Stunningly located on a 300-acre estate in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas of the west of Ireland and eleven kilometres northwest of Leenane on the road to Louisburgh (R335), is Delphi Mountain Resort, a sensitively designed hotel, restaurant, spa and adventure centre.
Since 2008 the resort has been owned and managed by husband and wife team Rory and Aileen Concannon, who emphasise its remoteness (‘no TV and limited phone coverage’) and do everything possible to make it a complete away from it all experience for guests.
The main building is an environmentally friendly blend of stone and wood, and the comfortably furnished bedrooms (especially those at the back) have beautiful views; the suites have a loft bedroom over a downstairs living room and all have either a window balcony or patio and locally made organic bathroom products. In addition to the adventure centre and spa facilities, hotel facilities include a bar and restaurant on the first floor (see below).
Conference/banqueting (60/80); free broadband wi/fi. Rooms 38 (7 suites, 10 junior suites, 4 executive, 5 family, 22 ground floor, 1 for disabled, all no smoking.). B&B special offers from as little as €41 per night. Hostel rooms also available for activity breaks. Children welcome (under 4s free in parents room, cot available free of charge, baby sitting arranged, kids club).
Spa (sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, massage, treatments); walking, archery, cycling, cookery classes. Equestrian, fishing (fly) & scuba diving all nearby.
January 2015 brought an exciting change at Delphi Resort, with the arrival of the gifted chef Stefan Matz, who established his reputation in Connemara in the 1990s, when he ran the wonderful Erriseask House Hotel at Ballyconneely with his brother Christian, and who has since delighted diners at Ashford Castle.
Since re-opening in early February after a brief annual closure, Stefan and front of house manager Warren Mc Elhone have concentrated on the main hotel restaurant (combining what was previously the bar and dining room). It is on the first floor in plain view - and within, it seems, touching distance - of the Mweelrea mountain range. As in the rest of the building there is extensive, tasteful use of wood and a fine stone fireplace, and expansive dormer windows fill the room with light. Now called the Wild Atlantic Restaurant, it is casual with an à la carte menu offering favourites from the locality.
Following on from this, a new 34-seater restaurant with separate entrance offers a totally new dining experience from the end of March, with all tables surrounding the open kitchen and an emphasis on the best of foods available in Connemara. Stefan is to cook there himself all the time and it promises to be a very interesting and engaging dining venue, with regular events and special dinners all part of the vision. Stefan is just offering a small 5-course tasting menu and an à la carte with no more than four or five choices per course, and it is very reminiscent of the Matz brothers' restaurant at Ballyconneely.
If this sounds exclusive, it is only part of a bigger plan as day time business and tourists are catered for very nicely in the casual Wild Atlantic Café and shop - and the team will, of course, continue to look after students and pupils coming to stay at Delphi as school, corporate or private groups taking part in the various activities on offer.