From the moment you say “yes” when asked by the man of your dreams if you will marry him, there is a lot of work to be done. Planning the wedding ceremony and reception, negotiating prices with vendors, trying to keep both sets of parents happy and juggling the hundreds of other details. Not to mention planning your honeymoon and wrestling trains, planes and automobiles to get to your chosen destination. In fact, regardless of the overall joy surrounding the union, your wedding is high on the list of life's most stressful events.
Your honeymoon should be spent taking a break from the stress of everything you had to go through to get there. A relaxing and pampering honeymoon may be just what you and your spouse need to begin your marriage in a state of serenity and rejuvenation.
If this type of quiet, relaxing honeymoon interests you, you may be wise to look into escaping to the Park Hotel Kenmare in County Kerry, Ireland. The hotel and spa overlook Kenmare Bay - one of the emerald Isle's most beautiful locations. This place of luxury was built in 1897 by the Great Southern and Western Railway Company and reflects the style and high class of the era in which it was built. Although not cheap, the high standard of service and lush interior are worth every penny, and after all, your honeymoon is one trip that is worth spending a little extra on.
Some of the room sizes have been doubled since the hotel was first built, and many even include balconies that offer a beautiful and inspiring view of the river. A highly acclaimed restaurant, a private garden, swimming pool, heli-pad, croquet, 18-hole golf course and tennis are all part of the available facilities and offer fun without too much exertion. The Park Hotel Kenmare also has a private cinema for your viewing pleasure so that you can enjoy a romantic night at the movies, perhaps bringing back fond memories of your first dates.
SÁMAS (Gaelic for “indulgence of the senses”) is the world-class spa attached to the hotel, and adds to the list of comforts for visiting guests. The spa sits in a tranquil spot, overlooking the water in a wooded knoll and includes many luxurious treatments such as a shower temple, heat experience pool, ice fountain, beauty suite, outdoor vitality pool and a gym. You can even enjoy yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and meditation. Let their talented staff soothe away any frayed nerves and tension left over from your wedding and ease you into your first days of marriage in a state of complete relaxation.
The nearby town of Kenmare boasts championship links golf courses, Beara Peninsula, horseback riding, sea and lake fishing, boat trips, kayaking, sailing, and cycling- all great ways to enjoy the beautiful scenery of this part of Ireland. The town is also home to many quaint pubs and restaurants.
This kind of relaxation can make going back to the real world difficult; but you can always come back to celebrate your anniversary.