Since the Christmas countdown starts in October these days there’s a new travel trend emerging for stressed-out shoppers who want to recharge their batteries before the festivities begin.

The Nights Before Christmas is now a thing apparently – along with ‘Twixmas – and hotels around Ireland are getting in on the act with pre-Christmas breaks giving you the chance to cosy up and chill out in style.

The Ice House Hotel in Mayo is offering mid-week breaks from December 1-22 for €140 per room per night.

Price includes a festive cocktail on arrival, a festive three-course dinner, overnight accommodation in a river view room and breakfast.

The deal also includes access to the chill spa where you can take some time before you check out to experience the outdoor hot-tub, barrel sauna, relaxing chairs and outdoor seaweed baths, leaving you relaxed and ready for Christmas.

See www.icehousehotel.ie for more information.

If you fancy spending the weekend with Santa Claus you can begin the family festivities early at the Hillgrove Hotel & Spa in Monaghan.

The Secret Escape overnight package is available on Saturday, December 8 and 15 and includes bed and breakfast in a family room from €250 per family.

There’s plenty to see and do from the leisure centre to the games area and kids club activities with Sunday lunch and a visit to Santa’s grotto included.

The deal is based on two children under 12 and includes hot chocolate and cookies with Mrs Claus as well as a gift from the big man himself. See www.hillgrove.com.

Shopaholics take note: the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa in Cork is offering relaxing shopping breaks from just €75 per person sharing.

Begin by toasting your retail triumphs in the nearby Mahon Point shopping centre and the city centre with a luxurious afternoon tea with bubbly.

Then relax in your room with a movie or enjoy complimentary access to The Spa thermal suite and fitness club where you can rest your weary limbs in the hydrotherapy pool.

There’s also another chance for some Christmas shopping as guests receive a 20 per cent discount on all ELEMIS & Max Benjamin products available at The Spa.

The package is available until December 22 and includes a buffet breakfast.
See www.radissonblu.com/hotel-cork for more details.

Slightly closer to home you can get your fashion fix with five-star treatment at The Savoy, Limerick which is just a five-minute walk from Brown Thomas where guests can spend their €30 gift card.

From €290 a night you can enjoy an overnight stay in an executive guest room, Prosecco afternoon tea, late breakfast and access to the thermal suite.

Late checkout is available until 2pm and full details are at www.savoylimerick.com.

On your doorstep is the shop and stay package at the Radisson in Dublin which is available for €200 per room per night.

Enjoy a signature cocktail on arrival, choose from a seasonal menu for dinner and a super breakfast the next morning.

See www.radissonblu.com/royalhotel-dublin.