Having spent the majority of the past 18 months in a state of lockdown, there are many things we have missed. Dining out, trips to the hairdresser and even a tough workout in the gym have all been noticeably absent from our lives, not to mention a serious lack of getaways for the girls and guys.
In the interest of making up for lost time, many businesses in County Kildare have come up trumps with their staycation and daycation deals for the months ahead, encouraging fun seekers from all over Ireland to pack their bags and head for the thoroughbred county. So, gather your girls and round up the boys as we share the lowdown on why Kildare is the best staycation destination this summer.
If a pampering break with your best gal pals is what you’re after, a trip to Kildare is where it’s at.
Those wishing to splash their hard-saved cash on a luxury spa experience won’t be disappointed with the Cliff Retreat package at the idyllic Cliff at Lyons in Celbridge, which includes dinner in The Mill restaurant, breakfast in the Orangery and a relaxing treatment in the acclaimed Well Spa.
For a girly package with all the trimmings, Clanard Court’s ‘Girly Spa Day & Night Away’ offer promises a getaway to remember, with a spa treatment, dinner and even a glass of bubbly thrown in for good measure!
If a full day of rest and relaxation is what fits the bill, check out the Glenroyal Hotel’s NOA Spa Pamper Package. This special offer includes overnight accommodation and breakfast the next morning, as well as afternoon tea with bubbles in the ARKLE restaurant and two blissful treatments in the NOA spa.
For a memorable golf experience after too many months of lockdown, you couldn’t pick a better place than Kildare.
Home to two world-famous golf courses, The K Club has oodles to offer golf enthusiasts – no matter what level they’re at. The resort’s ‘K Golf World with Bed & Breakfast’ package invites golfers to experience luxury hospitality while understanding and improving their swing, thanks to K Golf World’s simulators, which use some of the most innovative and precise golfing technology in the world.
For an indulgent experience complete with stylish overnight accommodation, breakfast, complimentary access to wellness and leisure facilities and of course, one round of golf, the Overnight Golf Experience at Carton House should not be overlooked.
The ‘Stay and Play’ golf package at the beautiful Kilkea Castle is also one for keen golfers to check out. With an overnight stay, breakfast, round of golf for two and a 25 percent discount on golf rentals and buggies, it’s truly an unmissable deal this summer.
Of course, if you weren’t already spoiled for choice, there’s also Moyvalley Hotel and Golf Club which is nestled on the beautiful 500-acre Balyna Estate in north Kildare.
The course played host to The Irish PGA Championships in September 2016 and June 2017 and is designed to challenge all levels of golfers from beginners to the seasoned pro’s.
The hotel also have a Play, Stay and Dine package offering for the summer season – this includes an overnight stay at the hotel in one of the deluxe or superior rooms, dinner at their Sundial bistro, a round of golf and a full Irish before checkout the next morning.
Shop ‘til You Drop
If online shopping has lost its thrill and you’re craving some good old-fashioned retail therapy, the shopping mecca that is County Kildare will not disappoint. From world-famous shopping experiences to independent boutiques and craft shops, there is something for every style, taste and budget. While Kildare on the whole has oodles to offer, there is nowhere quite like Newbridge to really indulge savvy shoppers.
The town is home to popular centres such as Newbridge Silverware, Kildare Village WhiteWater and even Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates, for a sweet pick-me-up between purchases! Why not avail of the nearby Killashee Hotel’s shop, stay and dine package and enjoy VIP shopping discounts as part of the deal? Located in Naas and less than 20 minutes from Newbridge, it’s the perfect base for those in search of a bargain.