Reader Travel Awards 2018: Last chance to vote for your holiday heroes!
Voting for our Reader Travel Awards 2018 closes tomorrow and we want to hear from you!
Phew! I've begun sifting through the thousands of votes submitted so far in this year's Weekend and Independent.ie Reader Travel Awards.
The voting process closes at midnight tonight (Sunday, November 26), and we judges are going to have some real headaches on our hands.
- Vote now in our Reader Travel Awards 2018 here.
That's a good thing. As we know, industry awards are ten-a-penny in Ireland, but ours are driven by the real travel experts - i.e. you.
Last year, we were amazed at the depth of detail and insight you provided in your nominations, but this year blows that out of the water.
We've had nominations ranging from guesthouses on Inis Oírr to the Great Barrier Reef, from hidden lagoons in Lanzarote to "the Ryanair air hostess who suggested I marry a pilot".
One trend I'm noticing is your emphasis on customer service.
Ireland's visitor numbers have been skyrocketing, but readers clearly have a radar for quality over quantity - be it the chef who invited his guests to go foraging with him, the airline that swooped to the rescue after a family bereavement or the spa receptionist who went out of her way to accommodate a pregnant guest.
Great customer service is not a guarantee in Ireland, but the céad míle fáilte is no fantasy. When it clicks, Irish hospitality gives you goosebumps.
It's not just about home holidays, of course. You've been busy nominating your favourite airlines, cruise lines, travel agents, tour operators and a wild array of overseas destinations. "World a big place," as one reader noted simply. We should put that on a T-shirt.
Voting remains open until midnight tomorrow and, don't forget, everyone who completes the online form goes into a bumper draw for seven bucket- list travel prizes (see below).
After that, the busy work of judging begins.
I can't wait.
● A luxury stay in Lisbon
A three-night city break for two adults and two children, staying at Martinhal Chiado, the world's first city-centre elegant family hotel.
● Escape to iceland!
A trip for two to Iceland with WOW Air including return flights and a two-night stay at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel in Reykjavík.
● Só Hotels special
A two-night stay with B&B and dinner on one evening for two people sharing in any of the luxurious Só Hotels. Choose from Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick; Lough Rea Hotel & Spa, Co Galway; Charleville Park Hotel, Co Cork, or the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise.
● 3 nights of CLIFF luxury: Coastal, City and Country
Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in each luxury Cliff location: Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore, Co Waterford; Cliff at Lyons, Co Kildare, and Cliff Townhouse, Dublin 2.
● Perfection in Prague
A two-night B&B stay in Prague with return flights, thanks to Jurys Inn.
● A 5-Star City Break
A luxury city break for two with clickandgo.com to Rome or Lisbon, with flights included, for travel in January or February 2018.
● Blue Book Brilliance
A two-night stay, with one dinner, for two people sharing at the Wineport Lodge, Athlone, Co Westmeath, thanks to Ireland's Blue Book.
Cast your vote here for your chance to WIN these exclusive prizes*
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