Make Christmas a memorable one this year by treating yourself to the ultimate indulgence – a relaxing getaway where you don’t have to lift a finger
Who doesn’t love the idea of Christmas in a castle? Renowned for perfecting the art of a traditional Irish Christmas, the team at Lough Eske Castle will be waiting to make you feel right at home in the luxurious castle surroundings.
Relax and unwind with a five-star break, ramble around the blissful gardens and picture-perfect lough and enjoy the world-renowned Donegal hospitality. With decadent Christmas menus planned, mulled wine, open fires, Santa visits and Christmas lights, this is sure to be one holiday you’ll never forget.
Magical festive stays for all the family are on offer at the beautiful Ferrycarrig Hotel in Wexford where guests can enjoy a chance to relax and unwind with a choice of two and three-night residential packages including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St. Stephen’s Day.
Arrive on Christmas Eve to enjoy a mouth-watering dinner menu at the award-winning Reeds Restaurant. Wake up on Christmas morning with glorious views across the River Slaney before making your way to enjoy a tasty breakfast. Christmas Day lunch is served in Reeds Restaurant and it is completed with the arrival of a very special guest – none other than Santa Claus! After lunch, lounge by the fire or enjoy board games in the warm snug at the Dry Dock Bar. After a delicious St. Stephen’s morning breakfast, you can spend the day having a swim or soaking in the jacuzzi in the 5-star Active Club.
For those seeking a classic Christmas experience, Powerscourt promises two days and nights of sumptuous accommodation, dining and entertainment.
Let the exceptionally festive backdrop and ambiance envelop you as you’re welcomed by carol singers, mince pies and mulled wine. Spend a leisurely afternoon discovering the delightful amenities of your Christmas retreat and relax in the comfort of your incredibly spacious room. Perhaps take the opportunity to do a little last-minute gift-wrapping or settle yourself in one of the many resident lounges to reconnect with loved ones. Continue the festivities with a sublime four-course dinner with musical accompaniment. Following dinner, retreat to The Sally Gap Bar & Brasserie for a nightcap or two, then off to bed in high spirits to await the big day. For those traveling with little ones, they will receive reindeer dust and carrots to give Rudolph and his helpers as a midnight snack!
If you’re looking for some peace and quiet this Christmas, relax in an adult-only environment at the 4-star Hotel Kilkenny. Arrive on Christmas Eve to delicious hot chocolate, mulled wine and mince pies at the Hotel Kilkenny welcome reception before enjoying an indulgent evening meal at the elegant Taste Restaurant.
Start Christmas Day with a delicious breakfast and have an invigorating swim or steam in the 5-star Active Club. A full traditional Christmas lunch will be served in Taste Restaurant and then guests can enjoy a complimentary drink and a visit from Andy James, one of Ireland’s finest magicians, at the newly renovated 1831 Rosehill Bar.
From now until 7 January, the g Hotel is offering a one-night festive package to coincide with the magic of the famous Galway Christmas markets!
Renowned for its unique yuletide atmosphere, the g makes the perfect location for your holiday celebrations. You can embrace the magic of the city’s festivities on a one-night B&B getaway, with a complimentary shuttle bus to the markets at 3pm, 6pm and 9pm (Thursday – Sunday). You can also partake in a variety of entertainment and stalls located minutes from the hotel that include amusement rides, Santas Express Train, live music, school choirs, and lots of food favourites.
Swap festive stress for a luxurious two-night Christmas stay at Dublin’s newly re-imagined 5-star retreat, The College Green Hotel Dublin, Autograph Collection where they have curated an enchanting programme to ensure you and your nearest and dearest are treated royally from the moment you arrive on Christmas Eve to your departure on St Stephen’s Day.
Ideally located, overlooking Trinity College and a short stroll to the atmospheric Grafton Street, it is easy to see why so many people flock here to have their yuletide experience delivered effortlessly year after year. With its impressive lobby festooned with stunningly-lit trees and ornate decorations throughout, guests are warmly welcomed into this light-filled, atmospheric foyer and escorted to their luxurious accommodation to begin their relaxing break.
If you can’t get away for Christmas, why not book a relaxing break for right after the big day? This hotel is offering ‘Twixmas’ (the days right after Christmas ) and New Year’s breaks for a post-Christmas timeout that we believe many people would be all too happy to accept! The Johnstown Estate makes for an idyllic setting for any Yuletide celebration, resplendent with decadent decorations, twinkling lights and open fires, set against the backdrop of a winter wonderland spanning 120 acres of magnificent grounds.
Top of our Christmas wishlist is The Post Christmas Chill, a two-night stay for two people (check in from 27 or 28 December). Accommodation is in one of the Estate’s chic deluxe rooms, complete with super king size beds, Dyson hairdryers, Nespresso machines and a wide-screen TV. Guests will also enjoy a full Irish breakfast each morning with a relaxed two-course dinner on one evening in the cosy surrounds of The Coach House Brasserie. On the other night of your stay, you’ll enjoy a four-course dinner in the Estate’s fine dining restaurant, Fire & Salt.
The team at Ballynahinch Castle has created a blissful getaway of luxurious relaxation from 22 – 24 December to ensure you enter the Christmas festivities feeling fully recharged.
Embrace long, crisp walks through one of Connemara’s oldest gardens and take in the breathtaking views on the 700-acre estate, before returning for a pint or Irish coffee beside the roaring fire at The Fisherman’s Pub and Ranji Room – there are six open fires to choose from! If you fancy it, try one of the activities on offer to guests, including guided hikes, fly fishing or a shooting masterclass. On an evening of your choice, sit down for dinner at Owenmore restaurant, overlooking the majestic river below.