Dublin has always been a top European destination with creative, trend-setting locals, a rich history and the nearby acres of green countryside to explore. Be sure to make it part of any European itinerary for a dose of Irish charm. To fit in to this fashionable city, spend a weekend here, and visit Kildare Village for the ultimate in exclusive shopping that you can’t find anywhere else in the country.
a room good enough for a rock star
Once you’ve arrived on the Emerald Isle, check in to Dublin’s premier boutique hotel, The Clarence, set in a quiet area facing the River Liffey in the heart of the city. Owned by U2’s Bono and the Edge, this hotel is a far leap from over-the-top rock star style. Instead, this 19th century building exudes a warm, sophisticated feeling with rich oak panelling and comfy oversized leather chairs with just enough of that star-studded charm to maintain the perfect contemporary yet classic atmosphere.
the best shopping in dublin
Once you’re settled and your bags are unpacked, it’s time for some seriously good shopping. Kildare Village is Ireland’s first and only collection of luxury outlet boutiques: utterly exclusive and set in County Kildare’s beautiful horse-racing heritage. Hop on the train at Dublin’s Heuston station straight to Kildare town, or if you prefer, we can organise a car for the short drive to shopping heaven.
With up to 60% off the recommended retail price plus our exclusive VIP Card for even more price reductions, this is the shopping day you’ve dreamt about. Be sure to pick up beautiful Italian children’s clothing at Petit, or check out Dublin-born brand Régine for fabulously chic and romantic womanswear. The Village is home to a number of heritage brands, giving true Irish style to your wardrobe. Immerse yourself in high fashion at prices you didn’t know existed, and all near one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities. Perfect.
unwind in the countryside
After all that shopping, why not lie back for a relaxing full body massage back at The Clarence? The perfect way to unwind your muscles after all that excitement. Fancy a game of golf? We can arrange for you to head to The Royal Dublin Golf Club to tee off where some of the greats from Old Tom Morris to Bill Clinton have swung their clubs. The wood-panelled clubhouse has the feel of true Celtic spirit. For a bit more adrenalin, head to the Curragh horse-racing course – famous worldwide as home to all five irish Classic Flat races. You’ll feel like a local in no time.
For a day in that famous Irish countryside, we suggest heading to Malahide Castle in County Dublin. Set in an expansive park by a classic Irish cobblestone town on the sea, this is one of the oldest castles in Ireland. Spend a day breathing in the salty air, enjoy a drink in the castle’s tea room, and wander down the lanes where you’re sure to be greeted with a smile by all the locals.
Back in Dublin, if you want to enjoy a night in the city and discover it’s secret gems, we can help. If you like, the Black Tomato concierge service can recommend you exclusive, hidden away gourmet restaurants and sophisticated lounge bars. Head out in your favourite new party dress or suit that’s sure to turn some heads. The ideal Irish weekend.
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