What it is
A fairytale castle on 840 acres, with a Michelin-starred restaurant, award-winning spa and bountiful exploits, from golf to handling sessions with the hotel’s resident gundog Irish Labradors.
What it isn't
Busy-busy-busy. Sure, you’ll never be bored here, but if you’d like to proceed to the spa for La Mer Miracle Broth Facials and plenty of lounging by the turquoise spa in a fluffy whtie robe, be their guest.
What we think
There’s a reason Adare Manor is voted the best resort in Europe year after year. Actually, many reasons, starting with the rooms: often adorned with 19th century etchings and oil paintings, mahogany furniture inspired by the Georgian era, and comforts galore, including a curated minibar, rain shower, soaking tub, and tufted reading chairs that peep out on the River Maigue. The Michelin-starred Oak Room turns heads night after night with both its menu (get the sea bream with langoustine, sweetcorn and spiced bisque) and its atmosphere (candlelit and tucked within the castle’s oak-panelled original dining room). Golfers come from across the globe to play the Tom Fazio-designed course, as green as the emerald’s in Queen Elizabeth II’s Greville necklace.
You're here because
You’re an architecture junkie, and their self-guided architecture and garden tour means you can wander the grounds for days taking in the 365 leaded windows, 7 stone pillars and 52 chimneys, each more intricate than the last.
There’s no afternoon tea quite like the one held in the arched gothic Gallery of Adare Manor, built in 1832. That it’s thoroughly Irish—with sandwiches like the West Clare Crab, served on soda bread with Exmoor caviar and pickled shallot—makes it even better.
Restaurants & Bars
The Oakroom Restaurant - Michelin star restaurant, classic fine dining in a candle-lit only room overlooking the river
The Drawing Room - offers a selection of delicate salads and elegant sandwiches as well as innovative cocktails
The Carriage House - grill restaurant showcasing the finest in local artisan produce, fresh seafood, and prime Irish dry aged beef, a glamorous cocktail bar and lounge
The Tack Room - cellar bar with classy atmosphere, featuring live contemporary and traditional Irish music
A little over an hour’s drive south of Galway, just down the road from the ruins of 13th-century Adare Desmond Castle, ripe for exploration.