An Irish mini-break tops the list for my idea of a perfect weekend away. I love my job, and I love my work but sometimes you just need to switch off and enjoy a change of scenery. Of course I love to travel but truly there is so much of Ireland to enjoy, airports can be a pain and sometimes it’s nicer to stay closer to home. My only issue with Irish mini-breaks is the lack of value at peak times. If you’re not clever and you aren’t doing your price comparison you can be missing out on huge savings.

 

Invite Ireland is a new Irish website where upon registering you build a profile on site and fill out your preferences, it will filter results and only show you businesses that suit you.  You can build a trip around your style of activities or location and then it gets you the best rate by allowing you book direct.

We wanted a switch off, some comfort and really good food. Using InviteIreland we booked into the G Hotel (Booking.com was charging €512 for our stay, whereas booking direct through the hotels website, the cost was only €423)

We set off Friday at lunchtime so it was great to miss the traffic and I was working away as Andrew drove for most of the two hour journey.

We checked into the G Hotel about 4 PM. Designed by Philip Tracy it’s super lush and fashionable.

We took it easy on the Friday eating in the hotel. Waking up eager to explore on Saturday we went into town and found the most gorgeous place for lunch. I had asked on my Instagram  where was good in Galway and Ard Bia was highly recommended! We found it easily enough situated right by the Spanish Arch. Overlooking the water the views are amazing.

"The menu is fresh, healthy and completely unpretentious. Andrew had a massive hearty fry. I had hake. They also had amazing coffee and coffee table books lining the walls. We were in total foodie heaven."

After lunch we turned into those really annoying customers who don’t want to leave.. We ordered a glass of wine and enjoyed leafing through the books and magazines. It was Saturday afternoon perfection!

We eventually left and headed back towards the town for a browse through the shops.

I loved a really cute gallery/shop/coffee shop  Coffeewerk and Press that had such lovely books, cards and quirky home stuff.

I love candles and have been a fan of Cloon Keen Atelier since hearing that one was given as a gift to Michelle Obama when they came to visit Ireland. Think divine, but definitely premium candles. They have a stunning (tiny!) shop which I couldn’t resist popping into…

…and picking up a little gift to self. I chose cassis – which is a gorgeous berry scent. It’s not too sweet but it’s very welcoming and Summery.

High on caffeine after about three coffees it was time to head back to the hotel and think about dinner..

We meandered slowly back to the hotel ducking into random places when freak random showers intermittently decided to appear. The weather was the only downside of the whole weekend but we got to check out some extra places like this florist/rain shelter when the downpour came.

For dinner we wanted some really good food. It’s been a manic busy few months since we got engaged and we had barely spent any proper time together taking in all that’s gone on. Andrew had booked Kerwin’s Lane for dinner. I decided to get ridiculously over-dressed. It’s a lovely place but jeans and a nice top would have been fine… However this Dressees.ie (Similar) dress had caught my eye during the week and I wanted to wear it, much more than I wanted to be practical! We had a quick drink in the lounge before heading into town.

At Kerwin’s the food was so sublime. I don’t eat meat or chicken but I love fish and it was so nice to actually have a full selection of options to choose from. To start I had scallops and Andrew had salmon that was cured in beetroot. The starter portions were really big and generous.

For mains we both wanted the same thing, monkfish which came with a curried cous cous… Again amazing.

Sunday morning we were so lazy and arrived down in hotel slippers with about five minutes to spare before breakfast finished up. Soon it was time to check out and our weekend was over.

Driving back home we felt like we had had a really gorgeous weekend and genuinely relaxed. It’s so important to switch off from time to time. We totally felt the benefit of just enjoying a peaceful lazy weekend. Let me know where your favourite Irish mini-break destinations are?

Till next week!

Lots of love,

 
 
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We were guests of Invite Ireland.  All opinions and imagery are my own.