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Dreaming of a La Manga Club Christmas?

With its year-round climate and choice of luxury villas or apartments, La Manga Club could be the perfect spot for families looking to take holidays over the festive period.

And it would seem that there is no shortage of people in the UK who would jump at the chance to trade in a grey Christmas for one in sunnier climes.

A poll by Holiday Extras revealed that nearly half (45.6 per cent) of Britons will be planning a trip abroad over Christmas and New Year.

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Enjoy 'world-class' golf at La Manga Club

Putting on a few pounds over the festive season is often unavoidable; however, those visiting La Manga Club can swing away the excess calories by making use of one of the resort's championship golf courses.

The resort is home to three world-class courses and with its enviable location on the south coast of Spain, guests can enjoy outdoor pursuits in the glorious sunshine.

As well as playing golf, guests can brush up on their skills by visiting the resort's exclusive Golf Academy.

The academy boasts an exceptional range of practice facilities and guests can benefit from the advice of a team of golf professionals.

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Get festive on holiday in Spain

Britons taking holidays in Spain over the Christmas period can take part in a range of festive activities.

Antas town council has scheduled a series of festive events to run until January 6th, with everything from carol concerts to street parades scheduled to take place.

The Three Wise Men will be visiting the area and visitors can enjoy musical performances from a host of local entertainers, Euro Weekly reports.

In addition, a number of workshops will also be taking place, with activities such as Christmas card making also on offer.

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Obama gets holiday going with a swing

It seems that Barack Obama could have more than a little in common with the many people who take golf holidays annually in La Manga Club.

The president-elect - who plays off 16 - teed off his current holiday with a round of golf against a number of old friends, the Telegraph reports.

However, while his leadership credentials are yet to be put to the test, it seems his mastery of the fairways has already been called into question.

Describing a recent game in which Mr Obama took part, his spokesman said "I don't think it was real pretty".

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BAA: Alicante among top destinations for Scots

Holidaying in La Manga Club could be on the Christmas wish lists of many Scottish people this Christmas, new figures suggest.

Airport operator BAA, which owns seven UK airports including those in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh, has published new figures providing an insight into Scottish travellers' behaviour over the current festive period.

It transpires that Alicante - which provides access to La Manga Club - is one of the leading destinations among travellers in the country.

Other popular hotspots among Scottish holidaymakers this winter include Tenerife and Dubai.

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More UK tennis players heading to La Manga Club in 2009?

Holidaymakers should not be too surprised if they see an increasing number of British beginners on tennis holidays in Spain next year.

A new survey reveals that more than a quarter (27 per cent) of people making new year's resolutions in the UK are looking to take up a new sport, hobby or interest.

While La Manga Club's world class golf courses could offer a less physically demanding option, it seems tennis might be better suited to the 48 per cent who wish to get more exercise in 2008.

Similarly, 49 per cent are aiming to lose weight, according to the survey by Gocompare.

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Breathalyser tests set for Murcia this Christmas

Those renting a car in Murcia this winter may be interested to learn that local authorities will be particularly vigilant in keeping dangerous drivers off the road.

Christmas is traditionally a time when many people will be attending parties and perhaps enjoying an alcoholic drink - and so the DGT traffic authority is aiming to increase its efforts to keep drunk drivers away from their vehicles.

According to TypicallySpanish.com, more than 710 officers will be deployed in the region, conducting 400 breathalyser tests a day until January 7th.

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Britons 'see summer holidays as a necessity'

Regardless of the state of the economy, it would seem that Britons are unwilling to let go of the prospect of a summer holiday.

That is the opinion of Thomson Holidays, which recently conducted research which showed that summer holidays are now an ingrained feature of many people's year.

"For us at least, summer holidays are no longer considered a luxury, but as a necessity," Thomson and First Choice's customer director Tim Williamson said.

Holidaying in La Manga Club could be an option for many of those tenacious holidaymakers, according to Mr Williamson.

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La Manga Club is 'perfect' for honeymoons

With its fantastic array of facilities, top-class restaurants, luxury health spa and enviable location, La Manga Club in Murcia is the ideal place for a honeymoon.

Couples will be spoilt for choice when it comes to sports and leisure activities, with everything from golf to relaxing facials on offer.

Furthermore, the club is an excellent base from which to explore the Andalucia region and newlyweds can make the most of their holiday by hiring a car via the La Manga Club website.

Couples can enjoy a candlelit dinner at the La Cala beach restaurant, or savour Mediterranean dishes cooked with the finest fresh ingredients at the renowned Amapola Restaurant.

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Brits flock to Spain for festive fun in the sun

Thousands of British holidaymakers are preparing to take flights to Spain with low-fares airline Monarch over the coming week.

Last week Monarch revealed it will be flying over 140,000 passengers to destinations such as Spain before January 5th.

According to the airline, some of its most popular routes include Alicante and Malaga, with British holidaymakers clearly attracted by the warm weather, unspoiled beaches and fantastic range of visitor facilities.

Fellow budget airline bmibaby announced last week that it experienced a "surge" in bookings after launching a sale earlier this month.

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