Enjoy a treat trip with mum

Looking for a last-minute gift for Mother’s Day? Book these getaways, writes Ciara McDonnell.

Ballynahinch Castle

Treat your mum to a night in the Victorian splendour of Ballynahinch Castle Hotel in Connemara this month. Their one-night getaway package includes a five-course meal in the Owenmore Restaurant as well as a night’s B&B in one of their super luxurious rooms. After checking in, we suggest wrapping up and taking a walk around the grounds of this breathtaking estate, before commandeering a seat by the roaring fire for a pre-dinner aperitif. One Night Getaway package starts at €153 per person sharing.


Killarney experience

If your mother deserves luxury this year, and let’s face it — what mother doesn’t, then consider a One-Night Experience at The Europe in Killarney. Begin your stay at the 5-star resort by unwinding in their lakeside thermal suite before braving the outdoor vitality pool before checking in for a 50-minute ESPA treatment.

Dine on the best of local ingredients that evening, with panoramic views over Lough Léin before staying in one of the hotel’s world-class bedrooms.

The Europe One-Night Experience costs from €300pp and is available Sunday to Thursday.


Pery Important Person

Modern, comfortable and boasting well-appointed rooms, One Pery Square in Limerick is poised to welcome all mothers in need of a break this month. Their package includes one night B&B with dinner and bubbles. During her stay, your mum can enjoy complimentary access to the hotel’s thermal suite, which includes fancy-sounding things like a herbal cocoon, aroma steam, coal bunker sauna, and relaxation area.

After all that relaxing, a lie-in is prescribed, and the hotel serves breakfast until 11am to allow for some extra shut-eye. Mum’s Special Escape at One Pery Square costs from €85 per person.


Enjoy the good life

Castlemartyr Resort is running its fantastically-priced Winter Escape package until the end of March, making it an ideal Mother’s day gift. Priced at only €99 per person if you stay midweek, the package includes one night’s accommodation in a deluxe room, a two-course dinner in the Bell Tower restaurant and a €20 spa credit per person. Make sure to book your spa treatments when you make your reservation, otherwise you won’t be able to use your credit. Winter Escape costs €99 per person per night, with a supplementary €50 for weekend nights.


Divine dining

If your Mum is a foodie then surprise her with a trip to Aherne’s Townhouse & Seafood bar in Youghal. Widely renowned as one of the country’s best guesthouses, Aherne’s family-style hospitality and top class food will ensure the most cosy of stay.

A two-night break at Aherne’s Townhouse — with one evening meal on the evening of your choice, and late check-out on the day of departure — will cost you from €320 for two people sharing.


Perfect Parknasilla

Take your mother on an escape to the gorgeous Parknasilla Resort & Spa in Kenmare this year and you’ll enjoy it just as much as she will. Their one-night stay includes accommodation in a bright and spacious Parkland View room, and a three-course à la carte dinner with tea and coffee for two in the Pygmalion Restaurant. The real gift here is the unlimited access to the swimming pool, thermal suite, and outdoor hot tubs, which we suggest you enjoy after an extensive roam around the miles of


forest walks. Parknasilla has just reopened after its winter break, so staff and hotel will be refreshed and ready to welcome guests. The one night package at Parknasilla costs from €199.


The Wexford way

If you are intent on relaxing with your mother, then spas in Ireland do not get more calming than at Monart.

A midweek two-night Spa break at the world-class spa includes accommodation in a deluxe room replete with fancy bath products and ultra fluffy robes and slippers, and dinner on the evening of your choice.

The package includes unrestricted access to the thermal spa and participation in any of their scheduled classes like yoga or sauna ritual, but we would go the whole hog and book a treatment during your stay.

The midweek two-night spa break at Monart costs from €219 per person.


Champagne lifestyle

Five-star and super fabulous, Ashford Castle is running an offer until the end of March of a night’s B&B from €275 if you pay in advance through the website. If you do book in with your mother, then be sure to check out the new afternoon tea menu created by executive pastry chef Paula Stakelum.

Highlights of this tiny feast include a vanilla-scented éclair with Granny Smith and caramelia cremeux and Irish lobster and Galway Bay prawn on brioche bread. Afternoon Tea is priced from €45 per person and you can add a Champagne tasting (eight samples of Champagne) for €29 per person.


Sheen luxury

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Sheen Falls is launching their Spring Midweek Escape package. The midweek package includes two night’s accommodation in one of the hotel’s newly renovated bedrooms, and dinner on the evening of your choice in The Falls Restaurant.

On the afternoon of your choosing, you and your mother can enjoy afternoon tea before using a €50 spa credit for the super luxe Easannna Spa.

The Spring Midweek Escape package priced from €499 for 2 nights based on 2 people sharing or from €380 for single occupancy.


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