Sunday, July 17, 2016

Killashee House Hotel & Spa | Review ♥

On Friday Jacek and myself went on our first post-baby getaway to the beautiful and utterly charming Killashee House Hotel and Spa. The four star hotel, located in Naas, Co. Kildare has an enchanting, old-world feel and with it's traditional decor and picturesque gardens, it was like stepping into something from a classic novel.

The hotel offers a perfect getaway for those seeking romance, however, it's also a great destination for families, boasting a playroom, fairy woods and playground to keep little ones busy and entertained too.

When we got to our room were were immediately struck by just how spacious it was. The room boasted traditional decor, a crystal chandelier, a huge bed and a jacuzzi bath, all which gave it a sense of luxuriousness. Jacek even told me he was in awe of it all, bless him. Can you tell we don't get away together much?

Our room offered plenty of space for us to relax in, having a two-seater couch to sit on to watch television, a desk and seperate table and chairs also. There is 100MB free internet throughout the hotel too, perfect for people like me who can't survive too long without a wi-fi connection.

There was also plenty of space to hang clothes and place belongings, a safe to keep them all secure and travel essentials such as a hairdryer (there were two, one in the bathroom and one in the room itself), iron and ironing board and coffee/tea making facilities in the room also.

The bathroom was also quite spacious and I just loved the decor in there - I can never resist a floral patterned wallpaper! It had the previously mentioned jacuzzi bath but also a separate walk-in shower too and his and hers sinks. The bathroom was also equipped with Paul Costello toiletries.

For us, it was the grounds that made Killashee a real treat, they are absolutely beautiful and feature lots of different areas and flowers. We visited the Butterfly Garden, which offers a peaceful place to sit and look at all the beautiful butterfly-attracting flowers growing there, as well as some stunning views of the green Irish countryside and the lovely hotel building itself.

The Butterfly Garden also had lots of archways, a fountain and a beautiful stone bench, all of which would make a beautiful backdrop for wedding pictures. It was such a lovely place to sit in and to soak up the peaceful, tranquil atmosphere.

You can watch my little video, taken on my phone, of the Butterfly Garden below.

The rest of the grounds were just as beautiful and made for a lovely walk after our delicious afternoon tea in the hotel's bistro, more about this in a separate post. It was lovely spotting all the nature in the gardens too - we saw several bunnies and rescued a bird whch had flown into a little house in the garden and couldn't find it's way out.

There were so many different areas to explore in the gardens and as nature lovers we had a great time finding all the different things the gardens had to offer. There was a little round house decorated with all different patches of wallpaper inside, some fountains, the nuns graveyard, the fairy woods and lots of seating areas to sit and rest along the way too. I only wish the weather would have been sunnier so that we could have seen it all in it's full glory.

During our stay at Killashee we also enjoyed lots of gorgeous food too. A continental breakfast was included with our stay and a huge selection of food was on offer - there was definitely something to satisfy all tastes. As I mentioned above, we also enjoyed afternoon tea in the hotel and I'll be sharing that in more detail in a separate post - I just love afternoon tea!

On Friday night we enjoyed a delicious dinner in the Turner's Restaurant, one of the two restaurants the hotel offers - the other being the Bistro. The staff in the restaurant were so helpful and very friendly too. They kept coming over to check if all was okay and if we needed anything and this was very appreciated.

The food in the restaurant was delicious too. I had the warm chicken and wild mushroom tart for starters while Jacek went for the salmon. He then had the sea bass for his main while I went for the orzo pasta. For dessert I had the chocolate fondant and he had the baked Alaska - something which I've never seen on a menu before but which we both loved. The only downfall about the menu for me was the lack of a chicken dish as a main. I don't eat steak or fish and can't eat pork so the pasta was the only thing I could have from the main dishes, but other than that everything was fantastic and at €45 per person, €55 if you order the steak, I think dinner was very reasonably priced too.

Image courtesy of Killashee House Hotel and Spa

Killashee House Hotel also has a leisure centre and a spa. During our stay Jacek and I visited the hydrotherapy suite, which was such a relaxing place and somewhere we really enjoyed. There were lots of jets and two powerful shower curtains which help to massage the body - the shower curtains were my favourite. The pool in the hydrotherapy suite was great for relaxing in too and having a gentle swim around. Just by the pool of the hydrotherapy suite is an eco sauna, so it really is a great, relaxing area to enjoy. The hydrotherapy suite has a charge of 10 euro for all spa and hotel guests.

 Image courtesy of Killashee House Hotel and Spa
During my stay at the hotel I also enjoyed one of the lovely massage treatments the Villa Spa has to offer - the Mamma Mio Nurturing Massage For Mum-to-be, which is €90 per person. Now I'm obviously not expecting anymore, but this massage is also perfect for new mums and is a great healing experience after birth. All of the Mamma Mio products used during the massage are specially formulated to contain ingredients and essential oils that are safe for pregnant women and their unborn babies. The massage is also very comfortable for pregnant women, with pillows placed where the bump will be protected and comfy during the 55 minutes the massage takes to complete.

I had a lovely massage therapist called Jessie who was very knowledgeable about all of the products she was using and she was so friendly too. This was my first ever massage and I was quite shy, what with my post-pregnancy body and all, but she  really did help to put me at ease and we had a great chat. She also advised me on products that would benefit my skin.

 Image courtesy of Killashee House Hotel and Spa
After the massage I was invited to spend some time in the spa's relaxation room, which has six beds that you can simply chill out on and prolong your relaxation experience in the spa. My skin was super soft from the products used during the massage and it really felt as if it had had some nourishment. This massage would be perfect for a pregnant lady as it's so gentle, relaxing and helps to relieve swelling in the hands and feet.

I didn't take any pictures within the spa as, being a Saturday, the spa was quite busy and I didn't want to intrude on anyone's relaxation time or privacy, but hopefully the above pictures from the hotel's website will give you a glimpse at just how calming and beautiful the spa really is.

Jacek and I really enjoyed our stay at Killashee House Hotel and Spa. It really is the perfect place to just get away from it all and enjoy some peaceful relaxation. The location is absolutely beautiful and the hotel itself cannot be faulted. We'll definitely return again in the future when we're in need of some peace and some quality time with each other without the little ones.

Below are just a few more pictures from our stay at the hotel and hopefully they show just how special, tranquil and beautiful this place really is.


*We were guests of Killashee House Hotel and Spa, however, as always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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6 comments

  1. Oh wow, it looks absolutely beautiful!!! If ever I visit Ireland I'll look this up! x

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  2. Gosh that looks beautiful! I can't wait for your afternoon tea post :)

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  3. It is a lovely place alright. We stayed there last year but we were supposed to stay 2 nights. Yet we had to leave the next day because the heat in the rooms were uncomfortable for us and the kids.

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  4. Gosh what an absolutely beautiful place this is, I love afternoon tea and it is always made better with amazing surroundings x

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  5. Oh wow, this place looks amazing! I need that afternoon cake stand now :) I can imagine you would never get tired of taking pictures here, beautiful :)

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  6. What a stunning place to stay, just looking at the pictures make me feel relaxed, a lovely post baby treat!

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