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4 Dreamy Staycations In Ireland And What To Pack For Them


By Olivia Keating
19th Feb 2017
4 Dreamy Staycations In Ireland And What To Pack For Them

Whether you fancy a city break, a gourmet getaway or a seaside escape with your significant other, we’ve got your staycations covered.


STYLE IN THE CITY

Escape to a fairytale haven in the middle of Dublin’s bustling city with The Merrion’s overnight couples package – a glamorous affair including a couple’s hot stone body massage served with a glass of champagne. Chin chin. From €960, including breakfast, merrionhotel.com.

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ISLAND INDULGENCE

Recently celebrated in The New York Times and winner of Europe’s Best Coastal Boutique Hotel, Clare Island Lighthouse is the ultimate private paradise for two on the edge of the Atlantic. Spectacular clifftop views? Check. Soft, sandy beaches? Check. Fresh locally sourced food? Check. So what are you waiting for? From €400 per person sharing for a two-night stay, B&B and dinner included, clareislandlighthouse.com

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LOVE NEST

Finn Lough, a magical hideaway in Co Fermanagh, offers couples the chance to spend a night out under the stars in the comfort of a luxurious bubble dome complete with a four- poster handcrafted bed. The best bit? Apart from staying dry through the night (and the new lakeside spa set to open this month), the premium dome features a freestanding stone bath overlooking the forest. From approx €225 per night, finnlough.com.

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GOURMET GETAWAY

For the ultimate foodie experience, the Cliff at Lyons in Co Kildare will host a series of cookery workshops throughout 2017, including a chocolate themed masterclass on February 12, led by top pastry chef Paul Kelly. Enjoy tea, coffee or prosecco before creating the most indulgent Valentine treats, then walk along the banks of the Grand Canal before returning to the warmth and intimacy of a blazing fire. From €150 per person,cliffatlyons.ie.

RUNWAY PHOTOGRAPHS BY JASON LLOYD-EVANS.

WHAT TO PACK


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Embroidered poplin shirt, €39.95 at Zara

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Gold-plated brooch, Kenneth Jay Lane, €125 at net-a-porter.com

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Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick, €35 at Brown Thomas