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March 25, 2019

A Ferry Good Offer from Irish Ferries: 25% off Self-Drive to Ireland

Irish Ferries is offering 25% off 2019 self-drive ferry travel to Ireland if booked by midnight on Thursday 4 April.

This ‘ferry good’ offer is valid on both the UK to Ireland routes, on every ferry in the fleet – including the summer services of the Dublin Swift fastcraft – and on every date between now and 18 December.

Travel at weekends, bank holidays and peak summer periods are all included in the deal, making this an unmissable opportunity for families planning their Easter, half term and summer holidays.

The 25% discount applies to motorist fares, caravans and motorhomes, as well as motorbikes. On-board accommodation, such as Club Class seats, is also discounted by 25%.

With the offer, the lead-in fare for a car and driver is reduced to £66.75 one-way, including all charges, reduced from £89. Terms and Conditions apply.

Irish Ferries is also taking part in the UK’s Big Ferry Fortnight promotion, which has more than 2,000 ferry tickets up for grabs.

March 25, 2019

20% savings throughout the summer on a Portuguese villa with private pool

Vintage Travel, specialists in villas with private pools, has announced savings of 20% throughout the summer months on Casa Mocho, an impressive property on the Eastern Algarve which made its debut in 2019.

This comfortable and welcoming home – built traditionally using local stone and timbers but carefully incorporating contemporary features and well-appointed living spaces – sleeps six in three bedrooms, two of which are en suite.

In its extensive grounds there is an impressively large swimming pool, a poolside shower, sun terraces and a covering dining area.

Nearby is the pretty white washed village of Estoi (four kms) and the sleepy market town of Sao Bras de Alportel (six kms) both of which offer a choice of several excellent restaurants.

For beach lovers, a short trip to Fuzeta (16 kms) leads to dune-backed beaches and simple quayside restaurants specialising in seafood.

As an example of reduced prices, seven nights in May now start at £960 (saving £240) or a week in peak season is priced at £2016 (a reduction of £504).

Flights and car hire can be arranged by Vintage Travel on request.

01954 261431,

March 25, 2019

Brexit to the sun deal for singles

Sociable singles holiday company Friendship Travel has announced amazing savings of up to £995 on seven-night holidays at the fabulous all-inclusive BodyHoliday resort in St Lucia.

This special deal – the perfect opportunity to relax in the Caribbean sunshine and escape Brexit whatever happens on 29 March – applies until the end of April and means a week-long stay now costs from £2275 per person.

This revised price includes return flights from Gatwick, transfers, all-inclusive accommodation in a purpose-designed single Garden Room, plus a daily spa treatment.

Guests also enjoy a wealth of complimentary land and water-based activities – such as sailing, snorkelling, archery, yoga, tennis and fencing – gourmet meals and all drinks including premium brands and champagne.

The Resort has a superb reputation for looking after single travellers and guests can expect to meet fellow singletons from around the world.

Reservations:  0871 200 2035,

March 20, 2019

Free Night Deals from Irish Ferries for Easter

Ireland’s legendary hospitality and glorious scenery is easy to reach via a relaxing ferry journey, and outstanding value with Irish Ferries’ free night deals at selected hotels booked as part of a self-drive ferry package.

In West Cork for example, in a superb spot at the end of the causeway across Rosscarbery’s tidal inlet, the Celtic Ross Hotel welcomes Irish Ferries guests for any four nights during the Easter period for just £223 per person when two adults share a room on a bed and breakfast basis.  This represents a saving of £43 per person for the free night, a deal available through Irish Ferries throughout April.

Even better, one or two children under the age of 12 who share a family room with two adults are free, including their breakfasts.  The hotel has 66 rooms, including family rooms, plus an indoor pool, gym, sauna and steam room. The Kingfisher Bar and Bistro is busy all day, and the welcoming lounge enjoys views over the bay.

Rosscarbery village is 10 minutes’ walk and the gorgeous coast and countryside on the doorstep offers everything from hiking and golf to horse-riding and fishing trips.

Other hotels with free night offers at Easter when booked as part of an Irish Ferries self-drive package include the Garryvoe hotel at Ballycotton, the Teach de Broc at Ballybunion and the Sneem Hotel on the Ring of Kerry.

08717 300 400,


Ferry Routes: Holyhead (Anglesey) to Dublin; Pembroke to Rosslare

Ferries: Ulysses, Dublin Swift, Epsilon, Isle of Inishmore

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Images available from Jane Williams, 01572 748 800,


March 20, 2019

Easter Escapes for Single Travellers

Friendship Travel has home and away options for single travellers looking for an Easter break, and there’s no single supplement to pay on either of them!

For those with just the bank holiday weekend spare, a three-night package at the four-star Donnington Valley Hotel, Spa and Golf Club in leafy Berkshire starts on Good Friday and, as with all Friendship Travel breaks, is Hosted by at least one of its experienced representatives.

The modern hotel’s facilities include a superb indoor pool, gym, and wide range of health and beauty treatments in the spa, as well as an 18-hole parkland golf course. Country walks, 10-pin bowling and a fun Easter egg hunt are other options, though there is no pressure to join in and those who simply want to relax in a sociable environment can do just that.

The package, which costs £420, includes a standard double room for sole occupancy and half board. Of the three dinners, all include wine with the meal and one is a black-tie event followed by a disco. The break ends after breakfast on Easter Monday.

Single travellers looking for spring sunshine should find it on Mallorca with a seven-night holiday departing 17 April to the H10 Casa del Mar hotel. This stylish four-star is set on Santa Ponsa’s seafront promenade, just yards from the sandy beach. The hotel has not only a ground-level general pool but an infinity pool on the adult-only roof-top terrace.

This small group holiday is offered from £945 (from Stansted) for a package that includes flights, transfers, seven nights in a double room for sole occupancy, breakfast each day and five dinners with wine – enjoyed around one or two large tables – during the week. Regional options include Bristol from £892 and Manchester from £905.  Prices/availability correct at date of issue.

Friendship Travel, 0289 446 2211,





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