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10 Great Summer Hotel Deals In Ireland – Hotel Stays from €79pp

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Fancy a luxury overnight escape, or perhaps a family break away? I’ve found 10 great summer hotel deals in Ireland to suit all tastes and budgets. 

With all the talk of soaring hotel prices, I was challenged by Today FM to find some great value summer hotel deals in Ireland, and you know how much I love a challenge…

I have found some great breaks this summer for couples, friends and families. I have separate posts on family hotel deals, luxury stays and self catering options in the travel deals in Ireland section of my website, but I have hand-picked some of my favourites for you below.
 
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 I have selected various dates this summer in hotels and holiday homes, but if these don’t suit you, or you want to stay for a longer or shorter duration, simply click on the links below and edit the dates to suit your requirements.

Most of these summer hotel deals in Ireland include my affiliate links – where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

 

 

Summer hotel deals in Ireland for adult breaks:

 

1. Hardiman Hotel, Galway: 2 Night B&B + 1 Dinner & Prosecco

summer hotel deals in Ireland in Galway

The landmark Hardiman Hotel on Eyre Square is celebrating 170 years of tradition this summer, and is the perfect choice for a Galway break. Whether you want to enjoy its boutique shopping and vibrant nightlife, or head out west and enjoy Connemara’s beaches, there are plenty of options to explore Galway from here. 

 

 
This summer you can enjoy a  two-night stay with full Irish breakfast, bubbles, local strawberries in your room on arrival, and a three-course dinner in the hotel’s Gaslight Brasserie on the night of your choice – all for just €310 per person in July or €274 in August. This offer is called the ‘Sweet Summer Staycation’ and is bookable direct via the hotel website.

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2. Choice of Donegal breaks over August Bank holiday weekend from €79pp

Redcastle Hotel Spa in Donegal, Ireland

Despite being home to some of Ireland’s best beaches, when I search hotel deals in Ireland I often find Donegal prices tend to be the lowest along the Wild Atlantic Way.
 

 

 
I found two great options for a short break over the August bank holiday weekend. Choose the Redcastle Hotel on the Inishowen Peninsula for €79, or the Radisson Blu in Letterkenny for €80 per person. Both hotels are four-star, include breakfast, and have spas on site. Available on Sunday July 31st.

If this date doesn’t suit, or you wish to stay longer, simply click on the links below and edit the dates to suit your requirements.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Inishowen

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3. Overnight Escape to Mount Juliet, 1st August, B&B €121pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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 an overnight stay to remember.

This is superb value and must be one of best options for couples looking for summer hotel deals in Ireland in a luxury hotel.

Read: My review of Mount Juliet

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

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4. Luxury Break in Derry at 5-Star Bishops Gate Hotel, 31st July, €81pp

summer hotel deals in Ireland in Derry

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

 

 
The landmark Bishop’s Gate Hotel is located within the historic city walls and combines tradition with contemporary style. This is a superb deal to explore this beautiful city.

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

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5. Overnight Stay at Trinity City Hotel, Dublin: 14th August, €99pp 

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For a central stay in the capital you can’t beat the Trinity City Hotel. Located opposite Trinity College, just minutes from Henry Street, Grafton Street and the DART Station, the location just couldn’t be better.

I stayed here over Christmas and loved its modern decor and relaxed dining options. The heated interior terrace is the perfect choice if you want to enjoy some al fresco cocktails, and the open plan restaurant boasts floor to ceiling windows. 

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Summer hotel deals in Ireland for families in July and August

 

6. Riverside Park Hotel Wexford, 2 Night Breaks, B&B + 1 Dinner & Family Attraction Pass, €475

summer hotel deals in Ireland at the Riverside Park Hotel

The Riverside Hotel in Wexford offers great value summer breaks in July and August. A kids club will operate this summer and there is a leisure centre with a kids pool on site. Their family breaks include full breakfast each day, dinner on the night of your choice, and a family attraction pass to one of Wexford’s top attractions.

The Gruffalo Walk is one of the best things to do in Wexford with kids
Wells House & Gardens Gruffalo Trail

We stayed here last summer and went to Wells House and Gardens – one of the attractions that is included in the cost. It is a great value option for a family break away this summer.

Read:  Top 10 things to do in Wexford with kids

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7.  Self Catering 3-Bed House at Lough Rynn, Leitrim, 3 Night Stay €450

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

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

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View offer here August €450

 

 

 

8. Clayton Hotel Sligo 2 bed family room, 2-night stay, €438

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Set on beautiful grounds and only a short distance from Sligo Town centre, the 4-star Clayton Sligo ticks all boxes for a family holiday in Ireland. We stayed here recently and loved it’s family friendly facilities and spacious family rooms.

The leisure centre has a separate kids pool, there is a kids club operating for the summer holidays.

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9. Jurys Inn Belfast, Superior Family Room, 2-night stay, €260

 

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

 

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

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

Read: 20 family hotel deals in Ireland 

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10. The Helm Apartments, Westport, Mayo, 3-night stay, €607

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you have been following me for a while you will know I fell in love with Mayo’s stunning coastline a few years ago, and this two-bedroom apartment is ideally located to explore it.
 

 

 
Located right in the heart of Westport, The Helm overlooks the harbour and has a restaurant and bar, with complimentary breakfast included in your stay. This is great value for self-catering breaks in Ireland in one of the Wild Atlantic Way’s most vibrant towns.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Mayo

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

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I hope this post on summer hotel deals in Ireland will help you plan a break away. While every effort is made to ensure that hotel facilities and services are accurate, these are subject to change. 
 

 

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


 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 10th May 2022

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

This week’s best travel deals include a bank holiday break in Prague for €198, Greek getaways from €319, summer sun in the Algarve, New Year in Orlando, a Celebrity Beyond cruise, Mexico for 2023, and staycations in Donegal and Sligo.

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Best last minute:

best travel deals to greece

Jet off to to the sun next week with this super deal to the Greek island of Kos. Price for flights, transfers, checked baggage, and a seven-night stay in the Hotel Bahamas is just €319 per person on the 18th of May. This adult-only hotel has just 30 rooms and is highly rated on TripAdvisor.

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With temperatures set to soar this weekend, why not treat yourself to an overnight stay at the 4-star Redcastle Hotel in Donegal. If you have been following me for a while you will know I fell in love with Inishowen last year. Price for an overnight stay is just €49pp on selected dates throughout May. Of course you can always choose to stay longer…

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Read: 20 last minute deals in Ireland – Overnight stays from €45pp
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It’s hard to beat the Algarve for a summer sun holiday, but adult-only hotels are not always easy to come by. I found a great deal in the 4-star adults-only Falésia Hotel on the 25th of August. This popular 4-star hotel offers direct access to the beautiful 8km beach of Praia da Falesia. Located in the pretty town Olhos de Agua, yet close enough to the lively resort Albufeira, it offers the bets of both worlds. 
 

 

 
Price for flights and a seven-night stay including breakfast is just €687 per person. Dates can be changed to suit your requirements, simply edit the dates via the link below.

Check flights here 25th Aug – 1st Sept €105pp

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Best city break:

weekend break to prague

Plan ahead and secure a city break in Prague over the October bank holiday weekend for just €198. Price includes flights and a three-night stay in the highly rated 4-star Hotel Merkur. Located close to the Old Town Square and Prague’s historic centre, it offers great value for a city break over the October bank holiday weekend. 

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

View hotel here €99pp

See this and 10 more city break deals for €199 or less here:

Read: 10 city break deals for €199 or less
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Treat yourself and the kids to a trip to Orlando for New Year. Traditionally it is an expensive time to visit, but I found good value flights on the 29th of December via Boston for €505 per person. Price for flights, together with a 10-night stay in Universal Studios Endless Summer Resort is €4026, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.  

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Best family staycation:

family breaks in Sligo at the Clayton Hotel

I’m off to Sligo next month and will be checking out the Clayton Hotel and Leisure Club. This 4-star hotel looks ideal for a family summer staycation. Price for a three-night stay in August is €697 in a two-bedroom family room, or €737 in a two-bedroom suite which boasts a kitchenette. These are based on a family of four, but selected rooms can accommodate up to five.

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Best cruise:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I had a great response to my Celebrity Beyond offer last week, and many of you asked if it could be extended. I have managed to secure another great deal for you on the same five-star luxury ship, cruising the Mediterranean from the 27th of August.
 

 

 
Price for a nine-night all-inclusive cruise holiday visiting Spain, France and Italy is just €1873. This includes flights, transfers, checked baggage, classic drinks package, WiFi and gratuities. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

all inclusive holiday deals to Mexico from Ireland

There was breaking news today with the announcement of direct flights from Dublin to Mexico next summer! TUI will be offering dircect flights in June and July to Cancun for two weeks, and you can secure your 2023 holiday now with a €150 deposit.
 

 

 
Prices for flights, transfers, checked baggage and a 14-night all-inclusive stay are available from €1710 per person. Upgrade to a 5-star holiday on an all-inclusive basis from €1995 per person.

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

 

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

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10 Hotel Deals Over St Patricks Weekend – 2-Night Stays from €107pp

Redcastle Hotel, Donegal, Ireland

With a double bank holiday on the way, why not treat yourself to one of these super hotel deals over St Patricks weekend. I’ve got 10 great choices to tempt you.

If that double bank holiday caught you off guard, I’m here to help! Whether you want a quick overnight escape, or a leisurely two-night getaway, I’ve got plenty of hotel deals over St Patricks weekend for you to enjoy.

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These hotel deals over St Patricks weekend are priced for one or two nights, but simply edit the dates on the links below to suit your requirements. Some of these hotel deals include affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

 

 

1. Connemara Coast Hotel, Galway: 1-Night Stay B&B €95pp

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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2. Old Ground Hotel, Clare, 1-Night Stay €73pp

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.

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3. Randles Hotel Killarney, Kerry, 1-Night Stay, €93pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The superbly located Killarney Randles Hotel is just 5-minutes walk from Killarney town centre. It boasts a 20 metre pool, Zen Day Spa and a choice of dining options. 

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4. Clayton Hotel Limerick, Dinner, Breakfast & Drinks: 1-Night Stay from €90pp

Clayton Hotel Limerick hotel deals

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

 

 
From a mere €75 per person, based on 3 sharing, or €90 based on 2 sharing, you can enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast, a 4-course dinner, a complimentary cocktail, and Prosecco in your room on arrival – can you believe the price? You also have full access to the Club Vitae health and fitness centre.

This deal is available on various dates from now until April, including St Patricks Weekend. Supplement applies for Saturday night stays.

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5. Redcastle Hotel & Spa, Donegal: 2-Night Stay, €159pp 

hotel deals in Ireland over St Patricks weekend

The Redcastle Hotel offers superb value to explore this coastal county. I spent a week in Inishowen last summer and loved it. However, with a waterfront location, 9-hole golf course and Thalasso Spa, you may find it difficult to leave.   

Read: My top 10 things to do in Inishowen

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6. Brandon House Hotel, Wexford: 2-Night Stay €196pp

hotel deals in Wexford at the Brandon House Hotel

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, award-winning restaurant, and its location within walking distance of the town.

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7. Kinsale Hotel & Spa, Cork: B&B 1-Night Stay €110pp

hotel deals in Ireland over the June bank holiday weekend

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

 

 
The indoor pool, luxury spa, and Rockpool Bar & restaurant will make it one of the most popular hotel deals over St Patricks weekend. This rate includes breakfast too!

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8. Hotel Westport, Mayo, B&B, 1-Night Stay €125pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Hotel Westport is located in the grounds of Westport House and just five minutes walk from the centre of Westport town.  With the Great Western Greenway, Croagh Patrick and a host of stunning beaches nearby, the location couldn’t be better.
 

 

 
Senses Spa offers spa and beauty treatments and the leisure centre boasts a 20 metre pool, lounge pool, as well as a sauna and steam room.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Mayo

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9.  Ballykisteen Golf Hotel, Tipperary: 2-Night Stay from €134pp

Ballykisteen Golf Hotel swimming pool

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. This 4-star hotel in Tipperary is one of the best value hotel deals over St Patricks weekend.

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10. Twin Trees Hotel, Mayo, 2-Night Stay €107pp

 

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

Read: Top 10 things to do in Mayo

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I hope this post on hotel deals over St Patricks weekend will help you plan a getaway soon. These hotel deals in Ireland were researched independently. Some have links direct to the hotels websites, while others have my affiliate links attached to third party websites, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 4th January 2022

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

This week’s best travel deals include last minute holidays in the Canary Islands, summer holidays in Greece and the Maldives, a weekend in New York for €508, a family waterpark holiday in Tenerife, an early booking offer to Matera, a Celebrity Cruise, as well as staycations in Dublin and Cork.
 

 

 
It is important to be aware of the latest travel restrictions. In Europe most countries only require you to show your Digital Covid Certificate if vaccinated, however there are exceptions, including Italy and Portugal where a negative test is also required. Currently a negative Covid test is also required when you return to Ireland.

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I have some advice and tips in these posts that you may find useful, but please check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

Latest travel restrictions for entry into Ireland

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance
 

 

 

Best last minute holiday – I week in Canary Islands from €257

best travel deals to Fuerteventura

Flight prices to the Canary Islands have never been so low, with return fares from €60 in January. I found a great deal to Fuerteventura, where it is a balmy 21 degrees at the moment. It is also one of the quieter islands with plenty of stunning beaches for you to relax in.
 

 

 
Price for return flights and a seven night stay in the highly rated Las Marismas apartments is just €257 per person on various dates in January.

Search flights here €60pp

View hotel here €197pp
 

 

 

Best overnight escape – Last minute hotel deals from €40pp

last minute hotel deals in Dublin

Want to make up for a quiet Christmas? Enjoy an overnight escape in January or February, with prices in many hotels across Ireland from €50 per person per night. The 8pm hospitality restrictions don’t apply to hotel residents, once you are vaccinated.
 

 

 
I stayed in the Trinity City Hotel in Dublin recently and loved its modern decor and relaxed dining options. The heated interior terrace is the perfect choice if you want to enjoy some al fresco cocktails, and the open plan restaurant boasts floor to ceiling windows. See this and lots more last minute hotel deals in Ireland here:

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Best spring / summer – 1 week in Rhodes from €297

Rhodes holidays - the best places to stay for couples, families and groups.

If you haven’t visited the Greek island of Rhodes yet, you need to put it on your list! Rhodes has it all, secluded beaches, pretty whitewashed villages and a stunning old town.
 

 

 
I found return flights on the 26th of April for just €128 – which happens to take in the May bank holiday weekend. A seven-night stay in the centrally located Elite Hotel in Rhodes Town is just €169 per person, making a one week holiday less than €300.

Search flights here €128pp

View hotel here €169pp

You can also see lots more accommodation options in Rhodes in this post:

Read: Rhodes holidays, the best places to stay for couples, groups and families
 

 

 

Best longhaul holiday – Discounts & Upgrades at Kuramathi Maldives

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Simply Maldives is offering 25% off room rates, plus an upgrade from Full board to All Inclusive in Kuramathi Maldives this summer. Price for a seven-night stay in a deluxe water villa is €2,998 – this is the same overwater villa that I stayed in recently.
 

 

 
Price includes flights, speed boat transfers and accommodation on an all-inclusive basis. Upgrade to the Dine Around “Select All Inclusive” package for an additional €455 per person. 

Read: My review of Kuramathi Island Resort

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Best family holiday – Free Child Place & €250 off Waterpark holiday in Tenerife

Siam Park, Tenerife

TUI is not only offering free child places, but also up to €250 off summer holidays in their January sale. You only need a small deposit of €75 per person to secure a booking, and covid flexibility is available on all holidays. 

I found a great deal staying in the hugely popular Villa Mandi apartments in Tenerife, which allow complimentary access to one of Europe’s best waterparksSiam Park.
 

 

 
Price for flights and a seven-night stay with transfers and checked baggage included, as well as unlimited access to the waterpark, is just €2254, based on a family of four, on various dates in July and August. Use code SALE to save €250 off the listed price when you click on the link below.

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Read: Top waterpark holidays in Europe
 

 

 

Best family staycation – Clonakility Park Hotel during Easter holidays

best family hotels in Ireland

This Clonakilty Park Hotel is a popular choice with families due to its superb facilities. The two-bedroom apartments tend to get booked out well in advance, but they currently have availability during Easter holidays.
 

 

 
There is an award-winning leisure centre, high ropes and zip wire adventure centre, and a three-screen cinema on site. The hotel offers family rooms as well as two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom holiday homes. Price for a two-night break in one of the self-catering apartments during Easter holidays is €430, family rooms are just €390.

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You can see lots more family Easter breaks here:
 
Read: 20 Family hotel deals in Ireland for an Easter break.
 

 

 

Best city break – Weekend in New York with Direct Flights from €508

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Aer Lingus’ January sale offers up to 20% off flights to Europe and flights to the USA from €169 one way, for departures up to 31st May.

I found flights to New York on Saturday the 26th of March for €338 return and accommodation in the Holiday Inn Financial District for just €170 per person, making a three-night weekend stay just €508 per person. You can see many more hotel options in this post:

Read: My ultimate guide on where to stay in New York

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Best early booking offer – Weekend in Matera from €310

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Matera in Italy is one of the most fascinating cities that I have ever visited. Located in Basilicata, it is easily reached from Bari airport and is also an ideal location if you want to explore neighbouring Puglia. It is not always easy to find accommodation in the heart of the old town of Matera, or Sassi as it is more commonly known, so you need to make sure to book well in advance.
 

 

 
I found cheap return flights to Bari with Ryanair on the 14th of October, and accommodation in the highly rated Il Belvedere Hotel for just €310 in total, including breakfast! Rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor and the 2nd best place hotel to stay in Matera, this is amazing value for such a stunning location.

Read: A magical weekend in Matera

Search flights here Bari €95pp

View hotel here €215pp
 

 

 

Best cruise deal – 5-Star Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Edge cruise ship

Cassidy Travel have a wide selection of cruise deals on their website, including a Mediterranean cruise on the 5-star Celebrity Edge.

Enjoy an eight-night cruise visiting Rome, Portofino, Cannes, Corsica, Barcelona and Majorca, with flights, transfers, baggage, a classic drinks package, tips and WiFi included, from just €1779 per person, departing September 24th. Upgrade to a balcony stateroom from just €250 per person.

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Prices of my best travel deals are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Travel restrictions may be in place at the time of travel, it is important you are aware of individual countries entry requirements.

Please note if you make a booking you do so via a third party. Some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.  See more in my privacy policy.

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 12th October 2021

Best travel deals

I’ve searched the web so you don’t have to! My best travel deals include last minute holidays, winter breaks, city breaks, cruise deals, early booking offers for next summer, and staycations for couples and families.

 

This week I have a last minute five-star holiday for less than €400, Christmas lights in Malaga City, Christmas on the ski slopes, a luxury river cruise, and early booking offers to Greece for next summer. I also have a post-Christmas family break in Wexford, some Dublin hotel deals for your Christmas party this year, and an Aer Lingus seat sale.
 

 

 
It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements. If you are vaccinated, you will beed to bring your Digital Covid Certificate with you, and non-vaccinated people will need to produce a negative Covid tests on arrival. 
 
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Most countries require passenger locator forms to be filled out in advance of travel – in some cases these have to be done 24 hours in advance. I have some advice and tips in these posts that you may find useful, but please check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

Top 10 tips for booking holidays during Covid-19

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered
 

 

 

Best last minute holiday:

Luxury hotel deals in Greece

Fly off to Corfu this weekend and enjoy a seven-night stay in the 5-star, adult-only, Kairaba Mythos Palace Hotel, for just €385. Price includes return flights and hotel on a bed and breakfast basis, departing 19th October. I stayed very close to this hotel some years ago and there are some super restaurants and beach bars in the nearby resort of Messonghi.
 

 

 
If you prefer to travel at the weekend, the price is just €400 on Saturday 16th October.  Short stays of 3 and 4 nights are also available with Ryanair, just edit the search dates to suit your requirements on the hotel link below.

Search flights here 16th /19th Oct €63pp

 
View hotel here €322pp
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

Dublin hotel deals at Christmas time

Now is the time to start planning your Christmas party nights out, but why book a cheeky overnight stay too? When you think of the cost of taxi fares, and that you can enjoy a nice cooked breakfast the following morning, its a win-win…

Prices are available from €50pp in Dublin’s city centre, and I have a choice of 20 Dublin hotel deals in this post:

Read: 20 Dublin hotel deals – Overnight Stays in December from €45pp
 

 

 

Best winter holiday:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Spend Christmas on the ski slopes! Fly off to Sestriere in Italy on the 19th of December and enjoy a seven-night stay in the Residence Tabor in Bardonecchia from €508, based on two sharing.
 

 

 
Families can enjoy a skiing holiday at the Olympic Village Apartments in Sestriere from just €1532, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing – this includes a discount of €75 by using code TDRQ9LVDP. Prices include return flights to Turin, checked baggage and airport transfers.

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Best family holiday:

top picks for family holidays

Greece is proving very popular with families, and with airfares set to rise next year, now is the time to secure your family holiday for next summer. I have just published a post with 20 family friendly properties, but this one in Zakynthos caught my eye today, and there is a free child place available.
 

 

 
The All Inclusive Aqua Bay Suites Hotel is located near a waterpark, and if you book a package holiday you are granted free entry to the waterpark throughout your stay. You also have access to Kids Clubs, restaurants and pools at its two sister hotels, and airport transfers and checked baggage are included in the price.
 

 

 
Family Rooms are modern with sliding doors, and you can choose to upgrade to swim-up rooms, or rooms with private pools. Price for a family of 2 adults and 2 children for seven nights on an all-inclusive basis with flights, transfers, baggage, and water park access, is €3,870. If you upgrade to a room with a private pool, the cost is €4,728, departing 26th June.

Read: 20 Top Family Holidays in Greece for 2022

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Best family staycation:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Enjoy a post-Christmas break at the 4-Star Riverside Park Hotel in Wexford. I stayed here during the summer, and they have great value family breaks from just €188. With most schools not returning until the 6th of January, this is the perfect way to finish the Christmas holidays in style.
 

 

 
Price of €188 includes a two-night stay with breakfast, dinner on one evening, and a family activity pass to one of 8 family attractions, based on two adults and two children sharing, arriving the 3rd of January. Superior family rooms are available for families of five from €234. You may recall we visited Wells House and Gardens and loved it, this is one of the attractions that is included. 

Read: Top 10 things to do in Wexford with kids

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Best city break:

Christmas lights in Malaga city

Despite visiting the Costa del Sol many times, I have yet to spend some time in Malaga City. I have heard great things about this city and its Christmas lights are famous around the world. From Friday 26th November the city will be illuminated with 1000’s of lights and it is a great way to kick off the festive season. 
 

 

 
I found return flights to Malaga from €79 on Saturday the 27th of November, and a three-night stay at the 4-star Petit Palace Plaza Hotel is just €169 per person. Rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor, this is one of the most popular hotels in Malaga City.

Search flights here €79pp

View hotel here €169pp
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Flights to Thessaloniki in Greece are on sale for next summer. I just bagged myself cheap flights for my own family holiday, but this is an area that is suitable for couples and families alike. Flights are available from €55 each way in June, and there are numerous hotel or apartments to choose from.
 

 

 
The adult-only 5-Star Alia Palace Hotel is just €371 for a seven-night stay, and there are numerous self-catering options available for families. If you want to splash out, choose the 5-star Sani Resort.

Read: My ultimate guide to Sani Resort

Search flights here  €110pp 

View Alia Palace €371pp B&B
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Uniworld's SS Antoinette

Luxury river cruise specialists Uniworld are offering savings of €1,000 per person on selected European cruises in 2022. Enjoy an eight-day, five-star river cruise through Venice the Gems of Italy from €1,899, or trips through Bordeaux, Paris and Normandy, or along the Danube or Rhine from €1999.
 

 

 
Price includes all meals, unlimited premium drinks, shore excursions, gratuities and airport transfers. Excludes flights. Book by 31st October.

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Best seat sale:

Aer Lingus seat sale

Aer Lingus is having a 72 hour flash sale to Europe, with flights to Paris and Barcelona available from €19.99 each way. Book by midnight 14th October for travel between 1st November and 16th December 2021.
 

 

 
The North American sale has also been extended for sale until midnight 25th October, with flights from €149 each way, for travel between 1st November and 17th February 2022.

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

 

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Santa Experiences With Stay at Midlands Park Hotel, from €170!

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I’ve got the perfect Santa experiences for you at the 4-star Midlands Park Hotel, with prices from just €170!

There is no doubt that Santa experiences have grown massively over the last few years, with many families searching for a special way to kick start the festive season.
 
The 4-Star Midlands Park Hotel has been looking after families for many years, and knows only too well how to keep your little ones happy at Christmas time. They have teamed up with Castleview Open Farm to offer an overnight stay with breakfast, and a family ticket to their Christmas experience.
 

 

 
At Christmas time, Castleview Open Farm is beautifully decorated for its Santa experiences, and each child will receive a gift from Mr & Mrs Claus.

santa experiences in Ireland

Santa Experiences Farm Breaks Include:

  • • One or two-night stay in spacious family rooms
  • • Full Irish breakfast each morning
  • • Entrance to Castleview Open Farm for Christmas experience
  • • Full access to the award-winning Health & Fitness Club
Castleview Open Farm

Prices for one-night Santa Experiences:

  • €145 for 2 adults and 1 child   
  • €170 for 2 adults and 2 children 
  • €205 for 2 adults and 3 children  

Book here
 

 

 

Two, three and four-night Post-Christmas family activity breaks: 

mother and daughter in hotel room.

The Midlands Park Hotel also have two, three and four-night family activity breaks. These proved very popular during the summer months and are now available to book over Christmas. All family activity breaks include:

  • Two or three-night stay in spacious family rooms
  • 4-Course meal on one evening in Triog Restaurant / Charter Bar & Eatery, or allowance towards Kelly’s Steakhouse
  • Full Irish breakfast each morning
  • Hot Chocolate treat for the kids
  • Full access to the award-winning Health & Fitness Club
  • Family Activity Pass to one of the following: Japanese Gardens and Irish National Stud, Birr Castle, Lullymore Heritage Park,  1 hour bowling for 6 at Roll & Bowl Centre, Portlaoise

 

 

 

Prices for two-night Post-Christmas activity breaks:

santa experiences at the Midlands Park Hotel

  • €434 for 2 adults and 1 child 
  • €454 for 2 adults and 2 children
  • €484 for 2 adults and 3 children

See prices for three and four night stays via the link below:

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So why choose a family break at the Midlands Park Hotel? 

As well as offering superb value, the Midlands Park Hotel has earned itself the reputation of being one of the best hotels in Laois. It’s stylish decor is both modern and elegant, there are a host of amenities onsite, and its location is ideal for exploring Laois, Kilkenny and Kildare.
 

 

 
The reviews from previous guests are excellent. In fact it is rated the top hotel to stay in Laois on TripAdvisor, and it is also a Travellers Choice winner this year. In case you still need convincing I have highlighted some of the key facilities below:
 

 

 
1. There is an award-winning Leisure Centre onsite

Midlands Park Hotel swimming pool

The Midlands Park Hotel’s state-of-the-art Leisure Centre boasts a 22 metre swimming pool with hydrotherapy features, such as an Over Head Curtain, Volcano Jets, Umbrella and Martini Seat. There is separate kiddies pool, as well as a sauna, steam room, two jacuzzi hot tubs, and a fully equipped fitness suite.
 

 

 

2. There is a kids club!

You will be delighted to hear that the Midlands Park Hotel’s kids club will be in operation for the October mid term break. Activities are available from 5pm – 9pm and include post-card making, krispy bun making, cookie decorating, nail painting, face painting, movies, fancy dress, sing-a-long and arts & crafts. See full timetable here. 
 

 

 

3. There are lots of family-friendly attractions close by

Irish National Stud
Irish National Stud

 

 

 
The Midlands Park Hotel’s family activity breaks include a family pass to the Japanese Gardens and Irish National Stud, Birr Castle, Lullymore Heritage Park, or an hour’s bowling for up to six people at the Roll and Bowl Centre in Portlaoise.
 

 

 
There are many other family-friendly attractions close by, including Kildare Maze, Emo Court & Gardens, and Castlecomer Discovery Park, which is home to Ireland’s longest zip line and a host of other amenities – we visited last year and had a blast!

Castlecomer Discovery Park is one of the top things to do in Kilkenny with kids
Castlecomer Discovery Park, Kilkenny

If you prefer to explore the local countryside, why not rent bikes and cycle along the ancient towpath at the Grand Canal and River Barrow. Laois’ top attraction, The Rock of Dunamase is also a must visit, and offers stunning views of the countryside.
 

 

 

4. There is a choice of dining options available

Charter Bar & Eatery, at the Midlands Park Hotel

The award-winning Kelly’s Steakhouse, the casual Charter Bar & Eatery, and Triog Restaurant all offer extensive children’s menus. Their family activity breaks include a 4-course meal at either Charter Bar & Eatery or Triog Restaurant, or an allowance towards dinner at Kelly’s Steakhouse. 

 

 

5. There is a choice of family rooms available

Midlands Park Hotel, family room

Whether you prefer to have separate beds for each child, a separate camp bed, or a double sofa bed, this can be arranged directly with The Midlands Park Hotel. There is a number of rooms that can sleep up to two adults and three children, under 10 years. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, mineral water, complimentary WiFi and 24-room service.
 

 

 

6. Adults are well catered for too!

Spa at the Midlands Park Hotel

As well as the superb facilities available in the Leisure Centre, the Midlands Park Hotel is also home to Jules Spa. After relaxing in the jacuzzi hot tub, why not treat yourself to one of the many beauty treatments available in their Therapy Suite. And if you fancy some retail therapy too, enjoy some designer shopping at Kildare Village – it is only a half hour drive away!

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I hope this post on Santa experiences at the Midlands Park Hotel will inspire you to book a trip away soon. This post was sponsored by the Midlands Park Hotel.

 

Sarah

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 14th September 2021

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I’ve searched the web so you don’t have to! My best travel deals include last minute holidays, winter breaks, city breaks, cruise deals, early booking offers for next summer, and staycations for couples and families.

A last minute deal to Greece, a Royal Caribbean cruise, and a family trip to Dubai feature in my best travel deals this week. I also have winter sun in Lanzarote, a city break to Venice, an early booking offer to the Algarve in July, a girls night away, and a family break between Christmas and New Year.
 

 

 
It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements. If you are vaccinated, you will beed to bring your Digital Covid Certificate with you, and non-vaccinated people will need to produce a negative Covid tests on arrival. 
 
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Most countries require passenger locator forms to be filled out in advance of travel – in some cases these have to be done 24 hours in advance. I have some advice and tips in these posts that you may find useful, but please check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

Top 10 tips for booking holidays during Covid-19

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered
 

 

 

Best last minute holiday:

the travel expert has the best travel deals to Zakynthos

Jet off to the beautiful island of Zakynthos this weekend, and stay at the popular Alykes Garden Village for just €308 per person – yes you read that right! Highly recommended on Tripadvisor, you can’t beat this price for a week in the sun. Price includes flights, apartment, return airport transfers and checked baggage for seven nights.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

Girls night away in Ireland hotel

Due to popular demand, this exclusive offer from the Clayton Hotel Limerick is back for a second time. From a mere €80 per person you can enjoy a night away with breakfast, a 4-course à la carte dinner, a complimentary cocktail, and Prosecco in your room on arrival – can you believe the price? You also have full access to the Club Vitae swimming pool, health and fitness centre.
 

 

 
This exclusive deal is valid right up to the end of the year, even on Friday nights. Price of €80pp is based on three sharing, and is aimed a ‘girls night away’, but you can of course bring your partner, mother etc. Price for two sharing is €95 per person. Supplements apply for Saturday night stays. 

See more here
 

 

 

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Beat the January blues with a week in Lanzarote for just €293. Aer Lingus’ Seat Sale is now on with return flights from just €120 per person on the 27th of January. I found a great deal to the Bitacora apartments in Puerto del Carmen for just €173 per person.
 

 

 
Alternatively choose the 5-star All Inclusive Gran Castillo Tagoro for just €577 (refundable rate), making a total stay here just €697 per person.

View flights here €120pp

View Bitacora €173pp

View Gran Castillo €577pp
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

family offer to Dubai in the travel experts best travel deals

Emirates holidays has a superb family offer in the 4-star Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts from 4th January – 30th September 2022. Enjoy a free upgrade from bed & breakfast to half board, as well as complimentary park tickets to Dubai Parks and Resorts – home to Legoland, Legoland Waterpark, Motiongate and Bollywood Parks. 
 

 

 
I looked at the June bank holiday weekend and price for direct flights with Emirates to Dubai with 25kg checked baggage per person, and a seven night stay with breakfast, evening meal and park tickets included, is €3,645 based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. Offer is available throughout the year – price seven nights over Easter holidays is €4,529.

Read: Top tips for a family holiday to Dubai

View offer here
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

irish hotel deals for families in wexford

Rated number 1 on TripAdvisor  the luxurious Talbot Suites at Stonebridge, Wexford is a super choice for families looking for a break between Christmas and New Year. There are two and three-bedroom apartments available, and all have access to the swimming pool and Talbot Quay Leisure Centre and the facilities of the Talbot Hotel Wexford.
 

 

 
Price is €360 for a two-bedroom apartment and €500 for a three-bedroom apartment, arriving on the 28th of December for two nights.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Wexford with kids

See more here
 

 

 

Best city break:

City guide to Venice, best things to do, and where to stay

Now is the time to explore Venice – get there before the crowds arrive! Aer Lingus is offering great value airfares from just €39.99 each way in October, and there are super hotel deals available too.
 

 

 
Price for flights on the 19th of October and a four-night stay in the Hotel Dell’Opera is €362 per person. Highly recommended on TripAdvisor, this hotel is located just five minutes walk from St. Mark’s Square.

Read: Venice travel guide – top things to do and where to stay

View flights here €80pp

View hotel here €282pp
 

 

 

Best cruise:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The value on cruise holidays at the moment is second to none! Did you know you can cruise the Med for seven days on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas for just €899 in October? This amazing offer includes flights, 20kg checked baggage, all meals and entertainment on board, gratuities, and an upgrade to a neighbourhood balcony cabin!
 

 

 
Visit Barcelona, Palma, Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples before returning to Barcelona for your return flight home. I had the pleasure of cruising on this ship many years ago – you can read my review here. See this and lots more cruise offers here:

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Best early booking offer:

Algarve beach

If you believe Michael O Leary’s comments this week, airfares for next summer are set to increase! If you you are in a position to book now, you can secure return flights to the Algarve from €152 in July.
 

 

 
The beachfront Santa Eulalia Hotel & Spa near Albufeira is also offering early booking discounts, so you can secure a week in this popular holiday resort for just €510 per person on the 7th of July.

Search flights here €152pp

View hotel here €358pp 
 

 

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

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 31st August 2021

Best travel deals

This weeks best travel deals include a last minute sun holiday, city break and cruise deal, winter breaks, early booking offers for next summer, and staycations for couples and families.

Last minute deals to Gran Canaria and Bordeaux, as well as a super Greek Isles cruise in September feature in my best travel deals this week. I also have staycations in Sligo and Wexford, a short post-Christmas ski trip, and early booking offers to Sorrento and Lanzarote for next summer.
 

 

 
It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements, and these can change at any time. Most countries require non-vaccinated people to produce proof of negative Covid tests on arrival. Some require PCR tests, others will accept Antigen tests, and child ages vary from country to country.
 
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It is also vital that if you are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid that you have proof of this. If you have not yet received your Digital Covid Certificate, or need more information on testing or entry requirements, you can find out more in this post:

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered
 

 

 
Most countries require passenger locator forms to be filled out in advance of travel – in some cases these have to be done 24 hours in advance. I have some advice and tips in these posts that you may find useful, but please check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

Top 10 tips for booking holidays during Covid-19

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance

 

Best last minute holiday:

Puerto Mogan

Treat yourself to some five-star luxury and enjoy a week in Gran Canaria, staying at the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Mogan for just €579. This hotel is located close to the seafront in the pretty fishing village of Mogan.
 

 

 
There are two swimming pools, as well as a Spa and fitness centre with running track and climbing tower. This hotel has been on my wish list for some time, I have personally had great feedback from previous guests. 

This price is based on flying from Dublin on the 14th of September, and includes a seven-night stay with breakfast, in a superior room with balcony. This price is similar throughout September, so if this date does not suit, simply edit the search dates on the links below.

Search flights here €140pp 

View hotel here €439pp
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

Special Offer at Riverside Park Hotel, Wexford

Looking for a quick getaway that won’t break the bank? This super deal of just €50 per person from the 4-star Riverside Park Hotel in Wexford includes breakfast, as well as a bottle of Prosecco and chocolates in your room on arrival! I stayed here in July – this is fantastic value for an autumn break. 

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Best winter break:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Always wanted to try skiing, but not sure if it is for you? This short post-Christmas break to France is the perfect way to try it, and beat the January blues at the same time!
 

 

 
Price of €366 per person includes flights, a four-night stay in the 4-star Le Belmount Arc 1800 apartments, 20kg checked in baggage and return airport transfers, departing January 4th.

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Best family holiday:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I had many requests from people asking about luxurious family hotels for next summer – it seems you want to make up for lost time! I found a great deal in the 5-star Gran Castillo Tagoro in Lanzarote in July. This all-inclusive resort is hugely popular with Irish visitors and currently has a discount of €568 on the 17th of July.
 

 

 
Price of €3640 includes flights, transfers, checked baggage, and all meals and drinks throughout your stay, based on a family of four. The best part – you don’t need to pay in advance for the flights. As this is a package holiday so you only need a deposit of €75 per person to secure a booking.

Read: Why Lanzarote is my favourite Canary Island

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Best family staycation:

The Diamond Coast Hotel is one of the best hotels with large family rooms on the wild atlantic way.

Located close to one of the best beaches in Ireland, the Diamond Coast Hotel in Sligo is one of the most popular places to stay on the Wild Atlantic Way. Families love its large family rooms, and it is a great choice for a staycation over the October mid term break. Price of €480 is based on a family of four for three nights, and includes breakfast too!

Read: 20 family staycations over the October mid term break

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Best city break:

Saint-Emilion close to Bordeaux in France
Saint-Emilion

Explore the wine lands and historic city of Bordeaux for just €203 per person. Ryanair is offering flights from just €26 return from Dublin to Bordeaux in September and October. I found a great deal in the highly rate StayCity apart-hotel which is located right in the heart of the city for just €354, making a three night stay just €207 per person including flights.

I have linked the 9th of October below but simply edit the search dates if this date doesn’t suit.

Search flights here 9th October €30pp

View hotel here €177pp
 

 

 

Best cruise:

holidays to Santorini from Ireland

Cruise the Greek Islands on Norwegian Jade this September from just €788! Set sail from Athens on September 26th and visit Crete, Rhodes, Mykonos, Corfu, Olympia and Santorini, before returning to Athens for your flight home.
 

 

 
This amazing cruise deal includes flights and a seven-night cruise with meals and entertainment included. For an extra €99 you can avail of an unlimited drinks package as well as WiFi or two speciality dining meals. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer: 

The ultimate guide to the Amalfi Coast, where to stay in Positano, Sorrento, Amalfi and more

Secure a week on the Amalfi Coast next summer with this super deal to the 4-star Hotel Prestige. Flights to Naples are available from €69 return in June, and a seven-night stay with breakfast is just €425 per person, making the total cost just €494 per person for a one-week holiday in Sorrento on the 8th of June.

The Prestige Hotel is rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor and was a Travellers Choice Award Winner this year. Read my ultimate guide to the Amalfi Coast for more ideas on where to stay and which resorts to visit.
 
Search flights here 8th June €69pp

View hotel here €425pp
 

 

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

 

 

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Special Offer At The Riverside Park Hotel, Wexford, With Breakfast & Bubbles, from €50pp!

Riverside Park Hotel Couples Rooms

This special offer at the Riverside Park Hotel in Wexford is superb value for an Autumn break in Ireland. Price includes Full Irish breakfast, as well as Prosecco and chocolates in the room on arrival!

I firmly believe that Autumn breaks in Ireland are under-rated. Forests are a kaleidoscope of colours, our beaches are practically empty, and you can pop into the local pub or restaurant without having to book well in advance. Hotel prices are much lower than the summer months, and this special offer at the Riverside Park Hotel is a testament to that.

Can you believe you can get an overnight stay in a super 4-Star hotel with breakfast, as well as chocolates and Prosecco in your room on arrival, from just €99 per couple? 

Special Offer Autumn Breaks at Riverside Park Hotel: €99 per room includes:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Prosecco & Chocolates in your room on arrival
  • Full Irish Breakfast the following morning
  • Complimentary use of Leisure Centre

Price for a two-night stay from €185 per room. Supplements apply for Friday or Saturday night stays.

Special offer at Riverside Park Hotel, Wexford.

I had the pleasure of staying in the Riverside Park Hotel this summer, and was delighted when they got in touch and asked me to showcase their autumn breaks. The Riverside Park Hotel is located on the banks of the River Slaney in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. While my visit was a family stay, I think its choice of dining options, lively bar, and leisure centre on site, make it a great choice for couples when kids are back in school. 

Prom Bar at Riverside Park Hotel

The hotel is ideally located if you want to get out and about and explore Wexford. With 275km of coastline, beaches are without a doubt some of Wexford’s top attractions – and the stunning Curraloe beach just 19km away.  The world’s oldest working lighthouse in the world – Hook Lighthouse, is definitely worth a visit, and you should check out the new coastal walk from Arthurstown to Duncannon on the same peninsula. If adventure is what you seek, sea-cave kayaking with the Irish Experience is a good choice.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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However, if you don’t want to venture too far, there is a delightful 5km river walk that starts right outside the Riverside Park Hotel, and the town centre of Enniscorthy is only a five minute walk away. Kayaking is also available on the River Slaney with Go Paddle.

kayaking on the River Slaney, Wexford

You can also choose from a selection of dining options at the Riverside Park Hotel. We enjoyed a delicious meal in Alamo Steakhouse, followed by drinks in the Prom bar, which overlooks the River Slaney. There is a full bar menu and daily carvery at the Prom Bar too, or you can opt for  fine-dining at the elegant Moorings restaurant.

Alamo Steakhouse at Riverside Park Hotel

TOP TIP – don’t skip breakfast! As well as a gorgeous selection of pastries on a three-tired cake stand, you can enjoy a choice of hot breakfasts served to your table at the Moorings Restaurant – this is included in your stay!

breakfast pastries at Riverside Park Hotel

And that’s not all… Guests can enjoy complimentary access to the hotel’s leisure centre with swimming pool, fully equipped gym, as well as Rejuvenate treatment rooms – the perfect way to unwind after a day out exploring.

Swimming pool at the Riverside Park Hotel, Wexford

This special offer at the Riverside Park Hotel, is just €99 per room for an overnight stay, or €185 for a two-night stay, based on on two sharing a twin or double room. Supplements apply for Friday or Saturday night stays. Standard rooms are spacious and are equipped with complimentary toiletries, mineral water and tea/coffee making facilities.

Standard room at Riverside Park Hotel, Wexford
Standard double room

You can also choose to upgrade to the Couples Deluxe rooms for an additional supplement of €55 per room. The Couples Deluxe rooms are located on their own private adult-only floor, and consist of a spacious open plan room with King Size bed, Flat-Screen TV and snuggle couch. A mini fridge, Nespresso coffee machine, and slippers and bathrobes are also supplied.

The bathroom is located off your bedroom with a glass shower panel, double shower with couples Jacuzzi bathtub, and the toilet is separate to the bathroom. 

Couples deluxe rooms at the Riverside Park Hotel

Special offer at the Riverside Park Hotel: €99 per room includes:

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Prosecco & Chocolates in your room on arrival
  • Full Irish Breakfast the following morning
  • Complimentary use of Leisure Centre

Price for a two-night stay from €185 per room. Supplements apply for Friday or Saturday night stays.

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If you still need convincing about this special offer at the Riverside Park Hotel, it is worth pointing out that this hotel was a Travellers Choice winner in 2020 and 2021 and is rated Excellent on TripAdvisor. 

So go ahead, treat yourself or a loved one to this special offer at the Riverside Park Hotel in Wexford. At this price, how can you afford not to? This post was sponsored by the Riverside Park Hotel. All views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

 
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10 Autumn Breaks with Select Hotels of Ireland – Dinner, B&B from €60pp

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From spa hotels to foodie breaks, girly getaways to group tours, I’ve got 10 great Autumn breaks with Select Hotels of Ireland, from just €60 per person!

With summer almost at an end, it might be time to start planning some Autumn breaks in Ireland. I’ve got some great overnight escapes from just €60 per person including breakfast and evening meal, as well as shopping breaks, spa breaks and group tours across various counties in Ireland.

All of the hotels listed are members of Select Hotels of Ireland, This is a group of 28 independent hotels that are renowned for their great service, quality food and high standards of accommodation.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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There are many household names in the group, like Actons of Kinsale and Dingle Skellig Hotel, but also some hidden gems that you may not be aware of. I had the pleasure of staying in the Falls Hotel in Clare this summer, and Breaffy House Resort in Mayo last year – both are members of Select Hotels of Ireland.   

Select Hotels of Ireland are also offering a small selection of group tours for those who don’t fancy driving, or want meals and excursions included in their staycation. I have included these and lots more great value Autumn breaks below, although there are many more Autumn breaks on the Select Hotels of Ireland website.

If you have any trouble finding availability to suit you, simply call 1850 200 560 or 021 4391998 and one of the dedicated staff will be able to help you.  

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1. The Falls Hotel & Spa, Clare: 2-Night Stay with B&B & 1 Dinner from €125pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We were fortunate to be able to stay at The Falls Hotel this summer, and as you can see from the above image, I enjoyed their superb spa! The Falls Hotel is ideally situated to explore the Wild Atlantic Way, with the Cliffs of Moher and the lively town of Doolin less than 15 minutes away. You can also help the environment by staying here – the Falls Hotel & Spa is officially a carbon neutral hotel.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This two night break includes breakfast each morning and a three-course dinner in the Cascades Restaurant on a night of your choice. Children under 12 can stay free including their meals (breakfast and dinner on one evening from kids’ menu), if sharing a room with parents. Price is available in September and October, supplement may apply for weekend stays.
 
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2. Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa, Donegal: Dinner, B&B from €60pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you have been following me this summer, you will know I fell in love with Donegal when I was there in June. This deal staying in the Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa offers superb value, and is ideally located to explore Donegal’s gorgeous coastline and top attractions. However, if you just want to relax, the hotel’s Seascape Spa that specialises in Donegal seaweed baths, should do the trick! 

Silver Tassie Hotel Spa

Price of €60pp is based on a Sunday night stay, and includes an overnight stay in a Wild Atlantic Way themed bedroom, a full Irish breakfast, a restaurant credit voucher which can be used for Sunday Lunch or an evening meal, and a 10% discount on pre-booked Spa treatments. Price is available Sundays from September – December – this is one of the best value Autumn breaks in Ireland.

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3. Girls Getaway in The Westgrove Hotel, Kildare: Dinner, B&B, Afternoon Tea, Bubbly, & Shopping Discounts €98pp

 

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

autumn breaks in Ireland with swimming pools

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

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4. Twin Trees Hotel & Leisure Club, Mayo: Dinner, B&B & Wine from €77pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The family-run Twin Trees Hotel overlooks the beautiful Brosna River, just five minutes walk from Ballina town, and a ten minute drive to the gorgeous Enniscrone Beach. With a Leisure Club, swimming pool and popular restaurant on site, and its close proximity to Mayo’s top attractions, including Down Patrick Head, this is a great choice to explore the Wild Atlantic Way.

Read: Top 10 thing to do in Mayo

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As well as a Full Irish breakfast and a Chef’s Special main course for two people, you will also receive a complimentary bottle of house wine, as well as late checkout until 1pm and a room upgrade – subject to availability. This is one of the best value Autumn breaks in Ireland and it can be booked for one or two nights. It is available in September and October, supplements may apply for weekend stays.

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5. The Malone Hotel Belfast: Dinner B&B from €76pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I have just returned from a weekend in Belfast and would highly recommend it for an Autumn break. Stroll around the Titanic Quarter, dine in the trendy Cathedral Quarter, and make sure to book a Black Cab Tour to get remarkable insight into Belfast’s history.

Malone hotel Belfast autumn breaks

The Malone Hotel has undergone a major transformation of it’s bar & restaurant recently, and has received excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. This super deal includes a three-course meal in the Gallery restaurant and a full Irish breakfast the following morning.

Unlike many hotels in Belfast, The Malone offers free parking too! Price is available in September and October, supplement may apply for weekend stays.

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6. Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort, Kerry: B&B from €60pp

Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort

Located just a short stroll from one of Ireland’s prettiest towns is the popular Kenmare Bay Hotel and Resort. With a leisure centre on site, and the Ring of Kerry on your doorstep, it has everything you need for an autumn break away.

Price is available in September and October and includes breakfast and a complimentary upgrade to a Superior Room – subject to availability. Supplement may apply for weekend stays.

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7. Celtic Ross Hotel, West Cork: 2-Night Stay B&B & 1 Dinner: from €149pp

Celtic Ross Hotel foodie breaks

West Cork is renowned for its great food scene, and this deal to the Celtic Ross Hotel is sure to please food lovers. As well as gorgeous coastal views, and access to its Leisure Centre with indoor pool, you will enjoy a two night stay with breakfast, and a three-course dinner from the Taste of West Cork Menu in the Kingfisher Bistro, on the night of your choice. You can also choose to upgrade to a Bay View Room for a supplement of €20.

Price varies depending on dates, but is only available for mid-week stays. Price is €149 per person on the 15th of September. 

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8. Knightsbrook Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, Meath: Overnight stay with breakfast & Sunday Lunch from €90pp  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This multi-award-winning resort hotel won Hotel of the Year and Best Hotel Spa Ireland at the 2019 Hotel Awards Ireland. It is situated in the scenic Boyne Valley, close to Trim Castle and Newgrange, yet only 35 minutes from Dublin. The Knightsbrook hotel boasts an 18-hole championship golf course, as well as a leisure club with fully equipped gym on site.

Autumn breaks at Knightsbrook Hotel

This deal is based on a Sunday night stay and includes a full Irish breakfast and Sunday Lunch in Rococo Restaurant. Price of €90 per person is available on Sunday the 17th of October, prices for Sundays in September and alternative October dates from €110 per person.

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9. 3-Night Coach Tour of Galway: 28th September & 5th October €320pp

Kylemore Abbey

Fancy a staycation but don’t want to drive? Visit some of Galway’s top attractions over three days on this super coach tour. You will be staying at the popular Ard Ri House Hotel in Galway for three nights, with breakfast and evening meal included each day.

Visit the world famous Kylemore Abbey, enjoy a cruise on Lough Corrib, and explore the pretty village of Cong, in County Mayo. There will be free time for shopping in Galway City, and you can enjoy some live music on two nights, subject to restrictions at the time of stay.

Ard na Ri Hotel, Galway

Price is €320 per person sharing, or €380 for a single room, and includes coaching for the entire trip, departing Dublin 5th of October or departing Cork on 28th September.

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10 . 3-Night Coach tour to Waterford: 28th September, €310pp

Waterford coach tour

Take a trip on the Suir Valley Railway, visit the Waterford Crystal Experience, enjoy a scenic drive along the Copper Coast, and take a guided tour of Bishop’s Palace, all over a three wonderful days. You will be staying at the popular Dooleys Hotel, which is located in the heart of Waterford City. Enjoy a Full Irish breakfast and three-course meal each evening, with after-dinner entertainment on two nights, subject to restrictions at time of stay. 

Bedroom at Dooleys Hotel, Waterford

Price is €310 per person sharing, or €370 for a single room and includes coaching for the entire trip, departing 28th September from Dublin or Kildare.

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Bespoke Tours

If you would like a tour to include specific attractions or destinations, or wish to arrange an extended family getaway for a special occasion, Select Hotels of Ireland can arrange a group tour to suit your requirements and budget.

Golf trips, walking holidays and gardening tours can be arranged across many destinations in Ireland, simply call 1850 200 560 or 021 4391998 and one of the dedicated Select Hotels of Ireland staff will be able to help you.  

 

This post on Autumn breaks in Ireland was sponsored by Select Hotels of Ireland, but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

 

 

Best Travel Deals

The Travel Expert’s Best Tavel Deals 6th July 2021

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This weeks best travel deals include summer holidays, winter breaks, cruise holidays, summer holidays in Ireland, and early booking deals for 2022.

 
I have some amazing offers in my best travel deals this week! I have summer holidays in Santorini and Spain, the October bank holiday weekend in Lisbon, adult-only winter breaks in Gran Canaria, New Year in Lanzarote for families, overnight escapes in Dublin and family staycations in Clare – for this summer, and early booking deals for 2022 – including an amazing cruise offer and a weekend Vegas!
 

 

 
It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements, and these can change at any time. Most countries require non-vaccinated people to produce proof of negative Covid tests on arrival. Some require PCR tests, others will accept Antigen tests, and child ages vary from country to country.
 
InstagramIt is also vital that if you are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid that you have proof of this. We have been told that the Digital Covid Certificate should be available to us by the 19th of July, but have to wait a little longer to be able to access this information.
 

 

 
Most countries require passenger locator forms to be filled out in advance of travel – in some cases these have to be done 24 hours in advance. I have some advice and tips in these posts that you may find useful, but please be aware that travel restrictions can change at any time. Always check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

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Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance
 

 

 

Best last minute holiday:

best travel deals to Zakynthos from Ireland

TUI is offering last minute package holidays from €313 after the 19th of July, and a further €100 off if you spend over €800 in total – use promo code SUMMER at the check out. They also include free Covid-Cover in all of their holidays departing before 31st October. There is a wide selection of offers to choose from but I found a great deal staying in the highly rated Potamitis apartments in Zakynthos.
 

 

 
Price including flights, transfers, checked baggage and a seven night stay is just €349 per person, departing July 25th. The Potamitis is rated no 1 onTripAdvisor and the reviews are excellent. 

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Best last minute overnight escape:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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While restrictions remain on indoor dining, perhaps now is a good time to book an overnight escape in a hotel. I had the pleasure of staying at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire recently, and I loved its seaside location and its superb facilities – there is a spa and swimming pool on site.
 

 

 
Enjoy a boat or kayaking trip with Dublin Under Sail and if you can manage to get a table, Hartleys outdoor dining is superb! I have lots more Dublin hotels in this post, including city centre locations in July and August from €50 per person.

Read: 20 Dublin hotel deals, overnight stays from €49 in July and August

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Best September deal:

 travel deals to Menorca

Enjoy a week on the beautiful island of Menorca for just €313 on the 14th of September. Ryanair have return flights from just €15 each way, so even if thought of travel restrictions or changing flights is putting you off booking – its worth the risk for €30!
 

 

 
There is a host of accommodation options to choose from, but I found a good deal in the highly rated Grupotel Club Menorca which is located just 200 metres from the beach.

View flights here €29pp 

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Best luxury sun holiday:

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Santorini is still on my bucket list, and I’m finding this deal to the 5-star Cavo Bianco Boutique Hotel and Spa very tempting! Enjoy a seven-night stay in this stunning hotel from just €819 on the 27th of September. Price includes Aer Lingus flights from Dublin, and breakfast each day.
 

 

 
Note Aer Lingus allow free changes up to two hours before departure, and I have priced the hotel on a free cancellation basis.

View flights here €194pp

View hotel here €625pp
 

 

 

Best family deal:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Fancy spending the New Year in Lanzarote? TUI is offering €100 off when you spend over €800 by using code HOLIDAY100 and they offer good value to the Canary Islands on their own charter flights, compared to other airlines.
 

 

 
Price for flights, checked baggage, airport transfers and seven-nights in the popular San Marcial apartments in Lanzarote is only €2830 based on two adults and two children sharing. Price includes saving of €100 when you use promo code on this or any TUI winter holiday over €800 in value.

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Best family staycation:

Cliffs of Moher

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

 

 
The onsite Leisure Club with pool, sauna and jacuzzi will be a warmly welcomed after spending a day along the Wild Atlantic Way. Price for a two night stay in a superior family room is just €288 on the 8th of August.

Read: 15 Family breaks in August – 2 Night stays from €288

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Best cruise:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Cruise Italy and the Greek Isles on Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas next summer. Fly from Dublin to Rome on the 17th of July and spend six nights on this extraordinary cruise ship, visiting Santorini, Mykonos and the Amalfi Coast – all while staying in a balcony cabin! 
 

 

 
Price of €1469 includes flights, return airport transfers, cruise on a full-board basis with upgrade to balcony cabin.

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Best city break:

Best lisbon hotels for city break

Spend the October bank holiday weekend in Lisbon. I found a great deal staying in the popular Sao Bento Hotel, departing Saturday the 23rd of October for three nights. Price is just €283 per person, including flights and hotel with breakfast.

There are lots more accommodation options in this post:

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

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Best winter break:

Winter sun holidays in Gran Canaria

The Adults-Only Sol Mogan Suites is one of the most sought after properties in Gran Canaria. The modern suites have a kitchenette and a barbecue, and its location is ideal for couples looking for winter sun holidays in a relaxed surrounding. Enjoy a seven-night stay here with flights from just €366 on the 25th of November.  

View flights here €121pp

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Best early booking offer:

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Live it up in Las Vegas, with this super deal departing in April. Price of €489 includes flights and a four-night stay in the highly rated Luxor Hotel, based on 2 sharing. 

See more here
 

 

 

 

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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20 Last Minute Hotel Deals in July – Prices from €63pp

Doolin street, Clare, Ireland

Book one of these last minute hotel deals in Ireland in July. With prices from just €63 per person, why not treat yourself to an overnight escape.

Fancy a quick getaway that won’t break the bank? Why not treat yourself to a Full Irish breakfast, a swim or even a spa treatment! These last minute hotel deals are based on one night stays in July. If you want to stay longer, or if the dates I have chosen don’t suit, simply edit the dates to suit your requirements – there are lots more dates available at the same price.

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Almost all hotels are 4-star with swimming pools, and all are highly rated on TripAdvisor, however it is important to note that some facilities are subject to change. Note some of the links below contain affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

 

 

1. The Ashe Hotel, Tralee, Kerry, €83pp

Slea Head Drive close to the Dingle Skellig Hotel

The modern Ashe Hotel is ideally placed to explore the top attractions along the Ring of Kerry. The speciality gastro bar and restaurant is a favourite with locals, but if you fancy exploring the bars and restaurants in Tralee town, you are just a few minutes walk away. 

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2. Antrim: Clayton Hotel Belfast, €73pp

 

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

 

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

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3. Clare: Treacys Oakwood Hotel, €75pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Located close to Bunratty Castle and within easy access of the Cliffs of Moher and the Wild Atlantic Way, this is a great choice if you want to  explore Clare’s gorgeous coastline, without breaking the bank.

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4. Wexford: The Riverside Park Hotel, €80pp

Swimming pool at the Riverside Park Hotel, Wexford

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

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5. Donegal: The Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa, €95pp

Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa, swimming pool.

This award-winning 4-star hotel is an ideal choice if you want to escape to the unspoilt Inishowen Peninsula. We explored Inishowen this summer and were blown away by its beauty – it is without a doubt one of Ireland’s hidden gems.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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With a swimming pool, spa, and the popular Jacks Bar and Restaurant, it is no surprise that it receives excellent reviews on TripAdvisor from previous guests. We enjoyed lunch here during our visit this year and loved it.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Inishowen Peninsula

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6. Offaly: Kinnitty Castle Hotel, Delxue Suite B&B, €90pp

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An overnight stay in a medieval castle is always a good idea for a romantic getaway! Located in the Ireland’s hidden heartlands, Kinnitty Castle is easily accessible from all counties, and is a good choice for an overnight escape or a stop over point. There are  650 acres of parkland and forests for you to explore, and its fine dining restaurant and bedrooms with original features, are sure to please. 

If you fancy some outdoor adventures, Kinnitty Castle is set on the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, and Birr Castle is a 20-minute drive away. 

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

Connemara Coast hotel break

Offering spectacular views over the Atlantic, yet only 10 minutes drive from Galway City, the Connemara Coast Hotel offers the best of both worlds. The Leisure club boasts a 19 metre swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, gym and treatment rooms. With the Connemara coast and the Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, you may wish to extend your stay…
 
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8. Kilkenny: 5-star Mount Juliet Estate, Twin Room B&B: €107pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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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9. Dublin: Trinity City Hotel, Twin / Double, €114pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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For a central stay in the capital you can’t beat the Trinity City Hotel. Located opposite Trinity College, just minutes from Henry Street, Grafton Street and the DART Station, the location just couldn’t be better.

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I stayed here recently and loved its modern decor and relaxed dining options. The heated interior terrace is the perfect choice if you want to enjoy some al fresco cocktails, and the open plan restaurant boasts floor to ceiling windows.

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10. Laois: Midlands Park Hotel, €78pp

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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, treatment rooms and fitness centre. We stayed here recently and loved its modern style and lively bar. Kellys Steakhouse deserves all the hype it gets – just make sure you book it in advance.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Midlands Park Hotel is ideally located to explore the many attractions in Laois, Kildare and Kilkenny, and shoppers will love its close proximity to Kildare Village, just 20 minutes away.

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11. Donegal: Redcastle Hotel, €78pp 

last minute hotel deals in Ireland with spas

The Redcastle Hotel offers superb value to explore this coastal county. I spent a week in Inishowen last summer and loved it. However, with a waterfront location, 9-hole golf course and Thalasso Spa, you may find it difficult to leave.   

Read: My top 10 things to do in Inishowen

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12. Wexford: Clayton Whites Hotel, B&B, €85pp

shopping and spa break in Ireland

Enjoying a town centre location with a reputation for great service and facilities, the Clayton Whites Hotel is one of Wexford’s best known hotels. As well as a 20-metre pool there is a Tranquillity Spa with thermal suite and forty different treatments available.

This is a great choice if you are looking for last minute hotel deals in Ireland with a luxury spa on site.

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13. Meath: Trim Castle Hotel, B&B €98pp 

 

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

Read: 5 Activity breaks less than an hour from Dublin

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14. Cork: Garryvoe Hotel, €92pp

Garryvoe Hotel is one of the few hotels with large family rooms near the sea.

The Garryvoe Hotel is a firm favourite with beach lovers. There is a health club with gym, jacuzzi, sauna and outdoor hot tub, as well as a 25 metre swimming pool and aqua jogging ring. The hotel is tastefully furnished in contemporary style, with sea views from all public areas, and boasts a choice of dining options. 

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15. Kilkenny: Langtons Hotel, B&B €87pp

Kilkenny Castle

Langtons Hotel is practically a landmark in Kilkenny at this stage.  I recall many great nights here over the years – it won Black and White Pub of the Year four times in a row.
 

 

 
Its superb location in the heart of Kilkenny, ideal for anyone looking to be within walking distance of Kilkenny Castle, shopping, and all the great pubs and restaurants that Kilkenny is renowned for.

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16. Wicklow: Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, B&B + Dinner with Wine & Prosecco €124.50pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort is a great choice for an overnight escape. Situated right on Blessington Lakes, the location is ideal for exploring all that Wicklow has to offer. They have a superb Sunday stopover deal which includes bed and breakfast, a four-course evening meal with a bottle of wine, a glass of Prosecco on arrival, and a late check-out!

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17. Mayo: Breaffy House Hotel, Twin Room, €88pp

 

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

Read: Top 10 things to do in Mayo

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

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18. Westmeath: Sheraton Athlone, €63pp

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

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19. Derry: Best Western Plus White Horse Hotel, €70pp

Last minute hotel deals in the city of Derry.

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

Stay at the 4-star Best Western Plus White Horse Hotel which boasts an award-winning restaurant and leisure centre, and is just 15-minutes drive from the city centre – for a mere €70pp.
 

 

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

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20. Clare: 3-Star Falls Hotel, Twin / Double Room B&B €102pp  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I had the pleasure of staying in the Falls Hotel this summer, and loved the swimming pool and outdoor hot tub!

The Falls Hotel & Spa is ideally situated to explore the Wild Atlantic Way, with the Cliffs of Moher and the lively town of Doolin less than 15 minutes away. You can also help the environment by staying here – the Falls Hotel & Spa is officially a carbon neutral hotel.

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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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Girls Night Away Offer – 4-Star Clayton Hotel Limerick With Prosecco, Dinner & Breakfast, From €75pp

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It’s back! Due to popular demand, the exclusive girls night away offer from the Clayton Hotel Limerick is back for a third time – and you can’t afford to miss it!

From a mere €75 per person you can enjoy a girls night away in Ireland’s tallest hotel with breakfast, a 4-course à la carte dinner, a complimentary cocktail, and Prosecco in your room on arrival – can you believe the price? You also have full access to the Club Vitae swimming pool, health and fitness centre!

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I published this exclusive offer twice last year, and it was so popular that the Clayton Hotel Limerick asked me to run the promotion again. I received superb feedback, with many messaging me after their stay saying they had a super time and would definitely return.

If you happened to miss out on this great girls night away offer last time, make sure you take advantage now. Enjoy a post-Christmas catch up with your besties, or why not plan a spring break? Remember the 8pm hospitality restrictions don’t apply to vaccinated hotel residents.

cocktails on a girls night away

I know what you are thinking, this is too good to be true, there must be a catch! There isn’t. The eye-catching Clayton Hotel Limerick is not only visually stunning on the outside, it boasts stylish interiors, modern rooms with superb views of the city, and a leisure centre with swimming pool and gym.

Clayton Limerick Hotel swimming pool

It is beautifully situated on the banks of the River Shannon and offers a choice of dining options with gorgeous views. Catch up with your friends over a cocktail, and enjoy a four-course evening meal with spectacular sunset views – all of this is included in the price! 

sunset over the Limerick Clayton hotel

The Grill Bar & Restaurant serves up classic European dishes with a contemporary edge, and the à la carte menu is ideal for a girls night away. The menu offers a variety of dishes to suit all tastes, and the reviews from previous guests are excellent.

Grill Restaurant at Clayton Hotel LImerick

I love that the hotel’s location also suits those who don’t want to drive. The Clayton Hotel Limerick hotel is located in the heart of the city, just 10 minutes walk from the train station – your girls night away can start the minute you board the train!

With Limerick’s city centre close by, you can enjoy a ramble through the medieval quarter before dinner. The 13th century King Johns Castle is also located here – its good to combine a little culture on a girls night away, right? 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you fancy a little exercise or adventure, why not cycle the newly opened Limerick Greenway. Don’t worry there is no need to to pack a bike or a helmet! Limerick Bike Hire can arrange to collect you at the hotel, drop you to the point in the greenway you wish to start, and drop you back to the hotel afterwards – hassle free!

Alternatively why not try one of the top activities to do in Limerick – kayaking. A 90-minute city kayak tour is a great way to see the highlights. See more fun activities in Limerick here.

Kayaking in Limerick on a girls night away in Ireland

And of course no girls night away would be complete without shopping! Limerick’s Fashion Quarter boasts a myriad of stores from Penneys to Brown Thomas, as well as some beautiful boutiques. Don’t miss the famous Milk Market for some foodie souvenirs to bring home.

And should you wish to extend your stay, why not take a spin out to the Wild Atlantic Way – the Clayton Hotel Limerick is just 80 minutes drive from the Cliffs of Moher. Alternatively enjoy a cruise from the pretty town of Killaloe, which is just 30 minutes drive away. See more here.

Lough Derg cruise

However, you may not wish to leave the hotel at all. You can choose to relax in the swimming pool, sauna or jacuzzi instead. Isn’t it great to have options?  Speaking of which – you don’t have to go with a girlfriend. If you want to bring a loved one instead, you can of course, do that too! 

Special offer at the Clayton Limerick Hotel

When you finally say goodnight, you will be rewarded with comfy beds in modern rooms offering the best views of the city. And your girls night away doesn’t end there – indulge in the Clayton Hotel Limerick’s carefully crafted Vitality Breakfast the following morning. Choose from a traditional cooked breakfast, a healthy light snack, or a bit of both. 

Just to recap – this exclusive offer is available from just €75 per person for three sharing, or from €90 per person based on two sharing. This amazing offer is available from January – April and it is even valid on Friday nights! This girls night away in Ireland is incredible value for such a highly rated hotel – note supplements do apply for Saturday night stays. 

This girls night away in Ireland includes: 

  • Overnight stay with full breakfast
  • 4-course à la carte dinner
  • Complimentary cocktail with dinner 
  • Prosecco in room on arrival
  • Use of Club Vitae health & fitness centre
  • Sign up to Click on Clayton to receive a reduction of €10 per night off your stay
  • Itinerary inspo on how to spend 24hrs in Limerick
  • Cancel free of charge up to 2pm on the day prior to arrival. 

If you book via the link below the price should show correctly. If you are searching the website a different way, you can use the promo code TRAVELEXPERT and that should discount the price accordingly. 

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I hope this post will inspire you to book a girls night away in Ireland soon. The above information is correct at the time of publication but prices, facilities and services are subject to change. Meal times and cocktails are subject to government guidelines, please check directly with the hotel for clarification.

This post was sponsored by ClaytonHotelLimerick. All views, as always, are my own.

 
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10 Irish Hotel Deals Over The June Bank Holiday Weekend – Prices from €64pp

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Treat yourself to one of these hotel deals over the June bank holiday weekend, with prices from €63 per person including breakfast.

I have priced some hotel deals over the June bank holiday weekend, for a quick overnight escape. All deals are priced in four-star hotels on Sunday June 5th, 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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These hotel deals over the June bank holiday weekend include affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to  you.

Read my county-by-county guide to the hidden gems in Ireland to help you make the most of your trip.
 

 

 

10 Hotel Deals Over The June Bank Holiday Weekend:

 

1. Connemara Coast Hotel, Galway: B&B €117pp

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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2. Redcastle Hotel & Spa, Donegal: Double Room: €83pp 

Redcastle Hotel Spa in Donegal, Ireland

The Redcastle Hotel offers superb value to explore this coastal county. I stayed on the Inishowen Peninsula last summer and loved it – it has stunning scenery and some of the best beaches in Ireland. However, with a waterfront location, 9-hole golf course and Thalasso Spa, you may find it difficult to leave.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Inishowen

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 3. Ballykisteen Golf Hotel, Tipperary: €67pp

Ballykisteen Golf Hotel swimming pool

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. And, after a busy day, let the popular Junction One Bar and Restaurant serve you some tasty food – sounds like a great way to send the bank holiday weekend to me! 

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4. Silver Tassie Hotel, Donegal: B&B €64pp

Silver Tassie Hotel Spa

The Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa has everything you need for break away.  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.

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5. Trim Castle, Meath: B&B €100pp

castle hotel deals in Ireland

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

Read: 5 Activity breaks less than an hour from Dublin

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6. Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan: B&B €85pp

hotel deals in Cavan Crystal Hotel

With an 18 m swimming pool, an award-winning health and fitness club, a bar, and a restaurant on site, you may very well check-in for an overnight stay and not leave… There is also a choice of dining options including the Opus One Restaurant and the Atrium Bar.

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7. The Ashe Hotel, Tralee, Kerry: B&B €73pp

Slea Head Drive close to the Dingle Skellig Hotel

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

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8. Breaffy House Hotel, Mayo: Twin Room B&B €90pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We stayed in Breaffy House Hotel last summer and had a wonderful experience. There is a large swimming pool and spa on site, and you are just 20 minutes from the coast. Mayo has some of Ireland’s best beaches and there is so much to see and do – if time allows, I suggest you extend your stay!

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

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9. Ocean Sands Hotel, Enniscrone,  Sligo: €100pp

Enniscrone Beach.

Located in the heart of Enniscrone, overlooking one of Ireland’s best beaches, the location couldn’t be better. If the weather holds up this could be the most sought after location if those looking for a beach stay in Ireland.

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10. Treacys Oakwood Hotel, Clare: €80pp

Cliffs of Moher

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

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These hotel deals over the June bank holiday weekend were researched across various hotel booking sites. When you make a booking you do so via a third party website. Prices and facilities 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 Last Minute Family Hotel Deals in Ireland – 3 Night Stays from €329

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Looking for a quick getaway? These last minute family hotel deals in Ireland might do the trick.

I understand that last minute family hotel deals in Ireland are hard to come by in July and August, so I’ve done all the hard work for you! I searched the web and found 10 great family deals departing in August. All deals are based on a three-night stay for a family of four, but some hotel rooms will sleep up to five.

Dates and durations can be changed, simply click on the links below and edit the search dates to suit your requirements. The links below are affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

 

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It is important to note that some facilities may not be operating as usual during this time, I recommend booking a room with free cancellation incase there are any changes to facilities that may not suit you.  

 

 

1. Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, Classic Room: €526

family hotel deals in 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. I’m just back from a fabulous few days in Kilkenny and found it a great city for a family staycation.

Read: Things to do in Kilkenny with kids

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2. Montenotte Hotel, Cork, 2 bedroom Apartment: €833

 
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. 

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3. Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin, Deluxe Family Room B&B: €329

family hotel deals in Dublin, Ireland

Ideally located in the upmarket suburb of Ballsbridge, the Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge has the advantage of being very close the city of Dublin without the corresponding crowds. Originally a 19th century Masonic School, it offers the perfect blend of tradition with contemporary decor, and is a great base to explore the capital with kids.
 

 

 

 

4. Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Limerick, Family Room: €384

The Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa has the advantage of being located on the borders of Limerick and Clare, so it is ideally situated if you want to explore Ireland’s scenic west coast. As well as a choice of dining options, it boasts a leisure centre, spa and even an outdoor hot tub! Kids will love the outdoor play area, swimming pool, and extensive grounds with a fairy garden.

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5. Parkavon Hotel Killarney, Family Room: €492

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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 is great value for a family stay in Killarney.

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6. Bayview Hotel, Killybegs, Donegal, Family Room B&B Sleeps 5, €447  

The popular Bayview Hotel is located in the pretty fishing town of Killybegs in Donegal. With the Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, this is an ideal base to explore Donegal’s stunning coastline.

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7. Hotel Curracloe, Wexford, Quad Room B&B, €447 

Curracloe Beach

The Hotel Curracloe is a small hotel with just 29 rooms, and is located just minutes from the famous Curracloe Beach in County Wexford. Wexford Town is just a five minute drive away, and one of my favourite family attractions in Ireland,  The Irish National Heritage Park is also close by.

Read: 5 Things to do in Wexford with kids

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8. Maldron Hotel Sandy Road, Galway, Family Room, sleeps 5 B&B, €426  

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Located within walking distance of Galway City and with a kids club on site, this is a great choice for family staycation in Galway this summer. 

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9. Maldron Hotel, Wexford, Family Room €498

 
A family friendly hotel, the Maldron Hotel Wexford boasts an indoor pool, two outdoor playgrounds, a mini-golf course and family friendly activities during school holidays. It is also close to Wexford’s top attractions including the Irish National Heritage Park,  Johnstown Castle and Gardens, and Wexford’s beautiful beaches.
 
 

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10. Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel, Adare, Limerick, Family Room B&B €603

family breaks in ireland

Located in the pretty village  of Adare, this family owned, award winning hotel boasts three restaurants, a spa and leisure centre. With the Cliffs of Moher and Clare’s beaches just a short drive away, this is an ideal location to explore the Wild Atlantic Way.

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

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

 
 
 

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The best beach hotels in Ireland – my top 20 picks

Top picks for glamping in Ireland

20 Hotels with lodges in Ireland
 

 

 
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