(PRWEB UK) 28 January 2014
Portugal has been revealed as Europe’s best value holiday destination for 2014 in the Post Office’s Holiday Money Report.
The report compares a basket of goods which UK tourists purchase on a foreign holiday, including a three course meal, a coffee and a glass of wine. Portugal’s basket of items came in at a total of £35.27, just £4 more than Bali, which was named the best value destination worldwide for 2014.
Having previously been awarded the title in 2010, prices in Portugal have once again dropped this year, according to the study. This means UK tourists will be getting more for their money, even on a luxury holiday in the Algarve this year.
- A three course evening meal for two including a bottle of house wine could be less than £20.
- A cup of coffee in a local coffee shop would be less than £1.
- A class of wine in a local bar would be about £1.70
Portugal is one of Sovereign Luxury travel’s popular destinations. Scott Langridge, Sovereign’s General Manager commented; “Our customers rightly expect good value both when booking their holiday and whilst they are abroad. This 18% drop in the cost of goods in the Algarve is sure to see the destination grow in popularity this year. The Algarve has always been a favourite for those looking for a sun and sea holiday, but, with the current exchange rates, the price of food and drink is almost 20 per cent cheaper this year, making it exceptional value without losing the high quality accommodation and service our customers enjoy.
“We already have some strong Algarve holiday offers for this year with significant savings and exclusive extras, allowing customers to enjoy a luxury holiday for less. However, this year spending money will also go so much further compared to other European destinations.”
Anyone looking to experience a luxury holiday in the Algarve with added value can do so with a week’s break with Sovereign from just £819 per person. With two long sandy beaches and a beautiful marina offering pretty cafes and elegant boutiques, Vilamoura is ideal for romantic getaways or simply relaxing in the sun. Located in the centre of Vilamoura and in close proximity to five world-class golf courses, The Lake Spa Resort offers first class amenities including three outdoor swimming pools, bicycle and kayak hire and beauty centre. Or choose to enjoy a relaxing session in the Blue & Green Spa, complete with therapies and treatments from around the world. Departing 6 May, the holiday includes a complimentary upgrade to half or full board, complimentary spa credit of €25 (per room), a complimentary bottle of wine, €70 food and beverage credit, seven nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe Garden View Room and return flights from Manchester with Jet 2.
Alternatively, save 25% on a luxury holiday for two and enjoy the splendours of Algarve in June. With prices starting from £699 per person, saving £519 per couple, the holiday includes seven nights at The Lake Spa Resort, bed and breakfast accommodation in a Deluxe Garden View room, 20% early booking discount, complimentary spa credit of €25 (per room), upgrade to half board or full board (beverages included with meals) and online booking discount. Sovereign customers will also receive exclusive offers which include £100 sale discount and €70 complimentary Food and Beverage Credit (per room). The price is based on return flights from London Gatwick with British Airways departing 4 June.
Those looking to experience an authentic Portugal should look no further than the traditional village of Porches. The village has retained much of its charm and beauty, with local architecture and old houses prominent wandering through the streets. Renowned for its pottery, Porches feature many shops where beautiful handcrafted ceramics can be purchased, making excellent souvenirs or gifts. A member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’, VILA VITA Parc hotel is situated in beautifully landscaped subtropical gardens. Boasting extensive amenities and services, the hotel offers four outdoor swimming pools, eight a la carte restaurants, a unique wine cellar, an opulent spa and even access to an exclusive luxury yacht. Stay seven nights at VILA VITA Parc from just £1,019 per person, saving £617 per couple. The price includes 10% early booking discount, 5% rate reduction, online booking discount and return flights from London Gatwick with Easyjet departing 6 May. The holiday also includes £100 sale discount and two complimentary dinners (per person), exclusive to Sovereign customers.
The Algarve’s gorgeous coastline and soft sandy beaches are also perfect for family holidays spent in sunny weather. Praia da Falésia offers an idyllic setting of dramatic cliffs and one of Algarve’s best beaches. Surrounded by pine trees, The Sheraton Algarve & Pine Cliffs Residences offers a secluded atmosphere and extensive facilities including five outdoor swimming pools, eight restaurants, tennis courts and health club. This cliff top retreat is heaven for golfers, with the prestigious 9-hole Pine Cliffs golf course, putting green and golf lessons available. A luxury holiday at this five star resort starts from £1,545 for a family of three and includes an exclusive free child place, a saving of £673, seven nights B&B accommodation and return flights from London Gatwick with Easyjet. Priced based on 1 May departures.
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