Before I begin, I must acknowledge how it’s been a year since I last took to my blog to write a Valentine’s Day post. Time is flying by! I’ll link last year’s gift guide below, if you’re looking for ideas on what to get your partner this Valentines Day. It might inspire you. On a slightly different note, I want to explore different places to visit on a romantic getaway. I know it’s only January, but with just two and a half weeks until Valentines, some of you may wish to get booking! I’ve stayed in some incredibly beautiful hotels in the last number of years, so have decided to compile a list of some of the best spots to travel to, if you’re looking to get away this Valentines weekend!
The Beacon Hotel, Dublin
The Beacon is located in Stillorgan, just a walk away from Dundrum. If you’re looking for a location which is romantic, cosy and cost efficient, this hotel might be for you. Located just seconds away from the Luas, The Beacon is just minutes away from everything. Dine in Jamie Oliver’s finest cuisine in Dundrum Shopping Centre, followed by a drink in the hotel bar. Spend your morning after in Airfield House, exploring the gardens and brunching in the most magnificent restaurant. Although The Beacon isn’t situated in the city center, it’s ideal for couples who want a bit of peace and quiet. I really enjoyed my stay here, the staff were incredibly helpful and I admired how clean and comfortable it was. I’ve stayed here a total of three times (so they must be doing something right!!)
Westport Coast Hotel, Mayo
This location is just an hour outside Galway city in Westport, so if you’re travelling from the west coast, you won’t have to worry about a long haul journey. I stayed here a year ago, and am due to return in the coming months. Located next to the infamous Westport House, The Westport Coast has everything to offer. If you decide to book, ask for a lake view. Next to the hotel is a beautiful pier and lake which overlooks Croagh Patrick. It’s perfect for a couple looking for a bit of seclusion from the world. It’s an extremely serene spot with the most captivating views. If you’re looking for a spa getaway, this hotel provides all. Their breakfasts are usually all inclusive, and my goodness it’s a buffet you’ll remember. They have a ray of choices from pastries to fruit and cheeses. I throughly enjoyed my peaceful stay here. We were gifted with bottles of wine and chocolate on arrival, which made our stay that little bit more special!
The Station House Hotel, Galway
The Station House Hotel is located an hour away from Galway city centre, in Clifden. I don’t believe there is a wide variety of choice when staying in this side of the county, unless you choose to stay somewhere under a pricier umbrella. I prefer comfort and adequate though, and The Station House in Clifden is ideal. It’s comfortable and cosy, and for all of the gym guru’s out there, there’s a perfectly allocated gym downstairs in the hotel, along with a big swimming pool. The hotel is next door to an old museum displaying artefacts and history of the old Galway- Clifden railway line which may interest you. The bedrooms are simple and efficient, ideal for the couple who wish to venture a Clifden town during the day. Visit Clifden town and grab a bite in Guys followed by a pint in Lowry’s. If the weather is any good, take a walk up Sky Road and admire the incredible views.
Handel’s Apartments, Dublin
This location is a little different to the latter. It is perfect for those who wish to host a romantic evening away, providing a home made dinner, or perhaps sharing their time on a couples retreat with friends. Handel’s Apartment is located in Temple Bar, just a minute walk away from the bustling bar and restaurant area. I vacated here with my boyfriend, but it’s the perfect location for couples or friends. We had a whole apartment (which felt like a house) to ourselves. It was a four bedroom townhouse, provided with a kitchen and sitting area. Although located in Temple Bar, we were lucky as it was extremely sound proof and secure. This location is perfect for those who may want to go out with their partner for a few drinks, and walk home safely. If you’re looking to create that wow factor and spoil your partner this Valentines Day, why not book a getaway here and add your own personal touch with a home cooked meal.
The Shearwater Hotel, Galway
This hidden gem is located in Ballinasloe. Although rather desolate, and far away from everything, The Shearwater is a beautiful spot for couples looking to retreat to a spa and really enjoy time alone. The rooms are spacious and clean, with grand views of the country side. Take a trip to the spa and dine in their local restaurant (which is utterly divine). The hotel itself is remarkably big and spacious. If you’re looking to spoil your best mates this valentines, enjoy Galentines day in the middle of nowhere.
There you have it, just a short list of some of the nicest hotels I’ve been to. Now having said that, there’s plenty of locations I’ve found utterly romantic, but some of the hotels weren’t up to scratch. I’ll list some hidden gems which have caught my eye over the last couple of years, which are worth visiting.
Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Lastly, here’s a link to a present guide for all of you love birds.. 🦢