Spa Day at Mamounia

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Before heading to Marrakech I did a lot of research.
One of the places that kept coming up was Hotel La Mamounia
After visiting I can totally understand why. 
Mamounia is one of the most exquisite hotels I've ever seen.  
The architecture and decor are incredible. 
I don't think their is an inch of this hotel that isn't covered
 in some kind of extraordinary craftsmanship. 
We booked an all day spa deal which included lunch and a spa treatment.
 It was a little bit pricey but it was worth every penny. 
  
We ate at at one of Mamounia's many restaurants. 
Although it wasn't traditional Moroccan cuisine the food was superb. 
Then it was onto the Spa. I got a massage with Moroccan oils. 
It was so relaxing and just what we needed after the hustle and bustle of the souks.
After our treatments we relaxed in the indoor pool which literally felt like a dream. 
We went for a stroll around the gardens to finish off the day. 
Admiring the tiles as we went.
We stopped for ice cream in the hotels very own ice cream bar. 
Which was very welcome in the crazy heat. 
 
The entire experience from start to finish was amazing. 
The place just oozes opulence and style. 
Mamounia is definitely worth a trip if your visiting Marrakech.





The Souk Marrakech

Marrakech, Morocco has been on my list for some time now.
I could not have been more excited to go explore.  
Our first stop on route to the souk was Koutoubia Mosque, the largest in Marrakech. 
Before heading to the souks we went to the Berber markets.
 Were we visited an apothecary that had herbs, spices to cure every ailment.
It's hard to describe the souk, it feels like you've entered Aladdin's cave.
 There's a  huge stretch of market stalls covered in silver trinkets, 
spices and leather goods.  It's a maze and it goes on and on and on.    
There is so much to choose from and you can haggle for everything.
The whole place is a feast for the senses the smell of the spices is amazing. 
I had a Carrie Bradshaw moment when I bought a pair of pointy shoes in the Souk.
 (Shortly after I learnt Sex and The City 2 was actually filmed in Morocco not in Abu Dhabi)
We finished off the day with a traditional Moroccan feast at Chez Ali Fantasia. 
Chez Ali was recommended by the hotel but we found the food was disappointing. 
We did have fun though and the building did have some incredible tiling. 


Dingle

Monday, 11 January 2016

The second day of our trip to the kingdom we ventured towards Dingle for some horse riding and dolphin spotting. 
For our horse riding trek we went with the Dingle Horse Riding School. 
As I'm not the most skilled in terms of horse riding we took the beginner trail.
It was really easy going so we could chat and enjoy the views.
It was leaving cert week so the weather was amazing as always. 
There were clear blue skies as we trotted along.
At lunchtime we headed towards the main street.
We stopped for some fresh sea food chowder. 
The fish was so fresh it literally tasted as if it hopped into the bowl.
Then it was onto one of the things I was most excited for on this trip. 
A visit to Fungi. Fungi is a dolphin who has lived in the Dingle harbor for years. 
He is a wild dolphin but he comes out to say  hello hoards of tourists who visit daily.  
Then we waited.
After an hour of jumping from one side of the boat to another with no luck,
 he popped up to say hello.
 I luckily caught him and I'm definitely going to frame this picture.

After all the excitement of Fungi we headed down the coast 
to Dun Chaoin for a walk along the cliffs.
This winding path in particular was one of my favourite spots.
On our drive back to Killarney we couldn't help ourselves 
and we stopped for some famous Murphy's ice cream. 
It was the perfect way to end a sunny day in Dingle.







The Gap of Dunloe

Ever since last September I've been dying to get back to Kerry!

Unfortunately work and the long drive had stopped me until now. 

Ruairis birthday in June gave us the perfect excuse to visit.
Before our adventure began we had a delicious breakfast in our hotel, The Aghadoe Heights Hotel.
After breakfast we pulled on comfy clothes and went in search of Ross Castle the first stop on our adventure. 
We were kindly given bikes from the hotel so we cycled in to Killarney town 
where we got our bus tickets for O' Donoghue's boat tours.
The boats take you around Killarney lakes and last around an hour and a half. 
At the end of the boat tour we headed off with our bikes to cycle the Gap of Donloe. 
The Gap of Dunloe is a winding road between two mountains.
 The cycle seemed easy enough but we may have had to stop 
more than once to take in the scenery. 
Cycling down the other side of the mountain was much easier and so much fun.
Overall the whole day was brilliant and it was so nice to see some of the
 most amazing parts of our little island. 
I would definitely recommend the boat and bike tour 
for any one visiting the ring of Kerry.

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