The scenery is enchanting, the culture is captivating, and the people will give you a welcome that will warm your heart. The island of Ireland has a unique appeal, with an incredible myriad of luxury experiences to suit discerning travellers and the choice is ever widening. The island of Ireland is home to luxurious retreats for travellers seeking to indulge in the high life with simply the best of posh getaways.
Stay at Lough Eske Castle for an Aristocratic Vacation
Bring a touch of old-world charm to your holiday in Ireland’s luxury castles. Lough Eske Castle is a restored Gaelic castle that dates back to the 15th century, and boasts a five-star rating. The castle-hotel carries a rich history, and today it delivers superior hospitality and modern comfort.
Lough Eske Castle provides 96 guest rooms that range from courtyard rooms to the ultra-luxurious Presidential Suite. The castle has a number of lavish guest rooms, dining options and an excellent location for exploring the beauty of County Donegal.
Situated between Lough Eske and the Blue Stack Mountains, the hotel is an exhilarating destination for a holiday. It is within reach of Glenveagh National Park, the International Appalachian Trail for walking, beaches for surfing and water sports, and wonderful golf courses.
What: Lough Eske Castle Hotel
Where: Lough Eske, Donegal Town Co. Donegal, Republic of Ireland
Room rates: From €179 per night
Tee up at Royal Portrush Golf Club for the finest golfer’s paradise
A golfer’s delight, Northern Ireland is blessed with some of the finest golf courses in the world. A mix of wild coastal links and luxurious parklands, there's nowhere quite like it. From epic links to phenomenal championship courses, Ireland’s golfing credentials are sky-high. Follow in champion golfer, Rory McIlroy’s footsteps at Royal Portrush in Antrim that is slated to host The Open in 2019. With three 18-hole golf courses along rocky shorelines, gorgeous strands and flowing rivers, it's no wonder it is chosen to host the event.
Founded in 1888, the legendary Royal Portrush Golf Club is home to one of the best and most challenging links golf courses in the world – the renowned Dunluce Course and the smaller but equally enjoyable Valley Course. The leading golf destination is majestic: towering dunes, sweeping valleys and rough so thick only the greats can conquer it – which they will when The Open rolls into town in 2019.
What: Royal Portrush Golf Club
Where: Portrush, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
Dine at The Carriage House for an Elegant Gastronomical Fare
Located at 5-star Adare Manor Resort in County Limerick, The Carriage House Restaurant, Terrace and Bar showcases the best in artisanal and local produce, prime Irish dry aged beef and fresh fish. Open for dinner daily, the menu shines a spotlight on Irish favourites with an elegant flare, including Connemara lamb and Atlantic lobster, alongside some of the best prime cuts of beef, grilled using sustainably sourced charcoal. The architectural highlight of the restaurant is its beautiful central skylight and delicate seeded glass panels that allow natural light to flood the room, offering an artfully lit ambiance from day to night.
What: The Carriage House Restaurant
Where: Adare Manor Resort, Co. Limerick, Republic of Ireland
Pamper yourself at The Spa in Ashford Castle Hotel for a luxurious rejuvenation
Tucked away in Ireland’s most tranquil spots, you’ll find some of the finest and most luxurious spas in the world. Irish spas are sanctuaries of calm and pampering that combine the nourishment of the island’s natural resources, such as mineral-rich seaweeds, with cutting-edge treatments from around the world. Throw in a good dose of that famous Irish hospitality, and you have a spa getaway that is pretty much unforgettable.
Indulge at the stunning Spa in Ashford Castle Hotel with state-of-the-art facilities that include an invigorating Hammam, steam room, manicure and pedicure area, a tranquil relaxation suite and five treatment rooms, including a couple’s room, where guests can indulge in a vast range of pampering treatments. Set on 350 acres in County Mayo, on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong, Ashford Castle boasts a spectacular backdrop of woodlands, lake, river, and mountains. The luxury 5-star spa has even won ‘Ireland’s Best Hotel Spa 2017’ at the 3rd annual 2017 World Spa Awards™.
What: The Spa at Ashford Castle Hotel
Where: Ashford Castle Estate, Cong, Co. Mayo, Republic of Ireland
Room rates: From €150
How to get there? – Both Etihad and Emirates offer double-daily flights to Dublin from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, respectively. In January 2018, the island of Ireland also announced visa-free travel for all UAE Nationals, making travelling to the luxurious destination easier than ever.
Source: Q Communications