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10th Sep 2021

Laois hotel crowned top resort in Ireland and the UK

Dave Hanratty

Laois hotel Travel Leisure World Best Awards 2021

If it’s good enough for George Clooney…

Congratulations go out to an especially plush getaway in Laois following the results of this year’s Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.

The five-star Ballyfin Demesne resort took the number one spot in the annual survey’s list of the best resort hotels in Ireland and the United Kingdom, as voted by Travel + Leisure readers.

The survey was open between January and May of this year.

Famous guests include George Clooney and his wife Amal, who stayed at Ballyfinn in April of 2019.

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“Situated in the foothills of the gorgeous Slieve Bloom Mountains, the Georgian manor dates back to the 1820s and, after a long history as a school, opened as a hotel in 2011,” notes the suitably gushing write-up.

“Throughout its evolution, it has maintained a deep sense of place and character. ‘Elegance and luxury with the feel of a country home,’ described one voter. ‘Everything is perfect.’

“The manicured grounds and an art collection that ranges from the 17th century to the present add to the sumptuous experience, but the real proof of the pudding is in the top-notch service and sublime creature comforts. As one reader wrote, ‘The staff goes above and beyond to accommodate any special requests.'”

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Ballyfinn isn’t the only Irish entry on the top 10, with Adare Manor in Limerick placing at number three.

Sheen Falls Lodge in Kerry, meanwhile, claimed seventh spot.

You can view the full rundown here.

Images via Ballyfin Demesne

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