I haven’t had a decent break away in ages and with having such low energy levels my options are fairly limited. As much as I’d love to jet off to a tropical beach, the very thought of the hustle and bustle of the airport and traveling feels completely overwhelming and exhausting. The hubby has been off the past two weeks as he’s in the process of changing jobs so we both decided we needed some us time and had a little look online to see what was available. As I’m sitting here writing this post, Kevin has just started his first day in the new job so please send good vibes his way.
I absolutely love Kilkenny and have spent some amazing day’s and night’s down there over the years including my very own hen’s weekend. I’ve always wanted to stay in the Lyrath Estate and unwind in their award-winning Oasis Spa but honestly we didn’t have the means to do so until now. Kev, in his last job (feels so weird saying that now) did some private consultancy work and received a one for all gift voucher as payment. We had the voucher just sitting there looking up at us and were wondering how best to spend it so we thought feck it let’s book ourselves into the Lyrath and enjoy ourselves. So that’s exactly what we did. The Lyrath estate is a five-star hotel and hence carries a five-star price tag so we checked out their special offers page online to get the best value. We decided to opt for the midweek two nights B&B plus one evening dinner for €390 offer and booked ourselves in for Wednesday the 16th – Friday the 18th of June 2016.
I can honestly say from the minute we arrived to the minute we left we were treated like royalty and completely and utterly switched off and relaxed. I could get used to that five-star treatment ha ha (it’s far from five-star I was raised). The grounds of the hotel are absolutely beautiful, full of luscious trees and fields that stretch for miles along with the odd statue and lamp-post. The original Lyrath house is incorporated so tastefully into the hotel with a beautiful modest but elegant decor. The new part of the hotel is very in keeping with the old house and blends in seamlessly. Most importantly I have to highly commend the staff. We received the warmest, friendliest of welcomes upon arrival which continued throughout our entire stay.
I had contacted the marketing manager Joanna prior to arriving at the hotel as I had been thinking of featuring our stay on the blog. I know how difficult it is trying to get away when you’re ill but the hotel being only an hour and a half drive from Dublin means it is very accessible. Also I know the importance of wanting to totally switch off, relax and have people look after and pamper you. Even though we are ill we still deserve a break away.
Joanna and her team really went above and beyond for us to ensure we had a pleasant stay. From receiving a complementary upgrade in the most relaxing room ever, to a little handwritten note, a bottle of wine, some sweet treats and some girly mags, I truly felt valued. I’m telling you I was a blubbering mess. To think that another person could be that kind and generous to little old me really lifted my spirits and made my day.
The food and cocktails in the hotel were absolutely delicious. I had a serious food baby each night and may have become slightly addicted to the morning pancakes and evening cocktails. We dined in the hotel’s two restaurants, La Perla and Yindees during our stay that served beautiful mouth-watering food. The only negative experience we had during our stay and it was a minor one, was the kitchen in Yindees mixing up my mains not once but twice. It proved three times a charm as I eventually tucked into my yummy prawn massaman curry. I did receive an apology afterwards and got given a complementary cocktail so I was happy out. Yindees is quite a busy spot so make sure to book-in in advance to ensure a table. They make delicious pan-Asian food and from the numbers of people flocking to it, it seems a very popular spot. We both opted for the honey ribs to start which were really tasty. For mains I had the prawn massaman curry and Kev had nasi goreng (a prawn, chicken, veg and rice topped with a fried egg stir fry). As my food took quite a while to get right, myself and himself shared his mains and then when mine arrived shared that. The food was very tasty and filling but the issue and time spent making my mains threw us off a bit. We were too full to even contemplate desert and decided to go for a little stroll around the grounds to aid digestion instead. Ok back to these yummy cocktails, lads and lassies they were out of this world. Who would have thought a mango and mint daiquiri would taste so good. Himself preferred the classic old-fashioned and New York sour cocktails. The nicest spot to sip on these ahem “beverages” was the lovely bright conservatory located just off the bar. It has beautiful views of the grounds whilst also remaining very connected to the bar and sharing in its wonderful atmosphere.
Le Perla restaurant is fine dining with hearty food and fresh produce. We ate here on the first night and shared a starter of wonderful creamy pâté. For mains I had duck whilst Kev had a beef dish. These came with seasonal vegetables and creamy mash potato on the side. We had a big lunch beforehand so weren’t overly hungry. The meat was melt in the mouth and of great quality. We shared a bottle of red wine (the same type as the one we were given) that went down quite a treat. We were too full to order desert but opted for a cocktail instead, yes there is always room for a cocktail. The ambience was very calm and each table decked out in linen was spaced far enough from each other that you could really relax together. I like having space in a restaurant. There is nothing worse than tables on top of each other. The waiters were very attentive but I must warn you, it’s slightly more formal than Yindees so look smart (well smart casual). It’s the same restaurant that breakfast is served in each morning. I got slightly addicted to having fresh pancakes made for me each morning that I didn’t try anything else in the breakfast buffet. Kev had a fry each morning and some fruit salad which he said was cooked right and was nice and fresh.
Now on to my favourite part, the tranquil oasis spa. I booked myself in for the ‘walk in float out’ spa package priced at a very reasonable €70. You can tailor your package by choosing two treatments from a list of available options. I settled on a back, neck, shoulder massage with a mini facial. This turned out to be 50 minutes of pure heaven. Jean was my therapist and my god can that woman give one hell of a massage. I also got to try out the Kerstin Florian natural skin care range as part of my mini facial. I was so relaxed after my massage that I may have drifted off slightly during my mini facial. After all of the spa treatments I’ve had over the years, I’ve never felt so relaxed that I could drift off well not until then anyway. I also had a little sneaky nap in the calm and very peaceful relaxation room afterwards. When the time came to leave the calming oasis, get dressed and pay for my treatments, my therapist came over to me and informed me that my treatments were complementary courtesy of the hotel. To say I was shocked was an understatement. I didn’t expect that at all. I was told afterwards that the hotel wanted to do something little to cheer me up as they knew I was sick. I went to find Kev still in complete shock who was happily waiting for me in the lobby. He isn’t one for the spa but had quite happily made use of the swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, steam room and sauna whilst I was in the spa. I can honestly say it was one of the nicest most thoughtful things anyone has ever done for me.
Overall our stay was a positive experience. Our room was bright, spacious and very quiet. It had a lovely big window looking out onto beautiful greenery. I had a nice relaxing bubble bath in the spacious bath on the second evening. I may have also enjoyed a glass of vino whilst happily soaking in the tub listening to relaxing music. Most importantly I felt extremely safe in the hotel at all times. The only slight negatives we encountered were the mess up with my mains at dinner, asking €10 per person for breakfast in bed (which is quite steep) and the business suite not being in operation (the hubby had to type up an important letter for work which he had to do at reception). The hotel, restaurants and spa were all beautiful but the swimming pool area especially the changing rooms could do with some modernisation especially given the standard of the rest of the hotel. I’m delighted the weather wasn’t the best so I didn’t feel too guilty about flopping around the hotel and being super lazy. I can’t thank all the staff enough for making our stay so pleasant and relaxing. I will definitely be returning again in the future and would highly recommend treating yourself to a stay in the hotel or to a treatment (and a sneaky cocktail) in the Oasis Spa.
For more information and pricing enquiries please visit the Lyrath estate hotel and oasis spa’s website. Keep an eye out on their special offers page for hotel and spa deals. It is cheaper and quieter to stay midweek as opposed to weekends.