Pluck your stressed-out winners from their busy lives and plunk them down in the middle of Killarney National Park in Country Kerry, Ireland. The Brehon, a luxury 125-room hotel that takes its name from ancient laws requiring that hospitality be offered to strangers, sits ready to welcome them with fresh air and a fresh perspective.
For an excursion that allows them to truly appreciate their varied surroundings, send them off in the morning in vintage cars to nearby Kate Kearney's Cottage, formerly “a den of ill repute,” but now a country pub. Attendees will enjoy an Irish coffee while being matched with ponies for a trek over the mountain pass known as The Gap of Dunloe. Or they may choose to cross the pass by jaunting car (horse-drawn carriage), while a local guide shares the legends of the dramatic landscape, formed when glaciers from the north met the mountains of Kerry 20,000 years ago. A midday arrival at Lord Brandon's Cottage finds The Brehon staff ready and waiting to serve a barbecue lunch. After that, it's down the valley as attendees travel by boat through a string of three lakes on their way to a castle visit and transfer back to The Brehorn, at this point a mere five minutes away. The full-day excursion is one of many ways to see and enjoy Killarney (half-day options also available).