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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 29th March 2022

Best Travel Deals

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 deal and staycations for couples and families.

This week’s best travel deals include Easter breaks to Croatia, summer in Tuscany, Majorca and Madrid, a California road trip, an Alaska cruise, glamping in Donegal and an overnight escape to Wicklow.

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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 most countries in Europe if initial vaccination is over 270 days.  Please check the latest travel restrictions on the DFA website before you travel.
 

 

 

Best last minute:

The Travel Expert, Sarah Slattery on the old walls of Dubrovnik

Spend Easter in Croatia! This five-star deal is amazing value, and you can choose a three or seven-night stay. Fly to Dubrovnik on Easter Sunday and enjoy a three-night stay in the fabulous 5-star Hotel Croatia for just €399 per person, or relax and enjoy a seven-night stay for just €569. And that’s not all – breakfast and dinner are included!

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Walk or cycle the Blessington Greenway followed by an overnight escape in Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort. We stayed here recently and loved its location overlooking Blessington Lakes.
 

 

 
There are many offers to choose from with prices from €66 per person including breakfast, €104 per person including a three-course dinner in the Fia Rua Restaurant, or enjoy a round of golf with breakfast and dinner for just €129 per person. A glass of Prosecco is also included if you book directly on the hotel’s website.

I priced this deal on the 24th of April arrival, but many more dates are available.

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Best summer sun:

short breaks to Tuscany from Ireland

There has never been a better time to visit Tuscany – the airfares to Pisa from Dublin and Cork airport are great value this summer. Some of the flights arrive in late at night, so I suggest spending a night in Pisa, exploring the Leaning Tower and its surrounding Cathedral Square, and then hiring a car and leaving the city for some of Tuscany’s more interesting towns and villages.

Read: Top towns and cities to visit in Tuscany
 

 

 
I have priced this trip based on a seven-night stay in San Gimignano – one of my favourite Tuscan towns, an overnight in Pisa and car hire. Total cost for this eight-day trip is €725pp in June. Prices are similar from Dublin or Cork, and durations can be shorter or longer – simply edit the dates via the links below to suit your requirements.

Search flights here 15-23 June €90 

View Pisa here  €76pp

San Gimignano €384pp

Check car hire €175pp
 

 

 

Best city break:

city break to madrid

With Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Iberia Express all flying to Madrid from Dublin, there has never been a better time to grab a city break deal to the Spanish capital.
 

 

 
I found great value flights departing on the 12th of June. The price for flights and a two-night stay in the centrally located 4-star Hotel Mayorazgo is only €191 per person. Highly rated on TripAdvisor, this is great value for a summer city break.

Read: 10 city break deals less than €199

Search flights here 12th – 14th June €71pp
 
View hotel here €120pp
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

Globales Bouganvilla family holiday deal from Ireland

With many schools offering an extended break over the June bank holiday weekend, that might be a good time to book your family holiday this year. I found a good deal to the Splashworld Resort, Globales Bouganvilla in Majorca. This All Inclusive resort has its own waterpark on site, and all meals and drinks are included in the cost.
 

 

 
Price for flights, checked baggage, transfers, and a seven-night stay from the 2nd of June is €2481 based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. Use code SUN150 to save €150 off the listed price of this, or any holiday departing in May or June – minimum spend €1000.

Read: 12 Top waterpark holidays for families

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Best family staycation:

glamping family deals in Ireland

Treat the kids to a glamping stay before they go back to school. I’ve got the lakeside Lough Mardal Lodge in Donegal on my own wish list – just check out the yurts with king-sized beds, wood burning stoves and a veranada overlooking the lake!
 

 

 
Price for a two-night stay in a Skydome yurt is €360 based on a family of four sharing on the 19th of August.

Read: 20 Top picks for glamping in Ireland

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Best cruise:

Alaska cruise holiday deal

Alaska, a place most of us only ever dreamed of visiting, has suddenly become more affordable, thanks to direct flights to Seattle from Aer Lingus, and some great cruise deals.
 

 

 
Sunway has a super September offer that includes direct flights with checked baggage, an overnight stay in Seattle, and a seven-night Alaska cruise on Crown Princess, all for just €1699. Add on a premium drinks package, WiFi and gratuities for just €245. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Best long haul

american holiday deals

Is a California road-trip on your bucket list? With Aer Lingus now flying direct to San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can fly into San Francisco, pick up a car, drive the Pacific Coast Highway and fly home from LA. I’ve put together a great itinerary, based on a similar trip we did a few years ago.
 

 

 
Price for direct flights, 14 days hotel accommodation and car hire is €2354 in September. You can see this and lots more USA holiday ideas in this post:

Read: Top 10 American holidays from Ireland
 

 

 
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 – 15th March 2022

Best Travel Deals

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 city breaks in Rome and Porto, summer holidays in Greece, Spain, Morocco and Mexico, a Med cruise, a family break at Easter, and Day Spa ideas for Mother’s Day.

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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 most countries in Europe if initial vaccination is over 270 days.  Please check the latest travel restrictions on the DFA website before you travel.
 

 

 

Best last minute:

Colosseum at night

Always wanted to fly off to Rome at a moments notice? Aer Lingus is offering €20 off return flights to Europe in April, so you can enjoy return flights to Rome from just €75. A three-night stay in the 4-star Best Western Hotel Artdeco hotel is just €176 per person, making the total cost just €258. 

View flights here €75pp

View hotel here €183pp

I have lots more hotel options in this post:

Read: Where to stay in Rome, my top pick of Rome’s 3, 4 and 5-star hotels
 

 

 

Best Day Out:

Aqua Sana Spa day

With Mother’s Day just round the corner, now is the perfect time to consider treating yourself or your Mum to a Spa day.  I’ve compiled 8 great Day Spa deals in one post, including a full day at Center Parcs’ Aqua Sana Spa from €110 per person, Chill at the Ice House Hotel for €115 per person, and a Mom and Me Spa package at Dublin’s Day Spa from €135 per person.

See more here
 

 

 

Best value summer sun:

best travel deals to Morocoo

Want to try somewhere new this year? Ryanair’s direct flights to Agadir, Morocco offer superb value, with return airfares from only €63 on the 20th of June! I found a great deal staying in the 4-Star Tildi Hotel & Spa, which is located close to the beach and marina in Agadir.

Price for a seven-night stay including breakfast is just €183 per person, making the total cost for a week’s holiday €246!
 

 

 
Note: Currently only fully vaccinated visitors can enter Morocco, and a negative test taken 48 hours before departure is also required. This may change – see DFA.ie for up to date restrictions.

Search flights here 20th-27th June €63pp

View hotel here €183pp
 

 

 

Best luxury summer sun:

Atrium Palace Thalasso Hotel, Rhodes

Its rare to find a luxury hotel that has over 4,000 reviews on TripAdvisor and still retains a 5-star / Excellent rating. The Atrium Palace Thalasso Spa Resort in Rhodes is one of them, and I challenge you to find a hotel of this standard for this price in August! 

I found a great deal for seven-nights from the 20th of August. The price including flights, transfers, checked baggage, and hotel on a B&B basis is €917 per person. 
 

 

 
When you click on the link below you will see a price of €983 per person. If you upgrade the room to a partial sea-view it will bring the total cost over €2000. You can then use the promo code HOLIDAY to save €200 off the total price, making the total just €917 per person.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I loved our trip to Porto and would highly recommend it for a city break. As well as being home to a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is packed with colourful buildings, delightful streets, and has a great food and wine scene. I found a great deal on flights over the May bank holiday weekend.
 

 

 
Enjoy a three-night stay at the highly rated Reis de Gaia Aparthotel. Superbly located on the waterfront, next to Porto’s cable car and Porto’s famous Port wine cellars,  it is also just minutes from the Dom Luis Bridge. 
 
Read: Why you need to choose Porto for your next city break

Search flights here 1st – 4th May €83pp

View hotel here €104pp

Read: 10 city breaks for less than €199 – Flights & highly rated hotels included
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

self catering family holiday to Menorca

For families looking for great value this summer, its hard to beat Menorca. Airfares are particularly low, compared to other Spanish hotspots, and it is an ideal family friendly destination.
 

 

 
I found a great deal staying in the Blancala apartments on the 27th of July. Price for flights and a seven-night stay is just €1608, based on two adults and two children. I also found some great all inclusive and villa options in this post:

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Best family staycation:

Family breaks in Wexford at Riverside Park Hotel at Easter

Still searching for an Easter break? The 4-Star Riverside Park Hotel in Wexford has a super family offer for a two-night break over Easter holidays.

Price for a family of four with breakfast each day, a 4-course evening meal on the evening of your choice, a family activity pass to one of Wexford’s top attractions, and full access to the Leisure Club, is just €420.  

View offer here

 

Read: Family breaks at the Riverside Park Hotel over Easter holidays
 

 

 

Best cruise:

best cruise deals
 

Cruise the Med on the fabulous MSC Seaside this summer with complimentary drinks included in the cost! I cruised on its sister ship MSC Seaview a few years ago and loved it. This cruise departs from Rome and calls to Sicily, Ibiza, Valencia, Marseille, and Genoa, before returning to Rome for your flight home.
 

 

 
Price for flights, transfers, checked baggage, all meals, snacks, gratuities and Premium drinks package is just €1369 on May 15th. Add on two speciality dining options including Asian Market Kitchen and Butchers Cut for €60 per person.

Read: My review of MSC Seaview

View offer here
 

 

 

Best long haul:

best travel deals to Mexico

Go all-inclusive in Mexico this summer. Spend seven-nights at the 5-star Grand Sunset Princess Resort for just €1329 in June. Price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage and a seven-night stay with meals and drinks included.

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.

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 1st March 2022

Best travel deals

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, easter breaks, summer holidays in Greece and Spain, a luxury cruise, New Year in Iceland and staycations in Killarney and Clare.

InstagramIt 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 most countries in Europe if initial vaccination is over 270 days.  Please check the latest travel restrictions before you travel.
 

 

 

Best last minute:

best travel deals to Malta

Treat yourself or your Mum to a week in Malta for Mother’s Day. With prices from €234 for a seven-night stay in a four-star hotel, you can’t deny it is superb value! This deal departs on March 23rd for seven nights but duration can be changed to suit your requirements.

Read: Top 10 reasons to visit Malta

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Enjoy an overnight escape at the popular Falls Hotel in Clare. We stayed here last summer and as you can see above – I enjoyed the spa! For only €90pp you can enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast, dinner, chocolates, and discounted spa treatments. Price is €120pp for a two-night stay and €125 for a three-night stay! 

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Best Easter deals:

short breaks over Easter holidays

I have had lots of requests for Easter breaks this year, so I searched the web and found 10 great short breaks to tempt you. All deals include flights and four-star hotels for three or four nights, and prices start at only €254.
 

 

 
Ive got city breaks and seaside escapes in Spain, Italy, France, Sweden, Croatia, Germany and lots more. Deals include Biarritz from €291, Menorca from €360, and Sardinia from €379.

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Best summer sun:

the travel expert has the best travel deals to Zakynthos

Struggling to find a summer holiday that won’t break the bank? Check out this amazing deal to Zakynthos in August. Price for flights, transfers, checked baggage and a seven-night stay in the popular Katerina Palace apartments is just €399!

Use code HOLIDAY to save €100 off the listed price. But you better be quick – this is one of my best travel deals this week!

View offer here
 

 

 

Best short break:

girls weekend in Marbella, staying in a luxury apartment

It’s never too early to plan a girls trip away! I found a stunning 3-bedroom penthouse in Puerto Banus on the Costa del Sol that would be perfect for a weekend away. Price for flights and a three-night stay in September is €436 based on four sharing, or €327 based on six sharing. 

See more here
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

TUI Magic Life All Inclusive resorts for families

Did you know there is a 5-star All Inclusive resort in Greece with 24 hour service? TUI Magic Life holidays take All Inclusive resorts for families to another level. As well as drinks and snacks available 24/7, they have a wide range of entertainment and activities available, including fitness classes, sports programmes and nightly shows.
 

 

 
Enjoy a seven-night stay in the TUI Magic Life Plimmiri by Atlantica, Rhodes from €3807 on the 10th of August. Price includes flights, transfers, baggage and hotel on an all-inclusive basis, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. See this and 9 more all-inclusive holidays here:

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Are your children off for an extra day or two over the June bank holiday? If so, why not plan a little staycation in Killarney. The hugely popular Park Palace Apartments are available from Sunday the 5th of June for two or three nights. Price for a two-night stay in a two-bedroom apartment is €394.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best cruise:

holidays to Santorini from Ireland

Spend three nights exploring the ancient city of Athens, before cruising the Greek Isles and the Med for seven nights on the brand new Regal Princess! This fabulous trip departs on the 26th of August and includes stops in Santorini, Naples and Montenegro, before sailing to Barcelona for your flight home. 
 

 

 
Price of €1375 includes flights, checked baggage, a three-night stay at the Wyndham Grand Athens Hotel on a B&B basis, and seven-night cruise including meals, premium drinks , WiFi and gratuities!

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If you want to getaway for New Year then now is the time to start looking. I found flights to Iceland for €239 and a four-night stay in the 4-star Icelandair Reykjavik Natura Hotel is just €280 per person, making the total cost €519 for four nights. So, why not scratch one off the bucket list and chase the Northern Lights in Iceland over New Year.

Read my top things to do in Iceland

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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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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 15th February 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 to the Algarve, spring breaks in Nice and Croatia, summer holidays in Sorrento and Menorca, Lanzarote for New Year, and staycations in Galway and Roscommon.

InstagramIt is important to be aware of the latest travel restrictions, and that they are subject to change. Boosters are required for travel to most countries if initial vaccination is over 270 days.  Please check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

Read: Latest travel restrictions
 

 

 

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Would you believe the forecast in the Algarve is 20+ degrees and sunny next week? Take advantage of low airfares and discounted 5-star hotels and book a luxury spa break for just €230 per person. Price includes flights and a four-night stay with breakfast at the 5-star Vale d’Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa.
 

 

 
This is the best hotel in Carvoeiro according to TripAdvisor and the reviews from previous guests are excellent. If you prefer to stay longer, a seven-night stay is available from €392 per person including flights.

Check flights here €69pp 28th February  

View hotel here €162pp

See lots more hotel options here:

Read: The best beach hotels in the Algarve
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

special offers to g Hotel

Treat yourself to an overnight escape at the 5-star g Hotel in Galway for just €80pp including breakfast. This Five Star Steal is valid on selected dates in February and March, booked directly on the hotel website.

See more here
 

 

 

Best spring break:  

croatia for Easter holidays

I’m a big fan of Croatia, and the pretty town of Cavtat in particular. I love to see offers coming in for the 5-Star Hotel Croatia as its one of those hotels that everyone seems to love.
 

 

 
I found a great deal over Easter weekend, where breakfast and dinner is included in the cost of your stay. Price for flights and a three-night stay on a half-board basis is just €439!

See more here
 

 

 

Best summer sun: 

best travel deals to the Amalfi Coast from Ireland

I had to do a double take when I saw the prices of flights to the Amalfi Coast this summer. Ryanair is offering return flights to Naples for €130 on the 19th of July! There are so many great hotels to choose from but I found a good deal in the 4-star Hotel Prestige. Price for a seven-night stay including breakfast is €503 per person, making the total cost only €633 for a week’s holiday in July!

Check flights here €130 19th July

View hotel here €503pp

You can find lots more hotel options here:

Read: The ultimate guide to the Amalfi Coast and where to stay
 

 

 

Best family holiday:  

family deal to Prinsotel La Caleta, Menorca

Did you know that Ryanair are flying direct to Menorca this summer? It seems many did not, because unlike most destinations in Spain, flights to Menorca are still relatively low – return flights from Dublin are just €114 on the 3rd of August for seven nights.

The highly rated Prinsotel La Caleta is €1874 for a seven-night self-catering stay. I have some more accommodation options for July in this post:

Read: Family holiday to 4-star Zafiro Menorca, 6th July, €2500

Check flights here €114pp 3rd August

View hotel here €1874
 

 

 

Best family staycation:  

Lough Key Forest Park

Self-catering breaks in Ireland are always popular during July and August, so if you are looking for a holiday home over the summer months its best to book in advance. I found a good deal staying in a 3-bedroom house beside Lough Rynn Castle. Price for a 3-night stay in July or August is €450.
 

 

 
With Lough Key Forest Park, the Blueway Waterpark and the Wild Atlantic Way within easy reach, it is a great base for a staycation in Ireland this year.

View offer here

 

Read: 10 self-catering breaks in Ireland this summer
 

 

 

Best city break:  

city break in Nice

Nice isn’t always the first place you think of for city breaks, but I urge you not to overlook it. Flight times are only 2 hours 30 minutes and the town centre is only 4 miles from the airport, so you can be sipping cocktails on the Promenade des Anglais within a half hour of leaving the airport🍸.
 

 

 
Nice has some gorgeous boutiques, amazing restaurants, and of course a fabulous long sandy beach, but that’s not all. Its location in the South of France is ideal for visiting Cannes,  St Tropez, Monaco, you can even pop into Italy on the train for your lunch!
 

 

 
I found great value flights for only €44 on the 2nd of April for three, five or seven nights. A three-night stay in the top rated Palm Hotel Nice is just €197 per person, making the a city break just €241 including flights.

Search flights here 2nd April €44

View hotel here €197pp
 

 

 

Best early booking offer: 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Flights are on sale now for post Christmas breaks, and the earlier your book, the better price you will get. I found a good family deal to Lanzarote departing early morning on New Year’s Eve and returning the following Saturday, 7th of January. FYI Schools reopen after Christmas holidays on Thursday, 5th of January…
 

 

 
Price for return flights and a seven-night stay at the popular Hyde Park Lane apartments is €2087 for a family of four. Alternatively choose flights and a two-bedroom villa with private pool from €2748, or the five-star all-inclusive Dreams Tagoro Family & Fun Hotel, with all meals and drinks included for just €3691.

Search flights here  31st Dec €360pp

View Apartment €647

View Villa €1308

View All Inclusive €2251

I have lots more hotel and apartment choices in this post:

Family holidays to Lanzarote – My top 20 picks on where to stay
 

 

 
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 – 1st February 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 to Lanzarote and Rome, summer holidays in Greece and Majorca, New York for New Year, and staycations in Sligo and Kilkenny.

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It is important to be aware of the latest travel restrictions, and that they are subject to change. Boosters are required for travel to most countries if initial vaccination is over 270 days, and Italy and Portugal also require negative tests at present.  Please check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.
 

 

 

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Jet off to sunny Lanzarote and enjoy a seven-night stay at the Villa Canaima apartments for just €387 per person. Price for return flights on the 7th of February are just €155, and a seven-night stay in a one-bedroom apartment with pool view is €232 per person.

Rated number 1 on TripAdvisor for speciality lodging in Puerto del Carmen, this is great value for a spring break in the Canary Islands.

Check flights here €155 7th February

View hotel here €232pp
 

 

 

Best city break:

Colosseum at night

Always wanted to fly off to Rome at a moments notice? Well now is your chance! Surprise your loved one this Valentines Day and enjoy a two-night break in Rome for just €177! 
 

 

 
Return flights from Dublin to Rome are just €50 on the 13th of February, and a two-night stay at the 4-star Liberty Boutique Hotel is just €127pp.

Check flights here €50pp 13th February

View hotel here €127pp

See this hotel and lots more hotel options in this post:

Read: Where to stay in Rome, my top picks of 3, 4 and 5-star hotels and apartments
 

 

 

Best overnight escape

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Many of you already know I am a big fan of Mount Juliet, but its not just the setting and service that I love, it is also so handy for an overnight escape. Kilkenny is accessible from most counties, so if you fancy a luxury break away that won’t break the bank, I found it!
 

 

 
Price for summer stays in June are available from €90pp including breakfast – a nice Valentines Day gift perhaps?  See this deal and more five-star hotel offers here:

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Best family holiday:

family holiday deals from Ireland

The Protur Bonaire in Majorca is one of the most highly sought after family properties in Spain. Its kids clubs, splash park and overall family friendly facilities have seen it become a firm favourite with Irish families. However, it is rare to find Free Child Places still available in peak season, but I found some available in early August.
 

 

 
Price for flights, transfers, checked baggage, and a seven-night stay on a Half Board basis is €2,972, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. Note price will show at €3,222 when you click on the link below, but if you use the promo code SALE you will save a further €250 off the price.

See more here
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

family breaks in Sligo at the Clayton Hotel

Plan your Easter break now and enjoy a three-night stay with breakfast at the Clayton Hotel Sligo from just €437. This super hotel has great family friendly facilities including a fully supervised kids club, swimming pool, kids pool, mini-golf course, and fairy trail. Large family suites are also available that can accommodate families of five.

See more here
 

 

 

Best luxury holiday:

best travel deals to Rhodes

The Sentido Asterias Beach Resort is a brand new 5-star beachfront hotel in Rhodes that offers great value for a luxury holiday in Greece this summer. The reviews on TripAdvisor are excellent and prices are sure to increase.
 

 

 
I found return flights to Rhodes with Ryanair from €163 on the 27th of August, and a seven-night stay here on an All-Inclusive basis is €804 per person.

Check flights here €163pp 27th August

View hotel here €804pp

I have spent the week ogling over the best luxury five-star hotels in Greece for my latest post,  you can find lots more options here:

Read: The best luxury hotels in Greece for adults – my top 20 picks
 

 

 

Best cruise:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The brand new Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Wonder of the Seas is cruising the Med this summer, and you can enjoy a seven-night cruise from Barcelona from just €1325 in September. Price includes return flights, cruise, meals and activities.

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Early booking offer:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ring in the New Year in New York! Direct flights are on sale to Newark with United Airlines and return airfares start at just €442 per person for the Basic Economy fare, but I recommend opting for the Economy fare of €532 which includes checked baggage, seat selection and free changes if required. 

There are numerous hotels to choose to suit all tastes and budgets, but you can find my top picks here.

Read: Where to stay in New York – from great value apartments to luxury hotels

Check flights 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.

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 18th January 2022

Best travel deals

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 a last minute holiday to Gran Canaria, spring breaks in Venice and Iceland, summer holidays in Croatia and Amalfi Coast a Med cruise, and early bookings offers to Miami and Portugal.  I also have staycations in Belfast and Kilkenny.
 

 

 
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 no pre-departure tests are required returning to Ireland, as long as you are fully vaccinated.

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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.

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

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

 

 

Best last minute holiday:

Gold by Marina hotel, Gran Canaira

Want to stay in the best rated hotel in Gran Canaria? This amazing deal to the Gold by Marina Hotel is just €471 for seven nights, including flights, transfers and checked baggage – this is almost 50% off the original price.
 

 

 
Ranked number 1 out of 134 hotels in Gran Canaria by TripAdvisor, this adult-only hotel is just what you need to beat the January blues. Price will show €521 below, but if you use code WINTER you will save a further €100 off the total price. Price is based on 24th January departure, but travel January 31st or February 7th for a supplement of €72 per person. 

See more here
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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To coincide with the 50th birthday of the historic Europa Hotel in Belfast, you can enjoy a Golden Moments package from €66 per person sharing, which includes an overnight stay, full Irish breakfast, signature cocktail in the Piano Lounge, signature truffles in your room, and an exclusive golden Hastings duck!
 

 

 
The Europa is a world famous hotel that welcomed the numerous celebrities as well as The Clintons and the Dalai Lama. There has never been a better time to visit!

View offer here
 

 

 

Best spring break:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Chase the Northern Lights, swim in the Blue Lagoon and marvel at the Iceland’s Golden Circle. This super weekend in Iceland includes flights and a four-star hotel from just €386, departing March 26th.

See more here
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

best travel deals to the Amalfi coast

A summer break on the Amalfi Coast doesn’t have to cost the earth. Check out this deal to Sorrento, departing June 8th. Price for flights and a seven-night stay in the 4-Star Hotel Prestige is just €585 including breakfast.

See more here

 

See more accommodation options here:

Read: My ultimate guide to the Amalfi Coast, where to stay in Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi & Capri
 

 

 

Best city break:

best travel deals to Venice

Aer Lingus’ sale has been extended to January 24th so why not take advantage and plan a cheeky city break. With up to 20% off European destinations up to 31st May, cities such as Venice, Bilbao, Vienna and Madrid, are available from less than €100 for return flights – see more here.

I found a great deal to Venice departing March 28th. Price for flights and a three-night stay at the superbly located Mercurio Hotel is just €235 per person.

View flights here €82pp

View hotel here €153pp

 

See lots more accommodation options in Venice here:

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

 

 

Best family holiday:

zaton holiday resort, Croatia

Looking for something different for your family holiday this year? Try Croatia! The highly rated Zaton Holiday Resort is a huge resort with a wide selection of mobile homes and self-catering apartments to suit families of all shapes and sizes. Located by the sea, with a waterpark, slides and kids clubs on site, it has everything you need for a fun-filled family holiday.
 

 

 
I found a great family deal from €1411 including flights from Dublin for seven nights on the 8th of June, based on a family of four. Price for return flights are €142 per person from Dublin to Zadar, and self-catering apartments are available from €843. The Zaton Holiday Resort is located just 20km from Zadar airport.

Superior apartments and larger two-bedroom homes are also available. If this date doesn’t suit, simply edit the dates below to suit you.

Check flights here €142pp

View Apts here from €843

 
Read: The Best Family Campsites in Europe – Top 20 Picks
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

family hotels in Ireland - Newpark Hotel Kilkenny has a pet farm.

The Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny is often regarded as one of the best family hotels in Ireland – I have no doubt your kids will agree. It was voted Family Friendly Hotel of the year in 2020, and the fact that there is a wildlife park and a go-karting track (8+) on site might have something to do with that.
 

 

 
It tends to get booked out quickly during school holidays, so if you are planning a family break during Easter holidays, now might be a good time to book. Price for a two-night stay is €500 for a family of four, or €540 for a family of five, including breakfast. 

Read: Top 10 things to do in Kilkenny with kids

Read: 20 family hotel deals in Ireland during Easter holidays

See more here
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

all inclusive holiday deals

Can you think of a better combo than Miami and Mexico? Enjoy a three-night stay in the 4-Star Gates Hotel on the world famous South Beach, before flying to Cancun for a seven-night stay at the 5-star Grand Sunset Princess Hotel on an all-inclusive basis – and all for just €1429 in September! Price includes all fights and checked baggage.

See more here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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You may recall I flew to Lisbon and the Algarve over the October mid term break, and managed to bag cheap flights with TAP Air Portugal by booking in advance. Well these flights are on sale now for next October…
 

 

 
You can choose a city break in Lisbon during school holidays, with return flights from €80 per person, (3rd – 6th November), or fly to the Algarve (via Lisbon) for seven-nights from €147 per person (29th October – 5th November).

I have linked flights to Skyscanner below, and based flight prices on convenient flight times (not the cheaper 0450 departure!), but regardless of which flight you choose, I recommend clicking through to the TAP Air Portugal website to make a booking.

View Lisbon here €80pp

View Faro here €147pp

 

You can see a wide selection of hotel and apartment choices in these posts:

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

Read: Family holidays to the Algarve, my top picks on where to stay
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Princess Cruises

Cruise the Med with Princess Cruises this summer, with all-inclusive cruise deals from just €1249 including flights, meals and drinks on board. There is a wide selection to choose from, including a seven-night cruise on Regal Princess from Athens, visiting Santorini, Montenegro, Sicily and Naples, before returning to Barcelona for your flight home.

Price for this itinerary is from €1299, departing June 4th, and includes return flights, airport transfers and cruise on an all-inclusive basis.

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.

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 14th December 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’s best travel deals includes a city break in Lisbon for €181, winter sun in Gran Canaria, Easter in Madeira, a family holiday to Boston and Cape Cod, an all-inclusive deal to Mexico,  a cruise around the Emirates, as well as staycations in Mayo and Laois.
 

 

 
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 some exceptions. In some cases testing will also be required, and currently a negative Covid test is 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:

holiday deals to Gran Canaria

Want to beat the January blues? Jet off to Gran Canaria and enjoy a seven-night stay at the Bahia Feliz apartments for just €300 including flights, transfers and checked baggage! Highly rated on TripAdvisor and a Travellers Choice award winner this year, this is incredible value for a week in the sun.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We have just returned from an overnight stay in the Midlands Park Hotel and were really impressed with its contemporary style and choice of dining options. Located just an hour from from Dublin, it is the perfect place for a quick getaway. 
 

 

 
I found this great Winter Indulgence deal available on selected dates from this Sunday right up to March. For only €99 per room you can enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast, Irish Coffee or Baileys Hot Chocolate, €10 off Jule Day Spa when you spend €50, and a 10% discount card for Kildare Village Outlet!

Top Tip: Make sure to pre-book Kellys Steakhouse, the food is superb! 

View offers here
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

Boston and Cape Cod Holiday

I love a good road trip, and Boston to Cape Cod is firmly on my family holiday bucket list. I spotted this luxury deal with Platinum Travel and it looks very tempting!
 

 

 
Price for flights, a three night stay in Boston, followed by a seven night stay in Cape Cod, with car hire and a Boston Trolley Tour included, is only €4,399 per family. This price is based on travel in May, but other dates can be arranged.

View offer here

 

Read: Boston and Cape Cod travel guide, top things to do and where to stay 
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

twixmas breaks in Ireland

Treat the family to a Twixmas break in Breaffy House Hotel in Mayo. We stayed here twice now and love its family friendly facilities and proximity to Mayo’s gorgeous coastline.
 

 

 
Price for a two-night stay on the 29th of December is just €408 based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, or €486 for a family of six sharing a family bunkbed room.

Read: 15 family Twixmas breaks, 2 night stays from €338

View offer here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ryanair have just announced a year round service from Dublin to Madeira, and now is the time to book to get the best value. A holiday over Easter holidays including flights and a seven-night stay in the 4-star Savoy Signature Hotel, is just €394 per person, based on two sharing. Prices are even less if you travel outside of peak times.

Search flights here 13th April €152pp

View hotel here €242pp
 

 

 

Best city break

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Lisbon is super city break destination. There is so much to see and do, its on the coast, and it has a great food scene! I found weekend flights departing on the 2nd of April for just €56 return, and a three-night stay in the popular Ibis Styles Marquês de Pombal with breakfast included is only €125 per person. A weekend in Lisbon for just €181 is a super Christmas gift idea 🎁

Read: Top 10 things to do in Lisbon, with or without kids

Search flights here 2nd April €56pp

View hotel here €125pp

See more Lisbon hotel options in this post:

Read: Where to stay in Lisbon, my top picks of Lisbon hotels
 

 

 

Best long haul holiday:

Best travel deals to Mexico

Want to dance like nobody’s watching? Enjoy a week in the lively RIU Cancun Hotel, where the all-inclusive arrangement is available 24 hours a day, for only €1095 including flights! Yes you read that right!
 

 

 
This amazing deal includes flights to Cancun Mexico and a seven night stay on in the beachfront RIU Cancun an all inclusive basis, departing May 2022. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Best cruise:

image of Dubai from above

Cruise Dubai and the Emirates on the brand new MSC Virtousa for just €1229 per person. This super deal includes flights to Doha with Qatar Airways, an overnight stay in Doha, return airport transfers, and a seven night cruise with meals and gratuities included. 

View offer 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.

 

 

 

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The Best Black Friday Travel Deals – Hotel Stays from €35pp, Seat Sales & Holiday Discounts

I have searched the web to bring you the Best Black Friday travel deals, with Irish hotel stays from €35pp, return flights to the Maldives from €686, up to €250 off package holidays and some great Christmas gift ideas.

I publish a Black Friday travel deals post every year, and its always a great success! I compile a list of the best hotel deals in Ireland, flight sales, and holiday deals abroad. I also have some nice travel gifts, which are ideal stocking fillers 🎁.

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Note all of these hotel deals are subject to availability, but in most cases there are multiple dates available, so if the date you click on is not available, search for alternatives. I will be updating this post throughout the week as I receive more offers – so make sure to check back regularly so you don’t miss any Black Friday travel deals.

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

 

 
 

Seat Sales:

Qatar Airways Black Friday Sale:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Qatar Airways Black Friday sale includes return flights to Zanzibar from €535 and the Maldives from €686. Returning residents or family members of Australian citizens can fly to Sydney from €987. Business class fares are also on sale, with return flights to Maldives from €2269.

Qatar Airways guaranteed flexibility allows unlimited changes or refunds for travel up to 31st May 2022.  Note these offers are not available to book until Friday November 26th. 

View all offers here

 

Read: Qatar Airways Black Friday Sale Includes Maldives from €702
 

 

 

Aer Lingus:

Aer Lingus is offering 20% off European city breaks and €100 off return flights to USA and Canada.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Travel 1st December – 31st March 2022 for European breaks. Book by 28th November 2021.

Travel 1st January 2022  – 31st May 2022 for USA and Canada. Book by 30th November 2021.

You can also change your flights for free before if necessary – just pay the fare difference.

See more here
 

 

 
Ryanair has a different offer each day during this week’s Cyber Sale. Today’s offer features 10% off flights to Europe in from April – June. New offers are released daily.

See more here

 

TAP Air Portugal is offering 20% off all TAP destinations. One change is permitted free up to 3 days before departure. Book by 30th November. 

See more here
 

 

 

Long haul holidays:

Kuramathi Island, Maldives:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Kuramathi Island is offering 25% off room rates with a free upgrade from Full Board to Basic All Inclusive, or a free upgrade from Basic All Inclusive to Select All Inclusive, for travel between 1st May – 31st October 2022. 

Prices for seven nights in a deluxe water villa (same one I stayed in last week ) with Qatar Airways flights and speedboat transfers is €2998 per person. Upgrade to the Select All Inclusive ( dine in any of the a la carte restaurants ) from €455 per person.  

In addition to the above I have secured an exclusive discount of €200 off per booking with the following travel agencies – for bookings made before 1st December only. Quote The Travel Expert 

Sunway, Dublin

Travel Counsellors, Country wide

Travel Focus, Cork
 

 

 

Attraction Tickets.com: 

Planning a trip Stateside? Attraction Tickets.com has a wide range of offers for Black Friday including:

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  • Up to $50 spending money per person plus free Starwars Galaxy’s Edge Magic Band when purchasing
  • Disney Magic tickets or Disney combo tickets.
  • Up to 44% off Discovery Cove Packages
  • 5% off Disney World and Universal Hotel Packages
  • 20% off Dubai Parks and Resorts tickets
  • Free Covid Cover on new bookings 

 
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American Holidays is offering up to €550 off Royal Caribbean cruise and stay holidays in the USA. Highlights include a 3-night stay at the 5-Star Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Studios with express pass, with a seven-night cruise on Harmony of the Seas. Price including flights, baggage and meals on cruise is €1940pp.
 
See more here
 

 

 

Sun & Package Holidays:

Booking.com

Booking.com always have some of the best Black Friday deals, and this year is no exception. Save 30% on selected hotels in Ireland and around the world for travel up to 30th June 2022. Book by 1st December 2021. I have selected some hotel deals in Ireland below, but you can view all hotel deals here:
 
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TUI Holidays:

TUI is offering up to €250 off holidays departing from 22nd November 2021 – 31st October 2023. Book by 29th November 2021.  Use the following codes at the check out:

Use code BF100 and save €100 when you spend €1,000
Use code BF150 and save €150 when you spend €2,000
Use code BF250 and save €250 when you spend €3,000

Read: My top picks for family holidays in Greece for 2022
 
View offer here
 

 

 

Sunway Holidays:

sunway holidays black friday deals

Sunway is offering 5% off ALL bookings made on line before 28th November. Use code EXPERT 

 
See more here
 

 

 

Click&Go has a variety of offers for Black Friday including a three-night stay in New York with Aer Lingus flights from just €379!

View offer here
 

 

 
Crystal Ski is offering €100 off ski bookings from December 2021 to April 2023 inclusive. Minimum spend €1000 before ski packs, room upgrades etc are added.  Book by 29th November and use code SKIBF100

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Irish Travel Agents Association has a selection of Black Friday offers on their website, including €50 off bookings on the Camino with uWalk.ie , Las Vegas and New York from €999 with American Holidays, and five-star luxury in Croatia from Cassidy Travel.

View offers here
 

 

 
Travel Department is offering €50pp on all new bookings of 7 nights or more departing January – April 2022 with the code VP-BF50, and €75 off any holiday of 8 night or more departing January – April 2022 with the code VP-BF75 . Book by 29th November 2021.
 

 

 
TD active Holidays is offering  €50pp off any 7 night holiday departing January to June 2022 with the code VP-BFTDA50 , and €75pp off any holiday of 8 nights or more departing January to June 2022 with the code VP-BFTDA75

Travel Department

 

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Black Friday Hotel Deals in Ireland:

 

5-star Mount Juliet Estate, B&B from €83pp

 

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

Read: My review of Mount Juliet Estate
 

 

 
This deal is valid on selected dates from January – April. I have selected a few dates below but if the dates don’t suit, simply edit the search to suit your requirements. Supplements apply for Friday / Saturday nights. 

Book 27th February

 

Book 24th April 
 

 

 

Berehaven Pods, Castletownbere, Cork : €39pp

Berehaven pods

Situated on the Beara Peninsula in beautiful West Cork, these glamping pods are offering 30% off stays until 1st July 2022. I selected a date in March below, but many more dates are available.

Search & Book here
 

 

 

Clayton Hotel Limerick: 30% off selected stays

sunset over the Limerick Clayton hotel
The Clayton Hotel Limerick is offering 30% off stays up to 30th April 2022. Prices available from €95 per room including breakfast and full use of Club Vitae Leisure Club. Book by 3rd December.
 
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Wyatt Hotel, Westport: €35pp

Wyatt Hotel, Westport

The boutique Wyatt Hotel is superbly located in the heart of Westport and is offering overnight stays from €70 per room through Booking.com’s Black Friday Sale. I selected a date in February below, but many more dates are available. It also happens to be Westport’s only pet-friendly hotel.

Read: 40 Hotels in Ireland that allow dogs

Search & Book here
 

 

 

Castle Leslie, B&B, Afternoon Tea & Spa Treatment from €149pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Enjoy an overnight stay at the Lodge at Castle Leslie with breakfast, afternoon tea and a choice of either facial or massage for just €149pp! This is an incredible price for such a superb hotel, I stayed here a few years ago and loved it.

Read: Captivated by Castle Leslie

See more here
 

 

 

Midlands Park Hotel: 20% off selected stays, room rates from €71

Midlands Park Hotel

The Midlands Park hotel is offering 20% off selected stays, with room rates from €71 per night including complimentary use of its award-winning Health & Leisure Club. It is also adding 20% to gift vouchers purchased before 30th November. 

See more here
 

 

 

Riverside Park Hotel, Wexford: 30% off selected stays 

black friday hotel deals in Ireland

The 4-star Riverside Park Hotel is offering 30% off selected dates until May 2022. This offer is only available to book from Friday 26th November – Monday 29th November.

Search & book here
 

 

 

5-star Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin: 25% off

dublin hotel deals

The luxurious InterContinental Dublin is offering 25% off the best available rate on rooms or suites for travel between the 29th of November to 4th September 2022. Book between the 26th November and the 3rd of December 2021. There is also a 7 days cancellation policy and no deposit is required to book.

View offer here
 

 

 

Post-Christmas family break in Woodstock Hotel, Clare: 2 Night Stay: €325

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The 4-star Woodstock Hotel in Clare has a tw0-night family stay from €325 on the 28th of December. Price is based on a family of four sharing a superior family room, and includes access to the onsite Leisure Centre with pool, kids pool.  

View offer here

 

See more festive family breaks here:

Read: 15 Family breaks between Christmas & New Year, 2 Night Stays from €310
 

 

 

Radisson Blu Belfast: Overnight Stay from €40pp including free parking  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast in the 4-Star Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast for just €40pp! This super deal is valid on selected stays until 31st December and includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival, and free parking. Stay for two nights for €75pp and enjoy a bottle of Prosecco to share 🥂.

View offer here
 

 

 

West Cork Hotel, Cork: €40pp

The West Cork Hotel is offering rooms from €80 including breakfast from Black Friday until 3rd of December.

View offer here
 

 

 

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links, Dublin: €53pp

hotel deals in Dublin

The Portmarnock Hotel has 30% off on selected dates with prices from €105 per room from January – June. Supplements apply for Friday / Saturday night stays.

Search & Book here
 

 

 

Claregalway Hotel, Galway: €35pp

The Claregalway Hotel is offering rooms from just €70 per night through Booking.com’s Black Friday Sale – various dates are available from January – March 2022.

Search & Book here
 

 

 

4-Star stay Shop & Stay in Dublin: B&B, Dinner, Cocktail & Shopping Collection: €99pp

Fancy a shopping trip in Dublin? For a limited time you can enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast, dinner, cocktail, late check-out and an organised pick up for shopping bags for just €99 per person. This rate is available pre and post-Christmas.

Search & book here

 

Read: 20 Dublin Hotel stays from €45pp
 

 

 

Clayton Whites Wexford: 20% off and more.

The popular Clayton Whites Hotel in Wexford Town is offering 20% off stays with breakfast and a snipe of Bubbles and chocolates in your room on arrival. Boo by 28th November for stays up to March 2022.

Search & book here
 

 

 

Hardiman Hotel, Galway: Up to 30% off

Hardiman Hotel Galway

The centrally located Hardiman Hotel has a selection of Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers. On Wednesday 24th November you can get pre-sale Black Friday offers of 30% off Luxury B&B for 48 hours only.

On Black Friday you can get 20% off Luxury B&B, and on Cyber Monday 20% off gift vouchers to use on accommodation, dining etc.

See more here
 

 

 

5-star g Hotel, Galway: Up to 30% off selected stays:

g hotel Galway

Enjoy a night or two in Galway’s only five-star hotel. The g Hotel & Spa is offering 20% off selected stays if booked between the 26th and 29th of November. However, I have an insider tip – sign up to the g Hotel’s newsletter and receive a pre Black Friday VIP offer of 30% off selected dates.

View offer here
 

 

 

5-star Lough Erne Resort, Fermanagh, B&B: £119

lough erne resort

Lough Erne is offering savings of up to 50% for Black Friday! Enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast and complimentary use of the infinity pool for just £119 midweek or £159 weekend. Lough Erne is also offering  discounts on spa treatments, meals and golf.

Read: Living it up at Lough Erne Resort

View offer here
 

 

 

Shopping & travel gifts:

The Loop Black Friday

Travelling anywhere this week? Clinique and Estee Lauder have free gifts available at the Loop if you spend €30 or €35 respectively, and Joe Malone London is offering a free miniature candle and cologne with purchase of €100 or more. Pre-order online via Click & Collect before 29th November 2021.

Read: Top 10 tips for travelling through Dublin Airport

See more here
 

 

 

Travel gifts make nice stocking fillers!

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

unique travel gifts

 

See more here
 

 

 

The Perfect Christmas Gift Box –  Hotel Stay & 3 Irish handmade products: €230

This fabulous Christmas Gift Box includes a one-night stay for two people including breakfast, at any of the 28 Select Hotels of Ireland, as well as three handmade Irish products.

This gift is beautifully presented in a presentation Christmas gift box that can be simply placed under the tree. It can be delivered anywhere on the Island of Ireland and delivery is included in the cost. Not only are you supporting small businesses, but also 28 Irish hotels too.

Buy here
 

 

 

Collect Double Avios when you shop online

When you are shopping online this week make sure you shop via the AerClub eStore. You will collect Double Avios as well as discounts in many online stores. Apple, Marks & Spencer, ASOS, Currys, Feelunique are participating in the event.

shop via the aerclub estore

See more here
 

 

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

 

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

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 9th November 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.

This week’s best travel deals include a last minute holiday to Lanzarote, Christmas market breaks to Munich, a city break to Boston, family holidays in Portugal and Clare, a summer offer to Sorrento, a Royal Caribbean cruise and an overnight escape to Cabra Castle.
 

 

 
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

 

Best last minute holiday:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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With temperatures a balmy 21 degrees in Lanzarote, why not enjoy a winter sun break before Christmas? Price for flights and a seven-night stay in the highly rated La Penita apartments in Puerto el Carmen, is just €379, departing the 28th of November. 

Read: Why Lanzarote is my favourite Canary Island

Search flights here €171pp

View hotel here €208pp
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

hotel deal to Cabra Castle

Enjoy an overnight escape in the luxurious 18th Century Cabra Castle for just €65 per person including a Full Irish breakfast – this is a saving of 47% off the standard room rate. Price is available on selected dates until 31st  March 2022.

View offer here 
 

 

 

Best winter break:

Christmas market break in Munich

Kick start the festive season with a Christmas market break in Munich. Bavaria’s capital has over 20 markets to choose from and is covered in twinkling lights and market stalls.
 

 

 
Price for a two night break, flying out early morning on the 8th of December and returning late on the 10th of December including Aer Lingus flights and the highly rated Bold Hotel Munich Centre, is just €226 per person. See more hotel choices in this post:

Read: The best Christmas markets in Munich and where to stay

View flights here €92pp

See hotel here €134pp
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I had many enquiries about staying at Martinhal Sagres since my recent visit and I found a good deal on the hotel’s website for the end of June.
 

 

 
Flights from Dublin to Faro with TAP Air Portugal are just €140 per person including hand luggage – you can choose to stop in Lisbon if you wish, or continue on to Faro. A seven-night stay at a 2-bedroom Mimosa Townhouse is €2222, making the total cost including flights €2,782, arriving the 24th or 25th of June.

Search flights here €140pp

Search hotel here €2222
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

Cliffs of Moher

Dust off the cob webs with a post-Christmas stroll along the Cliffs of Moher. This super deal staying in Clare’s Woodstock Hotel is just €325 per family, based on a two-night stay, arriving December 28th.
 

 

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

View offer here

 

See more festive family breaks here:

Read: 15 Family breaks between Christmas & New Year, 2 Night Stays from €310
 

 

 

Best city break:

Weekend in Boston

With the USA back open to international visitors, I simply had to include a city break Stateside this week. Aer Lingus if currently offering €100 off return flights to the USA for travel up to 31st December, however I chose a spring weekend in Boston instead – for just €482 including a 4-star hotel!
 

 

 
Return direct flights to Boston are available in February (including Valentine’s weekend) for just €298 per person, and a three-night stay in the 4-star Staypineapple, South End is available from just €201 per person.

See more here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

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

I found some great deals from Dublin to Naples in August from just €123 return. Enjoy a week in sunny Sorrento, staying in the 4-star Hotel Prestige for just €547 per person, making the total cost for a seven-night stay on the 12th of August, with flights included, just €670 per person. This hotel rate includes breakfast and free cancellation too!

View flights here €123pp

View hotel here €547pp

I have lots more hotel choices along the Amalfi Coast in this post:

Read: The ultimate guide to the Amalfi Coast and where to stay
 

 

 

Best cruise:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The brand new Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Wonder of the Seas will be launching in March 2022. What will be the world’s largest ship will have even more award-winning facilities and dining options available.

It will be cruising the Med next summer, and you can enjoy a seven-night cruise from Barcelona from just €1489 in June. Price includes return flights, cruise, meals and activities.

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.

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 27th October 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.

 

This week I have a last minute wellness break in the Algarve, winter sun in Fuerteventura, city breaks to Lisbon, a cruise around the Emirates, and a family holiday to Lake Garda for next summer. I also have a post-Christmas family break in Sligo, and an amazing offer to Mount Juliet. 
 

 

 
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:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Treat yourself to a luxury Wellness break in the Algarve. Flights and luxury hotels are superb value in November – like this deal to the 5-star Real Marina Hotel, with indoor pool and luxury Spa. Price for flights and a five-night stay is just €284 per person.

See more here
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Why not treat yourself or a loved one to an over night stay at Mount Juliet Estate? I found a super deal for a Sunday night stay in January. Price including breakfast at Hunters Yard is just €80 per person – the perfect Christmas gift perhaps? I stayed in Mount Juliet last summer and loved it – you can read my review here.

Read: My review of Mount Juliet 

Read: 10 Five-Star hotel deals in Ireland

View offer here

 

 

 

Best winter sun:

Get some sun before the festive season, with a week in Fuerteventura. Price for flights and  a seven-night stay in the highly rated Las Marismas apartments is just €298 per person, departing December 2nd. 

Search flights here €95pp

View hotel here €203pp
 

 

 

Best city break:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you were following me this week, you will know that I had a fabulous time in Lisbon. I have some great Lisbon deals available on my website at the moment, including a 5-star break for Valentines weekend from €278, and an Easter weekend offer from €372 per person.
 

 

 
I also have a family break over Easter weekend from €1084 including flights and a 4-star apartment – the price is even less if you can travel midweek during school holidays.

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See Easter Offer
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

Sirmione, Lake Garda

With airfares set to increase, now is the time to secure your family holiday for next summer! Flights to Verona are surprisingly good value – with return flights from just €190 per person on the 15th of July or €150 per person on the 10th of August.
 

 

 
There is a host of accommodation options available, from mobile homes to luxury apartments. I have selected two below that might be of interest – simply edit the dates to suit your requirements.

Search flights here 10th August €150pp

See Poiano here €1400

See FamilySPA Resort €2352
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

Enniscrone Beach.

Brisk walks along Enniscrone beach are the perfect way to kick start the New Year. The Ocean Sands Hotel is ocated in the heart of Enniscrone, overlooking one of Ireland’s best beaches, the location couldn’t be better. Children will love Waterpoint Aqua Park too, which is only a few minutes walk away. 
 

 

 
Price for a two-night stay on the 28th of December is €422 per family – this is a large family room and sleeps up to five.

Read: 15 family breaks between Christmas and New Year

View offer here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

Always wanted to visit Las Vegas? I spotted flights with British Airways for just €335 return next September! With prices like that, why not treat yourself to a deluxe suite at Signature at the MGM Grand Hotel? Price for a four-night stay is just €375 per person.

View flights here €335pp

View hotel here €375pp
 

 

 

Best cruise:

MSC Virtuosa

I spotted MSC Virtuosa in Lisbon yesterday, so thought it timely to include it in this weeks Best Travel Deals post. It is cruising around the Emirates this winter, and you can enjoy a seven-night cruise with flights, checked baggage, all meals, drinks and gratuities included, from just €1289 in February!

Visit Dubai, Sir Bani Yas Island, Dammam and Doha, before returning to Dubai for your flight home.

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.

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 29th 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.

Holidays to Alvor in the Algarve for this year and next, city breaks to Barcelona, Iceland and New York, and an amazing Caribbean cruise all feature in my best travel deals this week. I also have a super deal to Belfast, and Halloween and Santa experiences in Laois. 
 

 

 
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:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I’m just back from the sunny Algarve and can highly recommend the resort of Alvor for a relaxing break. Airfares have increased over the last few weeks, but I did manage to find return flights to Faro from €157 on the 16th of October for seven nights – although you can pay up to €254 depending on the flight times you choose.
 

 

 
A stay at the 4-star Prainha Clube apartments, (next to where I stayed), is just €193pp based on a studio apartment, or €245pp based on a one-bedroom apartment with sea view.

This gives the total price from only €350 for a seven-night stay. If you choose to opt for a shorter or longer duration, simply edit the links below to suit your requirements.

Search flights here 16th October from €157pp

View apartments from €193pp
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast in the 4-Star Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast for just €40pp! This super deal is valid on selected stays until 31st December and includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival, and free parking. Stay for two nights for €75pp and enjoy a bottle of Prosecco to share 🥂.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

best family deals to the Algarve

I’ve had lots of requests for family accommodation in Alvor and I found a great deal to the 4-star Pestana Alvor Park Hotel (rated no 1 on TripAdvisor) in July. Price for return flights and a seven-night self-catering stay based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, is €2,098.
 

 

 
If you prefer to go All Inclusive, the 5-star Pestana Blue Alvor Beach & Golf Resort offers good value for a luxury hotel. It was purposely built for families and has a wide selection of activities on site, as well as three restaurants to choose from. Price for return flights in July and a seven-night stay with all meals and drinks included is €3,338, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

Search flights here 10th July from €173pp

View Alvor Park Hotel Self catering €1406

View Alvor Beach Hotel All Inclusive €2646
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

santa experiences at the Midlands Park Hotel

The 4-star Midlands Park Hotel has some great value family stays with Halloween and Santa Experiences included. Prices are available from €170 for a family of four, or €205 for a family of five, based on an overnight stay including breakfast, full access to the leisure centre, as well as a family pass to Castleview Open Farm with Santa Experience included.

See more here
 

 

 

Best City Break:

Park Guell, Barcelona

While flight prices may be high to sun holiday destinations, there is terrific value in city breaks at the moment. Enjoy a weekend in beautiful Barcelona for only €197 in November.
 

 

 
Return flights are available from Dublin for just €30 per person – yes you did read that right! You can stay in one of the most popular four-star hotels in Barcelona – Hotel Barcelona 1882, for just €167pp for a three-night stay.

This hotel offers views of La Sagrada Familia from its rooftop terrace, but if you prefer to stay close to the beach or on Las Ramblas, check out my Barcelona Travel Guide for lots more hotel recommendations.

Search flights here 6th November €30pp

View hotel here €167pp

Read: Barcelona Travel Guide – Where to stay in Barcelona, and top things to do
 

 

 

Best winter break:

winter break to Iceland from The Travel Expert

Looking for a snowy adventure this winter? Try a weekend in Iceland! Direct flights are available from Dublin airport to Reykjavik from just €176 return, and there is a wide selection of hotels and apartments available.
 

 

 
I found a good deal departing on the 6th of January – a nice way to beat the January blues, and might even be great Christmas gift idea 🤔. Price for flights and a three-night stay in a four-star hotel is just €439 per person. 

See more here
 

 

 

Best cruise:

best cruise deals from The Travel Expert

Cruise the Caribbean on the Caribbean Princess! This amazing cruise departs from Florida and visits Grand Cayman, Mexico, Jamaica, as well as Princess Cruises’ own island in the Bahamas – Princess Cays.
 

 

 
Price for flights, airport transfers, checked baggage, an overnight hotel stay and a seven-night cruise with all meals, snacks, premier drinks, unlimited WiFi and gratuities included, as well as $50 on board credit, is only €1399 per person!
 

See more here
 

 

 

Best seat sale:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Aer Lingus has some super offers to the USA right now, and with the travel ban set to be lifted in November, now might be a good time to book a trip Stateside! I found return flights to New York from just €297 in February, and price for a three-night stay in the popular Moxy New York Times Square from just €225 per person.

If you want to stay longer or need to choose alternative dates, simply edit the links below to suit your requirements.

View flights here

 

View hotel here

 

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

 

 
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 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.

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered

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:

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. 

View offer here
 

 

 

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

See more here
 

 

 

 

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 

View hotel here €284pp
 

 

 

Best luxury sun holiday:

holidays to Santorini from Ireland

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.

View offer here
 

 

 

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

View offer here
 

 

 

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.

View offer here
 

 

 

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

See more here
 

 

 

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

View hotel here €245pp
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

the absolute guide to las vegas

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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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 22nd June 2021

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My best travel deals are back! I’ve got summer holidays to Greece and Croatia, a family holiday to Lake Garda, a super cruise deal in September, winter sun breaks, Christmas shopping breaks in New York, holidays in Ireland, and lots more.

With overseas travel finally returning on the 19th of July, I thought it was time I brought back my Best Travel Deals posts. I started publishing my weekly round up of the best travel deals over six years ago, and would you believe I never missed a week until last year! I include travel deals that I have sourced myself, as well as travel agent offers, cruise deals and Irish hotel deals.

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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 too.
 

 

 
It 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 will 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.

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered

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 value summer sun:

Enjoy a week in the sunny Greek island of Rhodes from just €388 this summer! The Stella View Studios are located in the pretty town of Pefkos and boast gorgeous sea views, a restaurant, outdoor pool and a poolside bar. The reviews from previous guests on TripAdvisor are excellent. Price includes flights and accommodation for seven nights, departing August 10th.

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

Check flights here €141pp

View apartment here €247pp
 

 

 

Best luxury summer sun:

The 5-star Hotel Croatia has been a firm favourite for many years. Its location in the pretty resort of Cavtat offers the best of both worlds – a peaceful resort with some super bars and restaurants, with the added advantage of being just a ferry ride away from the bustling city of Dubrovnik. We stayed in Cavtat a few years ago and loved it.
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin to Dubrovnik on the 22nd of August and enjoy a seven night stay with breakfast included for just €649 per person. This would normally be double that price for travel in August.

View flights here €117pp

View hotel here €532pp
 

 

 

Best family deal:

Enjoy a family holiday in Lake Garda over the October mid term break. Visit Gardaland, cycle the newly opened greenway along the lake, or visit the gorgeous cities of Verona and Venice nearby. Price for flights on the 23rd of October to Verona and a seven night stay in the Garda Village apartments is just €854 for a family of four.  

See more here  
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Sunway have some super cruise only offers with Norwegian this summer. You can cruise the Med from Barcelona on Norwegian Epic for just €753 on the 19th of September! Visit Pisa, Rome, Amalfi Coast, Sardinia and Palma before returning to Barcelona for your flight home.
 

 

 
Price includes seven-day cruise with all meals, unlimited drinks, WiFi, gratuities and shore excursion credit. Return flights are available with Aer Lingus from €181, but if you have a voucher you can use that too! Note all guests and crew must be fully vaccinated.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

Enjoy a Christmas shopping break in New York for just €616 per person. Aer Lingus are offering direct flights from Dublin and Shannon from just €338 in December, with unlimited changes right up to two hours before departure! Price for a three-night stay is in the highly rated Moxy Hotel Times Square is just €278 per person, based on three sharing.

This hotel deal offers free cancellation so if your plans change, you can cancel free of charge.  Make sure to check out its cool roof top bar…

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

View flights here €338pp

View hotel here €278pp
 

 

 

Best winter break:

If you would love a winter sun break to look forward to – now is the time to book it, as it is likely that prices will increase closer to the time. I found a great deal staying in the Aqua Marina apartments in Lanzarote. Price for flights and a seven night stay on the 7th of December is just €279 per person.
 

 

 
Want to pamper yourself? Price for flights and the five-star Gran Castillo Tagoro on an all inclusive basis is only €663 on the same date!

View flights here €120pp

View Agua Marina €159pp

View Gran Castillo €543pp All Inclusive

Read: 10 Winter holiday destinations with direct flights from Ireland
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

Enjoy a three-night break in the highly rated Park Place apartments in Killarney from just €587 on the 15th of August. Located in the centre of Killarney town centre, these modern two-bedroom apartments are just 500 meters from the Killarney National Park. With the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way on  your doorstep, the possibilities for day trips is endless.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best Irish spa break:

As you may know I fell in love with the Inishowen Peninsula last week, and I think this deal in the 4-star Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa is superb value – the price for an overnight stay is just €50 per person in September! There is a swimming pool, spa, and the popular Jacks Bar and Restaurant on site, and it is ideally located to explore the Inishowen Peninsula. 

See my highlights from Donegal on my Instagram profile here

View offer here
 

 

 

Best early booking offers:

Secure your summer holiday for 2022 now, and enjoy your pick of free child places. Choose waterpark holidays, all-inclusive resorts, self catering apartments, or exclusive villas. TUI have a wide variety of free child places available for July and August now and a deposit of €75 secures a booking. 

Search 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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Travel News and Reviews

All The January Travel Sales In One Place

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I have searched the web so you don’t have to! From flight sales to ferries, tour operators to theme park passes,  here is my round up of the best of the January travel sales.

 

Package Holiday Sales:

January travel sales

TUI has released 1000’s of Free Child Places for the January travel sales, as well low booking deposits of €75 per person, and savings of up to €250 when you use promo code SALE . Plus, solo travellers or single parent family bookings can save €150 – minimum spend €1,000.

Search & book here
 

Posts you might like:

How to choose the right family holiday for you

Top 10 waterpark holidays in Europe

My top 20 family holidays in Greece 

 

 
Sunway is offering €100 off per booking  for 7 nights package holidays to Salou, Turkey, Lanzarote and Portugal. Low deposit of €50 per person secures booking and all of their package holiday prices includes flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage.

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Breakaway.ie, the official agent for Disneyland Paris, is offering up to 20% off hotels and park tickets with free dining. This super deal is available throughout 2020, including school holidays.

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Love Holidays has up to 35% off summer holidays. You can book with a small deposit and pay off monthly online.

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Topflight is offering €50 per person off ALL holidays including Italian summer holidays, cruise holidays, escorted tours and ski holidays.

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Long haul holidays:

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Tropical Sky’s January sale has discounts of up to €950 per person on a range of luxury long-haul holidays including Dubai, Mexico, Thailand and Barbados.

 
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Hayes & Jarvis, the luxury long haul tour operator, is offering €150 off its wide range of twin and multi-centre holidays. Highlights include a 12-night Bangkok, Elephant Hills and Khao Lak luxury holiday and nine-night Vietnam tour. Book by 31st January. 

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G Adventures Great Adventure Sale includes up to 25% off 350 itineraries for 2020. Book by 31st January.

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Sunway’s Great Cancun Sale has up to 50% off rooms at Dreams, Secrets and Now resorts. Price for a seven-night, all-inclusive stay a the 5-star Now Sapphire is only €1139 including flights, transfers and checked baggage.

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9 All Inclusive long haul holidays  you wont want to miss

Luxury multicentre holidays in the Indian Ocean
 

 

 

Theme Park Passes / Attraction Tickets:

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AttractionTickets.com is offering adults at kids prices on ALL major Orlando theme parks and the Kennedy Space Center.

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The best theme park tickets to buy in Orlando

The best tickets to buy in Port Aventura
 

 

 

Cruises:

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Royal Caribbean Cruises new WAVE deal includes buy one cruise fare you can get up to 60% off the 2nd cruise fare, up to €280 in savings per stateroom and kids fares from €99! They also have a low deposit of only €100 per person. Book by 31st March.

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MSC Cruises is offering a free premium drinks package, when booking a Fantastica experience cabin on selected summer and winter sailings. Book by 22nd March.

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Uniworld’s 100th anniversary celebration event has discounts of up to 30% on over 200 cruises throughout Europe and Asia – with savings of up to €1,500 per person.  Highlights include Venice & The Gems of Northern Italy cruise which is reduced from €3099 to €2169, departing 7th June.

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Celebrity Cruises is offering savings of up to €200 per stateroom on sailings from Southampton or Dublin, and offering $700 FREE onboard spend! You can also choose two perks from the following: drinks package, gratuities, unlimited Wi-Fi or an additional $300 onboard spend.
 

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Norwegian Cruise Line is offering up to 30% off cruise fares if booked by 20th January. You can also select from two of the following for just €99: premium drinks package, speciality dining package, WiFi or shore excursion credit.
 
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Princess Cruises is offering an onboard savings package for €39 per person per day which includes a premium drinks package, gratuities and unlimited WiFi. They also have a low booking deposit of €50 per person.  See you travel agent for more details.

 
Marella Cruises is offering €200 off all sailings from May to October 2020. See your travel agent for more details.
 

Like cruise holidays? See all my cruise reviews here. 
 

 

 

Flight sales:

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Aer Lingus’ ‘European flight sale has up to 30% off flights to Europe for travel between the 1st March and 15th June – you must book by the 21st January. They also have flights to the USA from €189 each way if booked as part of a return trip. Price is available for travel from the 1st of April to the 15th June. There are 3 million seats on offer, although not during the peak summer months.

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Ryanair is offering up to €30 off 1 million seats travelling from April to August. Book by 12th January.

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Qatar Airways are now flying twice-daily from Dublin airport to Doha this summer. With return airfares from €517 to Bangkok, €769 to Sri Lanka, €849 to Maldives and €877 to Seychelles. Book by 23rd January.

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Etihad’s Global Seat Sale includes return airfares to Abu Dhabi from €399, Bangkok from €525 and Sydney from €899. Book by 22nd January.

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Emirates’ seat sale includes return airfares to Dubai from €549, Kuala Lumpur from €569 and Phuket from €679. Book by 26th January.

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It is worth pointing out that travel agencies can offer package deals based on these sale airfares. It is always worthwhile to check with a travel agency before booking to see if they can get you a better deal.
 

 

 

Ferries

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Stena Line is offering 25% off travel to Britain and France on the Dublin – Holyhead, Rosslare – Fishguard and Rosslare – Cherbourg routes. Use promo code Cracker25 on their website.  Must book before the 8th January though, so you will need to act fast!  

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Irish Ferries is offering 25% off on all ferries to Britain and 10% off all ferries to France. Secure booking with €100 deposit and book before 14th January.

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Brittany Ferries is offering up to 20% off holidays if you book before Tuesday, 11th February. This deals include ferry crossing from Cork to Roscoff and accommodation in mobile homes, houses or hotels.

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Various:


Hotels.com is offering 8% off hotel bookings using code AFFHCOM120. Book by 5th February for travel up to 31st July 2020.

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Hoppa is offering 30% off airport transfers booked by the 31st of January.

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January travel sales prices are correct at time of issue, but are subject to change. Note some of the links in this post contain affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert

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Last Minute Family Holiday Deals in July & August – 2ad & 2ch from €1474!

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I have teamed up with TUI, the family holiday specialists, who have some amazing last minute family holiday deals in July and August. Here are my top picks!

 

** USE PROMOCODE AUGUST100 AND SAVE €100 OFF ALL TUI AUGUST HOLIDAYS OVER €1000***

 

Whether you want self-catering in the Algarve or an All Inclusive holiday in Majorca, a lively holiday in Salou or a relaxing break in the Canary Islands, I have something here to suit you! All holidays have good reviews and are ideal for family holidays. Another added bonus is that there are no hidden extras. All TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage. I have priced these holidays for two adults and two children for seven nights in July and August, but you can change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, by selecting ‘EDIT SEARCH’, once you click on the links below.

Best in Salou 

One of the most popular family holiday destinations, Salou on the Costa Dorada ticks all boxes. Whether you want to stay in the lively resort of Salou or right beside Europe’s largest theme park, Port Aventura, I have options on both. With Barcelona and Tarragona only an hour away, the Costa Dorada combines, fun, sun and culture in one family holiday.

17th July: 4* Caribe Hotel, Half Board & Free Access to PortAventura,  2ad & 2ch, €2790

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Stay in one of PortAventura’s hotels and get unlimited access to the park for your entire stay. Don’t worry about missing the fireworks or night parades, you can pop in at your leisure any time! If you fancy staying in the hotel, the Caribe has 2 giant pools, a manmade beach, mini-football, a kids play area, and the all important – kids disco!

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17th August: Hotel Belevdere, Half Board, 2ad & 2ch, €2302

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One of Salou’s most popular hotels, (no 6 out of 93 hotels in Salou on tripadvisor), the Belvedere is an ideal hotel choice for a family holiday. There is a large pool on site which has day time activities including aqua-aerobics, but if you fancy some quiet time you can relax in their whirlpool or Turkish bath. Guests speak highly of the food and the children’s buffet is particularly popular. The Belvedere is located close to the beach and only a ten minute walk to the centre of Salou, so you can choose to relax and enjoy their live entertainment, or pop down into the town centre at night time.

Click here for more details: (Remember to use code Summer70 to reduce cost by €70)

 

Best in Majorca

Majorca has been very popular with families for as long as I can remember!  TUI have a wide choice of accommodation to choose from. I have selected two properties, an All Inclusive property with a water park on site, and a self-catering option in Santa Ponsa.

13th July: All Inclusive, Splashworld, Saturno Hotel, 2 ad & 2ch from €2498

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The Saturno Hotel is part of a complex of 3 hotels known as the Club Mac. Complete with a water park, 8 swimming pools and a host of sports and entertainment facilities, if you are looking for a lively holiday with non-stop action, then this is for you. All meals and drinks are also included in the price, making it a great value family holiday.

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15th August: Portofino Sorrento, 2ad & 2ch, €1474

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Located right in the heart of Santa Ponsa with the beach on your doorstep, this is the ideal choice if you are looking for a lively family holiday, with no frills. The Portofino Sorrento boasts bright modern interiors, 2 swimming pools, one with a separate kids section and is great value for a week away in the sun.

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Best in the Algarve

One of my favourite destinations for family holidays, the Algarve, offers superb beaches, mouth watering food and great value for money in the resorts. I have chosen two properties, a self-catering option in the lively resort of Albufeira and a an All Inclusive resort in the quieter resort of Alvor.

 

29th July, All Inclusive 4* Alvor Baia, 2 ad & 2 ch, €3494

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One of my favourite resorts, Alvor is the picture perfect Algarve village. With white washed buildings and narrow streets, expect a small selection of bars and restaurants, but all good! The long sandy beach here is superb with plenty of rock pools for kids to explore.  The Alvor Bahia is a four star All Inclusive property which is highly rated on tripadvisor and offers something for all the family. The kids club, entertainment programme, sports facilities and pirate themed play area, will keep the kids amused all day long. If you fancy some quiet time, why not chill out in their spa!

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16th August, Cerro Mar Garden, 2ad & 2ch, €2465

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Located in lively Albufeira this is an excellent choice for families looking for good quality self-catering accommodation, without entertainment programmes or pool games. Highly rated on tripadvisor there is a spa, gym and whirlpool on site as well as some sports activities and a children’s pool.

Click here for more details: (Remember to use code Summer70 to reduce cost by €70)

 

Best in the Canary Islands

Whether you choose Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, or Tenerife, you can expect warm temperatures, sandy beaches and plenty of entertainment options.  I have chosen two self catering options but TUI also have a wide selection of All Inclusive resorts available.

27th July: Tenerife, 4* Colon 2, 2ad & 2ch €2326

last minute family holiday

Located in the heart of Playa de las Americas and only five minutes from the beach, this highly rated property is a great choice for families looking for good accommodation in a lively resort.  You are also close to Europe’s best water park, Siam Park which will ensure a great day out for all the family.

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16th August: Gran Canaria, Terrazamar Suites, 2ad & 2ch, €2269

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These family friendly apartments are one of the most sought after in the resort and are rated very highly on tripadvisor. Ideally located in the heart of Puerto Rico, they are only 300 meters from the shopping centre and approximately 12 minutes walk to the beach. On site there is an outdoor swimming pool, pool bar, restaurant, tennis courts and a children’s play area. The apartments are very well equipped inside too, with satellite TV’s and sun loungers on the balcony or terrace.

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I hope one of these last minute family holiday deals will suit you. However if you need to change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, just click on EDIT SEARCH’ on the TUI website and change your requirements there.

All prices are correct at the date of issue, 21st June, but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by TUI but all views, as always, are my own. Note the links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

Like family holidays? See all my destination reviews here.

Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

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