Ditch the long-haul stint straight after the wedding day in favour of a mini-break for two. The plus side? You can stash your honeymoon for later in the year.
Fota Island Resort
The five-star Fota Island Resort is nestled at the heart of a peaceful island, surrounded by gorgeous scenery and mature woodlands just eight miles from the bustling city of Cork. A unique combination of championship golf courses, a luxurious, five-star hotel and spa, residential lodges, and a world- class golf academy, this is a relaxed and cosy place to share a few quiet days together for a post-wedding winddown.
A four-night mini-moon at Fota Island Resort is ideal. Dinner is included on two nights so you can dine on fresh seafood from Castletownbere or Ballycotton, fabulous local cheeses or organic produce from nearby farmers, as well as seasonal fare.
Your mini-moon also includes a couples massage and VIP passes to the Resort’s indulgent destination spa, and prosecco and chocolate dipped strawberries in your room on arrival. Prices start from €268 per night.
Fota Island Hotel & Spa, Fota Island Resort, Fota Island, Cork; Tel: 021 4883700; fotaisland.ie
The Shelbourne Hotel
You may not be a princess (officially!) but you can certainly stay like Hollywood royalty with the Princess Grace Package at Dublin’s iconic Shelbourne Hotel. Glamorous film star Grace Kelly and Prince Rainer stayed at The Shelbourne many times with a preference for a particular room with a lovely view of St Stephen’s Green. This room is now the Princess Grace Suite – the hotel’s elite presidential suite – and is a luxurious space with two bedrooms. With Champagne on arrival, unpacking and packing of luggage, butler service, lavish breakfast for all guests, complimentary return Dublin Airport transfers, and complimentary newspapers, valet parking, internet access and daily amenities, this plush package costs from €5,000 per night to experience the kind of service and level of attention to which the Princess herself was accustomed!
The Shelbourne Dublin, 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2; Tel: 01 6634500; theshelbourne.ie
The Twelve Hotel
Described by The Observer as one of Ireland’s sexiest hotels, The Twelve Hotel in Barna outside Galway is famous for its quirky take on life, and their gorgeously pampering mini-moon package ticks all the boxes for an ultimate escape.
A three-night mini-moon at The Twelve begins with chilled Champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries in your room, to set the scene for the next few days of luxury. Enjoy lazy mornings in bed, with a full cooked-to- order breakfast delivered to your private dining room in Suite XII each morning. Suite XII is the romantic bolt-hole at The Twelve which is perfect for newlyweds, a massive living room and bedroom combination complete with open fireplace, Jacuzzi and a double shower.
Enjoy dinner on one evening in the two AA Rosette restaurant, West, and on a second evening in award-winning gastrobar, The Pins, and also included are His & Hers Voya spa treatments. After a couple of days of relaxation, you may be in the mood for something more energetic – choose between fantastic local activities including windsurfing, horse-riding, or a round of golf. Three night mini-moon, €1,200 for two people.
The Twelve Hotel, Barna, Galway; Tel: 091 597000; thetwelvehotel.ie
Blending the best of the outdoors with a world-class spa, gorgeously cosy bar and superbly comfortable rooms, Farnham Estate is where we’d go for an indulgent mini-moon, with the added bonus of acres of wonderful woodland walks and outdoor swimming to blow away the cobwebs each day.
An original Irish country house, restored and surrounded by a cool and contemporary – and very comfy – hotel, the 1,300 acres of mature woodlands and the award- winning spa make this a perfect place to take some time for each other after the big day.
An overnight mini-moon at Farnham Estate with accommodation, the famous Super Breakfast Buffet in the morning, a bottle of Prosecco and chocolate-dipped strawberries on arrival, dinner in the relaxed Botanica Restaurant, a rose petal turndown and Kneipp gift set in your room and unlimited use of the Health Spa’s indoor/outdoor infinity pool, Watermint Thermal Suite, gymnasium, relaxation rooms and 7km of walking trails through the ancient woodlands costs from €189 per person sharing.
Farnham Estate Hotel, Farnham Estate, Cavan; Tel: 049 43 37770; farnhamestate.ie
The Ice House
Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, overlooking the River Moy and the woodlands beyond, the Ice House, Mayo is a truly a one of a kind place to head for a romantic mini-moon. Like each icicle, the Ice House knows that every romance is individual so for that reason the Ice House’s dedicated ‘Romance Curators’ pride themselves on helping to create one of a kind experiences, tailor-made to suit every guest.
The bespoke mini-moon experiences include an overnight stay in one of their luxurious guest rooms along with a choice of romantic touches including rose petal turndown with a delicious sweet treat plate, a bottle of bubbles on ice or a romantic in-room bubble bath. The team can also arrange flowers in the room before arrival.
Melt hearts with a glass of bubbles in the outdoor hot tub as you watch the sun set over the River Moy and a romantic dinner in the atmospheric Pier restaurant.
Overnight rates are based on the 24hr Escape Package starting from €250 per room, with bespoke romance package options starting at €49.
Ice House Hotel, The Quay, Ballina, Mayo; Tel; 096 23500; theicehouse.ie