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Staycations as seen on TV3’s Sunday AM – 9th April 2017

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Looking for a last minute Easter break or want some inspiration for Summer holidays? Check out some of my favourite staycations as seen on TV3’s Sunday AM.

 

Causeway Coast

I’m just back from a magical trip to the Causeway Coast. Before I went I thought the main highlight was the Giant’s Causeway, however there is so much more to see. What’s great about this coastline is that all the main attractions are so close together. The Giants Causeway, the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Dunluce Castle and the Dark Hedges are all within a 20 minute drive from each other. The coastal drive is as good if not better than I have seen on the Wild Atlantic Way and the dining options are excellent. For more information on my trip, read my blog post on the Causeway Coast. We stayed in a beautiful 3 story 3 bedroom house in Ballycastle, a great option for families, and is available through Airbnb. The Bushmills Inn is a great choice for couples, a multi award-winning boutique hotel and restaurant, ranked in the top 25 hotels on tripadvisor in the UK.

Bushmills Inn Hotel

Price for 2 nights B&B with cocktail, 4 course meal on first evening, entrance to Giants Causeway. £255 per person midweek over Easter holidays. Summer time £258 per person 1 night B&B, £50 a la carte credit, entrance to Giants Causeway. 

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Staycations as seen on TV3's Sunday AM - Causeway Coast

Beachview House, Ballycastle ( Airnbnb)

Price per night from €130 – €150 per night during the summer months. There is limited availability at Easter from Wednesday 19th April for two nights €189 per night including cleaning and Airbnb service fee.  If you haven’t tried Airbnb before sign up here and save €20 off your first stay.

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staycations as seen on TV3's Sunday Am - Ballycastle

 

Castlerosse Hotel, Killarney

There is so much to do in Killarney that you really need a minimum of four days, but more if you have it! The Killarney National Park, Mucross Abbey, Torc Waterfall, the ring of Kerry are just some of the highlights. The Castlerosse Hotel is a great choice, particularly for families as they have self catering cottages on site that have access to the hotels facilities. The hotel has a 20 metre swimming pool, kids club and lots of sports activities as well having an idyllic location overlooking the lakes of Killarney.

staycations as seen on TV3's Sunday AM - Killarney

There is limited availability during Easter holidays. Prices from €490 for 3 nights BB & Dinner each day, for 2 adults & 2children. Summer prices in July & August €590 for B&B & Dinner each day for 2 adults & 2 children.

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Harvey’s Point, Donegal.

Voted best hotel in Ireland and 25th best in the world by tripadvisor, if you are looking for a staycation, this has to be on your list. Its only 6km from Donegal Town but miles apart at the same time as it is situated on the shores of Lough Eske and the foot of the Blue Stack mountains. Harvey’s Point offers award winning cuisine and is definitely one for the romantics, as suites come with a bath tub for two!

staycations as seen on TV3's Sunday Am - Harveys Point

Price for a two night break in a suite with breakfast, one evening meal is €238 pp midweek and €299pp weekend until the 21st of June. There is availability over Easter holidays, not Easter Saturday but before or afterwards.

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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Galway.

Situated in Connemara, this luxury castle overlooks the Ballynahinch river in an idyllic location. This is perfect for a romantic getaway or a family break. Enjoy guided adventure walks through the woods or some fishing on the lake. Children will love the farm animals on site and the art competitions run by the hotel. The cultural village of Roundstone is only 15 minutes drive away and Leenane, the village made famous by the movie, The Field, is a 40 minute drive.

staycations as seen on TV3's Sunday Am - Ballynahinch Castle

They have availability at Easter time. Price for a two night stay is €580 based on 2 adults and 2 children, including breakfast each day.

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Like Staycations? Read some of my favourite staycations here.

 

Sarah 

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Family Holidays – As Seen on TV3’s Sunday AM – 1st May 2016

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For those of you who are still looking for family holidays this summer, check out my top picks below, along with some top travel tips to help you on your way.

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Algarve, 4* Estrela do Vau, 13th August, 2ad & 2ch , 1 week €1870

This is fantastic value for a four star property in the Algarve during school holidays. The complex is located close to one of the best beaches on the Algarve and it is family orientated with two swimming pools. You are close to the quiet village of Alvor and the larger resorts of Praia da Rocha and Portimao so it offers the best of both worlds. The Algarve also offers theme parks and water parks and plenty of options for family fun days out.

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Rhodes, Pefki Islands Resort, 10th August, 2ad & 2ch, 1 week €1969

This is an excellent family property that is highly rated on tripadvisor and was awarded a certificate of excellence. It is situated beside the beach, has two swimming pools with swim up bars, as well as some organised evening entertainment. It is very close to the resort centre and within easy access of Lindos and Rhodes town. I also love that the price includes a large 2 bedroomed apartment, transfers and checked baggage!

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Pefki Islands Resort, Rhodes as discussed for family holidays on TV3

 

Harry Potter Experience, London. 11th August, 2ad & 2ch , Two nights, €956

If you are looking for a short break away then why not consider London? Visit Warner Bros studios and enjoy the Harry Potter Experience. You will visit the sets where the movies were made and see the famous Hogwarts Express. This trip also includes entrance to the West Midlands Safari Park which has over 165 exotic animals and an adventure theme park. Price of €956 includes a two night stay at the Holiday Inn Express on a bed & breakfast basis, entrance to Warner Bros studio and the West Midlands Safari park, return ferry and coach transfer, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

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Harry Potter Experience London as discussed for family holidays on TV3

 

4* Oranmore Lodge, Galway. Two night stay BB, 2ad & 2ch €170.

For any of you who thought you might not get away this Summer, this is a great deal that won’t break the bank!. Spend two nights in the Oranmore Lodge Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis from only €170 based on 2 adults & 2 children, throughout the summer months. This family run hotel has a leisure centre, gym and free wifi and is only 7km from Galway city.

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Travel Tips for travelling with kids.

 

 1. Make sure the holiday you are booking offers facilities that suit you.

Different age groups have different priorities. You will find with younger kids a pool or mini disco might be the most important thing, with teenagers it could be free wifi. Remember also to check the season and weather for the destination you are going to, there is a reason why prices to the Algarve are very reasonable in November, you may not get any sun!

Top tips for travelling with kids as discussed for family holidays on TV3

2. Choose your flights wisely

Short flights are handy when kids are crawling or too young to watch tv or play with tablets. Otherwise, I would say don’t let a longer flying time put you off. Kids can watch movies and easily amuse themselves for longer journeys now. Also bear in mind airport transfer times. Northern Majorca or Western Algarve can have two hour airport transfer, Lanzarote for instance might be a longer flight, but the airport transfer time to the main resort, Puerto del Carmen, is only 15 minutes.

If travelling long haul, especially to the USA – pay the extra cost and go direct. Clearing immigration in Ireland will mean when you arrive (tired ) you don’t have to queue to go through customs. You also wont have the stress of missing connections and your bags not arriving, which happened to me twice recently via London. I should have remembered that #smartfliesaerlingus! If there are no direct flights available, give yourself loads of connecting time.

Top tips for travelling with kids as discussed for family holidays on TV3

3. Buy a mediashare – Approx €30.

This was a life saver on our recent family holiday. The Verbatim MEDIA SHARE creates an ad-hoc wifi network of its own so the kids can watch movies at any time on their tablets or phones. Simply put movies on a USB stick or and SD card and plug them in. Install the MediaShare app from the Google Play or Apple App store. Open it, find the Media share device and click on the movie you wish to watch. The device can support up to five devices watching different movies at the one time. You no longer need to bring a portable DVD player and lots of discs. I have used the device in lots of hotel rooms and restaurants when the kids get bored. I will have a full review on this device in my new ‘News & Reviews’ section which will focus on great devices for the twenty first century traveller. Here is a video from the company showing how it all works

 

 

 

4. Bring supplies

Check before you go and if the beach is stoney, bring surf shoes. If you are likely to have mosquitoes, bring bug bands or deet sprays. If the weather is particularly hot, surf tops are ideal to save you worrying about kids getting burnt. If driving, going on a boat or a theme park with rollercoasters, bring seabands. My kids used them for our recent road trip and I found them great.

 

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