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Irish hotels to book that are a destination in themselves


By Megan Burns
24th Jun 2021
Irish hotels to book that are a destination in themselves

If you want a break where you don’t have to leave the hotel, one of these options could be just what you’re looking for.

Sometimes, a hotel is just a base for seeing an area or city, and you don’t need it to be any more than that. However, there’s also a particular delight in going to a hotel simply for all the experiences it has to offer, from delicious meals to relaxing spa treatments.

They’re also a safe bet at the moment with restrictions still in place. Even if it’s raining and outdoor activities (and dining) are off the table, knowing that you have everything you need at your hotel is very reassuring. Here are some hotels around Ireland that can occupy you for an entire trip. 

Fota Island Resort, Cork 

Irish hotels with activities

Whether you’re looking for a break to totally unwind, or a trip packed with activities, Fota Island Resort has the best of both worlds. For those looking for relaxation, the Spa has recently launched a new menu of GROUND treatments (from €105), designed by Cork wellness curator Peigín Crowley. 

Irish hotels with activities

The treatments use natural aromatherapy oils and balms, all of which are handmade in small batches by Peigín using pure botanical vegan ingredients. Options include a full body massage, a face, neck and scalp ritual and a pregnancy ritual, and each incorporates gentle breathwork, hands-on rhythmical pressures including Gua Sha stones, and aromatherapy oils to leave you utterly relaxed and refreshed. 

Photo: Miki Barlok

For a culinary treat, book dinner at The Cove restaurant, where you can enjoy a seasonal six course tasting menu. You feel as if you’re going on a journey of taste, progressing through interesting and varied flavours. 

Golf lovers will easily be kept occupied, with incredible three courses to play. Tennis courts are available for lessons or just for a game, while kids are also spoilt for choice with the activities on offer. Fota Island Adventure offers a huge range of activities including archery, obstacle courses, water sports, and orienteering, the hotel’s pool is always a popular choice, and of course the wildlife park is just a stone’s throw away.

An overnight stay with full Irish breakfast and full access to leisure facilities at Fota Island Resort costs from €245 per room per night, with five per cent discount for two nights, ten per cent for three, and 15 per cent off the total price of your stay when you stay four nights or more. 

Lough Eske Castle, Donegal

Irish hotels with activities

For those wanting a gourmet getaway this summer, Lough Eske Castle are offering a package that includes two nights’ accommodation with breakfast each morning, a three course dinner in the two AA Rosette Cedars restaurant, and traditional Afternoon Tea.

Also included is the use of the swimming pool and fitness room at the CARA Organic Beauty Spa, so it’s perfect for a pampering trip. There are also historical tours of the castle, complimentary bikes for you to explore the grounds, and even fishing on Lough Eske, so there is no shortage of activities.

The gourmet getaway package starts from €670 per room for two nights, based on two people sharing.

Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford

Photo: Colin Shanahan

If it’s activities you’re looking for during your stay, Ferrycarrig Hotel in Wexford have teamed up with adventure suppliers in Wexford to create a unique ‘Adventure Escape’ break where you can build your very own adventure experience. 

Sitting on the banks of the River Slaney, guests can choose from one of ten different activities as part of their stay at Ferrycarrig including kayaking, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, horse-riding, and touring the world’s oldest working lighthouse at Hook, all at a range of prices, with the most expensive being €49.50 per person. 

You can also enjoy dinner at Reeds Restaurant with its outdoor terrace, which puts a big emphasis on local produce. A stay with breakfast for two people sharing starts from €300, while a two-night break for family of four starts from €400. 

Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort, Wicklow 

Irish hotels with activities

If you’d like a stay that allows you to get out into the great outdoors, then Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort is a great option.

Set on the shores of the Blessington lakes, at the foot of the Wicklow mountains, the hotel has several walking packages on offer, allowing you to combine exploration with the luxury of the hotel. What better way to finish off a day of walking than with a delicious dinner? 

Irish hotels with activities

The hotel’s Walking In Wicklow package includes two nights bed and breakfast, a 3-course dinner in Fia Rua restaurant, and a picnic lunch and is priced from €189 per person sharing.  Guests will be provided with walking maps.