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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.

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