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Thursday 26 April 2018

€577m spent on luxury Ireland getaways

Ballyfin, where Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had their honeymoon has become a byword for luxury
Ballyfin, where Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had their honeymoon has become a byword for luxury

More than half-a-billion euro was splashed on luxury hotels in Ireland last year.

The re-opened Adare Manor has just been named one of the world's hottest stays for 2018 after a multi-million-euro facelift by owner JP McManus.

Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's honeymoon destination, Ballyfin, has become a byword for luxury.

The exclusive Co Laois estate, with Palace of Versailles-style interiors, came to the world's attention when the couple stayed there after their Italian wedding in 2014.

New figures from market researchers Euromonitor International show €1.6bn was forked out on the country's swankiest hotels over the past three years.

Renowned

Tourists spent €577m on four- and five-star hotels last year in Ireland, compared with €526m in 2015.

Euromonitor reveals that of the 37 five-star hotels in Ireland, 11 are in Dublin, and the city also has 50 four-star hotels.

Ireland has become renowned the world over for its revamped Downton Abbey-style country estates such as Adare Manor and Ballyfin.

Castle Leslie, in Co Mona- ghan, famously hosted Paul McCartney's star-studded second wedding to Heather Mills, with a guest list including Ringo Starr, Chrissie Hynde and Twiggy.

Meanwhile, Ashford Castle has been the stunning backdrop for the showstopping wedding of Pierce Brosnan and his wife Keely Shaye Smith and Rory McIlroy's glitzy ceremony.

Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian

Donald Trump's golf resort in Doonbeg is another luxury Irish hotel which has been put on the world map, thanks to its owner's new job - although it was also the windswept venue for Andrea Corr's wedding.

Euromonitor's latest report on lodging in Ireland also noted that while the number of visitors to Dublin increased last year, the number of hotel rooms declined by 6pc between 2011 and 2015.

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