#Ireland castle chosen as this year’s best luxury hotel

Ireland castle

An opulent, carefully restored, 18th-century castle in Ireland has been named the hotel of the year by experts at luxury travel network Virtuoso.

At the group’s 2018 best of the best awards held recently in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States, Adare Manor in Limerick, Ireland took the night’s top honor of hotel of the year, a title which recognizes “an iconic hotel that epitomizes excellence in luxury hospitality and acts as a positive change in the community”.

The win comes just a year after Adare Manor’s reopening, following a painstaking 21-month restoration process that involved 670 construction workers, craftspeople and artisans who were tasked with adding a new 42-room wing to the castle. The manor now features 104 rooms in total.

Other new additions include a ballroom with a capacity of 350 guests for weddings, meetings and events, a remodelled on-site golf course, and the opening of The Carriage House Restaurant, Terrace and Bar which debuted this spring.


The Spa at Adare Manor is also the first and only La Mer Spa in Ireland and Britain, affirming its standing as one of the most extravagant properties in the region. La Mer sits on the highest rungs of the beauty world with triple-digit price points.

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Meanwhile, beyond the castle’s impressive facade of parapets, turrets, arches and columns lies a hidden significance – 365 leaded windows, 52 chimneys, seven stone pillars and four towers mark the annual number of days, weeks and seasons in a year.

Other architectural features include gargoyles, wood carvings and displays of heraldry.

Inside, rooms are elegantly decorated with statement pieces like wall tapestries, plush tufted sofas and heavy damask tasseled curtains, in a muted beige and off-white palette.

The winners are determined by Virtuoso’s 1,000 travel agency members, composed of 17,500 travel advisors from 50 countries, and editors of Virtuoso Life, the group’s travel magazine. 

Here are the winners:

Best Achievement in Design: The Silo Hotel, Cape Town in South Africa

Best Dining Experience: Meadowood Napa Valley – The Restaurant, St Helena in California

Best Bar: Brown’s Hotel, A Rocco Forte Hotel – The Donovan Bar, London

Sustainable Tourism Leadership: Six Senses Douro Valley – Lamego in Portugal

Best Family Programme: The Ranch at Rock Creek – Philipsburg in Montana, the US

Best Wellness Programme: BodyHoliday Saint Lucia – Castries in St Lucia

Best Virtuoso Newcomer: Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel – Paris


(4 Star) Hotel Fuerte, Marbella Spain

Marbella Beach, Costa Del Sol, Spain

Hotel Fuerte Marbella enjoys a superb beachfront location in the centre of the old town. It offers free WiFi, views of the sea and 2 swimming pools.

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The central location of this hotel means it is surrounded by shops and restaurants. It is just 7 km from the lively Puerto Banús with many bars and clubs. Málaga Airport is 40 minutes’ drive away. Private airport transfers are available for an extra cost.

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All air-conditioned rooms at Hotel Fuerte Marbella feature a private bathroom with amenities and a hairdryer. They also feature satellite TV and free safety deposit box.

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Hotel Fuerte Marbella is surrounded by large gardens. You can also use the padel court for an extra cost. There is also a children’s club for guests aged from 4 to 16, involving creative activities.

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The El Olivo restaurant offers a buffet breakfast and a changing dinner buffet menu. It also has show cooking. Fuerte Marbella has a piano-bar, a coffee-shop and the Beach Club Restaurant which specialises in fish and paella.

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Guests can receive special prices if they wish to play at golf courses in the area. The hotel also offers visits to the old town.

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Hotel Fuerte Marbella has a charging point for electric vehicles.

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This is our guests’ favourite part of Marbella. According to independent reviews, this property is a top choice for people who like to stay in the heart of the city.

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This property is also rated for the best value in Marbella! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

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