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Five-Star Luxury Inside Killarney National Park: Muckross Park Hotel and Cloisters Spa

Jul 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

A tall, lean water sculpture composed of intricately interwoven gray slates from nearby Valentia Island is the first thing you’ll notice as you approach the front entrance of Muckross Park Hotel and Cloisters Spa. Immediately inside, a veritable feast of furnishings meets the eye: twin decorative Doric columns, Grecian urns, crimson armchairs, gilded mirrors, century-old oil paintings, an open fireplace with a varnished wood border and twin marble statues of dogs.... Read More

If Hogwarts Was a Five-Star Hotel: The Lodge at Doonbeg

Jul 12, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Nicknamed ‘The Shire’ (as in The Hobbit) or Hogwarts, The Lodge at Doonbeg is a quaint, village-like property of well-designed buildings on a vast undulating stretch of open land straddling the coast of Clare in western Ireland.... Read More

Parknasilla Resort & Spa: 300 Years of Irish Hospitality on The Ring of Kerry

Jul 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

The first glimpse of Parknasilla Resort & Spa on the southwest coast of Ireland is of an imposing gray-granite building at the head of a rocky promontory fringed by tall, sweet-smelling Cordylines, or palm lilies. One could be mistaken for thinking one had arrived on the Mediterranean coast rather than County Kerry, a few miles from the sleepy town of Sneem. The Gulf Stream that passes here grants this particular region a warmer climate than many other parts of the country, where subtropical plants and vegetation flourish.... Read More

13th Century Ashford Castle: Irish Hospitality on Lake Corrib

May 8, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

A winding driveway through manicured lawns fronted by an imposing gatehouse with crenellated stone battlements—the first clues that something impressive lies beyond. But still, these elements ill-prepare one for the full splendor of the Ashford Castle, as the magnificent 13th century Irish edifice comes into view beyond the last gentle rise of land.... Read More

5 Luxury Golf Packages Over $5,000

Apr 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore  |  1 Comment

Spring has sprung, warm weather has arrived, and golf fanatics migrated south to Augusta, Georgia for the start of the first majors tournament of the year, The Masters. Unfortunately, you didn’t get to go because your boss said you have to stay and finish those TPS reports (what a tyrant!). And while it would’ve been exciting to see that green jacket grace the shoulders of the first Australian winner, going on your own extravagant golf getaway is by far a better way to spend your hard earned vacation time. To help inspire this much deserve respite, here are five exceptional golf experiences from around the world that might even make Tiger a bit jealous.... Read More

Game of Thrones Locations: Beautiful Spots From the HBO Hit Series

Mar 28, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  1 Comment

There are a lot of special effects in the HBO blockbuster fantasy series Game of Thrones, but one thing that’s never faked is the spectacular scenery. If you’re looking at an elegant medieval port city, an endless expanse of frozen white wasteland, or an exotic oasis within a parched desert, you’re probably looking at the real deal, not some sort of green screen. Many destinations have worked with GOT producers to get this impressive cast/crew of hundreds over to their most unusual and beautiful corners for filming. Now, as fans get ready for the start of Season 3, here’s our guide to where your favorite scenes were shot in real life.... Read More

Celebrating Ireland: 10 Talented Irish Stars We Love

Mar 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Ireland is known for its rolling green hills, rambunctious pubs, and welcoming residents, but the area has also given the art world some pretty talented people. From poets and painters to actors and musicians, many greats have once called Ireland home. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I decided to pick my favorite Irish imports, from the names nearly everyone knows of to those everyone should know of.... Read More

Ireland Luxury Hotel Named One of Travel + Leisure's Top Hotels for 2013

Feb 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Adare Manor, located near Limerick and Shannon International Airport, has been voted by readers of Travel+Leisure magazine one of the best hotels in the world for 2013. Travel+Leisure, a leading luxury travel magazine published in the United States, has named Adare Manor named a “Top 500 Hotel on the World” for ten consecutive years. The estate, through which flows the River Maigue, features an exquisite French formal garden, including the oldest Cedar of Lebanon tree in the British Isles dating, to 1645.... Read More

The Grand Old Lady of Galway Welcomes Guests to Historic Eyre Square

Jan 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Known as ‘the grand old lady of the square,’ the elegant, old world charm of the Meyrick Hotel is a perfect passport into Ireland’s western city of Galway and the wild beauty of the Connemara region beyond. Located in the central, stately Eyre Square which celebrates its 300th anniversary this year, the luxury hotel offers visitors a convenient location from which to walk leisurely through what is one of the most attractive downtown areas in Ireland.

The hotel has a narrow off-road space in front where new arrivals can park and unload baggage, while regular parking is taken care of by valet, the lot being an easy, few hundred-yard walk around the corner.... Read More

A Shining Gem in Western Ireland | Ballynahinch Castle

Jan 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Try as I might, it’s hard to imagine a more tranquil retreat than Ballynahinch Castle, tucked away among the hills, rocks, turf bogs, rivers, lakes and forest glades of central Connemara in western Ireland. Reached after an hour or so journey from Galway city, this 14th-century castle lies snug off the road behind wrought-iron black and gold gates, past several impressive chalk-white buildings and along a narrow driveway, bordered by boulders, that winds its way past a stone bridge and pleasant copses.... Read More

Contemporary Hotel in a Quaint Irish Town | Westport Plaza Hotel

Jan 3, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

What began as a small family bed and breakfast operation in 1972 has now turned into not one, not two, but three hotels in and around the pretty coastal town of Westport in County Mayo, Ireland. All built by members of the Doran clan, the four-star, 87-room Westport Plaza is one of the three, located as it is in the downtown area of this once bustling port, now a thriving tourism center, a short 10-minute drive from the blustery Atlantic Ocean.... Read More

Enjoy The Quiet Comfort of Galway Bay Hotel

Dec 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Galway is an attractive Irish city, but like most such places, traffic at times can be challenging so an interesting choice of vacation spot is the town of Salthill, just outside the metropolis where the Galway Bay Hotel is located. An extensive, multi-gabled sand-colored building, this 153-bed, four-star property stands proudly before the Atlantic Ocean. It offers a picturesque view over the rocky seafront and a long promenade that stretches all the way to Galway several miles away.... Read More

Irish Castle Turned Five-Star Hotel on Belfast Lough | Culloden Estate & Spa

Aug 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen  |  1 Comment

Gazing into the darkness past ivy-clad walls down a grassy knoll towards the twinkling lights of Belfast Lough while sipping a glass of wine, makes one think of resplendent evenings in private English clubs during the Victorian era. And indeed this well may have been the case here at the Culloden Estate & Spa more than a century ago; for one of Northern Ireland’s most prestigious five-star hotels was once the palace of the all-powerful bishops where private dinners and hush-hush tete-a-tetes were weekly, if not daily, affairs.... Read More

Boutique Spa Hotel in Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland | Silver Tassie

Jul 25, 2012  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

In terms of raw natural beauty, there are few places in Ireland more stunning than Donegal in the northwest and few places better for starting one’s journey of discovery than the Silver Tassie Hotel and Spa.... Read More

Dublin Culture Excursions

Jun 25, 2012  |   Contributor: Amy Hughes

Chock full of history and culture, Dublin, Ireland offers many cultural adventures to immerse you in literature, art, theatre and music.  Do not attempt to leave this beautiful land without experiencing some of the history and refinement whic... Read More

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