IF CARLSBERG DID HOLIDAYS…

It’s an event that sends shivers down many women’s spines but it has been widely accepted as part of life and crucial to the age-old process of male bonding. From partying till you drop in Majorca to relaxing with a Rioja on the Italian Riviera, we’ve listed some of our favourite lads’ holiday hotspots.

Party hard in Majorca

Majorca offers the perfect Mediterranean escape, with its beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear waters…by day. Then by night it comes alive! Magaluf has the classic ingredients for a lad’s holiday if you want to party hard, plus it’s great value. There’s still plenty happening in September with temperatures remaining in the mid-twenties. The resort is crammed with cafes and clubs open 24/7 attracting the likes of Chipmunk and Tinchy Stryder,  so if you’ve got the stamina to dance until your drop after basking in the sun and soaking up the rays all day, it’s the perfect party getaway.

Pick up a week’s bargain in Majorca for £279pp, flying from London Gatwick on 30th September and staying on a self catering basis at the Trh Palma Nova in Palma Nova.

Gumbet, a beachside gem

Located on the south west coast of Turkey, Gumbet offers an enticing mix of sun, sea, sand and lively nightlife. Not quite as full-on as Magaluf but in recent times, the resort has been labelled the new “frontier for lads’ holidays”. The hot summer season runs until October and prices are a dream just now. You won’t get lost finding the bars and cafes as the aptly named ‘Bar Street’ lines the beach. And it’s also a stunning place to be – set amongst lush green scenery, with rolling hills and deep valleys in the background.

Enjoy a seven night self catering break at the Agar Apartments in Gumbet for only £194. Flights depart from London Gatwick on 7th October.

The Algarve, a golfer’s paradise

If a more relaxing break is on the bill then the Algarve has it all – luxury resorts, award-winning golf courses and a fantastic climate. A holiday favourite with both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lenny Kravitz, you can spend a couple of days chilling on the beach before getting down to some serious extreme sports like kite surfing, rock climbing and wakeboarding. And there’s the small detail of 40 golf courses, set in some of the region’s most stunning scenery, making it a golfer’s paradise and one of the world’s best golfing destinations.

There’s a saving of 45% on a seven night self catering break at theDunas Do Alvor in Alvor – only £257pp, flying from Stansted on 13th October.

Smoking hot Cuba

It’s a tad pricier, but Cuba is a dream vacation offering a delicious cocktail of scorching weather, brilliant beaches, mouth-watering food, rum on tap, all day partying, hypnotic Latin rhythms, classic car spotting and the Havana cigar factory! The list goes on. But with a pace of life a notch below laidback, it’s a trip to be savoured and well worth the cash if you have it, enjoyed by the likes of Jay-Z and English actor, Clive Owen.

For £784pp, you can chill out for a week, and enjoy a saving of 21% staying all inclusive at the Blau Costa Verde Beach Resort in Guardalavaca. Flights are from London Gatwick on 10th October.

Charming Italy

Okay, there is a Grand Prix there in September which is a big plus for Formula 1 enthusiasts, and the country has some great golf courses, but Italy is becoming a more popular haunt for the more discerning groups of lads who want something a little different for their male bonding trips. Fabulous food and wine combined with breathtaking scenery and a rich cultural heritage gives a more alternative ‘lads’ experience and one to relish.

Relax for week in Sorrento for £373pp, including a 24% saving, bed & breakfast at the Hotel Girasole and return flights from London Gatwick on 4th October.

Nicola Defty, Commercial Manager at Latedeals.co.uk said: “There’s no set formula for a lad’s holiday but the one thing it does need to offer is the chance for men to spend some quality time together. It’s also the type of break that’s not necessarily planned well in advance but can often be a spur of the moment decision, or dictated by circumstances. On average, Latedeals.co.uk has anything between 200,000 to 400,000 deals departing within eight weeks at any given time. We’re constantly updating the offers so there’s a huge choice of holidays to suit all tastes and ages, at a wide variety of price points so it’s worthwhile hanging on and booking late to snap up a bargain perfect for all the lads!”

DESTINATION OF THE MONTH: TURKEY

Turkey is a vast and varied country with a rich and colourful history, incredible and diverse landscapes, delicious traditional cuisine and warm hospitality.

Set on 4000 miles of coastline, Turkey is blessed with some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and exquisite blue seas. The country is renowned for its relaxing beach holidays and over the past few decades, has become one of the top tourist destinations in the Med.

Away from the beach scene, Turkey is a country for all tastes offering a variety of experiences including spectacular historical sites and archaeological wonders, lively nightlife, bustling street markets, infamous Turkish spa baths, and a wide range of sporting activities. Once a well kept secret, it’s now one of Europe’s most popular golfing destinations thanks to a combination of quality championship courses and five-star all inclusive resorts.

Turkey has a special charm enjoyed by the likes of Rihanna, Salma Hayek, Beyonce and Jay Z, Kate Moss, Mick and Jade Jagger and Roman Abramovich.

With beaches on the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Sea, the country is divided into four main regions. Izmir with lively Kusadasi has long been a family favourite while Bodrum is stylish and chic, with buzzing nightlife. The Dalaman shoreline is a chain of coves, bays and stunning aquamarine waters, perfect for watersports and Antalya, on the Turkish Riviera, is Turkey’s biggest international sea resort and the most beautiful part of the country’s Mediterranean Coast.

Turkey is a stunning place well worth exploring and here are some of our latest deals to whet your appetite:

  • Enjoy seven nights, self catering, at the four-star Club Candan in Marmaris for only £234pp, including a massive 47% saving. Flights depart from Leeds Bradford on 27th September.
  • Another big saving of 45% on an all inclusive week at the four-star Magic Life Seven Seas Imperial in Manavgat, only £422pp, flying from Birmingham on 11th October.
  • Spend a week at the popular resort of Gumbet for only £227pp, including a 39% saving, staying self catering at the three-star Agar Apartments. The flights depart from East Midlands Airport on 14th October.
  • For only £354pp, with a saving of 27%, jet off from London Gatwick on 12th October for an all inclusive week at the four-star Kusadasi Beach Club in Kusadasi.

 

WHY HOLIDAYS ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

We all know that holidays are great fun, but did you know they can make you feel better in lots of other ways? Here’s just a few…

 

1. Reduces stress levels
A holiday relieves the many pressures we’re faced with each day such as work responsibilities, financial demands, home commitments and other daily hassles.

2. Strengthens relationships
The hustle and bustle of everyday life can get in the way of relationships so time away from it all can help you reconnect and appreciate one another.

3. Refreshes motivation
Some quality time-out can recharge the batteries and refresh your motivation at work and home. A holiday allows you to experience and see new things, expand your point of view and embrace the sunshine, laughter, good food, exercise and adventure.

4. Improves sleep
Sea air works wonders for a good night’s sleep and a holiday is the perfect chance to catch up on all those lost hours of slumber. Resting is beneficial to the brain and can help improve moods and memory.

5. Promotes quality together time
Children grow up so fast, you don’t want to miss out on key milestones, and for working families with children, a holiday is important for spending some valuable time together. They will also enjoy being in a more stress-free environment!

 

6. Encourages healthier eating
Very often in warmer climes, we tend to eat much lighter and healthier foods such as salads, seafood and fish. Enjoying a long light lunch is much better for your digestion than eating on the go, and it does wonders for your figure!

7. Boosts you vitamin D intake
Vitamin D is essential for strong bones as it regulates the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the blood, as well as regulating the growth of skin cells. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to various types of cancer including prostate, ovarian, colon, lung and breast cancers. Your body can actually make all of the vitamin D it needs just by catching some sun rays.

Some quick and easy exercise tips on holiday:

The bonus of a holiday is that you are exercising without even thinking about it. Here are a few pointers from Latedeals.co.uk on keeping fit while away:

• Take a walk
A gentle stroll on the beach can be a surprisingly vigorous workout. Walking on sand uses up 20-50% more calories than walking on regular surfaces, it can also ease back pain, and reduces blood pressure – so keep moving!

• Go for a morning dip
A regular swim in the sea or pool is great exercise, especially if you can swim for at least 20 minutes at a time. It works all the major muscle groups, builds strength and stamina, and has excellent cardiovascular benefits. In fact, swimming for an hour can comfortably burn up 750 calories.

• Get down to some serious beach games
There’s no shortage of beach games in most holiday resorts, and these can do wonders for burning off calories. From football and cricket to beach volleyball and surfing, you can enjoy a great fun workout, especially when it’s by the sea.

 

• Be a big kid!
Children certainly keep you on your toes and playing with them is a perfect way to maintain fitness. Whether it’s splashing around in the pool or beach games, there’s no doubt you’ll have lots of fun and it will give you some special and memorable moments.

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It’s against the clock so every second counts as you use your skill and judgement to guess the price of our discounted holidays. We have vouchers worth £300,000 to give away plus the chance to earn free credits for extra spins, but be careful to avoid the sea water and hot air!

Just imagine you could soon be booking a lively weekend away for you and your friends, a family beach holiday or a romantic getaway to a tropical island. So what are you waiting for? Get guessing, get spinning and get winning! Good luck and happy holidays!

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CELEBRITY SUMMER HOTSPOTS

2013’s Top European Celebrity Holiday Destinations

Celebrities can’t get enough of the sun’s rays during the summer months so we thought it only fair to give you an insight into this year’s best European summer celebrity hangouts – right in time for the August bank holiday!

So if you fancy booking yourself a quick summer holiday bargain with savings up to 70% and getting up close and personal with your favourite celeb, here’s where you can do just that.

1. Ibiza

It’s been the number one destination for party-loving celebs for years, and the White Isle is still Europe’s coolest holiday hotspot attracting everyone from Hollywood stars to reality TV wannabes.

A-Listers Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller are regulars while Rita Ora, Liam Gallagher, Denise Van Outen and Tulisa have recently graced the island with their presence. And this month, the world’s most infamous heiress, Paris Hilton, kicked off a month-long residency at Ibiza superclub Amnesia.

You can enjoy a week of fun and festivities in San Antonio,staying half board at the four-star Fiesta Hotel Milord from £333pp, departing on 25th September, including a saving of 24%.

2. Majorca

Majorca offers the perfect Mediterranean escape, with its beautiful sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and a more chilled out atmosphere than its Balearic neighbour, Ibiza.

Visit Majorca, and you might just bump into Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones who have a holiday home there, as does tennis ace Rafael Nadal, who was born on the Island.

Sir Bradley Wiggins trains there and regularly visits with his family, while former soap star stunners Helen Flanagan and Roxanne Pallett love its relaxed vibe.

To holiday in true celeb style, grab an all inclusive treat at the four-star Holiday Village Viva Majorca in C’an Picafort in Majorca from only £591pp (saving £257pp), flying from Birmingham on 13th September.

3. Turkey

Bodrum, situated on Turkey’s enchanting Turquoise Coast, is fast becoming a stylish resort to rival St Tropez, attracting royalty including the Duchess of Cornwall and a string of big stars.

Kate Moss is a regular visitor along with her fashion designer entourage; Jade Jagger has just opened her first restaurant in town while Roman Abramovich likes to moor his mega yacht there.

Only a four-hour flight away and home to more than 5,000 miles of spectacular coastline, you can spend a week, all inclusive, at the four-star Suntopia Bodrum Imperial for just £431pp – saving £273pp off the brochure price, jetting off from Exeter on 26th September.

4. Portugal

Portugal has some of Europe’s most amazing secluded beaches and unspoilt scenery, which the rich and famous love to soak up.

A newcomer to the Algarve summer scene, the Prime Minister and his family easyjetted off for a two week ‘chillax’ in July, while other high profile visitors include Baywatch’s Pamela Anderson, Pixie Lott, Marvin and Rochelle Humes, Caroline Flack and Liverpool’s most famous WAG Alex Gerrard.

Flight times are short and before you know it, you can relax in the sun for a week or two, or just treat yourself to a long weekend break. Latedeals.co.uk has savings of up to 47% on an all inclusive week at the Holiday Village Algarve – only £603pp, departing from Glasgow on 22nd August.

5. Greece

The Greek Islands is a haven for loads of our much loved stars. From Hollywood royalty such as Tom Hanks who has a holiday home in Greece to the Kardashian family holidaying in Mykonos this year, Greece is a sun and beach lover’s paradise.

And what’s not to love about this part of Europe with its picture-postcard landscape, excellent authentic food and warm welcome from the locals.

Mainland Greece also has lots to offer. Steeped in history, the popular destination is home to many of the world’s most famous historical sites and offers some of the best value deals this summer.

If you’re eager to see what the fuss is about, Latedeals.co.uk has a week’s break on the beautiful island of Skiathos for only £647pp, staying all inclusive at the Marialena Village Apartments and departing from Gatwick on 20th August.

6. Marbella

Last but certainly not least on the list is the favourite Spanish destination of Marbella. This glamorous resort is the one for you if you want to rub shoulders with the rich and famous.

From the sophistication of Nikki Beach to the vibrant nightlife, exclusive restaurants, high-end shopping and luxury accommodation, it’s every celeb’s dream. The ‘bling’ is on full display 24/7 and the TOWIE crew made their annual pilgrimage this year. They weren’t alone with the Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne soaking up the rays. Even Michelle Obama has taken a holiday there!

For a fabulous £584pp, you can live it up at the lavish Sultan Club Aparthotel in Marbella, flying from Gatwick on 19th September.

Calum Macdonald from Latedeals.co.uk said: “By offering top quality late deals to loads of popular and luxury destinations, Latedeals.co.uk can give sun seekers a taste of the ‘high life’ this summer, mixing with some of their favourite stars for a fraction of the price.”