Sunshine and spas – and we’re not talking long-haul…

January 24, 2011  |   Posted by : admin  |   Uncategorized   |   Comments Off»

As Terry Wogan bemoaned the rain that hindered his scenic trip to County Kerry, shown as part of his primetime programme on BBC1 yesterday, he reasoned; “No one goes to Ireland for the weather”.  And yes, with an isle so green it’s known as the Emerald, visitors should surely be prepared for rainfall.

However, we were happy to find to the contrary last week when Spice PR took a group of journalists to County Mayo, in association with Tourism Ireland. The sun shone for three solid days, illuminating the magical landscape of Western Ireland and offering a stunning setting for a January spa break with a difference.

Boutique hotel Ice House in Ballina was the perfect location for appreciating the fine weather. Set on the banks of the River Moy, this contemporary retreat offers mesmerizing views from its stylish rooms, and from the glass atrium which sweeps out to the water’s edge from the fashionable Pier Restaurant.

The guests enjoyed pampering at the chic Chill Spa and excursions to beguiling local attractions including Ceide Fields, Foxford Woollen Mills and Enniscrone Beach.

In fact, the weather only interrupted on return to the UK, where heavy fog was stalling air traffic. Just goes to show, it may be only a 40-minute flight away, but Ireland can certainly offer a dramatically different picture.

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