Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

Just a ten-minute drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hoi, the four-star Ancient House Village is a new accommodation offering in Vietnam from Discover Travel.

The Midleton, east Cork, based company is charging €1679 per person for ten nights and is providing some interesting extras, amongst them complimentary shuttle to a private restaurant at An Ban Beach where free umbrellas, sun loungers, and towels are provided. 

There is also a complimentary shuttle bus to Hoi An and free bicycles and cycling tour. 

Details on or 021 4635440

We may be coming to the end of summer, but there is a lot to still look forward to on Clare Island between now and the end of August. 

Between live music, adventure activities and a busy schedule of festivals, the island has been humming since the end of May with the promise of more to come, amongst the events an annual Food Festival running between August 19 and 21. 

Details of what’s on, where to stay and eat can be found by visiting 

Return flights from Dublin are part of a September package on offer from Sunway for Club Med in La Palmyre Atlantique.

The September 12 departure is priced at €797 per person (all inclusive for a week) based on two adults and two children sharing in an oyster farmer-style bungalow. 

The resort includes a nine-hole golf course and there are numerous other activities such as kitesurfing. 

American Holidays has special discounts on offer for those booking early for 2017. Seven-night breaks in Orlando (Rosen Inn) start at €259 for a February departure and €619 the following month. 

For those looking for something different, the company can offer seven nights at an executive villa in the Disney area from €669 with a seven-seater minivan included. That’s based on three adults and three kids sharing. 

Call 01 673 3804 or visit 

Christmas packages are now available and one in medieval Bruges is on offer from Keith Prowse.

Every Christmas, Bruges transforms into a winter wonderland with markets on Grote Markt.

The four-day tour departs on December 9 and includes return flights from Dublin, three nights bed and breakfast in the four-star city NH Bruges, airport transfers and walking tour of Bruges finishing at the Christmas markets.

The tour cost is €473. Details on 01 878 3500 or visit 


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