares are quite low. In fact Aer Lingus have a seat sale with up to 25% off European flights during August & September, if booked by midnight on Monday, 25th July. If you are prepared to go off the beaten track and stay somewhere further from the resort centre, you can pick up good deals on last minute holidays. I found that Italy is better value than Spain and Portugal at the moment, here are my top picks.

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Italy Deals:

Crystal Holidays are offering a  2* Hotel in Lake Garda, the Miravalli, from €340 per person on the 6th of August. This is a basic hotel but located in the heart of Garda, so it’s perfect for anyone who just wants to use the hotel as a base. If you want to upgrade your hotel, Topflight have a Summer sale until the 29th of July with savings of €420 per person. They have Sicily, Lido di Jesolo and Sorrento on sale in August as well as Lanzarote, the Algarve and Madeira.

I like the 3* Astoria Hotel, Sorrento, it’s €789 on the 7th and 14th of August. It is situated right in the heart of Sorrento, it is great value for such a fantastic location. All of Topflight’s prices include flights, transfers and checked baggage. Click here for more details.

Last minute holidays as seen on TV3's Sunday AM

Family Holiday:

Menorca is surprisingly good value for the next few weeks. With short day time flights and very family friendly, it is an ideal choice for a family holiday. Sunway are offering package deals where transfers and checked baggage are included, staying in the popular Binimar apartments. They are a nice low rise complex, close to the town centre and the beach and have a small splash park on site. The price for 2 adults & 2 children on the 31st of July and 7th of August is €1876. Click here for more details. Last minute holidays as seen on TV3's Sunday AM

Mid to late August:

With some kids back in school as early as the 24th of August, the last week of August is best time to pick up a bargain holiday. The Aer Lingus sale has some great airfares so you should be able to pick up a package deal to Spain or Portugal for less than €400. If you fancy Greece, Falcon Holidays are offering a week package deal to Zakynthos from €399 on the 30th of August, staying in the popular Katerina Palace Hotel. Click here for more details.

Last minute holidays as seen on TV3's Sunday AM

ClickandGo.com have matched the low airfares with some good city breaks too. I like this one in Madrid, it combines sightseeing, sun and shopping all in one! Fly with Aer Lingus and enjoy a three night stay in a four star hotel for only €247 on the 15th of August. Click here for more details.

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5 Tips to find a last minute deal:

1. ClickandGo.com have a ‘dealfinder’ on their website where you can select sun holidays or city breaks within 30 days, 60 days etc and it will list all holidays that they have available.

2. Use Ryanair’s fare finder’ and Skyscanner’s ‘everywhere’ searches for any destination under a specific price range. Use hotel aggregators such as Trivago & Tripadvisor to search many accommodation websites for the same hotel.

3. The Irish Travel Agents association’s website combines top travel agents offers so you don’t need to search lots of different websites. And I offer my best last minute deals in my best travel deals post which is published every Tuesday on thetravelexpert.ie 🙂

4. Compare like with like. Remember a package holiday with a Tour Operator such as Falcon Holidays or Sunway includes airport transfers and checked baggage. A 20kg checked bag to the Canary Islands with Ryanair is €100 during July and August, so that ‘cheap deal’ you thought you found, might not be so cheap after all.

5. And finally always check with your local travel agent – they are searching late offers day in, day out and will probably know immediately what is the best value at any given time.

 

All prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change.

 

Sarah

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Best Travel Deals

3rd September, One week package deal to Fuerteventura, only €334!

Fuerteventura, is blessed with year round sunshine, stunning beaches and a great laid back atmosphere. Enjoy a one week package deal to Fuerteventura for only €334 in September, and finish off the Summer in style!

 

It is less developed than the other Canary Islands but that is part of it’s charm. If you are a beach lover you will love Fuerteventura. You will find picture postcard white sandy beaches here – some would say as good as the Caribbean! Watching the wind surfers and kite boarders and pottering around the many surf shops you can’t help but notice that it has a sporty feel to it. For more information on Fuerteventura you can read my blog post by clicking here.

One week package deal to Fuerteventura

I found a fantastic deal departing on the 3rd of September from Dublin staying in the popular Villa Florida apartments. They have been a firm favourite with Irish holiday makers for many years. They are centrally located in the resort of Caleta de Fuste, close to plenty of bars and restaurants and only 200 meters from the sandy beach. They also receive great reviews on tripadvisor!

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Fly direct from Dublin on Saturday the 3rd of September and enjoy seven nights in a spacious one bedroom apartment for only €334 per person, based on two sharing. This price includes flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage, with NO hidden extras!

 

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

 

Sarah

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