Having provided luxury tours Ireland, private tours and Ireland golf vacations for more than a decade, both my US and Canadian guests as well as Irish guests and industry colleagues often ask me what is the best Hotel or Castle Accommodation in Ireland. With out a shadow of doubt or hesitancy I always say Dromoland Castle, pure and simple.
The short answer as to the reason for this is that Dromoland Castle reflects the ethos, attention to detail, and ability to exceed client expectation that is the very hallmark of Executive Hire. We wish to make our clients Irish Vacations once in a lifetime opportunities that they will never forget. The hotel is nearly always the first place we take our clients once we collect them at their destination airport of choice, so it is vital to us that the vacation starts as we mean to continue.
What makes a Luxury Tour of Ireland?
When you arrive at Dromoland, you receive a genuine and truly Irish welcome from Aiden, Mike, John and Tom at the front door of this this majestic 16th Century architectural masterpiece, and inside at reception where Katherine, Pauline and Cara are on hand to facilitate your stay and any particular requirements you may have. By now of course, your private driver chauffeur will have driven you through the lush green pastures and woodland that elegantly comprise the grounds of the Castle. The mystical lake and her calm swans rest easy on the eye and the golf course, undoubtedly one of Irelands finest Parkland courses is bound to tempt you. Our USA Guests may be familiar with the renowned golf architect Mr. Brook L. Wigginton who originally designed this gem. Despite its heritage and regal surroundings, the course will challenge even the single digit handicappers among you with its almost 7000 yards playing distance. The purpose built Clubhouse with its Fig Tree Restaurant provides welcome refreshment for those golfers who accept the courses challenge. On entry to this beautiful 5 star Hotel, you know straight away that no request is too much trouble here. At Executive Hire we never want our Guests to feel that any request is not worth the asking, either of us or the Castle Hotels where we book for our Guests. The management team colleagues at Dromoland; Simon, Pamela and Grace are very much of this mind-set. Katherine, Pauline, Cara at reception go the extra mile for their Guests. Mark Nolan, Managing Director of this magnificent Castle Hotel has set the standard in the Irish Tourism industry for the rest follow. As Ireland Tour Operators, we advise our Guests that this is a must-stay Hotel.
For those who enjoy relaxing in a Spa, reward your body with a visit to what is the standard bearer for luxury Spas in Ireland. Dromoland Castle’s 2013 Boutique Spa of the Year boasts a range of dedicated treatment rooms for manicures and pedicures. The Spa is also award winning, most recently for the best facial in Ireland! We love the outdoor hydro spa where no matter what the weather is like outside you are luxuriously nestled under the gazebo and within a relaxing and peaceful environment that tells you, yes, this really is as perfect as I’d hoped for!
While staying at Dromoland, you will no doubt see the exquisitely decorated and magnificently presented Earl of Thomond Restaurant. We cannot recommend this dining experience highly enough. It truly is an experience belonging of the vacation of a lifetime. The pride and joy of Executive Chef David McCann and Restaurant Manager Tony Frisby, The Earl of Thomond continues to grow in its international renown for decadent dining. The dinner menu typically consists of Irish Country delicacies for starters such as Roast Rabbit, Duck Confit, Warm Lobster Salad, Inagh Goats Cheese Salad and Irish Oysters. Main course offerings typically include Grilled Turbot or Roast Sea Bass, both Irish fish classics, Grilled fillet of Irish Beef, exactly the way you like it, Loin of Glazed Suckling Pig and Pot-Roasted Guinea Fowl, all beautifully, imaginatively and classically presented with vegetables and sides that complete the most wonderful dining experience we have genuinely ever had the pleasure to recommend.
In celebrating the Hotel’s 50th anniversary celebrations we spoke to Mr McCann recently and learned of a Nostalgic Tasting Menu he now presents at the restaurant. Enjoy 8 tantalising courses which will take you as far back as 1963 and the very foundation of nouvelle cuisine, a then burgeoning tradition that this establishment has been a firm member of ever since.
Irish Vacation of a Lifetime
Of course when we at Executive Hire say ‘Irish Vacation of a lifetime’ and ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’, this is founded on extra special and unexpected treats that pleasantly surprise you throughout your vacation. One such noteworthy example is that you can enjoy afternoon tea, full of delicate Irish pastry and culinary delights as it has been enjoyed for centuries from the Earl of Thomond restaurant. But nothing gives me greater pleasure than seeing the delight and enjoyment on my client’s faces when the Earl of Thomond restaurant colleagues prepare our Guests a wicker basket packed lunch, with a bottle of champagne which accompanies the Guests on their horse drawn stroll around the grounds of the Castle. As the groomed horse gently draws your carriage around the grounds extensive acres, Seán will interest you in the history of the castle which dates back to 16th Century Ireland. You might even stop off and enjoy some falconry in the grounds wooded areas with resident falconry expert Dave Atkinson. Be exhilarated by the unique experience of a falcon landing on your arm and take flight again.
We love the location of Dromoland. It is nestled almost mid distance between Ireland’s Lady and Medieval City and Cultural Capital, Limerick and Shannon Airport. This area is linked so closely to North America both emotionally and in terms of the history of transport, logistically too! Shannon has long been a stop off for Atlantic Jets as its broad and super long runaway has always accommodated the largest of aircraft. Even since the inception of air travel, when back in the day, we had Trans-Atlantic sea planes landing in the jaws of the Shannon River at Foynes. There is a wonderful museum there now which explains the history of aviation, and of course the invention of the world famous Irish Coffee. It’s easy to understand how the local public houses served this heart warming drink to those who had just disembarked on the cold pontoons.
Other local attractions include what is one of the world’s largest and finest examples of natural limestone pavement surface and calcareous grassland, The Burren. This mysterious 1500 hectares simply has to be seen to be believed. Bunratty Castle & FolkPark with its medieval banquet. The Highlight here is that you can dine like Lords and Lady’s and enjoy the singing and entertainment of the Bunratty Singers. The folk park is a representation of traditional Ireland and how life and living conditions have been for her people through the ages. There are quality shopping opportunities here where you can invest in crafted souvenirs, linen, whiskey and clothing for yourself and loved ones at home. Many of these attractions you will of course have heard of and another that rolls off the tongue is the Cliffs of Moher. Yes, I know it is hard to believe all these attractions are within minutes of Dromoland Castle. We chauffeur drive our Guests to these magnificent and unique to the world experiences in our luxury Mercedes fleet. Whether you are 2 or 22, we have the appropriate luxury vehicle for your family or small group tour. You can see our Daily and Half Day Tour excursions as part of our dedicated Dromoland Guest Service schedule here. All day trips include your collection after breakfast at the Castle, and we’ll ensure your admission rates and times are all taken care of. We will personally ensure using our contacts on the ground, that you spend zero time queuing.
Golf Vacations Ireland
The golfers among you for this dream Irish Vacation will be pleased to know we are located in Ireland’s Golf Links hotspot. If you want Golf Vacations Ireland, this is where its at folks! Within minutes, you can be teeing up at golf links of world class and distinction, steeped in history and international renown. Play the illustrious Lahinch and modern masterpiece Doonbeg and feel the raw Atlantic powers challenge your game against breathtaking scenery and backdrops. If that whets the appetite for more, we are within two hours of a drive in our tailored-for-golf luxury Mercedes Mini-Busses to County Kerry, where you can enjoy more of the same at Waterville, Tralee and Ballybunion.
Honeymoon Tours Ireland Packages
Over the years we have had the pleasure of hosting couples on our Honeymoon Tours Ireland packages. What could be more romantic than spending your Irish Honeymoon vacation in a Castle and setting like Dromoland? The newly married couple can enjoy each others company as they are chauffeured by our personal driver guide in a luxury Mercedes sedan to handpicked romantic destinations as part of an itinerary that suits your mood. Enjoy the Ring of Kerry, Kiss the Blarney Stone, dine at Irelands and indeed some of Europe’s leading restaurants but above all, this can be done from the most intimate and romantic 5 star Hotel I think Ireland has to offer.
Luxury Tour Operators Ireland
Whether our Small Group Tour and Family Vacations clients are with us for one of our Golf Vacations Ireland experiences or a site-seeing Luxury Tour of Ireland packages, if this Castle Hotel is not already on the preference list for our clients, we would always try and encourage that our Guests stay here for at least two nights of their itinerary as a minimum. I don’t mind saying this, as our testimonials page will prove, you will be so glad that you stay here and soak up the very best in Irish hospitality. Of course its worth noting at this juncture that Executive Hire are one of the few luxury tour operators that will collect you at one of Ireland’s international airports and drop you off at another. As customized vacations Ireland specialists you will become familiar with these features of approach to working on your ideal itinerary, that always strikes a balance between seeing the sites and experiences you want to, but n a way that relaxes and unwinds you. We are totally geared toward your itinerary, so if you want to land in Dublin and move towards the West of Ireland during your stay here we can book your accommodation in Dromoland and drop you off in Shannon airport for your final departure.
Ireland Vacation 2014
If I have got you thinking about Dromoland Castle for part of your 2014 Ireland Vacation plans then I can only say I’m doing my job! For more information on our Golf Vacations Ireland and Private Tours Ireland options please visit us at www.executivetoursireland.com or call Toll Free 24/7 from the US and Canada at 1 888 793 0416 Thanks so much for reading and we look forward to hearing from you soon,
Mike Ryan, Executive Hire