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February 7, 2019

Coastal villas lead Freelance Holidays’ Sicily expansion

A fabulous sea-facing villa, and a sophisticated new beach shack spearhead the 2019 Sicily portfolio for Mediterranean island specialist Freelance Holidays.

Villa Marianelli is set in a quiet residential area of the south-coast port of Licata. This wonderful house is newly-renovated to create a stylish holiday home that is both contemporary and comfortable.

The elevated salt-water pool area, the first-floor living space and beautifully-furnished terraces all take full advantage of the sea views. The three bedrooms (it sleeps six) are on the ground floor. Sandy Marianelli beach is less than 400m walk.

The high specification includes three satellite TVs, WiFi, a full music system, a sleek kitchen with all the white goods holidaymakers might need, and two luxurious shower rooms.  Comiso airport is approx. 75kms away for travellers flying Ryanair and Catania is under two hours’ drive. Licata offers a baroque square, 16th century castle and a choice of restaurants.

PRICE Seven nights in April starts at £2240; a peak summer week is £3878.

Also new is Dimora di Circe – originally a humble shack – which now fulfils any luxury beach hut fantasy! There is nothing except sand between the villa and the sea. The fabulous interior features local found and re-purposed items to create an effortlessly stylish holiday home, and a sunken hot tub off the deck extends the season.

Dimora di Circe has two double-bedded ensuite rooms, making it the perfect couples/friends retreat. It is set below the coast road in a quiet corner of the south coast. Restaurants and shops are 12kms to the west in Pozzallo while the Baroque town of Noto is 35kms. Comiso airport is 77kms away and Catania 120kms.

PRICE Seven nights in April starts at £2856; a peak summer week is £4998.

Freelance Holidays’ managing director Paul Fogg says: “The UK market is waking up to the fact that Sicily’s southerly position – on the same latitude as Tunis – offers early and late season escapes as well as peak season holidays. It’s our fastest-growing destination.”

Freelance Holidays: 01789 297705,

February 7, 2019

New for 2019, Lodge Tents, a new camping experience from Venue Holidays

Camping and mobile home specialist, Venue Holidays, is happy to announce the introduction of its Lodge Tents – offering all the fun of the ‘great outdoors’ but with creature comforts such as a private bathroom with shower, toilet and wash basin.

The stylish Italian design and well thought out facilities make the Lodge Tent the most luxurious camping experience in the company’s programme.  In addition to two bedrooms and a bathroom, there is a spacious living area with a fully-fitted kitchen and sofa.

The full width of tent opens onto an external wooden terrace, which is half covered offering a good combination of sun and shade.

The Lodge Tents (sleeping five) are available at Camping Blue Bayou at Vendres Plage in Languedoc, a fabulous five-star campsite with direct access to a sandy beach.  It has two heated swimming pool complexes – one reserved for adults, the other with a three-lane water slide, a children’s pool with slides and a spray park – plus a multi-sports pitch, table tennis and boules.  There is also a wellness centre with a hairdresser, beauty salon, sauna and massage, plus a shop, restaurants and bar.

As an example of price, a seven-night holiday in a Lodge Tent at the end of May costs from just £195 for a family of two adults and up to three children or, at the end of July, from  £1053.

Ferry crossings are not included but can be arranged by Venue on request, with a low season return P&O Dover/Calais weekend saver crossing for a car and passengers costing from £88, rising to £128 in peak season.

01233 629950,

For further information please contact Andrew Burden at Venue Holidays on 01233 629950.  Release issued by Beacon PR (01572) 748800


February 7, 2019

March deals on catered chalets in the French Alps with Zenith Holidays

Ski and snowboard specialist, Zenith Holidays, is highlighting savings of up to 19% on a selection of catered chalets in a choice of French resorts.

The largest reduction of 19% applies to week-long holidays at Chalet Refuge In the old town of Villeneuve in Serre Chevalier where seven nights from 2 March now cost £535 per person.

This twin share price includes chalet board accommodation – buffet breakfasts with hot options, afternoon tea and three-course evening meals on five evenings. The chalet is just a five-minute walk from the Aravet lift and shops, bars and restaurants are close by.

Other deals include a week from 16 March at Chalet Pregentil now priced at £550 per person, a reduction of 15%.  This twin share price includes return transfers from Grenoble and chalet board accommodation as above.

This cosy, traditional chalet – with a sauna – is ideally placed for the Telecentre ski lift which leads to the foot of the main lifts and is also well-located for the busy nightlife of the resort.

Zenith can also organise lift passes, tuition and equipment hire and is happy to advise on flight options.

0203 137 7678,

February 7, 2019

More for your money at the Mayfair Hotel in Jersey…

Spring breaks on Jersey – where for just £379 per person guests can enjoy a four-night stay packed with lots of added extras including complimentary wine with dinner – is the latest offering at the Mayfair Hotel in St Helier.

The above twin-share price applies to arrivals on 18 March and includes return flights from Gatwick or Liverpool, transfers and full-board accommodation with four-course evening meals and full English breakfasts.

In addition visitors a daily £10 drinks voucher for the bar, coffee shop vouchers to the value of £5 each day and an afternoon Jersey cream tea.

Guests also enjoy complimentary use of a fully-equipped gym, an indoor swimming pool and a Jacuzzi and steam room.

Flights are available from a choice of other regional airports (supplements may apply) and packages are also available by fast ferry from Poole from £299 per person.

01534 735511,

January 30, 2019

Kefalonian villa with a private pool, just for two…

Villas with just one bedroom that offer a private swimming pool are hard to find which is why specialist operator, Vintage Travel, is delighted to add Aeletta in northern Kefalonia to its portfolio of properties for 2019.

This pretty stone-clad cottage – with stunning sea views – is ideal for a couple or a single traveller and sits in  private grounds just over 550 metres from the sleepy little market town of Maganos, home to a couple of tavernas and two well-stocked shops.

It has an open-plan living area and a double bedroom and its south-west facing aspect helps keep the private pool and terraces bathed in sunshine all day.

For nature lovers, cyclists and walkers there are many coastal pathways to be explored and a drive of around three kms leads to Fiscardo’s Venetian-style harbour – with its tavernas and restaurants – along with beaches of all shapes and sizes.

A seven-night holiday in 2019 starts at £552, rising to £2028 in peak season.  Flights and car hire can be arranged by Vintage Travel on request.

01954 261431,




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