Deals of the week
It's never been easier on the pocket to take a break, Tanya Sweeney looks at five of the best on offer
Bag a mother's day cruise
Cruises have finally shed their blue-rinse image, and those in the know are aware it's a perfectly relaxing way to get out and see the world. Thomas Cook Cruise is offering a seven-night Mediterranean cruise, setting sail from Barcelona on March 28 and taking in day trips to Marseille, Savona, Naples, Palermo and Tunisia. With a spa, five restaurants, gym, shopping centre and theatre on board, it certainly beats the humdrum of airport security. Perfect if you want to spring a last-minute Mother's Day surprise. The cruise is available from €599pp (including flights). See thomascook.ie/cruise or call the Thomas Cook Cruise team on 01 514 0336
Elope to Mexico this summer
If table settings and bridesmaid outfits are getting a bit much, there's always another option: to get away from it all. Sunway Holidays has a tantalising offer on the table that couples can't refuse; a chance to get away to the five-star Secret Capri Riviera Cancun in a 'preferred club junior suite tropical view' room for seven nights in May/June. The Wedding in Paradise package (from €1,699 per person), includes flights, accommodation, flowers, wedding cake, wedding planner, a discount on spa treatments and US$500 in resort credit. All that's left for couples to take care of is the 'I do' bit. See sunway.ie or call 01 288 6828
Try some Turkish delight
The four-star Sea Pearl Hotel in Kusadasi is already a firm favourite with Irish holidaymakers. Just 250 metres from the Ladies' Beach, the resort also boasts its own secluded gardens. Sunway has just introduced extra flights to Turkey for summer; prices start from €479 for seven nights (including flights, transfers, seven nights B&B accommodation, 20kg free checked-in baggage allowance, resort representative service and taxes). See sunway.ie or call 01 288 6828
Grab a web bargain
For a one-stop shop packed with seasonal bargains, look no further than Holidays Online (see holidays online.ie, or call 01 764 0469), where it's possible to book a Tunisia jaunt and stay at the two-star Hotel Dreams from €292pp and the three-star Dorisol Florasol Hotel in Madeira from €662pp. These pocket-friendly packages include flights, transfers, accommodation for seven nights, and 20kg checked-in baggage allowance. What more excuse do you need to skip town?
Enjoy an Easter break on Inchydoney Island
Closer to home, families looking for an action-packed Easter should make haste to the Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa in West Cork. Against the backdrop of the Atlantic and two gorgeous sandy beaches, the lodge is hosting an adventurous three-day surfing/cookery camp for children aged eight and up. They'll get to master the swell at Inchydoney's famous Blue Flag beach, and get to display their culinary flair at creative cooking classes in the afternoon. There's also a beach-front Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday; all the more time for parents to get some much-needed R&R. Midweek packages cost from €675 for two adults and two children (with an add-on of €75 per child for the surf/cookery school). See inchydoneyisland.com or call 023 883 3143.