Nidd Hall Hotel in Yorkshire From Warners Breaks

If you’re looking for a break in the north of the UK, which is exclusively for adults, you may want to have a look at Nidd Hall Hotel in North Yorkshire. This hotel is a Grade II listed building with some magnificent grounds. For a relaxing break, this hotel is definitely the one for you.

Where is Nidd Hall Hotel
This Warners hotel is a few minutes outside of Harrogate, and 10 minutes away from the picturesque town of Knaresborough. The position of Nidd Hall is perfect for exploring some of the sites in North Yorkshire. You can try some activities away from the hotel, including clay pigeon shooting and skiing on a dry slope.

Take a trip to the spa town of Harrogate, explore the 30,000-acre Bolton Abbey Estate, or spend the day looking round York – all these places are close by Nidd Hall.

What can I expect from Nidd Hall
There are many reasons for you to spend some time at this hotel, it is exclusively for adults, as indeed all Warners hotels and resorts are, and is a Grade II listed stately home, so you know your surroundings will be very elegant.

During your stay you can use the 20 metre indoor pool. And if a little bit of relaxation is called for, you can make full use of the Spa pool, sauna and steam room. If you are looking to lose a few pounds, or just want to keep your strength up, a fitness studio is also available. You can also spend time enjoy the 45 acres of Victorian and Edwardian landscaped parkland, and enjoying the croquet, tennis and boules courts; before taking to the terrace for lunch or afternoon tea.

Should I go to Nidd Hall
For those looking for peace and quiet in the luxury that a Grade II listed stately home provides, as well as a choice of activities laid on for your entertainment – and of course, no children running around, this could be the place for you.

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Dominican Republic Holidays – Finding the Best Dominican Republic Hotels at the Lowest Prices

I have recently booked our own Dominican Republic Holiday, for a family of 6, and as I explored the prices with the main UK travel agents online I was amazed at how their prices would vary – even when looking at the same hotel! We saved almost £2000 in total. Read on, and I hope I can help you do the same!

Start with the Printed Brochures

Whilst I always book my holidays online, you really can’t beat flicking through the pages of the tour operators’ brochures for shortlisting your preferred regions and hotels, and for checking out the early booking discounts available to all (although in practice you can expect to save even more than this by booking online).

We found the brochures invaluable in helping us decide on a Punta Cana hotel, and it was much easier checking the facilities of individual hotels this way rather than viewing each hotel’s details online.

For the Dominican Republic we went through brochures from Thomas Cook, First Direct, Cosmos, Airtours and Thomson.

Hint – At this stage, don’t dismiss any Tour Operator based on price alone!

Going Online to Check Availability and Price

I expected Thomas Cook or First Choice to give us the best prices. For First Choice in particular, the headline price in the brochures looked amazing. Therefore it was a real surprise to find that when I went all the way through the booking process, with all the supplements and extras added on, that other companies came out significantly cheaper.

Other Ways We Kept the Prices Low

Check child prices versus adult prices – We spotted this anomaly weeks before it featured on television. Some of the online discounts only relate to adult prices, and when occupancy supplements are applied (as children do not count towards occupancy levels) you can find children are charged at a higher rate than adults. For example we found when we priced a room for 2 adults and 1 child that it came out significantly cheaper than when priced for 1 adult and 2 children. It can be the case in this situation that the first child receives the bigger discount and the second child is more expensive than the adult.

I don’t believe this is a deliberate attempt by any tour operator to discriminate against families, but just an
accidental result of the complex pricing structure of many holiday. So we ‘promoted’ our 11-year old to an adult.

Split the booking into two – As we needed two rooms, we saved even more money by splitting the booking into two.

This was because there was a reduction per booking at the time we made our reservation. Of course, we had to sacrifice any chance of the rooms being adjacent, but we were happy to do so for the extra discount.

Who Worked Out Cheapest for Our Dominican Republic Holiday?

We are going to the Superclub Breezes hotel in Punta Cana in late July, and both Thomson and Airtours offered us a really good price, and we chose one of these and saved almost £2000.

It is also worth noting that Thomson have now announced they are not charging fuel supplements on any of their package holidays.

However, the cheapest tour operator for you will depend upon your destination and date of travel. We reckon you’ll do best with Thomson or Airtours for Punta Cana Hotels in the Dominican Republic, but do recommend you check the prices with all the main tour operators when you are making your booking to ensure you benefit from any current offers and discounts.

Mark Salkeld enjoys travelling to both traditional and exotic holiday destinations with his family, and set up TheTravelPage.co.uk [http://thetravelpage.co.uk/index.html] to provide “An Independent View of the Best Travel Deals”.

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Hotel Sandos Playacar – Riviera Maya All Inclusive Resort and Spa

Hotel Sandos Playacar is a 5-star luxury resort sitting on the edge of a beautiful white-sand beach in the heart of the Riviera Maya. This all inclusive resort is a quick 45 minute drive from Cancun International Airport and just minutes from the picturesque tourist village of Playa del Carmen and its two mile long shopping district known as Quintana Avenida (Fifth Avenue).

In 2006 the Hotel Sandos Playacar Beach Resort was awarded the 2006 Traveler’s Choice Award for 10 Best Hotels for Families in Latin America/Caribbean. It also received the Apple Vacations Golden Apple Award in 2011 for its standard of quality, service and value. If you choose to vacation here you will soon see why this resort, in the heart of the ancient Mayan civilization, is rated so high.

Hotel Sandos Playacar boasts 120 Hacienda Junior Suites and 244 air conditioned rooms that are split up into three sections; Sandos Beach, Sandos Haciendas and Sandos Riviera. These three sections are further divided into 3 types of rooms; Ocean View, Family and Adults Only. By dividing their accommodations in this manner this resort is able to cater to just about anyone. It’s the perfect place for families looking for fun and couples seeking a quiet romantic getaway.

For families a Playa del Carmen vacation is a fun and exciting experience. The staff at the Hotel Sandos Playacar will provide hours of fun for children of all ages with age specific games, activities and entertainment. There are also pool and beach activities for the whole family that include friendly competitions that will be sure to keep the whole family entertained.

For adults and couples looking for a romantic excursion the Riviera Select Club Adults Only is the perfect choice. It offers a secluded area within the resort property dedicated to adults. The rooms are all suites with spacious living areas and Jacuzzi tubs. To gain access to this area an adult guest must possess a VIP bracelet. There is also a private adult only pool and club.

Hotel Sandos Playacar is an all inclusive resort. This means you get a large variety accommodations and activities for one pre-paid price. These include all meals and snacks at each of their restaurants. There are also unlimited drinks, including alcoholic drinks between 11am and 2 am and their waiter service poolside and at the beach. Activities and equipment at your disposal include tennis, windsurfing, sailing and kayaking. You also get free use of all gym facilities along with daily activities program that consists of aerobics, calisthenics beach activities and pool games. Family activities, programs, and entertainment and much more are all included in the cost of your vacation.

There are certain activities that will cost extra. Any excursion off the property to Playa del Carmen, to one of the many Mayan archaeological sites, or playing a round at one of the many world class golf courses in the area is a separate cost. Babysitting, the crafts workshop and spa treatments will also require some extra money.

The Riviera Maya is a tropical paradise that is sure to meet any vacation dreams. The Hotel Sandos Playacar can be the gateway to explore all that this area has to offer. Playa del Carmen is just minutes away and offers a variety of tourist centric activities. The center point of this fishing village is the 2 mile long pedestrian only Avenida Quinta. This walking mall is lined with restaurants, bars, shops and hotels. The north end of the avenue is called “Little Italy” and its restaurants are exceptionally good.

For those interested in the culture of the area the Hotel Sandos Playacar can provide information on the many historical excursions in the area. There are a multitude of ancient Mayan cities and ruins that can be visited in a single day. The Xcaret Eco Park is a great family destination that features theme park activities in a eco-archaeological environment. At the southern end of the Riviera Maya is the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve.

For families and couples looking for an all inclusive vacation on the Riviera Maya the Sandos Playacar Beach Resort should be at the top of their list. This 5 star resort is centrally located giving its guests quick and easy access to all the region has to offer. For those just interested in staying in one place and doing nothing but relaxing the Hotel Sandos Playacar has everything you need along a beautiful stretch of beach.

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