After hearing the term babymoon thrown around, (a holiday before you’re due the birth of your baby), I was determined to have some R&R with my fiancé, probably the last time it would be just the two of us!
As my due date is February the 10th I was too late to board a plane, as fun as it sounds having a baby in the Canary Islands, this was not an option.
So I decided to look locally into staycations not far from my Dublin city address.
We decided for two nights in the absolutely beautiful Powerscourt Hotel. It’s only 30 mins from the centre of Dublin so it was the perfect location to set my mind at ease, in case I did have to rush last minute back to the Coombe hospital, yet remote enough to feel like you’ve escaped the city and straight into country living. They don’t call Wicklow ‘the Garden of Ireland’ for nothing.
Arriving at the hotel is hard to put into words. With a long winding driveway, views of the Wicklow mountains, vast green fields and horses roaming up to your car, it’s like something out of a movie.
We were warmly greeted by the Guest Manager, Brian who showed us around the reception area, which overlooked the most amazing view of the Sugarloaf Mountain.
The rooms are known for being the biggest hotel rooms in Ireland. Ours was the size of an apartment, with a kitchen, sitting room, and huge balcony with a mountain view. The bathroom had the most amazing bath tub, the perfect way to relax and unwind at 8 and a half months pregnant.
Our first night we decided to order in room service and get an early night, as we had a big day planned to explore the grounds and the magnificent Powerscourt Waterfall.
The next morning, after an indulgent buffet breakfast we spent the day walking around the breathtaking grounds.
At 121 metres Powerscourt Waterfall is the highest waterfall in Ireland. It’s only five minutes from the hotel and is easily one of my favorite spots in Ireland. It completely makes you feel at one with nature. After a few selfies we decided to explore the famous Powerscourt gardens beside the hotel.
There are two different garden areas for hotel guests to avail of. The main attractions of these magnificent gardens include the Tower Valley stone tower, the Japanese Gardens, the winged horse statues, the Triton Lake, the pet cemeteries, the Dolphin Pond, Bamberg Gate and the Italian Garden. It’s such a beautiful scenic walk taking in all the history of the gardens. The pet cemetery is so personal and every pet tomb stone gives a look into another life time.
There is also a private walk that only hotel guests have access too.
The Espa spa was the perfect way to unwind after a day walking and it’s open till 9pm, so we headed there before dinner to relax in the dark and sensual surroundings.
That night we dined at the delicious Sika restaurant at the hotel. The food was phenomenal and the service was absolutely amazing. All the food is locally sourced and Sikas floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer the most incredible backdrop of the Sugarloaf Mountain.
We decided to spend our final day in the spa again and I indulged myself with an hour maternity massage. My treatment began by relaxing in the Serenity Lounge which overlooks the grounds and the Sugarloaf Mountain. There are male and female areas with thermal baths, a sauna and a steam room to avail of before and after your treatment.
My maternity massage began laying fetal position hugged into two pillows under one side and a pillow between both legs. The therapist began by massaging my side, back, shoulders, legs and arms on one side and continued onto the other side. It was absolutely dreamy and just what I needed.
To say I didn’t want to leave was an understatement. We will definitely be back to Powerscourt Hotel and the icing on the cake was that we were home in 30 mins, back to our baby planning reality. 🙂