Mindfulness Ireland is running a retreat on the May bank holiday weekend from May 3 to 6. The retreat is hosted by six Buddhist monks from the Plum Village monastery in France. The day will start with meditation at 6.30am and end with lights out at 10pm. Daily activities may include walking and working meditation, mindful movements, relaxation exercises and meals eaten in silence. The retreat takes place in Kerdiffstown House, Naas, Co Kildare and the rates include 3 nights' accommodation and all meals, which are vegan. Prices are €215 for a dorm room and €235 for a single room. There are some limited places for people at a low rate of €170. To book, visit: www.mindfulnessireland.org.
Some offers if you feel like sunning yourself on an exotic beach:
Cuba – Departing May 25 for 7 nights 3* Las Americas Hotel from €917pp.
Barbados – Departing June 1 for 7 nights in the 3* Palms Resort from only €937pp.
Dominican Republic – Departing July 24 for 7 nights in the 3* Sosua by the Sea Boutique Beach Resort from €1258pp.
All prices include return flights ex Dublin, 7 nights' accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. To book, visit: www.gohop.ie/travelfinder.
Summer Body Blitz Programme at Monart
Monart Destination Spa has announced a Summer Body Blitz Programme. The destination Spa takes an alternative attitude to bootcamp with a combination of exercise classes and nutritional advice plus a choice of body treatments to add a little pamper factor. Enjoy a Hamam Body Brush and Scrub followed by a Detox Bath and a Green Coffee Wrap. Treatments can be followed by a choice of exercise classes and full use of the thermal suite. A series of Aqua Exercise, Kinesis, Core Workshops and Ab Blitz classes are on offer. The two-night programme, including all treatment, classes, B&B and dinner on one evening, is €345pps. For further details and booking, see: www.monart.ie.
Sunway is offering a 9-night fly and cruise package for €1,249pps. Ports of call include: Copenhagen, Berlin, Tallinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm. Travel date September 1 and price includes flights, cruise and taxes based on two sharing. To book, visit: www.sunway.ie or phone Sunway: (01) 288 6828.
Last Minute Offers for April
Thomas Cook Ireland
7 nights in Lanzarote from €825 per person
Staying in the 4* Fariones Playa Apartments in Puerto Del Carmen, bed & breakfast basis, departing Dublin April 13.
7 nights in Gran Canaria from €369 per person
Staying in the 2* Castillo Del Sol in Puerto Rico, self-catering basis, departing Dublin April 20.
7 nights in Gran Canaria from €595 per person
Staying in the 4* Eugenia Victoria Hotel in Playa del Ingles, half-board basis, departing Dublin April 20.
To book, call: (01) 514 0328 or log on to: www.thomascook.ie or visit your local travel agent.
7 nights in Lanzarote from €464 per person
Staying in the 2* Club Siroco Apartments in Costa Teguise, self-catering basis, departing Dublin April 14.
7 nights in Lanzarote from €659 per person
Staying in the 4* Hotel San Antonio in Puerto del Carmen, half-board basis, departing Dublin April 20.
7 nights in Madeira from €1,119 per person
Staying in the 4* Cliff Bay Hotel in Funchal, bed & breakfast basis, departing Dublin April 21.
To book, call: (01) 514 0341 or log on to: www.directholidays.ie.
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