Getting Presidential at the Powerscourt Hotel
Rebecca had been gifted a spa voucher for Powerscourt Spa by a very classy cousin. Several months, treatments and trips from America had passed, and the voucher was wallowing in my inbox.
On my very short trip to Ireland in April, the stars aligned and we decided to couple the coupon with a generous offer from Doyle hotels. The well-connected “hookup” saw us bag a free room for the night, with the spa scheduled for the following day.
Being lovely Irish people, and knowing of Becks’ medical prognosis, we were escorted by senior management to the PRESIDENTIAL SUITE.
We were gob-smacked at the size of the room...nay rooms! There were two similar king bedrooms on either end of suite, with a dining room, office, living room and kitchen in between. There was far too much space from room to room so we opted to cuddle up together. The TV that came out of the bottom of the bed got in the way of the view, so we didn’t use that particular screen much.
What we did use was the in-room sauna and steam room. The head concierge told us how Bon Jovi AND Justin Bieber both misunderstood the stream room controls, and staff and to be summoned to turn off the alarms!
Despite this luxury, we were recovering from a hospital stay and a manic weekend of packing and parties. We were facing Rebecca’s exit of Ireland and a long, sick trip across the Atlantic. We had so much on our minds, and so little time to process it. The decision was made that we MUST live in the moment, soak up the surroundings and appreciate that we were together.
To that end, we face-masked our skin, used the robes and slippers and ordered room service. Club sandwiches of course!
The next day we enjoyed luxurious facials and swanned about in the thermal pools, staring at the bubbles of the jacuzzi and the reflection of the Sugar Loaf beyond.
It was a wonderful 16 hours of peace in the middle of a storm, and we wouldn’t have had it, if not for thoughtful and loving friends and family.
Thank you so much to Amanda, Christine and Pat, and the super staff at Powerscourt who treated us so royally.