Cottage cool For those considering a stay in Ireland’s coolest county this summer, look to Bumblebee cottage, Killybegs, Co Donegal. Overlooking Blue Flag Fintra beach, the 100- year- old thatched hideaway has been recently renovated with all the creature comforts of home. The views over the Atlantic Ocean here are worth the visit alone, but the kayaking, surfing, cycling and hillwalking on your doorstep don’t hurt, either. In the high season – June, July and August – the weekly rate is ¤ 780. bumble bee cottage. ie Asian aspirations Finnair has launched a series of promotional fares on flights to a range of popular business and leisure destinations across Asia for travel between October 1st, 2018 and March 31st, 2019. Book be- fore April 17th for discounted flights from Dublin to 19 destinations across Asia via Helsinki including Nanjing, Bangkok, Goa, Singapore, Delhi, Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul starting from ¤ 608 return. finnair. com Gibson grub The Gibson Hotel in Dublin’s docklands celebrates the launch of a new menu in its Coda restaurant this month. Created by executive head chef Igor Cikarev, the menu serves up the best of Irish produce – with a twist. The gin cured salmon starter, served with Castletownbere crab, tonic gel, Goatsbridge trout caviar and a horseradish and dill mayonnaise dressing is set to be a firm favourite. A
Extended night away
Easily the most stylish hotel debut in Dublin over the past decade, the Alex Hotel, just off Merrion Square, launches a new snooze- fest package this month. Stay in one of the super cool guest suites on a Sunday night, tucked up in a king- size bed, catching up on Netflix on a 50- inch smart TV, with a bottle of chilled prosecco; then breakfast and a late checkout on Monday. The Snoozy Monday package, from ¤ 219 per room, based on two people sharing, is available until June 30th. thealexdublin. ie
Above: Kayaking on Fintra beach, near Bumblebee cottage, in Killybegs, Co Donegal. Left: Alex Hotel on Dublin’s Merrion Square
two- course meal in Coda starts from ¤ 29, while three course costs ¤ 33. thegibsonhotel. ie.