Ireland’s newest castle hotel is set to open during the first quarter of 2018 in lovely, green County Kildare. About an hour from Dublin and originally constructed in 1180, Kilkea Castle and its surrounding 180-acre estate were treated to a $30 million makeover that took five years to implement. Along with 11 sumptuously appointed rooms in the castle, the 5-star property includes a grand function hall, a spa, restaurants, bars and a golf club with 33 self-catering lodge suites. Accommodations extend to a converted carriage house and stable area in the courtyard, where many of the 24 bedrooms and suites still feature beautiful original elements such as exposed wooden beams and handcrafted wrought iron.
Guests can relax in the Drawing Room with afternoon tea, or settle in beside the fire in the Castle Lounge. There’s even The Keep, an authentic Irish pub serving up Irish whiskies and Guinness. For fine dining, Hermione’s Restaurant includes beloved national favorites and haute cuisine, while the Dining Room overlooking the rose garden offers a sophisticated menu of international fare.
The grounds feature gardens, natural woodlands and a river. The new 18-hole, par-70 parkway course includes the river as a natural hazard. The course also features two lakes, a driving range, a practice putting green, a clubhouse overlooking the ninth hole and a well-stocked golf shop. Skeet shooting, horseback riding, hiking, swimming, cycling, archery, tennis, falconry and fishing are among the other activities provided for the enjoyment of guests. For relaxation, yoga and Pilates are offered, along with bird watching forays, meandering walking paths and a menu of curated spa treatments. Just in case you’re on the lookout for an executive getaway, the castle also contains meeting and conference facilities.
Early on, pickleball had something to do with pickles. Pickles the dog, that is. In one story, the game was named for a family dog that ran off with the ball between sets.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
Not a word was spoken as I settled into a cozy spot on the outdoor terrace just outside the main lodge at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge in Uganda. The air was so still the ice in my single malt seemed to echo off the forest in the distance as it clanked against the glass. I sat among a handful of fellow adventurers, each sitting silently beneath the night sky for one collective goal. Moments earlier, we learned a troop of mountain gorillas had made their way down the mountain near our lodge, and we left our meals to instead sit in eager anticipation of hearing the guttural grunts of the primates below. The chills on my arms never left me that night, even as I made my way up a stone pathway to my personal banda (guestroom). Thankfully, sleep came quickly for me that night as I drifted into dreams of what my next day would bring.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
You know what you’re going to get at an Aman hotel, and also you don’t. Expect peerless service, obsessive attention to detail, architectural elegance worthy of a fashion magazine, a holistic approach to wellness and astounding levels of comfort. But each property is also intimately connected to its setting, and that’s where the surprises lie. For instance, finding yourself on your knees on a sidewalk in Luang Prabang handing out sticky rice to Buddhist monks at 5:30 a.m. isn’t something we expected.
One affordable plan can protect an entire year of trips: business or pleasure, short or long, domestic or international.
In time for peak travel season to Italy’s picturesque Amalfi Coast, the region will welcome its own airport as early as this July. Salerno Costa d’Amalfi Airport is not only undergoing renovations but it also plans to open as a commercial airport.