ATOL stands for Air Travel Organiser’s Licence and by law every UK-based travel company that sells air holidays has to have one and issue an ATOL certificate as soon as customers pay any money towards their trip.
If an ATOL protected travel company goes under, the people who’ve booked holidays with it will be protected. That means you won’t lose your money and if you’re abroad at the time you’ll be flown home. So take your ATOL certificate with you and keep it handy – Just in case.
Not all holiday insurance covers travel firm collapse, so if you want your family break to be fully financially protected, check for ATOL protection BEFORE you book –and remember not all air holidays sold in the UK are ATOL protected.
It’s easy to find out if your travel company is ATOL protected. Just click here
The holiday village in c’an picafort it’s an exclusive Thomson hotel, it’s a family hotel, kids club, shows every night for all the family, kids pool with slides etc close to the beech and town, we would defo go back it was fab,
“Have stayed in Sequoia Lodge and Hotel Cheyanne, both were nice but personally preferred Sequoia Lodge, it was quite a bit more money but had a lovely indoor pool and nice bar area. We have always flown with Jet 2 and then caught the local train from the airport which takes you right into the resort. We also book the flights separately from the hotel booking as it has always come out cheaper”
“Would recommend the Cheyenne- it’s one of the cheapest, but perfect for the amount of time you actually spend in the room! We traveled by Eurostar – it was really straight forward – would recommend buying the ‘half board’ food vouchers too- as it’s a lot more expensive when you are there! ”
“We have been to seqouia four times and love it. We are going again in the next holiday. Lovely and cosy feel to it. We have flown twice and gone on eurostar twice. Again this next time we are going on euro star. It takes u straight into the park. They take your luggage to the hotel too! You also get extra time on your departure day too as train does not go till 6.40ish. The plane is normally lunchtime so you get up and go. Depends what u want. I just love the eurostar and sequioa. If u stay in a disney hotel you also get magic hours before everyone else. Normally between 8-10 on a morning. I booked this trip last july and got a good deal. Upgraded the train for a small amount and upgraded the room too.”
Time is precious, especially when juggling things around the little ones. Researching and booking a holiday or short break can be time-consuming and frustrating,with time spent trawling through travel websites, brochures and Trip Advisor and listening to everyone’s advice!
Luan Thornhill at Hays Travel, has run her own business for the past three years,after a long career with the NHS! Deciding to change her career for a better work life balance, as a single parent with two young boys, it was a daunting move but she is now flying high with recommendations. With the backing of Hays Travel, who are voted in the Top 100 Best Companies to work for, Luan has access to a huge range of holidays, which outweighs anything else available on the high street.
If you’re looking to book a holiday, Luan can help deliver the holiday of your dreams from Benidorm to Bali, Florence to Florida or Majorca to Mauritius. Here she is with a few tips for booking your next holiday.
“If you have an idea in mind that needs pulling together, give me a call and I will turn it in to reality! Tell me the type of holiday you would like, the dates you can travel and your budget…then leave the rest to me. Whether you’re escaping for a romantic break or looking for a family holiday, I will tailor make your perfect holiday.
So many people are flocking to Turkey or Egypt where the heat is in the high 30’s and there are plenty of beaches and pool activities. Most of the hotels have a water slides or some even boast a full on water park. Turkey & Egypt have got to be the number one spot for an all-inclusive this year, with fabulous high spec hotels and value in resort too as not in the Euro.
The Spanish islands, Spain itself and the Greek islands are forever popular as the appeal of the short flights and familiarity are enticing to holiday makers.
However, often long haul holidays can sometimes beat the closer to home destinations on price, call me for options. I’ve seen prices for the Caribbean especially Cuba and The Dominican Republic at similar prices to those in Europe and with all the diverse culture and beautiful beaches and warm seas, why wouldn’t you go that bit further to sample something completely different?
The Indian Ocean has been a top seller too with me finding some fab prices for Mauritius with direct flights. It is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. The mountainous interior includes Black River Gorges National Park, with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and wildlife like the flying fox.
Maybe you do not want sun, sand and sea. Are you looking for a romantic city break, maybe away from the children, somewhere like Reykjavik, where on a clear night you can see the Northern Lights (seasonal) or what about Rome, Budapest, Krakow, Barcelona, all well loved.
New York is also very popular especially in the winter months and the run-up to Christmas, Las Vegas is another top seller with people taking in a show, and trying their hand in the casinos.
As you can see the options are endless and choices are vast. The holiday season is never over, there is a big wide world out there with so many options for your winter break, summer break, spring or autumn. What are you waiting for? Give me a call and let’s work together and I’ll find the perfect getaway.
My service is FREE of charge, I am paid by the Tour Operator when you book with me. Also I can sell any of the leading brands you may see online at the same price (operator dependant), so don’t hesitate to give me a call with what you have seen and you can benefit from all I have to offer, included in the price. It is so much better to use me than the internet as you save yourself a lot of time and money, plus on top of that you are supporting a local business and gaining a personal service.
Talk soon, Luan x”
Contact Luan Thornhill at Hays Travel on 01427 333013 / 07306 333013
*Sponsored guest blog by Luan Thornhill at Hays Travel
Puerto pollensa!!!! Loads of kids and it’s flat…long beach with shallow waters!!! Were going end of may I love it there
Ferrera Beach aparthotel near cala d’or. We went last year and loved it. Fab kids club and amazing all inc food. All staff so friendly too
We went to First Choice Holiday Village in Cala Millor this year and it was absolutely brilliant – went with my sister too so we had a 5 year old, 2 x 2.5s and a 1! And there was loads for all of them entertainment was top notch and restaurants plenty to choose from!
Check out pirate village in Santa Ponsa, we went this year and booked for next year too.. Mine are 2, 7 and 10 and they all loved it. Pirate themed hotel, pirate invasion
Around the pool twice a week, great kids clubs and entertainment day and night
“We went to pirates village in Majorca last year, pirate themed, all inclusive. entertainment, kids club and pool were fantastic, around pool is invaded by pirates twice a week, we have booked again for next year, jet2 fly there from Leeds Bradford and prices very reasonable. Without wanting to sound like a snob we have struggled to find a fab family hotel with all stuff the kids love that’s not tacky and rowdy.This is fab ” MS Oct 2013
“Pirates Village is great; it’s not a luxurious holiday- it is definitely 3 star, but the kids loved it. The hotel looks great; the kids eyes were out on stalks when we pulled up! The rooms have a twin bedroom, a decent sized bathroom then a living room with 2 single sofabeds, a mini kitchen and balcony. All a bit basic and a touch dated but really clean so I wasn’t bothered. The hotel was full when we were there (Oct/Nov half term); the people were all from the north east, dead friendly but the all inclusive buffet was a bit of a scrum.
There was a nice variety of foods each meal but some people seemed to eat mountains of chips and chicken nuggets and the queueing got a bit irritating with a 2 and 4 year old so we ate out a bit. The pool was fab- a bit cold when we were there but that was November!
All in all I’d go again but maybe in a year or 2 when the kids were a tad older- the evening entertainment started at 8/8.30pm which was just a bit late for my 2. The booze was fine- I was expecting it to be a bit ropey but was pleasantly surprised. Majorca is beautiful too- we were only there 4 nights but I’d love to hire a car and go exploring next time. The resort is probably about 30km from Palma Airport. Take pirates outfits for your kids too!”