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Destination Spotlight: Dublin

From distilleries to art museums, there's plenty to see in Ireland's capital city. Set at the mouth of the River Liffey along the country's east coast, Dublin was originally a Viking settlement. During the 17th century, the city prospered, and Georgian style architecture flourished. "The Fair City" became a cultural center and destination for artists and writers.

Today, the charming and bustling city offers an eclectic mix of Victorian pubs, modern buildings, and historical attractions such as manuscripts at The Book of Kells at Trinity College, the Jeanie Johnston Famine Memorial Ship, and the Kilmainhaim Gaol where visitors learn what life was like in Ireland's prisons. Literary enthusiasts will want to discover Dublin's writer haunts, cyclists can venture the Three Rock Cycle Loop in the Dublin mountains, and those that seek fresh sea air can explore nearby coastal towns like Howth. And no visit to Dublin would be complete without some shopping along Grafton Street, the Guinness Storehouse, and a visit to a few local pubs in Temple Bar. 

Plus, there's an array of events happening throughout the year including the Dublin Film Festival every February, the St. Patrick's Day Festival on March 17, soccer matches, concerts, and performing arts events. 

To compliment Dublin's activities and cultural options, Five Star Alliance offers a selection of luxury hotels that will appeal to a range of travelers including Irish Classics, Contemporary Properties, and Country Estates. 

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Irish Classics

The Merrion

Drawing Room at The Merrion Hotel Dublin

Set within four restored Georgian townhouses across from the Government Buildings, National Museum of Ireland, and the National Gallery of Ireland, The Merrion is within walking distance of Grafton Street's shops and restaurants. Featuring an extensive 19th and 20th century art collection, the hotel offers an "Art Tea" where edible works of art inspired by the property's paintings are served on fine china in The Merrion's Drawing Rooms. Overlooking classical gardens, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud is the country's only Michelin two star restaurant, and the Tethra Spa has private treatment rooms, fitness center, and an 18-meter indoor infinity pool.

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The Shelbourne Dublin 

The Shelbourne Dublin

Across from St. Stephen's Green, The Shelbourne Dublin provides a luxurious setting with a geneology concierge to help guests trace their Irish ancestry, and a leisure club offering an indoor pool and signature spa. Built in 1824, the iconic hotel is infused with Old World charm and historic details.There's elegant dining at The Saddle Rock and Lord Mayor's Lounge, and opulent guest rooms have plush beds, flat-screen TVs, and marble bathrooms. Close to Trinity College, the National Museum of Ireland, and the National Library of Ireland, the property offers a central location for exploring the city. 

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The Westbury Hotel

Afternoon Tea at The Westbury

From custom Irish wool carpets to an iconic afternoon tea, The Westbury Hotel Dublin offers a classic Irish experience. The hotel's restaurant, Wilde at The Westbury celebrates the country's finest produce in much-loved local dishes and classic international cusine, in a setting that fuses greenery with 1930s glamour. The Sidecar offers a classic cocktail setting, and the hotel is steps away from the upscale boutiques, shops, and restaurants along Grafton Street. 

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Contemporary Properties

The Marker Hotel

The Marker Bar at The Marker Hotel Dublin

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, The Marker Hotel offers an urban retreat with contemporary style. Guest rooms and suites are set in unique geometric layouts, and there's an elemental style running throughout the hotel from the lobby to the rooftop garden. Situated between the River Liffey and the Grand Canal in the Dublin Docklands, there property has a spa and wellness center with a 23-meter infinity pool and fully-equipped fitness center. 

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The Clarence

The Clarence Hotel

Contemporary, yet exuding Irish charm, The Clarence is located steps away from Temple Bar's pubs and restaurants. Owned by Bono and The Edge of U2, guest rooms and suites offer simple modern furnishings, such as white linen bedding, Shaker oak furniture, and leather seating. For dining, Cleaver East serves fine Irish and international cuisine at approachable prices, with a unique "Not Afternoon Tea" menu that features a creative spin on tea time with savoury and sweet bites and a rocking cocktail menu. 

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The Gibson Hotel

The Gibson Dublin

Close to the 02, The Gibson Hotel Dublin is located in the city's new cultural hub. Featuring a contemporary design with calming water features, towering bamboo trees, and creative accents throughout. Guest rooms and suites feature clean lines and modern furnishings, and the bar offers healthy dining options along with a contemporary Asian-inspired outdoor courtyard.

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The Fitzwilliam Hotel

Executive Room at The Fitzpatrick Hotel Dublin

Situated in the heart of Dublin, between St. Stephen's Green and the Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, The Fitzwilliam Hotel features contemporary Irish decor. Providing a friendly and modern feel, guest rooms feature a color paletted of lime greens, aubergine, and white, with window seats, upholstered headboards, laptop-friendly safes, and Murdock bath amenities. The Spirit Beauty Salon offers a range of services, along with facials, waxing, massages, and nail treatments. There are two on-site restaurants, and a modern afternoon tea within the hotel's Inn on the Green. 

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Country Estates

The Powerscourt Hotel

The Powerscourt Hotel

About 30 minutes outside of Dublin, The Powerscourt Hotel is located on the famous Powerscourt Estate with a historic house, landscaped gardens, and a famous waterfall. The Great Sugar Loaf Mountain can be seen across the valley, and the seven-level hotel features Palladian-style architecture. There are two championship golf courses on-site, a signature restaurant, luxurious ESPA spa, and an Irish Pub. Plus, guests can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea, horse riding, fishing, cooking classes at the Ballyknocken House, off-roading experiences, hiking, and river walks. 

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The K Club

The K Club

Less than an hour from Dublin, The K Club is set amongst 550 acres of County Kildare Countryside.  The River Liffey runs through the resort, and guests can experience a range of activities including the on-site falconry, clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, and tennis. The Ryder Cup venue has two Arnold Palmer-designed championship golf courses,  golf academy, and proshop. Within the original house, there's a wine cellar where visitors can enjoy informal tours, or schedule a gastronomic experience that begins in the cellar and ends with a feast. There's also Irish Whiskey tastings in the Vintage Crop Bar, plus a full-service spa for relaxing.

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The Ballyfin

The Ballyfin Dublin

Step back in time at the elegant Ballyfin. The estate is situated amongst 600 acres in County Laois. Less than two hours from Dublin, the lavish Regency mansion has just 15 rooms, each individually appointed with historically-influenced furnishings designed to mirror the style of the home, with canopied beds and marble bathrooms with bathtubs, walk-in showers, and luxurious toiletries. Plus, modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, minibars, and iPod docking stations. The estate's activities include fishing on the lake, clay pigeon shooting, croquet, tennis, archery, and falconry. 

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Situated along the coast in West Waterford, The Cliff House Hotel offers contemporary accommodations overlooking the historic Ardmore Bay. The House Restaurant received a Michelin Star for its mix of Irish and International cuisine, The Well Spa offers a range of treatments, and the indoor pool provides water views. In addition to guest rooms and suites, the property has the Cliff Cottage, providing a self-catering setting steps away from the luxury hotel. 

Ideal for families and groups, the private cottage is set within a heritage building, and sleeps six adults, with additional space for children. Accommodations include one double room with en-suite bath, an additional double room, and one twin room, along with a bunk bed room, and children's den with sofa bed. Read more below the photo. 

The Cliff Cottage Living Room at the Cliff House Hotel

The contemporary Irish cottage decor is inspired by the colors of the sea, sand, and sky, plus there are large windows to provide an open and airy feeling. There is a fully equipped kitchen with a gas stove and smeg fridge along with a dining room overlooking Ardmore Bay. The spacious living area features a bay window, large TV, and couches for relaxing and enjoying the views. Guests are greeted with a welcome basket of fruits, breads, and snacks, plus, they receive access to all of the amenities available in the main luxury hotel. Continue reading below the photo.

The Cliff Cottage Kitchen at the Cliff House Hotel Ardmore

Close to Cork, The Cliff House Hotel was built in the 1930s. Transformed in 2008, the five star luxury hotel provides a seaside setting with Irish modern decor with white walls, sedum moss-covered roofs, cupa stone columns, and limestone terracing. Throughout the hotel there are specially commisssioned handcrafted glass works of art by Glasshammer and resin designs by Sasha Sykes. The cliffside property has an award-winning restaurant with an outdoor terrace ideal for dining outside while taking in the views of Ardmore's sands and dolphins in the water. Plus, there are championship golf courses nearby. 

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The Pool at the Cliff House Hotel Ardmore


This Valentine's Day, what better way to celebrate your love than a romantic getaway? Throughout the month of love, hotels around the world are offering special packages designed to inspire romantic memories. Here are five luxury getaways, ideal for surprising your sweetheart. 

The Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos

The Royal Palm Hotel GalapagosFor an exotic retreat, book the Valentine's 3-Night/4-Day Romantic Package at the Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos. The package includes three nights in a Casita or Highland Villa, a special Valentine's five-course dinner with a glass of sparkling wine, complimentary bottle of house wine, in-room chocolates, and a choice of land tours and sea excursions. Valid for arrival February 1-28, 2017.

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The Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos is set within the highlands of Santa Cruz Island in the heart of the Galapagos. The private estate adjoins with the Galapagos National Park, and features fine dining, outdoor pool, and gardens with fountains.  Luxurious guest rooms, villas, and casitas feature custom furnishings, and the entire property is designed to be harmonious with the natural environment. 

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Hotel Brunelleschi Florence

Hotel Brunelleschi FlorenceThe Hotel Brunelleschi is offering a Valentine's Day special that includes accommodations and a romantic dinner at the luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Florence. Steps from Il Duomo (Florence Cathedral), the hotel was featured in both the DaVinci Code and Inferno. 

The Hotel Brunelleschi Valentine's Day offer includes:
• One night in one of the hotel's luxurious rooms or suites
• A rich buffet breakfast
• A sweet inroom welcome: a selection of fine delicious chocolate
• A tasting dinner on February 14th, served in the ancient halls on the first floor (drinks included)
• 2 soft bathrobes to cuddle yourself during your stay
• Ambiance music composed by various artists
• Personalized room set-up: choose your favorite ambient fragrance and fresh flowers
• High speed internet Wi-Fi unlimited service
• Health Club access 

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The Peninsula Paris

The Peninsula ParisThe "From Peninsula with Love" package at the Peninsula Paris provides an elegant setting ideal for creating moments to remember. Daily breakfast is included, along with a "Love Cake." During the month of February, the hotel is offering guests a special Van Cleef & Arpels experience, based on availability.

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COMO Metropolitan London

COMO Metropolitan LondonThe COMO Metropolitan London is offering a variety of Valentine's Day options, including a Valentine's Day cocktail masterclass in the Park Lane Met Bar where couples can learn how to craft drinks from expert mixologists. There's also special couples spa treatments offered from February 11 to 18.

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Castlemartyr Resort

Castlemartyr IrelandFor those that love Irish Castles, the Castlemartyr Resort in County Cork is offering a variety of ways to celebrate February, the month of love. The Lady Fitzergerald's Afternoon Tea is served in the Bell Tower Restaurant, and evokes the romance and spirit of the Downton Abbey era, there are special menu offerings at Franchini's, golf packages, and spa offerings with aromatherapy massages, prosecco, and chocolate strawberries. It's the perfect spot for a relaxing and romantic getaway.

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Originally built in the 13th century as a castle, then rebuilt as a hunting and fishing lodge in the 1800s, Ashford Castle was once the estate of the Guinness family, and the filming location of the classic movie, "The Quiet Man". Situated in County Mayo, the castle is one of Ireland's most luxurious hotels. The award-winning property is part of Red Carnation Hotels, offering a cinema, spa with an indoor pool, fishing, falconry, ziplining, shooting & archery, horse riding, wine tastings, luxury charters, and lake cruises on Lough Corrib. Continue below the photos. 

Spa pool at Ashford Castle
Cinema at Ashford Castle
Five Star Alliance Perk: All Five Star Alliance guests reserving the "Best Available Bed & Breakfast Rate" will receive full Irish breakfast for two daily, 85 Euro food and beverage credit, complimentary green fees, and VIP status. In addition, based on availability at check-in, room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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Ashford Castle

Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort is set on a magnificent 840 acre estate in the heart of the picturesque village of Adare, Co. Limerick featuring sweeping parklands, formal French gardens, magnificent mature trees and the River Maigue, one of Ireland's finest trout rivers. As of January 2016, the hotel closed their doors for approximately 18 months to undergo an extensive refurbishment and development project. As you can see from these photos posted today on Twitter by Adare Manor, the Manor House is slowly being encapsulated in a white wrap as the exterior conservation work continues.

Adare Manor Renovations 2016 Adare Manor Renovations 2016

Adare Manor offered the following details about the planned renovation:

This major refurbishment will enhance all areas of the resort including upgrading and restoring internal finishes, furniture and woodwork, and repairing the external stonework and windows. New designs by acclaimed architects Reardon Smith and interior designers Richmond will enhance all guest bedrooms and public areas. These renovations will honour the building's architectural heritage as a Neo-Gothic masterpiece and embody the hotel's signature style, whilst incorporating the latest in contemporary luxury and technological innovations.

Subject to planning permission, the construction of an additional bedroom wing will add extra bedrooms bringing the total room count to 104 bedrooms, while the addition of a splendid new ballroom will have the capacity of 350 people catering for events and international conferences; both will be clad in limestone, complimenting the architectural detail of the original Manor House. The enhancements in the Manor House will also include a new state of the art spa, pool and relaxation area, boardroom and cinema.

Plans are also in place for a complete transformation of the golf clubhouse with local architects, Michael Healy and Partners. While on the golf course, world-renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio will assist with improvements to make the course one of the finest Parkland courses in Europe.

The 800 acres of Adare Manor's beautiful parkland, walled gardens and walking trails will be enhanced and improved. It is planned to provide an activity centre which will add an extensive range of pursuits available to guests during their stay, including falconry, archery and a children’s activity zone.


Creative cooking, inspired use of seasonal ingredients and an innovative menu await you at Ashford Castle.
Chef Stefan Matz has received many accolades for his culinary expertise and has developed an impressive
choice of four unique dining experiences, each with its inimitable style and ambience.

Ashford Castle

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Among the outdoor activities offered at Ballyfin are coarse fishing on the lake, which has a large stock of roach and pike, croquet, clay pigeon shooting, tennis, archery, and falconry. There are several miles of hard surfaced paths as well as miles of mown grass paths offering a gentle stroll or the exhilaration of mountain biking. The gardens and park lands are a delight to explore and picnics are offered to enjoy in the grounds.

Ballyfin

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At Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort, all of the little details have been carefully considered - with signature spaciousness, bright spacious bathrooms, exquisite furnishings with all the modern additions, high ceilings and elegant furnishings.

Adare Manor

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The Marker Hotel's Rooftop Bar and Terrace reaches across the cityscape to the wild natural beauty of the mountains and the sea. Watch the evening sun set behind the city skyline, before settling back for an evening under the stars. Carrying the elemental theme right through each floor, this rooftop landscape completes the architectural vision, taking inspiration from one of Ireland's most untamed regions, The Burren. Grasses and indigenous flora are planted between the seated areas to create a natural vista, complimenting the contemporary seating and mood lighting.  

The Marker Hotel

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Adare Manor is initially reminiscent of a chateau, but many of its features are
shared by great residences of the era in Britain and Ireland. Unusually, the Manor
is laid out as a Calendar House. 365 stained windows and 52 chimneys mark the
annual tally of days and weeks. There are also references to the 7 days of the week
and 12 months of the year.

Adare Manor

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