The Best Luxury Accommodation And 5 Star Hotels In Kerry

5 star hotels in kerry
Photo left via Muckross Park Hotel & Spa. Photo right via Parknasilla Resort & Spa

If you’re in search of the best luxury and 5 star hotels in Kerry, you’ve landed in the right place.

Kerry is home to many hotels (as you’ll discover in our guide to the best hotels in Kerry), from cheap and cheerful 3 star stays to the luxurious getaways you’re about to discover.

Some 5 star hotels in Kerry, like The Europe, tend to attract a lot of the attention, but there are plenty of other luxury hotels in Kerry worth considering.

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Our favourite 5 star hotels in Kerry

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Photo via the Park Hotel Kenmare

Whether you’re planning on exploring all day long or after a more reclusive and chilled stay, below you’ll find the best 5 star hotels in Kerry for those of you willing to splurge on some extra luxury.

Note: if you book a hotel through one of the links below we’ll make a tiny commission that helps us keep this site going. You won’t pay extra, but we really do appreciate it.

1. Parknasilla Resort & Spa

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Photo via Parknasilla Resort & Spa

First up is, in our opinion, the best of the many 5 star hotels in Kerry. Parknasilla Resort & Spa is the stuff holiday dreams are made of and typifies the word indulgence.

That the bedrooms are beautiful and the food is fabulous are a given; it’s the location and the amenities that take this hotel into the stratosphere of luxury.

Relax in an outdoor hot tub or swim off the pier and hop into the heated saltwater pool afterwards.

You can opt to stay in the hotel or in one of the lodges or houses on site. Play golf or tennis, go for a walk in the grounds or have drinks on the lawn overlooking the ocean. The choice is yours.

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2. Muckross Park Hotel & Spa

Muckross park Hotel
Photo via Muckross Park Hotel & Spa

Muckross Park Hotel & Spa is a combination of man-made elegance surrounded by natural beauty. The hotel is renowned for its attentive staff and the quality of their care.

Being waited on hand and foot becomes the norm, and breakfast feels like an occasion. With 3 distinctive options for dining, The Yew Tree Restaurant, Monk’s Lounge and Colgan’s Gastro Pub, you can eat wherever suits your mood.

Situated as it is in Killarney National Park, there’s lots of lovely walks and bike rides, and you can see the red deer that have been in the park since Neolithic times (be careful in the autumn as the Stags can be quite active).

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3. The Dunloe Hotel and Gardens

The Dunloe hotel dog friendly hotel
Photo via the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens

Travel for 14 minutes around the Ring of Kerry and you’ll arrive at the Dunloe Hotel & Gardens.

It overlooks the famous Gap of Dunloe and is designed so that guests can view the amazing mountains and surrounds from several vantage points.

The Hotel offers several complimentary activities–you can play tennis, swim, and trek around the 64-acre grounds on a gorgeous Haflinger pony (the small chestnut ponies with while manes & tails), while children are well catered for with a Kids club, movie night and a delightful Fairy Trail. 

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4. The Killarney Park

Photos via the Killarney Park on Facebook

One of the “Leading Hotels of the World”, the Killarney Park Hotel is just what it says on the tin and is the only 5-star hotel in Killarney Town (there are many great hotels in Killarney, though!). 

The tone is set for your stay when you’re greeted in the car park by a concierge who will offer help with your luggage. Winter evenings present an open fire and complimentary mulled wine on arrival, while a summer’s day is the perfect time to dine in the garden.

Rooms are spacious and full of the 5-star extras you’d expect, and I know we all get our news from our devices these days, but I love receiving a complimentary newspaper when I’m on holiday. 

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Other very fancy 5 star hotels in Kerry

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Photo via the Europe Hotel

Nope – we’re nowhere near finished, yet! In the second section of our guide, you’ll find plenty more 5 star hotels in Kerry that have racked up rave reviews online.

Note: if you book a hotel through one of the links below we’ll make a tiny commission that helps us keep this site going. You won’t pay extra, but we really do appreciate it.

1. Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa

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Photo via Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa

I’m a History buff, so I could easily get lost in telling you about the history of Aghadoe and how this hotel came to be, but you can get all that information when you visit.

Overlooking Lough Lein, the hotel has 74 suites and rooms, all of which have magnificent views—whether they’re of the hotel gardens, surrounding countryside, or the majestic mountains and lakes.

With names like The Heights Lounge and the View Bar & Terrace, you can tell you’re going to get the benefit of your location, while The Lake Room is perfect for your fine dining experience. 

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2. Park Hotel Kenmare

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Photo via the Park Hotel Kenmare

When you want all the convenience of a modern hotel, with the tradition of a place that’s been in business since 1897, the Park Hotel in Kenmare must be at the top of your list.

The Hotel sits in beautiful surroundings, overlooking Kenmare Bay while being only a few minutes from the bustle of the heritage town itself (there’s lots of other hotels in Kenmare if you don’t fancy forking out for a 5 star).

You can use up your energy on the 18-hole golf course or in the Lap Pool and then relax in the Deluxe Destination Spa where treatments include massage, facials, and body polishes. While you’re there, make sure you ask about the Experiences the hotel can organise for you. 

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3. The Europe Hotel

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Photo via the Europe Hotel

The Europe Hotel is arguably the best known of the many 5 star hotels in Ireland and it’s easily the best known of the many 5 star hotels in Kerry.

The Europe on Killarney’s largest lake, Lough Lein, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in Lord of Rings territory at times, especially in early mornings when the fog lifts slowly from the water and the mountain peaks come into view.

At the other end of the day, you can visit the outdoor pool and watch the sun go down as you sip a cocktail or two.

If you want to be active, take a walk around the lake, play a bit of golf or tennis or go horse-riding, while the Spa is second to none and features treatments galore, as well as Sauna, Steam Room, and an Ice Fountain.

The bedrooms are luxurious; the food is scrumptious, and there’s a landing pad for the Helicopter if you need it. 

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More Luxury Accommodation in Kerry

Photos via Airbnb

If the 5 start hotels in Kerry that we mentioned above haven’t tickled your fancy, not to worry – there’s still plenty more luxury accommodation to choose from.

For example, the highly sought after Pax Guesthouse in Dingle is one that’d go toe-to-toe with the hotels mentioned above. Some others are:

FAQs about the best 5 star hotels in Kerry

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from the cheapest 5 star hotels in Kerry to which is best to explore the county from.

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

What are the fanciest 5 star hotels in Kerry?

  • The Europe
  • The Dunloe
  • Aghadoe Heights
  • Park Hotel

What luxury hotels in Kerry are worth their hefty price?

  • Parknasilla
  • Muckross House
  • Killarney Heights

Gillian Birch is a travel writer and published author. She has travelled the world and uses her personal journals and memories to write about her many travel experiences, particularly those that involved adventures in Ireland.


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