Ireland plans to ease travel restrictions and welcome international travelers on July 19. Now is the perfect time to book a trip to stay at one of the Emerald Isle’s luxury hotels. Ashford Castle and The Merrion Hotel have special offerings to welcome American guests back.
The Merrion is located in the heart of Dublin. The Sweet Suite Access deal includes chauffeur service to a private terminal at Dublin Airport, expedited service through customs and immigration and a private airport suite to enjoy while luggage is retrieved before heading to The Merrion. Indulge in the property’s Wicklow Wellness Experience, which includes a forest bathing excursion, hour-long spa treatment and signature mocktail tasting.
Located in County Mayo, Ashford Castle offers guests exclusive, immersive Irish experiences. Options include A Taste of the West of Ireland and Ireland’s Ancient Music. Guests can also take advantage of summer activities including kayaking, biking, fishing, falconry, golfing and signature summer dining and beverage options.
Can’t decide between the two properties? Take advantage of the Town & Country Experience, offering two nights at The Merrion then two nights at Ashford Castle. Guests receive a welcome bottle of in-room Champagne and a full Irish breakfast in the morning. At The Merrion, enjoy dinner at the 2-Michelin-starred restaurant, Patrick Guilbaud, and afternoon tea in the Georgian Dining Room. Also included is tickets to a performance at the Gate or Abbey Theatre and a private tour of The Merrion’s art collection. Guests receive a chauffeur transfer to Ashford Castle complete with a picnic and wine to enjoy the ride. The offer also includes a five-course tasting dinner at George V, a hawk experience for two guests and a full-day immersive Irish experience. Pricing starts at $3,620 per person for this offer.
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