A few months ago now we took a trip to Kerry to stay in the luxury Parknasilla Resort and Spa. Situated close to local beauty spots like the Ring of Kerry, Valentia Island, Cahersiveen, the Wild Atlantic Way, Sneem and Kenmare, there's plenty to see in the area if relaxing in a fancy hotel is not for you.
We've done all of those places before so although we went for a couple of scenic drives, we primarily spent our break in the hotel itself. There are beautiful walks on the grounds, big cosy sitting rooms with lit fires and a rather lovely spa with an outdoor hot tub to take in the local beauty.
For big and little kids there's a fairy trail with loads of these cute little houses to spot.
Outdoor hot tub, y'all!!
Food wise, lunches and dinners were excellent. Breakfast was a buffet, which was somewhat unexpected for a luxury hotel but good nonetheless. The building dates back to 1692 and the communal rooms are fittingly decorated to suit a hotel of that heritage. Unfortunately, our bedroom was slightly disappointing; perfectly serviceable but again, not what we expected under the term "luxury". It appeared to have last been decorated in the 90's and was looking a bit shabby, particularly the bathroom. Not so bad as to complain but something to bear in mind if you are staying there yourself.
That aside, there is a stunning array of artwork throughout the house, making a trip from bedroom to spa a treat for the eyes. The spa itself is modern and spacious, with an 18m swimming pool, two outdoor jacuzzis, a variety of steam rooms/saunas/experience showers, heated loungers and a gym. We didn't avail of any treatments but they use Elemis products and there's plenty on offer I'd be happy to try if we went back.
We went on a seasonal offer, which is now last season so check out this page to see what's available now if you too want a relaxing break in the heart of the stunning Kerry countryside.
Have you been to Parknasilla? Did you enjoy your stay as much as we did?