Out with the old, in with the New Year celebrations

by Shane Dillon

FROM cosy country houses and five-star estates, to chic gala dinners and relaxing spa retreats, there is plenty of choice when it comes to choosing an Irish getaway to ring in the New Year.

The Twelve Hotel, Galway

Where better place to be when the clock strikes 12 than The Twelve?

It’s the perfect place to ring in the New Year; with two sittings, guests can enjoy the special New Year’s Eve menu, along with a glass of bubbly, a six-course dinner and DJ entertainment.

Details: The Twelve Hotel offers the NYE package for just €215pps, including breakfast. Telephone 091 597 000; see www.thetwelvehotel.ie.

The Cliff House Hotel, Waterford

If you fancy dancing the night away at a New Year’s Eve black tie gala dinner, then head to The Cliff House Hotel – a stylishly comfortable five-star hotel in Waterford.

Say goodbye to the old year with a lantern-lighting ceremony before joining the party for champagne and canapes. Dinner will be served in the Michelin-starred House restaurant, before guests enjoy entertainment by the house band.

Breakfast on New Year’s Day will be served until noon.

Details: NYE at The Cliff House Hotel costs €825 for two nights, based on two adults sharing. Telephone 024 87 800; see www.thecliffhousehotel.com.

The Shelbourne

Shining brightly in Dublin city centre, The Shelbourne Hotel is often the meeting point of choice for friends and family in the run up to the New Year.

This New Year’s Eve, glamour, style and delicious food is the order of the day and guests can enjoy a three-course meal in The Saddle Room restaurant, before ringing in 2014 at No 27 Bar and Lounge.

Enjoy the overnight stay in one of the hotel’s deluxe rooms, followed by a traditional Irish breakfast on New Year’s morning.

Details: Rates for NYE at The Shelbourne start from just €240pps. Telephone 01 6634500; see www.theshelbourne.ie.

Castlemartyr Resort, Cork

New Year’s Eve at Castlemartyr is an indulgent event, where the Manor House is the perfect backdrop to an evening of sophisticated fun.

Guests can enjoy a five-course evening meal in the elegant Bell Tower and mingle afterwards in the Knights Bar.

Details: The NYE package at Castlemartyr Resort offers one night’s accommodation including breakfast, a pre-dinner drink and a five-course meal for €190pps. Telephone 021 421 9000; see www.castlemartyrresort.ie.

Lyrath Estate,

Guests heading to Lyrath Estate Hotel for New Year’s Eve this year have one final decision of the year to make – deciding between two tempting packages.

One features a celebratory dinner in stylish restaurant, La Perla, and the other in Yindees, Lyrath’s popular Oriental restaurant.

Both options include two nights’ accommodation and breakfast each morning with a celebratory dinner on New Year’s Eve with your choice of restaurant, along with a glass of bubbly, canapes, surprises and late night entertainment.

Details: Lyrath Estate Hotel offers the two-night package from €239pps. Telephone 056 776 0088; see  www.lyrath.ie.

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney

Each year, the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel hosts an evening of style and glamour to help count down to the New Year, and this year is no different.

Guests will enjoy a prosecco reception on arrival, followed by a five-course dinner with entertainment by Frankly Buble, the Sisters of Sound and, of course, a DJ until late.

Details: For just €170pps, treat yourself to a getaway at Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, including your gala dinner ticket, bed and breakfast. Telephone 01 230 5400, see www.fitzpatrickhotels.com.

Farnham Estate, Cavan

If your idea of ringing in the New Year is by indulging in a relaxing weekend, perhaps the Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel would be the perfect choice.

Arrive anytime from 2pm on NYE and enjoy a swim in the outdoor infinity pool, or take a stroll along one of the estate’s 7km walks.

Later, enjoy welcome drinks by the log fire before dining in the Botanica restaurant.

Post-dinner entertainment will continue in the Wine Goose cellar bar before ringing in the New Year with an exciting fireworks display at midnight.

Details: NYE packages at Farnham Estate are priced at €175pps, including breakfast. Additional nights are available from €70pps. Telephone 049 437 7700; see www.farnhamestate.ie.

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