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Beach Holiday: Strawberry Daiquiri? Yes please….

Browsing through some travel brochures trying to pick out my ideal holiday destination is a relaxing pastime for me. Whilst perusing impossibly white beaches and swim up pool bars, I came across Jamaica. Something called me to the country and I knew I need to go there as soon as possible!

Having saved up for a while, I wanted to make the most of the budget I was working towards. We looked at flights and found a great deal from Luton, along with Luton airport parking.

Stepping off the plane in Montego Bay, the heat hit and we realised that this was pretty close to paradise. From our holiday rep, whose answer to everything was ‘no problem, mon’ to the minibus driver who took us on an impromptu tour of his neighbourhood before inviting the 8 of us to his house for some salt fish, the people who live here are friendly to a fault.

Beach Holiday

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The island is relaxed, beautiful and has views which have to be seen to be believed. The sea is so clear that you can watch the fish swimming around your feet and the white sand on the beaches is perfect for relaxing on.

Many weddings take place on the beaches here, though we found the majority of visitors to be American – we were quite a novelty being English! Romance is one of the Islands unique tourist attractions and rightly so – a more beautiful place to get married I can’t imagine.

Lounging on the beach, the waiters constantly attended to our needs, bringing drinks, snacks, towels and sun cream whenever we asked. Our resort had a ‘no cash’ policy and therefore tips were not expected or indeed allowed – the staff must not accept tips or gifts from guests.

After two weeks in this island paradise, flying back to Britain was quite a shock to the system. After hot sunshine in November we returned to what felt like sub zero temperatures and pouring rain. Thank goodness we had booked the airport parking using one of Airparks discount codes – I would not have liked to have been running for a bus in the wonderful English weather!

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The Inside Guide to All-Inclusive Holidays

Travel can be a minefield of extra charges that sometimes, even the most meticulous planning won’t prepare you for. Sure, you might have found an amazingly cheap air ticket to some gorgeous city on the Mediterranean coastline, but after reading the fine print, you’ll work out that the airport is located miles and miles away from the city (as you often do with discount airlines), and the price of a train into town will end up costing even more than the flight itself. Then you have to think about what to do each day – you want to see and do as much as possible without breaking the bank. Ideally, it would be nice to enjoy fine dining options rather than ending up being one of those tourists who just eats at McDonalds. It’s little wonder that the all-inclusive holiday has proven to be so popular; it’s an easy way to ensure that the vast majority of these hidden charges are no longer an issue, since they’re already taken care of.

Getting the Best Price

Corporate competition is one of the cornerstones of the business world and yet it can sometimes be a little annoying for the consumer. You can pay for a flight or holiday and begin planning your relaxation, only to discover that the airline has subsequently released a whole lot of new tickets for substantially less than what you paid. This is not an issue when it comes to the majority of all-inclusive resorts, since the earlier you pay, the less you pay and you can begin planning and saving well in advance, knowing that you’ll get the best possible deal.

All Inclusive Holiday

When to Go?

Naturally, family groups all over the country have to travel when the children get enough time off school, so no matter how cheap you were able to get the holiday you may find the resort and nearby towns to be overcrowded during peak summer months. If possible, travel in what are known as the “shoulder seasons,” which are late spring/early summer and late summer/early autumn. You’ll still get wonderful weather, but won’t have to fight the crowds.

Where to Go?

Sure, you won’t be at a loss for things to do while at the resort and the vast majority of activities are included while on Club Med luxury breaks, including child minding (meaning parents can relax by the pool without interruptions). But there’s more to the area than the resort, so perhaps choose a resort in a country you’ve always wanted to visit, allowing you to get out and about and enjoy what the surrounding towns and villages have to offer. This is unfortunately an area of the trip that is not all-inclusive, so you need to be mindful about where to eat, how to get around and whether or not you need to tip (although it’s best to follow the example set by the locals).

When paying for an all-inclusive holiday, you’re essentially paying for peace of mind and knowing that everything is taken care of, meaning you can rest just a little bit easier as you sit by the pool and sip a cold beer…

Alex Norman is a freelance writer blogger who enjoys sharing his experiences and advice on traveling in general as well as specific destinations.

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Luxury Living at Mamaison Hotel Andrassy Budapest

One of the best things about being wealthy is that you can travel to anywhere your heart desires and stay in the most luxurious hotels around the world. Money is something that you do not care much about because there is plenty to spend. When traveling to Europe, staying in one of the most well known hotel chains is the way to go. Mamaison is located in many of Central and Eastern Europe’s most prestigious cities. Whether you are a business traveler or on a vacation with your friends and family for a leisure trip, Mamaison will give you individualized hotel and suite accommodation. Mamaison has Boutique Hotels, Business and Conference Hotels and All Suite Residence Hotels available for every individual preference.

Known as the ‘Queen of the Danube’, Budapest has a rich history and a unique cultural heritage. It is a city with many restaurants, cafes, shops, and a lively nightlife. They have many tourist attractions such as baths, caves and nature reserves. Tourists will definitely have a grand time in this beautiful city. If you are traveling to Budapest, Hungary you can stay either in Hotel Andrassy Budapest and Residence Izabella Budapest. Both hotels provide high quality accommodations for leisure and business travelers.

Mamaison Hotel Andrassy Budapest

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Mamaison Hotel Andrassy Budapest, one of the most luxurious boutique hotels in Budapest is a favorite of many because it is close to the city’s business, governmental and tourist destinations. Its superior accommodations and great service are something that the hotel is very proud of. Furthermore, the hotel’s interiors including its rooms boasts of elegance, style, and contemporary design. It is uniquely designed in Bauhaus style. Originally built in 1937 and renovated in 2007, it is located in the exclusive Embassy neighborhood, just off Budapest‘s Andrássy Avenue. The hotel has 61 rooms, 7 suites measuring from 20-70 sq.m. And has amenities such as complimentary WI-Fi, In-Room movies, laptop-sized safe, direct-dial phones with voice mail, minibar, Parking spaces, Room Service etc. It also has 24-hour front desk, exclusive business facilities, large scale meeting facilities, and gourmet breakfast. Its multi-lingual staff is willing and ready to serve all the clients’ needs. For some sumptuous food, the Baraka Restaurant and Lounge is open for everyone.

Mamaison Hotel Andrassy Budapest

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Mamaison Residence Izabella Budapest is another one of those luxury hotels Budapest. It is a few steps away from Andrássy Avenue which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel is charming, contemporary, unique and conveniently close to the Budapest Business Centre, West End business district, the Governmental area, and other top destinations. Just perfect for business travelers whether they are staying for a short period of time or longer. It has a wide range of specialized facilities and services. The hotel has 38 fully equipped suites measuring from 45-97 sq.m. with full-sized kitchens, dining areas and living rooms and 1-3 bedrooms. Some of its amenities are sauna and fitness centre, direct line telephones, complimentary Wi-Fi, In-room DVD player, CD player and movies, in-room safe, fully-equipped kitchen, laundry and dry cleaning, business centre and facilities, charming inside courtyard, underground garage parking, children’s corner, and concierge services.

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