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July 16, 2018

Mini breaks on Jersey from £345 per person…

Peak season air-inclusive three-night short breaks on Jersey – an ideal opportunity to enjoy a mini-getaway on this pretty island with its distinctly continental feel – is the offer at the three-star Mayfair Hotel in St Helier.

Twin share prices start at just £345 per person which includes return flights from Gatwick or Liverpool, accommodation with full English breakfast and complimentary use of the hotel’s health club and indoor swimming pool. The package also includes hotel transfers, one item of checked-in luggage and regular evening entertainment.

Other hotel facilities include a sun deck and games room, plus a bar, restaurant and coffee shop.

A short walk leads to the centre of St Helier – with its bars, shops, restaurants, museums and harbour – or the beach at Havre des Pas, with its Victorian bathing pool which fills up during every high tide.

Flights are also available from a wealth of other regional airports, supplements may apply.  Other short break durations are also available.

01534 735511,

July 16, 2018

Huge Savings on Confidence-building PGL Summer Camps

PGL welcomes thousands of unaccompanied children to its summer camps each year, and a new offer saving up to 60% seeks to encourage a new generation of children to try PGL for the first time.

A PGL holiday is a fun and safe way for children to wave goodbye to mum and dad, to try new activities and make new friends. Kids return tired and happy, eager to talk about their achievements and full of confidence.

These ‘First Timer’ holidays are just that: holidays exclusively for children who have not experienced PGL ‘unaccompanied’ before. (Children who have been on a school trip are still eligible for the offer.)

The offer is on seven-night residential holidays on selected dates this summer at adventure centres in Surrey, Sussex, Wiltshire, the Isle of Wight, Devon, Dorset, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Lincolnshire.

Each centre is owned and run year-round by PGL, with trained staff taking care of everything from dawn to dusk – and beyond. Single-sex accommodation, all meals, activities every day, equipment, instruction and supervision are all included in holiday prices.

Examples of discounted First-timer holidays include:

Date                Location                                              Age Group       Was     Now                Saving

4 August          Liddington in Wiltshire                       7-10                 £639    £225.60           60%

11 August        Caythorpe Court in Lincolnshire         10-13               £609    £243.60           60%

18 August        Little Canada, Isle of Wight                 10-13               £589    £235.60           60%

18 August        Boreatton Park, Shropshire                7-10                 £609    £243.60           60%

25 August        Windmill Hill in Sussex                        10-13               £599    £239.60           60%


All holidays include accommodation, meals, activities, instruction, equipment, evening entertainment and caring supervision. PGL’s special activity holiday insurance must be booked to take advantage of this offer (£37 per child). Quote FIN58X when booking.


0333 321 2114,


July 16, 2018

New properties on Crete signed by Freelance Holidays

In what is proving to be a bumper year for Mediterranean island villas, two newly-built holiday homes on Crete’s unspoiled south coast have been signed by Freelance Holidays, offering both availability and great value for August and late summer holidays.

Vaso’s House is a spacious first-floor apartment a couple of minutes’ walk from the facilities of Kerames village. It offers two bedrooms to sleep four. There’s no pool, but the beach is just 4.5kms drive, and all rooms have access to the sea-facing balcony for wonderful views.

The traditional village square offers a taverna and café, and the maze of streets include a well-stocked minimarket. The apartment’s styling is modern rustic, and the owner, Vaso, has insisted on the same quality finish as her parents enjoy in their apartment below. Ready for guests from 1 August, when a week’s rental costs £1050, the apartment is available to rent on a per night basis from just £108 in September when a week is only £756.

A few miles along the coast, Alexandro’s House is a newly-renovated ‘cottage’ standing alone on the edge of Agia Paraskevi. Three new bedrooms (with two shower rooms) sleep up to six, and all guests are welcome to use the pools at the two village tavernas which are within three minutes’ walk. Sea views are a feature of this traditionally-built stone house with a modern interior.

Available now, the newly-renovated Alexandro’s House costs £1085 for a week in August, with nights in September £138, making a week at the end of the summer only £966 for six!

Both properties are around two hours’ drive from either Chania or Heraklion airport: car hire is essential but is not included in the price.

01789 297705,


Availability and prices correct at date of issue.

July 11, 2018

Savings of up to £330 on mobile home holidays in France, Spain and Italy

Bargain deals in France, Spain or Italy…that’s the offer from mobile home specialist, Venue Holidays, on seven-night getaways for families of up to six from 28 July 2018.

Locations in France include Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont at Berny Riviere in Picardy, a lakeside campsite offering a wealth of facilities.  These include an indoor and outdoor swimming pool with fountains and waterfalls, a wellness centre with a beauty salon, gym sauna and steam room, plus 10-pin bowling, tennis and fishing.  The campsite also runs weekly excursions to Paris and Disneyland Paris.  A week from 28 July in a two-bedroom mobile home with decking is now priced at £705, saving £331.

At Camping Playa de Pals on Spain’s Costa Brava, a week from 28 July in a three-bedroom mobile home with air-con and decking now costs £1064, a reduction of £336.  The campsite has direct access to a sandy beach and amenities include swimming pools, football, basketball, tennis, cycle hire and mini golf.  Nearby is the historic town of Pals with its cobbled streets and excellent Catalan restaurants.

Or at Camping Park Albatros at San Vincenzo in Tuscany families can enjoy seven nights from 28 July in a two-bedroom mobile home with air-con and decking for £920, saving £291.  This relaxed and friendly campsite is set in 30 acres of pine forest – but is just 900 yards from a sandy beach – and its facilities include a large swimming pool area with lagoon pools and an Olympic-size swimming pool, cycle hire, a tree walking course, table tennis and mini-golf.

Ferry crossings can be arranged by Venue Holidays on request and cost from £123 for a return weekend saver P&O Dover/Calais sailing for car and passengers.

01233 629950,

July 11, 2018

Peak season savings of up to £320 on Mallorcan villas with private pools

Specialist operator, Vintage Travel, is highlighting a wealth of offers this peak season on a selection of superb properties in Mallorca, each having its own private swimming pool.

Villas on offer include Ca’n Cirerol, a country hideaway sleeping four tucked away on the outskirts of sleepy Portocolom.  This spacious property, which enjoys 180 degree sea views from its grounds, has a private swimming pool, a poolside shower, a large shaded dining terrace, a sun terrace with shaded corner seating and a built-in barbeque.  Beach lovers are spoiled for choice in this part of the world with many picture-postcard sandy coves lying within a few kilometres of the property.  A week from 21 July is now priced at £1527, saving £321.

Larger parties could opt for Son Pou, a character property dating from the late 18th century where traditional farmhouse features has been carefully preserved or replicated.  The villa, tucked away between Pollenca and the superb sandy beach of Port de Pollenca, sleeps eight in four bedrooms (one en suite) and in its enclosed large garden there is a gated and raised private swimming pool, shaded and sun terraces, a covered built-in barbeque house and table tennis.  Seven nights form 11 August now cost £2525, a reduction of £321.

Or, hidden away in the wooded hillside of the Ca’n Bos Valley near Pollenca, is Baldregat, a superb hideaway cottage offering privacy and tranquillity and striking panoramic sea views. It sleeps four in two bedrooms (one en suite) and the rear of the property is particularly atmospheric having been built directly into the hillside with one wall formed from the natural mountain rock.  In the spacious grounds there is a private swimming pool, open and shaded terraces and a barbeque.  A week from 18 August is now priced at £2225, saving £209.

Flights and car hire can be arranged by Vintage Travel on request.

01954 261431,




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