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Ireland's top countryside resorts (part two)

Start planning your next business tourism experience from the safety of your home and discover what Ireland's epic country estates have to offer.

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Having hopefully inspired you with Part One of our series on luxurious rural retreats in Ireland, we are back to tempt you further with another five world-class country estates. By hosting a meeting, incentive or event in the splendour of a secluded resort in Ireland, you not only provide delegates wit a truly, unique Irish experience, but also the reassurance that their health and wellbeing is high on your list of considerations.

These stunning hotels are committed to ensuring the safety of all their guests and have introduced enhanced processes to protect against COVID-19, as well as offering enough space for social distancing. So make yourself comfortable in your armchair and explore some more breathtaking options for your next MICE excursion.


Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa

Location: County Kerry

A warm, world-famous Kerry welcome awaits you at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa. Nestled in the Kerry Mountains, this five star resort offers stunning views and the rural charm the area is known for. It's also a mere 20 minutes from the Kerry Airport and serviced by the larger Cork and Shannon airports too, approximately 80 minutes and 1 hour 45 minutes’ drive respectively.
Hold a corporate event for up to 120 guests in the Garden Room, or a more intimate gathering for up to 50 people in the Penthouse. Guests can enjoy a pampering in the award-winning spa, play golf with the glorious mountains as a backdrop or simply wallow in the beauty of the Killarney National Park and the Wild Atlantic Way, located on Aghadoe's doorstep.

The view at Aghadoe


Cliff House Hotel

Location: County Waterford

When it comes to rocky sea views and fresh air, few places can compete with the Cliff House Hotel in County Waterford. Perched on a rocky ledge in Ardmore, this is a five star boutique hotel that international delegates will never forget. If the mouthwatering views are not enough to sate their appetite for Ireland, the fine dining at the Michelin-starred House Restaurant will.

With meeting rooms offering sea views, spacious balconied accommodation and incentive team-building activities all on-site, Cliff House Hotel is a business tourism planner's dream. Located just over an hour from both Waterford and Cork Airports, this idyllic resort allows easy access to Ireland's sunny southeast and one of the country's most historic regions.

People walking along the cliffs at Ardmore

Ardmore Cliffs

Ballyfin Demesne

Location: County Laois

If old world charm and lush green countryside are what you seek, then Ballyfin Demesne is the perfect location for your next business tourism experience. Situated in the rural heart of Ireland, this luxurious Regency Manor house is easily accessible from Dublin Airport in just over 90 minutes. Condé Nast added this opulent hotel to its 2019 Gold List in recognition of its high standards and seemingly endless 614-acre estate. With meeting spaces, events rooms and fine dining, hosting a business retreat at Ballyfin guarantees a seamless combination of business and pleasure.

Arriving by horse and carriage at Ballyfin Demesne
Ballyfin Demesne

Mount Juliet Estate

Location: County Kilkenny

As part of the Autograph Collection Hotels and under the banner of the Marriot BonVoy, you know that one's every whim will be catered to at the Mount Juliet Estate in Kilkenny. This elegant Georgian Manor sits proudly amidst 500 acres of woodlands, gardens and a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.
Its comfortable rooms will provide your delegates with relaxation, all at just 90 minutes from Dublin Airport and 44 minutes from Waterford Airport. Rest, relaxation and Michelin-starred food await, as well as peace of mind that health and wellbeing is the number one priority here.

Having a chat in the gardens at Mount Juliet
Mount Juliet's Gardens

Carton House Hotel

Location: County Kildare

Close to Dublin and its International Airport (approximately 25 minutes away), Carton House Hotel takes full advantage of over 1,000 acres of private parklands to offer complete relaxation in the Kildare countryside. With a banqueting suite that can host up to 360 guests and various meeting and conference rooms, holding a business tourism event here is made easy.
Delegates and incentive travellers will love the spa and golfing facilities, the sumptuous food and drink and the easy access to all the sights of Dublin and the surrounding areas.

Playing golf at Carton House

Golf at Carton House

Get in touch

While it may not be possible to visit these fantastic country estates from outside Ireland at the moment, now is the perfect time to get in touch with the Meet in Ireland team to start planning and booking for next year.

Current restrictions may have halted MICE tourism at present, but soon, these fine hotels will be welcoming delegates from all over the world again, including yours.

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