Monart Spa has appeared on a few lists of best spas in the world yet it seems few people I speak with have heard of it – unless they are Irish! Every Irish person I have met since visiting there knows about Monart Spa Ireland. Apparently, it is quite popular with Irish footballers and their partners and other Irish celebrities!
I can certainly see why as I like Monart Spa so much I have been twice and will probably return. It is fantastic value for money – there are very few luxury spa experiences that are this wonderful at this price. There are some fantastic Monart Spa Packages and Monart Spa Special offers for both during the week and some including Sunday nights which are well worth exploring.
Monart Spa Ireland
Monart Destination Spa is essentially an old beautiful home in Wexford that has been renovated and extended. The grounds are absolutely stunning! Green and lush and the landscaping is so lovely – there are a little waterfall and bridge and lovely displays.
Inside Monart Ireland everything is lush and relaxing. The staff are absolutely lovely and everything you expect in Ireland. There is the most lovely feel at Monart Spa Wexford – it is a very friendly and happy place. Some spas can seem almost a bit snobbish but Monart is the opposite. And very importantly Monart is an adults-only property so your bliss will not be interrupted by little people.
Monart Spa Review: The Rooms
The rooms at Monart Spa are lovely. Their beds are fantastic – very large, very comfortable and a nice high thread count on the sheets and the duvet cover! The rooms are also large and virtually all of them have a terrace or a balcony. I have stayed in deluxe rooms both time and found these huge and more than enough room – I can’t imagine how big the suites must be!
The bathrooms at this Irish spa hotel are huge! And importantly contain many fluffy towels, great toiletries, slippers and bathrobes. You can wear your bathrobe nearly 24/7 at Monart Spa which I love! Well, I would have felt a bit funny at dinner in it but the rest of the day no problem! Wearing a bathrobe drinking wine in the Monart Spa bar – heaven!
Every room at this spa in ireland has a large tv so you can get into bed and watch dvds which I did when I stayed on my own! Reception at Monart has a great selection of DVDs. The Monart restaurant will also do room service so you can enjoy wine and dinner in bed with a dvd for total relaxation!
Monart Spa – The Facilities
The entrance to Monart Spa was built in 1740. This building now houses the Monart Library, a drawing room and two suites. You can also have tea and coffee here and it usually has the latest newspapers. Monart Spa does encourage you not to really look at news etc during your stay but if you need a sneak peek this is the place. We also found that wifi was strongest in this area. It is also a lovely area to sit and read.
The Spa at Monart
Definitely the highlight of any stay at Monart is The Spa! It is huge and there is so much on offer! The core of The Spa is the Thermal Suite. There are several different rooms at different temperatures and a mix of steam room and sauna. In between rooms is a cold water small pool for your feet. There is a suggested order to move through the different rooms and one is even outside.
Then you can head into the Monart hydrotherapy pool. There are jets at different heights and power along the hydrotherapy pool at Monart that you can use. So lovely!
The Monart Spa itself offers an extensive range of treatments and is particularly strong on facials. There is also a shop so you can take any key Monart Spa products which you have tried home with you.
In the middle of some of the treatment rooms is a low lit warm relaxation room for after treatment. This lovely room was so so relaxing that I fell asleep and had the most amazing nap! There is also a lovely larger relaxation room with chaise lounges, large windows and loads of magazines.
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Monart Spa Fitness Centre
It is possible to run around the property which I did several times. It is not the longest run but it was lovely!
There is a Monart Spa gym which has all the basics and there are classes. Fitness is definitely an option but this is much more a destination spa than a fitness venue.
The Food at Monart Spa
The food at Monart is fantastic! You can take some healthy options but this is definitely a spa that is more about relaxing and enjoyment rather than weight loss and exercise.
Breakfast is fantastic! There is a large and delicious buffet with a great selection of fruits, yoghurts, cereals, granola and everything else you can imagine. There is then a hot breakfast menu that offers everything from traditional egg-based breakfasts to pancakes etc.
There are a couple of options for lunch at Monart. The main Monart restaurant does a lovely lunch menu. There is also a little café in the spa area that has a great selection of smoothies and a lovely menu.
Dinner at Monart Ireland is then a more grand treat with an extensive and delicious menu on offer!
Monart Spa Wexford also has a great selection of wine on offer. One of the many things I loved about Monart was that most people are drinking alcohol! Normally I am the only one drinking alcohol at a spa! Not at Monart! At lunchtime, you will see people sitting outside in their bathrobes enjoying a glass of wine and often a cigarette! The same goes for dinner.
How to get to Monart Spa
Monart Spa is located in Wexford in the south-east of Ireland. Dublin is the closest airport. However, it is then a 2-hour journey to Monart. From here you have a few options. Monart will come and pick you up but this is not cheap. There is a bus that leaves from the airport and takes you to the nearest town to Monart where you can then get a cab. This is the cheapest option but takes the longest as the buses only run about once an hour.
The first time I went to Monart I was on my own so took the bus. The second time I was with girlfriends for a hen’s weekend and we had Monart pick us up. The Monart pick up is definitely the best option if there are 3 or 4 of you. However, with just one or two I would recommend hiring a car. Car hire is cheap and easy in Ireland and this will cost you less than the Monart pick up and give you more flexibility
How long to stay at Monart and When to Go.
My first visit to Monanrt I went on my own and was absolutely exhausted. I went for 3 nights which felt just right – as long as you arrive relatively early the first day and don’t leave too early on the last day. My second visit to Monart was a hen’s weekend and we went for 2 nights which worked well as a group. Having said that I think you would easily be able to spend a week here without getting bored – especially if you hired a car and could do some wandering.
Irish weather is of course very changeable and leans towards the cold and grey! I was lucky both times that I got some good weather which allowed me to enjoy the grounds. However, I cannot think of anywhere cosier to be than Monart with howling rain and wind and greyness! So, in summary, I would happily visit any time of year!
I am sure there are things to do around Monart Spa but to be honest both times I went I didn’t want to leave!
Top Tip: Monart doesn’t appear on price comparison sites so the best way to book – and the best deals – are available from their own website.
More Fantastic Spa Options
If you’re looking for some more spa options in the UK and Ireland try Ockenden Manor Spa in Sussex or beautiful Whatley Manor in the Cotswolds. If you’re heading down Devon/Cornwall way check out my post on 2 Fantastic Spa Hotels in South West England. Or perhaps read about some brilliant Spa Breaks Scotland or there are some fantastic Luxury Spa Hotels in Yorkshire..
And if you’re planning to travel solo don’t miss my post on Solo Spa Breaks.
In Europe don’t miss some of the most famous options like Czech Spa town Karlovy Vary, Baden-Baden Spa options of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Or if you’re planning on travelling farther afield read about Kamalaya Thailand, Dwarika’s Dhulikhel Resort in the Himalayas, Daylesford Spa in Australia, spa and wine in the Napa Valley at Solage Spa and even African Spa options for pre or post-safari! I do love a spa!
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