RTÉ Travel's Ed Leahy rounds up the best late deals and holiday offers.
Wellness Weekend at Sandbrook House, Carlow
This August 17-19, why not put the “to do” list on the long finger and take a Wellbeing Retreat at Sandbrook House in Carlow, where your only job is to mind yourself.
Stretch, strengthen and meditate your way to pure relaxation with sessions of Yoga, Pilates and meditation in the stunning setting of in the handsome period country home. Surrounded by tranquil, picturesque and lush surroundings, Sandbrook sits in 25 acres of mature parkland on the Wicklow/Carlow border.
The Wellbeing Retreat is available from €290 per person which includes two nights accommodation, all meals and drinks, plus classes (spa treatments are extra).
For more information, call 086 845 3864 or visit www.Sandbrook.ie.
Escape to Estoril & Cascais with Concorde Travel
Just a step away from the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Lisbon, lie the resorts of Estoril and Cascais. Estoril is famous for its casino and its motor-racing circuit (host of MotoGP races), while Cascais, the trendiest of the two resorts boasts an active culture scene and, just as Estoril does, enjoys the privileges of a sun-kissed Riviera with white soft sandy beaches.
Depart on 26 July for 7 nights
Stay at the 3* SANA Estoril, on a b&b basis, was €749 now €599 (save €150pp)
Stay at the 4* Vila Gale in Estoril, on a b&b basis, was €714 now €599 (save €115pp)
Stay at the Two-Centre Lisbon + Coast, on a b&b basis in 4* hotels, was €709 now €599pp (save €110pp)
Stay at the 4* Vila Gale in Cascais, on a b&b basis, was €764 now €649 (save €115pp)
Stay at the 4* Pestana in Cascais, on a b&b basis, was €844 now €699 (save €145pp)
Stay at the 5* Quinta Da Marinha Hotel in Cascais, on a b&b basis, was €999 now €799pp (save €200pp)
For more information, visit www.concordetravel.ie or call (01) 775 9300.
Enjoy 40 Winks for £40 in The Europa Hotel
Enjoy a city break in the heart of Belfast at the Europa Hotel for only £40pps for overnight accommodation, a cocktail on arrival and full Irish breakfast.
The 4 star Europa Hotel is superbly located in the heart of Belfast City Centre with 272 exquisite bedrooms and boasts a choice of dining options for guests, including The Piano Bar for cocktails or afternoon tea, the contemporary Causerie bistro with an extensive menu focused on local produce, and the more informal Lobby Bar which offers great pub grub and light bites as well as live music at the weekend.
For more information, call +44 48 9027 1066 or visit www.hastingshotels.com.
Affordable Worldwide Getaways from Travelmood
Explore some of the world's most beautiful locations with these latest offers from Travelmood.
Stay in the 3*Golden Sands Apartments for 5 nights on a B&B basis from only €693pp
Stay in the 4* Viva Wyndham Maya for 7 nights on an all-inclusive basis from only €935pp
Stay in the 5* Anantara Resort and Spa, Hua Hin for 7 nights on a B&B basis and the 4* Bel-Aire Princess for 3 nights on a B&B basis from only €999pp
Stay in the 4* Cape Town Ritz Hotel for 7 nights on a B&B basis from only €999pp
For more information, visit www.travelmood.ie or call 01 4331020.
Late LowCost Getaways to the Sun
July family offers for 2 adults & 2 children start from €1469 for a week in Majorca whilst a similar offer to the Algarve starts at just €1489. Prices are subject to availability and include return flights, airport transfers, and self-catering accommodation. Airline baggage charges are not included.
For more information, visit www.lowcostholidays.ie.
Late Sunshine Offers from Falcon Holidays
July 11, Majorca, Hotel Jupiter, Alcudia, 3 Falcon, 7 nights AI, 2 sharing from €860pp
Jul 11, Red Sea Riviera, Tropicana Tivoli, Sharm el Sheikh, 3 Falcon, 7 nights BB, 2 sharing from €880pp
July 12, Lanzarote, Hyde Park Lane Apts., Playa de los Pocillos, 3 Falcon, 7 nights, 2 sharing from €596pp
July 13, Corfu, Loulas Aparthotel, Psaras, 3 Falcon, 7 nights, 2 sharing from €530pp
Jul 12, Majorca, Vista Club Apts., Santa Ponsa, 3 Falcons, 7 nights, 2 sharing from €620pp
July 15, Lanzarote, Hyde Park Lane Apts., Playa de los Pocillos, 3 Falcon, 7 nights, 2 sharing from €590pp
Jul 13, Costa Dorada, Sunclub Salou Apartments, Cap Salou, 3 Falcons, 7 nights, 2 sharing from €520pp
Jul 14, Majorca, Vista Club Apts., Santa Ponsa, 3 Falcons, 7 nights, 2 sharing from €543pp
For more information, visit www.falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.
See the Northern Lights with Astronomy Ireland
Astronomy Ireland is organising a Northern Lights tour from 17-21 February in association with Project Travel.
The group is heading to Tromsø in the far north of Norway, one of the best places in the world to view the spectacular Aurora. Open to non-members of Astronomy Ireland, the tour is packed full of Northern Lights related activities including a specialist photographic workshop and guided tours of the Planetarium and the Northern Lights Museum. There are optional Arctic activities on offer too such as dog sledding and snowshoeing. Naturally, there will also be plenty of time spent hunting the Northern Lights with local Aurora experts, heading out beyond the city limits, away from light pollution.
Bookings must be made by 31 October and cost €2268pp sharing.
For more information, visit www.Project-Travel.ie or call 01-210 8391.
Opening Gold City Aquapark Turkish Offer from Thomas Cook
Thomas Cook is the Irish operator to the luxurious 5-star Gold City complex in Mahmutlar near Alanya, which has recently opened a stunning family Aquapark. The state-of-the–art facility boasts no fewer than 20 waterslides, 12 of which are specially designed for adults.
To mark its opening, Thomas Cook Ireland is offering 7 nights B&B for 2 adults and 1 child for the reduced price of €1,579, departing Dublin 22 July. A family of 4 can enjoy a senior suite for 7 nights on a B&B basis from 5 August from €2,340.
Situated on the Turkish Mediterranean, Gold City is a 5-star resort, with its lavish collection of à la carte and buffet restaurants, six bars (including two Irish pubs), nightclub, a private beach with watersports, fishing lakes, cinema and Aqua Verde Spa and Wellness Centre. The setting is relaxing and tranquil, yet within easy reach of the bustling city of Alanya.
For more information, call 01 514 0328 or visit www.thomascook.ie.