Deirdre Mullins rounds up the best late deals and travel offers.
Get Your Ski Legs
The Ski Club of Ireland is offering skiing and snowboard lessons on its slopes in Kilternan. The one-day course is held most Saturdays in winter from 10am until 4.30pm and is perfect for those who are embarking on their first ski holiday. The cost is €150 for adults, €100 for students and €85 for those aged from 13-18. Price includes all skis/snowboards, boots and poles. See: www.skiclub.ie for more information.
Winter Wonderland of the West
The 18th-century Westport House will be transformed into a winter wonderland each weekend from November 30 until Christmas Eve. Among the events taking place are storytelling and sing-songs, festive face painting and train rides through the grounds. On December 6 there will be an extra option of a 'Sensory Santa' for children with autism and sensory disorders. Tickets are priced at €10 for infants under two; €20 for children aged two and up and €10 for adults. Visit: www.westporthouse.ie for more details.
Pre-Christmas Fortnight in India or Mexico
Direct Holidays is offering pre-Christmas long haul packages for 14 nights with prices starting from €1,829 per person for flights* and hotel. Enjoy Cancun, Mexico in early December with a fortnight's stay at the 4-star Blue Bay Esmeralda Hotel from €2,284 per person (all-inclusive basis), departing December 17. Situated on the Riviera Maya with a private beachfront, the hotel offers an array of activities including tennis courts, fitness centre, world class spa, sailing and horseback riding.
Or take in the beauty of the lush green landscapes and stunning beaches of Goa with a 14-night stay at the 3-star Baywatch Resort in Sernabatim, Colva. Price is from €1,829 per person on an all-inclusive basis, departing December 14. Indulge in the hotel's Lifestyle spa with a traditional Ayurveda treatment, hot stone massage or hydrotherapy. Prices are based on 2 sharing and include return flights from Gatwick to India and from Manchester to Mexico, accommodation and transfers. *Flights from Dublin to Gatwick/Manchester can be arranged separately as part of package. To book, call Direct Holidays on: (01) 514 0341 or log on to: www.directholidays.ie.
Natural Retreats Offer of the Week
Enjoy a winter weekend in November or December with Natural Retreats Castlemartyr in Co Cork with prices from €38.25 per person per night, based on four people sharing a two-bedroom residence. On arrival guests will receive a welcome hamper filled with local produce such as bread, cheese and wine. Guests also have full access to the five-star hotel facilities, including spa, restaurants and championship golf course. To book a self-catering break to remember with Natural Retreats, go to: www.naturalretreats.ie or call: (01) 685 3013.
Christmas in the Sunshine
Spend 7 nights in the 3* Suite Hotel Castillo de Elba, on a room-only basis, from €306pp. Price includes return flights ex Dublin, 7 nights' accommodation, taxes and charges. Travel on December 20.
Spend 7 nights in the 3* Jormand Hotel Apartments Sharjah, on a room-only basis, from €692pp. Price includes return flights ex Dublin, 7 nights' accommodation, taxes and charges. Travel on December 22.
Spend 7 nights in the 3* Vilanova Resort, on a self-catering basis, from only €236pp. Price includes return flights ex Dublin, 7 nights' accommodation, taxes and charges. Travel on December 24.
Spend 9 nights in the 3* Apartamentos Squash on a self-catering basis, from €980pp. Price includes return flights ex Cork, 9 nights' accommodation, taxes and charges. Travel on December 25.
Spend 5 nights in 5* Hotel Altin Yunus Resort and Thermal, on a half-board basis, from only €601pp. Price includes return flights ex Dublin, 5 nights' accommodation, taxes and charges. Travel December 25.
For more information, visit: www.gohop.ie or: www.facebook.com/Gohop.ie.
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