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The Green Party!

Clodagh Edwards (Director of STAY YNA Dingle) has a passion for Dingle history and tradition. St Patrick’s day has both and also fulfils her other passion – the love of a good party! Here’s her perfect St Patricks day in her beloved home town…

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RISE AND SHINE… At first light, as the sun rises over Dingle, early birds and night owls join together to wake up the town. On St Patrick’s Day The Dingle Fife and Drum Band join them at 6am.  It’s the 1st parade of St Patricks day in the whole of Ireland. so is pretty special. It’s also not just a tourist gimmick and has its roots in a time when it was forbidden to gather in big groups in daylight for fear of revolution. So this early morning parade has its heart deeply set in the historical roots of Ireland.

The parade winds its way around the town and folk of all ages walk straight out of their homes and join in the march. As they make there way up Green Street there is a break for mass in St Mary’s Church. A brilliant tradition.

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FEELIN PECKISH…
We really need more breakfast cafes in Dingle, but there is a one place for scrumptious late breakfast/brunch at the Greys Lane Bistro just a short distance up Green Street on the right.A BRISK WALK…
If you don’t make the 1st parade or you want to stretch your legs before the next parade then you could take a short walk on the marina across from the Aquarium or a longer walk but still easy stroll along the coast out to the lighthouse (just past the Skellig Hotel about 40 mins return).
TIME TO CELEBRATE…
On the corner by the bistro is a great spot to watch the next parade at Midday full of children, cattle, musicians and locals. This 2nd parade is for everyone and is definitely unique with floats displaying sheep, tractors, babies, boats and dogs in green tutu’s. It’s charming, fun and feels very personal as it is a parade for St. Patricks day not the tourists, some of the costumes are ingenious made from whatever could be found in the press.DRINK TO THE MUSIC…
There are lots of amazing things to do in Dingle for all ages besides drinking but on St. Patricks day it would be rude not to explore the interiors of a least a few of our characteristically Dingle Pubs, as inside you will also find something for everyone. All the following pubs are on our STAY YNA app available to download for free from your app store.You will stumble across a day session of traditional music in most of the pubs but this is where you would find us …Kennedy’s because it’s so cool for school and has an enclosed courtyard for the kids!
Dick Mack’s is full of character and characters. Something funny or entertaining always happens here, it’s just one of those places. This famous whiskey bar was originally a leather makers (shoes belts etc) and a pub co existing together in harmony! They still do leather workshops.
The Courthouse is a great pub always showcasing the best of Irish folk and trad music. It’s small with a big ambiance.
Foxy Johns because it’s a hardware store and a pub and that should be supported. It resembles a tardis as opens it out into a huge backroom with an open fire so good for families if it’s raining. Currans was a hat shop and a pub, another great union. It still has cute snugs and all the original shop features, apothecary cabinets filled with curiosities.

Nelly Fred’s Garage is where all the non traditional Irish bands play, we have been to some great gigs there so will be checking their agenda for the night.
The above stops are all at the top of town if your at the bottom of town Annie Agnes is a great little pub to visit on Green Street as is Bawns across the way, I love the back room there so, so 70’s.

DON’T FORGET TO EAT… 
Food for us will be a possible stop at The Boatyard on the harbour for the kids favourite calamari or a seafood frenzy up at Doyles on John Street… we will probably snack on the delights from Bacus bakery/cafe during the day and I know later before we head home we will pick up a take away from Chewy’s food van nestled in by Dick macs in a cute, trendy courtyard.

STAY CLOSE TO THE ACTION… It’s a lovely day to just be in Dingle and soak up the atmosphere. Local parades and festivals unite a town and the children just love being involved. Dingle sure has its fair share of them throughout the year! If you want to stay in the heart of Dingle the following homes are in the heart of town or a short drive away…

20% of all St Patrick Day stays 13-17th March – use promocode Paddy20


Why we love February!

20% off Carnival and Valentines Day stays click here for promo code
February has been universally voted the worst month. It’s cold, bleak, and serves very little purpose in the yearly scheme of events. Valentines Day is cruelly placed slap bang in the middle of it, making lonely people feel lonelier and people in relationships scramble to prove their love and book overpriced menus in mediocre restaurants when they’d rather be cosied up on the sofa with a hot cuppa in front of the tv. February’s only saving grace is that it only has 28 days, but even that is 28 too many for some!
So at STAY YNA we’re turning February’s negative image on its head. Here’s how to love the most hated month of the year…

1.Book your holiday during the worst months of the year – not the best!

2. Grab a flight for as little as Euros 30 from major airports across Euro book a long weekend to Nice where it’s currently sunny and locals are dining on terraces for lunch.

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3. Enjoy the Nice carnival held from the 11th to 25th February. It’s one of the biggest in the world and it’s loud and colourful. This year the theme is King of Energy. Book tickets for seating or just join in the fun on the street. Here’s the website for more info. http://www.nicecarnaval.com/en

 

 

 

 

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4. Book the gorgeous Le Grand Hotel for less than £84 per night for the best balcony view overlooking the carnival route!

5. If you’re a romantic then Nice is made for lovers and perfect for Valentines Day.

20% off Carnival and Valentines Day stays click here for promo code

New Year… New Destination… STAY YNA Ibiza!

E300 off your first booking at STAY YNA Ibiza.

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It’s easy to pigeon-hole Ibiza as a clubbers mecca or millionaires paradise, but its reputation is changing as at STAY YNA we bring you a different side to the island.

Ibiza is renown as the small island with a big personality and is home to breath taking beaches, gorgeous countryside and diverse and divine food and drink! Have we peaked your interest? Hire a car and you’ll find it quick and easy to get around making it so much more than a beach holiday.

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With the perfect combination of Eating, Drinking, Relaxing and Exploring! We think it’s the perfect location for independent STAY YNA travellers who will love discovering a different side of this captivating island.

With inexpensive direct flights taking about 2 ½ to 3 from major airports across Europe it doesn’t have to be just a summer vacation – it can be the perfect short break too!

STAY YNA IBIZA specialises in villas and apartments in and around Santa Eulalia, Sant Carles, Cala Nova, Cala Llenya: the east and north east of the island. It’s less discovered and more unique just like all our STAY YNA destinations.

We will be bringing you something a little bit different, homes with bags of personality in the heart of town, by the beach or tucked away in the hills away from it all. Check out our first home Villa Casa Arcadia with a very traditional look and feel it has a pool to die for.

As a special introductory offer we’re giving Euros 300 discount for all bookings of 7 nights or more in 2017. This offer is available until the end of March.

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Find your perfect home

Forget soulless tourist apartments and villas, our homes are lovingly created by their owners and provide an authentic local experience for our guests.

Dingle Sands

Dingle Sands

And because a home is designed for living, they are equipped with all the essentials for daily life. Now essentials, is a pretty broad term. Of course you are always going to find a full kitchen, washing machine, TV and Wifi as given, but some owners couldn’t live without their library of books or DVDs, open fireplace or even a hot tub.

Wood fired hot tub at the Green House

Wood fired hot tub at the Green House

Part of the charm of staying in someone’s home is that you get a real feel for their personality and taste; living in their space, walking in their shoes. But of course you don’t want to be surrounded by their clutter too so whilst you’ll find lots of carefully chosen items you won’t encounter cupboards bursting with someone else’s clothes or food

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Allegra- great base for a city break

Of course, style is subjective; one person’s ideal might be a historic house in the tranquil countryside, while another has a penchant for slick minimalist city pads at the heart of the action.

Indoor dining in historic Poytimo

Indoor dining in historic Poytimo

Fortunately we’ve covered all the angles, so whether your perfect break involves chilling by the sea, spending quality time with friends and family, hitting the shops, dancing until dawn or exploring your new area, we’re confident we’ve got the perfect home for you.

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A cosy room with a view and a half, Atlantic Lodge

Whatever you are looking for, find your perfect today when you visit our specialist local sites

Cottages & Town Houses in Dingle   Apartments & Villas in Nice   Apartments & Holiday Villas in Ibiza

Go Zen in Aura

Go Zen in Aura

 

 

 


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Dining in

There is something about food that brings us together, whether it’s the simple act of sitting around a table with friends and family or the soothing process of preparing a meal together.

Staying in a new place provides the perfect opportunity to discover new flavours and enjoy fresh culinary experiences.

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Eating out is great for that first taste of  a new cuisine but if you really want to explore the local tastes, head down to the market, stock up on seasonal goodies, go home and hit the kitchen.

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Expand your culinary horizons and combine the adventure of a new home town with all the comforts of home.  Dine al-fresco on fresh local produce or snuggle around the fire place with a nourishing hot pot.

Villa Avgoustis

Villa Avgoustis

All our homes have a fully equipped kitchen as standard, but if you want to really show off your gourmet skills, ask us for our favourites.

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Cleo

 

 

 

 

 


So long summer

10% off October stays!

Autumn break

Autumn break

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book a stay of 3 nights or more this October and we’ll take 10% off!

It’s been a beautiful summer and there is still time to catch those last minute rays. Enjoy autumn in Dingle, soak up some late sun in Nice or bask in Cyprus’ endless good weather.

Use promo code SUNDOWN to book online today

The small print:

Minimum 3 night stay

Valid for completed stays in October 2016

Bookings received by 21/10/2016

Excludes select properties, ask our reservations team for more information

Stay YNA Nice   Stay YNA Dingle  Stay YNA Ibiza

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Christmas

Cosy Christmas escapes | Stay YNA

Christmas in Dingle

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If you are looking for a picture perfect Irish Christmas then look no further than the Dingle Peninsula. Cosy cottages with open fires, well-equipped kitchens for cooking up a festive storm and beautiful countryside for walking off the excesses of the season. Oh and of course, quite a few pubs too if you need a break from all that family time! Whether you are looking for a venue for a large family gathering or want to spend a romantic Christmas à deux here are some of our favourites for your winter getaway:

Atlantic Lodge- Ballydavid– large kitchen, gas stove, spacious, easy walk to the pub

Mountain View- Brandon– fully equipped kitchen, lounge with open fire, large reception space

The Green House- Brandon– hot tub, pizza oven, open plan living space, two-way stove, great walks, pubs

Atlantic Lodge

Atlantic Lodge

Little Liss-Brandon- cute and cosy, open fire, country kitchen, lovely views, easy walk to beach and pub

Seascape – Ballydavid– open fire, wood stove, large kitchen, great views, wheelchair friendly

The Lookout- Ballyferriter- peace and quiet, two living rooms, stove, large kitchen, great walks

Wild Atlantic View- Dunquin– 4 double bedrooms, modern kitchen, feature fireplace, hot tub, great views

Stradbally Cottage- Castlegregory– sleeps up to 10- family friendly, wood stove, conservatory, beach walks

Panorama-Brandon– ideal for Christmas house party- 5 bedrooms, four poster beds, open fire, very private, great views

Noël in Nice

Alouette

Alouette

Let’s be honest, for most of us the key ingredients of a great Christmas are a generous portion of  friends and family, a sprinkling of gorgeous gifts,  lashings of delicious food and a healthy splash of good wine, throw in a bit of festive spirit and sprinkle on the sunshine and it sounds pretty perfect! Nice is a great base for a Christmas break, even if the temperatures drop there is still plenty of sunshine to enjoy from your balcony or during a walk along the promenade. And of course in terms of food and drink you are pretty spoiled for choice. The annual Christmas Village opens this year on 3rd December, lots of lovely little stalls and the vin chaud is a must. If you fancy someone else cooking your Christmas dinner this year then there are restaurants aplenty but booking is essential. If you prefer a traditional French meal à la maison then many of our apartments have great kitchens making it easy to rustle up a festive French feast:

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Paradis

Le Dome- Old Town– spacious and warm, well equipped kitchen, 2 bathrooms

Paradis- Carré d’Or- stylish, spacious, great location, modern kitchen, romantic break

Françoise- Old Town– cute as a button, sunny balcony, stylish, great kitchen, cosy feel, easy reach of restaurants

Alouette- Old Town-  family friendly, 2 bedrooms, spacious living area and lovely kitchen, heart of the old town

Villa Boron- Mont Boron– the ultimate escape for friends and family, 5 bedrooms, hot tub, indoor pool

For more information on where to stay in Nice visit Stay YNA Nice

Christmas in Cyprus

polytimo-14If you love all the traditions of Christmas but are not so keen on the traditional weather then Cyprus could be a good choice for you.  Unlike in many Mediterranean countries, Christmas is a huge deal in Cyprus with decorations in the streets, seasonal goodies in all the shops and a great festive atmosphere. Restaurants serve a variety of traditional fare from around the world. Evenings are cool so perfect for snuggling round the fireplace, but daytime temperatures are in the 20’s with bright sunshine, ideal for walking, cycling and enjoying the great outdoors, if you are a fan of winter sports there are also some great ski runs in Troodos.

Casa Indy-Fasoula a snug nest with fully equipped kitchen, woodburner, outdoor sauna, quiet village location

Villa Avgoustis- Pachna- Stone villa, covered courtyard, open fire, spacious kitchen

Polytimo & Monadiko-Lefkara- Quiet village location, spacious shared courtyard, open fire, two kitchens, ideal for a family group

 

 


Oh…those summer nights

Summer nights at Secret Retreat Polytimo

Summer nights at Secret Retreat Polytimo

Ibiza summer offers     Nice summer offers

I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite things about summer is being able to sit outside at night without the need for multiple layers of knitwear! Whilst we in northern Europe certainly benefit from the longer days, balmy nights have been in pretty short supply this year. Watching in vain for a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower through a layer of cloud last night I had a sudden longing for those Mediterranean summer nights. The warm breeze after a long day in the sun, the smell of exotic flowers and the familiar hum of cicadas while enjoying an ice cold glass of something…heaven!

It’s no wonder really that our Mediterranean cousins spend their summer nights wining and dining on the terraces of cafes and restaurants, sipping cocktails in chic beach bars or relaxing on their balconies or in their gardens over dinner with family and friends.

If you feel the need for a few balmy nights of your own, here are our suggestions for the best properties, bars and restaurants for your summer evenings…

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Cyprus in summer time is hot, hot hot so you’re going to want to be outside as much as possible. Choose a property by the coast for the sea breezes or in a village in the foothills where temperatures are more moderate. A pool is a plus if you are not near the sea but most important is plenty of outdoor space.

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Secret Retreat- al fresco dining by candlelight

Secret Retreat- al fresco dining by candlelight

Secret Retreat Polytimo and Village Hideaway Monadiko are located in Lefkara Village, at 500m altitude in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains, the village has cooler temperatures and less humidity than coastal areas. The houses have air-conditioned bedrooms (a huge plus!) and a gorgeous scented garden, the perfect setting for summer evenings.

 

 

 

Casa Indy- nights by the pool side

Casa Indy really does have it all…this gorgeous stone house is located in Fasoula village, just 10 minutes from Limassol the village enjoys cooler temperatures at night. Casa Indy has a divine pool in a stylish courtyard garden that just begs you to relax and unwind

 

 

 

 

Carmencita- watch the sun sink slowly into the sea

Carmencita- watch the sun sink slowly into the sea

Carmencita is a true gem, located right next to the beach in Limassol in an exclusive complex with large pool and spa. Just a hop and a skip from the beach path for evening strolls and within easy reach of some of Limassol’s best restaurants and bars

See special summer offers for Cyprus

 

 

 

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Yacht Club

Yacht Club

The Yacht Club at Limassol Marina is the place to go if you feel like living the high life. OK so you might not own your own luxury yacht just yet but you can always pretend! Open to the water on two sides this is a great place for a light bite, cocktail or glass of wine and a night of people spotting. Top Tip: share a platter and a shisha pipe for a relaxing evening. Find out more

Noa located right on Dasoudi Beach at the Famagusta Nautical Club this is a popular spot for a late coffee, early drink and fresh sea food. Sit in the garden next to the beach and enjoy the sea breeze as it ripples the eucalptus trees. Top Tip: the grilled calamari are my personal favourite but you must try the sea food meze- lots of delicious goodies! Find out more

La Isla

La Isla

La Isla is one of Limassols’ in bars, located in the Ayios Tychonas area of the city, right on the beach this is a great choice for food or drinks. It is open all day until late at night and does get pretty busy so book ahead or get their early. Listen to the sound of the waves on the shore and check out the walkers and cyclists on the beach path. Top Tip: the salads are epic and portions are generous, share a village salad with a selection of spicy calamari, prawns and feta filo parcels! Find out more

Sailor’s Rest at St Raphael Marina is a great choice for a summer dinner. The restaurant is built on a jetty so surrounded by the sea on three sides, there is always a pleasant breeze. The service is friendly and efficient and there is lots of choice; treat yourself to lobster or steak from the fine dining menu, share a gourmet platter or just order from their range of cocktails, enjoy some dips and choose from the extensive shisha menu. Find out more

Proti Stagona is set right in front of the Timou Stavrou Church in Lefkara Village, this tiny bar is popular with young people visiting from Limassol and Nicosia and a great option if you fancy a change of scene. The menu is not vast but they do a great platter with local cheeses and charcuterie and some funky fresh cocktails served in jam jars! Find out more

Place Rossetti

Place Rossetti

In Nice, the historic buildings were designed to keep the sun out so balconies are worth their weight in gold in the old town! While most visitors dream of sitting out on their own private balcony and watching the world go by, the locals can be found out and about enjoying the city’s cafe culture. There is a restaurant, bar or cafe literally on every street corner and the gorgeous squares such as Place Rossetti and Place Garibaldi or the market area at Cours Saleya are packed from early evening onwards. Live like the locals and move away from your air-conditioned apartment and get out into the streets to enjoy the summer Riviera vibe!

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brigitteBrigitte has all you could wish for- air-conditioning, a lovely balcony overlooking a quiet courtyard and is located at the heart of the lively old town. Enjoy a quiet apero on your private balcony and then head off down to Place Rossetti or Cours Saleya to soak up the atmosphere

Dolce Acqua in Villefranche-sur-Mer offers a touch of genuine Riviera luxury. This contemporary 1 bedroom apartment is air-conditioned throughout the stylish interior and boasts a spacious terrace and garden area with views of the nearby harbour

Fresco is a great choice if you really want to experience French life. This stylish apartment is airy and full of light and the traditional balcony enjoys the sun all day. Catch the last rays of the evening and then enjoy a stroll in the nearby Jardin Albert I

Wine time at Sienna

Wine time at Sienna

Sienna enjoys a great location in the popular port area, two generous-sized bedrooms and a spacious balcony, this is a perfect choice for a break with family or friends. Enjoy the chilled bottle of Rosé from your welcome basket in the early evening and then head of for a stroll around the port or dinner along fashionable rue Bonaparte

Rossetti is the place for you if you want to be right at the heart of the action! This 2 bedroom apartment in a period building looks out over Place Rossetti and the cathedral. Although there is no balcony, you really won’t miss it as the lure of the cafes down below will be too strong! You can enjoy your apéritif or nightcap literally on your doorstep and dine on the Cours Saleya or at one of the old towns many fabulous restaurants. You also have the overwhelming temptation of Finocchio’s ice cream stall within your line of vision!

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Distilleries Idéales

Distilleries Idéales

Distilleries Idéales is one of our top choices for an early-evening tipple. At the top of Rue de la Préfecture it is a great spot to stop off at the end of a busy day and enjoy the first rosé of the night, their tasty platters of local chaurcuterie are also worth trying….Find out more

 

 

 

 

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Le plongeoir -Nice

Le Plongeoir is certainly unique! Hovering above the sea on a rocky pillar that supports the old diving boards! The restaurant is open for lunch and serves snacks and platters in the afternoon. Dinner is served between 7:30 and 9:30 pm with fine dining options. Imagine tucking into fresh sea bream as you inhale the sea air? Find out more

La Civette du Cours on the famous Cours Saleya is perhaps the most authentic option in this very popular tourist spot. It is a great spot for an apéro as you sit and watch the world go by over a glass of pastis and a bowl of olives. They also serve food all day so if that pastis turns into several and you start feeling peckish fear not, they offer a small selection of snacks and local dishes. Why not try the petits farcis? Find out more

La Terrasse

La Terrasse

Nice is literally just jam-packed with amazing eateries, there is so much to choose from. Avoid the touristy restaurants and ask your local manager for their top tips to really experience the best eats in Nice. We like La Terrasse on the rooftop of Le Meridien, it has amazing views and is a good choice if you want to treat yourself. How about a start of Petrossian caviar followed by organic black Angus steak and then a trio of eclairs to finish? I am getting hungry just writing about it…find out more

 

Have we whet your appetite yet? To plan your own sumptuous summer nights check out our current offers

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Summer summer summer time… | Stay YNA

Summer time

Summer time

Take time out from your routine this summer and treat yourself to a last minute break.

At Stay YNA Nice We’ve got some great late deals for select dates in Nice and Cyprus, so check out our site, find your dates and ask our Bookings Team for your personal August offer!

Find your dates now…