Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

For those looking for Halloween deals it just requires sifting through the advertisements. 

One hotel off the blocks is the Park Hotel, Dungarvan, Co Waterford, with a ‘Ghosts and Goblins’ two-night package starting from €125 per adult sharing.

With dinner in Garden Room restaurant and children sharing (up to two under 12s go free) will be accommodated for dinner in the Kids Club.

More info: 058 42899 or 


Taking time in autumn to reflect, refocus and set the body up for a healthier winter – that’s the aim of a special yoga retreat to be held in the Delphi Resort, Leenane, Connemara between October 21 and 23.

The resort has a purpose-built Wellness Studio. The detox costs from €349 per person sharing (all inclusive) in a twin room sharing but single accommodation is available.

For details: 095 42208 or visit 


Cork’s Shandon Travel has launched a honeymoon product, The company has over 40 years experience selling such packages but is now expanding its products.

Among the deals on offer are Italy, specialising in Rome, Thailand, Mauritius, Costa Rica and the west coast of the USA. Prices range from about €1,150 to €2,595 and more.

Details on or 021 4277094.


The emirate of Ajman is 30 minutes or so drive from Dubai. Tropical Sky offers a deal featuring a four-night stay at the five-star Kempinski Hotel with departures between November 1 and December 7.

The company has knocked off up to €820 from the price that now comes in (four nights) from €739 per person. Based on two sharing, it includes return flights from Dublin and transfers.

Details on or 01 6649999.


The upmarket Classic Collection has an October special to Barbados where prices start from €1,255 for seven nights at the Hilton Hotel (October 5 departure). Classic does, however, tailor-make holidays and will quote for shorter or longer stays.

All holidays include private transfers and complementary access to the executive lounges at Dublin, Cork, and Shannon airports.

More info: 01 5413000 or visit 


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