Sunshine breaks to combat winter's grey days

Looking for some winter sun? Beat the post-Christmas gloom with Ciara McDonnell’s last-minute sunshine offerings.

Sunshine breaks to combat winter's grey days


Love Holidays are staying in the absolutely incredible Hesperia Lanzarote Hotel in Puerto Calero on January 15 for a bumper value luxury break.

This five-star hotel has everything you could want from a fancy resort, with three pools, a wellness centre which houses a hydrotherapy pool, waterbeds, bubble seats, a waterfall and aromatherapy and staff who are falling over themselves to make sure that you are looked after.

Families are very welcome and the hotel has newly-released children’s bedrooms that have kid- size beds, cuddly toys, mosquito plugs, socket and corner protectors and DVD players.

There are lots of amazing services for the children, including a room service ‘picnic’ and crucially, a babysitting service.

Loveholidays fly from Cork to Lanzarote on January 15 staying at the Hesperia Lanzarote Hotel for seven nights on a bed and breakfast basis from €963pp.

Sunway fly out on January 27, staying at the Puerto Carmen Apartments.

These simply decorated apartments are well located, just a few minutes walk from the old town of Puerto Carmen and 500 metres from a new supermarket as well as 800 metres from a sandy beach. One-bedroom apartments sleep three and have the basic kitchen supplies you need to put together a quick meal.

The apartments are bright and clean, and ideal for those of us who like to do our own thing while on holiday.

Sunway fly to Lanzarote on January 27 staying at the Puerto Carmen Apartments for seven nights on a self-catering basis from €464pp. is heading to the four-star Vik San Antonio in Puerto Del Carmen on January 23. The double sea view rooms are newly renovated and fresh, spacious and clean.

The service at this hotel is second to none, and coupled with top class facilities like two heated pools, a decent playground and great nightly entertainment, it is a firm favourite with families year in, year out.

And why wouldn’t it be – it is just footsteps from a gorgeous sandy beach. fly from Cork on January 23 staying at the Vik San Antonio for seven nights on a half board basis for €810pp.


TUI has two gorgeous deals flying from Cork on January 14. On the superluxe scale lies the Sensatori Resort Tenerife, which is almost ostentatious in its glamour.

Sporting cutting-edge furniture from the likes of Italian heavyweight, Fendi, oversized fountains that light up come nightfall, and daybeds that provide the perfect lounging spots, pack your fanciest bikini to stay here.

If you want an adult-only getaway and are willing to splurge, book into the Red Level, whose rooms offer a shared adults-only pool area, plus extras like butler service and luxury toiletries

TUI fly from Cork on January 14 to stay at the Sensatori Tenerife for seven nights on an all-inclusive basis for €1429pp.

A week at the Catalonia Punta del Rey is extremely good value when staying in early January.

This buzzy resort is minutes from a black sand beach and a 20-minute bus journey into the capital, Santa Cruz.

With a huge pool, adults-only deck and near constant entertainment options, this is a great value resort that will not disappoint.

TUI fly from Cork on January 21 to stay at the Catalonia Punta del Rey for seven nights on an all-inclusive basis from €772pp.


With temperatures rarely dropping below 21 in January and early February, it’s obvious why people choose the Canary Island as a new-year holiday destination.

Sunway are flying to the spacious and ultra family-orientated IFA Catarina Hotel in Playa Del Ingles on January 19.

Its quiet location makes it an ideal spot for those with young children, and facilities like a courtesy bus to the nearby beach and the option to upgrade to all-inclusive, makes it a no-brainer for a last minute family getaway.

Sunway fly from Cork on January 19 to stay at the IFA Catarina Hotel in Playa Del Ingles from €659pp.

Over in Maspalomas, TUI is taking up residence at the three-star Cay Beach Princess Bungalows, which offer an altogether more relaxed vibe.

The resort has a great pool and a free shuttle to the nearby beach. The self-catering bungalows are all split level and really spacious with kitchenette, bedroom and lounge.

You can choose between a bungalow with its own private pool, or a really big superior bungalow with its own terrace for sunbathing — the choice is yours.

TUI fly from Cork on February 1 to stay at the Cay Beach Princess Bungalows for seven nights on a self-catering basis from €749pp.


With fabulous beaches and incredible hotels along with an incredible cultural mix that will fascinate the first-time visitor, Morocco is a wonderful destination for those of us who tire of traditional sun holidays.

Sunway are flying from Dublin on January 13 to stay at the Sofitel Agadir Royal Bay Resort.

This place is the kind of resort you will not want to leave, so do consider the option to upgrade to the all-inclusive package — the restaurants are great.

Rooms are spacious and luxurious with king-size beds and great bathrooms. The hotel overlooks a sandy beach, making it ideal for anyone who wants a beach holiday with luxury facilities to hand.

Sunway fly from Dublin on January 13 to stay at the Sofitel Agadir Royal Bay Resort for seven nights with bed and breakfast from €847.50pp.


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