MILLIONS of euro have been spent on the refurbishment of Ashford Castle, an impressive pile and five-star hotel on the shores of Lough Corrib that dates to medieval times, since it was bought by Stanley and Beatrice Tollman in 2013.
WHEN you think about a cruise ship, does the image of an overly tanned elderly American couple meandering around on deck come to mind? Or does the ordeal of having to dress up in evening wear for dinner just in case you are at the captain's table weigh heavily on your mind? What about the thought of listening to the likes of former Loose Woman and cruise ship singer Jane McDonald warbling every night? Cruising seems to be like Marmite to some holidaymakers – either you love it or you don't.
IN A small, unremarkable corner of London's manic Victoria Station, musicians in a jazz band are getting in the mood, stripey arms in stripey jackets flying up and down as they sway and play, nod and smile and pose for photographs without missing a beat.
May bank holiday in Rhodes or Cyprus Go self-catering for seven nights over the May bank holiday period at the hilltop-situated three-star Ziakis Hotel in Pefkos on Rhodes for £279pp sharing ex-Belfast International on May 4.
THEY may say, 'Beware of Greeks bearing gifts', but there was nothing but genuine hospitality when the elderly couple living near my Greek island villa sat me down with a generous glass of raki and a smile when I appeared at their door asking for help after locking myself out without my phone.
FROM endless encounters with Donald Duck and co to exploring Nemo's Reef and seeing off Captain Hook as fireworks fill the sky, life on board the Disney Dream – which evokes liners of years gone by with its dark blue hull and gold detail – promises to be a full-scale fairy-tale adventure.
SNAKING through a labyrinth of stalls selling local beers, vintage European red wines and revered Japanese whiskies, I interrupt the flow of alcohol by eyeing up freshly made snacks, including what I can only reasonably describe as the world's best egg waffle.