Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

Picture: Khao Lak Hotels.

Couple luxury in Thailand

A private villa with a pool is the special feature of Discover Travel’s nine-night break to Khao Lak in Thailand.

The deal includes daily breakfast, a beach massage for two, and a one-time buffet dinner. 

Two of the nine nights will be spent on a jungle lake safari at Elephant hills on a full-board basis. 

Flights from Dublin to Phuket with Etihad are included along with private transfers for €1,949. Book by February 28. Details:

Your island yoga retreat

Hvar Island. Picture: Croatia Week.

TDactive Holidays has introduced a yoga holiday on Croatia’s Hvar Island for 2019.

Prices from €799 include return flights from Dublin, five-nights’ accommodation, seven yoga sessions with an expert instructor, daily breakfast and four evening meals. 

Transfers and all taxes are included, with departures in May and October.

Telephone 01-6371633 for more details.

American dream in Orlando

Picture: Universal Orlando.

Up your holiday game at Universal Orlando Resort where seven-night packages including flights and accommodation start from €559 with Tour America.

That particular deal is for a week in Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort based on a booking for a family of four.

Travel time is September.

Telephone 01-8173562 or visit

Great deal for Caribbean spa


Savings of up to €1,100 can be had with Tropical Sky for bookings made to St Lucia any time before February 28 with Tropical Sky.

Now, about €2,400 will buy a week at the five-star BodyHoliday for travel between July 7 and August 31.

Accommodation at the spa resort is on an all-inclusive basis and includes return flights from Dublin.

Telephone 01 664 9999 or visit

Golf clubs fly for free

Penha Longa golf course in Lisbon.

Golfers across Ireland have more reason to consider value golf breaks in Portugal’s Costa Azul region through Orizonte. 

This follows the announcement that TAP, Air Portugal, is to join Aer Lingus by offering services into the Portuguese capital from next month. 

TAP expects to attract many golfers by offer free golf club carriage on the Dublin-Lisbon flights, a saving of €80. Aer Lingus has flights out of both Cork and Dublin. Golf package details on

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