MY DREAM HOLIDAY

 

ALAN HUGHES, JUNE RODGERS AND ALAN STANFORD

Alan Hughes, TV3 broadcaster and Sammy Sausages in 'Peter Pan' at the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin

The one place that I love, especially after five weeks of madness in the panto, is South Beach in Miami. I just love it, because it's so relaxing and yet it's cosmopolitan. You can sit on South Beach, the main drag with all the art-deco hotels, and you see the most bizarre people, movie stars, fashionistas, on roller skates, being pulled by their dogs. It just has a great buzz. There are magnificent hotels, such as the Shore Club; it's total luxury, really gorgeous. It's all white muslin and candles on the tables at night. The pool area looks out on to the beach. You get your cabana when you go on to the beach. There are no such things as sunloungers. Every whim is taken care of. It's the real star clique. They'd be going around. It's a great place to go star-watching. There's always someone in town. I like a bit of buzz as well. I need a bit of nightlife. By the end of January I'll be ready to go down to the sunshine. Another thing is that it's not too far. I was in Mauritius, which is beautiful, but I found the flights very long.

June Rodgers, whose Christmas show runs at Red Cow Moran Hotel, in Dublin, until New Year's Eve and at Silver Springs Moran Hotel, in Cork, from January 2nd to 6th

I'd go down to Cork, to Inchydoney Island Lodge Spa. It was recommended to me by a friend who is a doggy lover, like myself. You can bring your dogs with you. I have two Labradors. That would be ideal for us. It means I don't have to leave them. I hate leaving them. It wouldn't be complete if I didn't have them. I heard there's a hotel and apartments, which is great, because you can do your own thing in the apartments; you're not worried about bringing dogs into hotels. They have all the therapies there if you want to pamper yourself, including a chocolate body polish. It would be ideal, because even though we are away on holidays we are still independent; we could go off and do our own thing. It's right on the beach, and the dogs love the water. That would be great. We could go for nice long walks. There are two restaurants in the hotel, and you can sit outside in the fine weather with the dogs under the table, which is great. There is lots to do. There's Clonakilty, which has lots of shops and coffee shops, and there's a pub down there with live music called De Barra's, and there's Rosscarbery Beach. My husband always went to west Cork as a child, and if we were ever going to retire it would be down to Cork. Inchydoney is supposed to be really welcoming. So even if it was raining we wouldn't mind.

Alan Stanford, director and writer of the new version of Charles Dickens's 'The Old Curiosity Shop', at the Gate Theatre in Dublin

I think if I had a dream, it would be to visit Egypt, because I love north Africa, and I've been fascinated by Egypt since I was a child. It's one of those places that everyone should see before they die. I've never been there; that's why I want to go. It's the fascination with the sense of human achievement that goes back 5,000 years. We talk about Newgrange, that's older than the pyramids, and we should be proud of it, but in comparison to what was achieved in the pyramids, everything else fades into insignificance. It's not just the pyramids but the whole sense of Egyptian culture. The level of achievement was so sophisticated. They could base an entire economy on the notion of pharaonic divinity, and so much of the economy was based on death. It's not just the pyramids, it's the Valley of the Kings, it's Luxor, it's with Ramses. They are culturally phenomenal. All those glorious bits of rock were carved out using chisels and picks. I also think it's phenomenally beautiful. I want to cruise up or down the Nile on one of those boats - that would be delightful.

• In conversation with Catherine Foley