And relax…. At the Cliff House Hotel
My hubby and I had a voucher for the Cliff House Hotel which we redeemed for my birthday. It is without a doubt one of my favourite places on the planet. And I know, kind readers, that I haven’t actually BEEN all over the planet. But I tell you, anywhere that has a place as peaceful and beautiful as Ardmore is doing well.
Part of the attraction is, of course, that it’s less than an hour away. Anyone with family/ animals/ own business / anyone at all- knows that if you are going away for an overnight break, it’s nice not to have to travel that far. I went first and arrived in time to have a top to toe treatment (birthday treat). And it was just FAB. Might have been helped by the gorgeous Bellini I had while perusing the lunch menu.
The thing that for me, makes the hotel special is the staff. All of them, from the receptionists to the masseuse in the spa.
I had the most gorgeous massage. There aren’t enough words in the dictionary to describe how relaxed I felt. For me, to take that time to have a treatment is the hardest thing to do. And it was worth every second. I always regret not booking more than one treatment… next time.
Of course by the time you have a swim, and wander back to your room it’s time for dinner. We have been lucky enough to dine in the Cliff House Hotel restaurant a number of times over the years. It’s a true culinary journey, and isn’t to be rushed or started on anything except an empty stomach.
I’m not going to post pictures of all our courses, just two, or my absolute highlights- apologies in advance for the dark photos, but I don’t like disturbing the ambience of the restaurant by having the camera flash on.
Honestly, the time that it must take with every single morsel that goes on the plate! Then of course there’s the pièce de résistance…. Of course my love affair of food is also with wine, and their Head Sommelier, Thierry Sauvanot and I are besties 😉
In short you need to visit. For the view alone it’s worth the trip. Tell them I say Hi.
NB I wrote this post after our stay, I never review by request, as I never review, simply visit and enjoy. The odd time I do blog about a hotel or restaurant it is because we have visited there, either by chance or design. I write purely for pleasure and don’t get reimbursement. In short this blog about the Cliff House Hotel is because I believe in giving credit when credit is due. So thanks Adriaan and the team, again, sincerely, for a wonderful 24 hours.