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Kuredu Island Resort, The Maldives

6 sunny getaways for the ultimate summer escape


by Megan Virgo
08th Apr 2023

We all deserve a sun-soaked holiday. From dreamy getaways to the Maldives and Mexico to exploring magnificent vineyards in Bordeaux, we've rounded up some 2023 getaways that promise sand and sunshine.

The 5-star Grand Riviera Princess, Mexico

Mexico is one of the most enchanting countries to visit. Not only is it huge and subtropical but it seems to have a bit of something for every type of traveller, whether it be adventure, sightseeing or some much needed rest and relaxation. Speaking of R&R, the Grand Riviera Princess is an idyllic haven fronted by a beach with themed restaurants, eight pools, three swim-up bars and grounds full of wildlife. In terms of location, it’s just a 20-minute taxi journey to lively Playa del Carmen, where you can catch the ferry over to Cozumel. Activity-wise, you can make use of kayaks, paddleboards and snorkelling gear from the watersports centre for free. Meanwhile, on dry land, you’ve got tennis courts, archery, volleyball and aerobics. This sounds pretty good to us.

All inclusive | Junior Suite | Travel dates from July 3 | 14 nights from €1,969pps | Return flights from Dublin Airport | Packages available with TUI | Call 01 693 7700 to book

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The 4-star Savannah Beach Club, Barbados

Ideal for a sun-seeking hedonist, the rum-drenched island of Barbados is a place where you can have a lot of fun. From tropical sandy beaches to glitzy hotels, a vibrant nightlife and lots of interesting things to do, it’s no wonder Barbados is a sought after holiday destination that lives up to its name. The tropical 4-star Savannah Beach Club hotel has a picturesque sandy stretch at its fingertips and plenty of culinary strings to its bow with three restaurants, including a by-the-beach eatery and an Asian fusion place.

All inclusive | Junior Suite | Travel dates from September 25 | 7 nights from €2,039pps | Return flights from Dublin Airport Packages available with TUI | Call 01 693 7700 to book

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The 5-star Hard Rock Hotel, Tenerife

The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife ticks all the boxes appealing to sun worshippers, water lovers, nature enthusiasts and foodies. A hidden gem, it is home to endless golden beaches, hidden coves as well as incredible ocean life. And if you’re looking for a glamorous hotel, the 5-star Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife impresses with its beach club-style hotel that exudes Hollywood glamour.

Bed & Breakfast | Travel dates from April | 7 nights from €949pp | Return flights from Dublin Airport | Packages available with Cassidy Travel | Contact [email protected] to book

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The 4-star Kuredu Island Resort, The Maldives

The showstopper of all luxury getaways has to be the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. Swaying palm trees, a horizon of blue skies that collide with tropical crystal clear waters, met with white sandy beaches is the definition of heaven on earth. A resort that pulls out all the stops for guests is Kuredu Maldives Resort & Spa located in the Lhaviyani Atoll. Diving, snorkelling and swimming with turtles are all available at the resort, with its own 5-star PADI diving centre and fantastic marine life to see and explore.

All Inclusive | 7 Nights from €2745pp |Travel Dates from November 10 | Garden Bungalow | Return flights from Dublin Airport | Includes transfers | Based on two adults sharing | Packages avaiable with Sunway | Call 01 811 2300 to book

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The Brilliant Bordeaux River Cruise

Set sail along three stunning rivers, the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde and experience an invigorating journey of the best Southwest France has to offer. Explore the country’s breathtaking backdrops, wines and cultural treasures across the region in Bordeaux, Fort Médoc, Cadillac, Blaye, Libourne and more. While there, wander through archaeological marvels, historic landmarks and magnificent vineyards where you’ll be treated to a sampling of quintessentially French experiences. Slow things down in Libourne and on your return to Bordeaux with wine tastings, village tours, a visit to a farmers market as well as enjoying a Bordeaux heritage walking tour.

Travel dates from August 6 | 7 nights from €2156 pp | No Single supplement | Lead in classic cabin | Packages available with Sunway | Call 01 811 2300 to book

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The 5-star Dreams, Lanzarote

From natural rock pools to incredible hiking routes, cuisine and wonderful five-star hotels, Lanzarote is a dream destination for sand, sunshine and warm weather. With five-star hotels in mind, the Dreams Lanzarote hotel in the beautiful location of Playa Dorada offers the most spectacular ocean views, making it the perfect place to unwind.

Half board | Travel dates for April | 7 nights from €919pp | Includes return flights from Dublin Airport | Available in May, prices from €949pp | Packages available with Cassidy Travel | Contact [email protected] to book

Follow Megan Virgo’s travels on Instagram at @meganvirgo.