Cork hotel wins award

BRITISH Airways Holidays has launched its annual Prestige Collection brochure, featuring 85 first-class hotels across 40 locations around the world, including the Caribbean, Indian Ocean, India, Middle East, South and North Africa, the Americas and the Far East.

The packages are, of course, based on travel out of either Heathrow or Gatwick Airports, but there are always some worthwhile options in the quality brochure. Prices lead in at around €725. Those booking early (before December 15) can pick up Harrods vouchers worth up to €225 up to a maximum of €450 per booking. Check out the offers on www.ba.com/holidays.

THE Hayfield Manor Hotel in Cork has been awarded “Hotel of the Year 2006” by Good Food Ireland.

Celebrating its first decade in 2006, Hayfield Manor, Cork’s first 5-star hotel is a family run hotel and is located just one mile from Cork city centre.

Hotel owner Joe Scally expressed delight with the accolade. He said: “We are thrilled that we have been chosen to receive this prestigious award. We strive towards providing excellence in what is one of our greatest attractions, our fine Irish food.”

Good Food Ireland, was launched last week by John O’ Donoghue, TD, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism. This unique concept for Ireland will brand and promote members as “good food” establishments, be it a B&B offering the best kind of breakfast, a restaurant or food shop offering local artisan produce or a hotel that deserves to be recognised for good food

TOUR operator Siblu offer an inclusive Easter package for two adults and up to four children for under €1,000.

The one-week packages are available for outward travel on either March 31 or April 7 using Brittany Ferries Cork-Roscoff service or on several other dates using Irish Ferries between Rosslare and Cherbourg.

Tel: 021 4272527, info@frenchholidaycentre.ie, www.frenchholidaycentre.ie

FOR those planning a skiing break over Christmas, Club Med is pressing hard for business.

The long established club has 21 ski villages in France, Italy and Switzerland, all with direct departures from Ireland.

For ski loving families looking to travel over the February mid-term break, Club Med is offering a special charter service direct from Dublin to Geneva — the gateway to many alpine resorts in France.

A popular choice for adventure-seeking families is Club Med Avoriaz in France. Prices from €1,999 per adult with seat only fares at €400 return.

The Club Med concept of one price includes flights, transfers, all meals with wine, beer and soft drinks, unlimited drinks and snacks, ski and snowboard lessons, ski pass, children’s club facilities, special teenagers ski programme, a host of leisure activities and insurance.

Details on www.ClubMed.com.

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