Nothing chases away the winter blues quite like booking a summer holiday but if you’re wondering where to go this year then the following predictions from Thomson and First Choice might help to make your mind up.
1) Top choice for families with teenagers:
It’s a tie breaker between the SplashWorld Resorts in Tenerife & Magic Life Cala Pada in Ibiza. Splashworld Resort Tenerife: Guests at this 3*+ SplashWorld resort get unlimited entry and a free shuttle bus service to the nearby Siam Park which was rated the number one waterpark in the world in Trip Advisor’s top 25 waterparks in the world. It has broken the world record for the biggest lazy river & its wave pool peaks at a whopping 3 metres tall. Growing teens need to eat, luckily enough Splashworld hotels come with an all-inclusive board basis too, so snacks, food, drinks and often entertainment are included in the price! The roomy bungalows are ideal for families and include a kitchen and bathroom. With a games arcade, free Wi-Fi zones and close proximity to the water park, beach & town centre there is plenty to keep the most sullen of Teenagers busy.
Club Magic Life Ibiza:
Although it has a brilliant food and board offering with 3 restaurants on offer the main focus at the this resort along with all Magic Life resorts is the sports and entertainment program. The extensive sports programs at this hotel includes volleyball, tennis, biking, archery, mini-football and fitness classes such as aerobics never mind the fact it has a diving centre too. The hotel regularly runs sports tournaments and hosts pool parties for teens. The entertainment team at each Magic life hotel includes a cast of professionals including dancers and acrobats which have been handpicked from around the world so teens are sure to be entertained. The hotel also offers free WI-FI so teens need not worry about being ‘disconnected’.
2) Top choice for families with young kids:
Year after year Majorca leads the way with its short flight time, abundance of hotels and apartments and resorts and beaches that are ever so child friendly. On the island Thomson and First Choice boasts its popular Holiday Village, two SplashWorld Resorts, Family Life, kids club, Suneo Club as well as a wide range of self-catering and all-inclusive hotels and apartments. Majorca is that reliable choice, one of those places you can book, safe in the knowledge you are onto a winner especially if you have young children.
3) Top overall destination choice from Northern Ireland
The Costa Dorada with its charming old fishing ports, gorgeous gold-coloured beaches as well as its close proximity to Barcelona and the famous Portaventura theme park is no wonder that this part of Spain matches so many people’s expectations of the perfect holiday. What’s more it is only a short flight and can be reached direct Belfast International Airport during summer 2016 with Thomson and First Choice.
Salou offers a great range of hotels for families with young and teenage kids including a SplashWorld resort and Family Life resort. The Family Life Avenida Park formally a Thomson family resort is the ideal base for a family holiday. The hotel is ideally located a short 10 minute walk from sandy Llevant Beach and less than a 10-minute drive from PortAventura theme park. It comes with everything you would expect from a Family life resort including spacious family-sized rooms, Thea’s coffee shop, BabyClubs for tots, children’s clubs for three to 11’s and The Hangout for teens
4) Top new destination from Ireland
Jamaica’s castaway backdrop paired with its easy-going vibe will make it the ideal summer holiday location to kick back and relax during summer 2016. The portfolio of hotels on offer in Jamaica are sure to suit everyone’s taste and budget. Highlights include Thomson’s Sensatori, Sensimar and A La Carte collection as well as a number of Platinum & Platinum Lifestyle hotels.
Jamaica offers an excursion programme second to none so you will never be bored with over 170 attractions on offer from bobsleighing, to horseback riding in the sea, to swimming with dolphins, biking through the blue mountains and visiting Bob Marley’s house! What’s even better is that you can now fly direct from Dublin on the state of the art Thomson Airways 787 Dreamliner.
The fabulous Sensatori Resort Jamaica is located on the famous Seven Mile Beach in Negril. This beautiful hotel consists of 4 pools, 5 bars and 4 restaurants. With Gourmet all-inclusive guests can enjoy the standard all-inclusive package along with additional benefits of non-motorised water sports, beach sports, gourmet dining along with local and international drinks.
5) Top choice for couples holidays
Romance is around every corner in this country of myth, legend & great food. Think of Greece and images of olive trees, the Pantheon’s pillars and beaches lapped by bright blue seas spring to mind. Both the islands of Corfu and Rhodes offer the new Sensimar concept formally known as Couples resorts. Sensimar is a collection of holidays that has been created for adults-only by Thomson. The hotels in this range are geared up to help you relax, reconnect, and leave your everyday routine behind. These adults-only hotels have been designed with peace and quiet in mind, so expect modern rooms, dinners with a view and spa treatments for two.
6) Top choice for Singles holidays
Thomson Scene offer a number of affordable accommodations in key party destinations aimed at singles and young adults. Kavos in Corfu is a clubber’s dream and perfect for singles that are heading away on a girls or lads party holiday. Kavos has been one of the busiest youth resorts for a couple of years now and is famous for its 24-hour town as many of its bars and clubs open until 7am. The town also has an amazing beach with tons of water sports. The food is super affordable here with a round of drinks for 4 people costing between €8-10. For those not travelling with a group there are also single occupancy rates available. Prices start from £349 (max occupancy) in the Ekati, Kavos for a 7 night, self-catering stay. (Price includes flights & transfers) and single occupancy rates are also available.
7) Top choice for Honeymooners
The warm sunshine, white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of the Caribbean offer newlyweds the ideal honeymoon destination to relax and unwind after their big day. For Summer 16 it gets even better as Thomson now fly direct to Cancun in Mexico and Montego Bay Jamaica. Honeymooners will be able to fly direct to these two dream destinations on the on the state of the art Thomson Airways 787 Dreamliner from Dublin airport. The choice of hotels available in both destinations is sure to keep all Brides and Grooms happy with the choice of luxurious Platinum and Sensatori collections as well as the adults only Sensimar collection.
One of the main draws of Sensatori Resort Mexico is its setting. The hotel is on the Riviera Maya, which means you’re only ever footsteps from white sands and warm waters. And, of course, great views span every which way. Another highlight is the 24-hour Gourmet Inclusive dining set-up. All your food and drink is included, and the quality is taken to the next level. Don’t miss Le Chique restaurant, which offers Heston Blumenthal-esque experimental cuisine. Other plus points here include four lagoon-like swimming pools and the adults only cocktail & shisha lounge.
8) Top choice for those looking for in resort value
Bulgaria is a great choice for anybody looking for a sun holiday and in resort value. Sunny Beach is the country’s biggest beach resort offering great value food and drink, excellent standard of hotels and lively, exciting nightlife. The sandy beach stretches for over 6kms and is a blue flag winner for its golden sands shelving gently into the sea. Prices for an average meal out here typically cost between €7-€8, pints cost from as little as €1-€2 with cocktails from around €3-€5. There’s plenty of Irish Bars too so Irish holidaymakers will feel right at home as well as a host of beach bars, restaurants & clubs to choose from!
9) Top Offers for the best value
Customers booking a sunshine getaway with Thomson or First Choice will benefit from offers including thousands of free child places across a range of properties including Holiday Villages, SplashWorld resorts, Kids Club properties, Family Life resorts as well as other select family units. Low deposits across summer and winter holidays and savings of up to £400 per couple are on offer for 2016.
In addition, a number of ‘sunshine super saver’ deals have been launched and include family prices from (2+1 £859pp) and long haul all inclusive prices from €1589pp in Jamaica and €1719pp in Mexico