Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

With flights out of Cork or Dublin, Discover Travel has pitched the price of eleven night packages at the Ramada Khao Lak Resort in Thailand at €1229. 


Bookings must be made by June 30 and travel is up to that date or between August 15 and September 30. The Midleton based company has also teamed up with Qatar Airways from Dublin, offering ten night deals to Phuket for €1199 – book by June 16. 

Details on or phone 021 4635440.


Lee Travel is selling a series of eight day river cruises on the Danube priced from €1,379. 

For that, clients get flights, guided tours and excursions, full-board accommodation and the services of a cruise director and tour manager. Visiting Esztergom, Vienna and Budapest, there’s plenty on offer for culture lovers. 



The port town of Cobh in East Cork is best known as the single most important port of emigration in the country and for its connection with the ill-fated Titanic and Lusitania, but there’s a lot more, with the Cobh Heritage Centre, Spike Island, golf courses and Fota Wildlife Park all within reach of the town. 

Trips on the harbour are also available and full information on what to do in the area is available on 


Tropical Sky offers saving for seven night packages ex-Dublin to Bali, and a base in the five-star Nusa Dua Beach Hotel which is nestled in over 20 acres of tropical landscape. 

Ammenities include several swimming pools and there’s also a golf course nearby. Departures are between September 11 and October 29 for bookings made before June 16 and prices start from €1,269. 

Details on or 01 6649999.


Set in ancient forests, green meadows and lakelands, the Farnham Estate Spa and Golf Resort in Cavan offers a variety of attractions not always associated with one property. 

Now the hotel gives the opportunity to explore some of 1,300 acres with a picnic package on sale from €25. Upgrades with a selection of wines/champagne and buggy hire are available. Overnight rates start from €119 per room in midweek. 

Details on 


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