By Sarah O’Toole
Every now and again us girls love to get away from life, whether it’s a break from the kids or just for a long overdue catch-up, a weekend away with the girls is a must. Our lovely little country is the home of some fantastic girly hotel and spa breaks that just hit the spot. Here are a few of the hidden treasures the emerald isle has to offer.

Fota Island

Nestled between picturesque woodland on a private island in Cork lies the five star Fota Island Resort. They are more than willing to create a special package to suit your needs if you give them a call. There two-night bed and breakfast including spa treatment range between €252-€380. This includes your choice of a facial or massage and a three-course meal in Fota restaurant. From Blarney Castle to the Old Jameson Distillery, Fota Island Resort is centrally located to all the local attractions for you to make the most of your trip. Guest concessions available for various local Cork attractions just ask at the reception.

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Radisson Blu Hotel Farnham Estate Hotel

This hotel lies on a 16th-century estate in Co Cavan on a huge 1,300-acre site. The Botanic Restaurant prepares their dishes from locally sourced fresh produce. Their two-night spa package is an ideal getaway for the girls. This includes two nights’ accommodation with a super breakfast buffet. Unlimited use of the water mint thermal and health spa facilities and a 30-minute treatment from their award-winning spa and an evening meal in the Botanic Restaurant. This package is available for €229.50 pps.

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Druids Glen

This five-star Hotel and Golf Resort in Wicklow has played host to the Irish Open Golf tournament for four years in a row. The Hotel sits on 400 acres between the Wicklow mountains and the Irish Sea. Hugo’s Restaurant has received 2 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence ensuring a fine dining experience for your stay. The one-night spa retreat package is €325 total price. This includes a full Irish breakfast and a 55-minute spa treatment. The two-night spa package comes in at €590 total stay which includes the full Irish breakfast, a four-course meal at Hugo’s Restaurant and a 55-minute spa treatment with access to the health and fitness club. All packages require you to advance book dinner and spa treatments before arrival to avoid booking conflicts.

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Carton House

Situated in the 18th Century town of Maynooth and home to the Irish Rugby team training sessions this historic mansion is a wonderful location to rest and relax. The estate’s facilities include two championship golf courses, leisure centre with pool and spa, training pitches, tennis courts and events centre. Their spa offer is a one night stay with an evening meal in the Linden Tree restaurant. All tastes are catered for at the Linden Tree with an extensive wine menu to compliment any meal. Enjoy a 55-minute spa treatment from the following, Darphin personalised facial, personalised refining body polish, deep harmony full body massage, zen spa pedicure or a Jessana manicure. This offer is available for €180 pps.

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Slieve Russell Hotel and Golf Club

Located 90 minutes outside Dublin in Ballyconnell, County Cavan the 4 star Slieve Russell a sanctuary to relax and enjoy a weekend of pampering. Their overnight spa packages offer a deluxe room and full Irish breakfast. A 3-course meal on the night of your choice and afternoon tea in the foyer. Then you are pampered in the Ciúin Spa and Wellness Centre with a choice of a 90 minute Biotec facial or an 80-minute massage. Like all breaks, you are required to booked in advance. You are also free to use the relaxation suite and the hydrotherapy suite. These packages are from €288pps at weekends or if you fancy a midweek girl’s trip its €262pps.

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