A good hotel in an unusual location is such a joy because it offers extra spoiling attractions including, in this case, a fabulous building, all glass, 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. 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, it’s Ireland’s earliest Christian settlement, founded by St Declán around 400AD. Nowadays a summertime seaside resort, its charms include a famous 12th-century round tower and a gently curving beach. At Cliff House you are guaranteed to rest, explore, make friends and eat well in equal measure. A delightful spot.
Doubles from €199
+353 (0)24 87800; cliffhousehotel.ie
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.
At the Michelin Star House Restaurant for fine Irish food.
An invigorating outdoor seaweed bath overlooking Ardmore Bay.
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The Cliff Walk beside the hotel is a must-do. This easy walk takes you around Ardmore Head, passing the Sampson wreck and Father O’Donnell’s healing well.
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