So, I’m by no means rich in the traditional sense; I’m healthy and happy, which makes me rich AF in my eyes, but i’m not cash money rich.
When it comes to accommodation, I generally skimp on hotels and lash the bulk of my travel budget into diesel, activities, food and pints.
Not that there’s anything wrong with spending money on a swanky ass hotel, I just tend to spend most of my time off doing stuff, rather than chilling in the room.
That being said, I do like to enter #TreatYoSelf mode every now and then.
I’m currently sat with a little dose of insomnia (it’s jet lag, I’m being over dramatic) and the notion of where’d I’d head in Ireland for a few nights if I won the lottery fluttered into my mind.
Below, you’ll find some of the most luxurious hotels in Ireland that I’d be all over if money wasn’t a thang.
1 – Adare Manor, Limerick
First up is Adare Manor in Limerick – a serious pile of bricks.
Named after Adare, the nearby village known the world over for its gorgeous thatched roof cottages and lively pubs, this hotel offers all kinds of swankiness to those looking to splurge.
The grounds and the exterior of the hotel are nearly as impressive as the plush interior, so you can explore what lays right outside your door in the morning and chill with a whiskey by the fire in the afternoon.
I can’t help but think that it was a massive error on my part that I didn’t add this to our guide to places in Ireland that looks like a Harry Potter set – its very Hogwarts-like.
2 – The Europe Hotel, Killarney
This place has been on my stay-there-at-some-stage-will-ya-ta-f*ck list for quite some time now.
Overlooking the beautiful Lakes of Killarney, the Europe Hotel & Resort is situated against breath-taking scenery in one of my favourite corners of Ireland.
This swanky hotel featured in our guide to the best places to stay in Ireland if you fancy an out of this world view, and it’s not hard to see why.
A little bit of paradise in the Kingdom of Kerry.
3 – Dromoland Castle, Clare
Dromoland Castle has been welcoming guests since as far back as the 16th century.
That’s a long ass time and they’ve amassed a fair whack of history since then.
According to the lads at Wikipedia, over the years this luxurious Irish hotel has played host to the likes of Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali, Richard Branson, Jack Nicholson, Johnny Cash, Michael Flatley, Bono and John Travolta.
Lavish decor collides with indulgent dining, fabulous views and magnificent bedrooms.
4 – Monart, Wexford
When I’ve had a particularly painful day in work I tend to spend the duration of the steamy bus ride home googling hotel and holiday deals.
One of the places that I seem to regularly flick to is Monart in Wexford.
Set in an 18th-century Georgian manor with beautifully maintained grounds, Monart is Ireland’s only 5 star Destination Spa.
I could easily see myself switching off for the world and spending a week flaked out here.
5 – Castlemartyr Resort, Cork
Next up is an 18th century classic manor house in Cork that’s plonked in a corner of Ireland that’s as rich with history as it is beauty.
Finely situated amongst 220 acres of mature landscape, you can spend a day at Castlemartyr basking in luxurious bliss or walking through the grounds that boast meandering streams, parklands and a tranquil lake.
A stones throw from Fota Wildlife Park, the Old Jameson Distillery and numerous small fishing villages, market towns and some of the most beautiful sweeping landscapes that East Cork has to offer.
6 – Ashford Castle, Galway
Ah, how the other half live.
Welcome to a place on the Mayo-Galway border that’s graced many an Instagram feed.
Ashford Castle is a medieval and victorian castle that has been expanded over the years into a 5 star luxury hotel near Cong on the shore of Lough Corrib in Ireland.
Owned at one stage by the Guinness family, you may recognise the ground of Ashford Castle from the movie The Quiet Man.
The grounds along with the nearby village of Cong formed the backdrop for a lot of the action in the film.
7 – Ballyfin, Laois
Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, this 5 star hotel is a place of history, tranquility and immense natural beauty.
And yes, it is the hotel where Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (I was going to say ‘Kimye’ but I’m not sure if that’s actually a thing – I’m also not cool enough to be using that kind of abbreviation) honeymooned.
Voted the best hotel in the world in the prestigious Conde Nast TravelLer’s Readers’ Choice Awards in 2016, a night in Ballyfin can cost from €700 upwards.
Sure, if it’s good enough for Kanye…
8 – The Cliffhouse, Waterford
For me, when it comes to a great hotel, the view can be what takes the experience to the next level.
You can throw as many fancy exteriors, spongy lounge couches and fluffy robes (I do love a fluffy robe!) at me as you like, but they’ll have nowhere near the impact that a great view does.
For those that visit the Cliffhouse Hotel in Waterford, you’ll be treated to a combo of luxury and views to boot.
You can switch off and enjoy some chill time in the spa or a drink, and soak up the view above all at the same time.
9 – The Merrion, Dublin
I neeeeeeeever stay in hotels in Dublin, never mind fancy ones.
However, I’ve always wanted to rest the head in the Merrion Hotel for a few nights.
Home to 142 bedrooms, an 18m pool, spa, gym, 2-star Michelin Restaurant and several bars, the Merrion is one of Dublin’s most luxurious hotels.
It’s also a member of The Leading Hotels of the World… I’ve no idea what that actually is, but it has to be good, right?!
Have you stayed in a luxurious hotel in Ireland that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments below!
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