World's Best Hotels
Patrick O'Brien, Kiawah Partners
No. 48 Lodge at Doonbeg, County Clare, Ireland
Looking for a different kind of beach vacation? Look no further than the Lodge at Doonbeg, located on the sprawling West Clare Coast, in the middle of the Irish countryside. The Lodge is an hour’s drive or less from some of the world’s best golf, the famous Cliffs of Moher, and boisterous, music-filled pubs. Whether you choose a suite or a cottage, expect muted colors complemented by traditional Irish touches, like argyle wool blankets, rose-printed armchairs, and old wooden doors. After a long day of golf, come back to a supper by award-winning chef Wade Murphy in the casual Darby’s Pub or formal Long Room—and don’t forget the homemade shortcake in the fire-lit tea room.
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