Kerry, Cork + the Southwest
Hotels in Kerry, Cork + the Southwest
Chef Myrtle Allen's 1964 Ballymaloe House proved that Irish farmhouse cooking could garner worldwide critical acclaim and launched Ireland's food revolution.
Justin Green, the fourth generation of Greens to live at this enormous Italianate country property, runs the place with his wife, Jenny, in a comfortably homey style - a friendly cat stretched out on the bench of the grand piano, spaniels and children scampering about - but with a deluxe and vagu
Set among verdant mountains and the Lakes of Killarney, this modern stone structure has a wellness focus (the hotel is home to an Aveda spa and staffers encourage guests to explore the nearby national park).
Part of a chain of businessmen's hotels with the blandness of urban boutique lodgings. The property does have a few delights, like a library of books by Irish authors in the lobby, and an airy bar overlooking the river.
Guests receive pre-calls to confirm likes, dislikes, and arrange for special requests. The hotel is part of Capella Hotels and Resorts, headed by Horst Schulze formerly of Ritz Carlton.
Classic Victorian hotel located along the Ring of Kerry overlooking Kenmare Bay, with the Samas Spa, Ireland's top wellness center (thanks to its comprehensive fitness, dining, and therapeutic programming).