With summer long over and the cold tempestuous season of autumn upon us many of us may be missing the more carefree days of summer. And as we live in busy times and right now the start of a new term, with the school run and the stresses of work may have many of us running on all cylinders trying to get everything and everyone working, the idea of a holiday is a longed for dream. By the end of the week, many of us can be left feeling a bit burned out and stressed, dreaming of a summer holiday, a family hotel break and a few days rest spent in relaxing scenic surrounds with our minds and bodies in need of a break and a change of scenery.

For some a mini-break or weekend break in a scenic or culturally rich location can provide the perfect escape and an antidote to a busy week. The chance of scenery that a mini-break or weekend spent away in a new spot can give one the perfect excuse to spend time doing things you have always planned to do but never get a chance to complete (be it something as simple as reading a favourite book in peaceful surroundings whilst sampling local cuisine, exploring a new town/city or taking to the outdoors for an invigorating trek around the countryside). And if a busy week has one yearning for a brief respite from life’s stresses, then a mini break or weekend away at a well known spa or luxury hotel, where relaxation and a spot of pampering is the main objective, may be perfect.

The many opportunities for a relaxing leisure orientated weekend or mid-week break spent relaxing in a spa, sauna, treatment room or by the pool, trying a leisurely round of golf or taking in the views over Cork harbour that a luxury hotel getaway such as Fota Island Hotel and Resort presents may be just the right thing for those looking to recharge burnt out batteries. As one of the leading 5 Star hotels in Ireland, located in the scenic island getaway that is Fota Island just a stone’s throw away from the metropolitan city of Cork, the resort has everything one needs for relaxing weekend breaks in Cork. Not only does the five star resort have a range of award-winning and rejuvenating  spa treatments making it an ideal destination for spa breaks in Ireland.

To compliment the award-winning Spa there is also the option of enjoying a round of golf on one of the championship golf courses which traverse the island. The adjoining Cork golf club is sure to provide an intriguing challenge to the visiting golfer who can follow in the footsteps of Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington who all competed in the recent 2014 Irish Open.

And being situated on a stunning scenic island overlooking Cork harbour, surrounded by mature woodlands and scenic walkways with views out to the sea, brings in another element that will help one to forget temporarily about work stress. The availability of top quality self catering in Cork which is ideal for holiday rentals within the grounds of the resort make them a viable alternative to the hotel accommodation. The Courtyard and Courseside lodges offer 2 to 5 bed units which should cater for the needs of the discerning traveller or large family seeking  the best in luxury self catering in Ireland.

Plus the luxury of visiting and staying a few days in a new place opens up a wealth of opportunity to explore the nearby attractions, taking in outside sights of cork city and east cork at your own time and at your own pace. So whilst autumn isn’t typically considered to be a prime holiday season it doesn’t mean one cannot take family breaks in Ireland now and again. The months of autumn and even winter can offer a different type of holiday/mini-break experience for the discerning visitor and can help to take one’s mind away from the daily stresses of modern life.