Travelbag: latest holiday tips

Hot spot For a luxury dose of winter sun look to Finca Cortesin on the Andalusian coast. Set on a 532-acre estate and surrounded by nature, the 67-suite hotel offers guests one of the best championship golf courses in the world, full spa, Michelin-star dining, their very own contemporary art gallery and a beach club. And 2019 will see the resort launch a collection of contemporary designed villas, La Reserva (two- or four-bedroom villas) and Green 10 (five-bedroom villas), serviced by the hotel, perfect for family stays.

Rates from EUR584 in a junior ssuite on a B&B basis. fincacortesin.com

Westbury[1] is best The Westbury has been named Conde Nast Traveler‘s #1 Hotel in Ireland[2]. Nearly half a million Conde Nast Traveler readers submitted their travel experiences and chose the Grafton Street five-star as Ireland’s leading luxury stay. For more, visit cntraveller.com and doylecollection.com.

The Strawberry Tree Restaurant in Brooklodge and Macreddin Village: try the annual wild food dinner.The Strawberry Tree Restaurant in Brooklodge and Macreddin Village: try the annual wild food dinner.

Into the wild Foodies will be thrilled to hear Brooklodge[3] & Macreddin Village hosts its annual wild food dinner this November 3rd in The Strawberry Tree Restaurant.

Commencing with an afternoon Wild Foods Masterclass, enjoy a pre-dinner reception, a wild foods feast and an overnight stay with late checkout the following morning from EUR160pps. brooklodge.com

Water worlds Ireland’s waterways aren’t only for summer. There’s a whole host of winter-worthy excursions on offer. Enjoy a tour of Fenagh[4], Co Leitrim, with two nights’ accommodation at the River Cottage, a continental breakfast of locally produced food and activities aplenty.

Try a guided historical walking tour of Fenagh’s neolithic monuments, monastic site and local landmarks associated with Celtic[5] heritage, or hop on a guided cycle tour ending at the Fenagh Heritage Centre. Practise some local craft or take a lesson in environmental and ecological relevance from local ecologist Eileen Gibbons[6]. Round off the trip with lunch and a cycle along the stunning Acres Lake floating boardwalk on the Shannon Blueway.

From EUR282 per person. headintotheblue.org

References

  1. ^ Westbury (www.irishtimes.com)
  2. ^ Ireland (www.irishtimes.com)
  3. ^ Brooklodge (www.irishtimes.com)
  4. ^ Fenagh (www.irishtimes.com)
  5. ^ Celtic (www.irishtimes.com)
  6. ^ Eileen Gibbons (www.irishtimes.com)

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