Have a lovely break away on February 14 with these trip ideas

by Shane Dillon
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It’s that time of year again – but if you haven’t yet found a lovely place to take your other half to for a great Valentine’s Day break, don’t panic.

This week, we have a range of breaks at home or away which are guaranteed to be a hit with your loved one.


First up, and why not step over to The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin?

Not everyone has the time or the budget to head off down the country, or even further away, so a stay practically on your own doorstep could still be a brilliant idea.

And with a luxurious stay guaranteed, the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel is sure to offer a superb stay for a special night.

After all, apart from the hotel’s sheer luxury, guests will also be treated to an exclusively designed bouquet delivered to the hotel and placed in their room before arrival, courtesy of premium contemporary florists Adonis Flower Designers.

The hotel’s Valentine’s package also includes a three-course dinner for two at the tasteful Chancery Grill, while a complimentary ‘Fancy That’ cocktail should also go down a treat.

Available from next Thursday, February 13 to Sunday. February 16, the hotel’s Valentine stay costs from €350 per couple, to include an overnight in a Premium King room, dinner for two in The Chancery Grill with a cocktail, an exclusive premium bouquet, and Super Breakfast in bed, with bubbles, and late check-out.

See www.radissonblu.com/royalhotel-dublin, or call the hotel directly at 01 898 2900.


If you’re looking to leave the city behind, whisk yourselves away to the west coast for a romantic break in the heart of Galway.

Nicknamed ‘the grand old dame of Galway’, the historic Hardiman Hotel has been a hit with guests since originally opening in 1852.

However, the hotel has moved with the times, and while honouring its past it also offers a very contemporary stay, with a special Heartfelt package likely to wow this Valentine’s period.

A one-night stay features open fires, a rooftop hot tub, a rose and handmade-chocolates waiting in your room, and a candlelit dinner for two in the hotel’s Gaslight Brassserie.

And after that, all the craic of Galway is waiting, offering a great night out in the west’s fun-filled city.

The Heartfelt package is available from €199 per room, based on two sharing. See www.thehardiman.ie.


Staying over on ‘the other coast’, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel in Recess, Connemara has everything you could need for an unforgettable Valentine’s break.

The hotel is set in one of the calmest, yet most beautiful corners of the country, with everything from the building’s charms to woodland views and a rolling river by the gorgeous country estate sure to delight – especially if you’re (sssh) planning to ‘pop the question’.

If so, the hotel already has a plan in place to help, ready to whisk out everything from special picnic butler with a picnic basket to a bottle of chilled champagne to help, if required, as part of a special package.

However, if you’re ‘just’ looking for a holiday away, you’ll be more than charmed by the hotel and its superb setting.

With two nights’ bed and breakfast in one of Ballynahinch Castle’s lovely Riverside rooms with views over the river, a package including the picnic butler proposal and celebratory candlelit dinner costs from €380 per person.

For further information, see www.ballynahinch-castle.com, or telephone 095 31006.


If the west of Ireland is a little beyond the pale for you, Carton House should be just the ticket.

Set just outside the city in Maynooth, the hotel has made quite a name for itself with its beautiful setting in 1,100 acres, and while the building itself has centuries of history, its 36-hole golfing experfience has also put it on the map.

Whether you love golf quite as much as your other half, Carton House will be a hit, potentially offering nature and sport lovers something a little different for this Valentine’s Day.

The hotel is offering a two-night golfing break, arriving on February 14, and priced at €260 per person sharing.

For further information, see www.cartonhouse.com.


Finally, for those ready to spread their wings a little further, a whole host of European capitals are within easy reach – the tricky part can be finding an afforable place.

So, why not turn to the award-winning boutique accommodation provider Generator, which has particularly stylish and comfy places to stay in a wide range of EU capitals?

Whether it’s Venice, London, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Berlin, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Rome or Madrid in your sights – or even right here in Dublin – there’s a Generator to choose from.

Gone are the days of dorms full of rickety bunk beds and musky backpackers – the Generator experience offers a much more comfortable (not to mention affordable) way of taking in a foreign capital with ease.

Depending on location, prices vary – but your bank account will love that there are 20% off entire stays (two nights’ minium stay) when booking directly at staygenerator.com.

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