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The Most Luxurious Hotels in Ireland

by Fitzroy of London

The Fitzroy of London team love hotels, architecture and interior design, so we’re taking a look at some of the most luxurious hotels around the world. This week, we’re focusing on the beauty and luxury of Ireland.

Here are just some of the luxury hotels we’ve come across:

Ashford Castle, Cong, Co Mayo

Staying in a castle could sound like a somewhat Gothic experience, but not at this resort. Founded in 1228, the original castle buildings (with added extensions in the late 19th century) are stunning. But it’s the homely feel and friendly, local staff that make Ashford Castle a premier destination. Wonderful views over the lakes and gardens combined with fine dining and luxurious rooms all add to the feel of good old-fashioned hospitality.

Ballyfin, County Laois

Ballyfin is one of Ireland’s finest country houses now restored to life with remarkable grace, and reopened as a luxurious hotel. The beauty of the house and its park, and the stratospheric standards of hospitality here, makes Ballyfin a truly remarkable place. It has a special old-world ambience and refined opulence that is incomparable. The food, service and management are first-class. You can spend your days enjoying the beautiful landscaped grounds on bikes, golf carts or on horseback or simply relax.

The Cliff House, Ardmore

The Cliff House opened in 2006, and within 18 months a (Michelin) star was born. It’s no exaggeration to say Martijn Kajuiter’s kitchen – through dishes such as Lismore lamb with artichoke, wild spinach pate and toasted garlic, or Bantry Bay salmon smoked on the plate – heralded a new dawn for Irish hotel food. The hotel has 39 boldly-designed bedrooms, its architecture cascades down the banks of Ardmore Bay.

Ballynahinch Castle,  Clifden

An 18th century castle hidden within a patch of forest reflected in the Ballynahinch River. There’s history. There are roaring fires, world-class fly-fishing and of course, the location is amazing.

Castlemartyr Resort, East Cork

Winding along the driveway to East Cork’s most exclusive hotel, you’ll be instantly enraptured by epic Irish romanticism. This five-star demesne and majestic mansion is surrounded by rolling pastures. Scenic oak woodlands and a 13th century castle. Guests unwind in understated country-house luxury, where the exquisite Knight’s Bar and Bell Tower Restaurant are highlights. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are rumoured to have stayed there for their honeymoon.

Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen

Lough Erne is firmly establishing itself as a hotel A-listed. Amenities include a Nick Faldo designed golf course and a soothing Thai spa continue to delight VIP guests (from Rory McElroy to Vladimir Putin), while suites are decadently designed noble affairs.

Park Hotel, Kenmare, Co Kerry

Is there a more personable five-star experience in Ireland than the Park Hotel Kenmare? Out of all the luxury hotels around the country, none matches the Park for that delicate balance of high-end without haughty. It has one thing that few other fine establishments have in their armoury – the beautiful town of Kenmare and its stunning bay.

Delphi Resort and Spa, Leenane

Delphi Mountain Resort & Spa made the dream dozen thanks to the experience it offers. This is a high-end retreat and a place to truly unwind. There are no TVs, no mobile phone coverage and no WiFi. The menu is a celebration of local produce, the spa houses seaweed baths and they have their own mountain spring water courtesy of the Mweelrea and 12 Bens mountains that overlook the resort. The adjoining adventure centre offers every possible outdoor activity and then some.

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