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Discover a 'world of water sports' at La Manga Club

Families hoping to travel abroad this summer could consider a break at La Manga Club in Murcia.

Situated on the Costa Calida, the resort basks in sunshine for more than 300 days a year and is the ideal destination for water sports enthusiasts.

The nearby Mar Menor is Europe's largest saltwater lagoon and its shallow waters are around six degrees C warmer than the surrounding Mediterranean Sea.

Some of the activities on offer include sailing, windsurfing and scuba diving, with guests of all ages catered for.

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Govt urged to 'consider cost of flying'

Following the government's announcement yesterday that air passenger duty (APD) rises will go ahead later this year, The Co-operative Travel is urging chancellor Alistair Darling to amend his proposals.

Speaking after the Budget, Mike Greenacre, managing director of the company, said: "It is scandalous that APD has gone from zero to its existing level in such a short period of time."

It would be fairer is passengers were charged in relation to their carbon footprint, rather than paying a flat rate of APD, he added.

Mr Greenacre is calling on the government to use any revenue raised through this to help the industry create more efficient engines and lighter airframes.

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Brits head to Malaga and Alicante for May bank holiday

Malaga and Alicante have been named as two of the most popular destinations for Brits heading abroad over the May bank holiday weekend.

Figures compiled by Skyscanner show that holidays in Spain are still popular, with places such as Rome, Dublin and Paris all trailing behind in the poll.

Gareth Williams, chief executive of Skyscanner, said the findings indicate that despite the weak pound, people are still keen to travel within the eurozone.

"May Day is an ideal time to hit the beach in Malaga.

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Improve your tennis skills while holidaying at La Manga Club

As well as spending time at the beach and relaxing by the pool, those taking holidays at La Manga Club can also make use of the resort's exceptional sports facilities.

Home to 28 multi-surface tennis courts, La Manga is the perfect destination for Brits looking to improve their skills on the court.

Players of all abilities are catered for at the resort, with professional coaching staff on hand to provide lessons and offer guidance.

La Manga has its own Tennis Academy, staffed by a dedicated team of tennis pros and players can improve their game even more by making use of the facility's state-of-the art video analysis technology.

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Enjoy some pampering at La Manga Club

Brits looking to escape the credit crunch gloom and relax in sumptuous surroundings may wish to consider a stay at La Manga Club.

Located in Murcia, the resort basks in sunshine for than 300 days a year and could be the ideal place to indulge in some well-earned pampering.

As well as swimming pools and sporting facilities, La Manga Club is also home to a luxury health spa, where guests can enjoy relaxing treatments.

Some of the signature therapies on offer include Jomi Juma mineral and floral spa rituals, natura bisse facials and oxygen skin treatments.

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Holidays in Spain 'prove popular'

It seems that despite the weak euro, Brits just cannot get enough of sunny Spain.

According to Holiday Extras – the UK's top provider of pre-booked airport parking and hotels – Spain is still the top destination for British holidaymakers.

Mike Whiting, managing editor of Holiday Extras, said: "These are people who have booked in the last month, so they are booking to go away in the next couple of months in the spring period. Spain is tops, then France, America, Portugal, Turkey and Egypt.

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Ryanair to consider 'fat tax'

Budget airline Ryanair says it is considering the introduction of a 'fat tax' for overweight passengers.

In a recent poll carried out by the flight provider, 29 per cent of respondents said they would like to see people charged more if they are carrying excess weight.

The carrier has now launched a new survey asking passengers to vote on how such a tax should be implemented.

Suggestions include charging more for male travellers over 20 stone and females over 15, charging if a passenger's waist touches both armrests and penalising those with a high body mass index.

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Take a 'solar-powered boat ride in Guadalest'

Those taking holidays in Spain and visiting the Costa Blanca region will now have the opportunity to explore the Guadelest reservoir by boat.

According to the Beniform Spotlight, the vessel will be powered entirely by solar energy, meaning holidaymakers can enjoy the area without damaging the environment.

"Around 60 passengers can be transported on the 50-minute trip, which covers about 6 kilometres and only costs €5 the publication stated.

It is hoped that the boat will be able to run for up to 25 years using power from the sun.

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Improve your golf skills at La Manga Club

Those considering an active holiday in Spain may be interested to learn that La Manga Club has launched a new unlimited golf package.

Ideal for those who want to cram as much time on the course as possible into their break, four and seven-night stays are available, which include unlimited golf on each day – except arrival and departure days – and a daily breakfast buffet at the resort's Amapola Restaurant.

Guests opting for this deal are also entitled to a ten per cent discount at the resort's Pro Shop.

Home to three championship courses, La Manga is renowned for the quality of its sporting facilities and also boasts its own golf academy, which offers tuition to guests.

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Last-minute bookings 'on the increase'

Those thinking about booking holidays to Spain may be leaving it until the last minute in order to secure good deals, it has been claimed.

Figures compiled by Visa showed there was no significant rise in holiday bookings during January and February – which is usually the case – and suggested that this could be down to people exercising more caution than in previous years.

Fiona Wilkinson, senior vice-president at Visa Europe, also speculated that there could be concern over the weak pound.

"Holidaymakers could be either waiting until the last minute and hoping to find cheap deals, or are willing to stay at home this year instead," she added.

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