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May 13, 2019

New: Seaside villa with a private pool on Spain’s Costa de la Luz

Just released for 2019 by villa specialist, Vintage Travel – and subsequently with excellent availability, including peak season – is Casa Jose, a glorious home on Spain’s Costa de la Luz.

This lovely villa is situated on a country lane just a stroll of around 700 metres to the beach at El Palmar, an area of idyllic coastline of protected dunes and sandy beaches and renowned for its fine restaurants, traditional beach bars, relaxed family atmosphere and beautiful sunsets.

The property sleeps six in three bedrooms and has beautifully carved wooden furniture and fittings which perfectly complement traditional tiles and furnishings of local design.  In its grounds there is a private swimming pool, poolside decking and a lawn, open and covered terraces, a shower room and a built-in barbeque.

Just 600 yards down the lane there is a butcher’s shop for locally sourced meat for the barbeque and just a few steps further on there are two of the area’s highly rated restaurants.  A pleasant stroll (or a 10-minute drive) leads to the larger fishing town of Colil de la Frontera with its promenade backed by restaurants and ice cream parlours.

As an example of price, a seven-night holiday from 24 May (Spring Bank Holiday) is priced at £898, rising to £2298 in peak season.

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

01954 261431, www.vintagetravel.co.uk

May 13, 2019

Family fun with Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire

Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire is highlighting Upper Hoaten Farm Cottages near St Brides Bay as the ideal place for families looking for a peaceful holiday but with lots of onsite facilities to keep the youngsters amused.

This small family-run enterprise comprises of a courtyard of five beautifully restored stone farm buildings which retain the format of a traditional Pembrokeshire farmyard.  The cottages, sleeping between three and six people, have their own distinctive features with separate patio areas screened by shrubs and flowers.

Shared facilities include a hot tub, a games room with table tennis and a pool table, a children’s play area, a 10 ft trampoline, plus a Scandinavian-style barbeque cabin where barbequing and eating can be enjoyed inside whatever the weather.

The cottages are surrounded by pretty countryside yet are only a few minutes’ drive from beaches such as Marloes Sands and Broad Haven and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.

As an example of price, a seven-night holiday in Ploughman’s Cottage (sleeping five) costs £408 at the beginning of June, increasing to £918 in peak season.

Reservations:  01437 772760, www.coastalcottages.co.uk

May 7, 2019

Multi-activity holidays in Croatia, staying with the locals…

Multi-activity holidays in Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park – based in the tiny riverside village of Korana and staying with local residents in their private guesthouses – is the latest offering from specialist operator, Zenith Holidays.

Highlights of these seven-night holidays include walking the wooden paths and bridges in and around Plitvice Lakes, Croatia’s premier national park.  It’s exquisite series of 16 emerald green and opal blue lakes, more than 90 waterfalls and numerous caves make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Guests also enjoy a kayaking trip down the Zrmanja River in the Velebit Nature Park – with its clear and green waters, rapids, waterfalls and hidden swimming pools – and rafting down the Una River which forms a natural border between Croatia and Bosnia.

There is also kayaking in the Mrzenica River Canyon to the second highest waterfall on the Mrzenica (eight kms), a magical place for a swim and picnic, and a day of cycling on virtually traffic free roads through forests, between hills and across unspoilt countryside.

Twin-share prices start at £571 per person inclusive of seven nights’ riverside homestay half-board accommodation, five days of organised activities with use of cycles, kayaks, canoes, rafts, paddles, life jackets and helmets, plus private ground transportation throughout and the services of an English-speaking guide.

Return airport transfers from Zagreb or Zadar are also included and Zenith is happy to advise on flight options.

0203 137 7678, www.zenithholidays.co.uk

May 7, 2019

Short breaks on Jersey at Spring Bank Holiday…

Jet off to Jersey at Spring Bank Holiday and enjoy a three-night air-inclusive break at the Mayfair Hotel in St Helier from as little as £345 per person.

This twin share price, for departures on 25 May, includes return flights from Gatwick or Liverpool, transfers and accommodation with breakfast.

This friendly and relaxed three-star hotel is just a short walk from the centre of town – with its bars, restaurants, galleries and shops – along with the beach at Havre des Pas, home to a Victorian bathing pool on the beach, which fills up during every high tide.

Hotel facilities include an indoor pool and fully-equipped gym, a sun deck, a bar, restaurant and coffee shop, plus there is regular evening entertainment.

Flights are also available from a choice of regional airports, supplements may apply, or by fast ferry from Poole.

01534 735511, www.themayfairjersey.com

April 30, 2019

Single Travellers Take-off on New Holidays with Friendship Travel

Two brand new holidays for single travellers take off this month. Friendship Travel is Hosting its first guests at the five-star Galini Wellness Spa and Resort in Kamena Vourla on mainland Greece on 19 May, with a week’s all-inclusive from only £989.

That includes a double room for sole occupancy (no single supplement to pay), as well as flights to Athens from Stansted, transfers and the support of a Friendship Travel Host, plus all drinks and sociable meals.

The seafront hotel enjoys a fabulous spot facing across the bay to the island of Evia. Facilities include thermal and freshwater pools, a superb spa, restaurant and two bars. The little resort of Kamena Vourla features seafront cafes, a promenade and hot springs, and is a great base for trips to Evia or to the ancient site of Delphi.

After the 19 May holiday, subsequent dates are in September. As well as Stansted, flights are available from other London airports, Manchester, Edinburgh and Dublin.

On 23 May, the first group departs to Palermo in Sicily – also new for 2019 – where guests are Hosted at the centrally-located Cristal Palace Hotel on a seven-night package that includes a hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tour of the city, a full day’s excursion to Mt Etna and a day at Mondello beach.

As always, each single traveller has his/her own double room at no extra coast. Breakfast every day and three dinners at the hotel are included, and on a fourth night the group enjoys a guided walking tour of Palermo’s foodie haunts, grazing at street food stalls along the way.

Prices start at £1199 from Stansted for this fascinating combination of sun, sights and sea, all Hosted by a Friendship Travel representative. Subsequent dates are in June, July and September. Other London airports are also available, as are flights from Liverpool and Dublin.

Other holidays for single travellers in May include Bodrum and Side in Turkey, the Greek islands of Zante, Rhodes and Skiathos, the Costa Brava, Mallorca and the Algarve.

Friendship Travel, 0289 446 2211, www.friendshiptravel.com

Availability and prices correct at date of issue.

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