13 January 2016

The Kingsley Hotel and Spa, Cork: Let's Keep This Just Between Ourselves...

The Kingsley Hotel and Spa Cork Review

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be spending January planning and dreaming about your next trip away. And if a weekend break in Ireland is on the cards, then I have somewhere very special to recommend to you today.

The Kingsley Hotel, right on the banks of Cork’s River Lee, was the venue for a long overdue meet-up with two of my best gal-pals. Before the hotel closed in 2009 it was a 5-star property; now operated by the Fota Group, it’s been refurbished and reopened as a 4-star (perhaps to avoid competing with its 5-star sister?)

Relaxed elegance is the name of the game; our (shared) suite was gorgeous, and the facilities are awesome, particularly the spa; we spent a record six hours in its soothing environs. Six hours! Now some of that time was set aside for treatments – my Neom massage was especially divine – but for most of it, we hung out, napped and chatted!

The Kingsley Hotel and Spa Cork Review

On one side you have a really decent sized pool along with a sauna and steam room, and on the other, an impressively large and well equipped thermal suite, with a Jacuzzi, steam baths, Turkish hamam and plenty of heated loungers. And I haven’t even got to my favourite part:  the sizeable hydrotherapy pool which is outside, overlooking the river, and completely blissful – even (or should that be especially?) in the rain.

With two restaurants and a bar, as well as a spacious lounge serving afternoon tea, there are plenty of options to get fed and watered on site (and a €10 taxi ride or half-hour stroll will take you to the city centre, if that’s what you’d prefer). We ate dinner and breakfast in the hotel, and I had a sambo after check out; the food was great throughout, and the service stellar.

Which brings me nicely to what I think is the real differentiating factor at The Kingsley, and that's the staff. They walk the perfect line between personable and professional (in the way that Ireland does so well); nothing was too much trouble and the phrase we heard most often was “no bother at all”, accompanied by a great big smile.

Everyone was unfailingly lovely and helpful, in the face of unusual dietary requirements, requests for corkscrews delivered to the bedroom and demands for pizza at 2 am.* Hell, the concierge even gave me a lift to the train station, when my taxi failed to appear – now that’s service.

With four-star pricing but five-star luxury and amenities, The Kingsley is what hotel dreams are made of; I’d encourage you to visit now, before the word gets out! And let's keep this just between ourselves...

*They have a late night pizza service, we weren't being totally unreasonable!

Current offers include the Ultimate 90 minutes Detox package at The Spa at The Kingsley, which includes a matcha green tea polish scrub, green tea body wrap and full body massage. It’s priced at €120 pp throughout January and February; enjoy an overnight for €160 per room, including breakfast, or check out the website for the latest deals. Fluff and Fripperies was a guest of the hotel. 

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