When it comes to planning a wedding, most brides focus on finding the perfect dress, the perfect wedding venue, and having a delicious wedding cake. But another important aspect of any wedding that needs plenty of consideration is where to go for the perfect honeymoon. The honeymoon gives every happy couple a chance to relax, unwind, and reminisce about their big day. It’s important to get it right! The average wedding now costs around £18,000 with a whopping £3,582 of that budget going to the honeymoon. With such a generous budget at your disposal, when it comes to choosing your honeymoon you’ll be spoilt for choice. You could lounge on a far flung beach or gamble in Las Vegas. But if you’re looking for true luxury and romance then a stay in one of Ireland’s fabulous castle hotels is the perfect way to spend your honeymoon. Here are a few tips and hints to help you choose the perfect castle hotel for you:
Location, Location, Location
The first thing you need to thing about is whereabouts in the country you’d like to be based; are there any particular sites and attractions you’d like to see during your trip to Ireland? If you’ve always wanted to see how Waterford crystal is made, for example, and are planning to take some home as a souvenir then maybe the Waterford Castle is the best choice for you. If it’s important to you not to have too far to drive once you arrive at your destination airport then Adare Manor is only around a 25 mile drive from Shannon airport. Whatever your destination preferences, you need to discuss them together before you book your dream hotel. It’s worth noting that the nature of castle hotels means they are all in reasonably remote locations, making hiring a car a must! There are car hire facilities in or close by to all of Ireland’s airports to make this process easier for you. Just remember to bring your driver’s license and relevant insurance policies with you to make the car hire process go as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Car insurance NI can have different requirements to car insurance in other parts of the world, so ensure your policy is valid and that you will be protected should anything happen to you or your car whilst you’re driving on Ireland’s remote country roads.
Picking Your Castle
Pick your castle hotel wisely: there are a host that cater specifically for weddings and honeymoons, meaning you can be sure you will receive the best possible service and attention to detail. Ashford Castle is a five star hotel located within acres of stunningly beautiful countryside in the heart of County Mayo. Dozens of happy couples choose to get married here every year, and with their opulent reception rooms and a host of fine dining options it’s easy to see why. But even if you’re getting married elsewhere. Ashford Castle makes the perfect honeymoon destination. They offer a relaxing a health and beauty centre where you can indulge in a couples’ massage or a facial: the perfect way to unwind after the stress of planning and hosting a wedding! If you find the idea of world class spa and leisure facilities appealing then you should also check out the Kilronan Castle Hotel. Their opulent spa facilities have opened very recently, meaning their shiny and new! You can choose to lounge by the pool or opt for an indulgent couples treatment: either way, you’ll be glad you chose a spa hotel.
Spoilt For Choice?
If you’re struggling to choose which castle hotel you prefer then why not consider taking a tour of some of Ireland’s finest castle hotels for an unusual twist on the traditional castle hotel honeymoon? There’s nothing more romantic that sharing a road trip through some of Ireland’s truly stunning countryside with the one you love. And by booking more than one castle hotel in more than one destination you get to compare the splendour of several old Irish castles whilst also seeing a lot more of the country. A castle hotel tour is the most decadent way to travel around Ireland: and as it’s your honeymoon, you deserve it!