Saturday 19 January 2019

Last-minute romantic breaks

It's not too late to show your love, so take the time to book a passionate weekend away

FORGOTTEN about Valentine’s Day?

You could always rush off to the filling-station forecourt and pick up some flowers. But if you really want to show your love, there’s still time to arrange a lastminute break at these romantic retreats.

> If food’s the way to the heart, look no further than the HILTON DUBLIN. Dine by the banks of the Grand Canal with a menu designed by TV chef Chad Byrne at the Irish Uisce Restaurant.

A Valentine’s menu is available from today unitil Monday comprising a sparkling cocktail, amuse bouche and menu choices including succulent scallops, hot, cured salmon and Tolas goat’s cheese salad followed by monkfish or braised Irish lamb and a wide range of desserts — all for just €38 per person.

Diners could win a weekend away at the fourstar HILTON TEMPLEPATRICK HOTEL & GOLF RESORT in Belfast, including a two-night stay with a Champagne breakfast and a romantic dinner. Email events.dublin@hilton.com or call 01 402 9988

> Stay at THE BREHON, Killarney from €199pps, which includes two nights’ accommodation, sparkling wine and chocolates on arrival, breakfast each morning and a candlelit dinner in the award-winning Danu Restaurant. Or opt for the Couple’s Massage at its Angsana Spa, with an upgrade, from just €269pps. www.thebrehon.com, or call 064 667 1543

> RADISSON BLU ST HELEN’S, Dublin, is going Italian with a special dinner in Talavera restaurant. Enjoy a bottle of chilled prosecco in your room with Baci Pergina — special Italian chocolate ‘ kisses’. Awake on Valentine’s Day morning to a Champagne breakfast delivered to your room.

The package costs from €125 per person sharing and is available from today. Upgrade to a business-class suite for €20 per person. www.radissonblu.ie/sthelenshoteldublin, or call 01 218 6000

> RADISSON BLU FARNHAM ESTATE in Co Cavan has Valentine’s retreats from €199 per person sharing. Arrive to a glass of Champagne and enjoy two nights’ accommodation with breakfast. Available from today until Sunday. www.farnhamestate.ie or call 049 437 7700

> Head west for love with a beachside break in SALTHILL HOTEL for €149 per couple. The package includes one night’s bed and breakfast and candlelit dinner for two (with complimentary glass of wine and a red rose). www.SalthillHotel.com, or call 091 522711

> Stay at the Georgian country house at TANKARDSTOWN in Co Meath or Courtyard Cottage and enjoy dinner at Brabazon Restaurant. The getaway is available for €489 per couple sharing. www.tankardstown.ie, or call 041 982 4621

> Pete Corry will be singing romantic ballads tomorrow and Monday at BALLYGALLY CASTLE in Co Antrim. Concert at the Castle tickets are £25 (€29.50), available from reception at Ballygally Castle. Overnight packages are also available. Email conf@bgc.hastingshotels.com or call 028 2858 1066. www.hastingshotels.com

> Dinner, handmade chocolates and spa indulgence gifts await you at KNOCKRANNY HOUSE HOTEL& SPA in Westport. Its Valentine’s Package is available from €185 per person sharing and, for an extra €25 per person, you can choose a 30-minute spa treatment from Pressure Point Scalp Massage; a Deluxe Hand Treatment; a Deluxe Foot Treatment; a Back Neck and Shoulder massage or a Refresher Facial. A one-night package is also available from €125 per person. Visit www.khh.ie or call 098 28600

> Enjoy a candlelit dinner with a bottle of wine and breakfast in bed at THE OLD GROUND HOTEL, Co Ennis. A two-night package is available for €145 per person sharing. Email reservations@oldgroundhotel.ie, or call 065 682 8127

> Candlelit dinner, a glass of Champagne and breakfast in bed the following day — that’s the offer at the IMPERIAL HOTEL in Cork for €139pp. Email reservations@imperialhotel.ie, or call 021 427 4040

> You don’t need to be active to enjoy a romantic escape at Connemara’s DELPHI MOUNTAIN RESORT. From €269 per person, couples can spend two nights with dinner and breakfasts. Spa treatments also available. Email info@delphiescape.com or call 095 42208

> Bring a friend and find a partner in the capital of romance — yes, it’s Tullamore. Stay at the BRIDGE HOUSE HOTEL and feel the love at the inaugural Tullamore Matchmaking Festival, which runs until Sunday. A two-night stay with full Irish breakfast each morning from €110 per person sharing and it’s less than a 90 minute drive from Dublin. www.bridgehouse.com, or call 057 932 5600

> Enjoy an overnight stay in an executive room at the HERBERT PARK HOTEL in Ballsbridge with a glass of prosecco, served with canapes in the Terrace Lounge before you enjoy a romantic night out. The following morning guests can enjoy breakfast in bed. From just €59.50pps. includes parking, but is only available on Valentine’s Day. Email reservations@herbertpark hotel.ie , or call 01 667 2200

> SHEEN FALLS LODGE in Kenmare has a Love is in the Air package with two nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe room, candlelit dinner, Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries in your room and a gift of 12 red roses or a 30-minute treatment per person. From €345pp, available until Monday. www.sheenfallslodge.ie, or call 064 6641600

> The Restaurant at W I N E P O R T LODGE (home of TV’s The Restaurant) is offering a romantically themed dinner from €59 per person until Monday. It includes a four-course meal with coffee and petits fours. Dishes include tiger prawn and spinach gratin, fillet of herb-rubbed prime Irish beef, dessert tasting plate or trio of Irish artisan cheeses. Stay packages also available. www.wineport.ie, or call 090 643 9010

> Stay close to home with a break at CLONTARF CASTLE. Start off your evening with Champagne, handmade chocolates and rose petals in your room, followed by a romantic dinner for two on the evening of your choice. Package also includes two nights’ accommodation with breakfast based on two people sharing from €155pp. One night from €114.50pp with dinner and breakfast. www.clontarfcastle.ie, or call 01 833 2321

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