EASTER EGG HUNTS with the kids, a GOURMET GETAWAY or a UNIQUE LIGHTHOUSE ESCAPE for the whole family, below find 10 glossy Easter getaways …
If you want to stay somewhere completely different this Easter the Irish Landmark Trust has some beautiful properties in dramatic settings. Take for instance, Blackhead Lightkeeper’s house in Co Antrim, where a three-night weekend is £350stg, or St John’s Point Lightkeeper’s Cottage in Co Down which is £280stg.
Both properties are self-catering and fully-equipped to welcome families. There’s an added feel-good factor; by staying at an Irish Landmark property you are helping to keep built heritage alive. For other properties and offers and to make direct bookings visit www.irishlandmark.com.
Just a 40-minute drive from Dublin is Killashee Hotel in Co Kildare. The hotel’s Easter package, from just €180 per night, includes accommodation for two adults and up to three children. With a full Irish breakfast each morning in Turners Restaurant and dinner in The Bistro on one evening, with an optional High Tea for children, it’s very good value. Surrounded by interesting walks and manicured gardens, children can explore the Killashee Fairy Forest and also enjoy the complimentary Kids Camp, while you enjoy some pampering at the spa. www.killasheehotel.com.
Fancy a gourmet getaway? Why not investigate Limerick Strand Hotel’s Easter Escape packages. This includes two nights accommodation with a chocolate treat on arrival, dinner on one evening prepared by chef Tom Flavin at the AA Rosette River Restaurant followed by an “Eggciting” cocktail at the Terrace Bar. Breakfast is included, all for €165 per person sharing. www.strandhotellimerick.ie.
If you’re planning on some retail therapy at Kildare Village, it’s worth checking out the Imaginosity workshops, which are offering a host of children’s activities until Sunday April 8. They sound so interesting we’d like to try them too! The activities include egg personalisation workshops at Lily O’Brien’s, apron decorating with Dunne & Crescenzi, baking workshops with Le Pain Quotidien, tasting demonstrations at Le Creuset and many others. www.kildarevillage.com.
With views overlooking Lough Atalia and a short walk from Eyre Square, The Galmont Hotel & Spa, formerly the Radisson Blu Galway, has two tempting offers which apply from Sunday April 1 to Saturday April 7. The Dine & Stay package (€204) offers a sea view room and dinner at the Marina Grill, while the Revive & Pamper spa (€270) package includes an Elemis treatment and full use of the Thermal suite as well as overnight accommodation and breakfast. www.thegalmont.com.
Nestled on a 600-acre peninsula with spectacular views of the Fermanagh Lakelands, Lough Erne Resort’s “Easter Family Break” is for two nights, for two adults and two children in a luxury self-catering Lodge, a short stroll from the main hotel. Guests can enjoy a three-course dinner created by chef, Noel McMeel, in The Loughside Bar and Grill on one evening of their choice. The package also includes a complimentary one-hour boat cruise on Lough Erne as well as access to the infinity pool, jacuzzi and sauna at The Thai Spa plus breakfast each morning. Available midweek (Sunday-Thursday) from March 26 – April 5 from only €340 per night. www.lougherneresort.com.
Guests checking in for a night at the InterContinental Dublin, Ballsbridge can expect tasty treats on arrival, a luxurious family room and a delicious breakfast in Seasons Restaurant the next morning. Guests also have access to the indoor pool, Thermal Suite and Health Club, a 10 per cent discount on spa treatments, and a family day pass to Dublin Zoo. This package starts from €290 per room per night (based on two adults and two children under 12 years). www.intercontinentaldublin.ie.
Coinciding with Easter is the annual five day Food Festival in Galway city which takes place from Thursday March 29 – April 2 and has an array of fantastic foodie events and talks taking place each day. Take in the festival and stay in the stylish g Hotel, which is offering overnight dining packages from €125 per person sharing, including a three-course meal in restaurant gigi’s. www.theghotel.ie.
Carton House’s “EGGcellent Easter Escape” package (€265 per person sharing) promises a two-night luxurious stay with breakfast and €150 credit to use at the resort (eg. on room service, drinks and dining at the Linden Tree restaurant, Kitchen Bar and the resort’s golf clubhouse, treatments at The Carton Spa). On Easter Sunday the hotel will host its annual Easter egg hunt on the grounds, while on Monday, it’s Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse, in honour of which the hotel is organising the Carton House Most Stylish Lady competition. www.cartonhouse.com.
Me time at The Marker sounds heavenly. Check in for a night and enjoy a yoga class on the rooftop, or join the Run Concierge for a run through the city. Destress further with a treatment in the sleek Spa & Wellness area where the Fri-Date, Stay Sunday and Spa Monday packages are a weekly occurrence. Finish off your mini break with dinner in the Brasserie or at Le Drunch on Sunday afternoon which takes place from 2pm – 5pm, alternatively enjoy an Easter Egg Martini on the rooftop. www.themarkerhoteldublin.com.
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