The Perfect Staycation: Monart Spa
RECENTLY I had the pleasure of staying at Monart Destination Spa in Wexford. It’s a five-star spa and when I say five-star, I mean five-star. As you pull up to the gates you have to buzz to announce your arrival. You are requested to pull up in front of the main house where someone will take your bags from the car, carry them into the reception for you (later someone else will deliver them to your room) and go and park your car in the car park for you.
The main house is an old Georgian house and it is absolutely gorgeous. When standing outside, you would have no idea that there is a huge modern building behind the original house. This part of the house includes a library and drawing room and it is one of the only indoor places where you can easily get phone reception and internet. Here there is plenty of reading material including books and newspapers but you are asked to keep any and all media in the confines of the outer house as the spa is a place of relaxation and peace.
The rooms are gorgeous. I stayed in a twin room with my sister, we both had a single bed but boy, were they comfortable! The ensuite (which had a double door, making every time you entered the bedroom from the bathroom feel like a grand entrance) had a large shower and luxurious bath. There was a TV in the room and you are encouraged to bring your favourite dvds or choose from their library to watch. If you really want internet, you can ask for a cable at reception but there is little note in your room reminding you it is to be used for fun only, no working. You didn’t have to tell me twice.
We stayed on the ground floor and our glass sliding doors opened out onto the beautiful green luscious grounds. Here we were delighted by the sights of a pond, waterfall and numerous ducks with their ducklings tagging along (for extra cuteness). The grounds are perfect for walking around in your robe and slippers to enjoy the nature. In fact, everywhere is a perfect place to wear your robe and slippers. The only time you are asked to dress is for your evening meal.
This staycation was where I indulged in my very first massage. The therapist was excellent and put me at ease as to what to do and what to expect. The only critic I have is that I didn’t opt for a longer treatment. As a guest you have full access to the thermal suite which is excellent. It has numerous saunas, steam rooms, classes and a pool. What I was most impressed with was their outdoor Swedish sauna with their version of a plunge pool, an ice-cold bucket of water overhead. I must admit I was too chicken to try this part.
As I stayed here for two nights I had the chance to try both the main restaurant and the bar for food. Both were excellent and the service and food was out of this world. In my opinion though, the dessert choices were definitely better in the bar restaurant.On our last day, we partook in afternoon tea which was excellent. I have been to quite a few afternoon teas recently (I have a tough life really!) and this is the best I have experienced. We were given a wide range of teas, if we didn’t like something on the menu we were free to swap it for something else and the location and atmosphere was perfect. It included three tiers, sandwiches, scones and cakes. It had the perfect balance between sweet and savoury.
It is on the expensive side if you are just looking for a few days away from the ordinary but it is brilliant value for what you get. There are many different offers available on their website, I chose the Monart Rejuvenation package which included two nights B&B, with one evening meal and one treatment for €239.
In my opinion, it was worth every penny!