If you’re ready for a break from the daily treadmill, you’ll find wave-lapped golden shores, dramatic cliffs and secluded hideaways waiting for you on the island of Ireland.
Where better to enjoy great sea views than from a lighthouse. Stay in the lightkeeper’s house at Blackhead Lighthouse on the stunning Causeway Coast or hole up at the edge of the world at Loop Head Lighthouse on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Or why not glamp off grid on tiny, unspoiled Rathlin Island off the north coast, home to Northern Ireland's largest seabird colony, where you can see puffins, guillemots and razorbills.
Spoil yourself with a stay in five-star Cliff House Hotel, County Waterford. Its outdoor hot tubs overlooking gorgeous Ardmore Bay offer the ultimate way to relax. Bathe in organic peat or seaweed and feel the pains and strains melt away.
The state-of-the-art spa at magnificent Slieve Donard Hotel, County Down, also offers pure indulgence. Overlooking the beach and the Mourne Mountains it offers ESPA treatments that blend advanced techniques with ancient therapies to deliver the best therapeutic experiences in the world.
Sometimes the best therapy is simply a walk on the beach and the island of Ireland has a multitude to choose from.
Sheltered Keem Strand on Achill Island has been named Ireland’s best beach but it’s a close-run thing with so many worthy contenders. Downhill Beach in County Antrim, overlooked by the romantic Mussenden Temple, grabbed the attention of the makers of Game of Thrones, while Curracloe Beach in Ireland’s Ancient East has appeared in many Hollywood movies.