RTÉ Travel's Ed Leahy rounds up the best late deals and holiday offers.
Christmas All Wrapped up with Hastings Hotels
Hastings Hotels has Christmas all wrapped up with its festive gift vouchers, which make the perfect present for loved ones. Available in any amount, from £10, they are redeemable in all of the six Hastings Hotels across the North, from a luxury short break in the Slieve Donard, a Walled City break at the Everglades Hotel or a gourmet meal in the Europa, to sumptuous afternoon tea at the Ballygally Castle or Stormont Hotel or a pampering spa treatment at the Culloden Estate and Spa. For more information, call: +44 48 9047 1066 or visit: www.hastingshotels.com.
Think Turkey - Think Bodrum Peninsula
Thinking about blue skies, golden beaches and turquoise waters? Then think Turkey - think Bodrum Peninsula - think WingsAbroad.
Bitez is the hidden gem of the Bodrum Peninsula and is quickly becoming one of the most popular resorts on the Aegean coast. While only located a short bus ride to the hustle and bustle of Bodrum, you can still feel miles away from it all when sunbathing on the beach or relaxing in a beachfront cafe.
Gumbet is a lively beach resort and a popular tourist destination along the Aegean coast of Turkey. With its warm shallow sea centred around the golden arc of its curving beach conditions for windsurfing and most other water sports are excellent.
Stay in the special category Kaseria Hotel on a B&B basis from only €409pp
Stay at the 3* Summer Gardens on a self-catering basis from only €399pp
For more information, visit: www.wingsabroad.ie or call: (01) 871 9444.
Party with the Saw Doctors & Aslan on New Year's Eve
If you are looking for a great night for your New Year's Eve celebrations, check out the INEC in Killarney. Say hello to 2013 in style at the INEC's star-studded bash including The Saw Doctors, Aslan, Something Happens and The Strypes. Tickets on sale now - €44 seating or €39 standing.
The Gleneagle Hotel is offering a New Year's Eve overnight rate of €80pps or for a more luxurious get away, check out The Brehon, with New Year's rates starting from only €90pps.
For more information, visit: www.inec.ie or call: (064) 667 1555. For New Year's Eve accommodation information, visit: www.gleneaglehotel.com or www.thebrehon.com.
Fairytale Christmas at the Shelbourne Hotel
Experience a magical Christmas at one of Dublin's most iconic and luxurious landmark hotels. A two-night stay at The Shelbourne places you at the heart of the action this festive season with the city's bustling night life and last-minute shopping options right on your doorstep. Step inside The Shelbourne and enjoy open fires and traditional ornate decorations throughout the hotel's truly opulent surroundings. Residing in a deluxe room, you will enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast each morning in The Saddle Room Restaurant followed by a five-course Christmas lunch or dinner in The Saddle Room Restaurant on a day of your choice. Available from December 23 to 27, The Shelbourne Christmas Two-Night Stay starts from €345pps. For more information, call: (01) 663 4500 or visit: www.marriott.com.
Experience Christmas on the Shannon at Radisson Blu Athlone
Come along and experience the magic of Christmas on the banks of the River Shannon with a 2-night luxury break at Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone. Arrive on Christmas Eve to a warm festive welcome of mulled wine, mince pies and singing of Christmas carols by a roaring fire. Later that evening enjoy dinner in Elements Restaurant followed by live entertainment in the Quayside Bar. Each morning experience the renowned Radisson Super Buffet Breakfast, while Christmas Day sees the arrival of Santa with a gift for all the little ones, followed by a festive lunch with all the trimmings and an evening buffet with live entertainment to finish off the yuletide celebrations. Christmas packages are available from €269pps with an option of adding an additional date from only €99 B&B per room. For more information, call: (090) 644 2600 or visit: www.radissonblu.ie/hotel-athlone.
Late Flight & Hotel Offers from LastMinute.com
London from €311pp
Two nights in the four-star Novotel London Waterloo, including return direct flights from Dublin on November 30.
Amsterdam from €305pp
Two nights in the four-star Manor Hotel-Hampshire Eden, including return direct flights from Dublin on November 30.
Budapest from €353pp
Two nights in the four-star Mercure Budapest Buda Hotel, including return direct flights from Dublin on November 30.
Rome from €284pp
Two nights in the four-star Romanico Palace and Spa, including return direct flights from Dublin on November 30.
For more information, visit: www.lastminute.com or call: 1800 947 523.
Enjoy Cuban Winter Sunshine on Fisherman's Beach
Thomas Cook is offering Playa Pesquero (Fisherman's Beach) in Cuba as a dream getaway destination this winter, with 14 lazy days and nights from just €1,199, with meals and drinks included in the price. Boasting temperatures of 28C in December, and with excellent swimming, fishing and diving in its crystal blue seas, Playa Pesquero in Orange Bay on the northeast coast of Cuba is an ideal retreat for winter-weary Irish couples and families. Lush mangrove forests, sea-grape trees and banana plantations all help contribute to the laidback atmosphere. When relaxation is complete, there are plenty of bars and restaurants to explore at night-time. For more information, call: (01) 514 0316 or visit: www.thomascook.ie.
Christmas Markets from the Travel Department
Depart December 3 from Dublin to Dusseldorf with Aer Lingus. Transfer on arrival for a 3-night stay, B&B at the 4* Park Inn Hotel in Cologne. Enjoy a half-day guided city tour of Cologne. Cost: €399
Depart December 3 from Dublin to Krakow with Ryanair. Transfer on arrival for a 3-night stay, B&B at the 3* Hotel Chopin in Krakow. Enjoy a half-day guided walking tour of Krakow with entrance to St Mary's Church and Wawel Cathedral included. Cost: €389
Depart December 9 from Dublin to Brussels with Aer Lingus. Luxury transfer on arrival for a 3-night stay, B&B at the 4* Golden Tulip Hotel de'Medici in Bruges. Enjoy a half-day guided walking city tour of Bruges to include the Lake of Love, the Beguinage, Burg Square, the Church of Our Lady, Market Square and Town Hall Square. Cost: €399
Depart December 10 from Dublin to Prague with Aer Lingus. Transfer on arrival for a 3-night stay, B&B at the 4* Hotel Clarion Congress in Prague. Enjoy a half-day guided city tour of Prague. Cost: €349
For more information, visit: www.thetraveldepartment.ie or call: (01) 637 1600.
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