Ardmore Travel Guide
Ireland's definitely not the first place we'd think of when we're planning a spa vacation but the new Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, south of Limerick, is putting up a good fight.
A recent UK Times review reported hearing plenty of American accents among the guests too so the secret seems to have got out into the world already. How come nobody told us before?
Anyhow, Cliff House's spa complex is called "The Well" and it's full of nice stuff like:
an indoor infinity pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, fully-equipped gym, and treatment rooms staffed by expert therapists. Cedar- clad steps lead to a natural rock pool for that refreshing dip in the sea.
And their therapies use products made from seaweed growing off the Irish coast. There are currently no all-inclusive spa packages to speak of, but FYI rooms start at 200 (US$255) and you can add a serenity spa package for 115 (US$150).
Just as a side note, we are big on hotels that keep an eye on guest feedback, and at Cliff House they're smart enough to give a management response to TripAdvisor reviews. It's nice to feel like you get heard when you're complaining or complimenting.