11 luxury mini moon destinations in Ireland
Fight the post-wedding blues by booking a mini moon.
Lots of couples talk about the ‘come down’ and sadness that happens after the build up to and the high of the wedding; so it’s always recommend to have booked to look forward to after the wedding to ease the blues.
Going straight on a massive (or expensive) honeymoon getaway, straight after the wedding isn’t always feasible – financially or with regards to annual leave from work, so a mini moon is the perfect in-between.
If you’re on the hunt for a luxury mini moon destination in Ireland, keep reading, we’ve got you covered with this list.
With a Michelin starred restaurant (The Oak Room), a top-rated spa and a famous golf course on the grounds, Adare Manor is mini moon goals. This is a dreamy castle escape like no other. In 2022, Adare Manor was voted number one resort in the world in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.
Location: Adare, Co Limerick
A five-star luxury castle experience on the edge of Lough Corrib, the 800-year old Ashford Castle was once home to the Guinness family and is now a luxury staycation getaway destination. Guests can book outdoor adventures like a boat trip or falconry, as well as enjoy time a well-appointed spa and dine in the Michelin Guide recommended restaurant, George V.
Location: Cong, Co Galway
Cashel Palace Hotel
Although the house has been around since 1732, a recent renovation and reopening has put the Cashel Palace Hotel firmly on the radar for a luxury hotel escape. Walk the landscaped walled gardens, sit back in the cosy Guinness Bar or dine at the Chef’s Table. A relatively new hotel that is set to become a popular go-to luxe staycation getaway.
Location: Cashel, Co Tipperary
Cliff House Hotel
The picture of modern luxury, you’ll find the Cliff House Hotel perched on the cliffside of Ardmore Bay. A unique and boutique five-star hotel with just 39 rooms, the Cliff House Hotel is perfect for a seaside getaway. Dine in the on-site Michelin starred restaurant, House Restaurant and sip on expertly made drinks as you look over the bay, or enjoy some ‘me time’ at the all-natural intimate spa.
Location: Ardmore, Co Waterford
Dromoland Castle is considered one of Ireland’s finest castle resorts. Spend quality time with the other half at the spa or dine in elegance at the Earl of Thomond restaurant. If you’re into golf, you’re in luck with this 18 hole championship course. Best of all, this luxurious getaway venue is also dog -friendly, meaning you can bring your best four-legged pal with you.
Location: Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co Clare
The Dunloe Hotel
With views overlooking the Gap of Dunloe, the Dunloe Hotel is a mini moon destination nestled in one of the most beautiful areas of Ireland. Visit the spa, horse ride around the grounds and sip on crafted cocktails at The Bar.
Location: Beaufort, Co Kerry
The Europe Hotel
Kerry is known in Ireland as ‘The Kingdom’ and The Europe Hotel is most definitely fit for a king (or queen!). The hotel has a panoramic views over Lough Leane, an indulgent ESPA spa and a farm-to-fork dining experience. The Europe Hotel is a luxury lake-side escape that is just a five minute drive from Killarney.
Location: Killarney, Co Kerry
Glenlo Abbey is an expansive castle estate sitting on the edge of Galway’s Lough Corrib. Cycle around the grounds of the estate, visit the on-site private cinema or retreat to the GLO Spa for some much needed R&R. Glenlo Abbey is home to The Pullman, a fine dining restaurant on board two beautifully restored train carriages from the Orient Express.
Location: Bushypark, Co Galway
Family owned and family run, Hayfield Manor is a city-centre luxury oasis in Cork. The perfect mini moon destination for couples who want to be within reach of the city, but also enjoy luxurious surrounds. Wind down after the wedding with a visit to the award-winning spa, and enjoy an incredible afternoon tea experience.
Location: College Road, Co Cork
Lough Eske Castle
You’ll find Lough Eske Castle on the water’s edge of namesake Lough Eske. Enjoy fine dining and a luxury spa experience, as well as other activities like horse-riding on the beach. For the last five years (including 2022), Lough Eske Castle has been named as one of Ireland’s Top Ten Luxury Hotels by Condé Nast Traveler, making it the perfect Irish mini moon destination.
Location: Lough Eske, Co Donegal
Sheen Falls Lodge
Described as Ireland’s ‘original luxury lodge’, Sheen Falls Lodge is a gorgeous getaway set on over 300 acres of land on the banks of River Sheen. Settle in for a cosy mini moon in the lodge itself or the nearby cottages. With a stunning spa, gorgeous dining options and a massive estate to wander, you won’t want to leave.
Location: Kenmare, Co Kerry