10 Glossy Things To Do This Valentine’s Day

Woo your special one with a NIGHT TO REMEMBER this Valentine’s Day …

Available from February 10 – 17, Carton House has created a special Valentine’s Day package with the emphasis on romance and relaxation. The treat includes an overnight stay in a superior room with breakfast. Kickstarting celebrations, there’s also a complimentary glass of Prosecco before a three-course dinner in the award-winning Linden Tree Restaurant. Guests have full access to the hotel’s spa facilities which include sauna, steam room and 18-metre swimming pool. The idyllic hideaway also has numerous walking trails for walking off any over indulgence. From €134 per person sharing; www.cartonhouse.com, call 01 5052000.

At Ely Bar & Grill all the elements are in place for a special night. The setting is distinctive in the recently refurbished Atrium Bar, while the five-course tasting menu created by chef Ryan Stringer celebrates the best of local produce. Award-winning sommelier Ian Brosnan will also be there on the night to guide diners through the selection of bubbles, whites, reds and dessert wines available to complement the menu. The Valentine’s Day tasting menu costs €50 per person, wine excluded; www.elywinebar.ie. 

If you fancy a night in town you won’t get more central than Trinity City Hotel, which is offering a date night with a difference. Trinity City Hotel has just added 22 new rooms to its offering and they combine modern design and old world charm. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, they are offering an overnight stay, a complimentary glass of Prosecco and a candlelit, four-course meal in The Courtyard Restaurant. The overnight package is €260 per room. Alternately, skip the overnight stay and enjoy dinner at Trinity City Hotel for €48 per person. Available from February 10 – 18. www.trinitycityhotel.com.

For gourmets, the Aphrodisiac Menu at the g Hotel Galway will appeal. Guests get to savour five sensuous courses prepared by head chef Jason O’Neill and sous chef Andy Lewis. The innovative menu (for €59) is labelled “his and hers”. Expect to find tempting lobster, scallops, duck, seabass and black sole on the menu and of course some decadent chocolate desserts, with a fun guide to all of the aphrodisiacs used. To book a table call 091 865200 or email eat@theg.ie. Upgrade to any overnight stay from €85 pps. stay@theg.ie.

For a special occasion The Shelbourne’s luxurious overnight stay on Valentine’s day includes a bottle of champagne in your choice of room on arrival, a three-course dinner in the glamorous Saddle Room restaurant, with a rose petal turndown before bed, and lavish breakfast the following morning. The package cost depends on room choice but rates are from €399 per room. Alternately the Valentine’s Day three course dinner is €69 per person. To book +353 1 663 4500.


How nice would it be to wake up in Ashford Castle on Valentine’s Day? Well, if you book their exclusive Winemakers Dinner on February 13, this can be a reality. The classic wines of Châteaux Léoville-Barton will be presented by Lilian Barton, director and winemaker. Following a Lanson Pére et Fils NV aperitif in the Wine Cellar (at 6.30pm), a seven-course tasting menu will be served in the Connaught Room (from 7pm) paired with a selection of wines from the Châteaux Léoville-Barton has been owned by the Irish Barton family since 1826. Overnight accommodation in a beautifully appointed Corrib room and breakfast in the George V Dining Room completes this package from €585 per night based on two people sharing. The dining experience can also be enjoyed by non-residents of the hotel, priced at €195 per person. www.ashfordcastle.com or phone 094 9546003.


Planning on popping the question? The Marker has introduced a Proposal Package to ensure it’s a night to remember. Enjoy exclusive access to The Marker Rooftop Bar & Terrace for an hour, surrounded by candles to set the mood and a bottle of champagne.  It’s just one of the many curated experiences available on Valentine’s Day. Others include the Gourmet Lovers tasting menu (€75), an overnight package (starting from €249) which can be upgraded with a rose-petal turndown, chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of champagne for €120. Alternately, a Couple’s Serenity spa package which includes a 60 minute Lomi Lomi massage each with a glass of bubbles is another way to celebrate. spa@themarker.ie.

To book the Valentine’s tasting menu experience, contact the team on +353 (0) 1 687 5104.


The stunning 16th century Dromoland Castle, is offering a romance package which will give guests a chance to explore the surroundings of the 450-acre estate, the castle’s intimate gardens and its lavish spa. Priced at €370 per person sharing, the package includes two nights accommodation with breakfast, a chance to sample Mrs White’s Afternoon Tea, chocolates and champagne on arrival and the opportunity to try one of the following activities; falconry; a pony and trap ride on the estate, 18 holes of golf; or a 50-minute spa treatment. To book visit www.dromoland.ie or call (061) 346 7007.


For affectionate diners in Galway, why not pop into the Tribeton art deco bar and restaurant. It’s offering an 11 per cent “kisscount” off all food bills for clients who pucker up at the till! Note it doesn’t have to be your significant other –  a family member, friend or obliging stranger will do. The offer is valid throughout the month of February from Monday – Friday. www.tribeton.ie; 091 421 600.


Finally, if you want to offer a meaningful present on February 14, we can’t think of a better way than a bouquet of flowers by The Crate. The florists, who are opening a pop-up in Penneys flagship store on Mary Street from February 12 – 14, have selected flowers for a special Valentine’s bunch that represent loyalty (astrantia), boldness (grevilea), honesty (lisianthus), beauty (stock) friendship (pink rose) as well as lilac rose which means enchantment and love.  Single roses are priced at €3 and large bouquets at €10. www.primark.ie; www.thecrate.ie.

Penny McCormick

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