Ireland might not spring to mind as the most likely place in the world for a luxurious 5-star break. But the so-called Emerald Isle has some real gems waiting to be discovered.
After all, it has a strong economy which, in turn, leads to there being plenty of spare cash around to splash on fine dining and high living. There’s also a great choice to be had, whether you want a break in the thriving capital city of Dublin, in the heart of the countryside or near to some of the world’s most dramatic coastline.
So here are three suggestions that could fit the bill perfectly.
The Shelbourne, Dublin
Overlooking the city’s famous St. Stephen’s Green, for almost two centuries The Shelbourne has been treating visitors from all over the world in style. It also has a place in history as the hotel where the Irish Constitution was is also mentioned in James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses.
Yes, it’s expensive so you might need to win the Lotto to afford a suite. But with the all-time record for the Irish lottery standing at €19 million even the hotel’s exquisite Princess Grace Suite should be within your budget. Dedicated to the memory of Grace Kelly, it has two bedrooms and two marble bathrooms as well as dining room where you and up to seven others can enjoy the hotel’s unrivalled hospitality.
Hayfield Manor Hotel, Cork
This is a true oasis of calm near to the vibrant city of Cork. Surrounded by supremely beautiful and peaceful grounds – immaculately kept, naturally – it is a traditionally-styled manor house with 87 bedrooms and suites.
The furnishings are exquisite and include many antiquities. Rich fabrics surround you as you are treated to discreet but ever-attentive service where attention to detail is everything. In fact, it’s easy to see exactly why it has received a Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Award in the past.
The most impressive suite is undoubtedly The Master– over 1,200 square feet of unabashed luxury which even features its very own marble fireplace as well as many other original features.
Trump International Golf Links and Hotel, Doonbeg
Sitting in 400 acres with no less than 2.5 miles of stunning Atlantic coastal scenery, this is a remarkable place to stay for golfers and non-golfers alike.
Yes, there’s a championship standard links course designed by Greg Norman, but the real stars of this hotel are the 218 luxurious suites where old-world luxury is always on the menu.
Book into a Premier Ocean View Four-Bedroom Suite and it will be a real home from home with its own private kitchen, king size beds and bathrooms stocked with top-end toiletries from Natura Bissé. Add a world-class spa and you really do have everything that a hotel needs to make staying there unforgettable.
So take your pick, or seek out your own luxury stay in Ireland and discover for yourself exactly why it’s the number one luxury holiday destination for so many people from all over the world.