Last Minute Easter Escapes Around Ireland to Book Now - The Gloss Magazine

Last Minute Easter Escapes Around Ireland to Book Now

Still not booked an Easter escape? No problem – from stylish city stays to spa getaways and family-friendly destinations, these spring breaks won’t disappoint

Mount Falcon, Co Mayo

James Franklin Fuller is the architect behind some of Ireland’s most inspiring baronial buildings from Ashford Castle to Farmleigh House and Kylemore Abbey. Mount Falcon Estate, built in 1876 was another commission – a wedding present for a new bride. Known as “the castle” by locals, it has recently reopened after extensive renovations inside and out. The family-run four star hotel, owned by brothers Barry, Michael and Alan Moloney, has welcomed presidents and actors (Joe Biden and Jamie Dornan) no doubt drawn to its country pursuits (clay shooting, archery and salmon fishing on the River Moy), spa facilities and impressive aviary. There’s a Little School of Owls and Raptors as well as a forest school for children. To sample, book the current two night “Escape to Mount Falcon” which includes dinner in The Kitchen Restaurant, from €160 per person;

The Montenotte, Co Cork

The “Spring Urban Escape” is a stylish two-night stay at The Montenotte, from €270 per person sharing, during which dinner is included on one night at the contemporary Panorama Bistro. It’s the perfect vantage point to take in panoramic views of Cork city, while sipping on a Montenotte gin and tonic on the terrace. A stay also gives guests unlimited access to the Motion Health Club (with its 20m swimming pool), Victorian gardens and Cameo cinema. On departure guests receive the gift of a signature Bellevue Spa Bamboo & Olive Blossom candle as a memento of their trip;

The K Club, Co Kildare

With daily activities available from Saturday, April 9 to Sunday 24, “The Great Easter Escape” at The K Club is a two-night stay in an elegant interconnecting family room offering breakfast each morning and one evening meal in the resort’s Barton Restaurant, from €745 per night, based on two adults and two children under-12. This year’s Easter highlights include science camps, (with interactive, safely delivered STEM eggsperiments) golf lessons, cycling, egg and spoon races and paddle boarding on the River Liffey. Adults also have their own menu of treats to choose from including falconry, archery and tours of the wine cellar. Meanwhile the Easter Bunny has taken up residence on the resort’s private Easter island which includes a petting zoo and hot chocolate station. Day visitors to the hotel might like to book Easter Afternoon Tea in the Drawing Room, €50 per adult and €22.50 per child, or have a drink in the fun new bar and restaurant venue South – overlooking the lush greens of the Palmer South golf course;

Glasson Lakehouse, Co Westmeath

Glasson Lakehouse – formerly a discreet golf resort in Westmeath – is a funky four-star resort overlooking Lough Ree bearing the hallmarks of other Press Up hotels such as The Devlin or Mayson – bold Irish art, hip young staff, neon signs, in-room Munchie Trays and a priority on comfort. Land and lake activities available include boat tours, kayaking, golfing, or cycling. There’s also an outdoor pool (heated all year round) and three hot tubs located beside a sunken terrace. If you are craving a ski holiday minus the airmiles, you’ll love the Alpine-inspired Bonnie’s restaurant and lobby (with enormous fireplaces and small boutique selling McNutt blankets and La Bougie candles). It’s perfect for lounging and people watching – the hotel is buzzy and great for young families. Currently on offer is a “Spa & Stay” package for enjoying some pampering in the newly-launched Brooks Spa. This two night escape includes a Swedish massage, access to the outdoor heated pool and hot tubs, and a cocktail at Bonnie’s restaurant. While adults relax, the rest of the family can be entertained as there is a free kids camp running from Friday April 15 – 20 with activities including water games, arts and craft activities and baseball golf;

g Hotel & Spa, Co Galway

“The Something Sweet Retreat” is a two-night stay available from April 11 to 27, (€478 for two people sharing), during which guests can expect some luxury, handmade Easter eggs on arrival as well as breakfast and a three-course dinner in Restaurant Gigi’s. Guests also have access to the swish fitness suite and spa facilities at the hotel as well as a courtesy car for transfers to Galway city and back. A visit is a chance to sample the impressive menus of new head chef Dominique Majecki and his team. Coincidentally, chef Majecki is launching a new Supper Club which takes place on April 27, showcasing the very best of Galway’s acclaimed food and drink producers including Dooncastle oysters and Micil Gin. This event takes place in the hotel’s grand salon (pictured) and opens with a drinks reception before a five-course dinner with wine pairings. Places are limited and can be booked for €125 per person sharing from

Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa, Co Wicklow

The “Wake Up in Wicklow” experience is available year-round at Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa and includes overnight accommodation, dinner at Sika Restaurant (pictured), two complimentary entry tickets to Powerscourt Gardens and full Irish breakfast from €253 per person sharing. Guests can also enjoy an array of activities and amenities including complimentary hotel bicycles and the 20m swimming pool.  Picnic baskets can also be prepared, while on Easter Saturday and Sunday the hotel will host a special Easter egg hunt and a falconry display;

Sheen Falls Lodge, Co Kerry

For a glam getaway in lovely Kenmare, look no further than the “Eggsellent Easter Experience” at Sheen Falls Lodge which runs from Friday  April 15  to Monday April 18. This includes two- or three-nights’ accommodation in a luxurious, spacious room, with breakfast served in The Falls Restaurant each morning, with dinner for two in the The Falls Restaurant on one night (an additional meal is included in the Sheen Lounge during the three-night package). Up to two children sharing (under twelve) with their parents can enjoy complimentary accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. Estate Rooms and Suite Falls View can accommodate up to three children sharing. The bonus? Opening the window and falling asleep to the white noise of the waterfalls. The two-night package starts at €1,190, the three-night from €1,785;

The Heritage, Co Laois

The relaxed and welcoming Heritage hotel has a two-night night Easter holiday package for two adults and up to two children under 12 sharing a family guestroom, from €634 total stay. Available from April 10 to 24, this offer also includes breakfast and dinner in Blake’s Restaurant on one evening. There are also Easter egg decorating classes, goodie bags filled with treats on arrival, a chocolate egg hunt on Easter Sunday and discounts for day trips to the National Stud, Japanese Gardens and Lullymore Heritage Park. Should you wish to stay put, the hotel’s amenities include a tennis court, a Health Club with pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms, a 5km walking trail and its own

Killashee Hotel, Co Kildare

For Easter, Killashee will be running its “Family Fun Package”, which will include an Easter egg or chocolate bunny for the kids on check in, as well as a children’s movie night each night. The two-night package with breakfast and an evening meal for two adults and two children is from €380 total stay. The hotel setting is magical – and is surrounded by 80 acres of gardens, parkland and woodland trails perfect for forest bathing. Do make use of the spa’s impressive hydrotherapy suite afterwards

The Old Ground Hotel Ennis, Co Clare

The beautifully restored 18th-century Manor House, part of the Flynn Collection of hotels, is the ideal base to explore scenic Co Clare and attractions such as the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Bunratty Castle. Its current Easter family package costs €450 and includes two nights in a family room with breakfast both mornings plus dinner for all the family on one evening(the hotel has a range of dining options from the Town Hall Bistro, Poet’s Corner Bar and Brendan O’Regan restaurant). There’s also some Easter surprises for children, a family day pass to Moher Hill Pet Farm, and access to the hotel’s acclaimed sculpture garden and library;


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