Gill from our business travel department says; Camping in France - Best Holiday Ever!
I travel every year with my two daughters ages 4 & 11, to a place in the South of France called Argles-Sur-Mer. The campsites are great you have the main one called La Siren and the sister site is La Hippo. Everything you need for a family holiday pools, games, and great evening entertainment for all ages. The town of Argles and the beach is only a 10 minute drive. There is an open top train which runs every 10 minutes for a cost of (approx) 3eurs round trip. The accommodation is superb and well equipped. If you like sight seeing loads of castles and towns in the near by areas and market every morning, also a water park is only a 10min drive away.
You cannot fault this type of holiday in any way.
Lynn from our business travel department has visited;
Barbados, Menorca, Majorca, Ibiza, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Cyprus, Rhodes, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, skiing in Livigno and Andorra, Malta, Sicily, Barcelona, Rome, Paris, Spain- Costa del sol & Costa Dorada, Sicily.
Barbados.... is my idea of Paradise, crystal clear waters, pure white sandy beaches, excellent restaurants and of course the sunshine or liquid sunshine as the locals call the rain showers. It’s a small island, only 16miles long and is quite easy to get around if you have a car... they also drive on the left.
I have been been to Barbados on two occassions - the first time was for my sister's wedding. We stayed at Rockley Beach on the south west coast, in the resort of Rockley approx 5mins by bus to the beach, because of the location it’s probably best to go on an All Inclusive basis. Downtown however, is an abundance of oceanfront restaurants, offering a range of cuisine from Italian, Chinese to Bajan restaurants offering local dishes - Spicy flying fish is a favourite. I would recommend the south coast, near St Lawrence’s Gap for those wishing to go self catering or BB and to younger groups looking for a lively holiday as it’s the best area for nightlife & eating out. Oistens is well known by the locals as the "outdoor nightclub" All the locals gather on a Friday and Saturday night in the open air, for a long night of partying and dancing under the stars, join in only if you can keep up!
My second visit to Barbados was on a work trip, we stayed on the west coast, near Holetown. Mango Bay was our base for the week and is ideal for those seeking the convenience of an all-inclusive beach holiday combined with the personal and friendly service of a small resort. It boasts a beachfront setting in St. James, on the famous west coast of Barbados. I would recommend this resort for couples or honeymooners. Bridgetown is a must for those wanting to do a spot of shopping.
I've also been to Cyprus twice. First time was a 2 week party holiday in Ayia Napa. We stayed at Napa Prince Apartments approx 10mins walk from the main square. There are lots of cocktail bars and fast food restaurants catering mainly for younger groups although there are some top class hotels along the beachfront which would suit couples that are looking for good quality of accommodation, beach holiday which is within reach of the lively centre if desired.
The 2nd time round we went to Protaras. I much preferred this resort, as it still offered nightlife albeit low-key in comparison to Ayia Napa; it was a smaller resort, offering plenty of good quality restaurants. Protaras centre is based around 1 main strip, on one side (beachfront) is 4-5 star hotel accommodation; the other was 3-4 star self catering accommodation. This resort is suitable for couples, families and also older couples. Protaras boasts 2 blue flag beaches... my favourite was Fig Tree Bay. Protaras is memorable to me as being, well laid out, excellent restaurants and is a very clean and well kept resort.
One of my favourite trips was LA - 60 miles of city to explore, you will never be bored or short of something to do...its is probably geared towards those looking for a more fast paced holiday, lots of tours and sightseeing, lots of beaches, bars, shopping, restaurants (my favourite being, Bubba Gumps Shrimp factory, right on Santa Monica Pier) and nightclubs. Car hire is definitely needed as the city is so spread out. LA is built on a grid basis and is really easy to get around! We stayed in the area of Culver City, which I wouldn’t recommend... the hotel was mainly used as 1night stopover hotel for pilots and cabin crew as it was so close to LAX.
When I go back, I will definitely stay in the Santa Monica area OR West Hollywood which has the famous Santa Monica Pier, the pedestrian shopping areas, Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood walk of fame, Graumans Chinese Theatre, Rodeo Drive and lots more.
There are lots of tours on offer, we went for the Stars Homes tour for a nosey at the celebrities but failed to see any - it was more the novelty of it but it was good to have the different areas of West Hollywood explained by the professional tour guide.
Those shopaholics will be in their element in this area, there are plenty of outlet stores as well as the designer boutiques of Rodeo Drive (window shopping only though unless you have a huge limit on your MasterCard Gold!), and be sure to have a nosey at the Beverly Wiltshire Hotel at the end of Rodeo Drive, which is well known as it was the feature hotel in Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.
If you’re still looking for something else to do, there is always Disneyland at Anaheim, just south of LA. It’s around 40mins drive... mainly for the kids but there a few bigger rides for the big kid in you!
Tip -Always carry ID...The state of California has a strict age limit for serving alcohol, 21; I was 28 at the time and was asked for ID every time I was ordering a drink. Apparently if you look under 30 they have to ask to be sure as they could get the sack if they serve a minor!
Peter branch manager at our Ballyhackamore head office says;
I've been lucky enough to visit Australia several times. One of my best trips was to South Australia, spending a few days in the capital, Adelaide, which is quite small for a city and very easy to get around.
The Central Market, slap bang in the middle of down town, is unbeleivable and can literally take a full day to get around all the stalls. In fact, you can take a guided walking tour around it, it is so big.
About an hours drive from Adelaide, is the Barrossa Valley, famous for all it's vineyards, including Jacobs Creek and Penfolds, where you can visit and sample different wines and of course buy them at favourable prices. This is a great fun and interesting day out as you can learn quite a lot about the making of wine.
A great side trip to do from Adelaide is Kangaroo Island and you can get there either by air or ferry. It is possible to do a day trip but there is so much to see and do, I took the 1 hour ferry from Cape Jervis for 3 days.
The island is about twice the size of the Isle of Man and has a lovely quaint old fashioned feel to it. There is an abundance of wild life, especially kangaroos (hence the name) and plenty to do from visiting honey and eucalyptus farms to feeding wild pelicans, to touring the national parks to sand boarding or just enjoying time on the many beautiful unspoilt beaches.
The island is a great place for nature lovers and for family seaside holidays and for those who just want to get away from it all.