Venice Canal

Lake Garda & Venice

Poiano Resort, Lake Garda

Nicola and her family enjoyed their summer holiday at Poiano Resort, Lake Garda this August

Views of hills


The resort has amazing views of the lake and offers great facilities including an Olympic-sized swimming pool.


The hotel runs a free shuttle bus into Garda frequently throughout the day/evening.

Garda is one of the main resorts at the southern end of Italy’s largest lake.  You can walk along the picturesque lakeside promenade to Bardolino and Lazise


A pleasant and relaxing way to explore Lake Garda is by boat, you can either travel rapidly from one place to another on board a hydrofoil or catamaran or enjoy the peace and quiet of the lake on one of the slower pleasure boats.

Lake Garda

Lake Garda

There are many restaurants and bars to choose from, along with cobbled streets lined with shops .

The cuisine of Lake Garda is based on the use of local fresh local products – pasta, risotto, meat, fish and desserts you are spoiled for choice which deciding what to eat.

From Garda you can easily travel around using the buses that run from the main bus station in Garda .


We visited the beautiful city of Verona for the day by bus.

We spent the day wondering round the city , and of course visited the famous Romeo and Juliet balcony.

Juliette's balcony

Juliette’s balcony




We also visited Venice for the day, there is lots to see in this beautiful unique city – Rialto bridge and St Marks square are not to be missed .

We really enjoyed our Gondola ride along the scenic waterways.

Venice Canal

Venice Canal



Gardaland and Caneva waterpark are also great family days out and easily accessible from Garda.

I would highly recommend a holiday to Lake Garda , there is so much to do and see , we had an amazing family holiday here .

By Nicola Heaton, Chic Boutique Travel

P&O Arvia

Emma’s Mediterranean Cruise on P&O Arvia

Having got married in March, we decided to take a Mediterranean Cruise on board P&O’s Arvia as our honeymoon, later in the year.

Cruise Ports

The ports we visited included La Coruna, Barcelona, Alicante, Marseille and Cadiz.

Emma in Valencia


I loved all of the ports –  Marseille for the authentic French windy streets.


The hustle and bustle of busy Barcelona and its colourful markets.


Cadiz really surprised me and was one of my favourite places. An old city full of architecture. We spent the day just walking through the narrow streets, taking in the sites and drinking coffee in the pavement cafes.

Spanish Street

P&O Cruise Ship – Arvia

Arvia was a huge ship.

P&O Arvia

During the day, when not in port, we relaxed by the pool. There are hot tubs all over the decks so you could relax and watch the dolphins swim by close to the ship.

There is plenty happening on board, with enough to keep you occupied all day and night, if you wanted it.  From the Aqua zone, Splash Valley, the on-deck Sports Arena and mini golf to the spa, nightclub, and much more.

The food is amazing and there is lots of choice. From the 6th Street Diner, where you can get breakfast, lunch and dinner, through to Sindhu, where the menu is inspired by India’s diverse regional

The evening shows were amazing, something different every night from West End style shows, comedy acts, singers, and acrobats!

Sunset at Sea

All in all, I would highly recommend a Mediterranean Cruise and in particular, P&O.

Click here to read Emma’s blog on her Caribbean Cruise

Written by Emma Holden , Chic Boutique Travel