So your annual romantic trip abroad has been cancelled. Not to worry, 2020 is the year of the staycation. And we bet you didn't know one Dublin hotel will give you all the feels of a five-star luxury experience, and more...
If it's luxury you're after – and let's face it, after the last six months, who isn't? – then look no further than one of Ireland's most affluent suburbs, Ballsbridge, where the five-star InterContinental is neatly tucked behind a leafy street.
The Irish-owned hotel, formerly known as the Four Seasons, has pulled out all the stops with its Luxury Escape package that would make any member of the royal family feel at home.
Treat yourself to a grand deluxe guest room or a spacious residential suite where you and your significant other can cosy up surrounded by traditional old-school glamour. And if you can't quite leave the kids at home, most suites have interconnecting rooms.
Feel like a Lord and Lady in one of the junior suites at the InterContinental in Ballsbridge. Photo: Supplied
What your luxury escape can look like...
For some ultimate relaxation, why not settle in to the hotel's award-winning spa, which includes the gorgeous ESPA product range? Sink into one of more than 20 treatments on offer, including an ESPA personalised facial and a Swedish couples massage. There's even a maternity menu offering pre and post-natal treatments.
Indulge in some more me-time by practising a lap in the 14-metre pool.
By midday you can escape out to the Terrace Garden for a delightful al fresco meal, or, if Irish weather isn't playing ball, relax with a pre-dinner drink in the elegant and glamorous The Lobby lounge, which is flooded with natural daylight from the terrace.
Who needs foreign holidays when you can avail of courtyard dining surrounded by five-star luxury in the InterContinental in Ballsbridge, Dublin? Photo: Supplied
You'll want to dress to impress to sample some of the delicious dishes created from seasonally sourced produce in the newly refurbished and spacious Seasons Restaurant.
If you can peel yourself away from your pillow-top king size bed – we've tested and they are like clouds! – and extravagant room service treats, Dublin City is just a short stroll from the hotel grounds.
Guests have the option to add on a convenient shopping experience with Brown Thomas, including virtual appointments from your room or a pre-booked shopping appointment. There is also the option of a dedicated Brown Thomas style team to come to your room at the InterContinental, with a virtual consultation in advance tailored to your needs. The perfect addition to an occasion weekend if you're celebrating a special birthday or anniversary.
The main dining room in the InterContinental has been refurbished for an elegant and glamorous dining experience. Photo: Supplied
The Luxury Escape Package includes a spacious deluxe king guest room, a full Irish breakfast overlooking the very Instagrammable Terrace Gardens, a three-course dinner in the elegant Seasons Restaurant, access to the 14m heated indoor pool and relaxation area and complimentary car parking for one car.
And to secure an upgrade to a suite when booking, just quote IMAGE. Your luxury escape awaits...
To find out more or to book the InterContinental's Luxury Dublin Escape, click here. Rates start at €175pps.