Top 10 Twixmas breaks: Sneak away between Christmas and New Year
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It's when the decorations remain up, but the prices come down. Welcome to ‘twixmas’, your sneaky short break between Christmas and New Year.
€99pp: Luck out at Leopardstown
The five-star Radisson Blu St. Helen’s is offering B&B with race day entry tickets to the Leopardstown Racecourse from €99pp. The deal is available from December 26-29, and the racecourse is only five minutes away (you can stash the car, as the hotel is offering transfers too). 01 218-6000; radissonblu.com.
€115pp: Go on, go on in Athlone
Another Radisson, this time in Athlone, is embracing its inner Craggy Island when The Father Ted Experience arrives on Wednesday, December 27. The Experience features comedians from the original show like Joe Rooney (Father Damo) and Patrick McDonnell (Eoin McLove), and you can dress up too. The full package price is €230 for B&B, the show and a two-course meal for two sharing. 090 644-2600; radissonblu.ie/hotel-athlone.
€139.50pp: Hunter’s appetite at Mount Juliet
Christmas packages sold out yonks ago at Mount Juliet, but the hotel has a Twixmas offer from December 27-30 at €279 for two sharing. It includes an overnight stay in the new Hunter’s Yard (above), just five minutes’ walk from the Manor House, with a three-course dinner in The Hound restaurant, and a welcome cocktail in The Saddle Bar. There’s a 1pm checkout, too. 056 777-3000; mountjuliet.ie.
€145pp: 5-star fashion at The Savoy, Limerick
Limerick City’s only five-star hotel is offering B&B, a Prosecco afternoon tea for two and a €30 Brown Thomas voucher from €145pp. The offer also includes a late breakfast (served until 12pm) and checkout (2pm), plus complimentary valet parking. 061 448700; savoylimerick.com.
NB: The Limerick Strand Hotel also has a Panto Package (Cindarella, starring Samantha Mumba) from €105pp (kids sharing with adults go free). 061 421800; strandlimerick.ie.
€209: Relax at the Rose (family)
Tralee’s Rose Hotel (above) has a family Twixmas break available from December 27-30, with one night’s B&B and dinner, along with free passes to the Aquadome or Tralee Omniplex, for two adults and two children from €209 in total. Kids can enjoy dinner at 5.30pm followed by festive activities in the North Pole Kid’s Club… giving adults time to themselves. 066 719-9100; therosehotel.com.
€260pp: Country house luxury in Connemara
The Blue Book’s Cashel House does a famous Christmas package, but it’s also on the ball for Twixmas. Festive breaks include dinner, bed and breakfast from €260pp between December 26 and 31. 095 31001; irelandsbluebook.com.
Two or more nights
€130pp: Cosy up in Courtmacsherry
The seaside town of Courtmacsherry , Co. Cork, is the perfect place to secret yourself away during a seasonal break, and the Lifeboat Inn and Travara Lodge have teamed up to offer a tempting package – dinner or lunch in the gastropub, plus an overnight at the guesthouse from €260 for two sharing for two nights (the dinner is on one evening). 023 886-4656; lifeboatinn.ie.
€225pp: Kick back in Hotel Kilkenny
The 4-star Hotel Kilkenny is offering two-night Twixmas breaks between December 28 and 30, including B&B, dinner on the night of your choice, free parking and full use of its Health and Fitness Club to work off any Christmas paunch. It’s just a short walk from the medieval heart of Kilkenny, from €450 in total for two. 056 776-2000; hotelkilkenny.ie.
€599: Mulranny magic (family)
Mulanny Park Hotel (above) is offering a three-night family break, along with two evening meals, from €599 in total, The stay is based in a two-bed seaview apartment suited for two adults and two kids, and a kids’ club runs through the school holidays. 098 36000; mulrannyparkhotel.ie.
€523pp: Slip away to Sheen Falls Lodge
From December 27 to 30, Kenmare’s five-star Sheen Falls Lodge has a Twixmas breaks package offering three nights’ B&B and dinner on two evenings in The Falls restaurant from €523pp. There’s music from Jim Kiely and friends, and if you’ve got the kids along, supervised movies and board games. 064 664-1600; sheenfallslodge.ie.