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The Luxury Hotel Insider: Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance.
Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.

| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: 5 Irish Castle Hotels

As St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, Ireland is on everyone's mind. While cities like Dublin, Galway, and Cork have much to offer, Ireland's Castle Hotels offer one-of-a-kind experiences like on-site falconries and clay pigeon shooting. Many of the estates also have formal gardens, world class golf courses, and full-service spas infused with Irish influences. Plus, the fine dining and afternoon teas at castle hotels provide travelers with the opportunity to live like royalty within exclusive settings, sure to create special memories.

In this edition of Destination Spotlight, we highlight 5 Top Irish Castle Hotels offering luxe accommodations, gourmet restaurants, spa, golf, and more. 

5. Lough Eske Castle

Lough Eske Castle

Once the home of the powerful 14th-century clans of the Donegal and the O'Donnells, Lough Eske Castle  is an award-winning historic hotel with a vital role in the story of County Donegal and Ireland. Set at the lake's edge, the castle hotel provides a range of accommodations options from Castle Suites with traditional elegance, the Garden Suites with contemporary styling to the stables converted into courtyard rooms with country charm. Nestled in the castle's garden, the spa offers a range of pampering, restorative, and natural treatments. 

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4. Waterford Castle

Waterford Castle Hotel

Located on a private island, Waterford Castle offers the finest traditions of Ireland including a falconry where guests can schedule private experiences to fly a trained hawk above the hotel's grounds. There's also clay pigeon shooting and training available for all skill levels, archery, tennis, and croquet. Guests can stroll the Island Trails to see native wildlife such as fox, swan, deer, hare, and pheasant, or arrange for a Waterford Castle picnic basket to dine amidst the property's 310-acre island.

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3. Ashford Castle 

Guest room at Ashford Castle

Dating back to 1228 on the shores of Lough Corrib, Ashford Castle is one of the most luxurious castle hotels in Ireland. Once the estate of the Guinness family, guests enter the property through grand stone gates. Following an extensive refurbishment, the castle's 83 rooms, suites and the Hideaway Cottage each offer traditional elegance with custom carpets, bespoke beds, feature lighting, unique works of art, Egyptian Cotton bed linens, and the latest modern luxuries. The spa has a full-length relaxation pool with a "Tree of Life" mural, five treatment rooms, steam room, and a range of services. While the property offers four main dining rooms, afternoon tea in the Connaught Room, private wine tastings and dinners in the wine cellars, and creative Irish cuisine throughout the property. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Bed and Breakfast" rate will also receive full Irish breakfast daily, an 85 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay, complimentary green fees daily, and complimentary WiFi. 

Plus, this property offers exclusive 2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES that can be combined with the FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK (if requirements are met). 

2019 FIVE STAR ALLIANCE SUITE & VILLA PRIVILEGES: Guests booking a stay of 2 or more nights in a villa or suite receive lunch or dinner for two, once per stay (minimum value US $100). This offer is valid for stays of at least two nights through December 31, 2019 in the Hideaway or Presidential Suite. 

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2. Dromoland Castle Hotel

Dromoland Castle Hotel

Originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty, Dromoland Castle Hotel blends Old World elegance with contemporary luxuries. Guests arrive with a warm Irish welcome fit for royalty, and once settled in they can stroll the 450-acre estate to visit the walled garden, discover the falconry, row out on the lake for a picnic, or tee off on the world class golf course. There's an intimate spa with a variety of rejuvenating treatments, afternoon tea is served by a warm fireplace, and dining at the castle's flagship Earl of Thomond offers an authentic taste of Ireland amidst sparkling chandeliers, Venetian silk, and estate views.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Stay More Winter Rate" or "Midweek Special Rate" will also receive a full Irish Breakfast for each guest daily, complimentary airport transfer from Dromoland Castle to the Shannon Airport, and a guaranteed room upgrade at booking based on availability. 

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1. Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort

Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort

In the heart of Adare Village, Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort is a luxe castle hotel with a movie theater, full-service spa, championship golf, falconry, archery, and clay pigeon shooting. Amidst woodlands, walled gardens, and medieval ruins, the 840-acre estate provides guests with a world-class setting and personalized service. Taking its name from the nearby village of Adare, which is known for thatched roof cottages and antique shops, the retreat offers visitors to step back in time within a grand setting filled with the latest luxuries.  

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive full breakfast for each guest daily in Minstrels Gallery, and once per stay an afternoon tea for 2 guests in the Minstrels Gallery. Also, the following amenities are provided subject to availability at the time of check-in and check-out: room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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| By: Rachael Weir

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.

Visit the Royal Palm Galapagos for more details

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 

Book the Valentine's Day offer at Hotel Brunelleschi

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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.

Learn more about Castlemartyr Resort