A must in shoreditch! Went here a couple of weeks ago with a friend and would highly recommend!
Last weekend I went back to Ireland for a weekend break. This is an annual thing we do to get away from the hectic world of work and babies (not mine) so this year we decided to go to The Europe Hotel in Killarney, Co.Kerry. Kerry is beautiful and this is where my Dad grew up, but since my granny passed away 5 years ago I haven’t really been as connected to the town so it was special to me to go back and soak up the memories as well as pamper myself of course!
We left pretty early on the Saturday to make the most of the day as we had only one night and appointments at the ESPA. As soon as we drove through the gates of the hotel I could feel the sense of relaxation waving over me!
As soon as we checked in and dropped our bags to the room we went for a processco lunch with an amazing view in the hotel restaurant. I had fresh prawns and crab on Irish soda bread washing it down with some bubbles of course!
After lunch, and to burn off our bloated bellies we went for a walk around the grounds which was amazingly breathtaking however I did nearly fall into the water, but that’s just a typical me thing to happen! 😂
Then it was spa time, we quickly changed into our bikinis and practically ran down to the spa to get our relaxation on!
No word of a lie but this is definitely the best spa experience I have had to date and would go back in a flash! The treatments start off at ~€115 for 50minutes and honestly worth every penny! I went for the deep muscle massage. With the spa area there is a relaxation room, heated loungers, steam room, sauna, ice mountain and the best is the outdoor heated pool. I didn’t take a photo myself but here is one from their photo archive
I would go back alone just to sit in this heated pool all day, and what made it more beautiful on that day was that the mountain tops were covered with snow, it was unreal! We spent hours here and talked about what we would do for the evening. Seeing as we were spending the money to stay at the hotel I thought it would be best to stay around the hotel and soak up the atmosphere 😍
So after showering and semi getting ready we headed down to the brasserie restaurant where there was an hour wait list so of course we had a few Hendricks while we waited.
For dinner we had roast duck and the traditional fish and chips (I forgot to take a picture of the fish and chips because I was obsessed with my own dinner haha!
Now for the dessert. We had to wait a half hour to let the dinner settle but we both knew we were going to indulge and rightly so, we had had a hard day of pampering ourselves 😝
Dessert: chocolate croquette, served with peanut semi fredo and glazed banana. Dessert: posh style bread and butter pudding served with ice cream and a delightful fresh butter cup flower. After dinner we went to the residents bar where we had a few more Gins and whiskies chatting by the open fire before “turning in for the night”😂😂
The next morning we had planned to go to the gym, but that clearly went out the window and just about made it down for breakfast which by the way was my idea of heaven with a quality buffet breakfast not the standard crap you would normally get at a standard hotel. Yummy freshly brewed coffee, greapefruit and juice and of course PANCAKES!
We headed off around 12pm so we could go for a walk around muckross gardens. So, summing up the bill:
1 night stay at The Europe Hotel for two people.
- Golf side view bedroom (breakfast included): €260
- Lunch with Processco : £60
- Spa Treatments (2): €230
- Mini Bar Processco (obviously): €9
- Dinner (Main and Dessert): €80
- Evening Drinks: €60
Be prepared to spend at least €350 per person but trust me it’s worth every single bite, sip, step and penny! 5 star hotel gets earlie girl stamp of approval.
I have a confession………… I cheated on Earlsfield this weekend… #facepalm! 🙈 I know I know… I was meeting a friend who lives in the EAST SIDE 🙅 and we compromised on West, as we planned an outing to the Museum of Branding, Packaging and Advertising in Notting Hill (W11). We decided to lunch at Nama, a vegan restaurant in a lovely little area within Notting Hill territory! Now, Myself and MVA are not Vegans by any means but we are massive foodies, and the whole concept of tasting the flavours of raw food enticed us… so upon us the #RawFoodLiving we embarked..
I am not going to lie, it took us a good half an hour to decide on what we would try and in the end because we wanted everything we decided to get 3 dishes and share. Seaweed Salad (£9) , Sushi Platter (12.50) and Zucchini Pasta (£11) along with an almond milk cappuccino and a green juice for myself.
Seaweed Salad: Wakame and dulse seaweed salad with miso dressing.
Sushi Platter: Kohlrabi ‘rice’ , ‘roasted’ asian mushrooms, peashoots, carrots, spinach, cucumber and avocado, rolled in nori sheet (seaweed), served with a sesame dipping sauce and salad.
Zucchini Pasta: spiralised zucchini noodles, served with a Pomodoro sauce, sun dried tomatoes, marinated mushrooms, caramelised onions and olives.
It looks yummy doesn’t it? Well I can confirm, it tasted as yummy as it looked. The seaweed salad being my fav. Even a couple of girls sitting alongside side of us butted in to ask what it was, (The seaweed salad) so they could order it…. and order it, they did!
When we asked for the bill, it arrived and we noticed that it specified if you downloaded the app Zapper you would get £5 off your first bill and so we did exactly that…. If you don’t have the app, download it now, it’s actually pretty cool – you add your card details and electronically send payment without using card machine. You can also split the payment. Really cool – Check it out!
Nama foods also offers raw food cooking/prep courses so it’s something to look at if you are interested in the whole vegan sector. Even if you aren’t a vegan like myself, it’s a good experience to trick your brain into thinking you are eating CHO like the Zucchini pasta etc.
Back to #EarlsfieldLiving now, but remember lets keep it green!!