07 August 2019
The end of August means one thing: August bank holiday (26th). Maybe the weather gods will be kind and bless the UK with glorious sunshine, or perhaps they’ll just pelt us with more downpours.
Either way, cut out the uncertainty and make the most of the three-day weekend by tacking on a few extra days’ annual leave and taking advantage of these super-tempting offers.
Rhodes, the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands, is ideal for an end of summer beach break. It packs in plenty to explore, with the medieval Old Town, port of Mandraki, the Acropolis of Lindos, and the ancient cities of Kamiros and Ialysos, as well as beaches of exceptional beauty, such as Kiotari, Kallithea, Agathi, Apolakkia and many more.
Families of three heading to Rhodes this August bank holiday can benefit from a tempting deal at the Mitsis Rodos Maris Resort & Spa.
Located on the southeast coast of Rhodes at Kiotari, a beach resort backed by hills, this remarkable five-star beachfront hotel offers a unique all-inclusive holiday experience with 432 elegant rooms, bungalows and suites ideal for families who seek high-quality accommodation in a quiet place with all modern amenities.
The beach is pleasant, quite large and sandy at one end running to shingle at the other featuring lots of water sports: jet-ski, banana and pedal boats, canoes and windsurfing.
Offer: Mitsis Rodos Maris Resort & Spa, Rhodes
From £2,705 total | Departing 25th August for 7 nights | Staying All Inclusive in a Double or Twin room with Balcony or Terrace | Flights from Manchester with TUI |Based on 2 adults & 1 child (age 8) | Shuttle transfers | 20kg luggage allowance per person
Ibiza may have a party reputation, but this ageless island is large and versatile enough to provide a memorable and enjoyable holiday for all ages. Younger visitors will love the Aguamar water park in Platja d’en Bossa and the Acrobosc outdoor adventure park in Santa Eularìa des Riu.
History fans will love Ibiza Cathedral and the fortified old town of Dalt Vila, built by Charles V in the 16th century. And of course, there are plenty of beautiful beaches in the shape of the family-friendly Cala Llonga, party-fuelled Las Salinas and super-accessible Talamanca.
“I would highly recommend Ibiza Island to any family looking for a new destination. A very friendly place, with beautiful beaches and never saw a night club the whole time I was there!”
Lucy, Travel counsellor
A family of four considering Ibiza can benefit from a great offer this August bank holiday at the Aparthotel Tropic Garden.
Set next to the beach in Santa Eulària, Aparthotel Tropic Garden offers all-inclusive services and personalised attention to ensure its guests relax, rest and are entertained without limits. Themed days, a children’s splash area and a schedule of games and activities keep the little ones busy, while the parents can unwind in the sauna, Jacuzzi and indoor heated pool.
Offer: Aparthotel Tropic Garden, Ibiza
From £4,000 total | Departing 23rd August for 7 nights | Staying All Inclusive in a Superior room with Balcony | Flights from Newcastle with TUI | Based on 2 adults & children (age 4 & 7) | Shuttle transfers | Includes 20kg luggage allowance per person
Lanzarote is another Spanish island families should consider. Located a 10-minute drive from the buzzing resort of Puerto del Carmen, Seaside Los Jameos Playa is set amidst beautiful landscaped gardens and just a short stroll away from the golden sands of Los Pocillos beach.
This charming hotel has it all: great tasting food, spacious accommodation, excellent service and a whole host of facilities and activities. The children’s mini club offers an exciting range of fun-filled activities, whilst those looking for a spot of relaxation will love the exquisite spa and wellness centre.
Beyond the hotel’s walls, there’s Playa Dorada - one of the best beaches of Playa Blanca – just five minutes’ walk away and you can drive to the volcanic Timanfaya National Park in under half an hour.
Offer: Seaside Los Jameos Playa, Lanzarote
From £3,825 total | Departing 24th August for 7 nights | Staying Bed & Breakfast in a Family Room | Flights from Leeds Bradford with Ryanair | Based on 2 adults & 2 children (6 & 8) | Private transfers included | 1 bottle of pink cava on arrival | Includes 20kg luggage
The Algarve has no shortage of breath-taking luxury hotels with top-rate resorts like Pine Cliffs, Hilton Vilamoura and Tivoli Marina to choose from.
However, this time we’re highlighting Grande Real Santa Eulália Resort & Hotel Spa in Albufeira. Sitting across from Santa Eulália beach, this five-star hotel offers 344 spacious rooms including 29 elegantly appointed suites, most of which offer a sea view.
Guests here can make use of four outdoor swimming pools for adults, including one heated water and three children's pools, the Realito Kids Club, a quartet of fine restaurants, a spa and gym, tennis court, private parking and concierge service.
Offer: Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel Spa, Algarve
From £3,341 total | Departing 27th August 2019 for 7 nights | Flights from Manchester with Ryanair | Staying Bed & Breakfast in a One Bedroom Resort Apartment | Based on 2 adults and 2 children (7 & 8) sharing | Shuttle transfers included | Flights include 20kg of luggage
If you have more annual leave to play with this August, how about a trip across the pond to Orlando?
A family of four can get 10 nights at Ramada Plaza Resort & Suites Orlando International Drive with a Universal Orlando 3 Park Explorer ticket.
Located in the central hub of the tourist district, it’s the perfect place for theme park lovers, sitting right near Universal Studios, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the Islands of Adventure.
Clean and accommodating guest rooms are designed with your comfort in mind, with thoughtful amenities for the ideal stay. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast at the start of each day and free Wi-Fi so you can stay connected at all times. There’s also a 24-hour reception desk, a free shuttle to local attractions, laundry services and onsite parking to make your stay all the more comfortable. Enjoy time in the game room, relax on the sundeck and escape the Florida heat with a dip in the outdoor pool.
Offer: Ramada Plaza Resort & Suites, International Drive, Orlando
From £5,989 total | Departing 19th August 2019 for 10 nights | Staying bed & breakfast in a twin/double room | Flights from Gatwick with Virgin Atlantic | Based on 2 adults and 2 children (6, 6 yrs) | Universal Orlando 3 Park Explorer ticket
Contact your Travel Counsellor today to book your last-minute bank holiday break and take advantage of a range of benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.