Wednesday 23 October 2019

Five-star Savers: Seven luxury Irish short breaks that won't cost the earth

Five-star hotel breaks can cost a fortune, but they don't have to. Here are Pól Ó Conghaile's picks.

The Druids Glen Hotel and resort in Newtownmountkennedy
The Druids Glen Hotel and resort in Newtownmountkennedy
Kenmare Park Hotel
Photo by Colin Shanahan - DigiCol
The Shelbourne Hotel
Glovers Alley
Afternoon tea at The Westbury, Dublin
Muckross Park Hotel
Lough Erne Resort
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

In peak season, rooms at Ireland's top five-star hotels can cost hundreds - even thousands - of euro. But January and February are slower months when savvy travellers can bag serious savings. Here's how.

€99pp: Dream & Dine at Druids Glen

Wicklow's recently refurbished Druids Glen (above) has a midweek offer in February including B&B, a four-course dinner at Hugo's, a bottle of Prosecco and a €15 spa or golf credit from just €99pp on select dates. Blackout dates include February 14-21. 01 2870800; druidsglenresort.com.

€105.50pp: Flash Friday at Lough Erne

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Lough Erne Resort

Co Fermanagh's five-star Lough Erne Resort has a Friday night stay with three-course dinner in The Loughside Bar and Grill, breakfast and complimentary use of the pool, jacuzzi and sauna at its Thai Spa from £95/€105.50pp sharing. +44(0)28 6632 3230 or visit lougherneresort.com.

€169pp: Monart Magic

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Photo by Colin Shanahan - DigiCol

January and February are busy months at Monart Spa, but you can still find sneaky deals on Sundays. A 'Sunday Night Escape' offer includes B&B, dinner and complimentary access to the Thermal Spa from €169pp. 053 923-8999; monart.ie.

€144.50pp: Stay at the Shelbourne

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The Shelbourne Hotel

Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel is working on a multi-million euro refurb to April 5, and it has a ‘Pardon Our Appearance’ offer including B&B, overnight parking and a bottle of wine from €289 per room (€144.50pp). 01 663-4500; theshelbourne.ie.

€280pp: Keys to the Kingdom

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Kenmare Park Hotel

John and Francis Brennan have a two-night 'Enchanted Break' at their Park Hotel Kenmare from €280pp (i.e. €140pp, per night). It includes B&B, a five course dinner tasting menu on one evening, and a Saturday morning hike on the Kerry Way. 064 664-1200; parkkenmare.com.

€154.50pp: Fab Fitzwilliam dining

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Glovers Alley

Dublin's Fitzwilliam Hotel has a Spring Glovers Alley Dining Package available Tuesdays to Saturdays until March 31. It pairs an overnight stay with dinner for two at Andy McFadden's Glovers Alley from €309 per room (€154.50pp). 01 478-7000; fitzwilliamhoteldublin.com.

€170pp: Make for Muckross Park

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Muckross Park Hotel

Killarney's Muckross Park Hotel & Spa has a spa offer running from February to April from €170pps. It includes B&B and a 50-minute facial or spa treatment from The Organic Pharmacy. 064 662-3400; muckrosspark.com.

PS: 25pc off at the Westbury

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Afternoon tea at The Westbury, Dublin

The Westbury is offering 25pc off suites in January, February and March. As we publish, a suite was available on the rate from €315 in mid-February, with breakfast and a glass of Prosecco included. 01 679-1122; doylecollectino.com.

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