Low Cost Holidays Review

Low Cost Holidays is an online travel agent that offers a wide range of travel options for all kinds of holiday makers and travellers.  We used the Low Cost Holidays website to book our recent family holiday to Costa Brava.  If your thinking about booking a holiday with Low Cost Holidays find out how we got on.

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First Time Booking With Low Cost Holidays

I hadn’t booked a holiday with Low Cost Holidays before, but after doing a lot of research into my chosen holiday they were offering the best price for the week we wanted to travel and where we wanted to travel to.  Price is important for us when it comes to booking a holiday.  I like to get value for money, and my husband gives me a tight budget to book our holiday with!  It becomes my personal challenge to find the best deal for our money!

I’d wanted to visit Costa Brava for this holiday and decided on the relatively quiet destination of Pineda de Mar. As a family with small children, we wanted a nice location with a reasonable transfer time, access to lovely beaches and a town we could explore. I’d looked at quite a few hotels, and decided that the Hotel Stella & Spa would suit our requirements. It had particularly good reviews for food, which played a big part in our decision to choose staying there for our holiday.

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Great Value Holiday

The booking process on Low Cost Holidays is really straightforward. It takes you through all the aspects you may want to purchase for your holiday for you to select and create a package that’s suitable for you.

We chose flights, hotel with all inclusive option and a shuttle transfer for 2 adults, a child and an infant. The price also included 2*15kg hold bags, hand luggage and a pushchair for the 1 year old.  The total cost for a week stay in Costa Brava in October was £950 (not half term week).

The flights were with Ryan Air, and we left the UK at 9.35am. A good flight time for travelling with children. Our flight with Ryan Air to Barcelona was slightly delayed leaving the UK due to foggy weather, which couldn’t be helped.

The Shuttle Transfer Wasn’t Ideal

As we landed a little later than expected in Barcelona, we had a long wait for our shuttle transfer to Hotel Stella & Spa. We waited over an hour for a coach to take us from Barcelona airport to Pineda de Mar. This wasn’t ideal with 2 small children who were tired and over excited. It’s made me think about the benefits of taking a private transfer next time.

Once we were on our coach, the transfer to Pineda De Mar took about 45 minutes. This wasn’t too bad at all. We were dropped off at the end of the street that our hotel was on, which felt a little bit mean of them.

We were the only family being dropped off in Pineda De Mar and there wasn’t an issue with coaches pulling up outside the hotel. The hotel was only a couple of hundred metres from the bus stop, but when you’ve got children, pushchairs and suitcases to navigate, it would have helped no end if we had been dropped door to door.

Hotel Stella & Spa

It would have also been helpful if the driver would have pointed out our stop for the return journey as we waited on the wrong side of the street for our transfer back to Barcelona airport.

When we arrived at Hotel Stella & Spa, our check in went smoothly, and everything was explained to us about our booking.  Low Cost Holidays provided us with all the holiday vouchers we needed for our transfer and check in, and the Hotel Stella & Spa had received the exact details we had supplied in our booking.  The Low Cost Holidays description of Hotel Stella & Spa was accurate and it was exactly what we expected.

Would We Book With Low Cost Holidays Again?

Despite the minor hiccup with the transfer part of our journey I was really happy with our booking with Low Cost Holidays in terms of value for money, an easy online process and the variety of holiday options available.

I would happily book a holiday through Low Cost Holidays again if they offered the best price for our family holiday or trip.  Stay tuned to the blog to find out about our experience at Hotel Stella & Spa and Pineda De Mar!

We booked and paid for our holiday with Low Cost Holidays and have received no incentives for writing this post.



  1. October 28, 2015 / 2:42 pm

    It’s good to know about other online travel agency apart from the “well known” ones. We haven’t booked our holidays for next year yet so I would certainly have a look with this agency. Thanks for sharing!

  2. October 28, 2015 / 6:01 pm

    Good value for money. I must admit I’d be fed up about the transfer: an hour is too long to wait. This sort of break is ideal for recharging the batteries.
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  3. October 28, 2015 / 6:21 pm

    I’d love to go on some ow cost holidays. I have to be honest my favourite thing to do is travel and experience new things and I’ve been thinking of creating a category on my blog just for that. I know i’m currently unwell but we have had so many holidays I could write about. It would be fun to share!

    Angela x
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  4. October 28, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    A holiday would be lovely! The service with low cost holidays seems good despite the transfer. I’ve never heard of them before, we’re looking at a family holiday next year so will check them out
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  5. October 28, 2015 / 11:45 pm

    I haven’t braved a holiday abroad with my children and I do worry about the financial side of it. This holiday looks great value for money though so I would look at them for a possible future break.

  6. October 29, 2015 / 3:18 am

    Sounds like you had a great holiday. The bus driver was obviously only interested in doing the bare minimum, which is a shame.
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  7. October 29, 2015 / 10:37 am

    I’ve never travelled abroad with my children as I’m just too scared of the variables! I’m also a control freak so not sure how I’d cope with this kind of package, thanks for sharing your experience.
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  8. October 29, 2015 / 11:14 am

    I haven’t heard of Low Cost Holidays before so thanks for sharing. I will check the site out. Hope you had a lovely time (despite the transfer situation) 🙂

  9. October 29, 2015 / 5:55 pm

    I agree with a commenter above, I’m too controlling to have a package holiday, I like to plan everything to a T so I know exactly what will happen at any given moment. That sucks you had to wait so long for a transfer though!
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  10. October 29, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    We have booked with Low Cost Holidays before and I always find them to be the cheapest. They do offer more budget hotels I find, but lovely al the same. Our recent holiday to Spain we decided against booking transfers and just paid for a taxi. This was more expensive but with a toddler it was so much easier. No queueing or delays. I would definitely book with Low Cost holidays again x
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  11. October 29, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    That seems like a good price for a holiday. We’ve never been on holiday as a family, I would absolutely love to but we don’t really have the money and my hubby has never been abroad so is unsure about it.
    It’s good to get a bit of honest feedback about your experience, shame that the transport wasn’t up to scratch. I would have been a bit angry about being booted off at the end of the street, haha!
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  12. October 29, 2015 / 10:54 pm

    I am sure I used Low cost holidays last year – I shop around loads when booking a holiday as the price can vary so much. A great guide to booking though them 🙂 Kaz x
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  13. October 30, 2015 / 12:21 am

    I’ve been wanting to book a family holiday for a while now, but we just can’t justify the cost at the moment. I will check these out though x

  14. October 30, 2015 / 8:41 am

    I think I would always opt for a private transfer too, we had a similar issue and whilst we have no small children, it was irritating having to wait so long x
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  15. October 30, 2015 / 11:32 am

    Sounds like a good price for your holiday! We are looking at booking a big family holiday for 17 of us I will let my mum know about this site as she is chief bargain holiday hunter thanks for this post
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  16. October 30, 2015 / 1:50 pm

    Oh I love it when a holiday is good value for money! Who says you need to spend loads of money to have a good time 🙂

  17. October 30, 2015 / 4:00 pm

    I’ve never used a travel agent or broker before to book a holiday, I usually source flights and accommodation separately to save money but I’ll definitely check this company out.

  18. October 30, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    I hadn’t heard of this company before but they seem to offer good value for money so will definitely consider them when looking for holidays in the future.

  19. October 31, 2015 / 7:36 pm

    I’ve not heard of Low Cost Holidays before and I think we’ll keep them in mind when looking at holidays in the next couple of years. It’s always useful to know of other online websites to look at bargain holidays.

    Laura x
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  20. November 1, 2015 / 12:09 pm

    Great info there, nice to know more about these travel agencies as I would never know where to start deciding who to book with otherwise, I’ll keep these in mind for our next trip, whenever that may be!!
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  21. November 2, 2015 / 5:44 am

    I’ve never booked a holiday through low cost holidays before but I would now after reading your review xxx

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