The Irish Times Magazine - - TRAVEL- BAG - JO LINEHAN

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.

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