Munster has done it again.
Adare Manor, in Co Limerick, and Dromoland Castle, in Co Clare, have been named as the top two resorts in Europe by Condé Nast Traveler.
The awards were announced in the publisher's annual Readers' Choice Awards 2019, which also named Ireland as one of the top 20 countries to visit in 2020.
Adare Manor came in at number 5 on the list, the highest-ranked European spot, and was praised for "retaining an old-school, aristocratic vibe".
"Adare's fanciful gargoyles, genuinely warm staff, grand and intimate spaces, and super-comfortable rooms make it somewhere uniquely and unabashedly the Ireland of right now — with golf and falconry to boot."
Dromoland Castle's recent €20 million renovations were what caught the eye of the esteemed judges, mentioning how the refurbishment brought the stately and significant castle into the 21st century, "without losing the charm that's helped make it such an iconic place to stay, particularly among American visitors".
"You'll feel like you’re traveling back in time as you make the drive from the estate gates down a winding lane, past forest thickets and a vast lake, to catch the first glimpse of stone towers and turrets", it adds.
The Westbury Hotel, in Dublin, and Ballyfin country-house hotel, in Co Laois, were also listed among the world's top 50 hotels.
As for readers' favourite European resorts; Ashford Castle comes at 18th on the list, Trump International Golf Links and Hotel Doonbeg ranks at 24th, and the K Club Hotel & Resort places at 27th.
The awards also highlighted the top 20 countries in the world to visit in 2020, where Ireland came in at 18.
The top 20 to visit in 2020, according to the survey, are:
- Sri Lanka
- South Africa
- New Zealand