5 Benefits of Booking Early with Direct Holidays

Posted on: December 20th, 2014 by Sam Mckay

Before you know it summer 2015 will be here and you’ll have wished you booked your holiday well in advance. There are many reasons to leave your holiday planning late, but there are many more that say you should book early. We have complied five of the top reasons to book your next holiday early with us. These benefits will hopefully save you a lot of money, stress and will help you get excited for your next holiday. Great deals The earlier you book the more likely it is you’ll find an amazing deal. Early birds may be able to get free or cheap child places, whereas late bookers could pay close to adult prices. You could save money on holiday extras, such as choosing your seats, in-flight meals and a luggage upgrade. You can pick and choose when you want to book and wait for different deals that will…

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Featured – TripAdvisor All Inclusive Travellers’ Award 2014 (Mexico)

Posted on: December 16th, 2014 by Sam Mckay

To coincide with TripAdvisor’s top 25 all-inclusive resorts for 2014 we thought we’d showcase a selection of our Mexican hotels that made it onto the list. Voted for by ‘travellers’, these stunning hotels all have an elegant luxury about them and will leave you feeling indulged and pampered.   Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso   Situated in a prime location on the edge of Playa del Carmen, the Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso came awarded 2nd in the list of the top all-inclusive resorts in the world. Ideal for a romantic getaway with the atmosphere it emits, perfect for newlyweds and guests who enjoy being waited on hand and foot. Offering guests unrivalled luxury and service throughout their stay, this hotel doesn’t accept anything less than perfection. The Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso is the top rated hotel in Mexico, the question is, why wouldn’t you want to stay here?   Secrets Maroma…

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Somewhere different for Christmas 2015

Posted on: December 13th, 2014 by Sam Mckay

2014 is almost over and its only 367 days until Christmas 2015, best get planning, I have. Part of my planning for 2015 is researching somewhere to jet off for a little winter sun. Somewhere new that isn’t usually considered and somewhere a little different, after all a full year of planning I think I deserve a break in the bleakest season of the year. After a lot of late nights looking at beaches and hotels I have been able to narrow my choices down to a final three but I still can’t decide, which would you choose? Goa   Not usually considered as a package holiday destination, Goa is surprisingly beautiful and developed. India’s smallest state has a selection of beautiful 4 and 5 star luxury hotels that we as Brits are used to. Many of the hotels are in beach front locations and offer unprecedented service, ensuring that…

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Mexico – The Unexplored Corners

Posted on: December 9th, 2014 by Anup

What springs to mind when you think of Mexico? The ruins of ancient civilisations? Idyllic white beaches flanked by crystal waters? Green and white VW taxis? Lucha libre? Tequila? Tacos?   There’s much more to Mexico than that though. So come with us as we go off-the-beaten path and discover some of the country’s lesser-known, but no less impressive, attractions… Lagoons and ancient ruins Sitting just 20-miles off the border with Belize, the remote town of Bacalar is home to a breath-taking 40-mile freshwater lagoon known as Lago de Seis Colores or the Lake of Seven Colours.   The entire area is perfect for kayaking, swimming or just sitting back and watching the wildlife; but the lagoon’s most striking feature has to be Cenote Azul – a half-mile wide, 600-foot deep spring-water cavern.   Head back in time and visit the San Felipe Fort, which dates back to the 18th-century,…

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The Canaries: The Best Places for Families

Posted on: December 5th, 2014 by Anup

With year round sun, fantastic beaches, family attractions and beautiful scenery, the Canary Islands are the perfect option for a family holiday. But with seven islands to choose from – which one should you go for to ensure the perfect family holiday? Here’s our run-down to help you out… Best for attractions Tenerife is a great option for those looking for fun family days out. Miles of fantastic sandy beaches offer excellent sandcastle building territory, while a number of attractions promise to keep the kids entertained. Siam Park for example, is a huge water park with a wide selection of rides and attractions such as the Mekong Rapids, the Lost City and a Thai-themed floating market. With options to suit all ages, older kids and mums and dads can have fun too. Loro Parque is another option for families on holiday in Tenerife. Situated in Puerto de la Cruz, this wildlife…

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Honeymoons for the Non-Romantic

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Anup

Ambling along the powder white sands on your paradise island getaway, you gaze lovingly into your partners eyes as the crystal waters of the Caribbean lap at your feet. You are SO lucky to have married them and the honeymoon couldn’t be more perfect. YUCK! If the idea of the classic honeymoon makes your insides shudder rather than flutter, where do you go to celebrate your nuptials? From adventures holidays to wildlife safaris, we’ve put together some alternative honeymoon ideas. For an alternative beach getaway: Morocco Swap swaying palm trees and five-star plunge pools for the expansive wilderness of the Sahara Desert. Experience a week-long trip into this mystical wonderland where you’ll experience the impressive Atlas Mountains and Sahara desert. On the back of a camel, you’ll pass through ancient settlements and incredible sand dunes before making like nomads, and wild camping under the stars. Champagne, lobsters and typical honeymoon…

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Top 5 Mind Blowing Moroccan Hotspots

Posted on: November 27th, 2014 by Anup

From sunshine to souks and beaches to Bedouin life, a holiday in Morocco offers a taste of the exotic. The short flight times mean you’ll be in Morocco in just 3-4 hours after take-off from the UK – but where should you go to experience the best the country has to offer? We’ve put together some ideas… Best for shopping Colour, chaos and energy will engulf you when you enter the souks of Marrakech. The bamboo covered stalls found on the labyrinth streets sell a multitude of exotic items, from spices, bags and jewellery to blankets, rugs and embellished clothing. Just immersing yourself in the atmosphere of the souks is an experience in itself. Expect to see everything from snake charmers and palm readers to monkeys and chickens. Above all, make sure you get your bartering skills up to scratch before you buy anything. The main square, Djeema-El-Fnaa is the…

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A Beginners Guide to Egypt

Posted on: November 23rd, 2014 by Anup

Mysterious, enchanting and ancient, Egypt is a destination everyone should visit at least once in their life time. Whether it’s to gaze at wondrous monuments, bask on a sun-drenched beach or experience the country’s natural beauty, this destination offers something for everyone. Places to visit The incredible ancient history of Egypt is what tempts many visitors to its shores. A trip here will allow you to experience the magnificent Pyramids of Giza – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In addition, you can visit fascinating sites such as the mysterious temples of Karnak and Luxor, the Sphinx, the Valley of the Kings and Tutankhamun’s tomb. Shoppers will love visiting Cairo’s bustling and colourful Khan-al-Khalili bazaar, while adventurers can experience the vast wonder of the dessert with a 4×4 safari trip and trip to a Bedouin village. Egypt it also fantastic for a beach holiday. Sharm el Sheikh…

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The World’s Best Music Vacations

Posted on: November 20th, 2014 by Anup

The world has produced some great musicians, and there are particular stand-out destinations across the globe that you just have to try if you’re a fan. From country to dance music, we take a look at where to go… Nashville Nashville is the inspiration and spiritual home for many an aspiring musician – so head to Music City to experience its infectious musical energy. The city has produced some of the greats of country music such as Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson, as well as other legends like Jimi Hendrix. Wander around Nashville at any time of the day or night and you’ll find music drifting out of the bars and venues of the city. Experience it for yourself by heading to a Honky Tonk, grabbing a beer and relaxing to some great sounds. Don’t forget to enjoy some of Nashville’s other attractions too such as the Country…

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Orlando: Rollercoaster Guide

Posted on: November 19th, 2014 by Anup

Prepare for heart-racing, adrenaline-pumping action when you arrive in Orlando; roller coaster capital of the world. From turbo charged thrill-rides to crazy loops and corkscrews, these rides will have you on the edge of your seat. We take a look at some of Orlando’s best… Hollywood Rip Ride and Rockit: Universal Studios There’s no better place to start than with Hollywood Rip Ride and Rockit, Orlando’s tallest rollercoaster. Powering along at 65mph and towering 17 storeys above ground, it’s not for the faint-hearted. With its numerous loops, you can zoom along accompanied by your own personal soundtrack chosen when you climb into your pod. Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster: Walt Disneyworld Hollywood Studios Endorsed by rock band Aerosmith, fans can enjoy speeding along at 60mph to the soundtrack of the band. Boasting two rollover loops and one corkscrew, you’ll race past famous Hollywood landmarks in a limousine-like car. The Incredible Hulk: Universal Islands…

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