Christmas Retreats For A Festive Break
Some people just don’t want the hassle of Christmas cooking and entertaining. They’d rather be somewhere nice, being waited on hand and foot, while someone else does the hard work. And why not?! If you fall into that category this festive season, there’s a few good spots to investigate, if you fancy having your Christmas totally taken care of by the professionals.
The Merrion Christmas
Have yourself a merry little Christmas in The Merrion Hotel. Check in on Christmas Eve and relax by the fire in the lavishly decorated Drawing Rooms, as the Christmas lights twinkle. Christmas Carols take place in the bar on Christmas Eve, with Santa arriving to all younger Merrion guests at 6pm. Presents for them and mulled wine and mince pies for Mum and Dad!
Christmas morning starts with a celebratory breakfast in your room or The Garden Room restaurant. Traditional Christmas Lunch or Dinner is also served here later in the day. Choose a stay from 24th to 26th December or extend to 27th, with top level tickets to the Leopardstown Christmas Race Festival on Stephen’s Day, with coach transfers to and from hotel. Alternatively, stay inside this cosy Georgian house hotel and relax with a treatment in the spa.
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A Perfect Christmas At The Shelbourne
Festive packages at The Shelbourne Hotel on Stephen’s Green include one and two night luxury stays. Available from the 24th-26th December, a Shelbourne Christmas includes accommodation in a Deluxe Room, Traditional Irish Breakfast in the Saddle Room and a sumptuous five course feast to look forward to for Christmas Lunch or Dinner in The Saddle Room.
There’s a Christmas pressie for all guests and a visit from Santa Claus in the Lord Mayor’s Lounge at 10am on Christmas morning. Check out festive packages at The Shelbourne now online, with promotional code for booking.
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Magical Moments At Dylan Hotel
Christmas Eve at Dylan starts with a mulled wine reception and entertainment by the fire in the library. Christmas movies are shown in the fully heated candlelit Japanese Terrace throughout your festive stay. You can start Christmas Day with breakfast in bed or join other guests in Tavern restaurant. You’ll have plenty of time to relax or wander the Royal Canal to work up your appetite for Christmas Dinner later on.
Christmas At The Castle
How do you fancy spending this Christmas in a fairytale castle? Entirely possible at Clontarf Castle in the Dublin suburbs. Little Christmas is a two night stay from 24th-26th December. Start with mulled wine on Christmas Eve in the Atrium Lobby, before a four course dinner in the medieval surrounds of Fahrenheit Restaurant. On Christmas morning, you’ll enjoy an artisan breakfast with champagne, followed by Christmas Mass in the Viking Suite for those who would like to attend. More wining and dining with a Traditional Christmas Lunch at Fahrenheit, this time accompanied by the house musicians.
Later on, if you can pack any more food in, the evening sees a three course buffet in the chic Indigo Lounge, before retiring to Knights bar for nightcaps and entertainment. A gorgeous breakfast will be served before your departure on Stephen’s Day morning. If you decide to stay an extra night, Stephen’s Night features a three course dinner in Fahrenheit Restaurant. A four night stay is also available, with dinner on your extra evening. For all these packages, children enjoy a reduced rate when sharing with adults.
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Christmas On The Wild Atlantic Way
Imagine being able to enjoy a luxury Christmas away, with the option to get out in the fresh sea air for a winter walk during your stay. That’s what you get when you spend Christmas at Renvyle House on the Wild Atlantic Way in Co. Galway. This family hotel is a perfect spot to bring the kids, and the dog, if he or she is well behaved!
Roaring log fires, a special visit from a certain someone in a red suit, mulled wine, mince pies and award winning food in the the Roisin Dubh Restaurant, throughout your stay. Right outside the door you’ve got the Atlantic Ocean for a lively stroll to work up an appetite, and lots of activities in the hotel. Sounds pretty idyllic! Three night stays from 24th to 27th December, with family rates available.
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'Tis The Season To Be Jolly At Mount Juliet
Christmas is all about celebration. The Mount Juliet team are celebrating the recent opening of the new Hunter’s Yard Hotel with the ultimate Christmas Getaway. This country house hotel is a breathtaking spot at Christmas, decked with boughs of holly, fairy lights twinkling and the Christmas tree shining majestically. Log fires in the hearths and cosy comfort in the luxury bedrooms. A luxury three night stay includes dinner on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day Lunch and Christmas Day Supper, plus lots of festive treats and surprises!
A Christmas break which provides a real chance to get away from it all on this beautiful estate. If the snow falls, the grounds of this house turn into a real life winter wonderland. Sheer magic. You won’t want to go home! Bookings now being taken on the Mount Juliet website.