GHOST, SPAS & ROOFTOP YOGA: These are Ireland's coolest luxury hotels

In a country of castles and elegant boutiques, it's not hard to find luxury hotels meeting and exceeding 5-star service.

In a country of castles and elegant boutiques, it’s not hard to find luxury hotels meeting and exceeding 5-star service.

But if you’re looking for luxury hotels across Ireland that offer touches of something different, special, or even cool, then these are the properties for you.

 

CROM CASTLE, CO. FERMANAGH

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In this age of Airbnb and unique stays, it’s not all that hard to book a couple of nights in a castle. What can be tricky, is booking castle accommodation that’s still occupied by royal bloodline.

Crom Castle offers just that kind of aristocratic experience thanks to Lord and Lady Erne, who opened the West Wing of their family home in Northern Ireland to visitors.

Along with that noble presence, the estate is the epitome of  luxury accommodation. With an indulgent afternoon tea experience, you can enjoy the Victorian decor and dining experiences while overlooking the Grand Gardens.

Heads up, the West Wing is available year-round for weekly or long weekend stays.

The castle accommodates groups of up to 12 people who can tailor their time to be entirely attended to or self-catered.

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THE WESTBURY, DUBLIN

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The Westbury Hotel Dublin

Luxury, luxury, luxury right in the heart of Dublin.

The 5-star property has 34+ years experience on delivering guests high-end luxury through beautiful furniture, royal touches and modern comforts.

Rooms vary from luxury king studios with en-suite bathrooms, to a presidential suite with a private bar and dining area.

Condé Nast Traveler gave it a Reader’s Choice Award in 2017 and named it one of the Top Hotels in the United Kingdom & Ireland in 2016.

If that wasn’t impressive enough, the hotel’s Gallery features a privately-owned art collection, which was referred to as a ‘Dublin institution’ by Leading Hotels of the World.

To top it off, visitors receive complimentary breakfast and wi-fi during their stay. Thanks to its convenient location, guests also have easy access to Dublin’s travel highlights.

For more information, click here.

 

DELPHI MOUNTAIN RESORT & SPA, CO. GALWAY

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A 4-star resort with 5-star relaxation and escapism.

Switch your mobile phones off and don’t expect any distractions at the Delphi Mountain Resort & Spa. There’s no phone coverage, Wi-Fi or television which means you can enjoy your stay with little interruptions and take in all its beauty.

The high-end property encourages guests to rediscover nature by dining on local produce, enjoying seaweed baths and rehydrating on mountain spring water.

Between natural healing sessions at the Delphi Spa Connemara, guests can also fill in time by getting active. Activities include, canoeing, kayaking or climbing, taking archery lessons, partaking in a high ropes course or learning bushcraft survival.

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THE MARKER HOTEL, DUBLIN

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Anyone up for some Saturday morning rooftop yoga with a view of Dublin Mountains, Grand Canal and the Irish Sea?

If that made your heart leap out of your chest, then The Marker Hotel is for you.

Rooftop yoga is just one of the indulgent and energising activities guests at The Marker Hotel can partake in during their stay. Along with casual laps in the 23-metre infinity pool (a rarity for Dublin), relaxing sessions in the Jacuzzi or sauna and rejuvenating breaks in a eucalyptus-infused steam room.

All that before you’ve even reached your room.

The property offers a range of room styles, each providing views of the city, marble bathrooms, ‘architectural masterpieces’ and exclusive toiletries by natural cosmetic brand, Malin+Goetz.

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MONART, CO. WEXFORD

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Leave the kiddies at home; they’re not welcome here.

Monart is a 5-star ADULTS-ONLY resort where relaxation is the goal and pampering is the norm.

Condé Nast Traveler readers voted it as the second ‘Best Spa Retreat Worldwide’, while Forbes Magazine named it ‘Ireland’s Favourite Spa’.

Often referred to as a ‘Destination Spa’ it has 15 treatment rooms offering everything from massages to organic seaweed eye compresses.

The spa also has a sauna, steam room, Finnish outdoor sauna, salt grotto, infra-red pro suite, caldarium and a hydrotherapy pool.

After treatments, the hotel offers relaxation time in the ‘dark and light relaxation rooms’.

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BALLYGALLY CASTLE, CO. ANTRIM

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It can’t be a list of luxury accommodation in Ireland without at least two hotels.

For your second cool, luxury castle, check out Ballygally Castle where luxury and pleasure meet the supernatural.

Labelled as one of Ireland’s haunted places, legend has it the Ballygally houses residents long after they’ve passed, including former owners Lady Isobel Shaw.

The 17th-century castle even has a Ghost Room at the top the property where Lady Shaw is believed to still inhabit. Legend has it, she fell to her death while trying to escape imprisonment by her cruel husband, Lord James Shaw.

But don’t worry, according to owners and former guests, she’s a friendly spirit. She’ll  notify guests of her presence by making random noises and leaving an eerie green mist over the castle.

Ghostly rumours aside, the hotel is quite the luxurious escape for those wanting a unique experience. With afternoon teas, beautiful views, a golf course and a Game of Thrones tour, this hotel has much to offer.

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