Irresistible Italy

Posted on: February 22nd, 2015 by Sam Mckay
If you’ve never visited Italy before, you’re really missing out. This beautiful country will take your breath away with picturesque coastlines, stunning landscapes and stylish cities. If you like something a little different, Italy also has a few tricks up its sleeve. Neapolitan Riviera Situated around the Bay of Napes, the Neapolitan Riviera is home to some lovely beaches with a backdrop of towering mountains and volcanoes. The colourful towns and villages are ready to welcome you with open arms and a Limoncello, a local speciality. Once you’ve settled into your beautiful hotel and admired the stunning views you may want to explore the surrounding area. But where do you start? If you’re looking for beaches you’ll want to head towards the charming town of Amalfi, where you will find a number of tranquil locations to lay your beach towel. If you prefer a little more adventure then why not… Read more

Explore the Canaries

Posted on: February 20th, 2015 by Sam Mckay
Beautiful year round weather is the main reason thousands of people choose the Canary Islands for their holiday each year. Whether you like to spend your days lying on a sun-kissed beach or doing something more adventurous, the Canaries has something for everyone. We’ve put together some great videos to give you a small taste of what each of these fantastic islands have to offer. But don’t’ take our word for how amazing they are; why not discover them for yourself? Quick Facts Flight Time – Around 4 hours Time Zone/Difference –There is no time difference to the UK. Language – Spanish Peak Season – The weather is warm all year round however in August temperatures can reach 29°C Currency – Euro (€) Resorts – Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Palma, El Hierro, La Gomera. Explore Fuerteventura The oldest island in the Canaries, Fuerteventura is home to some of… Read more

Mainland Spain – Siestas, Sangria and Sunshine

Posted on: February 14th, 2015 by Sam Mckay
Still a popular summer sun getaway destination, mainland Spain has a wealth of attractions and quality hotels. There are an endless number of resorts that line the southern coast of Spain offering everything from family friendly hotels to adult only luxury. Fast Facts Flight Time – 2 – 2 ½ hours Time Zone/Difference – Central European Time +1 hour Language – Spanish, Catalonian Peak Season – June to August Currency – Euro (€) Resorts – Costa Brava, Costa Dorada, Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol, Costa Almeria Where to Stay Hotel El Paso Guaranteed to keep your family entertained, this hotel outside of the popular resort of Salou has everything you need. When you stay in the hotel El Paso you’ll get entrance to the Costa Caribe Aquatic Park and PortAventura, the biggest waterpark in Europe. On top of the free entrance to these parks the hotel boasts its own gigantic… Read more

TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Beaches around the World

Posted on: February 11th, 2015 by Sam Mckay
A little while back I brought you a selection of our hotels that were featured in TripAdvisor’s travellers’ choice awards. Now I want to show you some of the best beaches from around the world that Direct Holidays fly to. These beaches have been selected by you, the travellers’, and have come in the top 25 in the world. #6 – Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain The Playa de Ses Illetes beach on the small Balearic Island of Formentera and features at #6. This enchanting island has got one of the most desirable beaches in the world with soft sands and beautiful clear turquoise waters. The beach and the island of Formentera are off the coast of Ibiza, from where you can get a ferry to the island for the day. #10 – Playa Isla, Isla Mujeres, Mexico In 10th place we have the Playa Isla beach, in the… Read more

The lo-down on Mexico

Posted on: February 7th, 2015 by Sam Mckay

The Mexican Riviera has received some major development over the years and is now a popular choice for travellers wanting to relax in pure luxury. The main resorts of Tulum, Cancun and Playa del Carmen are home to some beautiful hotels, stunning beaches and are within easy reach of famous historic sites. You’ll love Mexico with its rich heritage and culture; why not choose the Mexican Riviera for your next holiday? The Basics Flight Time – 11.5 hours Time Zone/Difference – Mexico has 3 different time zones. Mexico City (CST) is 6 hours behind the UK. Language – Mexico has around 60 languages but the most widely spoken is Spanish. Peak Season – The best time to visit is between November and April. During those months, coastal areas are dry and hot. Temperatures rise to the mid-20’s (°C) and it rarely drops below 20°C. Currency – Mexican Peso (Mex$) Resorts…

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Hidden Romantic Gems

Posted on: February 4th, 2015 by Sam Mckay

As Valentine’s Day is fast approaching I wanted to give those struggling for ideas a helping hand as I was struggling to find something romantic it also helps me too. I’ve searched the globe for hidden gems to visit this Valentine’s Day, below is a small selection of my recommendations.   Kourion Beach and Amphitheatre On the idyllic island of Cyprus Kourion Beach sits just outside of Limassol. Hidden away from the main beach is the home to many turtle nests and beautiful sunsets. In the summer months the beach is mainly occupied by the locals but is definitely a must see. The evening sky is filled with beautiful colours and the sound of waves gently lapping against the shore. Stroll hand in hand along the beach and watch the mesmerizing sunset in all its glory. Perched on top of the hill with nothing but blue sky behind the theatre…

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Pay Day Holidays

Posted on: January 31st, 2015 by Sam Mckay
The first pay day of 2015 is here and it’s got me thinking, where I would like to go this summer. After quite a bit of research and a few late nights I’ve decided that I’d like to visit one of these Greek Islands. Take a look at the Islands I’ve picked out below. Crete The largest of all the Greek Islands, Crete has so much to offer. From the party resort of Malia to the quaint streets of Elounda Crete offers a resort perfect for you. To the west of the island in the region Chania the landscape is dominated by the white mountains the beautiful National Park. A paradise for food and wine lovers Chania is the ideal relaxing resort. The capital of the island, Heraklion, is an appealing year round destination that has a beautiful combination of urban spaces and greenery rising up the two mountain ranges.… Read more

Easter Breaks 2015

Posted on: January 28th, 2015 by Sam Mckay
The Easter break is an opportunity to getaway for a week or two and enjoy some time with the family on holiday. Escape the daily routine and enjoy the sun, sea and sand on an exotic island or explore the fun of a waterpark, the choice is yours. I've searched high and low for our best resorts for the Easter break 2015 and have found these spectacular locations. Malta The small island of Malta wedged between the Italian and Tunisian coastline is a beautiful destination. For the 2015 Easter holidays there is nowhere better to get an early start on a summer tan. Things to do – The Maltese people are synonymous with outdoor living and when you visit you can expect many tranquil beaches and activities to keep all of the family entertained. As well as having waterparks, Malta is also home to another excellent family friendly attraction. The… Read more

Your Cape Verde Experience

Posted on: January 24th, 2015 by Sam Mckay

Cape Verde is a beautiful destination all year round. With so much to see and do Sal is perfect if you want a non-stop holiday filled with exploration and discovery. However if you prefer to lie back and relax the beautiful stretches of long white sandy beaches are second to none. But don’t just take my word for it check-out some of our photography that was taken on a recent trip to the island. Beaches      Featured Beaches: Santa Maria Beach, Turtle Beach   Things to do      Featured Activities: Quad-biking, Surfboarding, Kite Surfing, Buggies, the Salt Mine, Windsurfing   Cape Verde Hotels    Featured hotels: Dunas de Sal, Hotel Morabza, Oasis Salinas Sea Hotel, Odjo d’agua   If you want to see even more of what Cape Verde has to offer then our experience video will show you a snapshot of things that you can see and do…

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Summer Saving – £75 off

Posted on: January 20th, 2015 by Sam Mckay

Looking for a bargain? Then look no further. Direct Holidays are offering you £75 off your next holiday when you spend £750. Are you dreaming of a family holiday full of happy memories in a beautiful destination such as the Canary Islands.  Spend time with your loved one on a romantic getaway on one of the magical Greek Islands. Or spread your wings and look at a little more exotic, the choice is all yours. Whatever you’re looking for Direct Holidays has a resort that will tick every box. We want to make sure you have the best possible time whilst away and feel relaxed, refreshed and stress less. To help your fantasy become reality here is our gift to you. £75 off your next holiday   When booking your next break through Direct Holidays make sure you use the code DH75. This offer can be redeemed online or by…

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