Over 7 million people visit Ireland every year, drawn to the friendly people, the musical tradition the picturesque heritage towns and Guinness of course. With so many visitors they have to stay somewhere, so in these blogs we’re going to look at accommodation in Ireland and in this blog, we’ll look at luxury accommodation.
Situated in County Mayo on the west coast, Ashford Castle is a 5-star hotel set in an 800-year-old castle. Formerly owned by the Guinness brewing dynasty, the castle was gifted to the Irish government in 1939. Restored and re-opened in 2015, the hotel offers 83 luxurious rooms, suites and hideaway cottages. Over the years the castle has been host to guests as diverse as Oscar Wilde, President Ronald Reagan, John Lennon and John Wayne. The hotel is also where Rory McIlroy married Erica Stoll in 2017. The rooms have been individually designed, combining the original features with modern adornments including custom designed carpets, beds, lighting and bed linen. The fresh Irish cuisine, centred around seasonal produce from the local area offer fine dining, and their massive wine cellar offers a choice of accompanying wines for the connoisseur. The hotel’s spa has been voted best hotel spa in Ireland at the World Spa Awards 2016 and hosts a stunning Tree of Life mural stretching the length of the relaxation pool. The state of the art facilities includes five treatment rooms and a steam room. Known for its service and its history, if you’re looking for a five-star hotel, this one has to be on your list.
Sheen Falls Lodge
Set on a 300-acre estate overlooking the Sheen Falls in County Kerry, this five-star hotel is famed for its 2AA Rosette restaurant and its picturesque setting. With spacious, deluxe en-suite rooms with open fireplaces or interconnecting suites taking in stunning views of Kenmare Bay and Sheen Falls, this hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway. The Hotel also has two-bedroomed thatched cottages and a four-bedroomed house. This offers a home from home feeling while having full access to the hotel’s services and activities, so whether you’re seeking sanctuary, having a gathering with friends or family or you’re looking for a base for touring the south west of Ireland, you’ll be able to find it here. The Falls restaurant offers local produce and is arguably the best restaurant in Ireland. Paired with the biggest wine cellar in the country, you’ll be able to enjoy a meal taking in the best Ireland has to offer. The Easanna spa offers treatments from their hand-picked staff. The spa has a heated indoor pool, a Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room and private treatment rooms, giving you the choice of what type of pampering treatment you desire. There is also a fitness suite that is accessible 24 hours a day for hotel residents.