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La Manga - combine business with pleasure

They say business should never be mixed with pleasure - but La Manga Club could well be the exception to the rule.

A classic Spanish holiday destination, La Manga has brought familes, couples and sports teams to Murcia for generations.

However, there are also a range of meeting and conference facilities available at its hotels that make La Manga the perfect setting for a business event.

The Hyatt Regency boasts the 400-metre Grand Ballroom while the Hyatt Las Lomas Village houses the Grand Salon Panorama.

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'Watch out for bikes' on Spanish holiday

Drivers who are looking to take a Spanish holiday this summer have been advised to look out for motorcyclists while on the road.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has noted that drivers should take care to be aware of any motorcyclists on the roads.

Drivers all-too-often look, but fail to see motorcycles out on the roads, the organisation notes, and therefore drivers on a Spanish holiday should double check their mirrors, the organisation noted.

Making moves such as slightly pulling over to one side in dense traffic can help motorcyclists pass through traffic more easily, the organisation notes.

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Reduced golf fees in La Manga for NCC holders

Golf enthusiasts looking to take a Spanish holiday may be interested to learn that they could gain access to the La Manga golf courses for reduced prices.

As part of a promotion organised by the National County Card (NCC), individuals could be able to gain access to the resort's golf courses at a reduced rate while on their Spanish holiday, World Golf reports.

The news provider notes that over the past few months there has been increasing interest in the scheme for private members' clubs, which allows access to various different golf courses.

"Not only have we secured the best possible rates for NCC holders, we are also confident that our partners will offer our members the best possible service wherever they are travelling," Rob Sutton, joint managing director of Get Noticed, the firm behind the NCC.

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Sports stars attracted to Murcia

The draw of Murcia for those interested in sport has been emphasised once again with three UK rugby, football and cricket stars announcing their financial interest in the region.

Neil Killeen of Durham County Cricket Club is being joined by Newcastle Falcons winger Tom May and Darlington FC captain Kevin Smith in investigating business interests in the area.

The region may not be famed for its associations with cricket, but those seeking golf holidays and tennis holidays are sure to find something to please.

According to the Newcastle Journal, the increasing number of flights from the north-east to southern Spain has convinced the three sportsmen of the strong economic future in the region.

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FSA protection for Spanish holiday insurance customers

Those investigating Spanish luxury holidays for 2009 may be pleased to learn that they are to gain extra protection from one UK financial regulator.

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has stated that it plans to implement new rules from January 1st that will guarantee travellers are treated fairly by their insurers.

Under the new regime, those jetting off on flights to Murcia to enjoy holidays in Spain can do so safe in the knowledge that should anything go awry, they will be able to obtain redress.

Dan Waters, director of retail policy and themes at the FSA, said: "Our rules are designed to put in place a proportionate, risk-based regulatory regime for these sales of travel insurance, securing protection for customers.

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Hear leather on willow in La Manga

La Manga has long been renowned as a great place for professional athletes to train and now the Spanish holiday resort can accommodate cricket teams for the same reasons.

The sound of leather on willow is more commonly heard in English villages than on Spain's south-east coast but such are the facilities at La Manga Club that cricketers will be hard pressed to find more idea surroundings for their sport.

A pair of cricket pitches have been specially laid in order for teams from the around the world to follow in the footsteps of those who come to La Manga to experience the quality of its golf and tennis facilities.

Naturally, one of the major attractions about La Manga and of Spanish holidays in general is the expectation of sunshine all year round, which make it possible for sporting visitors to improve their game without interruption.

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Try a Spanish holiday for your dream wedding

Couples planning to tie the knot might like to consider the potential for a dream ceremony offered by the La Manga Club in the south-east of Spain.

Many thousands of people take Spanish holidays each year and the scenery and climate that draws them in can make for the ideal back drop to a spectacular wedding ceremony.

A full range of reception facilities, including a terraced area where guests can take in the breathtaking panoramic of the surrounding areas, are on offer in La Manga and the food on offer will come from an "exquisite choice of wedding menus".

One aspect that La Manga can offer prospective brides and grooms and their guests that few other resorts around the world can compete with is the golf courses that are among the finest in Europe.

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OFT warning for those heading on Spanish holidays

Officials are advising tourists heading on Spanish holidays to be on the lookout for bogus holiday clubs.

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) reports some scams involve the handing out of scratch cards by bogus holiday club touts.

'Winners' among those using the cards end up getting nothing more than a trip to a lengthy sales presentation which encourages them to pay thousands of pounds for a bogus club membership.

Mike Haley from The OFT said: "Every year thousands of holidays to Spain are ruined when holidaymakers fall for the high-pressure selling techniques of bogus holiday clubs.

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Improve your serve with a tennis holiday in La Manga

Tennis lovers can indulge in their passion while on holiday at La Manga's Tennis and Leisure Centre.

Facilities include computer-assisted teaching systems and 28 floodlit courts with 14 clay surfaces, four astro-turf and four green set courts.

Paddle tennis fans also have two courts to choose from while other highlights include a practice wall, squash courts and a bowling green.

After a tough match, why not take advantage of the spa, which has a sauna and jaccuzzi, and there is also a pool for cooling off.

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Golf 'is a draw' for Spanish villa investors

Golf lovers looking for a second home can benefit from a wide choice of luxury villas in southern Spain.

The area features some of the world's best courses alongside top shopping and lively night spots.

Gated properties close to beaches and 18-hole facilities are in abundance, with temperatures above 20 degrees for large parts of the year.

In recent years investors have been snapping up golf villas after falling in love with the area on their Spanish holidays.

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