Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

Italy.ie has put together a group deal for a seven-night break in the Italian area of Puglia with travel due out of Dublin on April 11.

The €849 plus deal incudes seven nights in the four-star Park Hotel San Michele and a tour through the region with visits to traditional farmhouses and areas of interest. 

Information on www.Italy.ie. 

Meanwhile, a 16th century property just outside of Lecce reopens on March 24 after extensive renovations. 

Masserie Trapana (www.trapana.com) has partnered with a variety of the region’s stylish beach clubs and overnight prices at this luxury hotel starts from €375.

Increased interest in Sri Lanka has prompted Travelmood to offer a nine-night package out of Dublin in June, with prices starting from €989 for a half board stay at the Avani Kalutara Resort. 

Travelmood has other options such as a five-night stay in Dubai from €869 for travel in May and nine nights at the Meeru Island Resort in the Maldives from €1,739 (full board). 

Visit www.travelmood.ie, or call 01 4331063.

The newly-renovated Mimozas Resort in Cannes-Mandelieu continues to offer packages of different types and aimed at a variety of customers, singles, couples and families. 

This Easter, the resort has deals for €275 for a four-night break for a family of four, with the suggestion of a visit to the principality of Monaco, just an hour away.

Fly direct to Nice from Dublin with Ryanair. Check out deals at www.mimozascannes.com.

Based in Brighton, Rickshaw Travel has a range of “bite-sized” trips in different countries. 

Travellers to Thailand can explore rainforests inhabited by monkeys, swim in natural lakes and sleep in two out-of-this-world settings; the Anurak Community Lodge in Khao Sok National Park and on a raft house. 

The £295 plus (from €382) deal includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner at Anurak Lodge and all meals and hot drinks at the floating raft house in Surat Thani, pick up, transport and the services of an English speaking guide. 

Check out www.rickshawtravel.co.uk or 0044-1273-322399

Travelling in March, it’s possible to pick up a seven night all inclusive deal to Fuertaventura from €399 with Click and Go. 

The deal offers accommodation in the three star Globales Costa Tropical Aparthotel in Caleta de Fuste (one bedroomed apartment) based on two adults sharing. 

Flights are from Dublin and include taxes and charges and transfers.


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