Tuesday 17 July 2018

Get ahead of the rest for your 2018 holiday with these 10 fab destinations

Eleanor Collier

Are you looking for inspiration for your 2018 holiday?

Do you feel like some sun on the Canary Islands or a pool resort in Mexico surrounded by tropical forests? Or would you prefer the refreshing mountain air and sparkling lakes of Slovenia?

A holiday in Dubrovnik, one of Europe’s most magnificent walled cities surrounded by islands and beaches? Or the lakes of picture-perfect Bavaria or the Black Sea sandy beaches of Bulgaria? 

What about a holiday to the Albufeira in Portugal’s Algarve or do you crave the idea of tucking in to a Neopolitan pizza in Sorrento, Italy before taking a boat trip to Capri?

TUI, the only fully integrated holiday company in Ireland, flies from Dublin, Shannon, Cork and Ireland West airports with holidays to these and many other destinations.

Whether you’re looking for an all-inclusive break, a family holiday or want to get away as a couple, here are 10 fabulous destinations to consider:


1. Hotel Riu Palace, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

This grand hotel comes with a chic pool area and a serene setting right next to Maspalomas’ sand dunes. Follow the markers through the sand and you’ll be at the beach in 15 minutes. With two big pools and a standout dining scene, this is a fantastic choice for a relaxing luxury holiday on the Canary Islands.


2. Yucatan Princess Spa Resort, Caribbean Coast, Mexico

This holiday choice has all the trimmings – it’s a luxury adults-only destination with 11 swimming pools, 6 tennis courts, 5 restaurants and deluxe junior suites as standard. The resort is on the beach and surrounded by exotic tropical forests.

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3. Casa Luis, Santa Eulalia, Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza is famed for its nightlife, but while the Casa Luis self-catering apartments are just 1km from the resort centre, they’re in a quiet spot and close to the beach. With a traditional Spanish restaurant and two pools it’s only 10 minutes from a marina, lined with bars and eateries.

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4. Hotel Kompas, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Slovenia is absolutely stunning and the sparkling lakes and magnificent Alpine scenery are a healthy and beautiful holiday option. This hotel, surrounded by a large garden and meadows, is only 500km from the chairlift and a 3 minute walk from the village and offers the perfect base for exploring.


5. Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a stunning UNESCO walled city with amazing Adriatic beaches on its doorstep and islands all around. The Hotel Dubrovnik Palace is tucked between a pine forest and the Adriatic. It’s a 10 minute bus ride from the gates of the old town and a few paces from the shingle beach.


6. Hotel Steinbach, Ruhpolding, Germany

Bavaria is beautiful and in the Alpine village of Ruhpolding you’ll find the bathing lakes of Lodensee, Mittersee and Weitsee with some of the warmest waters in Bavaria. It’s perfect for culture vultures and a great base for the famous sights, both on foot and by cable car.

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7.  Hotel Riu Helios Bay, Obzor, Bulgaria

Bulgaria has been a bit of a late bloomer on the holiday front and the fact that it’s still not as well discovered as France, Italy and Spain, works to its advantage. It’s not well known but there are over 80 miles of sandy beaches to explore along with fairytale style forests, historical cities and traditional fishing villages. The lazy, seaside atmosphere of Obzor is the perfect place to relax and all the rooms in this hotel face the sea.


8. Casa Mitchell Apartments, Albufeira, Portugal

A holiday in the Algarve can be affordable if you choose the right location. The Casa Mitchell Apartments in Albufeira are family run and are nestled in gardens but less than 400km from the promenade and beach and within easy reach of restaurants, bars and the nightlife of Albufeira’s Old Town.


9.  Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Sorrento, Italy

The Bay of Naples conjures up images of films and times gone by. It’s an iconic spot and on the bucket list for many. This hotel offers widescreen views of the bay just behind Sorrento, surrounded by lemon and olive groves. The lofty views include Mount Vesuvius; a 20 minute walk takes you to the town centre and there’s a pebble beach even closer.

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10. Tzante Hotel, Laganas, Zante, Greece

Sandy beaches that are second to none, bougainvillea-splashed villages and round the clock nightlife, Greece has it all when it comes to holidays. It’s a tempting choice for the summer of 2018 and the Tzante Hotel at Laganas, Zante, Greece is a see and be seen spot. Rooms are housed in low-rise terracotta-roofed blocks around a swimming pool and the hotel is close to all the bars and clubs and also the sandy beach nearby.


No matter what kind of a holiday you’re after, TUI specialises in holidays tailored to suit the needs of Irish families, couples and groups of friends. They offer exclusive package holidays from a range of Irish airports directly to destinations in the sun. Let them build the perfect trip for you - the choice is yours. To book, log on to: http://www.tuiholidays.ie call TUI Direct on: 1850 45 35 45 or visit your nearest TUI store.


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