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Historic cathedrals and castles, lush greenery as far as the eye can see, and a culture known for friendly banter over a pint of "the black stuff" (also known as Guinness), Ireland is arguably one of the most beautiful countries on Earth. With its quaint, colorful neighborhoods like Cobh, Kinsale, and Galway, to the beautiful waters of Coral Beach and Killarney National Park, you're sure to be overwhelmed with instagrammable moments at every stop. For the best possible experience, Chris and I recommend traveling to Ireland between March and May or September and November--you'll avoid the crowds, as well as the colder winter temps!

The Shelbourne

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If walls could talk, those in The Shelbourne would tell of how the Irish Constitution was drafted in one of the suites upstairs. (An original copy is among the historic docs in the on-site museum.) One of Dublin’s oldest hotels with a primo perch across from Saint Stephen’s Green, the 265-room hotel looks ready for another swank century, with plenty of brocade and rich fabrics. Work up a sweat in the dance studio, or wind down in the spa’s park-view Relaxation Room. Locals hold court at No. 27 Bar and The Saddle Room restaurant’s oyster bar; afternoon tea in Lord Mayor’s Lounge is a tradition.

WIT Tip: Looking to trace your Irish ancestry? The hotel’s Genealogy Butler is one of Ireland’s leading genealogists and can help you navigate family history with a sense of fun and adventure.

The Westbury

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A member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World, The Westbury places its guests at the very heart of Dublin’s social and cultural riches. Its prime location between Trinity College and Saint Stephen’s Green means Dublin’s Creative Quarter, with the characterful boutiques and famous nightlife of Grafton Street, which is right on the hotel’s doorstep. Meanwhile, inside there are The Sidecar’s creative cocktails; the 1930s glamour of WILDE, one of the city’s finest restaurants; Balfes’ open kitchen and outdoor terrace; and, of course, The Gallery – renowned for afternoon tea – the epitome of this haven of luxury.

WIT Tip: In addition to delectable afternoon tea, The Gallery offers a wide array of smoothies; be sure to ask to see their juice menu.

Adare Manor

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Adare Manor is a five-star luxury resort defined by its spectacular setting, authentic historic character, and the impeccable service and welcome of its world-class staff. The 104 guest rooms are air-conditioned and lavishly appointed with original art, Georgian style furnishings, and marble bathrooms. For fine dining, visit The Carriage House for cocktails and classic Irish cuisine or The Oak Room with renowned chef Michael Tweedie. Get out on the greens at the pristine golf course, redesigned by Tom Fazio and the forthcoming host venue for the 2026 Ryder Cup. Or, relax with a nourishing La Mer skin treatment at The Spa.

WIT Tip: Don't miss the charming tea service – without a doubt, the best in Ireland.


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With a glorious history that includes a painstaking, nine-year restoration, Ballyfin regains its throne as one of Ireland’s most lavish country retreats. Reigning over a sprawling 614-acre estate dotted with follies and grottoes, this 20-bedroom Regency manor house has been authentically refurbished, from the Chippendale mirrors right down to the antique mosaic floors. The estate also has a newly renovated one-bedroom Gardener's Cottage. Food is sourced from the garden and local farms. Activities range from falconry and fishing the tranquil lake to enjoying cooking demonstrations and whiskey tastings in the cellar.

WIT Tip: Take afternoon tea in the drawing room in 18th-century period attire, loads of fun for all ages. Or, have dinner for two in the wine cellar or china room.

The Killarney Park

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The family-owned The Killarney Park is a treasured hideaway. Spa enthusiasts will love The Spa, with its relaxation lounge and caldarium. If you’re a golfer, then it’s off to the links to experience some of the finest golf in southwest Ireland, with several world-class courses around the hotel; staff can arrange transportation and tee times. Take time to wander around the quaint little town or stroll into part of Killarney National Park. Return for dinner at the award-winning Park Restaurant, a local favorite.

WIT Tip: Schedule an Irish whiskey tasting in The Garden Bar and come away with an appreciation for uisce beatha (whiskey), translated from Gaelic as “water of life.”

Now that we've guided you to the best places to stay in Ireland, you can invest your time in prepping your palette for unbeatable whiskey tastings and true Irish fare--and don't forget to practice your golf swing while you're at it! Enjoy the rich history Ireland's neighborhoods have to offer, see the sights like the Cliffs of Moher, and allow us to take care of the details along the way. Sláinte!

WIT has very close relationships with these properties, so we can extend exclusive perks and special amenities to our clients. Typically, you will receive complimentary breakfast for two daily, $100 or more resort credit to be utilized during your stay, room upgrade, either at the time of booking or arrival, and early check-in/late checkout, both subject to availability.

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