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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 24th May 2022

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

This week’s best travel deals include holidays to Spain, Greece and Morocco, an all-inclusive cruise, early booking winter offers to Genoa, Lanzarote and South Africa, and staycations in Derry and Wexford.

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Best last minute:

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Jet off to sunny Agadir over the June bank holiday weekend. Choose a three-night weekend break or stay longer, the prices are less for seven nights! I found a great deal staying in the 4-Star Tildi Hotel & Spa, which is located close to the beach and marina in Agadir.
 

 

 
Price for a three-night stay including flights and breakfast is €335, but there is even better value for a seven-night stay as the flight cost is only €81 for seven nights – the total cost including flights and the Zephyr Agadir apartments is just €238 per person. 

Search flights here 3rd – 10th June €81 

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Best summer sun:

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Save a whopping 35% on this summer holiday to the Greek island of Rhodes. You will be staying at the highly rated (no 1 on TripAdvisor) Lindos Horizon apartments which are peacefully situated and offer stunning views of Lindos village and the sea.

Price for flights, transfers, checked baggage and a seven-night stay on the 27th of August is €514 per person.

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Best overnight escape:

summer hotel deals in Ireland in Derry

Derry is one of the world’s best preserved walled-cities, and is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland. The landmark 5-star Bishop’s Gate Hotel is located within the historic city walls and offers amazing value for an overnight escape. Priced at Just €82pp on the 31st of July, isn’t it time you discovered Derry?

Read: 10 five-star hotels Ireland, overnight stays from €80pp

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Best family holiday:

best travel deals for families

This is one of the best all-inclusive family deals I have seen for this summer. Enjoy a week at the highly rated Cortijo Blanco Hotel in the Costa del Sol for just €2673 on the 13th of August, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.
 

 

 
This super deal includes flights from Cork airport, transfers, checked baggage and all meals and drinks. Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor if you still need convincing.

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Best family staycation:

summer hotel deals in Ireland at the Riverside Park Hotel

The Riverside Park Hotel in Wexford always offers great value family summer breaks, and this year is no exception. Enjoy a two-night family stay with breakfast each day, dinner on the evening of your choice and a family pass to one of Wexford’s top attractions for only €445 in July or August.

Read:  Top 10 things to do in Wexford with kids

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Best cruise:

Cruise the Med on the award-winning Norwegian Epic. Voted Europe’s leading cruise line for 13 years in a row, Norwegian’s Freestyle all-inclusive cruises offer amazing value, and I found a super deal on the 4th of September.

As well as a Mediterranean cruise for seven-nights, this package includes flights, checked baggage, all meals, a premium drinks package, WiFi, shore excursion credit and a speciality dining package – all for just €1364!
 

 

 
Set sail from Barcelona and visit Corsica, Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Florence, Cannes and Majorca, before returning to Barcelona for your return flight home. 

Read: My review of Norwegian Encore

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Best city break

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Discover somewhere new in 2022! Ryanair have announced direct flights to Genoa this winter. Why not treat yourself to a five-star city break in the Grand Hotel Savoia. Visit nearby Portofino and the Cinque Terre or explore Genoa in this luxury hotel.
 

 

 
Price for flights and a two-night stay from Friday 11th November is €221 per person. It is worth mentioning that flights start on October 30th – which is the October mid term break. Price for return flights for 7 nights over the mid term break are only €160 per person….

Read: Top 10 city breaks for less than €199 this Autumn

Search flights here 11th-13th November €77 

View Hotel here €144pp
 

 

 

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Scratch one off the bucket list and visit South Africa this winter. With return flights from just €500 in November, there has never been a better time to travel. I’ve been twice and loved it, and have lots of posts on my website about it, including this one:

Read: How to plan a South African road trip

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Secure a winter-sun break now, with return flights to Lanzarote just €120 in January! The popular Tisalaya apartments are only €163 per person for a seven-night stay, making the total just €283 for a week.
 

 

 
Fancy a little luxury? The 5-star Dreams Lanzarote Playa Dorada Resort & Spa is only €545 including breakfast and evening meal for seven nights.

Read: Why Lanzarote is my favourite Canary Island
 
Search flights here 10th-17th January €120

Apartment here €163pp

View hotel here €545pp
 

 

 
It is important to be aware of the latest travel restrictions of the country you are travelling to. Boosters or pre-departure tests are required for travel to many countries in Europe if initial vaccination is over 270 days. Please check the latest travel restrictions on the DFA website before you travel.
 

 

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

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10 City Break Deals for less than €199 – Flights & Highly Rated Hotels Included

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From Madrid to Marrakech, Prague to Porto, I’ve got 10 great city break deals for less than €199! 

I know many of you are busy planning summer holidays, but with airfares to European cities so low, you might be able to plan a sneaky city break too! I’ve found some great city break deals for you to enjoy this autumn. All deals include flights and top rated hotels in central locations.
 
Most deals are for three nights, but there are a few two-night deals too. However, all city break deals can be changed to suit you requirements – simply edit the search links below.

Like city breaks? Check out my top 20 city break destinations for 2022.
 

 

 

1. Rome: Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 2nd October, 2 Nights, €197pp

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Rome is always a great choice for a city break. There are ancient wonders at every corner, amazing shopping on the Via del Corso, and let’s not forget the food. The home of pizza, pasta and gelato, Rome is a feast for the senses.
 

 

 
I found a great deal in the 4-star Condotti Palace Hotel, which is superbly located in the heart of the city, right beside the main shopping area and the Spanish Steps.
 

 

 
Price for flights and a two-night stay from the 2nd of October. I have chosen an early morning flight to make the most of this short break, but dates and durations can be changed to suit your requirements – simply edit the search dates via the links below. There are many more hotel choices, as well as some top tips for visiting Rome in this post:

Read: Where to stay in Rome, my top picks of 3, 4 and 5-star hotels

Search flights here 2nd – 4th October €65pp

View hotel here €132pp
 

 

 

2. Porto: Flights & 4-Star Aparthotel, 25th September, 3 Nights, €185

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I loved our trip to Porto and would highly recommend Porto for a city break. As well as being home to a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is packed with colourful buildings, delightful streets, and has a great food and wine scene. 
 

 

 
Enjoy a three-night stay at the highly rated Reis de Gaia Aparthotel in September. Superbly located on the waterfront, next to Porto’s cable car and Porto’s famous Port wine cellars,  it is also just minutes from the Dom Luis Bridge. Highly rated on TripAdvisor, this is one of the best value city break deals from Dublin.
 

 

 
Read: Why you need to choose Porto for your next city break

Search flights here 25th – 28th Sept €67pp

View hotel here €118pp
 

 

 

3. Madrid: Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 25th November, 3 Nights, €199

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Visit the Royal Palace, shop the Gran Via, take the tour of Real Madrid’s stadium, or enjoy a tapas trail around the city – there is so much to do in Madrid.
 

 

 
With Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Iberia Express all flying to Madrid from Dublin, there has never been a better time to grab a city break deal to the Spanish capital.

I found great value weeekend flights departing in November – the perfect time to start your Christmas shopping! Flights and a three-night stay in the highly located 4-star Hotel Sardinero Madrid is only €199 per person. Highly rated on TripAdvisor, this is one of the best value city break deals this summer.

Search flights here 25th – 28th Nov €65pp
 
View hotel here €135pp
 

 

 

4. Marrakech: Flights & 4-Star Riad, 11th September, 4 Nights, €198

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Marrakech may not be the first place you think of when looking for city break deals from Ireland. However, there are direct flights every Thursday and Sunday from Dublin and it is a great choice if you want to sample the sights and sounds of this fascinating country.
 

 

 
For the most authentic experience, a stay in one of Marrakech’s Riads is a must. I found a great deal in the highly rated Riad Sofia, which is centrally located close to the Medina, and boasts a small pool with Berber tent on the rooftop terrace. This super city break includes breakfast too!

Search flights here 11th – 15th Sept €76pp

View hotel here €122pp 

 

 

5. Alghero: Flights & Apartment, 6th October, 3 Nights, €190

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Sardinia is a great choice if you are looking for a beach / city combination. With cobbled stone streets, trendy boutiques and a great food scene, Alghero is a pleasure to stroll around. And if you are lucky with the weather, there is a gorgeous sandy beach on your doorstep! Alghero has its own airport, and the town is  just 10 minutes from the airport, making it ideal for a short break.
 

 

 
The Flowery Inn Villa is a hidden gem located in a quiet corner of Alghero. The centre of Alghero is just 1500 metres away, and a bus stop is located 50 metres away if you don’t fancy walking. Each apartment has a separate entrance and a patio or terrace. 

Read more on Sardinia holidays from Ireland

Search flights here 6th – 9th October €95pp

View Apt here €95pp
 

 

 

6. Nice: Flights & 3-Star Hotel, 24th September, 3 Nights, €172

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The South of France is always a good idea and Nice certainly deserves a place on this city break deals post. Flight time is only 2 hours 30 minutes from Dublin airport and the town centre is only 4 miles from the airport, so you can be sipping cocktails on the Promenade des Anglais within a half hour of arriving in France🍸.
 

 

 
Nice has some gorgeous boutiques, amazing restaurants, and of course a fabulous long sandy beach – but that’s not all. Its location in the South of France is ideal for visiting Cannes,  St Tropez, Monaco, you can even pop into Italy on the train for your lunch!
 

 

 
Price includes a three-night stay in the popular Hotel Esprit d’Azur. Located just five minutes walk from the Old Town and fifteen minutes from the beach, this hotel is highly rated on TripAdvisor and offers super value for a short break away.

Search flights here 24th – 27th Sept €48pp

View hotel here €124pp
 

 

 

7. Lisbon: Flights & 3-Star Hotel, 10th September, 3 Nights, €193

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Lisbon is one Europe’s top city break destinations, and after my recent visit I now know why! It has a beautiful old town, with pastel-coloured buildings with terracotta rooftops as far as the eye can see. 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: Top 10 things to do in Lisbon
 

 

 
The modern Ibis Styles Marquês de Pombal is ideally located close to Avenida da Liberdade. It also receives excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and is great choice for anyone looking for great value city break deals to Lisbon. See lots more hotel options here:

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

Search flights here 10th – 13th September €65pp

View hotel here €128pp
 

 

 

8. Toulouse: Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 8th October, 3 Nights, €199

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Otherwise known as ‘The Pink City’, Toulouse is a colourful, vibrant city that is a pleasure to ramble around. Although one of France’s largest cities, it doesn’t feel like it when you are lost in the Old Town or relaxing by the Garonne River.
 

 

 
Constantly voted as one of the top places where French people want to live, this University town offers a lively atmosphere as well as some outstanding museums, including the Space and Aviation museums. I enjoyed a weekend in Toulouse a few years ago and loved it – Toulouse is also ideal for solo travellers.

Read my Toulouse travel blog – why you should visit and what to do when you get there.

 

 
I have chosen the Privilège Appart Hôtel Saint Exupéry for its central location and superb views.  Priced at only €107 per person based on a three-night stayl, it offers excellent value for a short break. Many more dates and durations are available.

Search flights here 8th – 11th October €92pp  

View hotel here €107pp  
 

 

 

9. Barcelona: Flights & 3-Star Hotel, 18th September, 2 Nights €199

Park Guell, Barcelona

It’s no surprise that Barcelona is one of the world’s best city break destinations. It’s got amazing architecture, mouthwatering cuisine, buzzing nightlife and excellent shopping, and let’s not forget its location on the Mediterranean Sea. 
 

 

 
There are many great hotels to choose from, and you may wish to extend your stay, but for this city break deal I have chosen the highly rated Ciutat de Barcelona Hotel.

Located in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, just minutes from Las Ramblas, it boasts an outdoor rooftop pool, a tapas-style restaurant, and a popular bar. See this and lots more accommodation options in this post:

Read: Where to stay in Barcelona and the top things to do

Search flights here 21st-23rd September €82pp  

View hotel here €117pp
 

 

 

10. Prague: Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 30th October, 3 Nights, €191

city breaks in Prague

Prague must rival Paris for the title of Europe’s most beautiful city. Wenceslas Square, medieval Charles Bridge and Prague Castle are just some of the architectural masterpieces. This compact city is one where you can see the most of the highlights in your three night break. And if nightlife is what you seek, you won’t be left wanting, with arguably the world’s best beer to go with it!
 

 

 
The Hotel Merkur is a highly rated 4-star hotel located close to the Old Town Square and Prague’s historic centre. It offers great value if you are looking for city break deals in October, with room rates from just €66 per night.  I priced this deal over the October bank holiday weekend but prices are even less on earlier dates.

Search flights here 30th Oct – 2nd Nov €92pp

View hotel here €99pp
 

 

 
All prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some these city breaks deals contain affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made – but at no additional cost to you.

 

Sarah

 

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20 Family Hotel Deals in Ireland in July & August – 2 Night Stays from €247!

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From Dublin to Donegal, Cork to Clare, check out these family hotel deals in Ireland this summer, with prices from €247 for two night stays!

With Summer holidays just around the corner, I have highlighted family hotel deals in Ireland based on two-night stays on various dates during July and August. I have four star hotels as well as some self catering options, so there should be something here to suit all tastes and budgets.

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If you have specific dates in mind, or need change the duration of your stay, simply edit the search dates to suit your requirements. Most of these family hotel deals in Ireland include my affiliate links – where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

 

 

1. Breaffy House Hotel, Mayo: Family of 4, €451 Family of 6, €499

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We stayed in Breaffy House Hotel on a few occasions, and love it family atmosphere and superb facilities. It is situated on 101 acres and there is a spa and swimming pool on site. It is also a great base to discover to some of Mayo’s top attractions, including Westport, Achill, Croagh Patrick and DownPatrick Head.
 

 

 
I fell in love with Mayo’s beaches, and if you fancy cycling, the Great Western Greenway is only a 30 minute drive away. 

Read: Top 10 things to do in Mayo

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2. Self Catering at Lough Rynn, Roscommon: 3-bedroom house, €360

This three-bedroom house is located just 2-minutes walk from Lough Rynn Castle Hotel and 12 km from Carrick on Shannon. Take a cruise along the river, or enjoy an action packed day at Lough Key Forest Park which is just 30 minutes away. The beautiful Strandhill beach in Sligo is just an hour away.

Read: 10 self catering breaks in Ireland in July and August

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3. Quilty Holiday Cottages, Clare: 3 bedroom home (6) €714

The traditional Quilty Holiday Cottages are located on Clare’s coast and offer panoramic views on the Atlantic Ocean. Imagine walking the Cliffs of Moher, and returning to an open fire in your cottage – bliss! These three-bedroom homes sleep up to six and offer complimentary access to the indoor swimming pool and tennis courts. 

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4. Riverside Park Hotel , Wexford: 2-Nights B&B + 1 Dinner & Family Attraction Pass €445

family breaks at the Riverside Park Hotel

The Riverside Park Hotel is a great value choice for a families looking to explore all that Wexford has to offer – there are so many things to do in Wexford with kids. We stayed overnight here during the summer and enjoyed its choice of dining options and family friendly facilities.
 

 

 
Guests have complimentary access to the leisure centre with swimming pool and kids pool, and there is a large playground next door to the hotel. Superior family rooms are also available with separate TV’s for kids, and can cater for up to 2 adults and 4 children. This super deal is based on a two-night stay during summer holidays.

Read: Top things to do in Wexford with kids.

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5. Clayton Hotel & Leisure Club Sligo: Two-Bedroom Family Room: €438

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Set on beautiful grounds overlooking Benbulben Mountain, yet within walking distance of Sligo Town centre, the 4-star Clayton Sligo ticks all boxes for a family holiday in Ireland. The leisure centre has a separate kids pool, and two bedroom family suites sleep two adults and three children.

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6. Jameson Court, 2-bedroom Apartment, Galway: €670

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With a superb beachfront location in Salthill, these modern apartments offer stunning sea views and are beautifully furnished. With Galway city, Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, these will surely be one of the most popular options for self catering breaks in Ireland.
 
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7. Jurys Inn Belfast, Superior Family Room: €237

 
 
 
 
 
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Jurys Inn is located in the heart of Belfast, next to Belfast’s city Hall. It boasts stylish bedrooms and modern dining options and is a great value option for a family stay in Belfast.
 

 

 
Belfast is brimming with family attractions including indoor skydiving at Vertigo, Ireland’s award-winning Science and Discovery Centre W5, and make sure you take a spin to Colin Glen Forest Park to enjoy their Gruffalo Trail, ziplines and alpine coaster.

Read: 20 things to do in Belfast with kids and teenagers

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8. Bella Vista Hotel, Cork: Deluxe apartment, €578

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Bellavista Hotel & self-catering suites offer beautiful views of Cork Harbour in the pretty town of Cobh. There is a traditional Irish bar and a Chinese restaurant on site, and the highly rated Spike Island tour, Fota Wildlife Park and Titanic Experience are right on your doorstep.

This is a great choice for families looking for a summer break with plenty of activities close by.

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9. Mill Park Hotel, Donegal: B&B, €496

swimming pool at the Millpark Hotel Donegal.

Located close to Donegal town, with some of Ireland’s best beaches and the Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, this is one of the best value family hotel deals in Ireland. There is a swimming pool, children’s pool, sauna, and state-of-the-art gym onsite, as well as a choice of dining options. 

Read: Top 10 things to do in Inishowen, Donegal

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10. Park Place Apartments, Killarney, Kerry: 2-bedroom Apartment €615

Park Place Apartments Killarney - self catering breaks in Ireland

Located in the centre of Killarney town centre, these bright, modern apartments are just 500 meters from the Killarney National Park. With the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way on  your doorstep, the possibilities for day trips is endless.

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11. Claregalway Hotel, Galway: Family room €365

family hotel deals in Ireland in the Claregalway hotel

Located just 20 minutes from Galway City, within easy access to the Wild Atlantic Way, and with a leisure centre and large family rooms, this is a great value choice for family hotel deals in Ireland. This deal can accommodate a family of five.

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12. Johnstown Estate, Meath, 2 bedroom House, €818

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Johnstown Estate is the ideal choice if you want a luxury family break that is close to Dublin. Set within 120 acres of stunning parkland, this 1750’s Georgian residence has extensive leisure and spa facilities, golf and horse riding, as well as a choice of dining options.
 

 

 
The two-bedroom self-catering lodges are perfect for families who want to enjoy all the hotel’s facilities but enjoy the benefits of spacious self catering homes. Each lodge has a separate dining and relaxing area and a terrace that opens onto a green with a small children’s play area.

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13. Treacy’s Oakwood Hotel, Clare, Family Room for 5: €522

Cliffs of Moher

Located close to Bunratty Castle and within easy access of the Cliffs of Moher and the Wild Atlantic Way, this is ideal for families looking to explore Clare’s gorgeous coastline, without breaking the bank.

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14. 5-star Radisson Blu St Helens, Dublin, €540

five star Dublin hotel deals at the Radisson St Helens.

This great value Dublin hotel deal will you see you stay in a stunning Georgian mansion that dates all the way back to the 16th century. It is situated close to Dublin City Centre, yet far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the capital. If you fancy a luxurious family getaway that won’t break the bank – then look no further.

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15. Kilronan Castle Hotel & Spa, Roscommon – 3-Bedroom House: €560 

holiday homes in hotel grounds in Ireland.

This three-bedroom home enjoys an enviable position on the grounds of Kilronan Castle Estate. This stunning hotel is surrounded by 40 acres of grounds on the shores of Lough Meelagh. Guests have access to the hotel swimming pool, spa, and gym, and the house receives great reviews from previous guests.
 

 

 
Located close to Lough Key Forest Park this is a great choice for those looking for family hotel deals in Ireland with self catering facilities.

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16. Parkavon Hotel, Killarney: €468

family holiday in Killarney

The Parkavon Hotel is ideally perfectly located within walking distance of Killarney town centre and Killarney National Park. It also boasts a leisure centre which should keep the kids happy. This 3-star hotel is great value for a family stay in Killarney.

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17. Ashe Hotel, Tralee, Kerry: €400

Slea Head Drive close to the Dingle Skellig Hotel

The modern Ashe Hotel is ideally placed to explore the top attractions along the Ring of Kerry. The speciality gastro bar and restaurant is a favourite with locals, but if you fancy exploring the bars and restaurants in Tralee town, you are just a few minutes walk away. Highly rated on TripAdvisor, and a Travellers Award winner this year, this is great value for a family break in Kerry.

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18. Royal Marine Hotel, Dublin: July & August €378

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I stayed in the Royal Marine Hotel last summer and love how it close it is to Dublin city, yet has a seaside holiday feel.  There are gorgeous walks along Dun Laoghaire Promenade and Pier, and who knows you might get tempted to swim in the 40ft?
 

 

 
If you just want to relax, you can do that too – the Royal Marine hotel has a health club and indoor pool, as well as a choice of dining options in Hardys bar and the Dun Bistro. I have selected dates in August below, but prices are similar throughout July and August.

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19. Midlands Park Hotel, Laois: €268

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We had the pleasure of staying at the Midlands Park Hotel in December and loved its family friendly facilities, modern decor and great dining options, particularly Kelly’s Steakhouse. It is located in the centre of Portlaoise and has a health and fitness club with a 22 metre pool, spa and fitness centre.
 

 

 
The Midlands Park Hotel is ideally located to explore the many attractions in Laois, Kildare and Kilkenny, and must be one of the best value family hotel deals in Ireland.

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20. Sheraton Athlone, Westmeath: €470

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Located in the heart of Athlone, the highly rated Sheraton Hotel offers great value for a family break this summer. It has a 20 metre pool, a luxury spa, and a choice of dining options, and is located close to Bay Sports waterpark that children will love.
 
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I hope this post on family hotel deals in Ireland will help you plan an summer break away.  While every effort is made to ensure that hotel facilities and services are accurate, these are subject to change. 
 

 

 
These deals were researched across various hotel booking sites. When you make a booking you do so via a third party website. Prices are correct at the time of publishing but may change. Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.  Read more in my privacy policy.
 

 

 

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Sarah

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New Year in Orlando, 29th December, 10 Nights, 2ad & 2ch, €4026

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How do you top a visit from Santa? Spend New Year in Orlando! Surprise the kids with a holiday of a lifetime, or better still – make it their Christmas present…

Can you think of a better way to ring in the New Year? Enjoy a trip of a lifetime by spending New Year in Orlando with your family. Ten days is just about enough time to see the main sights in Orlando. Visit Universal Studios where you will see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as well as mind blowing simulator rides from your favourite movies.

Read: Top things to do in Universal Studios – my top tips and tricks
 

 

 
Walt Disney World is another must see – and not just just for younger kids. With the brand new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened this year, and Pandora – The World of Avatar – one of Orlando’s most popular attractions, you may need to spend longer in Disney than you think! Let the kids see their favourite Disney characters in street parades and make sure you catch the dazzling fire work displays.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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However, there is more to a holiday in Florida than Universal Studios and Disney. There are numerous water parks to choose from as well as Legoland, Peppa Pig World, and the Kennedy Space Center which is just an hour’s drive away. And don’t forget the shopping! You need to allow a full day to explore the Florida Mall and the Premium Outlets..

 

 

 
I have chosen Universal’s Endless Summer Resort, the hotel that I recently stayed in. Not only has this new resort got family friendly facilities, but once you purchase park tickets, you will receive early access to Universal Studios parks, one hour before the parks open. Family rooms and large family suites are available that can cater for families of six.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I found great value airfares with Delta Airlines via Atlanta for €505 per person on the 29th of December, through Irish travel company e-Travel. The layover is relatively short, and you will still be able to clear immigration in Dublin airport before you fly. Direct flights are also available from Dublin to Orlando with Aer Lingus five times per week.
 

 

 
Universal’s Endless Summer Resort is €2006 based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing for ten nights. If you wish to stay longer or come back earlier, simply edit the search on the links below to suit your requirements.
 

 

 
I have also priced 14 day tickets to Universal Studios below, these allow unlimited entry to all three Universal Studios parks for 14 days. There are many other ticket options available through Attraction Tickets.com. So go ahead, treat the kids to a trip to Florida this Christmas and spend New Year in Orlando!
 

 

 
View flights here 29th Dec – 8th Jan €505pp

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View park tickets 2ad & 2ch €1342

 
Read: 10 things to know about Universal Studios before you book.
 

 

 
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10 Great Family Holidays in July and August With Free Child Places

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I have teamed up with TUI, the family holiday specialists, to bring you my top ten family holidays in July and August with free child places.

Whether you want self-catering in Greece, an All Inclusive holiday on the Algarve, or a water park holiday on the Costa del Sol, I have family holidays in July and August with free child places to suit everyone! All holidays are hand-picked, have great reviews and are ideal for family holidays.
 

 

 
Another added bonus with TUI holidays is that there are no hidden extras. All TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage. And that’s not all, you only need a deposit of €75 to secure a booking, with the balance payable ten weeks before departure.
 

 

 

Family Holidays in July and August – Algarve:

One of my favourite destinations for family holidays, the Algarve, offers superb beaches, mouth watering food and great value for money in the resorts. I have chosen two family holidays in July and August with free child places, a self-catering option in the lively resort of Albufeira, and an All Inclusive property in the pretty village of Alvor.
 

 

 

1. Cerro Mar Garden: 31st July, 2ad & 2ch, €2284

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Located in lively Albufeira this is an excellent choice for families looking for good quality self-catering accommodation. Highly rated on TripAdvisor, there are some great on-site facilities including a spa, gym and whirlpool. Kids will love the bowling alley, games room and large swimming pool, and there is a separate splash zone for little ones too.
 

 

 
Price for flights, transfers, baggage and a seven-night stay on a self-catering basis for 2 adults and 2 children on the 31st of July from Dublin is €2284. Many more dates, and larger room types are available.

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2. All Inclusive, Alvor Baia,  31st July, 2ad & 2ch, €3606

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 The Alvor Bahia is a four star All Inclusive property which is highly rated on TripAdvisor and offers something for all the family. The kids club, entertainment programme, sports facilities and pirate themed play area, will keep the kids amused all day long. If you fancy some quiet time, why not chill out in their spa!
 

 

 
Price for flights, transfers, baggage and a seven-night stay on an All Inclusive basis for 2 adults and 2 children on the 31st of July from Dublin is €3606.  Many more dates, and larger room types are available.

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Family Holidays in July and August – Spain:

Did you know TUI feature 9 different regions in Spain this Summer? Choose from mainland Spain’s popular destinations of Costa Dorada and the Costa del Sol, the Balearic Islands of Majorca or Ibiza or the year round favourites, the Canary Islands. These are my top Spanish family holidays in July and August with free child places.

 

 

 

3. Majorca: Protur Bonaire Aparthotel, 7th July, €2866

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This is one of the best family apartments in Majorca. We spent a week here a few years ago and the kids loved it. It is located just a few minutes from the beach and the centre of Cala Bona, where there is an ample choice of restaurants and bars. If you want to venture further afield, the larger resort of Cala Millor is about a thirty minute walk.
 

 

 
You don’t need to venture outside the resort though as the facilities on-site are excellent. There is a children’s splash park with a giant pirate ship and there is day and night time entertainment, including a mini-disco in the evening. Kids are spoilt for choice with kids clubs and a multi-sports court, there is also a crèche for children under 3 years.

Price for flights, transfers, baggage and a seven-night stay for 2 adults and 2 children on the 7th of July from Dublin is €2866. Many more dates are available.

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4. Salou: Villa Romana, Half Board, 5th July, 2ad & 2ch, €2936

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With waterslides on site and PortAventura within walking distance, your children are sure to enjoy a fun filled week at the Villa Romana.   There is regular day and evening entertainment here, as well as a kids club and sports activities. This super deal includes breakfast and dinner each day and the food receives great reviews on TripAdvisor. 

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5. Tenerife: All Inclusive MaryLanza Suites & Spa – 5th August, 2ad & 2ch €3367

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For families looking for a luxury all-inclusive holiday, the MaryLanza Suites and Spa should tick all boxes. This hotel boasts a fine dining restaurant and Teppanyaki, as well as a buffet restaurant with a terrace for al fresco dining. Chilled Cava, a chocolate fountain and themed evenings elevate the dining experience.
 

 

 
There are two pools, including one with in-water seats, as well as a luxuy Spa. Children are well catered for too with a children’s pool, day and evening entertainment and a games room and play centre.  The location is great too, with Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas just 15-minutes’ walk away.

The MaryLanza Suites & Spa is one of the top rated hotels in Tenerife on TripAdvisor, making this a great value option for luxury family holidays in July and August.

Price for flights, transfers, baggage and a seven-night stay on an All Inclusive basis for 2 adults and 2 children on the 5th or 12th of August from Dublin. Many more dates are available.

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6. Lanzarote: All Inclusive TUI Blue Flamingo Beach – 3rd July, 2ad & 2ch, €3476

Flamingo Beach All Inclusive family resort in Lanzarote
The All Inclusive TUI Blue Flamingo Beach is a popular family complex with kids clubs for children, teenagers and even babies. With three pools, three restaurants, a host of sports activities and nightly entertainment, there is something here for kids of all ages.
 

 

 
Price for flights, transfers, baggage and a seven-night stay on an All Inclusive basis for 2 adults and 2 children is €3476 from Dublin on the 3rd of July.  Many more dates, and larger room types are available.

Room types: There is a wide selection of rooms available including two and three-bedroom apartments which can sleep up to eight.

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Family Holidays in July and August – Greece:

I brought my children to Corfu and Zakynthos and we loved them both! The scenery, laid back pace and excellent value for money, makes Greece an ideal alternative if you want to try something different this year.

From self-catering to All Inclusive resorts, TUI offer both in abundance. I have chosen two family holidays in July and August with free child places, a great value self catering option and the All Inclusive family property, where we stayed a few years ago.
 

 

 

7. Crete: 4-Star Atlantica Akti Zeus Hotel – 16th August, 2ad & 2ch, €3644

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This modern beachfront hotel offers stunning sea views and a great choice of hotel rooms including swim-up rooms. There is a kids club, an evening entertainment programme and a waterpark on site. There is a baby lagoon for children up to 5 years, an aqua playground for children aged 5 -10, and ample slides for children aged 10-12 years.
 
Ranked number 1 on TripAdvisor, this is a great choice if you are looking for All Inclusive resorts for families in Greece with a waterpark on site.
 

 

 
Room types: There is a wide selection of family rooms available including rooms with sliding doors, swim-up rooms and suites. Rooms sleep up to four.

The listed price for flights, transfers, baggage and a seven-night stay on an All Inclusive basis for 2 adults and 2 children on the 16th of August from Dublin is €3644.  Many more dates, and larger room types are available.

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8. Rhodes: All Inclusive 5-Star Holiday Village Atlantica, 17th August, 2ad & 2ch €4458

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Expect non-stop activities, a selection of dining options and lots of pool choices at this five star Holiday Village. There are four outdoor pools, one indoor pool, as well as an adventure splash park with waterslides and a lazy river. There are three à la carte restaurants to choose from, as well as a huge buffet restaurant.
 

 
 
Various kids clubs are available from 3 to 15 year olds with a crèche facility for infants. Activities are not run of the mill either – try kayaking, raft building, aeroball (basketball on a trampoline) or the aerial adventure course. There is even an astro football pitch. Kids from age 3 can learn to swim with qualified instructors and the football academy has qualified UEFA coaches, teaching 5-15 year olds some of their skills.
 

 
 
If this all sounds like too much, you can chill out on the beach, just five minutes away, or relax in the plush spa. Entertainment goes on until late at night with live music, shows and a mini-cinema.

There is a wide selection of rooms available including family rooms with a games console, swim-up rooms, or suites with a private pool. The Holiday Village Atlantica Rhodes is a Travellers Choice winner on TripAdvisor too. If you are looking for an action packed family fun holiday – look no further.

Price for flights, transfers, baggage and a seven-night stay on an All Inclusive basis for 2 adults and 2 children on the 17th August from Dublin is €4458. Many more dates, and larger room types are available.

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7. Corfu: Helion Resort, 1 bedroom apartment, 15th July, 2ad & 2ch, €2662

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The Helion Resort offers a more relaxed choice for a family holiday in Greece. These popular self-catering apartments just footsteps from the beach and centre of Gouvia and just 8km from the historic Corfu Town.

A large swimming pool, pool bar, tennis court, and restaurant, as well as some light entertainment twice-weekly complete an authentic Greek holiday experience. It is highly rated on TripAdvisor and receives excellent reviews from previous guests.
 

 

 
Price for flights, transfers, baggage and a seven-night stay on a self catering basis for 2 adults and 2 children on the 15th of July from Dublin is €2662. Many more dates, and larger room types are available.

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10.  Aqua Paradise Resort, 14th July, 2ad & 2ch, €3515

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The Aqua Paradise Resort is located next to Bulgaria’s biggest waterpark, and this All Inclusive holiday includes free access throughout your stay. This giant waterpark’s home to 25 slides, a surf machine, a wave pool, and a lazy river.

Rated by TripAdvisor as the top place to stay in Nessebar, this is a great value All Inclusive resort for families with waterpark access.
 

 

 
Room types: There is a wide selection of rooms available including two-bedroom annex rooms that sleep up to six.

Price for flights, transfers, baggage and a seven-night stay on an All Inclusive basis for 2 adults and 2 children on the 14th of July from Dublin is €3515.  Many more dates, and larger room types are available.

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I hope you enjoyed my top ten family holidays in July and August with free child places, and that you found something to suit you. Remember you can change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, by selecting ‘Edit Search’ once you click on the links above.
 

 

 
All prices are correct at the date of issue, 4th April 2022 but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by TUI but all views, as always, are my own. Note the links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

 

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