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More workers 'planning to holiday in 2010'

More British workers intend to take holidays to Spain and elsewhere this year than they did in 2009, it has been revealed.

Research carried out by the Institute of Payroll Professionals found that 38 per cent of people did not use their full annual leave entitlement last year.

However, the poll showed that 81 per cent of individuals expect to use all of their holidays in 2010.

According to the survey, almost a third of employees did not have more than one break away from work last year.

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Holiday in luxury at La Torre Resort

Brits hoping to take a luxury holiday in Spain this year may wish to take a break at La Torre Resort.

Located in Murcia, the complex is home to dozens of self-catering apartments and villas, as well as a five-star Intercontinental Hotel.

Rooms are furnished to a high standard and come equipped with everything you are likely to need during your break, such as air conditioning units, elegant bathrobes and televisions.

The hotel is home to three restaurants, including the Gingko Club, which specialises in Japanese cuisine and La Vinoteca, an elegant tapas bar where holidaymakers can enjoy traditional Spanish cuisine in relaxed surroundings.

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Stay at Las Lomas Village

Located within the La Manga Club complex in Murcia, Las Lomas Village offers a wide choice of holiday apartments, villas and serviced guestrooms.

Small families and groups may wish to consider renting one of the townhouses, which are spread over three floors and come furnished to a high standard.

They feature fully equipped kitchens, as well as laundry facilities, air conditioning units, televisions and direct dial telephones.

In addition, townhouses are cleaned twice weekly and come with spacious terrace areas where guests can sunbathe and enjoy their meals.

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Dine in style at La Encina

Located in the popular Spanish region of Murcia, La Torre Resort is home to several bars and restaurants, with something to suit all tastes.

One place where guests are guaranteed to find great food on offer is La Encina - an impressive buffet-style restaurant where booking is essential.

Diners can choose to sit inside or head out on to the terrace and enjoy the spectacular golf course views.

The menu is extremely varied, with typical starters including salads, sushi, smoked salmon and cold meats, with grilled meat and fish available for mains.

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Dine in style at Bamboo

One of the great things about holidaying at La Torre Resort in Spain is having the opportunity to dine out in style.

The complex is home to several impressive restaurants and guests will find cuisine from all over the world on offer.

Open daily, the Bamboo Restaurant specialises in food from Thailand, India, Mexico, China and the Middle East.

Located in the heart of the resort, it is surrounded by a large lake and offers stunning golf course views.

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Sample Italian cuisine at Luigi's

Britons holidaying at La Manga Club will find no shortage of bars and restaurants to visit during their stay.

The complex is home to more than 20 different venues, with cuisine from all over the world on offer.

For a great Italian meal, guests can head to Luigi's, which is located at Las Lomas Village and opens nightly for dinner.

Diners here can enjoy everything from delicious pizzas to pasta dishes and risotto, making it the perfect place to go for a casual family meal.

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Have a BBQ at La Manga Club

One of the best things about taking a holiday in Spain is having the chance to sit outside in the evening and enjoy a bite to eat as the sun goes down.

Guests staying in a self-catering apartment or villa at La Manga Club can enjoy dinner every evening on their very own terrace or balcony.

One way to make the most of your outdoor space is by having a BBQ. The Deli Cafe at Las Lomas Village sells a range of special packs that contain everything you need for the perfect Al Fresco meal.

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Have a light snack at La Manga Club

Holidaymakers staying at La Manga Club will find a number of places to enjoy a light bite to eat during the day.

Whether you want a healthy salad or a freshly prepared sandwich, you will be spoilt for choice.

Located at Las Lomas Village, the Deli Cafe is the ideal venue for a spot of breakfast or a mid-morning coffee.

Elsewhere, the Tie Break cafe in the tennis centre serves light snacks, as well as smoothies and fresh fruit juices.

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'Buy travel insurance' by taking a holiday in Spain

Britons jetting off on holiday to Spain over the coming months have been advised to purchase travel insurance before leaving the UK.

Erica Nelson, a spokesperson for Direct Line, said that although insurance did not cover many people left stranded by the recent ash cloud crisis, it can provide protection against many other things, such as medical repatriation.

"It's one of those things that I always recommend to people that they should get because it is so inexpensive, especially if you get an annual policy," she explained.

Travel insurance also provides cover for lost luggage and a wide range of other things, Ms Nelson added.

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Explore the Murcia region

As well as enjoying the onsite activities, Brits holidaying at La Manga Club will no doubt be keen to get out and explore the Murcia region.

The area basks in sunshine for more than 300 days a year and guests will find dozens of interesting attractions to visit.

Holidaymakers keen to learn about the history of the area can head to Cartagena, which is located around 20 minutes away from the resort and has a history dating back more than 2,000 years.

It is home to numerous Roman and Byzantine ruins, including ancient walls, battle grounds, castles and churches.

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