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20 Last Minute Hotel Deals In June – Prices from €45pp

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Can’t wait for hotels to open? Book one of these last minute hotel deals in Ireland, with prices from just €45 per person!

I can’t wait to get back travelling again, I’m off to Donegal next week and it can’t come quick enough! With hotels opening across the country on the 2nd of June, now is a great time to bag a bargain, before primary school children break up from school at the end of June. Enjoy a Full Irish breakfast, and maybe even a swim or spa treatment? These last minute hotel deals are based on one night stays on various dates in June. 

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, €47pp

Centrally located in the heart of the city, with the Titanic Exhibition and Victoria Square close by, this a great choice to explore Belfast. This four-star hotel 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. Cavan: Farnham Estate Spa & Golf Resort, B&B, €100pp

Farnham Estate - luxury spa hotel in Ireland

Farnham Estate’s award-winning spa boasts a large indoor pool, an outdoor infinity pool, a mud chamber, ice fountain, forest walkways and a wide selection of treatment options. There is also an 18-hole golf course, superb dining options and 1300 acres of grounds for you to explore. Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor if you still need convincing.

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3. Clare: 4-Star Hotel Woodstock, Superior Twin Room, €60pp

Cliffs of Moher

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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4. Cork: Kinsale Hotel & Spa, B&B, €75pp

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Set in 90 acres of woodlands, yet only a five-minute drive to the vibrant city of Kinsale, this hotel offers the best of both worlds. Guests love its peaceful location with panoramic views over Oysterhaven Bay, with the added advantage of being able explore Ireland’s most colourful town.
 

 

 
The indoor pool, luxury spa, and Rockpool Bar & restaurant will make it one of the most popular last minute hotel deals in Ireland. This rate includes breakfast too!

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5. Derry: Best Western Plus White Horse Hotel, €45pp

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 €42pp.
 

 

 
Alternatively if you prefer to stay inside the city walls, you can stay in a luxury apartment or a deluxe twin room, at the five-star Bishops Gate Hotel, for just €80 per person.

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

Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa, swimming pool.

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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7. Dublin: Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire: €45pp

dublin hotels with swimming pools - the Royal Marine Dun laoghaire

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 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.

Read: 16 easy walks in Dublin for all fitness levels

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8. Galway: Ardilaun Hotel, B&B €75pp 

Located in a secluded setting, yet only 1km from the city centre, the Ardilaun Hotel is ideally situated to explore all that Galway has to offer. 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 and swimming pool on site and pets are also welcome.

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9. Kildare: The Lodges at Kilkea Castle, B&B, €65pp

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Kilkea Castle is set in 180 acres of woodlands and gardens. You will have the best of both worlds here, as you can enjoy the benefits of self catering facilities, as well as full access to the hotel spa, golf course and choice of dining options. This super last minute hotel deal includes breakfast too!

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10. Kilkenny: Hotel Kilkenny, €60pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Hotel Kilkenny is located just 10 minutes walk from the city centre and boasts a pool, gym and an award winning restaurant – Taste Restaurant. With Kilkenny Castle and the Medieval Mile on your doorstep, this is a great choice for a city break.

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11. Laois: Midlands Park Hotel, €47pp

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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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12. 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 June, July and August.

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13. Mayo: Twin Trees Hotel, €47pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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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14. Meath: Trim Castle Hotel, B&B €57pp 

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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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15. Roscommon: Kilronan Castle Hotel & Spa – Self Catering House B&B €75pp

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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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16. Sligo: Strandhill Lodge & Suites, B&B €64pp

Strandhill beach Sligo

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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17. Tipperary: Ballykisteen Golf Hotel, €45pp

Ballykisteen Golf Hotel swimming pool

Enjoy a last minute getaway in Ballykisteen Golf Hotel. Treat yourself to a round of golf on the superb 18-hole Championship Parkland Golf Course, or relax in the leisure centre with pool, jacuzzi and sauna. The popular Junction One Bar and Restaurant,  will serve up tasty food to round off your day in style. 

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18. Westmeath: Sheraton Athlone, €50pp

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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. Wexford: The Riverside Park Hotel, €62pp

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. 

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20. Wicklow: Brooklodge B&B, €85pp

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BrookLodge is one of Ireland’s most loved hotels. It is set in its own unique village, just over 60 minutes drive from Dublin. Brooklodge is famous for its delicious organic food  – in fact it won Hotel Restaurant of the Year and Culinary Hotel of the Year. It blends old and new perfectly, with country-style bedrooms and a luxury swimming pool and Wellness Spa including an outdoor hot tub. 

View offer here
 

 

 
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 €764

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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. Ryanair have the lowest airfares available, however they are only allowing free changes until 31st of October.
 

 

 
This deal is priced with Ryanair flights, but if you prefer to fly Aer Lingus the supplement is €87 per person. Aer Lingus will allow unlimited free changes up to 31st December, or if you happen to have Aer Lingus vouchers, this might be a good time to use them. Alternatively you can secure accommodation now with free cancellation, and book flights at a later stage when restrictions on overseas travel are lifted. Of course, the airfare could increase in the meantime…

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.

family holiday in Lake Garda for the October mid term break

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.

holiday home in Lake garda with private pool
 

 

 
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 €93 per person with Ryanair, alternatively choose to fly on the 23rd of October with Aer Lingus for €180 per person. It is important to note that Ryanair are only allowing free changes to flights up to the 31st of October, Aer Lingus will allow free changes until 31st December.
 

 

 
The Garda Village 1 bedroom comfort bungalows are €364, and the two-bedroom apartments are €493, for seven nights. Mobile home rates are also available. There are many more accommodation options to choose from including some gorgeous holiday homes here.

Search Ryanair here €93pp

See Aer Lingus here €180pp

See apartments here from €364 per apartment 

Check car hire here From €182

 

 

 
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. 

holiday deal to Santorini
 

 

 
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.

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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.  
 
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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.
 

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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. 

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Read: 20 Dublin Hotel stays from €45pp
 

 

 

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links €38pp

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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. 

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

 

 

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.
 
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.

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

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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.

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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

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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. 

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

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Overseas Holidays:

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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
 
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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. 

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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.

 

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10 Family Breaks During Christmas & New Year – 2 Night Stays from €244!

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From Kilkenny to Killarney, check out these festive family hotel deals in Ireland with prices from €244 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. Availability is very limited but I have managed to find some options for both dates below. 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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Hopefully you will get lots of crisp clear days, but if not, don’t worry, because all of my family hotel deals in Ireland are based in family friendly hotels, and most have swimming pools!
 

 

 
However, it is important to point out that not all hotel facilities will be in operation, and we are not sure what travel restrictions will be in place. With this in mind, 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 are priced with free cancellation and include my affiliate links – where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

 

 

1. Clayton Hotel, Limerick, Family Room B&B , 30th Dec €370


With views over the River Shannon, a Waterfront Restaurant, and a leisure centre with a 12 metre pool, this is the perfect choice for family festive break. Use promo code THETRAVELEXPERT for a discount off the listed rate.
 

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2. Johnstown Estate, Co. Meath, 2 bedroom House: 29th Dec €658

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

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3. Westlodge Hotel & Leisure Centre, Bantry Cork: Deluxe Family Room, 28th Dec €264

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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.

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4. Auburn Lodge Hotel & Leisure Centre, Clare: 28th Dec Family Room B&B €159

Cliffs of Moher, Clare

Located on the outskirts of Ennis town, with the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Bunratty Castle on your doorstep, the opportunities for day trips are endless. Rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and all guests have complimentary access to the on site Leisure Centre, including a swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room.

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5. Parkavon Hotel, Killarney, Family Room: 28th Dec €308; 31st Dec €448


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 €308

 

31st Dec €408
 

 

 

6. Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Dublin: Family Room 28th Dec €454; 31st Dec €483

family hotel deals in Ireland - Killiney Castle
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 €454

 

31st Dec €521
 

 

 

7. Clayton Hotel & Leisure Club Sligo, 1 bedroom suite sleeps 5: 28th Dec €528; 31st Dec €548

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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 these family suites will sleep two adults and three children.

29th Dec €498

 

31st Dec €368
 

 

 

8. Maldron Hotel, Sandy Road Galway, Family Room B&B, 28th Dec, €258, 30th Dec €339

Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway

The Maldron Hotel is a family-friendly hotel located less than 15 minutes walk from Galway city. Children are treated like VIPs and have a separate check-in with a welcome gift on arrival, as well as child-friendly menus throughout the hotel. With Connemara and The Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, this is a great choice for families looking to explore the surrounding area. Use promo code THETRAVELEXPERT for a discount off the listed rate.

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9. Midlands Park Hotel, Laois, Family Room 28th Dec €448

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.

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10. Woodlands Hotel & Leisure Centre, Waterford: Family Room 31st Dec €368

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Located on the outskirts of Waterford city, this family friendly 3-star hotel boasts a leisure centre as well as a choice of dining options. It is also within access to the Waterford Greenway, which is a must visit during a family stay in Waterford.
 
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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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20 Self Catering Breaks in Ireland in July & August, 3-Night Stays from €433

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From Cork to Donegal, Kilkenny to Kerry, I’ve got 20 self catering breaks in Ireland this summer.

I know many people are still searching for self catering breaks in Ireland in July and 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 three-night stays in in July or 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 holiday homes and Airbnbs available here:

20 holiday homes and Airbnbs on the Wild Atlantic Way available in July & August

And hotel deals available here:

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

 

 

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

3-Night Stays  13th, 20th, 27th July, 8th August:  2-bedroom apartment €717 

self catering breaks in Ireland at the Carrick Plaza suites
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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2. Croan Cottages, Kilkenny: 

3-Night stays, Various dates in July & August: 2 bedroom cottages €682, 3 bedroom €738

self catering breaks in Ireland in Croan Cottages, Killenny

This group of five self-catering cottages are ideal for an individual family stay, or for groups of friends and families who wish to holiday together. The two and three-bedroom cottages are detached and each has an an open fire, a private furnished patio and barbecue area, and they have been given Failte Ireland’s highest self-catering rating of four stars. Pets are permitted to stay with their owners in some of their cottages.

We visited Kilkenny last summer and had a super time, it is a great destination for family holidays in Ireland. Read some of the family activities here:

Read: 10 things to do in Kilkenny with kids

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3. Three-bedroom Home on the Ring of Kerry, Killorglin:

3 Night stay: Various dates July & August €900

holiday homes on the wild atlantic way, Kerry

This charming hilltop home is located on the Ring of Kerry and offers stunning views of the highest mountain in Ireland, Carrauntouhill. Dingle bay can also be seen, as well as the town of Killorglin, which is just a five minute drive / 15 minute walk from the house.
 

 

 
Killorglin has a wide selection of shops, bars and restaurants and is located just 13 miles from Killarney and 32 miles from Dingle. The gorgeous Blue Flag beach at Rossbeigh is just a short drive away.  See more like this here:

Read: 20 holiday homes and Airbnbs on the Wild Atlantic Way available in July & August

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4. Kilronan Castle 3-bedroom Home with pool access, Co. Roscommon:

3-Night stay: Various dates July & August €900

holiday homes in hotel grounds in Ireland.

 This three-bedroom home enjoys and 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. It is also located just 20 minutes from one of Ireland’s best adventure parks – Lough Key Forest Park.

Guests have access to the hotel swimming pool, spa, and gym, and the house receives great reviews from previous guests.

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5. Clayton Hotel Sligo, 1 bedroom family suite (5) with kitchenette & pool access:

Various dates in July & August- 3-Night Stay €807

The Clayton Hotel Sligo has self catering facilities

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, there is plenty of entertainment to keep the kids happy throughout the day. The suites at the Clayton Hotel have self catering kitchenettes and sleep up to five. 

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Read: 20 Family hotel breaks in July and August, 2 & 3 Night stays from €245
 

 

 

6. Lakeside Retreat in Tourmakeady, Mayo

3-night stays: 8th July or 17th August, €433

lakeside holiday homes in Ireland

I loved visiting Mayo last year and think this gorgeous house offers the best of both worlds – a peaceful lakeside location, with the benefit of being just over 20km from the Wild Atlantic Way and the vibrant town of Westport.
 

 

 
Enjoy magnificent views of the lake from inside the house or from the large furnished terrace. This one-bedroom home is a great find, and can sleep up to four people.  

Read: Top 10 things to do in Mayo

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7. 200-Year old Thatched Cottage, Cork

3-night stay, various dates July & August €240

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Tirna Spideoga is a 200 year-old property located between Inchigeelagh and Ballingeary at the start of the Beara Peninsula in West Cork.  The location couldn’t be better as it gives you the opportunity to explore the counties of Cork and Kerry.
 

 

 
The nearby lake is great for fishing and the hosts organise deep-sea fishing trips and canoe rental. This delightful two-bedroom cottage is also pet friendly. I found this hidden gem on VRBO, who are a vacation rental company owned by the Expedia Group.  

Read: 20 holiday homes and Airbnbs on the Wild Atlantic Way – available in July and August

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8. Staycity 2-bedroom apartment, Dublin Castle,

3-night stay, 18th July & August €660

great value hotel breaks in Dublin at staycity

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. Rathmullan Village Apartments, Donegal,

3-night stay, various dates July & August €660  

Slieve League Cliffs Donegal
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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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  10. Two-bedroom Seaside Apartment, Galway 

3-night stay, various dates July & August €668  

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The four-star Arús Grattan Holiday Apartments are a super choice if you want to be close to Galway city but also have the benefit of sea views from your balcony, and have a selection of beaches close by. Located on the Prom in Salthill, there is a wide selection of shops, bars and restaurants on your doorstep.

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11. Courtyard Apartments, Castlebar, Mayo,

3-night stays, various dates July & August €660

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Courtyard Apartments are located just 400 metres from the centre Castlebar and 26km from Mayo’s gorgeous coastline and the Wild Atlantic Way. We enjoyed a fabulous few days in Castlebar last summer and found the location ideal for exploring the county. 

Read: Top 10 things to do in Mayo 

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

3-night stay, 12th July €1050

self catering breaks in Ireland - Galway apartments

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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13. Self Catering at Lough Rynn, Roscommon

3-night stay: Various dates July & August €450

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

3-night stay: 10th August, €470

Benbulben
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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 the Lake 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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15. Johnstown Estate, 2-bedroom home with pool access,

3-night stay various dates July & August €627

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Johnstown Estate is the ideal choice if you want a luxury break that is close to Dublin and the Boyne Valley. 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 or groups 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, a 43” smart TV, a terrace that opens onto a green with a small children’s play area, and a parking spot. Various dates available in July and August.

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16. Montenotte Hotel, Cork, 2 bedroom Apartment with pool access:

Various dates in July & August, 3-Night stay – €1050

Montenotte Hotel in Cork has self catering apartments on site

I have heard so many great things about the Montenotte Hotel, which has been recently refurbished and and offers stunning views of  Cork city. With a state of the art leisure centre, an in-house cinema and this cosy outdoor terrace, it is one of the most popular places to stay in Cork. 
 

 

 
There are various room types available but this price is based on a 2 bedroom apartment that sleeps up to four. Note standard rooms may show when you click on the link, but when you click on ‘see availability’ you will see the self catering apartments.

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17. Luxury Apartment in Kinsale’s Marina, Cork

3-night stay Various dates July & August €1259

self catering apartments to rent in Ireland

This fabulous duplex penthouse apartments has an outstanding location on Kinsale’s marina. Its stylish interior has New York loft style vibes, and it is furnished to a five-star standard – including a solid walnut dining table can seat up to eight! However, with Kinsale’s gourmet restaurants on your doorstep – the famous Fishy Fishy restaurant is next door to the apartment, you may prefer to dine out.    

Note: Due to 19 steps inside and outside the apartment this property is not suited for elderly, infirm or children under 10 years old.

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18. Benbulben Court, Sligo

3-Night Stays, Various Dates July & August, 2 bedroom apartment: €524

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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19. Bellavista Apartments, Cobh, Cork

3-Night stays, various dates July & August from €784

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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 popular Titanic Experience and Fota Wildlife close by, this is a great choice for families looking for a self catering breaks in Ireland.

There are various room types available but this price is based on self catering apartments. Standard rooms may show when you click on the link, but when you click on ‘see availability’ you will see the self catering apartments.

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

3-Night stay: 27th July OR 8th August : €695

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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.

Read: Top Things to do in the Munster Vales

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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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20 Hotel Breaks in Ireland, 3 Night Stays in July & August from €171pp

Muckross Hotel, Killarney

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 three-night stays in July or 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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4-Star hotel breaks in Ireland

 

1. Woodstock Hotel, Clare, 3 nights €206

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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, 3 nights B&B: €337pp

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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, 3 nights: €291pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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, 3 nights: €209pp

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. Kilkenny Ormonde, Kilkenny, 3 nights: €249pp 

 Great value hotel breaks in the heart of Kilkenny

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

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6. Montenotte Hotel, Cork, 3 nights: €325pp  

 irish spa breaks at the montenotte hotel

I have heard so many great things about the Montenotte Hotel, which has been recently refurbished and and offers stunning views of  Cork city. This boutique hotel is one of the most popular places to stay in Cork. With a state of the art leisure centre, an in-house cinema and this cosy outdoor terrace – you may not want to leave!

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7. Slieve Russell Hotel, Cavan, 3 nights, B&B: €239pp  

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The Slieve Russell Hotel has it all – set in 300 acres, surrounded by lakes and a Championship golf-course, as well boasting a a 20-metre swimming pool and luxurious spa. For experienced walkers, one of Ireland’s best Instagram locations, the ‘Stairway to Heaven Walk’ on the Cuilcagh Mountain trail, is only a 30-minute drive from the hotel. 

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9. Clayton Hotel Limerick, Dinner, Breakfast & Drinks: 3 Nights €327pp

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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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10. Connemara Coast Hotel, Galway, 3 nights B&B: €299pp

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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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11. Staycity Aparthotel, Dublin Castle, 3 nights: €149pp

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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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12. Redcastle Hotel Golf & Spa, Donegal, 3 nights: B&B €171pp

Great value hotel breaks in Ireland at the Redcastle Hotel Donegal

I have a hankering to visit Donegal this year, its been over 20 years since I have been. The Redcastle Hotel offers superb value to explore this coastal county, with a three nights for the price of two stay for only €171 per person. However, with a waterfront location,  9-hole golf course and Thalasso Spa, you may find it difficult to leave.

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13. Jurys Inn Galway City, 3 nights: €228pp

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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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14. Lodges at Kilkea Castle, Kildare, 3 nights B&B, €248pp

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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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15. 4-Star Holiday Inn, Belfast, 3 Nights, €128pp

 
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 and is available over the August bank holiday weekend – but you better act fast!

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16. Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny, 3 nights B&B: €375pp  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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

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17. Savoy Hotel, Limerick, 3 nights: €253pp

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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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18. Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast, 3 nights: €224pp

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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19. The g Hotel & Spa, Galway, 3 Nights B&B: €369pp

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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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20. Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, Killarney, 3 nights B&B: €414pp 

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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.
 
View offer here
 

 

 
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.

 

 

Like this post? You might like:

Best Airbnbs in Ireland for couples

Best hotels in Ireland for luxury and romance

The best beach hotels in Ireland – my top 20 picks

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

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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 departing Patricks Day 17th March for four nights, for just €253 return. 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 €1413 per person including breakfast and evening meal – this brings the total cost to €1666 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 €253pp

View hotel here €2826

 

 

Like this post? You might like:

25 Bucket List holidays to inspire your next big trip.

 

Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Note 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.

 

Sarah

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Special Offer to Sorrento, October Mid Term Break, Flight & 4-Star Hotel, 1 Week, €455!

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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 4-star Hotel Prestige with breakfast included for only €455 – and that includes return Aer Lingus flights from Dublin. If you happen to have an Aer Lingus voucher, simply book your own flights and choose the hotel option below.
 

 

 
Highly rated on Tripadvisor, the small but elegant Prestige Hotel offers breathtaking views over the Bay of Naples. Located on the outskirts of Sorrento, The Prestige Hotel 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. This rate also includes free cancellation, so if you change your mind at a later stage, there is no cancellation fee!

 
View flights here €147pp

View hotel here  €308pp
 

 

 

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.

 

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

 

 

 

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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 limited in July and August. I have chosen new dates in August and 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 September hotel breaks in Ireland is ideal for couples. 
 

 

 

5-Star Druids Glen Resort, Wicklow: Deluxe Family Room, 3 Nights, €640

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We were fortunate to stay in the luxurious Druids Glen Hotel last year and loved it. The grounds, the pool, and the close proximity to Dublin made it a perfect getaway break for us. I wrote my review of Druids Glen Hotel for Groupon, but it has lots of information about the family facilities in the hotel that you may find useful. Rooms are currently available on 11th and 18th August.

Read: My review of Druids Glen Hotel & Resort

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4-Star Shearwater Hotel, Galway: Family Suite, 3 Nights, €518

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Recently refurbished, this popular Galway hotel boasts an elegant interior with a luxurious lobby, a 20-meter swimming pool, an awarding-winning spa, kids clubs and live entertainment every Friday – Sunday.

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4-Star Johnstown Estate, Meath: 2 Bedroom house, 3 Nights, €627

Irish hotel deals for families

If you want to enjoy all the facilities of a hotel, but want the space of a two bedroom lodge, then this deal is for you. With a private terrace to enjoy some pre-dinner drinks, and full access to the leisure centre and restaurants in the hotel – what more do you need? Price of €627 is available 11th and 18th August, or €767 arriving 14th August.

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3-Star Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort, Kerry: Family Room, 3 Nights, €417

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Located just a short stroll from one of Ireland’s prettiest towns is the popular Kenmare Bay Hotel and Resort. Complete with a state-of-the-art leisure centre, it has everything you need for a family break away.

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3-Star Hotel Killarney, Family Suite for 2 adults & 3 children, 3 Nights, €527

The Hotel Killarney has a leisure centre, kids clubs and lots of outdoor activities, as well as large family suites that sleep up to five. Price for two adults and two children is only €462.

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4-Star Breaffy House Hotel & Spa, Mayo: Family bunkbed room for 2 adults and 4 children, 3 Nights, €549

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Breaffy House Resort consists of two hotels, this deal is based on staying in the 4-star Breaffy House Hotel. Guests have complimentary use of all resort facilities including 20 metre swimming pool, paddling pool, gymnasium and award-winning spa. Children are well catered for with two playgrounds, crazy golf, GAA pitch and plenty of opportunities for forest walks. 

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3-Star Claregalway Hotel, Galway: Family room for 2 adults and 3 children, 3 Nights, €359

Irish hotel deals for families in the Claregalway hotel

For anyone looking for Irish hotel deals in August, it doesn’t get much cheaper than this! Located just 20 minutes from Galway City, within easy access to the Wild Atlantic Way, and with a leisure centre onsite, this is superb value for a family of five. 

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4-star Clayton Hotel Sligo, Family Suite up to 2 adults and 3 children, 3 Nights, €687

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The Clayton Sligo is a firm favourite with families. All family suites come with fridges and microwaves, the leisure centre has a separate kids pool, and there is plenty of entertainment to keep the kids happy throughout the day.

Set on beautiful grounds overlooking Benbulben Mountain, yet within walking distance of Sligo Town centre, this could be one of best Irish hotel deals for families this summer. 

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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.

 

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

 

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Winter Week in Lanzarote, 23rd February, Flights & Apartment, €292!

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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 it’s 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 Costa Volcan apartments in Puerto del Carmen for just €292 per person. Located just minutes from the old town, harbour and the beach, these are superbly located for a winter week in Lanzarote. They are highly rated on Tripadvisor and receive excellent reviews from repeat guests. The Costa Volcan apartments are an ideal choice for anyone who likes to be in the centre of the resort. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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However, perhaps 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 €736 per person, including flights, all meals and drinks. I have based this on the ‘Dream’ rate as this has free cancellation, but there are lower rates available if you are happy to pre-pay in advance.

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Fly from Dublin on the 23rd of February and enjoy a seven-night self-catering stay in the Costa Volcan apartments for only €299 per person, or enjoy all-inclusive in the 5-star Gran Castillo Tagoro for just €736. Wouldn’t it be great to have a winter week in Lanzarote to look forward to? Click the links below for more details.
 

 

 

View flights here €127pp

Apartment here €165pp with free cancellation

See hotel here €609pp with free cancellation

 

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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Easter Deal to Croatia, Flights & 5 Star Hotel, 1st April, 1 week, €482!

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Always wanted to see Dubrovnik? Check out this amazing Easter deal to Croatia. 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 1st of April and enjoy this amazing Easter deal to Croatia for only €482 per person. Price includes a seven-night stay with breakfast in one of Cavtats 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 flights here €183pp

View hotel here €299pp
 

 

 
Prices for this Easter 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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Family Holiday To Orlando For Easter, Flights & Hotel, 10 Nights, 2ad & 2ch, €2541!

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Treat the kids to a family holiday of a lifetime. If you have airline vouchers to use, or simply want to plan a great holiday for 2021, this deal to Orlando for Easter is just the ticket!

 

With twelve theme parks, four waterparks and a host of other activities on International Drive, it’s not surprising that Orlando is considered the world’s best family holiday destination. Take the kids to Walt Disney World, enjoy the parades, the fireworks and let them meet their favourite characters. Enjoy the amazing simulator rides at Universal Studios and experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it will take your breath away.
 

 

 
For the dare devils amongst you, try the world famous roller coaster rides and slide down the tallest water slide in Volcano Bay. Shop till you drop at the Premium Outlet Mall or swim with the dolphins at the stunning Discovery Cove. There is so much to do in Orlando, I could go on forever! It’s an amazing holiday for adults and kids, which what makes it such a good family holiday destination – there is something for everyone!

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I have chosen the highly rated Avanti International Resort. Centrally located on International Drive, there are many shops and dining options within walking distance, and the parks are only a short shuttle ride away. This hotel has been recently refurbished and receives great reviews on Tripadvisor. There is a large pool, a kids play area, beach volleyball, and shuffleboard court. The Avanti Pool Bar & Grille is a also great option for food after a long day at the parks.

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Fly from Dublin to Orlando on 27th March and enjoy a ten-night stay at the Avanti Resort for only €2918, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. This deal is based on flights with Air Canada via Toronto. The connections are great and they are a fraction of the cost of flying direct. If you have airline vouchers or credit to use you can choose to book your own flights. The Avanti hotel offers a free cancellation policy and the rate includes breakfast!

View flights here €423pp

View hotel here €849 per room

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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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Easter Weekend in Lisbon, Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 3 Nights, €297!

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A beautiful coastal city renowned for terrific sightseeing and a great food scene, take advantage of this early booking offer and spend Easter weekend in Lisbon. 

 

Lisbon is finally getting the praise it deserves and it is slowly becoming one of Europe’s top city break destinations.  The city is very easy to navigate and if you don’t fancy walking it there are fantastic old trams that will bring you around all the highlights. There is plenty to see in Lisbon itself, but if you want to travel, you can take the train to the coastal towns of Cascais or Estoril or explore the UNESCO world heritage city of Sintra. For more information on Lisbon and it’s coast read my blog.

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TAP Air Portugal have great deals on flights to Lisbon, so take advantage now and secure return flights for just €117 per person. There are many flight options available so you can choose to fly out with TAP Air Portugal and home with Aer Lingus or Ryanair, depending on your preference of flight times.
 

 

 
I found a great deal staying in the centrally located Turim Lisboa Hotel. This hotel has a free cancellation policy up to the 31st March, and it receives great reviews on Tripadvisor.   
 

 

 
Fly direct from Dublin on Good Friday, 2nd April and return on Easter Monday – so no time off work is required. Why not secure Easter weekend in Lisbon and have something to look forward to.
 

View flights here €117pp

View hotel here €180pp

 

Want a different hotel? Check out: Where to stay in Lisbon – my top 10 Lisbon hotels

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Sarah

 

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5 Handpicked Christmas Market Breaks With 4-Star Hotels From €194pp

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Choose one of my handpicked Christmas market breaks to Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Berlin or Krakow, from only €194!

 

Some cities are best seen in winter and Christmas market breaks provide the best excuse to visit. Market stalls have the perfect stocking fillers, aromas of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine waft through the crisp cold air, and if you are lucky you might even catch a Christmas concert. Many markets open late November and stay open until the New Year so you can choose a pre or post Christmas break.

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I have searched the web to bring you some of my favourite Christmas market breaks, so hopefully there will be a break here to suit you. All 4-star hotels are highly rated on Tripadvisor and all breaks are for three nights. If you want to travel at a different time, or for longer or shorter duration, just click on the links below and edit the search to suit your requirements.
 

 

 

Prague, 10th December, 3 Nights, €208pp

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Prague’s Christmas markets are the perfect picture postcard. The old town square, Charles bridge and Prague’s famous castle are all magically illuminated – it is a stunning sight to behold. The old town square and Wenceslas Square are transformed with market stalls selling local hand crafts, traditional hearty food and plenty of mulled wine.
 

 

 
Enjoy school choirs performing in traditional costumes, or better still go to a classical concert. Housed in ancient churches and grand concert halls around the city, it will add a touch of style to your Christmas market break. Prague’s markets are open from 30th November to 6th January.
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin on Thursday the 10th of December and enjoy a three-night stay at the 4-star Art Hotel for only €208 – with breakfast included! This hotel offers free amendments before the 5th of December and a €10 deposit secures a booking. The Art Hotel is highly rated on Tripadvisor and was awarded a Certificate of Excellence.

View flights here €130pp

View hotel here €78pp
 

 

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Budapest, 5th December, 3 Nights, €294pp

Budapest Christmas market

Budapest has several Christmas markets, but Vörösmarty Square is the most popular. Gerbeaud House is transformed into an enormous Advent Calendar and a new window opens daily at 5pm. Street artists perform, Santa makes an appearance and there are plenty of places to relax and take it all in.
 

 

 
St Stephen’s Basilica, is lit up at night time and resembles a Disney like castle – it is spectacular. Take time to visit the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue, which are all UNESCO world heritage sites. Most markets open from 22nd November until 1st January. 
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin to Budapest on the 5th December and enjoy a three-night stay in the 4-star La Prima Fashion Hotel, with breakfast included for just €294pp. Rated as excellent on Tripadvisor, this is a great choice to explore all that Budapest has to offer.

View flights here €142pp

View hotel here €152pp
 

 

 

Berlin, 6th December, 3 Nights, €199

Christmas market breaks in Berlin

Berlin has a staggering 50 Christmas markets! Winter World at Potsdamer Platz offers ice skating and tobogganing and is perfect for families, while Alexanderplatz and Charlottenburg have traditional wooden stalls and beer houses. Most open late November but some close before New Year. For a full list of Christmas market dates click here. Don’t miss the Spandau market where rock concerts are usually held every Friday and there are over 500 stalls.
 

 

 
Try to make time to see some of Berlin’s top sights too, the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate – the list is endless. 

Read my city guide to Berlin here.
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin to Berlin on the 6th of December and enjoy a three-night stay in the highly rated Heckers Hotel for only €199 per person. This hotel receives excellent reviews on Tripadvisor and is superbly located to explore this vibrant city. This hotel rate also allows for free cancellation. 

View flights here €96pp

View hotel here €103pp
 

 

 

Krakow, 8th December, 3 Nights, €194!

christmas market breaks in Krakow

The old town of Krakow has Europe’s largest market square, and is packed with market stalls selling local hand crafts and tasty food. The city comes alive at night time with live bands playing in trendy basement clubs.
 

 

 
Krakow is a great choice for a city break at any time of year. The historical centre is very easy to navigate and I loved its relaxed vibe. Take time to visit the stunning Wawel castle, walk through the Jewish quarter to see Oscar Schindler’s factory, and if you can bear it, visit nearby Auschwitz . Krakow’s Christmas Market is open from the 27th November until 26th December.
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin to Krakow on the 8th of December and enjoy a three-night stay in the highly rated Ostoya Palace Hotel. Centrally located with great reviews on Tripadvisor, this is superb value to enjoy a Christmas market break in Krakow.  

View flights here €113pp

View hotel here €81pp
 

 

 

Vienna, 11th December, 3 Nights, €279pp

christmas market breaks

Christmas markets in Vienna have been a tradition since 1298. Would you believe there are over 20 different markets here? International choir singers perform free of charge and the Christmas atmosphere is truly magical. The Viennese Christmas Market in front of the City Hall is the most popular and even offers a specific children’s area, where they can learn how to make Christmas cookies and decorations.  
 

 

 
Vienna’s markets start a little earlier than most but most close on the 26th of December– see more here.  
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin on the 11th of December and enjoy a three-night stay in one of Vienna’s most popular hotels, the Zeitgeist Vienna Hauptbahnhof Zeitgeist Hotel. Rated as excellent on Tripadvisor this hotel will ensure a memorable stay in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

View flights here €104pp

View hotel here €175
 

 

 

Looking for more inspiration for Christmas market breaks? 

 

Read: Europe’s Top 10 Christmas Market Breaks 

 

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Sarah

 

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