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Where to Stay in Thailand – Best For Couples, Families, Wildlife & Culture

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With vibrant cities, cultural centres and over 1400 islands to choose from, trying to decide where to stay in Thailand is not easy. But don’t worry, I’ve done all the hard work for you – check out my top picks below.

 

Thailand is one of the world’s most visited countries. Its diversity ensures that no matter what type holiday you seek – you can find it in Thailand. Culture vultures will love the gleaming temples, rice paddies and floating markets, couples will love the endless choice of beachfront hotels and vibrant nightlife, thrill seekers can swim with whale sharks, camp in rainforests and enjoy white water rafting, while families can combine beach time with a magical stay in an ethical elephant camp. Regardless of the type or traveller you are, or what experiences you seek, Thailand’s friendly people will ensure you receive a warm welcome. I have teamed up with Tropical Sky to help you choose where to stay in Thailand. From secluded island resorts to tented camps, I’ve got suggestions for couples, luxury, families, culture and wildlife. 

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Tropical Sky offers a wide selection of holidays to Thailand and can tailor-make any holiday to suit your requirements. If you want to add on a few nights in bustling Bangkok, or choose to stay for shorter, or longer periods in a particular hotel, talk to the dedicated sales team and they will advise where to stay in Thailand to best suit your requirements.

 

Best for Couples: Koh Yao and Phuket, 10 Nights From €2129 Including Flights, Hotels & Transfers

This wonderful two-centre holiday combines one of Thailand’s lesser-known islands, Koh Yao, with its most famous, Phuket. You will enjoy five nights in each, staying in completely different, but equally luxurious, 5-star hotels. In Koh Yao you will be staying in one of world’s most unique hotels – TreeHouse Villas Koh Yao. The entrance to your own private tree house is by suspension bridge – can you imagine anything more romantic?

The TreeHouse Villas Koh Yao is surrounded by tropical rainforests, turquoise waters and dramatic limestone cliffs, as well as its own 400-metre secluded beach. You can hire bicycles and explore the island, enjoy water activities including sea kayaking and fishing, relax by your own private pool, or enjoy a wide selection of spa treatments, twice daily yoga classes or Thai cookery classes. 

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Staying in the TreeHouse Villas Koh Yao might seem hard to follow but five nights in a private villa in the 5-star boutique Pavilions Phuket Hotel might just do the trick! Enjoy swimming in privacy in your own private pool, and a choice of dining options from its three award-winning restaurants. Although situated on a quiet side of the island, you can also choose to explore Phuket and some of its vibrant nightlife. However, if rest and relaxation is all you seek, the spa and wellness centre on site will complete this memorable stay.   

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Best for Luxury: Khao Lak and Koh Lanta, 10 Nights From €1769 Including Flights, Hotels  & Transfers  

Situated on a seven-mile stretch of white sand in Khao Lak, with fine dining restaurants and an award-winning spa, the 5-star Sarojin Hotel is the ultimate in luxury – and your home for the first five nights of this magnificent holiday. 

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Although you may not want to leave, a five-night stay at the adult-only 5-star Layana Resort & Spa will certainly ease your pain. Another superb hotel, in an unspoilt location, it actually won the coveted Top Hotel in Thailand and Best Luxury Hotel in Thailand in 2017. As well as enjoying authentic Thai food, why not try to cook some too? The cooking classes on site are very popular with guests, as is the spa. However make sure you get out and explore the stunning beaches and authentic way of life for which Koh Lanta is renowned.  

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Best for Wildlife & Adventure: Elephant Hills, Khao Lak & Krabi, 12 Nights From €3119 Including Flights, Hotels & Transfers

This super itinerary sums up Thailand’s diversity in a nutshell. You will start your adventure in the idyllic Sarojin Hotel in the beach resort of Khao Lak – the perfect place to unwind. When you feel fully refreshed you will transfer to Khao Sok National Park for the ultimate wildlife experience. You will be staying in the Elephant Hills ethical tented camp for rescued elephants, where en-suite tents are equipped with double beds. You will enjoy a canoe safari, and have the opportunity to interact with the Asian elephants.
 
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The following day you will take a long-tail boat ride on Cheow Lake, where you will stay in one of 10 luxury tents floating on the lake. A guided jungle trek and some swimming opportunities complete this experience of a life time.
 
After all that adventure, what better than a five-night stay in the beautiful resort of Krabi. Home to dramatic limestone cliffs, stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters, Krabi is the picture perfect Thai beach resort. There are many hotel options to choose from including the 4-star Holiday Inn Resort or the superbly situated 5-star Rayavadee Krabi. Many choose Krabi as a base for island hopping, so why not choose to visit Koh Phi Phi or James Bond Island too?
 
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Best for Families: Santiburi Hotel Koh Samui, 7 Nights from €4999 based on 2 adults & 2 children sharing 

One of the Thailand’s largest islands Koh Samui is a great choice for a family holiday. For families wondering where to stay in Thailand, the Santiburi Resort is the prefect choice.

Located on a stunning beach, this luxury 5-star hotel has low-rise villas set in tropical gardens. The massive outdoor pool (the largest in Koh Samui), and kids and sports clubs will keep the kids amused all day. There are arts and crafts workshops, cookery lessons, football games and a games room with consoles. The championship 18-hole golf course, the Santiburi Spa, tennis and yoga classes will surely keep the adults happy too. 

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There are five dining venues and a choice of accommodation options to choose from, including two-bedroom duplex suites, garden villas and beachfront villas with private pools. The Santiburi Hotel is one of the Leading Hotels of the World – need I say more?

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Best for Culture: Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Khao Lak, 11 Nights from €1879 Including Flights, Hotels & Transfers

Combining the bustling city of Bangkok with the charming city of Chang Mai really shows the diversity of Thailand’s two largest cities. After six action-packed days exploring both cities, what better than a five-night stay in the beautiful beach resort of Khao Lak. While offering plenty of time to explore on your own, this enchanting trip also includes half-day tours of Bangkok’s Grand Palace, floating markets and a River Cruise & Temples tour.

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You will also enjoy top hotels throughout your stay. The Rembrandt Hotel & Suites is one of Bangkok’s most popular hotels, and is superbly located in trendy Sukhumvit.  

The Tamarind Village Hotel in Chiang Mai is an oasis located in the heart of Old Chiang Mai City, close to all the historic temples, night bazaar and riverside restaurants – this hotel is located inside the ancient city walls and is one of the best places to stay in Chiang Mai. 

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Your final stay in the Khao Lak Merlin Resort is the perfect place to unwind. With a choice of dining options and facilities on site, as well as offering stunning views of the Andaman Sea, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your last few days in Thailand at your leisure. 

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These are just a sample of the Thailand holidays that Tropical Sky offer. They can tailor-make any holiday to suit your requirements. If you want to stay for shorter, or longer periods in a particular hotel or visit more Thai islands,  talk to the dedicated sales team and they will advise where to stay in Thailand to best suit your requirements.

 

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Top 5 All Inclusive Caribbean Resorts for Families

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Want to go somewhere exotic but keep the kids happy too? With water parks on-site and camping adventures on the beach, these are my top five all inclusive Caribbean resorts for families.

 

5* All Inclusive, Moon Palace Resort, Cancun

All-inclusive in the Moon Palace means just that. You won’t hear ‘this restaurant is not included’. 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… Kids 17 and under stay, play and eat free on selected dates. Now you can see how this is one of the best all-inclusive Caribbean Resorts for families!

You also get a whopping $1500 resort credit if you stay for seven nights, or $2500 resort credit if you stay for twelve nights or more! You really need no spending money. With your resort credit you can enjoy motorised water-sports, a round of golf or some spa treatments. All you pay is a 16% service tax.

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There are two kids pools, and one has a splash-zone water park. There are kids clubs, a teen lounge and a games room, as well as a regular day and evening entertainment programme. Children will enjoy the multi-sports court and the wide selection of water-sports available, including kayaking, paddle boats and diving. There is also an 18-hole mini-golf course, beach soccer, pool and beach volleyball, basketball, tennis courts and table tennis available.

Adults are well catered for too, with a large freestyle pool, two swim up bars, six double-whirlpool tubs, two fitness centres, Spa, 27 hole golf course, yoga , pilates and lots more.

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The deluxe resort-view rooms sleep four and an infant, and come with a double Jacuzzi in the bathroom and a private balcony, and almost all have a hammock. There are also family deluxe rooms which are two bedroom suites and sleep up to 6, with Xbox/DVD players and child-friendly snacks in the minibar.

This resort is highly rated in TripAdvisor, won a travellers choice award and is considered at Platinum level from Greenleaders. If you fancy a change of scene, 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…

Prices from €4499 including flights, transfers and a seven night stay on an all-inclusive basis, based on 2 adults and 2 children ( under 12) sharing.

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5* All Inclusive Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa, Dominican Republic

This luxury resort is one of the best on the island, receives outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor and is available from only €1,189 per adult. Children will love the Pirates Water Slide and the super kids clubs. The Explorers Club caters for kids from age 3 – 12 and runs from 9am to 10pm. This fully supervised club is free of charge to guests and offers superb games and activities throughout the day, including an ocean trampoline, water slides, treasure hunts, movies on the beach and campout adventures! Teenagers will love the Core Zone Teens Club for 13 – 17 year olds, open from 9am – 12am! They have water based activities, video consoles and a rock climbing wall, as well as social events including a teens disco. 

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Don’t worry, this is a super resort for adults too. The location is fantastic, with tropical gardens and a stunning beach, you have the best of both worlds.. The award-winning swimming pool meanders through the resort and even has a swim-up bar. There are eight different dining options, nine bars to choose from, and your minibar is stocked daily. You don’t even need to leave your lounger when you want a cocktail, as they offer waiter service at the pools and beach.

Prices from €3349 based on 2 adults and 1 child sharing a standard room or €4999 based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing a Preferred Club Junior Suite. Prices including flights, transfers and a seven night stay on an all-inclusive basis.

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4* All Inclusive Sugar Bay, Barbados

Barbados is one of my favourite islands in the Caribbean. There is so much to do, and it is so easy to get around – they even drive on the same side of the road as us. The Sugar Bay Resort is located on the lively South Coast, close to Bridgetown, so if you are looking for a fun all-inclusive holiday, with plenty of action close by, then this is the place for you!  The Caribbean vibes are evident throughout the hotel, with colourful buildings and a lively atmosphere. The Sugar Bay has a choice of family rooms available, with suites sleeping two adults and 3 children and large two bedroom oceanfront suites sleeping up to six adults.

Kids will be spoiled for choice with the various kids clubs, games room and playground available. There is a crèche for children aged from 4 months to 2 years, a kids club from 3 – 11 years and a teens club for 12 – 16 years. Teenagers even have their own clubhouse, where no adults or younger siblings are allowed. Kids can also enjoy non-motorised water sports at no extra cost including kayaking, snorkelling and booogie boarding. Windsurfing, jet skis, banana boats and sailing are also available at an additional charge. The free WiFi is available throughout the resort, this will no doubt be a big hit for teenagers too.

Adults are well catered for with a choice of swimming pools, and one has a swim-up bar. There is also a jacuzzi, fitness centre and spa. There is a great choice of dining options available including the Sizzle Steak House and the adults only Asian-fusion restaurant, and UMI – where you can dine twice a week as part of the all-inclusive arrangement. Before you dine, a visit to Colin’s Beach Bar and Grill for sundowners is a must.

Highly rated on TripAdvisor with excellent reviews, this is one of the best all-inclusive Caribbean Resorts for families. 

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Prices from €5499 including flights, transfers and a seven night stay on an all-inclusive basis, based on 2 adults and 2 children ( under 12) sharing.  Note first child (aged 16 and under) stays FREE all year round. 

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4* All Inclusive Verandah Resort & Spa, Antigua

Set upon 30 acres of white sandy beaches and bordering the Devil’s Bridge National Park, this is the picture postcard setting. Nature lovers can enjoy the many nature trails and wildlife in the National Park, and take a boat trip to nearby Bird Island. There are also many historical sites nearby as well as the Devil’s Bridge, which is a natural rock arch with geysers and blowholes. If however you just want to chill out on the beach all day, you have two to choose from.


There is a host of water-sports available. Wind surfing, snorkelling, kayaking, hobie cat sailing, pedal boats, stand up paddle boarding and water hammocks, are all available as part of the all-inclusive arrangement. There is a kids club from ages 2 – 12 years open from 9am – 10pm which has an outdoor play area and splash pool.

For children aged 8 or older, there are lead activities including sailing, kayaking, nature walks, swimming, paddle boats, arts & crafts & beach games. Older kids can enjoy the games pavillion, 18-hole mini golf course, tennis centre, volleyball or the teenagers room with pool tables.

All rooms are large junior suites with Caribbean-style décor and verandahs with beautiful views. There are also two bedroom villas with a private pool, where currently kids stay free.

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Adults can enjoy the Tranquility Body and Soul Spa, fitness centre, fitness and cookery classes, as well as the many nature walks nearby. There are four restaurants to choose from and a children’s restaurant in the kids club.

Highly rated on TripAdvisor, this exclusive family resort has everything you need for a tropical beach holiday.

Prices from €4249 in a standard room or €5699 in a 2 bedroom villa, including flights, transfers and a seven night stay on an all-inclusive basis, based on 2 adults and 2 children (under 12) sharing.  

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4* All Inclusive Coconut Bay Beach Resort, St Lucia

The multi award-winning Coconut Bay Beach Resort boasts being the only premium all-inclusive resort in St Lucia. Adults and children are catered for brilliantly here, with a separate adults-only wing. ‘Splash’, the family-friendly wing, is home to CocoLand, St Lucia’s largest water park. There are nine restaurants, seven bars and five swimming pools – this resort is situated on 85 acres, it is safe to say you won’t need to leave it.

There are many rooms to choose from, including two-bedroom interconnecting rooms and family rooms which are located in the family ‘Splash’ wing. This Splash wing has everything you could possibly want for the ultimate family holiday. You are even provided with a local mobile phone that you can contact your kids at any time, and vice versa.

The water park has water slides, a Coconut Cannon water ride, as well as a lazy river. The Kidz Klub caters from newborn up to 12 years, and there is a petting zoo with feeding stations, so kids can interact with the animals.  There is also a watersports centre with a host of activities included in the cost of your stay, as well as four tennis courts, basketball courts, paintball and a daily and evening entertainment programme.

With excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and a certificate of excellence award winner, this is the ultimate family resort, and often classed as one of the best all-inclusive Caribbean Resorts for families. 

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Prices from €5499 including flights, transfers and a seven night stay on an all-inclusive basis, based on 2 adults and 2 children ( under 12) sharing. Note first child stays free on selected dates.

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So now that you have seen my top five all inclusive Caribbean resorts for families, the only decision is which one to choose? 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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3 New Luxury Long Haul Destinations from Ireland for 2020

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Looking for somewhere new to try in 2020? I’ve got secluded tree houses, paradise islands and all-inclusive resorts – check out these luxury long haul destinations from Ireland and get planning your next dream holiday!

 

I love my job, but writing this post is a health hazard. I have just found three luxury long haul destinations from Ireland to add to my ever-growing bucket list! I can’t decide whether I want to stay in a unique tree house in Thailand, go back to one of my favourite destinations – the Maldives, or enjoy Calypso music in the Caribbean. Can I have all three please?

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I have teamed up with Tropical Sky to bring you some new luxury long haul destinations from Ireland that I believe you need to know about! Tropical Sky is a tour operator that I work with regularly. They offer a wide selection of luxury long haul holidays from Ireland, including these three beauties. Tropical Sky can tailor-make any holiday to suit your requirements. If you want to combine one of these hotels with another destination, or choose to stay shorter or longer in a particular hotel, just talk to the dedicated sales team and they will organise the perfect holiday for you.

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5* TreeHouse Villas Thailand: 7 nights B&B from €1749 Including Flights

I am actually torn when telling people about this place – I believe it is one of Thailand’s best-kept secrets. Imagine entering your own private tree house by suspension bridge – this adult-only luxury retreat is like nothing else I have seen. The location alone will give you the wow factor, and this before you step inside the TreeHouse Villas Koh Yao. Koh Yao Noi is an idyllic island located in Phang Nga Bay between Phuket and Krabi in Thailand, and TreeHouse Villas Koh Yao is located right on the northern tip.

The TreeHouse Villas Kho Yao is surrounded by tropical rainforests, turquoise waters and dramatic limestone cliffs. Although it sounds almost like a retreat, you can also hire bicycles and explore the nearby villages and sandy beaches. Don’t let the name fool you either, TreeHouse Villas Kho Yao has its own 400-metre secluded beach and offers many water activities including sea kayaking and fishing. However if you just want to relax, you can enjoy a wide selection of spa treatments, twice daily yoga classes or a Thai cookery class. 

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There are 32 villas, each with their own private pool, jungle shower and hammock-shaped bath. If you prefer a single storey, you can opt for a beach villa, although personally I think there is something magical about walking across a suspension bridge to your bedroom.

You can enjoy meals in a choice of two restaurants or opt for romantic in-villa dining. The TreeHouse Villas Kho Yao must be one of the world’s most unique hotels.

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5* Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa: 7 nights All-Inclusive from €3239 Including Flights

The Maldives is one of the most idyllic destinations I have ever visited and I would love to go back. No amount of superlatives do it justice, and anyone I have spoken to who has visited has had a similar reaction. When I heard of this brand new, 5-star deluxe all-inclusive resort – that is already a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, I was sold!
 

 
The Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa is built to blend perfectly with the environment. The result is a modern design with natural materials, including thatched roofs, surrounded by 1.5km of pristine white sand. There are 120 villas and you can choose whether you want to stay in a beach villa or have direct access to the Indian Ocean by staying in a water villa.
 
 
You will arrive by seaplane, which is included in the cost, as is unlimited dining and premium branded drinks throughout your stay. Their deluxe all-inclusive arrangement allows you to dine in any of their four restaurants and enjoy drinks from two bars, or on your own private balcony, as your minibar is refreshed daily with beers, wine and snacks. One boat excursion is included per seven-night stay, as well as group snorkelling excursions, non-motorised watersports and evening entertainment.
 

 

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4* The Sands Barbados: 7 nights All-Inclusive from €1829 Including Flights

While this hotel may not be as luxurious as the previous two, I think it deserves a place on this list because of its superb location, and because it is brand new! I also love Barbados: it is so diverse, it is easy to explore and it epitomises the Caribbean dream.

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Officially opening on the 1st December 2019, this all-inclusive hotel is located on a pristine sandy beach on Barbados’s lively South Coast. Its contemporary decor and spacious rooms make it an ideal choice for families or couples – the two- and three-bedroom suites are sure to please families looking for luxury long haul destinations.

Its beachfront location is ideal for the array of watersports available. Non-motorised watersports such as kayaking, snorkelling and body boarding are part of the all-inclusive arrangement, as are meals and drinks. There are two restaurants and two bars on-site as well as a gym and a spa. 

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Top 3 Bali Holidays from Ireland, Multi-Centre, All-Inclusive Resorts & Luxury Hotels

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I’ve got three Bali holidays below to tempt you: an all-inclusive beach resort, a luxury beach and mountain holiday, and an island-hopping adventure – which one will you choose?

 

Bali has been on my bucket list for years – and still is! It is one of the world’s most diverse destinations, with stunning beaches, tropical rainforests, hillside temples and remarkable rice fields. Whether you want to explore one of Bali’s 20,000 temples, find your spiritual self in Ubud, chill out on its perfect beaches or party all night, Bali holidays offer something to suit all tastes. Personally I would like to do all of the above. Bali is my idea of the perfect holiday destination with culture, scenery, chill time and a little fun thrown in for good measure! 

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I have teamed up with Tropical Sky , a tour operator that offers many holidays to Bali and beyond. I have selected three different Bali holidays but Tropical Sky can tailor-make any holiday to suit your requirements. If you want to combine Bali with some of Asia’s vibrant cities or stay longer in a particular resort, just talk to their dedicated sales team and they will organise the perfect holiday for you. 


 

Grand Mirage Resort and Thalasso: 7 nights All-Inclusive From €1559 Incl. Flights

This is a great option for anyone who likes all-inclusive resorts with all meals and drinks included in the cost. You can add on extra night stays in the other Indonesian islands or in Bali’s cultural centre of Ubud.

Located at the tip of the famous Nusa Dua beach, this Balinese hotel and spa  is perfect for couples or families looking for a lively beach resort with a wide selection of facilities on site. There are two bars and eight restaurants to choose from, including authentic Indian cuisine at Bumbu, and fresh seafood and meat with Indian Ocean views at Jukung Grill. If you fancy a night cap on your balcony or terrace, your minibar is refreshed daily with complimentary drinks.
 

There are at least eight different sports activities on each day, including waterpolo and beach volleyball, and you have unlimited use of non-motorised watersports, including ocean kayaking and catamaran sailing. Check out the reviews on Tripadvisor if you still need convincing!

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Bali, Lombok & Gili Islands: 13 Nights From €2459 Incl. Flights

Fancy going island hopping in Indonesia? I love this itinerary, in fact I want to book it right now! Your trip starts with a five-night stay in the 5-star Laguna Resort & Spa hotel in Bali. With a super beachfront location and a host of facilities including seven lagoons and pools and a luxury spa, this will get your holiday off to the perfect start.

You will then be transferred by speedboat to Gili Meno for a three-night stay in the 4-star Mahamaya Boutique Resort. Explore this traffic-free island with complimentary bicycles, take to the sea with complimentary kayaks and snorkel with turtles – one of the island’s must-dos! Finish off the day watching the sunset from the hotel’s private beach.

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Your final stop is the island of Lombok where you will be staying in the romantic 5-star Hotel Tugu. Wonderfully located on its own private beach with pristine reefs close by, you will love snorkelling here. If you can tear yourself away from the ocean, don’t miss the amazing spa that located inside the remains of an ancient Hindu Temple. The hotel offers a host of activities to help you connect with Indonesia’s culture, including cooking, trekking to a waterfall, how to make a medicinal herbal remedy, and how to release a turtle safely to the sea.

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Luxury Bali Beach & Ubud: 10 Nights Multi-Centre Holiday From €2369 Incl. Flights

Start your first day with a complimentary yoga class – this should set the tone for this 5-star luxury Bali holiday! Spend three nights in Bali’s spiritual centre, Ubud, followed by a seven-night stay in one of Bali’s most dramatic cliff top settings. Ubud is home to Bali’s famous rice paddies and some say is even more impressive than Bali’s beach resorts. Luckily this itinerary offers you the opportunity to decide for yourself. 

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You will be staying for three nights in Maya Ubud Resort & Spa, a luxury hotel in the heart of the forest – with an infinity pool that appears to float over the treetops and a choice of two top-class restaurants, you may not want to leave. However, when in Ubud you should meet the friendly locals, enjoy nature walks or perhaps try a Balinese cooking class. If you want a more active holiday, Ubud is very popular for white water rafting, kayaking and cycling, although yoga, pilates and meditation are what gave this area its global status as one of the world’s best wellness resorts. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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After a spiritual few days in Ubud you will be transferred to the southern resort of Nusa Dua for a seven-night stay in the 5-Star Samabe Bali Suites & Villas, where you will stay in your own secluded suite or villa. Expect impeccable service, as well as a personal butler, fine dining and stunning accommodation. Every room has ocean views with floor to ceiling windows and is equipped with a telescope for romantic late night stargazing.

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Tropical Sky offer a range of holidays to Bali and many destinations all over the world. Call one of their travel experts on 01 664 9999 to discuss any of these options, or to tailor-make a holiday to suit you. This post on Bali holidays was sponsored by Tropical Sky, but all views, as always, are my own.

 

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3 Exclusive Yacht Cruises in the Caribbean, Bali & Seychelles, from €2499 Including Flights

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Cruising around the Caribbean, island hopping in the Seychelles, and exploring the many islands of Indonesia – all three sound idyllic to me. These exclusive yacht cruises are combined with hotel stays for the ultimate holiday experience.

 

I am a big fan of cruise holidays, but the idea of sailing around the Caribbean on a luxury yacht has a different appeal to cruising on a 5000-passenger cruise ship! Wouldn’t it be great to be able to explore tiny islands in the Caribbean that cruise ships can not visit, to jump into the sea when you come across a hidden cove in the archipelago of Indonesia, or enjoy secluded bays on a catamaran cruise around the Seychelles? The phrase ‘it’s about the journey not the destination’ springs to mind. I have teamed up with Tropical Sky who offer yacht cruises from exclusive locations around the world. No matter which option you choose, you can expect an intimate yacht cruise with unforgettable memories.

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7 Nights All Inclusive Grenada Stay And 7 Nights Grenadines by Yacht Cruise, from €2899 Including Flights

This sounds like a trip of a lifetime and one I would love to experience! You will start off this amazing holiday with a four-night stay in the Coyaba Beach Resort in Grenada, which just happens to be located on the world-famous Grand Anse Beach. This is constantly voted one of the top beaches in the Caribbean.

The Coyaba Beach Resort is also home to a freshwater pool with a swim-up bar, the perfect place to enjoy some cocktails and take advantage of the all-inclusive arrangement. There are plenty of water sports available and scuba diving is highly recommended here. If you prefer to stay on land, yoga, tennis and beach volleyball are available. The Coyaba Beach Resort hosts local musicians three times a week, so you can expect a relaxed but lively atmosphere. 

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After a four-night stay, you will board a luxury yacht for a seven-night cruise around Caribbean islands that, until now, you may have only dreamed about. With just 14 people onboard, including a captain and steward, yacht cruises like this are hard to beat! Visit breath-taking locations such as Petit St Vincent, Tobago Cays and tiny Sandy Island – are you convinced yet? With meals and drinks included, your toughest decision will be whether to swim in the crystal-clear waters, or stay onboard and enjoy the stunning sea views. There will be plenty of snorkelling stops, including a day at the vibrant reef in Tobago Cays, where you should be able to swim alongside turtles. 

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After this seven-night dream cruise, you will finish off your stay at Coyaba Beach Resort for the remaining three nights. Price of €2899 includes flights, a seven-night all-inclusive stay at Coyaba Beach Resort and a seven-night yacht cruise. 

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11 Nights Star Clipper Cruises With Bali Stay, from €3429 Including Flights

Star Clippers are traditional four-mast sailing ships and are heralded as the world’s most spectacular tall-ships. With two pools, a library and a large dining room, they beautifully combine the atmosphere of sailing with the comfort of modern cruising. There are two different itineraries to choose from, both offering journeys through Indonesia’s unspoilt islands. Highlights include visits to Lombok, the Gili Islands and Komodo Island, home to the famous Komodo Dragons and the stunning Pink Beach. Regardless of which itinerary you choose, your holiday will start with a three-night stay at the 5-star Pavilions Hotel in Bali and culminate with an over-night stay. 

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The Pavilions Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel in Sanur, Bali. All rooms are villa style with thatched roofs and four-poster beds, designed to reflect traditional Balinese architecture. Most villas, except the garden villas, have their own pool. This peaceful resort is designed for romance and relaxation and it receives outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor. You can even take advantage of the butler service and dine in the privacy of your own villa. 

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Price of €3429 includes flights, a four-night stay at the Pavilions Hotel Bali and a seven-night yacht cruise. 

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7 Nights La Digue Dream Yacht Cruises With Seychelles Beach Stay, from €2589 Including Flights

With only 12 cabins, this intimate catamaran cruise will allow you to explore some of the Seychelles most beautiful islands over four days. Visit Coco Island, La Digue and Cousin Island before disembarking in Praslin. This seven-night holiday includes a pre-cruise, two-night stay at the highly rated Avani Barbarons Seychelles Resort and a post-cruise, two-night stay at the romantic Coco de Mer Hotel, Praslin. 

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Your first cruise stop is Saint Anne Marine Park, one of the best locations for snorkelling in the Seychelles. This will be followed by visits to Coco Island and La Digue. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the crystal-clear waters, why not rent a bike and explore the intriguing island of La Digue? With no cars in sight, you are likely to spot many carts drawn by oxen on your journey. Cousin Island is your last stop, a nature reserve where you will get a chance to see the famous giant tortoises. You will then cruise to Praslin where you will spend your last two nights. 

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Price of €2589 includes flights, a four-night hotel stay and a three-night catamaran cruise. Talk to the dedicated team in Tropical Sky about extending your stay in the Seychelles – or why not combine it with a city break in Dubai or Istanbul?

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Tropical Sky offer a range of cruise and long-haul holidays to destinations all over the world. Call one of their travel experts on 01 664 9999 to discuss any of these options, or to tailor-make a holiday to suit you. This post on exclusive yacht cruises was sponsored by Tropical Sky, but all views, as always, are my own.

 

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Where to Stay in Mauritius – The Best Hotels for Romance, Families, Golf & Value

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Looking for a romantic hideaway with a private pool, or a great value all-inclusive resort? Fancy a game of golf or want to bring the kids? If you are wondering where to stay in Mauritius, I’ve got you covered!

 

“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 and seeing remarkable wildlife. Mauritius has also been recognised as the best golf destination in Africa and the Indian Ocean region, by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators. All that being said, it is the luxury hotels and white sandy beaches that attract millions of holidaymakers each year – and Mauritius has plenty of them too! But where to stay in Mauritius? There are so many hotel options to choose from it can be daunting trying to decide which one is right for you.

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I have teamed up with Tropical Sky who offer a wide variety of holidays to Mauritius. From all-inclusive hotels to family holidays, golf breaks to weddings, their expert staff will recommend the right hotel to suit your requirements. I have some ideas on where to stay in Mauritius below, but Tropical Sky can tailor make any holiday to suit you. If you wish to stay longer, or combine a holiday to Mauritius with Dubai or South Africa, just talk to their travel experts and they will organise that for you.

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Best Hotel For Value in Mauritius –  4* Veranda Pointe Aux Biches Hotel

 All Inclusive With Flights & Transfers from €1469pp
 

Veranda Pointe aux Biches is a hotel that epitomises laid-back luxury – you are actually encouraged to go barefoot during your stay ❤️. Highly rated on tripadvisor, with all meals and drinks included in the price, this is excellent value for such a great hotel. Feel relaxed in the wellness lounge, enjoy some spa treatments, or try the host of watersports available. If you fancy a change of scene, you can pop into the nearby village of Grand Baie, which has a wide selection of restaurants, shops and bars. The hotel offers a free shuttle service three times per week. If you want to get out and about and explore this beautiful island, the hotel will even give you a picnic hamper to bring with you, this is all part of the all-inclusive arrangement.

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Best Hotel for Romance in Mauritius –  5* Maritim Resort & Spa

All Inclusive With Flights & Transfers from €2909

Set in 60 acres of tropical gardens on a white powder beach, it is as their slogan says, ‘beyond paradise’. Many choose to get married here, you can for as little as €495! This five-star, all-inclusive resort offers superb facilities including horse riding, deep-sea fishing, golf and a spa. If you just want to relax, the hardest decision will be the pool or the beach! If you choose the beach, there are numerous water-sports and a dive centre to keep you entertained. If you choose the pool, you may find it hard to tear yourself away from the swim-up bar 🍸.

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The dining options are excellent, as are the selection of drinks available in the all-inclusive arrangement. You can enjoy quality French wines and imported spirits, or drink from your own minibar without any additional charges. If you fancy a change of scene go down to the beach at night time for the bonfire night or some romantic star gazing. Alternatively pop into Mauritius’ vibrant capital, Port Louis, or the lively tourist centre of Grand-Baie, both located close to the hotel. 

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Best Hotel for Families in Mauritius– 4* Tamassa Hotel

All Inclusive With Flights & Transfers from €1549

The combination of complimentary kids and teens clubs and the wide selection of facilities available, make this an ideal choice for a family holiday in Mauritius. Located on the south coast of the island, it is beautifully situated on a lagoon with crystal clear water. This is a great place to snorkel or learn to scuba dive. Snorkeling, water skiing, glass bottom boat trips, windsurfing, kayaks, pedal boats, small catamaran, mini sailing are included in the cost of your stay, so it is a great opportunity to introduce your kids to watersports. There are plenty of activities available on land too, including mountain biking, tennis and beach volleyball. The kids clubs are open from 9am – 10pm and they arrange both indoor and outdoor activities, including beach sports, language lessons and adventure trips for teens. 

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As well as three main restaurants, I love that you can get gourmet street food from their very own Chef’s Truck! They boast ‘the finest island-style burgers you’ll taste in southern Mauritius’, as well as paninis and authentic Mauritian wraps. I’m sure kids would love this!

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Best Hotel for Luxury in Mauritius – 5* Maradiva Villas

Half Board, With Flights & Transfers from €2229

You own villa with butler service and a private pool in a luxurious five star resort – it doesn’t get much better than that. If you are looking for peace and privacy in stunning surroundings, then look no further than the 5* Maradiva Villas. With Hermès decor and amenities, you will have to try the free standing bath and the outdoor shower in your private villa! Treat yourself to some of their award-winning spa treatments, snorkel in the Indian Ocean and enjoy some fine dining in one of their many restaurants. The Maradiva Villas are considered one of the world’s most romantic tropical beach stays. If you are travelling on honeymoon or for a wedding anniversary, you are in luck. The Maradiva Villas offer up to 40% discount and a host of extra treats, so make sure you ask the staff in Tropical Sky for more details.

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Best Hotel for Golf in Mauritius – 5* Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort

All Inclusive With Flights & Transfers from €1599

Not only is this one of the best hotels in Mauritius for golf enthusiasts, but the Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort also boasts ‘the best all-inclusive resort in Mauritius’. Recently renovated, this five-star resort offers superb facilities, a wide selection of dining options and a freshly stocked mini-bar in your room each day. Golfers will enjoy the reduced green fees, which can be pre-booked, at the award winning Championship Heritage Golf Course.

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Beach lovers will enjoy sailing, windsurfing, pedal boats, snorkeling and glass bottom boat trips free of charge, and there is also a back massage included (one per person per stay ) in the Seven Colours luxury spa.  

Surrounded by 2,500 hectares of greenery, in the unspoilt south-west of Mauritius, this is the perfect for those looking a luxurious yet authentic experience. Enjoy eco treks, mountain biking and guided tours of the Frederica Nature Reserve, all included in your stay. If you are travelling with kids, there are numerous clubs to keep them entertained too, including dedicated teens club.

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I hope this post has helped you with where to stay in Mauritius. If you wish to add on extra nights or combine Mauritius with another destination, contact Tropical Sky and they will be able to tailor make a trip to suit you. This post was sponsored by Tropical Sky, but all views, as always, are my own.

 

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Top Long Haul Holiday Destinations For Families

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Are you looking for a family holiday with a difference? Want a little adventure mixed with beach time? Check out my top long haul destinations for families and start planning your next big trip. 

 

Family holidays, like most travel trends, have changed dramatically in recent years. The two-week package deal to Spain is no longer the typical family holiday. Many families are taking a ‘big trip’ every few years and milestone birthdays usually involve a trip to a bucket-list destination with your family. Everyone is looking for more authentic experiences and parents want to educate their children to different cultures too. We think nothing of flying ten hours to Orlando for a family holiday in Florida, so why not fly the same distance to Thailand or Mexico? My children (ages 8 & 11) would tell you that one of their favourite holidays was when we spent two weeks travelling around South Africa last year. So why not push the boundaries and go long haul for your next family holiday? These top long haul destinations for families should give you some food for thought.

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I have teamed up with Tropical Sky, who offer many long haul destinations for families. They can advise you on the best hotel options to suit your requirements. If you are looking for hotels with family rooms and kids clubs, they will source them for you. If on the other hand you are looking to stay in an elephant camp in Thailand, they can arrange that too. Here are their top long haul destinations for families.

 

Thailand

Thailand is a wonderful introduction to Asia for children. Most will be familiar with Thai curries or noodle dishes so there is no need to worry about local food. If you want to spend a few days in Bangkok, combine local culture with a family day out. Explore Asiatique, the family-friendly open air-mall with its ferris wheel and other fun things to do, and take ride on a tuk-tuk, Asia’s rickshaw.

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Stay at one of the many beach resorts, there will be plenty of activities to keep the children happy. Most family hotels will have entertainment laid on and the kids will enjoy snorkelling in the clear waters. Cha Am and Hua Hin are good choices if you don’t want to travel too far from Bangkok. However with Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Cathay Pacific all flying from Dublin airport now, the islands of Phuket and Krabi and the Nothern city of Chang Mai are more easily accesible. If you really want to show the kids something unique, try an overnight stay in Elephant Hills Jungle Camp, suitable for children from 4 years.

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Mexico

Mexico is a great destination for families, with Cancun and its surrounding resorts being the most popular choices. Hotels are packed with kids clubs, entertainment and many have water slides at the pool. You can swim, snorkel, take boat trips and enjoy sunny days on Mexico’s white sandy beaches. Most resorts are all-inclusive with unlimited soft drinks and ice creams included for children. Tropical Sky have some super offers where you can save up to €600 per person on selected all-inclusive resorts, such as the Dreams Sands Cancun & Spa. However, you fancy dining out, you are bound to find a Hard Rock Café or Planet Hollywood nearby. For family fun days out take the kids to Xenses or XCaret theme parks or one of the many waterparks.

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Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is very popular with families, thanks to the wide selection of family-friendly, all-inclusive resorts and it’s year round sunshine. There are tons of watersports available including snorkelling, kiteboarding and sailing. Although surrounded by white sandy beaches, it’s interior is pretty special too. Take the kids on a jungle trek and see waterfalls, natural swimming pools and even some monkeys swinging from the trees. 

Tropical Sky have super deals to family hotels in the Dominican Republic. The five-star Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana is priced from €1149 on an all-inclusive basis, including flights and transfers. This includes a saving of €150 per person if booked by the 30th of April. There are kids clubs from ages 3-12 and a teens club from ages 13-17, with campout adventures, big screen movies at the beach and a host of watersports available.

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Dubai

Dubai is one of the best long haul destinations for families. With daily direct flights from Dublin, Dubai can be a great option to introduce your children to long haul travel. Dubai is a kids paradise, there is so much to do here. The world’s largest indoor theme park is in Dubai as well as Legoland. Sega Republic and some amazing waterparks. Make sure to visit Wild Wadi Waterpark, with 30 rides and attractions for all ages, it’s a great place to spend the afternoon. If you stay at Jumeirah Beach hotel you get free entry! You can also ski indoors, take a desert safari and go to the top of the world’s tallest building.  Another must-see is the Dubai Fountain, kids will be mesmerised by the incredible display as it lights up the night sky. 

 

 

Why not combine Dubai with another destination like the Maldives. I have chosen to do that for our family holiday this year. After an action packed few days in Dubai, I can think of nothing better than flaking out on a beach in the Maldives. The Centara Grand Island Resort caters extremely well for children, with kids clubs, boat trips and even Playstations in some of the rooms. 

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Florida

Orlando needs no introduction and is widely accepted as the top family destination in the world. Thankfully direct flights with Aer Lingus to Orlando and Miami have made it much more accesible. With twelve theme parks, four waterparks and a host of other activities on International Drive, you will be spoilt for choice for things to do in Orlando. Take the kids to the Magic Kingdom, enjoy the parades, the fireworks and let them meet their favourite characters. Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, or the new Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge that is opening later this year.
 

 

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South Africa

South Africa was one of our favourite family holidays. There is very little time difference so you will be surprised at how easy the flight is. Cape Town is such a vibrant city with so much to see and do. We loved taking the cable car to the top of Table Mountain and driving the Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope. Stopping at Boulders Beach was one of the highlights, where we were able to swim with penguins in the sea! We then took a car and drove along the Garden Route, stopping in some great beach resorts, before finishing off our trip at a Game Reserve. Seeing lions walk towards you and sleeping out in the African bush are memories that will last a lifetime. I would highly recommend a family holiday to South Africa and Tropical Sky will tailor make the right itinerary to suit your requirements. 

 

 

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So now that you have seen my top long haul destinations for families, the only decision is where will you choose? 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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Five Ways to Visit Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is one of those places everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. Go for a city break, combine with a beach holiday or stop off on a road trip. Here are five ways to visit Las Vegas!

 

From stag parties to honeymoons, road trips to shopping breaks, Vegas caters for everyone. Some people go to gamble, many for the endless entertainment, while others see it as a gateway to visiting the Grand Canyon. I have teamed up with American Sky to show you that no matter what type of Vegas visitor you are, they have a holiday to suit you. How will you visit Las Vegas?

 

City Breaks:

Las Vegas & New York, 7 Nights, Flights & Hotels, €959!

 New York and Las Vegas are two of America’s most iconic cities. From shows to shopping, culture to casinos – they have it all. Zipline the full length of Fremont Street in Vegas, take in a world class show and make sure you take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. You will then fly to New York for three nights. Spend the afternoon in Central Park, visit the poignant 9/11 museum at the World Trade Centre, take in the views from the Top of the Rock and don’t miss Times Square at night time.

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This amazing trip includes a four-night stay at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas and a three-night stay in the ROW hotel, New York. Both hotels are ideally located to explore all the highlights, but if you want to choose alternative accommodation, just talk to the team in American Sky and they will match hotels to suit your requirements.

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San Francisco, Las Vegas & Los Angeles, 9 Nights, All Flights & Hotels, €1389!

Why visit one city, when you can visit three? This three centre holiday is a great combination, and the price includes all internal flights too! Fly to San Francisco first and enjoy three nights exploring this iconic city. Visit Alcatraz, cycle across the Golden Gate bridge and stroll down Fishermans Wharf. You will then fly to Las Vegas for three nights before flying to Los Angeles for your final few days. Choose to stay in Hollywood or chill out in Santa Monica. Stroll down Hollywood Boulevard, ogle at the shops in Beverly Hills or spend the day in Universal Studios, the choice is yours!

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Las Vegas & Beach

All Flights, 3 Nights Las Vegas & 7 Nights All Inclusive in Cancun, €1139!

Now this is my kind of holiday! Stay three nights at the 4* Luxor Resort & Casino in Las Vegas before jetting off to Cancun for seven nights at the Occidental Grand Xcaret Hotel.  This is one of Cancun’s most popular hotels which offers unlimited drinks and meals throughout your stay. With five swimming pools, nine bars and eleven restaurants you won’t want to leave!

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Las Vegas Road Trips

13 Night Best of the West Self-Dive,  Flights, Hotels & Car hire €1729!

American road trips are great. I drove the Pacific Coast Highway with my family and loved it. American Sky offer a host of self drive options without the hassles of looking for places to stay. This classic road trip begins in Los Angeles with stops in Palm Springs, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Death Valley, Yosemite, San Francisco, Monterey and Ventura. This trip combines some of the world’s most exciting cities with America’s magnificent National Parks for the ultimate California adventure.

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15 Night Route 66 Drive with Flights, Hotels & Car hire, €1779!

Adventure seekers will enjoy this 15 night Route 66 drive, from Chicago to Los Angeles. Stops include Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Alburqueue and Las Vegas before spending two nights in Santa Monica, where Route 66 officially ends. Add on some extra nights in Los Angeles or chill out on the beach in San Diego before catching your return flight home.

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Las Vegas & Cruise

14 Nights, Las Vegas, Hawaii Stay & Cruise, €3339

Start this trip of a lifetime by taking in all the highlights over four-nights in Las Vegas. You will then fly to Honolulu where you will spend three nights on the world famous Waikiki Beach. Spend your second week cruising around the Hawaiian islands for seven nights on Norwegian Cruise Lines’, Pride of America. This is the only cruise ship to sail to all four main Hawaiian islands. Enjoy the benefits of Norwegian’s premium all-inclusive arrangement with drinks, gratuities and an internet package included in the cost. So sit back, sip a cocktail and enjoy some of the pacific oceans most incredible views.
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Beach or Adventure? The Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Right Honeymoon

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Beach honeymoons, multi-centre holidays or full blown adventure, what is your ideal honeymoon? Check out my ultimate guide to choosing the right honeymoon, it might help you decide.

 

Honeymoons come in all shapes and sizes. For some, lazing on a tropical beach is the ultimate honeymoon, while others might like an action packed trip to Peru. Personally I like to combine some beach time with a little adventure, so a two-centre holiday is probably my ideal honeymoon. However, we all have different tastes so it is important that there are plenty of honeymoon options to suit everyone. I have teamed up with Tropical Sky, the honeymoon specialists, who offer luxury hotels in idyllic locations, as well as adventure and culture based honeymoons. Still not sure which honeymoon is right for you? Check out my ultimate guide to choosing the right honeymoon below.

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Beach Honeymoons

From over-water bungalows in the Maldives to island hopping in the Caribbean, Tropical Sky offer a wide selection of beach honeymoons. Here are a few to give you a flavour of what is available.

Komandoo Island, Maldives, All Inclusive Inc Sea-Plane Transfers from €3069

Arriving by sea-plane to a private island in the Indian Ocean – it doesn’t get much better than that ❤️. Surrounded by magnificent white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, this is paradise. This is an adult-only resort and all villas come with four-poster beds. Make sure you book the candle-lit dinner on the beach for the ultimate romantic treat.

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St Lucia: East Winds Hotel, All Inclusive from €2359

Palm fringed beaches combine with dramatic tropical rainforests and colonial plantations meet modern resorts, St Lucia is an island of contrasts and is a superb honeymoon destination. What I love about the East Winds hotel is the rooms are like cottages, so they feel very private. Located on a secluded beach along the Caribbean Sea, with an emphasis on great food and drink, the all-inclusive arrangement here includes premium branded drinks, even champagne in the evening! You can also enjoy non-motorised watersports free of charge.

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Luxury Dubai & Seychelles Twin Centre, €3749

This luxurious two-centre holiday offers the best of both worlds. You will start your honeymoon in the five-star JA Enchanted Island Resort, a boutique private island resort in the Seychelles. Your own private villa has direct access to the beach as well as a small infinity pool. Voted Seychelles Leading Luxury Hotel Villas at the World Travel Awards for the second consecutive year, this certainly has the wow factor. After a relaxing seven days in the Seychelles, what better than a two-night stay in the bustling city of Dubai. Stay in the JA Ocean View hotel, located on the famous ‘Walk’, close to the marina and ideally located to enjoy all that Dubai has to offer.

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Culture & Beach Honeymoons

Sometimes we need a little culture as well as some beach time, choosing the right honeymoon can offer both perfectly.

 

Sri Lanka Tour & Maldives, 12 Nights, from €3389

I absolutely loved Sri Lanka and would recommend anyone to visit. There is so much to see and do! So if you want to combine some culture and adventure with beach time, then this is the perfect honeymoon! You will fly to Sri Lanka first to explore its mesmerising cultural centre. Climb the rock fortress of Sigiriya, visit the temple of Dambulla and marvel at Ramboda Falls near the tea plantations.  After five action packed days I can think of nothing better than chilling out on a private island in the Maldives! You will be staying in Meeru Island Resort where breakfast and evening meals are included in your stay.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Elephant Hills Experience & Thai Beach Hideaways, 10 Nights from €2599

Combine two of Thailand’s secluded beach resorts with a two-night stay in a jungle camp. This ten-night trip combines luxury, culture and adventure in one memorable trip. You will fly first to Phuket and enjoy a four-night stay in the 5* Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa Phang Nga. This small luxury hotel is the perfect spot to unwind after the wedding. Located on the pristine beach surrounded by forest conservation land, you are sure to find deserted beaches close to the hotel. The spa and dedicated yoga area also adds to the relaxed atmosphere.

 

Your next two nights will be spent in luxurious tents in a jungle camp for rescue elephants, Elephant Hills.  Feed and interact with these gentle giants before transferring to Aava Resort & Spa in Khanom. Enjoy your last few days relaxing on the beach and make sure to take the boat trip to see the resident pink dolphins.

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Best of Magical Peru & The Amazon Tour, 13 Nights from €3689

Watching the sunrise over Machu Picchu is on every travel bucket list I see, and a honeymoon is a great excuse to justify this life-changing experience. This amazing 13 night tour also includes trips to the Sacred Valley, Santa Catalina, Lima and Cusco as well as witnessing jaw dropping views of Lake Titicaca.

The adventure doesn’t stop there. You will then fly to Puerto Maldonado for a stay in the Posada Amazonas Eco Lodge, in the heart of the Amazon jungle. If you fancy some beach time at the end of this trip, talk to the experts in Tropical Sky and they will arrange it for you.

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Cape Town, Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari, from €1829

If you have been following my adventures for a while, you will know that I love South Africa. I have been twice now and would go back tomorrow in a heart beat. I did a similar itinerary to this last year and it was amazing. Cape Town is a superb city, there is so much to see and do but walking around it is pretty cool too. Visit Robben Island, go to the top of Table Mountain and drive the Cape Peninsula Drive. After a few days exploring the sights of Cape Town you will set off to drive the Garden Route. Go whale watching in Hermanus, visit the spectacular Tsitsikama National Park and enjoy the sea views in Knysna, all before arriving in Lalibela Game Reserve for a two night stay. You can extend your time in Cape Town or the Garden Route, just ask the travel consultants in Tropical Sky to tailor make an itinerary to suit you.


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San Francisco, Yosemite & Lake Tahoe, 9 Nights, Self-Drive from €1859

We have all seen the typical California road-trip itineraries, but there is no doubt Yosemite and Lake Tahoe add a touch of adventure to this honeymoon. You will start your honeymoon in San Francisco where you will stay for three nights. This should give you ample time to visit Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and the top attractions. You will then pick up your hire-car and drive to Yosemite National Park – something I would love to see! Hike, bike or take a boat trip, no matter what you choose you will no doubt be blown away by the stunning scenery in Yosemite, your home for three nights. From there drive through the magnificent Tioga Pass to Lake Tahoe. Chill out on the lakeshore, try some watersports or simply take in the views. Why not extend your honeymoon by adding on a trip to Napa Valley or drive some more of the California Coast?

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All of the above honeymoons are just a sample of what Tropical Sky have available.  Choosing the right honeymoon is so important, so if you wish to add on extra nights or change hotels or itineraries in any of the options I have selected, contact Tropical Sky and they will be able to tailor make a trip to suit you. This post was sponsored by Tropical Sky, but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

 

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9 All Inclusive Long Haul Holidays for 2021 You Wont Want To Miss

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From Barbados to Bali, Maldives to Mexico, check out my top all inclusive long haul holidays from across the globe and get planning your next holiday!

 

All Inclusive long haul holidays are more popular than ever. People are looking for more authentic experiences, more adventurous destinations and of course, instagrammable white sandy beaches! While we may wish to throw caution to the wind and travel to more exotic locations, booking an all inclusive resort with all meals and drinks included in the cost, can give great peace of mind. No need to worry about transfers from a strange airport, no need to struggle with local currency and no need for lots of spending money!

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I have teamed up with Tropical Sky, the long haul holiday specialists, to bring you their top all inclusive long haul holidays for 2019. These are just a sample of all inclusive holidays that Tropical Sky offer. All of the prices below include flights, transfers and top quality four and five star resorts, with all meals and drinks included. It is also possible to combine all inclusive long haul holidays with a few days exploring the top attractions, or to extend your holiday in a different resort or island perhaps, just talk to their dedicated sales team and they will tailor make any long haul holiday to suit you.

 

Mexico: Oleo Cancun Playa Boutique Resort, 7 Nights, All Inclusive inc Flights & Transfers, from €1549!

This 168 roomed boutique hotel stands out from the crowd in lively Cancun. Its contemporary style combines minimalist decor with luxurious touches such as Total-Rest beds and a Pool Concierge to assist with towels and sun cream! You can also enjoy waiter service at the pool and the beach area – which is a nice treat in an all-inclusive resort. Located overlooking one of the best beaches in Cancun and only a fifteen minute drive from the airport, this is a great choice for a luxury hotel in the heart of lively Cancun.

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Sri Lanka: 4* Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon, 7 Nights, All Inclusive inc Flights & Transfers, from €1449

Sri Lanka has been voted the number 1 place to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet. For those who fancy some culture mixed with beach time, the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, fascinating temples and elephant safaris should tick all boxes.

If you are looking for a lively holiday in one of Sri Lanka’s party resorts, then this is for you. Located in Hikkaduwa, this musical town combines fun, sun with lots of activities. Expect party vibes and beach views, and with all meals and drinks included in the price of your stay, this must be one of the best value resorts in the Indian Ocean. Combine a week here with a few days exploring the cultural centre for the perfect Sri Lankan holiday.

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Dominican Republic: 5* All Inclusive Dreams Dominicus La Romana, 7 Nights, All Inclusive inc Flights & Transfers, from €1229

Set on a pristine beach and surrounded by a tropical jungle, Dreams Dominicus La Romana boasts one of the most sought after locations in the Dominican Republic. This premium all-inclusive resort has eleven different dining options, including seven à la carte restaurants and a complimentary mini bar, stocked daily. Beach lovers will enjoy the wide selection of water-sports including snorkelling, windsurfing and kayaking and the spa is the perfect place to relax after a busy day. Kids will love it here too, the kids clubs are superb. The Explorers Club caters for kids from age 3 – 12 and Core Zone Teens Club for 13 – 17 year olds – there is something here for kids of all ages.

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Mauritius: 4* Veranda Pointe Aux Biches Hotel, 7 Nights, All Inclusive inc Flights & Transfers from €1339

Veranda Pointe aux Biches is a hotel that epitomises laid-back luxury –  guests are encouraged to go barefoot during their stay ❤️. Feel relaxed in the wellness lounge, enjoy some spa treatments or try the host of water-sports available. If you fancy a change of scene, you can pop into the nearby village of Grand Baie, which has a wide selection of restaurants, shops and bars. Highly rated on tripadvisor, with all meals and drinks included in the price, this is excellent value for a great hotel.

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Maldives: 4* Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa, 7 Nights, All Inclusive inc Flights & Speedboat transfers, from €2579

A destination on every bucket list, you only have to mention the Maldives and people start to daydream! Expect the most stunning sunsets and an underwater paradise to match. When it comes to luxury paradise islands, the Maldives ticks all boxes. This adult-only resort is the perfect choice for romantic getaway. With stunning ocean views, a host of water-sports and a selection of dining options, this is a luxury all-inclusive resort like no other. Price includes a stay in a luxury ocean front villa and speed boat transfers.

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Bali: 4* Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso, 7 Nights, All Inclusive inc Flights & Transfers from €1619

Located at the tip of the famous Nusa Dua beach, this all inclusive hotel in Bali is perfect for families and couples looking for a lively beach resort with a wide selection of facilities on site. There are two bars and eight restaurants to choose from including  the Jukung Grill which serves up fresh seafood and meat with superb views of the Indian Ocean.

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Ras Al Khaimah: 5* DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, 5 Nights, All Inclusive inc Flights & Transfers, from €869

Situated on a private white sandy beach, this five star resort is only an hour from Dubai, yet feels 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. For a full list of what is included on the all-inclusive arrangement, click here. Reviewed as one of Ras Al Khaimah’s most popular 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.

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Barbados: 4* Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels, 7 Nights, All Inclusive inc Flights & Transfers from €1809

I absolutely loved Barbados! There are people from all walks of life who emigrated there for a better lifestyle, and you can tell instantly that they found it in Barbados! Barbados is English speaking too and they drive on the same side of the road as us, so it a great island to hire a car and go exploring. Turtle Beach is located right on the beach along the lively South Coast. This all-suite all-inclusive hotel offers great water-sports and is ideal for couples or families who are looking to be close to all the action. I love that they offer free exchange dining between its sister hotel, Crystal Cove, you won’t feel you are dining in the same place every night.

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St Lucia: 4* All Inclusive Coconut Bay Beach Resort7 Nights, All Inclusive inc Flights & Transfers, from €1659

The multi award-winning Coconut Bay Beach Resort is a premium all-inclusive resort in St Lucia. Adults and children are catered for brilliantly here as the resort is divided into two separate wings. There is an adults-only wing as well as ‘Splash’, the family-friendly wing, which is home to CocoLand, St Lucia’s largest water park. There are nine restaurants, seven bars and five swimming pools. This resort is situated on 85 acres, it is safe to say you won’t need to leave it.

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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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6 Luxurious But Affordable Resorts In The Indian Ocean

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Overwater bungalows, tropical paradises and barefoot luxury – are these holidays you have dreamed of? Check out my top picks for luxurious but affordable resorts in the Indian Ocean.

 

I have teamed up with Tropical Sky who offer a wide selection of holidays to the Indian Ocean. Their expert staff have visited many of the hotels and they will be able to recommend the right hotel to suit you. I have listed some of their four and five star affordable resorts in the Indian Ocean below, but Tropical Sky have many more options available, which you can see HERE. Whether you want B&B or All Inclusive, an organised tour of Sri Lanka’s cultural centre or pure relaxation in your own water bungalow, Tropical Sky can arrange it for you.

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** Mauritius **

Mauritius, one of the Indian Ocean’s most idyllic islands offers year round sunshine, white sandy beaches, but surprisingly so much more! Explore the hidden waterfalls at the heart of the jungle and go in search of some of its extraordinary wildlife. You will be spoilt for choice with the many watersports available, you can even go whale watching! The lush green interior provides some championship golf courses and the mix of Asian and African cultures help to provide some mouthwatering creole cuisine. See all Mauritius holidays here.

4* Veranda Pointe Aux Biches Hotel, All Inclusive, Flights & Transfers from €1339pp

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Veranda Pointe aux Biches is a hotel that epitomises laidback luxury –  guests are encouraged to go barefoot during their stay ❤️. Feel relaxed in the wellness lounge, enjoy some spa treatments or try the host of watersports available. If you fancy a change of scene, you can pop into the nearby village of Grand Baie, which has a wide selection of restaurants, shops and bars. Highly rated on tripadvisor, with all meals and drinks included in the price, this is excellent value for a great hotel.

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5* Dinarobin Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa, B&B, Flights & Transfers, €1579

Five star luxury on the most scenic shoreline in Mauritius – need I say more? With a stunning setting, combining the backdrop of Le Morne mountains with stunning seaviews, this is the sophisticated choice. Cascading pools, tropical gardens and all-suite accommodation – this resort oozes elegance and style. Try out the opulent Clarins Spa or take in one of the many excursions available. With words like ‘paradise’ used continuously on tripadvisor, this hotel is surely one of Mauritius’ best.

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** Maldives **

A destination on every bucket list, you only have to mention the Maldives and people start to daydream!  Expect over water bungalows and an underwater paradise to match. Some resorts even have underwater restaurants and some bungalows have their own personal slide into the sea! When it comes to luxury paradise islands, the Maldives ticks all boxes, and then some! One might think that all of these resorts come with a hefty price tag. Not so….  See all Maldives holidays here.

4* Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives, All Inclusive, Flights & Speedboat Transfers from €1949

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If a trip to the Maldives is on your bucket list but your bank balance is telling you not to go – then this is the place to go! The Cinnamon Dhonveli is one of the best value ALL INCLUSIVE resorts in the Maldives. With all meals and drinks included in the price of your stay, you will need very little spending money. Located just 25 minutes by speedboat from Male airport and surrounded by stunning views of the Indian Ocean, this tropical island is highly rated on tripadvisor and is extraordinary value for a week in the Maldives!

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5* The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, B&B, Flights, Sea Plane Transfers & Beach Villa from €1899!

A tropical paradise, the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi resort has thatched roofs, an adult-only infinity pool and according to the International Hotel Awards, has the best Spa in the Maldives. Your cool beach villa has stunning views with a comfy day bed. There is a fitness centre on site as well as mini-golf and tennis courts. Non motorised watersports are included in the price of your stay so you can snorkel away to your hearts content! There is a wide choice of dining options and you can choose to upgrade to an all-inclusive package if required. Privacy is paramount at this hotel, it even has a no drone policy. This paradise island receives excellent reviews on tripadvisor, so you can expect to have a holiday of a lifetime!

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** Sri Lanka **

Sri Lanka is one of those islands that thankfully has not yet been discovered by the masses. With a coastline of white sandy beaches and an interior full of rolling hills and tea plantations, it is the perfect island of contrasts. For those who fancy some culture mixed with beach time, the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, fascinating temples and elephant safaris should tick all boxes. See all Sri Lanka holidays here.

4* Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon, All Inclusive, Flights, Transfers from €1449 

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If you are looking for a lively holiday in one of Sri Lanka’s party resorts, then this is for you. Located in Hikkaduwa, this musical town combines fun, sun with lots of activities. Expect party vibes and beach views and with all meals and drinks included in the price of your stay, this must be one of the best value resorts in the Indian Ocean.

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5* Anantara Kalutara Resort & Spa, Flights, Transfers & Hotel Half Board from €1459!

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Anantara are renowned for offering deluxe hotels and the Kalutara Resort & Spa is no exception. Overlooking the Kalu River this luxurious hotel offers everything you need for a relaxing holiday, but within reach of Sri Lanka’s highlights. There are three restaurants and three bars on site, as well as a Spa, two swimming pools, yoga, gym and numerous watersports. This amazing deal includes a free upgrade to Half Board and is valid up to 31st October 2019! Rated number 1 on tripadvisor, just read the reviews if you still need convincing!

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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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Top 5 Adventure Holidays In Asia – With Flights & Luxury Hotels Included

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Cambodia and Vietnam, Malaysia and Borneo or a multi-centre in Thailand, there are so many choices for adventure holidays in Asia, check out my top five.

 

When we talk about going to Europe, we don’t compare Bulgaria with Spain, or Norway with Albania, so why do we do it when we talk about a holiday to Asia? We need to remember that each country has something unique to offer. Planning a trip to Asia can be tricky. Weather can not only vary from country to country, but in some cases you may find the rainy season in the north of the country and hot dry weather in the south – at exactly the same time! It can be a good idea to combine cities or jungle treks with beach resorts, or to combine two or three different countries in the one trip.

I have teamed up with Tropical Sky, the long haul holiday specialists to bring you my top five adventure holidays in Asia. These are just a sample of the holidays Tropical Sky offer in the region. All of the prices below include flights, transfers and top quality hotels – in most cases five star resorts! If you want to alter these itineraries in any way, just talk to their dedicated sales team and they will tailor make a holiday to suit you.

 

Thailand: Elephant Hills Experience with Phuket & Khao Lak Beach Stay, 12 Nights, from €3379

Sleeping in a tent in Thailand’s tropical rainforest is enough to make me want to try this trip! Throw in jungle trekking, canoeing and taking care of elephants and you have one of best adventure holidays in Asia.

Before embarking on the Elephant Hills experience you will first spend five nights in the luxurious Vijitt Resort in Phuket. This exclusive all-villa resort is the ultimate in five star luxury. Located on the Andaman Sea, this retreat is an ideal way to start your holiday in relaxing surroundings. You will then be taken by mini-bus to Elephant Hills in Khao Sok National Park, which will be your home for the next two nights. There is no need to worry, the tents have a double bed with bathrooms! Learn all about the conservation of the elephants and help feed them, as well as enjoying a canoe safari, jungle trek and longtail boat cruise.

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Your final destination is the beach resort of Khao Lak. You will be staying at the contemporary Bangsak Merlin hotel where you can chill out and enjoy the on-site facilities, or take the short shuttle ride to the centre of Khao Lak and enjoy some local food, shopping and entertainment.

Price from €3379 includes flights, transfers, hotels on a bed & breakfast basis in Phuket and Khao Lak and full board at Elephant hills.

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Vietnam & Cambodia: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An & Angkor Wat, 12 Nights from €2,449

A two centre holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia is a very popular choice for an adventure holiday in Asia. The short two hour flight from Dha Nang directly to the town of Siem Reap in Cambodia makes it an ideal combination. This twelve night itinerary combines the best of Vietnam with a three night stay to see the world’s largest religious monument at Angkor Wat.

Your holiday starts with a three night stay in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi. After a busy few days you will transfer by private car to Halong Bay, where you will board a luxury junk boat for an overnight cruise. There is no better way to explore this captivating UNESCO World Heritage site, than by boat. See how the Vietnamese trade in the early morning and enjoy cocktails and seaviews.

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You will then drive back to Hanoi to catch a short flight to Da Nang where you will transfer to the riverside town of Hoi An for four nights. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hoi An is a pretty riverside town with pedestrianised streets and ancient buildings. Next stop is Siem Reap in Cambodia where you will spend three nights in the luxury Heritage Suites Hotel. Located only fifteen minutes from Angkor, you will have plenty of time to discover the ancient monuments, try some local Khmer tapas (a must-have) and also enjoy the swimming pool in the afternoons.

Price from €2449 includes all flights, transfers and hotels on a bed & breakfast basis.

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Borneo: Jungle & Beach, 10 Nights from €2,499

You only have to say the word Borneo and adventure springs to mind. Tropical rainforests, stunning beaches, amazing marine life and the chance to see Orangutans in their natural habitat – this ten night trip to Borneo is one of my favourite adventure holidays in Asia.

You will fly into Kota Kinabalu where you will enjoy a three-night stay at the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, before flying north to Sandakan. Your first stop is the Orangutan rehabilitation centre at Sepilok, where Orangutans roam free and you can observe from jungle boardwalks. You will also be able to visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, where rescued sun bears live. After an action packed morning enjoy a river cruise and lunch at the Abai Jungle Lodge, where you will stay for two nights. Search for wildlife on river cruises and enjoy tropical sunsets and jungle sounds, from the comfort of your luxury lodge.

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Your final stop is the stunning island of Gaya, where you will stay for five nights. Located inside the Tunki Rahman Marine Park, the Gaya Island Resort is not only a tropical island paradise but is also an eco-friendly luxury resort. You will be staying in your own private villa on stilts overlooking Mount Kinabalu or mangrove forests and you can expect fine dining, Balinese spa treatments and excellent snorkelling opportunities.

Price from €2499 includes all flights, transfers, hotels on a bed & breakfast basis in Kota Kinabalu & Gaya and all meals in Abai Jungle lodge.

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Malaysia: Pangkor Laut & Kuala Lumpur Luxury Twin Centre, 10 Nights from €1,969

If you choose this Malaysian adventure you will be staying at two of the best hotels in Asia, the exclusive island resort of Pangkor Laut and the Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, where I (and Prince Charles!) recently stayed. This two-centre holiday perfectly combines the bustling capital Kuala Lumpur with one of the world’s most secluded private islands. Your holiday starts in Pangkor Laut where you will be taken by private transfer from Kuala Lumpur. This piece of paradise was built specifically to blend beautifully with the islands 2 million year old rainforests. Explore through the jungle, relax on its pristine beaches or enjoy the many watersports and spa facilities on offer.

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After a throughly relaxing seven days you will transfer back to Kuala Lumpur for a three night stay in the Hotel Majestic. A national landmark, this hotel is a favourite with celebrities and is the venue of choice for Kuala Lumpur’s social events. I stayed here last year and loved it, the rooms, food and service is superb. Located within walking distance of KL’s top attractions, make sure to visit Independence Square and the world’s tallest twin towers, the Petronas Towers.

Price from €1969 includes flights, transfers and hotels on a bed & breakfast basis.

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Thailand: Bangkok, Phi Phi Island & Krabi Multi Centre, 10 Nights from €2,169

This Thai adventure combines the bustling city of Bangkok with two of Thailand’s favourite islands, Krabi and Phi Phi. You will be staying in world class hotels in stunning locations, including one of Bangkok’s best – The Tower Club at Lebua.

Your first two nights will be at the luxurious Tower Club at Lebua. This celebrity hang out is renowned for its chic rooftop bars, outdoor pool and five star service. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the hotel, make sure to ride the Skytrain and check out Bangkok’s street food, buddhist temples and shopping malls.

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After an action packed two nights in Bangkok you will transfer to Phi Phil island for a three night stay at the fabulous Phi Phi Island Resort. Relax, swim, or go island hopping, this is the perfect place to unwind. Following on from this you will have the chance to stay at another one of Thailand’s stunning resorts, the Tubkaah Boutique hotel in Krabi. Located right on a beach of pure white sand, with an outdoor sunken bath in every room, this luxurious resort will take your breath away. This is a great place to try jungle trekking or if you prefer to stay put, there are numerous watersports available on your doorstep.

Price from €2169 includes flights, transfers and hotels on a bed & breakfast basis.

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Note all of the above adventure holidays in Asia are just a sample of the many holidays that Tropical Sky have available. If you wish to add on extra nights or change hotels in any of the options I have selected, contact one of their expert staff and they will be able to tailor make a trip to suit you. This post was sponsored by Tropical Sky, but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

 

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Handy Guide to Choosing The Best Luxury All Inclusive Resorts in Mexico & The Dominican Republic

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Are you looking for world class spas or non stop pool parties? Travelling with kids or want to avoid them at all costs? Choosing the right luxury all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean is not easy! Make sure you get it right and check out my handy guide below.

 

Luxury All Inclusive resorts in the Caribbean are everywhere! There are adult-only hotels, family hotels and then there are the hotels that suit everyone! This is where I come in – I have done all the hard work for you 🙂 I have teamed up with Tropical Sky, who are specialists in holidays to the Caribbean, to bring you their top choices of all inclusive luxury resorts in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. I have listed some of my favourites below, but you can see more here.

Secrets Resorts & Spas – Adult Only Resorts

Looking for a luxury escape with no kids around? Secrets is the place to go. Stylish and sophisticated with unlimited premium wines and spirits, gourmet dining with no restaurant reservations required and definitely no wrist bands! Your complimentary mini-bar is refreshed daily and you can avail of 24 hour room service, endless day and evening activities and world-class spas. All gratuities are included so you can order as many margaritas as you like 🍸.

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Special Offer: Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun

7 nights All Inclusive from €1699 including flights & transfers. Save up to €400 per person in 2019 if booked by 30th September.

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Dreams Resorts & Spas 

Dreams Resorts offer luxury all inclusive resorts for couples and families on beachfront settings. Whether you want a romantic setting for your beach wedding or want kids and teen clubs, Dreams Resorts tick all boxes. Expect unlimited gourmet dining (without reservations), premium spirits (without wrist-band requirements), daily refreshed mini-bar with beers, juice and water, 24 hour room service and non-stop entertainment.

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Special Offer: Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

7 nights All Inclusive from €1339 including flights & transfers. 

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Now Resorts & Spas

Although suitable for couples, Now Resorts and Spas are one of the best choices for a luxury family holiday in the Caribbean. Multigenerational families love Now Resorts because they cater for everyone. Expect quiet adult-only zones and lively children’s entertainment. Kids will love the Explorer’s Club and teenagers won’t need to worry, they have their own dedicated teens clubs.  Gourmet à la carte dining options, without reservations, are available in all Now Resorts as well as unlimited premium drinks, 24-hour room service and your mini-bar is refreshed daily with soft drinks, water and beer.

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Special Offer: 5* Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun

7 nights All Inclusive from €1339 including flights & transfers.  

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Breathless Resorts & Spas – for Couples, Singles & Friends

Breathless Resorts are the modern choice for couples, singles and friends. Expect chic restaurants and pool parties, Breathless Resorts offers vibrant nightlife in paradise beach locations. All rooms are suites with 24 hour room service and daily refreshed mini-bars. Nightly entertainment follows a gourmet meal with unlimited premium drinks. Gratuities are included too so you can sip cocktails until the small hours!

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Special Offers: 5* Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa

7 nights All Inclusive from €1299 including flights & transfers.  

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Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts

The name says it all really! When it comes to luxury all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, it doesn’t get much better than Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts. These resorts combine unrivalled wellness facilities with healthy gourmet cuisine. A holiday in Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts is a feast for the senses. As well as world class spa treatments you can expect to participate in cultural experiences and local activities. If all of this isn’t enough, if you stay at Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic you will also receive complimentary 24-hour in-room dining, world-wide calling and laundry service (how cool is that), wellness and fitness consultation, horseback riding and a relaxing 20 minute spa treatment per day. You can also check-in or check-out at any time and they even offer maid services three times daily – although I honestly can’t imagine how you would need it!

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Special Offer: Zoëtry Agua Puna Cana 

7 nights All Inclusive from €1799 including flights & transfers.  

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September Sizzlers – City Breaks, Sun Deals & Luxury Long Haul Holidays – As Discussed on Newstalk FM

Whether you want an overnight stay in Ireland or a five star holiday in South East Asia, I’ve got you covered! I discussed September holiday deals on Newstalk FM, check out my top picks below. 

 

European Sun Holidays

TUI, the package holiday specialists, have some great deals including flights, accommodation, transfers and baggage. They are offering €100 off all holidays over €1000 in value for September, just use code SEPT100 at the checkout. They also have some free child places available which is ideal for families with younger children who haven’t started school yet. Another bonus is that all TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage, so there are no hidden extras. I picked out two favourites from their September sale below.

Majorca, Mariners Club Apartments, 14th September, 1 week, €369

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Located in the popular resort of Alcudia you have the option of enjoying the magnificent 14km beach, exploring the historic old town or enjoying the lively bars in the bustling new town. Located in a quiet area yet only a ten minute walk to bars and restaurants, the Mariners Club are bright and spacious and are highly rated on tripadvisor.

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Lanzarote, Morromar apartments, All Inclusive (Meals & Drinks Included) 20th September, 1 week €533

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The Morromar apartments are located in the relaxing resort of Matagorda and close to the busy resort of Puerto del Carmen. Although this deal includes all meals and drinks, you have the added advantage of staying in a spacious apartment, equipped with a kitchenette and a separate living room. There are two swimming pools surrounded by tropical gardens and there is a wide selection of sports activities, as well as a day and evening entertainment programme, on site. Remember to use code SEPT100 at the checkout to take €100 off the listed price.

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Luxury travel brand Hayes and Jarvis is offering FREE two night city stopovers with many of their September holidays. I have chosen two of my favourite offers but you can see their full range here.

2 Nights Dubai & 7 Nights Sri Lanka, 19th September, 5 Star Hotels, €1849

This amazing package deal includes a two night stay at the 5* Conrad Dubai with tickets to Dubai Parks. This is followed by a seven night stay, with breakfast and evening meal included, in the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle, Sri Lanka. I was in this hotel and it is superb.

2 Nights Kuala Lumpur & 7 Nights Bali, 19th September, 5 Star Hotels, €1559

Another five star hotel deal, this time with a free stopover in the 5* Boutique Hotel Stripes, Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy a two night stay in Kuala Lumpur before relaxing for seven nights in the 5* Grand Hyatt in Bali.

 

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Tropical Sky have excellent offers to the Caribbean in top all-inclusive resorts, which are ideal for couples who want a luxury beach holiday. They have a selection of ‘unlimited luxury’ five star resorts– where everything is included in the price. I have selected two favourites but you can see their full collection here.

5* Dreams La Romana, Dominican Republic All Inclusive Resort, 7 Nights, €1239

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Think tropical jungles and unspoilt white sandy beaches, the location of Dreams La Romana, couldn’t be better.  With a wide selection of restaurants and bars to choose from as well as activities and entertainment on site , you may find it difficult to leave! Prices include flights, transfers, unlimited meals and drinks for seven nights.

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5* Now Saphire Riviera Cancun, All Inclusive Resort, 7 Nights, €1459

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Another stunning five star resort, this time in the Mexico. Located in the heart of Riviera Maya, the Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun boasts seven stylish bars and gourmet restaurants, even the beach bar has waiter service! Prices include flights, transfers, unlimited meals and drinks, for seven nights.

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City breaks:

Palma, 3 Night City Break, 4* Innside by Melia Palma Bosque, B&B, 8th September €399

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The Holiday Shop is offering a three night break in the chic city of Palma this September for only €399. Stay at the 4* Melia Palma Bosque hotel which is highly rated on tripadvisor and located close to the Bellver Castle and the trendy dining area Santa Catalina. Price includes breakfast too!

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Dubai, Flights & 3 Nights Stay Radisson Blu Downtown, 14th September €549

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Sunway have an ideal trip for anyone who wants to see Dubai and has little annual leave time. The 4* Radisson Blu is located Downtown, close to the Burj Khalifa and they also offer a free shuttle bus to Jumeirah beach. It is also very highly rated on tripadvisor. Flights alone to Dubai are about €500 so this is exceptional value for a three night city break.

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Cruise

23rd September, Norwegian Epic Med Cruise. Premium All Inclusive, €1579

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This all-inclusive cruise deal sails from Barcelona and visits the Amalfi Coast, Rome and Livorno ( Pisa/Florence) as well as Cannes and Palma. Norwegian Epic has over 24 dining options, one of the largest spas at sea, a waterpark, bowling alley and a wide selection of entertainment options. All drinks and meals are included as well as gratuities and checked baggage. Upgrade to a balcony cabin for €1799.

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Irish Hotel Break: 

Ireland’s Blue Book, which is a collection of Irish Country House Hotels. Castles and Restaurants, have many special offers listed on their website for Autumn breaks. I thought this one was particularly good value for anyone looking for a quick over night break away. And if you purchase an Ireland’s Blue Book voucher and present the voucher on arrival at Belleek Castle, you will be presented with a glass of wine in the Spanish Armada bar on arrival 🍷.

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Belleek Castle, Ballina, Mayo, Bed, Breakfast & Evening Meal, €97 per person sharing

Enjoy an overnight stay in a newly refurbished room in one of Ireland’s romantic country castles. Price includes breakfast and an early three-course evening meal.

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All prices are correct at the date of issue, 2nd August, but are subject to change. Note the links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

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Last Minute Holiday Deals – As Discussed on Newstalk FM, 7th June 2018

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Still searching for a last minute holiday deals? Check out my top tips for finding the best value holiday deals that I discussed with Ivan Yates on Newstalk FM.

 

As the peak holiday season approaches there is still time to secure a last minute holiday deal. Good news for holidaymakers is that capacity has increased greatly. Dublin airport has a staggering 14 new routes this Summer with 1.7 million extra seats added across it’s network. Everyone is talking about the new routes to China, Hong Kong and to the US but one million of those extra seats are to Europe. New destinations like Cyprus, Morocco and Turkey could prove to be great value for last minute sun holiday bookings. However don’t forget about package holiday deals….

Tour Operators like TUI and Sunway have paid in advance for flights and hotels so if they have availability left, they will have to sell them off cheaply. They also sell flight only so if you don’t want to book their accommodation, you still may get a good deal on return flights. Sometimes they include checked baggage too. A good travel agent will be able to tell you instantly what is available with Tour Operators, so make a quick phone call before trying to book everything independently.

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European Special Offers:

June in particular is a great time to travel so if you can get away this weekend or next, you are in for a treat. One week holidays to Lanzarote and the Algarve are only €299, Majorca is €349 and Sardinia is €469. They are all departing this weekend for seven nights including flights, accommodation and checked baggage with Sunway. TUI have flight only deals from €129 return to Majorca on the 6th and 13th of July. You could combine these with an Airbnb or apartment, however note that accommodation is limited in the most popular resorts.

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July and August is more expensive but there are still some great deals to be found.  Love Holidays is offering a seven night stay on the Lisbon Coast for €525 on the 25h of July. Price includes flights and a seven night stay in the Alvorada hotel, Estoril.

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If you are looking for a cheap deal you can fly to Turkey for €300 including flights and accommodation in the Ponz Boutique Hotel, Kusadasi, for seven nights, departing the 28th of August.

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TUI has just launched a September sale with up to €200 off selected holidays to Spain, Portugal and Greece. I particularly like their Greek offers. They have a package deal staying in the Stella Hotel, Rhodes for €473 departing the 12th of September and the Katarina Palace in Zakynthos from €471 on the 18th of September.

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Family deals:

Salou is one of the most popular destinations for families due to the short flights and proximity to Europe’s largest theme park, PortAventura. TUI have a good deal departing the 14th of August, staying in the Villa Romana Hotel. This is one of Salou’s most highly rated hotels ( no 2 on tripadvisor). Price for flights, hotel with breakfast and evening meal included is €2414 based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

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Attraction Tickets Direct are offering 20% off selected tickets to Port Aventura. The 3 day, 3 park ticket to Port Aventura, Caribe Waterpark and FerrariLand is now only €68 adults and €56 per child = €248 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children.

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If you are looking for something a bit more low key, Donabate Travel has a great offer to Corfu on the 3rd of August. Price for flights and a seven night stay in the family owned Loulas Village apartments is only €1659 including transfers and checked baggage, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

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Long haul holiday deals

There is also great value in long haul travel and many travel agents and tour operators have been given preferential rates with long haul carriers. You may find that it is cheaper to book a package deal than book a flight and hotel separately. Sunway have a special offer of three nights in Dubai departing the 6th of September for €525 per person sharing. This includes return flights to Dubai and three nights accommodation in the Arabian Park Hotel. It is only a 3* hotel but it gets great reviews on tripadvisor and they even offer free airport transfers and a free shuttle bus to the beach. To book a flight only to Dubai is €533 at the same time.

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Tropical Sky have a week in the five star Centara Grand Beach Resort in Krabi, Thailand from €1,159 in September and €1,299 in August. This is an amazing hotel, on a paradise island, only accessible by speed boat. Flights alone would be close to €1000 on their own, if booking direct with an airline.

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TUI have direct flights to Cancun Mexico for two weeks in June and July. If you can get away on the 18th of June, the price for flights and a two week all-inclusive stay in the 4* Riu Dunamar Hotel is only €1234. This includes all meals, drinks, transfers and checked baggage too. You also get a free upgrade to extra leg room and extra space seats! Prices on the 9th of July for 2 weeks start at €1422 for a junior suite in the 4* Grand Bahia Principe Coba, also on an all-inclusive basis. If you would prefer to do your own thing, you can take a flight only for two weeks to Cancun from €299 on the 18th of June or €529 in July.

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Cruise Deals:

Marella Cruises is offering a seven-night cruise on Marella Dream from €969 on the 17th of July. Price includes flights from Dublin and cruise with all entertainment and meals included.

Itinerary: Palma, Seville, Portimao (Algarve), Gibraltar, Cartagena, Valencia, Palma

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Princess Cruises have a Med cruise offer on Crown Princess, staying in a balcony stateroom for only €1299 on the 4th of August. Price includes flights from Dublin and a seven-night cruise with all entertainment and meals included.

Itinerary: Barcelona – Gibraltar – Marseille – Genoa- Florence – Rome

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Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in the world and you could be on it from €1499, departing the 26th of August. Price includes flights from Dublin and a seven night Med cruise with all entertainment, meals and drinks included.

Itinerary: Barcelona – Palma De Mallorca – Provence – Florence – Rome – Naples –  Barcelona

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

 

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