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Short Break in Marbella – 17th October, Flights & Hotel, 4 nights €238pp

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Enjoy a short break in Marbella next month for just €238! This super deal includes Aer Lingus flights and four-nights hotel accommodation.

October is a great time to enjoy a short break in Marbella. The Old Town and marina at Puerto Banus are less busy, temperatures are an average 20 degrees, and of course prices are lower than the summer months. Aer Lingus is offering return flights from Dublin to Malaga in October for just €100, and there is a host of accommodation options to choose from.
 

 

 
Enjoy long strolls along the promenade that leads from Marbella Old Town into Puerto Banus. The Old Town is extremely pretty, and in typical Spanish fashion, boasts white washed buildings brimming with pretty flowers.

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The main square, Orange Square,  has a wide selection of restaurants to choose from, and you will find plenty of retail therapy in the Old Town.

Puerto Banus is where the nightlife happens – the port is adorned with numerous bars and restaurants. Although restaurants and bars are plentiful, it is recommended to book your favourites in advance. However, travelling in October you should find things are a lot less busy here.
 

 

 
There is nothing quite like wandering from one end of the port to the other, gazing at the super yachts berthed in the marina, or ogling the luxury cars zipping past. There are plenty of designer shops along the marina too, if even for window shopping.

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However, Puerto Banus offers more than just the marina. There is a large selection of shops and restaurants away from the port, including a large El Corte Ingles, that sells everything from clothing to kayaks.
 

 

 
I found a great deal to the 4-star Princesa Playa Apart-hotel, which is located right beside the beach and just five minutes walk from the Old Town in Marbella. The small roof-top pool with sea views is particularly popular with guests. The location couldn’t be better and is highly recommended on TripAdvisor.

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Princesa Playa

This is a super choice if you are looking for short break in Marbella that won’t break the bank. Price is just €138 per person for four nights on the 17th of October.
 

 

 
If you are looking for the glitz and glamour that Marbella is renowned for, then check out the adult-only Amàre Beach Hotel. Its stunning beachfront location on top of its stylish modern interior, luxury Spa and upmarket Amàre Club, has made this hotel the place to be seen in Marbella. Price for a four-night stay here is €392 per person.

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Amàre Marbella Club

 

 

 
View flights here €100pp

View Princesa Playa €138pp

View Amàre Club €392pp

 

Car hire from Malaga airport starts at €75.00 for the 5 days, or simply pre-book a transfer here.  
 

 

 
Prices for this short break in Marbella are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. Note accommodation facilities are subject to change. that some of the links in this post are affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.
 

 

 
It is important to be aware of Spain’s entry requirements, including the need to fill out a Passenger Locator form online before you travel, and that these entry requirements can change at any time. 
 
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It is also vital that if you are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid that you have proof of this. If you have not yet received your Digital Covid Certificate, or need more information on testing or entry requirements, you can find out more in these posts:

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Special Offer to Sorrento, October Mid Term Break, Flights & Hotel, 1 Week, €515!

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Spend the October mid term break along the Amalfi Coast. This special offer to Sorrento includes flights for seven nights and hotel with free cancellation!

The Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s most beautiful coastlines, and this special offer to Sorrento gives you the perfect opportunity to explore all its highlights. The views from the coastline, combined with colourful hilltop towns have made it a bucket list favourite for many years.

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Sorrento is one of the biggest resorts along the coast, and also one of the liveliest. The streets are full of al fresco eateries and plenty of designer shops. Sipping a cocktail as you watch the stylish Italians pass you by is a nice start to the evening, and a nice meal in one of Sorrento’s fantastic restaurants is the perfect way to end it.

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However, Sorrento is just the tipping point, you simply have to explore the neighbouring resorts too. Take a water taxi to Positano, Amalfi or Ravello and admire the local villages. Visit the isle of Capri, or if you are feeling adventurous take a trip to Pompeii, or climb Mount Vesuvius.

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I found this special offer to Sorrento for seven nights over the October mid term break. Stay in the popular Villa Fiorita with breakfast included for only €515 – and that includes return flights from Dublin. Want to bring the kids along? There is a Quad room with balcony and sea view available too. Price for two adults and two children, with flights included is €1990. 

 

 
Highly rated on Tripadvisor, the Villa Fiorita offers beautiful views over the Bay of Naples and has a panoramic sun terrace. Located just 6km from the centre of Sorrento, it offers the best of both worlds – you can enjoy its peaceful location, or avail of its free shuttle bus to the centre of Sorrento.
 

 

 
This special offer to Sorrento is based on flying to Naples on the 24th of October. If this date doesn’t suit you, or you want a longer or shorter duration, simply edit the search to suit your requirements. Check out my ultimate guide to the Amalfi Coast for many more resort and accommodation recommendations. 

 
View flights here €227pp

View hotel here  €288pp
 

 

 

Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note that this special offer to Sorrento contains affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

 

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Weekend Break in Venice – 3 Nights, Flights & Hotel, 5th March, €253pp

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There has never been a better time to visit one of the world’s most beautiful cities. This weekend break in Venice is the perfect way to make up for lost time!

The unique floating city of Venice simply has to be visited at least once in a lifetime. It is romantic, captivating and will inspire you at every corner. There are so many iconic sights to see and this weekend break in Venice will give you the perfect opportunity to see them. With international visitors starting to return, you should be able to enjoy a holiday atmosphere, but without the massive crowds.

 

Sipping a latte on St Mark’s Square and taking a gondola ride through the canals, both cost a small fortune, but simply have to be done! There are plenty of things you can do for free though. Visit the Basilica di San Marco and the Campanile Tower, cross the famous Rialto bridge or simply wander through the back streets and alleyways and see every day Venetian life. Read my post about the top things to do in Venice here.

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I found a great deal in the superbly located Mercurio. It is located minutes from St Marks Square and great value for a weekend break in Venice. If you prefer a four-star hotel, you can book a Prestige Room at the Grand Canal Hotel for just €222 per person, including breakfast – I have links to both hotels below.

 

I have chosen Saturday the 5th of March, but if these dates don’t suit simply edit the search via the link below, to suit your requirements. The flights to Venice are with Aer Lingus and cost just €113 return, and depending on your budget you can choose any of the hotels below.

All are highly recommended on TripAdvisor and are located in the heart of the city. I have lots more hotel options in this post:

Read: Top things to do in Venice and where to stay
 

 

 
Search Flights €111pp

 

View Mercurio €141pp

 

View Canal Grande €222pp
 

 

 

Prices and facilities are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. Note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

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New Year In Iceland, Flights, Baggage & 4-Star Hotel, 4-Nights, €579

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Plan ahead and spend New Year in Iceland – who knows the Northern Lights might even light up the skies on New Years Eve…

I went to Iceland a few years ago and I loved it. It was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. The scenery, the people, everything about the trip was amazing, even though we had the worst snow storms. We saw the Northern Lights, something that was on my bucket list for years. This time of year is a good time to see them, so fingers crossed you will too.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We also swam in the Blue Lagoon. Bathing in the steamy waters of the Blue Lagoon with snow all around us was something really special. In fact the whole island looked like a Winter wonderland.

Read my top things to do in Iceland.

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I found a great deal staying in the 4-star Icelandair Reykjavik Natura Hotel. This eco-friendly hotel is superb value and is home to the only heated indoor hotel pool in the area. You will also find a 24-hour gym, steam bath, sauna and hot tub.

Rooms are small but modern, and are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge. This can be useful in a country that is not cheap on the ground!
 

 

 
I have based this deal for New Year in Iceland on a four night stay, which should give you time to see the highlights. TOP TIP: Make sure you book the Northern Lights tour for the night you arrive. If it is cancelled due to poor visibility (which happens regularly), this will give you time to re schedule for another night.
 

 

 
I have added direct links to Skyscanner below which show flights departing on the 29th of December for €242, but the cost I have highlighted below is €334. It is important to note that the cheaper fare of €242 is non changeable and does not include checked baggage. Iceland will be freezing in December – you will need to bring a checked bag!
 

 

 
Therefore. I have priced this package on the Economy Standard Fare which includes cabin baggage, checked baggage, seat selection, and a free date change. I recommend scrolling down to the Icelandair website to book these flights, and not to book via the third-party website.

So go on, plan ahead and ring in the New Year in Iceland! 

 
View flights here €334pp economy standard fare
 
View hotel here €245pp
 

 

 
Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. Note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

 

 

Sarah

 

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20 Last Minute Hotel Deals In September – Prices from €49pp

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Book one of these last minute hotel deals in Ireland in September. With prices from just €49 per person, why not treat yourself to an overnight escape.

With the forecast of an Indian summer, why not book a last minute hotel deal in Ireland? Enjoy a Full Irish breakfast, a swim or even a spa treatment! These last minute hotel deals are based on one night stays in September. If you want to stay longer, or if the dates I have chosen don’t suit, simply edit the dates to suit your requirements – there are lots more dates available at the same price.

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Almost all hotels are 4-star with swimming pools, and all are highly rated on TripAdvisor, however it is important to note that some facilities may have restrictions in place and it is vital that you pre-book restaurant and swimming pool times in advance.

Read: 10 Staycation tips for holidaying in Ireland during Covid-19

Note some of the links below contain affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

 

 

1. Antrim: 4-Star Clayton Hotel Belfast, €57pp

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Centrally located in the heart of the city, with the Titanic Exhibition and Victoria Square close by, this a great choice to explore Belfast. I also recommend taking the 30-minute drive to the Gobbins Cliff Path Walk – but make sure you prebook.

The four-star Clayton Hotel Belfast boasts the stylish restaurant and bar, Avenue 22, as well as the Club Vitae Leisure Club with swimming pool, modern fitness centre and a beauty salon.

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2. Clare: 4-Star Hotel Woodstock, Superior Twin Room, €49pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Clare’s Hotel Woodstock is a family run country house on the grounds of Woodstock Golf and Country Club. Located just 4km from Ennis and a short drive to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, the possibilities for day trips are endless.
 

 

 
The onsite Leisure Club with pool, sauna and jacuzzi will be a warmly welcomed after spending a day along the Wild Atlantic Way.

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3. Wexford: The Riverside Park Hotel, B&B, Prosecco & Chocolates €50pp

Swimming pool at the Riverside Park Hotel, Wexford

The Riverside Park Hotel and Leisure Club is a great choice for a last minute getaway. The leisure club and lively Alamo Steakhouse are sure to please, and its close proximity to Curacloe Beach and Wexford’s top attractions offer endless opportunities for day trips. This super deal includes a full Irish breakfast, and a bottle of Prosecco with chocolates in the room on arrival.

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4. Clare: Falls Hotel, Co. Clare: Twin / Double Room €72pp  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I had the pleasure of staying in the Falls Hotel this summer, and I can confirm the Spa is amazing! There is a swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre and an outdoor hot tub! The Falls Hotel & Spa is ideally situated to explore the Wild Atlantic Way, with the Cliffs of Moher and the lively town of Doolin less than 15 minutes away. You can also help the environment by staying here – the Falls Hotel & Spa is officially a carbon neutral hotel.

Read: 20 Spa hotel breaks in Ireland that won’t break the bank

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5. Donegal: The Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa, €55pp

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This award-winning 4-star hotel boasts fantastic views of Malin Head and is an ideal choice if you want to escape to the unspoilt Inishowen Peninsula. With a swimming pool, spa, and the popular Jacks Bar and Restaurant, it is no surprise that it receives excellent reviews on TripAdvisor from previous guests. 

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6. Dublin: Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire: €50pp

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The Royal Marine Hotel is an ideal choice for those who wish to combine a city break with a seaside location. There are some gorgeous walks along Dun Laoghaire Promenade and Pier, or why not take a boat trip with Dublin under Sail – I did this recently and loved it.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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.

Read: 20 Dublin hotel deals – overnight stays from €50pp

Read: 16 easy walks in Dublin for all fitness levels

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7. Galway: Connemara Coast Hotel, B&B: €80pp

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Offering spectacular views over the Atlantic, yet only 10 minutes drive from Galway City, the Connemara Coast Hotel offers the best of both worlds. The Leisure club boasts a 19 metre swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, gym and treatment rooms. With the Connemara coast and the Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, you may wish to extend your stay…
 
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8. Kildare: Girls Getaway at Westgrove Hotel with Dinner, B&B, Afternoon Tea, Bubbly & Shopping Discounts

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This girls getaway is amazing value and is the ideal shopping break. The 4-star Westgrove Hotel is located in the village of Clane, and just 20 minutes from Kildare Village – it is never too early to think about Christmas shopping, right?  As well as an overnight stay with breakfast and evening meal, you will also be treated to Afternoon Tea and glass of bubbly, as well as discount codes for Kildare Village and Newbridge Silverware.

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After a long day shopping, why not enjoy a swim in the hotel Leisure Club or enjoy a treatment in the Spa Haven treatment rooms. This offer is available from September – December. Supplements may apply on weekends.

Read: 10 Autumn breaks with Select Hotels of Ireland

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9. Kilkenny: 5-Star Lyrath Estate, B&B €102pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Set amidst 170 acres of parkland, Lyrath Estate is a luxury hotel with Spa, indoor infinity pool, and two award-winning restaurants. This super deal includes breakfast too, and must be one of the best last minute hotel deals for couples looking for a luxury escape.

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10. Laois: Midlands Park Hotel, €50pp

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The Midlands Park Hotel is located in the centre of Portlaoise and has the added benefit of a health and fitness club with a 22 metre pool, spa and fitness centre. There is a choice of dining options available, including the award-winning Kelly’s Steakhouse. The Midlands Park Hotel is ideally located to explore the many attractions in Laois, Kildare and Kilkenny.

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11. Limerick: Clayton Hotel with Breakfast, Dinner and Drinks, €109pp

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I’ve got an exclusive hotel deal for you, staying in the highly-rated Clayton Limerick Hotel. Boasting stunning river views over the Shannon, a leisure centre on site, and a choice of dining options, this is one of the most popular hotels in the city.
 

 

 
From a mere €109 per person you can enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast, a 4-course dinner, a complimentary cocktail, and Prosecco in your room on arrival.  This deal is available on various dates throughout September.

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12. Mayo: Twin Trees Hotel, B&B + Dinner with wine €77pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The family-run Twin Trees Hotel overlooks the beautiful Brosna River, just a short distance from Ballina town. With a Leisure Club, swimming pool and popular restaurant on site, and its close proximity to Mayo’s top attractions, including Down Patrick Head and the Wild Atlantic Way, this must be one of the best last minute hotel deals in Mayo.

Read: Top 10 thing to do in Mayo

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13. Meath: Trim Castle Hotel, B&B €55pp 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Overlooking Trim Castle, with a choice of dining options, this is one of the most popular last minute hotel deals for Dubliners. Its proximity to the capital means you can be relaxing on the terrace within an hour of leaving your house. Enjoy some of the many activities available in the Boyne Valley or simply relax and enjoy the views.

Read: 5 Activity breaks less than an hour from Dublin

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14. Roscommon: Kilronan Castle Hotel & Spa – 3-Bedroom Self Catering House: €150 total cost

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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.

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15. Sligo: Strandhill Lodge & Suites, B&B €69pp

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The Strandhill Lodge and Suites is the perfect choice for a luxury seaside escape. The hotel ideally located just 10 minutes’ walk from the beach as well as the luxurious Voya Seaweed Baths and Spa. If you feel like being pampered, treat yourself to a seaweed bath, but make sure you book in advance!
 

 

 
This boutique style accommodation offers views of Knocknarea and Strandhill Bay and is one of those rare finds that receives 5-star / Excellent reviews on Tripadvisor. This super deal includes breakfast too! 

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16. Dublin: Clayton Hotel, Cardiff Lane with Swimming Pool: €60pp  

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This 4-star hotel is located right in the heart of Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock overlooking the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Enjoy a meal in Stir Restaurant. With the added bonus of a 22 meter swimming pool and health club, you may wish to stay longer…

Read: 20 Dublin hotel deals – Overnight stays from €50pp

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17. Mayo: Breaffy House Hotel, Twin Room: €70pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We stayed in Breaffy House Resort on two occasions and had a wonderful experience. There is a large swimming pool and spa on site and if you like wine, make sure you take a tour of their cellar! I loved Mayo. There is so much to see and do, check out my blog posts here:

Read: Top 10 things to do in Mayo

Read: 10 reasons to choose Breaffy House Resort for your next staycation

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18. Westmeath: Sheraton Athlone, €48pp

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Located in the heart of Athlone, the highly rated Sheraton Hotel ticks all boxes for an overnight escape. It has a 20 metre pool, a luxury spa, and stylish dining options. All guests receive the property’s Platinum Card, which provides discounts on a number of shops in Athlone town centre.

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19. Derry: Best Western Plus White Horse Hotel, €49pp

Last minute hotel deals in the city of Derry.

Did you know that Derry is one of the world’s best preserved walled-cities, and is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland? Derry is brimming with culture and history and is waiting to be explored.

Stay at the 4-star Best Western Plus White Horse Hotel which boasts an award-winning restaurant and leisure centre, and is just 15-minutes drive from the city centre – for a mere €53pp.
 

 

 
Alternatively if you prefer to stay inside the city walls, you can stay in a luxury apartment at the five-star Bishops Gate Hotel, for just €81 per person.

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20. Faithlegg Hotel, Co. Waterford: Twin Room €79pp 

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Faithlegg Hotel is a restored 18th century mansion that is set in acres of woodlands overlooking the Suir Estuary. It offers all the cosy feels for the perfect winter break. Faithlegg offers a choice of dining options – choose from the award-winning Roseville Rooms in the main house, or casual dining in the Golf Club. 
 

 

 
The health and fitness centre boasts a swimming pool, sauna and steam room, tennis courts, as well as treatment suites. This rate is based on the 19th of September, but if this date does not suit, simply search dates to suit you when you click below.

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I hope this post on last minute hotel deals will help you plan a nice getaway. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual hotel for clarification. I always recommend booking a room with free cancellation incase there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you.
 

 

 
These last minute hotel 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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Family Holiday in Lake Garda for October Mid Term Break: 1 week Flights & Apt From €1115

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Hoping to get away for the October mid term break? This family holiday in Lake Garda might do the trick!

With Ryanair and Aer Lingus both flying to Verona at the end of October, a family holiday in Lake Garda might be a good idea for the Halloween break. I hope that travel restrictions will not be in place at that time, but as always I recommend booking accommodation with free cancellation just in case you are unable to travel.
 

 

 
This deal is priced with Ryanair flights, but if you prefer to fly Aer Lingus the supplement is €79 per person. Both airlines will allow free changes up to 31st December, but with Ryanair you must travel before 31st December, Aer Lingus will allow you to change to travel in 2022.

Read: Aer Lingus allowing free changes up to 31st December
 

 

 
Lake Garda ticks all boxes, it’s got scenery, sights and plenty of style! Enjoy quiet lakeside towns, Gardaland’s thrill rides, and explore the new cycle path that is due to open this summer. I love taking water taxis across the lake and discovering new towns. The nearby city of Verona should also not be missed. One thing for sure is that if you book a family holiday in Lake Garda, you won’t be short of things to do!

Sirmione, Lake Garda

There are so many different resorts to choose from, but my personal favourite is Sirmione. It’s situated at the south of the Lake, which is handy for visiting Gardaland as well as being close to Verona. Sirmione is situated at the tip of a long peninsula that juts out into the Lake. The old town has a fairytale like castle that sets the tone and gives a magical feel to the place. Take time to explore the narrow streets which are buzzing with local shops and Italian Osterias.
 

 

 
The Garda Village apartments are situated close to Sirmione near the lakeshore and are ideally located if you want to explore Lake Garda and some of Italy’s top attractions. These basic bungalow style apartments are situated in a large complex with camping and mobile homes too. There is plenty of on-site entertainment including a swimming pool.

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Personally I would recommend a car if booking a family holiday in Lake Garda ( there is free parking on site), but they also have a shuttle service to take you to nearby attractions, if you don’t fancy driving. There are also some gorgeous holiday homes available, check out this beauty with a private pool.

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There are so many things to see and do nearby, but if travelling with kids, Gardaland is a must. This is one of the best theme parks in Europe and is a great day out for all the family. I would also recommend a  visit to the amphitheatre in Verona, but for more inspiration check out my handy guide to Lake Garda. I have been asked about weather during October, and while it may not be sun bathing weather, it should be warm, with the average temperature approx. 16 degrees last year – see historical weather here.

Gardaland, Lake Garda
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin to Verona on the 22nd of October for only €126 per person with Ryanair, alternatively choose to fly on the 23rd of October with Aer Lingus for €188 per person. 
 

 

 
The Garda Village two-bedroom bungalows are €611 for seven nights. Mobile home rates are cheaper and also available. There are many more accommodation options to choose from including some gorgeous holiday homes here.

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All prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to availability. Please note flights and accommodation has been researched on third-party websites and facilities are subject to change – please check with individual airlines and accommodation for clarification on travel restrictions. Attractions such as Gardaland may also have restrictions in place.
 

 

 
Some of the links in this post are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made but at no additional cost to you.

 

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Santorini Holiday – Direct Aer Lingus Flights & Hotel, September, 1 week, €754

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Scratch one off the bucket list – check out this super Santorini holiday in September.

 

Santorini is undoubtedly one of top places to visit in the world, so I was delighted when Aer Lingus announced they were going to start flying direct from Dublin airport this year. Wouldn’t a Santorini holiday be the ultimate dream when we can travel again?
 

 

 
I love Aer Lingus’ flexible booking options, so if you do decide to book now, you know that you can change your flights as many times as you like up to 31st of December. And, if you opt for their Plus or Smart fare, you can cancel and avail of a refund voucher that is valid for five years.  

This gives great peace of mind in these uncertain times. You can book a Santorini holiday now, have something to look forward to, and know that if the need arises, you can change your booking without penalty. 

Read: Aer Lingus allow free changes for Summer 2021
 

 

 
Santorini is still on my own bucket list – I can’t wait to visit, but I want to spend a week there, and not simply get a glimpse from a cruise ship visit. The picture postcard villages of Oia and Fira have to be one of the best places in the world to watch the sunset – and this is only possible if you book a Santorini holiday. 

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The island is quite small, so if you choose to stay on the beach side, you will never be longer than 30 minutes bus ride from the stunning villages of Oia, Imerovigli and Fira. The beach resorts have plenty of life, and the restaurants and bars offer better value for money.

I often see luxury hotels with private pools being advertised, but it is also possible to book a Santorini holiday on a budget – there are plenty of three and four-star hotel options to choose from.

holiday deal to Santorini
 

 

 
I found a great deal in the hugely popular Anemoessa Villa in Finikia. This family-run hotel is built in typical Santorini style with traditional furnishings, and a homemade breakfast is included in the price of your stay. 
 

 

 
Its location offers panoramic views over the sea and it is just 1km from the picture perfect town of Oia. The Anemoessa Villa receives excellent reviews on TripAdvisor, is ideal for couples, and is great value for such a highly rated accommodation in a prime location.

holiday deal to santorini staying in the Anemoessa villa
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin to Thira on the 15th of September and enjoy a seven-night Santorini Holiday in this popular villa, with breakfast included, for just €754 per person. Remember you can change your flight booking up to two hours before departure, if the need arises, and the hotel offers free cancellation up to the 24th of August, with no pre-payment required.

santorini sea views

If this date or hotel doesn’t suit you simply edit the dates on the links below, there are many other flight and accommodation options to choose from.  
 
View flights here  €216pp
 
View hotel here €538pp
 

 

 
Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. Note some of the links in this post are affiliate links where I receive a commission if a booking is made. However these links do not increase the cost for you in any way.
 

Sarah

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The Best Black Friday Travel Deals – Hotel Stays from €28pp

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I have searched the web to bring you the Best Black Friday travel deals, with hotel stays from €28pp, 2 nights for the price of 1, and some great Christmas gift ideas.

I publish a Black Friday travel deals post every year, and its always a great success! This year I have primarily focused on hotel stays in Ireland, but I hope to add some more overseas deals later in the week. I’ve got some ideas for pre and post Christmas hotel stays in Ireland, as well as some spring and early summer offers. Perhaps 2020 is the year to give the gift of travel –  can you think of anything better under the tree this Christmas?

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All of the hotel deals below have free cancellation, so you don’t need to worry if travel restrictions are in place, you can simply cancel your booking without any charge. I will update this post as more Black Friday deals become available, and add any overseas travel deals that I am made aware of. I also have FREE online travel experiences and some nice travel gifts, which are ideal stocking fillers 🎁.
 

 

 
Note all of these hotel deals are subject to availability, but in most cases there are multiple dates available, so if the date you click on is not available, search for alternatives. Most of the stays are based on stays from Sunday – Thursday, with supplements applying for weekends. Some of the links contain affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

Don’t forget you can claim up to €125 per person tax refund with the government Spend and Stay scheme. This is valid in selected hotels for stays up to 30th April.

Read: How to claim money back via the spend and save scheme
 

 

 

Overnight stays in Dublin:

4-Star stay in Dublin with dinner, bed & breakfast, pre or post Christmas from €71pp

Are the travel restrictions getting you down? Why not book yourself into a hotel for the night? The Hyatt Centric is one of the highest rated 4-star hotels in Dublin on Booking.com. Guests love it’s stylish decor, chic bar and restaurant, and its trendy location. For a limited time you can enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast from €47pp, or include dinner for just €71 per person!

This rate is based on 17th December arrival, but many more dates are available, pre and post Christmas. 

Search and book here

 

Read: 20 Dublin Hotel stays from €45pp
 

 

 

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links €38pp

hotel deals in Dublin

If you want to combine a night out in Dublin with a morning stroll on the beach, Portmarnock is an ideal choice. You can also enjoy a game of golf or relax in its luxury spa. 

The Portmarnock Hotel has 30% off on selected dates with prices from €76 per room from January – April. Supplements apply for Friday / Saturday night stays.

Book 31st January

 

Book 28th February

 

Book 28th March
 

 

 

Hotel breaks over Christmas & New Year:

New Year’s Eve in Mayo, 2-night stay from €99pp!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I have had many requests from people who want to get away for New Year’s eve. I have updated this post with lots of great deals, but this one for €99 is hard to beat. The popular Twin Trees Hotel in Ballina is located close to Mayo’s top attractions including Down Patrick Head.

The seaside town of Enniscrone is only a fifteen minute drive away, as is the Wild Atlantic Way. It also happens to have a leisure centre on site, if you fancy a swim. 

View offer here

 

Read: 20 Irish hotel deals for New Year’s eve

 

 

Family stay in Clare, The Inn at Dromoland, 27th December €258

family hotel deals in Ireland - The Inn at Dromoland Hotel

Situated on the famous Dromoland Estate, The Inn at Dromoland offers endless outdoor walks over 450 acres of countryside. With Bunratty Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and beaches  just a short drive away, there are plenty of options for outdoor pursuits, as well as an indoor pool with separate kids pool at the hotel. This festive family hotel deal is not available over New Year’s eve, so I have priced this stay based on the 27th of December, for two nights.

View offer here

 

Read: 10 Dublin Family Stays over Christmas Holidays

Read: 15 Family staycations over Christmas & New Year
 

 

 

Black Friday Hotel Deals for 2021:

4-star stay in Kilkenny Ormonde from €28pp

SUPing on the River Barrow, Kilkenny

The Kilkenny Ormonde is offering 30% off selected stays from January – May 2021. I have checked numerous dates and there are rooms available from €55 in January and February, €59 in March and April, and €66 in May. I have selected a few dates below, but they are likely to sell quickly, so edit the search dates to check alternatives. Prices are available from Sunday – Thursday, excluding bank holidays. 

Kilkenny Ormonde

This hotel is practically a landmark in Kilkenny City, and is located just minutes away from the Medieval Mile. Its brasserie and bar attract locals as well as visitors, and it is the only city hotel in Kilkenny that has a leisure centre and spa. 

Book 28th February

 

Book 21st March

 

Book 25th April

 

Book 16th May 
 

 

 

Get 2-Nights for the Price of 1 – Hotel stays across Ireland from €129 including breakfast!

Select Hotels of Ireland, a group of 29 independent Irish hotels have given me an exclusive 2 nights for the price of 1 voucher that can be used in ANY of their 29 hotels. Prices start at €129 for midweek stays, with a supplement of €40 applying for weekends. This is valid for stays from the 5th of January until the 30th of April, excluding bank holidays, Easter etc.

There are so many great hotels to choose from including the Celtic Ross Hotel, Clifden Station House, Kenmare Bay and Breaffy House Hotel, where I stayed during the summer. There are small supplements on selected hotels, including Actons Hotel Kinsale and the Dingle Skellig Hotel. Prices are total cost for a two-night stay with breakfast, for two people!

Use my exclusive PROMO CODE tex2for1 to redeem this offer. See full list of hotel prices here.

Book here 
 

 

 

Oranmore Lodge Hotel Galway, €28pp

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The 4-star Oranmore Lodge Hotel is located close to Galway Bay, and a 10-minute drive to the city centre. It boasts a leisure centre with swimming pool, a counter-current swimming machine, gym and health centre.
 
The hotel is offering 30% off on selected dates from January – May 2021. I have checked numerous dates and there are rooms available from €55 in January and February, €59 in March and April, and €66 in May and June. I have selected a few dates below, but they are likely to sell quickly, so edit the search dates to check alternatives. Prices are available from Sunday – Thursday, excluding bank holidays. Add on breakfast for €6.50 per person.

Book 28th February

 

Book 21st March

 

Book 16th May

 

Book 13th June 
 

 

 

Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford, B&B, €45pp

black friday travel deals in Ireland

The highly rated Ferrycarrig Hotel offers stylish and spacious accommodation overlooking the river Slaney. It is renowned for its great food, olympic-sized pool and active health club and spa. Rated as excellent on Tripadvisor, this is great value for a spa hotel break.
 

 

 
Price will show at €80 per room per night in January and February and €90 in March, April and May. Note the rate with breakfast is only €10 more. If the dates below don’t suit, simply edit the search to suit your requirements. Supplements will apply for Friday / Saturday night stays. 

Book 28th February

 

Book 16th May 
 

 

 

Connemara Coast, Galway,  B&B, €45pp

black friday deals in galway

Offering spectacular views over the Atlantic, yet only 10 minutes drive from Galway City, the Connemara Coast Hotel offers the best of both worlds. The Leisure club boasts a 19 metre swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, gym and treatment rooms.
 
Price of €89 per room includes breakfast and is based on stays in January and February. Price increases to €99 for March and April, €109 in May, €119 in June, and €129 in July. Supplement applies for Friday / Saturday night stays.

Book 28th February

 

Book 16th May

 

Book 11th July

 

Read: 20 Mother & Daughter spa breaks in Ireland
 

 

 

West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen, B&B €35pp 

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I love West Cork, I have visited many times – its one of my favourite places in Ireland. The West Cork Hotel is ideally located in Skibbereen, with the Wild Atlantic Way on its doorstep. This super deal of €69 per room includes breakfast, and is valid from the 2nd of December until 31st March – December 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 31st, February 12th, 13th, March 20th, 26th are excluded.

View offer here
 

 

 

Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy B&B: €37pp 

black friday hotel deals in Ireland

The 4-star Riverside Park Hotel and Leisure Club in Wexford is a firm favourite with Irish guests. There is a leisure club and a choice of dining options on site, including the popular Alamo Steakhouse. Its close proximity to Curacloe Beach, and Wexford’s top attractions make it an ideal choice for a staycation.

The hotel is running a super Black Friday offer with 20% selected dates until May 2021.

See more here
 

 

 

Luxury hotel Stays:

5-star Mount Juliet Estate, B&B €65pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Mount Juliet Estate consists of two residences, the original Georgian Manor House and the chic Hunter’s Yard. This super deal is based on staying in Hunter’s Yard and includes breakfast. Why not treat yourself to a meal in the Michelin-starred Lady Helen restaurant, and make it a stay to remember. I stayed in Mount Juliet recently and loved it, you can read all about my stay here:

Read: My review of Mount Juliet Estate
 

 

 
This deal is valid on selected dates from January – May. I have selected a few dates below but if the dates don’t suit, simply edit the search to suit your requirements. Note the lowest rate is €104, but this a non-refundable room, price of  €130 has free cancellation. Supplements apply for Friday / Saturday nights. 

Book 28th February

 

Book 18th April

 

Book 23rd May 
 

 

 

5-star Intercontinental Hotel, Dinner B&B in Junior Suite: €145pp

dublin hotel deals

The luxurious InterContinental Dublin has a fab five-star offer which includes an overnight stay in a Junior Suite, a three-course dinner in Seasons Restaurant, a full Irish breakfast, and a late check-out until 2pm. You will also enjoy complimentary access to the Wellness Area with the 14 metre indoor heated pool and Relaxation Area.
 

 

 
This deal is available to book from Wednesday 25th November until 2nd December and is based on for midweek stays in December 2020 or stays 7 days a week between January and March 2021 – subject to availability. 

View offer here
 

 

 

5-star Lough Erne Resort, Fermanagh, B&B: £99

lough erne resort

Lough Erne is offering savings of up to 50% for Black Friday! Enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast and complimentary use of the infinity pool, jacuzzi, sauna and Thai Spa for just £99 midweek or £139 weekend. Lough Erne is also offering up to 40% discounts on spa treatments and golf.

Read: Living it up at Lough Erne Resort

View offer here
 

 

 

Airbnb FREE online experience:

Airbnb online experiences

Airbnb is giving a FREE gift of $25 off an online experience hosted on the 1st of December, to every account holder! You can get $25 off ANY online experience including festive experiences, cookery lessons, cocktails making classes, or social impact experiences, like shark diving or an animal sanctuary visit – where 100% of the proceeds go to a non-profit organisation. Some Airbnb experiences are less than $25, so you can get the experience absolutely FREE!
 
Use code HOLIDAYS2020 at the check out. Only one code can be used per account, and it is valid on experiences taking place on 1st December 2020 only. 

See more here
 

 

 

Shopping & travel gifts:

Collect TRIPLE Avios when you shop online

When you are shopping online this week make sure you shop via the AerClub eStore. You will collect Avios as well as discounts in many online stores. Apple, Marks & Spencer, ASOS, Currys, Feelunique and lots more are offering triple Avios, and many more stores are offering double Avios.

shop via the aerclub estore

You can collect 1200 Avios when you spend €100 in  Brown Thomas, Arnotts and Life Style Sports right now – this a great way to boost your Avios balance.

See more here
 

 

 

The Perfect Christmas Gift Box –  Hotel Stay & 3 Irish handmade products: €199

christmas gift box from Select Hotels of Ireland

This fabulous Christmas Gift Box includes a one-night stay for two people including breakfast, at any of the 29 Select Hotels of Ireland, as well as three handmade Irish products.

This gift is beautifully presented in a presentation Christmas gift box that can be simply placed under the tree. It can be delivered anywhere on the Island of Ireland and delivery is included in the cost. Not only are you supporting small businesses, but also 29 Irish hotels too.

Read: Christmas gift box from Select Hotels of Ireland

Buy here
 

 

 

Travel gifts make nice stocking fillers!

I’ve got some great Christmas gift ideas for people who like travelling as much as I do! From travel bags to travel themed jewellery and prints, Ive got plenty of ideas in this post.

unique travel gifts

 

See more here
 

 

 

Overseas Holidays:

family fun on royal caribbean cruises

TUI is offering up to €250 off holidays departing from 1st March – 31st October 2021, and free amendments up to 21 days before departure.  Use the following codes at the check out:

Use code BLK100 and save €100 when you spend €1,000
Use code BLK175 and save €175 when you spend €2,500
Use code BLK250 and save €250 when you spend €3,500
 
View offer here

 

Sunway has a host of Black Friday offers bookable via their website from 25th November. 

10% off European sun holidays when you use code BLACK10 
30% off Norwegian Cruises – call through 01.2311800
21% off selected G Adventures Tours 
€50 deposit on  Worldwide & USA holidays
 
See more here
 

 

 
Aer Lingus is offering €20 off return flights and 50% off checked bags to European destinations up to  You can also change your flights for free before the 31st of May. Travel 01 February to 28 May 2021. Book by 30 November 2020.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Attraction Tickets Direct has a wide range of offers for Black Friday including: 

Adults at Kids prices on all major Orlando theme park tickets 
14 days for the price of 7 on Disney Ultimate or Disney Combo tickets
40% off Discovery Cove Packages for 2021 and 2022
4 nights free at Walt Disney World Hotels + 14 Park Days for the price of 7 +  $250 spending money
5% off  Universal Hotel & Ticket Packages
Free Covid Cover on new bookings – Full ticket refund within 21 Days if your holiday is disrupted Covid-19. See more here.
 

 

 
Emirates Holidays is offering 45% off a five-star stay in the Anantara The Palm Dubai. Price for flights and a three night stay on a half-board basis, is only €899 from 1st – 30th June 2021. This includes a complimentary upgrade to a one-bedroom apartment. Deposit of €150 secures booking. 

See more here
 

 

 
Travel Department and TD Active Holidays are offering €50pp on all new bookings of 7 nights or more made between 21st November and 30th November 2020 with the code VP-BLACK50. Their new Flexible Deposit applies to all Black Friday bookings, meaning that changes can be made without any fee, or customers can swap the deposit for a voucher that has no expiry date. This flexibility is valid right up to when the balance is due.

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Kelair Campotel is offering up to 35% off 2021 camping holidays in France, Spain and Italy, and a further 5% off for Green Friday.

See more here
 

 

 
Prices and information is correct at the time of issue but is subject to change. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity. I have taken the facilities, location and reviews from third party websites, these are subject to change so please check with individual hotels for clarification.  

Please note some of my Black Friday travel deals contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no extra cost to you. When you make a booking, you do so via a third party website  Read more in my privacy policy.

 

Sarah

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20 Family Breaks During Christmas & New Year – 2 Night Stays from €238!

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From Dublin to Donegal, Cork to Clare, check out these festive family hotel deals in Ireland with prices from €238 for two nights!

 
I love a post Christmas break, it is the perfect way to finish off the festive season. I had many requests looking for family hotel deals in Ireland between Christmas and New Year, while others want to be away for New Year’s eve. I have highlighted both below based on two-night stays in hotels and holiday homes, however, if you have specific dates in mind, or need change the duration of your stay, simply edit the search dates to suit your requirements.

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 It is important to point out that all hotel facilities may not be in operation. I recommend booking a room with free cancellation, incase there are any changes to facilities, or you need to cancel your booking at the last minute.

Most of these festive 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. Westlodge Hotel & Leisure Centre, Bantry Cork: Deluxe Family Room, 28th Dec €334, 31st Dec €354

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Mizen Head

Set in 30 acres of gardens, yet close to Bantry town, The Westlodge Hotel is super value for a festive family break. The indoor pool, games room and pitch and putt course are a big hit with families, as is its close proximity to West Cork and the Wild Atlantic Way.

28th Dec €334

 

31st Dec €354
 

 

 

2. Breaffy House Hotel, Mayo: Family Room 28th Dec €380, Family Bunkbed (6) €585

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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.
 

 

 
Breaffy House Hotel has family rooms that sleep four as well as large bunkbed rooms that can accommodate a family of six.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Mayo

View offer here
 

 

 

3. Clifden Station House Hotel, Galway: 2-bedroom Apartment, 28th Dec, €627

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This unique hotel was once an old railway station. It has been beautifully restored and manages to combine the old brick and native oak with modern furnishings. Its location in the upmarket town of Clifden is ideal for anyone who wants shops, bars and restaurants close by, but also wants to get out and about and explore the rugged coastline of Connemara.
 

 

 
The four-star, two and three-bedroom apartments are a great choice for groups or families. All guests get full use of the hotel facilities including the swimming pool and leisure facilities. 

View offer here
 

 

 

4. Quilty Holiday Cottages, Clare: 3 bedroom home (6) 28th 0r 31st Dec €494 

airbnbs with swimming pools in Ireland

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. 

View offer here
 

 

 

5. Parkavon Hotel, Killarney, Family Room: 28th Dec €358; 31st Dec €418

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.

28th Dec €338

 

31st Dec €398
 

 

 

6. Talbot Suites at Stonebridge, Wexford: 28th Dec, 2 bed Apartment €360, 3-bed Apt, €500

irish hotel deals for families in wexford

Rated number 1 on TripAdvisor  the luxurious Talbot Suites at Stonebridge is a super choice for families looking for large apartments in the heart of Wexford Town. The three-bedroom apartments have floor-to-ceiling windows, fully equipped kitchen and TV’s in all living areas and bedrooms.

Guests have access to the swimming pool and Talbot Quay Leisure Centre and all the facilities of the Talbot Hotel Wexford.  

See more here
 

 

 

7. Clayton Hotel & Leisure Club Sligo, Family Room: 28th Dec €278; 31st Dec €408

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Photo by Andreas Brunn, Unsplash.

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 family suites are also available that sleep two adults and three children.

28th Dec €278

 

31st Dec €408
 

 

 

8. The Park Hotel Dungarvan, Waterford: Family Room 28th Dec €380

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Park Hotel is located in one of Waterford’s prettiest towns, Dungarvan. It also boasts a leisure centre, extensive grounds and is ideally located within walking distance to the town centre and the Waterford Greenway. We loved cycling the Greenway during our tour of the Munster Vales, it it one of Ireland’s top outdoor attractions for families. 

Top things to do in the Munster Vales

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9. Maldron Hotel Belfast City: Deluxe Family Room, 28th Dec €220, 30th Dec €277

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Maldron Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Belfast City and is a popular choice with families. There is a restaurant and bar on site and deluxe family rooms are bright and spacious. Price for a two night stay based on two adults and two children sharing is €220 on the 28th of December, or why not stay for New Year, price is €277 arriving on the 30th or 31st of December for two nights.
 

 

 
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

View offer here
 

 

 

10. Ocean Sands Hotel, Sligo: 28th Dec, Apartment (4) €420, (6) €540

Enniscrone Beach.

Located in the heart of Enniscrone, overlooking one of Ireland’s best beaches, the location couldn’t be better. Children will love Waterpoint Aqua Park which is only a few minutes walk away, and there are family rooms as well as two and three bedroom apartments that can accommodate larger families.

View offer here

 

 

 

11. The Inn at Dromoland, Clare, Family Room: 28th Dec €232, Family of 5 €250

Family Staycations Over The October Mid Term Break - The Inn at Dromoland Hotel

Situated on the famous Dromoland Estate, The Inn at Dromoland offers endless outdoor walks over 450 acres of countryside. With Bunratty Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and beaches  just a short drive away, there are plenty of options for outdoor pursuits, as well as an indoor pool with separate kids pool at the hotel. At this price, it must be one of the best family hotel deals in Ireland.

View offer here
 

 

 

12. Bella Vista Hotel, Cork: 28th Dec 2-bed apartment €398 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Bellavista Hotel & self-catering suites offer beautiful views of Cork Harbour in the pretty town of Cobh. With a traditional Irish bar and a Chinese restaurant on site, and the highly rated Spike Island tour and Titanic Experience on your doorstep, and Fota Wildlife close by, this is a great choice for families looking for a self-catering break in Ireland.

View offer here
 

 

 

13. The Lakeside Hotel and Leisure Centre, Clare, Family Room: €518

waterslide at family lakeside hotel in Clare

I must confess I did not know about the Lakeside Hotel until this summer, despite it being one of the best family hotels in Ireland. Located on the banks of the river Shannon, you can avail of Stand Up Paddle boarding, kayaking, mountain biking and lots more activities in the nearby University of Limerick Adventure Centre.
 

 

 
Children will love the leisure centre too, with swimming pool and 40 metre waterslide, as well as the complimentary milk and cookies at bedtime.

Family rooms are spacious and come with a mini fridge.The possibilities for day trips are endless, with Bunratty Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, a choice of beaches, and a local Chocolate factory, all close by. 

View offer here
 

 

 

14. The Stone House, Fanore, Clare: 3-Nights (Min Stay), €815

Stone House to Rent beside the Sea, Ireland

How stunning is this house? It was purposely built to resemble a stone barn and its fair to say the owners succeeded! This two-bedroom cottage has a Great Room on the second floor with breathtaking sea views from its floor to ceiling windows, and the interiors and design are modern throughout.
 

 

 
If you can manage to tear yourself away from this gorgeous house, the beach, O’Donohue’s Pub, a small grocery shop and a fabulous restaurant are within walking distance, and the Cliffs of Moher is just 10 miles away.

See more here
 

 

 

15. Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane, Dublin: 28th Dec Family Room, €257

dublin hotels with swimming pools

This 4-star hotel is located right in the heart of Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock overlooking the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. With a 22 meter swimming pool and health club, it is one of Dublin’s most popular family hotels. 

View offer here
 

 

 

16. Clayton Hotel Limerick: Family Room 28th Dec, €309

family staycations in Ireland in hotels with swimming pools.

With the opportunities to explore Limerick, Kerry and Clare all on your doorstep, as well as a leisure centre with a 12 metre pool, this hotel is the perfect choice for a family staycation over the Halloween break. The Clayton Hotel Limerick is well known for its contemporary style and delicious food – don’t miss its vitality breakfast in the morning.

View offer here
 

 

 

17. Ardilaun Hotel, Galway, Family Room 31st Dec €478

Located in a secluded setting, yet only 1km from Galway city centre, the Ardilaun offers the best of both worlds. The spacious gardens provide an ideal choice for an evening stroll, and the choice of award-winning dining options are sure to please. There is a leisure centre, swimming pool and kids club on site, and pets are also welcome.

View offer here
 

 

 

18. Midlands Park Hotel, Laois, Family Room 28th Dec €363

last minute hotel deals in Ireland

The Midlands Park Hotel is located in the centre of Portlaoise and has the added benefit of a health and fitness club with a 22 metre pool. There is a choice of dining options available, including Kelly’s Steakhouse and the intimate Triog Restaurant.

View offer here
 

 

 

19. Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Dublin: Family Room 28th Dec €407; 31st Dec €416

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Stay in the 4-star Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel and discover there is more to Dublin than the city. Overlooking Dublin Bay, you can choose to relax and enjoy its scenic location and swimming pool, or take the short train ride into town – this luxury hotel offers the best of both worlds.

28th Dec €407

 

31st Dec €416
 

 

 

20.  Rose Cottage, Ballingskelligs, Kerry: 4-bedroom house €460

Skellig Michael, Kerry

Located just 400 metres from Ballinskelligs Beach with seaviews and an outdoor terrace, this holiday home is the perfect place to enjoy a family get together, and to explore the Ring of Kerry. Check out the reviews from previous guests – they are superb.

See more here
 

 

 
I hope this post on family hotel deals in Ireland will help you plan a festive break away.  It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual hotel for clarification. I always recommend booking a room with free cancellation incase there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you, or you need to cancel due to personal reasons.
 

 

 
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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10 Self Catering Breaks in Ireland in August, 2 & 3-Night Stays from €360

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From Cork to Donegal, Kilkenny to Kerry, I’ve got 10 self catering breaks in Ireland this summer.

I know many people are still searching for self catering breaks in Ireland in August, so I have picked out some that might suit below. All have received good reviews from previous guests, and have flexible booking options. I also found some options with access to swimming pools. 

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I have priced these self catering breaks in Ireland for two or three-night stays in August, but dates and durations can be changed to suit your requirements, simply click on the links below and edit the search dates accordingly.
 

 

 
Please note that some facilities may not be available and are subject to change, so it is best to check with the hotel or apartment if there is any facility you are particularly interested in. Note all links are affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

You can find more hotel deals available here:

20 Family hotel breaks in August, 2 & 3 Night stays from €245
 

 

 

1. Park Place Apartments, Killarney

2-night stay, 24th August: 2 bedroom apartment, €401

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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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2. Carrick Plaza Suites, Carrick On Shannon, Leitrim,

2-Night Stay, various dates in August: 2-bedroom apartment, €478

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Blueway Waterpark, 20 minutes away.

Located in the heart of Carrick-On-Shannon, these modern two-bedroomed apartments sleep up to six, and three-bedroomed apartments sleep up to eight. Both boast panoramic views over the River Shannon. Take a cruise along the river, and enjoy Lough Key Forest Park. and the Blueway Waterpark (above) which is located 15 minutes away. The apartments are only a few minutes walk to the centre of this vibrant town. 

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3. Rathmullan Village Apartments, Donegal,

3-night stay, various dates August €886

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Located just 300 metres from the beach at Rathmullan, these modern village apartments are well equipped and offer free WiFi. These are a great base to explore the Donegal coast line, its amazing beaches and the Slieve League Cliffs. 

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4. Jamestown Court 2-bedroom apartment, Salthill, Galway,

2-night stay, 18th August €570

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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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5. Self Catering at Lough Rynn, Roscommon

2-night stay: 28th August €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 or the Blueway Waterpark, which is just 30 minutes away. The beautiful Strandhill beach in Sligo is just an hour away.

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6. St Anglea’s 3-bedroom apartment, Sligo,

2-night stay: 21st August, €371

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If you want to explore the Wild Atlantic Way on a budget, then look no further! Anglea’s apartment boasts free WiFi, an onsite gym and views of th Isle of Innisfree. Located just five miles from Sligo town, with Strandhill beach and Rosses Point close by, this is a great value option for self catering breaks in Ireland.

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7. Bunratty Holiday Homes, Clare, 3-bedroom house

Various dates August, 3 Night stay, €699

Family staycations in Bunratty Holiday Homes.

Set in the village of Bunratty, these spacious three-bedroomed homes have bright modern interiors, and a patio area. The village has a host of craft shops and restaurants, with Bunratty Castle and Folk Park just 200 metres away. The coast is just 15 minutes away, and the beaches at Lahinch or Kilkee are an hour’s drive away.

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8. Benbulben Court, Sligo

2-Night Stays, Various Dates August, 2 bedroom apartment: €398

A selection of one and two-bedroom apartments close to Sligo town centre and Ireland’s most distinctive mountain, Benbulben,  these apartments are a great value choice for families looking to explore the Wild Atlantic Way.

There is an onsite reception opened daily should you need anything during of your stay, and guests can enjoy discounted swimming pool and gym rates in the nearby Clayton Hotel.  The reviews from previous guests are excellent, and the opportunities for day trips are endless.

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9. Assaroe Falls, Donegal

2-Night Stays, Various Dates August, 2 bedroom apartment: €400


Assaroe Falls is located just over 2km from the Lakeside Centre and just over 5km from the gorgeous beach at Rossnowlagh. It features river views, free WiFi and free private parking. 

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10. Castle Oaks House Hotel, 2-bedroom Courtyard Apartment with pool access, Limerick:

2-Night stay: 21st August : €548

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Set in 26 acres of grounds, and beautifully situated on the banks of the River Shannon, this Georgian Manor House Hotel is a great choice for self catering breaks in Ireland.
 

 

 
The Courtyard Suites are located just a one minute walk from the reception area. There are two double bedrooms with a spacious living area and kitchenette. Guests can enjoy access to the hotel facilities including breakfast in the hotel restaurant for a small supplement, as well as access to the River Leisure Club and pool. 

Note cheaper family rooms will show initially, but if you click on ‘see availability’ you will see all room types listed.

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I hope this post on self catering breaks in Ireland will help you plan a staycation soon.  It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual hotel for clarification. I always recommend booking a room with free cancellation, or a small deposit, incase there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you.

 

 

 
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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15 Hotel Breaks in Ireland, 2 Night Stays in August from €109pp

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Treat yourself to one these Summer hotel breaks in Ireland, with a choice of staycation deals available in some of our most popular hotels.

We are all yearning to travel again these summer hotel breaks in Ireland should give you something to look forward to. I have priced all of these deals based on two-night stays in August, but dates and durations can be changed, simply click on the links below, and edit the dates to suit your requirements. 

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It is important to note that some facilities may not be available, and swimming pools, spa treatments etc may only be available with prior reservation. I always recommend booking a room with free cancellation incase there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you, or if you need to cancel at the last minute for unforeseen circumstances. 

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1. Woodstock Hotel, Clare, Superior Deluxe King Room: €137pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Clare’s Hotel Woodstock is a family run country house on the grounds of Woodstock Golf and Country Club. Located just 4km from Ennis and a short drive to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, the possibilities for day trips are endless. The onsite Leisure Club with pool, sauna and jacuzzi will be a warmly welcomed after spending a day along the Wild Atlantic Way.

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2. Delphi Resort, Galway B&B: €246pp

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Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, Delphi Resort is surrounded by 200 acres of forest, and has a wide selection of leisure activities to choose from. Thrill seekers will love zip-lining, kayaking and rock climbing, but the thermal suite and yoga classes provide excellent opportunities for those who just want to relax. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way and only a short drive to Westport, the opportunities for day trips here are endless.  

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3. Breaffy House Hotel, Mayo: €199pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We enjoyed a fabulous few days in Breaffy House Hotel this summer. 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 Down Patrick 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.  

 

 

 

4. Riverside Hotel Killarney, Kerry: €109pp

Great value hotel breaks in Ireland at the Riverside Killarney

The Killarney Riverside Hotel is a 4-star boutique style hotel located just 10 minutes walk from Killarney town centre. The River Bar & Bistro offers local craft beers, whiskey tasting platters & great bar food, while the Rejuvenation Suite, offers an array of holistic and beauty treatments.

 
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5. Mill Park Hotel, Donegal: €185pp

swimming pool at the Millpark Hotel Donegal.

Located close to Donegal town, with some of Ireland’s best beaches, the Slieve League Cliffs and the Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, this is a great choice if you are looking for active hotel breaks in Ireland. There is a swimming pool,  sauna, and state-of-the-art gym onsite, as well as a choice of dining options. 

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6. Clayton Hotel Limerick, Dinner, Breakfast & Drinks: €218pp

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I’ve got an exclusive hotel deal for you, staying in the highly-rated Clayton Limerick Hotel. Boasting stunning river views over the Shannon, a leisure centre on site, and a choice of dining options, this is one of the most popular hotels in the city.
 

 

 
From a mere €109 per person per night, you can enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast, a 4-course dinner, a complimentary cocktail, and Prosecco in your room on arrival – can you believe the price? You also have full access to the Club Vitae health and fitness centre, and will receive a €10 voucher for Bellissimo hair and beauty salon – should you wish to get a blow dry or facial to mark the occasion. This deal is based on an overnight stay on various dates throughout June, July and August. Simply select two or three nights if you wish  

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7. Connemara Coast Hotel, Galway, B&B: €189pp

Connemara Coast hotel break

Offering spectacular views over the Atlantic, yet only 10 minutes drive from Galway City, the Connemara Coast Hotel offers the best of both worlds. The Leisure club boasts a 19 metre swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, gym and treatment rooms. With the Connemara coast and the Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, you may wish to extend your stay…
 
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8. Staycity Aparthotel, Dublin Castle: €124pp

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A new edition to the capital, this aparthotel offers the benefits of apartment living, with the comforts of a hotel stay, in the heart of Dublin. Rated number 1 on Tripadvisor, this is a great place to stay in Dublin, with all the city highlights right on your doorstep. This apartment also happens to be wheelchair accessible.

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9. Jurys Inn Galway City: €200pp

Galway city at night time

Located in the heart of Galway city, Jurys Inn is the hotel to choose if you want to experience the restaurants and nightlife that Galway is famous for. Highly rated on Tripadvisor, this is great choice for couples looking for a lively city break in Ireland.

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10. Lodges at Kilkea Castle, Kildare: B&B, €230pp

geat value hotel breaks in Ireland at Kilkea castle

The self catering lodges at the luxurious Kilkea Castle are the perfect solution for couples or families looking for hotel breaks in Ireland with self catering facilities. You will have full access to the resorts facilities including the spa, golf and 180-acre grounds.

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11. Holiday Inn, Belfast: €90pp

 
Centrally located in the heart of the city, with the Titanic Exhibition and Victoria Square close by, this a great choice to discover Northern Ireland. It is rated very highly on TripAdvisor – currently it is the 5th best place to stay in Belfast! This super deal includes a full Irish breakfast too!

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12. Savoy Hotel, Limerick: €176pp

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The chic Savoy Limerick places you right in the heart of the city centre. Overlooking the River Shannon, it has three restaurants, a modern gym, spa, and plunge pool. With the Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, the possibilities for day trips are endless.
 
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13. Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast: €192pp

Great value hotel breaks in Northern Ireland

The Fitzwilliam Hotel offers five-star luxury in the very heart of Belfast city. This boutique hotel offers modern guest rooms, great dining options and a ultra-chic bar. With all of Belfast’s top attractions on your door-step, this is the place to be seen in Belfast.

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14. The g Hotel & Spa, Galway, B&B: €239pp

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The popular g Hotel & Spa’s daring and colourful design make it the place to be seen in Galway. Enjoy the entertainment and vibrancy of the city, within easy access to Connemara and some of Ireland’s best beaches. The g Hotel offers the best of both worlds and breakfast is also included in the price.

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15. Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, Killarney, B&B: €259pp 

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Muckross Park Hotel & Spa

Muckross Park Hotel & Spa blends traditional style with contemporary decor perfectly. Set amongst 25,000 acres of the Killarney National Park, all of Killarney’s highlights are right on your doorstep. If you can manage to tear yourself away from Killarney’s stunning scenery, the spa and dining options at the hotel are superb.
 
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I hope this post on summer hotel breaks in Ireland will help you plan a staycation soon.  It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual hotel for clarification. I always recommend booking a room with free cancellation incase there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you.
 

 

 
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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How To See The Northern Lights Through Your Own Glass Igloo

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Seeing the Northern Lights is pretty spectacular no matter where you are, but to see them from your very own glass igloo is the ultimate bucket list experience. 

I had a few requests from people asking how to get to ‘the place with the glass igloos’. It seems many people want to turn their dreams into reality, or spoil their partners for special birthdays or anniversaries. So I decided to do some investigating and find out how to see the Northern Lights through your own glass igloo. 

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Kakslauttanen is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights, during the aurora season from late August to late April. It is situated 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, so you can expect to find the cleanest countryside, the purest water (you can drink straight from the stream), and the freshest air from almost anywhere in the world.
 

 

 
However Kakslauttanen is not all about the igloos and the aurora. There are so many activities available, you will be spoiled for choice. Think snow mobiling, husky or reindeer safaris, ice fishing, tobogganing, cross country skiing and lots more. For a truly unique experience try their ice swimming and smoke saunas combination.

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There is a wide choice of accommodation, including log cabins, chalets, snow igloos and of course their famous glass igloos. They also have large glass igloos with a fireplace and sauna, that hold up to six people, if you want to bring a few friends or family along. 

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How to get there?

Kakslauttanen is located in Finland, but it is so far North that it is actually a 90 minute flight from Helsinki. Finnair fly from Dublin to Helsinki almost every day, but to get the connecting flight to Ivalo you need to take a morning flight which only operates three times per week. You will find alternative flights, but be careful, they will involve multiple stops with flying times over ten hours.

Another option is to spend a night or two in Helsinki before flying to Ivalo, this will give you more options with flights. Ivalo airport is only a short thirty minute transfer to Kakslauttanen and the hotel will arrange transport for you.

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I found a great deal on flights over St. Patrick’s weekend for four nights, for just €327return. This should give you optimum time to see the Northern Lights and try some of the many activities available, including snow mobiling, cross country skiing etc.

There are various room types to choose from, but the price for four nights in a glass igloo is €870 per person – this brings the total cost to €1097 per person for a four night stay, based on two sharing. Larger igloos for groups or families are also available.

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So now you know how to see the Northern Lights through your own glass igloo, the question is will you scratch one off the bucket list to experience a trip of a lifetime?

 

 

View flights here €327pp

View hotel here €870pp

 

 

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8 Irish Hotel Deals in August For Families

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Fancy a family break away before the summer ends? I’ve searched the web to bring you Irish hotel deals in August for families, with prices from €367!

 

I have updated this Irish hotel deals post as availability is limited in August. I have chosen rates with free cancellation, but if you want to book a non-refundable room, the rates should be even less. All prices are the total cost per family for three nights, but you can change dates or duration to suit your requirements.

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Please note that some of these Irish hotel deals may have only one or two family rooms available, so if they are sold out please check alternative dates or durations. This post is for families, but this post on hotel breaks in Ireland is ideal for couples. 

 

 

 

 
I hope this post on Irish hotel deals for families will help you plan a family break away soon. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual hotel for clarification. I always recommend booking a room with free cancellation incase there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you. 

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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Winter Week in Lanzarote, 30th November, Flights & Apartment, €309!

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Want something to look forward to? Check out this super deal for a winter week in Lanzarote. If you have airline vouchers to use, simply select the accommodation option below – this has free cancellation too!  

If your summer holidays didn’t go to plan, think about booking a winter week in Lanzarote instead. The year round sunshine and long sandy beaches are the perfect contrast to the cold wet winters at home.  It’s not all about sun and sand though, there is plenty of good sightseeing as well as some excellent duty free shops to choose from.

I like that their building regulations ensure that there are no high rise buildings – Lanzarote feels less commercialised than some of its Spanish counterparts.
 

 

 
With many resorts to choose from I think it is fair to say there is a place in Lanzarote for everyone to enjoy. I have stayed in both Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca, and loved them both. Although the largest resort on the island, Puerto del Carmen never feels over-crowded. The old town has some fantastic restaurants, and having a drink at one of the waterfront cafes as the sun sets over the harbour, is a lovely way to end your day. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I found a great Lanzarote deal staying in the popular Bitacora Lanzarote Club in Puerto del Carmen for just €309 per person. Located close to the resort centre and the beach, this is superb value for a winter week in Lanzarote. They are highly rated on TripAdvisor and receive great reviews from repeat guests.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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However, if you are looking for something more luxurious, the 5-star Gran Castillo Tagoro resort in Playa Blanca is one of Lanzarote’s best all-inclusive resorts. You can enjoy a seven-night stay in a superior double room for just €677 per person, including flights, all meals and drinks.

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Fly from Dublin on the 30th of November and enjoy a seven-night self-catering stay in the Bitacora apartments for only €309 per person, or enjoy all-inclusive in the 5-star Gran Castillo Tagoro for just €677. Wouldn’t it be great to have a winter week in Lanzarote to look forward to? Click the links below for more details.
 

 

 

Search flights here €134pp

Apartment here €175pp  

See hotel here €543pp  

 

All prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to availability. Note some of the links in this post are 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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October Mid Term In Croatia, Flights & 5 Star Hotel, 21st October, 1 week, €659

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Always wanted to see Dubrovnik? Check out this deal to Croatia for the October mid term break. Price includes flights and five-star hotel with free cancellation.

The medieval city of Dubrovnik should be on everyone’s wish list. It is so well preserved and looks like something straight out of a fairytale. Walk around the city walls, take the cable car to Srd Hill and then catch the sunset from one of the many cliff bars. Although you can stay in the heart of the old town, I think the best way to enjoy it is to holiday in one of the resorts close by.

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Dubrovnik is actually quite small and can be packed with cruise ship visitors during the day. However, staying outside the centre, lets you have the best of both world. Relax by the sea or pool during the day and pop in the evening when the city is less crowded.

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I have chosen the pretty town of Cavtat, a resort I stayed in with my family a few years ago. Once a small fishing village it is now a picture postcard resort, with upmarket hotels and crystal clear waters. Dine in one of the many restaurants that are dotted along the seafront promenade, and admire the sea views and mountainous backdrop.
 

 

 
If you fancy spending the day in Dubrovnik,  catch a water taxi from the shore, or hop on the local bus. For more details on visiting this incredible city, read my city guide to Dubrovnik.

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You will be staying in the 5 Star Hotel Croatia  which is located on a peninsula with stunning sea views. This luxurious hotel receives excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and is a Travellers Choice award winner. On site facilities include an outdoor and indoor pool, spa, fitness centre and a selection of restaurants and bars. Rooms are contemporary and spacious with a balcony and free WiFi.

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Fly from Dublin to Dubrovnik on the 21st of October and enjoy this luxury deal to Croatia for only €482 per person. Price includes a seven-night stay with breakfast in one of Cavtat’s most popular hotels. The rate quoted includes free cancellation, if you wish to choose the non-refundable rate the price is even less! Want to change duration or dates? Simply edit the dates when you click on the links below.  
 
View hotel here €189pp

View hotel here €474pp
 

 

 
Prices for this luxury deal to Croatia are correct at time of issue, but are subject to change. Note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made
 

Sarah

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