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Here we blog about the newest hotel developments, the latest resort openings, the most exciting upcoming festivals, special celebrations and anything related with the holiday world that excites our travelling taste buds.

Check out this space every once in a while for the freshest updates on a varied array of attractive holiday destinations. Keep up with the latest goings on in a long list of attractions, hotels and resorts and hear all about new promotions and special deals.

From hotels' romantic Valentine's Day celebrations, to amazing new children's activities, new complimentary facilities, new restaurant openings or warm Christmas celebrations by the beach. Read it all here!

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  • 20 Jun 2018
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  • Sasha Wood
Writing the world

D-boat Antigua - the Caribbean's newest floating playground

An aquatic adventure playground for adults, D-boat is an up-cycled ship, party boat and water park moored in its own aquamarine bay off Maiden Island that's become the latest tourist spot in Antigua, surrounded by slivers of land, beaches and mangroves reaching out into the blue.
  • 18 Jun 2018
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  • Claire Boobbyer
The world is my oyster

Gibara - a celebration of cinema, caves, music and cuisine

The biggest low-budget cinema festival in Cuba takes hold of a small, unassuming eastern town next month, bringing about an entourage of local and international celebrities (including Benicio del Toro). Small in size but big in charm and character, it is here that a renowned and acclaimed Cuban film director founded the Gibara Film Festival (initially named Festival del Cine Pobre de Gibara) which put the city of Gibara on the map for its annual celebration of the independent film industry.
  • 26 May 2017
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  • Caroline Howley
The world's longest out of office

Planning a Sri Lankan adventure: Waterproofs, walking boots and wandering

How to best prepare and equip yourself for an authentic Sri Lankan adventure? Not just in terms of what garments to bring along in your suitcase but also regarding the starting points to planning your trip. Where to get lost and wander around? Which unmissable sights you shouldn't leave out of your itinerary? What visiting order to follow? What transport method to use where? Here you'll find my top tips on planning and making the most of your time in this wondrous Indian Ocean nation.
  • 27 Jan 2017
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  • Susana Corona
Our woman in Havana

Top seven new Cuba hotels opening in 2017 and beyond

For a while it's been known that Cuba plans (and desperately needs) to up its number of hotel rooms nationwide to meet the growing demand that has considerably spiked over the last couple of years. With the number of tourist arrivals having increased by 13 per cent in 2016, and the upward trend expected to continue in the near future, Cuba is working full steam ahead at getting new rooms ready. Read on to find out which new Cuba hotels will open the soonest, over this year and the next.
  • 09 Jun 2016
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  • Kiri Nowak
Selfies around the world

Thoughts ahead of my Dominican Republic trip

Swimming with stingrays, uncovering caves, visiting chocolate plantations, epic watersports and an outback safari: I'm off to the Dominican Republic in a few weeks for the trip of a lifetime. Find out what I have planned, my thoughts on the trip, and why I think it's a destination that should be on your bucket list.
  • 16 Dec 2015
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  • Laura Rawlings
To travel is to live

AMResorts launches "Live it up" campaign and announces new hotel openings

Planning to start 2016 with a big bang, the exclusive collection of Caribbean hotels and resorts managed by AMResorts are kick-starting the New Year with a very tempting new offer for those planning their getaway at either of their luxury all-inclusive properties. The new Live it UP campaign will see them slash their room rates by half when guests upgrade to higher categories across all of their resorts.
  • 12 Jan 2015
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  • Richard Trenchard
Opening eyes to the world

Children fly tax-free in 2015

Thanks to the new changes in legislation as announced during last spring's Budget by Chancellor George Osborne, starting 1st May 2015 the British Air Passenger Duty (APD) will be removed for children, considerably easing the burden for travelling families. Everyone travelling from May onwards will be able to claim the tax refund on their flight tickets. On this post we explore how the APD changes affect the travel industry and the end customer.
  • 17 Oct 2014
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  • Susana Corona
Our woman in Havana

Discovering Cuba at the Royal Geographical Society

Just two days ago, The Holiday Place was invited to attend the Royal Geographical Society's evening on Discovering Cuba, an event that looked to shed light on this emerging Caribbean destination whilst helping interested travellers plan their first trip to the island. I was there with a team from The Holiday Place and these are my chronicles of the event, which I found inspiring, moving and highly informative.
  • 19 Jun 2014
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  • Susana Corona
Our woman in Havana

Crumbling historic building in Old Havana to reopen as new boutique hotel

A historic building in Old Havana is to be restored to its former glory after years of neglect and visible decay thanks to a new project that will see it converted into a shiny new deluxe hotel property that will be operated by Swiss luxury chain, Kempinski. If you'd like to find out more about what makes this centenarian structure so special, read my blog dedicated to its past, present and future.
  • 16 Jun 2014
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  • Sasha Wood
Writing the world

Barbados - A magical mystery tour

Ahead of a tourist-board hosted trip to Barbados, Sasha Wood looks at what's in store, from green monkeys and the lively annual carnival to superb snorkelling and classic sightseeing.
  • 01 May 2014
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  • Susana Corona
Our woman in Havana

A fabulous time at the 2014 LUKAS Awards

Last night, together with a group of colleagues from The Holiday Place, I was lucky enough to be invited to the hottest Latin event of the year - The LUKAS - a ceremony that rewards the efforts, dedication and achievements of Latin personalities in the UK. Read on to find out about my fantastic evening at the LUKAS gala and the procession of Latin stars that graced this year's event.
  • 11 Apr 2014
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  • James Corporal
Off the beaten track

Sri Lanka builds the world's tallest vertical garden

The design for what will be the world's tallest vertical garden has been unveiled by its construction company and much expectation surrounds what will soon become Sri Lanka's first ever sustainable residential complex - an impressive 185-metre-high tower with a magnificent façade that will be covered by a lush living garden. It will no doubt be one of those things you have to see to believe. Read on to find out more about this promising architectural marvel.
  • 03 Feb 2014
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  • Susana Corona
Our woman in Havana

Two unique hotel gems reopening in Havana

Havana is welcoming the re-launch of two outstanding and invaluable properties on two very different areas of the capital. The legendary Capri Hotel of the 50s on one hand in the city's modern Vedado neighbourhood and the colonial gem of El Comendador in Old Havana. Read my post to learn more about what makes these two reopenings so exciting and special.