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Brits 'positive about 2010 holiday plans'

Brits are more positive about their holiday plans for the year ahead than they were in 2009, it has been revealed.

Research carried out by travel magazine Wanderlust and the Association of British Travel Agents found that 83 per cent of people are planning to take the same number of trips or more in the year ahead than they did in 2009.

When asked the same question in May 2009, 77 per cent gave the same answer.

Furthermore, the research revealed that 81 per cent intend to spend at least the same amount of money on their holidays to Spain or elsewhere.

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'Insurance is a essential' for holidays in Spain

Brits taking holidays in Spain or elsewhere this year have been urged to buy travel insurance before leaving the UK.

According to, a policy for a family of four travelling to can be purchased for as little as £10.

Bob Atkinson, a travel expert at the website, said protection is essential and people should not consider leaving home without it.

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Enjoy sports and leisure activities at La Manga Club

Guests holidaying at La Manga Club this year will find dozens of sports and leisure activities to enjoy during their stay.

There is something on offer for people of all ages and abilities, as well as intensive courses for those who want to develop new skills during their stay.

The resort is home to three championship golf courses and 28 tennis courts, as well as a driving range, crazy golf course and state-of-the-art fitness centre.

Guests can also try their hand at water-based activities, such as scuba diving, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, jet-skiing and snorkelling.

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Play tennis at the Mar Menor Resort

Guests holidaying at the Mar Menor Resort will find a range of sporting activities on offer including tennis.

The complex boasts one large court, as well as eight paddle tennis courts and is the perfect place for holidaymakers to brush up on their skills.

Tennis equipment can be hired from the resort on a half hour or hourly basis for a small charge.

Once guests have finished on the court they can enjoy a refreshing drink at one of the many nearby bars and restaurants.

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Enjoy a horse riding excursion while holidaying in Spain

As well as lounging by the pool and soaking up the sunshine, Brits holidaying in Spain may also wish to explore the stunning countryside.

A great way to do this is to book a horse riding excursion, which allows visitors to see the area at a slow pace.

Guests staying at the Mar Menor Resort in Murcia can head to the nearby Rancho de la Fuenta stables.

The facility caters for riders of all ages and abilities, offering a range of different lesson and tour options.

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Book a relaxing hot stone treatment at Mar Menor Resort

One of the best ways to relax during your break at the Mar Menor Resort is to indulge in a rejuvenating treatment programme.

There are dozens of different options on offer, with some of the most popular being the spa's hot stone therapies.

The chakra balancing treatment lasts for one hour and 50 minutes, and involves being massaged with warm volcanic stones and given a calming accupressure head massage.

Guests can also book themselves in for a holistic back, face and scalp massage with hot rocks, which is designed to revitalise, stimulate and rebalance the body.

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Relax and unwind at the Mar Menor spa

As well as enjoying the fantastic range of sports and leisure facilities on offer, guests holidaying at the Mar Menor Resort can also treat themselves to a relaxing spa treatment.

Surrounding by rolling hills and mountains, the Espa at the InterContinental Hotel is the perfect place to unwind after a long day on the golf course.

The facility is warm and inviting, with Moroccan lanterns adorning the walls and relaxing music playing in each room.

Guests will find a range of treatments to choose from, including hot stone massages and intensive anti-ageing facials.

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Try tasty Mediterranean cuisine at Amapola

For a truly memorable meal during your stay at La Manga Club, why not head to the Amapola Restaurant?

The menu features a range of tasty Mediterranean dishes, with many prepared using locally-sourced produce.

Some of the foods guests can expect to find on offer include fish and seafood from the Mar Menor, ox-meat from the Sierra de Guardarrama, rice from Calasparra, tomatoes from Mazarroon and cured cheese from Zamora.

Holidaymakers can also sample a range of tasty cheeses and wines produced in the Murcia region.

Nicolas Cedro, executive chef at Hotel La Manga Club Principe Felipe, said the food is prepared in a way that "respects the product".

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Take a dip at La Cala

As well as enjoying the many swimming pools that are dotted around La Manga Club, guests can discover the nearby beaches, including the resort's own cove - La Cala.

Located around ten minutes away from the hotel, it is the perfect place to take a dip and spend an afternoon soaking up the sunshine.

The beach is set against a stunning backdrop of cliffs and guests will find a range of facilities on offer during the summer months, including showers.

Holidaymakers will also find a range of fresh seafood dishes and snacks on offer at the La Cala Restaurant.

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Over half of Britons 'planning holidays abroad'

More than half of British adults are hoping to take a holiday in Spain or elsewhere over the coming year, new research has revealed.

A study carried out recently by First Rate Exchange Services found that 58 per cent of people intend to jet off to warmer climes.

Londoners are the most likely to take a holiday, with 68 per cent planning to travel.

Furthermore, the survey revealed that 64 per cent of people aged between 18 and 24 are expecting to head abroad, compared to 54 per cent of 35 to 44-year-olds.

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