€199: Get away to the Algarve ClickAndGo.com has flights plus seven nights at the 4-star Quinta Pedra Dos Bicos Aparthotel in Portugal's Algarve from €199pp this December. The price includes transfers. 01 539-7777; clickandgo.com. €20 off Ryanair flights Ryanair is offering up to €20 off one million seats in a Christmas Countdown sale. Flights from Dublin include Liverpool from €12.73, Copenhagen from €19.99, Prague from €21.99 and Faro from €24.99 each way. ryanair.com/ie. €117pp: Christmas Markets GoHop.ie has Christmas Market breaks starting from €117pp - including flights and two nights in a 3-star hotel in Bruges departing Sunday, December 2. Vienna starts from €140pp, and Budapest from €149pp. Call 01 241-2389 or visit gohop.ie for more dates and offers. Read our 15 best Christmas Markets here. €119pp: Twilight time-out at the Mustard Seed Co. Limerick's Mustard Seed has an overnight stay and an … [Read more...] about Magic Monday: Christmas markets from €117pp in our Top 5 travel deals!
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What if you want to go in the opposite direction? Some 500,000 punters may be expected for the pope's mass, but that leaves at least four million others looking for something to do... as far from the city centre as possible. Here are 21 ideas to get you started... and not a pontiff in sight! 1. Climb Ireland's largest treehouse Birr Castle is running summer castle tours until the end of August, but what makes this a great family day out are the 120 acres of gardens (watch out for the 500-year-old O'Carroll Oak), Science Centre, Great Telescope and... Ireland’s largest tree house (above). If the latter doesn't get the kids to down the devices, I don't know what will. Details: From €9/€5; birrcastle.com 2. Monaghan magic in Carrickmacross Beer garden. Music. Comedy. What more do you want? Callans of the Bridge is the oldest pub in Carrick, and it's bang in the middle of this weekend's arts festival. Kevin McAleer headlines comedy night (Friday), Kila and The … [Read more...] about Escape the Pope! 21 things to do outside Dublin this weekend
It wasn’t long ago that a “spa”, even in the flashiest of five-star hotels in Britain, meant a couple of pokey treatment rooms next to the lift shaft doing overpriced, mediocre massages and facials. Until recently, the UK lagged way behind the likes of Austria, Germany, Italy and Hungary – countries where spa-going is part of the culture, and a steam, sauna and cold dip (often in the nude, men and women alike) is the natural thing to do before a pre-dinner G&T. In the past few years, we have started to catch-up. Hoteliers in Britain have woken up to the fact that our insatiable interest in wellness, fitness and, increasingly, mindfulness is a big deal and rapidly gaining momentum. Spas are what swimming pools were to hotels 20 years ago – a guaranteed way to get your booking, whether you use them or not. Below I have listed some personal favourites – my top spa hotels in Britain. Spa Village at The Gainsborough Bath Spa The Gainsborough … [Read more...] about The best hotels for spa breaks in the UK
€73pp: Lovely little Liverpool Holidayguru.ie trawls the internet for cheap travel offers, and this week it's pieced together return Ryanair flights from Dublin and a Trivago hotel deal to create a city break in Liverpool from just €73pp. See holidayguru.ie. €227pp: Let's go to Legoland Irish Ferries has a new short break partnership with Legoland Windsor, and is bundling ferry crossings, two full day park tickets and a three-night family stay at the four-star Grovefield House Hotel for two adults and two children under 11 from €227pp. The deal is valid for departures until June 25. Contact 0818 300 400 or irishferries.com/legoland. €349pp: The Italian Job Topflight is running its biggest ever sale, a five-day special (to May 31) offering up to €450 off holidays in high season. Deals include a week at Lake Garda in June from €349pp (down from €649pp) and a week's self-catering in Tuscany from €399pp (reduced from … [Read more...] about Magic Monday: Legoland from €227pp in this week’s Top 5 travel deals!
20pc off summer flights with Aer Lingus Aer Lingus has up to 20pc off all European and UK flights from June to September, if booked before midnight, May 21. Flights to Amsterdam start from €34.99, while Malaga starts from €91.99 each-way. aerlingus.com €157: A 5-star fling in Belfast Belfast's Fitzwilliam Hotel, which recently received an AA five-star rating, has a special 'Sparkling Spring Break' offer including B&B, a cocktail on arrival and late check out to 1pm from £137 (€157 approx.) per room. Valid to May 31. +442890442080; fitzwilliamhotelbelfast.com. €319pp: Time out in Toronto Air Transat has a flash sale on direct flights from Dublin to Toronto. Running for five days from May 18, it sees fares slashed to as low as €319 return, including checked baggage. airtransat.com €399pp: Perfection in Porto ITAA member Navan Travel has a three-night city break to Porto, Portugal, from €399pp. The trip departs July 2 and … [Read more...] about Magic Monday: Porto from €399pp in this week’s Top 5 travel deals!