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06th Nov 2017

6 superb sunshine getaways that won’t break the bank

We can already smell the suncream!


Brought to you by TUI

Feeling the winter blues yet?

We do love the festive vibes we’re feeling right now but we must admit, we can find ourselves dreaming of sun and sand on the regular. So why not have something to look forward to and plan the ultimate getaway for 2018! All those prospects of R&R have us dreaming!

Well… good news everyone! TUI travel group provide plenty of exceptional locations where couples, families, singletons and groups can indulge in that superb beach, mountain or city escape you’re just dying to get your mitts on.

With over 20 destinations to choose from throughout Europe and Mexico you can start dreaming of those gorgeous blue skies and seas, plus oodles of scrumptious food in a super luxurious setting.

1. Sol Marina Palace, Nessebar, Bulgaria. All inclusive, seven nights, €589pp.

This could be the perfect sunshine break indeed. With a rooftop pool (accompanied by a cocktail bar) and just a 5-minute walk from a gorgeous sandy beach, your inner water baby is sure to have a blast. There’s also no shortage of sites to see as you’re just a few minutes’ walk away from Nessebar Old Town, plus a whole bunch of shops and restaurants.

2. TUI Sensimar Lagos, Portugal. Half board, seven nights, €719pp. 

This adult only hotel and resort is perfect for a romantic getaway – that is, one where you intend to essentially doze, eat, swim, sunbathe and relax. Sounds awfully dreamy. Prepare to switch-off entirely with a luxury spa that specialises in made-for-two massages. How divine! There are also two bars and restaurants within, where you can dine in the pleasure of one another’s company.

3. Elba Lanzarote Royal Village Resort, Playa Blanca, Spain. Half board, seven nights, €849pp.

This beautiful resort is more like a little sunshine village, filled with sunbeds, loungers, swimming pools, fountains, white domed structures and even cobbled walkways. With rainfall showers, dazzling interiors and spacious suites, this place has all you could possibly need for a chilled-out trip. But if you’d like to opt for some fun in the sea, that’s only a mere 15-minute walk away.

4. Holiday Village, Seaview, Ibiza. All inclusive, seven nights, €1,179pp.

This 4-star hotel not only overlooks a gorgeous beach that you’ll have all to yourself but it brings the best of both worlds – activity AND relaxation. If you have any little ones to bring with you, the numerous water slides and activities are bound to keep them entertained while you can relax poolside. You can try and nab an upgrade to a ‘swim-up pad’ too. Yes – you can swim right to your room… imagine!

5. Alvor Baia, Alvor, Portugal. Seven nights, €739pp.

This one is also ideal for a family getaway. It has a designated play area plus a gigantic pool which screams ‘oodles of fun!’ The hotel is also within a rather charming area, with pretty cobbled streets lining Alvor, as well as restaurants, shops and bars. There’s a gorgeous sandy beach which the hotel’s free shuttle bus can bring you to at any time also!

6. Hotel Eden, Lake Levico, Italy. From €789pp.

So perhaps you’re feeling less like getting sand stuck between your toes and more like the rustic lake setting in Italy’s stunning Levico. This is your chance to relax in style, elegance and with a more classic Italian ambience. Surrounded by mountains, there are plenty of activities to avail of, plus a beautiful spa, sauna and indoor swimming pool.

7. TUI Sensimar El Dorado Seaside Suites & Spa, Riviera Maya, Mexico. All inclusive, 14 nights, €2,189pp.

Okay… so this is the ULTIMATE break for two. If you happen to have a tad more to spend, this is for you. At this stunning adult only resort, you can expect poolside service, gourmet dining, daybeds, the most scenic of surroundings AND your very only serene Caribbean beach. Perfect for a honeymoon might we add!

Don’t forget TUI fly from Dublin, Shannon, Cork AND Ireland West airport.

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At TUI we cross the ‘T’s dot the ‘I’s and put ‘U’ in the middle. TUI, the world’s largest travel company, offers more choice and flexibility. To book, log on to or call TUI Direct on: 1850 45 35 45 or, visit your nearest TUI store.