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Proposal takes place on flight to Alicante

This Valentine’s Day one couple’s romantic Spanish holiday began while on a flight to Alicante, with a proposal of marriage.

While flying through the air on the way toward a luxury holiday in Spain Mick Hill proposed to his girlfriend Sharalyn Anderson.

The couple were taking a flight to Alicante from Luton when 52-year-old Sharalyn of Leigh on Sea received a special Valentine's Day card and a marriage proposal from her boyfriend.

Cabin crew then announced the couple’s engagement to the rest of the passengers as they shared a bottle of champagne.

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Austrians plump for Spanish holidays

Spanish holidays are in demand among Austrian tourists, according to newly released figures.

Wiener Zeitung reports that a leisure-time and tourism poll by research institute IFT showed that 60 per cent of Austrians took holidays amounting to at least two days in 2007.

And among the favourite holiday destinations for Austrians were luxury holidays in Spain, the publication reveals.

According to the figures, the average holiday was 11 days long and six per cent of holidaymakers took flights to Spain.

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Airport accommodation makes top-ten list

On the occasion that travelers' flights to Spain are delayed, there is now the chance to catch up on forty winks in the solitude of a private capsular form of hotel room.

The Yotel at London Heathrow Airport's Terminal 4 promises to provide "everything you would expect from a luxury hotel in a small space".

A Yotel is also available at London Gatwick's South Terminal where weary travelers can choose from a premium double room or a standard single cabin.

The cabins provide holidaymakers with a private area in which to rest in addition to en suite bathrooms in which to freshen up before their flights.

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Las Brisas Villas in La Manga Club

While the name Los Altos, translated to English as "the heights", is reflective of Los Altos Villas' position at the top of the Alpujarras, Las Brisas Villas is set at the foot of the hills.

This development is designed to afford maximum space and privacy to holidaymakers enjoying its comforts while on a luxury holiday in Spain.

Overlooking La Manga Club's south golf course, Las Brisas apartments make up a circular design around the central swimming pool.

All the villas boast a private patio area and some townhouses even possess their own private plunge pools.

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Love 'blossoms in Spanish holiday resort'

In a heart warming post-Valentine's Day tale, love has blossomed in the popular Spanish holiday resort of Benidorm.

Typically Spanish reports that according to EFE news agency, 35-year old elephant Petita - known as the "ugly duckling" of the zoo - has found love after years of rejection based on her appearance.

The publication notes that Petita is a resident of Terra Natura animal park and had previously been unable to secure the interests of a mate.

So aesthetically unattractive was Petita that she was not only rejected several times but on occasion attacked by potential suitors and had to be protected by fellow female elephant Kaioso.

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Flights to Spain: Self-service check-in kiosks 'offer seamless experience'

Holidaymakers taking flights to Spain may find they can enjoy a more streamlined travel experience when using self-service check-in kiosks.

According to Virgin Atlantic, holidaymakers' journeys through airports are "easier" as a result of the kiosks.

British Airways, which offers flights to Spain, has 220 BA check-in kiosks at 39 major airports which are used by roughly 675,000 customers to check-in on a monthly basis.

"It gives the customer the choice of how they want to interact at check-in and gives the passenger a simple and seamless experience," Janine Donovan, press officer at Virgin Atlantic commented.

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Hacienda Del Golf

Golf holidays in Spain are becoming increasingly popular among a variety of consumers.

This type of break is fancied among those on business trips, family holidays, bachelor holidays and even singles holidays, according to a recent report by American Express.

For a holiday that is truly centred around golf, the Hacienda Del Golf townhouses located next to the Par 47 pitch and putt course and directly opposite the tennis centre could be ideal.

Offering easy access to all the golfing and sporting facilities, these properties are also located close to a communal pool, meaning that golf need not be the sole leisure pursuit you engage in on your La Manga Club holiday.

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El Rancho Villas in La Manga

Comfort is key to an enjoyable family holiday in Spain, which is where El Rancho Villas come in.

A choice of one, two, three and four bedroom villas are available at the development in La Manga Club, which is situated at the base of the Murcian hills which provide a beautiful backdrop to the Spanish holiday resort.

Its central location guarantees ease of access to family groups and children are likely to be thrilled by the choice of nine communal swimming pools.

Younger children can also enjoy the smaller paddling pool and the ceiling fans that come as standard in the villas mean that it is easy to cool down after a hot afternoon on the sandy shores of the nearby Mar Menor which is only a ten minute walk away.

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Spanish holidays and travel see "record year"

Last year saw a record year on in terms of the performance of travel as an industry, it has been reported.

According to Easier, the Guild of Travel Management Companies final figures for 2007 showed that members made almost 14 million bookings for the year. Something it claims is an all time record.

Increases were reported in the sectors of hotel and rail bookings, while flight bookings increased in quarters two and three.

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Travellers advised: Book flights to Spain over school holidays early

Britons looking to take family holidays in Spain this Easter have been advised to book their flights to Spain early.

According to Thomas Cook, many Britons take advantage of the extra days' holiday over Easter in order to take a three or four-day family holiday in Spain.

With children having school holidays, families can enjoy travelling overseas and taking flights to Spain for early summer sun holidays to destinations with guaranteed good weather.

"Being Easter and that the kids are off school, Thomas Cook always advises to book in advance to ensure people get the destination and dates they want," a spokesperson advised.

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