Two of Ireland’s top hotels have been named among the “World’s Best 100 Hotels” as part of Travel and Leisure’s 2017 World’s Best Awards. Another is listed among the best resorts in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe.
Ballyfin Hotel, in County Laois, came in at number 39, with Cong, County Mayo’s luxurious Ashford Castle voted the 59th best hotel in the world. The five-star Sheen Falls Lodge, in County Kerry, was voted third in the “Top Resort Hotel in UK & Ireland” and number 11 in the “Top Resort Hotels in Europe.”
Each year Travel and Leisure invite their readers to vote for their favorite hotels, cities, airlines, other transportation, and more, between November of the prior year and March of the current year.
The prestigious site describes the “World’s Best 100 Hotels” list as: “From luxe adventure lodges to intimate inns to grand city hotels, these are the planet's best places to stay.” The results, voted for by their readers, include hotels from all over the world, from Indonesia to Wyoming.
Meanwhile, the five-star Sheen Falls Lodge in Kerry has been named the number 3 “Top Resort Hotel in the UK & Ireland” and number 11 in the “Top Resort Hotels in Europe” list.
In 2016 Ashford Castle won several international awards and in 2015 it was awarded the title of the Hotel of the Year by Virtuoso. This year the stunning Lough Corrib resort made the press as it played host to Irish golfing champ Rory McIlroy’s wedding.
Ballyfin, similarly, has been recognized in recent years for its success. In 2016, it was named the world's best hotel at the Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards. It was also joined in that list by Waterford Castle, at seventh place and The Lodge, also at Ashford Castle, came ninth.
General Manager of Sheen Falls Lodge, Seamus Crotty had this to say on being voted onto the “Top Resort Hotel in UK & Ireland” and “Top Resort Hotels in Europe”: “We are very proud to have been named in two categories at this year’s Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.”
He added, “The caliber of Irish hotels who feature on both the Top Hotels in UK & Ireland and Top Resort Hotels in Europe is testament to the exceptional standard and offering of the Irish hospitality industry, which we are delighted to represent.”
Nihi Sumba Island (formerly Nihiwatu), in Indonesia, an eco-friendly resort which is home to traditional villages, waterfalls, fishing activities, claimed the top spot on the list.
Here’s a run-down of the top 10 hotels in the world:
- Nihi Sumba Island (formerly Nikiwatu), Indonesia
- The Brando, Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
- Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming
- Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay, New Zealand
- Gibbs’s Farm, Karatu, Tanzania
- Tswalu Kalahari, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
- Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana
- Cavas Wine Lodge, Mendoza, Argentina
- Inn at Willow Grove, Orange, Virginia
- Rosewood CordeValle, San Martin, California tied with Zarafa Camp, Selinda Reserve, Botswana
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