Kicking it at the Kingsley
We’re all about health at Sláinte and that includes our travelling, so a stop at the Kingsley Hotel in Cork to recharge the batteries ticked all the boxes on the health, fitness and wellbeing front.
Nestled along the banks of the River Lee, the Kingsley is a 15 minute stroll from Cork (or 5 minutes in a taxi) and the 131 room modern hotel is all dark wood and glass, with lots of picturesque seating areas to view the river while chilling out. Now part of the Fota Island group, the hotel has been luxuriously refurbished and upgraded since a flood back in 2009.
Fitness freaks will not be disappointed at the Kingsley as there’s no reason to fall back on the training during your stay with a well-appointment gym and a light and airy 18m swimming pool to choose from. Our favourite chill out spot was the hydropool on the terrace which looked out on the Lee, the perfect place to relax after a swim session at the pool.
There’s lots of food options at the hotel if you want to stay local and we chose to dine at the Springboard restaurant, a bistro-style eaterie which catered well for the coeliac in our party and the children.
As breakfast is my thing, I have to give a shoutout to the breakfast team at the Kingsley for the array of goodies available. A special table laid out with a toaster and lots of coeliac-friendly breakfast foods was a really nice touch and the menu gave lots of options to allow you to feast like a (healthy) king before you start your day.
There’s something immediately relaxing about the smells when you walk into a spa, maybe the anticipation of the treats that lie ahead. Using the fabulous brand Neom Organics, the Kingsley spa has lots of the regular treatments to help you get your zen back but you can also indulge in some indian head massage, ear candling and Reiki healing during your stay too.
It’s great to see a spa step up to meet the needs of cancer patients as many spas will not consent to treat someone getting cancer treatment. Not so at the Kingsley, which has several touch therapy treatments available for cancer patients using Lindi Skin products.
There’s rooms, penthouses and apartments available for rent at the Kingsley and our room was warm, comfy and cosy, though not the most spacious I have stayed in. With a large well appointed bathroom, including a bath, even a night in would be a relaxing and pleasant experience.
The Kingsley (021 480 0500) is pretty easy to get to – by rail or bus into Cork and a short taxi ride out to the leafy green suburbs on the banks of the Lee.
An overnight stay with bed and breakfast starts from €190.