RTÉ Travel's Ed Leahy rounds up the best late deals and holiday offers.
Winter Getaway Offers from Hastings Hotels
Escape the winter blues and enjoy a cosy getaway at any of Hastings six hotels up North. The ‘Winter Wonderland’ promotion allows you to enjoy an overnight stay with full Irish breakfast and complimentary hot chocolate with mini marshmallows and tray bakes on arrival.
So you can visit the Everglades Hotel or Ballygally Castle from £40pps, the Stormont or Europa Hotel from £45pps, the Slieve Donard Resort from £55pps or the Culloden Resort and Spa from £65pps.
For more information, visit www.hastingshotels.com or call +44 28 2858 1066 and quote ‘Winter Wonderland’.
Thomas Cook Launch Summer 2013 Brochure
Thomas Cook Ireland has just released its bumper summer sun 2013 brochure with a total of 21 destinations and nearly 300 properties to choose from, 57 of which are exclusive to Thomas Cook, with flights from Dublin, Cork and Shannon.
New for 2013 is the Costa de la Luz or ‘Coast of Light’ in south-west Spain, where the charming port of Porto Umbria is the setting for two 4-star hotels, starting from €715 per person sharing for 7 nights at the Barcelo Punta Umbria Mar.
Introduced in 2012, France is featured with three new properties, two of which are in the glamorous resort of Cannes, the other near über-stylish St Paul de Vence in Provence, where 7 nights in a cottage at the 3-star Bergerie is available for €529 (based on 4 adults sharing).
The 5-star Barut Hotels Lara Resort Spa at Lara Beach on the Turkish Med was voted one of TripAdvisor’s Best Hotels this year, and it is now available all-inclusive from €975 pps with a sea view. The Egypt programme also has 2 new 5-star all-inclusive hotels, from just €975pps in the Andalucian-style Baron Palms, with its lush gardens and private sandy beach.
For a brochure or more information, call 01 514 0328 or visit www.thomascook.ie.
Christmas Offer at The Newpark Kilkenny
Enjoy a three-night Christmas stay with family and friends at The Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny. Arrive on Christmas Eve and join fellow guests for a festive reception of freshly baked mince pies and mulled wine by the fire side. Enjoy dinner in Gulliver's Restaurant followed by an evening of rest and relaxation watching the big Christmas movie in the hotel’s Movie Room or having a couple of festive drinks and a sing song in Scotts Bar.
On Christmas morning celebrate the arrival of this special day in style with a delicious Champagne breakfast. Carol singers will arrive in early afternoon to entertain the guests before lunch which is followed by big band music and dancing with a visit from Santa Claus bringing gifts for all the younger guests. For those who still have a little appetite left a buffet dinner will be served in the evening followed by lots of music and entertainment in the hotel bar.
And Newpark Hotel are offering a complimentary overnight stay with breakfast when you book this three night Christmas package, available from €495pps.
For more information, visit www.flynnhotels.com or call 056 7760500
Flight & Hotel Deals from LastMinute.com
2 nights in Edinburgh Christmas Market from €212pp
Stay at the 4 star Novotel Edinburgh Centre Hotel – flights from Dublin on 17 December.
2 nights in Amsterdam Christmas Markets from €268pp
Stay at the 4 star Manor Hotel Hampshire Eden – flights from Dublin on 17 December.
2 nights in Prague Christmas Markets from €263pp
Stay at the 4-star Hotel Raffaello – flights from Dublin on 17 December.
2 nights in Paris Christmas Markets from €292pp
Stay at the 4-star Les Jardin Du Marias Hotel – flights from Dublin on 17 December.
For more information, visit www.lastminute.com or call 1800 947 523.
Trailfinder Sunshine Holidays in Cuba
Trailfinders & Air France bring you some fantastic value packages to the fascinating island of Cuba – a unique blend of Caribbean sun, sea and sand, the soul of Latin America and a sense of pride and history unlike anywhere else on the planet.
Varadero Beach Break - 7 nights from €1459
Cuba’s premier beach resort, just over a 2 hour drive from Havana is a 12 mile long peninsula of stunning white sandy beaches and calm crystal clear waters. Stay at the 4-star Tryp Peninsula Varadero
Havana & Cayo Ensenachos - 10 nights from €1969
With its fascinating history, grand colonial architecture, vintage cars, music spilling out of every open doorway and a host of attractions, there’s something for everyone in Havana. And Cayo Ensenachos enjoys powder soft, pristine white sands and sparkling turquoise waters that are heaven for snorkellers, divers and game fishermen. Stay 3 nights at the 3+ star Hotel Sevilla, Havana & 7 nights 4+ star Iberostar Ensenachos.
'Cuba Explorer' small group tour - 8 nights from €1989
Havana, Cigar factory tour in Vinales, Historical Sancti Spiritus / Santa Clara, Trinidad, Breathtaking beaches. Explore a side of Cuba that few rarely get to experience on this nine-day adventure.
For more information, call 01-677 7888 / 021-464 8800 or visit www.trailfinders.ie.
Slieve Donard Resort & Spa Named Best Irish Hotel
The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in Newcastle, Co Down has been named Best Irish Hotel at the Travel Media Awards, which took place recently in the Westbury Hotel in Dublin.
The awards acknowledge outstanding performance in the travel and tourism industry were voted for by members of the media and independently compiled and validated by the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism - Dublin Institute of Technology.
The hotel boasts 178 luxurious bedrooms many of which offer picture postcard views across gardens, coastline or mountain and guests can choose a three, two or one night relaxing break in a beautiful setting from as little at £80 per person, based on two people sharing. This includes accommodation, dinner in the Oak restaurant, a full Irish breakfast (where guests can enjoy locally sourced produce), full use of the Spa facilities.
For more information, call +44 28 4372 1066 or visit www.hastingshotels.com.