“Glamping” – a luxury we have only become accustomed to in Ireland in recent years. Camping you wouldn’t find me doing these days but glamping – hell yes! Gone are the days of trying to stuff into and poke around a two man tent that starts to leak as soon as there is a hint of rain. Not ideal for the Irish summer! Having longed to try the glamping at the renowned Dromquinna Manor for so long, we finally bit the bullet and booked a night away recently and boy, was it worth the wait.
Stuffy, pokey tents these are not – they are pure luxury when it comes to camping! Custom double-skin roofs, veranda decking area, a little basket of toiletries, hot water bottles, the most comfortable and luxurious bed and they even have a canvas wardrobe for your clothes! Possibly a most vital inclusion? (well I’ll let you be the judge of that) – a power point for mobile phone chargers. The on site facilities are excellently maintained and spotless with plenty of mirrors and hairdryers in “Her Stables” – so aptly named – and when the rain pelted, (all evening and all night – thank you Irish summer!) the tent proved its worth and thankfully, we remained bone dry.
The setting is simply stunning and tranquil overlooking the lake and glorious Kerry mountains – the perfect place to switch off and relax. There is a gorgeous on site restaurant and bar called “The Boathouse” serving up delicious food and drinks and a large gin menu if you so fancy!
Last but not least, a hamper of croissants and tea/coffee (and juice for the kids) is delivered to your tent the next morning. What better way to start the day than with a good strong coffee on the deck overlooking the lake in peace!
All in all, we had an excellent experience and I will definitely return again! 10 out of 10 and the perfect getaway for couples, friends or families!
Wishing I was on that swing with a large gin right now….
I recently escaped for some much needed Vitamin D and a chilled out week for a holiday to the gorgeous little fishing town of Alvor in Portugal and have been dreaming about it ever since our return. I had been to Portugal years ago and have completely fallen in love with it all over again! And being from Cork, of course it is absolutely ideal to be able to fly direct and land at your destination in just a few short hours.
We booked through Lee Travel on Princes Street, Cork. Having dealt with the lovely Maria on a few occasions she is, as all their team are, brilliant to deal with. It’s nice to have someone do all the booking and work for you sometimes! We stayed in the AMAZING 4 star Pestana Alvor South Beach hotel and I could not recommend it enough with it’s contemporary and gorgeous décor and relaxed vibe, making it an ideal getaway. I could rave about it forever (did I mention the three infinity pools?!), but I have included the link above for you to see for yourself.
The fact that it was seconds from the beach (you get that gorgeous Algarve sea-breeze tan!) was a massive plus and connected by a gorgeous boardwalk that runs the entire length of the beach. This also leads into the little town, a mere 5 minutes walk away. An absolutely perfect and ideal location.
The town itself is super quaint and was not over-run at the time we visited. However a few locals did mention to avoid in August if you are thinking of travelling here as, like all sun destinations, it is an incredibly busy time! Being a little fishing town, there was an abundance of the most delicious fresh fish everywhere you go and being a total foodie, I was so impressed with the selection of gorgeous restaurants on offer. You can imagine my absolute delight when we discovered a gorgeous mediterranean restaurant called Lusitania that served up delicious organic food that included vegetarian and vegan dishes! Needless to say, we visited this particular place a good few times during our stay.
Just a few of my favourite and best places to eat in Alvor:
The Sea Deck Bar & Restaurant – if you are staying at the Pestana South Beach, this bar and restaurant is part of the hotel but located just to the rear exterior of the hotel on the boardwalk and so is available to anyone visiting Alvor. An ideal spot for lunch if you are staying at the hotel and don’t feel like venturing too far or just for a cheeky glass of vino soaking up the rays and gazing out to sea….Take me back!!
If you have any further questions on Alvor that I can help with, please feel free to leave a comment.
In the meantime, I’m off to research my next adventure! (Now where did I leave that bag of money….) 😉