I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but summer is coming to an end, and for the most part it means a return to routine. While there is a lot to get excited about as the fall season approaches, September brings a myriad of new responsibilities and nothing spoils the mood like the promise of more work.
That being said, there are still two weeks to enjoy before you get out of school, the packed lunches and homework club become your new reality, and we recommend that you make the most of it. How? ‘Or’ What? By booking a luxury five star hotel and enjoying the luxury of it all, of course.
Westbury, County Dublin
Right in the heart of Dublin city center, The Westbury is within walking distance of most shops, museums and galleries… although once you’ve booked your room, you probably won’t want to leave.
Renowned for its warm welcome and exceptional service, the hotel recently announced a complete renovation of its individually designed rooms, including its recently launched Terrace Suites. Offering unparalleled views of the capital, each suite features a four-piece Italian marble bathroom with a freestanding tub, mirrored cocktail bar, and lavish furnishings. The height of glamor, I think you will agree.
Also home to Wilde – one of the hotel’s three restaurants and cocktail bars – they’re currently in the middle of their Everything’s Rosé summer offering. An annual addition to the menu, he sees the elegant terrace decorated with delicate pink flowers to complement the trio of wines that can be tasted as part of the Flight of the Rosé tasting experience. Do not miss.
Lough Eske Hotel, County Donegal
Nestled in one of the country’s most scenic areas, Lough Eske Hotel is in County Donegal, surrounded by rolling rolling hills, lush 43-acre grounds and serene Blue Flag beaches. The perfect base for anyone wishing to explore the area, it is ideally located for day trips to Oakfield Park, Glenveagh National Park and Sliabh Liag, the highest sea cliffs in Europe.
Offering guests free use of bikes, backpacks, maps, raincoats, and trekking poles, there’s also a fitness center, pool, and organic beauty spa. Recently named one of the top 10 hotels in the country by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, it’s easy to see why readers rate it so well.
Powerscourt Hotel, County Wicklow
Just 30 minutes drive from Dublin, Powerscourt offers its guests a very welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Set amidst the beautiful gardens of the Powerscourt Estate, it is known for its meticulously manicured gardens as well as other tourist attractions such as the Avoca Terrace Café, Cool Planet Experience, Powerscourt Distillery and Powerscourt Golf Course. Not to mention the waterfall and the Powerscourt River promenade which alone attracts hundreds of tourists.
The hotel features Palladian-style architecture with just under 200 generously sized rooms, many of which overlook Sugarloaf Mountain.
Lyrath Estate Hotel, County Kilkenny
Successfully marrying the old and the new, Lyrath Estate comprises a historic 17th century mansion that sits alongside a modern extension in County Kilkenny. Spread over 170 acres in the medieval heart of Ireland, the location is a countryside lover’s dream with lakes, historic gardens and emerald forests all set and waiting to be explored nearby.
Each room is located away from the main hotel area, ensuring a good night’s sleep. But if you really want to make the most of your trip, a trip to Lyrath Spa is highly recommended. One of the best ways to relax and unwind, they have several summer specials – all of which will leave you renewed, rejuvenated and revitalized before September returns.
Hayfield Manor, County Cork
One of Rebel County’s best five-star boutique hotels, Hayfield Manor is a charming country house surrounded by a two-acre walled garden, which also serves as a tranquil oasis from the outside world. Escape the noise of the mansion or venture into Cork City to soak up the local atmosphere.
The bedrooms – each individually decorated with their own work desks – have spacious marble bathrooms, free bathrobes and slippers encouraging you to truly lean into luxury. Blending yesteryear sophistication with contemporary accents, it satisfies both traditionalists and design enthusiasts alike. Ireland’s Blue Book. And with not one, but two award-winning restaurants, it’s sure to satisfy your hunger pangs.
The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, County Kerry
Tranquility awaits you at Dunloe Hotel & Gardens in County Kerry, where you will experience the breathtaking views of the famous Gap of Dunloe upon arrival. Perched atop a 64-acre estate, the hotel prides itself on its surroundings, with history, adventure, and elegant architecture all under one roof.
You won’t be short of things to do either with free on-site activities ranging from horse riding and tennis, fishing and swimming. The hotel staff will also be happy to organize golf courses, tours or walks in the surrounding area.
They don’t call it the Kingdom for nothing, do they?
Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate, County Galway
Consistently ranked as one of Ireland’s most popular places to stay, a trip to Galway is always a good idea. Especially when it comes to a night (or two) at the Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate. A five-star hotel dating from the 1700s, it overlooks the edge of Lough Corrib, Lake Ireland.
A favorite of gourmets, the famous Pullman deserves a special mention. One of the country’s most unique dining experiences, it gives diners the chance to step back in time by boarding an old-fashioned train whose cars were once part of the original Orient Express.
As magnificent as the cars are, it is their backstory that truly fascinates and between the long journeys through Europe, its past film successes and the fact that it once had celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin among its guests, you will be hard pressed to find a more exciting dining experience.
Savoy Hotel, County Limerick
For some, counting sheep is enough to send them to dreamland, for others, the calming sound of the River Shannon does. If you count yourself in the latter group, then a trip to the Savoy Hotel in Limerick is definitely warranted.
The only five star hotel in the city of Limerick, it is located in the center of Henry Street with “Scandi Chic” as its interior inspiration. Equipped with over 100 luxurious bedrooms, each king-size bed is dressed in Egyptian cotton linens, plush mattresses and plush pillows. Only the best when it comes to bedtime.
If afternoon tea is on the cards, the library is the place to go. Intimate but resolutely informal, its walls lined with books, its rich furnishings and its warm atmosphere will put you at ease in no time.
Dromoland Castle, County Clare
Master of hospitality, the Château de Dromoland has been welcoming you since the 16th century. The ancestral home of the O’Brien of Dromoland – whose lineage connects them to Brian Boru, one of the last high kings of Ireland – they have nobility in their DNA, so you will most certainly be treated like a king.
“Historic grandeur underpinned by the finest modern comforts,” is how the staff describe the chateau, which opens onto a 450-acre estate with a world-class golf course. It is also less than 9 miles from Shannon Airport should you decide to continue your vacation and head to sunnier shores after your stay!
Ashford Castle, County Mayo
An 800-year-old castle in Cong, Co. Mayo, Ashford Castle has a reputation that predates it. Ireland’s first and only five-star Forbes hotel, it has countless other accolades to its name – meaning the place does luxury extremely well.
Six restaurants, three bars and 83 traditional and elegant rooms complete the hotel’s offer… as well as a spa, a 10-meter swimming pool, five treatment rooms, a sauna and a hammam. Firmly believing that their heritage is as important as the experience they provide to customers, the Ashford team puts creativity into all aspects of their service. Definitely one for the bucket list.
And for the sake of the day, Ashford Castle was also the former home of the Guinness family once upon a time.