Spring is upon us and, once again, love is in the air. Birds are singing, flowers blooming and the days are longer. Although Valentine’s Day is past, why not treat your loved one to a memorable getaway. If you are planning a romantic break, where better than the idyllic city of Dublin? Score some extra points and plan an entire weekend for you and your significant other. Here are the best tips on how to treat yourselves during your weekend in Dublin:
Where to go
Go for a walking tour of Dublin. Fill up a basket of locally baked bread, tasty cheese and fine wine and bring your date to the beautiful St. Stephens Green. The park is located in the heart of the city and is perfect for a slow start. Prepare to spend a few hours here as there are several things to see and do such as relaxing by the many ponds, seeing the statues and admiring the beautiful flowers, in addition to it being a perfect spot for people-watching. Once finished with the park, pay a visit to the Laughter Lounge to lighten the mood and work on your abs. The first act premiered in 1997 and since it has grown into one of Ireland’s premier comedy venues with over 500,000 visitors though its doors since its opening. Get ready to laugh together and enjoy the clever acts.
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What to eat and drink
There is no arguing that chocolate is romantic, sensual and very, very delicious. Stop by Benoit’s Chocolate factory and taste the rich, handmade specialties or their renowned hot chocolates. Maybe you will even get a show-and-tell from the chocolatier himself!
While in Ireland, do as the Irish do and bring your date to the historical Guinness Storehouse. This is also suitable for non-beer lovers as the tour itself is highly entertaining. The brewery has developed special GUINNESS® dishes, and you can collect recipe cards to allow you to recreate these delicious courses at home. Round up the spectacular tour with a pint in the GRAVITY® Bar.
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Psst! Check our Guinness Lovers' guide to Dublin for more inspiration!
After a day out in Dublin, return to the romantic retreat at the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel where you can savour a romantic and delicious Italian dinner. Apart from being Dubliners favourite, the hotel restaurant Talavera has also been named “Best Italian Restaurant in Dublin”. Share a memorable meal of authentic Italian courses made with the very best and freshest ingredients and prepared by acclaimed Head Chef Giancarlo Anselmi.
What to do
Treat yourselves to a day at the salon for complete relaxation. Once you lay down and the treatment or massage begins, you’ll never want to leave. The Chez Elle Skin Laser Clinic provides you with a great selection of soothing treatments without even having to leave the hotel. Try the specialised treatments for men and women or the advanced treatments including a refreshing peeling.
If you’re planning ahead, check out the schedule for concerts in Dublin. Maybe your favourite bands are in town? Dublin has a vibrant musical scene and as well as the local Irish bands, many world-class stars perform here year round.
© David Doyle / Dublin Concerts
Start planning your romantic getaway in the tranquil surroundings at the visually stunning Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel, Dublin. The hotel consists of a mid-1700s estate surrounded by never-ending green fields and internally, it is styled with striking décor. Who knows, maybe this romantic break will lead to a new step in your relationship. If so, you will have already witnessed the beautiful venue that could be your perfect location for a wedding.
For even more tips on how to plan the perfect weekend in Dublin, visit 50 dates in Dublin, they even have their own ‘cheesy scale’ to let you know just how romantic your date can be.