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6 last-minute Easter weekend staycation escapes for a stylish spring break

6 last-minute Easter weekend staycation escapes for a stylish spring break


by Megan Virgo
03rd Apr 2023

Easter is just around the corner which means a four-day Easter weekend. If you’d love to make the most of the break but haven’t booked a getaway just yet, there’s still time to hatch a plan. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a special adventure with the family, we’ve got you covered with some egg-cellent picks.

Easter weekend

Ice House Hotel & Spa, Mayo

Head west for Easter and enjoy a relaxing retreat at The Ice House in the wilds of North Mayo. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, the hotel is perfectly placed to explore the beauty of Ireland with expansive beaches, forest walks and stunning scenery right on your doorstep. If R&R is what you’re after, fully unwind while looking out onto Belleck Woods before enjoying a treatment in the newly expanded Chill Spa, followed by time to relax in the new sunken outdoor hot tubs on the shores of the River Moy. In the evening, dine in the riverside restaurant 54° 9° and then hit the Ice House Lounge and Bar and indulge in a signature cocktail.

Easter Eggsperience at The Ice House starts from €380 for two people sharing and includes a two-night stay with breakfast each morning and dinner on one evening. Call 096 23500 to book.

Easter weekend

Carton House, Kildare

With 1,100 acres of natural woodlands and magnificent landscape, this Easter weekend treat your family to an enchanting escape to the wonderful five-star Carton House. The perfect place to enjoy a breakaway, packages start from €750 for two adults and up to two children under 12 sharing a family room for a two-night stay with breakfast each morning, a three-course evening meal in Kathleen’s Kitchen and a Fairmont Family Easter Treasure Hunt. Complimentary on-site activities include bike hire, tennis, walking trails and access to the leisure centre and swimming pool. Optional add-ons include a scenic family boat trip or a picnic to make your stay extra special.

Call 01 505 2000 to book.

Easter weekend

Glasson Lakehouse, Athlone

Treat the whole family to a lakeside Easter break at the snazzy Glasson Lakehouse. On arrival, guests will discover an Easter treat from Skelligs hidden in their room before enjoying a two-course set dinner in Bonnie’s Restaurant later that evening. Breakfast is included each morning and family fun is at the heart of Glasson Lakehouse, with two playgrounds, a fairy trail, a kid’s room, and a heated outdoor pool to keep everyone entertained.

The Great Eggscape package starts from €468 per package for a two-night stay based on two adults and two children. Call 090 648 5120 to book.

Easter weekend

Knockranny House Hotel & Spa, Mayo

Take advantage of the bank holiday and enjoy a three-night stay at one of Ireland’s finest four-star hotels, Knockranny House Hotel & Spa located in the stunning West of Ireland in Co. Mayo For the adventurous types, hire a bike and make your way around the Great Western Greenway, brave the waters at Summer Stand Up Paddle Boarding & Kayak or simply take it easy and explore all that Westport has to offer. Of course, if you want to chill you can kick back and enjoy the Spa Salveo Thermal Suites and vitality pool.

This three-night stay with one dinner included in a classic room starts from €295 per person. This includes breakfast and complimentary use of Spa Salveo. This offer includes up to two adults per room. The rate also includes up to two children under 3 on a complimentary bed and breakfast basis sharing the same room. Children 4-12 years old €35 bed & breakfast per night, 13-16 years old €45 bed & breakfast per night. Call 098 28600 to book.

The Shelbourne, Dublin

Check into Dublin’s most distinguished address, The Shelbourne, overlooking beautiful St Stephen’s Green and put yourself in the trusted care of this Grande Dame who has been looking after guests for almost 200 years. Renowned for its warmth, elegance and luxury, the sparkling chandeliers, the glow of the fire and the impeccable service will ensure a wonderful stay.

This Easter stay is the perfect place to share with a friend or partner in one of their premium Heritage Rooms where you will be greeted with a bottle of Laurent Perrier Champagne and a delicious chocolate treat. This Easter stay is only available from the 31st March until 14th April from €659 per night with breakfast included. Contact 01 663 4500 to book now.

Fota Island Resort, Cork

Home away from home for the family this Easter is Fota Island Resort, just 12km from Cork city where you’ll be staying in one of the resort’s self-catering lodges. If you’re looking for a romantic break away for two, check in to one of the hotel’s deluxe rooms with the Sweet Escape package and enjoy an overnight break away in the tranquil surroundings of Fota Island Resort. On one evening of your choice, savour the flavours of the Amber Lounge with a delicious three-course meal. And if you want to unwind, enjoy Fota Island Resort’s leisure facilities which include the swimming pool, relaxation area and hydrotherapy suite.

Take a break away just the two of you with the Sweet Escape from €369 per person or escape with all the family from €296 per night in one of the hotel’s luxurious self-catering lodges. Contact 021 4883700 to book.

Follow Megan Virgo’s travels on Instagram at @meganvirgo.