Look to the island of Ireland for you next luxury break. You’ll be spoilt for choice.
For those seeking indulgent experiences on the island of Ireland there are any number of guides and operators who can take care of every detail, whim and customisation required for your trip.
Whether you decide to let someone else look after your luxury accommodation or arrange it yourself, discerning travellers will discover all they need in the array of sumptuous spas, elegant castles, stately manors, lavish hotels and even a deluxe Orient Express-style train waiting to whisk you away to somewhere special.
For sheer spa indulgence, step into one of the most luxurious set-ups in the country – the five-star Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort in Northern Ireland, idyllically located on the banks of the River Maine in County Antrim, many travel here especially for the Thermal Village, the first of its kind in Ireland. Guests can enjoy the tranquillity of nature and experience pure relaxation with an extensive selection of riverside hot tubs, indoor and outdoor heated pools, steam rooms and saunas. Spacious rooms and excellent amenities are matched by outstanding food and drink.
Irish manor houses and castle hotels excel in sumptuous interiors, luxury living and gourmet dining, and nowhere more than the fabulous Adare Manor. Regarded as one of Ireland’s premier destinations, this perfect marriage of grand scale and exquisite detail is a favourite among luxury lovers. Alongside the breathtaking setting, there is opulent accommodation, a golf course that will host the 2026 Ryder Cup and 842 acres of beautiful parkland, walled gardens and walking trails.
Dromoland Castle in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland is also among the top choices in Irish castle hotels. Seamlessly blending old-world elegance with contemporary luxuries, Dromoland has a tradition of unabashed luxury and impeccable, unobtrusive service. Key features include a health spa, fine dining and a championship golf course.
If you prefer self-catering in a castle hotel, the five-star Crom Castle in County Fermanagh will suit. Its West Wing is the ultimate in luxury castle rentals, and you can hire the whole thing from the Crichton family, Earls of Erne.
With only 20 bedrooms, Ballyfin is another ideal place to luxuriate in stratospheric standards of hospitality. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West honeymooned here, as its sprawling grounds are the last word in privacy. Wine and whiskey tastings, music recitals and more complement plenty of estate activities, including archery, shooting, walking and cycling paths, boating, coarse fishing, tennis and croquet.
Discover a luxury experience with a difference on board the Belmond Grand Hibernian, which offers lavish rail journeys across Ireland. The beautiful cabins mix modern luxury with traditional Georgian elegance. A two-night Taste of Ireland adventure from Dublin glides up the dramatic east coast to Belfast, then courses down through lush landscapes to Kilkenny in Ireland’s Ancient East. The cuisine is exceptional and the ambiance is enlivened by musicians and storytellers.
For exclusive city-based hotel luxury, The Merchant provides intimate, five-star comfort in the buzzing Cathedral Quarter of Belfast, while The Shelbourne remains an iconic luxury landmark in Dublin.
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