Take 6 ladies, friends for a long time but who don’t get to see each other as much as they would like, find a weekend date that everyone is free, and pick a hotel that meets criteria, not too far to travel, not too expensive, with a spa, restaurant, bar. We decided on Osprey Hotel in Naas and found a great deal that worked out to €125 per person to include accommodation, breakfast, dinner and a 45 minute spa treatment.
Travelling during Storm Brian was not ideal but we all made it! The lobby area is a very comfortable space with seating and a cafe area, for lunch, drinks, coffee or just to sit and people watch.
I was first to arrive so I ordered lunch in the lobby, a prawn and avocado sandwich which came with a side of fries. As everyone arrived we just hung out there, had a couple of drinks before going to check-in.
Our room was upgraded (much appreciated, thank you Osprey!) so in one of them, we had a little extra space with a couch and a terrace area. It was really nice that we could gather there for an hour or so, to chat, get ready and have a drink, before we headed to dinner in Herald & Devoy at 7.30.
Although we were on a package deal, we had full choice of the menu for our 3 course meal. Herald & Devoy has been recently redecorated and it’s a very smart hotel restaurant. A long banquette on one side, shades of teals, blues and purples with marble top tables. An art deco touch makes it a stylish and pleasant restaurant setting.
For the most part the food was very good. Highlights included Crispy Deep Fried Calamari and Chicken Liver Parfait to start. For mains, Short Rib of Irish Beef with burnt onion puree, heritage carrot and smoked potato fondant and Venison en Croûte with blackberry, pear, savoy cabbage, both excellent wintery comforting dishes.
Seafood was less successful; Mussels with white wine, garlic and cream were tiny and lacking in flavour. They were served with thick slices of brown bread which was an odd choice; toasts or bread to dip in the sauce would make for a better pairing. A main course of Baked Fillet of Monkfish was again lacking in flavour and very tough.
For dessert, the lemon tart was just the right balance of bitter and sweet, served with a raspberry sorbet. The Deconstructed Brambleberry Cheesecake was well… constructed, served in a glass with layers as a regular cheesecake is! A warming Orchard Crumble was served with a scoop of honeycomb ice cream.
The wine list is reasonable with crowd pleasing and well priced options with one each of sparking, white and red served by the glass and carafe. Service throughout was excellent, friendly and chatty, especially notable given how busy the restaurant was through the evening. Sound is an issue though, it is very loud when the restaurant is full, to the point at our table of 6 we couldn’t hear from one side to the other.
Breakfast is back in Herald & Devoy. Buffet style with cereals, cold meats, juices, cheeses, breads and pastries as well as hot offerings covering all the usuals – sausages, bacon, puddings, eggs, with coffee to order. We were down for breakfast around 9.15 which was a quiet time, by 10 it was getting very busy so take note if you don’t want to queue for your toast, be there earlier!
We booked our spa treatments for Sunday morning. We hadn’t intended to but a mix-up between ourselves meant Saturday wasn’t an option when we went to book in. And in the end it worked out well and meant the night away felt a little bit longer as we weren’t just getting up and leaving on Sunday morning. There was a choice of treatments, I opted for the Indian Head Massage which some of the others also went for, as well as that, the choice offered a facial or a foot ritual.
We loved our stay in Osprey Hotel, service throughout in reception, restaurant, bar and spa was superb. Rooms are great with very comfortable beds and large bathrooms. The newly refurbished restaurant and lobby area is smart and comfortable. While our treatments were lovely and the therapists great, the spa is the one area that could do with a refresh to bring it up to the same level as the rest of the hotel. Overall though, a great spot for a girls night away and we all agreed we would return.