Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ireland - Your Luxury Travel Destination

Ireland was recently voted a top luxury travel destination by Luxury Travel Magazine, "For Europe first-timers or travelers seeking an English-speaking destination, Ireland offers rolling green countryside, quaint bed and breakfasts and hospitable locals that extend warmth and friendliness to visitors. From old to new: Ireland takes on a Robin Hood-esque feel amongst crumbling medieval castles for history buffs and site-seers, to world-class golf courses and resorts, offering some of the most renowned links in the world. Virtuoso advisers recommend it as an alternative in 2012 to London, which will no doubt be bulging with Olympic enthusiasts."

Ireland has much to offer the discerning traveler, from 5 Star Hotels and Castle Stays to shopping tours, once in a lifetime golf tours and spa treatments -  all of which can be added to your Chauffeur Driven Tour of Ireland, Dublin City Stay or Self-Drive Tour of Ireland. While most luxury hotels in Ireland have an in-house spa with many relaxing treatments to choose from, some luxury hotels in Ireland also offer top golf courses to suit the discerning golfer. Here are a couple of our favorite luxury hotels in Ireland:

Lough Eske Castle - Donegal

A Truly Unique Castle in Ireland, Offering a World of Modern Comforts. Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel and Spa sits within 43 acres of forest woodland, hugging the shores of Lough Eske, with the Blue Stack Mountains in the background. Lough Eske Castle is the only five star hotel in Donegal. Winner of the World's Best Luxury Country Hotel and topping My Guide Ireland's Top 10 Hotels in Ireland, this lovingly restored castle hotel in Ireland blends its historic past with a dash of contemporary luxury.

K Club - The Kildare Hotel, Spa and Country Club
The K Club, Ireland’s AA Hotel of the Year 2011 is located in the heart of the idyllic Irish countryside in the pretty village of Straffan, Co. Kildare. This long standing member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts offers the very best of pampering, leisure and golf facilities and is only 30 minutes from Dublin. Built in 1832, on the banks of the River Liffey, the original house was modelled on a French Ch√Ęteau and still retains many of its original architectural features, art work and antiques. It opened as a luxury hotel in 1991 and was Ireland’s first AA Five Red Star Property and to this day it continues to deliver the very highest levels of service and standards in terms of its food and beverage offerings, golf, leisure, outdoor activities and spa treatments and products.

The Shelbourne Hotel - Dublin
A national treasure built in 1824, The Shelbourne Hotel has been magnificently restored while keeping its historic charm. The Shelbourne is a luxury 5 star hotel in Dublin city centre overlooking St. Stephen's Green, Europe's grandest garden square. Ideally situated close to Dublin's cultural and historic buildings, The Shelbourne offers a great location, from where you can visit the majestic St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College. Explore shops on Grafton Street or visit the Guinness Storehouse. The Shelbourne offers spacious accommodations with luxurious Egyptian cotton bedding, flat- screen TV, laptop-size safe, and marble bathroom. Enjoy a cocktail or Ireland's own Guinness at our renowned Horseshoe Bar. Celebrate life at our Oyster Bar or a prime-cut steak at The Saddle Room Restaurant.


Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt
Whisk yourself away to a Palladian estate tucked back in the woodlands of County Wicklow on Ireland’s east coast. Take an enchanting stroll amidst the gentle green hills and sparkling lakes of Powerscourt Gardens, then head into Dublin for some cosmopolitan flair. The sumptuous surroundings of our Wicklow hotel combine the luxury and tranquility of country living with city chic. The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, County Wicklow hotel near Dublin brings together natural beauty and dignified accommodation to offer its guests an unforgettable retreat. Some of this luxurious Wicklow hotel’s amenities and services include: 200 spacious guest rooms, including 93 suites, panoramic views and terraces available in many rooms, An outstanding spa with 20 treatment rooms and one private spa suite, 36 holes of championship golf, Three exceptional dining facilities, including Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt, a signature restaurant from the world-renowned chef, More than 10,000-square-feet of meeting space

Adare Manor - County Limerick
Situated in the lush heartlands of County Limerick, Adare Monar and Golf Resort is one of Ireland's most evocative and spell binding hotels. Steeped in exotic history and surrounded by medieval ruins, its 840 acre demesne is home to beautiful parklands, superb trout fishing on the river Maigue and a renowned 18 hole championshjip golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior. Unique and individual accommodations, the best of contemporary Irish food in an incomparable setting and the highest standards of modern hospitality are hallmarks of the Manor experience.

Dylan Hotel - Dublin
On an exclusive Victorian street, the Dylan Hotel in Dublin 4 is nestled in the heart of Dublin city center’s most sophisticated quarter. This 5 star boutique city center hotel is located 10 minutes walk from Grafton Street, St. Stephen’s Green, the Aviva Stadium and the RDS and in the epicenter of Dublin’s happening cultural scene. The hotel is a destination for the endless array of Dublin City fashion, leisure and business. The Luxury boutique hotel is steps away from the chicest Dublin restaurants, shopping and night life and houses the award winning Dylan Restaurant, Dylan Cocktail Bar and terraces.

Hayfield Manor - Cork
Since it's opening in 1996, Hayfield Manor 5 Star Hotel in Cork City has been recognised for providing high quality product and service. This is reflected in the various awards with which Hayfield Manor has been honoured. The estate, in the heart of Cork city, was originally owned by the Musgrave family, the famous Cork merchants. The current owners, The Scally Family, purchased the estate from the Musgrave family and established Cork's first 5 star hotel. As a family owned and managed hotel, the personal yet professional service that is delivered has become synonomous with Hayfield Manor, and ensures guests enjoy their stay with us in Cork city.

Ashford Castle, County Mayo
The splendour of Ashford is everywhere. It is in our extensive woodland walks and in our vigorous country pursuits. It is in our luxurious rooms, our service, and our smiles. Perhaps most importantly it is in the memories we help to create. This ancient land, itself so rich in memories of the past, makes those of us at the hotel hope that you take home with you something of the feelings we ourselves experience in this wonderful setting.

The Europe Hotel and Resort, Killarney Co. Kerry
The Europe 5 Star Hotel in Killarney, Co. Kerry is one of the most luxurious 5 star Hotel, Conference & Event Centres in Ireland and also incorporates ESPA at The Europe, one of Ireland's largest spa hotels in Ireland. It is in the beautiful grounds of this luxury 5 star hotel in Ireland that the waters of Killarney's largest lake, Lough Lein, reflect the wilderness of Kerry's magnificent McGillycuddy Reeks Mountain range in the scenic South West of Ireland. Enjoy a range of leisure activities on the grounds of one the finest luxury hotels Ireland has to offer.

Dromoland Castle, County Clare

With an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th Century, Dromoland Castle was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. Approached by a meandering drive that passes acres of magnificent lawns, this luxury 5 Star Castle Hotel overlooks its own Championship Golf Course and a glistening lake which commands the panoramic beauty of the surrounds. Seamlessly blending Old-World elegance with contemporary luxuries, Dromoland's tradition of delivering impeccable, unobtrusive service is never compromised. Guests can relax under the careful attention of our staff and enjoy an exquisite selection of gourmet fine dining and delicious wines; unwind slowly in the Castle's 5 Star luxury Health Spa or indoor heated pool; or enjoy a good book beside a crackling evening fire. Situated just 8 miles from Shannon International Airport, and regarded as one of the top luxury hotels Ireland has to offer, Dromoland Castle Hotel Ireland is the ideal base from which to explore the vibrant cities of Limerick and Galway; the magical Shannon region and Ireland's rugged West Coast. Look no further than Dromoland Castle for 5 star castle accommodations Ireland.

These are just a few of the luxurious accommodations to be had in majestic Ireland. Whether you choose a chauffeur driven tour, a shopping trip, a golf vacation, a spa get-a-way, a Dublin city stay or a luxury self-drive tour of Ireland, let Celtic Tours World Vacations help you plan your fabulous luxury Ireland vacation. Give us a call at 1-800-833-4373 to start planning today!

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