Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

Discover Thailand
Through a subsidiary, Shandon Travel offers a two-centre Thailand break with a chance to stay on Phi Phi island for three of the 10 nights.

Priced from €1,155 based on two people travelling, it includes transfers and ferry tickets with the advice to buy park and excursion tickets in advance. 

Accommodation comes in the form of four-star Centara Seaview resort in Khao Lak and the Holiday Inn Resort on Phi Phi. Check out 

Bella Italia

Topflight is offering a stay in the four-star Bella Italia resort in Lake Garda this Easter (March 27 departure from Dublin). 

The resort is known for regular entertainment in the lakeside setting and a good base from which to explore Verona and Venice. 

Topflight sets a price from €449 based on four sharing to include flights, transfers, and self catering accommodation. Details on , 01 2401700 or any local travel agent.

Low-cost adventures

April departures to Portugal, the Canary Islands and mainland Spain (Costa Del Sol) are on sale with Low Cost Holidays. 

A four-star stay at the Monica Isabel Beach club in the Algarve is priced from €290 with an April 9 departure and about €335 will buy seven nights on the Costa Del Sol in the Blue Bay Banus. 

From there, prices are upwards from €405 to €496 or more. Baggage and transfers are not included. More on 

Viva Las Vegas

Irish fans of Garth Brooks were disappointed at the cancellation of his Croke Park concerts, but there’s now a chance to see the country music star rock it up in Las Vegas. 

Sunway has access to a €979 (plus) deal that includes four nights at the three-star Circus Circus Hotel and a prized concert ticket. 

Departure is on June 22 from Dublin but the company will also quote for Shannon and Cork departures. For reservations contact 01-2311800 or 

Easter breaks

Irish Ferries Holidays has announced details of a number of breaks this Easter for families planning to stay at the popular UK Haven Holiday Parks of Presthaven Sands, Quay West and Greenacres in Wales or Cala Gran and Marton Mere near Blackpool. 

Arriving March 26, three-night deals are available for €452 while four/seven night packages are on at €542 and €816 from March 28.

Call 0818 300 400 or visit 


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