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Kate Simon is the Travel Correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. She was Travel Editor of The Independent on Sunday from 2005 to 2011. Kate is also the co-founder of Little Black Book Creative (www.lbbcreative.co.uk), which offers editorial services, media relations consultancy and travel-writing training.
Sunday 18 May 2014
Pierre & Vacances (0870 0267 145; pv-holidays.com) makes its debut in the Canary Islands this summer, at Majanicho on the north coast of Fuerteventura. Origo Mare is typical of P&V's cut-above holiday village, with 323 houses, sleeping two to seven, smartly laid out around a sequence of oases, each with a communal pool. There's also a huge waterpark, as well as two restaurants, three bars, shops, an 18-hole mini-golf course, paddle, tennis, and petanque courts, plus a gym and kids' clubs for three- to 18-year-olds. A week costs from €875 (£719) per person, based on four sharing a studio. Excludes flights.
Cyprus has a new all-inclusive resort to offer holidaymakers this summer, the King Evelthon Beach Hotel and Resort. The seaside pad near Paphos has 250 suites, four restaurants and four bars, three pools, tennis and basketball courts among other sports facilities, a gym and spa, kids' clubs for two- to 12-year-olds and evening entertainment. For a change of scene, it's just five minutes' walk to local shops and restaurants. Olympic Holidays (0844 576 2386; olympicholidays.com) offers a week for £1,159 for adults and £599 per child, based on four sharing a family room and including return flights from Manchester to Paphos and transfers.
Meanwhile in Morocco, the new "Kasbahs and Camels" tour from Explore (0844 499 0901; explore.co.uk) travels from the medina of Marrakech to the Berber villages of the High Atlas, with a night at a desert camp and time in Essaouira on the coast. Along the way, there are Arabic lessons, a ride on those aforementioned dromedaries, and learning how to cook a traditional Berber meal. A fortnight costs from £1,479 per adult and £1,346 per child, based on two sharing, including return flights from Gatwick to Marrakech, 13 nights' B&B, with one night at a riad and one night camping, some meals, transport, and tour leader. Departs 26 July and 2 August.
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