Maybe the Olympics as well as Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will entice one to stay at home this year… or perhaps they’ll cause you to long to escape. Whatever you choose, here’s the lowdown on 2012’s holiday illustrates…
Mark Warner’s 2nd five-star hotel will be opening about May 19 on the Greek island of Rhodes. Set close to the sands of the resort of Afandou Beach, each of the 80 contemporary rooms have either a balcony or a terrace – eight even have their own personal swimming pools.
There will be the usual variety of activities, kids’ clubs and spas. Several nights’ half-board starts at L765pp including BA flights via Heathrow. For more details go to www.markwarner.co.uk or phone 0844 273 5010.
Fancy doing something a little more adventurous with the family this year? Virgin Holidays has launched a new range of trips that are tailored for adults and children and give the chance to check out more exotic corners of the world.
Worldwide Journeys offers holidays in China, India, Costa Rica, Tanzania as well as Egypt, with itineraries that encompass routines kids will love, while mom and dad will get a fascinating insight into nearby life and culture. The tours range from eight to fifteen days and cost from L1,295 for an Egyptian Family Adventure. Notice www.virginholidaysjourneys.co.uk
Press the boat out with no making waves in your standard bank balance when you stay at Keycamp’s new River House at Chateau des Ormes parc in Northern Brittany. It’s built on a floating platform, so you can float the thatched-roofed property – complete with double mattress, bunk beds and decked terrace – out on to the lake and after that punt back.
Book by February 29 and two nights within the Lake House followed by 5 nights in a Villanova mobile home (rests two adults and two youngsters six-12) will cost from L300 including Dover/Calais crossings about May 19. Go to www.keycamp.co.uk or phone 0844 406 0319.
On the home of Faro airport, the Palacio Valverde Resort & Spa in Portugal is due to open in November, making the Algarve an excellent choice for a weekend break.
The place will have 158 rooms dotted between lakes, beautiful gardens as well as swimming pools with buildings made to create a palace feel. Notice www.conradhotels.hilton.com
Further afield you can combine natural beauty and winter sun with a trip to the Southern State of Kerala. Teletext Holidays is offering a 5 Star high-class trip to Kerala staying at the Leela Kempinski for only L1119 per person.
Getting seats for the Olympic or Paralympic Games was difficult, but finding an easily affordable hotel room in London may be also harder. Grab a bargain simply by booking a room at the brand-new Travelodge in Stratford, right in the heart of Games territory, which unwraps in March. Doubles start at L59 per night, there are also family rooms which sleep up to four. Guide on www.travelodge.co.uk
Get up close to the wildlife once you stay at one of eight brand-new lodges at Whipsnade Zoo, Furniture. Opening in April, each and every sleeps up to four along with prices from L115pp including breakfast, an evening barbecue and a evening tour of the zoo.
Berlin opens a brand new international airport in June next year, creating Germany’s most exciting and diverse metropolis easier to get to. Lufthansa (www.lufthansa.co.uk) will launch every day flights to the city via Birmingham and Manchester once the airport opens.
And easyJet (www.easyjet.com) has five brand-new routes starting this summer. The first time Naples will be accessible from Edinburgh and Bristol (starting April 18 and May 12 respectively) while travellers from Scotland will have brand-new flights from Edinburgh to be able to Dalaman (from April 17). A brand new route between Southend and Jersey will begin on May 2, while from March 31st you’ll be able to fly from Luton to be able to Corfu.
More good news for Scottish travellers via Jet2 (www.jet2.com), which begins flights from Glasgow to Barcelona three times a week and two travel arrangements a week to Murcia from March 29.
Manchester gets 3 new routes – a number of flights a week to Paris from March 29, twice-weekly to be able to Milan Bergamo (starting May 16) as well as three flights a week to be able to Toulouse (May 12).
Cruises from the UK have grow to be increasingly popular in recent years as they prevent the hassle and cost of hurtling, and P&O is set to increase their departures from Southampton this year, with several new cruises.
The new itineraries add a 28-night trip to the Caribbean on Adonia, and also cruises to the Canary Islands, the Western Med and the Atlantic Coast. From next winter 3 ships – Oriana, Oceana and Adonia – will sail year-round from Southampton. Visit www.pocruises.com for more.
Disney Cruises is setting cruise from three new slots in 2012, meaning that its not just kids who have all of the fun. From May Twenty five, Disney will be sailing via New York – as well as Seattle and Galveston in Texas – making a couple of nights within the Big Apple the perfect way to rounded off a child-friendly cruise. Head to www.disneycruise.co.uk
Very good news for Irish cruising fans: MSC Cruises is adding Cork and Dublin to be able to four new itineraries in August and September. Customers could embark and disembark from the luxurious MSC Lirica, with itineraries that take in the German port of Hamburg and also Amsterdam and the Shetland Isles. More info from www.msccruises.co.uk
Croatia also has beautiful coastlines and offers fantastic value money compared to other Mediterranean resorts. In Croatia the most beautiful cities are Split,Dubrovnik and Makarska. Try this 7 night cruise along the Dalmatian Coast for only L699 per person. Saving up to be able to L200pp.
Holidays simply by rail are gaining popularity, as well as Great Rail Journeys features a number of new itineraries, including a number of in the British Isles. Discover Scotland’s gorgeous countryside and vibrant cities with a nine-day Western Highlands and Hebrides tour (via L825pp), or take a short break in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales (from L448).
More high-speed trains are making Europe more available by rail than ever before, as well as GRJ has new trips on the continent including a 10-day trip to the spectacular Harz Mountains and Rhine Gorge in Germany (from L1,298pp), and the chance to explore lesser-known Southern Italy, with a 13-day trip to Puglia and Basilicata (from L1,925pp). More info at www.greatrail.com as well as call 01904 521936.
Spoil your loved one about Valentine’s, or surprise your mummy on Mother’s Day with a particular journey aboard the Navigate Express, writes tagza.com. Superbreak is offering a variety of day trips across the UK about sister trains the British Pullman and Northern Belle from London and other cities. The Valentine’s Evening round-trip costs L195pp on the Northern Belle via Manchester or Liverpool which includes five-course dinner, champagne and 50 percent bottle of wine. Book at www.superbreak.com or call 0871 222 3055.