4 Hotels To Visit When You Need To Completely Switch Off

Do you need to RELAX, UNWIND and ESCAPE from a HECTIC SCHEDULE? …

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A luxurious overnight stay is one of the best ways to unwind after a hectic spell and a hotel room that overlooks the sea is hard to beat. As we all know, taking time out from your busy schedule to relax is an all important key to staying on track and on top of your game, both physically and mentally. Here are four of Ireland’s top hotels to visit when you need to switch off and get away from it all.

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The panoramic vista over the Velvet Strand is one reason to stay at the newly refurbished Portmarnock Hotel & Links, others are the award-winning dining at both 1780 and The Seaview restaurants, and the pristine and private spa. From the hotel’s unique beachside vantage point, breathtaking sunsets (and sunrises if partaking in early golf), can be witnessed from the fresh seaside-inspired rooms decorated by interior designer Ciara Ni Laoi. Inspiration for the scheme came from the setting of this former Jameson family home: a palette of moody blues and greys of the sky, beige and gold from the miles of sandy dunes and sharp greens and yellow from the flora found on the famous links course that surrounds the hotel are brought inside using the textures of Irish linen and wool in curtains and upholstery. It’s a lovely landscape any time of the day or evening: enjoy over a coffee and crossaint, with elegant old-fashioned Afternoon Tea at The Seaview Restaurant or while having a classic cocktail from the oak-panelled Jameson Bar. www.portmarnock.com.

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Newly renovated Haddington House overlooks Dun Laoghaire pier: this Grade II-listed townhouse has plenty of modern luxuries; Foxford wool throws and Pure Evoke radios, with yellow and teal velvet chairs adding splashes of colour. Hole up in the Library Bar with a gin to watch the waves. www.haddingtonhouse.ie.

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On the Aran islands, Inis Meáin suites keep the focus on the wild coastal scenery with minimalist wood and stone interiors. Philippe Starck bathrooms, cashmere cushions and Aveda toiletries create pared-back luxury in this unique setting. www.inismeain.com.

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The Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co Waterford, makes full use of its dramatic clifftop location, and its suites are flooded with light. Bathrooms are breathtaking, with sea-view baths and glass-walled power showers. Book the self-catering cottage – a piece of the Hamptons on the Irish coast. www.thecliffhousehotel.com.

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