It’s the best time of year for a getaway.
With autumn in full swing, smart staycationers are making their autumn break bookings now to take advantage of the still-mild temperatures and beaches empty of the surging summer crowds.
Whether it’s a soothing spa break you’re craving or a long-awaited family get-together, there’s a decent deal to suit your budget if you know where to look.
Here are three that will book out fast:
1. KINSALE HOTEL & SPA
The summer is great of course, but Kinsale is at its twinkly, cosy best in autumn. Wrap up warm for a bracing stroll on the Old Head, then saunter through town for a spot of shopping, a fireside pint, and a steaming bowl of chowder in one of the many pubs.
Belly full, retire to the Kinsale Hotel & Spa for a sumptuous dinner in the Rockpool Bar & Restaurant and watch the mist roll in over Oysterhaven Bay over a top-notch glass of wine.
The staff here are exceptionally warm and welcoming, especially if you’re staying with the kiddos in tow, so you can rest assured there is always help at hand when you’re wrangling the little ones for a family meal in the bright, spacious dining room.
To guarantee you head home refreshed, book a blissful Elemis facial in the spa downstairs on the last morning. It’ll make that getaway glow last all week.
Their current Dinner Bed Breakfast rate starts from €229 for two adults sharing. Book here.
2. THE CASHEL PALACE
Around an hour’s spin from Cork, the five-star Cashel Palace in Tipperary has been enjoying rave reviews (and an avalanche of enticing Instagram coverage in our feeds) since its opening in March.
A regal restored manor dating back to 1732, the hotel boasts unmatched views of the iconic Rock of Cashel, as well as sumptuous bedrooms and suites, lush gardens, and a world-class spa.
Their Midweek Dining Retreats offer an opportunity to escape the grind and unwind, with a two-night stay, including a five-course feast of locally-sourced produce and a full Irish breakfast in the Queen Anne Room on both mornings available now from €422 per room. Book here.
3. GLASSON LAKEHOUSE
Nature is the central theme at the newly opened Brooks & Co. Spa at Glasson Lakehouse, Westmeath.
Every detail compliments the beauty of the surrounding landscape and vista over Lough Ree, making it the ideal spot for a bit of R&R as the seasons change.
Check-in and indulge yourself in some pampering with a one-night Spa and Stay package in a luxury room and you’ll enjoy all of the hotel amenities, including the heated outdoor pool and hot tubs.
The Spa Escape includes one night’s accommodation, a cocktail at Bonnie’s Restaurant, full Irish breakfast overlooking Lough Ree, a one-hour Swedish Massage at Brooks & Co. Spa and full access to the outdoor areas from €245 per person per night. Book here.