Sunway has seven nights’ B&B in the five-star Tivoli Carvoeiro from €655pp, departing October 14. sunway.ie NB: All prices subject to change and availability. reopening process on June 8. They’re controlling the movements of guests in common areas to minimise contact and guarantee physical distance. That means you need to book a time slot for breakfast, dinner and loungers by the pool. Temperature checks are recommended at check-in, and the use of face masks is compulsory in closed areas like the lobby and restaurants (though not when you’re at the table).
How have guests responded to the new measures? “We have had very different reactions,” says Tivoli’s regional director Jorge Beldade. “Some guests are more anxious and want to know all the measures we are taking in detail — what kind of disinfection products we are using and so on. Others are very much relaxed and just want to enjoy their days in the best way possible.”
In a world where even going to the supermarket can feel like an ordeal, we’re under no illusions that if you do get to go on holiday in 2020, it will feel different. So while the deals are out there, is anyone actually booking?
“Bookings aren’t at 2019 levels, but there is still great interest in travelling this year, mostly for the October to Christmas period,” says Michael Dooley. “There is a pent-up demand and this is reflected in the enquiries that agents are processing. Irish people love their island, but they also love travelling abroad… as an island, it’s in our DNA to travel.”
NB: At the time of publication, the Government had not yet published its ‘Green List’ of countries for which travel is allowed. See dfa.ie/travel for latest advice.