Bubbles n’ Bliss: A calming out Blue E book break in Ballina

The Ice Home, Ballina, Co. Mayo

Having fun with the Chill Spa on the Ice Home

Afternoon tea on the Ice Home

The spa on the Ice Home

Sit back within the Ice Home

The Ice Home

Rory Tevlin

Bubbles n’ Bliss: A calming out Blue E book break in Ballina


Our break received off to an incredible begin after we ditched rain sodden Dublin for lovely spring sunshine in Ballina, Co Mayo.



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Our break received off to an incredible begin after we ditched rain sodden Dublin for lovely spring sunshine in Ballina, Co Mayo.

After three hours on the highway, we arrived on the Ice Home… and what a welcome. The historic constructing, initially generally known as the Iceland Cottage, is nestled into the banks of the River Moy and effortlessly blends the previous and new.

The lodge makes absolutely the most of its pure panorama and if you step in to the foyer all the things appears to only soften away. Checking into our spacious room we had been greeted by a dessert of macaroons… I used to be gained over already.

A visit to the luxurious Chill Spa and all is correct with the world. There’s loads of magnificence to discover past the lodge’s door, however there’s simply as a lot to maintain you proper the place you’re.

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The Ice Home

Whereas it might appear a tad lazy, getting breakfast despatched to your room within the Ice Home is an actual deal with. What might be higher than tucking right into a hearty brekkie with the River Moy sweeping previous your window? The views from the rooms are so good you’ll want to soak them up as a lot as you may.

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Enniscrone, Co. Sligo. Photograph: Mairead Maguire / Fáilte Eire

Enniscrone Seashore is without doubt one of the nation’s most majestic pure magnificence spots. Crossing the Sligo border it’s only a 15 minute drive from the Ice Home and an incredible place to go for a stroll.

Bordered on one facet by towering dunes, the seashore appears to increase so far as the attention can see. Enniscrone is widespread with surfers and in addition boasts one of many nation’s most revered hyperlinks golf programs.

If you’re feeling courageous sufficient a bracing dip within the Atlantic will definitely do away with any cobwebs. Generally the perfect issues in life actually are free.

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Afternoon tea on the Ice Home

Afternoon tea is an effective way to lazily spend a day.

The Ice Home dedicates an area for company to indulge their style buds with Head Chef Anthony Holland’s creations. Neat however hearty sandwiches adopted by an array of desserts will go away you battling to make room for dinner, and the Connemara smoked salmon perched on treacle bread was an actual winner.

The views of the Moy are virtually as delectable because the meals. Afternoon tea is on the menu between 2pm and 5pm and begins at €25 per individual. Superior reserving is suggested.

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The Jackie Clarke Assortment is housed throughout the previous Provincial Financial institution constructing in Ballina, Co Mayo

The Ice Home is situated a brief distance exterior Ballina. After tucking into afternoon tea a stroll again into the city alongside the river is an effective way to stretch the legs and discover.

When you fancy going a bit additional afield why not hire a motorcycle and deal with one of many many trails that slalom by means of the Mayo countryside.

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For essentially the most half attending to Ballina is useful, there are stretches of highway on the way in which although that get a bit bumpy and slim. Give your self loads of time and if the temper takes you perhaps cease off within the widespread Foxford Woollen Mills on the way in which to your final vacation spot.

Get me there

Heading out of Dublin, we drove the N5 and landed at our vacation spot simply over three hours later.

A Bubbles and Bliss break on the Ice Home gives company champagne afternoon tea on arrival, entry to the Chill Spa and mattress and breakfast from €229 per room from Sunday to Thursday.

Rory was a visitor of The Ice Home (096 23500; icehousehotel.ie).

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