Are you booking a group tour of Ireland and have no idea where to look for reputable hotels? Are you afraid that the glossy hotel pictures online won’t resemble the bricks and mortar hotel that you check into???
In the travel leisure industry, we know only too well what it is like to book a hotel online in a country you have never visited only to arrived at said hotel to find it is nothing like the luxurious and sumptuous images that graced the pages of the website.
Well, we at Executive Tours Ireland have been very busy these past few months travelling the length and breath of Ireland to find our guests the very best hotels that Ireland has to offer. Our ‘Tried & tested’ hotel policy at Executive Tours Ireland means that “if we wouldn’t stay there, then neither will our guests”. I can tell you it was an adventure checking into and staying at some of Irelands most notorious hotels but it was worth it to create a list of the hotels that would are proud to call our hotel partners.
No. 1 Dromoland Castle Hotel – Co Clare
Dromoland Castle Hotel is a prime example of luxury hotels in Ireland. It is situated in County Clare, west Ireland & was the home of the Kings of Thomand, the Dromoland O’Brien’s. As you enter the main hallway, the impressive hallways, resplendent rooms occupied with lavish furnishings, chandeliers & luxurious fireplaces with blazing log fires will leave you awe struck. Dromoland castle presents superior 5-star accommodation in its splendid Queen Anne rooms, Staterooms and Suites.
The impressive drawing room lodges The Brian Boru-wing which provides a relaxing patio & balcony ideal for guests to experience afternoon tea. For those who want to soak up the atmosphere on the ground of the castle, a picnic on the 400-acre coppice that surrounds the castle is essential. The chef at Dromoland Castle will organize a basket of nibbles and can even arrange for a chilled bottle of Champaign to be included.
Dromoland Castle has a vast medley of dining choices in its two 5-star restaurants; Earl of Thomond and Fig Tree. Guests can choose from an a la carte, gastronomic and d’hote menu or for the formal setting, the six-course dinner is exceptional. For a lighter alternative, the Country Club offers snacks throughout the day.
The Cocktail bar which soaks up the magnificent views of the lakes of Clare is an ideal way for guests to enjoy the evening.
The Spa at Dromoland is the definitive in indulgence and serenity & the ideal way to unwind on a luxury family tour in Ireland. The Spa offers six treatment rooms & one of the best hydro pools I have ever tried. The spa uses an exclusive Irish, 100% certified organic therapy product in all its treatments including facials, organic oil massage & Seaweed Leaf & Hot Stone Massage.
Dromoland Castle Hotel also lays claim to a remarkable 18-hole parkland golf course which imparts a stimulating and demanding game to any handicap with its twisty curves and illimitable variety.
No. 2 Adare Manor – Co Limerick
Adare Manor is situated in what is expressed internationally as the most-quaint village in Ireland, Adare!! Adare Village has picture postcard streets lined with typically Irish thatched roofed cottages and fragrant floral garden displays. The manor hotel offers an assortment of sophisticated and lavish themed accommodation, one as exquisite as the next. The rooms vary from staterooms, once inhabited by Lady Caroline Wyndham, to classic rooms which feature vivid and voluminous quantities with superb furnishings.
For those who enjoy eating outdoors in the beautiful scenery, The Adare Manor Picnic includes a selection of Sandwiches, Homemade Cakes, Pastries, Biscuits and a selection of Irish and European Cheese served with Fresh Fruit and Crackers and includes refreshments
The Carriage House 5-star restaurant proffers a more restful setting with a bistro-type menu. Afternoon Tea is also served and entails delicate cakes, light sandwiches and tea or as I had chosen, a glass of champagne. The restaurant is located beside the adjoining Clubhouse Bar which makes it the ideal spot for a relaxing night cap of an Irish Coffee, of course.
Alternatively, the intimate Oakroom Restaurant overlooking the Maigue River offers guests a selection of dining experiences including. The restaurant showcases various tantalizing dishes but I would personally recommend the 8-course tasting menu; superb!! For music lover, The Tack Room is a cellar-type bar which has a resident piano player and live entertainment from local musicians playing traditional and contemporary Irish music.
Lavender Cottage is Adare Manors signature spa that offers a choice of body treatments, massages and wraps, to leave you rejuvenated and refreshed for the next day of your customized tour of Ireland.
The manor holds a 15 meter heated swimming pool and steam room. It also has a Fitness room that uses only Nautilus equipment, treadmills and lifecycles.
If that wasn’t enough, there is an assortment of pursuits on the estate including clay pigeon shooting, ball trap, falconry, hawk walk, fishing and archery. Depending on the duration of your tour, you could also sign up for a historical tour of the manor that is well worth a look!!!
No. 3 The Killarney Park Hotel – Kerry
The Killarney Park Hotel is located in the beautiful and very historic town of Killarney in county Kerry and accommodation offers guests a selection of traditional but elegant décor that is unique to this five-star hotel.
The Killarney Park offers Afternoon Tea where you can savor an array of finger sandwiches made from freshly backed bread, baked scones with cream and fruit preserve or delight in a selection of home-baked cakes and pasties. There is no reason why you can’t accompany this with a glass of champagne to add a bit of sparkle to an already enjoyable vacation.
There are many stylish dining experiences for you enjoy such at The Park Restaurant which includes truly magnificent feature ceilings & chandeliers & is the ultimate in Dining in Killarney. The 5-Course & A La Carte menus offer an array of traditional with a modern twist, mouth-watering dishes that are served whilst you enjoy the gentle tones of the resident pianist playing in the background. To top it all off, the restaurant is home to a walk-in wine cellar, which has a huge range of full and half bottles.
The elegant garden bar, furnished with a hand crafted mahogany bar, wood paneled alcoves and ornate fireplace is the perfect place to relax and soak up the atmosphere. The all-day bar menu offers an inspiring selection of artisan light meals and snacks.
This hotel should definitely be your first choice if relaxation is your top priority. The Spa offers a comprehensive list of treatments from facials to stone treatments & body wraps to Swedish massage. There is also a pool & health & fitness center for you to enjoy. Now doesn’t that sound like heaven after a day of sightseeing in Ireland?
No. 4 Fitzwilliam Hotel – Dublin
The Fitzwilliam Hotel in Dublin is one of the most uniquely modern and stylish hotels of its time. It is the epitome of contemporary chic but exudes comfort in every detail of its surroundings.
When Dining at the Fitzwilliam Hotel, there is no shortage of choice from its four outstanding restaurants. The Thornton’s Restaurant offers a blend of unique Irish culinary combinations will leave you lost for words. The Citron may be a casual dining experience but elegance is clearly a top priority in this restaurant. Not to mention the truly superbly prepared food which is not lacking in imagination to excite any palate.
The Inn on the Green is one of Dublin’s trending bars where exceptional food platters are served throughout the day. The Inn offers a ‘late Afternoon Tea’ which present an unsurprising modern twist by offering beetroot goat’s cheese and almond crumble, b.l.t. cones with bacon jam, lettuce & tomato, and smoked cheese gruyeres, caramel macaroons, mini scones with clotted cream & jam and finally lemon financier with tea cream. This comes with cups of loose and herbal teas or with bespoke themed cocktails. And as I can testify, the inspiring cocktails, which are divine, put a contemporary spin on traditional recipes.
If entertainment is on your list of priority, then the Jazz night at The Inn is a must. Dublin’s hottest jazz performers pour into the popular city bar on a Saturday night and spread their bluesy tones afar.
Pampering is a plenty at the Spirit Beauty Salon where guests can experience a holistic approach to a full range of tailored beauty therapies including facials, body wraps and massages.
The gym at the The Fitzwilliam Hotel has everything you could possibly need including aerobic machines and free weights. If you are an avid runner, then the concierge team at the Fitzwilliam Hotel can give you all the details for their 5km and 15km running trails.
No 5 The Hayfield Manor Hotel
The 5 Star Hayfield Manor Hotel in south west Cork is one of the most exquisite examples of a family owned, boutique luxury hotels in Ireland. It is home to what can be described as truly beautiful example of an Irish walled garden.
Accommodation at the Hayfield is a really unique experience with voluminous bedrooms individually designed and each exquisite on its own merits. Individual rooms comprise magnificent vintage furnishings and superb textiles and clearly comfort and opulence was in mind for guest who stay at this hotel.
For a little bit of afternoon indulgence, I would definitely recommend the Afternoon Tea at Hayfield Manor Hotel. Guests can choose to dine in either the spacious lobby or serene Drawing Room absorb the Manor ambience. The delectable variety of freshly baked pastries and cakes include tea-breads, miniature pastries and cakes, scones with fruit preserves & fresh cream, a selection of finger sandwiches and homemade chocolates and are accompanied by a pot of tea or freshly brewed coffee or a glass of Prosecco/Champagne.
Guests are spoilt for choice from the menus at both restaurants at the Hayfield Manor and present their quests with the very best in Irish and artisan cuisine. The Orchids Restaurant peruses the delightful private gardens of the hotel while the softly lit interior and wavering candles offer a soothing atmosphere to enjoy the contemporary Irish cuisine. The Perrotts Garden Bistro is located in the conservatory and although it has a light and airy feel, it also has a very relaxed air. The highlight of the Bistro is that it offers its guests a wide assortment of Mediterranean and international specialty dishes.
The Beautique Spa presents a haven for tourist after a long days sightseeing. Treatment rooms feature chandeliers and antique furnishings with immediately leave you feeling relaxed. The Spa offers a range of Elemis Spa essential oil treatments in its six individual treatment rooms. The spa has an indoor heated pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a stream room and detoxifying sauna.
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