Hol­ly­days IN THE SUN

Why freeze your­self at home when you can have this?

Irish Daily Mail - - Travel Plus - BY JIM MURTY

DECK the halls with boughs of holly... oh, the thought of it, and for the umpteenth year at that. Why not let some­body else do it while you lie back on your lounger on the beach.

If the thought of Christ­mas is turn­ing you green, with the shops hav­ing al­ready started fill­ing up their shelves with Fes­tive good­ies and crank­ing up Fairy­tale of New York, then there is an al­ter­na­tive.

It’s not too late to get away from it all with a Christ­mas in the Sun. Here at Week­end Mail Travel we show you where.

TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA Busch Gar­dens Christ­mas Town

You don’t have to be overly-tra­di­tional about th­ese things... you de­serve a bit of sun, and be­sides Santa de­serves to catch the rays too what with be­ing cooped up in icy La­p­land the whole year.

Guests will be treated to mil­lions of twin­kling lights, Christ­mas shows and a Sing-A-Long Train, and, of course, vis­its with Santa and Ru­dolph, right through un­til New Year’s Eve.

This be­ing Florida, of course, there will fan­tas­tic ad­di­tions to the Santa story.

So don’t be sur­prised if you bump into Cookie Mon­ster and Elmo nutcracker fig­ures along the Sesame Street Sa­fari of Fun walk­way,

The best value ticket for vis­it­ing SeaWorld Parks is the Dis­cov­ery Cove Ul­ti­mate Pack­age, which in­cludes a one-day reser­va­tion at Dis­cov­ery Cove (with 30minute dol­phin swim ex­pe­ri­ence, all meals, snacks and bev­er­ages in­cluded) plus 14days un­lim­ited en­try to SeaWorld, Busch Gar­dens and Aquat­ica Or­lando, with free park­ing in­cluded at all parks. Prices from €220 per per­son.

The 3-Park Ticket of­fers 14 days un­lim­ited en­try to three parks - SeaWorld Or­lando, Aquat­ica Or­lando and Busch Gar­dens – for the price of two, when guests book and visit be­fore 31 De­cem­ber 2019. Tick­ets in­clude free park­ing at all three parks. Prices start from €125 per adult and €120 per child. Visit www.seaworldparks.co.uk. Mul­ti­ple air­lines fly to Or­lando from Dublin. Aer Lin­gus flies non­stop re­turn from €423. Visit www. aer­lin­gus.com.

MAU­RI­TIUS Mon Choisy Beach Re­sort

It’s al­ways worth surf­ing...

Yes, on a board in the In­dian Ocean. But also surf­ing the net to find the best deals. We found this great deal with www.ex­pe­dia.ie at sale price. The Mon Choisy Beach Re­sort is €1,596 for two down from €2,128.

BAR­BA­DOS, THE CARIBBEAN Tamarind by El­e­gant Ho­tels

Those of us of a cer­tain age. and those who watch Christ­mas re­peats of Top Of The Pops, will be fa­mil­iar with Boney M dressed up in snow-white cos­tumes do­ing their spe­cial ca­lypso pop of Mary’s Boy Child.

And, yes, it worked. It was a huge hit.

Well West In­di­ans do all the tra­di­tional stuff, only on the beach.

Trop­i­cal Sky is of­fer­ing a great deal to Bar­ba­dos in­clud­ing seven nights B&B at Tamarind by El­e­gant Ho­tels from €1,489pp in­clud­ing flights.

Book by De­cem­ber 1 and save up to €550pp for travel com­pleted by Jan­uary 4.

LANZAROTE Haria

The peren­nial Ir­ish favourite for a win­ter hol­i­day (heck, we’re there in the spring, sum­mer and au­tumn too. Why not try it at Christ­mas?

Seven nights self-cater­ing with GoHop and stay­ing at the Club JM Lanzarote, de­part­ing from Dublin on De­cem­ber 21 is from €531pp. Visit gohop.ie or call (01) 536 3769.

CYPRUS New York Plaza Ho­tel Apart­ments

So where is hot at this time of year? We’re told you have to go fur­ther afield than the Med. Wrong!

Cyprus is per­fect for a sun-seeker’s break. A seven-night stay at the New York Plaza Ho­tel Apart­ments in Paphos is from €316pp.

Dep. De­cem­ber 22 and fly with Ryanair. And prise your­self away from the beach for his­toric sites. Visit sun­search­hol­i­days.ie.

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