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Monday, 25 October 2010

Honeymoon in Ireland - Page 5

Written by Christina Kay Bolton
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After settling in, we headed for the fabulous infinity pool. With its three story high glass walls overlooking the gardens, lounge chairs, and a Jacuzzi, I could have spent hours here. There was also a sauna and eucalyptus steam room. The pool was the perfect place to relax and there were big fluffy robes in the rooms, so we were able to walk back and forth in them and shower in our own room. A walk around the property reveals ruins of an old castle from 1210, the golf course, and some beautiful white horses.

Cork is only 20 miles away and was chosen by Lonely Planet as one of the 10 best cities to visit in 2010; it was called “sophisticated, vibrant and diverse”. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to explore it since we spent so much time on the coast.

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For dinner we visited Castlemartyr’s restaurant where we had a delicious meal of scallops with vegetable tian, celeriac soup, sea bass with carrots and potatoes, and chocolate cake; if that wasn’t enough we were given petit fours and coffee.

In the morning, we had another excellent meal with a large buffet of scones, croissants, cheeses, meats, smoked fish, cereals and yogurt and an extensive menu to choose from. The sunny dining room was a great last stop before our drive up to Dublin airport for our flight home.

IMGP5161We were fortunate to stay in some of the best, most authentic places in Ireland and that really added to our experience. The juxtaposition of exploring Ireland’s rugged, wild landscapes, and staying in fairy-tale castles and hotels made for a honeymoon like no other.

©Christina Kay Bolton

 

Details:

Dublin: Hampton Hotel, http://www.hamptonhotel.ie/

Connemara: Ballynahinch Castle, http://www.ballynahinch-castle.com/

Ashford Castle, http://www.ashford.ie/index.php

Ballyvaughan: Cappabhaile House, http://www.cappabhaile.com/

Dromoland Castle, http://www.dromoland.ie/

Ring of Kerry: Picin Cottage, http://www.picincottage.com/Home.html

Castlemartyr Resort, http://www.castlemartyrresort.ie/

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