Travel our mark on the dance floor to a mix of R&B, funky house and an amazing live percussionist drum- ming away to Latin beats. After a few hours booty-shaking we hopped in a cab back to base at about 3am, leaving the still- buzzing club behind. SPATIME Next day, we were up relatively early -- well, okay, 10am -- for a leisurely breakfast and a morning in the spa. We swam and steamed off our hangovers, then booked in for massage and mini-manicures. Chilled and detoxed, we went off for a re-tox -- a pint of the black stuff. Just across the road from the Merrion was ODonoghues, a cute, packed little pub. My cautious half of Guinness went down a treat, while the girls sweetened theirs with blackcurrant. London Lite Friday, 3 July 2009 13 Lakitira Beach resort, kos MARK WARNERS Lakitira resort was recently rated the top European tennis resort by Ace Magazine. The 11 courts are free and group coaching costs 50 for four lessons. A more intensive Academy Course costs 100. From 667pp based on two sharing in October. 0871 703 3887, mark the hampshire court hoteL, Basingstoke LOVe-ALL might lead to a match made in heaven on an Adventura singles tennis weekend. Aimed at improver-plus level, they take place monthly through the summer with coaching included and a mixed doubles tournament to end your stay. Early-bird prices start at 289pp based on a twin share. Dates: 24- 26 July, 29-31 Aug, 2-4 Oct. 0800 612 2202, projects aBroad, india FOR a heart-warming and heart- pumping holiday, why not pass on your tennis skills to children in India? You just need bags of energy to introduce enthusiastic kids to all aspects of the sport -- from how to serve to the history of the game. From 995 for a two-week project, including accommodation, food and insurance, excl flights. 01903 708300, tennishoteL WoLfgang- see, st WoLfgang Get active in the Alps at this Austrian tennis hotel with stunning lake and mountain views. Happy and Intensive packages are available for weeks or weekends depending upon your stamina level. Prices start at 285pp based on two sharing a Happy weekend, including three nights half board and three lessons, excl flights. See us open, neW York AUSSIE company The Fanatics is organising a budget break to the middle weekend of the US Open, from Friday, 4 September. Centre Court tickets plus three nights hostel accommodation are included, as well as an orientation tour of New York. 299pp in dorm accommodation or 379 for a twin/double, excl flights. 020 7240 3223, 5besttennis holidaysBY DAY, THEN HIT THE A-LIST CLuBS OF IRELANDS CHIC CAPITAL EDITED BY OLIvIA wALmSLEY LOfficina ( After a bottle of wine and a bellyful of pasta for 17 each, we were ready to hit the shops. Fab designer brands -- Anya Hindmarch, Jaeger, Bally, Myla and Ralph Lauren -- sat alongside high street names such as Reiss, LK Bennett, All Saints and Karen Millen. But luckily Kildare isnt quite as packed with tempting haute couture as Bicester or Id have come back penniless. I still fully indulged my shopaholic ways, but my savings erased any guilt pangs. I picked up a preppy, Gossip Girl-style white-and-navy Ralph Lauren blazer, down from 257 to 77. Further bargain hunting in Jaeger snaffled a fab polka-dot dress for work, reduced from 304 to 60. I pushed on to plush cashmere brand tSe for a final bargain: an adorably cute navy cashmere sweater dress with ruffle detail, 137, reduced from 257. total savings -- 544. Nothing to feel guilty about at all, then. Back at the Merrion, laden with shopping bags, we felt pretty exhausted. We ordered yummy tea and cakes on room service so we could chill out and review our purchases. OUTONTHETOWN tHAt evening we dressed up in our posh new frocks to go in search of Dublins famed craic. After cocktails at the hotel bar, our first stop was thai and Vietnamese restaurant Saba ( to tuck into fragrant curry dishes in cool surroundings. Finishing with wine and amazing champagne cocktails, we were ready to dance, so we left Saba for the citys hot spot, Krystle Nightclub (krystlenight- Arriving at midnight, the sleek, ultra-bling club was just starting to fill up. We hit the bar and then made We then learnt it wouldnt taste half as good in London as it didnt travel well, so we sank a few more before our flight home. Leaving with heavier luggage, lighter pockets and soothed bodies, we knew wed miss our newly sophisticated, A-list Dublin lifestyle. Were already planning an excuse to return. Does turning 28 count as a milestone? Fly direct to Dublin from Gatwick, from 26 return, Village life: bags of designer buys from Kildare Village Nailing that look: feeling lovely and fully pampered after the mini-manicure at the spa Bathing beauties: Rebecca, left and pal relax in the hotel pool Cocktail dresses: Rebecca, left, and friends in the bar index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html