€89pp: Bargain Berlin Cassidy Travel has a two-night package to Berlin's Christmas markets from just €89, departing Dublin on Tuesdsay, November 27 (prices are cheaper midweek). Accommodation is 3-star. 01 873-5000; cassidytravel.ie. €234pp: Lovin' Lisbon ITAA member Dawson Travel has flights from Dublin plus seven nights at the 3-star Hotel Genesis in Lisbon from €234pp (room only) departing December 12. Not bad for a week in Portugal. 021 427-4397; dawsontravel.ie; itaa.ie/offers. €365pp: Christmas hotel breaks! Fancy skipping the seasonal stress? Read our round-up of Christmas hotel breaks in Ireland for 2018, with picks including two-night, all-inclusive breaks in Wexford's Ferrycarrig hotel from €365pp. 053 912-0999; ferrycarrighotel.ie. €376pp: Make for Morocco Sunway has several late winter sun offers for Agadir, with 2-star prices from €376pp, 4-star from €549pp and a week at the five-star Atlantic Palace from €599pp, … [Read more...] about Magic Monday: Christmas markets from €89pp in our Top 5 travel deals!
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Word reached us recently that Christmas hotel breaks - as in residential packages, with overnight stays running from Christmas Eve to St Stephen's Day - had sold out at Harvey's Point in Co. Donegal. It won't be long before others follow suit. Plus, there are less than 100 days to go! Don't panic. Before you break out in a sweat, we've outlined your options for skipping the wash-up and seasonal stress with a hotel break below. Packages look pricey, but they include everything from meals to mulled wine and mince piece, Santa visits and live entertainment. Beset of luck - and be sure to compare like with like. Take 3: Christmas in a castleBallynahinch Castle (pictured) is a Victorian country house with beautiful Connemara views - cosy up for a three-night break from €870pp sharing a classic room. 095 31006; ballynahinch-castle.com. Dromoland Castle could be your home away from home this Christmas, with special curated two-night packages available from €1,180pp. 061 … [Read more...] about 25 Christmas hotel breaks in Ireland: Skip the stress with our 2018 guide!
€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!
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