Great Escapes: A five-star week on the Algarve for €299

This week’s best travel deals at home and abroad

Fishing boats in Olhao

Fishing boats in Olhao

 

Stay in the five star Real Marina Hotel and Spa in Olhao, on the eastern Algarve, for a week in January 2018 from €299pps. Return Aer Lingus flights, B&B and airport transfers. Relax in the spa and indoor pool and health club. Pay €1 deposit today to hold your reservation, clickandgo.com, 01-5397723.

Koh Samui – 10 day trips from €1,029

Chaba Cabana Beach Resort Koh Samui
Chaba Cabana Beach Resort Koh Samui

Get ready to escape on September 15 for a trip to Koh Samui, staying in the Chaba Cabana Beach resort from €1,029pps, B&B. Explore the exotic island of Koh Samui, hike in the rainforest and explore the coast from the water, usit.ie, 01-6021906.

Pick your fireside in Connemara

Fireside in Ballynahinch
Fireside in Ballynahinch

Ballynahinch Castle is inviting guests to come and stay and find their favourite fireplace from five dotted around the hotel. Autumn is a good time to enjoy the estate with its riverside walks in the 700 acres of woodland, and watch the changing colours. Two nights B&B and dinner one evening, a guided walk and a gift of a Magee lambs wool shawl will cost from €290pps, ballynahinchcastle.com, 095- 31006.

Toronto for under €400 return

Toronto is set to celebrate a host of activities in October

Air Transat is offering competitive low-price fares from Dublin to Canada throughout October, including the half-term break. Direct economy class return fares will cost from €390. Toronto will be celebrating its own version of Oktoberfest and there will be a lot of Hallowe’en activities to enjoy. Airtransat.ie.

Last chance for Lake Garda

The serene Lake Garda

Depart this weekend for a stay in the Hotel Miravalli at Lake Garda for a week from €359pps, B&B and flights. Or take a week in Verona, flight seat only from €99, crystalsummer.ie, 01-4331080.

Cyprus from €88

Cyprus could be an attractive destination this winter.

Cobalt Air has had such a successful season flying from Dublin to Larnaca, Cyprus that they will continue the service on Wednesdays and Sundays over the winter. Snap up fares in November from €88 each way, cobalt.aero. Find accommodation on visitcyprus.com.

Deep discounts for NI breaks

Slieve Donard Hotel, Co Down
Slieve Donard Hotel, Co Down

If you need a rest after the whole back to school palaver then Hastings Hotel in Northern Ireland some good value breaks, especially with Sterling being weak. Stay in the five-star Culloden Hotel from €104pps, the Europa in Belfast from €71pps, the Slieve Donard from €82pps, and Ballygally Castle from €71pps, full Northern fry every morning, hastingshotels.com, 048- 9047 1066.

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