It might still be raining in parts of England, but summer has officially arrived in the rest of the world. That means more sun, more cocktails and more pool time. It also means more great deals to top holiday destinations near and far – believe it or not, the rainbow-coloured strip in Las Vegas and Spain’s Costa Brava region can jet up to the front of your holiday wish list.
St George Gardens Family Club, Paphos, Cyprus
These three-star hotels are a hit with families, as they feature a kids pool, club, special section of the buffet and a playground. The same range of amenities is on hand for adults, too – with a large pool and buffet meals around the clock – except the playground is in the form of a spa and gym, evening entertainment and a lounge bar.
There’s a small, rocky beach only a short walk away, where local watersport centres get you active on the waves. The hotel also features tennis courts, daytime activities and plenty of space around the pool to stretch out and catch some sun.
The hotel is only a five-minute walk from the shops and bars of Paphos, while the harbour is a 10-minute drive away. You can hire bikes from the hotel and cruise along the waterfront at your own pace, taking in the town that’s rumoured to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love. Paphos is a beautiful blend of old world Greek and Cypriot heritage, laden with historical sites, museums and an archaeological park, plus a vibrant nightlife scene and quirky shopping.
St George Gardens Family Club
Paphos, Paphos Region, Cyprus
Marialena Village, Aghia Paraskevi, Greece
This small apartment complex is family-run and surrounded by green hillsides. The pool area is where the majority of the action happens, as it’s lined with sunbeds and umbrellas, as well as a pool bar dishing up homecooked Greek meals for lunch and dinner. It’s an idyllic place to lounge, fringed with pomegranate and fig trees.
Each apartment comes with a bedroom, lounge area and kitchenette equipped with an oven, hob and refrigerator. It’s twenty minutes into town for groceries or the restaurants and bars of Aghia Paraskevi, if you don’t fancy whipping up your own meal. And then there’s the gold sand beach that connects the coastal towns of Skiathos, which means in any one direction you walk, you’re bound to run into another of the island’s scenic resorts.
Harrah’s Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, United States
Harrah’s is located on Las Vegas’ famous neon-lit strip, so staying here will put you slap bang in the middle of all the action. On the hotel grounds is the strip’s only outdoor entertainment lounge, so you’ll never have to forgo Nevada’s gorgeous summer sun no matter what you get up to.
Hotels in Las Vegas are renowned for their flair, and Harrah’s is no different – day and night, the casino is alive with gamblers and holidaymakers looking for a little fun. There are seven restaurants and a shopping arcade onsite, plus a swimming pool and two theatres boasting live music, comedy and magic shows.
Las Vegas is one of those towns that needs no introduction. It’s the self-proclaimed entertainment capital of the world, and it’s a reputation well-earned. With all-night dance clubs, tiny wedding chapels and some of the greatest performers posting up shop in hotel theatres, the city never sleeps.
Qawra Palace Hotel, Qawra, Malta
The Qawra Palace Hotel is a sunbather’s paradise, as it not only enjoys a vibrant, palm tree-lined pool, but one with sea views too. Just a brief jaunt down to the rocky coast and your suntanning spots multiply with a handful of sunbed-lined shores.
The hotel offers a buffet restaurant, pizzeria and coffee shop to keep you full throughout the day, though restaurants and bars lie just beyond the grounds. Nights at the Qawra Palace see live entertainment and a bar, while in the winter months, you’ll be even more taken care of with ballroom dancing, quiz nights and bingo.
You’re within walking distance to downtown Qawra, where nightlife and culture await. The 16th century Qawra Tower is a top point of interest, as it was once a fortress and is now a supremely atmospheric restaurant. There’s the Malta National Aquarium nearby, as well as a handful of small museums, but if you rent a car you’ll have the shops and bars of nearby Bugibba at your fingertips as well.
Santa Monica Hotel, Calella, Spain
The Santa Monica Hotel gives you three-star accommodation in Calella’s modern district. You’re just a five-minute walk from the town’s shops, bars and restaurants, and the beach is only a little beyond that. At the shore there are watersport activities that the hotel can hook you up with, and also provide a discounted rate.
The hotel’s large pool is where you’ll want to spend most of your days, lazing around the sun terrace and drinking in the warm weather. There’s a buffet restaurant serving hot and cold breakfast and dinner, and come nightfall, live entertainment takes the stage.
Calella’s town centre comes packed with activities, not to mention three sandy beaches that each fly a Blue Flag award. Just beyond the hotel’s doorstep, you’ll find a centuries-old lighthouse, traditional market every Saturday and an energetic nightlife scene that invites holidaygoers to dance into the early morning hours.