Last week my Mum and I ventured down to the stunning Kenmare for a two night staycation. It’s something that we have had planned for quite some time, so I was so excited when it rolled around. I’ve only visited Kenmare once before a few years ago, but I definitely don’t feel as though I got to enjoy everything that it has to offer. I still don’t feel that way to be honest, for such a small place, there is an incredible amount to see and do. Needless to say, I will definitely be back.
Where to stay
The Park Kenmare – I don’t even know where to begin with this place. We had the most stunning time. I can’t express how friendly the staff were or how gorgeous the amenities were. It was just an 11/10 stay from start to finish.
We had a twin room and it was perfect. The beds were so comfortable & the room itself was very spacious. Food-wise, we enjoyed an evening meal in The Terrace restaurant but you can also enjoy a tasting menu experience in The Dining Room restaurant. Breakfast was absolutely divine, and the menu had a range of different options to suit everyone. Save space for the pastry basket that will visit your table too at some stage! Everything is made fresh on the day too – little details like that make the world of difference.
I was so excited to check out the pool and spa area. I treated myself to a nurturing back massage, which was out of this world. With any treatment that you purchase in the spa, you can enjoy a 3 hour experience in the spa – this includes an hour in the outdoor thermal pool, and an hour in the relaxation room too. I can’t express how relaxed and content I felt after that afternoon. I almost forgot to mention the refreshments they serve in the relaxation room – a fresh summer drink & sorbet…HEAVEN!!!
I honestly couldn’t recommend The Park highly enough. The whole place was beautiful, and I can imagine it being so cosy and gorgeous in the winter too. I expected nothing less from the Brennan brothers to be honest! I have to mention the staff too though. Every single person that we came into contact with was so kind, welcoming and friendly. They have so many recommendations for things to do and places to go in the area too, in case you’re stuck. They made our stay so wonderful.
Where to eat
Mulcahys – we ate here on our second night as it came highly recommended to us from my aunt & uncle. It did not disappoint on any level. The food, the staff & the atmosphere were all 10/10. I honestly couldn’t recommend this place enough. Make sure to book ahead!
O’Carroll’s Cove Beach Bar – a short drive from Kenmare in Caherdaniel, the seafood was so fresh & divine. We sat looking out at the beach and it was just bliss.
Dromquinna Boathouse – so many people recommended this place on Instagram & I can see why. Unfortunately we tried to go for a coffee in the boathouse and it wasn’t open, but wow, the setting! It is so stunning! If it’s as good people say it is, I would definitely suggest popping in for a look.
Top Recommendations (that we didn’t make it to)
- Mick & Jimmy’s
- Jam Cafe
- The Horseshoe
- Maison Gourmet
- The Strawberry Field
- The Purple Heather
- The Mews
- Helen’s Bar – Kilmackalogue pier
- Alain & Christine’s Wine Shop
What to do
- Derrynane – we took a spin out to the beach & to Derrynane House. The drive itself was breathtaking, and the destination matched it!
- Explore the Old Kenmare Road – see more here
- Do a tour of the Ring of Kerry – find out more on TripAdvisor
- Shopping – Simplicity Boutique & Style and White Room (for interiors & linen)
- Visit Glengarriff
- Consider visiting Garinish Island
- Take a trip out to Teddy O’Sullivan’s Bar
- Enjoy the town itself for what it has to offer! It’s so lively and the people are incredible.
I really hope that yo enjoyed this post, and if it’s inspired you to take a trip to Kenmare then please let me know! It’s a gorgeous part of the country, I love it!