Irish castle resort takes top place in world travel survey

Castle Cool
The World’s Best Awards survey results, taken by Travel and Leisure readers, are in and Ireland took the top spots when it comes to the best castle resorts. Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa took tenth place, Dromoland Castle took ninth, Ballynahinch came in at eight, Ashford Castle came in fifth, Sheen Falls made number three while Ballyfin Demesne in Co Laois took the number one spot with readers. For the full list of winners visit

Ballyfin Demesne in Co Laois took the number one spot with ‘Travel and Leisure’ readers

Concierge Carry-On
Finnair customers will soon be able to arrange collection of their luggage from their home or hotel to be checked in directly onto their flight. The airline company is trailing the new service for London-based travellers for three months, with the aim of making travel even more stress-free. For more on their AirPortr service visit and

Tech Travel
The techies behind a hands-free audio tour app for motorists on the Wild Atlantic Way which was released last year and won Ireland’s 2018 Digital Media Award, have just launched a new service. The Cultural Roadmapp app is founded by Dr Leah Bernini Cronin and Deborah Schull, two Americans living in Ireland. It offers travellers adventures around Co Clare, led by locals, giving visitors a unique experience when they visit. See for more.

Suite Treat

Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa’s refurbished suites are elegantly redesigned by NODA’s Nikki O’Donnell

Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa launches its refurbished suites this month, each one elegantly redesigned by NODA’s Nikki O’Donnell. The rooms are inspired by west Cork’s coast and are decorated with local craft, and floor to ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the sea. To stay and experience it for yourself, book in for their Suite Break at the Shore package which includes a two-night stay, Afternoon G & Tea delivered to your suite, breakfast on each morning and use of the pool and thermal suite from €699 per person sharing;


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