Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

Dubai deal
Hilary Murphy Travel offers a Dubai May deal staying in the 5-star Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate hotel just minutes from the beaches of the Palm Jumeirah, with shuttle transfers available day and night. 

The hotel spa offers a plethora of treatments and there is a state-of-the-art fitness centre, complete with rooftop swimming pool. 

This five-night package starts from €1,065 and features return flights with Emirates from Dublin. Bookings must be made before April 30. Information on: 

Stena offer

Ferry company Stena Line has teamed up with holiday provider Haven, to offer families the chance to enjoy a range of spring and summer breaks from €495 for a family of up to six, but the cut-off point for bookings is on April 8 for travel up to and including July 22. 

The deals are for four or seven nights self-catering and return travel from Dublin to Holyhead or Rosslare to Fishguard. 

Accommodation is at one of Haven’s 10 parks including Cala Gran near to Blackpool. Book online at , call 01 9075399, or visit any travel agent.

Magic Majorca

Grogan Travel is selling all-inclusive deals to Majorca out of Shannon this May and there are no hidden costs such as additional fees for checked baggage either. 

The Tuam-based company (093-24116) has pitched the seven-night deal on May 14 from €490 with a stay at the Globales Hotel Santa Ponsa Park with full buffet meals to include table wine, local spirits, water, and soft drinks as well as afternoon tea and snacks. 

It’s all based on two sharing. For more information visit: 

Escape to Cape Town

Cape Town is one of Africa’s most popular and loved tourist destinations and there are still a few weeks left to enjoy peak weather conditions at the tail end of the city’s dry summer months. 

April is, in fact, one of the best times to visit and now innovative Turkish Airlines, with daily flights out of Dublin, have announced special deals from €506 including taxes. 

The purchasing period continues until April 15 for departures up to July 9. 

Platinum specials

Falcon’s platinum deals include a range of destinations and the company currently has some specials for early summer departures. 

May 26 (ex Dublin) to Kos with a stay at the Imperial Thalasso Hotel comes in from €649 (half board) and there’s a May 21 departure to Bulgaria and an all-inclusive stay at the Riu Helios Bay Hotel for a knockdown price of €479. 

The company is also selling a fortnight at the Clubhotel Riu Oco Rios in Jamaica. This all inclusive July 3 deal is priced from €1,529.


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