There was huge excitement this week when it was reported that the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in Ireland (Mayo’s Ashford Castle, to be exact).
That turned out to be just been a rumour but it’s thought the pair still intends to mini-moon in Ireland next month. With that in mind, here are some of our favourite luxury destinations that are fit for a duchess (and a duke too!).
The sudden, high-security lock down of the famous castle is what prompted the rumours of a royal visit this week. It seems that wasn’t the case, with the Mayo News reporting that the castle was closed to the public for a corporate event. Still, the west’s iconic venue – complete with award-winning spa - is still worth a visit.
One of the most luxurious spots in the country, Portlaois' Ballyfinn is quite a special destination. With just 20 rooms, it feels like a country home (albeit a very fancy one!) and the service is second to none. We reckon Harry and Meghan would be keen on taking a pony and carriage around the extensive grounds, boating on the lake or giving falconry a go.
Set on 840 acres of pristine parkland Co Limerick’s Adare Manor makes for a perfect mini-moon spot. The hotel re-opened last year after an extensive refurbishment. Now the height of luxury it boasts a golf course, the first La Mer spa in Ireland and the UK and, most recently, opened The Carriagehouse restaurant.
One of the most elegant hotels in Dublin the Shelbourne is indeed fit for royalty – there’s even a Princess Grace suite! Located in the Heritage wing of the hotel, the two-bedroom Presidential Suite has two bathrooms, a living room and dining room with seating for up to eight people, if Harry and Meghan wanted to have pals over.And of course the Shelbourne’s location in the heart of Dublin means the city’s endless entertainments would be on the royals’ doorstep. A headache for their security, we’re sure, but they’d definitely have fun!