Travel Tip: Don’t Forget You’re on Vacation + Killashee House Hotel | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 172

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My mom and daughter left this morning and our final day was spent ‘vacationing'.

Now, that probably sounds like a ‘duh' statement, because they were in Ireland for a vacation.

But, sometimes it is so easy to go-go-go, see and do everything, and forget that you should also take the time to relax a bit.

On their final day we did two small things. We did a bit of shopping (my daughter wanted ‘non-gaudy' gifts for friends) and we stopped at the 2nd tallest high cross in Ireland.

Moone High Cross, County Kildare, Ireland

And then we arrived at their final hotel – Killashee House in Naas, County Kildare.

We enjoyed a leisurely Afternoon Tea and strolled through the gardens (my daughter took a ride on the cable swing at the on-site playground) before my mom went to the spa for a bit of pampering.

afternoon tea, Killashee Hotel, County Kildare, Ireland

We shared a final dinner in the on site restaurant before finishing their packing and turning in early-ish.

After the morning airport run I enjoyed my own spa retreat – hydrotherapy pool, dry floatation, hot oil back massage, and facial. It was the perfect way to wrap up the week (and ready myself for the next two).

hydrotherapy suite, Killashee Hotel, County Kildare, Ireland

Killashee Hotel

Killashee Hotel, County Kildare, Ireland

Just 30 minutes from Dublin, Kilashee Hotel is a terrific hotel for your first night in Ireland, or your final night before leaving.

Our family room, which could have slept up to 5, was comfortable and my suite is absolutely charming, with a separate sitting room and entry.

suite bedroom at Killashee Hotel, County Kildare, Ireland

Meals are very good with plenty of variety, and the grounds, with multiple gardens and a playgrounds, are extensive.

In addition to the spa you will also find a leisure centre – both terrific for fighting off jet lag or spending a day ‘vacationing' before you head home.

Kilashee is also a terrific base if your explorations include the counties of Kildare, Dublin, Wicklow, or Laois.

Bespoke Excursions

A huge thank you to Bespoke Excursions for arranging our travel this past week.

Everything, from car rental & accommodations, to booking activities, dining, and attractions, was handled for us.

If you want a custom self-drive tour created – and booked!- for you, contact Eion at Bespoke Excursions. (And check out podcast episode 156, Southeast Ireland's Celtic Coast, to learn more.)

Jody Halsted
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