Top destinations for a perfect honeymoon in Ireland
Spectacular scenery, luxurious hotels, and some suprises.
There was an infectious buzz about the place. Women, men and children sat around tables full of pastries and tea in the dining rooms.
I asked the hotel concierge if this was the norm for a Saturday afternoon. She happily informed me that it was the norm almost every day.
We settled into our oversized suite and decided on room service. I ordered what the hotel calls Art Tea, the most lavish afternoon tea on the menu.
Not twenty minutes later we were sipping tea from our china cups and delving into slices of mini pastry creations inspired by works of Jack Yeats, Louis Le Brocquy, William Scott and other artists whose works are hanging at the National Gallery of Ireland, right next door.
The hotel encompasses four Georgian townhouses and a contemporary Garden Wing, and is perfectly situated in the heart of the city.
We booked in for two nights so as to experience the full array of Dublin’s sights, shops, restaurants and bars.
We included a trip to the markets on the Dublin docks, dinner with our bestman Eoin Markham, and a few social drinks in Dublin’s bustling Temple Bar district, but the best part was returning to our suite, which overlooked the hotel’s period gardens.
The interior design and use of Irish fabrics and antiques reflected the architecture of the 18th-century townhouse. It was the perfect sanctuary.
After a late check-out from the Merrion, John and I hit the road south for the final night of our perfect honeymoon.
Set amidst one of the most scenic and historic estates in all of Ireland, the seven-story Powerscourt Hotel (www.ritzcarlton.com/Powerscourt) is a little over two years old, yet feels like it was always tucked away on this 1,000-acre sprawling estate in County Wicklow.
Aside from endless green hills and dazzling lakes and breathtaking views, Powerscourt is also home to the two championship-caliber golf course and a luxury spa.
Our room, one of the most luxurious of our honeymoon, upped the game of romance with extras such as a recessed television in the bathroom mirror, electronic fingertip panels for controlling the lighting and curtains, and a rainforest shower.
A romantic dinner in the highly acclaimed Gordon Ramsay restaurant, with its floor to ceiling glass walls and view of the Sugar Loaf Mountains, proved the perfect close to our winter honeymoon in Ireland.
We vowed to return to the hotel for our first anniversary and made inquiries about reservations.
Like everything great, an ending is a must but it’s with joy and pleasure that John and I look back on our Irish honeymoon.
We will cherish forever the memories we created that week in Ireland.
*Originally published December 2010