Jet away from it all in January

by Ian Begley

ESCAPE the cold, grey skies of Ireland this January by jetting away to a wide range of post-Christmas destinations.

It’s not too late to plan your January trip and there are some fantastic deals on offer at this time of year.
There’s no better place to recover from the hectic Christmas period and to escape the January blues than the magical paradise of Malta.
With Lowcostholidays, you can depart on January 17 and stay at the four-star Osborne Hotel, Valletta, B&B, from €338pp.
Alternatively, from January 27, you can stay at the four-star Dolmen Resort Hotel and Spa, Bugibba, B&B, from €275pp.
Bangkok is also an ideal place to travel during January, with something new and exciting around every corner in the bustling city.
Visit the famous Khao San Road and discover the fantastic bars and market stalls, or take a trip to Wat Pho Temple and marvel at the amazing Reclining Buddha.
With so much diversity and culture, there is never a dull moment on any trip to Bangkok. Spend 12 nights in the three-star Nasa Vegas Hotel Bangkok, from €713pp, departing on January 13.
Closer to home, and the Algarve – famous for its stunning beaches, clear blue skies and crystal-clear waters – is the perfect destination to unwind and relax after the Christmas period.
Most of the Algarve’s resorts were once quaint fishing villages, and many still feature picturesque, narrow streets and pretty, whitewashed houses.
Whether you want to chill out on the beach or enjoy fantastic nightlife, the Algarve has something to please every holidaymaker.
Depart on January 2 and spend seven nights in the three-star Plaza Real Aparthotel, from €148pp.
Jamaica is yet another exotic paradise that many Irish people dream of visiting during the winter months.
Sure, it has amazing beaches, glorious weather and rewarding diving spots, but it also has a fascinating past and a strong African culture that sets it apart from neighbouring countries.
Treat yourself and your significant other to an all-inclusive, romantic break in Couples Swept Away Resort. This four-star resort is located in Negril, and is set on Negril’s beautiful Seven Mile Beach.
All rooms have private patios and activities such as morning yoga on the beach, tennis, golf, watersports and daily excursions are included in your all-inclusive package. Spend nine nights at this all-inclusive resort from €2,358pp.
For further information on these offers, see www.Gohop.ie or www.visitmalta.com.

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