Ashford Castle Named “Best Resort & Inn” in UK & Ireland by Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2016
Ashford Castle is delighted to announced it has been voted the No. 1 Resort & Inn in the UK and Ireland by Travel + Leisure readers in its “World’s Best Awards” 2016. This is a brand new category in the travel magazine’s annual awards which recognises the world’s top destinations, hotels, resorts, spas, airlines and more as voted by Travel + Leisure readers.
Niall Rochford, General Manager at Ashford Castle, stated: “We are honoured to be recognised by Travel + Leisure readers amongst the “World’s Best” in 2016. The No. 1 Resort & Inn accolade in Great Britain and Ireland is a fantastic acknowledgement and a true testament to the lasting impression an experience at Ashford Castle has on our guests – it’s the stunning surroundings, spectacular interiors and unrivalled service for which Red Carnation Hotels is renowned that sets us apart.”
Once home to the Guinness family for over 100 years, the five-star property and its 350 acre estate in County Mayo, Ireland offers guests the ultimate luxury resort vacation, boasting elegantly appointed rooms and suites, fine dining and acclaimed Irish hospitality on a grand scale. The expansive grounds on the estate provide the perfect playground for a wealth of outdoor pursuits such as golf, horse-riding, kayaking, cycling, ziplining, fishing, clay shooting and flying a hawk at Ireland’s first Falconry School.
Following a three-year restoration of the 800-year-old building, the hotel reopened to guests in April 2015, modernised and enhanced far beyond the requisite standards of a leading luxury hotel, while retaining the original features and essence of the castle’s history. The careful restoration process included the addition of new facilities such as a 32-seat cinema, a billiard room, cigar terrace, wine cellar and conservatory which houses a spa, gym and ozone-filtrated pool. Recent accolades including ‘Opening of the Year’ at the 2015 European Hospitality Awards and ‘Hotel of the Year 2015’ by luxury travel network Virtuoso, has firmly re-established Ashford Castle as one of the world’s most prestigious hotel resorts.