Top 10 Tips for the Best Summer Holiday

Now is the perfect time to pull out all the stops and book the best summer holiday ever! It won’t be long till you’re not so little ones are jetting off on their own so make this a summer holiday to remember! Plus, you deserve the perfect break too after all you hard work!

  1. The Perfect Destination

To have the best break ever you first need to decide on a destination. We are all becoming so soaked up in our own little worlds, especially due to technology constantly evolving and not being able to leave our smart phones for a minute. For the best summer holiday this year, you need a destination that’s go everything covered so you leave the mobile phone in the apartment/bag and go and have some real fun!

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  1. It’s not about the money, honey

It has been proven that our happiness is more closely related to relationships than money. Most people think they would be happier if they won the lottery. Yes, you probably would for about six months, but the effect soon wears off and many wish they had never won in the first place. This means holidays are less about the destination or the money you spend on it, and more about the people you go with, so make sure you pick the right ones… Just joking, take your whole family along if you want to! Make sure that rather than sharing your pictures with people on social media, share the experience with who you’re actually with, it will make for a happier holiday.

  1. Seek cooler climates

Studies have shown that temperature has a bigger impact on our happiness than any other aspect of the weather, such as wind or rain, and your happiness can have a very large impact on the rest of the group you’re with. More than likely, if you’re not happy then neither is everyone else! Happiness is maximised at 13.9C so technically, you’re more likely to find the happiest temperature in Dorset than the Dominican Republic.

  1. Use tech less

It might sound backward in 2017, but the use of tech can stunt our happiness. When we sit with friends and family, we often feel we should be reading something online, checking messages or doing work at the same time. Take time away from technology, especially when you’re on holiday, to enjoy the moment. This will not only boost your happiness but will help you retain memories for the future.

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  1. Stop “stuffocating”

Putting less emphasis on material things will make your summer more memorable. Most of us think our happiness depends entirely on material possessions, when really it is much more to do with how much stuff we do with our time. Use this summer break to care less about what you own and instead enjoy the free things life has to offer!

  1. Take a “fake-ation”

Science surrounding being happy suggests that planning a trip, even if you don’t actually go on it, will make you happier. One study found the highest spike in happiness came during the planning stage as people enjoy the sense of anticipation and the social process of planning something with friends, a partner or family. The effect of so-called “vacation anticipation” boosts happiness for up to eight weeks. So, start planning now!

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  1. Don’t wait

Top tip … enjoy the days in between waiting for any planned trips! Too many people focus on the countdown to their holidays and fall into the trap of accidentally wishing their lives away.  One secret to happiness is to also enjoy the days between the big events.

  1. Getting There

Aim to arrive at the airport, train station or bus depot well in advance. At this time of year, they resemble Dante’s little-known 10th circle of hell. It’s going to be a busy one as everyone will plan to go around the same time due to the school breaks. So, make sure you plan in advance, leave enough travel time and go well prepared – take snacks if you have too, to avoid a certain someone becoming hangry!

  1. Whilst you’re there

Make sure you stay hydrated and have plenty of sun cream on! We know what you’re thinking and yes, a nice cold beer or glass of wine will help you to cool down, but you also need plenty of the clear stuff! Drinking plenty of water will make sure you are fully hydrated all day, so no headaches, it also helps keep you cool too. Don’t be shy where sun cream is concerned. Apply liberally and regularly and make sure you don’t miss tricky bits like your ears and nose that tend to catch the sun more than you expect. Be particularly aware to reapply when you are in and out of the water

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  1. Sit back, relax, and have fun!

After all, this is what you went away for. Take time to really enjoy yourself and forget the stress of being a work or doing the school run.  Enjoy your glass of wine by the pool, take out a new book and have a read, or put your headphones in and block everyone else out. After all, when you go back to reality when are you going to have me time like this again?

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Best Beaches of the World

 Love the feeling of sand between your toes? We’ve picked out the best of the best 7-night beach breaks to ensure you enjoy that much-needed break this year! With offers available from £199pp, find your perfect getaway at the perfect price…

Majorca – Weather: 13 Hours of Sunshine, Highs of 29 Degrees

Mallorca (Majorca) is one of Spain’s Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean. It’s known for beach resorts, sheltered coves, limestone mountains and Roman and Moorish remains. Majorca is the largest of Balearic Islands, and along with its sister islands of Menorca and Ibiza, lies in the Mediterranean Sea off the south east coast of mainland Spain. Flying time from most UK airports is around 2 – 2.1/2 hours and on arrival local time is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

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Costa Del Sol – Weather: 14 Hours of Sunshine, Highs of 28 Degrees

The Costa del Sol is a region in the south of Spain, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, comprising the coastal towns and communities along the coastline of the Province of Málaga. Visit its charming white towns and villages, discover its natural surroundings and gastronomy. Discover its history through its cultural heritage, and take part in its customs and traditions. Live an unforgettable experience on the Costa del Sol.

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Corfu – Weather: 14 Hours of Sunshine, Highs of 37 Degrees

Corfu, an island off Greece’s northwest coast in the Ionian Sea, is defined by rugged mountains and a resort-studded shoreline. Its cultural heritage reflects years spent under Venetian, French and British rule before it was united with Greece in 1864. Average flight time is around 3 hours long and Corfu is two hours ahead compared to the UK.

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Alicante- Weather: 11 Hours of Sunshine, Highs of 30 Degrees

Food and wine are national obsessions in Spain, and with good reason. The touchstones of Spanish cooking are deceptively simple: incalculable variety, traditional recipes handed down through the generations, and an innate willingness to experiment and see what comes out of the kitchen laboratory. You may experience the best meal ever via tapas in an earthy bar where everyone’s shouting, or via a meal prepared by a celebrity chef in the refined surrounds of a Michelin-starred restaurant. Either way, the breadth of gastronomic experience that awaits you is breathtaking.

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Tenerife – Weather: 10 Hours of Sunshine, Highs of 28 Degrees

Tenerife is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, off West Africa. It’s dominated by Mt. Teide, a dormant volcano that is Spain’s tallest peak. Tenerife may be best known for its Carnival de Santa Cruz, a huge pre-Lent festival with parades, music, dancing and colourful costumes. The island has many beaches (with sands from yellow to black) and resort areas, including Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas.

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A Guide to the Perfect City Break

Are you the last-minute type? Do you like to jet away for a quick weekend break? Then why not book the perfect city break? If you get bored lying on the beach for two weeks, then a city break is definitely what you need! Here at Hotel Exclusives we’ve put the perfect guide together to make your short stop full of memories to remember!

First, pick your city! There are so many cities to visit, plus, you can travel by a plane, and a journey that’s under two hours with a fare that costs less than a train ticket to Scotland.  So, we’re trying to help you tick-off cities on your list and swap the odd weekend here and there from flicking through magazines in your dressing gowns to exploring new places, eating, drinking and repeating exactly the same the next day.

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Second, book early if you have a specific date in mind. All of our city break offers come flight inclusive so what more do you need. Booking a city break through us really does give you that stress free weekend you well and truly deserve!

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And finally, what to do whilst you’re there? To find the best food and top tourism attractions, TripAdvisor is always a great place to start, although we suggest that once you’re settled on what city you want to visit, purchase a Wallpaper Guide. Not only is this like collecting top trumps (plus they look nice on your bookshelf), they house some of the best recommendations for food, culture, hotels, districts and shopping. They’re small, but perfectly formed so you can throw them in your bag for the day. They also house a section called ’24 hours’ where they pick out their top picks if you’re limited for time in the city.

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Want to book a city break? Find your destination now.

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Food and Wine Festivals Perfect for You!

HeaderWhether you’re searching after the perfect bottle of wine, or wondering to go when you fancy a huge slice of pizza – you’re in luck – as Hotel Exclusives has found a food festival suitable for whatever you need. We’ve chosen of the best food festivals around the world, the question is, which delicious destination will you book?

The UK

Summer’s finally here and we’re seeing one of the hottest heatwaves ever this year in the UK. So instead of staying in your own home town, why not pack up and go on an adventure instead. It’s the perfect time of year to sit outside and enjoy a glass of Pimm’s or even have a BBQ but why do all the cooking when you can go to so many different wine or food festival? Just this month there’s the big Great British Food Festival on in Hertfordshire at Knebworth House. Here you can chill out as a family, and even take your fluffy friend along, alternatively it can give you that down time as a couple you deserve. If this sounds great to you but need somewhere to stay then take a look at one of our hotels located just 25 miles away.

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France

If your feeling even more adventurous then why not go for a food festival abroad. This November France will be celebrating its 22nd Epcot Food & Wine Festival. You’ll be a real wine connoisseur after visiting this. But instead of just going for the day, turn it into a weekend or week-long trip. Staying a week in France in November can be the perfect time to stop over and visit their Christmas Markets too.

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Ireland

Are you a seafood lover? Then you need to fish out this fantastic fish festival in Ireland. Every year in September Galway is busy preparing for the International Oyster and Seafood Festival – the most longest running in the world. It hosts a series of events for seafood fans, including the Oyster Opening Championship. Don’t mullet over too long and book now!

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Germany

Some may think that Germany’s Oktoberfest is a place for beer-swilling visitors to drink themselves silly, but it’s so much more than that! The world’s largest 16-day folk festival attracts around 6 million visitors every September, and once you step inside, you’ll soon become infected by its party atmosphere. Sample local beers by the litre and indulge in tasty, traditional Bavarian food – including pretzels, grilled sausages, chicken. The “liquid gold” is the most popular thing at the festival, with more than 5 million litres of beer consumed every year, but there is plenty more to drink if beer isn’t your bag. So, what are you waiting for? Jet away to Munich this year and don’t miss out!

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Portugal

Deep down everyone is a chocolate lover, no matter how much we try to hide it! One you need to tick of your list is a visit to the International Chocolate Festival in March in Portugal, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped straight onto the set of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Your sweet tooth will definitely be satisfied at this fest. Watch as the cobbled streets of Portugal are almost entirely transformed into chocolate. It’s perfect for a family holiday too with the Kids’ Chocolate House where they can get messy preparing their own chocolate. There’s plenty of adult cooking classes too so don’t worry about missing you! Plus, you can’t miss the chocolate fashion show on the final Saturday.

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Italy

If pizza is your perfect dish then, naturally, Italy would be the first place to head. Every September Naples celebrates the love for Pizza with the annual Pizzafest, a cheesy and cheerful event where you’ll find the best dough-throwing skills, workshops, live shows and more – it’s certainly stuffed full of flavour! During this week-long food carnival, the city centre welcomes 500,000 visitor’s eager to taste over 100,000 pizzas. The festival’s main highlight though is the cooking competition between famous pizzerias around the world and the local pizzaioli. So, if you’re searching for the tastiest slice, wait until the finale when the best pizza of the festival is announced!

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July’s Top Holiday Destinations

If you’re planning a relaxing beach break this summer and want to know where the best destinations to visit in July are, then look no further. We at Hotel Exclusives have shortlisted the sunniest places to visit whether you fancy a short haul retreat by the sea or a luxurious long-haul escape somewhere more exotic – all that’s left for you to do is pick, book, pack and go!

  1. Cancun

Weather: Average Temperature 28°C, 11 Hours of Sunshine a Day

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  1. Florida

Weather: Average Temperature 33°C, 10 Hours of Sunshine a Day

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  1. Greece

Weather: Average Temperature 30°C, 13 Hours of Sunshine a Day

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  1. Spain

Weather: Average Temperature 29°C, 11 Hours of Sunshine a Day

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  1. Portugal

Weather: Average Temperature 28°C, 12 Hours of Sunshine a Day

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  1. Bali

Weather: Average Temperature 31°C, 6 Hours of Sunshine a Day

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Top Five Greece Breaks

Pack your bags because we’ve got some gorgeous Holidays in Greece that have just landed!

Whether you’re dreaming of sun-soaked family holidays in Corfu, romantic trips for two in Santorini or exploring the city of Rhodes, you’ll find something for a lot less than you think!

Here’s our top five Greece Breaks:

1. Corfu 

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2. Crete

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3. Rhodes

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4. Kos 

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5. Santorini 

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Glasto Blues? Why Not Fly Away This Weekend?

Got the festival blues? Is everyone you seem to know going to festivals over the next few weeks? Why not do something better and jet away aboard instead?

Who wants to spend a week in the UK covered in mud when you could be exploring a new amazing city, or lying on a hot beach somewhere soaking up the sun?

If you really want to get a fun break away then why not look at some of our top flight offers this week, they just can’t be missed!

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Top Travel Deals in June

 

Why spend your summer sitting at your desk staring out the window when you could be doing the same on a plane? Get the suitcases down, the sun cream out and make your dream a reality.

The weathers getting warmer and the suns beginning to shine! You know what that means, its holiday time; and here at Hotel Exclusives know exactly what’s on your mind – Where’s Hot in June?

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a break! We have plenty of last minute deals for short haul beach holidays on the European Coast!  With plenty of luxurious beach or city destinations you’ll get the dose of Vitamin D you so desperately need.

We’ve got some great value travel deals for June so why not take a peek at our gorgeous June Holidays and start packing!

  1. Costa Del Sol

Weather: Highs of 27 Degrees Celsius and 11 Hours of Sunshine,

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The Flight to Costa Del Sol is 3 Hours Long. There are many things to do other than just the beaches such as the very popular water parks and aquariums. Make sure you stop off and visit one of these!

  1. Canary Islands

Weather: Highs of 25 Degrees Celsius and 10 Hours of Sunshine

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Tenerife is set to be one of the most popular Canary Islands to visit this year and there’s just so much you don’t want to miss. Take a hike up Mount Tidie and while you’re up their visit the national park. Tenerife is also well known for its fabulous markets so don’t forget to drop by!

  1. Rhodes

Weather: Highs of 28 Degrees Celsius and 11 Hours of Sunshine

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Greece is the popular destination this year and that’s why there are two top places in Greece to visit this June. Rhodes’ hidden culture makes it a very popular travel destination. Make sure you take time to visit to the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes or the modern Greek Art Museum.

  1. Algarve

Weather: Highs of 30 Degrees Celsius and 12 Hours of Sunshine

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Everyone loves Portugal. Every summer it is one of the most popular places to visit. Is it because of the beaches? The food? The Waterparks? Maybe it’s a combination of all three! So make sure that when you go you don’t forget to try at least one!

  1. Crete

Weather: Highs of 28 Degrees Celsius and 11 Hours of Sunshine

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Crete is more of the beach break, relaxation holiday in Greece. With clear blue seas, a beach day is a must. So kick back relax and visit Crete this summer!

  1. Venice

Weather: Highs of 24 Degrees Celsius and 13 Hours of Sunshine

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If beach breaks aren’t your thing then why not visit Venice but still have the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine. Make sure you take a ride on the Grand Canal and visit Saint Marks whilst enjoy the buzzing atmosphere that is Italy. Share a pizza or a string of spaghetti with the ones you love this summer.

 

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Best Getaways for Under £200!

Yes really, bargain breaks all under £200! They all include flights and some are even all-inclusive so you can eat and drink to your hearts content!

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Let’s kick things off with the beautiful city of Prague. This offer offers the perfect base for exploring the beautiful city of Prague, you can explore the famous historical sights of Prague Castle, magnificent St. Vitus Cathedral and the world famous Old Town Square, one of the finest squares in Europe.

Spend 2 nights in this stunning city from just £110 per person including flights and hotel! I know good, right? And it’s 4 star as well. buttonshutterstock_276911168.jpg

Lisbon and Madrid Break (Not just one destination, two!)

Set against the ever-present backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon, the dainty sun-kissed city lives in a Latin fairy-tale of timeworn manners and traditions and is a destination that needs to be checked off your bucket-list. After spending two nights in this beautiful city, you will move onto Madrid. Madrid is perfect for a culture-rich long weekend or city break, with great food and a lively atmosphere at night.

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Ever thought Venice was too pricey? Well, think again. We have a seriously ah-mazing deal for you in the world’s most romantic city.

With a wonderful mix of Gothic Palaces, Churches and majestic canals, Venice boasts some of the world’s most famous sightseeing opportunities including St Mark’s Square and the Basilica of San Marco this offer provides a great base from which you can explore the impressive floating city of Venice, the Antony Hotel is just a few metres away from the public transport links, offering easy access to Venice’s historic centre, just a 10-minute drive away. There’s also a shuttle bus available directly from the hotel to Venice, Piazzale Roma.

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This superb offer includes a 2-night break in a 4* hotel, breakfast each morning, flights and even a Gondola Ride from just £129pp. I know, we couldn’t believe it either! button

Antalya

The 7 night 5* all-inclusive dream from just £148pp. I don’t think we really need to say anything else. £148!!

 

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Amsterdam

A bargain break can’t mean luxury, can it? Well it can with this little gem! Treat yourself to 5* city break in Amsterdam from just £164pp

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In central Amsterdam, you can spend your days strolling along vast stretches of waterways, taking in sights such as Dam Square, the Royal Palace and famous Rijksmuseum or simply hide out in cosy cafes watching the people stroll by.

This offer includes 2 nights in a luxurious 5* hotel with return flights included from just £164pp.buttonAmsterdam 4.jpg

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The Best Long-Haul Places to Explore in 2017

 

Many of us have a habit of wanting to try somewhere new, somewhere exciting, somewhere a little bit further away, but never actually getting around to doing it. So why not make 2017 the year where you branch out, go a little further and try somewhere extraordinary? It might be the best thing you’ve ever done!

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Take a look at some of our favorite long-haul destinations that are out of this world! You can even grab your backpack and explore more than one destination with one of our amazing tours, so what are you waiting for?…

THAILAND IN STYLE – CITIES, JUNGLES & BEACHES

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Thailand is one of the most beautiful places in world with so much to offer! White beaches stretching for miles,  jungles, Buddhist Temples, superb street markets and food, and not to mention the outstanding hotels.

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This luxury tour is split between, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Lanta & Phuket & sea-view resort and includes flights, transfers, tours & top-class hotels so the hard work is all done for you.

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BEAUTIFUL INDIAN OCEAN BEACH BREAK WITH TRIP ADVISOR TRAVELLERS CHOICE HOTEL

If your idea of heaven is laying on a beautiful white sandy beach with only the noise of the waves, then the beautiful island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean will provide you just that and so much more!

PERU: TOUR OF EXTREME BEAUTY

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Experience the once in a life time Peruvian wonder tour. Visit amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lima, Cuzco and Machu Picchu, unearth the rich history and dazzling Colonial monuments of Cuzco, stand on top of the world of the mysterious Inca Empire, Machu Picchu and journey to the ‘Sea in the Sky’ and the floating islands on Lake Titicaca and much much more

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LUXURY NORTH INDIAN GOLDEN TRIANGLE TOUR

This trip is ideal for those who are short on time but want to visit the three most iconic cities of Northern India. Delhi, Agra and Jaipur is the most popular tourist circuit in the country and known for the extraordinary amount of culture and history on offer in each of the three cities. The tour gets its name from the triangle that these cities form.

The trip begins in the capital city of Delhi which offers a wealth of monuments, well preserved relics of the colonial past and bustling markets of Old Delhi. Your next destination is the Pink City of Jaipur in the princely state of Rajasthan, studded with hill forts, battlements and fortifications. Then travel to Agra to explore the huge walled city called the Red Fort of Agra, from where the great Mughal Emperors ruled the sub-continent. The Taj Mahal is of course a wonderful highlight of this trip.

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