Whether for a weekend of relaxation or a night away with your besties, there’s nothing like a well-overdue girls’ weekend break and leaving all the stresses and strains of daily life behind. With no interruptions and no responsibilities, a getaway with your closest girls can be the perfect way to reset, reconnect and have some fun.
So pack the suitcases, as ‘Into Kildare’ has put together a list of our top places to visit for the ultimate ‘girls trip’, which offers something for everyone in the group, from jewellery lovers, foodies, racing enthusiasts, culture vultures or shopping addicts, Kildare has you covered!
Let’s be honest, what girl doesn’t like to sparkle with a little ‘bling’! Home to stunning jewellery and silverware, Newbridge gives you a chance to shop in one of the country’s most famous brands, and browse through the ever-popular Collection by Amy Huberman. Their Visitor Centre is also home to the Museum of Style Icons, housing exhibits of iconic clothing from famously fashionable faces ranging from Princess Diana to Marilyn Monroe.
For the girls who like to indulge in a little retail therapy, Kildare Village is a must visit! This is one of the chicest Outlet Shopping Villages in Europe. Kildare Village is a relaxed shopping haven, where spacious boutiques showcase the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands at discount prices. Kildare shopping village also has a range of restaurants, cafes and outdoor eating areas for you and the girls to make a day of it!!
Lunch at Aimsir
Time to sit back and treat yourselves to lunch at the Michelin starred Aimsir Restaurant. Located at the magnificent Cliff at Lyons Hotel, this is the ultimate location for a sophisticated lunch. The restaurants airy reception bar with its wood-burning stove and picture windows overlooking well-tended gardens in which much of the restaurant’s ingredients are grown, is stuff dreams are made of.
Start your culinary afternoon with one of their famous aperitifs or cocktails, which are sure to have a story as the owners love of foraging has allowed them create a range of their own juices and ferments to tempt you with!! The menu at Aimsir (meaning weather) evolves with the seasons and celebrates the natural ingredients that can be grown, harvested, fished, foraged or produced on this island. Aimsir is surely a jewel in the heart of Kildare that the girls will treasure (and thank you for!)
Athy Boat Tour
If you and the girls fancy a relaxing boat trip after all that racing and shopping, Athy Boat Tours provide private boat tours for up to twelve passengers on board “Freedom on the Water”. Whether you wish to enjoy a picnic on board during your tour to Levistown or lunch on the river bank during a day long trip to Maganey, a memorable experience is ensured. This is the perfect end to a perfect day…. Before you hit your hotel!!
*Currently only taking family groups of 6 from the same household.
Spa & Stay in Clanard Court
Nothing says ‘girls weekend away’ quite like a night or two in one of Ireland’s best luxury spa hotels, after all, what could be better than grabbing a couple of girlfriends and enjoying a well-overdue catch-up over facials, sumptuous afternoon tea and a few (too many) glasses of bubbly? The Clanard Court Hotel is the perfect location for a girl’s retreat.
This Award-Winning 4 Star Luxury hotel in Rural Kildare is consistently ranked No.1 TripAdvisor Hotel in the County. The hotel currently offers a two night ‘Pamper Retreat’ in the renowned Revive Garden Spa & Beauty Rooms, which includes afternoon tea and dinner from €350 for two persons. So get booking! Visit: www.clanardcourt.ie