At the end of November before the Christmas madness got underway, I spent a night in Monart with my mum and sister. It was really lovely to get away with them for the night, to spend time together and catch-up properly. We booked a package called Midweek Haven. This included 1 nights’s deluxe accommodation with breakfast, a 30 minute treatment and a 3 course table d’hote dinner in their fine dining restaurant. As there was 3 of us, we had a triple room and the total package cost was €567 (€189 per person).
Arriving to Monart, press the buzzer at the gate, state who you are and the gate is opened for you to enter. The driveway leads up to the hotel entrance which is located in the old Georgian house part of the hotel. We unloaded our overnight bags from the car and handed over the keys so the car could be parking by the valet. Check in was easy and relaxed; the overall feeling in Monart is one of calmness and luxury, right from when you arrive. We were shown to our room, 3 single beds which was nice, in a large room with a seating area and balcony. We had plenty of space for our one night stay even in the bathroom with 3 girls and all that entails.
As part of the package we booked we had a short treatment included and there was a choice of a Tension Release Massage or a Reviver Facial or a Silky Skin Body Scrub. Two of us selected the massage while the other opted for the body scrub. Before our treatments we enjoyed the spa area, using the pool and thermal suite. As you wander around Monart with people all around in their white robes and slippers, it does feels a little ‘cult’ like with everyone looking the same! The Spa and the treatments were really lovely; if being pampered in the spa and living in your robe is what you love, then you will adore Monart.
Before dinner we had a drink in one of the drawing rooms in the older part of the hotel, the first room we went into had a few people in it which was nice for atmosphere but it was very warm so we went across the hall to another room. These rooms in the old house are really beautiful, the perfect place to relax, read, enjoy a drink or a chat. Drinks are ordered by phone in the room and delivered to you. A gin martini for me (of course), the perfect aperitif.
Dinner is served in the main restaurant of Monart. The restaurant is open every evening and focuses on local and seasonal food. To start we had Lemon Sole Paupiette, Yellow Fin Tuna Carpaccio and Dry Cured Pork Cannelloni. Both fish dishes were delicious, the cannelloni was less successful. For main courses Pan Fried Hake (Aloo Gobi, onion Pakoras, Madras Coconut Curry) x two and Pan Roasted Cod (Wilted Spinach, Matchstick potato, Warm Gribiche). All served with sides of vegetables and baby potatoes. The curried hake was superb, perfectly balanced flavours and textures. A cheese board to finish our meal; after which we took our remaining red wine to the bar to wind down the evening.
The grounds surrounding the hotel are also lovely. Especially on the morning we woke up there, with a layer of white frost covering everything, giving it an almost magical look. It’s clear that there is a lot of effort invested in keeping everything as natural as possible, with the buildings not intruding into the landscape.
Breakfast is a buffet style continental breakfast – yogurts, breads, fruits, cold meats, cheeses, pastries and so on. And there’s a menu from which you can order hot dishes – full breakfast, eggs, omelettes, pancakes, french toast.
After breakfast we headed back to our room to chill out a little before hitting the road for home. A very enjoyable stay at Monart. If you are a spa lover, then you will adore Monart.
Kate from Kate’s Kabin also enjoyed a stay at Monart recently also. Have a read of her review (and much better photos than I managed) here.