- Fly to Dublin Airport (DUB) on multiple carriers, including direct from the U.S. on Aer Lingus, aerlingus.com. The Patton Flyer shuttle has a 35-minute trip to Dún Laoghaire and the Royal Marine Hotel. thepattonflyer.ie
- Stay at the Royal Marine Hotel. The first hotel was built on the site in 1828 and has since undergone several updates, including a major redevelopment that closed the hotel from 2004 to June 2007. Accommodations include sea-view rooms and presidential suites. Dining options range from Dún Bistro to two bars and a lounge perfect for afternoon tea. royalmarine.ie
- Eat out in central Dublin at the Clarence Hotel. Owned by rock stars Bono and the Edge from the Irish band U2, the hotel offers fine dining in the Tea Room. On Executive Chef Mathieu Melin's ever-changing menu, try cannon of Irish lamb or pan-fried filet of Irish Hereford beef Rossini style with a selection of Tea Room potatoes -- from hand-cut chips cooked in duck fat to roasted sweet potatoes. Finish it off with Guinness ice cream, then retire for the evening to the hotel's Octagon Bar with a Clarence Classic cocktail, a delectable mix of Midori, a sugar cube infused with cherries and champagne. theclarence.ie
- Find more intimate escapes at islands.com/intimate.