Ciara McDonnell has the best hotel packages to help you ring out the old year and celebrate the new.
THE MET AT MIDNIGHT
Come over supremely glamorous at The Metropole in Cork this New Year’s Eve, where they’ll be ringing in the New Year with a Masquerade Ball. There’ll be a bubbly reception in the foyer with live music followed by a four-course banquet and dancing late into the night along to Blue Steel.
Tickets to the ball cost €65 per person and they have a special rate for those who wish to stay, at €75 per person sharing.
TO THE MANOR BORN
Hayfield Manor is offering a two-night extravaganza to start 2019. The black tie gala begins in the Cork five-star hotel with a Champagne and canapé reception, followed by a seven-course gourmet meal at Orchids restaurant. Festivities will continue with entertainment from Hayfield Manor’s resident jazz & swing band, the Roaring Forties. At around half past ten, a lavish cheese display will appear with accompanying port, and the New Year will be rung in with Champagne in hand. The following day, enjoy a gorgeous breakfast before heading to the spa for the day. The two-night package costs from €544 per person sharing.
Rub shoulders with the glitterati at The Shelbourne this New Year’s Eve. Start with a meal at the Saddle Room restaurant before moving on to the glamour of Bar 27, and mingle with Dublin’s most glamorous patrons as they party the night away. New Year’s Eve dinner in The Saddle Room is €145 per person with table reservations from 5pm to 10pm, or stay the night with one nights’ accommodation in one of The Shelbourne’s gorgeous Deluxe rooms, and traditional Irish breakfast on New Year’s Day. The New Year’s package costs €580 per room per night, including dinner.
GREAT GATSBY GLAMOUR
Hark back to the 1920s with a Great Gatsby themed New Year celebration at Cork International hotel. The party kicks off at 7pm with a Champagne reception. At 8pm, a four-course banquet will be served as guests are entertained by music. Following dinner, the Bentley Boys will lead the entertainment through the evening, ahead of a celebratory balloon drop at midnight. The black tie event will go on until 2.30am, and costs €150 per person sharing including wine.
ORIENT EXPRESS EXPERIENCE
The Pullman restaurant at Glenlo Abbey in Galway offers a unique venue to spend New Year’s Eve. The restaurant comprises two dining carriages which date back to 1927 and were part of the original Orient Express. The conductor will greet guests for the evening at the station platform, before they board the train for the most memorable and unique dining experience. The six-course New Year’s Eve Menu is followed by live entertainment and a Champagne toast at midnight and costs €85 per person. Two nights’ B&B with New Year’s Eve Dinner in The Pullman and Champagne toast costs from €479 per person staying in a Corrib Deluxe room.
THE KERRY DANCES
Muckross Park Hotel & Spa is hosting a dinner dance this New Year’s Eve, featuring a delicious five-course meal in The Valentia Suite, a Champagne reception and live music. The following day, the hotel will throw a late New Year’s Day brunch, giving guests the opportunity to catch up on beauty sleep before exploring Killarney National Park and the hotel spa. Dine and Dance package at Muckross Park Hotel & Spa costs from €320 per person sharing for two nights.
CLIFF HOUSE GETAWAY
Enjoy an intimate start to the year at Cliff House Hotel. Treat yourself to a New Year getaway, checking in on December 31 for one night and staying in a Sea View room. Ring in the New Year with bubbly and music overlooking stunning Ardmore Bay and a meal you won’t forget in the award-winning Michelin starred House Restaurant. One night bed and breakfast in a deluxe sea view room for two adults sharing with dinner on New Year’s Eve in House Restaurant from €779.
CHOICE AT CASTLEMARTYR
There are two New Year’s options at Castlemartyr Resort this year. The New Year’s Eve Fine Dining option includes pre-dinner drinks, followed by a five-course meal in the Bell Tower restaurant. The New Year’s Italian package is ideal for those of us who wish to ring in the New Year in more casual surroundings at Franchini’s, the Resort’s authentic Italian restaurant. After dinner, all guests can mingle in The Knight’s Bar with a glass of Champagne and dance the night away with live entertainment in the heart of the Manor House. The New Year’s Eve Fine Dining package includes B&B, dinner and drinks from €450 per room (based on 2 people sharing). The New Year’s Eve Italian package is B&B and dinner in Franchini’s from just €360 per room (based on 2 people sharing).
YOGA ON THE CLIFFS OF MOHER
Celebrate the New Year in a different way by booking on the Cliffs of Moher New Year retreat. You’ll spend six days practicing yoga twice a day in the yoga studio, which is walled with glass, looking out at sea and the beautiful Clare countryside. There will be meditation every day, and walks on the cliffs and time to nap and read and write, if that’s what you’d prefer. Accommodation in a twin room with en-suite costs €1100 per person sharing and includes all classes, meals, beverages, walks, hot tub and sauna.