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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 31st January 2023

I’ve searched the web so you don’t have to! My best travel deals from Ireland include last minute holidays, city breaks, summer holidays, cruise deals and staycations for couples and families.

In this week’s best travel deals from Ireland I have a city break to Lisbon, holidays to Malta, Cambrils and the Algarve, a family holiday to Menorca, a five star luxury cruise, an early booking offer to the Portofino Coast, and some super staycations.

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Best last minute: Malta

best travel deals to Malta from Ireland

Avail of low airfares from Shannon airport and take a spring break in Malta. I found return flights for just €77 on the 22nd of February.

The 4-star Hotel Argento is highly rated on TripAdvisor and is located close to the popular resort on St Julians. Price for a seven-night stay is just €145 per person. Flights are also available ex Dublin from €182 per person around the same time. 

Read: Top 10 reasons to visit Malta

Search flights here 22nd Feb – 1st March €77pp

View hotel here €145pp
 

 

 

Best overnight escape: Lough Erne Resort

luxury hotel breaks in Nothern Ireland at Lough Erne Resort

With Valentines Day just around the corner, why not give the gift of an overnight escape? The 5-Star Lough Erne Resort in Fermanagh is just €79 per person including breakfast on the 20th of February or on Mother’s Day, 19th of March. 

 

 
We stayed in Lough Erne resort a few years ago and loved it. It’s stunning location on a 600-acre peninsula was just one of the reasons, the top quality food and service were others. It offers a host of activities including two Championship Golf Courses and a unique Thai inspired Spa.

Read: My review of Lough Erne Resort

View offer here
 
Read: 20 last minute hotel deals in Ireland, February stays from €46pp

Read: 20 spa breaks in Ireland, overnight stays from €45pp
 

 

 

Best city break: 2 Nights / 3 Days in Lisbon from €176

 

 
 
 
 
 
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You probably know by now how much I love Lisbon, but at these prices hopefully you will to! I found weekend flights on Sunday morning the 23rd of April returning Tuesday night the 25th of April for just €50 from Dublin. This gives you three full days to enjoy the city. 
 

 

 
Lisbon is very easy to navigate too, but if you don’t fancy walking it, there are delightful old trams and tuk tuks available to help you explore this great city. 

Read: My Top 10 things to do in Lisbon
 

 

 
The HF Fenix Music hotel is one of the top-rated three-star hotels in Lisbon. Its trendy rooftop pool, music theme and location beside the Oriente metro station has seen it receive excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. If you are looking for a four or five star hotel, check out my post on the best places to stay in Lisbon here:

Read: Where to stay in Lisbon – my top 10 Lisbon hotels

Search flights here 23rd – 25th April €50pp

View hotel here €126pp
 

 

 

Best May deal: Cambrils, Costa Dorada

Cambrils

The 4-star H10 Cambrils Playa is a super place to stay if you want a relaxing beach holiday, or want to explore the Costa Dorada and nearby cities of Barcelona or Tarragona.  Located right beside the beach in the upmarket resort of Cambrils, it offers superb value for such a highly rated hotel.
 

 

 
Price for a seven-night stay with flights, transfers, checked baggage and breakfast and dinner included (check out the reviews of the food on TripAdvisor) is just €478 per person on the 5th of May. This includes a discount of €100 per booking when you use SALE100 online.

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Best summer sun: Wellness week in the Algarve

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Algarve is a popular choice for Wellness holidays. There are 100 beaches stretching over 150 km of coastline as well as a wide choice of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets.

Aer Lingus have return flights to Faro from Dublin for just €132 on the 13th of June, and there are flights from Cork, Knock and Shannon from €206, €275 and €279 respectively with Ryanair.
 

 

 
The highly rated Vale d’ El Rei Hotel & Villas is superbly priced at just €344 per person for a seven-night stay including breakfast. Located on the outskirts of Carvoeiro, surrounded by vineyards, this 4-Star hotel boasts a Spa, two pools and a tennis court.

Alternatively chose the relatively new (opened in 2019) 5-Star adult-only Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel which offers a wide selection of health and wellness holiday programmes on-site.
 

 

 
A state of the art fitness centre with yoga and pilates classes, as well as a spa and wellness centre are also available if you don’t wish to partake in any of the dedicated programmes available.

Read: 10 great holiday deals for adults this summer

View Aer Lingus 13th – 20th June €132pp

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4-star hotel €344pp
 
5-star hotel €630pp
 

 

 

Best cruise deal:  All Inclusive Celebrity Cruise in July 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you were following me last year you will know how much I loved Celebrity Beyond cruise ship, so I was delighted to find some great offers available on Celebrity’s Edge Class ships this summer.
 
Celebrity Edge will cruise from Barcelona in July and visit Portofino in Italy – this cruise is worth it for that stop alone,  La Spezia where you can visit Tuscany and Florence, as well as Corsica and Cannes, before returning to Barcelona for your return flight home.
 

 

 
Price of €1890 on the 8th of July includes Aer Lingus flights, transfers, seat selection and 20kg checked baggage; a seven-night cruise in a deluxe interior cabin with meals and Classic Drinks package included, as well as basic WiFi, gratuities and $200 on-board credit per cabin!
 

 

 
See more Celebrity Cruise holiday deals from Ireland, including an 11 night Italy, Turkey & Greek Islands Cruise from €3,049pp in August, and a 10-Night Italy, Croatia & Montenegro Cruise from €2,619pp in October:

Read: 3 All Inclusive Celebrity Cruise Offers – Prices from €1937 inc flights, gratuities & more

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Best family holiday: Top family resort in Menorca

best travel deals for families from Ireland
Children’s pool at Zafiro Menorca

The highly rated Zafiro Menorca is a super family resort that boasts three swimming  pools, an extensive entertainment programme and is located just 10 minutes from the gorgeous beach at Cala’n Bosch.
 

 

 
Children will love the kids pool with pirate ship and slides, as well as the daily activities, that include workshops, games and shows. One bedroom suites and swim-up suites are available that sleep up to four and have a kitchenette and living area. 

Fly from Dublin on the 6th of July and enjoy a seven-night family holiday to Zafiro Menorca for just €2527, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. 

Read: 10 Great Family holiday deals in July and August

Search flights here  €224pp 6th – 13th July

View Apartment €1411 Self catering
 

 

 

Best family staycation:  Garryvoe Beach Homes, Cork 

Garryvoe beach homes

The Garryvoe Beach Homes are newly built homes with modern interiors and stunning views, as well a private garden to take advantage of them.
 
As the name suggests they are situated just two minutes walk from the Blue Flag Garryvoe Beach, however you can also avail of the leisure centre and swimming pool at the nearby Garryvoe Hotel, for a nominal daily charge. 
 

 

 
Price; for a two-night family stay over St Patrick’s Weekend is €466 in a one-bedroom home, or €673 in a three-bedroom home.

Read: 12 family breaks over St Patrick’s weekend – 2 Night stays from €382

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Best early booking offer: A weekend on the Portofino Coast 

travel deals to Portofino from Ireland

Spend a weekend on the Italian Riviera this year and visit the exclusive resorts of Portofino and the hill top towns of the Cinque Terre. The newly announced summer flights to Genoa from Dublin offer superb value for a weekend break.
 

 

 
I found flights from €107 return in September and October, departing early Friday morning and returning late Monday night so you will have four days to explore this stunning coastline. However, if time and budget allows, I suggest stay longer!

I visited Portofino and the nearby town of Santa Margherita many years ago, and I think you would want to be made of stone if they didn’t impress you! Hotel prices are less expensive in Santa Margherita, although it is only five minutes by taxi into Portofino.
 

 

 
I found great value in the 4-Star Helios hotel. Price for a three-night stay with breakfast is €237 per person on the 6th of October. If you fancy some five-star treatment, the Excelsior Coast Hotel is the best value at €463 per person.

Search Ryanair 6th – 9th October €107pp
 
4-star hotel €237pp

5-star hotel €463pp
 

 

 
Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my best travel deals from Ireland include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

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