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Santorini Holiday – Direct Aer Lingus Flights & Hotel, September, 1 week, €769

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Scratch one off the bucket list – check out this super Santorini holiday and get planning for next Summer.

 

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 next year. Wouldn’t a Santorini holiday be the ultimate dream after the year we have had?
 

 

 
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 May. And, if you opt for their Plus or Advantage fares, you can cancel and avail of a refund voucher that is valid for five years.

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

Read: Aer Lingus allow free changes for Summer 2021
 

 

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

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

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

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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 €769 per person. Remember you can change your flight booking up to the 31st of May 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.  
 
View flights here  €263pp
 
View hotel here €506pp
 

 

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

Sarah

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

Overnight stays in Dublin:

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

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

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

Search and book here

 

Read: 20 Dublin Hotel stays from €45pp
 

 

 

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links €38pp

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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. 

View offer here

 

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.

View offer here

 

Read: 10 Dublin Family Stays over Christmas Holidays

Read: 15 Family staycations over Christmas & New Year
 

 

 

Black Friday Hotel Deals for 2021:

4-star stay in Kilkenny Ormonde from €28pp

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

Kilkenny Ormonde

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

Book 28th February

 

Book 21st March

 

Book 25th April

 

Book 16th May 
 

 

 

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

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

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

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

Book here 
 

 

 

Oranmore Lodge Hotel Galway, €28pp

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

Book 28th February

 

Book 21st March

 

Book 16th May

 

Book 13th June 
 

 

 

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

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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.

View offer here
 

 

 

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.

See more here
 

 

 

Luxury hotel Stays:

5-star Mount Juliet Estate, B&B €65pp

 

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

Read: My review of Mount Juliet Estate
 

 

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

Book 28th February

 

Book 18th April

 

Book 23rd May 
 

 

 

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

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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. 

View offer here
 

 

 

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

View offer here
 

 

 

Airbnb FREE online experience:

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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. 

See more here
 

 

 

Shopping & travel gifts:

Collect TRIPLE Avios when you shop online

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

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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.

See more here
 

 

 

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

christmas gift box from Select Hotels of Ireland

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

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

Read: Christmas gift box from Select Hotels of Ireland

Buy here
 

 

 

Travel gifts make nice stocking fillers!

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

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See more here
 

 

 

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
 
View offer here

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

See more here
 

 

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

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

See more here
 

 

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

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

 

Sarah

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Hotel Deals In All Counties in Ireland Between Christmas & New Year

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Fancy an overnight escape after Christmas? I have last minute hotel deals, across all counties in Ireland between Christmas and New Year.

It is great to be able to get back to dining in restaurants again, but why not go a step further and book into a hotel for the night instead? Enjoy breakfast in bed, and maybe even a swim or spa treatment? These last minute hotel deals are based on one night stays between Christmas and New Year.

If you want to stay longer, or if the dates I have chosen don’t suit, simply edit the dates to suit your requirements.  I have also updated these posts today if you are looking for a break over New Year:

20 Irish Hotel deals for New Year’s Eve

10 Festive Family breaks over Christmas and New Year

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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. 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.
 

 

 

Carlow: Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Deluxe Room, 28th, 29th December €40pppn

The Woodford Dolmen is the Carlow’s most popular hotel, according to Tripadvisor. Set on the banks of the River Barrow within 10 acres of grounds, yet only minutes from Carlow town – this offers the best of both worlds.

See more here
 

 

 

Cavan: Cavan Crystal Hotel, Double / Twin B&B, 28th, 30th December, €94pppn

last minute hotel deals in Cavan

With an 18 m swimming pool, an award-winning health and fitness club, a bar, and a restaurant on site, you can check-in for a post Christmas stay and not leave! There are a choice of dining options including the Opus One Restaurant and the Atrium Bar.

View offer here
 

 

 

Clare: Old Ground Hotel, B&B, 30th Dec €40pp;  28th, 29th December €63pppn

Old Ground Hotel, Clare

Located in the centre of Ennis, this former manor house is one of Clare’s most highly rated hotels on Tripadvisor. With the Cliffs of Moher, Loop Head and Bunratty Folk Park on your doorstep, if you do manage to leave the hotel, there are plenty of places to explore. Use code THETRAVELEXPERT for a discount.

View offer here
 

 

 

Cork: Vienna Woods Hotel, B&B, 27th, 28th, 29th December €57pppn

dog friendly hotels in ireland

The pet-friendly Vienna Woods Hotel is just a 10-minute drive from Cork city centre, and has a choice of dining options on site. The 18th century building which was a labour of love for its owners, took 15 years to refurbish. The result is a charming hotel with many original features, overlooking the Glashaboy River.

View offer here
 

 

 

Donegal: Silver Tassie, Double Room B&B, 28th, 29th, 30th December €43pppn

Silver Tassie Hotel Spa

Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa has everything you need for a post Christmas break. The Seascape Spa specialises in Donegal seaweed baths, and the restaurant offers an awarding winning carvery lunch and the famous Tassie Steak. If you do manage to tear yourself away, it is located a short drive from the Letterkenny town centre and the Wild Atlantic Way. Use code THETRAVELEXPERT for a discount.

View offer here
 

 

 

Dublin: Clayton Hotel Charlemont B&B, 28th, 29th, 30th December €43pppn

Hotel deals in Dublin

Centrally located overlooking Dublin’s Grand Canal, with St Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street a short stroll away, the location couldn’t be better. Use code THETRAVELEXPERT for an extra discount.

View offer here
 

 

 

Galway: Jurys Inn, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th December €78pppn

Galway city at night time

Located in the heart of Galway city, Jurys Inn is the hotel to choose if you want to enjoy the city atmosphere. Highly rated on Tripadvisor, and a firm favourite with visitors looking to explore Galway.

View offer here
 

 

 

Kerry: Ballyseede Castle, Family Room B&B, 27th, 29th, 30th December €205 Total Price

last minute hotel deals - Ballyseede Castle

Kerry’s only authentic castle hotel is surrounded by 30 acres of private gardens and woodland, and is steeped in history. Wouldn’t it be nice to check into a castle for the night? Ballyseede Castle is also known for its traditional Irish cuisine and fine dining.  

View offer here
 

 

 

Kildare: Kilkea Castle, Superior Carraige Room, 27th December €116pppn

geat value hotel deals in Ireland at Kilkea castle

Kilkea Castle is set in 180 acres of woodlands and gardens. You will have full access to the resorts facilities including the spa, golf course and choice of dining options.

View offer here
 

 

 

Kilkenny: Hotel Kilkenny, 27th, 30th December €90pppn

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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.

View offer here
 

 

 

Laois: Midlands Park Hotel, 28th, 29th, 30th December, From €977pppn

last minute hotel deals in Ireland

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

View offer here
 

 

 

Longford:  Viewmount House B&B, 27th, 28th, 30th December €80pppn

longford hotels

Viewmount House is a 17th century manor house set in in four acres of gardens. With an award-winning restaurant and open fires throughout, this charming hotel is a wonderful choice for a post-Christmas break.  

View offer here
 

 

 

Leitrim:  Bush Hotel B&B,  28th, 29th, 30th December €60pppn

whiskey tasting in Leitrim with the Bush Hotel

The family owned Bush Hotel in Carrick-On-Shannon is steeped in history and bursting with character. Originally an Inn and resting point for travellers on the Stage Coach route between Dublin and the Northwest, it has been beautifully restored as a boutique heritage hotel. You can expect mature gardens, open fires, chic bedrooms with a wonderful blend of modern living and old world charm. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Limerick: Clayton Hotel, B&B, 28th, 29th, 30th December €65pppn

last minute hotel deals in Limerick

With views over the River Shannon, a Waterfront Restaurant, and a leisure centre with a 12 metre pool, this is the perfect choice for an overnight stay in the city. The Clayton Limerick is well known for its contemporary style and delicious food and don’t miss its vitality breakfast in the morning! Use code use code THETRAVELEXPERT for a discount. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Louth: D Hotel Drogheda, B&B, 28th, 29th, 30th December €43pppn

hotel deals in Ireland near lakes

With a riverside location and a popular bar and restaurant on site, this is a great choice for a last minute hotel break in Drogheda. Use code THETRAVELEXPERT for a discount.

View offer here
 

 

 

Mayo: Breaffy House Resort, 28th, 29th, 30th December €85pppn

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We stayed in Breaffy House Resort this summer and had a wonderful experience. There is a large swimming pool and spa on site, and if you like wine, make sure you take a tour of their cellar!  

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

View offer here
 

 

 

Meath: Dunboyne Castle Deluxe Room, B&B, 28th, 29th, 30th December, from €92pppn

hotel deals for New Year in Ireland

Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa is set in 21 acres of gardens and woodlands, and boasts a luxury spa with a hydrotherapy pool, an outdoor hot tub, and treatment rooms. The award-winning Ivy Restaurant is the perfect place to celebrate New Year.

View offer here
 

 

 

Monaghan: Four Seasons Hotel & Leisure Club, B&B, 27th, 30th December €65pppn

last minute hotel deals in Monaghan

Located close to Monaghan Town, enjoy a relaxing stay in its award-winning leisure club with swimming pool. I’m told the Range Grill serves up local food with a modern twist. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Offaly: The Central Hotel, Tullamore, 28th, 29th, 30th December €45pppn

cheap hotel deals in Ireland

Located right in the centre of Tullamore, the popular Bar Polo serves up a great a la carte menu from Monday to Saturday. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Roscommon: Abbey Hotel, B&B, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th December, from €78pp

last minute hotel deals in Roscommon

Close to Roscommon Town Centre, yet surrounded by gardens and woodlands, this  18th-century manor house will make you feel like you are miles from home. It also has a leisure centre and an award-winning restaurant on site. 

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Sligo: Sligo Park & Leisure Club,  28th, 29th, 30th December €88pp

Sligo Park Hotel

The Sligo Park Hotel has a 16 metre pool in its modern leisure centre. It also boasts a state-of-the-art gym, and a selection of therapies and massages are available. There is a choice of dining options on site, but if you fancy a change of scene, Sligo town centre is just three minutes drive away. Family rooms also available.

View offer here
 

 

 

Tipperary: Ballykisteen Golf Hotel, 28th, 29th, 30th December €44pp

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. 

View offer here
 

 

Waterford: Waterford Marina Hotel, B&B, 29th, 30th December €40pp

last minute hotel deals in Waterford

Located on the banks of the River Suir, with a Waterfront Restaurant and riverside terrace, this is a great location for a post Christmas break in Waterford city. Use code THETRAVELEXPERT for a discount.

See more here
 

 

 

Westmeath: Sheraton Athlone, 30th December €80pp, 28th, 29th December €93pp

athlone hotels

Located in the heart of Athlone, the highly rated Sheraton Hotel ticks all boxes for a post-Christmas break. 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.

View offer here
 

 

 

Wexford: Brandon House Hotel, B&B, 28th, 29th, 30th December €73pp

last minute hotel deals in Wexford

The Brandon House hotel boasts a large indoor pool as well as an Eco Spa. It is particularly popular with couples because of its leisure facilities and award-winning restaurant. This super last minute hotel deals is based on a Saturday night stay, and includes breakfast! Use code THETRAVELEXPERT for a discount.

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Wicklow: Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, B&B, 27th, 29th, 30th December, from €75pp

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Overlooking Blessington Lakes, and surrounded by 200 acres of woodlands, why not take this opportunity to see Blessington like you have never seen it before. The hotel also boasts an 18-hole champion golf course and a choice of dining options, including the elegant Fia Rua Restaurant.

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

 

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

 


 

 

 

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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

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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

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

28th Dec €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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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

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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. 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 €388

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From Cork to Donegal, Kilkenny to Kerry, I’ve got 20 self catering breaks in Ireland this summer, and many have pool access!

It appears 2021 will be another year of staycations, and holiday homes are already proving to be very popular.  I have had many messages from people who are looking for self catering breaks in Ireland in July and August, so I have duly obliged and 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.

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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.
 

 

1. Catherine’s  3-bedroom Cottage with pool at Ross Castle, Galway:

Various dates in July & August – 3-Night stays: €1355

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Catherine’s Cottage is one of three, three-bedroomed courtyard cottages at Ross Castle. All cottages have access to the grounds and gardens of the estate, as well as the indoor heated swimming pool, billiards room, tennis court and the lake with boats.
 

 

 
Catherine’s cottage offers all modern comforts including underfloor heating, but also retains a rustic charm with exposed wood and repointed stone walls. With Connemara, the Aran Islands and the Wild Atlantic Way close by, this is a super location to explore Ireland’s west coast. If you are looking to organise a group getaway, you can see the other cottages at Ross Castle here.

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2. The Mullins: 2-bedroom apartment on Mill Park Hotel grounds, Donegal

3-Night stay – 21st July & 18th August: €483

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An Airbnb in Donegal, with access to a swimming pool is a rare find! This super two-bedroom apartment overlooks the Mill Park Hotel and is less than a 10 minute walk from the town centre.
 

 

 
Two guests will have access to the hotel’s pool, gym, jacuzzi and steam room, and children under three are free. If there are any additional guests sharing, a charge will apply payable directly to the hotel. The hotel also has a restaurant and bar. 

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

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

Various dates available July & August

2-bedroom apartment €597, 3 bed apartment: €837

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Blueway Waterpark, 20 minutes away.

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

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

3-Night stay: Various dates July & August: €569

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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 a family staycation. 
 

 

 
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, and access to the River Leisure Club and pool.

Read: Top Things to do in the Munster Vales

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

17th July – €703, 8th August – €656

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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 all all mod cons including a 40 inch smart TV for cosy nights in.

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6. Clayton Hotel Sligo, 1 bedroom family suite with kitchenette & pool access:

Various dates in July & August- 3-Night Stay €717

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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7. Nire Valley Eco Camp, Waterford, Glaming Pod,

3-night stay,  various dates July & August €528

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Some of you may recall we stayed in Nire Valley Eco Camp last year when we visited the Munster Vales. This is an ideal family break if you get away from the city and get close to nature. There are only 5 eco-cabins and all have acres of space around them, with beautiful views of the Comeragh Mountains. The cabins are beautifully decorated and a delicious breakfast basket is delivered to your cabin every morning. Pets are also allowed. 

Read: Top things to do in the Munster Vales

Read: Top picks for glamping in Ireland

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8. Staycity 2-bedroom apartment, Dublin Castle,

3-night stay, various dates July & August €891

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

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9. Rathmullan Village Apartments, Donegal,

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

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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. Lorna’s holiday home, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare,

3-night stay, various dates July & August €807

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Lorna’s Apartment receives excellent reviews and boasts a private garden, patio and sea views. The two-bedroom apartment has beaches nearby and its is only 13 km from the popular seaside town of Lahinch.

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11. The Towers, 2-bedroom Apartment with pool access, Westport, Co. Mayo,

3-night stays, various dates July & August €575

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Towers Apartments are located right in the heart of Westport harbour and guests can also make use of the local swimming pool. Westport is a great base to explore Mayo’s gorgeous coastline, and you can cycle the Great Western Greenway all the way from Westport to Achill Island.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Mayo

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

3-night stay, various dates July & August €915

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With a superb beachfront location in Salthill, these modern apartments have stunning sea views and are beautifully furbished. 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.  2-bedroom apartment, Scotts Hotel, Killarney, Kerry.

3-night stay, 8/15th August, €840

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Located in the heart of Killarney, this modern two-bedroom apartment has all the benefits of self-catering, with the added advantage of hotel’s facilities. With Killarney National Park, the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way within driving distance, the possibilities for day trips are endless.

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

3-night stay, various dates July & August, €388

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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. Tower View Lodge, 3-bedroom home, Ennis, Co. Clare,

3-night stay various dates July & August €481

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Tower View Lodge is a three-bedroom holiday home located five-minutes drive from the popular town of Ennis. It boasts a large garden and a private patio, and is ideally suited to a family. With the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle and the Wild Atlantic Way just a short drive away, it is a great location for a family holiday in Clare.

Available 3-night stays available at date of publication are between 11th – 17th July, 1st – 7th August, 14th- 21st August.

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16. 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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17. 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 once you select a room you will see the option to choose apartments. 

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18. Hotel Killarney, Family suite with kitchenette and pool access – sleeps up to 5:

22nd August, 3-Night stay – €522

The Hotel Killarney has self catering facilities in its suites

As well as being located in one of Ireland’s prettiest towns, the Hotel Killarney boasts a leisure centre, kids club and lots of outdoor activities. These large family suites sleep up to five and come with a kitchenette and dining area.  

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19. Penthouse apartment at the Heritage Hotel, Co. Laois with breakfast & pool access

3-night stay, various dates July & August €947

self catering breaks in Ireland at the Heritage Hotel.

The luxurious Heritage Hotel boasts a leisure centre, award-winning spa, an 18-hole championship golf course and a choice dining options. You will be staying in one of the five luxury penthouse apartments which are beautifully furnished and have a balcony overlooking the golf course. Breakfast is also included in your stay.

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20. Clifden Station House Apartments with pool access, Galway

3-Night stay 19th August: €983 

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

 

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

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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, 4 & 5-Star Hotels from €204pp

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

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

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

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1. Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford, 3 nights B&B: €259pp 

Great value hotel breaks in Ireland at the Ferrycarrig Hotel

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 one of best value hotel breaks in Ireland – this rate includes free cancellation too.

 

 

 

2. Delphi Resort, Galway, 3 nights B&B: €319pp

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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, 3 nights: €204pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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, 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, 3 nights: €226pp 

 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: €297pp  

 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: €209pp  

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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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8. Sandhouse Hotel, Donegal, 3 nights B&B: €328pp  


The 4-star Sandhouse Hotel & Marine Spa overlooks Donegal Bay and the beautiful Rossnowlagh Beach. With award-winning cuisine and a marine spa that specialises in Irish-sourced organic seaweed, (Voya), this is the ultimate place to relax along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Read: The best beach hotels in Ireland – my top 20 picks

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9. Seafront Inn Inch beach, Kerry, 3 nights B&B: €225pp  

Seafront Inn is one of the best beach hotels in Ireland

The Seafront Inn offers a selection of hotel rooms, apartments and even hostel-style dormitory rooms. Its stunning clifftop location overlooking one of Ireland’s best beaches, along with a lively bar and restaurant, make it an ideal choice for couples looking for a beach holiday with a relaxed vibe.

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10. Connemara Coast Hotel, Galway, 3 nights B&B: €264pp

Connemara Coast hotel break

Offering spectacular views over the Atlantic, yet only 10 minutes drive from Galway City, the Connemara Coast Hotel offers the best of both worlds. The Leisure club boasts a 19 metre swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, gym and treatment rooms. With the Connemara coast and the Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, you may wish to extend your stay…
 
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11. Staycity Aparthotel, Dublin Castle, 3 nights: €225pp

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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12. Redcastle Hotel Golf & Spa, Donegal, 3 nights: €247pp

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 two-night stay only €96 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: €269pp

Galway city at night time

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

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14. Lodges at Kilkea Castle, Kildare, 3 nights B&B, €240pp

geat value hotel breaks in Ireland at Kilkea castle

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

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15. Clayton Hotel, Belfast, 3 Nights, €162pp

 
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. This hotel is home to Avenue22 restaurant which offers floor to ceiling windows for great views of the city. There is a 15-metre swimming pool and health club on site. This super deal 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: €360pp  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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: €223pp

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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: €255pp

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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. Lough Erne, Fermanagh, 3 nights B&B: €354pp  

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

Lough Erne Resort has also won numerous awards including Hotel Restaurant of the Year and Hotel of the Year.

Read: My review of Lough Erne Resort

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20. Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, Killarney, 3 nights B&B: €389pp 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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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Family Christmas Market Break in Copenhagen, 27th December, 3 Nights, €1048!

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Want to go away for Twixmas this year? Enjoy a Christmas market break in Copenhagen. Experience the magic of Tivoli Gardens as it is transformed into a winter wonderland.

 

Open since 1843, Tivoli Gardens is one of the world’s oldest amusement parks. Over one million people descend on Tivoli at Christmas time, to experience one of Europe’s best Christmas markets. It is lit up with 500,000 fairy lights and has Christmas decorations at every corner. Tivoli Gardens is now open from the 16th of November to the 5th of January, making a Christmas market break in Copenhagen a great choice for all the family, either before or after Christmas. 

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There are theme park rides in Tivoli Gardens throughout the year, but at Christmas time there are added light shows, market stalls, and top class concerts. It is no doubt one of the best places to soak up the Christmas atmosphere.
 

 

 
Of course Copenhagen offers so much more than Tivoli Gardens. Enjoy some of the excellent cuisine that Copenhagen is renowned for, or shop along the longest pedestrianised shopping street in Europe.

No visit to Copenhagen would be complete without visiting The Little Mermaid. Personally, I wasn’t overly impressed by her, but the kids should enjoy the story behind it. When in Rome and all that…
 

 

 
Something that does live up to the hype are the pretty streets of Nyhavn. The multicoloured houses are an Instagrammers paradise. I loved pottering in and out of the numerous coffee shops, restaurants and souvenir shops.

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Read: My Guide to Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen
 

 

 
I found a great deal staying in the 4-star Scandic Copenhagen Hotel. Located just eight minutes walk from Tivoli Gardens, this is ideally located for a Christmas market break in Copenhagen. This modern hotel has family rooms available that are similarly priced to standard rooms, and include a free buffet breakfast and free WiFi.

copenhagen christmas market break
 

 

 
Treat the kids to a Christmas market break in Copenhagen this year – what a wonderful way to spend Twixmas and keep the festive spirit alive.

Fly from Dublin to Copenhagen on the 27th of December, and enjoy a three-night stay in the Scandic Copenhagen Hotel with breakfast included for just €1048, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

 
View flights here €146pp 

View hotel here Family Room €464
 

 

 
This Christmas market break in Copenhagen contains 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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