We know not everyone is a hallmark enthusiast when it comes to Valentine’s Day. We all have at least one Valentine’s day horror story, a past of unrealistic expectations or a cynical outlook on its position as a money making scheme. We hear you, we do and while we know the romantics among you don’t need much persuasion, for those more unsure of the celebrations, try looking at it as an opportunity to plan a sneaky getaway with your partner.
There’s something about taking a trip away together, whether to the other side of the world or exploring your home turf, that brings out everyone’s inner romantic. It’s a chance to reconnect and create new memories together in a relaxing environment. We live busy lives these days, bombarded by an intensely connected world that ironically, takes away from our real-life connections with those that matter. This Valentine’s day take a trip venturing around the emerald isle, forgo cliches of last-minute flower purchases and boxes of chocolates and unwind against the beautiful backdrop of these five destinations perfect for a romantic getaway. Get booking ASAP – you definitely won’t want to miss these.
Galgorm Resort and Spa currently holds the title of Global Luxury Spa Hotel of the Year as announced at the World Luxury Hotel Awards in November 2018. With this in mind, we can think of no better place to kick off your romantic getaway. The spa resort is set within 163 acres of beautiful woodland with the tranquillity of River Maine flowing through the resort. They have plenty of offers up for grabs for the occasion including the Decadent Spa Duet where you can enjoy access to a rose petal riverside hot tub and couples side by side massage. Alternatively make the most of their one-night luxury Valentine’s Escape with one night’s stay and dinner as well as champagne, chocolate and rose petal turndown. There’s only one problem, you may never want to leave.
Just when we thought evenings spent star-gazing with your significant other were reserved for the movies, Finn Lough made it a dreamy reality. Enjoy a night sleeping under millions of stars in one of their seven luxurious bubble dome homes available at the Enniskillen based resort. The 180-degree transparent walls promise unhampered views of the surrounding forest, offering the kind of peace and solitude never before experienced during any other weekend getaway. In building these domes, their quest was to bring guests even closer to nature, away from the crowds, away from their screens and really switch off to relax together. The team at Finn Lough Resort have been sure to tick all of the boxes when bringing their domes to life, kitting them out with four poster beds, ensuite bathrooms, nespresso machines, fluffy robes and of course, daily breakfast. One weekend here and glamping will never be the same.
In the market to keep things a little closer to home this Valentine’s Day? Venture up the M2 towards the city of Londonderry to enjoy a stay at Bishop’s Gate Hotel, recently awarded second place in the annual TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, part of an accolade of awards won since their official opening in 2016. The hotel is perfectly positioned within the heart of Derry City’s Cathedral Quarter, using its interiors to perfectly blend stunning Edwardian architecture with stylish appointments and luxurious facilities, all of which have been sensitively restored to pay homage to the rich heritage of the building. City breaks don’t always have to be so far from home.
Between its spectacular views of the Fermanagh Lakelands, a variety of luxury suites and Lough Erne’s luxury gold experience, it’s not hard to see how this Enniskillen resort earned its five-star status. Add to this the unique Thai inspired experience at their spa, the thermal suite and the infinity pool and Lough Erne has us queueing at its doors, eager to get in on the luxurious action. There’s no better time to do so than the fast-approaching Valentine’s Day weekend. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the Lough Erne Resort and it’s covetable amenities for a romantic getaway this Valentine’s and avail of their alluring offers.
Live out your dreams of grandeur as you explore the grounds of this grand 17th-century country manor house. Built on 220 acres of woodlands, this five-star hotel a ten treatment room spa, fitness studio and golf course. The resort has a plethora of offers for couples over the Valentine’s Day weekend including overnight stays, candle-lit meals and complete access to spa amenities. As part of their offering, the resort has plenty to do during your stay including carriage rides around the grounds, horse riding, fishing and clay pigeon shooting.
There’s no sweeter escape than enjoying a breathtaking view of the mountains while relaxing in the spa, a luxury afforded by none other than the Slieve Donard Hotel. Lap up a romantic day of indulgence while enjoying one of the many offers and packages available at the Slieve Donard Hotel. Stop the world for just one day while immersing yourself in their Valentine’s overnight package including a romantic dinner for two complete with celebratory prosecco. Melt into one of their full body massages, soak up the tranquillity of their Vitality pools and dedicate your time entirely to relaxation this Valentine’s Day. What’s life for if not to treat yourself?