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Four Irish hotels named among Europe's Top 10 resorts

Readers' Choice Awards

Published 20/10/2015 | 15:07

Doonbeg Lodge
Doonbeg Lodge
One of the newly refurbished rooms at Ashford Castle, recently voted the world's best hotel
Palladian mansion: Powerscourt Hotel
Sheen Falls Lodge hotel
Ashford Castle.

Readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine have voted four Irish hotels among their Top 10 Resorts in Europe.

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Trump International Gold Links & Hotel (No.2) in Co. Clare, Mayo's Ashford Castle (No.4), Wicklow's Powerscourt Hotel (No.8) and Sheen Falls Lodge in Co. Kerry (No.10) have all made the prestigious list.

The results make Ireland the most featured country in the Top 10, which also includes two resorts from each of Greece, Switzerland and the UK.

  1. Canaves Oia Santorini, Thera, Santorini, Greece
  2. Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Co. Clare
  3. Perivolas, Oia, Santorini, Greece
  4. Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo
  5. The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, UK
  6. Badrutt's Palace, St. Moritz, Switzerland
  7. Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa, Hampshire, UK
  8. Powerscourt Hotel, Co. Wicklow
  9. Sheen Falls Lodge, Co. Kerry
  10. The Dolder Grand, Zurich, Switzerland

The K Club (No.11), Dromoland Castle (No.12), Adare Manor (No.16) , Mount Juliet (No.18) also feature in the Top 20, while Aghadoe Heights is listed at No.25. 

In total, the Top 30 features nine Irish resorts.

Condé Nast's Readers' Choice Awards are published every October, with this year's results calculated based on the combined votes of more than 128,000 surveyed readers - the most in its history.

"The breadth of their top-rated experiences was impressive, from elegant castles in the Irish countryside to tented safari camps trailing the Great Migration across the Serengeti," according to the travel bible.

Condé Nast's readers' surveys carry a lot of weight in the industry, but tend to skew towards hotels, resorts and cities favoured by American travellers.

Of note is an impressive showing for Trump International Golf Links & Hotel (formerly the Lodge at Doonbeg), which also features at No.54 in the Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World - the highest Irish inclusion.

US Presidential candidate Donald Trump paid just under €9 million for the troubled five-star resort last year, with its golf course since having racked up a €2.5 million loss, according to accounts filed by the company behind it.

Powerscourt Hotel will also take encouragement from its position.

Three years ago, the hotel had become a Celtic Tiger cautionary tale - operating at a loss until entering examinership in 2012. Last month, a remarkable turnaround saw it named AA Hotel of the Year 2016.

Other Irish nods see Dublin voted No.27 on a list of  'Best Cities in the World', which was topped by Florence, Italy.

The full list of awards can be viewed here.

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