Comfortable rooms, tasty food, relaxing treatments, beautiful surroundings — these are the ingredients of a perfect hotel stay.
If you haven't had a proper getaway in a while, maybe it's time you treated yourself to some R&R. Find somewhere you can put your feet up for two or three days, have superb meals served up to you and free yourself from all your cares.
You don't even have to stray too far to find such a place, as today we're going to make the argument for five-star The Heritage Killenard...
A stone's throw away from the capital
Located in Killenard, Co Laois, the hotel's only about 45 minutes from Dublin's city centre.
Should you also be in the mood for some retail therapy, Kildare Village is just 20 minutes from the hotel. The Heritage Killenard is also ideally placed if you're spending the day at Curragh Race Course, as it's only 25 minutes away.
The Heritage Killenard is a five-star hotel, so you can expect luxury to await you.
You have deluxe and superior guest rooms to choose from, as well as junior suites and suites, which all contain soft muted colours, deep luxurious mattresses and fresh crisp linen.
To really de-stress during your weekend, you need to visit the hotel's luxury spa. This cosy area contains 20 treatment rooms, where you can get salt & oil body scrubs, tension relieving back massages, ESPA personalised facials and body wraps. There's also a 15-metre leisure pool, should you fancy a dip.
Just imagine spending a whole day being pampered in this little oasis of calm...
Wining 'n' dining
Should you be in the mood for an elegant treat, why not have a spot of Afternoon Tea? Held in the tasteful surroundings of the Lobby Lounge, here you'll be get to enjoy fine leaf teas or rich coffee as well as a selection of sweet and savoury nibbles.
For something a little more substantial, venture inside the award-winning Arlington Restaurant, which specialises in modern Irish cuisine and classic dishes to please all tastes. The eatery boasts a mouthwatering menu that includes the likes of Crab Meat and Mango Mignon with Lime Crème Fraiche & Pancetta; Balontine of Chicken with Foie Gras, Savoy Cabbage and Green Pea, and Apple Tart with Butterscotch, Apple Crisp, Rossmore Farm Vanilla Ice Cream.
Our belly's rumbling already.
After you've dined, it's time to wine, so head into Slieve Bloom Bar. The lounge area is designed for comfort, with its deep sofas and pleasant background music, and from here you're afforded stunning views of the Slieve Bloom Mountains.
Once you've had your fill of food and drink, take a stroll around the hotel's manicured grounds and take a moment to appreciate your escape from the stresses of daily life.
A weekend to remember
After a few days in this peaceful little world, you'll be reenergised and ready to jump back into your day to day life.
Although prying yourself away from the place might be a bit difficult.
If tasty food, stunning scenery and utter relaxation sounds like a good weekend to you, pay The Heritage Killenard a visit ASAP.
The Heritage Killenard
The 5* Heritage Killenard, located in the picturesque Laois countryside, is the perfect getaway just 45 minutes outside of Dublin.
With a world-class spa, restaurant and breathtaking scenery, you’ll feel perfectly relaxed in no time.