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It’s quiet, clean, and the home of karaoke and kimonos...

With Hanami - the traditional Japanese custom of enjoying the sakura (cherry blossom) bloom all over Japan - just beginning, NATASHA WARCHOLAK heads to Tokyo, the well-established fashion hub of Japan and cultural hot-spot Kyoto...

GOING TO Japan directly from the UK or Ireland involves crossing two continents: Europe and Asia. This is not a mere city break or short holiday – this is a serious travel commitment, but worth every minute of it.

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Easter Events

There's plenty happening around the Province this Easter - get out and enjoy an egg-citing, fun-filled family Easter!

Easter at Cockle Row Cottages: Bring your little ones along for an afternoon of Easter themed entertainment and crafts at Cockle Row Cottages, Groomsport Harbour. April 20. Cottages open 11am-5pm and activities are from 2pm - 4pm.

Easter Madness at Castle Coole: With Easter treats and fun for all the family come along this Easter Sunday to Castle Coole. Egg trail £1 per child. April 20, 11am - 4pm.

Easter Sea Safari Sightseeing Boat Trip: Everyone loves this sightseeing boat tour of Strangford Lough with its abundance of nature and wildlife. See the SeaGen, Angus Rock Lighthouse, surface whirlpools and some of the many seals at Cloughy Rocks Nature Reserve. Clearsky Adventure Centre, April 20-21. Booking essential. Trips leave from Strangford Pier.

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More haggis, more history - and plenty of Nessie!

The beautiful Ivy cottage on the Aldourie Castle Estate

In the January issue of Northern Ireland Travel News KIRSTY JOHNSTON wrote about her honeymoon castle tour of Scotland. In her second article she visits Aldourie Castle and Estate in Inverness…

IT took us around two and a half hours to get from the Spittal of Glenshee to Aldourie, which was one of the shortest drives of our honeymoon, but also one of the most enjoyable. Driving through the Cairngorms Mountain range is amazing, the scenery is so beautiful that it is worth taking the time to appreciate it.

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Spoil yourself before you go!

Stephen and Delia Aston enjoy some champagne VIP style at Dublin Airport

Clubworld Travel’s STEPHEN ASTON experiences VIP service on the ground and in the air…

SOMETIMES the travel experience can be just as important and enjoyable as the time spent at the destination. Combining the VIP service at Dublin Airport with Turkish Airlines' Business Class flights would definitely qualify as just such an experience.

Even the best, most efficiently run airports can be centres of stress and aggravation for weary travellers. If you would like to step out of the crowd and experience a completely relaxed transit through Dublin Airport, then the Collinstown Suite's premium facilities and highly trained courteous staff are an option well worth some serious consideration.

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An oasis of peace and pampering...

Oasis – muted shades of beige and white abound on walls and tiled floors – timber lined walls - sandstone balconies - supersized super comfortable beds

ROBIN NOWACKI checks out an exclusive adults-only resort just 30 minutes from Malaga airport…

ON A dramatically beautiful stretch of coast on the outskirts of Marbella with views across the deep blue Mediterranean Sea to the distant mountains of North Africa lies a new luxury resort.

Perfect for people seeking a peaceful and relaxing break in the sunshine of southern Spain, the Oasis by Don Carlos Resort offers a delightful mix of spa treatments, activities such as tennis and yoga, and superb gastronomy. All this is within a beautifully designed setting surrounded by exotic sub-tropical gardens leading to Marbella’s wide and sandy Nikki Beach.

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