Check in: Deals and breaks in Ireland and abroad

Little extras at your luxury hotel, an app that minds your language, and the end of roaming charges


Customised facial at The Kingsley, Cork: A stay at the four-star, within walking distance of the city centre, can be upgraded with the addition of a customised facial. The 60-minute ritual is designed to make you feel like a VIP. From €80, see

Personalised guides at Avli, Crete: The Grecian bolthole offers a litany of customised services. Tell the team your interests and holiday goals and they'll tailor everything for you. Stay from €95, see

Dream experience at The Four Seasons, Florence: Fancy a hot air balloon ride over the Chianti region, want to take to the roads in a vintage sportswear or simply prefer your room to be arranged just so? The team here are on it. Stay from €840, see



View Finder : We're busy ogling Visit Dublin's new video, Dublin: Take A Deep Breath (above), on YouTube. The mini-film takes an adrenaline-pumped journey through the capital from a viewpoint we guarantee you've never seen before. Check it out, and be inspired:

Roam Free: At last, the end of roaming charges is nigh. As of now, costs for using a mobile phone abroad are capped at domestic rates plus a maximum of 5c per call, 2c per text and 2c for MB of data. While roaming charges will be abolished on June 15th, 2017, this new cap means that roaming within the EU is 75 per cent cheaper in the meantime.

Out & About: Time to blow away the cobwebs, with outdoor activities taking place all over the country. Explore the Shannon Pot with The Lakelands Festival Of Walking in Cavan (, until May 31st), go underground on May 28th-29th with a series of walks and talks in celebration of 40 years of the Aillwee Caves (, or own the night at the Dublin Night Run in Clontarf on May 27th (

Duolingo is like having a language tutor. Start with the basics, brush up on grammar and vocabulary through app's game-like levels. Download it free at the App Store and on Android,


USA: Book early for Christmas shopping in America. Three nights over Black Friday weekend: Boston from €599pps, New York €689pps and Chicago from €699pps, based on four sharing., 01-8173500. LONDON: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play opens in London in July. Top price tickets for the show, and two nights four-star hotel accommodation, from €423pps., 01-8783500. CORK: A Sunday night treat at the five-star Fota Island resort is €129 for two, with breakfast and €40 spa credit, until June 26th., 021-4883700.