10 hotel breaks in Ireland that are the stuff of dreams

If you’re looking to book one of the very best weekend breaks in Ireland, we’ve got you covered.

The Emerald Isle boasts some of the world’s most glamorous hotels, made all the more breath-taking by the stunning natural beauty that surrounds them.

If you book weekend getaways in Ireland this summer in one of these incredible properties, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into another world! These hotels promise the best weekend breaks in all of Ireland.

10. Shelbourne Hotel – movie-star glamour in the capital

The Shelbourne Hotel is another of the top hotel breaks in Ireland.
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The name Shelbourne is synonymous with ‘fancy’ in Dublin, and once you step inside this old-school hotel (greeted by the doorman, of course), you’ll see why. A city break with more than a touch of class.

Prices: from €269

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Address: 27 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin.

9. Waterford Castle – your own private island

Another of the top hotel breaks in Ireland is Waterford Castle, your own private island.

The journey to Waterford Castle starts on a car ferry that whisks you away to the private island where this fabulous hotel has its grounds. If you’re looking to really impress someone, this is undoubtedly one of the best weekend breaks in Ireland.

Prices: from €220

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Address: The Island, Ballinakill, Co. Waterford.

8. Finn Lough – sleep under the stars in luxury

Finn Lough is the perfect place to sleep under the stars in luxury, one of the greatest hotel breaks in Ireland.
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The bubble pods in Finn Lough have proven a massive hit on Instagram! The luxurious accommodation here gives the illusion that there is no ceiling, making this the best weekend break in Ireland for you amateur astrologists out there.

Prices: from €145

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Address: 41 Letter Road, Aghnablaney, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.

7. Delphi Resort – adventure with all your home comforts

Delphi Resort is a glamourous hotel complete with adventurous activities.

Delphi is fancy without being pretentious. This is the ideal weekend getaway in Ireland for those with a sense of adventure. It offers many outdoor activities, such as zip-lining and archery, without compromising on gorgeous accommodation and food.

Prices: from €242

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Address: Tawnyinlough, Leenaun, Co. Galway.

6. Harvey’s Point – countryside indulgence

Looking another of the best weekend breaks in Ireland, Harvey's Point is countryside indulgence.
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How does your own private whirlpool with a lake view sound? Not impressed yet? What if we told you there were onsite horse stables? Thought so.

As far as fantastic hotel breaks in Ireland go, Harvey’s Point is hard to beat.

Prices: from €304

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Address: Lough Eske Road, Tawnyvorgal, Co. Donegal.

5. Powerscourt Hotel – one of the best weekend breaks in Ireland

Powerscourt Hotel is sure to be another of the best weekend breaks in all of Ireland.

Wicklow’s iconic Sugarloaf Mountain will be the view from your bedroom here (although the bedrooms are really more like suites). The only problem? Tearing yourself away from the basement spa for long enough to appreciate it.

Prices: from €466

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Address: Powerscourt Hotel, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow.

4. Castlemartyr Hotel – act like Lord or Lady of the manor

For one of the best weekend breaks in Ireland, check out Castlemartyr Hotel.

This 18th-century manor house offers spa facilities, five-star dining, and outdoor activities; as well as a range of accommodation options that include self-catering holiday homes. The perfect weekend break in Ireland for a family who enjoy the finer things in life.

Prices: from €470 (2 nights)

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Address: Castlemartyr Resort, Co. Cork.

3. Park Hotel Kenmare – old-school hospitality

Park Hotel Kenmare is full of hospitality and another of the best weekend breaks in Ireland.
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Stepping into the Park Hotel, the stomping ground of the famous Brennan brother hoteliers, feels like coming home. That is, if your home was a stately mansion with some of the finest service staff imaginable.

This is a weekend getaway in Ireland like no other – picture yourself relaxing by the fireplace, eating home-baked goods, and drinking a hot port while everyone makes a fuss of you, before retiring to the comfiest bed you’ve ever slept in. Bliss!

Prices: from €991 (2 nights)

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Address: Shelbourne Street, Kenmare, Co. Kerry.

2. Ice House Hotel – outdoor hot tub with a view

The Ice House Hotel is another of the best weekend breaks in Ireland.
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Go west for a dreamy weekend getaway in Ireland courtesy of the ultra-glam Ice House Hotel. The floor to ceiling windows in your river view room will have you feeling like you’re being floated to sleep, while the outdoor hot tub on the river bank will have you floating on air.

If the views aren’t enough to tempt you, the incredible breakfast spread will surely do the trick!

Prices: from €216

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Address: The Quay, Quignalecka, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

1. Monart Destination Spa – for an otherworldly calm

Staying at Monart Destination Spa is sure to be one of the best weekend breaks in Ireland.

The relaxation begins the minute you drive through the gates in Monart. Your car is parked by the valet while you slip into a fluffy white robe – the dress code of all guests in the facility.

Enjoy world-class spa facilities and fitness classes, washed down by delectable delights in the onsite haute-cuisine restaurant. WiFi coverage is purposely limited – the aim of coming here is to completely switch off.

In our humble opinion, Monart is simply the best weekend break in Ireland.

Prices: from €278 (reopens 3 August 2020)

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Address: Forgelands, The Still, Co. Wexford

These amazing hotel breaks in Ireland are guaranteed to help you get away from it all! Which would you like to stay at most?

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Although Nicola Spendlove has been lucky enough to travel extensively through Europe, Asia, America, and Africa, Ireland will always be the place she calls home. Raised in Dublin, Nicola now lives in the sometimes sunny (but always beautiful) seaside community of Tramore, County Waterford. When Nicola isn’t writing about all the things that make Ireland great, she enjoys acting, lifting weights, and working as an occupational therapist.