Ireland of the Welcomes

Hot Hotel Breaks

As hotels open back up for internatio­nal visitors and staycation­ers alike, we look at some of the best deals around the country

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The best hotel deals, now we're welcoming internatio­nal visitors back to our shores

MAYO

You’ve been missing your family and friends, and so to make up for lost time the clever folks at The Twelve Hotel have put together the ultimate package. Grab your loved ones, your favourite gal pals, close family or best couple friends and book the #InterConne­cted package at The Twelve. You’ll check in to your own two-bedroom luxury suite with super king beds in each and an interconne­cting hallway for a two-night stay with cooked to order breakfast in bed each morning.

Enjoy eight signature Brown Bag cocktails (four cocktails each) at your own private horseshoe-shaped bar in your suite. Also included is a popcorn machine and compliment­ary bar nuts and nibbles. There’s even a record player with a curated vinyl collection waiting so you can have that longawaite­d bop with your besties.

On your second night, pop on the glad rags and drag yourself away from your chic suite to enjoy the awardwinni­ng dining experience that is West Restaurant with one of Ireland’s most acclaimed wine collection­s. Celebrate food, celebrate wine, celebrate life and being #InterConne­cted at The Twelve this summer.

The #InterConne­cted getaway at The Twelve starts from €1,030 for a two night stay with breakfast each morning, a four-course dinner in West and Brown Bag cocktails at your own private bar.

For more informatio­n visit thetwelveh­otel.ie.

BELFAST

The passion and romance of Daphne and The Duke in the novel-turned-TV series Bridgerton made us all swoon, so if you’re dreaming of a Bridgerton-inspired romantic escape, The Harrison Chambers of Distinctio­n, in Belfast, has you covered. With its four-poster beds, glittering chandelier­s, stunning free-standing bath-tubs and eye-catching interiors this darling Belfast hotel with its series of 16 comfortabl­e, elegant, playful rooms will make the perfect backdrop to your own love story. A boutique hotel in a leafy neighbourh­ood on the doorstep of all that’s interestin­g in Belfast, The Harrison Chambers of Distinctio­n is a jewel-box labour of love created by its owner, well-travelled Belfast native and born story-teller, Melanie Harrison.

Huge bay windows, polished mahogany, rich velvet curtains and bathtubs in the bedrooms combine elegance with an underlying mischief and tongue-in-cheek humour. Comfortabl­e beds with starched white linens and soundproof­ed rooms guarantee a great night’s sleep. Melanie’s sister Nola provides personalis­ed in-house spa therapies for guests to book, from facials to massages, scrubs and baths. There is a cosy lounge where guests can mingle and a fully licensed restaurant on the ground floor.

Your Love Story at The Harrison includes Champagne on arrival and an overnight stay with breakfast in bed delivered, staying in one of their extravagan­t aristocrat rooms from £199 per couple sharing.

For more informatio­n visit chambersof­distinctio­n.com.

KILDARE

A stay at Straffan House, The K Club’s uniquely luxurious private residence, is an extraordin­ary experience. Built on a grand scale, designed for entertaini­ng, Straffan House is palatial and elegant, modelled on a magnificen­t château at Louvecienn­es to the west of Paris, not far from Versailles.

This is a remarkable retreat with ten bedrooms. Gather the whole family or your extended group of friends and celebrate in real style at Straffan House. You won’t need to lift a finger during your entire stay, cosseted by 24-hour butler service and a private chef and your own dedicated housekeepe­r and concierge. On the lower ground floor level is the spectacula­r private swimming pool with hand-painted murals and its own swim-up bar, lit by a twinkling sky full of tiny stars created by some subtle ambient lighting. There’s a gym and private spa, games room and a wine cellar and the house also has a gorgeously lush red velvet-upholstere­d movie theatre with reclining chairs, digital

screen and a Bose surround sound system.

As your stay includes full Irish breakfast, lunch, tea, coffee, homemade cookies and cake, soft drinks and snacks, a pre-dinner drinks reception and gourmet dinner, the most urgent decision you’ll need to make is which movie you’re going to watch together and when, or what you’d like to do with all your free time with your friends or family on this lavish 550-acre country estate. To ensure you get maximum pleasure from your private dining experience­s at Straffan House, work up an appetite by playing one of the two Arnold Palmer-designed championsh­ip golf courses, host to the Ryder Cup in 2006, also included as compliment­ary with any stay.

Straffan House combines the style and architectu­re of a bygone era with all of the comforts and luxury of elegant, contempora­ry living. With ten bedrooms in total, spread over three storeys and the guest cottage, a Straffan House stay is €20,000 per night with a minimum three-night stay, including all meals, snacks and treats, with 24-hour butler service, private chef and unlimited golf on the Palmer North & Palmer South courses. Alcohol is charged on consumptio­n.

For more informatio­n visit www.kclub.ie.

KILDARE

For more than 250 years, Carton House has been the finest Georgian estate in Ireland. Now, after a two-year, multimilli­on-euro total renovation it’s one of the finest hotels in the country. This summer, as the hotel re-opens as a Fairmont Managed Hotel, savour the splendor of Carton House and curate your perfect stay by choosing from their bespoke menu of activity options to add to your resort experience – and enjoy the resort exactly as you want to.

Stay in one of the opulent suites of The House, the spectacula­r 18th-century Palladian-style mansion, now at the heart of the guest experience and simply choose as many add-ons as you wish.

Whether that’s the interest and expertise of a tutored wine tasting, a dinner in the cosy and atmospheri­c setting of Kathleen’s Kitchen, set in the old servants’ kitchens of Carton House or a delicious picnic basket to enjoy in the resort’s idyllic gardens, parklands and grounds, there are countless treats and treasures to choose from when you Curate your Stay at Carton House. You might select a Whiskey Lover’s Experience, a guided tasting in the cosy book-lined Whiskey Library or indulge in Afternoon Tea in the stunning Gold Salon and the Drawing Room— rooms that originally would have entertaine­d aristocrat­ic visitors to Carton House taking in the same views that have captivated visitors for over 250 years.

Other options include a luxurious and rejuvenati­ng treatment in Carton House Spa & Wellness or an hour-long custom golf club fitting session at Carton House Golf.

Carton House is welcoming guests back to a polished and elegant country house experience, and to pleasure and escapism at its best. Enjoy the treat of spending some time in one of the finest resorts in Ireland. Curate your Stay at Carton House, with one night bed & breakfast in a State Room of The House available from €495 based on two people sharing.

For more informatio­n visit cartonhous­e.com.

LIMERICK

Treat yourself to an indulgent five-star stay at Adare Manor. Raise a glass to a belated birthday celebratio­n, plan a surprise anniversar­y trip or simply indulge in some much needed luxury with a two-night stay in one of the stunning guest deluxe guestrooms and take your time over breakfast each morning in the breath-taking surroundin­g of The Gallery. Relax over dinner on one evening in The Carriage House with stunning garden views and on the second evening in the Michelin star restaurant, The Oak Room. Also included is a private wine tasting in the wine cellar which houses over 7,000 bottles of wine. Allow your dedicated Picnic Butler to arrange an ultraluxe picnic experience on the estate and top off your stay with a horse and carriage tour of Adare Manor with Champagne and chocolates. Prices from €3,340 based on two people sharing.

For more informatio­n visit adaremanor.com.

WEXFORD

The four-star Ferrycarri­g Hotel, in Wexford, has created a summer adventure break like no other. Whether you are looking for fun, action or adventure, from learning to surf or kayak to sand-duning to stand-up paddleboar­ding, archery or horseridin­g, the team at the four-star Ferrycarri­g Hotel have teamed up with the best adventure suppliers in Wexford to create a unique "Adventure Escape" break where you can build your very own adventure experience.

Ferrycarri­g Hotel boasts an inspiring location sitting on the water's edge of the River Slaney with every one of the hotel’s 102 rooms offering an incredible view and is also just 20 minutes from golden sand beaches and immersed amongst some top

KILKENNY

Explore the medieval city with easy access to the Kilkenny Castle Parklands and River Nore walks. Kilkenny county has so much to offer with an abundance of outdoor activities and adventures for all of the family to enjoy from the four-star Hotel Kilkenny.

Families can enjoy a choice of a two-night or three-night summer break with two children under 12 staying for free. The summer staycation package includes accommodat­ion in a spacious deluxe bedroom, full Irish breakfast on each morning, dinner on one evening in Pure Bar, plus full free access to the family swimming facilities all from €420 for a two-night break and from €590 for a three-night stay. Nestled in mature gardens a short walk from Kilkenny City centre, Hotel Kilkenny offers guests an unrivalled location, luxury accommodat­ion, impeccable service and a stylish bar and restaurant offering the best in locally produced food along with an award-winning health and leisure club.

All safety measures have been put in place at Hotel Kilkenny from pre-check-in online and key collection on arrival to table spacing to menu options and guidelines on social distancing and additional sanitation measures, the team has even launched an app for the hotel. The new Hotel Kilkenny App can be downloaded to all smart devices and it enables the user to browse all menus, facilities, contact the hotel team directly and browse all of the local attraction­s on their doorstep, including Kilkenny Castle.

For further informatio­n visit Hotelkilke­nny.ie. heritage sites in the depths of Ireland’s Ancient East. The Adventure Escape package offers guests a series of adventure and cultural experience­s in County Wexford all priced exclusivel­y for Ferrycarri­g guests to enjoy, ranging from free to a maximum of €49.50 per person for some of the activities all of which are accessible from just five minutes to 40 minutes drive from Ferrycarri­g Hotel.

Guests have the opportunit­y to let the team at Ferrycarri­g do all of the hard work for them as they can simply select one of 10 different activities as part of their stay at Ferrycarri­g with a choice of canoeing, kayaking, surfing, stand up paddleboar­ding, dune boarding, horse-riding, exploring the Irish National Heritage Park, touring the world’s oldest working lighthouse at Hook, enjoying the museum and garden experience at Johnstown Castle or exploring a great house and gardens at Wells House or the chance to spend a day at IOAC.

The new Summer Adventure Escape at Ferrycarri­g is available for two and three-night stays and includes a delicious breakfast each morning at Ferrycarri­g. An overnight for Bed & Breakfast based on two people sharing midweek is priced from €300, and at weekends from €350. For a family of four including two adults and two children for a two-night break bed and breakfast midweek is from €400 and a weekend stay is from €430; for a family of four for a three-night break bed and breakfast midweek is from €600 and a weekend stay is from €600. For more informatio­n visit ferrcarrig­hotel.ie.

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