Christmas is a unique time of year, when most of us get a little time off – that is, unless you’re left cooking the turkey or cleaning up. A great way to skip the fuss is to let the experts handle the hard work while you relax with a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate. We’ve rounded up some of the best Christmas breaks the country has to offer.
Adare Manor and Golf Resort, Adare, Co. Limerick
One for the bucket list, a festive stay at the newly refurbished Adare Manor would be one to remember. Experience ‘A Christmas Beyond Everything’ at the legendary location, with fine dining at the Oak Room, pampering at the La Mer spa or a round of golf at the world-class course. Alternatively, afternoon tea (€50) in the elegant Gallery is an affordable way to sample a little luxury this Christmas.
Two Night Packages from €2,348 pps
Savoy Hotel, Limerick City
Stay in the heart of Limerick City and enjoy warming mulled wine and mince pies before heading downstairs for a lively Christmas Eve dinner in the Hamptons restaurant. The next day, feast on a full Irish breakfast. Following a champagne reception by the fire, guests will be served a five course Christmas luncheon with live piano music, before the special guest in the red suit arrives.
Two Night Packages from €349 pps
Clontarf Castle, Dublin
This is a great option for those who like to be near the capital for the festive season. Guests will be greeted at this historic medieval castle with a mulled wine and Christmas carol reception. Breakfast is included each morning, while dinner is provided every day, including St. Stephen’s Day. Entertainment is provided throughout Christmas Day.
Two Night Packages from €519 pps
Newpark Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Bracing walks in the beautiful Killarney countryside will clear the cobwebs away. Celebrations for Christmas at the hotel officially begin on 23rd December. Over the course of your three or four-day stay – depending on your preference – you will enjoy festive entertainment and delicious meals, including a 5-course dinner Christmas Day, and afternoon tea on Christmas Eve.
Three Night Packages from €529 pps