● The area between Lagos and Sagres in Portugal has long been a magnet for water sports fans due to its clean beaches, consistent waves and relaxed atmosphere. Bluerise’s surf and yoga lodge retreats in Praia da Luz on October 16-23 and 23-30 are a match made in holistic heaven, with the two disciplines sharing much in common, from core strength to mental mobility.
a week break in the autumn sun costs from £1,200 per person based on two parts and includes all meals, snacks and soft drinks, accommodation, twice daily yoga classes, daily surf lessons, surfboard and wetsuit hire, airport transfers Faro, and – spoil yourself – a full body massage. blueriseretreats.com
● Call everyone sound of music fans! This time not for a trip to Salzburg, but to Vermont, USA, to stay at the real Von Trapp’s family home.
It’s not as random as it might first appear, as New England is where the legendary Austrian warblers fled during the Nazi occupation of their homeland, and their descendants have run a hotel since the 1950’s. Your farm lodge is an ideal spot for the leaf-gazing season. especially – when forests take on fiery reds, oranges, ambers and purples.
American Sky saved €360 per person from their seven night award Spectacular fall foliage pack to experience not only the high and lowlands of Vermont, but also the White Mountains and the Maine coast, including visits to museums, culinary feasts – and of course the hills enlivened with the sound of your own “Edelweiß”. From €3,429 per person based on flights departing Dublin on 3 October; Book by July 1st.
● Morocco’s Marrakech is much, much more than the famous bazaar and medina. For example, there is its fantastic cuisine, historic hammams, the Maison de la Photographie, the chic Gueliz district and the Musée Yves Saint Laurent and the Jardin Majorelle side by side.
And when in Rome, why not stay in a riad, many of which are open? Cassidy Travels’s books with prices from €211 per person in September for four nights room only including flight and based on two people. cassidytravel.ie
● The Wooded Pig Chorizo, Slane Irish Whiskey and Boyne Valley Cheese are among the delights on offer at The Station House Hotel in Kilmessan, Co Meath, hosting its next Tasting Dinner in the Boyne Valley on September 17 with fine wines and a seven-course menu.
The taster costs €80pp (€120 including drinks) – or, even better, roll into your own room immediately afterwards for €170pp, including B&B, welcome tea/coffee and homemade scones on arrival and the feast in the evening . Expect unmatched hospitality whether you’re just dining or staying the night. stationhousehotel.ie
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