Despite all the clichés, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. With fairy lights illuminating the dark evenings, roaring fires welcoming you home, festive tunes echoing through the streets, and a beautifully decorated tree completing the picture.
However, prepping the perfect Christmas can be a lot of work and not everyone has the time, energy or desire to put together a huge Christmas celebration. This is exactly where luxurious, stress-free hotel breaks come in.
These package holidays have a full list of festivities on offer, including Christmas dinner, beautiful decorations, luxurious accommodation, walks in the snow (should we be lucky enough to experience that icy wonder) and even a visit from Saint Nic for the little ones.
Keep reading to discover our pick of the most magical Irish hotel breaks for 2017.
If you think about your perfect Christmas, odds are it includes open log fires, Christmas carols and luxury accommodation transformed by the most beautiful decorations.
A magical experience at The K Club includes all of this and more, with a visit from Santa Claus and an exquisite dining experience on Christmas Day.
The package is running from Saturday 23rd of December until Tuesday 26th of December, with prices starting at €900 per adult sharing. For more information or to book The K Club’s special Christmas package, visit www.kclub.ie.
This Christmas, Glenlo Abbey Hotel is offering a luxurious 3-night stay with entertainment, food and activities for the whole family. Designed to offer guests “total relaxation and enjoyment” over the festive season, guests are greeted with a warming glass of mulled wine upon arrival on Christmas Eve.
During your stay, enjoy a candlelight dinner in the River Room restaurant while the kids live out their Christmas dreams with a selection of festive movies. Young guests will wake up to a personalised gift from the man in red before the whole family enjoys a 5-course gourmet feast.
The package runs from December 24th to December 27th, with prices starting at €950 per person sharing. For more information or to book, visit www.glenloabbeyhotel.ie.
Venture to the beautiful Donegal landscape for a Christmas like no other. Running from the 23rd of December to the 27th of December, the Harvey’s Point programme of events offers the perfect mix of luxury and a welcoming family atmosphere.
There are plenty of activities on offer throughout your stay, from relaxing walks to entertaining shows and a glass or two of bubbly.
Prices for a Christmas stay at Harvey’s Point start at €799 per person sharing. For more information and to book, visit www.harveyspoint.com.
For the most luxurious of treats, spend your Christmas in the newly refurbished Adare Manor. Offering both 2 and 3-night packages, this enchanting property will be adorned with the most magical decorations, including their famous Christmas tree which adds an enchanting touch of magic to the Great Hall.
Stay in the manor’s beautiful rooms and indulge in seasonal cocktails and Christmas feasts. Prices for the 2-night package, checking in on Christmas Eve, start at €2950 for two adults sharing a deluxe king room.
Prices for the 3-night stay, also checking in on Christmas Eve, start at €4695 for two adults in a deluxe king room. For more information and to book this dream stay, visit www.adaremanor.com.
Check into The Brehon this Christmas Eve and experience an overnight stay in a deluxe room, along with a moment of relaxation in the Vitality Suite of the Angsana Spa.
Indulge with dinner in the award-winning Danú Restaurant before tucking the little ones in for a soothing night’s sleep. The next morning, take a festive family stroll through Killarney’s National Park before your 6-course gourmet Christmas Day lunch.
Prices for this 2-night experience start at €499 per person sharing. Should you choose to extend your stay for a third night, prices based on two people sharing start at €649. For more information and to book, visit www.thebrehon.com.
For a truly relaxing and stress-free Christmas, stay at Galgorm Resort & Spa. After checking in at 2pm on Christmas Eve, relax and then head down to the lobby for festive cocktails and canapés.
Make sure to take in the musical talents of the hotel’s lounge singer as you indulge in a decadent Afternoon Tea. Let the kids play in the pool while you explore the spa village, completely unwinding after the stressful run-up to the holiday season. That evening, savour marshmallows, mince pies and hot chocolate after dinner in Gillies Bar & Grill.
On Christmas Day, take selfies with Santa and work up an appetite for your 5-course Christmas dinner by walking around the beautiful hotel grounds. Prices for this luxury break start at £850 (€953) per person sharing. For more information and to book your 2-day escape, visit www.galgorm.com.
Experience an opulent Christmas this year, with a fabulous 2-night stay at The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin city from December 24th to 26th.
Stay in a deluxe room and indulge in a 5-course Christmas lunch or dinner in the Saddle Room Restaurant, not to mention a visit from Santa Claus (who will be bearing gifts for all guests).
Prices for this luxurious Christmas break start at €590 per person. For more information and to book, visit www.marriott.com.
Enjoy The Merchant Hotel‘s festive experience this Christmas, with accommodation in the Belfast Hotel on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Throughout your stay, enjoy seasonal favourites at Festive Afternoon Tea in The Great Room Restaurant, followed by a Christmas cocktail from the bar. Wake up on Christmas Day and indulge in a 6-course lunch with a glass of bubbly on arrival.
Make sure to avail of the hotel’s thermal area to truly relax during your break. Prices for a 2-night festive experience start at £440 (€493) per person sharing a Victorian room. If you wish to add a third night, prices start at £570 (€639) per person sharing. Visit www.themerchanthotel.com for more information and to book.
Add some sparkle to your Christmas with a festive stay at The Westin. Check into your room at this luxurious 5-star Dublin hotel on Christmas Eve, and make sure to take a sneaky look at the stocking of goodies in your room.
The Westin Hotel is offering three different packages this year. The first is a 2-night stay over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, which is priced at €535 per person sharing. The second is a 2-night stay on Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day, which is priced at €485 per person sharing. Last but not least is the hotel’s 3-night stay from the 24th to the 26th of December, priced at €645 per person sharing.
Each package includes a 5-course lunch on Christmas Day in the Banking Hall with live entertainment. For more information and to book, visit thewestindublin.com.
Experience the true magic of Christmas with a stay at Sheen Falls Lodge in Kerry this festive season. Arrive on Christmas Eve to a blazing log fire and a glass of hot apple cider, before enjoying a relaxed dinner in The Falls Restaurant.
The next day, indulge in a seasonal champagne breakfast, followed by Christmas Day lunch and a Christmas Evening Buffet with wine. Enjoy some activities on St Stephen’s Day, including a scenic walk on the Old Kenmare Road before a special 5-course dinner with matching wines.
Guests can choose to experience either the 2-night or 3-night Christmas package, with prices for the 2-night (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) starting at €840 per person sharing. Prices for 3-night (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Stephen’s Day) package start at €1,355 per person sharing. For more information and to book, visit www.sheenfallslodge.ie.
Christmas at Lough Eske Castle is a truly magical experience, with their 3-night festive package including a Christmas Eve dinner, mulled wine, Christmas Day lunch, a festive brunch, live music and more.
If you book in for the 24th to the 26th, the 5-star hotel is currently offering a complimentary stay on the night of the 27th.
Accommodation is based on two adults sharing, with prices starting from €749 per person sharing. For more information and to book, visit www.solishotels.com.
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