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By Chris Boyle


One of the world’s leading destination spas, Monart has won some of the most prestigious spa industry awards.

It holds the title of Ireland’s best destination spa for four consecutive years, ranks in Forbes’ top 10 places to visit, is among the world’s top three spa retreats according to Condé Nast Traveller, 2010 and 2011, and has been featured in Vogue London, Paris and Milan.

This five-star adults-only destination spa is located one and a half hours from Dublin Airport in the breathtakingly picturesque southeast of Ireland. Nestled in over 100 acres of lush Irish countryside, this world-renowned, exclusive retreat places you in close proximity to some of Ireland’s finest golf courses.

Opt to stay in Monart House, an impressive 18th-century Georgian abode that acts as a gateway to the modern elite spa. In addition to world-class spa treatments, enjoy a range of complimentary classes, from aqua and Swiss ball to kung fu and tai chi, and the guidance of health and wellness experts brought in from all over the world.



  • Nightly rate: About $1,160
  • Number of rooms in suite: Two
  • Number of entrances to suite: One


Suite style: This 1740 home is steeped in Irish history playing witness to the landlord era, Irish rebellions, the Jameson family and more. Full of Old World charm yet equipped with all the comforts of modernity, these suites are havens of natural light offering amazing views of Vinegar Hill, an important landmark in Irish history.

Key selling points: Luxuriate in an expansive bedroom with antique four-poster bed, a richly comfortable lounge and an exceptionally generous bathroom. Staff ensures your experience is just how you imagined it would be.

Number of suites in hotel: Two


The state-of-the-art thermal spa is at the heart of the spa experience and offers everything you need to cleanse, relax and detoxify the body before taking on the world again.

The relaxation rooms provide the ideal place to begin and end your day at Monart’s spa. In these perfectly tranquil retreats (choose light or dark), you can curl up with your favorite book, or simply unwind between thermal treatments.



The spectacular Celtic Gardens at Monart were designed by Mary Reynolds, Ireland’s only gold-medal winner at the world-famous Chelsea Flower show.

Stone bridges, concentric Celtic circles, wild native Irish plants and a handcrafted beehive-hut waterfall create this beautiful oasis. An Olympic three-day eventing yard is also located on the grounds, and guests can watch horses roaming the land, performing dressage, show-jumping training and exercising on Monart’s gallops—a true rural Irish experience.


Monart’s fine dining restaurant, recommended by the Michelin and Bridgestone guides, serves beautiful modern cuisine with an emphasis on locally sourced produce.

Star chefs offer a choice of healthy detox fare or rich food, accompanied by superb wine from the hotel’s extensive cellar.

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