Make this Valentine’s really special

by Ian Begley

WITH the festive season behind us, Valentine’s Day is on the horizon and this year there’s a bounty of romantic getaways for lovers who need a well-deserved break.

The Salthill Hotel in Galway is offering a Sweethert’s Escape for €99pps. During this romantic Galway getaway, enjoy a two-night break with a full Irish breakfast each morning.
On an evening of choice, savour a main course from the tempting menu in the hotel’s Prom restaurant, followed by a tipple of choice in the relaxing Blackrock bar.
Share that loving feeling all curled up with your partner and watch a romantic in-room movie on either night of your stay and, if you’d like to explore the renowned Galway nightlife, avail of a complimentary taxi to the city centre.
Take a romantic moonlit walk along the promenade, a leisurely dip in the five-star Ocean Fitness swimming pool, or simply relax in the hydrotherapy suite, which includes a heated hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool and loungers.
The hotel also provides easy access to the beautiful scenery of Connemara, and is a great spot to visit one of Galway’s many cultural landmarks or spend the day browsing the shops and weekend markets, ensuring your stay can be romantic, relaxing or adventurous.
This offer is valid February 13-14.
Further afield, and The Rathmullan House hotel in Rathmullan, Co Donegal, is also offering a romantic Valentine’s two-night getaway, from €210 pps.
During your stay, you will be treated to a romantic meal in the hotel’s Cook and Gardener restaurant, where you can create a memory that will last a lifetime.
Couples who stay over the weekend will be given the opportunity to plant a hazelnut tree in the hotel’s garden. This lasting token of your love will grow with your relationship, and really show someone special that you care. This offer is valid February 13-16.
Back south again, and love is a long, lazy lie-in at the Dunbrody House in Wexford, which is offering its very own Love Is package. From €165pps, get midweek accommodation throughout the month of February in one of Dunbrody’s luxury rooms or suites.
Guests will also avail of the dinner for two menu from the Harvest Room, which includes a five-course seasonal menu with pre-dinner canapes and cocktails.
Spoil the one you love this Valentine’s with a one-night stay in a luxurious riverview room at The Ice House in Ballina, Co Mayo.
From €155pps, you get bubbles on ice in your room on arrival with a chocolate treat, including a lazy breakfast the following morning.
During your romantic getaway at The Ice House, you will be treated to a themed table d’hote dinner in The Pier restaurant, and can enjoy unlimited access at the Chill Spa thermal area throughout your stay. This offer is valid February 12-16.
Down At the Gregan’s Castle Hotel, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare, you can treat your better-half to the quintessential romantic hideaway, offering a seductive combination of beauty, culture, style and tranquillity in the breath-taking setting of The Burren.
From €300pps, this package includes two nights’ luxurious accommodation, a half bottle of Billecart Salmon Champagne in your room on arrival, a nine-course tasting dinner for two, a daily a la carte breakfast in the privacy of your own room, a half day’s guided walk on The Burren, and late checkout up to 2pm on day of departure. This offer is valid February 13-23.
Couples can also avail of a deliciously decadent date night the Hayfield Manor, Cork from €258pps.
Enjoy one night of luxurious accommodation in a manor room and indulge in a gourmet dinner in the romantic ambiance of Hayfield Manor’s renowned signature restaurant, Orchids, with a specially prepared Valentine’s menu.
On the morning of your departure, enjoy Hayfield Manor’s famous full Irish breakfast. This offer is valid February 13 to March 6.
For further information on any of these Valentine’s packages, see www.irelandsbluebook.com or contact the hotels directly.

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