If you really want to push the boat out this Valentine's Day, the Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt has launched a new romantic suite called 'The Suite with No Number' that is quite unlike any of the hotel's other rooms – it comes with gold chaise longues and a petal-filled bath for two. Guests can sample the cocktail bar here before dining together on the heated terrace, which overlooks the Sugar Loaf mountain. Champagne and strawberries can be delivered, or guests can try the strawberries and cream spa treatment, where therapists make a personal visit to the suite. The price is from €680 per couple sharing and includes one night's accommodation with breakfast the following morning, a strawberries and cream treatment and romantic turndown. Visit ritzcarlton.com/powerscourt.
Luxurious rooms with ocean and jungle pools, seven international restaurants, a varied selection of day and evening activities and excellent staff are just some of the appeals of Dreams Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The four-star resort is located on a magnificent beach, one hour's drive from Punta Cana. Sunway offers seven nights all inclusive here for €1,222, including flights and taxes. The offer is valid for travel during the months of May and June this year. Visit sunway.ie.
One sure way of getting through January with spirits intact is to live it up at a hotel. The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel on Dublin's Golden Lane is determined that you squeeze the most fun possible out of the month with its Beat the Blues package. This comprises a two-night stay with three-course dinner on one evening in Brasserie de Verres en Vers, and a buffet breakfast on both mornings, as well a hot chocolate in the bar and a box of Butler's chocolates awaiting you back in your room. The cost is €175 per person. Visit radissonblu.ie/royalhotel-dublin.
As romantic destinations go, the Mount Juliet estate in Kilkenny is suitably gorgeous, all rolling countryside with a Georgian manor and five-star service. It's perfect for all kinds of loved-up activities from spa treatments to woodlands walks. For Valentine's Day it's offering a two-night package for €215 per person. Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries will await you when you arrive in your room. On one evening you'll have dinner in the Lady Helen restaurant, and you'll enjoy a full Irish breakfast each morning. The offer is available from 11-14 February only. Visit .mountjuliet.ie.
You have three more days to avail of the BMI flight sale, which ends on 19 January. Flights are valid until 15 June, and discounts on offer include one-way from Dublin to London from €30; return fares from Vienna from €145; return flights from Moscow from €269 and from Beirut from €430 – these all include taxes and charges and are via
London Heathrow. Visit flybmi.com to book.
Swap this island for one where there's an average of 340 days of sunshine and the living is a lot more laidback. Gohop.ie is offering a seven-day package to Barbados from only €999. You'll stay at the four-star Bougainville hotel, an elegant resort on the beachfront which is only 15 minutes' drive from the airport. Included in the price are return flights from Dublin via London with British Airways and all airline taxes. You need to book before 25 January and the offer is valid for travel between 26 April and 28 June, and from 15 August to 30 September. Bear in mind that a supplement of €208 per person applies if you want to travel between 29 May and 5 June.
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