Happy as a clam in a bath of seaweed soup!

by Ian Begley

A visit to Delphi Adventure Resort and Spa, which is in one of the most western parts of Ireland, is a must for lovers of Irish scenery.
Near Leenane, County Galway, the resort is set in the breathtaking Delphi valley along the Wild Atlantic Way, and spans more than 300 acres.
On arrival, my guest and I were astounded by the beautiful backdrop provided by the landscape. The jagged mountains seemed to fold in on themselves and the winding roads and gentle lakes made our destination seem serene and untouched by the 21st century.
The resort was spacious and the decor warm. Large windows around the building offered glorious views of our surroundings.
Our accommodation, of a separate living area and bedroom, was very homelike. We missed the television and phone reception, but given the nature of the resort it would be unfair to judge them too harshly on that!
Up early next morning, we took part in one of the many adventure activities that make Delphi famous: The Go Zip’N’Trek. This adrenaline pumping activity saw us zip-lining, wall climbing and traversing tightropes 40-feet in the air.
My adrenaline-junkie side kicked in and I met each obstacle with daring stupidity, completing it several times in a merciless competition against the clock and my guest.
Afterwards we explored the local area on bicycles with a well-informed guide. This gave us a chance to really take in the sights and sounds of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Later our party met up for pre-dinner drinks in the resort’s Library Bar before moving on to The Chef’s Table restaurant, where we were treated to a delectable five-course tasting menu with carefully selected wine pairings to complement each course.
We had a salad of Killarney lobster and Porcupine prawn to start, followed by a delicious fillet of wild salmon. Then a beautiful cut of Angus fillet of beef was presented with a very tender French duck foie gras. This was followed by a baked goat’s cheese cake and water melon dessert with a glass of rose.
The next morning, after a breakfast of pancakes and French toast, it was time for my seaweed bath treatment in the Delphi Spa. I was stiff and sore from the activities of the previous day so a relaxing bath was just what was needed. The experience made me feel like an ingredient in a big pot of seaweed soup, but afterwards I felt very rejuvenated and relaxed!
See www.delphiadventureresort.com for year-round accommodation, activities and treatments.

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