Plan an overnight escape or a weekend away with these four and five-star staycations that I discussed with Ivan Yates on Newstalk.
1. Delphi Resort Connemara, Galway: €65pp With Breakfast, Dinner & More
Delphi Resort is surrounded by 200 acres of forest, and is the perfect choice for anyone looking for staycations with lots of outdoor activities. Thrill seekers will love zip-lining, kayaking and rock climbing, but the thermal suite and yoga classes provide excellent opportunities for those who just want to relax. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way and only a short drive to Westport, the opportunities for day trips here are endless. This super deal also includes a two-course evening meal at the popular 814 restaurant.
Price of €65pp includes an overnight stay in a one-bedroom suite with breakfast, one-hour thermal suite access, 10% off treatments and activities, and a two-course dinner at the 814 Restaurant. Want to stay for two nights? The price is just €95pp. Valid until 25th June.
2. Mother’s Day Special: 4-Star Brehon Hotel & Spa, Killarney, from €55pp With Breakfast
Who doesn’t love Killarney? The National Park, Killarney Lakes, Torc Waterfall, Muckross Abbey – there is so much to see and do here. I brought my Mum to Killarney a few years and she loved it. The luxurious Brehon Hotel overlooks Killarney National Park and is renowned for its great cuisine and the Angsana spa.
3. St Patricks Weekend, 2 Nights for Price of 1: Malone Lodge, Belfast, from €84pp With Breakfast
This Victorian town-house hotel is located in the Queens University Quarter of Belfast. Its spacious rooms and intimate atmosphere combine to offer a delightful stay in the heart of Belfast. With a 2 night for the price of 1 offer you will have ample time to visit the Titanic Museum or explore the nearby Causeway Coast and Game of Thrones locations. This deal is available on the 15th of March for two nights.
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4. 5-Star The g Hotel & Spa, Galway: 2 Nights B&B from €150pp
Galway City’s only 5-star hotel & spa, The g Hotel is the best place to stay if are looking for luxury and easy access to Galway’s vibrant city centre. Designed by Philip Treacy, you will love the modern decor in its three signature lounges: the Grand Salon, Pink Salon and the Blue Lounge. Choose to dine in its award-winning restaurant, or enjoy a leisurely 20-minute stroll to Eyre Square to sample Galway’s lively bars and restaurants. Whatever you do, don’t miss the luxury spa – Espa at The g. Situated over two floors, you will find a large thermal suite, as well as 12 treatment rooms and a fitness studio.
Price of €150 per person is for a two-night stay with breakfast. Valid until the end of March.
5. Knightsbrook Hotel, Meath: €75pp With Breakfast, Dinner, Spa credit & Round of Golf!
This multi-award-winning resort hotel has just won Hotel of the Year and Best Hotel Spa Ireland, at the 2019 Hotel Awards Ireland. It is situated in the scenic Boyne Valley yet only 35 minutes from Dublin. However, with an 18-hole championship golf Course, a leisure club and spa and a choice of dining options, you may find it difficult to leave. This amazing deal also includes dinner and a round of golf.
Price of €75pp includes an overnight stay for two in a deluxe double room with breakfast, two-course dinner on one night, €20 spa credit per person, a round of golf per person (all must be pre-booked), and full access to leisure facilities! Want to stay for two nights? The price is just €120pp. Valid Sunday-Thursday until 30th June.
6. Fitzwilton Hotel, Waterford: €50pp With Breakfast, Main Course Dinner and Late Check-Out
If you are looking for a hotel that is right in the heart of the city, look no further than The Fitzwilton. Located in Ireland’s oldest city, this is ideal for couples who don’t wish to drive – it is just 300 meters from the train station and five minutes from the Waterford Greenway. The Fitzwilton is a boutique hotel, that boasts newly refurbished rooms and a choice of two dining options. Priced at just €50 per person including breakfast and dinner – this is a great value city break.
Price of €50pp includes an overnight stay for two in a double or twin room with breakfast, main course dinner in the Met bar and late check out. Want to stay for two nights? The price is just €75pp. Valid until 31st May.
7. 5-Star Fota Island Resort & Spa, Cork: €75pp With Breakfast, VIP Spa Passes, Dining and Golf Credit & Voucher for Titanic Experience
I am a big lover of Fota Island Resort, I have visited many times. I usually go with my kids so I am always envious of those on a romantic break. I have also witnessed the afternoon tea and it looks divine. There are lovely walks around the grounds as well as choice of golf courses to choose from. The pretty town of Cobh, with the wonderful Titanic Experience attraction, is just a short drive away.
Read all about my stay in Fota Island Resort here.
Price of €75pp includes an overnight stay for two in a classic plus room with full Irish breakfast, VIP spa passes, €20pp spa credit towards a full-price treatment of €100 or more, €20 dining credit towards a three-course meal for two people, €20 golf credit between two people towards a round of golf on any of the three championship golf courses. This super deal also gives you €25 credit to spend on entry to local attractions such as Fota Wildlife Park, the Titanic Experience or the Jameson Experience. Want to stay for two nights? The cost is just €143pp. Valid until 31st May.
8. The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Mayo: €120pp with Breakfast, Dinner, Round of Golf and Late Check-Out
Ashford Castle needs no introduction – it is arguably Ireland’s best hotel. To get a deal in the 19th-century Lodge at Ashford Castle is a feat in itself, but to include dinner and a round of golf is exceptional. You will have the advantage of staying in a spacious duplex suite in The Lodge, but also enjoying all the facilities of Ashford Castle, including golf, tennis, cycling, kayaking, fishing and horse riding. This has to be one of our best staycations.
Price of €140pp includes an overnight stay for two with full Irish breakfast, glass of Prosecco on arrival, two-course meal for two in the Quay bar and brasserie, complimentary round of golf and late check-out. Want to stay for two nights? The cost is just €140pp. Valid until 30th April.
9. Royal Valentia Hotel, Kerry: Two-Night Stay From €60pp With Breakfast
This offer includes a two-night stay, which is just what you need to explore one of Ireland’s most scenic coastlines. Located in the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way, overlooking Valentia Harbour – a stay at the Royal Valentia Hotel is the perfect choice for a couple looking to explore the Ring of Kerry and The Skellig Islands. In fact the Valentia Island Car Ferry runs right beside the hotel. Recently refurbished, you can now expect modern decor inside this 200 year old hotel. The hotel’s Royal Bar and Restaurant is a popular haunt for locals as well as guests. Check out the reviews on Tripadvisor if you still need convincing.
Price includes a two-night stay in a double / twin room with full Irish breakfast and a complimentary glass of wine when purchasing a main course. Want to stay for three nights? The price is just €85pp. Valid until 31st May.
10. Belleek Castle, Mayo: €58pp With Breakfast, Sweet Treat and Late Check-Out
If you are looking for the perfect romantic staycation – look no further than Belleek Castle. Don’t let the name intimidate you, Belleek is renowned for its friendly, home from home atmosphere. You can expect open log fires, elegant interiors and mouthwatering food too. Belleek Castle just recently won Fine Dining Hotel of the Year and Restaurant Manager of the Year at the Irish Hotel Awards 2019, so it is a great choice for foodies. Their signature dish, the “Drunken Bullock”, a filet steak flambéed at the table and served flaming from a sword, is a must-have! Check out the reviews on Tripadvisor if you still need convincing.
Price of €58pp includes an overnight stay in a Manor double room with breakfast, a sweet treat in the Jack Fenn Cafe, and a late check out*. Want to stay for two nights? The price is just €113pp. Valid until 30th April.View offer here