Seaside Hotels in Ireland

by Siobhan Russell, Demand Media
    You will find seaside hotels near such destinations as Dingle Bay.

    You will find seaside hotels near such destinations as Dingle Bay.

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    A stay in Ireland's seaside hotels, surrounded by rugged coastline and sandy beaches, should certainly have a place on your itinerary. Ireland's seaside hotels provide comfortable, modern accommodations to suit different budgets. Within easy reach of Ireland's seaside hotels, you will find the green fields, mountains, ancient ruins and, of course, sheep, which endear themselves to tourists in Ireland year after year.

    The Cliff House Hotel

    Situated in Ireland's County Waterford, the Cliff House Hotel sits atop a cliff (naturally) with uninterrupted views of Ardmore Bay. The hotel has a five-star rating and all the luxuries you would expect at that level. A highlight of the hotel is its spa. You can swim in the indoor pool that aligns with floor-to-ceiling windows and the sea. The spa also has an outdoor rock pool, sauna and full range of treatments, such as sea salt scrubs, seaweed wraps and detoxifying wraps. All guest rooms have modern decor and comfy furnishings, as well as ocean views. Most rooms at the hotel have a private balcony or terrace. You can feel assured of a good meal in the hotel restaurant, the only restaurant in Ireland to have a one-star Michelin rating. A special feature at the Cliff House is its own boat mooring. Area activities include whale watching, golf and walking.

    Dingle Skellig Hotel

    Enjoy watching the sunset over Dingle Bay at one of the most westerly points in Europe. The Dingle Skellig Hotel provides accommodations in one of Ireland's Gaeltacht areas, meaning most of the local people speak Irish. The hotel is family-friendly with a kid's club, kid's meals and child care. For adults, the hotel offers a spa, leisure club, bars and a restaurant. The town has an Irish feel with fishing trawlers moored at the docks, brightly painted buildings and plenty of pubs with live traditional Irish music. While staying in Dingle, make sure to take a drive around the peninsula, starting with the Slea Head Drive. On this route you will experience dramatic scenery along the slightly scary, tiny, cliff-top roads. The peninsula has more than 2,000 historic sites, some of them ancient, such as the Gallarus Oratory, which still holds out the strong Atlantic winds and rain after 1,000 years. If you visit anytime from spring to fall, take a boat to Great Blasket Island to view wildlife and ruins, including the former home of Irish author Peig Sayers.

    Quality Hotel Youghal

    The Quality Hotel in Youghal, County Cork, caters to budget-minded families that want high-quality seaside facilities. Activities for kids, teenagers, child care, children's menu and leisure club with an indoor swimming pool punch the ticket for traveling families. Guest rooms have sea views and standard amenities. Extras provided by the hotel when you request them include a DVD player and baby cot. Just outside the hotel, you can step onto Redbard Beach for walks or sandcastle building. You can use the hotel as a base to explore several attractions, all within one hour of the hotel such as, Blarney Castle, the Jameson Distillery, Cobh Port and golf courses.

    The Twelve Hotel

    The Twelve Hotel sits at the gateway to Connemara's wild, desolate and rugged landscapes. A small, 48-room boutique hotel, The Twelve calls the Irish-speaking village of Bearna home. The hotel's modern guest rooms have wood floors -- appreciated by visitors with allergies. Standout features of The Twelve include family suites, free parking and free Wi-Fi Internet. A restaurant with a champagne bar, a bar with comfy seats by an open fire, traditional Irish Sunday lunch, in-room spa treatments with organic local products and weekly traditional Irish music may also help you decide if this hotel is for you. If you tire of roaming the Connemara countryside, you can reach the buzz of Galway City in 10 minutes.

    About the Author

    Siobhan Russell has been freelance writing for the Internet since 2003. She has written articles covering a variety of subjects for Travelwand, Yellow Pages and eHow. Siobhan has a particular interest in writing travel and equestrian articles. She has a BA Honors in History and Philosophy from National University Ireland, Maynooth.

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