If the very idea of standing on a sticky nightclub floor in Dublin city as some has-been 90s DJ shouts down the countdown to 2018 fills you with more existential dread than Sarte, than we've got some pretty fab alternatives...
Whether you're looking for a romantic break over Christmas or just feel like seriously treating yourself for all the hard work you've put in all year, a luxurious hotel break is the ideal solution.
Here's nine of the nicest deals across Ireland to ring in 2018 in style...
1. Ring in the New Year with an exclusive Gala Dinner at The Lodge at Ashford Castle
The Lodge at Ashford Castle in Mayo is the beaut destination for those seeking a luxurious and leisurely end to 2017 with an intimate New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and overnight stay. Ring in the New Year over a delicious feast at Wilde’s at The Lodge, which has enchanting views of Lough Corrib and is an ideal spot to view the impressive fireworks display over the Lough as the countdown begins.
Indulge in a deluxe overnight stay in one of The Lodge at Ashford Castle’s beautiful bedrooms, with breakfast the following morning before making a start on your New Year’s resolutions with a walk around the picturesque setting of the 800-year old Ashford Estate.
For a truly magical New Year’s celebration make a reservation for the Gala Dinner at The Lodge at Ashford Castle on Sunday 31st December.
The package is available from €440 based on two people sharing and includes luxurious overnight accommodation with breakfast, dinner, live music and fireworks overlooking Lough Corrib.
2. Elegant, traditional and sophisticated – it's a fabulous five-star Christmas at The Shelbourne
Beginning with the annual Christmas Tree lighting, the holiday season at The Shelbourne in Dublin is when the hotel looks at its very best, full of glitter and magic.
Celebrate the ringing out of the old and in of the new in the magnificent surroundings of The Shelbourne, beginning your evening with a three course dinner in the modern classic, The Saddle Room Restaurant.
You can then move to the glamour and the buzz of No.27 Bar & Lounge to ring in the New Year, surrounded by all beautiful tradition that's found in this five-star at this time of year.
Including one nights accommodation in one of The Shelbourne’s gorgeous Deluxe rooms, and traditional Irish breakfast on New Year’s Day, New Year’s packages at The Shelbourne cost from €295 per person sharing per night, with upgrades to Park View rooms from €100.
3. A rural retreat with gala dinner at the glamourous Hayfield Manor
New Year's Eve is an especially exciting event at Hayfield Manor, as you celebrate with a Champagne and canape reception, followed by a seven-course gourmet meal which is served with accompanying wines in the elegant surrounds of Hayfield Manor's signature restaurant, Orchids.
Following your meal experience, festivities continue with entertainment from Hayfield Manor’s resident jazz & swing band, the popular Roaring Forties, while a bubbly toast at midnight adds a sparkling start to 2018 and a most appropriate way to ring in the New Year.
Packages start at €515 per person sharing for a two night stay including breakfast.
4. Sparkle the night away at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway
Celebrate 2018 at the Radisson Blu, Hotel & Spa, Galway, by kicking off the evening with a glass of Prosecco in the stylishly designed Coopers Bar & Lounge before a scrumptious Gala Dinner in Marina’s Grill overlooking Lough Atalia.
Their resident MC will provide entertainment during dinner, including a Flashback Quiz of 2017 - great craic to get everyone involved!
After dinner, make your way to the Radisson Blu, Galway’s famous Countdown Party complete with balloon drop, and toast the new year with a glass of bubbles at midnight.
The Gala Dinner is priced at €52.50 per person, or you can make a night of it for €320 per room per night, which includes brekkie and the Gala Dinner.
5. A night out in Dublin city in style at The Spencer Hotel
More of a modern partier? You'll love the NYE offer at The Spencer Hotel.
Celebrate in the evening with Dublin New Year’s Festival which has a fun few days of festivities, such as church music and the Dublin Music Trail and Sky Dance at the Custom House, or join the crowds at Dublin's New Year Countdown Concert which traditionally kicks off at 8pm on New Year's Eve.
The package includes a two-night stay in a superior double room with breakfast both mornings, dinner for two people at East at The Spencer and a night of celebrations at The Spencer Cocktail bar, where soulful house music will play while the mixologists shake and stir this season’s signature cocktail as the countdown begins.
From €593 for two people over New Year's Eve for a two-night deal.
6. Escape to the west at the boutique Twelve Hotel
The Twelve Hotel in Bearna, Galway, are offering an exclusive New Years Eve package from just €260 per person sharing for a two-night break.
This includes two nights bed and breakfast and a specially designed New Years Eve celebration in the award-winning West Restaurant.
You start the evening with a glass of bubbly at the Champagne reception with the glow of an open fire and a twinkle of Christmas cheer in the air, and after a glass or two to set the party scene, guests will be taken on a gastronomical journey through eight magnificent courses in West Restaurant.
As the bells chime midnight and the magic of a new year begins, live entertainment will continue the party vibe on in the hotel bar.
7. A peaceful spa break at Farnham Estate & Spa
Finish this year in style and start the next feeling fabulous in the sumptuous surroundings of Farnham Estate Spa & Golf Resort in Cavan.
A stylish blend of restored 16th century house and luxurious modern rooms, it also has an amazing indoor/outdoor hydrotherapy pool and ESPA spa.
Arrive to the warmest of welcomes from 4pm and settle into the serene surroundings of your luxurious accommodation before enjoying a fireside drinks reception from 6.30pm in Farnham House. Dinner is served in Botanica Restaurant from 8pm with entertainment to follow in the charmingly cosy Wine Goose Cellar Bar, where you can toast your midnight kiss with a glass of bubbly at midnight while admiring the spectacular fireworks display from the Resort’s lawn.
A two night New Year’s Eve stay at Farnham Estate costs from €355 per person sharing.
8. A glittering weekend in Galway's g Hotel
This year the g hotel will be transformed into a glittering wonderland, where memories are created and cherished and you can relax in their effortlessly stylish rooms and spa.
For New Year's, enjoy a mouth-watering five-course meal embracing the best seasonal ingredients in their 2 AA Culinary Rosette Restaurant gigi’s with a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight, with a live band playing in the Signature Lounges at the g Hotel & Spa from 9:30pm followed by a DJ who will start in time for the countdown.
Rooms for New Year's start at €260 per room, with the Gala Dinner €85 per person.
9. Five-star luxury at Castlemartyr Resort
Arrive to Castlemartyr Resort in Cork this New Year’s Eve and discover a magical celebration like no other.
Enjoy the celebrations in the manor house throughout the evening, with a pre-dinner drink in the Knights Bar before having delicious celebratory dinner in the Bell Tower Restaurant, a sumptuous five-courses focusing on the fine local and in-season produce sourced from local farms, fields and waters.
After dinner, dance the night away with live entertainment in the Knights Bar. An overnight New Year’s Eve package with accommodation, full Irish breakfast, pre-dinner drink and gourmet dinner costs from €390 per room (based on two people sharing).
You can also go out for a horse and carriage ride, cosied up under a blanket around the grounds, or bring the resident dogs for a walk. Heaven.
We wish we could just live in one these gorgeous places forever...