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Mums time sunshine breaks in the Algarve

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It’s the latest trend: short breaks for busy mums to get away from the stresses of daily life, take a quick, energising break with their friends and go home feeling positively recharged. And, one of the best places to take a mums-time break in luxury is the Algarve, at one our superb villas where you really will feel that you’ve got away from the usual, and escaped to the extraordinary…
Beaches and relaxing
From sun worshippers and mums wanting to simply relax and unwind, to those with a penchant for sporting activities, there’s a beach to suit everyone. In fact, Praia de Carvoeiro beach is the holder of the “Best Beach in Europe” award. Situated in the west of the region, Cavoeiro is home to a wide selection of bars, restaurants and cafes and clifftops with fantastic coastal views.
There are plenty of cycling and walking routes plus of course the famous golf courses. The Algarve is the holder of awards for “Best Golf Destination in Continental Europe” and “Best Value Golf Destination in Continental Europe”.

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Wellness and spas

There are more than 40 spas in the Algarve, it’s not difficult to find one that’s just perfect for you. According to Conde Nast Traveller, Algarve’s spas are fast becoming known as some of the best in the world. Make some “me time” and enjoy a massage, detox, fitness, yoga, sea water therapy or beauty session and go home feeling fabulously recharged and reenergised.
Restaurants
There are more Michelin star restaurants in Algarve than in the rest of Portugal. This area is famous for its food and wines. Local, seasonal and fresh is the mantra here with seafood taking a star role in coastal restaurants. Traditional slow cooked stews, pulses, fresh veg and Algarvian bread are irresistible – not to mention local cheeses, wines and cakes! Take some time out from cooking and dine like a queen in the Algarve, or shop the local markets and stores and enjoy al fresco meals in the garden of your gorgeous luxury Palmer & Parker villa, followed by a dip in the pool and a spot of relaxing.
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Culture
The Algarve is rich in culture and authentic Portuguese charm; locals live through their arts and music and celebrations. There is plenty on offer for art and music lovers with cultural events throughout the year. Art galleries are located in most towns as well as concerts, theatre productions and dance shows. Enjoy wandering the wiggly, winding narrow streets and admire chimneys with varied shapes and designs. Churches and castles built in previous centuries reflect a rich culture steeped in history. Local cultural artworks are preserved in museums in the major coastal centres and in smaller inland towns throughout the region.
Check out www.365algarve.com to discover a rich programme of cultural events and activities.
Take home a souvenir the kids will love
The Algarve is home to a wealth of traditional and modern art and crafts, including embroidery, ceramics from the traditional “azulejos”, traditional painted tin-glazed ceramic tiles, to modern, hand-painted pieces at the cutting edge of design. The best pottery to be found in the Algarve is in the village of Porches – visitors can observe the skills shown by the artisan’s hand painting the pottery. Jewellery is also popular; handmade pieces using cork are for example available in a shop in Pescor. Local modern paintings and sculptures, basket-ware and leather goods made locally can be found in galleries and boutiques in the local towns and villages.
With 300 days of sunshine a year, fabulous gastronomy, loads to do, this is a mums-time-sunshine break you’ll love…
Discover more about the Algarve: www.visitalgarve.pt
Check out our Algarve villas here: palmerparker.com
And our regular special offers section here: special offers

Luxury Holiday Rentals in the Costa del Sol

With stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches and charming villages, the Costa del Sol is a perfect destination for all ages. A favourite hotspot for the rich and famous, the resort of Marbella should not be missed. Known as the St Tropez of Spain, the cosmopolitan town has dozens of fine restaurants, bars and beaches where you can take in the spectacular scenery. Explore the winding, pretty back streets of the old town or relax with some fine wine and tapas in an exclusive beach bar.

Villa Rentals in Marbella

We have a wide selection of handpicked luxury villas in Marbella.

Those wanting to celebrate a special occasion in style should spend some time on Cloud Nine – our incredible holiday home nestled in the hillside. Sleeping 20, you can catch up with family and friends whilst taking in the breathtaking mountain and sea views. With an indoor and outdoor pool and entertaining space for up to 200 people, Cloud Nine is an ideal party house. Floor to ceiling windows allow you to really take in the extraordinary views, and the sauna and gym are great for catching up on some quality ‘me time’.

For a getaway with just your closest family or friends, Villa Pipitas is the perfect solution. Located right by the popular Los Naranjos Golf Course and just a short drive from the shops and restaurants, this villa is fully equipped with four bedrooms, a private outdoor pool and beautiful terrace that is perfect for alfresco dining.

Be sure to take a look at the Golfe villa. Sleeping 8, this magnificent rental has an incredible infinity pool with views overlooking the sea and nearby golf course. With the beach, shops and restaurants just a short walk away, this secluded rental is in the ideal location. Spend your evenings having heaps of fun in the games room or simply relax with a glass of champagne in the Jacuzzi.

The Eastern region of Puerto Banus really is the gem of Marbella with an amazing marina and exclusive beach clubs where you can brush shoulders with celebrities. Our Martinete villa is the perfect holiday rental for experiencing this luxury region. Sleeping 14, you can relax by the outdoor or heated indoor pool and make the most of the breathtaking sea views.

Things to Do in Marbella

Those looking for a spot of adventure can hire their own yacht, or why not try your hand at jet skiing or wake boarding? For avid golfers there are plenty of beautiful courses and for little ones there is an aquarium, crocodile park, and water park. You can also visit the bonsai museum which houses over 300 hundred miniature trees. Treat yourself at the many shopping centres or simply kick back and relax at your luxury villa.

Situated just an hour from Gibraltar, those staying in Marbella can head over to the rock and enjoy dolphin and whale watching, or a trip to Apes Den where you’ll see hundreds of monkeys hanging around near the cable-car station. The nearby city of Malaga also has many fine restaurants and lively bars. Be sure to visit the extraordinary 17th century cathedral and many museums.

Book your luxury Marbella villa holiday today or call one of our experts for advice and help with your booking.

Six Luxury Villas for Less than £3K per Week (Some a lot less than that)

The fact that a villa is inexpensive definitely does not mean that it is not luxurious: of the many villas we see every year, a large number fail to make it onto our website; even the less expensive ones are very good.  The secret is location: by being just a few miles away from more expensive areas you can save a lot.

Here are six villas at reasonable prices that are to a very high standard and won’t break the bank.  A house for £2000 a week divided by 8 people is £250 a week each: do what you like, eat when you like, have your holiday your way.

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Les Plus Beaux Villages de France

Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (France’s Most Beautiful Villages) is an official designation which promotes small and outstandingly pretty villages.  To become a member a community must have less than 2000 inhabitants and at least two protected areas of picturesque, scientific, artistic or historic relevance.  In all France there are 150 odd villages that qualify; in the particularly lovely region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur there are several, a couple of which we know.  In this series we start with Gassin.

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No Frills: No courtesy

I catch a lot of no frills flights and it would be good if our suffering passengers got their heads together to praise and scorn as appropriate. Firstly the big beasts Easyjet and Ryanair need separating, and that is simple. Their websites are
equally friendly, (unlike their staff) but not as good as BA.

Thereafter the differences are sharp. Somehow Ryanair has gathered up ground staff and cabin staff who are especially and uniquely illiterate. The Ryanair airport announcements are a polyglot gabble in bossy tones and incomprensible. Easyjet learnt from GO! (whom they bought from BA) to speak slowly – and how to deal with grumbling passengers. Ryanair allegedly charge cabin staff for their jobs by way of making them pay for ‘training’ – rather in the style of doorman at Claridges – and the staff allegedly resent that. And it shows.

So you can choose between the noisy lot and the quiet lot. Both will offer amazing deals – and half the deals are deceptions. But both say it is cheaper if you book early – and both mean it. And keep to it

The smaller no frills are hugely nicer  – they are mostly spin offs from established airlines (example German Wings from KLM) and know what they are doing. Any new ones, which are starting from scratch, are best left alone.