So, I have been meaning to sit down and write a proper blog post all about our stay in beautiful Clare in particular, Spanish Point. We were kindly asked down to stay for two nights in the Armada Hotel. I had visited the hotel just once before for lunch but never stayed. I had however seen a lot online about the hotel, in particular it’s location and stunning views.
The Armada Hotel is based just outside Miltown Malbay, along the Wild Atlantic Way and over looks the Atlantic Ocean. The Armada Hotel is family run and recently celebrated their 50th birthday! It is renowned particularly for it’s views and its exceptional food.
Upon our arrival we were greeted by the very friendly staff, Frank and Tony. Tony began by telling us a little more about this hotel and showed us to our room. The room. I don’t know where to begin, it was incredible. Immediately your eyes are drawn to the placement of a beautiful vintage bath which overlooks the ocean.
The room itself is spacious and includes added extras like dressing gowns, a couch, a large wardrobe, a flat screen TV, books, some snacks, a Nespresso coffee machine and a dressing table. The interior and bedding is in keeping with the decor with matching cushions and blankets at the end of the bed.
The bathroom is also huge! There are not one but two sinks. Here you can avail of an extra large shower with heated railings not to mention seaweed bags which you can purchase to add to your bath!
The day after we arrived we decided to do some exploring. Nearby we drove to the Kilkee cliffs which for me were as stunning and breath-taking if not more so than the Cliffs of Moher. Definitely one of Ireland’s hidden treasures. Next we drove to Loop Head and did the light house tour. Here you will see one of the old EIRE signs originating back to World War 2.
Both nights we ate in the Pearl restaurant which is based in the Armada Hotel itself. This is really stunning as you can take in the breathtaking views as you enjoy your meal. I recommend the sauteed Galway bay mussels and Burren smoked salmon to start. For mains try the duck roasted breast, the smoked salmon gubeen and parsley cream, beef fillet or chicken supreme- all of which were delish! Here are some pics to give you a little taster.
As with dinner you can enjoy your breakfast in the Pearl restaurant, taking in those incredible views as you have a glass of orange juice. Breakfast is offered in a buffet style or you can also choose from a menu. I loved that you can choose from either as buffets may not suit all.
One thing which really stood out to us during our trip here were the staff. From the bar staff, to the waiters and receptionists. People were so so friendly, this was evident everywhere towards all guests not just ourselves. In particular Tony, Aidan, Frank, Fiona, Tracey, Amy, Aisling and of course John himself (I hope I’m not missing anyone!).
While you are staying here it’s worthwhile taking a little trip into Johnny Burkes bar, probably the cosiest bars I’ve ever been to. A traditional Irish bar in appearance, and a warm, friendly atmosphere. There is also a large old style open fire in front of which you can enjoy a drink after a long day sightseeing. If you are eating here, check out the seafood chowder, I’ve also heard the Guinness is great. Johnny Burke’s is quite special in the fact that all gins served here are made in Ireland!
For us, this break was all about the chill. I can’t even describe how chilled we felt leaving. From sitting in the bath tub and watching the waves, to beach walks and watching the dolphins – it literally was one of the most amazing trip we have ever been on.
I can’t recommend this hotel enough as a getaway and the best thing is all you have to do is hop into your car. I hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did!