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9 luxurious getaways for the bank holiday weekend. We can dream.

There’s an August bank holiday coming up and TheJournal.ie has been daydreaming about the best places in the world to spend it… if we scooped the Lotto that is…

A private dining room is seen at the world's first Armani Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A private dining room is seen at the world's first Armani Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Image: Kamran Jebreili/AP/Press Association Images

WONDERING WHAT TO do for the upcoming August bank holiday weekend? Well, TheJournal.ie syndicate didn’t win the Euromillions jackpot last week but we can dream where we’d go for a mini-break if we had…

Here are the top hotels where we could all celebrate our new millions (hey, even a few mill from the Lotto would do, right?)

This luxury hotel crafted by designer Giorgio Armani opened in April 2010 in the world’s tallest skyscraper.

Its website says the restaurant experiences are “a personal reflection of Giorgio Armani’s impeccable and timeless sophistication”, which we think means they do good grub.

Even the walls are covered in ‘luxe fabrics’ so there really was no expense spared putting this hotel together.

  • Also in Dubai, there’s the seven-star Burj Al Arab, which boasts ‘shimmering opulence’ and ‘the ultimate in Arabian hospitality’.

The 321-metre tall hotel, which looks like a ship’s sail, sits on the edge of the Jumeirah beach and boasts jacuzzis in every suite, a Rolls-Royce fleet, butlers on call, and a private shopper.

You can eat at one of the six award-winning restaurants, take a walk on the exclusive private beach or take a dip at the Wild Wadi Waterpark. Nice.

Bring your family to this Irish 15th Century Gaelic Tower House, which is available for private hire only.

The six-floored house has six bedrooms and two bathrooms with showers, a kitchen, turf-burning stove and underfloor heating, as well as a great hall for big dinners.

This is the only Irish hotel to claim a World Luxury Hotel Award and sits within 43 acres of forest woodland on the shore of Lough Eske with the Blue Stack Mountains in the background

Why not stay in the presidential suite, which has two ensuite bedrooms and a drawing room with separating doors – totalling just under 2,000 sq ft in size.

You could spend your time lounging in your luxury bathrobes and slippers – provided, naturally, as standard – while sipping on a refreshing drink from the mini-bar.

Owned by the Virgin group, this island boasts a Great House that sits on top of Devil’s Hill, looking down onto the beach beneath, and six private Bali Houses.

Princess Diana took a trip there with her family in 1990 and it has been the site for many upmarket family holidays.

Necker Island can be booked either exclusively for up to 28 people. Now that’s what we call a celebratory holiday.

This island bills itself as the ‘original luxury eco-retreat’.

It’s in the Seychelles and has 16 villas and one Presidential Villa, a marina and yacht club, rock spa, a restaurant with island-grown produce, and the chance to dine on the beach.

  • Want a rock and roll holiday with a touch of retro delight? Stay at Kate’s Lazy Meadow, which is owned by Kate Pierson of the B52s.

Set in the Castksill Mountains, near Woodstock in new York, Lazy Meadow has cozy rustic cabins with authentic 50s-style kitchens, vintage furniture and more.

There are nine acres of beautiful land surrounding the site plus, as the name suggests, a huge meadow. Perfect for frolicking around in.

This is one for the adventurous – you can sleep 155 metres underground in an underground suite located in the Sala Silvermine in Sweden.

It’s only 2 degrees celsius in the mine all year round, but the room is heated up to 18 degrees.

Staff are on call above ground all night  - and you’re given an intercom radio to communicate with as mobile phones don’t work. Talk about secluded….

You’ll feel like you’re on a movie set when you step off your gondola on the grand canal and into this luxurious Venetian hotel.

The Art Deco design, palatial settings and modern facilities combine to make it a truly luxurious location. Perfect if you have a few million euro to burn.

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  • Emirates Dubai Armani Hotel

    A private dinning room is seen at the world's first Armani Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday April 27, 2010. A luxury hotel crafted by designer Giorgio Armani opened Tuesday as the first landmark tenant in the world's tallest skyscraper. The 160-room Armani Hotel Dubai is a welcome bit of good news for Dubai's leaders after the troubled debut of the more than half-mile (828-meter) high Burj Khalifa in January. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
  • Burj Al Arab hotel, Dubai

    A view of the Burj Al Arab seven star hotel in Dubai, UAE (United Arab Emirates).
  • Hotel Palazzo Barbarigo, Venice

    The palatial Hotel Palazzo Barbarigo, Venice - which you can only access by gondola via the grand canal.
  • A private villa on Frégate Island Private

    The luxurious Frégate Island Private, which boasts a conservation programme and beautiful surroundings.
  • A living room at Kate's Lazy Meadow

    A glimpse at a retro living room at Kate's Lazy Meadow near the Castkill Mountains, NY
  • The Necker Islands

    An aerial view shows the Necker Islands, one of the remote 1,400-mile long string of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. One island owned by the Virgin group boasts villas and a Great House

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