A good hotel in an unusual location is such a joy, not only because it offers spoiling things – including, in this case, a fabulous building, all glass, steel, slate and ‘living’ roofs. Cliff House Hotel drops to the sea in a series of levels, connected internally by a lift and a spiral staircase, with all rooms facing the water. It has fabulous bedrooms, an airy restaurant, jazzy bar and semicircular, lime green spa, and as for the Michelin-starred food, it’s courtesy of hugely talented 6’8” Dutchman Martijn Kajuiter. But it’s the clifftop waterside setting, the views and the charming local staff that really make it special. Ardmore is special too: Ireland’s earliest Christian settlement, founded by St Declán in 1416; nowadays a summertime seaside resort, its charms include a famous 12th-century round tower and a gently curving beach. Here, you are guaranteed to rest, explore, make friends and eat well in equal measure. A delightful spot. Doubles from €200.
Name to Know: Sommelier Thierry Sauvanot, who will help ensure that you find a wine that perfectly complements your meal.
See: Enjoy a glorious coastal walk around the stunning rugged cliffs of Ardmore. The Ardmore Cliff Walk includes exceptional views and wildlife and is steeped in Irish cultural heritage.
Eat: At the Michelin Star House Restaurant for fine Irish food.
Buy: An invigorating outdoor seaweed bath overlooking Ardmore Bay.
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