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Escape To The Whimsical West of Ireland

Tranquil views, scenic greenery, towering castles and cobalt skies —vibrant adventures await in this serene destination

Jun 28, 2023 | By Sanjeeva Suresh

There’s something magical about the west of Ireland, where emerald landscapes meet the rolling waves
of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a place where time seems to slow down, and the air is filled with a sense of
tranquility. Nestled in the heart of this idyllic region is Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate, a haven of luxury
and history that promises an unforgettable experience.

As I stepped foot onto the estate grounds, I couldn’t help but be transported back in time. The estate’s
rich history, dating back to the 18th century, oozes from every corner. The grand castle, with its
towering turrets and ivy-clad walls, tells tales of bygone eras and illustrious guests who have graced its
halls. It’s a place that exudes a sense of masculine refinement, reminiscent of the pages of Esquire
magazine.

One of the crown jewels of the estate is its world-class golf course, hailed as the epitome of Irish golfing
excellence. As an avid golfer myself, I eagerly seized the opportunity to test my skills on these hallowed
grounds. The perfectly manicured fairways stretched out before me, the vibrant green contrasting
against the cobalt sky. The crisp sea breeze carried with it the scent of salt and seaweed, invigorating my
senses as I took my swing. Each hole presented a new challenge, with undulating greens and
strategically placed bunkers. It was a golfing experience like no other, one that will surely go down as
the best I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing.

But the true highlight of my stay here was the dining experience at the renowned Pullman Restaurant.
Set within the original carriages of the Orient Express, this culinary gem offered a journey into the past.
As I stepped aboard, the polished wood and gleaming brass evoked images of a bygone era, where
elegance and luxury reigned supreme. The aromas of gourmet delights wafted through the air, tempting
my taste buds and igniting my anticipation.

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Each course was a masterpiece, carefully crafted to tantalize both the palate and the imagination.
The flavors danced upon my tongue, revealing layers of complexity and artistry. From delicate seafood
creations to succulent cuts of Irish beef, every dish was a symphony of taste and presentation. The
attentive waitstaff, dressed impeccably in period attire, ensured that every moment was a sensory
delight.

The connection to the Orient Express train, steeped in its own history of opulence and intrigue, added
an extra layer of enchantment to the dining experience. Just as the train whisked its passengers away to
far-off destinations, the Pullman Restaurant transported me on a culinary journey of the senses. It was a
testament to the notion that true luxury is not just about material indulgence but also about the
experiences that leave an indelible mark on our souls.

Luxury travel in Ireland is an experience of a lifetime, and the west side, in particular, should not be
missed. The stunning landscapes, rich history, and unparalleled hospitality of places like Glenlo Abbey
Hotel & Estate are what make it so. It’s a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and
immerse yourself in a world where time slows down, and every moment is savored.

As I bid farewell, with its echoes of the past and promises of future adventures, I couldn’t help but feel
profoundly moved. This journey through the serene west of Ireland had left an indelible mark on my
soul. It was a reminder that true luxury isn’t just about opulent accommodations or exquisite dining—it’s
about the intangible moments that stay with us long after we’ve returned home.

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