As Britain gets to grips with the big freeze, our thoughts turn to sunnier climes and where we can go in search of some much needed sunshine. If you want to know where’s going to be hot to holiday in 2011, look no further, as Thomson and First Choice have selected their top ten holiday hot spots for the coming year…
Why it’s hot: ‘Offering year-round sunshine, with stunning beaches, a seventh wonder of the world, plus the best diving in the world, it’s no wonder Egypt is one of our most popular destinations.’
Egypt is a big family hot spot, with many family-oriented resorts with lots to do for kids and adults alike. The culture, climate and a flight-time of just five hours makes this a great all-round destination for those after guaranteed sun, whatever time of the year.
Where to stay: This summer, First Choice is adding to its collection of popular Splash Hotels with the brand new 4 Sun Coral Sea Splash Resort based in Sharm el Sheikh. This brand new hotel has been built to spec and includes the Boomerango and the Speed Bowl slides, as well as a Flowrider – a surf simulator to practice your skills on. Use of the on-site waterpark is included in the cost of the holiday.
First Choice offers seven night holidays in Egypt staying at the 4 Sun Coral Sea Splash Resort on an all-inclusive basis from just £689 per adult, the first child travels for free, and from £350 for the second child. Price based on two adults and two children sharing, departing on 4 May 2011 from London Gatwick. To find out more, call 0871 200 4455 or visit www.firstchoice.co.uk.
2. Djerba, Tunisia
Why it’s hot: ‘Up and coming on the holiday scene, Djerba offers white sandy beaches, unspolit scenery and a taste of traditional Berber life. Milder than mainland Tunisia, Djerba has an average of 300 days of sunshine per year.’
Floating just off Tunisia's south eastern shoreline, Djerba is an up-and-coming star of the country's holiday scene. Famously referred to as "the island of 10,000 palms", it's the long ribbons of ivory sand beaches that sets Djerba apart. Other historical sites include the El Ghriba synagogue, which at over 2,000 years old is one of the oldest, and most famous in the world.
Where to stay: Djerba will become a brand new destination for Thomson and First Choice customers with a new programme starting from May 2011, with just over a three hour flight from both London Gatwick and Manchester. The 4T Plus Club Magic Life Penelope Beach Imperial offers village style accommodation in a swish setting on the beach. There’s four swimming pools, three a la carte restaurants and even a cocktail hour before dinner included in the price.
Thomson offers seven night holidays in Djerba, staying at the 4T Plus Club Magic Life Penelope Beach Imperial, part of Thomson's Platinum Collection, from £449 per person, based on two adults sharing on an all inclusive basis, departing from Manchester on 5 May 2011. Price includes return flights, in-resort transfers plus all taxes and surcharges. For more information, visit www.thomson.co.uk or call 0871 231 3235.
3. Porto Santo
Why it’s hot: ‘With golden sands, great weather and an away-from-it-all vibe, this tiny Portuguese isle was made for laid-back beach holidays.'
Porto Santo is set 50km northeast of Madeira. With warm weather throughout the year, Porto Santo’s biggest draw is its beaches. The volcanic sand is believed to have healing powers for aches and pains, but that’s not all that’s magical about this beautiful island. Described as ‘the last paradise in Europe’, Porto Santo also boasts a first-rate international golf course, plus the rugged coastline lends itself to walks and horse riding for the more energetic.
Where to stay: From May 2011, Thomson and First Choice will be the only UK tour operators to operate direct flights to Porto Santo. Relax in luxurious surrounding at the 5 Sun Pestana Porto Santo, which comes with two lagoon pools, and plenty of sports activities as well as a choice of restaurants and bars.
First Choice offers seven night holidays in Porto Santo, staying at the 5 Sun Pestana Porto Santo part of First Choice’s Premier Collection, from £649 per person, based on two adults sharing on an all inclusive basis, departing from London Gatwick on 2 May 2011. Price includes return flights, in-resort transfers plus all taxes and surcharges. For more information, visit www.firstchoice.co.uk or call 0871 200 4455.
Why it’s hot: ‘Paradise beaches, beautiful cities steeped in history, and a latino party spirit like nowhere else, the Caribbean's largest island promises something unforgettable.’
Famed for its exciting history and extraordinary music and dance traditions, as well as its vibrant capital city, Havana, Cuba is an exciting destination full of fun and adventure.
New for 2011 for Thomson and First Choice is Cayo Santa Maria, a cluster of islands off the north coast of Cuba. Part of the Jardines del Rey Archipelago – whose name literally translates as the ‘Gardens of the King’, and has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Where to stay: The Melia Las Dunas, is in a perfect setting on the beach with four a la carte restaurants and three swimming pools. This chic hotel is bursting with activities, from yoga to water polo, and tennis to windsurfing. You can even learn a new language courtesy of the hotel’s courses!
First Choice offers seven night holidays in Cayo Santa Maria, staying at the 4 Sun Plus Melia Las Dunas, from £829 per person, based on two adults sharing on an all inclusive basis, departing from London Gatwick on 12 May 2011. Prices include return flights, in-resort transfers plus all taxes and surcharges. For more information, visit www.firstchoice.co.uk or call 0871 200 4455.
Why it’s hot: ‘Luxury all-inclusives are Mexico's forte with hotels bending over backwards to give you their best. Whether you lean towards lazy beach days or dance-til-you-drop nights, Mexico's more than happy to give it in style, all year-round.’
Holidays on the Yucatan Peninsula combine great beaches with historical sites such as the famous Mayan ruins. Plus you can enjoy water activities galore, including scuba diving along the second largest coral reef in the world, so it’s perfect for adults looking for a bit more to do on their holiday.
Where to stay: The 4T H10 Ocean Maya, set on the Riviera Maya is perfect for those seeking a child-free holiday in 2011. It comes with three a la carte restaurants and two swimming pools, plus a spa and selection of activities. The hotel is part of Thomson’s new Couples concept; a range of contemporary adult-only hotels, all rated 4T or above. All Couples hotels are part of Thomson’s Premier Collection, come in great locations, and are ideal for couples looking for a child-free, quality break.
Thomson offers seven night holidays in Mexico at the 4T H10 Ocean Maya on an all inclusive basis from £855 per person based on two sharing. Departing on 31 May 2011 from London Gatwick, the price includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and all taxes and charges. To book visit www.thomson.co.uk or call 0871 231 3235.
Why it’s hot: ‘Tenerife offers true diversity and choice, from good family value, to ultimate luxury. Add to that arguably the best water-park in Europe at Siam Park and the stunning volcano of Mount Teide and you really have got a holiday spot that has it all!'
This Canary Island is a new entry to our top ten holiday hot spots, and with year-round good weather, it also offers excellent value for money. It’s also the home to one of First Choice’s newest Holiday Villages, opening in May 2011.
Where to stay for families: The new 4 Sun Plus Holiday Village Tenerife has all of the usual Holiday Village hallmarks, including a Football, Swim and Razzamataz Dance Academy, plus a high ropes course and zip wire. There’s also five restaurants, six bars, and three swimming pools to choose from.
First Choice offers seven night holidays in Tenerife staying at the 4 Sun Plus Holiday Village Tenerife on an all-inclusive basis from just £384 per adult, the first child travels for free, and from £355 for the second child. Price based on two adults and two children sharing, departing on 3 May 2011 from London Gatwick. To find out more, call 0871 200 4455 or visit www.firstchoice.co.uk.
Where to stay for affordable luxury: While Tenerife offers great family holidays, it also caters for the luxury market. And you won’t find a more luxurious spot than the beautiful 5T Plus Sensatori Resort Tenerife. This exclusive hotel is the only one in Thomson’s range to be awarded a 5T Plus rating, making it pretty special. With a stunning infinity pool, gourmet restaurants, and ultra luxurious surroundings, it’s the ultimate holiday hot spot for those seeking a chic getaway.
Thomson offers seven night holidays in Tenerife at the 5T Plus Sensatori Resort Tenerife on a full board plus basis from £735 per person based on two sharing. Departing on 8 February 2011 from London Luton, the price includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and all taxes and charges. To book visit www.thomson.co.uk or call 0871 231 3235.
Why it’s hot: ‘A true tropical paradise, the Maldives offers a taste of affordable luxury, especially in 2011 with the launch of our first 24 hour all inclusive island.’
No longer is the Maldives an exclusive destination for the rich and famous. Both Thomson and First Choice offer a great variety of holidays to this tropical heaven and it’s now better value than ever before.
Where to stay: For 2011, Thomson has introduced the very first 24/7 all inclusive resort – the newly refurbished 4T Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa. This means guests can rest assured that the cost of their holiday is paid upfront, and can relax knowing that everything is included. On this island, you’ll find three bars and four restaurants, plus an amazing house reef for snorkelling. Thomson also offers flexible durations on holidays to the Maldives, with 10 and 11 night options for those looking for something different.
Thomson offers 11 night holidays in Maldives at the 4T Vilamendhoo Island Resort on a 24 hour all inclusive basis from £1,699 per person based on two sharing. Departing on 13 March 2011 from London Gatwick, the price includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and all taxes and charges. To book visit www.thomson.co.uk or call 0871 231 3235.
Why it’s hot: ‘Chic celebrity bolthole? Bucket & spade superstar? Romantic holiday hideaway.? Majorca ticks all the boxes.’
Majorca has always been a big hit with us Brits and that’s not about to change. Just a short flight away, the island offers great weather, trendy cities and beautiful sunsets. It’s also a firm family favourite, and Thomson’s has recognised this by opening three of its exclusive new Thomson Family Resorts here next summer. This is a new collection of hotels, offering a superb range of activities and entertainment for children of all ages, all in family-friendly locations. All are rated 4T or above and come with spacious rooms, and fantastic family facilities on tap.
Where to stay: One such addition is the 4T Hipotel Aparthotel Coma Gran in Sa Coma, Majorca. This Thomson Family Resort is situated close to the beach and resort centre, and there’s a crèche, Kids Clubs galore, a playground, plus the obligatory pool.
Thomson offers seven night holidays in Majorca staying at the 4T Hipotel Apartotel Coma Gran from £209 per adult, and £155 per child based on two adults and two children sharing. Departing from London Gatwick on 10 May 2011 the price includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and all taxes and charges. To book visit www.thomson.co.uk or call 0871 231 3235.
Why it’s hot: ‘Holidays in Turkey provide a complete kaleidoscope of exciting opportunities for couples looking for last minute breaks in the sun, families planning children-friendly holidays and anyone wanting a different take on a sun-and-sea based Mediterranean getaway.’
Turkey proved a big hit with customers this year as it offers great value for money, and with perfect weather and golden beaches, it will continue to be a popular choice in 2011. Another reason Turkey has become such a top holiday destination is down to the high standard of hotels, and popularity of offering all-inclusive board, which in this current economic climate, is always helpful to those on a budget.
Where to stay: New for 2011 for adults seeking a piece of Turkish delight is the 4T Hotel Flora Garden in Manavgat. Part of the new and exclusive Thomson Couples concept, the hotel is located on its own private beach, with stunning views over the Mediterranean. And you’re guaranteed a child-free pool plus romantic evening meals at the Magnolia restaurant terrace.
Thomson offers seven night holidays in Turkey at the 4T Hotel Flora Garden on an all inclusive basis from £529 per person based on two sharing. Departing on 1 May 2011 from London Gatwick, the price includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and all taxes and charges. To book visit www.thomson.co.uk or call 0871 231 3235.
Why it’s hot: ‘Steeped in history and with beaches and nightlife on tap, it's fair to say that Rhodes is the ultimate all-rounder. A firm favourite with beach-loving Brits.’
You can’t have a top ten without a Greek Island making an appearance, and Rhodes has undergone a transformation in recent years. With a flurry of luxurious five star hotels recently opening, like First Choice’s first ever 5 Sun Holiday Village, Rhodes is on a roll.
Where to stay: Next summer, the 5T Atlantica Imperial Resort in Kolymbia becomes part of Thomson Couples, offering the very best in exclusive adult-only holidays. Set in a quiet resort, nestled on the east coast of the island, couples can relax on double sunloungers, enjoy a pampering massage, or keen golfers can make the most of the 18-hole course 7km away in Afandou.
Thomson offers seven night holidays in Rhodes at the 5T Atlantica Imperial Resort on a half board basis from £495 per person based on two sharing. Departing on 11 May 2011 from London Stansted, the price includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and all taxes and charges. To book visit www.thomson.co.uk or call 0871 231 3235.
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