Maybe the Olympics and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will entice that you stay at home this year… or perhaps they’ll cause you to be long to escape. Whatever you choose, here’s the actual lowdown on 2012’s holiday highlights…
Mark Warner’s 2nd five-star hotel will be opening upon May 19 on the Greek island of Rhodes. Set directly on the sands of the vacation resort of Afandou Beach, each of the 80 contemporary rooms have whether balcony or a terrace – eight even have their own exclusive swimming pools.
There will be the usual array of activities, kids’ clubs and spas. 7 nights’ half-board starts at L765pp including BA flights from Heathrow. For more details go to www.markwarner.co.uk or phone 0844 273 5010.
Fancy doing something more adventurous with the family this year? Virgin Holidays has launched a new range of trips that are targeted at adults and children and give the chance to check out more exotic corners of the world.
Worldwide Journeys offers holidays throughout China, India, Costa Rica, Tanzania and Egypt, with itineraries that encompass activities kids will love, while mothers and fathers will get a fascinating insight into neighborhood life and culture. The actual tours range from eight to 15 days and cost from L1,295 with an Egyptian Family Adventure. See www.virginholidaysjourneys.co.uk
Push the boat out without making waves in your lender balance when you stay at Keycamp’s new Body of water House at Chateau des Ormes parc throughout Northern Brittany. It’s built on a floating program, so you can float the thatched-roofed residence – complete with double mattress, bunk beds and decked terrace – out on to the lake after which punt back.
Book by February 29 and two nights inside the Lake House followed by a few nights in a Villanova mobile home (sleeps up to two adults and two youngsters six-12) will cost from L300 including Dover/Calais crossings upon May 19. Go to www.keycamp.co.uk or phone 0844 406 0319.
On the front door of Faro airport, the Palacio Valverde Resort & Health spa in Portugal is due to open throughout November, making the Algarve an ideal choice for a weekend break.
The place will have 158 rooms dotted involving lakes, beautiful gardens and swimming pools with buildings built to create a palace feel. See www.conradhotels.hilton.com
Further afield you can combine natural beauty and wintertime sun with a trip to the actual Southern State of Kerala. Teletext Holidays is offering a 5 Star high-class trip to Kerala staying at the Leela Kempinski for just L1119 per person.
Getting passes for the Olympic or Paralympic Games was difficult, but finding an inexpensive hotel room in London may be also harder. Grab a bargain by simply booking a room at the fresh Travelodge in Stratford, right in the heart of Games territory, which opens up in March. Doubles begin at L59 per night, high are also family rooms that sleep up to four. E-book on www.travelodge.co.uk
Get up close to the wildlife once you stay at one of eight fresh lodges at Whipsnade Zoo, Furniture. Opening in April, every single sleeps up to four with prices from L115pp including breakfast every day, an evening barbecue and a twilight tour of the zoo.
Berlin opens a brand new airport in June next year, generating Germany’s most exciting and diverse area easier to get to. Lufthansa (www.lufthansa.co.uk) will launch day-to-day flights to the city from Birmingham and Manchester if the airport opens.
And easyJet (www.easyjet.com) has five fresh routes starting this summer. For the first time Naples will be accessible from Edinburgh and Bristol (starting April 18 and May 12 respectively) even though travellers from Scotland will have fresh flights from Edinburgh to be able to Dalaman (from April 17). A new route between Southend and Jersey will begin on May 2, while from March Thirty one you’ll be able to fly from Luton to be able to Corfu.
More good news for Scottish travellers from Jet2 (www.jet2.com), which commences flights from Glasgow to Barcelona three times a week and two routes a week to Murcia from March 29.
Manchester gets 3 new routes – 4 flights a week to Paris from March 29, twice-weekly to be able to Milan Bergamo (starting May 16) and three flights a week to be able to Toulouse (May 12).
Cruises from the UK have become increasingly popular in recent years as they avoid the hassle and cost of flying, and P&O is set to increase its departures from Southampton this year, with more effective new cruises.
The new itineraries include a 28-night trip to the Caribbean on Adonia, and also cruises to the Canary Islands, the actual Western Med and the Atlantic Coast. From next winter 3 ships – Oriana, Oceana and Adonia – will sail year-round from Southampton. Pay a visit to www.pocruises.com for more.
Disney Cruises is setting sail from three new slots in 2012, meaning that it’s just not just kids who have all of the fun. From May Twenty-five, Disney will be sailing from New York – as well as Seattle and Galveston in Texas – making a couple of nights inside the Big Apple the perfect way to spherical off a child-friendly cruise. Check out www.disneycruise.co.uk
Great news for Irish cruising fans: MSC Cruise ships is adding Cork and Dublin to be able to four new itineraries in August and September. Customers can easily embark and disembark in the luxurious MSC Lirica, with itineraries that take in the German port of Hamburg and also Amsterdam and the Shetland Isles. More info in www.msccruises.co.uk
Croatia also has beautiful coastlines and offers excellent value money compared to additional Mediterranean resorts. In Croatia the most beautiful cities are Split,Dubrovnik and Makarska. Try this 7 night cruise along the Dalmatian Coast for just L699 per person. Saving up to be able to L200pp.
Holidays by simply rail are gaining popularity, and Great Rail Journeys has a number of new itineraries, including many in the British Isles. Discover Scotland’s gorgeous countryside and vibrant cities with a nine-day Western Highlands and Hebrides tour (from L825pp), or take a short burglary the beautiful Yorkshire Dales (from L448).
More high-speed trains are making Europe more accessible by rail than ever before, and GRJ has new trips on the continent including a 10-day trip to the astounding Harz Mountains and Rhine Gorge throughout 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). Details at www.greatrail.com or perhaps call 01904 521936.
Spoil your loved one upon Valentine’s, or surprise your mother on Mother’s Day with a special journey aboard the Orient Express, writes tagza.com. Superbreak is offering a selection of day trips across the UK upon sister trains the British Pullman and Northern Belle from London and other cities. The Valentine’s Day time round-trip costs L195pp on the Northern Belle from Manchester or Liverpool which include five-course dinner, champagne and fifty percent bottle of wine. Book at www.superbreak.com or call 0871 222 3055.