By Sarah O’Toole
Ireland is full of hidden treasures and is home to many beautiful boutique hotels throughout the country. Here are our top five picks.
The Maryborough Hotel and Spa
This 4-star luxury hotel combines an old world mansion with a modern extension in Douglas, Cork. Bellini’s Restaurant has received two AA Rosettes and combines a fusion of flavours. Head Chef Gemma Murphy uses the best local farmers, butchers, fishermen and growers to create her dishes. They Maryborough as a Spring Deal at €179 total stay. This includes €20 dinner credit, €20 spa credit for a 55-minute spa treatment per person. There is so much to do in the surrounding area including three golf courses which the hotel can organise tee times or go explore Fota Wildlife park or Jameson Brewery in Middleton.
The Station House Hotel
This Hotel was a train station in the 1900’s which served as a livery stop for both Meath and West Meath. Bought by Chris and Thelma Slattery in 1981 they began welcoming guests in 1983 after starting a small guest house and restaurant. Having grown since it has become an award-winning hotel. Their restaurant named ‘The Signal’ sources fresh and local ingredients from family businesses in the area. This is an ideal and homely spot for a family break, with offers from €124.50 per night for a family of four including and evening meal and a day out in Tayto Park.
Bellinter House Hotel
The house was originally designed by for the Preston family who were wealthy Dublin merchants. The grounds are extensive with far reaching lawns with ancient trees with many spots to relax. There are a number of trails and footpaths to explore. The luxury spa retreat package at this Navan sanctuary starts at €135 pps. This includes a spa treatment per person and a three-course evening meal at the two AA Rosette award-winning Eden Restaurant. The spa choices you have to pick from are a 30-minute mini facial, reflexology, body polish, back massage, relaxing leg treatment or a 60-minute seaweed bath.
This Wicklow house celebrated its 400th birthday in 2008 making it one of the oldest hotels in Ireland. Eamon De Valera spent his honeymoon at this hotel and Michael Collins also stayed here while engaging in secret meetings with senior British Army officers in 1922. Situated in the Vale of Avoca this scenic location offers an amazing setting for a relaxing break. The hotel offers Golf packages from €74pps. These trips include a round of golf from a choice of Woodenbridge, Coollattin, Mecreddin and Blainroe golf courses with one-night bed and breakfast.
The Ice House Hotel
This unique hotel with its eclectic style and stunning architecture is the perfect backdrop for a breakaway in Mayo. There are amazing views from all the rooms as they overlook the Moy estuary. In the late 18th and early 19th century tonnes of wild salmon were preserved here under ice before being shipped to markets in Dublin and Liverpool. The hotel offers a Stay and Chill break which includes a 50-minute VOYA treatment and dinner on the evening of your choice at the Riverside restaurant. You can enjoy your breakfast and relax in the hot tub and outdoor barrel sauna. This offer is available from €244 per night.