We’re just back from the most relaxing two days in Druids Glen in Wicklow, and I’m going to give you the full run through our experience for anyone who might be feeling like they also want to treat themselves.
Since I posted on my Instagram looking for hotel recommendations in Ireland, and then subsequently posting my Irish Bucket List on the blog last week – I’ve been so keen to discover more of what Ireland has to offer. I’m very lucky to have a lot of travel coming up during the month of September, so I was determined to squeeze an Irish staycation in before things start to get busy.
I really want to explore every inch of the corner, but for now, and since we were going mid week, I did want to keep things pretty close to home. Wicklow, and more specifically, Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort was the perfect solution. I’m living in Kildare and it was just 45 minutes door-to-door for me.
We stayed in a stunning superior room both nights and it was perfect for us. We had so much room and the bed was so comfortable – it made it tricky to try and get up and seize the day! The decor was really pretty and the TV was a top of the range Samsung and had pretty much every channel you could ask for. The room was also equipped with the latest papers and magazines which I thought was such a nice touch. I couldn’t help but be nosey when walking through the corridors while the rooms were being cleaned, but I noticed that the family rooms are also really spacious and accommodate babies, toddlers, and kiddies. You can also get adjoining rooms.
We enjoyed a drink and some snacks in the Garden Rooms & Bar upon arrival, a recent launch in the hotel. The interior is gorgeous and I got a kind oak lodge vibe off of the exterior, while the interior is really cosy and modern. It’s bright and airy with fireplaces that create a fab atmosphere that is so welcoming. There are huge windows that look out onto the forest too.
We ate there again for dinner that night and enjoyed a really deliciously fresh meal. The staff were so attentive despite it being very busy, so this was a big plus! If you are going to be dining here, it’s recommended to book ahead!
We feasted on a full continental breakfast in Hugo’s Restaurant both mornings. There really is something for everyone here, and they accommodate any specific dietary requirements too. The star of the show is definitely the made-to-order pancake and omelette bar!
There is another restaurant on the grounds too called Woodstock House, and it’s definitely worth a look, it’s so pretty!
Druids Glen have recently totally refurbished the gym in the resort and it’s now top of the line. Definitely worth packing the gym gear if you want to feel a little less guilty about all of the indulging in the delicious food!
The pool and jacuzzi area is really bright and family friendly. We opted for a stroll outside on the grounds as the weather was fab instead of a spa treatment, but if you were interested, it looks divine and offers a range of treatments to suit your needs/preferences.
There are also two championship golf courses on the grounds if you plan on bringing your clubs along.
There is a gorgeous walk around the grounds of the hotel and it’s just pure silence when you’re exploring…bliss! It’s also just a 15 minute drive into Greystones where you can do the famous cliff walk to Bray! I can’t believe I hadn’t done it sooner, the views are just divine. If you get the weather, it feels like the south of France, and I wouldn’t say that lightly!
As I mentioned, it was about 45 minutes door-to-door for me from home, and it’s about the same distance from Dublin’s City Centre. It feels like a world away as you drive through the gorgeous countryside.
The nearest town is Greystones and I really want to visit this little seaside town again for sure. We ate in Chakra by Jaipur on our second night of the staycation and it was the most delicious Indian food that I have had in so long. I would highly recommend it! Another place that was highly rated on Trip Advisor was The Hungry Monk if you are looking for something different. It’s very cute and buzzy little town though and there really are a huge amount of restaurants for dinner and lunch to chose from. We were planning on grabbing some Fro-Yo from the local Mooch, but had to stay for the dessert in the restaurant when we heard how delicious everything sounded!
Young or older couples, young families (the staff are so friendly and accomodating), golfers & tourists looking for a slice of Irish peace & quiet within earshot of the city.
Anyway, I hope that you enjoyed this post and found it useful. I wanted to try and provide as much information as possible to anyone who might be considering staying in Druids Glen. It’s my goal to hit a few more Irish hotels before the year is out, so hopefully I’ll have a collection of staycation reviews like this to go with it!
If you have any other questions about my stay, don’t hesitate to reach out!