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Autumn has undeniably arrived and already summer sunshine feels like a distant memory. It’s always sunny somewhere though so get inspired for your dream winter sun with our look at essential destinations for sun worshippers…and how to get there.

Dominican Republic

With it’s white sandy beaches, amazing natural resources and rainforest wildlife, this sun kissed Caribbean island is a true paradise. Experience it in style this winter with this 5* offer from Classic Resorts.

Stay 7 nights at the 5* Dreams Punta Cana Resort on an all inclusive basis from €1,527 per person including all taxes and charges. Prices are based on 2 adults sharing a Deluxe Tropical View room. Flights are through London with BA.

Average Temp: 18-28°C

Flight Time: 11+ hours


Spectacular natural beauty, unspoilt beaches, national parks, top class golf courses and the best surf in the world are just some of the reasons to visit Hawaii. Aloha Holidays will work you to create the perfect trip wheter you are a first time or returning visitors.

They can put together a basic 7 night package in one location, organise a four island cruise or even plan a twin-centre holiday for you with a stop in Las Vegas. Prices vary depending on what you want but as an example they are now offering 7 nights at the 4* Hilton Waikiki Beach in Honolulu from €970 per person.

Average Temp: 26-30°C

Flight time: 16+ hours


Cancun has become popular as the destination of choice for first time visitors to Mexico. The 5* Sapphire Riviera Cancun offers the ultimate in luxury and amenities and Travelmood.ie is now offering 7 nights in a Deluxe Junior Suite on an all inclusive basis from €1,505 per person sharing including flights and transfers.

Average Temp: 27°C

Flight time: 11+ hours

South Africa

Whether your South African Dream is a stroll down one of the beautiful beaches on the Indian Ocean, a Safari in the enormous Kruger National Park, a visit to beautiful Cape Town in the shadow of Table Mountain or even a flutter at the tables in Sun City, Sunway have the perfect package for you. Prices vary depending on what type of holiday you are planning and you can find out more about their South Africa packages here.

Average Temp: 16-26°C

Flight time: Nine+ hours


With heavenly beaches and diving and snorkelling opportunties everywhere, Bali is one of the most popular of Indonesian island for short holiday. You can drive around the entire island in a day and there are ancient temples to explore all the way.

Caribbean Collection are offering 7 nights at the 5* Melia Benoa on a B&B basis from €1,089 per person sharing.

Average Temp: 27°C

Flight Time: 16+ hours

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands have been a long time favourite for Irish sun worshippers looking for a winter top up and with a short flight and plenty of choice this looks unlikely to change. Lanzarote has been growing in popularity over the past few years and it’s unique architecture and volcanic landscape are just some of the reasons to give it a try.

Sunway have a range of holiday packages across all the islands to choose from with some very good rates available now. As an example you can find 7 nights to Lanzarote departing on November 3rd with 4* hotel accommodation plus flights, transfers and all taxes from €512 per person sharing.

Average Temp: 18 degrees

Flight Time: 4+ hours


Nuevo Mundo specialise in luxury travel in South America.

Current offers include this 11 day Inca Trail package travelling from Lima, through Cusco and on to Machu Picchu. Prices start from €1,755 per person sharing + €465 tax and includes all travel, accommodation, meals and support staff.

Find out more www.nuevomundo.ie

Amalfi Coast

ClickandGo.com have a range of 5* packages across Europe at the moment.

This deal for 7 nights at the 5* Grand Hotel La Pace on a B&B basis including flights, transfers and all taxes and charges from just €868 per person is excellent.

Flights are from Dublin to Naples and departure date for this package is October 13th.

Find out more www.clickandgo.com

Beijing, Xi’an & Shanghai

This three centre China package from The Travel Department is billed as perfect for the solo traveller.

The  hotels in each city are all 5*plus meals, guides, transfers and flights are all included starting from €1,799

Find out more www.thetraveldepartment.ie


Experience the white sandy beaches of Barbuda with this package to the Caribbean from gohop.ie.

Includes 7 nights at the 4* Grand Pineapple on an all inclusive basis, return flights and all taxes from€1,299

Find out more www.gohop.ie

San Francisco

Brighten up your winter with this 4 night city break to San Francisco from Escape2.

The package includes return flights from Dublin, 4 nights at The Metropolis (or similar) plus all taxes and charges from €799 per person sharing.

Find out more www.escape2.ie

South Africa

Explore Cape Town and the Garden Route and take in some Safari time with this package from Travel Focus.

Starts at €1,350 + €490 tax and includes flights, transfers,  all accommodation and 9 days car hire.

Find out more www.travelfocus.ie

Cape Town, South Africa

Stay 7 nights on a B&B basis at the 4* Protea Fire & Ice Hotel in Cape Town from €599 per person sharing plus tax €451pp.

Prices are based on 2 sharing a standard room travelling in May & June. Flights are with British Airways via London. Additional nights available on request.Book by 10th April

Find out more and book at www.classicresorts.ie


Stay 5 nights at the 5* Movenpick Hotel, Battita Gate on a B&B basis from just €726 per person.

Flights, transfers and taxes are included. Travel date June 16th 2012.



For more information and to book visit www.travelmood.ie


Discover Thailand with a 7 night stay at the 5* Muang Samui Spa Resort from just  €999 per person (plus taxes €270 per person at present – subject to change)

Price Includes:7 nights at the 5* Muang Samui Spa Resort in Koh Samui in a junior suite on B&B basis, flights from Cork, Shannon or Dublin and all transfers.
Valid Dates:01/06/2012 – 30/06/2012

To find out more or book visit www.travelbroker.ie


Enjoy a 2 night break in Berlin travelling out on the 09th May from €201 per person.

Includes return flights from Dublin to Berlin, 2 nights at the Best Western City Ost Hotel on a B&B basis.

To find out more or book visit www.arrowtours.ie


6 nights at the 4* Island of Kuredu Resort on an all inclusive basis from €1,479 per person.

Flights are with Emirates via Dubai, Etihad via Abu Dhabi and British Airways via London Gatwick subject to availability.


Find out more and book at www.tropicalsky.ie