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Malta my fond memories and still a great country to visit!

Malta my fond memories and still a great country to visit!

There are some places in the world that will always hold a very fond memory for you, perhaps somewhere used to visit in your childhood with family or friends, perhaps somewhere you went on honeymoon or a place that is your go to for total relaxation. Malta is mine! I think my earliest memories of Malta would have been when I was seven or eight years old. My mum and dad always used to take me, my cousin and my Nan on holiday. We probably went and visited many other places and countries but Malta we used to visit two or three times a year. This was back in the days when you could smoke on an aeroplane, not me of course I was too young and they were really shaky and rickety. You know back in the day when you could drink as much as you like in my case it was Coca-Cola! To be honest I don’t remember much about flying out to Malta other than that, but I remember many other things once we arrived. Firstly, the rental cars they will always saloon cars with that pseudo-leather plasticky interior which if you jumped in wearing your swimming costume or shorts and forgot to put a towel down first it was certainly unbearably hot! I think the first few times we visited Malta we rented an apartment and it was normally in a place called St Paul’s. I always remember one of the first night we arrived sat on the power conveyed with my father watching the sun go down and being ushered off to bed because although it was only just getting dark it was really late and past my bedtime. And when the sun came...

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Summer Holidays ideas – Best Beaches in Europe 2018

Summer Holidays ideas – Best Beaches in Europe 2018

Beaches and Sea Summer Holidays Ideas – Best Beaches in Europe 2018   You may have read our previous article on Best Beaches in England 2018 and as we have already pointed out it’s that time of year again where we begin to choose our Summer Holidays and if you’re not staying at home and venturing off into Europe then these are the best beaches in Europe to visit for 2018. The information we use is according to Tripadvisor which is a trusted source for these kind of articles. La Concha Beach San Sebastian – Donostia, Spain Best time to go: June – September Hotels/B & B/Holiday Rentals Available in San Sebastian – Donostia, Spain (958) Elafonissi Beach Elafonissi, Greece Best time to go: May – October Hotels/B & B/Holiday Rentals Available in Elafonissi, Greece (22) Falesia Beach Olhos de Agua, Portugal Best time to go: April – October Hotels/B & B/Holiday Rentals Available in Olhos de Agua, Portugal (208) Fig Tree Bay Protaras, Cyprus Best time to go: May – October Hotels/B & B/Holiday Rentals Available in Protaras, Cyprus (1,367) Bournemouth Beach Bournemouth, United Kingdom Best time to go: July – September Hotels/B & B/Holiday Rentals Available in Bournemouth, United Kingdom (339) Kleopatra Beach Alanya, Turkey Best time to go: Best time to go: April – November Hotels/B & B/Holiday Rentals Available in Alanya, Turkey...

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Summer Holidays ideas – Best Beaches in England 2018

Summer Holidays ideas – Best Beaches in England 2018

Beaches and Sea Summer Holidays Ideas – Best Beaches in England 2018 Believe it or not it’s that time of year again where we begin to choose our Summer Holidays and many Brits may decide to stay at home in England. There are many reasons we choose to stay at home namely convenience, no changing up your British Pounds to Euros, Egyptian pounds, Turkish Lira or any other foreign currency.  No waiting in airport check-in and security queues with tired and irritable children, husbands, wives or partners!! So let’s take a little tour around the UK and check out the best beaches in England for 2018. The information we use is according to Tripadvisor which is a trusted source for these kind of articles. If you do fancy heading off to Europe then please also check out The Best Beaches in Europe 2018. Bournemouth Beach, Bournemouth, United Kingdom Best time to go: July – September Hotels/B & B/Holiday Rentals Available in Bournemouth (339) Luskentyre, Isle of Harris, Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides Best time to go: July – September  Hotels/B & B/Holiday Rentals Available in Luskentyre (113) Rhossili Bay, Rhossili, United Kingdom Best time to go: July – September Hotels/B & B/Holiday Rentals Available in Rhossili (21) Brighton Beach, Brighton, United Kingdom Best time to go: July – September Hotels/B & B/Holiday Rentals Available in Brighton (663) Weymouth Beach, Weymouth, United Kingdom Best time to go: July – September Hotels/B & B/Holiday Rentals Available in Weymouth  (193)...

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Cheap Winter Sun in Egypt

Cheap Winter Sun in Egypt

Firstly, I’m going to try really hard to write this holiday blog without it sounding like a sales pitch! It’s going to be very difficult because I genuinely have come back from a cheap, value for money holiday in Egypt during the U.K.’s dreary cold and wet January. In November 2016, I went with my mother to Marsa Alarm, in Egypt. This was my first visit to Egypt and I really didn’t know what to expect from the place or in fact the people. I had lived in Cyprus for many years and I’m very accustomed to respecting local traditions and cultures, therefore I tend to travel to other countries adopting the same ethos. Whenever you mention that you are going to embark on a cheap little holiday to Egypt, there is always somebody with some horror story to tell. My honest advice if you want little Britain and a greasy fry up every morning then best to look towards Benidorm and the Costa’s if you want a cracking holiday which represents value for money, great food, the best snorkelling, the best level of services then definitely steer towards Egypt’s. For my November 2016 trip I stayed at the Jaz Dar El Madina Hotel in Om El Gorayfat Bay, Port Ghalib, Egypt, which although it says  Port Ghalib is about 5km’s away. In common with most hotel resorts in Egypt this hotel was part of a group of five hotels surrounding a commonly shared beach. Because it was all-inclusive you could use any of the facilities across any of the hotels, the only exception there is you are restricted to à la carte dining at your own hotel. To be honest the all-inclusive buffet food was beautiful and plentiful. The...

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Dog friendly self catering accommodation in the UK

Dog friendly self catering accommodation in the UK

The United Kingdom is a nation of pet lovers and more importantly a nation of devoted dog lovers. At some stage in life I have either looked after or owned many dogs from Heinz 57 breeds right the way through to pedigree Dobermans. Our whole lives revolve around our animals actually if you’re a dog lover like me then in fact they are more like children. Many years ago it was almost frowned upon to own a dog, to take a dog out for a walk, to take a dog into a shop and almost completely unnatural to even want to take a dog or your family pet on holiday with you. But look around you now and you almost cannot walk down any street or alongside any beach anywhere in the British Isles without seeing a well-behaved and well mannered dog on a lead with its owners. So it’s really encouraging to now feel that as pet owners we are able to take our animals on holiday with us as well. Unless you really want to have a holiday abroad with your animals it can be expensive when flying to take your dogs abroad on holiday with you. This is why many dog owners preferred to find a house, a cottage or an apartment in the UK to take their summer holidays or any other holiday for that matter of fact. There are a few hotels that will accept dogs but normally for health and safety reasons for example where food is being served in restaurants etc. then it is rarely that it is is possible and not normally the norm. At Beaches and Sea we have recognised the growing trend of our clients who need to book...

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Top Luxury California Beach Hotels Best Beachfront Resorts and Places to Stay on the Pacific Coast

Top Luxury California Beach Hotels Best Beachfront Resorts and Places to Stay on the Pacific Coast

There are plenty of top class ocean-front resorts and hotels to choose from, too, and not all of them with rates that only movie stars can afford. There are often last-minute internet deals, special offers and out-of-season bargains – and even out of season the Pacific Coast is beautiful. So what if there is a rainy day? Isn’t that what heated indoor pools, spas and health clubs are for? Here are a few suggestions of some of the best California beach hotels, ranging from historic inns to spa resorts. Viceroy Santa Monica 1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica Celebrities like Sting, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Alyssa Milano have all hung out here, just a few minutes from Santa Monica Pier and beach. It’s a discrete retreat, where most of the rooms have Pacific Ocean views, there are two outdoor pools, the acclaimed Whist restaurant (Cindy Crawford and Dustin Hoffman have been spotted dining here), a 24-hour fitness centre, and the Cameo Bar, where Kelly Osbourne, Mira Sorvino, and Jennifer Love Hewitt have all been seen. Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach 450 East Harbor Boulevard, Ventura The 4-star Crowne Plaza is Ventura’s only hotel that’s right on the beach. It’s right next to the historic Ventura Pier, and only a stroll to downtown. It’s also recently been renovated, and has balcony rooms with ocean views, a heated ocean-front pool, business centre, games room, exercise room. There’s also the AQUA Beachfront Bar, with views along Ventura’s Pacific Coast, and a new C-Street concept restaurant. Pierpont Inn, Ventura 550 Sanjon Road, Ventura The historic Pierpont Inn was opened in 1910 and was one of the very first California coastal hotels built to accommodate people who were starting to drive the Pacific Coast Highway. It’s got...

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