This month we’re featuring Jaj of Travel reader, Mr. Robert Kunikoff of RJK Travel Ltd. a member of Tzell Travel. The Tzell Travel Group, based in New York City, is currenty ranked First among the nation’s largest travel management companies according to Business Travel News.
Robert just returned from two nights at Ireland’s newest country house hotel, Ballyfin. Here is what he has to say about his stay:
“Be sure to have a GPS in your car, or better yet have the Manor House pick you up for you don’t want to miss a minute at this place getting lost in the countryside.
Ballyfin is an eye opener. It has been written about at length in the June issue of Travel and Leisure and so I won’t duplicate the superlatives that were written in that magazine. But a stay here, even if only for two nights, gives one total relaxation, total pampering, total attentiveness from a staff that is real, that is local, that is interested and interesting.
Ballyfin was not, for me, the highlight of my weeks stay in Ireland, but rather it was one of the highlights of my life! It is a place that stands out so thoroughly that I will remember it fondly and will recommend it highly to every client (with means) who ventures out of Dublin on their trip to Ireland. Ballyfin gave my sister who I brought on this trip, the relaxation and comfort that she doesn’t enjoy in her hectic life in Jerusalem. It gave my friend from Miami who I also brought along, the ease to sit down at the piano and play, something he hasn’t done in 15 years.
Ballyfin is not just a place of unsurpassed elegance, history, attention to detail and to the guests comfort. It is also a state of mind. You lose yourself there. Even though you might have planned a day driving around the area, you find you don’t want to leave, not for a minute, and though you are tired and jet lagged, you don’t want to sleep lest you miss something (at a place where little happens unless you want it to) Its a place for walks, for conversation, for fine dining, swimming, thinking. Stuff we tend not to do at home or at other vacation spots. Ballyfin shows you that you need not stay at a resort with a long reputation and hundreds of rooms. 15 rooms and suites will do nicely. Very nicely indeed.”
- Robert Kunikoff, RFK Travel Ltd., Tzell Travel Group LLC, RobertK@tzell.com