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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