We’ve stayed in a lot of high quality and beautiful hotels throughout Ireland over the years but for some reason we had never made it to Monart. That is, until my birthday a couple of weeks ago.
If ever there was place for celebrations, it’s Monart. Set on its own enclosed grounds in the lush Wexford countryside, you’re buzzed in at the gates and met at the door, where your bags are taken and the car whisked away and parked for you. That’s a good start right there!
At the front is the old stone house- this isn’t used for accommodation but instead houses a selection of sitting rooms and the library.
Connecting the old house with the new is a glass corridor and then an airy and open foyer where we were checked in with a plate of blondies (like brownies but with white chocolate) to greet us.
The hotel has lots of very cool touches around the place, including the big tree staircase (above) and this metal horse sculpture:
And then to our room itself, which was spacious, comfortable and luxurious:
That bed is bigger than our actual bedroom at home.
Cilian had remembered to bring Champagne as part of our birthday celebrations and that was there to greet us, along with these fellas, that hung out on our decking, regularly popping up whenever we got back to the room. Very cute.
We spent a lot of both days at the spa (there’s strictly no photos there so you’ll have to imagine that part), using the pool, the various heated rooms/sauna etc, before getting back massages, which were really good!
Everywhere is set up for complete relaxation- nooks and crannies to chill out in with herbal tea and fresh fruit. The main hotel and spa are wifi free- if you want the internet you have to go into the old stone building for it. It’s quite freeing not having internet access actually. We mostly left our phones in our rooms , except for when I wanted to take photos of food, etc:
The food in the main restaurant is absolutely stunning. We ate there one night, as part of our package and ate in the bar the other night, which was also exceptionally good. As if we weren’t full enough, we also had afternoon tea:
And of course, cocktails!!
We also did lots of walking on the grounds, which are beautiful and there’s lots of relaxing flowing water sounds- this place really is a retreat from the outside world. It’s expected that you wear your robes everywhere (except for dinner), so you can genuinely just lounge around in pure comfort during your stay.
We got lucky and found a two night midweek special, including one nights dinner and two spa treatments with full access to the pool and spa. That offer doesn’t seem to still be available but there’s other options HERE if you’re interested in checking in and checking out mentally for a couple of days!
We loved our stay in Monart; great food, a relaxing spa, beautiful grounds, a technological detox and luxurious rooms for lounging in.
Have you stayed in Monart? What’s your favourite Irish hotel destination? To the comments!
Chloe & Cilian