My very first luxury short break in Ireland
You asked if I could fit a trip to Ireland into my schedule. Well, no sooner said than done… I’m here in Ireland as I write – been here several days actually and just LOVING it. Everyone is so friendly and I’ve got a real taste for that smooth, creamy, black national Irish drink already – it is so much tastier in Ireland for some inexplicable reason.
Would you believe with all the gallivanting I have done, that this is my first visit – my very first luxury short break in Ireland, but definitely not my last. Of course, I had to stay in Dublin’s fair city so chose one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World boutique hotels right in the centre of Dublin. I made a great choice in Brooks Hotel in Dublin – it’s a gem, tucked away in a quiet street, and just a two-minute walk from upmarket shopping in Grafton Street… so you will know only too well how I enjoyed it! Loved the street musicians too – adds atmosphere to a place doesn’t it?
I’m following a self-drive scenic route in Ireland, staying at four different SLH luxury hotels in Ireland. Second stop was to Mount Juliet – an absolutely FAB 18th century Georgian mansion in County Kilkenny; it just has to be Ireland’s best sporting estate. Weather has been cold and crisp so I’ve been horse riding (great!) and played a round of golf on their championship course (the first golf course in Ireland I have ever played). Sadly my golf was not as pretty as the course though!! I’ll have to take a summer break in Ireland too and return to this sporting boutique hotel… there’s archery, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, high-tech gym, and goodness knows what else to do.
It’s an early start for me this morning: next stop on my Irish road tour is to Park Hotel Kenmare, in County Kerry, a rather majestic mansion with stunning views of Kenmare Bay. I hear the Spa is AMAZING, and there’s yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi – this is a wellbeing and spa break in Ireland I’m really looking forward to… so I might well continue the spa pampering at The Lodge at Doonbeg Golf Club. There’s one of the best golf courses in Ireland there (Greg Norman designed) but I’m planning on making it a coastal walking holiday along Ireland’s gorgeous west coast. Can’t wait! It’s a great base for fishing holidays in Ireland too, with off-shore fishing and fly-fishing (must tell my Father).
In the Small Luxury Hotels of the World gorgeous coffee-table Directory there’s another suggested itinerary for a holiday in Ireland. Have you seen it? It’s on page 126 and called “Falling for the Emerald Isle”. And guess what? I’ve definitely fallen for Ireland – hook, line and sinker.