Parknasilla reopens after lavish upgrade

ONE of Ireland’s best known hotels, which has counted Princess Grace, Charles de Gaulle and George Bernard Shaw as guests, reopened yesterday following a multi-mullion euro refurbishment.

The historic Parknasilla Resort, near Sneem, Co Kerry, closed last September for a major upgrade.

This included creating 24 two-bedroom courtyard suites and 38 three-bedroom villas set among its magnificent 500-acre grounds.

There are now 92 bedrooms at the resort. In addition, all the existing bedrooms were refurbished.

Parknasilla, part of the New Great Southern Hotels Group, also now boasts a luxurious spa.

It has 13 treatment rooms which all overlook Kenmare Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

A spokesman for the resort said the thermal spa incorporates “an eclectic mix of wet, dry, warm, hot and cold cabins, all created specially for the hotel by thermal specialists Hydrotherm.”

Pampering can also be extended to two outdoor hot tubs.

It was in the relaxing atmosphere of the hotel grounds, which include sub-tropical vegetation, that George Bernard Shaw penned his famous work, Pygmalion.

The book formed the basis of the legendary film My Fair Lady.

A major collection of Irish and international art has been assembled to enhance the interior of the hotel, which includes works by well-known Irish artists Sir John Lavery, William Scott, Patrick Scott, Michael Farrell, Camille Souter, and Michael Warren.

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