May day dilemma

May day, may day! | Stay YNA

It is a truth universally acknowledged that whenever we have a public holiday the weather is almost legally obliged to be awful! May Day or the May Bank holiday for many of us is a much anticipated long weekend, we plan days out, barbecues, schedule time on our gardens or DIY projects….and all too often end up sulking on the sofa with the heating on watching re-runs of James Bond as the rain pours down outside!

So this bank holiday avoid the thwarted DIY projects- let’s face it you didn’t actually want to paint the fence anyway, the standing miserably under your umbrella desparately trying to get the sausages to cook while the rest of the family glare hungrily at you from the warmth of the house, the enforced jollity of dragging the kids round a theme park where you get to queue for an hour and then stand shivering  in the cold while they go on the same ride for the fifth time all for the equivalent cost of the national debt of a small country…. This spring holiday, avoid the urge to shout May Day May Day at the top of your voice while stuck in traffic on the highway and actually wishing it was time to go back to work already and take a short break instead! Head off to sunnier climes or simply do something different, believe me, that garden fence will still be there when you get back and there will be plenty more opportunities for barbecues in the rain this summer!

The low cost airlines have some great flight deals right now to all our destinations, we’ve checked it out for you and there are flights to Kerry (for Dingle) from Eur0 16.99 from the UK or Euro 26.99 from Germany, flights to Paphos (Cyprus) from Euro 72.00 from the UK and Euro 67.00 from Sweden and, flights to Nice from Euro 40.00- less than the cost of that day out at the theme park!

To make it even easier to get away, we’re offering you some great deals on short breaks this May Day weekend and we’ve got some ideas for you to make the most of your time away.

Feile the fun!

Feile the fun!

In Dingle 28th April to 2nd May is time for the annual Féile na Bealtaine, possibly the most highly anticipated event in the local calendar. There is a packed schedule of events with exhibitions, concerts, readings, lectures, films, street theatre and a whole lot more. As you can imagine, this being Dingle it is also the perfect excuse for a massive party!

Check out our special Feile offers and book your first Féile na Bealtaine experience today!

 

Flaounes- traditional Easter treats

Flaounes- traditional Easter treats

In Cyprus the Orthodox Easter  falls between 29th April to 2nd May this year so this is a great opportunity to join in the festivities. The weather in Cyprus at this time of year is almost guaranteed to be sunny with temperatures reaching 30C which is probably temptation enough! Easter is the most important festival in the Orthodox calendar and is very much a time for families and feasting! If you are lucky enough to spend Easter in Cyprus, do go along to the midnight mass on Easter Saturday which is a big event, go to a small village church if you can. The solemn service is followed by bonfires and fireworks and the locals then have a midnight feast of thick soup to break their 50-day Lentern fast. The Sunday is all about food with every courtyard in the country seeing the men-folk stoking up the barbecue and spit-roasting large quantities of fragrant lamb- bit of a change from those soggy sausages!

Easter decorations

Easter decorations

One of my favourite Easter games was to spot the decorations that are found on every roundabout and in front of important buildings- giant eggs, enormous bunnies and sinister-looking chickens! See how many you can find…

 

Check out our available accommodation and enjoy Easter in the sun

 

 

Fête de Mai

Fête de Mai

Nice, ahh Nice.. is any excuse really needed for a spontaneous trip to the French Riviera? Actually I don’t think so, just a couple of hours by plane and you can exchange the grey skies at home from the colours of the Côte d’Azur (excuse me while I get packed now…). But actually there is plenty going on all year round and the May holiday weekend is no exception. On 30th April head over to St Jean-Cap-Ferrat for the fête des roses, a day long celebration of flowers. On the 1st May the first Spring Festival takes place in the Jardins de Cimiez in Nice, traditional music, dancing and general spring frolicking around! The weather should be a pleasant 20-something degrees, so still comfortable for wandering around the old town and perfect for sitting in sun-filled square and enjoy a glass of rosé

Check out our available accommodation and live the Riviera lifestyle

 

 


Your holiday in safe hands

Ask the local experts

Here at YNA we think your holiday is all about the personal, that’s why wherever you stay with us you will have a local manager to meet you on arrival and share their tips on the best places to visit, where to eat, the nicest beaches and anything else you need to know to make your stay memorable for all the right reasons!

With three destinations and so many beautiful houses, cottages, villas and apartments to choose from we’ve talked to our team and asked where they like to stay and what they like to do on holiday to give you some ideas. And, if you book one of this week’s recommended properties we’ve got some special offers for you too!

Nice- Directors Simon & Amanda Walker- Travelling with young children

The Walker Family

The Walker Family

“On our last visit to Nice, we stayed in Aura as we have a 4 year old and 2 year old. Its terrace is enclosed and very safe for little ones which means we can actually chill out with a glass of wine whilst they are safely playing. Most Nice properties have balconies which with a 2 year old that loves climbing means that staying in an apartment with a safe outside terrace is heaven. Aura is also a great price as the second room has a single bed and we just added a cot. So it was a good budget option without the budget feel! It’s also right next to the chateau which has a fabulous park and play areas for the kids. We packed a picnic and spent many hours up there. There are lots of gorgeous restaurants and bars in the area and a few minutes walk into the old town. So we were able to feel like we had evenings out even though we were home by 8pm as there was little walking involved. It’s a star stay for families who little ones!”

The large secure terrace at Aura

The large secure terrace at Aura

Amanda, Simon, Fox and Flynn Walker recommend Aura a beautiful 2 bedroom apartment with a spacious and secure terrace

Book 4 nights or more in Aura and we’ll take £40 off!

Use promo code WALKER to book Aura online

 

 

 

Nice- Admin Manager Grace- Combining business and pleasure

2006-03-23 13.33.16“I travel to Nice quite often for work but usually get some time to explore and enjoy myself too! I love the Old Town for its great selection of bars, restaurants and cafes. As my colleagues will tell you I am a bit of a fussy eater but Nice has so many different eating options that even I have plenty of choice. Top of my list is Acchiardo on Rue Droite, they do the best ever steak, cooked exactly as I like it. It’s very popular so we usually book in advance. For a more casual meal, the Bar du Coin does amazing pizzas, they are enormous! The Old Town is busy all year round so even if I am travelling on my own I feel quite happy wandering around in the evening. The Cours Saleya is great for a nice cold beer at the end of a hot day and then I like to go to the Le Blue Whales or Waynes Bar on Rue de la Préfecture later on. Le Blue Whales on Rue Mascoinat has a great bilingual pub quiz every week- we usually take part with our local colleagues and let me tell you, competition is fierce!

I like staying right at the heart of the Old Town within easy walk of the beach and all the restaurants and bars. I recommend Lily or La Croix for couples or single travellers and Rossetti if you are travelling with friends.”

View from Lily at the heart of the Old Town

View from Lily at the heart of the Old Town

La Croix, Old Town

La Croix, Old Town

Place Rossetti viewed from Rossetti

Place Rossetti viewed from Rossetti

Grace recommends Lily, La Croix and Rossetti for their central location right at the heart of Nice’s vibrant Old Town. Book one of these properties for 4 nights or more and we’ll take £40 off! Use promo code GRACE to book online today

 

Nice- Bookings Coordinator Laura- First time visitor

Laura at the Colline du Château

Laura at the Colline du Château

“I joined the YNA team quite recently so I am getting to know all our properties which of course means I get to visit our destinations and check them out (yay!). I had my first trip to Nice a couple of weeks back and totally loved it, it made a real difference to see our apartments “in the flesh” and I have a few favourites already. When my boyfriend and I travel we like to have plenty of space so an apartment rather than a cramped hotel room is great for us. Having literally walked ALL OVER Nice, I saw that it really is very compact, wherever you stay nothing is that far away. I really love Paradis in Carré d’Or because it has loads of space and a great location. It is in the pedestrian area right next to all the boutiques and shops and as I am a bit of a shopaholic this appealed to me. It is also super stylish and deluxe. Another apartment I really liked is Destinie, its a two-bedroom so would be a good option if we were travelling with friends, again it is really spacious and the location is great too. It is in Massena but tucked way in a quite street, really close to the shops of course but also near to the beach and old town. I am off to Dingle next week and can’t wait to discover new favourites there too!”

Super spacious Paradis

Super spacious Paradis

Destinie 2 bedroom apartment Massena

Destinie 2 bedroom apartment Massena

Laura recommends Paradis and Destinie for their central location and spacious layouts. Book 4 nights or more in Paradis or Destinie and we’ll take £40 off! Use promo code LAURA to book today

 

 

Dingle- Director Clodagh- Family Time with older children

Clodagh, Phil, Georgia & Noah with Dingle in the background

Clodagh, Phil, Georgia & Noah with Dingle in the background

“My kids are now at that pre-teen stage so need to be kept occupied on holiday. Dingle Town is a great base for families with older children because there is so much going on that everyone will find something to keep them happy. There are boat trips from the harbour, the Aquarium, the beach and some great walks close by. I recommend Dundreemin for its indoor/ outdoor space and location. It’s situated right in the middle of all the fun but on a quiet street. The contemporary kitchen/ diner is flooded with light and opens out onto a great private garden, we’ve enjoyed many a picnic there! Kids will love popping off to Murphy’s for ice cream or to the summer amusement park on the harbour or the park just round the corner. Everything is just a few minutes walk away and when the kids are finally in bed or busy with their tablets, the first floor balcony is a great place for the grown ups to enjoy a well-deserved quiet drink!”

sized diner with gardenClodagh recommends Dundreemin for a family holiday in Dingle Town. This 2 bedroom house also has a self-contained chalet in the garden- a great adventure for older kids or a haven for Mum and Dad!

Book Dundreemin for 2 nights or more and we’ll take £100 off! (excludes July & August). Use promo code CLODAGH to book Dundreemin today

 

 

Cyprus- Director Andriana- A relaxing beach holiday with friends

Andriana enjoying the summer nights in Protaras

Andriana enjoying the summer nights in Protaras

“One of the great things about Cyprus is that you don’t have to drive far for a total change of scene! When I have time off I like to head over to Protaras on the East coast for a few days chilling out with friends. We literally spend the whole day on the beach, Fig Tree Bay is one of my favourites, lots of people say it is the best beach on the island with its white sand, warm clear waters…total paradise! When we’re in Protaras we are in holiday-mode so no dashing around. In the evening we usually have a relaxing drink out on the terrace first before heading out later to Kalamies for a fish meze and then onto The Cliff Bar. The bar is perched on the cliffs overlooking Konnos Bay, it has great views in the daytime and in the evening is just a really zcn chill-out bar. The perfect end to a lazy day!

If I am with a group of friends The Beach House or Sea Shore are perfect, you can literally step out of the house onto the beach path- great for a morning or evening dip. If I want a quiet break then High View is great, really relaxing setting with the gardens but also close to the night life.”

The Beach House- great terrace right next to the sea

The Beach House- great terrace right next to the sea

Sea Shore- great for the beach and relaxing

Sea Shore- great for the beach and relaxing

High View, lovely pool and lush gardens

High View, lovely pool and lush gardens

Andriana recommends The Beach House, Sea Shore and High View in beautiful Protaras. If you book 4 nights or more we’ll take £40 off (excludes July & August). Use promo code ANDRIANA to book today

 

Cyprus- Marketing Manager Abi- Catching up with friends and enjoying the sun

Abi enjoying lunch by the sea in Limassol

Abi enjoying lunch by the sea in Limassol

“I lived in Cyprus for 16 years so when I go back either for work or a holiday, catching up with friends is a priority as well as soaking up as much sun as I can! I love Limassol because there is so much going on and the beach is never more than a few minutes away. The Old Town is one of my favourite areas, it’s totally buzzing with life and new restaurants, cafes and bars seem to pop up all the time so I usually head down there to meet friends in the evening. On my “must do” list for any visit is eating fresh seafood at the beach- I don’t know why but it always tastes so much better by the sea. I recently discovered the fried calamari with sweet chilli at La Isla beach bar and they were to die for! These days when I am in Cyprus I usually have to work so staying in one of our city-centre apartments Camellia or Narcissus makes sense. Location-wise they are handy for work, but also great for going out in the evening and just a few minutes from the beach so ideal for my favourite after-work swim.

Next time I am in Cyprus I will also be going to see our newest property, Casa Indy in Fasoula. I used to live next door and watched the renovations over the years so I can’t wait to see the finished article and celebrate with a glass of something sparkling next to the brand new infinity pool!”

Narcissus, 3 bedroom apartment Limassol

Narcissus, 3 bedroom apartment Limassol

Camellia, city centre apartment Limassol

Camellia, city centre apartment Limassol

Casa Indy, Boutique village house Fasoula

Casa Indy, Boutique village house Fasoula

Abi recommends Camellia and Narcissus for business or holidays that make the most of all Limassol has to offer and Casa Indy for a relaxing village escape in a boutique house. If you book 4 nights or more we’ll take £40 off! Use promo code ABI to book online today


Summer secret discount code

Secret Gardens and hidden spaces

Whether you are spending your holiday at the heart of a bustling city or in a quiet country retreat, it’s important to have some “me time”, space to relax, enjoy or simply be.

Discover some of our best gardens, terraces, balconies and hidden spaces and plan your escape today!

Riviera Style with the Best of Nice

With the famous Riviera climate, you’re going to want to spend as much time outside as possible; breakfasting on your private balcony, enjoying an aperitif while the sun goes down or topping up that tan during the day. Many of our Nice apartments have balconies and terraces, here’s a selection of some of the best…

Aura- relax in the sun

Aura- relax in the sun

Aura– this stylish apartment in the trendy Bonaparte area is guaranteed to surprise with its spacious decked terrace. Perfect for catching some Riviera rays or dining al-fresco. A great location for enjoying Nice’s nightlife and cafe culture

Book  your break in Aura today

 

Cleo- ample space for outdoor living

Cleo- ample space for outdoor living

Cleo– just a short stroll away from the Promenade, it’s all about location with lovely Cleo. The apartment has French doors which open directly out onto this fabulous sunny terrace.

Book your break in Cleo today

 

 

Peace and tranquility at Coco

Peace and tranquility at Coco

Coco– This über-chic pad is set in a peaceful location on one of Nice’s most exclusive roads, lavish space inside and a great wrap-around balcony with wonderful sea views

Book your break in Coco today

 

 

Sea views from the comfort of your own back yard

Sea views from the comfort of your own back yard

Dolce Acqua– The elegant contemporary apartment boasts a private ground floor terrace and garden with gorgeous views down over Villefranche-sur-mer and the sea

Book your break in Dolce Acqua today

 

 

 

Masses of space in Soleil

Masses of space in Soleil

Soleil– Sunny by name and sunny by nature! This 2 bedroom apartment has a huge sun-soaked terrace with plenty of space for topping up your tan. It is also a short walk from the sea, the old town and the shopping district,

Book your break in Soleil today

 

Your very own Secret Garden

Your very own Secret Garden

Secret Garden– This ecclectic apartment is full of sunny pictures and fascinating objects collected by the owner. The spacious private garden is a haven of tranquility and the ideal spot for al-fresco dining with family and friends.

Book your break at Secret Garden today

 

Villa Milby with its lush garden

Villa Milby with its lush garden

Villa Milby– The garden flat of this beautiful villa boasts an absolutely stunning private garden with mature plants, shady trees and colourful wisteria. We guarantee you are going to want to spend every waking moment outside!

Book your break at Villa Milby today

 

View all our  Nice apartments with outside space

Mediterranean Living with the Best of Cyprus

Cyprus boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year so it’s no wonder that the houses are built around outdoor living. Make like the locals and enjoy barbecues with family and friends, breakfast on your terrace and spend balmy nights talking and laughing under the Mediterranean skies. All of our Cyprus properties have outside space!

Sea Side living at The Beach House and Sea Shore

Sea Side living at The Beach House and Sea Shore

The Beach House & Sea Shore– These stunning Mediterranean homes are bright, spacious and airy and literally the whole ground floor opens up onto a shaded terrace with amazing sea views

Book your break at The Beach House or Sea Shore today

 

 

High View in its own lush grden

High View in its own lush grden

High View– This one bedroom flat has the best of both worlds; it’s own private terrace opening onto the lush garden area and a lovely pool within the quiet complex. The ideal setting for a romantic break or relaxing vacation

Book your break at High View today

 

Delphinium with its spacious shaded terrace

Delphinium with its spacious shaded terrace

Delphinium– This fabulous two bedroom house is the ideal setting for a family holiday or a quiet getaway. Located in a peaceful residential street just a short walk from the beach. The rear courtyard is shaded from the sun and the perfect setting for a relaxing evening under the stars.

Book your break in Delphinium today

 

Discover the hidden spaces in Polytimo and Monadiko

Discover the hidden spaces in Polytimo and Monadiko

Monadiko & Polytimo– A real secret garden at the heart of this picturesque village. These stylishly renovated village houses share a rambling garden with shady trees, the scent of jasmine and frangipane and lots of hidden corners. An absolute haven of tranquility

Book your break at Monadiko or Polytimo today

 

 

Villa Savvina- private pool

Villa Savvina- private pool

Villa Savvina– This wonderful villa has a large garden with a pool to die for! Lounge by the water and take a dip or sit on the shaded terrace which is an extension of the living room. Serious style and luxury

Book your break at Villa Savvina today

 

Red Door & Blue door with private pool and spa

Red Door & Blue door with private pool and spa

Red Door & Blue Door– These beautiful village properties can be booked separately or together for full enjoyment of the walled courtyard and private pool. A perfect spot for a family holiday or a relaxing escape, there is even a spa room with steam bath for the ultimate chill out time!

Book your break at Red Door or Blue Door today

 

Villa Avgoustis with large garden and pool

Villa Avgoustis with large garden and pool

Villa Avgoustis– Ideally located at the heart of the wine region, this lovingly restored stone house boasts a large walled garden and private pool. Enjoy al-fresco dining or simply relax while you lounge by the water, surrounded by orange trees and bougainvillea.

Book your break at Villa Avgoustis today

 

 

A room with a view!

A room with a view!

The Vineyard House- this perfect family home has absolutely stunning views over the neighbouring vineyards. The house has a large garden with outdoor kitchen and a fabulous wrap-around terrace guaranteeing that you can enjoy outdoor living from dawn to dusk.

Book your break at the Vineyard House today

 

All our Cyprus properties have outdoor space, from wide balconies to spacious gardens, view the full list 

The Wild Atlantic Way with the Best of Dingle

Fabulous views of Brandon Bay

Fabulous views of Brandon Bay

River Cottage– This really does have the ultimate garden! Close to the house you can enjoy the colour and scent of the glorious rose garden. A private gate leads directly to the white sands of Drom beach (a short 5 minute walk) PLUS  the Glennahoo and Scoraid Rivers meet within the grounds.

Book your break at River Cottage today

 

Views over Dingle Harbour from the secluded garden

Views over Dingle Harbour from the secluded garden

Shearwater– A short walk from Dingle town and all its activities this unique home is nestled in lush secluded gardens that include a built in stone BBQ, alfresco dining area and a backdrop of the sea

Book your break at Shearwater today

 

 

Stradbally Cottage garden

Stradbally Cottage garden

Stradbally Cottage– This is a stunning beach style house with commanding views of the ocean, a large garden and a south facing conservatory so you can enjoy the great outdoors even when the Irish weather lets you down!

Book your break at Stradbally Cottage today

 

The Green House

The Green House

The Green House– The house has a large mature garden with lawns and flower beds. It has panoramic sea and mountain views, is 1 minute walk from the beautiful Ballyguin beach.

Book your break at The Green House

 

The Santuary- historic house with mature gardens and gorgeous scenery

The Santuary- historic house with mature gardens and gorgeous scenery

 

The Sanctuary & Little Sanctuary– A rare find in the area, The Sanctuary is a traditional farm house that dates back 200 years! With sprawling mature gardens and a vast wrap-around conservatory that allows you to enjoy the view whatever the weather!

Book your break in The Sanctuary or Little Sanctuary today

 

Hot tub with a view to end all views!

Wild Atlantic View– Set right at the edge of the Dingle Pensinsula, Wild Atlantic View has a private garden wrapped around the house which also opens up onto the wild rocky landscape leading down to the sea. Enjoy the outdoors from your private hot tub

Book your break in Wild Atlantic View today

 

Secret Gardens, secret hideaways and…secret codes! The ever-popular secret code is back for Spring. Contact us today to discover your secret code and enjoy super savings in April

 


Roof tops of Vieux Nice

My Old Town Highlights | Stay YNA

The Old Town has an alluring pull towards its red roof tiles, shady streets and hidden secrets from a thousand years of history. Not to mention its restaurants, markets, galleries and shopping delights!  Here are some of my favourite things to do:

Cours Saleya

Cour Saleya – cafés

Start the day in typical French style with a coffee on the terrace. There are numerous cafés around this central market square, and you can watch the flower, local produce or antiques and bric-a-brac market depending on the day.

 

 

 

Independent boutiques

Shopping – small boutiques

Shopping in the Old Town is a treat. Mostly populated by small independent retailers there are some real gems scattered between the ubiquitous, but still quite intriguing, tourist shops.  Glove Me, 5 rue du Marché, is a specialist leather glove shop where I first understood the term love at first sight.  Bright colours, soft Italian leather… say no more.  Caprice, 12 rue Droite, is another favourite, this is a fantastic vintage clothing store on two carefully filled floors.

 

 

Le Petit Lascaris

Lunch

You are spoilt for choice in the Old Town but just opposite Caprice is Le Petit Lascaris, 5 rue Droite.  A charming, tiny restaurant with real homemade local produce. Al Taglio, at 42 rue Droite, is my favourite place to stop when I’m on the hop. They sell slices of pizza to takeaway, dripping in Mediterrenean flavours; buffalo mozzerella, truffle cream, grilled vegetables and bresaola (cured beef).

 

Palais Lascaris

Museums & Galleries

Step back in time in Le Palais Lascaris. This is a stunning example of a noble house dating back to 1648 which now also features a fascinating musical instrument collection. There are also numerous small galleries of working artists around rue Droite, peer through the windows or step inside for a closer inspection. I also love visiting the exhibitions of contemporary artists in Galerie des Ponchettes and Galerie de la Marine right on the seafront through the archways, and you’ll love the window display at Transparence, 2 rue Jules Gilly on the way.

Apero

Just before sunset I like to get a balcony seat at 41 Quai des Etats-Unis.  My favourite spot to watch the colours of the sky change whilst sipping a cocktail. The name of this bar can change but the view is forever.

Restaurant Acchiardo

Dinner

A place I often take visitors to is Restaurant Acchiardo, a family-run Nicois restaurant of long-standing, offering refined local cuisine. Book ahead to not be disappointed.  A place I go to indulge myself is Bistro d’Antoine, a gastronomic delight; but booking a table can sometimes take weeks! Perhaps you should stay a little longer?!

Guest article by local expert Zenna Marshall.

 

There are no hotels in the old town so if you want to experience all that Vieux Nice has to offer, plan your stay in one of our centrally located apartments at Stay YNA Nice

La Croix, 1 bedroom, Rue de la Croix

La Croix, 1 bedroom, Rue de la Croix

Belle Nuage, Place Rossetti

Belle Nuage, Place  Rossetti

Anais, 2 bedroom, Rue de la Croix

Anais, 2 bedroom, Rue de la Croix

Anna, 1 bedroom, Rue de la Préfecture

Anna, 1 bedroom, Rue de la Préfecture

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolat, 1 bedroom, Rue Malonat

Chocolat, 1 bedroom, Rue Malonat

Juliette-1 bedroom, Old Town

Juliette-1 bedroom, Old Town

Le Dôme, 2 bedroom, Rue Sainte Réparate

Le Dôme, 2 bedroom, Rue Sainte Réparate

Lily, 1 bedroom, Rue Malonat

Lily, 1 bedroom, Rue Malonat

 

 

 

 

 

Magnolia, 2 bedroom, Rue Malonat

Magnolia, 2 bedroom, Rue Malonat

La Caravelle, 1 bedroom, Rue Barillerie

La Caravelle, 1 bedroom, Rue Barillerie

Paloma, 1 bedroom, Rue Benoît Bunico

Paloma, 1 bedroom, Rue Benoît Bunico

Pebble Loft, 1 bedroom, Rue Malonat

Pebble Loft, 1 bedroom, Rue Malonat

 

 

 

 

 

Rossetti, 2 bedroom, Place Rossetti

Rossetti, 2 bedroom, Place Rossetti

Sky, 1 bedroom, Rue Benoît Bunico

Sky, 1 bedroom, Rue Benoît Bunico

La Bohème, 1 bedroom, Rue Barillerie

La Bohème, 1 bedroom, Rue Barillerie

Alouette, 2 bedroom, Rue Droite

Alouette, 2 bedroom, Rue Droite


Happy Easter from YNA

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter YNA

The long-awaited Easter weekend is finally here for most of us and, the YNA head office team has been stocking up on chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies…you get the picture!

So, we’re on something of a sugar high and with that “end of term” feeling too we wanted to say a big thank you to all our guests, supporters and followers so we’ve put together an Easter offer just for you!

Book a stay of 4 nights or more in any property in any destination for any dates this season* over the long weekend and we’ll take £30 off.

Use promo code CHOCOLATEEGG to book your break online today

 

Save on your Nice stay             Save on your Dingle stay             Save on your Cyprus stay

Terms & Conditions

*The season ends 31/10/2016

Offer valid for new bookings made between 24/03/2016 and 29/03/2016

Minimum stay 4 nights

For further discounts and offers please contact our Bookings Team

 


Easter Holidays

Join us for Easter

Easter is almost upon us and if you are stuck for inspiration on how to spend the long weekend, we’ve put together some great deals on late breaks!

To give you an idea of how you could enjoy Easter in one of our destinations we have talked to our local managers about their Easter traditions and plans…

Marjorie, Nice Area Manager

Nice Area Manager Marjorie

Easter in Nice is very much about children…and chocolate! Marjorie tells us that all the shops are temptingly full of delicious chocolates at the moment.

There are many beautiful Baroque churches around Nice and many people still attend mass on Easter Sunday followed by a relaxing meal with friends and family. In recent years Easter egg hunts have become really popular, with events being organised at various locations such as the Château at the Parc Phoenix. The weather is generally good around Easter time and Marjorie tells us that last year she took her young daughter to hunt for eggs in the park and then enjoyed a picnic in the sunshine. This year she will be spending the day with family but you can be sure that chocolate will feature too!

Painted Easter eggs

If Easter in the sun with lashings of chocolate sounds like your idea of heaven, we’ve taken 15% off all stays in Nice from 25th March to 7th April!

Book your Nice Easter here

 

 

 

 

 

Clodagh, Director YNA Dingle Cottages

Clodagh, enjoy a picnic in the sun!

Clodagh and her family are going to be staying in one of our beautiful cottages for the Easter break. The weather forecast is looking pretty good so they plan to spend as much time as possible outside, messing around with boats and jumping of Ventry pier! Pier jumping is a pretty popular local activity it seems and Clodagh says that Easter signals the time for people to start jumping in the sea again. They have an Easter egg hunt planned for the kids on Beal Ban beach, where the rocks make great hiding places and then on Easter Sunday a big barbecue with lots of friends!

Spring in Dingle

If an outdoor Easter in Dingle sounds like your kind of break, we’ve take £150 off a week’s stay between 18th March and 7th April or £75 off a stay of 2 nights or more!

Book your Dingle Easter here

 

 

Andriana, Director YNA Cyprus Villas

Andriana in Lefkara Village

Easter in Cyprus is later this year, falling on 29th April – 2nd May so Cypriots are currently in the middle Lent. Easter is a huge event in Cyprus, much more so than Christmas so it’s a time for friends and families to gather together and after 40 days of fasting you can imagine that feasting plays a huge role in procedings! Holy Week is a very serious and sombre period with church services every night. People spend this time preparing for the big day as well, cooking up a storm, painting eggs and baking traditional “flaounes”. Almost everyone will go to the midnight service on Holy Saturday which is followed by huge bonfires and fireworks and people go home to eat a special soup such as avgo lemoni and crack painted eggs!

Flaounes- traditional Easter pies

Andriana says that late April and early May is one of the best times of year in Cyprus where all the blossom is out and everything is wonderfully green before the fierce heat of summer. Not surprisingly with such a great climate, Cypriots love outdoor living and most families will set up great long tables in their courtyards and gardens where they will feast on souvla and roasted meat! Like many Cypriots, Andriana will head to her village over Easter (her family come from picturesque Lefkara) for a relaxed family get together.

If you’d like to experience Easter, Cyprus-style, we’ve brought our prices right down and are offering additional discounts for stays of 7 nights or more

Book your Cyprus Easter here


Romantic breaks

Romance on the Riviera

Of course France is synonymous with romance and whilst Nice may admitedly not have the Eiffel Tower or the Champs Elysées, the weather is certainly warmer than the “love capital” Paris! Just picture yourself strolling hand in hand along the famous Promenade des Anglais at sunset or gazing into your loved ones eyes as you sip champagne on your private balcony?

So other than your true love of course, what are the other essential ingredients for a romantic getaway? A beautiful location definitely, delicious local fare for dining out, or in…scrummy wine, lovely things to see and do so you can make your friends back home green with jealousy, naturally and, most important a fantastic place to stay. A sumptuous double bed dressed in crisp white cotton, luxurious toiletries and a basket of goodies when you arrive.

One of the many advantages of a break in a Nice apartment rather than a hotel is that you’re not bound to someone elses schedule. No crawling out of bed early after a night out so as not to miss the breakfast buffet, no housekeeper knocking on the door just as you’re heading into the shower! Take it easy and enjoy a lie in if you want to, take a leisurely stroll to a local bakery and buy fresh crusty bread or croissants fresh from the oven and enjoy them back at your own little nest. Spend a relaxing morning wandering around the old town and stop for coffee or ice cream in Place Rosetti or Place Garibaldi. Admire the Baroque churches and architecture or walk through the Cours Saleya and check out the local produce- maybe you will find some treats for your lunch.

Later on why not head to the port and enjoy an aperitif, watching the super yachts while the sun goes down? Treat yourselves to a delicious dinner and then why not hit the bars and clubs on trendy rue Bonaparte. Next day you could hire a car and drive up the coast to Villefranche or Antibes, Cannes or Monte Carlo and enjoy a fabulous lunch in a jet-set restaurant.

A couple of sybaritic days on the Riviera is almost guaranteed to put a sparkle in your eyes and;  talking of sparkles, we’re giving away a bottle of Royal Riviera Champagne on arrival for any stay of 3 nights or more in April 2016 in one of our Nice love nests….

Use promo code SPARKLE to get your complimentary Champagne on arrival when you book one of the following:

 

Juliette-1 bedroom, Old Town

Juliette-1 bedroom, Old Town

Belle Nuage, Old Town

Belle Nuage, Old Town   

Stella, Quartier Etoile

Stella, Quartier Etoile 

Paradis, Carré d'Or

Paradis, Carré d’Or 

 

 

 

 

Anna- cosy one bedroom, Old Town

Anna- cosy one bedroom, Old Town 

Marion- 1 bedroom, Gambetta

Marion- 1 bedroom, Gambetta 

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Eve, Old Town 

Rêve Bleu, Carré d'Or

Rêve Bleu, Carré d’Or

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolat, Old Town

Chocolat, Old Town 

Irina, Gambetta

Irina, Gambetta 

La Croix, Old Town

La Croix, Old Town 

Aura, Bonaparte

Aura, Bonaparte

 

 

 

 

Offer valid for stays of 3 nights or more in the above select properties. Subject to availability.

Offer expires 25/03/2016


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Nice, Promenade des Anglais

Restaurants with a view

Nice is awash with views. There are hilltops you can walk to, bus rides which turn into breathtaking panoramas and glimpses of snowcapped peaks. All places to feast your eyes and enjoy the spectacular geography of the region. But what about the places where you can also feast more literally?

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Plage Beau Rivage- Nice

Plage Beau Rivage – 107 Quai des Etats-Unis, 06300 Nice,

Starting at sea level with the sound of the waves lapping at the pebbles and the sun glistening on the azure water, Plage Beau Rivage, just in front of the Old Town, is a lounge bar and restaurant with a fresh and varied menu. The prices are perhaps slightly higher to reflect the surroundings but not high enough to distract from the call of the deep and the allure of the horizon.

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Le Club Nautique- Nice

Le Club Nautique de Nice Restaurant – 50 Bld Franck Pilatte, 06300 Nice

On the second floor of the sailing club this restaurant has a splendid seagull’s nest view across the Port, up to Mont Boron and the Colline du Chateau and is hidden away from prying eyes. It has a large terrace from which you can hear the singing of the sailing boats in the marina below and when the weather is less welcoming the interior has large windows on three sides to make the most of the surroundings.

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Le plongeoir -Nice

Plongeoir  – 60 Bld Franck Pilatte, 06300 Nice

Just next door but with a completely different feel is The Plongeoir or diving board. Very recently refurbished this is a building with a history.  It started its life as a fishing boat tea room in the Belle Epoque (look at the photos on their website) and is today a classy lounge bar with cocktails and a fine dining restaurant hovering above the water. A little more expensive, but well worth it for the experience.

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Le Versailles- Villefranche-sur-mer

Restaurant Le Versailles – 7 Avenue de Princesse Grace de Monaco 06230 Villefranche-sur-Mer

With a rooftop terrace this is the ideal view of the bay of Villefranche. Looking across from Mont Boron the beach sweeps around to Cap Ferrat, topped by the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.  The dramatic rocks which lead towards Monaco are the back drop and day or night this is a view you will never want to leave behind.

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Le Cabanon- Cap d’Ail

Le Cabanon – Avenue des Douaniers, 06320 Cap-d’Ail

I stumbled across this little gem when out walking the coastal footpaths. It has the air of a little wooden cabin as the name suggests and is perched on the headland just before you reach Monaco. There are leafy trees on the terrace outside and a pétanque ground in front for that extra je ne sais quoi!  It offers a good selection of local specialities and is a perfect spot for sipping rosé.  There is also a children’s play area to give you time to finish the bottle.

I personally have had pretty good food and service in all of the above places but as usual when in France you may need a little patience and if all else fails just sit back and enjoy the view!

Editors Note: Our guest author this week is Zenna, a Nice local and expert on the best places to visit and enjoy in Nice.

 


Clogher Pier and Sibeal Head

Treat yourself this Easter

It seems like an awfully long time since Christmas and summer is still tantalisingly far off…let’s face it Easter can’t come fast enough and a long weekend or more if you’re lucky is just the ticket.

Discover Dingle at any time of year

 

The Dingle Peninsula is a well-established summer destination with holidays being booked and looked forward to months in advance. But as more and more people are discovering, it’s a fantastic place to visit at any time and you’d be surprised to learn just how much there is to see and do. My own first visit to the area was in early spring and I was amazed by how lively it was; lots of film buffs attending the Dingle Film Festival (which this year takes place from the 17th-20th March), locals and tourists revving up for the St Patrick’s Day festivities, groups of students from all over the world on spring break, live music in the local pubs, the town was absolutely buzzing with activity.

Boat in Dingle Harbour

But the great thing is that while Dingle Town is an ideal base for enjoying the wide range of pubs and restaurants, socialising or learning a new skill (there are some excellent water sports on offer and a fabulous cookery school), if you are craving some peace and tranquility you don’t have to venture far afield. Whenever I ask a local how far away something is they always reply, “oh about 15 minutes” and actually it’s true, nothing is far away and once you’ve got your head around the slightly winding roads it’s a great area to drive around and explore.

Discover the stunning beaches on the Dingle Peninsula

If you are need of some R and R or simply need a change of scene then take a break this Easter and treat yourself to a stay in Dingle. If you’re travelling with kids, they’re going to love the miles of sandy beaches- perfect for letting off some steam after a winter cooped up at home. Fly a kite, kick a ball around, search for pebbles and simply enjoy being in the great outdoors. Don’t miss the 13km of sandy gorgeousness that stretches from Cloghane to Castlegregory and the Maharees, with so much beach to choose from you’re bound to find a quiet spot for a solitary stroll or a touch of quiet contemplation. If you’re the active type then most of the water sports open up after St Patrick’s Day with surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, kayaking and diving to choose from. If you prefer to stay on terra firma, what about galloping along the sands on horseback? Or there is a 9-hole golf course to the West of Castlegregory on the shores of Lough Gill (this is also a great place for bird spotting and a breeding ground for the natterjack toad!). At the other end of the peninsula there is the famous 18-hole Ceann Sibeal course at Ballyferriter, make a day of it and enjoy some of the local pubs and restaurants.

The “devilish” goat on the road to Dunquin!

Do take the time to drive some of the Slea Head Drive (part of the Wild Atlantic Way), stunning scenery is guaranteed and driving towards Ventry you can also see the Clocháns, so-called beehive shaped stone huts that date back centuries. If you are very fortunate you might (as we did) also encounter something of a local celebrity on the road to Dunquin (no, its not Fungie the dolphin!) a rather crafty goat who spends his days in stopping cars driving down the narrow lane. Let me tell you, this fellow can amuse himself for hours playing “chicken” on the single-track road! If you do meet him, my suggestion is relax and enjoy the show, its a great photo for your holiday album (you might not want to get too close though, he’s a feisty one!) Keen walkers will find themselves in heaven with some fabulous trails to suit all levels of ability, you could also hire a bike (from Foxy John’s pub in Dingle) and explore the coastal road on two wheels.

Great Blasket View

 

But once you have walked, biked, driven, ridden, surfed, spotted dolphins and danced the night away in a local pub, you can also just curl up by the fire, admire the stunning views and chill out with a good book. We can even get our professional chef to deliver a delicious hot pot or curry so no cooking either. Go on, you deserve it!

Book  a 7 relaxing nights or more over the Easter break and we’ll take £150 off the price!
Use promo code EASTER150 to book your stay in one of our beautiful Dingle cottages.
Offer valid for stays of 7 nights or more taken between 16th March & 5th April 2016
Sonas, Dingle Town

Sonas, Dingle Town

The Lookout

The Lookout- room with a view

The Green House, Brandon

The Green House, Brandon

 

 

 

 

Great Blasket View

Great Blasket View

Park Lane

Park Lane

Caragh in Castlegregory

Caragh in Castlegregory