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Holiday recomendations please

jennybubbles Avatar
7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
not so much a deal request as looking for nice places to go.
We are looking at going away in April next year but neith MrB or I have been abroad on a holiday for nearly 10 years. Ankle muncher is 4 so we need to factor him in too.

Not looking for specific hotels/apartments or anything (unless you can recomend of course) we are just totally stumped as to where to go.

Any advice would be welcome

:lol:
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
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#1
My brother and his family of five are off to Bulgaria for the 4th time next spring
#2
In April, I would always go for the Canaries. Weather is usually lovely, but not too hot. Fuerteventura has some lovely places to visit and hiring a car is great as the roads are quiet.
#3
I use a website to research hotel reviews before I book.

Generally we decide on a destination - i.e. Rhodes, then we search something like holidaysuncovered.co.uk and find good reviews for hotels.

Also very important to us is the Kids Club. This has to be very well run or I wouldn't feel comfortable leaving our kids (Which happened last year). I have found first choice kids club totally fabulous, but the kids clubs run by hotels not so! We might have been unlucky.

What do you look for in a holiday? What's important to you?
#4
Have a look on tripadvisor.co.uk
#5
Butterflies
I use a website to research hotel reviews before I book.

Generally we decide on a destination - i.e. Rhodes, then we search something like holidaysuncovered.co.uk and find good reviews for hotels.

Also very important to us is the Kids Club. This has to be very well run or I wouldn't feel comfortable leaving our kids (Which happened last year). I have found first choice kids club totally fabulous, but the kids clubs run by hotels not so! We might have been unlucky.

What do you look for in a holiday? What's important to you?

Tbh honest chilling out. We're not into hussle and bussle and we all really need a break. AM will be happy as long as there is a pool and a beach would be a bonus. Was thinking of Malta as I went there when I was a kid but I have no idea what it is like now.

Thanks for all your ideas so far guys.
Never thought of bulgaria and we also thought of Fuerteventura as I've heard lots of people say it nice and quite and really family orintated
I'll have a look at trip advisor too thanks :)
#6
thomas cook have just released there new brochure. ive taken kids to Saluo a couple of times. very reasonable to get a half board deal there. the pound is week at the mo so travel agents are giving good deals. better to go half board though, to limit the amount you spend. good luck.
#7
If you want it warm then it's either the Canarie's or Cyprus. And as said before Tripadvisor.com is v good.
#8
Personally, I'd go to Copenhagen, Stockhom or Helsinki - all marvellous cities even in April.

Or, if you want something warmer, the North of Mallorca, avoiding the overbuilt parts to the South.
#9
Depends what you like, I think, Jen.
Your 4 year old won't mind what he's doing as long as he's with you. Our two loved tramping around Greek and Roman ruins and museums/galleries (quite quickly!!) and so on. Do you want warm, beach, nice hotel, self-catering? Paphos, Cyprus is nice and so is Sicily. Florida Disney cannot go wrong. Crete? London?

edit: I was thinking whilst you were posting.
Malta is still really nice and very family/child orientated - they like them!!
#10
April: If you are after guaranteed sunshine I would go to the canaries.
I find it's worthwhile booking your flight early and your accommodation late ( although
this has not ALWAYS been the case! ) You cannot really go wrong with a Spanish 3 Star
as I have never stayed in a bad one but check [url]www.tripadvisor.co.uk[/url] for some good views.
It MAY also be cheaper for you to fly to MADRID then onto the canaries depending on when
you are flying ( def. worth looking at if it's half term )
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If I can help further please PM me I would be happy to help

Regards

Simon012 ( a frequent family "traveller" )
#11
Canaries are supposed to have reliable weather - we often go late summer ourselves and it still gets warm

Because the £ is so weak at the moment, I'd recommend going All Inclusive. We were shocked last year at how much food and drink cost!
#12
Lanzarote would be nice in April or anytime.. A very relaxing island and soo much to see.. Very easy to drive around too. I like Cyprus to.. I went last year in the second week in May and the weather was lovely but they had heavy thunder storms the week before so the sun might not be as guaranteed in Cyprus in April as the canaries.. Egypt would be nice and warm in April..


Travelsupermarket a good flight screen searcher..


Thomascook has a very good and easy search planner that would give you a few ideas and price guide..
#13
Butterflies
Canaries are supposed to have reliable weather - we often go late summer ourselves and it still gets warm

Because the £ is so weak at the moment, I'd recommend going All Inclusive. We were shocked last year at how much food and drink cost!



+ 1 :thumbsup:
#14
OMG - £ is now at ONE Euro!! :w00t:
Have you thought of popping to Cornwall??
#15
chesso
OMG - £ is now at ONE Euro!! :w00t:
Have you thought of popping to Cornwall??

:lol: If I had my way I would I lothe flying!!!!!
#16
I have just got back from 4 days in Paris (Over Xmas and my 30th Bday) - The Euro is so strong against the pound that we won't be travel ling to Europe for a very long time....not like I do anyway (was only my second hol in 16 years) - we are thinking Egypt this year?

In Paris a bottle of water cost us £8 and a small glass of coke was £5 ....and that was in a cheap restaurant. The price of the hotel when we booked was £328 (380 Euro) in October ...when I came to pay on departure the price was £378. The holiday should have been £600 but ended up costing close to a £1000.
Also I got 100 euros from the airport for £107 ..... so get them from the post office long before you go (unfortunately my pay day was 23rd Dec - the day of departure so I had no option)

Avoid Europe if possible..... go somewhere where they don't have Euro or Dollar
#17
Kefalonia is beautiful and nice and sedate, I will hopefully be going back again this year, if I find a job, as I have just been made redundant.

Lanzarote is also very nice but don't go to the main places like Porta Del Carmen etc go somewhere like Playa Blanca which is nice and quiet with lots of nice places to eat.

Rhodes is also a lovely place but again choose your location, as you can be a long way from everything but the coastline villages are lovely.
#18
thankyou guys

We went to Rhodes 9 years ago and loved it. We actually stayed in Faliraki but that was before it went nuts :lol: Don't think i'll take AM there now lol
#19
jennybubbles
thankyou guys

We went to Rhodes 9 years ago and loved it. We actually stayed in Faliraki but that was before it went nuts :lol: Don't think i'll take AM there now lol


Hiya Jenny!

For a holiday destination, I love Greece, but with the Euro & £ so close together I would suggest looking somewhere outside the Eurozone!

Czech republic, Estonia, Bulgaria, Morocco etc will all be better value! You may pay more for the flights, but afterwards, not paying £4 for a coffee or £8 for a beer will make it worthwhile!

W1
#20
WantOne
Hiya Jenny!

For a holiday destination, I love Greece, but with the Euro & £ so close together I would suggest looking somewhere outside the Eurozone!

Czech republic, Estonia, Bulgaria, Morocco etc will all be better value! You may pay more for the flights, but afterwards, not paying £4 for a coffee or £8 for a beer will make it worthwhile!

W1


Thanks hun I'm gonna be busy looking at all of these ofer the next few days!!

i wanted to go to greece (pref one of the islands) but it really is just too darn expensive
#21
Whats your kid like?

Maybe a special treat would be for a few days to somewhere like Disney in Paris. Usually fairly quiet and cheap in April compared to other times of the year.probably stay there for a few days relatively cheaply in one of the hotels. Travel by boat, plane, car or by train being the easiest.
#22
I would recommend going outside the eurozone at the min..or it will turn out to one very costly holiday when you get there
#23
Squizz
Whats your kid like?

Maybe a special treat would be for a few days to somewhere like Disney in Paris. Usually fairly quiet and cheap in April compared to other times of the year.probably stay there for a few days relatively cheaply in one of the hotels. Travel by boat, plane, car or by train being the easiest.


This was also considered but we came to the conclusion to head off to florida in a couple of years for the'once in a lifetime deal' when AM was a little older. He's only just turned 4 and so he's enjoy the characters but most of the rides etc would be wasted on him.


Besides Mr B wants to go to universal studios :lol:

allstar2
I would recommend going outside the eurozone at the min..or it will turn out to one very costly holiday when you get there


Its certinly looking that way or as Buterflies eles suggested all inclusive :)
#24
come to ireland..maybe a bit cold for the beach but plenty of other stuff to do...and in the north we take sterling :)

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