UK seaside breaks: Splash out on a family getaway in Newquay | Beach Holidays | Travel

Firmly aimed at the family market, this modern hotel is kitted out to cater to children of all ages. Fly kites on the beach, go rock pooling or learn how to nail the waves at its on-site Quiksilver surf school. If the British weather’s not playing ball, there’s also an indoor pool, a pirate ship playground and a family restaurant overlooking the beach. At weekends and school holidays the hotel offers free activities, including workshops, pizza making and silent discos. The Esplanade Hotel (01637 818032/ esplanadehotelnewquay.co.uk) offers family rooms from…

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Ibiza holiday 2018: Step away from the party scene for an upmarket experience | Beach Holidays | Travel

GETTY Head for Ibiza this year to uncover one of the most popular chilled-out beach holiday destinations The Spanish island’s reputation has changed considerably over the past decade – from a teenager’s party destination to one of the most upmarket places to holiday in Europe – and nowhere is this more evident than at Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay.  Our room, one of 152 beautiful rooms and suites here, had equally spectacular sea views from the balcony, while inside the decor was based on a palette of soft teal, cream and…

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Mykonos holidays: What to expect at winner of ‘World’s Best Boutique Hotel’ | Beach Holidays | Travel

A delicious aroma will engulf your senses as you enter Kensho Boutique Hotel & Suites, and you know immediately this is going to be special.  A spritz of Kensho’s own fragrance around the lobby is just one of the personal touches added by the hotel owner to impress guests, but while it’s natural to be sceptical whether the rest of the stay will live up to expectations, you needn’t worry.  Located a short drive from Mykonos Town, the five-star boutique hotel, which only opened in 2016, boasts 35 luxurious rooms,…

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Caribbean is hot to trot | Beach Holidays | Travel

GETTY The Bahamas is now famous for its swimming pigs, which you can find on Rose Island THE BAHAMAS Head for Nassau and New Providence, where Atlantis Resort’s Dolphin Cay is offering new snorkelling, paddleboard and kayaking with dolphin experiences in their 11-acre lagoon with beaches and connected pools. But the most famous Bahamian animals nowadays are the swimming pigs. You can now wallow in the shallows with these friendly porkers on Rose Island (sandytoesbahamas.com), just 25 minutes from Nassau by boat. Travelbag (0203 139 7030/travelbag.co.uk) offers seven nights at…

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When in Spain: How to eat like a local | Beach Holidays | Travel

Getty Unlike in the UK, children are usually very welcome in Spanish restaurants So, if you’re thinking of visiting Spain and want to eat like the locals, these guidelines will give you a little flavour of what to expect. Meal times – dining in the dark One of the things that many Brits find hardest to get used to is the fact that Spaniards love to eat late at night. Whereas in the UK many of us eat dinner at six or seven o’clock, in Spain you’ll be lucky to…

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Italy holidays 2018: Visit Sardinia’s dazzling coast | Beach Holidays | Travel

The island glimmered across the Strait of Bonifacio some eight miles in the distance, and as my tour guide described its pristine sandy beaches and crystal clear, turquoise waters, I knew I had to visit. Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean, and although a region of Italy, it has its own distinct feel. The local language, known as Sardo, is as frequently spoken as Italian, and the island is home to wildlife  you won’t find anywhere else. The Sardinian deer, fox, hare and monk seal are all…

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