From lighthouses to beach houses, lakeside lodges to penthouse suites, my Irish bucket list has unique stays, holiday homes, and lots of luxury hotels in Ireland.
I absolutely LOVED researching this post, in fact I’d say it’s been my favourite yet! This was supposed to be a ‘top 10 list’ but there are so many amazing places to stay in Ireland that I couldn’t possibly limit it to that number. I already had plenty of luxury hotels in Ireland, as well as unique holiday homes on my Irish bucket list, but I was amazed to discover so many places that I didn’t know existed. My list has just got a lot longer…
Did you know that Ashford Castle has an exclusive Hideaway Cottage, or that you can stay in a private Lake Lodge in Lough Eske Castle? I stayed in the Cliff House Hotel last year, but I never knew they had a designer Beach House! I have fallen in love with the thatched cottages at Sheen Falls Lodge Hotel, as well as the secluded Inis Meáin Suites, and there are some amazing Airbnbs and private houses that also deserve a mention.
I have selected penthouse suites with private butlers, lighthouses with jaw dropping sea views, luxurious seaside cottages, as well as a treehouse in Wexford and dinner on the Orient Express! As you can see I have not just chosen luxury hotels in Ireland, I have picked some unique places to stay too. These are my own personal choices, and this is my own bucket list, so you may find some of my choices a little strange!
It is important to point out that this is a BUCKET LIST, so I am not suggesting we can all afford to stay in all of these luxury hotels in Ireland – some of these are extremely expensive. However, with overseas travel still uncertain, perhaps now is the time to scratch some unique Irish stays off your bucket list? Hopefully there will be something on this list to impress you, and remember, there is always the Lotto…
Note not all facilities may be operating as listed, it is important to check with the individual hotel or holiday home if there are any restrictions in place. Some of the links below contain affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
Ireland’s Stay and Spend scheme runs from the 1st of October until the 30th of April, so if you thinking of booking one of these luxury hotels in Ireland during that time, keep your receipts and claim up to €125 per person as a tax refund.
1. Adare Manor, Co Limerick
After a staggering two-year long refurbishment, Adare Manor opened to rave reviews and has already won numerous awards, including the best resort in Europe and the 5th best resort in the world, in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards. Be prepared to be astonished by the 840 acres of pristine parkland, the lavish interiors and the award-winning spa.
This luxury five-star resort also boasts the Michelin star restaurant, The Oak Room. There is a wide selection of rooms to choose from, and even staying in one of the Classic Rooms warrants a place on this list. However, if you really want to indulge, the Dunraven Suites, that were once the private apartments of the Earls of Dunraven, are located in the historic Manor House, while the lavish Signature Suites offer a complimentary minibar, restocked daily, as well as your own private Manor Butler.
For families or friends looking to indulge, try the two and four bedroom Manor Lodges, or the three-bedroom storybook cottages – these are firmly on my Irish bucket list!
2. Tigh Thor, 5-bedroom luxury home in Dingle, Co. Kerry.
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…
3. The Hideaway Cottage at Ashford Castle, Co Mayo
Is there anything more romantic than staying in a 13th century castle? I recall driving across the moat and seeing Ashford Castle for the first time – it was like being inside a fairytale. Awarded the accolade as a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, Ashford castle is undoubtedly one of the best luxury hotels in Ireland. As well as lavish interiors and a choice of dining options, you can enjoy a host of sporting activities or relax in the stunning spa.
Staying in any of the 83 rooms is already a bucket list experience, but the Hideway Cottage is a truly unique stay. A former boathouse, this lakeside cottage is surrounded by private gardens, yet only minutes from Ashford Castle. You can choose private dining in your cottage, dine alfresco on the pier (weather permitting), or enjoy any of the dining options in the Castle throughout your stay. Enjoy a welcome basket and a fully stocked bar when you arrive, a 24 hour concierge service, and complimentary Jack Murphy Jackets and Wellingtons are yours to take home, as a reminder of this magical stay.