Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt near Dublin appeals to all your senses

Awaken your senses at the Ritz Carlton Powerscourt in Ireland

Once in a while, I have the opportunity to stay at a property that literally overwhelms the senses. Lucky for me, that happened when I arrived at the Ritz Carlton Powerscourt in the woodlands of County Wicklow, Ireland.

We know that Ireland is famous for its green rolling hills, scenic landscapes, colorful gardens, and ancient castles.  If you put that all together, you’re probably at the Ritz-Carlton, located a half-hour drive from Dublin’s center.

The avenue leading to the Palladian-style hotel foretells the magnificence of the whole estate: It’s a mile long and lined by more than 2,000 beech trees. Situated within one of the most scenic and historic estates in Ireland, the resort encompasses 1,000-acre grounds  (read about Powerscourt Estate in another article). The hotel overlooks the slopes of Sugar Loaf Mountain, a gorgeous view my husband and I admired from the wrap-around terrace surrounding our suite.

View of Sugarloaf Mountain from our room

The award-winning hotel lives up to its reputation with 200 spacious guest rooms, including 93 suites, many of which have panoramic views like ours. All around the estate, the landscape is dotted with cultivated gardens, terraces, fountains, statuary, and waterfalls. Rooms are lavishly decorated, and many feature floor-to-ceiling windows to take advantage of the scenery.

Inside our suite was no less spectacular. Having been greeted upon arrival by the sister-in-law of good friends from our neighborhood, we allowed Marina, who works at the Ritz-Carlton, to demonstrate the electronic finger-tip panels for controlling lights, curtains, and air conditioning. She initiated us to the double-vanity marble bath featuring a recessed television in the bathroom mirror. Good thing, too, because we would have been startled by the figures in the mirror talking to us as we freshened up and soaked in our evening baths.

Opulent decorations inside the Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt

Restaurants at the hotel include the upscale Gordon Ramsay that looks out over Sugar Loaf Mountain through full-wall windows; Sugar Loaf Lounge, which serves traditional afternoon tea and evening cocktails, and McGills, a traditional Irish pub (where we dined).

The solitude of the countryside is echoed in the spa at the Ritz Carlton, where my muscles submitted to a soothing, relaxing massage. A fitness studio, sparkling heated indoor pool, and Spa Café round out the rejuvenating facilities.

Scenic spot for a photo opportunity

In addition to these amenities, several championship golf course are nearby, including Powerscourt Golf Club, an outstanding 36-hole course with scenic water and hill views. Situated in the wonderfully authentic village of Enniskerry, the Powerscourt is one of the most frequently visited attractions in Ireland, even for people not staying at the hotel. Known as “The Garden of Ireland,” County Wicklow has beautiful trails through the mountains that attract cyclists and hikers as well as those simply looking for relaxation.

The next day, on our way to Dublin, we stopped at the sprawling Powerscourt Waterfall.  With a 422 foot drop into the River Dargle below, it is Ireland’s highest waterfall, a refreshing site worth walking the short path to see.

Photos by Larry Burmeier