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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 9th May 2023

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

This week’s best travel deals include a short break in Santorini for €255, summer holidays to Majorca, Portugal and Kos, a cruise of a lifetime to Hawaii, city breaks to Malaga and Lisbon, and super staycations.

Best last minute: All Inclusive in Majorca  

holiday deals in May and June from Ireland

If you are looking for a top rated hotel with meals and drinks included, then this deal to Majorca should do the trick! The 4-Star Protur Palmeras Playa Hotel is centrally located in Cala Bona, just a few minutes walk from shops, bars, restaurants and the sandy beach. 


Price for a seven-night stay from Cork on the 23rd of May is €552 per person. Alternatively enjoy a seven-night break from Dublin on the 21st of May for €693 per person. Prices include flights, transfers and checked baggage, all meals and drinks. 

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TUI have lots more last minute deals, including Turkey from €340, Crete and Kos from €397 and 5-star All Inclusive holiday to Mexico from €1199! All prices include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage. 

Read: My Top 10 Holiday deals in May & June with TUI



Best overnight escape: 4* Castle Dargan Hotel, Sligo, €55pp


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Enjoy an overnight stay at the  4-star Castle Dargan Hotel with breakfast, €20pp spa credit and €10pp golf credit for just €55 per person sharing. You will also receive a complimentary bottle of house wine when dining in the hotel’s restaurant.

Want to stay for two nights? The price is just €95 per person. Over is valid on selected dates until the 31st of May. 

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Best short break: 5 Nights in Santorini from €255pp

holiday deal to santorini from ireland

Scratch one off your bucket list and visit Santorini in October.  I found return flights from €128 on the 22nd of October and a five night stay in the well rated Zacharakis apartments is just €127.

I have four and five star hotel options listed too and you can choose to extend your stay if you wish to stay longer..

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Best summer sun: Alvor in August 


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Most you will know that Alvor is a favourite sun spot of mine and I found a super deal for a holiday there in August. Return flights with Aer Lingus are just €179 including a 10kg checked bag on the 20th of August, and a seven-night stay in the 4-Star Alvor Jardim is just €465 per person, based on two sharing.

Flights are also available from Cork with Aer Lingus and Ryanair and from Shannon and Knock with Ryanair.

Read: Where to stay in the Algarve, the ultimate guide to the top holiday resorts

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View Hotel here €465pp

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Best family deal: Kos in June

Kos in Greece is one of the new holiday destinations from Ireland for 2023

For anyone looking for family holiday deals in June, the Miros Apartments are hard to beat – they are rated number 1 on TripAdvisor. Located in the pretty resort of Tingaki, a family stay is just €1481 based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing on the 14th of June.

I stayed in Tingaki many years ago and loved it. This super deal includes flights, transfers and checked baggage too!
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Best family staycation: Summer breaks in Wexford

Top things to do in Wexford with kids - visit Wells House & Gardens

The family Summer breaks at Riverside Park Hotel are always a sell out, and I’m sure this year will be no exception. Two-night stays are available during the summer from €369 for 2 adults and 1 child, €395 for 2 adults and 2 children and €509 for 2 adults and 3 children.  All of the following are included in their summer breaks:

  • 4-Course meal for all the family on the evening of your choice
  • Full Irish breakfast each morning
  • Family Activity Pass to one of Wexford’s family attractions – see more details below
  • Ice cream treat for kids on arrival
  • Full access to swimming pool and Leisure Club

Read: Family breaks at the Riverside Park Hotel

Read:  Top 10 things to do in Wexford with kids

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Best city break: Lisbon


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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 3rd of September returning Tuesday night the 5th of September for just €114 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 star hotel, look no further than the LX Boutique Hotel, the location is perfect. Check out my post on more places to stay in Lisbon here:

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

Search flights here 3rd – 5th September €114pp

View 3* Hotel €175pp

View 4* hotel €220pp



Best luxury / cruise holiday: Las Vegas, LA & Hawaii Cruise


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If you are in the fortunate position where you can get away for three weeks this summer, then you won’t want to miss this! You will start this bucket list adventure with a three-night stay in the 5-star Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. You will then fly to Los Angeles for a two night stay, before boarding Princess Cruises’ Emerald Princess for a 16-night Hawaiian cruise ❤️.


Visit Oahu – famous for Waikiki Beach and Pearl Harbor, as well Kauai, Maui and Hilo, before making a stop in Ensenada, Mexico before arriving back in Los Angeles. 

Price for this trip of a life time is €3665 per person including all flights, hotel accommodation and a 16-night cruise with meals, drinks, unlimited WiFi, gratuities and entertainment included. This price is based on travel in July but check in with the team in American Holidays for other dates and durations.

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Best early booking offer: Malaga for Christmas Lights

Malaga city break for Christmas

Kick start the festive season with a Malaga city break. See the Christmas lights, shop the Christmas markets, and explore its historical centre and great food scene. I visited Malaga City last year and loved it, and I’m sure it is even more impressive over Christmas when the city is illuminated with 2 million lights!

I found a great deal flying on the 5th of December where return flights are just €138 with Aer Lingus for two nights from Dublin, including a 10kg checked in bag!


Price for a two night stay at the 4-Star Soho Boutique Hotel Colón is just €124 per person. If you fancy some five-star luxury, the modern Only You Hotel is €194 per person.

Read: Two-Night Break in Malaga for Christmas Lights

Read: Top things to do in Malaga, where to stay and eat

Search flights here 5th – 7th December €138pp
View 4* Hotel €124pp
View 5* Hotel €194pp


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