If you like to avoid the tourist traps and enjoy an authentic experience of your destination then slow travel could be for you. This ever-growing trend looks set to replace the need to tick off as many items as possible from a person’s bucket list, and instead emphasizes connection with the people and cultures that you meet along the way.
Malta is one of our favourite spots in the Mediterranean for a whole array of reasons: just a three-hour flight from the UK, it’s blessed with nearly 300 days of sunshine a year, gorgeous beaches, world-famous diving spots and fantastic food everywhere from cosy little bistros to five Michelin-starred restaurants.
Whenever we’re asked about family cruises, we tell our customers about Royal Caribbean – a multi-award-winning line with some of the most innovative cruise ships at sea. Its 25-plus vessels quash all the myths about cruising, offering a packed menu of activities and entertainment all under one roof: West End-style shows, fantastic food, spacious accommodation, and exhilarating activities and amenities, varying by ship.
Easter is a great time take the family to Europe, with great deals to be had, fewer people and milder temperatures than in the summer high season. We’ve round-up some of our all-time favourite destinations in the region for Easter 2023.
While your little ones are making new friends at kids’ club and babysitters are ready and waiting to swoop in, mums and dads can sneak off for some quality time and enjoy late-night meals, indulgent spa treatments and refreshing cocktails at the hotel bar. These family-friendly hotels & resorts promise to keep little guests - plus mums and dads - entertained.
Choose Blue Waters for the fabulous dining, spa with its cliff-edge pool and organic treatments, the yoga pavilion and the white-sand beach. This family favourite resort is known for its consideration and care for families with a great kids club available to make use of, as well as exciting experiences for all the family that can be organised both on the resort or on the island.
There’s nothing quite like holing up in a lovely hotel with your loved one for a few days or more, and we’ve picked out some of our favourite, tried-and-tested favourites in which to do so, whether you’re looking for a short hop abroad or are in it for the long haul. But we have many more suggestions than these, so just ask your Travel Counsellor for our other inspiring recommendations all around the globe.
Ahead of the launch of its exciting 2024/25 program, Fred. Olsen has announced a brand-new cruise 20-night cruise for 2024 – a round-trip from Southampton to the Mediterranean and Adriatic, embracing all the elements that Travel Counsellors’ customers have grown to love from this brand that we rate so highly for its imaginative, unusual itineraries and its reimagining of the onboard experience.
For us, Cunard stands out for its tradition, its refinement and its stylishness – and scores of our cruise-loving customers agree. We’ve picked out some of our favourite Cunard sailings this summer, several of which set out from the UK for extra convenience and ease of travel.