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15th Dec 2022

Planning a break in the new year? Here are 5 things to see and do on your next Irish getaway

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Perfect for your next weekend away…

For those friends and family members that are tricky to shop for, the gift of a weekend away or day out can be the perfect solution.

Whether it’s a romantic trip for two, a well-deserved getaway for a doting parent or a trip with some pals, gifting someone an experience to look forward to can be so much more meaningful than an expensive present.

If you’re looking to treat someone to a much-needed trip away, a Maldron Hotels Gift Card is the perfect gift this Christmas.

With 50 locations including Clayton Hotels and Partner Hotels across Ireland, Northern Ireland, the UK and Germany, your lucky recipient is spoiled for choice when it comes to destinations, making it a really versatile gift that everyone can make use of.

It really is the gift of choice as a Maldron Hotels Gift Card can be spent on a whole host of experiences, like a night away, afternoon tea, dinner and cocktails, spa treatments in applicable hotels or a visit to one of their Club Vitae pools. Most Maldron Hotels fall into the 4-star category, guaranteeing a stylish breakaway for your loved one. Plus, gift cards last for 5 years, giving them plenty of time to plan their trip.

You can find out more and purchase a Maldron Hotels Gift Card HERE.

With that in mind, we’re taking a closer look at some of the amazing destinations around Ireland for a fun weekend away. Each of these locations also has a Maldron Hotel, so planning your next trip away is sure to be a breeze.

Here’s some staycation inspo for your next getaway…

Shopping Cork City

If you’re planning a trip to the high-street for a weekend of shopping, Cork is the perfect city to base yourself in.

Between Patrick’s Street and Opera Lane, you’ve got access to the likes of Penneys, Zara, H&M, Brown Thomas, SportsDirect and loads more major retailers, making it the perfect spot to treat yourself to some new clothes, beauty essentials or shop the January sales.

Where to stay:Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City and Maldron Hotel South Mall Cork

Plan an escape in Co. Galway

For the perfect blend of city life and rural charm, a trip to Galway ticks all the boxes.

If you’re looking for a bit of history, a visit to Kylemore Abbey is a perfect any-weather activity that provides a unique glimpse into times gone by. For the outdoorsy types, a visit to Connemara National Park promises loads of natural wonders including mountain landscapes, gorgeous woodlands and stunning lakeside trails, while Diamond Hill is a rewarding climb if the weather permits.

Where to stay: Maldron Hotel Sandy Road and Maldron Hotel Oranmore Galway

New Year’s Eve Festival in Dublin City

Planning a trip away to see out 2022? The capital is the perfect spot to ring in the new year, with a whole host of Irish music acts taking the stage later this month.

Gavin James, Lyra and Bradi Heidi are all set to perform on December 31, with the one-and-only Westlife headlining the event. Along with some top music acts, you can expect some festive celebrations around the city centre on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, making it the ultimate spot to ring in 2023.

Where to stay: You’re spoiled for choice! Maldron has hotels in Smithfield, Kevin Street, Parnell Square, Pearse Street and several other Dublin locations.


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Take a trip back in time in Belfast

For history fans, Belfast city has a whole host of insightful museums and attractions that will take you through the city’s complex and layered history.

There are loads of interesting attractions to choose from, but some are particularly popular with Belfast’s visitors. Learn about the world’s most famous ship at Titanic Belfast, discover history and science wonders at the Ulster Museum or follow in the footsteps of over 25,000 prisoners at Crumlin Road Gaol.

Where to stay: Maldron Hotel Belfast City and Maldron Hotel Belfast International Airport


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Book a spa trip in Portlaoise

Feeling stressed? If you’re looking for a weekend away to cure the January blues next year, a last-minute spa break is sure to help you relax after a busy few weeks.

If you’re in the market for a spa weekend that’s a short journey from Dublin, the Club Vitae spa at Maldron Hotel Portlaoise is the perfect option. Their spa offers a wide range of treatments including massages and facials, ideal for a pamper session with your pals.

Where to stay: Maldron Hotel Portlaoise

Don’t Guess Their Dreams, Gift Them. Give the gift of a Maldron Hotels Gift Card this Christmas HERE

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