Top Savings of 2017
With New Year on the horizon, let us look back at the top savings eXpectations members could have made in 2017. From Portugal’s championship golf courses and James Bond’s exotic beach in Thailand to sailing around the Greek islands and meeting Disney characters in Florida, it’s been an exciting year.
eXpectations Holidays provides its members with fantastic value for money and this is highlighted through its holiday examples using TripAdvisor to compare holiday accommodation prices. To see how we calculate these price comparisons please visit our Value for Money page or read up on each individual holiday example below. Savings in 2017’s edition start from £900 as we explore some of the top resorts in Europe, the USA and beyond.
Amazing saving over £2,700
A fantastic summer opportunity to set sail around the Greek islands was available to eXpectations Members during 20th – 27th May 2018, in a deluxe one-bedroom cabin (sleeps 2) with Tradewinds Greece for only 36,500 points, all-inclusive.
Embark on a voyage across the turquoise sea to discover the magical Ionian islands, including Cephalonia, where the movie “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”, starring Nicolas Cage, was filmed. Follow in the footsteps of the mythology legendary Odysseus by visiting Ithaca before cruising off to the uninhabited island of Atokos, perfect for jumping off the catamaran into the warm, clear water for swimming and snorkelling.
An incredible saving over £2,250
During April 2017 we found an exciting holiday during the UK Summer School holidays for eXpectations Members to enjoy a family break at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa in Florida. Members could have checked into a comfortable one-bedroom apartment (sleeps 4) from 6th -13th August 2017 for only 47,600 points.
Enjoy fun-filled days in the warm Florida sun by splashing in one of five pools and sliding down the 146ft waterslide at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. The award-winning Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course is paradise for golf enthusiasts. Jump aboard a complimentary water taxi across the lake to Walt Disney World theme and water parks to meet the famous Disney characters at Magic Kingdom World or feel inspired by your favourite super-hero at Universal Orlando Resort.
Save over £1,600
eXpectations Members could have indulged in the Algarve’s awe-inspiring beauty and excellent facilities with a 7-night stay at the Four Seasons Vilamoura during 12th-19th July 2018. An elegantly designed two-bedroom (sleeping 6 people) with fabulous views of the Pinhal 18-hole championship golf course was available to members for just 69,500 points.
Absorb Portugal’s warm sun as you relax around the lagoon style pool or feel invigorated by the pampering spa treatments before exploring the Algarve’s rocky coastlines and secluded beaches. Discover the town of Vilamoura with an array of delightful restaurants and bars lining the 1,000-berth marina and the nearby Praia da Falésia beach.
Over £1,300 saving
New Year in the Algarve region of Portugal is bursting with festive activities, traditional festivals, and magical firework displays. eXpectations Members could have celebrated in style in an exquisite 3-bedroom suite (sleeping 6) at the prestigious Pine Cliffs Resort from 30th December to 6th January 2018 for 47,500 points.
Guests can admire spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean from Pine Cliff Resort picturesque cliff-top setting or rejuvenate with pampering treatments in the Serenity Spa. Practice your swing at the 9-hole championship golf course and the famous Annabel Croft Tennis Academy. The idyllic location is great for exploring the famous Algarve coastline, including the Falésia Beach stretching 3km to the cosmopolitan Vilamoura town.
Saving over £1,000
eXpectations Members could have escaped to a tropical island by checking into the Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa in the Cook Islands. A taste of paradise was available to members for 14-nights between 28th July -11th August 2017 in a double room (sleeps 2) with incredible views of the Aroa Lagoon Marine Reserve. This marvellous Extra Holiday was available in February 2017 for £970.00.
Relish special moments as you sink your toes into soft white sand and snorkel in clear water with the colourful reef fish. Explore the blue lagoons by paddling a kayak or paddle-board or simply feel the warm sea breeze caress your skin as you relax in a hammock between two coconut trees. Enjoy a romantic meal at the beach-front Te Vaka restaurant as the skies vibrant colours change over the horizon.
Save over £1,000
During March 2017 we found this fantastic UK Summer School Holiday for 7-nights during 26th August -2nd September 2017 in a luxurious 4-bedroom villa (sleeping 8) at the RCI Gold Crown Kilconquhar Estate and Country Club. eXpectations Members could have treated the family to this wonderful break for 117,500 points.
Discover Scotland’s breath-taking beauty from rugged mountains, mystical castles overlooking glistening lochs, and intriguing cities brimming with fascinating history. eXpectations Members could have experienced a game of golf on some of the best courses in the country, including the historic St Andrew’s course. Explore the capital city, Edinburgh, to discover the rich history hidden in the stone corridors of Edinburgh Castle whilst feeling like royalty by visiting the Palace of Holyrood House, HM The Queen’s Royal residence.
Over £1,000 saving
Available to eXpectations Members was a wonderful opportunity to experience the exuberant life of New York with a 7-night stay at The Manhattan Club from 16th-23rd September 2017. Checking into a luxurious studio suite (sleep 2) with sweeping views of central Manhattan, Members could have booked this exciting holiday for just 62,625 points.
Visit the Big Apple’s famous sights by getting a bird’s eye view of Central Park from the Empire State’s 86th floor open-air observatory deck. Life is a show in Manhattan with Broadway performing magical shows including the adorable Cats and Chicago, the dramatic Phantom of the Opera, and the longest running performance the Lion King. Cruise along the Hudson River and pass the Brooklyn Bridge to admire the impressive Statue of Liberty.
Over £1,000 saving
Celebrate a memorable New Year on the historic island of Malta. eXpectations Members could have experienced the Maltese festive atmosphere at the Pergola Holiday and Leisure Club in the picturesque Mellieha Bay. Checking into a spacious studio apartment (sleeping, 2 people) from 30th December 2017 for 7-nights, this great Late Deal was available for just £195.00.
Discover the rich culture and history of Malta, voted amongst the Top 25 destinations in Europe in TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards (2017). Welcome in the New Year with a visit to the bustling capital city, Valletta, enjoying the festive atmosphere and fantastic firework displays as the historical streets come alive.
A combined saving of over £900
In September 2017 we found this unique opportunity for eXpectations Members to explore Asia for 13-nights, using a total of 62,000 points. Members could start their exciting adventures by checking into a one-bedroom apartment (sleeping 2) at the Grand Tower Inn, Bangkok on 31st March until 7th April 2018 for 35,000 points. Following the excitement of Bangkok with total relaxation at Patong Bay Hill Resort & Spa in Phuket during 6th -13th April 2018 in a luxurious studio (sleeps 2) for just 27,000 points.
Bangkok, “the city of angels” is Thailand’s largest city attracting millions of visitors to enjoy its diverse attractions, including cultural arts, sacred statues, energetic nightlife, a wide range of shops, including high-rise malls, floating markets, and the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market. Phuket is Thailand’s largest island offering the perfect mix of tranquillity in picture-postcard surroundings with an exuberant nightlife. Sip on a fruity cocktail as you soak up the sun around the pool with heavenly views of Nanai Hill and the Andaman sea. Sunbathe on Patong’s 3km white-sand beach and explore the underwater world on a diving/snorkelling excursion.
Saving over £900
In June this year eXpectations Members could have treated themselves prior to Christmas for only 36,500 points. A wonderful opportunity to relax before the festive season in a spacious one-bedroom apartment (sleeping 4) at The Galleon Resort in Key West, Florida from 16th-23rd December 2017.
Soak up the warm Florida sun on the Galleon Resort’s own private beach and ride a jet-ski or boat to explore the beautiful coastline. Key West Island offers a great Christmas spirit with their “Bight before Christmas” magical light shows with beautiful floating Christmas trees along the historical Harbour Walk. Glorious days can be spent gazing across the Gulf of Mexico from a sun-drenched beach, enjoy fun water-sports, savour delicious dishes in chic restaurants or dance the night away in glamorous bars.