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. 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. They also have fantastic during the week offers including Sunday nights that are well worth exploring.
Monart Spa is essentially an old beautiful home 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 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 – 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: The rooms
The rooms at Monart 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 are huge! And importantly contain many fluffy towels, great toiletries, slippers and bathrobes. You can wear your bathrobe nearly 24/7 at Monart which I love! Well, I would have felt a bit funny at dinner in it but the rest of the day no problem!
Every room has a large tv so you can get into bed and watch dvds which I did when I stayed on my own! Reception has a great selection. Monart 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 Library, a drawing room and two suites. You can also have tea and coffee here and it usually has the latest newspapers. Monart 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 the wifi was strongest in this area. It is also a lovely area to sit and read.
Monart: The Spa
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 and sauna. In between rooms are 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 Thermal pool. There are jets at different heights and power along the pool that you can use. So lovely!
The Spa itself offers an extensive range of treatments and are particularly strong on facials. There is also a shop so you can take any key products home with you.
In the middle of some of the treatment rooms is a low lit warm relaxation room for after a treatment. It 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.
Monart Spa: Fitness
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 gym which has all the basics and there are classes. Fitness is definitely an option but this is much more a spa than a fitness venue.
Monart Spa: The Food
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. The main menu 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 is then a more grand treat with an extensive and delicious menu on offer!
There is 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 at a spa! Not Monart! At lunchtime, you will see people sitting outside in their bathrobes enjoying a wine and often a cigarette! The same goes for dinner.
Monart Spa: Getting there and away:
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.
Monart Spa: How long to stay and when to go.
My first visit 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. The second time 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!
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