Something I’ve realised recently… There’s absolutely nothing like being tourist in your own country!! Believe it or not our little Emerald Isle has much to offer. It makes me proud to be Irish when I travel; going to college outside of Dublin (home) was most certainly taken for granted at the time. Everywhere is maximum a 6 hour journey so there’s no excuse to get in the car and go 😉
We drove up North early in the morning to get the most out of the day, and to be able to make a stop off at Lough Neagh for a stroll around as the weather was promising. From there, we went straight to the resort just outside Ballymena County Antrim – upon driving in the one-way driveway, we knew Galgorm Resort and Spa was stunning!!! Our expectations were exceeded in every way possible! I didn’t even have to ask Steven what he thought, his facial expression told me everything. The butler casually greeted us, however extremely polite, ushered us inside directing us towards reception, and parked up our car dropping the keys to the room within ten minutes.
Checking in at the deluxe reception was a treat. Fresh fruit in cold water (a cold glass – bliss) and a little vanilla/raspberry jam ganache cone (really got us!) when we arrived. At the end of the day it’s the little things that made the stay that extra bit special for us. Champagne afternoon tea was booked for 2pm so we headed downstairs to ‘The Conservatory’ – a gorgeous, vibrant, bright room. We had savoury dishes to start and sweet to finish, with our favourite tea being ‘Nice Nancy’ – a green tea with a touch of verbena. There probably couldn’t have been a prettier setting onlooking the River Maine. The waitresses delivered exceptional customer service – this was something we experienced from the moment we arrived until the moment we left. It’s very clear that the people who work there love their job. Dinner that night was at the Gillies Grill, I’d the red thai chicken curry and Steven had the steak – nothing new here 🙂 . The evening was spent at the spa, luckily the weather held up. This was the ultimate treat yourself night away – a private hot tub with champagne and chocolates for an hour…completely spoiled ourselves but if you ain’t gonna to do it, then who will 😉 … The Gin Gallery just off the conservatory has 100 different types of gin. We didn’t do gin tasting but that won’t be left off the list on our next visit…
Before we headed off home or ‘down south’ as they say, we made a trip further up north to the Giants Causeway. I was unsure of what to expect as photoshopped images ALWAYS make everything look better than what they are to the naked eye. Anyway…it was beautiful and truly unspoilt natural beauty. The basalt hexagonal rocks were something I just could not get my head around – perfectly symmetrical! It was a 1km walk down from the National Trust centre, or there was a bus we could’ve availed of for £1/€1.20 per person.
Until more travel awaits…!
I’ve had questions on these feathered shoes, they’re new stock here from Zara 🙂 (OBSESSED :O) happy shopping!
Thanks for reading 🙂