9 hotels and glamping spots we're dying to hit up for summer - whenever they open
Whenever that may be...
Hotels, guesthouses, and glamping spots have been closed across Ireland since last year, but we've got our fingers - and toes - crossed that staycations will be on the cards for later this summer.
In the hope that they will indeed get to open soon, here's 7 stunning hotels and gorgeous glamping spots we're looking forward to checking out this summer.
Sure, you wouldn't even know you hadn't left the country.
1. Finn Lough, Co. Fermanagh
If you've not been to the bubble domes yet, you need to go to the bubble domes.
A stand-out glamping experience, Finn Lough's bubble domes have 180-degree transparent walls to give the feel of sleeping in the wild while in the lap of luxury. Each dome comes with a four-poster bed and its own ensuite bathroom along with luxury surprises and creature comforts such as a Nespresso machine - and even a fluffy robe.
There are two miles of woodland to explore, cycle trails, water-sports and of course the spa- a two hour private ‘Element Trail’ experience.
Who needs abroad holidays anyway?!
2. Lough Erne Resort, Fermanagh
In the market for some glamour? Look no further than Lough Erne.
In the midst of the recent lockdown, the five star resort announced plans to develop a new themed woodland activity trail within their huge 600-acre resort. As well as this, they have put in place some special offers for guests staying this summer.
Treat yourself, you deserve it.
3. Wilder Townhouse, Co. Dublin
One of Dublin's finest resident’s only townhouses, The Wilder, is the spot to be this summer.
The Wilder guarantees a reassuring residents’ only environment, keyless technology for guests as well as spatially laid out areas to accommodate social distancing.
The perfect spot for your staycation this summer, tbh. You can check out our review of The Wilder here.
4. Sperrin View Glamping, Co. Tyrone
Another one for those desperate to get out of the country... Technically.
Enjoy a spot of star gazing in these new glamping pods at the foot of the Sperrin Mountains, in a "dark sky designated area."
Each pod comes fully equipped with its own kitchenette, shower and a unique viewing window - perfect for budding astronomers or romantics out there who want to sit back, relax and star gaze.
5. Hotel Westport, Co Mayo
Rising out of a majestic 400-acre woodland estate, Westport House drips with history, while its stunning grounds are home to a myriad of wonderful walks and gorgeous gardens.
Hotel Westport is the ideal location to base yourself when travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way, visiting the Islands such as Achill or Clare Island, touring Connemara, hitting one of the many blue flag beaches.
The hotel celebrated the opening of their new pop-up restaurant, Cian's of Bridge, last summer and will most likely be offering a series of family or couples staycation experiences this year too.
6. The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo
Steeped in history, The Lodge dates back to 1865. Under the current ownership of the Tollman family, the four-star hotel has undergone an extensive refurbishment to blend period features with modern touches.
It's a shame it's been closed for so long, but here's hoping the place will be full of residents again this summer.
7. Tepee Valley, Co. Armagh
Located outside the small town of Markethill, Tepee Valley Campsite boasts exceptional views over farming countryside, down to the Cusher River and across to Slieve Gullion.
A tepee for two, or a 'festy tent' for four, small yurts, log cabins, a shepherd’s hut and even a geodesic dome are just some of the options available for booking.
A staycation with a difference, for sure.
9. Wineport Lodge, Co. Athlone
An intimate hotel situated right on a gorgeous lake with views that are only to due for, if you're looking for something boujie this summer but don't want to travel too far, Wineport is the place for you.
Blissful, tranquil, and absolutely the most relaxing place you'll stay this summer, we're only gagging for this hotel to open up to the public again. You can check out our review of Wineport here.