Magic Monday: Your weekly ticket to travel happiness...
You might hate Monday, but you'll love Pól Ó Conghaile's weekly pick of five fab travel deals.
Magic Monday is a round-up of special offers designed to brighten up the worst morning of the week. My focus is always on value, rather than cheap for the sake of cheap. Enjoy!
€109pp: Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis
Recently awarded 4 stars by Fáilte Ireland, the Temple Gate Hotel has a summer walking package bundling two nights’ B&B, one dinner and a packed lunch to take out on your walk each day from €109pp midweek. 065 682-3300; www.templegatehotel.com
€425pp: Five-star Corfu
This is a knockdown price. ClickandGo.com has Aer Lingus return flights from Dublin, plus seven nights at the five-star Corfu Holiday Palace in Kanoni, from just €425 in October. Departure dates in September are also available from €499pp, including check-in luggage. 01 637-1699; www.clickandgo.com
€519pp: Let’s talk Majorca
August sun holidays are getting rather thin on the ground, but Thomson has a late deal to Majorca that could bail you out. Flights from Cork with seven nights’ half-board at a three-star hotel are included. 1850 45 35 45; www.thomsonholidays.ie
€579pp: Three nights in Dubai
You’d be doing well to get return flights alone to Dubai for this price, but Trailfinders has flights plus three nights at the three-star Centro Barsha Hotel thrown in. The rate, valid for September departures, includes breakfast, pool access and a location convenient to the metro. 01 677-7888: www.trailfinders.ie
€789pp: San Francisco in 2015
Transatlantic flights are through the roof this summer, but early birds can snatch a bargain next year wit this offer from Sunway. Flights plus five nights at the three-star Cova Hotel are available from €789pp – based on a February departure. 01 231-1800; www.sunway.ie