The Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast

Belfast Romance for valentine's

If you had planned to book a romantic break for Valentine's and haven't got around to it yet, time is ticking. The Fitzwilliam, a boutique hotel in Belfast, could be your solution. There's a dinner option first of all, where you can enjoy a four-course evening meal and a special Valentine's cocktail in the hotel's award-winning restaurant Menu by Kevin Thornton. The cost on Saturday 12 February is €41 per person, and on Friday (11th), Sunday (13th) and Monday (14th) it's €34 per person. If you want to have dinner and also stay over, the cost is €119 per person sharing on the Saturday and €106 per person sharing on the Friday, Sunday and Monday.

Speak easy at the Westin

The Exchange Bar in the Westin Hotel on Dublin's Westmoreland Street has had a revamp which includes a new cocktail bar featuring a list of drinks inspired by the 1930s. They're hoping to establish it as one of the city's new hot spots and their Speakeasy nights will run on Friday and Saturday until 1am with DJs and various promotions such as half price Tattinger champagne by the bottle.

The Canarys direct

With the approach of the peak period for summer holiday bookings, Direct Holidays is getting in early with some new-year specials on that favourite Irish holidaymaker destination, the Canary Islands. Flying from Dublin, there have a number of special deals available, all on a self-catering basis, for €343 per person when booked online. These include seven nights in the Apartment Playa Pocillos in Matagorda, Lanzarote, based on three people sharing, departing on 14 May. Alternatively, there's a seven-night stay in Maspalomas based on four sharing in the Vistaflor Bungalow complex, departing 21 May and also for departure on the same day, you can stay in the four-star Sunwing Rst Fanabe in Playa de las Americas in Tenerife, based on 3 sharing. Visit

Connemara calling

Having shut its doors for a small break, the Renvyle House Hotel in Connemara will open for business again on 11 February and there are some nice offers for spring breaks available here. For the month of February and up until 27 March, you can have four nights' bed and breakfast with two dinners for just €289 per person sharing. A two-night stay with one dinner is €139 per person sharing. There's also an itinerary of free events, including movie classic evenings and guided walks, as well as complimentary transport to and from Galway station for parties of eight or more. Visit

Winter sun deals

If you're dreaming of some summer sun, check out Concorde Travel's latest deals, which cover all sorts of accommodation, ranging from five-star resorts to apartments. For example, you could pay €574 per person sharing for a three-star apartment in Aya Napa on a self-catering basis or opt for the luxury of the five-star Hotel Le Meridien in Limassol on a B&B basis from €1,320 per person sharing. Prices include flights, transfers, seven nights' accommodation and taxes and if you book by tomorrow and pay in full, you'll receive a €100 discount per person.

A spring in your step

Deemed to be the Georgina Campbell 2011 Hotel of the Year, Kelly's resort in Rosslare has launched its series of mid-themed breaks, which are available at no extra cost. If you're feeling energetic, the 'Dynamics Events' programme (20-25 February) includes quad biking, archery, clay pigeon shooting and golf clinics. Neven Maguire will be in situ on 28 and 29 February giving cooking demonstrations and other mid-week events include ballroom dancing (27 February-4 March) and wine appreciation (6-11 March). Daily midweek rates are from €125 per person including lunch dinner, bed and breakfast and afternoon tea.