From amazing rainforests to coral reefs, discover treasures in beautiful Belize | Beach Holidays | Travel

GETTY Stay in a cabana on the beachfront, the perfect spot to take in the sunrise. My first stop was ecolodge Chaa Creek in the rainforests of western Belize. Founded in 1981 by a husband and wife, it is a hub of friendliness and really feels like a family-run business. I stayed in a magnificent cottage complete with thatched roof and outside shower, with the sounds of the river and the jungle all around me. The self-cleaning, saltwater swimming pool was heaven after the long journey, and meals were fresh…

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On a mission in the Maldives | Beach Holidays | Travel

It’s not necessarily the cost – though for most it’s always going to be a “once-in-a-lifetime” trip – it’s also that once you’ve settled into your picture-book idyll of a desert island, ringed by gently nodding palms, the warm turquoise ocean stretching to the far horizon… what on earth do you do? The very point of places such as Halaveli and Moofushi, two island resorts set like emeralds in the Indian Ocean, is to get away from it all. But a certain breed of traveller (and I count my husband…

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Holidays 2018: Britons are top tourists to Ireland reveals Europcar research  | Travel News | Travel

Holidays in 2018 see Britons emerge as the top tourists visit Ireland, new research reveals. In its third Annual Tourism Index, car rental company Europcar Ireland revealed current tourist attitudes and trends.  From visiting a traditional Irish pub to meeting up with family, the research reveals what makes a trip to Ireland one to remember. The Europcar Ireland research shows that 27 per cent of foreign tourists who visited Ireland last year came from the UK. Visitors from the US were second most attracted to the Emerald Isle, with Americans…

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Bahrain holidays: Pearl diving, Arabian horse riding and untold luxury in this hidden gem | Beach Holidays | Travel

Bahrain is somewhat of a pearl in the Middle Eastern tourism offering, if a slightly less cultured one that its Middle Eastern counter parts. But, for those looking for a cheaper version of the luxury of Dubai, Bahrain might be just the ticket. The region offers the same stunning weather at a fraction of the price of accommodation and food, making it attractive for those whose holiday dreams revolve around a sun lounger and a cocktail. State of the art, modern hotels are one large draw and the Rotana offerings…

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Algarve uncovered, it’s easy to get away from it all on Portugal’s southern coast | Beach Holidays | Travel

GETTY Hit the beach, you are spoilt for choice in the Algarve. As I sat at the beachside restaurant, a glass of wine in hand, about to tuck into freshly caught John Dory, I found myself mesmerised by breathtaking views. The waves were crashing in and the secluded beach was framed by beautiful limestone coves. It was pure escapism – exactly the kind of holiday my husband and I had been after when we’d booked our trip to the Algarve. We were staying in the town of Sagres – located…

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Brexit: Holidays destinations that are cheaper since the EU referendum | Travel News | Travel

Two years ago tomorrow (23 June) marks the anniversary of the Brexit referendum. The pound has struggled against the euro and has fluctuated ever since. This has meant travelling abroad is more expensive for British tourists, with the pound dropping against the euro. Today, sterling is 12 per cent lower than the euro than it was in 2016, meaning European holidays cost more. Thankfully, a number of destinations are now better value than they were two years ago. Currency analyst FairFX found that going further afield means getting more for…

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