Monday 19 March 2018

10 Best Easter Breaks: Check out these fab family travel deals for 2018

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The Great Western Greenway
The Great Western Greenway
Bella Italia, Lake Garda, Italy
The impressive entrance at Knockranny House Hotel
Twelve Hotel, Galway
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Looking for an Easter escape? Pól Ó Conghaile rounds up the very best offers in Ireland and overseas this year.

€424pp: Italy (Lake Garda)

Bella Italia, Lake Garda, Italy

Right now, Topflight has a week in Bella Italia’s bungalows from €424pp, reduced from €559pp (an Italian special offer has holidays reduced by up to €150pp). The 4-star resort is set on Lake Garda, and the deal includes flights, transfers, self-catering and a 20-kg bag allowance.

€499: Family treats at The Twelve
Twelve Hotel, Galway

A two-night family package at The Twelve sees guests greeted with fairy cakes from the hotel bakery. After that egg-stra special start, you can include family dinner on one evening in The Pins bistro (with a pizza masterclass) and a family pass to Brigit’s Gardens in Moycullen, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens or Dan O’Hara’s Farmhouse and Heritage Centre in Connemara.

Oh, and there are fairy doors in the bedrooms, too.

€168pp: Wabbits on wheels

Knockranny House Hotel

Knockranny House Hotel has a ‘Wabbit on Wheels/West on Wheels’ package including two nights’ B&B, dinner on one evening, and bike/helmet hire for cycling the Great Western Greenway (photo, top) from €168pp. You can book the package over the Easter weekend from €208pp. See

€1,479: A family holiday in the Algarve

Do Castelo Beach, Albufeira. Photo: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images has several deals through the Easter period - just go to its ‘special offers’ section and enter your dates. A 4-star family holiday from March 25 costs €1,479 including accommodation, flights and transfers. Fly Ryanair from Dublin to Faro, and stay at the 4-star Muthu Forte da Oura, Albufeira. See

€182pp: Laze in Lisbon

Alfama, Lisbon. PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.

Ryanair Holidays has a three-nights-for-the-price-of-two offer at the moment, with a sample package to Lisbon from Monday to Thursday (March 26-28) bundling flights and a family room at the four-star Radisson Blu from €182pp. The price is based on a family of four, but doesn't include transfers, checked bags, or priority boarding etc.

€2,265: Ski en famille in France

One Irish school recently organised a skiing trip to the Swiss Alps for €1,600 per student.

Cassidy Travel still has options for families to hit the slopes over Easter. Among the deals, a family of four can enjoy seven nights at the 3-star Hotel Brunerie in the Les Deux Alpes resort in France on a half board basis from €2,265. The package includes flights from Dublin departing 31 March - just remember that you'll need to budget extra for ski hire and lift passes.

€643: Escape to Amber Springs

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Eibhear Coyle, GM of Amber Springs, in one of the hotel's new family suites.

This Gorey, Co. Wexford 4-star was voted Ireland’s favourite family-friendly stay in our Reader Travel Awards 2018. A three-night break including B&B, two dinners and a spa treatment starts from €643 for a family of four sharing, or you can upgrade to one of the new family den rooms for €763. There are lots of family activities on site. See

€449pp: Do Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik in Croatia

This Easter, Concorde Travel has seven-night packages to Dubrovnik from €449pp, based on four sharing at the 3-star Antuninska Old Town Apartments. The entry level price is based on a March 25 departure, while an April 1 departure starts at €499pp. Prices include flights, stay, transfers, local rep services and taxes.

€410: Two nights at the Newpark

Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny

Kilkenny's Newpark Hotel has a two-night break for a family of four sharing, including B&B and dinner on one night from €205 per night. The hotel has a full kids club, adventure trail, playground, mini-farm, go-karting and more… three-night packages are available from €189 per night. See for more.

€422: Self-catering at Castlemartyr

Castlemartyr Resort

Here's a five-star treat at a relatively affordable rate, with a self-catering stay from €422 for two-nights at Castlemartyr Resort, Co. Cork The offer is based in the estate's Walled Garden lodges with four people sharing two-bed houses, available until April. Guests can enjoy the 220-acre estate and use the pool and gym. See

NB: All prices subject to availability and change.

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