Spa breaks with hidden treasures: five fabulous fall getaways



One of the main new travel trends to emerge over the past year is that “the outdoors is the new luxury”. And one of Ireland’s favorite spa hotels, The Ice House, is everywhere in the open-air vibe. After a lengthy summer renovation, the gorgeous Ballina property on the banks of the River Moy has beefed up its already blissful Chill Spa with a series of luxury additions. Guests can now enjoy the new wellness room which includes a duo therapy capsule with Gharieni quartz treatment beds as well as private outdoor hot tubs with views of the river and Belleek woods. The River Room, on the other hand, is a magnificent relaxation space, with a 360 ° glazed room on stilts above the Moy, with dreamy panoramic views to soothe the soul. Offer: The stay at the “Stay & Chill” spa at The Ice House includes 2 nights in a B&B with dinner one evening and a signature VOYA treatment of 50 minutes each at the Chill Spa. From 290 € per night; icehousehotel.ie

Best urban getaway

Harrison Hotel

Welcome to your new favorite Belfast hotel! Having opened its doors last year, the Harrison Hotel, tucked away in the vibrant but often overlooked Queen’s Quarter, has already established itself as the city’s trendiest hotel.

Beautifully created by world wanderer turned hotelier Mel Harrison, this labor of love townhouse offers the perfect alternative urban base to Belfast city center. Sixteen stylish bohemian rooms are themed in Northern Irish legends, from CS Louis to 1950s singer Ruby Murray, with expertly crafted touches that vibrate the character of the rooms. As for these rooms, expect four-poster beds, glittering chandeliers, and stunning freestanding soaking tubs offering the ultimate fabulous factor. In the morning, you will also enjoy a delicious continental breakfast served directly in your room! Offer: The Harrison offers a number of imaginative packages, including one for solo travelers: Their Boho stay offers an overnight stay for £ 125 (€ 146) and includes a picnic loaded with Prosecco, strawberries, stuffed baguette and pastries. The nearby Botanic Gardens of Belfast, just around the corner, make it the perfect place to enjoy it. roomsdedistinction.com

Best foodie getaway

Cliff in Lyon

One of the most exciting pillars of the Irish food scene is the pride of our hotels and restaurants in sourcing local ingredients. But nowadays, many are taking sustainability a step further – by cultivating their own. Notably at the cliffs of Lyon, where guests with green fingers and foodies can now enjoy an exclusive overnight experience in the dreamer of Kildare, combined with a visit to the new farm and the vegetable gardens of Aimsir.

Here you will take a guided potter through the park where you will learn all about the restaurant’s tunnels, orchards, animals and vegetable gardens. For a true garden-to-plate experience, end the tour in the lounge of the two Michelin star restaurant, Aimsir, where you will sample some of the garden produce accompanied by one of Aimsir’s all-Irish cocktails. Offer: The Aimsir Farm Experience at Cliff at Lyons includes an overnight stay for two with breakfast, a two-hour conversation and walk, an Aimsir cocktail and a charcuterie board followed by a three-course dinner at The Restaurant Mill and is available from € 561 for two people.

Best hidden gem

Station House Hotel

Are you looking for a hidden refuge full of character? Next, check in at the Station House Hotel in Kilmessan, Co. Meath, which reopened this year after a stunning refurbishment. Originally dating from 1862 as a station for the train line to Meath and Westmeath, the property opened as a ‘first class’ guest house in 1983. New this year is the Signal Suite ; cleverly converted from the old railroad control room, the room is now a bright suite spread over two floors, with a loft-style ceiling upstairs and an original 1800s staircase from the Midland Great Western Railway Company. The Station House Hotel also sits on 12 acres of lush, manicured gardens and forests, listed on the Boyne Valley Garden Trail. When you venture beyond them, be sure to check out the region’s fantastic food scene as well! Offer: Enjoy dinner, a room and breakfast while staying in the Signal Suite at the Station House hotel from € 410 for two people sharing the room. All aboard! www.stationhousehotel.ie

Best night

Hard Rock Hotel

If you are looking for a fun night out with you and your rock mates; you can unleash your wild side by staying at the Hard Rock Hotel in Dublin. The music-themed property at Temple Bar provides a funk-filled spot for a fun night out – or a great base for sightseeing. Rooms have an extensive music catalog, vinyl players can be ordered on request and to really increase your comfort level you can request Hard Rock’s The Sound of Your Stay music program which includes a fender guitar and an amp delivered to your room. You can also take a self-guided tour around the hotel which is adorned with priceless musical memorabilia from artists such as David Bowie, Beyonce and Hozier. Offer: room rates from just € 160 are a sure hit. Don’t forget to visit the hotel’s large restaurant, Zampas. hardrockhotels.com


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