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10 Luxury Airbnbs in Europe to Inspire Your Next Vacation

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From luxury villas in the Mediterranean, to a tree house in the forests of Norway, these luxury Airbnbs in Europe will give you plenty of travel inspiration.

 

I published a post recently on the best Airbnbs in Ireland and it proved so popular that I decided to look for similar properties elsewhere. I am an Airbnb Associate, so I spent hours searching the Airbnb website and found everything from ski-in ski-out chalets, to luxury villas in Santorini – I was amazed at the variety that is on offer. For this post I have chosen luxury Airbnbs in Europe, all of which come highly recommended from previous guests. Why not bookmark this post for when we can travel again?  

 

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1. Trullo Della Ghiandaia, Alberobello, Puglia, Italy

We spent a magical few days in Puglia last year stayed in our own trulli on the outskirts of Alberobello. Trullo Della Ghiandaia was one of the highlights of our trip – we didn’t want to leave it. It was a fairy tale like villa, complete with two restored trullos and three bedrooms. There was a large outdoor swimming pool, with a terrace, BBQ and pizza oven. Cristina, our host, greeted us with home made lasagne, delicious focaccia and wine from her fathers vineyard – what a welcome! I loved staying here, because we were able to go into Alberobello in the morning and evening time, without the usual day trippers being there.   

Read: Top places you must visit in Puglia

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2. Hector Cave House, Santorini, Greece

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Santorini is one of Europe’s top bucket list destinations, and staying in a 250 year old cave house, that has been carved into the Caldera cliff just adds to the magic. This was originally a wine cellar, before becoming a family summer house, and is now one of the most popular luxury Airbnbs in Europe. The house has just one bedroom, but can sleep up to five people as there are sofa beds in the living area. The private terrance offers breathtaking sea views and the outdoor plunge pool will ensure you get the perfect Instagram shot. 

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3. Cavtat Villa, near Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Cavtat is one of those picture perfect resorts with stunning sea views and a great food scene. It also happens to be located close enough to Dubrovnik to enjoy its highlights, but far enough away to avoid the crowds. We holidayed here a few years ago and loved it. This newly restored five-bedroomed villa is located close to the main centre and offers beautiful views of Cavtat Bay from its outdoor terrace.  

Read: Visiting Croatia and Montenegro

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4. Positano Private Villa with Pool, Amalfi Coast, Italy

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A three bedroom villa with its own pool in Positano – this is the holiday of dreams. This luxurious villa has contemporary outdoor areas with stunning sea views and is conveniently located close to the centre of Positano and the beach. If you want to tour the Amalfi Coast, visit Capri and the ancient city of Pompeii, this is perfect place to stay.

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5. 5-Star Villa in the Côte d’Azur, France

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With a heated pool from early April to November, and a clear view of Saint-Tropez, this south-facing 4-bedroomed villa deserves a place on this list of luxury Airbnbs in Europe. Relax in the five-seater outdoor jacuzzi or under the thatch roof canopy, and enjoy the stunning views of the Côte d’Azur while the kids play in the shaded playhouse. 

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6. Villa Llenaire, Puerto Pollensa, Majorca, Spain

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Puerto Pollensa is one of my favourite Spanish resorts. Not only is it perfectly situated on Majorca’s northern tip, but its old town has some great restaurants and bars too. This contemporary four-bedroomed villa overlooks the bay of Puerto de Pollensa, and  comes with an outdoor pool, sun terrace and BBQ area, all perfectly positioned to enjoy the sea-views. 

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7. Dunas Villa, Dunas Douradas,  Algarve, Portugal

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A popular complex with Irish holiday makers, the luxurious Dunas Douradas villas offer all the benefits of self-catering with hotel facilities close by. Located between the upmarket resorts of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, with the beach just a 10-15 minute walk away, the location is superb. This beautiful two-bedroomed villa has a heated pool with a separate kids section  This is an Airbnb ‘Plus’ home, meaning you will find a home that is full of character with one-of-a-kind details, exceptional hospitality, fully equipped kitchens and fast WiFi.
 

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8. Å Auge – River Eye – Treehouse, Norway

An outdoor lovers dream, fall asleep under the stars in this luxury treehouse, that is surrounded by nature. Depending on the time of year you visit, you can fish in the stream in front of your house, forage for food in the forest, or go skiing in the nearby ski resort.

This treehouse is spacious with three bedrooms so is suited to families and groups, as well as couples looking for a relaxing retreat. Instead of electricity, you will find candles, solar lamps and a solar phone charger. If you need to connect to the outside world, free WiFi is available in the nearby cabin (50 meters walk), along with plenty of power-points for charging. 

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9. Villa with Heated Pool, Chania, Crete

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Chania, on the western side of Crete is a beautiful region full of Venetian towns and stunning beaches. We stayed here last year and loved exploring it. This villa is ideally located just a few minutes drive from the centre of Chania and the beach. It has five bedrooms, one of which is an independent studio, and it also boasts a heated pool, kids pool, indoor jacuzzi, gym as well as a playroom with Playstation 4 and 50″ HDTV.  

Read: Top things to do near Chania, Crete

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10. Chalet a la Casa in Zermatt, Switzerland

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This luxury chalet is superbly located, with a sunny position in the summer months, and ski-in ski-out accommodation during the winter. It is less than ten minutes walk to the centre of Zermatt and just 150 meters from the ski bus station. With two bedrooms a sauna, an outdoor jacuzzi and a large heated terrace, it is the perfect location to enjoy mountainous views all year round. 

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I hope this post on luxury Airbnbs in Europe will help inspire your next vacation.  It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual Airbnb owners for clarification. I always recommend booking a hotel or Airbnb with free cancellation in case there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you.
 

 

 
These homes were researched on the Airbnb website and when you make a booking, you do so via Airbnb. Note as I am an Airbnb Associate, I will receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.  Read more in my privacy policy.

 

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7 Self Catering Breaks in Ireland in August, 3 Night Family Stays from €537

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From Donegal to Dublin, check out these self catering breaks in Ireland, with prices from €527 for three nights.

 

The uncertainty over foreign travel has meant more people are planning staycations than ever before. While there seems to be plenty of availability in hotel rooms, self catering apartments or hotels with kitchenettes are not that easy to find. I have had many messages from people who are looking for self catering breaks in Ireland in August, so hopefully one of these deals will suit you. 

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I have priced these self catering breaks in Ireland for three-night stays in hotels or aparthotels, but dates and durations can be changed to suit your requirements, simply click on the links below and edit the search dates accordingly. Please note that some facilities may not be available, it is best to check with the hotel or apartment if there is any facility you are particularly interested in. Note all links are affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.  

 

 

 

1. Treacys Hotel Wexford, 2 bedroom Apartment: €660

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Enjoy the advantages of a four-star hotel with the comfort of a self-catering apartment. Located just 2 minutes walk from the centre of Enniscorthy’s main Square, with easy access to all that Wexford has to offer, these apartments are a great choice for a self catering break in Ireland.

Treacys Hotel offers all guests complimentary access to The Waterfront Leisure Centre, which includes a 25 metre swimming pool with separate children’s pool, however restrictions may apply. Note standard rooms will show when you click on the link, but once you select a room, you will see options to choose the apartment. 

Read: Things to do in Wexford with kids

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2. Adare Luxury Riverside Apartment, 2 Bedroom: €540 

Adare Luxury Riverside Apartments are located in the pretty village of Adare in Limerick. This is an Airbnb listing and there is availability from August 20th until August 28th. With the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle and Clare’s stunning beaches on your doorstep, the possibilities for day trips are endless. 

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3. Carrick Plaza Suites, Carrick On Shannon, Leitrim, 2 bedroom apartment: €597

 

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Located in the heart of Carrick-On-Shannon, these modern apartments two-bedroomed apartments sleep up to six, and three-bedroomed apartments sleep up to eight. Both boast panoramic views over the River Shannon. Take a cruise along the river, enjoy Lough Key Forest Park or simply enjoy the location in the heart of this vibrant town.

 

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4. Montenotte Hotel, Cork, 2 bedroom Apartment: €825

 
Montenotte Hotel in Cork has self catering apartments on site
I have heard so many great things about the Montenotte Hotel, which has been recently refurbished and and offers stunning views of  Cork city. With a state of the art leisure centre, an in-house cinema and this cosy outdoor terrace, it is one of the most popular places to stay in Cork.

There are various room types available but this price is based on a 2 bedroom apartment that sleeps up to four. Note standard rooms may show when you click on the link, but once you select a room you will see the option to choose apartments. 

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5. Clayton Hotel Sligo, 1 bedroom family Suite with kitchenette: €677

The Clayton Hotel Sligo has self catering facilities

Set on beautiful grounds overlooking Benbulben Mountain, yet within walking distance of Sligo Town centre, the 4-star Clayton Sligo ticks all boxes for a family holiday in Ireland. The leisure centre has a separate kids pool, there is plenty of entertainment to keep the kids happy throughout the day, and two bedroom suites are available for larger families. 

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6.  Johnstown Estate, Meath: 2 Bedroom house, €677

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If you want to enjoy all the facilities of a 4-star hotel, but want the space of a two bedroom lodge, then this deal is for you. With a private terrace to enjoy some pre-dinner drinks, and full access to the leisure centre and restaurants in the hotel – what more do you need? 

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7. Hotel Killarney, Family suite with kitchenette: €537

The Hotel Killarney has self catering facilities in its suites

As well as being located in one of Ireland’s prettiest towns, the Hotel Killarney boasts a leisure centre, kids club and lots of outdoor activities. These large family suites sleep up to five and come with a kitchenette and dining area. There is limited availability so early booking is advisable.

 

 
I hope this post on self catering breaks in Ireland will help you plan a staycation soon.  It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual hotel for clarification. I always recommend booking a room with free cancellation incase there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you. 

These deals were researched across various hotel booking sites. When you make a booking you do so via a third party website. Prices are correct at the time of publishing but may change. Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.  Read more in my privacy policy.

  

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The Best Beach Hotels In The Algarve

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Planning a getaway this year or next? Check out my best beach hotels on the Algarve to help you on your way.

 

I’m not sure about you, but the beach is one of the things I am missing the most these days. Although we have lots of beautiful beaches here in Ireland, it is difficult to feel holiday beach vibes when a cold Atlantic breeze blows in, and the water temperature is only 10 degrees! I believe when overseas holidays come back in large numbers, beach hotels are going to be the most sought after. With 100 beaches stretching over 150 km of coastline, its not surprising that there are numerous beach hotels and apartments in the Algarve. I’ve hand-picked my favourites below, to suit all tastes and budgets – hopefully there will be one here to suit you.

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1.  5-Star Vila Vita Parc, Porches

The best beach hotel on the Algarve - Vila Vita Parc

Voted the 3rd best Destination Spa Resort in the world by Conde Nast Traveller last year, the Vila Vita Parc hotel is one of the Algarve’s most luxurious hotels. Perched on a cliff top in 54 acres of subtropical gardens, with panoramic ocean views, it doesn’t get much better than this.

There are numerous accommodation options to choose from including suites and villas, and with six bars and 10 restaurants, including a two Michelin-starred restaurant, once you enter Vila Vita Parc, you may leave until it is time to go home.

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2.  4-Star Pestana Dom Joao II, Alvor

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Alvor is one of my favourite resorts on the Algarve, I love it’s beach, restaurants, and the fact that it is still relatively unspoilt. The 4-star Pestana Dom Joao II may not be the most modern hotel in Alvor, but its location on one of the Algarve’s best beaches, and its great value for money, makes it a super choice for a beach holiday in the Algarve.

You can choose to stay in the hotel rooms, all of which have a sea-view, or if travelling with children, their two-bedroom villas are superb. I stayed in one of these with my family years ago and loved it. Having full access to all the hotel’s facilities, while enjoying the benefits of a beachfront villa, offers the best of both worlds.  

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3.  5-Star Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort, Sagres

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I was supposed to visit Martinhal Beach Resort over Easter holidays but unfortunately, like all overseas travel, it had to be cancelled. I have vowed to go back to what is regularly described as one the best family resorts in Europe.

Set within a protected natural park, this five-star hotel has luxurious townhouses and villas, some of which have their own private pool. Obviously five-star luxury resorts such as this come with an expensive price tag, but it is undoubtedly one of the best beach hotels on the Algarve for families. 

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4. 3-Star Dom Jose Beach Hotel, Quarteira

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If you are looking for a five-star location, on a three-star budget, then look no further than The Dom Jose Beach Hotel. Located in Quarteira and just five minutes drive from the upmarket resort of Vilamoura, this offers a beach front location with easy access to shops, restaurans and bars.

If you like a nice evening walk, you will love the promenade that leads all the way into Vilamoura’s marina. Recently refurbished with a prime beach front location, this offers superb value for a highly rated beach hotel on the Algarve.

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5.  5-Star Grand Real Santa Eulalia Hotel and Apartments, Albufeira

5-star hotels on the beach in the Algarve

The Grand Real Santa Eulalia’s close proximity to Albufeira, as well as its stunning cliff top location, has made it a firm favourite with Irish holiday makers for many years. It is ideal for families or couples, with a host of facilities and room types to suit everyone. Although a luxurious resort hotel, it tends to be more reasonably priced than other 5-star beach hotels in the Algarve, and the self catering apartments are particularly good value for families.

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6. 4-Star PortoBay Falésia Hotel, Olhos de Agua

4-star beach hotels in the Algarve

This popular hotel offers direct access to the beautiful 8km beach of Praia da Falesia. Located in the pretty town Olhos de Agua,  yet close enough to the lively resort Albufeira, it offers the bets of both worlds. There is a choice dining options and bars if you prefer to stay on site, as well as a spa that offers outdoor treatments. 

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7.  5-Star Tivoli Marina Hotel, Vilamoura

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Location, location, location – it doesn’t get much better than the Tivoli Marina Hotel. With the glitz and glamour Vilamour Marina on one side, and its own concessioned beach on the other, everything you could possibly want is on your doorstep. The hotel also boasts a luxury Spa and a host of top class restaurants and bars. 

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8.  5-Star Dunas Douradas Beach Club, Vale do Lobo

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Located between the upmarket resorts of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, the Dunas Douradas Beach Club offers 132 apartments and villas which are ideal for a luxurious family holiday or group golfing trip. Overlooking the sea, with miles of golden sand right in front of you, its situation is superb.

Along with some excellent culinary experiences, the Dunas Douradas Beach Club also has a focus on fitness. There are indoor and outdoor pools, gym courses and plenty of golf options available. Children are well looked after too, and there is a kids club for children aged 3-9 years.

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9.  4- star Alfagar Apartments, Albufeira 

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With a great location overlooking the sea, and a host of family-friendly facilities, it is not surprising that the Alfagar is one of the most popular self-catering properties in Albufeira. Located between the villages of Albufeira and Olhos de Água, you will find a host of shops, bars and restaurants to choose from. There is a wide selection of swimming pools onsite, including a heated indoor pool and a separate waterpark area for kids, as well as a gym, tennis courts and a football pitch.

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10. 5-Star Lake Spa Resort, Vilamoura

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I can’t write about beach hotels in the Algarve without mentioning the luxurious Lake Spa Resort. As well as being just a few steps away from Falésia beach, it also boasts a private sea water lake, and a swimming pool with a unique natural sand bottom – the first of its kind in Europe!

Its gardens are designed with plants from five continents, it boasts three restaurants, two bars, a Spa, Kids Club, and it also happens to be located beside Vilamoura’s famous marina – need I say more?

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11. 5-Star Epic Sana Algarve Hotel, Albufeira

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Overlooking Falésia beach and close to Albufeira, the modern Epic Sana Hotel opened in 2013 to rave reviews. This modern hotel uses state-of-the-art technology in its spacious rooms and suites. There are five outdoor swimming pools, as well as an indoor pool with extensive Sayanna Wellness Center, making it an ideal choice for a summer or winter break. Children are well catered for too with a Kid’s club, Games Room and multi-sport court. There is direct access to the 6km beach from the hotel via a wooden stairs.  

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I hope this post on the best beach hotels in the Algarve will help to inspire you to visit Portugal soon. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual Hotel for clarification. I always recommend booking a hotel with free cancellation in case there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you.

 
Note some of the links in this post are affiliate links, where I will receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you. Read more in my privacy policy.

 

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23 Luxurious Airbnbs in Ireland Near the Beach

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If you are looking for a self catering holiday beside the sea, but don’t want to scrimp on style, these Airbnbs in Ireland near the beach should do the trick.

 

 

I am a massive beach lover, give me the sea over the pool any day! I published a post recently on top beach hotels in Ireland, and while most of you loved it, many of you asked for self catering alternatives. With more extended families holidaying together and the desire to stay in rather than go out, a holiday home can be the perfect solution. I am an Airbnb Associate, so I spent hours searching the Airbnb website and found these luxurious Airbnbs in Ireland near the beach. I have chosen properties from all over Ireland and I would happily holiday in any of them! All houses are highly recommended and very well equipped, the hardest decision is which one will you choose?

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1. Folan’s Stone Cottage, Roundstone, Galway

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Folan’s Cottage is located just meters from a quiet sandy beach in Connemara. Rebuilt in 2010 from two ruined stone cottages, it is your picture perfect Irish hideaway. With 3 bedrooms, a large kitchen, underfloor heating throughout, and a south facing terrace with sea views, it is surely one of the best Airbnbs in Ireland at the beach. In fact it is so popular, it is always sold out during July and August, and for the rest of the year is only rented by the week, Saturday to Saturday. 

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2. Lighthouse Keepers, Youghal, Cork

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Featured as RTE’s Home of the Year and voted one of Ireland’s top 50 places to stay by the Irish Independent, when it comes to unique Airbnbs in Ireland, it doesn’t get much better than this. A 200 year old building, this house was the home of every lighthouse keeper that manned Youghal lighthouse since the 1800’s. The owners spent two years renovating it and it is now a modern masterpiece, but still manages to hold on to its character and heritage. There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, underfloor heating, and a conservatory complete with a hanging chair. Read the reviews from previous guests if you still need convincing.

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3. Skellig Rest Cottage, Waterville, Kerry

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Skellig Rest is a beautiful 100 year old cottage, that offers stunning views of the Skellig Rocks. Located between Waterville and Caherdaniel and just 5km from Derrynane beach, it is not surprising that it is listed as one of the top Airbnbs in Ireland. The Kerry Way walking trail is at the end of the garden, and you can enjoy sunset views from your own private hot tub or garden hammock.

Its location in Kerry’s International Dark Sky Reserve, offers superb stargazing on a clear night, similar to what you might expect to find in the plains of Africa or the Grand Canyon. As well as superb facilities including a hot tub and sauna, you will find Skellig Rest equipped with robes and slippers, a telescope and binoculars, an artist easel, picnic basket and cooler and even deck chairs, wet suit and body board for the beach. A welcome pack with wine is also included.
 

 

 

 

4. Doolin Townhouse, Clare

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A modern townhouse, beside the traditional Irish town of Doolin, with the Cliffs of Moher and Lahinch beach close by, this is the perfect place to stay if you want to explore the Wild Atlantic Way. With bright contemporary decor, a jacuzzi bath, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, its design is sure to please. This is an Airbnb ‘Plus’ home, meaning you will find a home that is full of character with one-of-a-kind details, exceptional hospitality, fully equipped kitchens and fast WiFi.

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5. Beachview House, Ballycastle, Antrim

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We were fortunate to stay in Beachview House a few years ago, when we explored the Causeway Coast. This stunning three-bedroomed house was recently renovated and is now modern, bright and spacious. It is located in the heart of the friendly village of Ballycastle, across the road from the beach, and close to all the attractions along the Causeway Coast, including the Giants Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and Dunluce Castle. 

Read: A magical few days on the Causeway Coast

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6. 5-star Cottage with private beach, Donegal

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If isolation is what you seek, this Donegal stone cottage will fit the bill perfectly. Located on its own private beach surrounded by seven acres of land, it is surely one of the most secluded beachfront Airbnbs in Ireland – the public can only access this beach via a boat. The cottage is over 100 years old, and retains its original thatch, overlaid with a modern roof. It is now equipped with all mod cons, even Netflix – just incase the weather doesn’t behave. With two large bedrooms, it is ideal for a family or group of friends and you can even bring your pet along with you.

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7. The Boatstrand Beachhouse, Waterford

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If you are looking for a modern Airbnb in Ireland near the beach, this one ticks all boxes – in fact it has a beach at the end of the garden! Beautifully decorated with panoramic sea views, this Copper Coast hideaway is ideal for families and friends alike. The house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large garden with a BBQ – perfect for relaxing nights in.

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8. Luxury detached home with sea-view,  Dungarvan, Waterford

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Dungarvan is an upmarket town with a great food scene, and this luxury detached house is a great place to stay if you want to explore it. Located beside Abbeyside Beach and just minutes from the Waterford Greenway, it offers the best of both worlds. It is a large home complete with four bedrooms, two large sitting rooms and a library. The master bedroom has a large walk in wardrobe – you may not want to leave! 

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9.  The Dunes Thatched Cottage, Wexford

traditional Irish Airbnb cottage near the beach

Located just 70 steps from an unspoilt beach, this remote 300-year old thatched cottage is the perfect choice for a quiet beach holiday in Ireland. Enjoy beach and forest walks or pop into Wexford Town (15 minutes drive) if you fancy a change of scene.  

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10. Luxury front line beach house overlooking marina in Kilmore Quay, Wexford

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This unique beach house doesn’t just overlook the beach, it is on it! With three bedrooms, a living room with a window seat, and a spacious private garden and balcony, you will be spoilt for choice for places to catch the sunset. Located in the lively village of Kilmore Quay, there are three restaurants and two pubs within few minutes walk of the house. 

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11. Brittas Bay Retreat, Wicklow

modern airbnb in Ireland near the beach

This four bedroom luxurious home is located just ten minutes walk from the stunning Brittas Bay beach. One of my favourite beaches in Ireland, I can think of nothing better than spending a week in this beautiful home. With four bedrooms and a south facing garden with BBQ, three tennis courts and a football pitch on site,  this is an ideal choice for an extended family or friends who wish to holiday together. If you fancy a change of scenery, Arklow town and Wicklow town are close by,  and Dublin is just a 45 minute drive away.  

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12. Log Cabin in Kinsale, Cork

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This five-bedroom log cabin offers superb sea views and is located just ten minutes drive from Kinsale. This will house up to 11 guests, so it is ideal for an extended family or group of friends. There is a large garden, a balcony with views towards the Old Head of Kinsale, an office and a home gym. There is a small beach at the end of the road which is ideal for canoeing, and there are plenty of sandy beaches a short drive away.

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13. Inchydoney Beach Cottage, Cork

best Airbnbs in Ireland near the beach

Inchydoney is home to one of Ireland’s best beaches and this cottage not only overlooks it, but also has a private path that leads down to it.  It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and is very well equipped, with added amenities like waffle, toasted sandwich, and smoothie makers and a 32″ flatscreen TV with Netflix installed. The outdoor areas include a Zen garden, and a patio with BBQ and stunning sea views, but if you do fancy a change of scenery, Inchydoney Hotel and Spa is just a few minutes walk away and the lively town of  Clonakilty is only five minutes drive from the cottage.

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14. Dingle Stone Cottage, Kerry

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Overlooking Clogher Beach, the views from Stone Cottage are stunning. The house has four ensuite bedrooms – the master bedroom has two sets of large windows over looking the sea, and a clawfoot bath!  Located in Ballyferriter, and only a short drive away from the lively town of Dingle, this is the perfect place to explore the Dingle Peninsula and the Wild Atlantic Way.

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15. Doonbeg Beach Cottage, Clare

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Located just 500 meters from the magnificent Doughmore Beach and adjacent to Doonbeg International Golf Club & Resort, this cottage is the ideal choice if you want to mix beach time with a little golf thrown in. Its central location on the Wild Atlantic Way means you can explore the Cliffs of Moher, the Loop Head Peninsula, and the Burren, all within an hours drive. This stylish cottage has two bedrooms and an open plan living area with sliding doors that lead out to a garden with BBQ and sun loungers.
 
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16. Galway City with Harbour Views

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Enjoy the best of both worlds by staying in this luxurious four-bedroom townhouse in the heart of Galway City. Spread over four floors, you will have views of the marina from each floor. Surrounded by Galway’s bars, restaurants and shops, you can enjoy some time in the city, as well as being a short walk away from the beaches of Salthill. 

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17. On the beach in Enniscrone, Sligo

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This three-bedroom beach house offers panoramic views of the beach, and the sun sets right in front of the living room. Located in heart of Enniscrone, with direct access to the beach, the location couldn’t be better. The house is very well equipped, with two bikes, a surf board, body boards, spades and buckets and a fishing rod are also supplied.

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18. Achill Atlantic House, Mayo

best Airbnb's in Ireland near the beach - Achill Island

You only have to look at the image above to see the unobstructed views that lay in store if you stay at the Achill Atlantic House in Mayo. You will also have private access to Cloughmore Beach, which is just 50 meters away, Achill’s Atlantic Drive is just five minutes walk from the house and you can find your own ‘catch of the day’ at the local harbour.

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19.  Sandybank, Castlerock, Derry

This spacious four-bedroom cottage is the perfect choice if you want to explore Ireland’s Northern coast line. With stunning views of Donegal, as well as the Causeway Coast on your doorstep, you will be spoilt for choice. Located below Mussenden Temple, overlooking 8 miles of sandy beach. Game of Thrones fans will be fascinated to hear that it was filmed on the beach in front of this house.

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20. Rockshore, Skerries, Dublin

best Airbnb's in Ireland near Dublin

If you are looking to be close to Dublin, but also want to be close to the beach, look no further than the newly renovated Rock Shore townhouse in Skerries. As you can see from the image above, the seaviews are spectacular and the decor is superb. The modern touches don’t end with soft furnishings, you will also be treated to 5G internet and two televisions with 100+ TV Channels and 30+ Radio Stations, and there is also an 80-foot garden with a deck. Located in the seaside town of Skerries, you can choose to enjoy the beach life or hop on a train into Dublin City which is less than 30 minutes away. 

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21. The Boathouse, Strangford Lough, Down

Airbnb's in Ireland with boat access

Recently refurbished, this beautiful two-bedroom cottage has direct access to the beach, and even offers deep water mooring in front of the house. The panoramic sea views are unobstructed and there is a deck area to the front of the house with a BBQ area, a perfect place to enjoy the view. Strangford Lough Yacht Club, which welcomes temporary members, is within walking distance and kayaks and canoes can be rented locally.

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22 Airbnb with spectacular sea views, Lahinch, Co. Clare

top airbnbs in Ireland at the beach

If you are looking for the holy grail of sea side holiday homes along the Wild Atlantic Way, look no further. This modern 2-bedroomed home has a 270 degree view of the sea, with stunning floor to ceiling windows overlooking Liscannor bay and the Cliffs of Moher. The open plan living area has polished concrete floors and there is a rotating stove in the middle of the living area. This has to be one of the best Airbnbs in Ireland, and it is one that is firmly on my own Irish bucket list! 

Read: Luxurious Airbnbs in Ireland near the beach

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23. Tigh Thor, 5-bedroom luxury home in Dingle, Co. Kerry.

unique, luxury stays in Ireland - Tigh Thor

The newly renovated Tigh Thor is arguably one of the most luxurious homes you will find on The Dingle Peninsula – I’m having serious interiors goals just looking at it. There abundance of light, contemporary furnishings and open plan living area with views of Dingle Bay make it extremely inviting. There is also a snug lounge if you want to sneak off somewhere quiet with a good book, and let’s not forget the outdoor hot tub…

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24. Dolphin Beach Lodge, Clifden, Co. Galway

luxury self catering lodges in Ireland

Dolphin Beach Lodge is the picture perfect Connemara hideaway. Located just metres from the beach, with panoramic views of the bay from almost all living areas, the design is superb. The three-bedroom lodge is located beside the hosts Country House which operates as a luxury B&B. There is a minimum stay of one week during high season – but when you look at the interiors, you won’t want to stay for less!

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I hope this post on luxurious Airbnbs in Ireland near the beach will help you plan a staycation soon.  It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual Airbnb owners for clarification. I always recommend booking a hotel or Airbnb with free cancellation in case there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you.
 

 

 
These homes were researched on the Airbnb website and when you make a booking, you do so via Airbnb. Note as I am an Airbnb Associate, I will receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.  Read more in my privacy policy.

 

 

Like this post? You might like:

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The best beach hotels in Ireland – my top 20 picks

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The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

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20 Hotel Breaks in Ireland, 2 Night September Stays, 4 & 5-Star Hotels from €75pp

Muckross Hotel, Killarney

Treat yourself to one these September hotel breaks in Ireland, with a choice of staycation deals available in some of our most popular hotels.

 

I have published many family hotel deals in Ireland during the summer months, but for couples looking for a quieter break away, these September hotel breaks in Ireland should suit perfectly. I have priced all of these deals based on two-night, midweek stays in September, but dates and durations can be changed, simply click on the links below, and edit the dates to suit your requirements. 

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For a limited time, if you book using my affiliate links below and my promo code AFFHCOM3Q20 you will save 8% off ALL hotels booked via Hotels.com. This means I can offer you September hotel breaks in Ireland in highly rated hotels, from just €75 per person. It is important to note that some facilities may not be available, and swimming pools, spa treatments etc may only be available with prior reservation. I always recommend booking a room with free cancellation incase there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you, or if you need to cancel at the last minute for unforeseen circumstances. 
 

 

 

4-Star hotel breaks in Ireland

 

1. Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford, 2 Night stay, €98pp 

Great value hotel breaks in Ireland at the Ferrycarrig Hotel

The highly rated Ferrycarrig Hotel offers stylish and spacious accommodation overlooking the river Slaney. It is renowned for its great food, olympic-sized pool and active health club and spa. Rated as excellent on Tripadvisor, this is one of best value hotel breaks in Ireland – this rate includes free cancellation too.

 

 

 

2. Delphi Resort, Galway, 2 Night stay, €124pp

cheap spa breaks in ireland

Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, Delphi Resort is surrounded by 200 acres of forest, and has a wide selection of leisure activities to choose from. Thrill seekers will love zip-lining, kayaking and rock climbing, but the thermal suite and yoga classes provide excellent opportunities for those who just want to relax. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way and only a short drive to Westport, the opportunities for day trips here are endless.  

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3. Breaffy House Hotel, 2 night stay €79pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We enjoyed a fabulous few days in Breaffy House Hotel this summer. It is situated on 101 acres and there is a spa and swimming pool on site. It is also a great base to discover to some of Mayo’s top attractions, including Westport, Achill, Croagh Patrick and Down Patrick Head. I fell in love with Mayo’s beaches, and if you fancy cycling, the Great Western Greenway is only a 30 minute drive away. At a cost of just €79 per person for a two-night stay, when you use my promo code AFFHCOM3Q20 – this is superb value

 

 

 

4. Riverside Hotel Killarney, 2 night stay €82pp

Great value hotel breaks in Ireland at the Riverside Killarney

The Killarney Riverside Hotel is a 4-star boutique style hotel located just 10 minutes walk from Killarney town centre. The River Bar & Bistro offers local craft beers, whiskey tasting platters & great bar food, while the Rejuvenation Suite, offers an array of holistic and beauty treatments.

 

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5. Kilkenny Ormonde, 2 Night stay, €86pp 

 Great value hotel breaks in the heart of Kilkenny

The Kilkenny Ormonde is practically a landmark in Kilkenny City, and is located just minutes away from the Medieval Mile. Its brasserie and lively bar attract locals as well as visitors, and it is the only city hotel in Kilkenny that has a leisure centre and spa.  

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6. Montenotte Hotel, Cork, 2 Night stay, €144pp  

 irish spa breaks at the montenotte hotel

I have heard so many great things about the Montenotte Hotel, which has been recently refurbished and and offers stunning views of  Cork city. This boutique hotel is one of the most popular places to stay in Cork. With a state of the art leisure centre, an in-house cinema and this cosy outdoor terrace – you may not want to leave!

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7. Slieve Russell Hotel, Cavan, 2 Night stay, €128pp B&B

hotel breaks in Ireland with spa

The Slieve Russell Hotel has it all – set in 300 acres, surrounded by lakes and a Championship golf-course, as well boasting a a 20-metre swimming pool and luxurious spa. For experienced walkers, one of Ireland’s best Instagram locations, the ‘Stairway to Heaven Walk’ on the Cuilcagh Mountain trail, is only a 30-minute drive from the hotel. 

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8. Sandhouse Hotel, Donegal, €154pp B&B

 


The 4-star Sandhouse Hotel & Marine Spa overlooks Donegal Bay and the beautiful Rossnowlagh Beach. With award-winning cuisine and a marine spa that specialises in Irish-sourced organic seaweed, (Voya), this is the ultimate place to relax along the Wild Atlantic Way.

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9. Seafront Inn Inch beach, Kerry, €100pp B&B

Seafront Inn is one of the best beach hotels in Ireland

The Seafront Inn offers a selection of hotel rooms, apartments and even hostel-style dormitory rooms. Its stunning clifftop location overlooking one of Ireland’s best beaches, along with a lively bar and restaurant, make it an ideal choice for couples looking for a beach holiday with a relaxed vibe.

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10. Galgorm Resort, Antrim, 2 Night stay €277pp B&B

Galgorm Resort - one of the best spa hotel breaks in Ireland

Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort is one of Northern Ireland’s most luxurious spa hotels. Set within 163 acres of parkland, with the River Maine flowing through the estate, it has all the feels of a secluded hideaway, yet is only 30 minutes from Belfast. The riverside hot tubs and outdoor heated pools are an Instagram favourite, but there is more to Galgorm than its unique thermal village. There are numerous dining options to choose from, as well as a championship golf course.

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11. Staycity Aparthotel, Dublin Castle, 2 Night Stay, €80pp

great value hotel breaks in Dublin at staycity

A new edition to the capital, this aparthotel offers the benefits of apartment living, with the comforts of a hotel stay, in the heart of Dublin. Rated number 1 on Tripadvisor, this is a great place to stay in Dublin, with all the city highlights right on your doorstep. This apartment also happens to be wheelchair accessible.
 

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12. Redcastle Hotel Golf & Spa, Donegal, 2 Night stay, €96pp

Great value hotel breaks in Ireland at the Redcastle Hotel Donegal

I have a hankering to visit Donegal this year, its been over 20 years since I have been. The Redcastle Hotel offers superb value to explore this coastal county, with a two-night stay only €96 per person. However, with a waterfront location,  9-hole golf course and Thalasso Spa, you may find it difficult to leave.

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13. Jurys Inn Galway City, 2 Night stay, €75pp

Galway city at night time

Located in the heart of Galway city, Jurys Inn is the hotel to choose if you want to experience the restaurants and nightlife that Galway is famous for. Highly rated on Tripadvisor, this is great choice for couples looking for a lively city break in Ireland.

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14. Lodges at Kilkea Castle, Kildare, 2 Night stay, €124pp

geat value hotel breaks in Ireland at Kilkea castle

The self catering lodges at the luxurious Kilkea Castle are the perfect solution for couples or families looking for hotel breaks in Ireland with self catering facilities. You will have full access to the resorts facilities including the spa, golf and 180-acre grounds.

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5-Star hotel breaks in Ireland 

 

15. Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny, 2 Night stay, €152pp B&B

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Mount Juliet Estate consists of two residences, the original Georgian Manor House and the chic Hunter’s Yard. This super deal is based on staying in Hunter’s Yard and includes breakfast. Why not treat yourself to a meal in the Michelin-starred Lady Helen restaurant, and make it a stay to remember. I stayed in Mount Juliet recently and loved it, you can read all about my stay here:

Read: My review of Mount Juliet Estate

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16. Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel, Dublin, €102pp

Great value hotel deals in Radisson Blu St. Helens Hotel

This luxury hotel break will you see you stay in a stunning Georgian mansion that dates all the way back to the 16th century. It is situated close to Dublin City Centre, yet far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the capital. If you are looking for a luxury hotel break in Dublin, you won’t beat the value at the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel.

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17. The g Hotel & Spa, Galway: 2 Night stay, €165pp B&B

luxury hotel deals in ireland at the g Hotel

Galway City’s only 5-star hotel & spa, The g Hotel is the best place to stay if are looking for luxury, with easy access to Galway’s vibrant city centre. Designed by Philip Treacy, you will love the modern decor in its three signature lounges: the Grand Salon, Pink Salon and the Blue Lounge. Choose to dine in its award-winning restaurant, or enjoy a leisurely 20-minute stroll to Eyre Square to sample Galway’s lively bars and restaurants. Whatever you do, don’t miss the luxury spa – Espa at The g. Situated over two floors, you will find a large thermal suite, as well as 12 treatment rooms and a fitness studio. 

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18. Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast, 2 Night stay, €108pp

Great value hotel breaks in Northern Ireland

The Fitzwilliam Hotel offers five-star luxury in the very heart of Belfast city. This boutique hotel offers modern guest rooms, great dining options and a ultra-chic bar. With all of Belfast’s top attractions on your door-step, this is the place to be seen in Belfast.

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19. Lough Erne, Fermanagh, 2 Night stay, €254pp B&B

luxury hotel breaks in Nothern Ireland

We stayed in Lough Erne resort a few years ago and loved it. It’s stunning location on a 600-acre peninsula was just one of the reasons, the top quality food and service were others. It caters equally well for couples and families and offers a host of activities including two Championship Golf Courses and a unique Thai inspired Spa. It has also won numerous awards including Hotel Restaurant of the Year and Hotel of the Year.

Read: My review of Lough Erne Resort

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20. Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, Killarney, 2 Night stay, €220pp B&B

five star hotel deals in ireland
Muckross Park Hotel & Spa

Muckross Park Hotel & Spa blends traditional style with contemporary decor perfectly. Set amongst 25,000 acres of the Killarney National Park, all of Killarney’s highlights are right on your doorstep. If you can manage to tear yourself away from Killarney’s stunning scenery, the spa and dining options at the hotel are superb. 

 

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I hope this post on hotel breaks in Ireland will help you plan a staycation soon.  It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual hotel for clarification. I always recommend booking a room with free cancellation incase there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you.
 

 

 
These deals were researched across various hotel booking sites. When you make a booking you do so via a third party website. Prices are correct at the time of publishing but may change. Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.  Read more in my privacy policy.

 

 

Like this post? You might like:

Best hotels in Ireland for luxury and romance

The best beach hotels in Ireland – my top 20 picks

Top picks for glamping in Ireland

20 Hotels with lodges in Ireland

 

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The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

Travel

15 Family Staycations Over The October Mid Term Break, 3 Night Stays from €297!

family halloween breaks

Family staycations have never been so popular. I’ve hand-picked 3, 4 and 5-star family friendly Irish hotel deals over the Halloween break to suit all tastes and budgets.

 

If you are thinking about family staycations over the October mid term break, now is the time to book to secure the best deal. Most hotels offer free cancellation, so you can always change your mind at a later date, but at least you have secured something now, for what is always peak family holiday time. I understand that some of you are looking for cheap hotel deals, others might want a bit of luxury, and many are looking for houses for larger families. I have tried to cater for everyone and have some three, four and five-star options below. 

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All family staycations are based on a three-night family stay, some hotel rooms sleep up to four, while others up to five or six. Dates and durations can be changed to suit your requirements, simply click on the links below and edit the search dates accordingly.
 

 

 
It is important to note that some facilities may not be available in October, and swimming pools, kids clubs etc, may only be available with prior reservation. I always recommend booking a room with free cancellation incase there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you. 

 

 

 

 

3-Star hotels for family staycations

 

1. Bunratty Manor Hotel, Limerick: Deluxe Room: €315

family staycations over Halloween break

The 20-room Bunratty Manor Hotel receives outstanding reviews from repeat guests and is a Travellers Choice winner on Tripadvisor. Located just five minutes walk from Bunratty Castle and the Folk Park, and within an hours drive of the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren, the location is ideal for exploring the Wild Atlantic Way.
 

 

 
The deluxe family rooms are spacious and have tea / coffee making facilities and free WiFi. Enjoy a tasty meal in the Bunratty Manor Restaurant or venture across to Bunratty Village which as a selection of restaurants to choose from. 

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2. Claregalway Hotel, Galway: Family Room for 5: €352

family hotel deals in Ireland in the Claregalway hotel

Located just 20 minutes from Galway City, within easy access to the Wild Atlantic Way, and with a leisure centre onsite, this is superb value for a family of five.

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3. Parkavon Hotel, Killarney, Family Room: €297

The Parkavon Hotel is ideally perfectly located within walking distance of Killarney town centre and Killarney National Park. It also boasts a leisure centre which should keep the kids happy, and is superb value for a family stay in Killarney over the Halloween break.

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4. Springhill Court Hotel Co.Kilkenny: Family Room B&B: €502

family hotel deals in Ireland in Kilkenny

The newly refurbished Springhill Court Hotel Kilkenny is very popular with families, thanks to the swimming pool with separate kids pool, kids club, and family friendly dining options. This super deal includes breakfast and free cancellation too. I visited Kilkenny this summer and loved it – there are so many things to do in Kilkenny with kids.

Read: Top things to do in Kilkenny with kids

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4-Star hotels for family staycations:

 

5. Hotel Woodstock, Co. Clare: Family Room for 4: €333

 

The Hotel Woodstock is very popular with family staycations and is an ideal choice for a getaway over the mid term break. There is a leisure centre with swimming pool on site, and the family rooms have tea and coffee making facilities. Located in Ennis, Co. Clare, with the Cliffs of Moher and Clare’s beaches just a short drive away, the possibilities for day trips are endless!
 
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6. Montenotte Hotel, Cork: Family Room €600

 
Montenotte Hotel in Cork has self catering apartments on site
I have heard so many great things about the Montenotte Hotel, which has been recently refurbished and and offers stunning views of  Cork city. With a state of the art leisure centre, an in-house cinema and this cosy outdoor terrace, it is one of the most popular places to stay in Cork. 

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7. Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel Killiney, Dublin: Family Room for 4: €466

fitzpatrick castle hotel is a great hotel for a family holiday in Dublin

Matt Damon may have left Killiney, but he certainly shined a spotlight on this pretty Dublin village, and a stay in the 4-star Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel is the perfect way to discover it. Overlooking Dublin Bay, you can choose to relax and enjoy its scenic location, or take the short train ride to Dublin city – this luxury hotel offers the best of both worlds.
 

 

 
A small supplement of €20 applies if you prefer to travel over the October bank holiday weekend, from Saturday 24th – Tuesday 27th, simply edit dates when you click on the link below.

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8. Sligo Park Hotel & Leisure Club:  €427 B&B With 1 Evening Meal

This family hotel enjoys the best of both worlds. Located along the Wild Atlantic Way, but also on the edge of Sligo Town, you can enjoy the scenic countryside, as well as Sligo’s lively town centre. Recently refurbished, with contemporary furnishings and a super Leisure Club, this is a great choice for family breaks in Ireland. 
 

Price of €427 includes a two-night stay with breakfast, and one three-course evening meal for two adults and two children on the evening of your choice. You will also receive a welcome pack on arrival, a fairy trail map and use of the leisure club, tennis courts and movie nights. Price for a three-night stay is just €599.
 
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9. Shearwater Hotel, Galway: Family Suite, €379 B&B With 1 evening meal

hotel deals in ireland for families

Recently refurbished, this popular Galway hotel boasts an elegant interior with a luxurious lobby, a 20-meter swimming pool, an awarding-winning spa. Children will receive a kids pack on arrival and this super deal includes on evening meal for adults in the Canal Bar, children’s meals are included from the kids menu in the kids zone area.
 

 

 
There are lots of spooky activities planned over the Halloween break including pumpkin carving, decoration making, and candy apples. Kids will learn about Halloween traditions and how to make candy apples. The best dressed family on Halloween night will be in with a chance of winning a return stay for one night with breakfast. 

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5-Star hotels for family staycations

 

5-Star Druids Glen Resort, Wicklow: Deluxe Family Room, 3 Nights, €760

review of druids glen hotel

We were fortunate to stay in the luxurious Druids Glen Hotel last year and loved it. The grounds, the pool, and the close proximity to Dublin made it a perfect getaway break for us. I wrote my review of Druids Glen Hotel for Groupon, but it has lots of information about the family facilities in the hotel that you may find useful.

Read: My review of Druids Glen Hotel & Resort

 

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11. Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin, Family Room €812

family staycations at the Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin

The Intercontinental is one of Dublin’s best 5-Star Resort hotels. Located in the upmarket neighbourhood of Ballsbridge, and within walking distance of the city centre, the location is ideal for a family staycation. The Wellness area with the award winning ESPA is the perfect place to relax, and children will love the 14 meter pool and its proximity to Dublin’s top attractions.

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12. Schull Harbour Hotel & Leisure Centre, 2 bedroom Apartment: €800

mizen head, cork
Mizen Head Bridge, Cork

Located in West Cork, overlooking Schull Harbour, this hotel is superbly located to explore Cork’s coastal towns. Close to Mizen Head, and the beaches of Barleycove and Inchydoney, as well as the pretty towns of Baltimore and Glandore, you will be spoilt for choice if you like exploring. You will also have access to a leisure centre with a 16 metre swimming pool, sauna and steam room and there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants close by.  

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13. Talbot Suites at Stonebridge, Wexford: 2 bedroom, sleeps up to 4: €540

stonebridge apartments in wexford are ideal for family breaks in ireland

Rated number 1 on TripAdvisor the luxurious Talbot Suites at Stonebridge is a super choice for families looking for large modern apartments in the heart of Wexford Town. Guests have access to the swimming pool and Talbot Quay Leisure Centre and the facilities of the Talbot Hotel Wexford. Larger apartments that sleep six and seven are also available.  

Read: 5 things to do in Wexford with kids

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14. Skellig Cottages, Co. Kerry: 3 bedroom, sleeps up to 6: €420

Skellig Michael

These charming holiday homes are located just a mile from the Blue Flag Ballinskelligs beach and close all the attractions that the Ring of Kerry has to offer. These cottages are available for longer stays too, simply edit the search dates to suit your requirements. Note: the promo code is not applicable with Skellig cottages.

 

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15. Hookless Holiday Homes, Co. Wexford, 3 Bedroom, Sleeps up to 6: €373

hook lighthouse

Located on the Hook Peninsula, the beauty of these holiday homes is that they are close to Waterford as they are to Wexford. Kids will love the playground on site as well as visiting Hook Lighthouse and the many beaches that are close by. If you fancy extending your stay, and travelling a bit further afield, the Waterford Greenway is about an hours drive away.  

 

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I hope this post on family staycations will help you plan a nice family trip in Ireland over the Halloween break.  It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual hotel for clarification. I always recommend booking a room with free cancellation incase there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you.
 

 

 
These Irish hotel deals were researched across various hotel booking sites. When you make a booking you do so via a third party website. Prices are correct at the time of publishing but may change. Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.  Read more in my privacy policy.

 

 

Like this post? You might like:

 

The best beach hotels in Ireland – my top 20 picks

12 Irish hotels deals in Ireland in August

Top picks for glamping in Ireland

20 Hotels with lodges in Ireland

 

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The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

Travel Tips

Top 10 Tips For Travelling During Covid-19

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As overseas travel begins to resume, I share my top tips for travelling during Covid-19 to help you on your way.

 

There is no doubt that coronavirus has changed how we live in so many ways. Simple every day tasks like grocery shopping and going to the gym have changed dramatically, and travelling during Covid-19 is practically non existant at the moment. However, many airlines have already resumed schedules, so we need to be prepared for the new way of flying if we want to enjoy our well deserved vacation. 

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In flight services will be limited and cashless, face masks will be mandatory, cabin baggage policies may change, priority boarding may no longer apply for many airlines, and this is all before we arrive in our holiday resort. I am not a medical expert, and can not guarantee immunity from coronavirus, but I hope my top tips will help when travelling during Covid-19.
 

 

 

1. Check entry requirements 48 hours before you travel

travelling to Greece during Covid-19 forms need to be completed online in advance

With Covid-19 cases increasing all the time, countries are updating their entry requirements on a daily basis. Some countries will require you to fill out Passenger Locator forms or health screening questionnaires online before you travel, (currently Greece require this to be filled out 24 hours in advance of travel), while others will accept paper forms on arrival.

Many European countries require PCR Covid-19 tests to be taken 72 hours before departure if you are coming a country that they consider as high-risk, while other countries like Dubai require a negative PCR Covid-19 certificate for ALL international visitors.

It is imperative that you check with the country you are travelling to before your departure to ensure that you are following the correct entry guidelines. 

Read: Make sure to fill out Passenger Locator Forms before you travel overseas 
 

 

 

2. Check-in online  

tips for travelling through the airport during covid-19

Try to limit the amount of interaction that is required with airline and airport staff. Most airlines have their own travel app which you can download easily from the App Store or Goole Play Store. Check in on line or via the app and save your boarding passes to your phone. This will make security checks and boarding of the aircraft contactless.
 

 

 

3. Check airline baggage restrictions in advance

tips for travelling during covid-19

Many airlines will be changing their baggage policies. It is likely that that cabin baggage will be discouraged, as airlines will not want people standing in the aisles trying to place baggage in the overhead bins. However, most airlines should allow you check-in your hand luggage for free. Priority boarding may also give way for boarding in an orderly fashion by seat row. If you want to get off the aircraft early, pre-book a seat in the front row.

Currently (1st July ) Ryanair are accepting cabin baggage and priority boarding, however Aer Lingus are allowing cabin bags to be checked-in for free, and have postponed priority boarding in favour of boarding by seat row. 
 

 

 

4.  Allow extra time in the airport

travelling during covid-19 - dublin airport

There will be a limited in-flight service on most aircrafts. Lets face it, airplane food was never great anyway, and it is not going to get any better. I predict that there will be a minimum selection, probably without hot food choices and a limited drinks selection. I suggest getting to airport early, give yourself plenty of time to navigate security queues and enjoy a nice meal before you take off.
 

 

 
Airport shopping may be a contrast to your local shopping centre, especially if airport passenger numbers are low. Take time to browse the Duty Free shops, and remember you can always collect your shopping on your return. Make sure you visit the toilet before you board, as queues for toilets may not be allowed on board. 
 

 

 

5. Purchase a large travel / hand bag to bring on board 

tips for travelling during covid-19

With cabin baggage likely to be checked-in by many airlines, a large hand / travel bag will be essential on board. You will need plenty of space for extra supplies – food, masks, wipes etc – remember they need to weigh less than 100ml. It might be an idea to buy a bag that doubles as a beach bag  to save on luggage space. 
 

 

 

6. Bring plenty of supplies 

tips for travelling on an airplane during covid-19

Fill your large travel bag with plenty of face masks (they will  be mandatory on board and probably in many other places when you arrive at your destination), bacterial wipes, gloves, food, and extra supplies for children if necessary. If you do manage to have a drink or food on the plane, you will want to apply a fresh mask. You may also wish to wipe down your tray table, so wipes will be handy to have. The limited in-flight service will be cashless, so make sure you have debit or credit cards with you.

Queues for airport restaurants may be longer than anticipated, and airplane food may be limited. It is always better to be over prepared, so bring plenty of food supplies, and remember to pick up some water in the airport terminal, after you have passed through security.
 

 

 
Add extra bacterial wipes, hand sanitiser and masks in your checked baggage too. Activities and facilities in your hotel may be restricted. Bring books, board games and download movies in advance – you may be staying in more than you might think. You have no idea what will be available in your holiday resort, so my advice is whatever you think you will need, double it. 
 

 

 

7. Pre book restaurants and tourist attractions in advance

Pre book restaurants before you travel during covid-19

It is important to check the guidelines in the resort / city that you are going to. Some holiday resorts will require you to pre-book restaurants, pool times and even beach space. If there is a particular restaurant or theme park that you wish to visit, pre book it in advance to avoid disappointment. 
 

 

 

8. Download travel apps before you go

how to use travel apps to make travelling easy

As much as I hate to give this advice, if you download travel apps to your phone, it will limit your interaction with locals…. Google Translate, Google Lens and Tripadvisor will all help to find information about tourist attractions, restaurants etc, and many countries will have their own travel app with tourist advice relating to travelling with Covid-19 with possible allocation of space on beaches. Some countries have their mandatory locator forms available via their app too, this may mean you can present the online version on your phone when you arrive, rather than having to fill out a paper form.

Read: 15 travel apps that make travelling easy
 

 

 

9. Book car hire rather than airport transfers

car hire on holidays

Depending on the location of your accommodation, hiring a car might be preferable to using public transport or airport transfers. You may also wish to explore the neighbouring resorts on your own, rather than in an organised excursion.
 

 

 

10. Check your travel insurance before you travel

travel insurance during covid-19

It is vital that you check with your travel insurance company before you travel to see exactly what you are covered for. Most travel insurance companies will cover you if you are travelling to countries on a ‘Green List’.  Hower, flights will still operate to other countries, not considered as safe by governments. You will find that government advisory in place against non-essential travel will still be in place to selected countries. If this is the case, you are technically travelling at your own risk and your travel insurance will more than likely be invalidated.

Read: Covid-19 travel insurance cover confirmed for Green List countries
 

 

 
However, all is not lost. If you are travelling within Europe you can get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which will cover you if you need medical attention. If travelling outside Europe, make sure you have adequate funds incase you have a medical emergency or have to be quarantined due to an additional Covid-19 outbreak. 

Read: What travel insurance covers – your questions answered
 

 

 

But most of all… Embrace change

 

 
 
 
 
 
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There is no doubt that travelling during Covid-19 will be a completely different experience to what we are used to. However, our experiences in our home country will be different too. Shopping, going to restaurants, bars and attractions will feel strange for some time, no matter what country you are in. Make sure you follow the public health advice, wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Remember, travelling isn’t just about discovering new places. Travelling is also about switching off work, enjoying family time, and doing things you don’t do at home. When you get to meet a family member that you haven’t seen for so long, or are relaxing on a Mediterranean beach, hopefully your trip will have been worth it….
 

 

 
For more information on travelling during Covid-19 read: recommendations from the WHO on international travel during COVID-19

 

 
Sarah

The Travel Expert

Holidays in Ireland

The Best Beach Hotels in Ireland – My Top 20 Picks

Kelly's Resort Hotel, Wexford

Being close to the beach is usually at the top of my wish list when I choose a hotel at home or abroad. With this in mind, I’ve hand-picked 20 beach hotels in Ireland for the best ocean swims or beach walks.

 

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1. Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, Cork

Inchydoney hotel one of the best beach hotels in Ireland

The multi award-winning Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Hotel is a wonderful choice for a romantic or family escape. It is located on a stunning Blue Flag beach which has been voted Ireland’s best beach by Tripadvisor for the last three years. The spa boasts unique seawater therapies and it has been voted Ireland’s Leading Spa Resort at the World Travel Awards seven times! Therefore it’s no surprise that the Inchydoney Island Lodge Hotel is considered one of the best beach hotels in Ireland.

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2. Dingle Skellig Hotel, Kerry

Slea Head Drive close to the Dingle Skellig Hotel

The Dingle Skellig Hotel is superbly situated overlooking Dingle Bay. You can bathe in the sea, or choose many of the other beaches close by. The hotel also has a leisure club, swimming pool, spa, and outdoor hot tub – so if you just want to relax, you can do that too! Rated excellent on TripAdvisor, this is one of the best places to stay in Dingle.

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3. Cliff House Hotel, Waterford

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I stayed overnight in The Cliff House Hotel last year and loved it. It is regarded by many as one of the best hotels in Ireland and I couldn’t agree more. This five-star boutique hotel is perched on a cliff over looking the beach in the small fishing village of Ardmore. I think it is the ultimate romantic hideaway. My advice would be to enjoy some kayaking in the Irish Sea before sampling some of the delicious food on offer in the hotel.

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4. Renvyle House Hotel, Galway

Renvyle House Hotel close to the beach in Ireland

Renvyle House Hotel is superbly located along the Wild Atlantic Way. It boasts its own private lake as well as 1km of beach, woodlands and gardens. Fishing, swimming and boating are popular outdoor activities, while the indoor heated pool is popular during the winter months.

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5. Slieve Donard Hotel, Down

Slieve Donard Hotel is the best beach hotel in Northern Ireland
 
I have been fortunate to stay at the impressive Slieve Donard Hotel on a few occasions, as the Northern Ireland Travel Industry Awards are held there every year. Despite the cold November breeze, I never miss an opportunity to walk along its golden sandy beach. As well as having a superb beachfront location, it borders the Royal County Down Golf Links course and the village of Newcastle. It also has an awarding winning spa on site. 

 
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6. Quality Hotel Youghal, Cork

quality hotel youghal located on the beach in Cork
 
The Quality Hotel Youghal offers hotel rooms, beachfront apartments and houses, right on a Redbarn’s Blue Flag Beach. There are two-bedroomed apartments that sleep up to five, as well as holiday homes that sleep up to seven. They are very affordable and allow you enjoy all the facilities of a hotel, while staying in spacious self catering accommodation. With a gym, spa and swimming pool on site, you will be spoilt for choice. This is one of the most popular beach hotels in Ireland for families.
 
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7. Seafront Inn Inch beach, Kerry

Seafront Inn is one of the best beach hotels in Ireland

The Seafront Inn offers a selection of hotel rooms, apartments and even hostel-style dormitory rooms. Its stunning clifftop location overlooking one of Ireland’s best beaches, along with a lively bar and restaurant, make it an ideal choice for couples looking for a beach holiday with a relaxed vibe.

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8. Shandon Hotel & Spa, Donegal

Shandon Hotel is a luxury beachfront hotel in Donegal

Located right by the sea on the Wild Atlantic Way, this relatively new hotel (opened in 2016) boasts stunning sea views. The leisure centre has a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, hot tub and a spa with balneotherapy bath with 190 water jets. Combine this spa break with a visit to the Slieve League Cliffs, Donegal’s answer to the Cliffs of Moher, and one of the highest and finest marine cliffs in Europe. Check out the great reviews on TripAdvisor here.

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9. Galway Bay Hotel, Galway

Galway Bay hotel is located on a beach in Ireland

 

Located in Salthill, overlooking the famous Galway Bay, this hotel has been voted as one of Europe’s Top 20 Resorts by the prestigious travel magazine Conde Nast. You can choose to stay onsite and enjoy the Cuan Atlantic Beauty Spa, gym and 15-metre pool, or venture into Galway City which is only five minutes drive away. This is one of the best value beach hotels in Ireland.  

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10. Kellys Resort Hotel & Spa, Wexford

Kelly's Resort Hotel is the best family hotel in Ireland located on a beautiful beach

If you are looking for a luxury beach hotel in Ireland that caters superbly for families, then look no further than Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Wexford. We stayed here a few years ago and it reminded me of a hotel in the Mediterranean, it has a real ‘resort’ feel to it. Most people book the full board package and tend not to leave the hotel – with five miles of sandy beach, award winning cuisine and a host of activities for children, its not difficult to see why. Read my review to find out more.

Read: Is Kelly’s the best family hotel in Ireland?
 

 

 

11. Sandhouse Hotel, Donegal

 

The 4-star Sandhouse Hotel & Marine Spa overlooks Donegal Bay and the beautiful Rossnowlagh Beach. With award-winning cuisine and a marine spa that specialises in Irish-sourced organic seaweed (Voya), this is the ultimate place to relax along the Wild Atlantic Way.
 
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12. Mulranny Park Hotel, Mayo

Mulranny Park Hotel Donegal is one of the best beach hotels in Ireland

The Mulranny Park Hotel boasts an idyllic location overlooking Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick Mountain, and also happens to be located on most scenic section of Great Western Greenway. You can swim in the Blue Flag Mulranny Beach, cycle on the Greenway or enjoy the hotel’s indoor leisure centre. As well as standard and deluxe rooms, its also boasts two-bedroom apartment suites which are very popular with families.

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13. Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, Clare

Armada Hotel Spanish Point is located close to the beach

With the Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands and the Burren on your doorstep, as well as the traditional Johnny Burke’s Irish pub on site, its no surprise that the Armada Hotel is one of Clare’s most popular hotels. 

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14. Connemara Sands Hotel & Spa, Galway 

Connemara Sands Hotel is one of Irelands best beach hotels

With private access to the Blue Flag Mannin Bay beach, the Connemara Sands Hotel is one of the best beach hotels in Ireland. With crystal clear waters, fine food and a Voya seaweed spa, it is not surprising that it has received excellent reviews on Tripadvisor.

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15. Majestic Hotel, Tramore, Waterford

Majestic Hotel is located in the beach town of Tramore, Ireland

The Majestic Hotel is located in the seaside town of Tramore. It overlooks Tramore Bay and is a short stroll from its impressive 5km golden beach. It is also close to Waterford city and the Waterford Greenway, and is an ideal location for families looking for an active holiday in Ireland.

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16. Great Northern Hotel Bundoran, Donegal 

The Great Northern Hotel in Donegal is located close to the beach

The Great Northern Hotel is a four-star family run hotel that boasts its own 18 hole golf course, as well as a wellness and leisure centre. It also offers magnificent Atlantic Ocean views and exhilarating cliff walks.

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17. Strand Inn, Dunmore East, Waterford

The Strand Inn Dunmore East overlooks the beach in Waterford

The Strand Inn is located in one of Ireland’s prettiest towns, Dunmore East. This small hotel, with just fifteen rooms, has a relaxed beach style. Its panoramic sea views and proximity to the beach have made it a firm favourite with repeat guests. 

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18. Salthouse Hotel, Ballycastle, Antrim

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ballycastle is the perfect place to stay if you want to explore the Causeway Coast. We stayed in this delightful beach town a few years ago and loved it. The Giants Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and Dunluce Castle are all a short drive away, and the town has some great dining options too. The eco-friendly Salthouse Hotel offers magnificent sea views, however unlike some of the other beach hotels in Ireland that I have chosen, the Salthouse Hotel is a 20 minute walk to Ballycastle beach.

Read: A magical few days on the Causeway Coast

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19. Portmarnock Hotel, Dublin

Portmarnock Hotel is one of the few beach hotels in Ireland that is located close to Dublin

If you want to combine a visit to Dublin with a beach hotel, Portmarnock is an ideal choice. Located just 20km from the city centre, which is easily accesible by train, this beachfront hotel also boasts an award-winning links golf course and luxury spa. 

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20. Red Cliff Lodge, Spanish Point, Clare

Cliffs of Moher, Clare

Red Cliff Lodge is a delightful thatched property that overlooks Spanish Point beach. The six sea view suites are particularly popular with families, as they are arranged in a courtyard style and come with a kitchenette. With the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands and Burren close by, this is a great base to discover the Wild Atlantic Way.

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I hope this post on beach hotels in Ireland will help you plan your next staycation soon. Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

 

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

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