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A Home Away From Home – 8 Luxury Staycations That Will Upgrade Your Festive Plans

While Christmas may carry both good and bad memories for people, there’s no denying that the festive lights and roaring fires bring a smile to faces and help bring people together.

With this in mind, why not gather your nearest and dearest and plan a special festive getaway in Ireland. Perfect for kids and adults alike, here are some luxury staycations that will capture your imagination this festive season.

Carton House, Kildare

Step back in time this festive season and experience Carton House, a stunning historic house in Kildare. Combining historical elegance with modern luxury, Carton House is the place to be this Christmas.

With Christmas carols and candlelit dinners, not to mention enchanting winter walks on the grounds of Carton House, this is sure to be a memorable winter. If the weather permits during your two night stay, you could also try and get in a round of golf.

For more information and to book, visit

The Europa Hotel, Belfast

Experience a Christmas break like no other in the heart of Belfast City at the world-famous Europa Hotel. With luxury accommodation, fine festive cuisine and a friendly atmosphere, guests can be assured of a truly unforgettable Christmas experience.

Check in on Christmas Eve and enjoy mince pies and mulled wine on arrival before checking into a luxurious superior bedroom. The following morning, tuck into a full Irish breakfast and later that day, indulge in a Christmas Day grand buffet lunch.

For more information and to book, phone 028 9027 1066 or email .

The g Hotel, Galway

Check into the g this Christmas for a night in Galway you won’t soon forget. With festive lunches and dinners on offer, you can taste Christmas in Galway this year.

If you want to make a night of it, treat yourself to the g’s Christmas BB Package on Christmas Eve, extra perfect if you’re planning to visit loved ones nearby on Christmas Day. Looking for an extra indulgence? Begin Christmas Day with a hearty breakfast followed by a delicious traditional Christmas Lunch embracing the best seasonal ingredients in the 2 AA Culinary Rosette Restaurant Gigi’s.

Continue the celebrations with a light supper later that evening. Prices start from €260. For more information and to book, visit

Harvey’s Point, Donegal

Venture to the beautiful Donegal landscape for a Christmas like no other. Spoil yourself with a romantic winter escape by Lough Eske, experiencing two nights in a luxurious suite with breakfast each morning and a complimentary dinner on one evening in the hotel’s 2AA Rosette Lakeside Restaurant.

Prices start from €178pp sharing subject to availability. For more information and to book, visit

The InterContinental Dublin

Celebrate the magic of Christmas at the 5-star InterContinental Dublin and immerse yourself in the hotel’s timeless elegance.

Treat yourself to Festive Gourmet Delights in Seasons Restaurant, with lunch and dinner menus on offer from the 3rd to 23rd of December.

If you’re looking for a more magical stay, why not spend Christmas itself in the luxury hotel? Christmas Lunch and Dinner at the InterContinental Hotel is priced at €195.00pp.

Finally, treat yourself to a one or two night overnight package, with the full InterContinental experience. Prices from €347.50pp. For more information and to book, contact the hotel on +353 1665 4000 or email

The Merrion Hotel, Dublin

The Merrion Hotel in Dublin is offering an unmissable Christmas experience this year. Arrive at the 5-star hotel on Christmas Eve and check into your luxurious room, which will be complete with tempting seasonal delights. Relax by the log fires in the Drawing Rooms and unwind in the spa before some delightful Christmas carols in the evening.

Younger guests can meet Santa himself at 5.30pm on Christmas Eve and each child will receive a Christmas gift while Mums and Dads can enjoy a glass of mulled wine and mince pies.

Indulge in a celebratory breakfast on Christmas morning before feasting on a traditional Christmas lunch or dinner in the Garden Room. With two night stay prices from €745pp sharing, you can find more information and book your Christmas experience at

The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin


The quintessential festive package…spend Christmas at Dublin’s iconic Shelbourne Hotel this year and make it a Christmas you will never forget. Choose from deluxe one or two night stays from €480pp.

Included in your package is a traditional Irish breakfast in the Saddle Room, a 5-course Christmas Day lunch or dinner in the The Saddle Room and a visit from Santa Claus in the Lord Mayor’s Lounge.

If you aren’t in the mood to stay over, the Shelbourne is also offering a number of festive dining treats this year, from private dining to Christmas Eve dinner and festive Afternoon Tea. You’re sure to find what you’re looking for. For more information and to book, visit

The Titanic Hotel, Belfast

Visit The Titanic Hotel for a Christmas that is truly unforgettable. Feast on a five course menu on Christmas Day that is the epitome of a modern rendering of classic Northern Irish fare in the beautiful setting of the Wolff Grill.

You can also enjoy an overnight stay with the family, including a Titanic-sized breakfast the following morning. The little will get to have their own glamping experience in the comfort of your room with sweet treats, activity pack, their very own sailor’s hat, milk and cookies with a bedtime story all included.

For more information and to book, contact or phone +44 (0)28 9508 2000.


Sarah has always had a great love of travel, food and photography. Following her journalism degree at DCU, she developed a passion for travel writing while living in Spain.

Named Best Break Out Travel Writer at the 2018 Travel Media Awards, Sarah loves exploring new places and sampling the local cuisine. Working with combines her love of food and travel.

A big people person, especially when it comes to hearing other people’s stories, Sarah loves interviewing chefs, food producers and more.

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