Ireland remains an iconic destination for a reason: amid its rolling green hills, it boasts noteworthy hospitality sure to delight travelers. In honor of the Emerald Isle’s most famous holiday, travel writer Katy Spratte Joyce explores four Irish destinations and shares where to stay in each special spot.
TO VISIT: ADARE COUNTY LIMERICK
A pretty inland village, Adare rests on the River Maigue and is known for its thatched roof houses and preserved castles.
Stay at The Adare Manor for a Michelin star restaurant, new spa, and championship golf course set to host The Ryder Cup. The five-star property’s 840 acres are ripe for exploration, and each year the resort lights up in green for the holiday.
TO VISIT: Dublin, County Dublin
Ireland’s largest city offers a treasure trove of attractions beyond its storied pubs. The updated Guinness Storehouse experience is a great way to usher in St. Patrick’s Day.
Stay at The Marker Hotel, a contemporary resting place in the hip Docklands area. Highlights include an insta-worthy infinity pool, colorful guest rooms, and a divine rooftop bar.
TO VISIT: Cashel, County Tipperary
The beautiful lowland area of southwestern Ireland is known as the Golden Vale. One of its gems is Cashel, home to the famed Rock of Cashel castle, an interactive folk village, and the Georgian architectural showstopper St. John’s Cathedral.
Stay at Cashel Palace, a brand new Relais & Chateaux hotel that epitomizes five-star luxury and famed Irish hospitality. Located in the former country house of the Archbishops of Cashel, amenities include an upscale Irish eatery, modern spa, and equine concierge, all in a refurbished Palladian manor with acres of surrounding gardens.
TO VISIT: Ardmore, County Waterford
This ancient seaside fishing village turned coastal resort town provides a quiet respite for a usually boisterous holiday. Enjoy the Cliff Walk for breathtaking views of the Celtic Sea, or head to the sugar sand beach for a salty escape.
Stay at Cliff House Hotel, a luxe boutique property perched on the seaside, complete with lovely spa, Michelin star restaurant, and walkable to the village center.