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Historical Traveler Reviews Monart Enniscorthy
Loved it, loved it, loved it
We stayed for two nights at the end of September and like other reviewers felt about 10 years younger leaving! There is a huge emphasis on de stressing....from wandering into breakfast in your bath robe to the blissful relaxation rooms & spas.
The staff were incredibly attentive - from parking our car on arrival to our final departure. The rooms are excellent, spacious and comfortable and possibly have the best beds known to man. In fact, the whole experience was so relaxing my husband joked that they must have put tranquilisers in the water on our arrival!
There are some small quibbles - the lockers in the changing rooms are a bit unreliable and our shower broke - to be fair both issues were dealt with very well by the staff. the food was reasonable for the location - however it would not be possible to apply the superlatives to it in the same way as we did about the rest of the experience.
words to the wise - book your treatments etc well in advance if you don't want to be disappointed, we ended up going for the mud chamber as that was all that was left and I have to say it was poor value for money.
So all in all, big thumbs up to monart - it is expensive but you can really see where your money is going - and unlike other hotels once they have you there they don't tend to rip you off - value for money is reasonable. will definitely be back,
I realise that Monart has had several good reviews both on-line and in publications. However my recent experience with them has changed my opinion completely.
I phoned the hotel asking what was arranged for New Years Eve and was advised that they are specifically a spa / treatment hotel and therefore would not be holding any function on the date. This suited me perfectly so I booked online at a rate of 135 euro per person for the night and the dinner was listed as 60 euro per person.
After booking I was advised by email that the hotel had since decided to hold a function and that it was a two night package but that they would honour the one night. Again fine.
However in a subsequent email they stated that the cost of the dinner now included a champagne reception and band which would cost 186 euro per person, rather that the 60 per person for the dinner.
I informed them of the rate at time of booking (390 in total), but they said that this no longer was the case and that if I wanted to stay I would now have to pay 642 euro for the night for two people.
Personally I consider it a complete rip off especially as I was informed that there would not be a function at the time of booking.
Just a warning as to how the hotel thinks it is perfectly acceptable to hike up prices over the Christmas period and falsely advertise their services.
We stayed in Monart for just one night but definitely wasnt enough to experience this great place! All the reviews are true. Make sure you try the afternoon tea. Restuarant was a little disappointing - service was very slow and food was a bit of a let down. Other than that 5 stars..
Best hotel / spa experience we've had
As someone who spends up to two weeks a month staying in hotels I've quite a lot to compare Monart with, Monart comes out on top for every aspect. Clean, spacious, well decorated rooms; friendly and accomodating staff; great spa treatment area; and above all a relaxing atmosphere that seems to dissolve stress intantly upon your arrival. Not to forget the stunning grounds, overlooked by the relaxation room which is the best place in the world to chill out over the Sunday papers! Quite simply I can't say enough good things about Monart congrats to everyone involved!
Two day felt like a weeks break!
I stayed for two days and just one night at Monart with two girlfriends recently and I can safely say they were the most relaxing two days of my life.
From the minute you arrive at the gates you are greeted over the intercom with sincere friendliness and helpfulness. This continues throughout your entire stay in every area of the hotel/spa - the bar, restaurant, spa, reception and the management.
As you walk up the steps, totally forgetting about your car and luggage, to the old house you are amazed by the beauty of the building and the gardens. The interior of the old house is calm and very cool (as it was almost 30 degrees outside). Then you walk into the new and ultra modern reception area. I was speechless.
The new building is so well designed and the attention to detail is total. Even down to the little owl in the tree in reception. I particularly loved the tree trunks in the bar, restaurant and relaxation room. The gardens are amazing and even better at night !!
The spa area is simply fantastic. The Hydro Area is fantastic and you can spend time relaxing or chatting or having your body massaged with an array of water jets or your feet massaged out in the main area.
The two relaxation rooms are beautiful. As the weather was so good while we were there I did not spend any time in the dark one - but the chandler is great. The main relaxation room had it's windows and doors open, there were beds, tables and chairs outside for relaxing in the sun. You can easily loose a few hours, as I did, in one of the pods in the wall.
The bedrooms are really nice, decorated to convey calmness and tranquillity. The beds are like clouds with fluffy mattresses, fluffy pillows and duvets - I have emailed the companies that supplied both the beds and the pillows since my return. The bathrooms are very luxurious and include some samples of the products you can buy in the Spa.
I think it is great that almost all of the staff are from Wexford and the surrounding areas. The architect, interior designer and landscape gardener are all also from Wexford.
I have been to a number of spa in the greater Dublin area - and Monart is definitely the best I have ever stayed in. Their website is very good, but does not do this place justice.
Luxury at Monart.
I have just returned from Monart and I don't know where to start... From driving up the avenue to the last second that I spent at Monart, I have NEVER experienced the service and luxury that I received during my stay.
The genuine friendliness and professionalism of each member of the staff is exemplary. The staff seem to have a great sense of pride in Monart which ensures that they will always do what they can for you.
The front building (including the furniture) is steeped in history. The modern part of the building is fantastic. The decor in the residential area is beautiful. The rooms are equipped with everything needed for your stay...and the beds are extremely comfortable too.
The spa are is really great. It was my first visit to a spa and I did not know what to expect. I am hooked! I was accompanied by my sister who is a seasoned spa-visitor and her overall impression was that it is by far the best spa that she has visited.
I don't feel that my review is doing Monart justice...I will sum it up by saying that I had booked a two night stay and while there, I booked a third night and before leaving, I booked my next stay. Need I say more?
Like nothing in ireland
I stayed in Monart recently and felt obliged to write a review; from the moment our reservation was taken right up until check out the experience was flawless and I felt like I was almost drifting away. I got such a surprise walking through the old house and into the draw jopping reception area, then another Wow when I got to my room..it just kept getting better and better. I had dinner and used the spa and due to the high demand could not book a treatment but this didn't affect the experience at all! The relaxation rooms and gardens outside are wonderful and makes it easy to get away from it all and relax. The only negative is having to leave! I will definitely be back and staying a lot longer the next time!
I booked 2 nights at Monart mid-week to escape the hustle and bustle of citylife (and more importantly, work!) I arrived at about 2pm, met by a valet who took my bags and parked my car for me. As I walked into reception I was stunned at the beauty of the building and the surrounding woodland....floor to ceiling glass really added to the "natural" atmosphere. Shown to my room, which was beautiful...a very large bed, couch with chairs, dressing table, large bathroom with bath and walk in shower, tv with dvd player (dvd's available at reception) and a small balcony. Straight into my big fluffy towelling bathrobe (provided) and slippers (provided) and off the spa.
THE SPA: Yet another surprise at the reception area which is large and circular, with very high ceilings. Only criticism of my whole stay at Monart was the booking system for treatments...which somehow went haywire for me so my treatments needed to be re-booked (although I did get a free smoothie for my troubles!). There are two relaxation rooms....one is bright and overlooks the gardens, numerous big beds with cushions and blankets and these sort of "pods" built into the wall that you can also curl up in. Lots of water and fruit available. The other room is totally dark with small candles to provide minimum light. The thermal suite is great - a caldarium, sauna, sanariam, salt grotto, steam room, swedish sauna (with outside shower...or bucket of freezing cold water) and a beautiful hydrotherapy infinity pool. You could spend all day here! However, I had to sample the treatments of course...a mud wrap, facial and massage....all were absolutely excellent. The therapists were very friendly and professional and could not be faulted.
There are 3 places to eat - the Spa Cafe which does juices, salads etc during the day, the Garden Lounge and the main dining room. I didnt make it to the main dining room as I wanted to stay informal (too tired to dress up!) and the service was excellent and the food was good, but not great. Breakfast which is included is excellent with a huge variety to choose from.
All in all, a great experience, beautiful hotel & surroundings, extremely friendly staff and great facilities - I will definitely be returning!
Wonderful - Heaven
I booked a mid-week break here for my parents and I am writnig about their experience....they said it was fantastic and by far the nicest place they had EVER stayed in our lovely country. It is expensive, there is no denying, but they said it's worth every penny. They especially loved that there are a. no weddings and b. no children. Highly recommended.
Absolutely fantastic - felt like a princess!
I didnt know what to expect of a destination spa before I came to Monart - but It definitely surpassed any expectations I may have had. What makes this place so unique, are the little extra details and effort the staff make to ensure you are happy: from parking your car on arrival, the member of staff who opens the door for you and escorts you to your room/dining room, and the genuinely helpful and friendly staff catering to your every need. The decor is breathtaking, with the unnique but undeniably charming fusion of the old country house, with modern decor. The mood of the spa is very relaxing and chilled, with dimly lit rooms, and a quiet atmosphere. The fact its an adult only destination is a definite plus.
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