Sunday Best: Six sneaky short breaks to save money on a night away
Here's a tip for short breaks without the sting... travel on Sunday, when availability is up and rates are down.
Sundays. They're one of the best-kept secrets in hotels.
Here's a day that sees families and leisure guests check out, but that still has a whiff of the weekend about it. It offers lower rates than peak Friday and Saturday nights, fewer guests to share facilities with and, in slower winter months, a higher chance of a room upgrade (don't forget to ask).
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Sure, Monday morning is an issue. But sleeping in, or taking just a few hours off, can work wonders for your week. Here's where to start...
1. Kick back in Kildare
The Cliff at Lyons, whose Aimsir restaurant won two Michelin stars this week, has a 'Switch-off Sundays' special including B&B, a yoga class, a two-course dinner in The Orangery and a spa treatment from €369 for two sharing. You'll get a juice cocktail and a 'Deep Sleep Kit' in your room, too. cliffatlyons.ie
2. Wicklow warmer
BrookLodge and Macreddin Village has a cosy winter special... B&B plus a one-hour spa treatment (choose between a signature facial, full body exfoliation or wet floatation therapy) at the Wells Spa from €102pp Sunday through Thursday. You'll find super winter walks around south Wicklow too. brooklodge.com
3. Lie in at Inchydoney
Sample the sea air? Clonakilty's Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa has B&B with fish 'n' chips and a pint or a glass of wine in Dunes Bar from €210 for two sharing on Sundays. Access to the thalassotherapy pool and leisure areas are included. inchydoneyisland.com.
4. Cosy Carton House
Delay Monday a little more with Carton House's 'Sunday Well Spent' offer, which bundles B&B with access to its leisure club from €80pp. A 'Winter Indulgence' package adds a three-course meal and €20 room credit for spa or golf from €109pp. cartonhouse.com
5. 'Savour Sundays' in Kilkenny
The Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny invites guests to "create their own bank holiday weekend" with a 'Savour Sunday and Explore Monday' package. It offers two nights' B&B, a three-course dinner with wine on one evening and a room upgrade from €130pp. Late checkout is also included. newparkhotelkilkenny.com
6. Park yourself in Kerry
Got a Blue Book voucher? Use it to book two consecutive nights at Francis and John Brennan's Park Hotel Kenmare, and you'll get a third night for free (room-only). The offer is available Sunday through Thursday up to December 14, and must be booked over the phone (064 664 1200). Based on current rates, you could bag the three-night stay from €420. parkkenmare.com
NB: All prices subject to availability... remember, Sunday specials won't apply on bank holiday weekends.