Best of the Best 2018 - 469
POWERSCOURT HOTEL RESORT SPA
EN N ISKER R Y, IR ELA N D
N E I G H B O R H O O D Thousand Acre Country Escape
At Powerscourt Hotel Resort Spa, some of Ireland's greatest attractions are right in your backyard. Located near the picturesque Enniskerry with pubs, restaurants and thatched cottages,
this 194-room hotel sits within the 1,000-acre estate just south of Dublin. Its terraced gardens
and the country's highest waterfall are an easy stroll away, while a secret trail along the Dargel
River leads you to hidden woodlands at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains. Guests enjoy privileges at the estate's two golf courses and can fly-fish Tinnahinch's crystal streams. Hiking,
mountain biking and falconry are among the many activities available.
Champagne afternoon tea for two in the
Sugar Loaf Lounge, once per stay.
Catherine Fulvio, one of Ireland's top
chefs, runs the cookery school at nearby
Ballyknocken House. Classes for all levels are
Distance from Dublin Airport (DUB): 17 miles/27 km
Size: 194 rooms Room Style: Classic Vibe: Sophisticated
LIMER ICK, IR ELA N D
N E I G H B O R H O O D Heart of Adare Village
Afternoon tea for two in the Gallery, once
Guests will have access to myriad activities
throughout the surrounding parkland - ask
about falconry, archery, fishing and more.
EU RO PE
Maintaining the estate's neo-Gothic architectural heritage and stonework was but a small portion of the fantastic overhaul at 840-acre Adare Manor. The five-star resort reopened its doors
in November 2017 following an 18-month renovation project that resulted in the addition of a
bedroom wing, bringing the accommodation count to 104, besides offering a beguiling ballroom, a state-of-the-art La Mer spa, swimming pool with relaxation area and a cinema.
World-famous golf architect Tom Fazio is overseeing the development of an incredible "new"
golf course at Adare Manor, which is primed to become one of the continent's finest courses.
Distance from Shannon Airport (SNN): 27 miles/44 km
Size: 104 rooms Room Style: Classic Vibe: Sophisticated
CULLODEN ESTATE & SPA
B ELFA ST, N OR THER N IR ELA N D
N E I G H B O R H O O D Holywood, County Down
The quietly imposing Culloden Estate & Spa sits atop the Holywood Hills, overlooking Belfast
Lough and the County Antrim coastline. This is the most prestigious hotel in Northern Ireland.
The house was originally built as the official palace for the Bishops of County Down; today, a
decidedly regal atmosphere, brimming with antiques, original artworks and sumptuous accommodations, welcomes world travelers. Enjoy the new duplex apartments at the Culloden
Estate. Diversions include a full-service ESPA spa, privileged tee times at Royal Belfast Golf
Club (the oldest in Ireland) and gourmet dining in the award-winning Mitre Restaurant.
A DV I S O R T I P
Traditional afternoon tea for two, once per
Don't miss the on-property pub, situated a
short walk away from the main building. It's
a wonderful spot for casual meals and peoplewatching.
-Karen Stang Hanley
Distance from Belfast City Airport (BHD): 4 miles/6 km
Size: 98 rooms Room Style: Classic Vibe: Sophisticated