Whether you want to party or be pampered, shop the sales, or enjoy some spa time, there are plenty of options for Twixmas stays at every price point too …
Glasson Lakehouse, Co Westmeath
Marrying the warmth of a ski lodge with some mid-century modern cool, Glasson Lakehouse is the perfect spot for some post-Christmas relaxation. Whether you’re warming up by the fire or in its outdoor heated hot tubs after a winter woodland stroll, enjoy a Winter Weekday Retreat from €149 per person. This includes a complimentary cocktail, breakfast and dinner in Bonnie’s Restaurant overlooking Lough Ree, a €10 voucher for spa and golf activities as well as access to its heated outdoor pool; www.glassonlakehouse.ie.
The Lansdowne Kenmare, Co Kerry
Skiing on the Caha mountains may not be in the cards this year, but you can still get in on the après aki action at the new LK Chalet, a Swiss-themed pop-up bar (open until February) on the Terrace of The Lansdowne Kenmare. Heated and decked out with cosy faux-fur and Swiss-inspired furnishings, it’s easy to feel transported to the Alps. Plus, there’s a special menu of themed drinks, hot cocktails, mulled wine, rum hot chocolates and more. It’s just one of the reasons to book this gorgeous hotel, which has availability on new year stays from €255; www.lansdownekenmare.com.
No1 Pery Square, Co Limerick
Overlooking the tree-lined Peoples Park in Limerick’s historic Georgian Quarter, the boutique bolthole of No.1 Pery Square is only a five-minute walk from the city centre. The house comprises 20 bedrooms, all individually named and styled, while delicious food and wine is served in its Sash and the Park restaurants. Enjoy a Twixmas stay for two at the townhouse between December 28-30. Included is a three-course dinner with a glass of prosecco. There’s also a €35 voucher towards a spa treatment of choice in its Voya Spa, located in the basement. From €658 total stay for two people sharing; www.oneperysquare.com.
The Hardiman, Galway
Overlooking Eyre Square and literally a two-minute walk from the train station, the historic Hardiman is a great location for a post-Christmas break in Galway. Potter down to Shop Street and check out the sales or take a brisk walk on Salthill Promenade and then relax by the fire in the Parlour Lounge and watch the world go by. The Hardiman has two Twixmas offers for stays between December 26 and 30. The first is a one-night stay with dinner in The Gaslight Brasserie and breakfast the next morning from €169 per person sharing; a two-night stay with breakfast and dinner on one evening is from €309 per person sharing; www.thehardiman.ie.
The Killarney Royal Hotel, Co Kerry
Available from December 27-30, enjoy two night’s accommodation at this charming boutique hotel run by the Scally family. Guests will receive a warm welcome with mince pies and tea served on arrival beside a crackling fire. Toast the season with a pre-dinner mulled wine followed by a four-course dinner on one evening. Full access to the Health Club at its sister property, the Great Southern Killarney, is available. This includes a 15m heated pool, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi, monsoon shower and two outdoor tennis courts. From €576 total stay for two people sharing; www.irelands-blue-book.ie.
The Old Inn, Co Down
Cosy firelit corners, great grub, elegant interiors, and a place from which you can explore the great outdoors … The Old Inn is in the charming village of Crawfordsburn, a short distance from Belfast. Dating back to 1614, it is one of Northern Ireland’s most historic hotels, due in part to its links with author C S Lewis. It’s now part of the Galgorm Collection which also includes The Rabbit. Part of a €2.8 revamp of this lovely property is its new Treetop spa, which has a range of experiences including a hydrotherapy pool, steam room, sauna, hot tubs and relaxation space. Available from December 27-30 is a two-night break with breakfast, dinner on one evening with a bottle of wine and complimentary use of the spa, from £890 total stay for two people sharing; www.irelands-blue-book.ie.
Number 31, Dublin 2
Tucked away behind a creeper clad wall on Leeson Close, Dublin 2 is Number 31 – a Georgian townhouse and Modernist mews once the home of architect Sam Stephenson – renowned for its service and laid-back atmosphere. The guest house has been decorated with the Jazz age in mind and having stayed recently, I can attest that it’s the perfect base for a mini staycation or for shopping the January sales. My tip: allow yourself time to really appreciate the delicious breakfast. Bed and breakfast rates start at €152; www.number31.ie.
Ice House Hotel, Mayo
Home to the Chill Spa, first class service, delicious food and with an enviable location on Mayo’s Wild Atlantic Way, the Ice House is a great place to wave goodbye to 2022. Check in on New Year’s Eve and enjoy a festive five-course supper in the stylish 54° 9° restaurant. After dinner, soak up the hotel’s cosy atmosphere with a glass of bubbly to ring in the New Year. There will also be some tasty late-night snacks to enjoy. After a leisurely lie-in and breakfast, spend the rest of your stay in Chill Spa with its outdoor thermal area or exploring the landscapes of the Wild Atlantic Way. Prices start from €520 for a one-night stay for two people sharing and includes breakfast, five course dinner, champagne toast and midnight snacks; www.theicehouse.ie.
Stauntons on the Green, Dublin 2
Another boutique gem steeped in history and culture, and located beside the Museum of Literature Ireland, Stauntons is an oasis of calm in the heart of the city. Guests can wrap up while enjoying a hot drink in the hidden Iveagh Gardens behind the hotel or make the most of all the sales in the city centre. Bed and breakfast rates start at €164; www.stauntonsonthegreen.ie.
After the chaos of Christmas, check into the InterContinental Dublin for a luxurious New Year’s Eve stay. This includes a special celebration dinner with festive entertainment and a glass of bubbles. Relax with a leisurely breakfast the following morning in Season’s Restaurant and maybe take a swim in the hotel’s indoor heated pool before a late checkout at 2pm. Nearby are Herbert Park and Sandymount Strand – ideal for a stroll or brisk walk after the night’s excesses! Complimentary on-site car parking is also included. From €370 per person sharing; www.intercontinentaldublin.com.
Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara
Ring in the New Year at Ballynahinch Castle, with a two-night stay which starts with champagne and canapés by the fire in the Hunts Room followed by a six-course dinner in Owenmore Restaurant. As the clock strikes midnight, cocktails will be served, and in-house entertainment will ensure the party continues into 2023. There’s a leisurely start to New Year’s Day, with a late breakfast and option of a walk on the estate’s woodland and rivers led by an expert guide. This inclusive New Years’ experience starts from €990 per room based on two sharing; www.ballynahinchcastle.com.
Hard Rock Hotel Dublin
If you’re planning on shopping the sales then the Material Girl package at the Hard Rock Hotel Dublin is ideal with two main shopping districts right on its doorstep including Grafton Street and Henry Street, to small independent boutiques around the cobbled streets of Temple Bar and nearby Drury Street. This overnight stay includes breakfast and a bottle of bubbles on arrival and is valid until January. Prices start from €199 per night, based on two people sharing; www.hardrockhotels.com/dublin.
Cliff at Lyons, Co Kildare
A New Year’s Eve stay at Cliff at Lyons combines glamour and relaxation. Arrive on December 31 and begin the celebrations with a champagne reception in the Mezzanine Bar followed by dinner at the Mill Restaurant and Terrace, prepared by chef Sean Smith and his team. On New Year’s day there’s a leisurely breakfast in The Orangery and then the opportunity to relax at the Village Thermal, which has two Finnish barrel saunas and hot tubs nestled in the lush greenery. The inclusive overnight stay in an Estate or Lily Pond room with breakfast, dinner and access to the Village Thermal is from €880 based on two people sharing; www.cliffatlyons.ie.
Faithlegg, Co Waterford
Situated at the top of a charming winding road, this resort combines luxurious accommodation options, impressive food, tranquil treatment suites, an award-winning golf course and stunning woodland surroundings, making it a great destination for a New Year’s Eve escape. The New Year’s Eve package includes an overnight stay in either the manor house or contemporary wing with a glass of bubbles, a six-course dinner in the Roseville Rooms restaurant, post dinner live entertainment in Bar 1783 (pictured), breakfast the following morning (with bucks fizz) and a complimentary shuttle coach to Tramore Racecourse on New Year’s Day. Prices start from €395 per night; www.faithlegg.com.
Avalon House Hotel, Co Kilkenny
This 19th-century manor house hotel in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny is warm, inviting and undeniably elegant. To ring in the New Year there is a two-night break from December 30 to January 1, which includes accommodation, breakfast each morning plus an indulgent seven-course dinner on New Year’s Eve which also includes two glasses of prosecco, all from €150 per person per night; www.avalonhousehotel.ie.
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