With summer well and truly over (sigh) and back to school dealt with now, might just be the perfect time for an Autumn retreat on your doorstep.

The Creacon Wellness Retreat in Wexford has just announced a new midweek buddy break with an overnight stay with dinner and breakfast, yoga or a meditation class and a sauna or dream spa session for just €98 per person.

The multi award-winning venue is just a stone’s throw from New Ross and offers a wide variety of luxurious treatments.
The holistic approach also extends to the kitchen where master chef Gaetano Pernagallo creates delicious meals that promote health and nutrition.

For details, see www.creaconwellnessretreat.com/packages.

Alternatively, why not indulge in a relaxing break at the gorgeous Step House Hotel in Carlow?

Enjoy a bottle of chilled Rose in the gardens on arrival while you take in the view and the heady scent of its beautiful blooms.
Head chef Alan Foley, who previously worked in Chapter One, will dish up an envious three-course dinner in the 1808 bar.

Located in the picturesque town of Borris, the family-run boutique hotel overlooking the River Barrow and Mount Leinster features a beautiful old Georgian house and a pub that has been in the family for five generations.
The September Blooms package is from €99 PPS; for further information, see www.stephousehotel.ie for more.

If you fancy a mini-break closer to home, treat yourself to a little urban luxury with a one-night spa break at Castleknock Hotel.

With state-of-the-art facilities in this purpose-built spa, the focus is on quality of life and wellbeing with treatments using the exceptional Elemis and Voya ranges.
The package includes a luxurious Voya seaweed wrap plus a relaxing facial targeted to cleanse, detoxify and revitalise your skin.

Closer to home, and Castleknock Hotel’s range of spa treatments are sure to delight any guest

Then it’s on to the peaceful relaxation room, where a crisp and refreshingly sparkling glass of prosecco awaits.

Castleknock Hotel’s sparkling spa break includes a three-course dinner in the hotel’s award-winning and atmospheric Earth & Vine Restaurant. This one-night break starts from €249 per stay, including luxury Voya spa treatment and dinner.
For further information, see www.castleknockhotel.com.